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Feminism FOR REAL ➻ [Download] ➸ Feminism FOR REAL By Krysta Williams ➺ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This book is no longer availableWhen feminism itself becomes its own form of oppression what do we have to say about it Western notions of polite discourse are not the norm for all of us and just beca This book is no longer availableWhen feminism itself becomes its own form of oppression what do we have to say about it Western notions of polite discourse are not the norm for all of us and just because we’ve got some new and hot language lately in euity seeking movements like feminism — such as “intersectionality” — to use in our Feminism FOR PDF \ talk it doesn’t necessarily make things change in our walk ie actually being anti racist Confronting the sometimes uncomfortable uestions feminism has made us ask about what’s going on FOR REAL paved the many paths that brought the contributors of this book together to share their sometimes uncomfortable truths not just about feminism but about who they are and where they are coming fromAgainst a backdrop exposing a year legacy of colonization and oppression Feminism FOR REAL explores what has led us to the existence of “feminism” who gets to decide what it is and why With stories that make the walls of academia come tumbling down it deals head on with the conflicts of what feminism means in theory as opposed to real life the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them and the anger of changing a system while being in the system yourself.


10 thoughts on “Feminism FOR REAL

  1. SaЯRah Muhammad SaЯRah Muhammad says:

    If you’ve ever been burned out by Women’s Studies classes confused by the feminist blogosphere’s intellectually elitist hierarchies or rendered invisible by mainstream media depictions of What A Feminist Looks Like™ we should talk about it For many of us we don’t know where to start talking or how or even to whom we should address the issues of ineuality which plague so many feminist and social justice movements racism sexism ableism classism homophobia ageism cissupremacy colonialism – a mere sampling from the makings of kyriarchy and the treacherous systems of domination and subordination which police our identities our privileges and our oppressions Jessica Yee’s Feminism FOR REAL Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism is an unflinching complex look at how capital F feminism has oppressed silenced and maligned people on the margins of societyIn some respects Feminism FOR REAL is a natural extension of the conversations in Yee’s previous work Sex Ed and Youth Colonization Sexuality and Communities of Colour CCPA 2009 Many of the contributors in Feminism FOR REAL self identify as Indigenous and offer powerful essays confronting sexism racism and colonialist occupation But in other respects the book feels like a continuation of AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Anzaldúa’s feminist dialogues in this bridge we call home radical visions for transformation Routledge 2002 Like this bridge we call home Yee’s book casts a wide net over a cross dialogue from authors of diverse backgrounds multi gender able bodied and disabled old and young people of color and white Ultimately the multiplicity of voices and experiences in Feminism FOR REAL offers a rich tapestry of feminisms for readers to listen learn and engageThere’s something to consider when comparing the curvaceous and fat brown belly depicted on the cover of Feminism FOR REAL to 2007’s graffiti splash of Full Frontal Feminism across a white taut belly And if you’re curious about the book’s title Yee defines the term academic industrial complex of feminism in her introduction as “the conflicts between what feminism means at school as opposed to at home the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that will never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them and the anger and frustration of changing a system while being in the system yourself” 13 14 Yee’s editorial direction eschews traditional models of writer audience dialogue; she doesn’t condescend to Native youth in Sex Ed and Feminism FOR REAL doesn’t talk down to academic feminists Mixing ASAzine’s poetry “Muslims Speaking for Ourselves” with incisive dialogues like the stand out “Resistance to Indigenous Feminism” co authored by Krysta Williams and Erin Konsmo Yee provides a steady pace of ideological writings in a variety of literary styles And there’s rarely a dull moment to be found throughoutThe anthology doesn’t always get it right when it comes to inclusivity in several essays there is repeated use of ableist language such as “blind” and “blindsided” RMJ at Deeply Problematic has a great post explaining how this term is often used in social justice communities to discuss privilege but the word “blind” and its various permutations actually perpetuates oppression Louis Esme Cruz’s “Medicine Bundle of Contradictions” did a great job of centering issues on disability as well as indigenous rights gender identity and self lovelove of community But overall I think my criticism of these missteps in language is a compassionate take we each and all have privilege in some areas and face oppression in others so our journeys of un learning damaging ideas practices and language involves both concentrated effort and unintentional mistakes And yes I realize that my own compassion in this instance and others also goes hand in hand with my able bodied privilegeIn an online interview Latoya Peterson ownereditor of Racialicious and author of the Feminism FOR REAL essay “The Feminist Existential Crisis Dark Child Remix” reflected on the completion of publishing her piece for the book “I feel a lot validated in other spaces where I am practicing feminism and applying it” she wrote Her advice for young feminists? “Do something else besides feminism I’m serious The feminist blogosphere is oversaturated in my opinion Please find something else you love and take feminist theory there It gets lonely over here in tech and video games – I have a great crew of other feminists but we are a little island in a vast sea We need feminist minded business bloggers feminist theory wielding finance bloggers Labor organizers with a feminist lens blogging Can you imagine whatDeadspin the sports blog would look like with a feminist on staff? Restructurewrites about science tech and feminism – join her Publish a blog doing literary criticism with a feminist lens Take on The New York Times Talk about class issues and feminism Whatever it is apply your feminism in a different space”Clocking in at a mere 176 pages Feminism FOR REAL is a minor publishing miracle – a book that speaks truth to power by challenging the status uo of white supremacy class privilege heteronormativity and other regrettable –isms within the scope of feminism Editor Jessica Yee examined so much of what is loathsome about our current mainstream feminist representations and then published her anthology with a union based independent press that aligned with her core political values Feminism FOR REAL deserves recognition for its efforts to educate challenge and incite change If we’re ever to make the jump from feminist theory to our complicated realities I hope we can answer the book’s call to be just a little understanding a lot open to our lived experiences and yes a little real


