White peoples’ definition of racism is hurt feelings, instead of what it actually is, and that’s systematic destruction of an ethnic group. Understand that, and then you’ll understand why racism doesn’t “go both ways”.
Oh yeah? Last time I checked Jews and Irish were white. What’s that you were saying about systematic destruction of an ethnic group?
Last time I checked, somebody was killing the shit out of Jewish people. Also, Jews and Irish people no longer face the same bullshit they once did, so it’s an irrelevant argument.
I’m of Polish/Irish decent and the suffering my ancestors went through was absolutely not irrelevant. They were slurred at, demeaned, treated like animals. Just like what’s happened to many cultures and ethnic groups under persecution. Just because my families skin was light didn’t give them a free pass from oppression and work camps during the Holocaust. Being light skinned didn’t stop them from being worked from dusk til dawn with no pay.
(to the top)I feel like you used the wrong word. When you say “define” it invalidates your argument because in both cases, it was defined wrong. Racism is the hate of another ethnic group. Plain and simple. It’s not how White people(I would have used the word oppressor because that’s implying ONLY white people oppress, which is untrue.) defined racism, it’s how they institutionalized it; made it law.
Now I completely agree with you on “it doesn’t go both go ways.” Because it doesn’t. If they oppress someone and the oppressed get the courage to hit them back, the oppressor is absolutely not a victim. At all.
And lastly (which I’ve sorta messaged), stop with this “white people” shit. I know they’re bad white people, okay? But just like you, we didn’t get to choose the color of are skin and to assume that we oppress because were white sounds mighty ignorant and hypocritical, which isn’t progress.
White people have a fundamental problem when it comes to reading comprehension and paying attention. The OP stated that white passing ethnic groups no longer face the systematic degradation that they once faced. That is a fact. So tell me why you brought up your “ancestors” and historical background information when it was already acknowledged? You need to pay attention before you comment.
When it comes to “Racism” within the context of the US anyway, white people benefit from racism even if they don’t actively participate in it because it takes part on an institutional level and a personal one and those two aspects intersect and create an overarching effect and that is racism.
You are an example of why I have a strong dislike and aversion to many white people. You don’t pay attention and you think that histories other than your own don’t matter. On the subject of racism, you have Black people who have lived through racism, are college educated (because that’s important for you white people) writing accounts on what racism and it’s effects truly are but you only see the whitewashed narrative of a dictionary definition. That’s not apt for any sort of discussion. Stop using it to deflate arguments because it’s disingenuous. It’s not an all encompassing definition, it doesn’t even start to cover anything.
People wouldn’t think that I was a qualified optometrist because I read a definition on what an eye is, so using the base white centrist definition on what racism is, does nothing. Stop undercutting Black people. Educate yourself, take a step back and pay attention.
In ending, white people cannot choose their skin color, however, they can choose to be ignorant. And a great portion of white people continue to actively remain ignorant and passively endorse white supremacy. That’s a problem because racism also has an effect on an institutional level as well as a personal one…
I’m not going to give you or any other person reprieve when they are coming into a topic matter, completely ignorant, gassed up on ego, refusing to read even what they’re commenting on, and demanding that their misconceived viewpoint be giving credence. Stop being so basic. It’s 2014, information about racism is widely and easily accessible, you just simply refuse to educate yourself.
#TheySayTheyreMyAllyBut is a hashtag started by @LynxSainteMarie to address some of the ways that allies regularly FAIL, which is the nature of privilege, to fail. The problem is many of these behaviors become cyclical and abusive and then it’s like are you an “ally” or an “enemy?” Are you about deconstructing oppression or reinforcing it?
My natural stance towards allyship is skepticism. Why? Because my LIFE is on the line, not only tweets. While racism and sexism might be inconveniences for Whites and men, for example, that’s life or death for me. That’s whether or not I get a job or healthcare or whether or not I am safe walking down the street. That’s the source of anxiety, past depression and PTSD in my life. I don’t have the luxury of providing “the benefit of the doubt.” They both impact my health and life. They both take lives.
And I absolutely do not expect “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to cis privilege, thin privilege, literacy/education privilege—some of the privileges that I have. Nope. Be skeptical. That doesn’t mean falsely accuse me of bigotry (as Whites enjoy doing…so much…since they seem to think White privilege evaporates when they’re oppressed for other facets of their identities), but it does mean be skeptical as hell.
Skepticism is safety for the oppressed. Skepticism, not total apathy nor delusions about “goodness.”
If “allyship” can only exist when that person earns money for our pain, disregards our criticisms, or call us “toxic” for not indulging their oppressive words and actions, they’re not allies. The correct word is “oppressor.” And the nature of privilege is such that even while fighting against oppression, as someone privileged, they’re still oppressors. Oppression isn’t linear. Welcome to intersectionality. So the least that can be done is make words like “allyship” and “solidarity” stop being so utterly meaningless. It can mean something through accountability.
