On The Establishment, I found an interesting piece titled “Why Punching Nazis Is Not Only Ethical But Imperative.” (Disclaimer: I’m not encouraging violence, I’m just relaying the message of the article). The writer says that nazism is the anti-matter of democracy; that is, it is not simply a matter of differing opinions but rather restricting human rights and threatening death upon minorities. The writer goes on to talk about the rampant 4chan users that often idolize nazis due to the pressure they feel because their male whiteness is no longer a guarantee for success. They put up fronts and pretend that they are unfeeling, indestructible. The writer claims that by being punched, Richard Spencer’s facade has been cracked and he can longer pretend to be unshakeable. He, and the rest of his nazi followers, can no longer get away with their hate speech. People are ready to crack nazism, even if it means they have to crack a nazi’s jaw first.
Bitch Media’s article “A Square Peg At The Roundtable” (subtitled: On Jessica Williams and Why Black Women Are Not Here to Save You) was an interesting read on the experience of black, queer feminists. At a Sundance dinner, Jessica Williams engaged in a debate between Salma Hayek and Shirley MacLaine about the Trump administration. Williams brought up a good point about how being a person of color or someone who is part of the LGBT+ community means that you are forced to deal with a different set of burdens. Both of the other women dismissed her, trivializing it down to her victimizing herself. Williams says that she feels “like being a Black woman is cast aside.” I think this article brought up a lot of good points about how black women’s struggles are often ignored and swept under the rug by white feminism and how black women are always put in the role of teacher where they have to coddle those that refuse to understand. The message that I took from this article was that we need to come together and support women for all that they are and represent them as whole people and not the pieces that we pick and choose to care about.
I think both of these websites cover a grander idea of feminism that doesn’t ignore women who aren’t cis, white, and straight. Both of these articles I discussed are more serious and politically/socially aware. I think the audiences are similar but the first one seems to be more a broad audience while the second seems more geared towards white feminists. The writing style of the first reminded me of a research essay while the second was more of a typical article format.