  2. Jenny Jenny says:

    A desperately needed collection of radical voicesYou could call it less than polished but it would be better to call it real raw and urgent


  3. Elevate Difference Elevate Difference says:

    Jessica Yee and I have a lot in common personally and politically For one last year we were both curating collective published works that simultaneously construct and deconstruct contemporary feminist theory while broadening the scope of who is seen as legitimate enough to be a theory maker I wasn't aware of her work and so far as I know she wasn't aware of mine either Despite being topically similar the results of both projects are strikingly different And I have a few theories about whyFeminism FOR REAL brings together twenty written works both poetry and prose penned by a variety of radical activists While the authors are diverse in their backgrounds they converge on one belief academia boo This is a pretty common refrain among activists one I've sung over and over myself But it's also one that now feels a little off key to me for its wholesale exclusivity and apparent lack of understanding of the ways activism and and academic are necessarily interdependent For that reason I found myself having to put forth some effort to read many of these pieces where they're at instead of with condescensionI want to be clear about a couple of things 1 although it is a freuent accusation tossed my way I am not an academic and 2 I claim the sentiment in the paragraph above as a part of my own personal struggle and processing not a failing of this anthology Too many times we patronizingly press our lips together just waiting to inform the young'ins that they'll see things differently one day And even though they might that's no excuse for bolstering one's sense of superiority at another's expense nor choosing not to interrogate the things that contribute to our own self righteous point of view In fact it's just this kind of ageist trope that Yee and crew rightfully rail against in Feminism FOR REALSo every piece in this book didn't speak to me—so what? The ones that did were exciting to read and filled me with validation Megan Lee's Maybe I'm Not Class Mobile; Maybe I'm Class ueer is an excellent examination of the complex conflicts held by those of us who have been able to 'escape' our families' poverty while maintaining the desire to embrace our working class identity and advocate for us and for them Andrea Plaid discusses the unintentional delegitimizing of Ann Marie Rios and therefore all nontraditionally educated sex workers by professional read degreed sexologist Bianca Laureano in No I Would Follow the Porn Star's Advice And ending with Kate Klein's On Learning How Not to Be An Asshole Academic Feminist reassured me that Yee and I are probably on the same page with our personal and political intentionalityPick up Feminism FOR REAL if you're looking to gain an worthwhile education and perhaps a bit of critical self awareness tooWritten by Mandy Van Deven


