"In classroom settings, I have often listened to groups of students tell me that racism really no longer shapes the contours of our lives, that there is just no such thing as racial difference, that ‘we are all just people.’ Then a few minutes later I give them an exercise. I ask if they were about to die and could choose to come back as a white male, a white female, a black female, or a black male, which identity would they choose. Each time I do this exercise, most individuals, irrespective of gender or race invariably choose whiteness, and most often white maleness. Black females are the least chosen. When I ask students to explain their choice they proceed to do a sophisticated analysis of privilege based on race (with perspectives that take gender and class into consideration). This disconnect between their conscious repudiation of race as a marker of privilege and their unconscious understanding is a gap we have to bridge, an illusion that must be shattered before a meaningful discussion of race and racism can take place. This exercise helps them move past their denial of the existence of racism."
Be sure to refer to this the next time someone tries that lazy, anti-critical thinking response of “we are all people” as if someone questioned our genus and species/binomial nomenclature as homo sapiens (though the consistent dehumanization efforts against people of colour leaves the argument open of whether or not we are actually considered human in the first goddamn place), versus questioning the fact that despite race being a social construct, racism is very much a real issue (as if social constructs are not also “real” things, despite being constructed. Real and true do not always mean the same thing.)
the real reason i hate The Hobbit
Hollywood would never, ever, ever make a big budget movie celebrating a bunch of women who are depicted as varying degrees of short, fat, old, and plain and how important their journey and their relationships are and how they, as people, deserve everyone’s time and attention
i would love to watch that movie
but it would never happen
and if it did happen fandom would be bored
and my rage is vast
IDK if, for me, it’s as strong as “hate” but this is a big part of why I’m completely and utterly indifferent to it.
Well write a book with it in then.
It’s one thing to complain about a modern movie but when you’re hating on something that’s based on a book a good SEVENTY YEARS OLD then I don’t think that is a valid reason to hate it :/
Besides; they did have some awesome dwarven ladies in there.
One of the characteristics of social oppression is that it iscumulative, okay? So when people today decide what books to turn into movies, they’re drawing books from a pool where the lives and experiences of women and people of color have been consistently suppressed and underrepresented. Despite that, though, there are 70 year old books that aren’t just about white men! But the sexism and racism of our current world produces a selection bias.
Telling me to write my own book when I’m trying to talk about massive, ongoing social oppression and how it builds up over time is an exercise in missing the point.
Let me be clear: I’m happy for anyone who enjoyed the film! If it gave people some pleasure, I’m okay with that. I often get pleasure from narratives that are messed up. I think it’s possible to enjoy it and recognize that it’s a product of a messed up cultural industry drawing on a long sexist/white supremacist cultural legacy.
Why does it feel like network TV has unspoken rules for POC characters?
Here are some I kinda feel are out there for the past 4+ years:
- No more than half of the cast may contain POC
- These people may only exist as a support for the storylines of their white peers. Any spotlight on their characters must be a very special episode or hastily conclusion to a story arc that barely gets any attention
- The home life and family of POC are almost completely non-existent
- Family members may be cobbled together from mismatch ethnicities and nationalities without protest
- If POC characters are anything but submissive, stand up for their mistreatment or defy stereotypes, they will be demonized by fandom (fandom in general can be a bitch for POC actors) and their actors with receive hate mail.
- The writing staff must have less diversity than the actual cast. Many cultural mannerisms seem to present themselves either from thin air or prevailing stereotypes rather than actual research or even asking the actor involved
- The world that the POC live in must either be Kumbayahville where everyone pretends that there is no racial tension or that race-based incidents don’t happen or a metaphysical war-zone where racial jokes are lobbed at them nearly ever possibility with no reaction.
- Traits that other characters have automatically become negative when a POC has them. Confidence becomes bitchiness. Headstrong leadership is arrogance. Sexiness or sex-positivity opens the door for slut-shaming. Intelligence has to be know-it-all behavior. Any display of anger must be linked to militant demeanor or savagery even when completely justified.