Made a lemon tart with an Oreo crust and strawberry toppings today. Happy birthday to my crewbie!
when a white woman tells me she ‘feels ugly too.’ and is seeking to use this as a parallel to understanding what it means to be black in a racist society. my ears do not give her audience or contemplation. because. while she may ‘feel ugly’ in a world that values her skin and her worth above all others. she knows nothing of what it is to live in a world where ‘you are ugly’ while you are being formed in the womb. the depths of hatred for our skin and its extraordinary nature. touch us before we even arrive into the world. this is something you will never know. a world that does not want you to be born simply because of the color of your skin.
— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
ANNIE - Official Trailer (2014)
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
I LOVED Annie as a child. LOVED. Top 10 movies of my childhood loved and not just because me and my friends would reinact the scenes in my friend’s basement. I was nervous when I heard they were remaking it because the original is SO GOOD but this seems to give it a fresh twist that already makes me smile. It captures the feeling of Annie but leaves behind the 30’s for the now.
So I’ll be in the back of the theater crooning “Maybe far awayyyyy” and sobbing like a lunatic.
"But a female dummy didn’t become a mandatory part of frontal crash tests until last year. For all this time, the average American guy stood for us all.
That may have had a substantial impact on women’s auto safety. If airbags are designed for the average male, they will strike most men in the upper chest, creating a cushion for their bodies and heads. Yet small women might hit the airbag chin first, snapping their heads back, potentially leading to serious neck and spinal injuries.
In some cases, according to tests with female mannequins, small women were almost three times as likely as their average male counterparts to be seriously injured or killed. A study of actual crashes by the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics found that women wearing seatbelts were 47 percent more likely to be seriously injured than males in similar accidents.”
I really wish there were a single word that meant “disgusted and speechless but also not at all surprised”
American newspapers just seizing the opportunity to have a little fun with slavery. Totally accidental and/or harmless.
In other news: microaggressions are common verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile or negative slights to marginalized groups. (via Donovon X Ramsey)
What do you think? Catchy headlines or microaggressions?
The last two I could write off as just lazy editing
The first two? Motherduckers playing games
All of them are intended to demean. You could shorten the film title to “12 Years” just as easily and actually more descriptively, but throwing the word “Slave” around with “master” and pictures of Lupita Nyong’o is a way of re-emphasizing how US society views Black people.
The American white media never fails to disappointment me.
- Susie the Moderator
AmeriKKKa the beautiful
Austin Scarlett Bridal Collection 2014
China has smashed four child-trafficking rings and arrested more than a thousand people for using websites and instant messaging groups to trade babies, Chinese authorities said Friday.
And some adoptive parents still believe that child trafficking in China doesn’t exist.
So here is the rough draft for my “Anime and Feminism 101” panel that might be happening at San Japan.
A few notes:
- This is obviously not a transcript, but just the ppt slides. I’ve timed myself going through them with the commentary I want to add, and it takes about 30 minutes to go through it.
- It is subject to change between now and San Japan.
If you have any suggestions/corrections, PLEASE add them!
Edit: Reorganized the slides to take up less space on dash.
I disagree with so much of this. I am getting fed up with Western audiences in general but especially with anime (since I am Japanese). This is culturally imperialist, white feminist drivel (but it’s not only white women that do this) and it reeks of hypocrisy - you can’t preach this kind of stuff when the West is also sexist. If you are not Japanese then you don’t have any right to decide which parts of our media are definitely sexist or feminist. I can’t believe you were trying to “educate” people on this topic at a god damn panel.
Hell, the Western market contributes to less than 1% of the anime industry and Westerners are probably one of the worst things for the industry. The majority of them practise piracy and don’t spend a cent yet continue to complain about the quality of anime, demand that studios produce xyz and even whine when their free fansubs aren’t released on express. I once saw some people on a Hourou Musuko post recommending that everyone use KissAnime instead of Crunchyroll because Crunchyroll didn’t have a large selection (since it was legal and was a pay-to-use service created to support anime producers)…just how spoiled are you people?
There is no such genre called “Girl Coming of Age” and the “Magical Girl” genre was a huge contributing factor to the popularisation of moe (fanservice through infantilsation). Funny how you have Madoka and Sora no Woto listed as “feminist series” when they are both moe shows aimed towards adult males. Many people were discussing how Madoka was pretentious lolicon but no one on tumblr thought about the social context until Urobuchi’s interview spread over to tumblr. Misty/Kasumi from Pokemon is still sexualised, she was often used for fanservice scenes (which may not have appeared in the English dubbed versions) and Pokemon’s primary demographic is young males. This kind of “innocent fanservice” is very common among kodomo anime but again, you won’t realise anything without being raised in the culture.
