free spirited as fuck
vocalist of a band called GIRL
i dig anarchism, grrrl power, veganism, queer shit, psychoactive substances, babes of all genders, heavy music, body modification, books and artful words, sex positivity, bike admiration, and many other things.
Remember that time Finn and Jake kicked the creepy horse in the butt and Ice King came out?
PS Ice King is definitely a creep.
I have a cat perched on my shoulder and its comfy.
I think he misses my partner.
That makes two of us.
Basically I am interested in the politics of this, as I find the practice very interesting. I have seen the term for some years now and it seemed very intuitive for me as a way to play with language to be inclusive and political. I have a lot of…
White academic in a chican@ studies course here.
I don’t really think it’s (mal)appropriative to use the term as long as you apply it correctly.
I wouldn’t use the @ where cishet is being represented. Like for example, there is a huge Chicana resistance to the politics of the “Chicano rights movement” because of patriarchy and heternationalism. You wouldn’t refer to a cishet Chicano activist from the 1960s a “Chican@” even if you want to adopt queer pronouns.
Similarly, Chicana/o/@ is a politicized/reclaiming term which not all Latina/o/@ people use, so you wouldn’t assign Chicana/o/@ identity to someone who wouldn’t use it themselves (like you said).
Furthermore, Chican@ doesn’t have like, a queer imperative. Like, I am reading a lot of work by Chicana lesbians who write extensively on queer issues and don’t make use of the @ symbol (Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, Emma Perez). Rather, they are using a more feminist deployment of the feminine Chicana.
Given the intersectional gendered and racialized nature of the term, I would say that if you are paying attention to the way Chican@ scholars use it, you can learn how to successfully deploy it.
Another thing to keep in mind is the changing of terms around queer chican@ people. For example, there is an emergent study Chican@ queer and trans people which utilizes the vocabulary of “joteria.”
TL;DR: It’s complicated. Have faith in yourself as a queer, anti-racist scholar and your ability to internalize what you learn from scholars of different social locations.
Thank you, Halberstam and the greater body of queer studies, for showing me that anarchism has a place in contemporary critical thought and vice versa.