The outrage over Miley Cyrus's VMA appearance on Saturday night has consumed Twitter, Youtube, and many major news stations. At a time when yet another war is about to be launched in the Middle East, flesh coloured bikinis and corporate dance shows are top of the headlines. And yet there are many important issues encapsulated in those 6 minutes of footage. Issues of racism, class and gender that need to be jointly considered rather than treated as separate issues.
The following open letter is part of an international national campaign to demand justice for Shakila, who was a 16-year-old girl raped and murdered in Afghanistan. rabble.ca will have more in-depth coverage of this case in the weeks ahead.
We are writing to bring to your attention the case of a poor 16-year-old Afghan girl named Shakila, who was raped and murdered on 22 January 2012 by Wahidi Behishti, a warlord member of the provincial council of Bamian province.
On Monday, the Twitter universe exploded in a hashtag controversy that pulled in feminists of all races and genders. The hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen started in a "moment of frustration" by Mikki Kendall as self-described male feminist Hugo Schwyzer targeted feminists of colour for standing in his way.
The Life and Times of Butch Dykes
At the recent Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, where another (better) world of incredibly inspiring, provocative and boundary-pushing art and media is on display each year, I stumbled upon Eloisa Aquino and her wares -- a series of zines on awesome butch dykes, appropriately called The Life and Times of Butch Dykes.
The teeny books are what every great zine should be, for me: oozing with the love and devotion the creator, as well as political, punchy, fun, informative and accessible. It's a fantastic series -- eight and counting -- that brings to life the lives of important butch dykes from herstory.
Soon after the Bookfair I had a chance to ask Aquino a few questions about her fantastically miniature and worldly project.