As today is International Women’s Day, here’s to why (white) feminism isn’t always as inclusive as it thinks it is. Only by considering the aspects and effects of Intersectionality can progress be made.

The Belle Jar

I’m a white feminist, and let me tell you something: white feminism* is pretty bullshit. It’s exclusive, oppressive, and serves to further marginalize the people who are most impacted by misogyny. Unfortunately, white feminism is also the western status quo of feminism, meaning that white feminists have the biggest platforms, have increased access to resources and media, and are generally considered to be The Voice of Feminism. In theory, someone truly interested in equality would use these assets to amplify the voices of women of colour. In practice, white supremacy is a real thing and white feminists often seem to forget that their white privilege makes it easy as hell to trample over women of colour as they work to dismantle the patriarchy.

So, in honour of International Women’s Day, here is a non-exhaustive list of Shit White Feminists Need to Stop Doing:

1. Believing Their Experiences of Marginalization Are…

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Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

Finally I get around to responding to my Versatile Blogger Award nomination!! I know it’s been over a week since I’ve been awarded but I just had so much Uni course work to do (due to procrastination and bad time management but oh well…).

I want to thank Bianca for nominating me – definitely go check her out on her blog Stumbling For Balance!!! Thanks again, I appreciate it!

So, now to the 7 random facts about me:

  1. I’m allergic to cats.
  2. My first language is German.
  3. I’m going to London next month :)
  4. My all-time favourite book is Catcher in the Rye (closely followed by On the Road).
  5. I’m currently studying English and American Studies but it is my dream to one day got to film school.
  6. I’m half Jamaican.
  7. I’ve never been on a rollercoaster.

My favourite blogs (some with more than one author):

What Happened To Jennifer Lawrence Was Sexual Assault

This is spot on!

The Belle Jar

TW for talk of sexual assault, victim blaming, misogyny

You’ve probably heard about the nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence that were leaked online yesterday. The leak also included nude pictures of Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and several other women, but, naturally, it’s Lawrence who’s drawing most of the heat because she’s super-famous right now. She’s also known for being charmingly awkward and honestly if I had to place any bets I would guess that most people were hoping that she would respond to this with some kind of hilariously crass Real Talk about sex and her body and being naked. I keep seeing comments by people who want her to provide the punchline to this joke; what they don’t seem to understand is that this is not a joke, this is a form of sexual assault.

Jennifer Lawrence and the other women involved in this leak were photographed…

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The Infamous First Post

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Now that I have decided to start a blog and talk about things concerning my life and interests (to, basically, myself), I have to tackle the probably biggest hurdle: the first ever blog entry.
Maybe I should begin with why I wanted to write a blog. I’ve always loved writing (and reading) but never considered it more than a hobby. I filled notebooks with made up stories as a child and kept a diary quite consistently through the years. Only recently, after racking my brain trying to figure out what I wanted to do after graduating from high school, did it hit me that I most likely wasn’t the one for an office job. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to do something in life that I was passionate about, that would challenge me and that wouldn’t be bound by routine. As I could combine my interest in writing with my love for travelling, I was determined to give it a try. That’s why I enrolled at University to get my Bachelor’s degree in “English and American Studies”. So, now with the background story covered, the question “why a blog?” is still unanswered. I thought of writing a blog because it would be a way to voice my opinions and tell my stories. It would help me practise writing and maybe “force” me to write more regularly. Also, it would be an opportunity to have someone apart from myself read my writing (although I am well aware that most likely nobody would be bothered, every now and then somebody might stumble upon my little blog).
Writing your first post, as hard it might be, however, isn’t the only difficulty you’ll encounter when starting a blog. It took me hours to come up with a user and blog name which both may be rather confusing to anyone reading this. My profile name (Dream Menagerie) is modelled after a play by my favourite playwright Tennessee Williams. The definition of Menagerie -“a strange or diverse collection of people or things”- seems rather fitting for what will happen on here and I chose to call it Dream Menagerie as I am currently on a mission to fulfill my dreams or at least find out what they are (corny, I know). The same thought lead to the blog’s title “Imaginary Reality”.

As I am fairly new to blog posting (I did have a blogspot account several years ago – thank God that’s already been swept under the rug), I am not quite sure in which direction this thing here will head. There will probably be a lot about literature and authors as a big part of my studies are literature and it’s history but I won’t exclusively stick to those. Some of my own experiences, adventures and progress in maturing could find their way on here (you might get a good laugh out of them for I am quite clumsy).
There really isn’t more to say in a first blog post than this and to prevent myself from rambling off, I will stop here… I mean, I don’t want to scare off anyone on the first day!