N.O.W. at UH Manoa

Apr 4

How can I get involved in N.O.W at UH?


this blog is really slow right now, i apologize. get in touch with local organizers, especially on facebook!

Apr 7

The Ethnic Studies Student Association Presents: VOICES OF COLOR!
A fundraiser for ESSA UH Manoa!
Live Hip Hop: Sans Broke Mokes Prolific Unknowns Workhouse DJ Joncozy
Poets: G. Yamazawa Sterling Higa Serena Simmons Noa Helela Faith Pascua
EDGE BAR MAY 17TH 9PM 18+ $7 21+ $5
Much mahalo to these folks! thehouseofwork.com The Got Rice? Show About The Goods
Click the picture or this link to go to the event page!https://www.facebook.com/events/523701407671411/


The Ethnic Studies Student Association Presents: VOICES OF COLOR!

A fundraiser for ESSA UH Manoa!

Live Hip Hop:
Broke Mokes
Prolific Unknowns
DJ Joncozy

G. Yamazawa
Sterling Higa
Serena Simmons
Noa Helela
Faith Pascua

18+ $7
21+ $5

Much mahalo to these folks!
The Got Rice? Show
About The Goods

Click the picture or this link to go to the event page!

Sep 3

… women make gender visible, but most men do not know they are gendered beings. Courses on gender are still populated mostly by women. Most men don’t see that gender is as central to their lives as it is to women’s. The privilege of privilege is that its terms are rendered invisible. It’s a luxury not to have to think about race, class, or gender. Only those marginalized by some category understand how powerful that category is when deployed against them.

- Michael Kimmel, A Black Woman Took My Job (via fuckyeahfeministartandliterature)

(Source: continuouslyfracturedlife)


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Jul 7



Amy Poehler has an episode about feminist with a 7-year-old girl.

Jump to 1:24 for the girl’s history of feminism

and at 2:45 she explains why feminism is good for her mom,

She is awesome!

Jul 2

the evolution of appropriation

  • White people: Your culture is backwards and savage.
  • PoC: You're a fucking racist, now get out.
  • White people: But I do like this part of it.... I think I'll just take that. Thanks.
  • PoC: But you can't just take that--
  • White people: Too late, took it already.
  • PoC: Fuck.
  • White people: Actually, all aspects of your culture are foreign and cute, and I think I'll just take all of it! Don't you feel appreciated?
  • PoC: My culture is not "cute", it's legitimate, please stop illegitimizing it!
  • White People: You know, now that you mention it, I just... I don't feel white. I feel like I belong to your culture very intimately. I'm TransPoC.
  • PoC: My identity is not a costume! You're not me, stop taking my identity!
  • White people: Stop being racist. I'm celebrating you with this. Accept it. Stop erasing my identity!

Decolonization is the process of breaking your identity with and loyalty to this culture—industrial capitalism, and more broadly civilization—and remembering your identification with and loyalty to the real physical world, including the land where you live. It means re- examining premises and stories the dominant culture handed down to you. It means seeing the harm the dominant culture does to other cultures, and to the planet. If you are a member of settler society, it means recognizing that you are living on stolen land and it means working to return that land to the humans whose blood has forever mixed with the soil. If you are an indigenous person it means never forgetting that your land was stolen, and it means working to repossess that land, and it means working to be repossessed by that land. It means recognizing that the luxuries of the dominant culture do not come free, but rather are paid for by other humans, by nonhumans, by the whole world. It means recognizing that we do not live in a functioning democracy, but rather in a corporate plutocracy, a government by, for, and of corporations. Decolonization means internalizing the implications of that. It means recognizing that neither technological progress nor increased GNP is good for the planet. It means recognizing that the dominant culture is not good for the planet. Decolonization means internalizing the implications of the fact that the dominant culture is killing the planet. It means determining that we will stop this culture from doing that. It means determining that we will not fail. It means remembering that the real world is more important than this social system: without a real world you don’t have a social system, any social system. All of this is the barest beginnings of decolonizing. It is internal work that doesn’t accomplish anything in the real world, but makes all further steps more likely, more feasible, and in many ways more strictly technical.

- Derrick Jensen: Civilization & Decolonization (via humanformat)

(Source: susegadnz)

10 ways to Critique Television or Film from a Feminist/Queer Perspective


10 ways to critique television from a Feminist/Queer perspective

Does anyone else ever watch movies/TV shows and think: Crikey this would be so much better if it related to me more as a woman, rather than what I am supposed to be as a woman. Well I do, so I was thinking about how to watch television from an analytical and aware perspective. I put together this list:

Please note, ‘me as a woman’ applies to women of color and/or lesser physically able women. Really all women everywhere. This top ten focuses on queer feminist issues as an example, but it is only a guideline.

Do apply these techniques to diverse intersections of women. See what happens and what would need changing – then you will see what needs to be changed regarding modern perceptions of women.

