one time a white student from the university in my home town was talking to a student that came from africa to study and said “wow growing up in africa must have been so tough for you” and he just replied “my family could buy you” and walked away
“This tribe called ‘Women of Color’ is not an ethnicity. It is one of the inventions of solidarity, an alliance, a political necessity that is not the given name of every female with dark skin and a colonized tongue, but rather a choice about how to resist and with whom.”—Aurora Levins Morales (via theuncolonizedmind)
"Real food" is a term I dislike almost as much as "real women," and for many of the same reasons…
Right this minute, there is someone going through chemotherapy shopping at your grocery store, buying popsicles and ice cream to help their sore mouth, and worrying what the cashier is going to think.
There is someone on hemodialysis buying white bread instead of whole wheat, trying to keep their phosphorus levels reasonable between appointments and hoping for the best.
There is a person attending intensive outpatient treatment for their eating disorder who has been challenged by their therapist to buy a Frappuccino.
There are dietitians picking up a dozen different candy bars to eat with their clients, who feel ashamed and guilty about enjoying them.
There is someone who just doesn’t have it in them to cook right now, and this frozen pizza and canned soup will keep them going.
There are people recovering from chronic dieting and semi-starvation who are buying chocolate and chips at their deprived body’s insistence.
All around us are people listening to what their bodies need and attempting to make the best possible choice within a context of overwhelming food pressure. All of their choices are valid, and every single one of these foods is “real.”
This post is so important. This is so, so important.
“There was always a dualism at play between our “enlightened” feminist friends at college and the “unenlightened” nonfeminist women in our families. We wondered how it could be that, according to feminist thought, our mothers were considered passive when they raised six children; worked night and day at stores, in factories and at home; and when they were feared and respected even by the bully on the block.”—Bushra Rehman and Daisy Hernández, Colonize This! (via fw12)
Why shouldn't a woman be asked to smile? This is a very real question. Does it come off as diminutive? Granted I'd rather make a woman genuinely smile, as opposed to asking for something free. However, I still wonder what this movement is about? "Stop telling women to smile," "I'm no wifey." It's feeling like a serious disconnect between women & men. I think that is the end of the world...women and men stop interacting all together.
Seriously tho. Why *should* she be asked to smile?
Asking a woman to smile is to make her more approachable. It’s to make you feel more comfortable - not her. I, personally, have zero fucks to give about being approachable to strange men on the street. Women are not here to entertain and please random folks. Asking me to smile is akin to asking me to jump. Um. For what? There’s this weird responsibility placed on women to be happy and lady-like and pleasant all of the time. It rids us of being able to express our own range of human emotions.
No one is asking for men and women to not interact with each other. That’s silly. This project is asking for women to be interacted with as if they have agency over their own bodies.
“The dirty little secret is that there are large numbers of unqualified individuals teaching, and they are disproportionately assigned to teach children of color and children from impoverished backgrounds.”—
Arthur Wise, president of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
This is so true. I worked at a school that was majority black. The students enter 6th grade and their math teacher is a woman who has just gotten off maternity leave and was regularly teaching social studies.
So many of the students failed math that year. They were made to feel like their failure was wholly their fault and their lack of caring about their education. Obviously they are individuals that could have made better decisions in class and with their homework, but the fact that the administration was so unorganized was never brought up.
“People talk about the “Indian drinking problem,” but we say that it is a white problem. White men invented whiskey and brought it to America. They manufacture, advertise, and sell it to us. They make the profit on it and cause the conditions that make Indians drink in the first place.”—Mary Crow Dog, Lakota Woman (via chronically-rebellious)
Why did I think it was a good idea to write my postcolonial paper about A Small Place?
I knew I’d have to delve into some Homi Bhabha and Ania Loomba, which is dry as fuck. But now I’m having to go back and offer context with some Bakhtin just to get 20 pages, and I hate that fucker. My brain is bleeding.
Like, can I just type out my favorite passages and explain why I love Jamaica Kincaid? Can I pass the class by fangirling and finish this damn semester?
I am actually having a breakdown like every night. It’s now 3 a.m., time for my regular bathroom weeping.
