“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.”—Maya Angelou (via feminist-fairy)
I always found issue when white western women, particularly white women from the US talk about equal representation of women and men in the military as a goal or an ideal bc it’s like ya’ll want liberation from the patriarchy to become part of a tool of imperialism used to occupy countless countries which leads to the oppression of millions of women world wide?
“[There is] no need to hear your voice, when I can talk about you better than you can speak about yourself. No need to hear your voice. Only tell me about your pain. I want to know your story. And then I will tell it back to you in a new way. Tell it back to you in such a way that it has become mine, my own. Re-writing you, I write myself anew. I am still author, authority. I am still [the] colonizer, the speaking subject, and you are now at the center of my talk.”—bell hooks, thinking through the relation of (what Spivak calls) the “representing intellectual” and the subaltern (via theoryspeak)