Day: August 22, 2011

A New Word and a New Cause

First a new word. Kama’aina. Pronounced like this. It means, essentially child of the land referring in this instance to residents of Hawaii.

I’m attempting to add this word to the social justice lexicon, because too often the residents of Hawaii are conflated with Hawaiians. This isn’t just a pet peeve on my part (although, yes, I find it highly annoying), its also a political problem.

Hawaiians are the indigenous people of Hawaii. Their culture was almost obliterated by disease brought by Captain Cook and his expedition, then by western exploitation and religious conversion, then by theft of their land, and more recently by poverty and neglect (pdf). Its a familiar story no doubt, but one that deserves your attention.

Dirty Girl Ministries

The title of the ministry — and the tagline “Dirty Girls Come Clean” — makes it sound like this could be a pretty fun church. Sadly no! The No Stones recovery group is part of an organization called Dirty Girls…


Hello, ducks!* I’m C. L. Minou, and I’m ecstatic to be a guest blogger here on Feministe. To get the usual descriptives out of the way: I’m white, almost 40, TAB, and (the rumors** were true!) a trans woman. I…