Y’all know we were kinda stoked about Octavia Spencer’s sexy-babe Elle cover, right? Come to find out that it’s not going to be on the newsstands but only available to subscribers. The newsstands will get the cover with Sarah Jessica Parker on it.
Not on newstands??? Wish I could be surprised.
Fuck you, Elle
Every time I see this, it shatters my heart into pieces.
oh hey there, classism! what a surprise to see you hanging around
you know what I see when I see this image; the idea that being poor makes you a bad parent. the idea that being stressed makes you a bad parent! being fat makes you a bad parent!
it’s also a good example of the ongoing erasure of poor, stressed, conventionally unattractive queer parents. It’s rather like all those posts about how it’s so sad that gay people can’t get married when dumb teenage whores can have as many kids as they want! as if there are no queer parents who were formerly in heterosexual relationships, or who became pregnant/fathered kids as teenagers, or who depend on welfare, or who are otherwise indistinguishable from out stereotypes of inappropriate parents. Nope, gay parents are well-dressed, well-educated, affluent, white, almost always male and cisgendered, and their carefully planned children are their well-behaved clones. Progressive!
Ugh images like this and the attitudes about parenting (or let’s be honest, mothering—there’s a reason the bad trashy mom is the parent they decided to put front and center, and the noble middle-class martyr couple are two men and not two women) are like a slap in the face to me every time
I don’t care what point you’re trying to make (because it’s not like this attitude shows up only in relation to same-sex couples raising children, that’s just one of many places people like to pull this shit), if this is how you decide to make it, go fuck yourself
and you can see it how the artist has chose to (gasp!) expose her bra! and make her fat, and conventionally unattractive, and screaming!
and lol I just noticed that the paper says “adoption request”. Do people really think low-income homes are able to easily adopt children? The major circumstance under which that occurs when they’re adopting underaged relatives whose parents have lost custody (and who would otherwise go to foster care), and that’s a completely different situation, in terms of both the process and public perception, from adopting an unrelated child via an adoption agency.
Reblogging for fantastic commentary.
To answer the question: “why do POCs always have to make everything about race???”
(again, couching in terms of anthropomorphic animals because apparently that is how white people on the internet learn life lessons).
OK, say there was this giraffe, right? And this giraffe was not like most giraffes, because this giraffe had a short neck.
And like, of course, all the other giraffes have really fucking long necks. They’re motherfucking giraffes.
So anyways, this poor giraffe, right? With the short neck? He’s constantly surrounded by giraffes who do not look like him. Because, he’s considered an anomaly. Not the norm.
And because there are obviously way more “normal” giraffes than this short necked giraffe, everything in their little giraffe-y world is made for giraffes with long necks. I mean, the trees are fucking huge. The trails across the Pride Lands or whatever are really hard on him because he’s so much smaller. He’s targeted by threats to giraffe society on a regular basis because he’s seen as easy prey.
And, of course, the giraffe ladies are all like “ew, I don’t like short necks; it’s just a thing. I mean, I’ve never really found them attractive per se, but like…no.”
So basically, this poor dude giraffe is living in this giraffe-y world made for AND BY giraffes that really don’t consider him their equal.
I mean, everything is basically more sucky for him because he is not like all these other giraffes and like, let’s be real here, when making things convenient for a large group of giraffes versus this one giraffe (or like for the small, small number of “small necked” giraffes), giraffes are gonna do what’s best for the bigger group. Because, isn’t that LOGICAL, right? Like short necked giraffes can like ACT like long-necked ones, can’t they? They have their own trees or bushes or whatever. It’s cool.
So anyways, if you were watching a movie about this fucking short necked giraffe, would you be all like, “OMG WHY IS EVERYTHING ABOUT HIS SHORT NECK?”
No. You would be like, “man, this is an amazing animated movie about what it’s like to be different in society and OH MY GOD WHY DO THEY HATE HIM SO HE IS SO CUTE.”
…Which brings me to my original point:
The reason why POCs “make” everything about race isn’t because they want to make white people feel bad.
The reason POCs “make everything about race” is because let’s be real here: the negative repercussions of being an ethnic minority are not actually considered anyone else’s concern except for said ethnic minorities.
Because the concerns a POC has are not the concerns of a white person’s, they are considered “specialized” and “irrelevant” to the majority of society.
And when you really look at the world around us: Yes. When nobody is willing to make concessions for your race…everything IS about race.
“I don’t understand how any of the characters can be “Asian” or “African” or “Native American.” They come from a different world. there is no Asia, Africa, or America.”
There’s no Europe either, yo.
If you don’t think there should be a fat, ugly, or gay princess you don’t really understand what Disney is all about. It’s about inspiring all people to love themselves and reach for their dreams, not about traditional values and good looks.”
you clearly don’t understand what Disney is about.
it’s a children’s entertainment company that teaches good morals.
Y’all gay people, fat people, ugly people don’t have good morals! We need to protect the children from them because only straight mostly white skinny princesses can teach good morals! The rest of you need to be hidden from society because you teach kids to be bad!
Right, so that racist ass depictions that Disney has had TOTALLY means that they push good morals. Peter Pan and it’s racist ass monolithic depictions of Native Americans, The RACIST AS FUCK pickaninny Sunflower the Centaur from Fantasia, The Song of the South? All in good moralistic fun, huh???? Quit PLAYIN.
^ reblogging for commentary by sourcedumal and feministslut.