i just saw this article today that fits in to yesterday’s post: http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/03/know-about-invisible-illnesses/
SO my point with all of this is that our social constructions often pose as biological or absolute fact. this creates problems for all of us. i hope that i’ve provided perspective, information, and resources that serve to expand some definitions.
when we’re working against any form of oppression (sexism, racism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, classism, etc) we need to consider all of these things and even MORE because i’m sure i left stuff out.
no one has one identity. we all have our identities related to all these different concepts, they work within us all the time, and they shape our world all the time. justice for everyone involves solutions that are created by and for people of every identity and every combination of social location.
See Kimberlé Crenshaw’s “intersectionality”:
so if you’re fighting for justice in big ways or small ways, ask yourself who you’re helping, and who you might be leaving out.
expand your definitions and think on your own conceptions and ideas.encourage others to do the same. when someone gives you criticism, reflect on yourself instead of getting defensive.
never stop learning and seeking new voices!