Call For Submissions: Sex, Gender, Power
Native American feminist scholar and activist Andrea Smith argues, “In order to colonize peoples whose societies are not based on social hierarchy, colonizers must first naturalize hierarchy through instituting patriarchy.”
In the third installment of The System Stinks, a systemic look at the Five Precepts of Buddhist ethical conduct, we’re facing the ways in which hierarchies of sexuality and gender have been naturalized in our lives — from responding to sexual misconduct by teachers in our Buddhist communities, to discussing assimilation and class power in struggles for gay rights. (Reflected, for instance, in the title of the above photo by Tjook: “we are as ‘straight’ as gay can be.”)
We might think we know what the Third Precept on sexual misconduct looks like on an interpersonal level. But how do we see systemic forms of sexual power and gender inequality affecting our societies, as well as our interpersonal exchanges? Whether we work on war, climate change, or imprisonment, political Buddhists need to be savvy about the dynamics of power – particularly how unequal power becomes fixed into hierarchies of domination and control.
We want to know (and these are just examples — feel free to create your own!) :
We love the multimedia possibilities of the web, and want to publish your artwork, poetry, photography, and videos in addition to more traditional prose pieces. As we explore this topic together, we’re interested in combining examples of direct action / organizing, theory, personal stories, and practices we can try at home. We are all wrestling with uncomfortable contradictions and strong counter-arguments to our views. We find ourselves especially moved by media that demonstrates vulnerability, courage, and a willingness to surprise yourself in the media-making process. And please be clear about the cultural and lived standpoint from which you come! It helps us get to know you, and your ideas, much better.
If you are a spiritual and political seeker looking to contribute toward liberation, we would love to hear from you. Send your Buddhist, Buddhist-friendly, or spiritual-activist media to submissions@turningwheelmedia.