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If we are to work together in solidarity, we must do so reflexively, conscious of our actions and the potential outcomes before we act. This is not a call to focus on criticism and self-reflection to the point that we are inactive. That is unproductive, to be sure. But it is a call to be mindful and vigilant about racist action and reaction, to come to terms with the fact that we must do the work of understanding racist underpinnings of prison incarceration, the death penalty, and sexual violence if we are to make significant progress. Undoing racism must be at the core of our collective work across movements.

Stephanie Gilmore, “Am I Troy Davis? A Slut?; or, What’s Troubling Me about the Absence of Reflexivity in Movements that Proclaim Solidarity,” Racialicious  

I was SO disappointed not to be able to go to SlutWalk NYC this past weekend. (Between my car breaking down and basically my whole house getting the flu, there was no way we could make it.) But seeing all the pictures and reading the tweets made my heart glad, and I feel like I was there in spirit. 

For those of you who couldn’t be there either, Therese Shechter (who is an amazing filmmaker working on a doc about virginity!) took some footage that gives you a sense of the amazing activist energy of SlutWalk.

“He pointed at my outfit and said, ‘Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?’” she recalled. “He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin.”

He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had “easy access,” said Lauren.

She said the officer explained that “you’re exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting.”

Calling SlutWalk! Jeez. 

(via modernistwitch-deactivated20120)