- Under no circumstances must race ever be addressed with any kind of gravity, just passing jokes.
[tw: racism, classism, slurs]
Fair or Not?: The Snow White Complex
Directed by: M. Hasna M.
“Fair or Not?: The Snow White Complex” is a documentary about Eurocentric standards of female beauty that are held across most (post-Colonial) cultures.
Some of the topics covered: Skin color preferences in relation to class/culture, the media’s role in exacerbating internalized racism, skin bleaching products, exoticism of dark-skinned women, and the phenomenon of tanning amongst White women.
WATCH THIS NOW. WATCH IT.
Its moments like these where I love tumblr for the things that randomly show up on my Dash. I might forward this to a professor I know. Watch everybody!!
"A young manager who graduated with honors from the University of Maryland describes the specific form racism can take for middle-class Blacks. Before flying to Cleveland to explain a marketing plan for her company, her manager made her go over it three or four times in front of him so that she would not forget her marketing plan. Then he explained how to check luggage at an airport and how to reclaim it. “I just sat at lunch listening to this man talking to me like I was a monkey who could remember but couldn’t think,” the Black female manager recalled. When she had had enough, she responded, “I asked him if he wanted to tie my money up in a handkerchief and put a note on me saying that I was an employee of this company. In case I got lost I would be picked up by Traveler’s Aid, and Traveler’s Aid would send me back” (Davis and Watson 1985, 86)."
- male character: i made a mistake
- fandom: oh you poor misunderstood soul
- female character: i made a mistake
- fandom: WANTON MISTRESS OF THE NIGHT, RETURN TO THE SHADOWS FROM WHENCE YOU CAME, THIS IS NO PLACE FOR YOUR SELFISHNESS PLEASE GO BACK TO YOUR HOME ON WHORE ISLAND
Today I learned that “creep shaming” is seriously a thing MRA’s are fighting against.
oh no guys
I’ve committed CREEP SHAMING
however shall i redeem myself
“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.
"educating people will never be enough because ignorance is not the problem. bigotry is. and that’s something she’s choosing to do. it’s not something solved by teaching her."
CAN I JUST COSIGN THIS. BECAUSE THIS RIGHT HERE, THIS IS WHY SOMETIMES WE DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY TO EDUCATE YOU. THIS IS WHY WE GET ANNOYED WHEN YOU ASK US SHIT THAT YOU COULD HAVE JUST LOOKED UP ON GOOGLE IF YOU REALLY GAVE A FUCK.
Derail of the Day-“It only has power if you give it power!”
When someone uses a slur and a person from the marginalized group that the slur disparages calls that shit out, there are is a common reaction that piss me the fuck off and is downright abusive in how it twists why the call out is happening and how it should go down.
- “Well, it’s up to you get offended or not”
- “It only has power if you give it power”.
- “You can’t let every little thing bother you!”
Posing it like that makes the marginalized person accountable for the slur, and just them. It’s up to the MP to fix their perspective, to “choose” whether or not the slur will “hurt” them! It is used to undermine by positing the MP is simply weak, overly-sensitive, or, my favorite bullshit derailing, “playing PC police”. It takes away their right to call out the person using the slur and hold that person accountable. It shifts focus and takes away all culpability from the person responsible for its abusive usage and the supremacist culture responsible for giving it power by abusing the MP in the first place.
The problem isn’t whether or not the MP found it offensive, and that they just simply shouldn’t. It’s that the slur is shitty because it has a history of harm and abuse towards the MP since it was used to harm and abuse them by the dominant group, a history the MP has lived experience with. The MP can’t simply “choose” to ignore history and to ignore the context that gives the term power. Neither should the person using the slur.
- “If you have confidence in yourself it won’t hurt you.” (the sicker, more bigoted variation of that is “*slur* only hurts you if you’re a *slur*!”)
- “You should have pride in yourself!” (*insert ridiculous quotes about having pride and how if you have that nothing could take you down here*)
Posing it like that makes it a question of how confident, happy, or prideful the marginalized person is with their identity. The problem will be easily solved if they’re totally at peace with themselves (as if it’s a question of that in the first place)! It undermines the MP once again by saying they must lack confidence in their identity, otherwise why would they be bothered?!! (people with confidence and pride can ignore history and OK with slurs, apparently).
