My endorsement of this book has been suspended. For further explanation, please see this post.
UPDATE: Since posting this (and updating it once), issues have arisen with the images used in the book. Those images are inexcusable, and I stand behind everything Holly said in her post. Those images have also made me reconsider my support of the book. I will be putting up another post tonight (April 25th) explaining this further.
KGB Bar is at 85 E. 4th (near 2nd Ave), and the reading starts at 7. If you can’t make it tomorrow, stop by Bluestockings on Thursday for another Amanda reading, also at 7.
And if you can’t make it at all (or even if you can), consider buying Amanda’s book. It’s a great, funny read, and well worth the purchase. It’s also worth supporting progressive authors so that we create and maintain a market for books like this.
Hope to see some of you there!
UPDATE: Many people in the comments section have taken issue with my promotion of Amanda’s book. That’s understandable. I’m leaving the post up because I do continue to support Amanda and the feminist work she’s doing, including her book — but that does not mean that I don’t hear the many people, including many women of color, who have raised very legitimate concerns about white feminists’ appropriation of work created by women of color. I remain unconvinced that Amanda’s appropriated work that wasn’t hers; but again, we’re probably going to end up disagreeing on that. There is some background on this issue here. I understand that many bloggers and commenters no longer link to Amanda and will not be buying her book; I hear that. I was not intending to erase those voices when I put up this post; nor was I attempting to pretend that the events of earlier this month never happened. I was simply trying to promote the work of a feminist writer who I continue to like and respect. In hindsight, promoting her work without recognizing the ongoing controversy was foolish.
I don’t expect everyone (or anyone at all) to agree with me on this. I don’t expect everyone (or anyone at all) to join me in backing her book. I am still going to take the position that her book is a positive contribution to the feminist movement, and I am still going to promote it here. That said, I will not promote it at the expense of other voices, and so I don’t expect this comment section to be perfectly calm. As Crys T said in the comments to this post:
And I don’t think most of us expect you to blacklist Amanda from Feministe. But you have to expect negative commentary if you’re going to bring her or her work up. This event has caused a huge amount of pain, anger and damage to the feminist blogosphere in general. Well, the English-speaking bits of it anyway. And people aren’t going to forget about it any time soon.
That’s fair. And I should have recognized that promoting Amanda’s work right now, under these circumstances, is not a neutral act. But I also hope that I’m clear when I say that my promotion of her book does mean that I think everything that happened this month was totally fine, or that I’m taking Amanda’s “side.” I don’t think Amanda appropriated or plagiarized; but that doesn’t mean that I’m not hearing or respecting the people who think otherwise. A lot of people who I respect greatly have raised issues with the way white feminists have handled things. This is not an attempt to silence them, or to even express disagreement. Perhaps I’m too optimistic in thinking that I can support the voices that challenge the workings of white feminism and also support the work of a white feminist who has been challenged. I’m trying to wade through this one carefully, and apparently so far I’ve been about as graceful as a bull in a china shop. But this is where I’m at right now and what my thought process is. As always, I welcome comments and responses. I just ask that we not do a repeat of comment threads that have been solely about the Amanda issue; this isn’t the place to re-hash and argue over what did or didn’t happen. The controversy about Amanda’s article was about something much bigger than Amanda; I ask that we keep the conversation on that level, in an attempt to make it productive.