Now that hate-speech has been recognised as an act of physical violence, using non-problematic language has never been more important. We are indebted, therefore, to the scholarship of Titania McGrath, the self-declared scourge of the patriarchy and breaker of chains, for her work on the lexicography and mannerisms of Woke. While her latest work, My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism, is targeted at young people aged from six months to six years, its wisdom will serve to guide would-be social justice warriors of all ages.
Some so-called conservatives have argued that social justice activism should take a back seat in the wake of a deadly pandemic. McGrath tackles this fallacious claim head on. ‘It is crucial that we all work together to ensure that this pandemic does not distract us from the far more serious problem of people being misgendered on Twitter,’ she writes. Intersectional activism has never been more relevant. ‘If the apocalypse does come, we need to ensure that it doesn’t disproportionately affect minority groups.’
Above all, we must avoid using President Donald Trump’s racist dog whistle, the ‘Chinese virus’, which, as McGrath, explains is pure hypocrisy. Why haven’t we turned our attention to German Measles, Japanese Encephalitis or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Clearly, concludes McGrath, the search for a vaccine is ‘profoundly racist.’
Critics of McGrath’s work on Twitter claim her work is a parody written by a conservative white male. Readers can judge for themselves if there is any truth in this hateful, Wokephobic slur.
‘My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism,’ by Titania McGrath is published by Constable.
*Fearing so-called ‘conservative’ vigilantes and patriarchal oppression, the author is forced to remain anonymous.
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