I’m also rolling my eyes pretty hard at how you want anime to subvert gender roles but also believe anime is feminist for presenting girliness as a strength. Japan is a very conservative society and girls being encouraged to be feminine through children’s TV is a way of keeping gender conformity. That’s not a feminist message. There is so much pressure in Japanese society to follow these gender roles. A tomboy is seen as lacking in submissiveness and feminine charm and will often be told in her life that she will be unworthy of marriage and will never be a “real woman”.
The standard for a “girly girl” is much higher in Japan and girls that don’t reach it are viewed as “manly” since masculinity is the default. This was largely a result of Western imperialists threatening Japanese men (wow what a surprise) after the Meiji era. These Japanese men decided that they would have to become tougher and that they had to stop the “feminization” of their culture by instilling stricter roles onto the Japanese population.
This is reflected in video games such as Persona 4 where Naoto pretended to be a boy because she wasn’t as feminine as society told her she should have been. She wanted to be a detective but to do that she would have to avoid being seen as a weak girl and to gain respect by posing as man. All you tumblr anime feminists went off to interpret her as a trans man and continued to piss on anyone that tried to tell you otherwise. Chihiro from Dangan Ronpa is another example of the problems with these strict gender roles. Don’t project your Western values onto Japanese society.
Often times tomboy may not be considered masculine from a Western perspective, and in fact very feminine instead. Many Japanese feminists are arguing for an abolition of gender roles on children’s TV, they don’t want presenting either masculinity or femininity as a strength. Japan is a traditionalist, homogeneous society with a deep focus on collectivism. If boys and girls were encouraged to focus on their own traits rather than doing just what their gender expected them then that would be pretty damn feminist.
You are applying Western politics onto Japanese media while practising cultural imperialism and you don’t give a fuck how actual Japanese people feel about it, you just want to boost your ego as you post long-ass essays about anime onto tumblr to prove how much of a “feminist” you are. Why did I never see anyone call out Hayao Miyazaki on his bullshit in “The Wind Rises”? He was glorifying the designer of the Zero’s Engine, Jiro Horikoshi. It was a fighter aircraft that was built with Chinese and Korean slave labour, then used to massacre these peoples. Nah, you were too busy crying over his disdain for otaku and wondering whether Kill La Kill was a metaphor for puberty.
Here’s the post with the powerpoint presentation for those that are seeing the version without it (I don’t know why tumblr user morubito removed it when they reblogged it).
I want to clear up some points:
- Do not send fandomsandfeminism any hate mail but I do want you to all to be more critical of these tumblr “feminists” and the weird essays they write about cultures that aren’t their own
- I never said trans or queer headcanons were bad but a lot of people believe they are actually canon and shut down anyone that disagrees by calling them homophobic or transphobic. Chihiro and Naoto (and now Robin Newman too), are not trans. The gender system in Japan is much more rigid and these “gender-blender” themes (this is actually a genre btw) are critiques of strict gender roles. If you think “gender noncomformity = transgender” then you are probably sexist, and kinda racist too in this context. I personally think Naoto and Chihiro are terrible characters to heacanon as transgender ugh.. Especially Naoto in the original Japanese version of the game.
- I can’t believe anti-social justice and anti-feminists are reblogging this. This post is not for you, I am not your ally. I want you to stand 3984398439482309 feet away from me. I believe social justice is great and I am a feminist. I also happen to be a queer (bisexual) Japanese trans woman (born intersex but assigned male at birth).
- You are free to interpret anime how you wish but performing a “feminist analysis” over it? No, don’t do that. Feminism is very political and it is deeply rooted in Western thought. Also Japanese feminism exists and I recommend you to read up on that.
- Femininity isn’t revolutionary and weaponized femininity is bullshit. Men all over the world want women to be feminine, it keeps them in their place. This is more pronounced in places like Japan. Women should be allowed to make their own choices but must also recognise that the choices they make don’t just happen in a vacuum.
- I would really like to hear other Japanese people to contribute to these discussions more. East Asians such as the Chinese and Koreans due to our shared histories and cultural ties with Japan should also be prioritised, along with nations that were affected by Japanese imperialism (which includes China and Korea again), as well as the voices of people of colour in general. Hearing white people voices all over anime is a nightmare.
I’ve been seeing an awful lot of tone policing on my dash lately. It seems a lot of people don’t really understand why someone would respond aggressively or angrily, or otherwise emotionally, to having something really fucked up/hurtful/oppressive said to them. Or, they think it’s counterproductive to respond in that way.
