Sunday, August 23, 2009

Announcing: Success Sunday

Today, I'm going to inaugurate a tradition - already unofficially in practice - of profiling feel-good stories of folks who have triumphed over oppression in one way or another regularly on Sundays.

In the progressive blogosphere, we often focus on what is wrong with the world. This is part of our/my purpose for being here - to point out the things that are wrong that people want to ignore, to chip away at privilege by recognizing it as it functions rather than defending it by claiming that it's just normal.

But folks who face significant societal disadvantages overcome these disadvantages every day, and it's problematic to constantly present them in the position of victim. Their voices are not heard because they don't fit in with traditional norms of success, or because their achievements are not deemed worthy of attention. It's a great way to kick off the week and remind me (at least) that not all struggles are in vain.

If you've got a suggestion of a story in which a person triumphs over racism, classism, transmisogyny, ableism, homophobia, sexism, or any other form of oppression, please send it in for Success Sunday! As always, guest posts are eagerly welcomed.


  1. I'll bite; this story about the vindification of an athlete who was stripped of her medal 50 years ago because she happened to be a girl is pretty awesome.

  2. Thanks a bunch for the tip! I've already got my story up for the day, but I'll try to get to that next week :) If you want to write it up for a guest-post too, that would be awesome.

  3. I am loving this idea. We're always in need of happy news! Can the stories be smaller, more local ones, or are you looking for something bigger?

  4. Local stories are exactly what I'm looking for - stories that wouldn't necessarily be heralded by the MSM. Thanks Ashley!


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