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And now, in this latest edition of NinjaCate is clearly desperate to get banned news:

After I posted a snarky comment (which is now grey because logic) on the March on Washington article from earlier, the following tweets got retweeted into my timeline (by one of black feminist writers I started following after SIFWW blew up) a little while ago:

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Now when I posted the comment, (a little dig the fact that Jez still hasn't apologized for the SIFWW debacle) I was really just poking fun at their complicity in the oppression of black women, and the audacity of them pointing it out when BM do it, but remaining silent when they themselves are the perpetrators.

I didn't immediately realize that the situation is exactly as the tweets suggest. After ALL the shit they got for SIFWW, why wouldn't Jessica & Co. take this as an opportunity to incorporate more womanist perspectives into the site? Instead, they've again co-opted the conversation, instead of promoting a great piece about the intersection of sexism and racism written by a black woman.

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See, I could deal with the lack of apology if it was apparent that behind the scenes, work was being done to incorporate a more intersectional perspective. If maybe one of the black feminists who had been persecuted had been invited to contribute regularly, or done an interview with them maybe... anything really. But the fact that Jessica & Co seem to just be barreling through the feminist blogosphere without any concern for the people who are getting pushed aside as they go, really REALLY ticks me off.

Just... do better. It's not that hard! And it'll help your bottom line too! Imagine all those Black and Latina and Asian and Native American women coming to your site and loving it because your content speaks to and for them! Imagine them being able to get a perspective that actually gets where they're coming from! I just don't get it. It's the moral and financially sound thing to do.

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WUT.... I just can't even... *shakes head*

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ETA: I feel like... it comes across like I'm harping on this, and I get that. But I brought it up the first time round because I'm black and I'm a feminist, and I owe my feminism to Jezebel. (Like, I literally did not identify as a feminist until I found Jez and realized I agreed with basically everything.) And to see now, that Jez really doesn't seem to think that my lived experience has any merit, and doesn't deserve respectful treatment... it sucks. It's like realizing that superheroes aren't real. It sucks.

ETA #2: Found this post from HermioneStranger that I somehow missed the first time round and followed it to this:

I saw some mention of more signal boosting in the mainstream. Now that doesn’t mean white women writing about WOC in my opinion. It means WOC writing about the issues that impact them, and then the same websites garnering ad revenue off the posts like Schwyzer’s paying WOC for that work. Is it all about the money? No. But money helps encourage new voices to make time to pitch, to speak up, to do things in the public eye, and it shows an actual commitment to diversifying the face of feminism.

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