You’ve seen homonormativity. You may have even participated in it. Homonormativity can be such a part of queer culture that we don’t recognize it as problematic. Here’s a definition of what homonormativity is, along with examples of how it plays out. Everyone should know this information so we can fight the real systemic, structural oppression that keeps us down.
Race & Ethnicity
Have you ever benefited from racism? Lots of us would say we haven’t, because the connection between our privileges and racist acts isn’t always clear in our everyday lives. But if we look at the history of the United States, we can start to understand the way oppression works through generations. Check out this clever comic to learn how it all goes down.
As white people, we have a responsibility to do something to advance anti-racism. While we couldn’t help being born into a system of white supremacy, we can do something to help even the score. Want to put your white privilege to work? Here are five specific examples addressing what you can do and avoid silencing the people of color whose voices you mean to amplify.
How often do you get to see this? In the media, queer women of color are often invisible, and we know that’s a shame. Boosting visibility can break down stereotypes, show the endless beauty of love between women of color, and empower more women to know they’re worth celebrating. So here are 25 stunning photos of queer women of color to make you swoon.
Acknowledging privilege is difficult. It implicates you in the act of oppression, and very few want to think of themselves as oppressors. But if you dislike racism, yet do little — if anything — to resist it, you’re enabling racial oppression and benefitting from it. This not only harms people of color. It also harms white people and their humanity.
Growing up as a Black girl, my parents lathered me with rules and expectations that I now know as respectability politics. I felt like my parents were teaching me to be a complacent, extremely hardworking robot-woman. I now realize that they were doing their best to teach me how to survive the intersections of being Black and a woman in a world that hates both.
Mention Pearl Harbor or 9/11, and the rallying cry is “Never forget!” So why the double standard when it comes to Native issues? “Get over it” gets tossed around too frequently for people who have experienced trauma. I want to talk about why these past wrongs still very much impact Native lives today and direct your attention to what can help.
So many people like to argue that society can’t possibly change to accommodate all the needs of its oppressed and marginalized people (though we’re constantly backflipping to protect and validate privilege). But that argument is never based on facts, research, or precedent. Instead, it uses people’s fear of change and loss to deny oppressed people their rights.
From birth, those of us with privileged identities, such as being a man or white, are socialized to believe that all the opportunities we get are a result of individual merit. This is the fuel with which the oppression monster feeds itself, and it is something that we feminists — especially those of us who are white feminists — must unlearn to truly combat oppression.
Victim-blaming is a fundamental part of protecting privilege and deflecting accountability. However, as this gif set demonstrates, sometimes it just takes a good ally to help people see the parallels in their struggles. And, in Everyday Feminism’s opinion, meeting people where they’re at is a great strategy to encourage empathy and facilitate social justice.