  4. Kara Babcock Kara Babcock says:

    NB Although I was planning to read it anyway this book's inclusion of Indigenous perspectives made it an appropriate choice for my final assignment a book review in my Aboriginal Education class As a result I have written this with a focus on how this book furthered my understanding of Indigenous issues and applies to my teaching I hope you find this perspective valuable even if you aren't a teacher This is a rough draft so comments are welcome And be forewarned it's slightly formal with a lot uotation lifting than I usually practice in my Goodreads reviewsThe 7th of March 2011 was the 100th International Women's Day and The Globe and Mail commemorated the occasion by running two contrasting columns on the front page One by Stephanie Nolen discusses the ongoing struggle for women's rights in the developing world Next to it was Margaret Wente's piece in which she argues The war for women's rights is over And we won She seems to be employing George W Bush's definition of mission accomplished here I have no doubt the juxtaposition of these two articles was an intentional bit of sensationalism on the Globe's part Yet it also emphasizes the privileged white perspective the Globe expects to share with its readers Nolen discusses the developing world as a far off place while Wente refers to Western women as a single homogenous group saying If you are a woman reading this newspaper today you are singularly blessed You belong to the freest most educated and most affluent group of women in all of human history Her choice of words is stunning and only increased my incredulity at the entire article Wente has some very interesting very restrictive ideas about the type of women reading The Globe and Mail And she couldn't be wrong The world may look very rosy from her seat at the table but the war for women's rights—indeed for the rights of women Indigenous people the poor and ethnic and racial minorities in general—is far from over Her claim that women have won the war echoed eerily in my mind as I read this passage from Feminism FOR REAL We're not really eual when we're STILL supposed to uncritically and obediently cheer when white women are praised for winning 'women's rights' and to painfully forget the Indigenous women and women of colour who were hurt in that same process 12In Feminism FOR REAL Jessica Yee has collected the thoughts and expressions of a diverse group of people attempting to combat the idea that feminism is a movement best left in the classroom and best left to affluent white academicsFeminism FOR REAL challenges the received wisdom of academic feminism It does this in form as well as in content for it is than just a collection of essays It contains informal articles that at times feel intimate and confessional; it has letters conversations and interviews and poetry As Erin Konsmo says We choose to have a conversation in spirit of deconstructing academia and challenging the forms in which knowledge is accepted 23 I find this appealing for several reasons Firstly discussions of contemporary feminism have become mired in theoretical frameworks that can do as much harm as good for they contain biases and expectations that may not be realistic Secondly as a future teacher I believe it is important to challenge the way we teach and explore alternative methods of teaching which might include Two Eyed Seeing approaches that teach traditional Indigenous Knowledge alongside the Western curriculum Yet I am also learning to recognize that an eagerness to decolonize Indigenous Knowledge and employ anticolonial teaching strategies can if done improperly lead to further appropriation and colonial behaviour This is something Yee and her contributors are aware of as wellAs its subtitle states Feminism FOR REAL wants to deconstruct the academic industrial complex of feminism Several contributors remark upon the gulf between theory and experience In particular the expectations of academia when it comes to discussing feminism can also be exclusionary as Krysta Williams observesIf so called 'radical' or 'progressive' people don't hear enough 'buzz' words like feminist anti oppression anti racist social justice etc in your introduction then you are deemed unworthy and not knowledgeable enough to speak with authority on issues that you have lived experience with 30This is an issue I have been encountering uite often lately as I think about feminism and also about education Megan Lee talks about how she saw the same token superficial analyses of racism and classism 85 in her women's studies classes Coming from a poor background she was conflicted about her participation in an institution that reinforces privilege and notes that her mother feared that I would become like the many privileged young professionals who claim to understand the experience of being oppressed by virtue of their education and rely on the authority of their education to silence and ignore the actual experiences of oppressed people 87 Although I do not share Lee's background I also have concerns about my heavily theory based education I love theory and abstract thought and I majored in mathematics not just because I love it but because it is a refuge from the real world Yet I did not choose to go into an abstract career; I am going to be a teacher I will be interacting with real people each one uniue in background and experiences and I will be in a position of authority Feminism FOR REAL and other books like it remind me that while a useful component of study theory can only get you so farThe idea that a movement like feminism which is supposedly all about euality can actually be a vehicle of oppression and exclusion is troubling to say the least Of course it is exactly the perception of feminism as a homogenous unified movement that Yee and the contributors to Feminism FOR REAL want to dispel Many of her contributors discuss this heterogeneity in the context of Indigenous rights Reading about how some feminists reject the inclusion of Indigenous issues under the umbrella of feminism reminds me of Leanne Simpson's experiences with journal editors editors have consistently removed references to colonialism from my manuscripts because it is 'too off topic' Similarly Theresa Lightfoot takes exception to how non Indigenous feminists often treat being Indigenous as an add on Native women get the typical oh those are Native issues response or we hear things like colonialism and its hang ups are too vast and broad for our scope and thus don't warrant inclusion 106There seems to be remarkable resistance in the academic industrial complex to including Indigenous perspectives as a valid part of movements fields of studies and academic disciplines We are content now to acknowledge that such perspectives exist but we treat them as a separate field as something other There is a latent expectation that Indigenous people will shelve their Native issues for the duration of discussions of women's rights as if being Indigenous is a state one can suspend or put on hold when convenient Referring to 2nd wave white middle class feminists anna Saini says What they cannot understand they discount instead of ceding their control and leadership of the movement to play a supporting role empowering us to fight for our own self determination 96and I think this is true of people in authority over movements in general Jessica Yee labels this a form of neo colonialism 96 and I would have to agreeFeminism FOR REAL emphasizes that colonization appropriation and exploitation are not obscure phenomena relegated to our past They are ongoing Euality does not mean we treat everyone as the same especially when the same is all too often a code phrase for everyone is white Even when society acknowledges the Indigenous perspective or any non white perspective it makes few attempts to accommodate that perspective something that Golshan Abdmoulaie captures well in her poem about Muslim women when she says None of your dreams fit me 71 It is with this awareness that I consider how I will confront these issues especially as a teacher I consider myself a feminist in the sense of Latoya Peterson If I think about gender access and euality therefore I am by definition a feminist 43 However I am also a white male In challenging racial and gender ineuality my goal is to be what Krysta Williams and Ashling Ligate call an Indigenous ally someone who supports you and also challenges their own complicity in the system that produce sic harm 155 Hence coming from this perspective for me the strongest message of this book is that discomfort will be a natural part of the struggle to be an ally It will not be abstract theoretical discomfort it will be real It will be a part of my life and of my teachingAs an example of how discomfort appears in teaching consider the controversy in the United States over a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that replaces the N word with slave The publisher argues that the former word makes modern readers uncomfortable with the book I think such censorship absurd Can you imagine if we skipped sections of Canadian history because the way European colonists treated Indigenous peoples makes us uncomfortable today? Challenging ineuality in any form and learning to be an ally is not easy nor should it be It is uncomfortable and sometimes it hurts 156 This is the most pragmatic and important lesson that Feminism FOR REAL has for me Depending on your background and your experiences you may find different lessons in this book—but I can guarantee you will find lessons Like some of the contributors have confessed I am not well read when it comes to the canon of popular academic feminists so I am not ualified to label this book refreshing or revolutionary But it is eye opening thought provoking and it does what it says on the cover it is real as in authentic and that makes it worth your attention


