Posts tagged race
Posts tagged race
Oh white colonialism..
And what scares me most is the people that look at this and see nothing wrong…
i just googled this and this is fucking gross
look average as hell
You might not think this is a problem, but we grow up looking at this and it sits there forever. No matter how fine I know I am, any white girl who even thinks to look at Spenser can get slapped in a second. It’s a problem.
White privilege is reading a book and not having to hear a character be described as “ebony”, “olive”, “tanned” skinned or anything else to naturally assume that the character resembles you or is relatable.
Great piece. Totally recommended:
…[C]alls for strong female characters start to run into trouble with trans women, nonwhite women, and women of colour in pop culture. Because women in all three of these categories are automatically expected to be strong. It is, in fact, part of their characterisation. Trans women are frequently framed as secret men (ah!) and thus can be expected to display physical strength and emotional toughness, because it’s part of the game the creator wants to play with you. These women aren’t ‘real women,’ because they’re strong. Those masculine traits aren’t empowering, in this case, aren’t an affirmation that girls can do anything. Just the opposite. They are dehumanising and violent. They are a reminder to viewers that trans women are not real because they are really, at heart, masculine. Yet, to depict them as emotionally vulnerable, even fragile, is to play into other stereotypes about women, leaving them in a double bind; they cannot be strong, they cannot be weak. They cannot exist.
Women of colour and nonwhite women have also been subjected to the physically strong, solemn or stoic archetype since time immemorial. When pop culture bothers to include them at all, they are often heavily masculinised. Loud. Oversexed. Spicy. Overwhelming in their physicality. Or, on the flip side of things, especially for Asian women, meek and submissive; objects of sexual fetish. Bodies inherently charged with sexuality that are treated as objects in pop culture narratives. Do we need more ‘strong female characters’ when it comes to women of colour, in a media that repeatedly reiterates stereotypes about stoic, unemotional, physically strong Black women, for example?
…[W]hat people are usually talking about when they talk about the need for ‘strong female characters’ is white cis women, specifically. [….] “…you have to be assumed weak in the first place for it to be groundbreaking.”
This is a really interesting article. It talks about how when bad things happen to white people the media is all over it and when bad things happen to people of color there is hardly a mention. The media loves to criminalize women of color, so stories like this are covered more thoroughly, so the idea of “bad” black people can be perpetuated.
It also brings a really interesting layer becuase of the sexual assault piece. Norwood, the woman of color and survivor, is not believed and turned into the (alleged) perpetrator. I find it unbelievable that Norwood would tie herself up after murdering her co-worker. However, according to the evidence, two men never entered the building.
The implications of this story, to me, are probably the continuing criminalization of women of color, and the refusal to believe sexual assault victims and survivors. This is what happens when the news sensationalizes stories and only tells sensational stories in order to keep ratings up. It is never harmless.
"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. "
This is something that I had never thought about until I kind of saw part of a reading of this speech during my lunch break. I know people that boycott Columbus Day, but I wonder if many people boycott the Fourth of July.
Maybe this is part of the reason that patriotism has always made me uncomfortable. I understood that we were celebrating inequalities without really knowing it. If you think about it we are all (at least middle-class people doing the 9-5 thing) taking a day off work to celebrate white, heterosexual, middle-class men’s freedom. Blacks were enslaved for longer than they have been emancipated and all people of color are still discriminated against on a daily basis. Women and queers still have not been granted equal rights under the US constitution. All men were created equal except for the ones with a different skin color, who have vaginas, or those who do not exlusively have sex (or want to have sex) with women.
Maybe the Fourth of July wouldn’t be so bad if we, as a country, celebrated Juneteenth, which is only recognized in 36 states. Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining slaves. Massachusetts is apparently one of the states the recognizes Juneteenth, but after living here for 20 years, I only discovered that it wasrecognized here tonight on wikipedia. So maybe we should celebrate the emancipation of black slaves if we are going the celebrate the freedom of whites.
Should the fourth of July be boycotted? And for the reasons that all people are not free until we all have equal protection under the law or because of the link to slavery?
I wrote a post about this and then it didn’t post. I’ll let you read/watch this report, these women are very articulate.
I will point y’all to the Wage Project (wageproject.org). This is an initiative aimed at young women getting their first jobs or women switching careers. It teaches women how to negiate for fair pay and tells women what salaries are appropriate for certain jobs in certain geographic locations.
Although using the Wage Project will not reverse the wealth gap, it will empower women and hopefully close the gender and race gap in income. Eventually, the increased income will lead to increased wealth for all disparate groups.