Sunday, December 18, 2011

Please Welcome Biyuti To Womanist Musings

So... I'm Biyuti. Some of you may recall seeing my fairly infrequent comments. I'm fairly new to social justice activism, so I've mainly been trying to learn and absorb. And, as I've done so, I've been working out my own opinions about various topics of social justice. I've also been trying to decide how I want to participate, which has obviously led me to this point, where I will now be writing for one of my favourite blogs, the incomparable Womanist Musings.

I am primarily interested in race and post-colonial criticism, especially as it intersects with gender and sexuality. Um... although, I must confess that my interests are varied and I may occasionally write about other topics, especially since I believe that minimal knowledge and awareness about all the isms is necessary to achieve a truly intersectional movement for social justice.

You'll notice from my bios that I tend to used mixed pronouns for myself. This is partially due to some linguistic features of English, but also a conscious choice to represent my non-binary gender identity/expression. I primarily identify as a bakla Filipina. I have no preferred pronoun, so use whichever you find most efficacious.

It may also save us all a little time if I detailed, or linked to, some of my other writing that explains how I enter these discourses on justice. First, don't bother criticizing my posts by noting logical inconsistencies or mistakes. I believe that calls for rationality and logical arguments are both sexist and racist. Second, while I note that many isms function in an institutional or systemic fashion, I also hold everyone (including myself) personally responsible for their privileges and how these contribute to the oppression of other people. Last, I'm not all that interested in discussing the issues I cover with members outside the respective communities. Those of us who wish learn about oppressions not our own are often best served by listening, so keep this in mind if I chose not to respond to some comments or respond in ways that do not seem like they promote productive discussion (see also my position on logic).

I'll close this introduction by saying that I believe in the fundamental biyuti and goodness of people. Even those I know hate me. However, I also recognize that we live in culture that essentially corrupts and sullies our basic biyuti. I can be forgiving of ignorance and human error, but I do not forgive willful ignorance or hate born out of a refusal to see all of us as human. Nonetheless, life can be biyutiful and this is my humble attempt to help sustain that biyuti.