  5. Amy Lee Amy Lee says:

    You can read a bunch of excerpts here


  6. Emma Emma says:

    i agree this kind of reads like a zine it's made up of personal reflections that vary uite widely in their perspectives and experiences in that sense it feels a bit disparate i was kinda hoping for a systematic or in depth critiue of the 'academic industrial complex of feminism' at the end of this book i'm not sure i know what that is really'this shit is real' by krysta williams and ashling ligate has some really important 'tips' for engaging in anti oppressive activismacademia that i agree need to be constantly checked when you're doing that work from a position of relative privilege i also liked reading robyn maynard's piece because it was grounded in a specific community project and the challenges they faced latoya peterson's and louis esme cruz's contributions were also really enjoyable to read as personal narratives


  7. Alyx Alyx says:

    As with many anthologies there is a problem with inconsistency To my mind LaToya Peterson Andrea Plaid and Louis Esme Cruz contributed the best essays I had trouble with Megan Lee's conceptualization of a class ueer identity but would gladly sit on it or encourage others to run with the idea It sounds like Krysta Williams and Erin Konsmo are doing amazing work for indigenous rights and brought up some of the salient criticisms against academic feminism and in general I hope this book challenges feminist thinking on indigenous women and national identity this book really opened my eyes as far as Canadian indigenous feministwomanist rights are concerned and to my mind this isn't being addressed within the academy at all I'm fine with the anthology's collective effort to criticize and in some sense dismantle the academy As someone who is entering into the academy as a feminist media scholar I think this is pretty necessary To that end poet Shaunga Tagore might have offered the most succinct and powerful missive However what ultimately frustrated me about Feminism FOR REAL is that some pieces didn't read as a systemic critiue of the academy so much as personal is political attacks Shabiki Crane does a decent job of balancing the two in her brief essay on her rump and black cis female sexuality where she calls bullshit on the embedded racism of poststructuralist feminist thought that claims it's empowering for Britney Spears to foreground her sexuality but not Beyoncé aside a smart commenter challenged a similar argument I made in a post about the Telephone video But Diandra Jurkic Walls' piece about the resentment she felt for her program not wanting her to turn in a 'zine for her thesis just read like a white girl trying to enter into the Oppression Olympics She made a few good arguments but they were buried under a lot of whining If I were her thesis adviser there'd be a big So What? written on the first page of this essayThat said I have a lot of good will for this book and hope it gets recognition in the academy and blogosphere


  8. Molly Octopus Molly Octopus says:

    Did I catch a hint of sovereign citizens in this or am I dreaming?The poetry was lame but it always is in these anthologiesAlso I've been studying feminism for a long time and in college and I still couldn't figure out what half of these authors were saying or perhaps they'd argue I'm too versed in academic feminism or maybe I'm just too white Anyway it was difficult to follow seemed to meander and it also seemed to assume that I had a plethora of knowledge of issues for Native women in Canada I have noneSo this book ended up being completely not what I expected from the title excluding the very last essay I guess it wasn't written for me which sucks because I was truly interested in learning about the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism Maybe it needs a different title Or maybe I'm too steeped in my white ignorance and I don't understand colonialism and Canada's history of oppressing minorities This book made me want to learn about it but it didn't teach me anything I was super lostI think it's really of a collection of Native Canadian women being angry I just didn't have the previous knowledge to get itSeriously feminist websites why this book? Have you even read it?


