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Straight Allies, White Anti-Racists, Male Feminists (and Other Labels That Mean Nothing to Me)

If my detest for words and definitions stems from anything at all it’s the “allies” I’ve experienced in both my personal life and my work as an activist. I’ve met hundreds of “white allies,” for instance, many of who profess their “consciousness” via some digital channel (e.g. an overly serious twitter bio or utopia-inspired vision statement) or, in person, via some self-congratulatory speech masquerading as a relevant anecdote… especially when surrounded by women of color.

A Word to the Wise On The Culture of Naming (and Divisive Labels)

I decided to tweet about “The Culture of Naming” one evening, and am sharing the archive via this post. My main point was that naming can be as powerful as it can be silencing, and that we should consider the purpose of them before blanket use; for affinity groups, naming is essential, but for engagement/education, probably not so much. It’s a theory in progress. What do you think?

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