some of us are brave
Back in June I wrote a piece about what I called “trickle down feminism“, about which I said:
Trickle-down economics wasn’t the best experience for people like me. You will have to forgive me, then, if I have similar doubts about trickle down feminism.
In it I show my work on the term, crediting a twitter conversation. It’s basically Marxist feminism with some Angela Davis thrown in. Nothing new about that. Except I did specifically use a term and frame my argument around it to explicate my ideas. Where I come from that’s intellectual labor.
This month Sarah L Jaffe wrote an article in Dissent Magazine entitle “Trickle Down Feminism.” Dissent is a notable outlet. I read it. The title, for obvious reasons, resonated with me.
She goes on to make a Marxist feminist case for the welfare of poor and working class women. She excludes race as such types are want to do but OK. She closes with:
But the campaign for paid sick leave is a hopeful sign, a sign that perhaps feminism is reconsidering its place on the picket line. Trickle-down feminism won’t do the job.
“Trickle down feminism” is her title, her frame, and her closing. Not one attribution anywhere.
I’ve engaged Sarah on twitter. I seemed to vaguely recall talking to her about my article. Mayhaps she neglected to mention my name in her article by accident. I nudged:
She responded that she loved my piece…but not enough for attribution.
Today someone surely more powerful than I am sought to give Sarah the credit she denies me and her response was:
She “thinks” she heard it “somewhere else.” Granted I’ve been called worse but at least they looked at me while they said it.
Still no mention of my name until Bryce intervened:
I’m confused but not really. That is how the trickle down cookie crumbles, n’est-ca pas?