Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Patriarchy Speaks

This next post is going to be a rant as there is no other way to respond to what I just had the misfortune to read. I visited The blog KALAGENESIS only to be confronted by some of the most sexist diatribe I have had the misfortune to read in the blogosphere for awhile.

"But many Black women like Angela Davis bought the communist/feminist line about male oppression.For Black girls the chance to sit next to Blond women who they've worshiped since they've gotten their first doll was a chance many could not resist.Am I making some of you uncomfortable?Good the truth always do.So to is the myth about the strong Black woman.This myth is designed to humiliate Black men and boys.Black men are still running most of the successful Black households,not women.It is Black men who are building businesses at the highest rate among any other group in America."

The reason that WOC identified with feminism is that they realized that they were/are subject to sexism. It is not about admiring white women. Many WOC have been very critical of white women in the feminist movement, therefore your declaration that our desire to identify with feminism due to our innate love of white womanhood is patently false. Perhaps you should read the work of an anti-racist feminist like bell hooks before making such wild declarations.
The strong black woman was not designed to emasculate black men as you contend. It is a social construction to encourage the belief that black female body did not constitute womanhood. In times of slavery black women worked side by side with the men in the fields simply because their femininity was not acknowledge while conversely white femininity was perceived as delicate and fragile. Creating the myth of the strong black female was based on a desire to to ensure a super exploitable workforce.

Finally, if black men are more successful in business (and I say if, because your assertion has not been proven by reliable data) it is because of the systemic nature of sexism. According to bell hooks, "black women are in an unusual position in this society, for not only are we collectively at the bottom of the occupational ladder, but our status is lower than that of any other group. Occupying such a position we bear the brunt of sexist, racist, and classist oppression. At the same time, we are the group that has not been socialized to assume the role of exploiter/oppressor in that we are allowed no institutionalized "other" that we can exploit or oppress."

It is Black men who are building businesses at the highest rate among any other group in America.Most African American organizations,churches,charities,businesses are run by Black men.This is in spite of opposition from a racist White America.Black females are helped by the government.After 1968 White feminist convinced the proleteriate Black women that being'independent' was the key and the result is every thug mama's boys,gangsta rapper you see.Get rid of strong men and the young bucks will rule.Now a solution to all of this is to mentor young men in your community.Lets fight these entertainers who are encouraging the thug criminal life just to peddle a few clown records.

In what ways are black females helped by the government? I do recall Reagan referring to black women as "welfare queens". Since women have always borne the brunt of child rearing I find your assertion that the rise of the single mother has anything to do with increased prison rate. In your analysis you fail to consider the war on drugs, the exploitative capitalist economy, and systemic racism. Oh no, it is far easier to blame the black woman. We, who hold the least power in society are responsible for societies ills. I would suggest to you, that issues are two fold, capitalism and patriarchy. The so-called young bucks will not rule if they are raised to respect women, society and given an equal opportunity. Men are currently ruling this world and what is the result: Famine, disease, hate crimes, wars, systemic rape, child abuse, pollution coupled with environmental degradation and the list goes on and on. You want change, advocate for a systems change, advocate for gender equality. Until those two things are achieved you can expect the state of the world to remain stationary. Blaming women for that which we neither consented to, or had any part in, is nothing but a sexist cop out to explain the status of the world.

10 comments:

Ebony Intuition said...

"Blaming women for that which we neither consented to, or had any part in, is nothing but a sexist cop out to explain the status of the world."

so true..

"if black men are more successful in business (and I say if, because your assertion has not been proven by reliable data) it is because of the systemic nature of sexism."

true also, a white man would give power to a black man or any other man before he gives it to white women or any other women..Patriarchy protects and supports men

Kala Nation said...

First I would like to say I am no sexist.I detest any notion of male supremecy,domination over women.Your definition of supremecy is the problem.I grew up with my father in the home but I looked at my parents as one.I respected both of them equally.In the post From African Queen to Porn Queen'I was asking a question not giving an answer.I believe Black women do have it hard in this country,my problem is they are not recognizing that ultimately only nationalism among our people will end it.You say Black women are oppressed then why do you support a system that bring you this oppression.Hilary Clinton is no friend of strong Black women,because most Black women by nature are stronger in this country.You have to be strong to be Black in America,we need people like you to learn to love yourself and for me to be more gender sensitive.Until then let agree to disagree

Renee said...

Clearly you are either not reading my responses or are only seeing what you choose to see. I do not support Hilary Clinton. I support the right of women to choose who they want to support. I certainly do not support this racist, capitalist, patriarchal system under which we currently live either.
My problem is that you continually refer to things as "natural" and this belies the degree to which we are socialized beings. I further resent your commentary regarding the degree to which I respect myself. Not only do I believe in women I believe in myself as an individual and that is why I have declared myself a womanist.

Kala Nation said...

That is an outright lie,look at how many white men are supporting Hilary over Obama.I mean hard core conservatives.Could it just be that Black men achieve because we beat the White man at his own game.Black feminist are following a script that was written for them that is why no one takes takes them seriously in the Black community

Renee said...

Response @ Kala Nation

Your last commentary makes no sense. Clarify your point.

Kala Nation said...

The question was asked why then are so many new multi million dollar businesses being created by men in our community?I am not a sexist lets not play that game.I am talking about the lie of Black women being oppressed by the Black man.I am sick of Black male bashing,when I see it I will fight that injustice like I will fight injustice to females.I here from Renee a self pitying bitter woman who has no real facts just stuff she convinced herself were true without life experience to validate what she says.This is what I fight,does that make me a sexist?

Renee said...

Reply @ Kala Nation

You don't own your male privilege and that makes you sexist. It is not a point of discussion it is simply a fact. Your commentary all over my blog and your derision of black women speaks for itself.
It is fine to defend black men but not at the cost of admitting the ways in which they benefit from male privilege.
I am not going to do the work for you regarding male privilege. Do some basic research.

Anonymous said...

The Canon EOS 60D is a new prosumer digital SLR camera.

A chief upgrading is available with 63-point latest metering system and viewfinder which provides 96 percent coverage.
This camera still consist all of the previous features of the
older model however, these older features are more enhanced and amazing
features are also added.

Anonymous said...

* CNA training programs will be more than a nursing
degree course because they prepare you when deciding to take
good care of patients and, therefore, raise the
level of care and service. It's a cycle that may only be broken through much awareness and ensuring these molesters receive proper counseling,
not only punishment, before being released into our society.

Because of the labor involved, it would be cheaper to buy a new piano than get it fixed, but the piano has plenty of sentimental value in my opinion so I will contain it fixed.



Have a look at my webpage ... jeu casino

Anonymous said...

Actually, th kitten's don't result in the videos, but people make funny videos with cat's
in them. To go as well as that, when I'm searching for something on Google,
I basically ignore any You - Tube results that show up, because that is not
what I'm searching for plus they've never seemed strongly related my searches within the
past. oh sorry, that isn't you I know you might be over that.


Also visit my web blog; funny vids ()