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The IMF Guy, Violence Against Women and Rhianna’s Video

There's a fascinating juxtaposition between the reaction to the IMF guy, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest for sexual assault and the outraged reaction in some (mostly conservative) circles to the new video by Rhianna in which she is shown shooting a man who had assaulted her.  The reactions to both situations show women's subordinate status and how it is enforced through violence, shaming and blaming of victims, double standards and a huge amount of male privilege. The French mainstream reaction of Strauss-Kahn's arrest was first to  be indignant about its public nature (how gauche of the US media), then to minimize it (that's just old Dominique being himself), then to hint that it [...]

SAGE Award Remarks – 10.25.10

"I am not a member of any LGBT movement that narrows its focus away from ending sexism, racism, and economic injustice." A version of the prepared remarks below was given at the Annual Award Dinner of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) in New York City on October 25, 2010. The Ken Dawson Advocacy Award was presented to me by Virginia Apuzzo. Thank you. I was 21 years old when I first heard Ginny Apuzzo speak. It was 1979, and it probably was in Boston. From the minute I heard her speak, I was smitten. Women did not claim their political power, their space in the mainstream world as out lesbians, their intellect or their humor as boldly as Ginny did (and still does). She [...]

Race, Sex, and Power: Observations in 2008

"The color-blind or post-racial paradigm appeases the powerful without yielding much in exchange other than their comfort." A version of this presentation was given as part of the Opening Plenary Panel at the Race, Sex and Power Conference at the University of Illinois, Chicago on April 11, 2008. Copyright 2008 Urvashi Vaid The response to this conference certainly indicates the continued salience of, what that Marxist Leninist study group that one of my friends once belonged to used to call, “the primary contradictions.”  Indeed, the hierarchies of dominance and submission that those primary contradictions of class, race, sex, gender, and sexuality represent continue to [...]