Where I Educate Myself on Being an Effective Feminist Ally
I talk the talk, still learning how to walk the walk
Since this blog is entirely me and my cis, straight self, there’s a lot of gaps in my feminism blog. I can shout “I’m an intersectional feminist” as much as I want, but no one is going to believe me if I don’t actively apply it to the way I live and participate in the spaces around me. And that starts with some heavy reading.
It’s an uphill climb, not gonna lie. For me, and many others, it’s more than knowing slavery is bad and chanting “black lives matter.” It’s sitting the fuck down, paying attention to — but never disrupting or inserting myself in — the larger conversations around me that don’t involve me. It’s work, but it’s not hard.
First, I’d suggest starting with the essay by Ijeoma Oluo in The Establishment. Literally called “Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed,” it covers all the main bases for new allies who are (like me) wandering around with good intentions but have no idea what the hell is actually happening.
A handy list of things that you’re going to need to catch up on. Buck up, because it won’t be easy.theestablishment.co
What in the past would have been a matter of turning to your closest POC friend and asking for a master class in Their Experiences, instead there’s Google and a number of great publications for people to self peruse and educate. There are many, many great ones out there and the ones I’m about to list are just a few of the ones I’ve found and thought knew their shit.
Among the many other issues addressing intersectional feminism, EF also has a really good specific focus on mental health, LGBTQIA identities, and trans issues.
Intersectional Feminism For Your Everyday Lifeeverydayfeminism.com
I mostly go on Medium jsut to read the Establishment. Like EF, the Establishment really focuses on branching off from the old-school cis/white focus of women’s rights. One of my favorites for sure.
The conversation is much more interesting when everyone has a voice. Media funded and run by women; new content daily.theestablishment.co
Everyday Feminism and The Establishment are my top two favorites because I’ve learned the most through their articles. The following places are all great publications, but vary a bit. Some are more focused or niche, others I feel they don’t have the same intersectional emphasis as often. Still great publications, but not my go-to for trans, anti-blackness, or colonialism education.
Muslim Girl is a great resource, even if you just follow it on Twitter, where I read and learn without being invasive.
MuslimGirlBlessed On Day 4 of this ongoing fashion series, we've picked an outfit that plays on a trend and is…muslimgirl.com
I enjoy reading their magazines, they’re good, fun, and relevant.
BUST is a magazine and website that provides news, entertainment, celebrity, lifestyle, and fashion from a feminist…bust.com
This is the publication that inspired the name of This Bitch. Another good millennial site.
Bitch Media’s Mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to media and popular culture…www.bitchmedia.org
I love Angry Asian Man for my community news, but Jenn is way ahead in terms of intersectionality of identities — especially in the Asian American community.
While the week was dominated with giddy speculation over the true meaning of the word 'covfefe', a bigger story…reappropriate.co
I wish this video series by MTV was its own late night show, or YouTube channel at least. The host, Franchesca Ramsey, tackles some tough topics and answers a lot of questions you always wondered, were too afraid to ask, or couldn’t bother to google.
This piece from Buzzfeed by itself: “Trans Women Shouldn’t Have To Constantly Defend Their Own Womanhood”
A friend of mine shared this article on Facebook with the caption, “If you consider yourself a feminist, READ THIS NOW! It’s an excellent piece about trans women in the history of feminism.” and I agree.
Forty years ago, the Washington, DC-based lesbian feminist record label Olivia Records needed a sound engineer - bad…www.buzzfeed.com
And of course, the classics:
If you’re looking for more or have suggestions for publications to add (or remove) hit up my twitter list Get Shit Done —
Like I said, it’s work. But if you’re a true intersectional feminist ally, it’s work you’re going to do. Also, if you’ve enjoyed these publications, most are looking for donations to keep independent feminist media alive!