George Zimmerman has been arrested and was en route to the Seminole County Jail, according to Sheriff Don Eslinger.
It’s not clear what happened or what crime he’s accused of committing, but just before 1:30 p.m., Eslinger confirmed that Zimmerman had been arrested today and was being driven to the county jail in Sanford.
He said more information would be available shortly.
WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.
The Sheriff’s Office, in a short news release, reported that the agency had arrested Zimmerman after being called to a disturbance on Topfield Court in western Seminole County near Apopka.
Zimmerman’s new girlfriend lives in that part of the county.
Scratch a racist and you’ll find a misogynist beneath.
Nobody wanted to arrest George Zimmerman after he murdered an innocent black boy. Because, as you know, Whiteness had the opportunity to lock this beast up, but allowed him to roam free since, I suppose, they thought he only posed a risk to black people. But now that he’s potentially threatening Whiteness, well, now we’re supposed to be on high alert.
And I’m STRUGGLING to find fucks to give.
For the inevitable poster who will claim that I am not being sympathetic to the pain of white women:
George Zimmerman would not have been able to hurt another white woman for as long as he lived if a white woman told the truth about her husband; if five white women jurors saw the value in the life of a black boy; if a white woman daughter of the defense didn’t lampoon a black woman witness in front of the entire world; if a white woman prosecutor didn’t purposely throw the case so that he could walk free.
When white women are complicit with white supremacist patriarchy, they are worthy of the side-eye.
People who ignore our pain want us to recognize theirs. How is that fair?
So yeah. Those fucks? I’m still struggling to find them.
The word “cracker” is not about cracking whips. And it’s not a slur that black people made up to insult white people. It’s a slur WHITE people made up to insult other, poorer white people.
It comes from the old Scottish word “crack” which means “to boast” (as in “not what it’s cracked up to be”). It was first recorded in 1766, though it had obviously been in use for a while:
“I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by ‘crackers,’ a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode.”
Basically, it means “poor white trash.” It insults them not just for being poor, but for not being properly humiliated about it. (Which: wow, what a bunch of assholes. It’s not like poor people did anything to them.)
Anyway, I just thought you’d like to know. I for one am sick of hearing white people bring up this word as some kind of equivalent to n*****.
What it is is yet another case of whiteness editing history, tryna wash their hands of their own assholery and put that dirt on us.It’s like some old-school version of the Phantom Black Man— they stab their own people in the back and then try to blame us. Except it’s even worse: they act like shit, then they blame us, then they get us to blame ourselves, and now they turn around and try to use it against us, like they’re the victims in all this!
NO. I refuse to participate. I refuse to repeat their lie.
[T]he ‘Bering Strait Theory’ has never graduated beyond being a theory…
The Bering Strait Myth is not so much science as it is politics. Much objective modern science in the past several decades has even suggested that it is highly questionable if there ever was a so-called ‘land-bridge’, or ‘ice-bridge’ as some have defined it. Yes, that’s right, from an in-depth, intensive non-politically affected and unbiased scientific study of earth history, countless scientists (mostly non-American) have concluded that there most likely never was a ‘land-bridge’! When I was young, it was ‘12,000 years ago’ when Indians supposedly migrated over the ‘land-bridge’ into this continent. Over the years, I have watched this number go up from 12,000 years, to 20,000 years, and now in recent print, I have begun to see the number placed at over 30,000 years! It seems that scientists just move the number back whenever something Indian is discovered that pre-dates their Bering Strait migration figure! I can tell you this, science does not have the market cornered on fact, nor on truth.
First…. Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called ‘land-bridge’ of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive time period for “early migration” of Indians back to 40,000 years! Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth, is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of early America. In the midst of the American ‘Manifest Destiny’ social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a ‘scientific’ means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short, the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people were only ‘recent inhabitants’ of this land , it was not really their ‘homeland’. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more the ‘original people’ of this land than they were. This was, and still is, the political power of the infamous ‘Bering Strait theory’.
