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27 January 2014 @ 10:00 am
Why Intersectionality  
Because even a book that wins an award on criteria related specifically to oppression and liberation is not subject to examination on other axes. e.E. Charlton-Trujillo's Fat Angie has just won the Stonewall for its excellent portrayal of queerness. Apparently its participation in the notion that fat people should not exist -- its replication of a pattern of fatphobia so hegemonic that nobody seems to see it -- is not important enough to consider alongside its terrific queerness portrayal.

It is, though. We need both. We need all. That would be intersectionality.
steepholmsteepholm on January 27th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
Stonewall has form on this. It was they who nominated Julie Bindel for its Journalist of the Year award, despite her vocal transphobia. (Eerily, the very next item on my friend's list right now is this.) Maybe the new regime there will know a little about intersectionality.
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Dicey's Songdiceytillerman on January 27th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
Julie Bindel is horrible. That's terrible.

I was referring to, and should have said so more clearly, the American Library Assocation Youth Media Awards, which happened this morning. I don't think their Stonewall award has a connection the Stonewall org in the UK who nominated Bindel? (That's a twitter link because the ALA site is overloaded with traffic right now.)
steepholmsteepholm on January 27th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ah - that makes sense! I was surprised, I must admit, to hear that Stonewall was handing out book prizes.
Ayelle: flareayelle on January 27th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh ARGH. When I saw the title "Fat Angie" on the list, I thought it sounded familiar (didn't realize you'd written about it, though I must have read it at the time). I immediately wondered where it fell on the fatphobia scale and made a mental note to find out. That is so FRUSTRATING.
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Dicey's Songdiceytillerman on January 28th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm particularly frustrated because I love so much else about the book. Love the weird prose. Love the two girls. But then there's this fatness = misery arc, the arc we see fifty times a day wherein getting your emotional house in order means (ie, happens at the same time as, or requires, or is symbolized by -- it's all the same) weight loss. And although the book calls out fat-shaming, it also shows us her body through an otherizing lens.