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mspixieears

mspixieears

Joined April 2016

Writer, reader, drinker, eater; cat lover extraordinaire in Melbourne, Australia. Always happy to follow fellow bookworms!
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‘Race‘ refers to all those who are non-white. Failing to racialise white women, as such means that white race privilege remains uninterrogated as a source of oppression and inequality.

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To speak of gendering other struggles is to centre the subject position middle-class white woman. Whiteness as difference, privilege and identity is not marked, named or challenged…

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The invention of a tradition that did not exist prior to colonisation is a strategy to reclaim the colonised Muslim male self through the subjugation of Muslim women. Whiteness is salient in shaping the lives of people of colour through its ideological presence in former British colonies.

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The work of Radha Kumar on feminism and identity politics in India reveals the degree to which Muslim culture has reinforced men‘s power over women by the use and construction of ‘traditions‘ that position women as subservient and inferior. These ‘traditions‘...are a manifestation of Muslim men‘s need to assert their cultural dominance after British colonisation, rather than orthodoxy.

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Implying that white women of the dominant culture can allieviate the oppression of women from other cultures by providing them with the space to have a voice expresses a naivety about why white women have the power to be able to be inclusive.

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White middle-class feminists utilise race privilege to write about their gendered oppression, but whiteness remains invisible, unnamed and unmarked in their work.

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Earning equal pay with white men does not necessarily reduce the oppression experienced by white or other women.

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Socialist and marxist feminists start from the assumption the the world is not equal. Nonetheless, whiteness remains invisible but central to their analyses...(differences) between men and women are not biologically determined but class and gender based.

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Liberal feminists seek structural reform to reduce inequalities. They do not seek to change the structure that gives men power over women, and implicitly acknowledge that they are in an asymmetrical relation of power with men.

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Liberal feminists such as Betty Friedan (1963) argue that sex is biologically based while gender is culturally constructed.

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Whiteness is often invisible to white womens as a marker of radical identity and is not perceived as problematic because one‘s identity is thought to be ‘natural‘…White women‘s privilege in theory has become normalised because it is grounded in the assumption that the womanness of all women was the same version of womanness experienced by white middle-class women...found in the work of first wave feminists Mary Wollstonecraft and Harriet Taylor.

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As more and more white people moved into the area, appropriating land through government grants and, later, purchases, Indigenous people became displaced, dispossessed and forced into dependency on government; socially and economically they were systematically being excluded from the new society.

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White women‘s fear of Indigenous women‘s sexuality was connected to preserving their social status as white men‘s possessions, a status connected to an ideology of true womanhood which encompassed Christian morality, virtue & reproduction of the white race.

(won‘t lie, this book is making my blood boil for Indigenous Australians)

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Absolutely loved it. Want more of this dystopian magic realism in my reading life.

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Selected poems | Linton Kwesi Johnson
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I‘ve read poems by LKJ before but they‘ll always punch you in the gut. This edition has some great footnotes giving context which is important we don‘t forget, although if the violence experienced by African-Americans by cops is anything to go by - today - we are poor and have learnt nothing as a human race.

This book, which should be history, and remains as current as the days in which it was written (1960s/1970s).

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When people say English is a tricky language, I say: “That‘s because it‘s used to trick people”; gives them a false sense of security to manipulate them into another‘s bidding.

from ‘Lead Me To The Shore‘ by Steven Oliver

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There were no Aboriginal people here over two hundred years ago. There were no blacks, blackfellas, Aborigines, Aboriginals, First Nations, natives, Indigenous, First Australians, Original Australians, Traditional Owners, First People, original occupants or — the favourites of racists — ‘abos‘, ‘boongs‘ or ‘coons‘.*

from ‘Lead You To The Shore‘ by Steven Oliver

*typed full quote - please DON‘T ever use these pejorative terms. Heartbreaking.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

Not being violent enough could cost me my body. Being too violent could cost me my body. We could not get out.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

I was a curious boy, but the schools were not concerned with curiosity. They were concerned with compliance. I loved a few of my teachers. But I cannot say that I truly believed any of them.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

We, the children, employed our darkest humor to cope.

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No one who likes Yeats is capable of human intimacy.

(lololol)

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I said I sometimes felt drawn to disclaiming my ethnicity, as if, though I obviously was white, I wasn‘t ‘really‘ white, like other white people.

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I sat on the bed, water running from my hair down onto my back, and cried. It was okay to cry because nobody could see me, and I would never tell anyone about it.

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Blur by the | Cham Zhi Yi
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This debut poetry collection is amazing. It‘s published by Subbed In, an Australian small press, and they are giving the world some fantastic work from new, diverse voices. I forget how healing it is to read poetry sometimes.

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She does carry on a bit about some weird things that she might think is ‘endearing‘ but it‘s a really good idea for more intuitive cooks.

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So far so good! The beginning is a tad repetitive and I get that she doesn‘t think much of certain (white) second wave feminists but it‘s really refreshing to hear her say that today‘s (white) feminists are still reinforcing patriarchy, especially by engaging in capitalism, rather than striving for (socioeconomic) equality across the board.

TrishB I‘m definitely not! Capitalism is the root of most of the problems in my country but people scared to try alternatives or simply can‘t see them due to the propaganda of the press. We‘re so firmly entrenched in it I sometimes despair of ever seeing anything else. 3y
mspixieears @TrishB yeah, the structures that run society make it so bloody hard for any of us to feel like we can make a difference. I wish Crispin had outright said that we should strive for a feminism that looks after anyone less well off than us (as a QPOC I do not discount that I participate in some of the structures I should be working to dismantle. It is inescapable :/ ) 3y
TrishB Agree. It‘s very difficult to not participate. We try to use co-ops and independent shops that benefit their workers. Small steps sometimes. 3y
mspixieears @TrishB we can only do our best x 3y
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finished a book! have totally lost my reading mojo this year.

