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Hey-oh! From Feministe’s New Intern

Hello readers! I’m Anoushka, Feministe’s brand-spanking-new and first-time-ever intern! You’ll be seeing me on the blog quite a bit for the next few months, so here’s me in a nutshell. (I did some mime just then.)

I’m a perpetual student, a theatre and performance activist-artist; an anti-racist feminist and a bi-racial queer woman of colour. My interests include: art, resistance, feminism, dogs, vegan cooking and high waisted skirts. I have been known to say “that’s problematic” often. I may even have it printed on a t-shirt. I was born and raised in the Coast Salish Territories of Western Canada, where I’ve done most of my organizing, around issues of sexual health, ending sexual violence and rape culture, anti-racism, queer issues and trans allyship, equitable access to education, anti-capitalism and indigenous solidarity. Clearly, I’m into holistic activism. Intersectionality baby!

Anywhoodle, if I sound even the least bit interesting, you can read some things I’ve written on the interwebs. I’ve had articles published on the alternative Canadian news blog rabble.ca and continue to write for the online component of Shameless Magazine, a Canadian feminist publication for girls and trans youth.

I am currently living in the occupied Indigenous territories of New York, mulling over the experience of having the privilege of being able to attend the mega-capitalist academic colonizer known as NYU, studying Arts Politics. What does that mean? Good question! Do you have an answer? I am in debt up to my eyeballs, so I’d really like to know.

I’ve been a long time reader of Feministe, so I am excited to join the team! I’ll be doing your bi-weekly link roundups among other things, so please do send me anything and everything in news that is related to gender/race/ability/class/sexuality, etc., by way of feministe@gmail.com! Tell me if you are doing cool things! Let’s be friends!

Cheers!

Anoushka


41 thoughts on Hey-oh! From Feministe’s New Intern

  1. Welcome Anoushka! I’m looking forward to reading your posts. =)

    “an anti-racist feminist” is it possible to be a racist feminist? o.O

  2. Nahida:
    Welcome Anoushka! I’m looking forward to reading your posts. =)

    “an anti-racist feminist” is it possible to be a racist feminist? o.O

    Very much so.

  3. Welcome, Anoushka!

    (Nahida–the answer to that question is a resounding yes, unfortunately).

  4. I am really excited to hear your posts. I am very much into anti-racism, and intersectionality… I can’t wait to see what you write.

    Nahida: “an anti-racist feminist” is it possible to be a racist feminist? o.O

    Yes

  5. “I am currently living in the occupied Indigenous territories of New York . . . ”

    Same here. Welcome! I really look forward to your posts!

    1. yeah, not looking forward to harper continuing his reign. bad news for indigenous people, people of colour, women, queers, immigrants… yuech.

  6. And yet it happens all the time. I agree with you that it shouldn’t be so but please don’t try and say it’s not possible because it is not just possible it’s reality.

  7. Well I don’t see how it’s possible. Being a racist feminist is as absurd as being a misogynistic one. The adjective contradicts the definition. The world explodes!

  8. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that feminists can’t be racist. Just that I wouldn’t consider someone who’s racist a feminist.

    Apologies to anyone who thought I was excusing anything.

  9. @ Nahida

    I really took what Jill said last week to heart so… I thought the whole point was to try *not* to run off all the awesome POC writers from the site! Let’s give people the benefit of the doubt! Let’s explain fully instead of leaving snarky one liners which are easily misunderstood! Let’s say hi instead of immediately “taking issue”.

    E.g. “frankly I consider racists not to be feminists”. Rather than “racist feminists, I don’t think so!” Which then is misread and while it’s not a derail, it gets people defensive. And then in two posts, someone disagrees violently and then no one wants to post here anymore!

    We can do it Feministe! We can be… POLITE! Yay for thinking before we speak. Not because we are “ladies” in the patriarchy or bowing to some “tone” crap but because we are respectful people who care about our fellow human beings!

    … too much?

  10. Welcome Anoushka! yay anti-racist and intersectional feminism!!! I have spent a lot of time trying to convince my “feminist” friends that feminism is intersectional, without much success. So it is always nice to have the opportunity to “interact” albeit over the internet with another intersectional feminist! Yay.

  11. Hi Anoushka: We can do it Feministe! We can be… POLITE! Yay for thinking before we speak. Not because we are “ladies” in the patriarchy or bowing to some “tone” crap but because we are respectful people who care about our fellow human beings!

    … too much?

    Grl, I like yr style. 😀

  12. You sound great! And very energetic and creative! I like your enthusiasm, Anoushka! 😉 I look forward to reading what you have to say. Welcome.

  13. Hi again, Anoushka. I was looking for your work on Shameless but a search on your name doesn’t find it. Any tips or links to articles you’d like for people to read? Thanks!

  14. Congratulations, Anoushka! Thank you for taking this on and I’m excited to have you around the place – you sound amazing. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing more from you!

  15. OMG, I think I read your article already. It seems familiar! I think I followed a link to it from another blog’s link roundup when it was published. 🙂 I’m going to re-read it now, though.

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