  9. Alexis Alexis says:

    I actually read this book in one sitting A lot of it appealed to me It was about the academia of feminism and the difference between white middle class academic feminism and the feminism practiced by others It was about how people of colour might feel out of place in academic women's studies programsThis book had a lot of energy and a lot of anger It was edited by one woman and there were numerous essays in it Some of them were much better than others It had a zine like feel to it I really enjoyed a lot of the pieces in it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has ever felt out of place in an academic setting or in a discussion of feminism I really appreciated the First Nations perspective and the discussion of indigenous feminism which makes sense to me


  10. Idzie Idzie says:

    The best book on feminism I've ever read Accessible engaging and most importantly incredibly moving and eye opening


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10 thoughts on “Feminism FOR REAL

  1. SaЯRah Muhammad SaЯRah Muhammad says:

    If you’ve ever been burned out by Women’s Studies classes confused by the feminist blogosphere’s intellectually elitist hierarchies or rendered invisible by mainstream media depictions of What A Feminist Looks Like™ we should talk about it For many of us we don’t know where to start talking or how or even to whom we should address the issues of ineuality which plague so many feminist and social justice movements racism sexism ableism classism homophobia ageism cissupremacy colonialism – a mere sampling from the makings of kyriarchy and the treacherous systems of domination and subordination which police our identities our privileges and our oppressions Jessica Yee’s Feminism FOR REAL Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism is an unflinching complex look at how capital F feminism has oppressed silenced and maligned people on the margins of societyIn some respects Feminism FOR REAL is a natural extension of the conversations in Yee’s previous work Sex Ed and Youth Colonization Sexuality and Communities of Colour CCPA 2009 Many of the contributors in Feminism FOR REAL self identify as Indigenous and offer powerful essays confronting sexism racism and colonialist occupation But in other respects the book feels like a continuation of AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Anzaldúa’s feminist dialogues in this bridge we call home radical visions for transformation Routledge 2002 Like this bridge we call home Yee’s book casts a wide net over a cross dialogue from authors of diverse backgrounds multi gender able bodied and disabled old and young people of color and white Ultimately the multiplicity of voices and experiences in Feminism FOR REAL offers a rich tapestry of feminisms for readers to listen learn and engageThere’s something to consider when comparing the curvaceous and fat brown belly depicted on the cover of Feminism FOR REAL to 2007’s graffiti splash of Full Frontal Feminism across a white taut belly And if you’re curious about the book’s title Yee defines the term academic industrial complex of feminism in her introduction as “the conflicts between what feminism means at school as opposed to at home the frustrations of trying to relate to definitions of feminism that will never fit no matter how much you try to change yourself to fit them and the anger and frustration of changing a system while being in the system yourself” 13 14 Yee’s editorial direction eschews traditional models of writer audience dialogue; she doesn’t condescend to Native youth in Sex Ed and Feminism FOR REAL doesn’t talk down to academic feminists Mixing ASAzine’s poetry “Muslims Speaking for Ourselves” with incisive dialogues like the stand out “Resistance to Indigenous Feminism” co authored by Krysta Williams and Erin Konsmo Yee provides a steady pace of ideological writings in a variety of literary styles And there’s rarely a dull moment to be found throughoutThe anthology doesn’t always get it right when it comes to inclusivity in several essays there is repeated use of ableist language such as “blind” and “blindsided” RMJ at Deeply Problematic has a great post explaining how this term is often used in social justice communities to discuss privilege but the word “blind” and its various permutations actually perpetuates oppression Louis Esme Cruz’s “Medicine Bundle of Contradictions” did a great job of centering issues on disability as well as indigenous rights gender identity and self lovelove of community But overall I think my criticism of these missteps in language is a compassionate take we each and all have privilege in some areas and face oppression in others so our journeys of un learning damaging ideas practices and language involves both concentrated effort and unintentional mistakes And yes I realize that my own compassion in this instance and others also goes hand in hand with my able bodied privilegeIn an online interview Latoya Peterson ownereditor of Racialicious and author of the Feminism FOR REAL essay “The Feminist Existential Crisis Dark Child Remix” reflected on the completion of publishing her piece for the book “I feel a lot validated in other spaces where I am practicing feminism and applying it” she wrote Her advice for young feminists? “Do something else besides feminism I’m serious The feminist blogosphere is oversaturated in my opinion Please find something else you love and take feminist theory there It gets lonely over here in tech and video games – I have a great crew of other feminists but we are a little island in a vast sea We need feminist minded business bloggers feminist theory wielding finance bloggers Labor organizers with a feminist lens blogging Can you imagine whatDeadspin the sports blog would look like with a feminist on staff? Restructurewrites about science tech and feminism – join her Publish a blog doing literary criticism with a feminist lens Take on The New York Times Talk about class issues and feminism Whatever it is apply your feminism in a different space”Clocking in at a mere 176 pages Feminism FOR REAL is a minor publishing miracle – a book that speaks truth to power by challenging the status uo of white supremacy class privilege heteronormativity and other regrettable –isms within the scope of feminism Editor Jessica Yee examined so much of what is loathsome about our current mainstream feminist representations and then published her anthology with a union based independent press that aligned with her core political values Feminism FOR REAL deserves recognition for its efforts to educate challenge and incite change If we’re ever to make the jump from feminist theory to our complicated realities I hope we can answer the book’s call to be just a little understanding a lot open to our lived experiences and yes a little real

