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We are open to the many interpretations of migration. They may be due to international movements spurred by politics, dire conditions, due to gentrification or mass increases in living cost. The vast considerations may include historical references. These could include the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South; migration of middle-class white populations out of Oakland and the Midwest commonly known as “White Flight", the Native American Removal Act, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.
EVE: EMPOWEMENT vs. EXPLOITATION
How do we move away from exploitation and empower ourselves and others? Unfortunately, the answer has been one-sided and gendered for centuries, and previously white-washed in feminist representation. It is not enough to look at the issues that plague women as a whole, we have to dig deeper, looking at gender in a spectrum of the ongoing impacts of colonialism. There are many liminal or third space perspectives that go unnoticed because they do not fit into the larger narrative. Likewise, gender-based violence has been normalized while feminine representation is often villainized.
As we speak out against patriarchal norms and colonialism, two systems that support one another and rely on oppression, we broaden conversations about what it means to be given or not given agency. We look at how toxic masculinity has shaped expectations of gender, allowing new language and definitions to emerge.