“Race, gender, and other identity categories are most often treated in mainstream liberal discourse as vestiges of bias or domination — that is, as intrinsically negative frameworks in which social power works to exclude or marginalize those who are different,”
Kimberle Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color”
“We’re more alike than we are different.”
“We’re all one human family.”
“We’re all just people.”
These phrases are constantly thrown back against arguments for explicitly discussing identity categories like religion, disability, gender, sexuality, and perhaps most often, race. These affirmations imply the following: Don’t we…
In 1971, American art historian (and bad ass) Linda Nochlin published “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Her searing commentary is a clap back to the kind of snide rhetorical questions we’ve all heard before: “If women are equal to men, why haven’t women done…?”
Fifty years later, Nochlin’s essay remains a touchstone text for understanding the material and social conditions, not lack of talent or discipline, that have historically prohibited women from the same levels of success as men in the arts (and, of course, elsewhere). Her feminist approach to art history helped begin to reshape the…
It’s mid-morning on Sunday, and my laptop and I are Netflixing. I’m considering rewatching Season 2 of Feel Good (yes, already — it became available on Friday) but first, I take a glance through the search categories.
The categories are familiar, and similar on every other streaming service I have open in other tabs: Action, Comedies, Independent, Sci-Fi, Thriller… and LGBTQ. Of all these “genres,” an intrinsic identity category like “LGBTQ” seems a strange bedfellow with “Classics” and “Fantasy.” What exactly qualifies media as LGBTQ? …
“Drum machines have no soul.”
I read and re-read this dictum standing in Rosevear’s music shop in Aberdeen, Washington. The words marched boldly across the cashier’s t-shirt, and I stood in awe of her coolness while my dad paid for my first book of beginner piano melodies. When we got back in the truck, I asked “What’s a drum machine?” He explained that drum machines are similar to the pre-fabricated sounds and melodies programmed into the electronic keyboard my older brother, Mark, had gotten for Christmas.
“So it’s not really music?” I asked.
“Well,” my dad said, speaking louder to…
“Anti-racist” is the newest buzzword being tacked onto teaching and is cropping up in the titles of university task forces across and beyond the United States. “Anti-racist teaching” follows a long lineage of academia’s attempts to stop being racist, or at least to stop appearing as racist as it actually is.
Multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion, even code-switching; all of these concepts fall flat in the face of the systemic racism of colleges and universities in the United States. For writing instructors, attempts at anti-racist pedagogy might include diversifying reading lists, instructing students in the differences between dialects in the United…
Chloe Rose Winters (she/her) is a PhDrop Out from the Pacific Northwest. She writes about gender, race, and queerness, and is usually mad about something.