Tagged Heteropatriarchy

Calling upon the Chicano Pope to Reflect

How was the Chicano Pope chosen? Did I miss the anointment ceremony? The Chicano Pope proudly grinds the biggest axe to attack those who do not heed his mandates and demand for complicity. This is a call for the Chicano Pope to thoughtfully engage in the issue of accountability.  After all, it was the Chicano Pope who wrote, “What is so frustrating about politics is that there is so little accountability. We can continually screw up as my students would say and are not accountable. Because we as a society are ahistorical, we are unable to sort out the lies…

Mack Daddy Lopez, Tucson

(To those brothers all along the spectrum of time who stood alongside us and if even they fell got back up and joined to our sides, who know the depth of a woman, and who we find even in this age, beside us: A Million Million Gratitudes…….   The next poem is not for you.)   I twice slept with a man named Macky Lopez I think a lot of women did He’s a mack daddy penis-driven cunning man, Revolution somewhere hiding beneath the piles he left of shit   He’s a predatory feel-sorry-for-me type A misogynist tries-to-break-women man He…

Grandfather

To My Dead Grandfather,   I used to wish I could have met you Dreamed of you reading me bedtime stories and of my potential love for you After I found out the truth all I have dreamed about is my regret your Death wasn’t torturous enough to suit your crimes Physical damage will not satisfy my need  Piss on your soul; mutilate the fibers of the cross-stitch that Holds your two-face together   I dreamed I could have been there and watched you Die. And I wanted to be the one to do it. To have killed you. Slowly, carefully, methodically with a distinct…

Take It All Back

Women with the courage to fight taught me how to take it all back Your rape cannot take my pleasure Your hate cannot take my love You war cannot take my peace Your ignorance can not dull my light My voice calls out and is echoed We come together bound in women-centered community We are safe because we promote women as leaders in all sectors and live as leaders Leaders who know their strengths Leaders who turn to community for support when we are weak We stand together and up in all our actions Our lives lived and daily choices…

Culture of Silence

Acts of violence are committed against women in the Mexican-American Studies community consistently, yet it seems they are only discussed publicly when people outside the movement get involved. As a young woman in this community I should have been made aware of men in the movement who are known perpetrators of violence. I need to know which spaces are safe spaces and I need to be able to make informed decisions about the people I am involving myself with or organizing with. I believe that part of the reason I had no previous knowledge of any man’s history of gendered violence was because of a carefully constructed culture of…

I too

I too know this rage of which my sisters speak I too feel it burning inside of me I too feel an explosion imminent because I.am.so.tired.of.this.shit.   Hey man, You think your oppression is bad? Imagine millennia of suffocation by idiots who can’t possibly imagine that their wives/daughters/friends/sisters might know better than them Might lead better than them   Imagine being suffocated from nearly beyond your depth of memory And knowing Truly Completely That your suffocation is the reason for the state of things today   Imagine trying to say it out loud to men Who laugh at you Call…

Think about the family

We keep talking about the pain it causes our families I know that, I am them   I am the one that held on to stories of violence so hard I bled Held on to secrets of feeling unsafe Felt my insides explode, cancer in my belly, pain in my chest   I too felt it was no ones business So I kept on holding on Explosions continued in my body, on others faces, on my arms   Growing up I began to think these secrets were normal This fear and uncertainty I kept inside Comfortable Was love, was safety…

From: The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

“For women, the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive, and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered. It is this real connection which is so feared by a patriarchal world. Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the only social power open to women.” ~ Audre Lorde       “Women of today are still being called upon to stretch across the gap of male ignorance and to educate men as to our existence and our needs. This is an old and primary tool of all oppressors to keep the…

The Fight for Ethnic Studies Beyond Heteropatriarchy and Male Privilege: a Call to Address & End Violence in all its Forms

By Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa | Tucson, Arizona | http://www.antifronteras.com “Gender violence must be understood within larger systems of capitalism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, and heteropatriarchy… One of the major contradictions in political mobilization is that we often replicate the same hierarchical systems we claim to be dismantling. Gender violence is prevalent within progressive movements as it is in society at large.” (Andrea Smith. “Introduction” The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, pp. xiv-xv) As Mexicano/Chicano born men, we come from a long legacy of beauty, but also one of colonization, gender violence, and resistance. As working-class brown…