syntheticmomma:

lupusadlunam:

thechangelingmedusa:
Like seriously, why isn’t pole dancing an olympic sport? This is freakin gymnastics. This is strength and skill. This is not sexual whatsoever. Why does pole dancing have to be so stigmatised as a sexual thing that only strippers do? I have great respect for all people who can pull this off. This is art and beauty right here. 

HEY FUN FACT: pole dancing is known as something strippers do because strippers invented it. And that’s okay! It’s okay to have respect for strippers and the hard work they put into what they do! Let’s stop trying to take the stripper part out of pole dancing so upperclass white girls can do it without being ~stigmatized~ because god forbid women be sexual.

syntheticmomma:

lupusadlunam:

thechangelingmedusa:

Like seriously, why isn’t pole dancing an olympic sport? This is freakin gymnastics. This is strength and skill. This is not sexual whatsoever. Why does pole dancing have to be so stigmatised as a sexual thing that only strippers do? I have great respect for all people who can pull this off. This is art and beauty right here. 

HEY FUN FACT: pole dancing is known as something strippers do because strippers invented it. And that’s okay! It’s okay to have respect for strippers and the hard work they put into what they do! Let’s stop trying to take the stripper part out of pole dancing so upperclass white girls can do it without being ~stigmatized~ because god forbid women be sexual.

quantumfemme:

schrodingerstriceratops:

what if all mermaids & sirens are lesbians who are singing to attract ladies so when they get men instead they just toss them aside & accidentally drown them in frustration??

I can confirm this is 100% true

atane:

The above are the first 3 responses to Dr. Redmond’s spot on tweet. This is the boorish behavior that Black people have to deal with from white people for merely speaking out against white supremacy. The harassment from white people towards Black people is constant and virulent. If you’re a Black person speaking out against white supremacy, white people will attack you or at the very least, they will have a major problem with you. They will attack you more than a “good” white person saying the exact same thing. Tim Wise does not put up with an inkling of the abuse Black people endure and he isn’t saying anything new. Discourse about white supremacy from a white mouth is more palatable to the white masses than from the mouths of those victimized by white supremacy.

Ironically, the “good” white people become like the rest of their white brethren when they attempt to separate themselves by saying “not all white people”. They too become a nuisance that everlastingly badgers. They are largely silent about injustice, inequity and marginalization at the hands of white supremacy. However, the minute the marginalized speak out against their abusers, they are quick to lend a voice in defense of the abusers. It’s because even when white people are clearly abusers, other white people still see their humanity. In the face of this abuse, merely pointing out that the perpetrators of the abuse are white angers white people. The abuse itself doesn’t elicit the same level of anger from them.

Another problem are these alleged white liberals. Truth be told, I get more harassment from white liberals than from anyone else. White conservatives don’t hide their disdain for Blackness. For them, it’s a badge of honor. We know where they stand. White liberals in contrast tend to be silent, but will speak up to center themselves in a crisis or will be apologetic towards white abusers, instead of condemning them. Many will not acknowledge that white supremacy even exists. If they do acknowledge a problem, they will wrap it up in empty platitudes about everyone needing to get along, how they don’t see race, how we’re all human, how they have Black friends or whatever post-racial nonsense they ascribe to, as if that addresses white supremacy. They believe that the problem “goes both ways”.

If the above isn’t you as a white person, do not take this as your cue to respond with “not all white people”. As the saying goes, the hit dog will holler. If something does not apply to you, then why are you hollering? Did I hit you? Maybe I did. The only thing many white people can bring themselves to say in response to Black suffering and white supremacy is “not all white people” or "this is reverse racism" or their favorite chopped up MLK Jr. quote “hate cannot drive out hate”. The response from white people is never a unanimous “the system of white supremacy is a scourge that must end and we must fight to end it”. It is never that.

Whiteness will always justify the extermination of Blackness. Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson and the Ferguson police in turn releases video stills of what they claim to be Brown being an alleged criminal days after his murder. This was completely unrelated to his murder, but there is always a reason for dead Black bodies when whiteness governs. So why did they release these stills if the Ferguson police themselves have admitted that it is completely unrelated to Brown’s murder at the hands of officer Darren Wilson? They did it to smear his image. This is a tactic of white supremacy. It always smears the image of a Black victim.

When Black people are victimized and dehumanized, they still aren’t quite human in the eyes of many white people. At least not on the level of white humanity. It’s why a white terrorist like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can be put on the cover of Rolling Stone, like he’s a heartthrob in a boy band, and be described as “popular and promising”, while unarmed Black people murdered by white people are criminalized in death. Their image gets smeared because full victimhood is relegated to whiteness. Innocence and chasteness will be awarded to a white murderer before a Black murder victim.

I don’t argue or engage with white people on this subject anymore. This Malcolm X quote is forever relevant. I’ll respond or say my piece if need be, but I won’t debate a white person about Black humanity. My response to “good” white folks will always be “go and get your people”. That’s all I have to say to them. Truly good white people don’t need to be told that. They know. Word to John Brown.

huffingtonpost:

ONE THING YOU SHOULD NEVER CALL AN ATTRACTIVE WOMAN

There are many ways to kindly and respectfully compliment the way a woman looks. But one descriptor that should be left out of such comments? “Exotic.”

Cristen Conger of the How Stuff Works podcast, Stuff Mom Never Told You, takes on the topic of “exotic” beauty.