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Paper Girls Vol. 6 | Brian K. Vaughan
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It‘s over :(

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Still not digging this, but trying to finish it anyway for a student I mentor. I‘ll make him read two more chapters and I think he‘ll start enjoying it after?

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Stormbreaker | Anthony Horowitz
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Reading for work, for one of the kids I mentor, and not loving it but he seemed to enjoy it so I‘m determined to finish it by next time I see him.

LibrarianRyan I felt the same way about this book. 3y
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Subtraction | Fiona Hile

Wander in the night with a bag full of falling. Elsewhere,
be abandoned, left *immobile in the dark*. Reconstruct yourself
as the indefinite article of an unanticipated need for tissue.

from ‘For Love Alone‘

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Subtraction | Fiona Hile

Slicing the guts out of your surname,
all that‘s left of lineage is consent.

from ‘Misdirection‘

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from ‘This one goes out to all the CC Babcocks of the world‘

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It‘s like being broken up with because long-distance isn‘t working
And then coming home to be broken up with again for…
other reasons

from ‘Times when life is kind like that song ‘Ironic‘ by Alanis Morissette: not literally ironic but inconvenient, fucked, or borderline cruel‘

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It‘s like being a woman and having your word-use questioned
And when men use words wrong they are called Jonathan Franzen

from ‘Times when life is kind like that song ‘Ironic‘ by Alanis Morissette: not literally ironic but inconvenient, fucked, or borderline cruel‘

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False Claims of Colonial Thieves | John Kinsella, Charmaine Papertalk-Green

‪To soothe the hurt and pain down generations ‬
‪A gentle whisper from the past‬
‪Visits me in my dreams‬
‪Or is it the future that I see‬
‪Why are we still invisible?‬

‪from ‘Epilogue‘ by JK & CPG‬

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False Claims of Colonial Thieves | John Kinsella, Charmaine Papertalk-Green

‪Refuse to hit your head for sadness‬
‪Refuse to draw head blood for grief‬
‪Refuse to consider death of our land‬

‪from ‘Epilogue‘ by Charmaine Papertalk Green & John Kinsella‬

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Lunch Poems | Frank O'Hara

you are of me, that‘s what
and that‘s the meaning of fertility
hard and moist and moaning

from ‘Cornkind‘

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer

His brain sits before its cash register again, charging him for old shames as if he has not paid before.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer

How heartening it is to watch him speak; how disconcerting, however, to listen.

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Goldie Vance Vol. 2 | Hope Larson
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Absolutely loving that I‘m reading this for a creative writing student I mentor. It just doesn‘t feel like work, and she was so excited to read this next volume.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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So far, so hilarious, and only one chapter in. I can‘t wait to get my copy signed tomorrow!

CarolynM I loved this one. 3y
mspixieears @CarolynM the author in conversation last night was so good! he‘s so funny personable. 3y
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it🙂 3y
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Not sure how I feel about this: I‘d like to think that now that society acknowledges the options outside heteronormativity and monogamy, this may no longer be the case?

Lauredhel I agree that we need to shake off the compulsory versions of both. And I think that friendship -love can be achieved within monogamy also. Where there is true trust and respect, fear and jealousy cannot take hold. 3y
CarolynM I think this is nonsense. Many great loves are founded on friendship. And I agree with @Lauredhel 's point. 3y
mspixieears @Lauredhel @carolynm oh! absolutely! As a queer person, my friendships with other queers are so special, sustaining and nourishing, and they feel just as important as romantic relationships. Especially as a romantic partner can‘t be everything to a single person, it just seems like so much to ask a person in your life to do? (short version: in agreement with you both) 3y
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Ignorance is a frail base for virtue!
p133

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Sigh, not bloody fair. In some ways, not much has changed (speaking as a woman of colour).

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Unbelievable.

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Please let me finish this before I die, I‘ve read bits and pieces of it as an undergrad and really want to get through the whole thing! Fance, as ever, faithful reading companion.

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼😂😂 you can do it! 3y
mspixieears @Suet624 thank you! I‘m determined to :) 3y
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Les Fleurs Du Mal | Charles P Baudelaire
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I‘m never going to finish this, honestly, but I bloody well have been trying for years! (ouais, en français!)

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf | Kaveh Akbar
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Interesting, given I‘m personally struggling a lot with having no appetite and not sure what to do about it.

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Another kid I tutor is finding it harder to be interested in the creative writing process so I‘m going to set him time to read Eragon in the hope of engaging or encouraging more enthusiasm.

LibrarianRyan Great book. Might help to tell him the author wrote it when he was 15. I found that worked with some of my kiddos. 3y
mspixieears @LibrarianRyan I told a colleague and she was amazed! I think he‘s enjoying it so we‘ll continue reading it. 3y
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Nute Things can always turn around with the help of a good book especially a new interest in literature, composition and creative writing! I hope that this worked.🙂 2y
mspixieears @Nute it didn‘t quite work with this book but we did find another my student liked. Sadly my contract wasn‘t renewed at this studio because I was blamed for enrolments dropping. Didn‘t even get sacked in person. 2y
Nute That seems like something that was not in your control. How does obtaining enrollments get attributed to the tutor? 2y
mspixieears @Nute I dunno, but I will say my stress levels dropped considerably after being let go. But ooh boy, I miss those talented, creative kiddos. Never thought I‘d actually like working with kids, and that they‘d like working with me! 2y
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