Monday, March 05, 2007

The Special White Woman Awards

On behalf of my fellow feminists, I would like to open up nominations for the first (but definitely not last) official Oppression OlympicsTM "Special White Woman" award. I must give credit where it is due, so let me admit that I was especially inspired by fiery posts written by Nine Pearls ("White Lady Pity Party") and Aradhana D ("Sometimes I Wonder Which Planet I'm On"). Oh yeah, VanGoghGirl--my little Angela Davis look-alike daughter--is the one who showed me how to create and tweak this little picture of mine on Microsoft Paint. See Ampersand, I told you that encouraging your kids to pursue the arts pays off in the long run!

After reading these two posts, I'm really having a hard time deciding who I think has earned this award more, Heart or Chasing Moksha:

Morphing Into The Oppressor by Chasing Moksha and Morphing Into The Oppressor by Heart
(They both used the same title for their posts)

Feel free to second my nominations or contribute the names of any other people who you think might make suitable recipients for this award.

**Edit**
I'm attempting to make my site more disability-friendly, so in the following sentences I've written the text that's printed on the award.

In recognition of your struggles, we hereby bestow this "Special White Woman" award to our first place winner in the field of Oppression Olympics. This award entitles you to make patently absurd and bigoted remarks regarding people of color, trans-people, and people with disabilities while engaging in absolutely no self-examination. It confers upon the bearer the right to ignore their own privileged status relative to other marginalized groups whenever it is deemed convenient and provides complete and unconditional exemption from all responsibility for one's words and actions no matter how ignorant and hateful they may be.

30 comments:

belledame222 said...

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *snort*

oh god oh god

it is...quite the spectacle. and, it keeps going! and going! and...!

belledame222 said...

...but, to answer your question, I -just finished- noting that this latest by Heart deserved some kind of award or something! before seeing your link.

>Anyway, so yes, I consciously, deliberately, married my exes, once I’d fallen madly in love with them, and then had to consider my future. I didn’t do what lots of women, and men, would do, say, “No, I can’t marry this person, my parents will freak out and disinherit me and disown me.” “No, I can’t marry this person, it just isn’t done.” “No, I can’t marry this person, it will be too hard on the children.”..

...I said, “Yes, I’ll marry this man whom I love because I love him, and I don’t give a shit what anybody says or thinks about that, because the reasons people give for their opposition are RACIST, and my marrying him might make things easier for the next couple like us.” Which is POLITICAL. I have to wonder if people understand what “political” even means, you know? That a decision is “political” doesn’t change the fact that it is still made because of LOVE. Which kind of gets at something I’ve wanted to write about for a long time, actually, the heady excitement of revolution-making, the way that falling in love with your “comrades” happens easily, because making revolution in a way that is real is, in fact, to make real, vital, exciting connections, is centered in hopes for a future that is good and hopeful and loving, and that energy spills over into every interaction you have with your co-revolutionaries.


...and, at this point I am wondering: are the origins of all this from some terrible misunderstanding? did the Vision Lightbulb go off over her head when someone listened to one too many of her soliloquies and finally blurted,

"You're revolting!"

I mean! she gave up membership in her sorority! god, what is wrong with you that you can't appreciate ALL SHE'S DONE FOR YOU.

Veronica said...

LOVE it!

WomansSpace said...

I think it's spectacular. How would you feel about experimenting with the artwork?

Somehow, it seems to me that the "Special white woman" award needs more pzazz, suitable of course for a special white woman.

?????

Bint Alshamsa said...

Womansspace,

I'd love to experiment with the artwork. I'm lousy when it comes to this sort of thing so maybe you could help me out. After all, we can never do too much for those poor, dear souls who have suffered so much at the hands of people of color.

WomansSpace said...

OK... is there anything there sacred.... as far as you are concerned?
When I first saw this... I was thinking about something that had a stule not unlike the Thinking Blogger award....

Anonymous said...

They are both special white ladies so I think they both deserve an award

Donna Darko said...

No, it's perfect in a sad, mediocre way. It looks like special white women went through all kinds of pain creating this mediocrity. :D

Bint Alshamsa said...

Womansspace:

OK... is there anything there sacred.... as far as you are concerned?