Continuing…. The Bering Strait theory would have us believe that all of North America was uninhabited by human beings of any kind until the supposed ‘ice age’. The theory contends that all the ancestors of American Indians originated in Siberia. Factual history of the ancient people of Siberia in those times indicates that these people had plenty to eat, were very settled into their communities, and the land they lived on. The Bering Strait theory wants us to believe that countless thousands of people from these well established communities in Siberia, despite the fact that they had everything they needed, just left it all behind to head north into a frozen tundra to ‘chase and hunt game’ (which, by the way, also decided for some crazy reason to leave their rich marshlands and head for the ice). It is certainly possible that a handful of ancient Siberian people over the course of thousands of years may have found their way into the northern parts of North America. The Inuit cultures of Alaska may well carry an ancient connection with these people in their bloodlines. But this does not in any way negate the foolishness of the notion that North America was entirely devoid of humanity, and then suddenly became populated entirely by Siberians wandering across a so-called frozen ice bridge.
…I think it is very important to note that this myth is still identified today as a theory, not a fact. A theory is defined as: “an offered opinion which may not positively be true.” Yet this theory is taught in schools still today as if it were the gospel truth. It is far from the truth, and the time for it to be removed from lessons about American Indian people is long overdue.
I think the difference between feminism and WoC feminism is while feminists are excited about a strong female lead, we’re having to put up with another white character, and they expect us to be complacent because “women.”
“Science fiction doesn’t try to predict the future, but rather offers a significant distortion of the present…We sit around and look at what we see around us and we say how can the world be different” – Samuel R. Delany
“Life is going to present to you a series of transformations. And the point of education should be to transform you. To teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come. But today, the point of education is not education. It’s accreditation. The more accreditation you have, the more money you make. That’s the instrumental logic of neoliberalism. And this instrumental logic comes wrapped in an envelope of fear. And my Ivy League, my MIT students are the same. All I feel coming off of my students is fear. That if you slip up in school, if you get one bad grade, if you make one fucking mistake, the great train of wealth will leave you behind. And that’s the logic of accreditation. If you’re at Yale, you’re in the smartest 1% in the world. […] And the brightest students in the world are learning in fear. I feel it rolling off of you in waves. But you can’t learn when you’re afraid. You cannot be transformed when you are afraid.”—
Seeing a lot about Womanism/Feminism and I just wanna add that even though Alice Walker and some other Black Women have made it possible for non-black WoC to call themselves Womanist um let me make this clear.
IF YOU ARE AN ANTI-BLACK WoC then don’t call yourself a womanist. DON’T. That’s disrespectful as fuck.
“Of all the problems with White Feminism, one of its biggest is that, like other forms of whiteness, white feminism just sees itself as ‘feminism’ without realizing that it’s falling into the old pitfall of viewing whiteness as the default standpoint and point of view. It assumes that white feminism speaks for all womanhood and all people, and that it is the paradigm that will eliminate oppression. White Feminism attacks what it perceives to be misogyny against its own definition of femininity and womanhood, not realizing that it often supports colonization, racism, cultural appropriation, and reinforces white supremacy by discounting and dismissing the experiences and perspectives of women of color.”—Why ‘White Feminism’ isn’t effective Feminism (via mscoolcat)
“People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. “Oh, women do that” and “Oh, men do that” and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.”—Laverne Cox (via lucrezialoveshercesare)
We don’t get magical self-esteem growin’ beans every time we tear another person down.
You look fine.
They look fine.
The way your body functions is your business.
The way their body functions is their business.
Your lifestyle choices are yours to make.
Their lifestyle choices are theirs to make.
Inflicting pain on others won’t make yours go away.
Stop being assholes and realize that we’re all living in an environment that makes us hate ourselves. As soon as we stop perpetuating that hate, we’ll be a lot happier.
Let me co-sign the fuck out of this post. When I stopped criticizing women in my head for their perceived physical “flaws” like weight or beauty or amount of body hair/acne scarring, I stopped comparing myself to strangers so often (which often led to feeling like I fell short in comparison). Once I began to accept that everyone has a unique beauty, even if I can’t see it, I began to accept my own unique beauty, the beauty found in asymmetrical eyes and jiggly thighs and grey hairs and everything.
So: try your best to love yourself and love other people. It helps.