my raison d'être is aesthetic---bona fide artifice.• what do you want to know.
Unsurprisingly, the blame game is now playing out on Wikipedia, where editors battle to record the polemics that best reflect their side of the story. Earlier this morning, the Russian-language Wikipedia entry for commercial aviation accidents hosted one such skirmish, when someone with an IP address based in Kyiv edited the MH17 record to say that the plane was shot down “by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation.” Less than an hour later, someone with a Moscow IP address replaced this text with the sentence, “The plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers.”
Thanks to a Twitter bot that tracks anonymous Wikipedia edits made from IP addresses used by the Russian government, we know that the second edit to the MH17 article came from a computer at VGTRK, the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.”
Last week I had the privilege of sitting down with FP’s newest staff member, Jisu Kim, our marketing and sales associate. Jisu moved to Oklahoma from Korea when she was 3 and finished high school at an international school in Korea. She was a Feminist Press intern in 2012 while attending Sarah Lawrence in Bronxville, where she studied literature and political theory, and joined the staff full-time just this summer.
Although it may seem obvious that a Feminist Press employee would consider herself a feminist, Jisu’s understanding of feminism changed a lot as she moved out of the South, attended Sarah Lawrence, and started working with the Feminist Press. In high school, Jisu didn’t think of herself as a feminist because feminism seemed like “something that white girls do”. Instead, she experienced racial and ethnic inequality as a larger force than gender inequality in her own life.
“I just sort of didn’t care about sexual or gender politics or anything like that for a long time because… race was something that affected my life much more than considering myself a woman,” she told me. “That was really overshadowed by the fact that I was Korean and I came from an immigrant family.”
Jisu’s view of feminism has evolved since her high school days to include subversive communication and thought that is relevant to her experience.
“Now I have an extremely expansive view of feminism,” she said. “To me, my interest in issues of gender and gender inequality make me a feminist, but also, I think that feminism is about subverting the patriarchal and historically dominant way of doing things and assigning value to things… [Reexamining] the values we have, like publishing things on the Internet… might not automatically be feminist in itself, but I think Internet publishing or new media have the potential to be feminist and subversive because it’s sidestepping the entrenched way of producing literature. So now I think of feminism as ‘what if we weren’t so obsessed with domination, mastery, or the kind of cold rationality that disallows for ambiguity or non-binary voices?’”
Even the way Jisu dresses challenges conventional ideas of what a young professional woman should look like. One thing that struck me when I met Jisu is her unique style. She credits “not fitting in” as what pushed her to assemble weird ensembles.
Not everyone, however, found her outfits appealing.
“When I was like 12 or 14, I became really obsessed with the idea of thrifting, but I certainly didn’t do it well. My mother told me, ‘You know, just because it’s interesting doesn’t mean you look good.’”
With respect to Jisu’s mom, we at FP think Jisu always looks great. More importantly, her approach to feminist publishing brings intelligence, fun, and a fresh perspective to the office whether she’s sharing her ideas at an editorial meeting or just helping an intern package an outgoing order.
You can follow Jisu on twitter @nophonejisu.
~ FP intern Mariya
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Love it, but I personally always thought of the anatomical insides of Ultramen as nothing more than pure, blinding, light energy.
Real Image of T4 bacteriophage (a virus) via electron microscope.
— Wong Kar-Wai (via little-little-reminders)