Accomplices Not Allies

This is a great list of some of the issues surrounding the ally industrial complex and claiming ally as an identity. Ally is a VERB. You must be allying, in action, and in ways that are called for my the community you are seeking to ‘help’.

Full list HERE

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Why Grammar Snobbery Has No Place In The Movement

“Ghanaian blogger Delalorm Semabia, in a conversation about the eradication of “the Queen’s English” in Ghana, explained, “The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking.”

And this is precisely where we need to start this conversation.”

Great list. Find the entire list HERE including links and examples

Fat Oppression and Thin Privilege

“I shouldn’t have to alter my body to be afforded basic respect. I shouldn’t have to alter my body for someone to listen to what I have to say.
Telling you that combating my oppression is more important to me than your privilege does not make me prejudiced. It does not make me “mean.” It means that I’m standing up for myself.
It means that I’m saying I want you all to feel beautiful, but that fat people deserve to feel human first.”

Lots of reading and reflecting on this topic today. This particular piece spoke to me, I found it well written and concise.
Read it in full HERE

The Myth of Skinny-Shaming

This article talks about Nicki Minaj and Anaconda specifically, and does a good job of articulating a feeling that I’ve been having about this song, and others, as well as different forms of expression I’ve seen circulating in the name of body positivity.
“To be clear, by no means am I approving of or endorsing skinny-prejudice; insulting someone for their body-type—regardless of privileged status—is unproductive and hurtful. What I am saying is that comments like “fuck you if you skinny bitch” have a context in which they must be considered.”

In the same way reverse racism or sexism is not a thing because of the systemic and institutionalized power behind the dominant group, skinny-shaming is NOT the same as fat-shaming because of the privileges afforded to those with thinner bodies, regardless of how or why those bodies look the way they do. To me, it just seems unnecessary to fight against oppression by trying to oppress the dominant group in the same way.

Thank you to Rachel Baker for this thoughtful piece, read it in full HERE

On The Fixed State Ally Model vs. Process Model Ally Work

I feel that this piece by Melissa McEwan does a great job of articulating what I’ve been feeling in this regard for sometime. Often using ‘ally’ as part of one’s identity clouds your own ability to actually leverage your privilege productively and creates passivity in your work. The process model allows for a lot more accountability and real change.

“There are two ways that people with privilege tend to view ally work.

In the Fixed State Ally Model, the privileged person views hirself as an ally and claims the mantle for hirself. Zie may also acknowledge that zie is always learning and trying to do better, but states that zie is an ally to one or more marginalized populations.

In the Process Model, the privileged person views hirself as someone engaged in ally work, but does not identify as an ally, rather viewing ally work as an ongoing process. Zie views being an ally as a fluid state, externally defined by individual members of the one or more marginalized populations on behalf zie leverages hir privilege.

For various reasons, embracing the Fixed State Ally Model is actually antithetical to effective ally work.”

Full piece and listing HERE

The Daily Show; #ChangeTheName

The Daily Show once again takes on the Washington NFL team and their decision to cling to a dictionary defined racial slur in the name of honouring Natives. (aka profit, it’s clear the organization does not give two hoots about Indigenous folks and our communities.)
Laughed out loud so hard, definitely worth a watch the whole way through!

http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca/shows/thedailyshow?vid=452473