Dear BIWOC Followers and Fans,
Thank you for following our tumblr page this past calendar year! We greatly appreciate your empathetic support especially towards honoring the voices of bi women of color, celebrating our rich cultures, denouncing violence against bi trans and cis women of color, speaking up to end colorism, and giving emotional and social isolation to one another in our community!
Bi women color spaces especially honor and respect: Black/African Lives, Native/Indigenous Lives, Asian Lives, and Latina/Hispanic Lives. We honor and respect each other’s religions, faiths, and belief systems, as long they do not promote harm. We honor and respect our native tongues. We take our stories seriously - mental health, physical and invisible disabilities, and financial burdens. Everytime you say “that’s wrong” when someone hurts us, you speak up against sexual, physical, and emotional violence; misogyny.
Misogyny (/mɪˈsɒdʒɪni/) is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misogyny] (We would also add to this wikipedia defintion that physical, mental, emotional, sexual and/or spiritual violence also contributes to misogyny. )
Whenever a human is harmful towards self identified women and girls, and femininity, that is misogyny. There are many terms out there for men who hurt men, women who hurt men, White people that hurt People of Color, and People of Color who hurt White people.
Examples of the term Misogyny:
Emotional: Damaging our emotional well being. Berating us. Dismissing our intelligence. Asking us to prove our words. Calling us liars. Sending harmful threatening messages or images, in person, over the phone, via text message or online. Telling us what we “should” do. Threatening to hurt our bodies.
Physical: Touching us without permission; including our partners and spouses. Coercing us to do something we are not enthusiastic to do.
You hurt a woman’s feelings, body, and spaces [including her social media personal accounts] then the “BIG” word MISOGYNY applies to you. Yes, men can be misogynists. Yes, women can be misogynists. Yes, androgynous, agender people can be misogynists.
We have witnessed many bi, pan, queer, fluid, unlabeled bi* people speak up about their sexual abuse histories such as Lady Gaga, Angel Haze, and Charles Blow. Nearly 1/2 of all bisexual women are survivors of rape. Part of the work we do here is to provide each other comfort and support. We respect each other’s serious stories about inaccessibility to health care, safe housing and family estrangement during the Holidays. We take reports and your sharing of misogyny very seriously, we offer one another tender hugs of solidarity as we fight this long history of bisexual women being harmed because we are different from a non inclusive standard norm.
We thank you for honoring this space and our mission. We look forward to many more years of uplifting all our siblings and sisters!
In kindness, BIWOC Admins
Gwendolyn H. and Maz. E
BIWOC Contact and Links http://biwoc.tumblr.com http://twitter.com/BIWOC http://www.facebook.com/BIWOC.Community http://www.pinterest.com/BIWOC_Boston/ ………. For in-person support groups and events: http://www.meetup.com/Bi-Community-Activities Online Support Group:http://www.facebook.com/groups/BostonBIWOC/ Online Support Group:http://www.facebook.com/groups/BostonBIPOC/ firstname.lastname@example.org
BIWOC was created on June 5, 2013 by Gwendolyn Fougy Henry, EdM, MSLIS http://gwendolynwriter.tumblr.com/.