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White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism…

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Ruby Hamad (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
1398157,663 (4.4)2
Teoksen nimi:White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color
Kirjailijat:Ruby Hamad (Tekijä)
Info:Catapult (2020), 304 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*****


White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color (tekijä: Ruby Hamad)


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this was a really excellent, and really hard read. i will need to reread it, probably more than once, to both fully understand everything she is saying and to fully absorb and allow myself to see everything (most especially the harm i'm causing) she is saying. this is a powerful book.

it reminded me of when i started activism work around gendered violence, and how everything came back to that, and how people would joke that i was no fun anymore. but that didn't change the fact that everything i was noticing was true. this book is like that. there is so much to see and realize and it pervades everything, every aspect of society, so it's just everywhere. and that's no fun but no less true for it.

there is so much to take from this book if you're open to it. it's an eye-opening read. she is writing as an australian, but she infuses so much understanding into american politics as well. it's amazing how much other people know about our country while we know next to nothing of theirs. her analysis is really interesting and valuable. i took so much from this book.

the many correlations she makes between race and gender and race and sex here are rather stunning. she frames just about everything in a way that i'd never seen before, and so i'm looking at just about everything with a new perspective and a new reference point. the lens she uses to see with has changed the way i'm seeing everything.

"...what makes the distress of while women so powerful is its association with femininity and helplessness."

"White women can oscillate between their gender and their race, between being the oppressed and the oppressor. Women of color are never permitted to exist outside of these constraints: we are both women and people of color and we are always seen and treated as such."

"The peculiar logic of Eurocentrism was fueled by the rise of scientific racism in the nineteenth century, which regarded true differentiation of the sexes as a status that had only been achieved by the more highly evolved white Europeans. Although brown and black bodies were designated female and male, the science promoted by the American School of Evolution regarded sex difference as a racial characteristic and argued that only white European-derived people had evolved to the point of having distinctly separate male and female brains and dispositions."

"Binary sex is both function and feature of white supremacy."

"...white Europeans colonized the world on the presumption they were 'civilizing' it, but by strictly policing both race and sex, they did everything in their formidable power to ensure nonwhites were never able to penetrate the inner sanctum of white society even if they wanted to."

"White people set the standard for humanity by which they, and only they, could succeed."

"Sex work...was reviled not so much because it implied dubious ethical character as because it allowed white women a degree of independence that most could not access."

"This fiction of a white race unravels as soon as we consider that 'white' is the only racial category where any mixing automatically excludes one from the racial group."

"White people are not united by a shared ethnicity: they are united by access to institutional power."

"Whiteness is more than skin color. It is a system that privileges those racial, cultural, and religious identities that most resemble the typical characteristics associated with the white Western Europeans who created the system in their image. And this system of white supremacy is now so ingrained it can exist without white people." ( )
1 ääni overlycriticalelisa | Nov 29, 2021 |
A depressing and persuasive reminder that white women were complicit in the white man's burden of slavery, imperialism, and colonialism and despite their ongoing efforts for equal rights can still benefit from and leverage systemic racism today to the detriment of BIPOC women. The writing gets a little dry as it delves through centuries of history but is still enlightening and becomes very thought-provoking as it connects those distant events to the turmoil of recent years.

In the chapter "When Tears Become Weapons" there is a segment about a Twitter storm around some comments made by writer Mary Beard that totally reminded me of the recent Kate Clanchy debacle:

"Twitter pile-ons can be so over the top that separating the wheat of legitimate critique from the chaff of abusive trolling can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility, so I have no doubt that much of the criticism leveled at Beard got unnecessarily nasty. Nonetheless, there are attacks and there is constructive criticism, and Beard seemed to make no differentiation between the two. Apologizing not for the content or the implications of her tweet but for attempting to inject 'nuance' into the discussion, she posted a teary selfie of herself, pleading, 'I'm really not the nasty colonialist you think I am . . . If you must know I am sitting here crying.'"

Here's a link to the article that was the origin of this book:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/08/how-white-women-use-strate... ( )
  villemezbrown | Sep 22, 2021 |
Dang, I liked that. I don't often read feminist treatises written by people outside of the US, and it was great to get Hamad's perspective. This felt like sitting in on an awesome women and gender studies class--it satisfied my love for academic discussion, while providing relatable read world context. I expected I'd listen to this at quite a slower rate than I did, but I was hooked on Hamad's writing. As a white person, this pushes me further to identify how I utilize white feminism in my own life to transgress against people of color and work towards embracing a more inclusive feminism. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Called “powerful and provocative" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times bestselling How to be an Antiracist, this explosive book of history and cultural criticism reveals how white feminism has been used as a weapon of white supremacy and patriarchy deployed against Black and Indigenous women, and women of color.
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  stlukeschurch | Mar 8, 2021 |
Hamad has a great article in The Guardian about how white women weaponize "tears" (feelings of hurt, an injustice, etc.) to protect themselves from criticism of women of color. This book expands upon that idea and takes it further by discussing how dynamic happens and when it is deployed.

Hamad uses examples from politics, pop culture, interpersonal relationships, etc. to discuss the power white women have over women of color. Why white women are often seen as "innocent" or the hurt party. Why women of color are seen as the villians, the party that has done wrong, is wrong in some way or framed to take away from the issue at hand (too loud, over sexualized, too emotional, pick a cliche).

While I agree with many of her critiques and still like that article, this book is not without its issues. There's a review on Goodreads that states the author writes in such a way that the reader is expected to know what she is talking about. This can go both ways. A constant lack of understanding beyond a 101 level is frustrating and doesn't move the conversation. On the other hand, I also got the impression that this was done because the author had a particular theme that doesn't capture the nuances of some of her arguments.

For example, Hamad discusses some of the dynamics in recent presidential elections. She critiques Hillary Clinton and says she tried to contact Australian feminists and writers not to hail Clinton's expected win to be a great win for all women, to no avail. She criticizes some of the cult around Clinton (fair) but does not seem to address that Clinton herself has been targeted for decades of sexism, that she was a "first" in many ways and that Black Women came out in force to vote for her.

Hamad also mentions that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib would go on to endorse Bernie Sanders over Elizabeth Warren (who has similar politics) and the three were criticized for endorsing the "old white guy," while asking in the same sentence that women of diverse backgrounds may have many factors that shape their politics? Again, I certainly don't disagree but Hamad does not seem to understand the particular dynamics and why people were unhappy that Tlaib was seen booing Clinton and that it was not a joke.

The booing incident happened in early February 2020. Hamad's book makes no mention of Kamala Harris or Tulsi Gabbard (who had both dropped out by then). Again, maybe that wasn't part of Hamad's book frame but while I don't necessarily disagree with Hamad's criticisms I also think that as an Australian either she nor the people she spoke to quite understand some of the dynamics and nuances of racism, misogyny, misogynoir, as it is in the US.

Do I think these issues make the book bad? No. Do I think this book should be read alone? Also no. It's helpful if you know more about some of the people, issues, incidents, etc. she talks about and you might get more out of it. I would also say it's probably a book worth sitting with. Books by journalists rarely sit well with me and that's the case here--her Guardian article is really great but this sometimes felt like too much with not enough structure (and perhaps maybe not an understanding that is needed in certain places).

Borrowed from the library and that would be my recommendation. For the right person it could certainly be a great purchase but you might want to read it first before deciding it's right for you or something you want to keep in your library. ( )
1 ääni HoldMyBook | Nov 4, 2020 |
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