First off, the reason that people may respond in a “harsh” manner to oppression: Living in a world that reminds you daily of your lesser worth as a human being can make a person very tired and emotional. When someone says something oppressive — that can be a racist slur, an ableist stereotype, a misogynist dismissal, an invalidation of identity/experiences, being asked invasive and entitled questions, and so on – it feels like being slapped in the face to the person on the receiving end. The automatic response is emotion and pain. It’s quite exhausting and difficult to restrain the resulting anger. And, frankly, it’s cruel and ridiculous to expect a person to be calm and polite in response to an act of oppression. Marginalized people often do not have the luxury of emotionally distancing themselves from discussions on their rights and experiences.
Second, tone policing is the ultimate derailing tactic. When you tone police, you automatically shift the focus of the conversation away from what you or someone else did that was wrong, and onto the other person and their reaction. Tone policing is a way of not taking responsibility for fucking up, and it dismisses the other person’s position by framing it as being emotional and therefore irrational. The conflation of emotionality with irrationality is often used to silence women and people who are read as women, when they are trying to speak about anything at all. It’s also used against all marginalized people when they attempt to speak about their very personal experiences with oppression. But being emotional does not make one’s points any less valid. It’s also important to note that, by tone policing, you not only refuse to examine your own oppressive behavior, but you also can blame that on the other person, because they were not “nice enough” to be listened to or taken seriously.
Third, the implications: Tone policing assumes that the oppressive act is not an act of aggression, when it very much is. The person who was oppressed by the action, suddenly is no longer a victim, but is “victimizing” the other person by calling them out. Now, I’m not saying it’s okay to be abusive, or oppressive in response to a person who fucks up. But anger is valid. Anger is valid, anger is important, anger brings social change, anger makes people listen, anger is threatening, and anger is passion. Anger is NOT counterproductive; being “nice” is counterproductive. Nobody was ever given rights by politely asking for them. Politeness is nothing but a set of behavioral expectations that is enforced upon marginalized people.
If you see someone who is angry and upset about something that was said or done to them, don’t tell them they should be nicer. Instead: Recognize their emotions as valid. Recognize that their emotional state is an indication that something extremely harmful was done to them, whether it was by you, or someone else. Work to understand why the action was oppressive. Take all that energy that you’re wasting being so concerned with how people are responding to their own oppression, and channel it into fighting oppression.
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I honestly do not understand people who are against racebending white characters but have no issues whitewashing literally every other character out there. I just straight up do not understand how white entitlement gets so fucking big.
When I was in 3rd grade we were figuring out group costumes for Halloween (groups were apparently a big thing back then), and two of my friends were going to be Powerpuff Girls and asked if I would join them. I said, “okay if I’m Buttercup,” because Buttercup had black hair like me. Then the blonde girl said, “no, I’m Buttercup, you have to be Bubbles.” (apparently Blossom was also taken.)
I told her I couldn’t do my hair like Bubbles because I wasn’t blonde, but she misunderstood me and thought I meant I couldn’t do pigtails because Bubbles’ pigtails are drawn in upside-down teardrop shapes, and she tried to tell me to do loose buns for the pigtails to get that shape, and just none of it made sense to me. I found it ridiculous, and needless to say I did not dress up as a Powerpuff Girl that year.
I honestly can’t remember if I dressed up as anything that year, and if I did it was definitely not memorable enough for me to care right now. It was just so unbelievably irritating because I did not feel comfortable dressing up as someone who looked literally nothing like me, but I wasn’t allowed to dress up as the one character who somewhat resembled me.
Representation was super important to me as a kid even though I didn’t know the words for why. The Powerpuff Girls were so cool when I was little, but I couldn’t physically relate to two of them because they were definitely white and I thought I would look weird as a blonde or ginger because I’m darker. Buttercup seemed more ambiguous to me, and I was on board with that. But when an entitled white kid also likes Buttercup, and she called it ‘first,’ she gets what she wants and I don’t dress up at all, because she can feel comfortable in any costume she wants and I can’t.
Racebending isn’t everything, and if I’d known about it then and had seen a racebent picture of Bubbles, I don’t know if I would have gone for it. It’s not everywhere, but whitewashing is. I don’t know that Buttercup isn’t white, but she’s the only ambiguous one and could pass as Asian. Too late for me, though, because she became white simply when a blonde girl wanted her. I’d been super conscious of my race since before I properly remember things, so the discomfort at dressing up as a traditionally blonde character was overwhelming at age 9. White kids have the luxury of being able to dress up as basically anyone without much thought. When I was a kid, I got some characters with black hair and inanimate objects.
Saturday Night | Natalia Kills
Lupita Nyong’o accepting her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress