Welcome to Terra Incognita Media where we are dedicated to providing nuanced narratives about race, class, and gender in relation to nature.
an intersectional feminist response to the outdoor industry
We fixed it! Congrats, @alexhonnold 🎉🎈 #🗑 (cue the Himpathizers 😭)
#toxicmasculinity #ecojock #climbingbros #lostboys #peterpan #dismantlewhitesupremacy #himpathy #himpathizers #terraincognita — thanks for the 📸 @outsidemagazine @freesolofilm
We fixed it. #🗑 (cue the Himpathizers 😭)
#toxicmasculinity #dismantlewhitesupremacy #terraincognita #ecojocks #fuccbois #himpathy #himpathize (thanks @outsidemagazine for the 📸)
This is a must. This is a need. #Repost @theunapologeticallybrownseries
Always & every day ✨ This poster is available for free on my website - link on my bio 💐
“Who that is, hoe? That girl is a tomboy.” - @princessnokia 🌱🚀 #Repost
I will never let fear or doubt compromise the woman I’ve become. #NeverStopExploring @thenorthface_city #ad
For some, the “Opt Outside” movement is a powerful antidote to the pernicious pull of Black Friday. As much as I cherish the invitation to devote a day to being in nature, it’s important to acknowledge that “opting outside” isn’t an option for everyone. For folx living in urban communities, walking through the woods can be inaccessible. It’s in that spirit that I want to reframe today as an opportunity to opt in to the world(s) that we want to live in through committed and compassionate micro movements. Even if the closest we can get to an outdoor adventure today is winding our way through our local cityscapes, know that there are many ways to energetically challenge the consumerist deluge of Black Friday “deals.” Although the systems that structure our society might make it hard to live our values wholeheartedly, we always have the agency to opt in to better ways of being through our everyday actions. Carve out the space to divest from fossil fuels through making a game plan for living low-waste (petroleum-based plastics keep Big Oil plutocrats in power). Take a walk with a friend and really listen to what stories your sweet one is hungry to share. Make a nourishing supper for someone you love. Water your houseplants with tender care. Take the time to dig into the transformative “Emergent Strategy” by @adriennemareebrown. Whatever you can do that affirms your intrinsic, irresistible creativity, do it. Black Friday embodies the kind of capitalism that strives to transform us into isolated consumers rather than interconnected creators. And so we have to resist by being creative and loving and generous to ourselves, our Earth, and our community. How are you resisting today, loamy loves? 📷@wildacorn from our upcoming workbook “Micro Movements.”
As we come up on Thanksgiving, which is this country's greatest lie and violation of human rights, we recommend incorporating land acknowledgements into your family gatherings because if you're not indigenous you live on stolen land. Opening up conversations about ongoing colonization is pertinent. Do your research. Share what you learn. Start with a formal acknowledgement of those who have lived for time immemorial on the land that you now occupy. Challenge Thanksgiving myths. Teen Vogue offers some tips as to how you can honor the land. Also, visit reclaimingnativetruth.com
Terra Incognita Media is offering a six week online seminar series for White folx:
Detaching from Whiteness: From White Feminism to Anti-Racism. Email us to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m beginning to feel like a fly in milk, drowning in a sea of white. I can’t help but have a feeling of desertion as I look around and realize how barren our cultural landscape is for black people. Hair is a fundamental component of the black experience, but unfortunately, in Colorado Springs, we are living in a hair desert.” -- Nia Abram @yourrudestfriend in her essay, "Desert Kinks." Visit the website to read the full essay. Photo via Dan Chung.
#Repost @brownenvironmentalist with @get_repost
From our friends @monicamedellin_ @defineamerican and featuring our own @olivialomasi — a short film entitled “Water Warrior”. Link in bio.
