I’m really excited about women employing DIY and feminist ethics in hip hop right now. Like punk is def still a thing in my heart but it does not hold a monopoly on DIY culture. I gotta give it up for the young women making beats at home, talking about feminism on their online radio shows and taking over stages in cat ears with their friends. Cheers to barftroop and princessnokia and trillwavefeminism for inspiring me this week.
A few days ago, I talked to my grandmother in Eritrea about working in the food service industry. Most of the conversation was me trying to rationalize the depraved mechanisms of capitalistic voyeurism in the US, though there really isn’t such a thing.
When she realized that much of the food gets thrown out at the end of the night, she asked why when there are so many people going hungry. I told her a lot of it had to do with discouraging the employees from taking food. “What’s wrong with taking food? Especially if its already been bought and winds up in the trash anyways? These employees have families, don’t they? They could use the food.” she replied. And honestly, how do you respond to surplus of food being tossed as waste to a woman’s whose witnessed people die from famines?
There wasn’t anything I could say to justify it. There was a long silence between us and I said I don’t know, it doesn’t make sense. We ended the conversation with her stating “adikhi com himamey eyu dizekireni, si’ilu yiserikh bizey mikhiyat, bizey misikar, nabra yebulun” which roughly translates to “your country reminds me of my last episode of cancer, causing theft and dispair simply because it can, its entire life dependant on the suffering of others” and that’s probably the most honest way I’ve heard someone refer to the way American capitalistic economics function.