I have kept my mouth shut all these months out of fear of retribution but I no longer have this fear so I am going to go ahead and ask this. Schwyzer states:
But this notion of “making room” in the blogosphere is based on a faulty premise of scarcity.
If that is indeed the case, then I have to ask: why then did Schwyzer attempt to have me removed from certain feminist spaces when I vehemently wrote against him? If indeed there is no scarcity, then why attempt have ME (a Latina feminist blogger) removed and publicly scolded, all done through backchannels hoping these maneuvers would not get back at me? why try to execute some character assassination to silence me against his obvious racism and sketchy politics?
I cannot be the first one (or last one) over whom he attempted these dirty tactics. But I no longer believe it is fair that I have to remain silent about it because otherwise I’d been seen as a trouble maker. I am a Latina, South American feminist. I AM A TROUBLE MAKER. I believe no other kind of feminism is possible. Schwyzer tried to have me silenced. I am setting the record straight.Flavia, I did not try to have you silenced. Your saying so doesn’t make it so. As I wrote on the Xojane comment, I considered the editor of Tiger Beatdown to be a friend. We had exchanged some messages about the controversy right before your piece ran. When it ran, I wrote to her for ONE reason: to clarify whether your views were yours alone (in which case, fine) or whether they reflected a sudden change in attitude on her part as well. I wasn’t interested in having you silenced. I was interested in clarifying my relationship with your editor. I obviously intended this as a private communication between friends. Somehow you learned of it and chose to publicize it. I doubt very much you actually saw the emails in question, as if you had, you’d know that I never asked for your piece to be taken down, much less for you to be fired or blackballed. I was asking about where things stood with your editor. It was about me and her, not you. Folks, you don’t have to like me or believe me. But it is surely not too much to ask for some shred of evidence that I tried to silence Flavia Dzodan.