Movements

My dear friends have alerted me to the fact that the new Movements column is live. Woman’s Work and the Woman of Color at Work grew from the interview I had with Jocelyn Paige Kelly. This doesn’t appear in the interview I had with Jocelyn, but Jocelyn asked me the question that became the catalyst for this column as I reflected on the question of support for Women’s work and how the answer to this is not really as simple as saying: yes, I support the work of women. 

Hodan Warsame of Roet in Het Eten has put up a synopsis (in Dutch) of Radio Redmond’s Broadcast from the 26th of February. The excerpt I read on Radio Redmond is also posted on the Roet in Het Eten website and you can read it here. The excerpt is from my Bloodchildren story, Dancing in the Shadow of the Once and you can find the anthology here. 

In the after-the-show conversation, Hodan mentioned Intersectionality. I don’t think we can ignore this when we talk about supporting women’s work because the way we approach woman’s work is influenced by more factors than identifying as woman. There’s more to it than that and I know we would like to simply say–women’s work is women’s work and be done with it. But the truth is, it’s more complicated than that and also the way we look at support and perceive support, the way we experience it, the way we give it is complicated by this strange notion people call “the culture of nice” wherein support has come to mean being positive and uncritical. It’s still something I’m reflecting and thinking on and I suppose it’s inevitable that I’ll write about that in the future. 

(also posted on http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com)

 

My White Friend by Leny M. Strobel

My White Friend
(excerpt from A Book of Her Own, Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan by Leny M. Strobel)

He is often concerned that my work is too racialized; that it can’t help but dissolve into dualistic antagonisms — the very antagonisms I seek to transform. But why, I ask him, is it so difficult for him to listen to my story? What does it ask of him that he refuses to hear it? At some level we already agree on our vision of justice and peace, vision of spiritual awakening, vision of ecological justice. We already agree that there is racism still. Or that it is only now that white folks are beginning to acknowledge white privilege. . .  so why does he always resist this? 

(also posted at http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com)