I haven’t been listening to as many podcasts lately. I mean, I’m picking up some more as my wife and I know listen to some together, but for me… I’m dropping ones I never thought I’d drop. Then I realized they’re the Apple-related podcasts. I can’t feign the interest anymore. I’m on an old iMac–which arrived in the mail the day Steve Jobs died–and even though the prices on the new iMacs are great, I’m not in the market. Wish I was, but I’m so far out of it I don’t even care what they can do. Same goes for the new iPhone or the new iPad. Apple has become ubiquitous enough they’re not interesting. For that matter, so has pretty much everything else. The world is going to shit but there’s going to be a CGI King Kong vs. Godzilla. Joy.
But I was listening to a podcast, Black Girl Dangerous, earlier and the host, Raquel Willis, said something about the goal of Black feminism or womanism in being making sure everyone can realize their full potential. It’s the finest ideal. The problem is when people look at the world everyone they see it say “everyone like me.” Even typing it, I’m not thinking about some jackass Australian surfer dude right now or a kid in Sri Lanka. Whenever someone asks me why I don’t self-identify as a feminist, I either have an example of something petty I want or I talk about how I haven’t done the work into learning about feminism. But intersectional feminists do that work. Listening to them is inspiring, how they break down a topic, how they present it objectively (still with personality), and strive to utilize their discussion as material to work toward something. There’s no bullshitting. Think about the concept of “receipts.” It’s presenting factual evidence in an argument, it’s caring about the existence and preservation of those primary sources.
It’s so active. And time-consuming. It’s got to be exhausting. I just got Injustice 2 on PS4. That game’s time-consuming, it’s exhausting, but it’s not active. Not in the same way. It consumes electricity and time and attention. But I know there are a lot of video game players who still do the work. I follow them on Twitter, about which Anthony J. Williams tweeted today, “Twitter can teach you about a lot of things if you sit down, shut up, and listen.” We get to listen to a kid in Sri Lanka now, or a jackass Australian surfer dude. But Twitter is its own work. You can probably guess not to listen to the jackass surfer but maybe not that kid either. Maybe not anyone in your everyone. Or maybe just a few. Because you can now get a better understanding of what everyone is and can be (and shouldn’t be). And it’s awesome. There’s so much potential, so many amazing things to learn from so many amazing people. Intersectional feminism is so obscenely hopeful, it’s beyond daunting. But a CGI King Kong fighting a CGI Godzilla is just a bunch of coders putting the things together. It’s just pixels. Even I’m not cynical enough to believe pixels on a screen are the best we can do.
They may be a fine diversion some of the time, but they’re not the goal. A woke “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is probably the goal. I probably need to do some thinking on it; I’m not sure if that goal was glib or sincere.