Archive for November, 2008

Whee! A Blog Award!

scribe1Thank you, Renee at Womanist Musings, for this wonderful honor. I’m uber-thrilled to receive this, and am even more excited at the chance to pass this on to some of my favorite bloggers.

First, the rules:

  • Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
  • Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
  • Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

And now, a few of my favorites, in alphabetical order:

  • Alex Felipe at alex felipe photography, a documentary photographer whose work highlights human rights issues, especially in relation to the Philippines and Canada. Beautiful photographs. Check out his post on Poverty, Devotion, Death, and Big Block Parties.
  • Cycads, who writes insightful posts (here’s an example) about feminism, Muslim women, and post-colonialism from the perspective of a young Malaysian woman.
  • kiita at one hundred and twelve, I aspire to your ability to merge academic theory and activism, and to write half as beautifully as you do.
  • Sudy at My Ecdysis, thank you for introducing me to the concept of kyriarchy and for your inspiring posts on feminisms (with an s!) and feminism as collective action.
  • Teo Marasigan at Kapirasong Kritika, progressive Pinoy writer who writes deep, thoughtful analyses of the politics and pop culture of my homeland. And he does it in Filipino/Tagalog, which is, in itself, a pretty progressive statement.

I learn so much from you, mga kasama. Thank you for your work and your passion. Salamat.


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Camille Paglia recently wrote a number of gushing statements about Sarah Palin, but here’s the one that made my eyes roll the hardest:

I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns — that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.

It’s amazing how many wrong assumptions can be crammed into two short sentences. Twenty years after Chandra Mohanty’s Under Western Eyes, and we still have Western feminists advocating colonialism for the good of Third World women?

Feminists like Paglia still refer to a monolithic Third World, a categorization that assumes a homogenous oppression of all brown and black women. Of women who are characterized by all the stereotypes attached to the word “traditional” – backwards, primitive, uneducated, victimized, poor.


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As we celebrated the eve of November 4th, I was struck by a comment from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. He pointed out with pride the role of the Latino vote in Obama’s election. I wish I could say that about my fellow Filipinos.

And yes, I know, the Filipino vote is not monolithic. I am specifically talking about Filipinos like me, who have immigrated here in our adult lives. We’re working to make ends meet. Many of you are raising families, go to church every Sunday, support extended families back in the Philippines. The Philippines that would theoretically be a very red state if it could vote.

So yeah, there are lots of factors behind this particular Pinoy demographic’s support of McCain and Proposition 8, but I will dive into the one that presents the most challenges.

Filipinos can be quite forthcoming when talking about race. In news interviews in the Philippines and in Pinoy gatherings, many immigrant Pinoys have made it abundantly clear that their “discomfort” over Barack Obama is not due to the rumors that he’s an inexperienced, socialist, Muslim politician. Their discomfort is from Obama’s blackness.


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