….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
It looks like this year Idid not come to “praise Ceasar”! Even though I committed to Blog-up for IWD 2012 via Gender Across Borders.
While it is easy to put up some pretty life-affirming pictures of women in a circle of universal group-hug, through Spiralmuse.org, we were involved with celebrating International Women’s day since 2002. A decade later, I found myself writing this as a comment of the state of our world in 2012:
Its International Women’s day 2012 so ..Wow, thank you for the 1st, the original protest song “Strange Fruit” sung by Billie Holliday. Please don’t disrespectfully condescend to women from other races by putting up pictures of us that unilaterally represent your “narrow & ignorant” projection of us in your so-called solidarity with us when you are still too busy being racist & ONLY has white friends! LMAO! That in 2012, what Billie HOliday sang about is more Relevant than ever shows how racists the Ango-white world still is! Thank you for everything, Miss Holiday! ♥ ♥ ♥
So in the US of A, concerned bloggers are writing:
Why bring this up you ask? Well, after the victory of extreme right wingists and candidates of the Tea Party, I started to get a little concerned. I’m concerned because their goal is “to take America back”. Back to where? To the days of President Reagan, when the poor were taxed like nobody’s business and getting poorer and the rich got richer off the backs of others. And if we keep playing around and allow these people to “take America back” they’re going to take it right back to the days of lynches and open racism. ( link)
In the meantime, even as the now rapidly declining in quality UK newspaper Guardian decided to go on their missions about Women of Darfur, I found myself thinking and writing ironically about the issue of “race & gender” in the way it is presented by anglo-saxon medias. My response to the so-called “Call to solidarity ” of the Anglo-Guardian “lets all be black together” while we sip our little latte at Carluccio’s in N1 (yes, my pseudo-ex-fling-thing knew all of them cos boohoo he was Mr-Iraq-War journalist-independent-journalism-prize-winner-blah-blah (aka. endearingly known as the “Immature moron with a narcissistic personality disorder” to me)…anyway, so I knew the “type” and I’ve seriously stopped reading the Guardian since 2006. Anyway, my reaction became an in-joke:
In honour of Billie Holliday’s Strange Fruit, for 2012 International Women’s day…lol. 🙂 Welcome to the next Millennium….LMAO..its an INJOKE! Don’t start nicking this from here and start misquoting me with “boohoo..Ceciliia racially discriminates against white anglo-saxon male between the age of 60-100 banker types! hahaha.” Idiots! hahaa.
Unfortunately as I went to sleep, my smart-arse friend in Australia (Queenslanders live in a different mind-zone) decided to put in her two-cents worth and ended up ranting about how her designer Italian kitchen knife set was Racist because they made them in the colour of every race on earth + greenpeace activists but it did not come in “white”!
So here it is again, 2012, White is allegedly still the “normative colour” where all other colours deviate from according to her 80s Feminista “Lets reclaim the night” and at 2000 force the Australia government to adopt our scheme national wide! lol. Yes, she is allowed to whinge and complain because she did loads of stuff about the issue! She is allowed to blow off steam using “voodoo” designer kitchen knives!
What she so “sharply” pointed out is way more insightful and genuine than the homilies of the latte-sipping-middle of the middleclass Anglo-femi-fascists of Guardian junior copywriting about Sudan! She is not ranting about these “black “imaginary” women in my heads whom I have never met and never will meet and how brave they are because they are so oppressed and how these little yellow people out there are also oppressed, so I should cuddle up to my cardigan wearing “partner” tonight and be grateful that I am white! Smug in the knowledge that I have shown “solidarity” by going, “tut, tut, that is soooo awful!”
I know there are loads of Anglo Power who do amazing things to support Black power and just about any other kind of women around the globe. But I think if you are an insider to the whole feminist rhetorics for a very long time, you know when you are being “whacked” with a CONDESCENDING Femi-fascist Wet-slag (ironic :P)-hug!
If you want to help Sudan or women anywhere on earth, try a very simple thing: Ask them what they want, what they really want before posting stupid pictures about them! Don’t group-hug on International women’s day and then ignore the “real issues”:
For example: For International Women Day, please consider the women living under the CCP Communist Government who are being compulsorily sterilised and then ask yourself: Why did Liu Xiaobo & Liu Xia get locked up for saying: We need democracy & a proper rule of law! Don’t just acccept the pretty pictures of Women group hugging in a Universal Outpour of positive vibrations! 😛 “This ain’t the 60s or the summer of love, the hippies still DID STUFF in REAL LIFE, not just Tweeted!”
So this is what I sent for this Syrian pro-human rights pro-democracy (link) documentary they are doing and Yes, I did also tweet for Oxfam: “Help the Syrian people: Call for access to humanitarian relief and an end to the violence – http://oxf.am/o6k”
But most of all, I got into a photo shoot with another woman (a white award winning burlesque photographer called Andrea Barrett) and we talked about the issue and we agreed to “do something” physically about it, in REAL life, REAL time! (We also decided I would pose with a pink copy of Marilyn French’s book, in a black frou-frou merry-widow, with strings of seed-pearls draping all over me, truck-loads of black smokey eye make-up, false eyelashes, a Gypsy Rose Lee Black Bouffant and a Giant silk flower tied to my bum with a great big Magenta silk bow…yeah, but that’s another blog! :))
****Please remember humour across the world is different for all cultures, stop trying to impose Anglo-PC group hugs on the world….Women need to celebrate or affirm their empowerment in whatever way they feel like, even if they decide to Swear Blue-murder about their genitals like in the Vagina Monologue or take out a joke ad, sexually harassing some bizarre guy and offering to KILL him for touching her bum! Get over it Femi-silly-fascists! Just get a life and do as my mate in Australia did, send me Voodoo knives to make her point about “Feminism & Race”! She knows what she is going on about, she really was one of the founding members of Reclaim the Night since 1997 (you do not, do not want to MESS with her on the issue of empowerment!) http://www.isis.aust.com/rtn/ and she is one of the few Anglo-feminist whose opinions about “coloured women & gender issues” I REALLY would listen to…the rest of the condescending wannabes can just “go and sit on a cactus (preferably white)”!
*** Think about the lyrics and take Race-based Violence against Women VERY SERIOUSLY and check your own hidden Xenophobia & Smugness before entering the REAL Global Feminist Debate!
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.