  2. Jenny Jenny says:

    A desperately needed collection of radical voicesYou could call it less than polished but it would be better to call it real raw and urgent

  3. Elevate Difference Elevate Difference says:

    Jessica Yee and I have a lot in common personally and politically For one last year we were both curating collective published works that simultaneously construct and deconstruct contemporary feminist theory while broadening the scope of who is seen as legitimate enough to be a theory maker I wasn't aware of her work and so far as I know she wasn't aware of mine either Despite being topically similar the results of both projects are strikingly different And I have a few theories about whyFeminism FOR REAL brings together twenty written works both poetry and prose penned by a variety of radical activists While the authors are diverse in their backgrounds they converge on one belief academia boo This is a pretty common refrain among activists one I've sung over and over myself But it's also one that now feels a little off key to me for its wholesale exclusivity and apparent lack of understanding of the ways activism and and academic are necessarily interdependent For that reason I found myself having to put forth some effort to read many of these pieces where they're at instead of with condescensionI want to be clear about a couple of things 1 although it is a freuent accusation tossed my way I am not an academic and 2 I claim the sentiment in the paragraph above as a part of my own personal struggle and processing not a failing of this anthology Too many times we patronizingly press our lips together just waiting to inform the young'ins that they'll see things differently one day And even though they might that's no excuse for bolstering one's sense of superiority at another's expense nor choosing not to interrogate the things that contribute to our own self righteous point of view In fact it's just this kind of ageist trope that Yee and crew rightfully rail against in Feminism FOR REALSo every piece in this book didn't speak to me—so what? The ones that did were exciting to read and filled me with validation Megan Lee's Maybe I'm Not Class Mobile; Maybe I'm Class ueer is an excellent examination of the complex conflicts held by those of us who have been able to 'escape' our families' poverty while maintaining the desire to embrace our working class identity and advocate for us and for them Andrea Plaid discusses the unintentional delegitimizing of Ann Marie Rios and therefore all nontraditionally educated sex workers by professional read degreed sexologist Bianca Laureano in No I Would Follow the Porn Star's Advice And ending with Kate Klein's On Learning How Not to Be An Asshole Academic Feminist reassured me that Yee and I are probably on the same page with our personal and political intentionalityPick up Feminism FOR REAL if you're looking to gain an worthwhile education and perhaps a bit of critical self awareness tooWritten by Mandy Van Deven

