“Performative allyship is a whole kettle of fish”
HANNAH MCGREGOR invites Clayre to chat about singing, and ends up talking about cis-hetero-normativity, community, harm, and silence.
They touch on what we do (or don’t do) to feel like we belong and the price we pay to be allowed in.
Oh, and talk about performative allyship, which is so complex a topic on its own.
Content warning for discussions of sexual assault and transphobia.
Like so many good things, this episode started one way and ended up another. I invited Clayre to chat about singing, and we ended up talking about community and harm and silence and what we do (or don’t do) to feel like we belong. Oh, and we talk about performative allyship, which is so complex a topic I could probably make an entire season about it, but in the meantime here are some LINKS:
- There are about a million things to read about the complexities of allyship and performative allyship, including work on the shortcomings of symbolic gestures like safety pins, rejections of the idea of allyship altogether, and this excellent episode of Code Switch on “Safety-Pin Solidarity” which includes the priceless phrase “those getting the allyship done to them”
- And since we’re also talking about singing in a…
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