From Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Asians Resist!
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From Yellow Peril to Model Minority: Asians Resist!

I’ve handed back my ‘model minority’ card. I once believed that keeping my head down and focusing on academic and professional achievements could secure me comfort and stability. While I pursued this single-minded goal, Black and Indigenous people were being murdered in the streets of my neighborhood. How could I stay quiet and play nice…

Why Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Don’t Work
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Why Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Don’t Work

Diversity and inclusion initiatives are widely accepted and established means through which organizations profess to doing good. Yet despite their good intentions, few managers understand how diversity management emerged as a way to replace affirmative action policies that were designed to redress institutionalized and systemic racism. Unlike affirmative action, ‘diversity and inclusion’ is a warm…

Postfeminism as Faux Feminism: The Problem with She-E-Os
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Postfeminism as Faux Feminism: The Problem with She-E-Os

The rise of prominent female leaders in the business world is often celebrated as a sign that feminism has won. Celebrity executives like Sheryl Sandberg, whose business manual Lean In calls on women to “forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential”, suggests that gender equality is a choice for women to…

Edward Said and the Lingering Problem of Orientalism
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Edward Said and the Lingering Problem of Orientalism

Orientalism is a system of thought and a way of seeing of ’the East’ from the colonial gaze of ‘the West’ as mysterious, intriguing, and exotic, while at the same time primitive, despotic, and savage. The ideologies and practices of Orientalism were originally theorized by Edward Said through his 1978 book, Orientalism. Said focused then…

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…

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…

How to Deal with Microaggressions in Everyday Life
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How to Deal with Microaggressions in Everyday Life

I was reading a human resources magazine recently and an article inside infuriated me. The consultant who penned this opinion piece remarked how talk of microaggressions may simply increase people’s sensitivity and as a result, increase conflict in the workplace through additional complaints and grievances. “In other words,” Karen explained. “… it can damage employee…

6 Signs of Internalized Racism (and How To Heal)
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6 Signs of Internalized Racism (and How To Heal)

When I was ten years old, I heard a rising politician in her first speech to Parliament proclaim: I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Pauline Hanson A few days later, a concerned teacher asked me if I was okay after hearing the speech. I recall feeling angry and ashamed. Unbeknownst…

Feminist Standpoint Theory & Intersectionality: The View From Below
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Feminist Standpoint Theory & Intersectionality: The View From Below

Recognizing ‘standpoint’ means understanding that our social positions give us each unique experiences and perspectives of the world. None of our views of reality are perfect and complete. As such, knowledge can never be objective and whole. In fact, there are many possible accounts of social reality, each told from a different standpoint, and all…