  4. Kara Babcock Kara Babcock says:

    NB Although I was planning to read it anyway this book's inclusion of Indigenous perspectives made it an appropriate choice for my final assignment a book review in my Aboriginal Education class As a result I have written this with a focus on how this book furthered my understanding of Indigenous issues and applies to my teaching I hope you find this perspective valuable even if you aren't a teacher This is a rough draft so comments are welcome And be forewarned it's slightly formal with a lot uotation lifting than I usually practice in my Goodreads reviewsThe 7th of March 2011 was the 100th International Women's Day and The Globe and Mail commemorated the occasion by running two contrasting columns on the front page One by Stephanie Nolen discusses the ongoing struggle for women's rights in the developing world Next to it was Margaret Wente's piece in which she argues The war for women's rights is over And we won She seems to be employing George W Bush's definition of mission accomplished here I have no doubt the juxtaposition of these two articles was an intentional bit of sensationalism on the Globe's part Yet it also emphasizes the privileged white perspective the Globe expects to share with its readers Nolen discusses the developing world as a far off place while Wente refers to Western women as a single homogenous group saying If you are a woman reading this newspaper today you are singularly blessed You belong to the freest most educated and most affluent group of women in all of human history Her choice of words is stunning and only increased my incredulity at the entire article Wente has some very interesting very restrictive ideas about the type of women reading The Globe and Mail And she couldn't be wrong The world may look very rosy from her seat at the table but the war for women's rights—indeed for the rights of women Indigenous people the poor and ethnic and racial minorities in general—is far from over Her claim that women have won the war echoed eerily in my mind as I read this passage from Feminism FOR REAL We're not really eual when we're STILL supposed to uncritically and obediently cheer when white women are praised for winning 'women's rights' and to painfully forget the Indigenous women and women of colour who were hurt in that same process 12In Feminism FOR REAL Jessica Yee has collected the thoughts and expressions of a diverse group of people attempting to combat the idea that feminism is a movement best left in the classroom and best left to affluent white academicsFeminism FOR REAL challenges the received wisdom of academic feminism It does this in form as well as in content for it is than just a collection of essays It contains informal articles that at times feel intimate and confessional; it has letters conversations and interviews and poetry As Erin Konsmo says We choose to have a conversation in spirit of deconstructing academia and challenging the forms in which knowledge is accepted 23 I find this appealing for several reasons Firstly discussions of contemporary feminism have become mired in theoretical frameworks that can do as much harm as good for they contain biases and expectations that may not be realistic Secondly as a future teacher I believe it is important to challenge the way we teach and explore alternative methods of teaching which might include Two Eyed Seeing approaches that teach traditional Indigenous Knowledge alongside the Western curriculum Yet I am also learning to recognize that an eagerness to decolonize Indigenous Knowledge and employ anticolonial teaching strategies can if done improperly lead to further appropriation and colonial behaviour This is something Yee and her contributors are aware of as wellAs its subtitle states Feminism FOR REAL wants to deconstruct the academic industrial complex of feminism Several contributors remark upon the gulf between theory and experience In particular the expectations of academia when it comes to discussing feminism can also be exclusionary as Krysta Williams observesIf so called 'radical' or 'progressive' people don't hear enough 'buzz' words like feminist anti oppression anti racist social justice etc in your introduction then you are deemed unworthy and not knowledgeable enough to speak with authority on issues that you have lived experience with 30This is an issue I have been encountering uite often lately as I think about feminism and also about education Megan Lee talks about how she saw the same token superficial analyses of racism and classism 85 in her women's studies classes Coming from a poor background she was conflicted about her participation in an institution that reinforces privilege and notes that her mother feared that I would become like the many privileged young professionals who claim to understand the experience of being oppressed by virtue of their education and rely on the authority of their education to silence and ignore the actual experiences of oppressed people 87 Although I do not share Lee's background I also have concerns about my heavily theory based education I love theory and abstract thought and I majored in mathematics not just because I love it but because it is a refuge from the real world Yet I did not choose to go into an abstract career; I am going to be a teacher I will be interacting with real people each one uniue in background and experiences and I will be in a position of authority Feminism FOR REAL and other books like it remind me that while a useful component of study theory can only get you so farThe idea that a movement like feminism which is supposedly all about euality can actually be a vehicle of oppression and exclusion is troubling to say the least Of course it is exactly the perception of feminism as a homogenous unified movement that Yee and the contributors to Feminism FOR REAL want to dispel Many of her contributors discuss this heterogeneity in the context of Indigenous rights Reading about how some feminists reject the inclusion of Indigenous issues under the umbrella of feminism reminds me of Leanne Simpson's experiences with journal editors editors have consistently removed references to colonialism from my manuscripts because it is 'too off topic' Similarly Theresa Lightfoot takes exception to how non Indigenous feminists often treat being Indigenous as an add on Native women get the typical oh those are Native issues response or we hear things like colonialism and its hang ups are too vast and broad for our scope and thus don't warrant inclusion 106There seems to be remarkable resistance in the academic industrial complex to including Indigenous perspectives as a valid part of movements fields of studies and academic disciplines We are content now to acknowledge that such perspectives exist but we treat them as a separate field as something other There is a latent expectation that Indigenous people will shelve their Native issues for the duration of discussions of women's rights as if being Indigenous is a state one can suspend or put on hold when convenient Referring to 2nd wave white middle class feminists anna Saini says What they cannot understand they discount instead of ceding their control and leadership of the movement to play a supporting role empowering us to fight for our own self determination 96and I think this is true of people in authority over movements in general Jessica Yee labels this a form of neo colonialism 96 and I would have to agreeFeminism FOR REAL emphasizes that colonization appropriation and exploitation are not obscure phenomena relegated to our past They are ongoing Euality does not mean we treat everyone as the same especially when the same is all too often a code phrase for everyone is white Even when society acknowledges the Indigenous perspective or any non white perspective it makes few attempts to accommodate that perspective something that Golshan Abdmoulaie captures well in her poem about Muslim women when she says None of your dreams fit me 71 It is with this awareness that I consider how I will confront these issues especially as a teacher I consider myself a feminist in the sense of Latoya Peterson If I think about gender access and euality therefore I am by definition a feminist 43 However I am also a white male In challenging racial and gender ineuality my goal is to be what Krysta Williams and Ashling Ligate call an Indigenous ally someone who supports you and also challenges their own complicity in the system that produce sic harm 155 Hence coming from this perspective for me the strongest message of this book is that discomfort will be a natural part of the struggle to be an ally It will not be abstract theoretical discomfort it will be real It will be a part of my life and of my teachingAs an example of how discomfort appears in teaching consider the controversy in the United States over a new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that replaces the N word with slave The publisher argues that the former word makes modern readers uncomfortable with the book I think such censorship absurd Can you imagine if we skipped sections of Canadian history because the way European colonists treated Indigenous peoples makes us uncomfortable today? Challenging ineuality in any form and learning to be an ally is not easy nor should it be It is uncomfortable and sometimes it hurts 156 This is the most pragmatic and important lesson that Feminism FOR REAL has for me Depending on your background and your experiences you may find different lessons in this book—but I can guarantee you will find lessons Like some of the contributors have confessed I am not well read when it comes to the canon of popular academic feminists so I am not ualified to label this book refreshing or revolutionary But it is eye opening thought provoking and it does what it says on the cover it is real as in authentic and that makes it worth your attention

