Define Feminist? Feminism is a radical liberation movement designed to free women globally from patriarchal oppression.
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]]
A week or two ago, I came across this headline in St. Lucian news “Teenage Inmate At Bordelais Correctional Facility gives birth”. Unexpected, jarring and indicative of a number of social issues that are worth discussing. While the trend of mainstream feminism leans towards empowerment and other buzzwords unsupported by action or empathy towards the women who suffer most, there are clear feminist issues within our culture that an article such as this one brings to light…
Tennille | 19 | Trinidad And Tobago
Tennille is an avid twitter user and West Indian feminist. Read this blog post to learn more about her incredible insights on West Indian culture and the type of feminism Caribbean women need ASAP…
I recently met Jhovi while he was on vacation in St. Lucia and was instantly struck by something that holds true for all members of the Caribbean diaspora. No matter what our experiences are, we are united by a common heritage, a shared attitude towards the world and a love of having a good time. That’s one thing you can count on Caribbean people for!
I wanted to include his interview on this blog because I was sure he would have very different insights than I did about the experience of growing up as a St. Lucian man. Keep reading and you won’t be disappointed by his fresh perspective.
Jhovi Polius | 27 | St. Lucia (living in Maryland)