This is an excellent book jammed packed full of awesome information such as transformative and restorative justice and the resource - '"How is gender...moreThis is an excellent book jammed packed full of awesome information such as transformative and restorative justice and the resource - '"How is gender oppression within progressive, radical and/or revolutionary movement(s) maintained, supported, encouraged?" However I've noticed that the group of contributors know each other, work with each other and therefore I will only give this book a 3 star rating. I wish other voices would of been included that are not well known or even excluded within these so called "movements" and "spaces." This book is very focused on urban and urban movements. It lacks ways to take action in rural, remote and even reservation communities, although there is mention of Indigenous-Native women's issues but not in respect to life on the rez. If this book is to speak of marginalized experiences then it should include writers, poets and community organizers (workers) who are not well known, excluded, on the margins and outskirts. Those of us at home are doing some of the hardest work. I've found that many of these "alternative" and "progressive" movements exclude those of us who are doing the work in a rural, remote and reservation communities. Additionally, the book leans politically left which is fine however there are allies and voices who are more conservative or even identify as Republican. This book misses the mark that allies can be found on the "other side." I would like to see a second book which is more inclusive to those of us who are taking action and doing community work on these very difficult issues in rural, remote, reservation communities as well as those of us who lean more politically right and conservative identifying. (less)
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)
Vagina Warriors in a very inspiring read! Beautiful pictures of amazing Vagina Warriors. While I enjoyed this book my critique is that a lot of the wo...moreVagina Warriors in a very inspiring read! Beautiful pictures of amazing Vagina Warriors. While I enjoyed this book my critique is that a lot of the woman included in this book are from NYC and looked very polished and well to do. I know there are Vagina Warriors who can't afford expensive makeup and clothes. While it is great to have everyone in their best dressed for this book it would be good to see women dressed in their everyday clothes being everyday warriors. (less)
Excellent and inspiring! Sister Nations is an anthology that includes poetry, prose and fiction by Native American women. My favorite poem was by Lind...moreExcellent and inspiring! Sister Nations is an anthology that includes poetry, prose and fiction by Native American women. My favorite poem was by Linda LaGarde Grover (Ojibwe) called - To The Woman Who Just Bought a Set of Native American Spirituality Dream Interpretation Cards. As a Native woman myself, what I take from this poem is how the majority culture romanticizes us a Native people and will look past us when we do not represent some sort of romanticized "Indian." Also this poem touches on the fact that when someone finds out we are Native they want us to be the source for all information about our culture and heritage. The truth is because we are in a constant process to reclaim our culture, heritage and teachings we are not a source and should not be. I also enjoyed the poem by Sarah Little Crow (Anishinaabe/Han) called - Is It Too Much to Ask? This poem is about finding a good man in the Native community. The poem is set at a powwow where the women are checking out the men all dressed up in their regalia. While they are good looking are they worth it and will they be the right age, not a drug addict, etc. Overall, very good book! Make a cuppa of tea, cozy up and enjoy this book! (less)