  5. Amy Lee Amy Lee says:

    You can read a bunch of excerpts here

  6. Emma Emma says:

    i agree this kind of reads like a zine it's made up of personal reflections that vary uite widely in their perspectives and experiences in that sense it feels a bit disparate i was kinda hoping for a systematic or in depth critiue of the 'academic industrial complex of feminism' at the end of this book i'm not sure i know what that is really'this shit is real' by krysta williams and ashling ligate has some really important 'tips' for engaging in anti oppressive activismacademia that i agree need to be constantly checked when you're doing that work from a position of relative privilege i also liked reading robyn maynard's piece because it was grounded in a specific community project and the challenges they faced latoya peterson's and louis esme cruz's contributions were also really enjoyable to read as personal narratives

  7. Alyx Alyx says:

    As with many anthologies there is a problem with inconsistency To my mind LaToya Peterson Andrea Plaid and Louis Esme Cruz contributed the best essays I had trouble with Megan Lee's conceptualization of a class ueer identity but would gladly sit on it or encourage others to run with the idea It sounds like Krysta Williams and Erin Konsmo are doing amazing work for indigenous rights and brought up some of the salient criticisms against academic feminism and in general I hope this book challenges feminist thinking on indigenous women and national identity this book really opened my eyes as far as Canadian indigenous feministwomanist rights are concerned and to my mind this isn't being addressed within the academy at all I'm fine with the anthology's collective effort to criticize and in some sense dismantle the academy As someone who is entering into the academy as a feminist media scholar I think this is pretty necessary To that end poet Shaunga Tagore might have offered the most succinct and powerful missive However what ultimately frustrated me about Feminism FOR REAL is that some pieces didn't read as a systemic critiue of the academy so much as personal is political attacks Shabiki Crane does a decent job of balancing the two in her brief essay on her rump and black cis female sexuality where she calls bullshit on the embedded racism of poststructuralist feminist thought that claims it's empowering for Britney Spears to foreground her sexuality but not Beyoncé aside a smart commenter challenged a similar argument I made in a post about the Telephone video But Diandra Jurkic Walls' piece about the resentment she felt for her program not wanting her to turn in a 'zine for her thesis just read like a white girl trying to enter into the Oppression Olympics She made a few good arguments but they were buried under a lot of whining If I were her thesis adviser there'd be a big So What? written on the first page of this essayThat said I have a lot of good will for this book and hope it gets recognition in the academy and blogosphere

  8. Molly Octopus Molly Octopus says:

    Did I catch a hint of sovereign citizens in this or am I dreaming?The poetry was lame but it always is in these anthologiesAlso I've been studying feminism for a long time and in college and I still couldn't figure out what half of these authors were saying or perhaps they'd argue I'm too versed in academic feminism or maybe I'm just too white Anyway it was difficult to follow seemed to meander and it also seemed to assume that I had a plethora of knowledge of issues for Native women in Canada I have noneSo this book ended up being completely not what I expected from the title excluding the very last essay I guess it wasn't written for me which sucks because I was truly interested in learning about the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism Maybe it needs a different title Or maybe I'm too steeped in my white ignorance and I don't understand colonialism and Canada's history of oppressing minorities This book made me want to learn about it but it didn't teach me anything I was super lostI think it's really of a collection of Native Canadian women being angry I just didn't have the previous knowledge to get itSeriously feminist websites why this book? Have you even read it?

  9. Alexis Alexis says:

    I actually read this book in one sitting A lot of it appealed to me It was about the academia of feminism and the difference between white middle class academic feminism and the feminism practiced by others It was about how people of colour might feel out of place in academic women's studies programsThis book had a lot of energy and a lot of anger It was edited by one woman and there were numerous essays in it Some of them were much better than others It had a zine like feel to it I really enjoyed a lot of the pieces in it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has ever felt out of place in an academic setting or in a discussion of feminism I really appreciated the First Nations perspective and the discussion of indigenous feminism which makes sense to me

  10. Idzie Idzie says:

    The best book on feminism I've ever read Accessible engaging and most importantly incredibly moving and eye opening

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