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blugghhhhh so like there’s this new girl in the collective and i want to do a free palestine event on campus this semester and she spoke up and was like “yeah i’m pro-israel and you should really make sure you check your facts before you do that” and another new girl said “i’m not sure if we want to associate the name of the collective with something like this”
a) check my facts?????? what the fuck
b) people are literally dying, this is a literal human rights violation, this is exactly what the feminist collective needs to speak up against
No fuck you don’t you dare try to associate a feminist group on your campus with one opinion of the Gaza conflict.
That’s disgusting. This situation isn’t as black and white as you fucking idiots would like to think. Associating a feminist group on your campus like that is damaging to A LOT of people. Want a Palestine group? Create a separate one.
who the fuck are you????? lmao go away
The Free Palestine movement is a feminist issue!!!! Like there are so many reasons why this is a feminist issue. long-live-israel, there are many reasons why the Free Palestine movement should be considered a feminist issue. I’m no expert on Palestinian feminism but I know that there are basic needs that women are denied due to the subjugation of Palestine that the apartheid nationalism of Israel continue to perpetuate.
First of all, with the occupation of Palestine by Israel as being inherently colonial, women are a greater target in several different spheres that the occupation affects. Colonialism in any form is inherently anti-feminist because it impacts every aspect of women’s life while living under colonialism. Women in Palestine have lost, either to death or imprisonment, their husbands and male family members who are often the source of their economic, social, and sexual well-being, and their children, who women are the primary caretakers of. Women who are pregnant in Palestine are often unable to get adequate healthcare and have poorer means of giving birth because safe hospitals are often at great distances from each other and can be blocked by Israeli checkpoints, increasing a woman’s chance of miscarrying or other health problems. Rates of illness amongst women and children in Palestine are among the highest in the region, much of it going back to inadequate healthcare caused by different elements of the occupation of Israel. Plus, a far disproportionate portion of poor women in the region are Palestinian, reflecting a serious economic disparity among Israeli and Palestinian women, and in extension, men.
Here are some actual articles on why Palestine is a feminist issue, including some by actual Palestinian women, who would be able to explain it better than I:
Okay so in Philadelphia there has recently been a huge incident in which a group of people beat a gay male couple in what is regarded as the “gayberhood,” or the LGBT-friendly neighborhood. These men were beaten to the point where they needed to be hospitalized, but they are both definitely going to survive and heal.Thankfully with the help of social media, many of the assailants have been identified, and through public pressure of social media, some have turned themselves in. I hope they go to jail and I hope the two victims recover, of course.
Now, through this horrible incident people have discovered - or at least acknowledged - that Pennsylvania is a state that doesn’t currently cover sexual orientation as part of its hate crime laws. With this revelation, there have been petitions, social media uproar, and conversation about trying to get the Pennsylvania state government to have sexual orientation in the hate crimes law. I went to college in Philadelphia so tons and tons of people have been posting articles on Facebook and having conversations about violence against gay people, which is definitely important. All of that seems totally great and I’m very happy that this conversation is happening.
However, I’ve been very silent on the whole thing on Facebook and with my Philadelphia friends because, obviously as a gay person, violence motivated by sexual orientation is often on my mind. Firstly, the fact that this is only coming up after an extreme act of violence is already heartbreaking. However, what really gets to me is that this discussion of implementing new laws to protect the LGBT community is only happening when the act of violence is done against two cis white gay men.
On the surface, perhaps it just seems absolutely superfluous an observation since I’m sure this act of violence will be able to create positive change, at least for cis queers, since there has been little discussion of also including gender identity under the hate crime law. But as a recent citizen of Philadelphia for the past four years, who lived in the gayberhood and has witnessed or heard of several acts of violence, either verbal or physical against many queer POC, transgender people, and many transwomen of color, it doesn’t sit well with me that non-white and non-cis queer people have had to endure violence without the calls for legislation for these two white cis men, even though they are far more at ask of violence than white cis men are. How can I be 100% comfortable with legislative changes when there is this pit in my stomach that is telling me it’s only happening because members the most privileged group in our community happened to be the victims in this case?