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I wrote “our white activists” as opposed to “white activists” when talking about the reproductive rights movement because we need to have more accountability as to whose voices we are broadcasting, and whose we are ignoring, silencing, or using without due credit. Every person, myself included, is complicit in upholding the status quo of valuing white voices over black or other POC voices, even as we work to dismantle other parts of the patriarchy.
Never forget, it was black women who developed “reproductive justice" and a black woman who coined "intersectionality.” Black women have long been at the forefront of civil rights and social justice movements, yet it’s our white activists who get the spotlight.
I AM the ‘bad bisexual’.
I AM the ‘sexually agressive slut’.
I AM the ‘Swinging, poly, non-monogamous whore’
I AM NOT the reason for biphobia
I AM NOT who you shove under the carpet while you desperately beg for monosexual approval
I AM still valid
I AM still worthy of respect and care
I AM a person
Respectability politics hurt people. Stop it.
"Respectability politics" originated as a term used by and for people of color, specifically Black people (credit goes to Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, a Black feminist scholar, in 1994). Correct me if I’m wrong, but considering the history of appropriation of Black-specific terms for other issues (along with calling things “the next civil rights movement” like racism is over or something), I don’t know if it’s appropriate to use it in reference to sexuality outside the context of race and without crediting/including Black people. That’s not to say this post isn’t completely accurate (it is), but that the term may not be in the correct context.
I don’t assume anything about OP’s race, and will delete this if I’m totally off base.
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