Nada. Alter it as you see fit.

Cassandra Says said...

"Anyway, so yes, I consciously, deliberately, married my exes, once I’d fallen madly in love with them, and then had to consider my future. I didn’t do what lots of women, and men, would do, say, “No, I can’t marry this person, my parents will freak out and disinherit me and disown me.” “No, I can’t marry this person, it just isn’t done.” “No, I can’t marry this person, it will be too hard on the children.”..."
Because most adolescent girls and young women don't typically regard parental dissaproval as a point in their partner's favour at all...it is also worth pointing out that one has to be of a fairly priviliged class to worry about being disinherited, no worries if there's nothing to inherit.
You do realise, Bint, that by making this you are OPPRESSING THEM and will probably be the subject of the next whiny, self-absorbed rant?
I wonder how long they can keep up the whining before they run out of steam?

belledame222 said...

something in Scarlett might be nice...

not a special white lady said...

Split it right down the middle and give half to each one of these clowns.

Renegade Evolution said...

Bint;

That is a stroke of pure beauty and entirely too funny. You're right though, so hard to choose...could they both get one?

Blackamazon said...

*crowns bint*


Winner of internet everyone else go home

delux said...

That--
I mean--
Wow--

*lurches for alcohol*

WomansSpace said...

Scarlett? We have Scarlett on this precious award.

It's ready but I do not have anyway to get it to Bint.

Bint Alshamsa said...

Womansspace:

You can e-mail it to me at bintalshamsa(at)yahoo(dot)com

I can't wait to see it!!

Bint Alshamsa said...

Belledame:

I mean! she gave up membership in her sorority! god, what is wrong with you that you can't appreciate ALL SHE'S DONE FOR YOU.

Yeah, I know. I'm totally ashamed of myself. NOT!! :)

Bint Alshamsa said...

Cassandra Says:

it is also worth pointing out that one has to be of a fairly priviliged class to worry about being disinherited, no worries if there's nothing to inherit.

Hmm...That is definitely worth pointing out but since it would require her own actions, I'm sure it's something she'll never even consider.

You do realise, Bint, that by making this you are OPPRESSING THEM and will probably be the subject of the next whiny, self-absorbed rant?

Yeah, I realize I'm one of those all powerful people of color who have made life absolutely miserable for these tragic white women who have been forced to deal with us invading their sewing sessions and ruining their afternoon tea parties. However, I'd love to see them try and complain about what I have to say here. I'm just itching to remind them that I've been engaged in long-term inter-racial relationships and I even have my very own shiny little multi-racial child that I can attempt to trot out as proof that any complaints about my claims are, therefore, invalid. You know, just like they do every time someone questions something they've said. Hey, if it's a good enough to serve as a get-out-of-responsibility-free card for them, then there's no reason why it shouldn't apply to me too!

WomansSpace said...

Bint,

Read your email....

And stop oppressing these poor, poor white women!!!!!!!!!

Hey is anyone interested in an

"Oh Goddess Help alleviate thier
Suffering"

plaque for your blog???

Bint Alshamsa said...

I, for one, would LOVE to have an "Oh Goddess Help Alleviate Their Suffering" plaque!

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme, please!!!

:)

debbie said...

Your award is genius!
All I can think of is that old internet meme "everytime you masturbate, God kills a kitten," but more along the lines of "everytime you talk about racism, a white lady cries."

Kim said...

I want a award! Dammit!
Walks off angrily in a huff!

(PS. LOVING IT, Bint :)!)

brownfemipower said...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL......

Jay said...

Bint,

This is b-r-i-l-l-i-a-n-t!
Completely made my day!

Kindly,
Jay

Donna Darko said...

This version is more pathetic and whiny than the new, shiny one. I like this one better! Oh well.

Amber said...

Ha!!! I love it!!

deviousdiva said...

Ah Bint, you made me snort snot all over my keyboard and giggle manically to myself despite running a temperature! Thanks for the laugh, Girl!

sonicido said...

Now that was the most intelligent thing that anyone said to me all week.
Soni

Less Lee Moore said...

HAHA, I love this graphic and I am totally linking back to this post.