Um…real talk…this explains both oppression (and how internalized) and domination/privilege in the shortest sentence possible.
Powerpuff Girls says fuck you gender roles
Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them.
This society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently not racist. And that’s where it’s moving to at this point. When a white man tells you, “let’s not put race into this,” he is being the most racist at that point.
You can have a society that removes all public expression on racism. You can have a society were people no longer overtly express racial hatred, and racist statements and behavior is outlawed, but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people. Colin Powell and others are the signs of that kind of racism where the Black middle class will be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system.
You must recognize that racism is not an attitude. It is not a feeling of hatred toward another people. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself. And until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom."
Dr. Amos N. Wilson explaining racism and predicting the future almost twenty years ago (early 90’s).
A complete explanation of my exact sentiments.
I just realized that Panem allows the brutal horrific murder of children on TV but they still censor the word ‘fuck’….
But isn’t that an accurate representation of our own television culture?
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.”
She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying.
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, indoctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.
Pop culture and art are just the cherry on the top of the icing on a huge cake. The United States is among the most religious of all countries in the industrialized world. So, while some people wring their hands over hip hop, I’m more worried about how men like Rick Santorum and Ken Cuccinelli explain to their daughters why they can’t be priests. I know that there is hip hop that exceeds the bounds of taste and is sodden with misogyny. But, people seem to think that those manifestations of hatred are outside of the mainstream when, in reality, it’s just more of the same set to great beats. Hip hop has nothing on religious misogyny and its political expression.
An entire political party’s “social policy” agenda is being pursued under a rubric that insists women need “permission slips” and “waiting periods.” The recent shutdown? Conservatives holding the country hostage because they want to add anti-abortion “conscience clause” language to legislation. Whose consciences are we talking about? All the morally incompetent and untrustworthy men who need abortions?
It’s no exaggeration to say that distrust of women is the driving force of the “social issues” agenda of the Republican Party. From food stamps and “legitimate rape,” to violence against women and immigration policy. “We need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it,” explained the man who penned Arizona’s immigration law. “Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.” I could do this ad infinitum.
I am usually against violence… but WOW. THAT ATTORNEY!
What do you want to say to all the people out there who’ve been voting for you all season?
Tumblr needs more of this….whatever this is.
Is this the same artist who made the original for this
how women actually are
Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.
Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.
“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.
So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized, at all ages
this is so stupid …
I’m so proud of her mother.
I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. Sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/faith-christian-academy-confront-guilty-students-for-bullying-not-fault-victims-for-wearing-their-hair-in-its-natural-state?share_id=IYDUMdeZVj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Reposting again for the cheap seats in the back. Let’s do something!
BOOST! take 5 seconds and sign this!
it just seems to me that certain feminists telling other women what’s “empowering” and what’s “disempowering” is incredibly stupid, especially when the argument is that something is inherently a step backward for women. like that new thing about selfies depicting women as X, Y, and Z. no, dumbass, that’s the meaning you’re assigning to it, and it’s a completely neutral activity, and saying that this thing (whether it’s homemaking, boy bands, makeup, bra burning, misandry, whatever) automatically makes you a good/bad feminist is aghhhhhhh. so stupid.
#you can’t appreciate your own body because society has taught you bodies are important #shut uppppp #you can’t like that thing because society has programmed you to believe that #SHUT UPPPPPP #you can’t place value in being a virgin because society—— #SHUT UP SHUT UP
same on all counts, it bothers me a lot that many so-called feminists feel they can judge the choices of other women when the point of feminism is supposed to be inclusion, is supposed to be the fact that women are valid and equal and their individual choices deserve consideration and respect, because one thing that is right for someone may not be right for another, but isn’t it great that we’re allowed to decide? so if one woman dreams of finding love and being a housewife, then that should be accepted, and if another dreams of an ambitious career, that should be accepted, and if one has a string of torrid affairs, that should be accepted, and if one chooses to remain a virgin, that should be accepted, and if one wants to fill her closet with lace dresses and excessively fancy shoes, that should be accepted, and if another wants to fill her closet with jeans and leather jackets and sneakers, that should be accepted, and each woman should be allowed to be whatever dress size without it being an issue, without being body shamed, as long as she’s confident and happy with herself (and if she ISN’T, she has every right to change it, alter it, dress it up or down in whatever way makes her feel good about herself), and one can handsew or have a doll collection or get greasy working on cars or be a black belt in martial arts or be a science fiction addict or get lost in gushy romantic novels or WHATEVER and it’s all a woman’s choice and acceptable and doesn’t diminish her worth AS a woman. there’s no scale that says a certain expression of femininity or womanhood is less worthy, that there isn’t strength in softness or delicacy in toughness. claiming to be a feminist and then using that platform to pass judgment and constructs of ‘worth’/’disempowerment’ on other women does nothing to help foster understanding and celebrations of womanhood.
*AGGRESSIVELY FORWARDS TO EVERY GUY I KNOW*
*TIME TRAVELS AND AGGRESSIVELY FORWARDS TO PAST SELF*
you may not hear this enough, but
your feelings matter
your voice matters
your story matters
your life matters
you are important and you matter