I tend to roll my eyes whenever I encounter articles arguing that a fictional character form a minority group can help end discrimination.
It often strikes me as yet another erasure of real efforts and lived experiences, a relegation to the realm of the unreal
"'Home' for many people in the margins, is, to paraphrase Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, that which we cannot not want. It stands for a safe place, where there is no need to explain oneself to outsiders; it stands for community; more problematically, it can elicit a nostalgia for a past golden age that never was, a nostalgia that elides exclusion, power relations and difference"
— Dorinne Kondo
What they say: “post-race”
What they mean: “leaving minorities behind”
What they say: “post-feminism”
What they mean: “leaving women behind”
I rate my days by how disposable I feel when I wake up.
Sometimes I wonder: if I don’t have stories to tell or words to write, do I have a life to live?