Softcover 6″ x 9″, 240pp
Coming September 2012
What Are You Doing Here? investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.
“We can neither reflectively choose our color identity nor downplay its social significance simply by willing it to be unimportant… but our color no more binds us to send a predetermined group message to our fellow human beings than our language binds us to convey predetermined thoughts.”—Amy Gutmann
“Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.”—Lester Bangs
I’ll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done.
Sweet! Looking forward to reading this.
This is genuinely horrifying.
White people stop this shit. And most of these images are from the 21st century so…yeah.
So are we really gonna keep acting like Black folks ain’t always been the ones used to uphold whiteness and white womens’ purity, hmm? These pictures don’t lie. You don’t need their back story or a degree in fashion to see what’s going on here. Black/brown = servitude/envy/mammy roles, white = heavenly/divine/pure/perfect.
Women of the Black Panther Party
1. Dorthory Phillips & Leslie Booker - National HQ Oakland.
2. Kathleen Cleaver - Central Committee.
3. Safiya Burhari - Harlem NY.
4. Sisters working @ People Revolutionary Conference Washington DC (1970).
5. Tarika Lewis speaking @ Bobby Hutton Day (1999).
6. Varlie Douglas - Central HQ, worked on the first Liberation school staff (1968).
7. Candie Robinson - Washington DC/National Dist.San Francisco/Central HQ Oakland.
8. Shelly Bursey/Brenda Presley National HQ Staff (1969).
9. Barbara Easley-Cox S.F., Central HQ, Philly office (1969).
10. Cookie Hite S.F.Dist. (1969).
womyn of the Black Panther Party…warriors
The dozen women I spoke to for this story—most of them queer-identified and/or women of color—have witnessed varying amounts of offensive behavior, such as unwanted touching or use of casually misogynist language, within the movement.And they also differ as to the extent to which they think they can elbow the “isms” out of their space. But for the most part they share a defiant hope; just maybe, they say, for once, a mobilization for social change can get it right: maintain a broad base of support, connect the dots between different kinds of injustice and achieve staying power. Their fervent wish is that the movement’s careful attention to inclusive structure, including “safe space” caucuses and working groups and a commitment to anti-oppression training, means not that misogyny will vanish altogether but rather that diverse voices will remain a core part of the movement.
“We gotta demand pay that reflects the job you do not whether you got a dick or not.”
HarassMap - mapping sexual harassment in Egypt through SMS reporting.
- Victims of harassment can send an anonymous report by SMS, phone, twitter, email or our website that tells us the location of the harassment, and a little about what happened if they like.
- We’ll send back a response to inform victims of services already existing, like counseling, legal aid, and ECWR’s guide on how to make a police report.
- The reports will be mapped on a public website where everyone can see the results in real time.
- We’ll share the map with NGOs, media and the police and ask them to use the information to help them in their own work to stop harassment.
- As we start to see “harassment zones” where there are many reports, we’ll make special outreach in those areas. Although we roughly know that harassment is everywhere, outreach solutions will not be equally effective. We need to know if the hotspot is a bus station, one-way street, or a public park, because sometimes the solution will be police patrolling, recommending a monitoring camera placement, or just talking to the men in the local shops next door.
- We’ll also be providing as many services as we can, including a facebook page and website where women and men can share ideas about how to stop harassment, self-defence videos tailored for harassment, and an interactive forum to suggest ideas and volunteer.
Read more at Why do we want to start HarassMap?
NEW UPCOMING FEMINIST CAMPAIGN
Remember when I wrote this about the horrific London Cabwise posters?
I asked you lot for help with a campaign targeting men about rape, rather than victim-blaming and scaring women (we’re still open to suggestions - any suggestions you have from anywhere in the world about campaigning to men about rape would be appreciated).
Well! I’m keeping you informed of the process…
There are a series of adverts coming out soon, in time for New Year’s we hope, focusing on making men aware of rape (probably along the lines of the Canadian ones).
We’re hopefully going to be involving The White Ribbon Campaign (men, sign the pledge if you haven’t already), and we have an open letter being headed up to Cabwise about the posters that sparked this discussion.
There is a BIG London ad-campaign we’re beginning to set up, and it’ll desperately need plenty of media and public attention to get off the ground.
PLEASE LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THIS IS STARTING. We’re going to need an army of people spreading this to the public. We’re also going to need plenty of (however small) donations from across the globe to get this up and running.
I’ll let you know more about it when I can give you something solid but, until then, just keep watching this space and get ready to galvanise. If you can reblog this and encourage your mates to follow this tumblr, that’ll be easier for me to get the message out (without having to go around to all the big fem tumblrs individually like I did last time).
If you (any of you!) have anything (at all) to input - any ideas, suggestions, or questions please drop them in the ask box below. Yep?