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October 28, 2013

bell hooks on the neoliberal feminism of "LEAN IN"

bell hooks calls out Sheryl Sandberg for the quisling she is. Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In | The Feminist Wire
Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy need not be challenged. And she makes it seem that privileged white men will eagerly choose to extend the benefits of corporate capitalism to white women who have the courage to ‘lean in.’ It almost seems as if Sandberg sees women’s lack of perseverance as more the problem than systemic inequality. Sandberg effectively uses her race and class power and privilege to promote a narrow definition of feminism that obscures and undermines visionary feminist concerns. Contrast her definition of feminism with the one I offered more than twenty years ago in Feminist Theory From Margin To Center and then again in Feminism Is For Everybody. Offering a broader definition of feminism, one that does not conjure up a battle between the sexes (i.e. women against men), I state: “Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” No matter their standpoint, anyone who advocates feminist politics needs to understand the work does not end with the fight for equality of opportunity within the existing patriarchal structure. We must understand that challenging and dismantling patriarchy is at the core of contemporary feminist struggle – this is essential and necessary if women and men are to be truly liberated from outmoded sexist thinking and actions. Ironically, Sandberg’s work would not have captured the attention of progressives, particularly men, if she had not packaged the message of “lets go forward and work as equals within white male corporate elites” in the wrapping paper of feminism. In the “one hundred most influential people in the world” issue of Time Magazine, the forty-three-year old Facebook COO was dubbed by the doyen of women’s liberation movement Gloria Steinem in her short commentary with the heading “feminism’s new boss.” That same magazine carried a full page ad for the book Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead that carried the heading “Inspire the graduate in your Life” with a graduating picture of two white females and one white male. The ad included this quote from Sandberg’s commencement speech at Barnard College in 2011: “I hope that you have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.” One can only speculate whether running the world is a call to support and perpetuate first world imperialism. This is precisely the type of feel good declaration Sandberg makes that in no way clarifies the embedded agenda she supports. . . .

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the RoboRoach"

(FYI: this is a cross-post from my Snip, Burn, Solder...

October 23, 2013

"One of these days everything you're ever called your 'spirit animal' is going to show up and make you go on a fucking quest"

Eliza Gauger

October 21, 2013

Assassin dressed as a clown kills Mexican drug lord in surprise attack at family gathering

Yet another reason to be terrified of clowns. Assassin dressed as a clown kills Mexican drug lord in surprise attack at family gathering | Mail Online
A gunman wearing a clown costume has killed the oldest brother of one of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficking families in the resort of Los Cabos. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, a former leader of the Tijuana Cartel, was shot in the head late on Friday at a family gathering in the southern tip of the state of Baja California Sur, state prosecutors said. 'A person dressed as a clown took his life,' the spokesman said, adding that the gunman fled the scene. 'He was hit by two bullets, one in the chest and one in the head,' Isai Arias, a Baja California state government official, said. An unnamed official said the killer was wearing a wig and round red nose. The motive and the gunmen's disguise were being investigated. Local media reported that the killer had two accomplices when he attacked the former drug lord at a rented beach house, but this was not yet clear.