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    Patriarchy

    To be honest patriarchy is still as abstract of a subject as it when I was first introduced to it. While I understand theoretically that Patriarchy is a system that values masculinity and men over women in a way that devalues us, exploits our labor, and systemically rewards and perpetuates masculinity as superior to femininity. Whether patriarchy rears it's head in my language when I say sorry excessively to white, entitled men at my hostess job, or reflects in the dollars and cents in my paycheck - it's presence is known. 

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    Blackout Reflection: No One Hand Should Have All That Power

    We live in the age of uploaded insecurities and weaknesses in the name of forming community.  And yet, somehow our tangible feelings become lost in the experience of impersonal expression. Social media coddles an individual’s expectation for recognition and a false sense of connection through that recognition. 

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    Studies confirm that being on social media actually makes us depressed. When Sandra Bland was killed, my timeline was filled with images of her in her death and as the week went by, tiny pieces of the story came out one headline at a time, with each one flooding my entire timeline for hours...

    Blackout Reflection: The Opium of the People

    note, this is a part of a series of reflections made during the 73 day social media blackout that Dream Defenders just ended.  Find out more here.

    Before I joined the Dream Defenders, I was one of the many organizers around the world whose work did not reverberate through social media with thousands of likes and follows. Even though I was doing amazing grassroots work with some of the dopest people in the world, I felt voiceless and powerless because I didn’t know how to talk about my organizing online. I used to get together with friends and ask them how they did it, feverishly writing down tips for how to make my work attract attention because I felt like I had to. When I shared this with other Dream Defenders after arriving here in July, I was surprised to hear that even people who I had perceived as having the power of a huge organization, still felt invisible as individuals over social media. In the age of the internet, power and exposure have become increasingly relative - you can always have more followers and retweets and you’re bombarded with examples of others who have all of these things all the time. It’s clear that social media creates a feeling of loneliness and inadequacy for many of us regardless of our positionality.  

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