Thank you :)
I love WOS and will be continuing their story even beyond book 4. The problem is that I am currently drowning in commitments and obligations that unfortunately take precedence over my writing. At this time I can’t give any specific dates. Committing to this year was pretty hard. Sorry that I can’t be more specific.
Black Women in Space Appreciation Post:
Stephanie Wilson (flew July 2006, October 2007, April 2010)
Did you know? Prom is coming up! And you have a right to express your gender identity. Your school may be violating the law if it doesn’t allow a female student to wear a tuxedo or a male student to wear a dress.
reblogging for my followers who will be going to prom this year
My school didn’t allow students to wear clothes “not for their gender” and only started letting same sex couples to go together my junior year after complaints the year before.
The “Scandal” skit on SNL tonight - pure genius & hilarious. Sasheer’s presence is definitely felt with the variety of skits the show is producing the second half of the season. Don’t tell me that representation & diversity doesn’t matter because they do for damn sure.
#TheySayTheyreMyAllyBut is a hashtag started by @LynxSainteMarie to address some of the ways that allies regularly FAIL, which is the nature of privilege, to fail. The problem is many of these behaviors become cyclical and abusive and then it’s like are you an “ally” or an “enemy?” Are you about deconstructing oppression or reinforcing it?
My natural stance towards allyship is skepticism. Why? Because my LIFE is on the line, not only tweets. While racism and sexism might be inconveniences for Whites and men, for example, that’s life or death for me. That’s whether or not I get a job or healthcare or whether or not I am safe walking down the street. That’s the source of anxiety, past depression and PTSD in my life. I don’t have the luxury of providing “the benefit of the doubt.” They both impact my health and life. They both take lives.
And I absolutely do not expect “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to cis privilege, thin privilege, literacy/education privilege—some of the privileges that I have. Nope. Be skeptical. That doesn’t mean falsely accuse me of bigotry (as Whites enjoy doing…so much…since they seem to think White privilege evaporates when they’re oppressed for other facets of their identities), but it does mean be skeptical as hell.
Skepticism is safety for the oppressed. Skepticism, not total apathy nor delusions about “goodness.”
If “allyship” can only exist when that person earns money for our pain, disregards our criticisms, or call us “toxic” for not indulging their oppressive words and actions, they’re not allies. The correct word is “oppressor.” And the nature of privilege is such that even while fighting against oppression, as someone privileged, they’re still oppressors. Oppression isn’t linear. Welcome to intersectionality. So the least that can be done is make words like “allyship” and “solidarity” stop being so utterly meaningless. It can mean something through accountability.
Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a celebration of ALL the wonder women in the world! To my fellow wheeling divas, keep on leaving tire tracks marks on the world! ~ Vilissa