It once again ignores history, context, and lived experiences. It polices the MP’s identity and the power they have to determine what words they are OK with being used to address them or what slurs they’re not OK with. Again, instead of the point being “You can’t use that word, it has a history of harm and it is harmful/derogatory/offensive”, it is derailed in favor of some petty “O u must not have pride in yrself qurrl don’t be down you should be ok with who u r” bullshit.
Part of it is totally intentional derail, another part of it comes from a subconscious fear of wanting to call out the dominant culture or the very conscious belief that there just isn’t a point, it’s too big, you’re bound to get hurt by it, so you might as well take your lumps. Those are are relative points. The harm is still there, and we shouldn’t in our daily lives be OK with engaging in problematic language and supremacist culture, nor should we be derailed in this fashion when we call it out.
"While most ideas about queer community and identity formations are based on organized public enactments of gayness and lesbianness, the focus on the everyday reveals not only the inadequacy of conventional narratives where self and community progressively unfold, it also points to the complexities of various intersections and borderlands of race, gender, class, and sexuality in diasporic immigrant groups."
Manalansan, M. Migrancy, Modernity, Mobility: Quotidian Struggles and Queer Diasporic Intimacy (via queerhappy)
Lecture time is over
Why do people get so mad when members of an oppressed group voice their anger against the dominant group?
If you are a member of the dominant group you take their anger and turn it into a better understanding of why they are angry. Because, you know what their anger is not out of nowhere. It is from years of oppression and pain. If you ignore that pain then you are perpetuating oppression. Plain and simple.
If I say ‘fuck rapists’ I don’t want to hear how not all rapists are voluntarily perpetuating violence against others. No. I want to hear your understanding of why I say it and why I don’t need you to lecture me.
Same goes for the terms ‘fuck white people’, ‘fuck cis people’ and ‘fuck rich people.’ I really don’t care if you don’t agree with me, but don’t lecture me or other people on how “angry” I am. Damn right I am pissed as hell.
"A form of racism which surfaces during adolescence and may continue throughout life is “tokenism,” which occurs both personally and vocationally. The biracial person’s racial ambiguity and partial similary by values or appearance may be used by a dominant group as a way of satisfying a quota for a person of color who is less threatening than a monoracial person of color (despite how the biracial person identifies). What makes this type of recruiting oppressive is that the group is using this person to avoid dealing with their racism; furthermore they are assigning racial identity for the person and not informing her or him of their purpose. The group or organization subsequently uses their association with this person as evidence of their affirmative action or antiracist efforts. As a result, they have actually made this person marginal to the group."
Maria P.P. Root, “Resolving ‘Other’ Status: Identity Development of Biracial Individuals,” Readings in Ethnic Psychology (1998)
okay so i’m finally getting around to writing my paper/reliving shitty memories and analyzing them. this quote seems pretty relevant to basically my whole life in utah and in olympia.
YES YES YES and YES THIS IS HOW I FEEL. It started out in high school but it seems to have permeated many of the radical spaces I’ve been a part of. The worst part is that I had never fully realized this until recently. Sometimes you need a rude awakening.
“Who are the people behind the scenes making these crucial decisions about what we see?”Miss Representation (download here)
did y’all know that its just like these companies that own ALL MEDIA?? All those channels, newspapers, magazines… all report to the same handful of people.
Concentrated power and media hegemony is in control of our pop culture
Oh look, the owners of almost 90% of the comics market are only 7.7% women.
but sexism is over right?
Can’t hear you Alex over how EQUAL things are.
Totally downloading and watching this.
THINGS I ACCIDENTALLY ENDED UP TALKING ABOUT FOR HALF AN HOUR IN MEDIA STUDIES
EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A 15 MINUTE PRESENTATION
I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS.
OH MAN I JUST REPURPOSED THIS GIF AND NOW I CAN USE IT