#RepresentationMatters @melaninbasecamp #surfing #indigenous #indigenouswomen @browngirlsurf #latinas #represent #surfculture #citysurfproject @citysurfproject #pacifica #la #defineamerican #shondaland #watch #peru @uncolonial_history #history #immigrants #immigrant #latinx
This came in the mail today from @mynameisbam otherwise known as Backwoods Barbie, otherwise known as Bamela, otherwise known as Human Caretaker of Mitzibishi... and they wrote an incredible essay for @washingtontrails — it is profoundly vulnerable and affirming and heart-wrenching all at once. I cried. Bam is a child of migrant workers from Mexico. As a queer person of color from migrant parents, Bam has an intimate and ancient relationship with the earth. In their essay they draw parallels from their physical and emotional and spiritual journey up Sunh-a-do (what settlers know as Mt. Olympus), to their father’s thru-hike across the U.S. Mexican border, as well as to their mother’s tenacious stamina as an apple picker under a hot sun. Bam writes, “Three decades before I stood on the summit block of Sunh-a-do, my mother stood under the same sun until her face grew as bright as a Red Delicious Apple...to be an apple-picker it to be a decorated athlete in the Olympics of stamina. To be a mother is to hold the magic of all of nature’s creation in your body...How can one possibly be more “outdoorsy” than those who spend their entire lives outside working?” — Bam calls attention to patriarchy, White supremacy and toxic masculinity between affecting sentences about the natural landscape that they are a apart of. From details like the color of their nailpolish (grape shifter) to unguarded insights into Bam’s inner world on the trail and streets, it is clear that the iridescent quality of the mountain matches not only Bam’s nails, but also their luminous spirit. Bam exposes the multiplicities of the world by sharing so many intimate details of their life. It feels like you are walking with them. Bam’s writing and work is a model and demonstration of self-love and acceptance of many stories, many ways, many truths. It inspires one to look inward and ask oneself what narratives can we shake? What narratives do not serve? How can we initiate the world that Bam is working to create? How can we transform the work we do to reflect the equitable world we want? It will require us to reckon with our communities, our histories, and interconnections.
Last night at Race Talks, a monthly discussion about race in @portland taking place at @mcmenamins , panelists discussed the impact of legalization on the criminal justice system in Oregon. Poor folx and people of color are still experiencing disproportionate policing, and remaining drug crimes still linger. We recommend reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander to get a thorough idea of the drug law reform movement. The impact of supremacy means more barriers for people of color when it comes to starting marijuana businesses, buying, and being in possession of weed. Not to mention the hoards of people still behind bars for what now may be considered a misdemeanor or not a crime at all. —————————— The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities, churches, community centers, re-entry centers, and prisons nationwide. The New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.
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It’s Trans Awareness Week! Let’s celebrate the beauty of the trans community! .
#Repost @audrelordeproject with @get_repost
#repost from @theequalityinstitute
Trans Awareness Week is a beautiful opportunity to affirm trans identities, support the trans community and celebrate trans folk!
We’ve kicked off the celebrations with an illustration of some of our favourite women: Munroe Bergdorf whose thought-provoking tweets inspire and educate us on the daily, Laverne Cox whose shine rubs off on us every time she posts a #glamroomchronicles update, and MJ Rodriguez whose style and grace is inimitable. #transisbeautiful #weareallrealwomen⠀
[Image description: An illustration of Munroe Bergdorf, Laverne Cox and MJ Rodriguez all standing together, looking powerful. Text above reads: "We are all real women".]⠀
#feminism #genderequality #theequalityinstitute #theEQI #equality #feminist #transawarenessweek #transpride #trans
“Travel is intended to be a place that is safe for people to be themselves and to immerse themselves in diversity of places, people, thoughts, food and more. As a global traveler and a mountain trekker of almost 20 years, I have come to love the diversity that comes along with every moment I’m wandering in some parts of our world. I learned not to just respect but appreciate the differences among people that I come across in my traveling life.” - Marinel de Jesus, in her latest piece, addresses the racism of International Living, a magazine that details “the best places in the world to live, retire, travel, and invest.” Visit the link in our bio to read more. We are grateful for the unapologetic and candid writing of @browngaltrekker
In 2016, associate editor of The Inertia, Dylan Heyden, wrote an article titled, “Is the World Famous Shaka A Form of Cultural Appropriation?” Spoiler: this isn’t even a question. Visit the link in bio to find out how Heyden crafts an argument fitting for White entitlement.
Indigenous communities have been stewards of the land since time immemorial, long before Muir ever set foot on this earth. — are you on our email list? DM us to get “The Brief” delivered weekly to your inbox. Or sign up on our website! ❤️
Himpathy. We see this phenomenon all of the time and the outdoor industry is not exempt. We see this in response to our critique of @freesolofilm and @alexhonnold — In our previous post we mentioned Himpathy, which Kate Manne, author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, describes as the way our society excuses and allows men to behave in horrible and often, violent ways. Scene On Radio hosts John Biewan and Celeste Headlee do an excellent job of unpacking and analyzing this pervasive impulse to sympathize with the perpetrator. Take a listen. Link in bio.
