How Are Identities Socially Constructed?
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How Are Identities Socially Constructed?

Integral to intersectional feminism is the idea that identity is socially constructed. A social constructionist view of identities understands what it means to be a ‘woman’, ‘man’, ‘Black’, ‘white’, ‘queer’, ‘disabled’, etc. are historically and culturally contingent as well as shaped by power. Social constructionism is the underlying philosophical view that believes our meanings about…

How to Build an Altar at Home for Spiritual Self-Care
Self-Care

How to Build an Altar at Home for Spiritual Self-Care

Sustainable activism requires that we nourish our spirits along with our bodies, minds, and hearts. Building and maintaining an altar at home is a powerful way to cultivate a little sacred space in your everyday. Over time, your altar may become a reminder and a tool to practice regular self-care through a spiritual recharge. Many…

Intersectional Feminism under Capitalism: A Marxist Critique
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Intersectional Feminism under Capitalism: A Marxist Critique

To be an intersectional feminist in a capitalistic world comes with many challenges. As we’ve seen in feminism more broadly, ignoring the importance of class struggles in social life has given rise to postfeminist ideologies that promote the idea that women can gain equality by making money and spending money. In a similar way, intersectionality…

Using Tarot for Social Justice Activism (with Workbook)
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Using Tarot for Social Justice Activism (with Workbook)

Some people think tarot has to be a fortune-telling device used by trained readers, but this is not true. Increasingly, tarot cards are used by people as a tool to access their own intuitive wisdom and practice spiritual self-care. Tarot can help us to draw deeper cognitions and emotions to the surface and reflect on…

Resistive Joy: Sustaining Our Activism through Celebration
Activism

Resistive Joy: Sustaining Our Activism through Celebration

Resistance is the secret of joy … wrote Alice Walker in her 1992 novel, Possessing the Secret of Joy Walker. The reverse is also true — that the secret of joy is resistance. Within the imperialist white supremacist capitalist cis-heteropatriarchy, we generate joy by defying dominator culture. We generate joy by daring to love ourselves,…

6 Practices For Meaningful Intersectional Feminist Allyship
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6 Practices For Meaningful Intersectional Feminist Allyship

In my work as an intersectional feminist educator and scholar-activist, it’s incredibly galvanizing to meet people who want to become better allies. If you’re asking “how do I become an intersectional feminist ally?” I have put together this guide to help you join the struggle. Intersectional feminist allyship is an ongoing responsibility to operate in…