The 2 female insurrectionists killed on Wednesday were QAnon, which was labeled a domestic terror threat in 2019 and is driven by white suburban women. Guardian timeline of violence linked to QAnon 2018-2020 shows women were arrested for 5/12 instances. And now: an insurrection.
When U.S. media take deep dives into QAnon, it's stunning how much fuckery white women get away with & excuses made for them. QAnon provides convenient disguise behind which white women channel far-right white supremacist fuckery into concern for children…
During a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous & mothers of colour, the “trauma” of white mothers is elevated & used to justify preponderance for dangerous conspiracy. Even as danger brazenly expressed itself, its whiteness & femininity gave it cover.
It is reminiscent of the ways Trump’s victory in 2016 was explained away “suffering working class” (read: white working class) and not the actual racism that was a driving force.
Again and again, the audacity of white womanhood obscures and obfuscates the violence that white women are allowed to get away with.…
That is the first of my essays looking at the insurrection from a feminist lens. More very soon.

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12 Jan
Fox News Anchor: with the social media crackdown, does he feel emasculated?
Trump National Press Secretary: I wouldn’t say emasculated, especially as the most masculine person, I think, to ever hold the White House is the President of the United States
“...the most masculine person, I think, to ever hold the White House is the President of the United States.” A tweet by Trump of a pictu...
That is exactly why I wrote this essay on the preening hyper masculinity of fascism…
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11 Jan
Ashli Babbitt reminds me of the men who joined the mujahideen to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan only to return home to Egypt or Algeria and turn their guns on governments there. Is the U.S. ready to make those connections?
Sen. Tammy Duckworth has asked the Pentagon to cooperate with federal agencies and the Capitol Police to investigate active-duty or retired service members who played a role in what she called a "coup attempt."…
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) has sought assurances that troops handling security for the inauguration are screened for possible sympathies with "domestic terrorists."
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11 Jan
"I really should be writing this letter to your mother instead...Tell your mother I said it is time - way beyond time - for white American women to recognize that no amount of acquiescence will protect them from patriarchy."…
"I am writing to you because I want you to know that “getting along” & “uniting” & “being civil” w/white supremacist patriarchy makes you complicit in its crimes. We must never “get along” w/fascists.We must never “unite” w/white supremacists.We must always “argue” w/ patriarchy"
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11 Jan
#1: Ashli Babbitt never imagined she would survive fighting for regime change “over there” only to die fighting for regime change “over here.” She never imagined the Capitol Police would shoot her because the police rarely shoot white women…
#2: Rosanne Boyland, who carried the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag as she marched, never imagined she would be trampled to death under the feet of her fellow insurrectionists. She believed she would go home because white women do go home after violence, be it lynching or insurrection.
#3: Elizabeth from Knoxville was so secure in her right to pursue sedition she spoke to a reporter on camera with no attempt to hide/intention:“We’re storming the Capitol,it’s a revolution.”She complained she was maced & pushed out. White women never expect to be maced/pushed out
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9 Jan
How many veterans of the US’ forever wars in support of insurrections “over there” support insurrection “over here?”
How many other veterans of the US’ forever wars in support to insurrections “over there” support insurrection “over here?”
How many white supremacist fascists are among the ranks of the US military, law enforcement, and elected officials? Josh Hawley from the hips up in a navy suit with fist raised
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9 Jan
New data: Women accounted for all the job losses in December, losing 156k jobs, while men gained 16k. Separate survey of households showed that among women, Blacks & Latinas lost jobs in December, while White women made significant gains… h/t @MaazaMengiste
"Black and Latina women disproportionately work in some of the hardest-hit sectors in the pandemic, often in roles that lack paid sick leave and the ability to work from home. As schools and day cares closed, many were forced to make hard trade-offs between work and parenting."
"Those sectors are less likely to have flexibility, so when employers are inflexible or women can't come to work because of caregiving responsibilities — they have to exit the workforce," said C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
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