"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
"When Black women try to establish themselves within the white world, there’s a cruel irony they often have to face. It’s okay if white people make use of Black English to spice up their phrases and seem “cool,” but if Black women want to be respected and taken seriously, they need to adhere carefully to Standard English in “white” settings. Although psycholinguists have established that Black English is a respectable and viable dialect, numerous women say that they are routinely diminished, discounted, or distrusted simply because of what they say and how they say it."
"‘Sexual assault of Asian women on college campuses is a major issue. You get a room of five Asian American women together, and they all have stories about sexual harassment.’ Mainstream America shrugs off the notion of Asian fetishes, believing men who have such fetishes ‘are harmless.’ However, Leung warns, ‘It’s not as innocent as it looks.’ Helen Zia, a graduate of Princeton, commented, ‘It’s the image of Asian American women being exotic and passive and won’t fight back and speak up. Predators think they have free rein with Asian American women.’"
Feminist Hackerspaces as Safer Spaces? →
dhpoco: "In this article, I propose the concept of safer spaces as a way to understand feminist hackerspaces. To do this, I focus on the creation of spaces that are based on the assumption that shared common values, whether explicit through a community agreement and/or implicit through a common experience, enable group members to flourish and empower themselves. I follow an intersectional feminist standpoint as 1) an epistemological tool that connects those who experience interlocking oppressions at the crossroads of their gender, race, class, citizenship, sexuality and other identities; and 2) as a commitment to radical inclusivity. Using such a framework helps bring to the fore latent notions of privileges, oppressions and latent discrimination explain why so few women and queer invest and participate in hackerspaces. Creating spaces within hackerspaces on the basis of the fluid concept of gender and other axes of inequalities is not only strategic, but also a constitutive element of feminist hackerspaces." Read full article here.