This is an excellent book but I do have my critiques of it. Many of the pieces that were included were from friends, acquaintances or co-workers of Je...moreThis is an excellent book but I do have my critiques of it. Many of the pieces that were included were from friends, acquaintances or co-workers of Jessica Yee. This is troublesome because what voices got kicked out because her friends, acquaintances of co-workers were chosen instead. Additionally the pieces are from all younger voices. This is great but I had a friend who is 63 read it and she felt very disconnected from the lingo used in the book. My final critique before I give this book praise is that the title can turn many people off. What does it mean to "deconstruct the academic industrial complex," for those such as working class members of my family who don't know academic lingo or never were pushed to go to college? What does this title mean to people who are not in that circle, not educated (activist, university and/or both), not wanting to be educated, those who have experienced extreme and constant economic poverty, low-income, working poor and working class folk. Additionally, activism and activist language can be exclusive to people who fit into the lone wolf, outcast, hermit or wayfaring stranger category. These folks often are very different, have awkward social skills and difficulty relating to folks in the "community."
Much resonated with me in this book. Being an Anishinaabekwe of mixed heritage I enjoyed reading the Indigenous pieces which included: Resistance to Indigenous Feminism, So What If We Didn't Call It Feminism, Male Feminist and Invisible Activists, My Journey to Indigenous Feminism and This Shit Is Real. I also really enjoyed and resonated with these pieces as well: A Slam on Academic Feminism, Sex Work and Feminism, Feminism and Eating Disorders and Fuck the Glass Ceiling!
A few powerful quotes I will leave in this review include:
"To me, it means understanding that because respect that is endemic to our Indigenous culture, abuse and superiority over women is incompatible with claims of "Native Pride." - Male Feminist and Invisible Activists by Robert Animikii Horton
"It needs to be the fight for anti-racist collectives and radical immigration reform, and it needs to be the fight against the non-profit industrial complex wherein some organizations, under the guise of anti-oppressive activism, re-enforce the status of the privileged (for they are the educated professionals) and remain invested in the oppression of the poor and racialized (for they are the "clients" who legitimize the non-profit organization.)" - Maybe I'm not Class-Mobile; Maybe I'm Class Queer by Megan Lee
"Many women were important medicine people and they also held our traditional stories and kept our languages alive." - So What If We Didn't Call It Feminism?! by Theresa (TJ) Lightfoot(less)