This quote is from her phenomenal essay Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In on The Feminist Wire. I think she pointed out something really important that helps move past individualistic critique on Lean In to again, an institutional/systems view with an intersectional lens. It’s about Sheryl Sandberg but it’s about more than her. It’s a critical essay especially in the age of neoliberal, 1%, mainstream feminism. The essay gets into race/class and reveals how a lot of respectability politics and bootstrap theory is involved in this corporate reshaping of feminism. MUST READ.
Oh my goodness…you’re gonna make me cry. <3
As I’ve alluded to before, a lot of people are coming at me from different angles for my writing. Some are doing it in very ugly ways, some not so bad but still somewhat awkward. There’s another dimension to this where there’s spaces that don’t contact me directly but they recognize their dearth of writers who are women of colour and want to fix that. And it sounds good on the surface.
But…I don’t want to be a mainstream article writer though. And I tried to consider it and care. I even submitted a few pieces to places that cry out about their lack but they didn’t want my pieces. And ironically, some of those same spaces have writers who’ve plagiarized and content trolled me in the past. My words are always better from a White person’s or a man’s pen, huh?
And I get it. I really do. The choices. Write in the margins and be plagiarized versus be a token mainstream. Have freedom in a marginal space, a freedom subject to theft, exploitation and erasure, however, versus deal with mainstream rigidity and rules, their need to oversimplify and relegate nuance to the point of invisibility.
And I get the compliment often, that I should write and publish a book, which of course has many barriers before such a thing could occur, but I’ve been thinking about it anyway. Do it to see if I can. I mean…I did write (and self-publish) eBooks for my other life in photography so I do have a small sense of possibility there. And I must post 1000-10,000 words here like every week, so I do have a small sense of possibility there.
I like the “right now” of tweets, Storify and essays. But I like the idea of the permanence of books. I mean…I own some bell hooks books, for example. I like that hard copy, forever feel of that important critical thought for which I forever refer to.
Thus, I might start some work on a book. I can’t guarantee it will be published and publicly available or anything like that. Again, I am not a mainstream “notable” person of the “right” race or gender or class to guarantee that. I have no generations of networks or contacts. No one, literally no one in my parents’ generation or earlier were even born here. Even some in my generation of my family weren’t either. But yeah, I’ll still do the work of a book and see what happens. When I looked over my essay lists the other day, let alone all of the essays in my archive, I realized that I have several books there several times over. But the idea (not telling) I have for this book isn’t really covered on this blog as much as other topics. But it’s something I’m passionate about exploring.
So once I feel 100% committed to the idea, my type A tendencies will take over and outlines will surface and organized notes and deadlines and all the stuff that annoys most people but pleases my extreme organizational spirit will occur.
I think this will be interesting.