Content Week 2: Wrap-Up

by rseiderman

First things first. A Beginner’s Guide to Intersectionality, the piece that Sonya hadn’t yet linked to on Facebook by the time of last week’s blog entry, never saw Facebook. I’m fairly certain Sonya didn’t intend to be dismissive or hurtful, but the dynamics of the internship have left me with relatively less agency than I’d prefer (as we’ve discussed), which drives me a bit up a wall.

Okay, that being said, here are the stats for the last piece of my second content week:

Posted 7/14

But _____ism Doesn’t Affect Me: Why You Should Care About Intersectionality
Tumblr notes: 31
Facebook likes: 75
Facebook comments: 7
Facebook shares: 31

I had originally wanted “But _____ism Doesn’t Affect Me” to go up on Saturday so that the piece I really wanted to write—the one about oppressive language—would be the last of my week, on Sunday. Obviously, though, it didn’t pan out that way.

For my first content week, I determined all the content that I covered; every post sprang from my desire to write about a topic. It was interesting to have Sonya request a particular post from me, especially because I wasn’t enthused about the subject matter. (Yes, I have lots of feelings on intersectionality and how it affects even the people who don’t think it affects them, but that wasn’t the piece I wanted to write.)

After I’d written the piece and sent it to Sonya for her approval, she asked me to include more about my own experiences with intersectionality. I’d kind of intentionally avoided talking too much about myself—I’m not a fan of feeling vulnerable to thousands of people (which, to be fair, might be seriously exaggerating how many people actually read my pieces). Still, I did what she asked, and it seemed to go over fine.

One super interesting thing that happened, though, was that someone outside of The Body is Not An Apology pulled a direct quote from my Tuesday piece and put it on Tumblr (that quote can be found here). And that quote has gotten a lot of notes. (247.) I only know about it because one of my friends follows someone who reblogged it—otherwise, I’d have no idea. So someone who doesn’t know me and isn’t affiliated with the organization I’m interning with thinks that what I said was cool enough to warrant a Tumblr post. And people thought that that quote was cool enough to warrant 247 notes. (To be fair, I reblogged it also, adding a note.)

The funniest part, at least to me, is what piece was pulled:

“For example, I’m not a trans* person, but I’m able to recognize lots of instances of transphobia. I’m even able to intervene when I see transphobia happening. But if a trans* person were to tell me that something I’ve said is transphobic, I would have to accept their assessment as correct even if I didn’t think I was being transphobic. I don’t get to decide what’s transphobic. I haven’t had their experiences, I might not recognize embedded transphobia, and I shouldn’t get to speak over a trans* person. My voice isn’t the one that needs to be heard in this situation.”

Not exactly the section I would’ve thought would resonate, but the people who reblogged or liked it have Tumblr names like “breakingthegenderbinary,” “qrookedqueer,” and “queerdeviance.”

It’s pretty cool that people think that the things I write are cool.

Besides that ego boost, Sonya wrote to me after my week was over, saying this:

“I just wanted to thank you for your week!  the content was very good and the piece on intersectionality really hit a chord.  Folks are engaged.  Thank you for your hard work.”

Even though this internship has been frustrating in a lot of ways, this past content week was also awesome in a lot of ways.