Watch the full video with Conger explaining how Lupita Nyong’o was “extocized” during the 2014 Oscar season here. 

angryasiangirlsunited:

zuky:

Receipts, receipts, we got em, quite literally. Here are four receipts which have gone public via internet in the recent past:

  1. “Ching” and “Chong” — That’s what Chick-Fil-A labelled two UC Irvine students in December 2011. The image was posted on the internet, blogged on tumblr, and the offending employee named Lia got fired amid much defensive PR fluff from Chick-Fil-A.
  2. “Lady Chinky Eyes” — That’s how Papa John’s in New York City referred to Minhee Cho in January 2012. Cho tweeted the receipt, prompting Papa John’s to post on apology on its Facebook page and terminate the offending employee.
  3. “Chinx” — That’s how Hooters in Fresh Meadows, Queens, described Kisuk Cha and his girlfriend when they ordered wings and shrimp there in September 2012. Cha sued. The employee resigned and as far as I know the lawsuit is ongoing.
  4. “Ching Chong Lee” — That’s what CVS in New Jersey named Hyun Jin Lee in February 2013. Following Cha’s example, Lee has filed a lawsuit. CVS says the employee will be “counseled and trained”. 

They keep giving us these receipts and we’ll keep filing lawsuits. Let’s do this.

Always keep fighting.

"

White people get so angry at the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people.”

I will never understand why.

Why are you so angry that you are being treated as actual human beings? You are not reduced to caricatures, but portrayed as characters. You are treated fairly, judged not by your skin tone, but by the ways that you carry yourselves, by your actions.

Why do you want to experience racism so badly? It is not fun to be mocked, dehumanized, attacked, killed, incarcerated simply for daring to exist. It is not fun to know nothing of your history or family because it was torn apart, whether through distance or death. It is not fun to hear, at every turn, comments reminding you of your lesser status as humans.

Do you really want to turn on the tv, open a magazine, watch a movie, play a video game, and not see yourself? Or, even better, to only see yourself as a criminal, as a drunk, a mocking stereotype, or as someone to be killed off? Or would you rather see fleshed out, well-written characters with lives and personalities and feelings? I know which I’d rather pick.

If I were a white person, the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people,” would be the best thing I could ever hear.

"

i finally put some thoughts into words // thedeathcats (via taint3ed)

This is AAVE and White People need to get this out they vocab.

rabbitglitter:

  • finna
  • feeling some type of way
  • ratchet
  • ghetto
  • snow queen
  • bussy
  • bae
  • werk
  • game on point
  • thot
  • serving up looks/ aethetics
  • throwing shade
  • fierce (White gays will never let this one go)
  • gave me life
  • giving me all my life
  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS
  • turn up
  • turnt
  • spillin’ tea (not literally of course)
  • werd

I know there is more, but lordt I can’t think of it all right now.

A message from iznot


I have Crohn's disease and borderline. I am on permanent disability. I have never been told that I was faking it or that my disabilities and weaknesses are my fault. The only people I have ever heard being "oppressed" are people who have self diagnosed. If you truly have a personality disorder, you shouldn't really be self diagnosing with anything. Also, the world sucks right now. Almost everyone is depressed.

theroguefeminist:

Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be ableist. And what you’re saying is ableist. Solely relying on self-diagnosis is for people who can’t afford care or who have been mistreated by the medical industry to the point of trauma/lack of safety, or who can’t otherwise access care for other reasons. You’re ignoring the fact that PoC and other marginalized people are driven away from psychiatric or medical help or given subpar care. Trans people can be mistreated and misgendered for example and even abused in the industry (even killed actually when it comes to the medical industry). Studies show PoC are under-diagnosed for certain conditions, such as autism and ADD. You are acting like the medical industry is infallible and as if everyone has insurance or the money to get proper care or that those who don’t can never be disabled or cope with their conditions in other ways.

I also, as someone with CLINICAL depression, which has MEDICAL symptoms beyond feeling sad about the state of society, REALLY resent being told everyone is depressed. Depression is a MEDICAL condition with physical AND mental symptoms that affects about ten percent of the population not nearly everyone.

I have discussed in the past that self-diagnosis is not ideal, that it is best to use it as a step toward getting help (and in fact many people would not get the proper care they need without self-diagnosing first). Also not sure how your physical condition is relevant to a post that was SPECIFICALLY about mental illness. Nearly all people with mental illness are told those things. Physical disabilities differ in how they are treated by society and are not always comparable. I’m not saying mental illness is worse, I have physical impairments as well as mental ones, but the challenges are different. So stop talking down to me. I’ve gone to the ER multiple times due to mental conditions I have had. I’ve had doctors and therapists tell me I likely have depression and OCD. I have taken part in a study for depressed subjects that screened people for symptoms of depression. I haven’t been formally diagnosed or gotten formal care, but how can you fucking say I don’t have any conditions just because I have yet to see a professional due to fearing the trauma from my childhood resulting in my suicide if I started unpacking it with a psychiatrist?

There are MANY MANY people with untreated mental illnesses. Telling them there is nothing wrong with them or they shouldn’t research what is wrong will PREVENT them from getting the help they need, not the other way around. And please read this post before you reply to me (if you do).

susiethemoderator:

newwavefeminism:

The automatic criminalization of black and brown bodies


and a racist.

susiethemoderator:

newwavefeminism:

The automatic criminalization of black and brown bodies

and a racist.

fridacashflow:

Me n the crew going 2 afropunk

deviantfemme:

I want support for ugly girls and lazy girls and girls that can’t ever get their eyeliner right. I want feminism that includes girls who are too big or too black to be on body positive blogs.

I want girls with acne scars and girls who don’t “pass” and girls with facial hair….