There is an instinct in our White supremacist society to protect the perpetrator. In the film @freesolofilm @alexhonnold is blatantly toxic, verbally abusive, and dismissive of his girlfriend, Sanni. In responses to this critique, many have expressed sympathy and justifications for his behavior. “Male or female we all act like that when stressed or determined.” “Sanni was too clingy.” “Honnold’s amygdala functions differently so that must impact his emotional intelligence.” But this is what Kate Mann calls “Himpathy.” The ability to excuse a man’s horrible behavior. But why would people desire to protect abusive behavior? Because there’s something in it for them. They see themselves in Honnold as a climber, perhaps. Or they don’t want to admit the deeply entrenched ways in which gender and race play a role in how someone’s behavior can have a consequence or lack of consequence - even in the climbing community. This lack of consequence, the lack of accountability, and the impulse to protect and excuse Honnold’s behavior is rooted in misogyny and White male supremacy. It’s how this nation continues to push forward with the process of ongoing colonization. The phenomenon of “Himpathy” is a tool of patriarchy and White supremacy. We saw it with Brett Kavanaugh. And here we see it playing out with Climbing’s hero who many describe as a “lanky, doe-eyed, messy-haired boy,” all in the name of ensuring that we don’t hold him responsible as we should with 33 year old adult men. If the media and his friends paint him as a methodical Peter Pan, then he has full access to do and say whatever gets him what he wants without mind to the expense and toll this could take on others. Because after all, he’s just a boy. You don’t hear this same sentiment expressed for the Black boys who are treated like adults in this country. Literal boys who are mistaken and tried as men. Who die by police officers’ guns. Honnold, a 33 year old, gets to be boyish - his ticket to traipsing on sacred land without acknowledgment of the original peoples, and his pass to be a single-minded asshole to his girlfriend — and his maleness and Whiteness have everything to do with it.
It’s 2018. Can we please stop glorifying men who refuse to cry, don’t show emotion, verbally abuse and gaslight their girlfriend, bastardize the notion of a “warrior,” all while paying to acknowledgment to the indigenous peoples who have been removed from the land in which they recreate, make a living off of, and “accomplish great feats.” This film was a reinstatement of the mindset and values of the supremacist settler colonial nation in which we live. Those of us who access and climb on sacred land need to be held accountable and show respect - this film was horrifying and painful to watch. Full review coming soon. .
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@natgeo @freesolofilm @cheynelempe @chaivasarhelyi @jimmy_chin @mikeylikesrocks @sannimccandless @tommycaldwell
This is one of my favorite conversation tools when engaging with someone who is resistant to the point of view I’m sharing. It is particularly useful when someone is skeptical of the pervasiveness of an issue, like racism within our criminal justice system.
I had a very intense conversation with a white man about the use of the death penalty. He was convinced that it wasn’t applied disproportionately to black men, because white men are executed as well. In fact, most high profile executions are of white men (good ole media). So I deployed my “I used to think, but then I learn, and now I know” tool to bridge the gap between our understandings. This was my response:
- I used to think that race played no part in who was executed and that it just depended on the heinousness of the crime. I, too, was only exposed to the brutality of the high profile cases in the news.
- But then I learned that black men are much more likely to get the death penalty, if their victim is white. Conversely, if a white person was on trial for killing a black person, they are less likely to receive the death penalty than if their victim was white. Black people make up 47% of homicide victims, but only 17% of the victims of those executed.
- Now I know that race is not only a key indicator in whether a black person gets the death penalty, but also whether white person does not. And that black victims are treated less seriously than white victims.
We discussed where I’d read those numbers and he seemed genuinely interested in reading up on that particular issue on his own. And while I don’t believe that this one conversation was THE game changer for him, I do believe it was a small crack in the lens through which he saw the world before talking to me. That’s all we can hope for. He left that conversation with a better understanding of why I had the perspective I had. And he learned that it wasn’t a perspective I just happened upon, but one that came with information that contradicted what I once thought I knew - which was similar to what he thought as well.
Give this method a try. Practice it as much as you can. I think you’ll be surpr