Opinion: Latina Stereotypes Still Rule TV and Films
Latina stereotypes - the hot mami, the sassy spitfire, the shy maid -have been around forever. It’s time to see some smart Latinas represented.
What Latina stereotypes do you see in the media?
- feminists: Women read certain behaviours as creepy and/or rapey; that's just how they come across to women because sexual assault.
- dudebro: But that's not why I do those things. I'm a special and unique individual.
- feminists: The woman doesn't care that you're special and unique individual. It is a matter of not getting assaulted for her. Rapists think of themselves as special too.
- dudebro: But I'd never assault her. If she knew me she wouldn't think that! I'm nice and polite and I rescue stray puppies.
- feminists: Are you being deliberately dense or are you seriously incapable of understanding that women want to avoid violence more than they want to get to know some random dude.
- dudebro: It's just not FAIR that my special unique eminent self should suffer because of what other guys do.
- feminists: Have you tried talking to your male relatives, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances about male violence?
- dudebro: No! Why should men need to change? Women just need to become less sensitive.
- feminists: OK, never mind, let's set them all on fire.
In other words….he raped her.
In other words…he raped her to assert dominance over her and objectify her and treat her like his possession.
males are disgusting even before they hit puberty
f_cking little entitled b_stard i hate men
Yes, sadly we are.
Seriously, we all need to consider how we’re bringing up the kids, especially the boys, in our lives. We need to reevaluate how we react to shit like this, which happens all the time. We need to think about what we’re sending out when this is deemed as ‘cute’ when actually we’re watching a little girl be repeatedly kissed when she’s constantly expressed she doesn’t want to. This type of thing is teaching boys that girls must always accept and be grateful for the attention and affection boys offer, even when the girls do not themselves want it, and that these boys are owed reciprocity.
"Men often react to women’s words - speaking and writing - as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence. So we lower our voices. Women whisper, Women apologize. Women shut up. Women trivialize what we know. Women shrink. Women pull back. Most women have experienced enough dominance from men - control, violence, insult, contempt - that no threat seems empty."
Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse (via tabularasae)
Comedians Who Use Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, etc for Humor Think They’re Edgy
When in fact you just seem like a senile 85 year old with pants up to your nipples rambling about back when “them damn devil women weren’t allowed to control their eeeeeeeevil vaginas.”
Congrats, you have actually succeeded in becoming grandpa Simpson. You are the least controversial, shocking, revolutionary standup comedian on the planet, your jokes were hackneyed in 1955.
This is you:
You are not saying what we’re all thinking, but too scared to say, you’re saying what literally everyone else in society got over thinking decades ago. You are an anachronism, get back in your own millenium.
trigger warning: rape
Okay, let’s do it- let’s talk about “NICE GUYS RAPE”.
I mean, it’s going to be short and sweet, because that’s what you’re getting from me. But here’s the thing: if you think characterizing all rapists as “monsters”, or “evil people”, and saying that obviously Nice Guys wouldn’t rape, is helpful or useful to combating rape and rape culture or- more important- good in any way to survivors, you are just wrong. Okay? You’re wrong.
Because it’s bullshit. Because if all rapists are clearly the scum of the earth, who the fuck are those people who rape others while still being charming, handsome, personable folks? Seriously, though- who are these people? We’d characterize them as nice, because that’s what they are, right? They’re nice, because they bought dinner or volunteer at the cat shelter or babysit their niece sometimes. And some of them engage in sexual assault or rape. So tell me, who are these people?
Saying only monsters rape means the nice people who have committed rape have back-up proving that what they did wasn’t rape, it couldn’t have been, because they’re nice! They’re a nice person, okay, and because they didn’t drag a stranger into an alley, what they did wasn’t rape! Because only monsters rape, only evil people, and they’re NICE.
But you know what- NICE GUYS RAPE. Nice people rape, they do, and when we call them out and don’t let them hide behind their niceness, we’re doing a whole shitload more to combat rape culture than if we called them all monsters.
"Men should be offended when someone claims that women should prevent rape by not wearing certain things or not going certain places or not acting in a certain way. That line of thinking presumes that you are incapable of control. That you are so base and uncivilized that it takes extraordinary effort for you to walk down the street without raping someone. That you require certain dress code be maintained, that certain behaviors be employed so that maybe today, just maybe, you won’t rape someone. It presumes that your natural state is rapist."