  1. Switch main courses - I didn’t order this! Swap the main male character with a female character:  if there is a male hero/protagonist in a film, imagine her being played by a woman. Harriet Potter, anyone?
  2. Lady counting:  Count the number of times you recall having seen women talk amongst themselves, without discussing men or themselves in relation to men. In the media there are depressingly few conversations between women for women.
  3. Role reverse: Switch all of the female parts to male parts, and vice versa. You can include swapping clothes in this if you want to get a different perspective on gender performance (get a bit silly).
  4. Queering the picture: Switch all of the heterosexual relationships with queer relationships. So many films appear wearingly hetero normative to the LGBTQIA viewer. Take a simple and enjoyable romantic film, such as the notebook, and then queerify it! Imagine instead that Allie met another girl that summer she was on vacation with her parents. When I did this I noticed that the story gives this illusion: if you try to succeed in your ambitions, you will gain the thing you most desire. This fantasy is played out by a typical straight couple living out the American dream. If you imagine a lesbian couple it is easy to see a how different the story could be, and how many holes there are in the ultra-conservative and heterosexual concept of the American dream.
  5. The non-skinny are not automatically gross! Imagine all of the good people are fat and all of the sleazy/irritating people who get caught masturbating in a gross way are slim.
  6. REAL food REAL consequences: The characters are the size they would be in everyday life if they ate what they are eating in the movie. Oh my God they live off french fries and beer? I only half live off fries and beer. Oh my God, now they are a size up from me! Everything is the way it should be.
  7. Omg nekkidness? Every time a woman’s body part is sexualized (this could include nude shots or erotic glimpses of her lips, thighs etc) imagine this being done to an alpha male type man. The effect this had on me was that it made a lot of visuals appear needlessly pornographic. Erotic glimpses of women are so mainstreamed we do not realize how often we are being sexualised.
  8. Boys make some noise: In sex scenes imagine the man moaning profusely, almost comically, and generally kicking up a fuss while the woman quietly gets on with it. Women are made to seem ridiculous when they enjoy sex. Their exaggerated sexual moans parody female pleasure, and make the lady in question seem vulnerable at the same time.
  9. Whose fault is it anyway? Count the number of times a woman is blamed for a situation which may be beyond her control. We are taught that it is more acceptable to feel sorry for male protagonists, whereas when a woman experiences negativity it is automatically her fault.
  10. Daddy’s help: Observe how often a woman is able to succeed/get herself out of a negative situation without the help of a man. Surprisingly few. Women are portrayed as helpless and incompetent, when really we are awesome.

I hope that you got something from this top 10!

 I do not mean to ruin all television and film for you. I am a strong believer that we can still enjoy something, despite it being problematic. Unfortunately for women though, a film which ticks all of the above boxes is considered arty, feminist and alternate, rather than the mainstream. Happy watching and thanks for reading.




(Source: miscnoreturn)

ICSCP Spring 2012 Speaker Series 2/15 Prof. Ty Kawika Tengan: “Return to Fort Kamehameha: Martialing Memory in Occupied Hawai‘i”


You’re cordially invited to the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program Spring 2012 Speaker Series

Spring 2012 Topic: Sovereignties in the 21st Century

Date: February 15, 2012, Wednesday

Time, location: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm; Burns 2118 (East–West Center)

Speaker: Professor Ty P. Kawika Tengan (Ethnic Studies Department, UHM)

Title of Talk: Return to Fort Kamehameha: Martialing Memory in Occupied Hawai‘i


Lt. Colonel Joe Estores (retired, U.S. Army) came back to Hawai‘i in 2006, a Vietnam Veteran with 20 years of service as a soldier and over 30 years as a federal employee. His shock at the massive transformations that had taken place since he left the islands led to a transition in his “warrior life” as he took up the cause of demilitarization and Hawaiian sovereignty upon his return. One component of this work has been to re-narrate the history of his childhood home of Fort Kamehameha, an Army coastal artillery post at the entrance of Pearl Harbor that later became a part of Hickam Air Force Base. While the site is known primarily for its military significance, for him it was also a playground where his Native Hawaiian and Filipino family thrived on the abundant marine resources that have all but vanished now. The personal and family stories he tells articulate with broader histories of Indigenous engagements with U.S. empire, the traces of which are found in the bones that are unearthed in construction projects and forgotten place names that appear on old maps. This talk explores the ways that Estores actively re-members Fort Kamehameha as a way of contesting the occupation of Hawai‘i through narrative enactments of Hawaiian and military pasts. In so doing, his story reveals the ambivalences inherent in efforts to transform imperial soldiering into Indigenous warrior hood.

Event is co-sponsored with Ethnic Studies Department, UHM

All ICSCP events are free and open to the public

Come out for this! Event page <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/events/305050732877909/”>here</a>.

go see this! Professor Tengan is awesome!

Feb 3

bell hooks - Feminism Is For Everybody (free download)