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As a genderqueer person (and a Spider-Man fangirl), this video just made my day.
I’ve been wanting to get this said and am sorry it’s taken me so long.
For a short period I was influenced by writings and statements from multiracial people who seemed to look very white, who had more complicated identities and didn’t identify as white. I’m 1/64 Cherokee and have some rumors of Iroquois heritage on my mother’s side, but am mostly Scotch-Irish and Swedish. My grandmother and uncles and cousins in North Carolina have all lived on Cherokee land for generations now. I briefly thought I should honor the small part of me which is Native by trying to reconnect with my tribe, but realized that to be adopted as a Cherokee I’d have to give up my vegan ideals. I then read a lot of stuff about postmodern Native identities and for about a month started publicly calling myself multiracial and two-spirit, since these terms seemed to best describe my blended, trans identity. Since then, I’ve realized that my skin is way too white for me to identify in this way, and I’ve seen that my using these terms was racist and a form of cooptation. I’m very sorry and very aware of my error and wanted to say this publicly in case anyone saw me identifying in these ways; that phase needed an explanation.
There are lots of other ways I’ve been (however unintentionally) racist. Maybe I’ll write more confessions like this one, I don’t know. I don’t mean to draw attention to myself; there are probably better ways of fighting racism and even of addressing this particular wrong. Anyhow, here it is. Sorry.
In Idea Channel’s Is Beemo a Third-Wave Feminist?, Mike Rugnetta discusses how the character BMO on Adventure Time is neither male nor female. His switching comfortably between male and female pronouns throughout the video made me cry a little, and I loved the quick, historically contextualized take-down of the gender binary. Thank you world, for changing.
(Uh, this post is related to animals because I’m an animal and my gender is part of my animalness. Therefore I will blog about gender. …See, I need to change the name of this blog to something more generally intersectional.)
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My veganism started out hazy and ignorant, became somewhat fundamentalist, and more recently, has become more honest and nuanced. Here’s a snapshot of that journey.
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Ah, humans. We’re always up to something.
- “I Am Not an Animal”: “This project explores how the psychological dynamics of our fear of death shape our relationships with other animals, leading to our need to claim superiority over them in ways that are often exploitative and abusive.” (Via The Ghosts in Our Machine)
- Emotion Work in Animal Rights Activism: A Moral-Sociological Perspective: “While participation in the animal protection movement can impart a deep sense of purpose it can also involve navigating a host of emotions on a near-daily basis… It is important for advocates to recognize these emotional costs and look to self care when needed. This will not only strengthen the individual but the movement as a whole.” (Via Carnism Awareness & Action Network)
- Law Enforcement Today article warns police not to kill family dogs: “Law enforcement officers have now officially been warned in a trade publication not to shoot family dogs… What was acceptable behavior for an officer ten years ago may be considered entirely unethical in this period of time. This includes how the family dog is to be treated.”
- Does Wearing Vintage Fur Instead of New Fur Make You a Better Person?: “Like, say, a vegetarian who occasionally eats chicken, the capacity that we have to trick ourselves into thinking that we’re sticking to our moral code—even as we deviate from it—is astounding. As usual.”
Image: The Kimmela Center in Action