NOW YOU HAVE TOUCHED
THE WOMYN YOU HAVE
STRUCK A ROCK
YOU HAVE DISLODGED A BOULDER
YOU WILL BE CRUSHED
You Have Struck a Rock
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now
“This poster was created for Women’s Day, a South African national holiday commemorating a 1956 demonstration in Pretoria. Thousands of women gathered to protest the apartheid government’s pass laws, which required black South Africans to carry documents authorizing their presence in racially restricted areas. The text is based on a song that became the anthem of women’s struggle against apartheid and that today represents the strength of South African women in general. The poster was printed by Medu Art Ensemble, a collective of South African exiles and activists formed in 1978 in Gaborone, Botswana, eight miles across the South African border.”
that’s beautiful and powerful, even the rhythm of it.
Girl, girl, get that cash. If it’s 9 to 5 or shakin’ your ass. Ain’t no shame, ladies do your thang. Just make sure you ahead of the game.
I was just thinking about this lyric today and how feminist and awesome it is.
"The host societies of migrant Filipina domestic workers should also be held more accountable for their welfare and for that of their families. These women’s work allows First World women to enter the paid labor force. As one Dutch employer states, “There are people who would look after children, but other things are more fun. Carers from other countries, if we can use their surplus carers, that’s a solution."
The Care Crisis in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy by Rhacel Salazar Parrena
Most receiving countries have yet to recognize the contributions of their migrant care workers. They have consistently ignored these workers’ rights and limited their full incorporation into society. The wages of migrant workers are so low that they cannot afford to bring their own families to join them, or to regularly visit their children in the Philippines; relegated to the status of guest workers, they are restricted to the low-wage employment sector, and with very few exceptions, the migration of their spouses and children is also restricted.” These arrangements work to the benefit of employers, since migrant care workers can give the best possible care for their employers’ families when they are free of care-giving responsibilities to their own families. But there is a dire need to lobby for more inclusive policies,and for employers to develop a sense of accountability for their workers’ children. After all, migrant workers significantly help their employers to reduce their families’ care deficit.
I’d like to draw the attention of white feminists here. Why are immigrants’ rights, and the rights of domestics who are women of color, not an intregal part of your platform? Why isn’t Caitlin Moran, Jessica Valentine, or any other major white feminist talking about the care crisis in third world nations as impoverished women facing daunting lives move to entirely new worlds to take care of WHITE CHILDREN so that WHITE WOMEN can go to work?
Your advocacy, your movement, is built on the backs of THESE WOMEN and Black women who have had to IGNORE THEIR OWN FAMILIES, THEIR OWN CHILDREN, SO THAT YOU COULD LEAVE THE HOUSE.
If there is ever an issue that is FOUNDATIONAL to the lives of well-to-do white women or Western feminists in general, it is the appalling way domestic workers are treated. While that Caribbean nanny, Black mami, or Filipina au pair takes care of your child, did you ever stop to think about their families and the lives they’ve left behind?
How without immigrants or women of color, white women wouldn’t be able to work at their own leisure? That white men wouldn’t enjoy the knowledge that there is no such thing as a care crisis in America?(via rafsimon-murderer)
GIRL GAME HOW??? CONTROLLER NO VAGINA FIT!!!
Him: *to his GF* oh look at her necklace *points at my Creeper necklace*
Me: Yeah, I love it, you can get them in Game for about 15 quid…
Him: *total change in attitude* Do you even PLAY computer games?!
Me: OMG who even ASKS that?!?!
Me: *walks away*
I found this today. I’m just… Sad.
The juxtaposition of the word ‘ratchet’ and that white-ass painting by a white-ass artist is as disappointing as it is ironic. Let’s use AAVE to describe our feminist spaces but let’s not include black women in feminism.
Men’s objectification of women is ALWAYS different than women’s objectification of men!
And here is why:
Almost all of the time, when a man objectifies a woman, he is physically able to force her to move from just being “admired” to actually having to be a sexual object for him. Simply put, he has the power to sexually assault her. So then, every “positive” comment, every cat call, every objectification, becomes a threat, because that man can decide to take it too far, and there is little the woman could do about it. That is why it is different. Objectification of anyone is wrong, particularly in a Christian context, but objectification of women by men is particularly problematic.
Perhaps if we didn’t live in a rape culture, it would be different. Unfortunately, that is not the case.