"The women of Bikini Kill let guitarist Billy Karren be in their feminist punk band, but only if he's willing to just "do some shit." Being a feminist dude is like that. We may ask you to "do some shit" for the band, but you don't get to be Kathleen Hannah."--@heatherurehere


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Go Read Fem.men.ist

If you're not already reading Richard's blog, you're missing out. Here's a sample of Richard's discussion of Terrance Dean's book, Hiding in HipHop:

There definitely seems to be more vilifying of the men in DL culture than criticism of a larger culture that gives few options for people to just live their lives. I am not endorsing anyone cheating on their wives/partners in order to have down low interactions, I just think that some of the pain that Terrance Dean seems to convey should be taken into account... As a hetero man, I myself wonder what it would be like if I lived in bizarro switcheroo-change-o land, and had to keep up appearances to be "a gay man" but really want to date women, and have to see them on the down low. If you are also a straight man, and reading that made you cringe... hold on to that feeling. Especially if you are not able to understand why men would go on the down low. Empathy to the human condition is essential for us all to make it y'all...


Richard's also involved in a project I'm involved in, The Men's Story Project, which all y'all should come see if you're local to the SF Bay Area.

4 comments:

richard said...

hey Jeff!! thanks for the accolades and warm words!! much appreciated :) i realize now that i peeped your blog a long time ago! great stuff. gonna add you to the blogroll now if i haven't already. see at the Men's Story Project!

bless up,
richard

jeff said...

Thanks for the linky goodness, Richard. This blog is unofficially in hiatus, really, but it's nice to see you here!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there!

I am a regular reader of Richard's blog!! Thank you for recognizing his work in the blogosphere!
{thumbs up}

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

jeff said...

Thanks for stopping by Lisa, and thank you for your interesting blog as well. (I already found a great link to some bell hooks audio online through your blog! Thanks again!)