Define Feminist? Feminism is a radical liberation movement designed to free women globally from patriarchal oppression.
Online activism is a hot mess to me these days, and I’ve largely lost interest in 99% of the activities that I was once interested in. This is just a reality of increasing responsibilities and a shifting of my energy to activities I believe serve me better.
If it isn’t local feminist groups sharing videos suggesting that “I am Chris Brown” is a “movement” for black men to join, it’s homophobia, classism, or something else. Frankly, it’s exhausting and I no longer have the energy or proclivity to have “discussions” with people who are unwilling to educate themselves on the basics before assuming they’re correct.
There are a number of contemporary resources for educating yourself about feminism in the Caribbean, my blog included, and of course, scores of books, many of which I’ve already listed previously on my blog, or I’ve linked throughout my previous posts.
Carnival is not a feminist space simply because there is nothing that materially or theoretically differentiates carnival from what it is like living as a woman in the Caribbean on a daily basis. While carnival can be a positive space for some women on an individual basis, we cannot too liberally apply the label of “feminist” to any space where women feel happy.
Ironically on the day I’ve chosen to write this post, my iron levels feel low and I’m overall exhausted and experiencing chronic pain. But I’ve decided to try to push through and even if I keep this short and sweet, hopefully, I would have given you something to think about.
In the Caribbean, there’s a strong sense that feminism and LGBT liberation are two separate issues. However, I worry that this separation is less for practical reasons such as different needs from society and the community. I suspect a large portion of the separation between Caribbean feminists and the LGBT community is flat out homophobia.
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My new commitment to blogging daily has kicked off and today I wanted to start with Men’s Issues Mondays. “Well Eriche, that’s a weird way to start off a week of feminist blogging,” you might say. And I agree. I wish it weren’t this way, but I didn’t choose “Men” and “Monday” to both start with the letter “M”, so here we are.
As promised, I’ll be trying to stick to different themes on each day and I will try to keep up daily short posts as long as humanly possible. This should be a fun challenge!
So, here are my themes:
- Men’s Issues Monday
- LGBT Tuesday
- Women’s Wednesday
- Ableism & Feminism Thursday
- Race & Class Friday
These may not make a lot of sense to you, but they make sense to me and help me to categorize my thinking so that I can write something that’s clear, concise and interesting to you. So this has been a long preamble before the actual topic of this post which is…
Respectability politics refers to the ways we as a community police ourselves and attempt to align ourselves with what the mainstream deems as appropriate rather than challenging the mainstream for refusing to accept us as we are. Respectability politics lead to statements like “pull up your pants if you want respect” or “stop sagging your pants”. This can also be applied to situations where people suggest that women should cover up more if they want to be treated with respect.
For the first time since I’ve moved back to St. Lucia, I did what I’ve always been meaning to do — get involved. I’ll be honest, it’s been difficult. I don’t live with parents and I support myself 100%. That means since 2015, many details of adulthood have been totally new and 100% my responsibility. Since moving back here, my partner has lost his grandmother as well as his mother. My home has been tainted by the stress of small business ownership as well as grief. Finally, there has been some sign that life has settled down and I leapt at this opportunity to attend a National Trust meeting.
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Yesterday was International Men’s Day and I wanted to write a post addressing men’s issues but not in the way that you think. As someone who has called herself a feminist for years and been in many “arguments” about feminist issues, one of the common derailments to women discussing the social issues that affect them is, “What about the men?!”
So what about men?
Why are women responsible for solving all the social issues that affect their lives as well as the social issues that impact men as well? The truth of the matter is, men who derail with this kind of statement don’t actually care about the social issues affecting men. It’s simply an affront to them that women would dare question the status quo or would dare defy the existing social hierarchy in any way. It’s the weak attack of a threatened animal but luckily for you, there are ways to disarm this…
[[Before you read onwards… I encourage you to read ALL the posts linked in this blog post. Most of them I link for a reason and I want you to check them out to further your learning. — MGMT]]