I remember when I first found out the truth about “Somali pirates” I got chills because of how horrific the truth was and how insanely creepily well the media had twisted the situation. Every single fucking article making it seem like these “pirates” were just after money or something holding innocent people hostage and I never gave it a second thought, why would I? There was no indication that people were trying to legitimately fight off disgusting imperialism that left nuclear waste in their waters, that over 300 people have died from radiation sickness, that Europeans have been stealing Somalia’s seafood because they overfished their own waters and the indigenous fisherman are starving and so these “pirates” emerged to deal with those stealing their country’s natural resources. The truth is enough to make anyone sick to their stomachs.
do not be rude, please. I have interest of truth. what feminism thinks of science?
don’t worry, anon! I’m only rude to people who are rude to me ;)
I think one of the traps of conversations about feminism is to say that “feminism” does any one thing. generally, in my experience, feminists are very fond of science — and in particular in helping women exceed in the sciences.
I imagine it would be very difficult to be a creationist and a feminist, honestly.
i don't know if you know an answer necessarily but, what does it mean to be gender queer? like i know sometimes i feel more masculine than feminine and vice versa but i don't knjow if there is a way to categorize it... any input or thoughts would be much appreciated
to the best of my knowledge — though, caveat, I am cis, and the “best of my knowledge” is not lived experience and I’m more than happy to hear from anybody for whom it is — genderqueer is an umbrella term that covers nonbinary, agender, and genderfluid people, as well as people who are bigender, pangender, etc. basically, it’s a term for people who have identities outside of male or female/outside of the gender binary.
hope that helps! many hugs (if you are comfy with hugs) as you explore your identity :)
I read an article that this YouTuber, Shane Dawson portrayed Wendy Williams for a comedic skit and of course dressed up like her and painted his skin brown. I get black face. I get how offensive it can be when someone who is tanned or browned (Prince of Persia) to give off a PoC impression when they're actually a White person. But he's a comedian. How else would he have made fun of her? Ask someone who is Black to portray her? I'm sorry if this sounds odd, but I don't know who to ask.
I know that this is a novel idea, but maybe — just maybe — white men shouldn’t make fun of black women
dumb but serious question: do fat activists want to be fat (potentially lifelong desire) or are they just making the best of their life situations (not to imply that it is a negative experience for these individuals to be fat)? i hope this is as offensive-free as it can be :x plz direct me to or educate me on language if necessary.
not a dumb question, I think I get what you mean
I THINK (pls feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) that you’re asking if fat activists work to maintain their fatness, or if they’re trying to self-care in a world that is downright nasty to them about a bodily reality they shouldn’t need to change in order to be treated well
and I think that I can’t speak for all fat activists!
but for me, my bodily reality is that I am fat and always have been, and I don’t think that I should subsequently be treated as less than human. I don’t think any person should be treated as less than human, regardless of their bodily reality.
in my experience and with my activism, it’s less about “wanting to be fat” and more about accepting yourself as you are, and loving the person you are, body included
honestly, if someone were to tell me tomorrow that they could wave a magic wand and I would be thin, that would be a really tough thing to turn down, just because I know that a lot of things about my life would be easier. but what I would RATHER is that all people, regardless of body size or race or gender identity or sexuality, were treated well and with compassion.
You say you'll find body positivity on your blog, but all I see is you bitching about how skinny shaming isn't real. Stupid entitled fat people , along with other minorities think the whole world should praise them for being so accepting of themselves. Nope. You're not healthy. it's gross.
I’d rather be fat than a racist bigoted coward sending anon hate, tbqh.
Isn't saying, "we can have more than one conversation about a piece of media; yes, this message is bad, but this one over here is good" the exact opposite of what you and others were (rightly) saying about the film Lucy? In that case, it was, "it's not ok that this film is racist and empowers white women at the expense of people of color." But with this song you're saying, "it's ok that this song is heterosexist and empowers some women at the expense of others, because it empowers some women."
it doesn’t empower some women at the expense of others
but you know why bother looking at the context of a lyric in media criticism, it’s not like context matters or completely negates the argument or anything
The problem with All About That Bass is that, again, we have a song uses man's like of something to tell girls is okay. " Yeah, my mama she told me don't worry about your size She says, "Boys like a little more booty to hold tonight.""
lmao okay this is like roughly the FIFTIETH message I’ve gotten about this
it is in fact possible to have multiple conversations about one piece of media; the conversation I chose to have was around thin privilege. I’m not interested in claiming the song isn’t problematic, and nowhere have I said that
and yes, it is shitty that heterosexism exists and that this song strongly floats on a sea of heterosexism and that sexual desirability based on what a dude wants is not ideal, however, consider that fat girls are told they’re fundamentally undesirable from a very young age, and then consider that a message about their desirability may not be the worst thing on the face of the earth
both of these conversations can exist at the same time! both of these points can be valid! because media criticism is nuanced, just like people and sexuality and our relationships with our bodies are nuanced!
please for the love of god stop sending me this painfully obvious point thank you
There isn't such a thing as heterophobia, not in this society anyway. That's why it's not powerful.. but I think a lot of people are not taking the time to thoroughly read your post.
totally no such thing as heterophobia - or misandry, or reverse racism, etc
in that even if someone is acting in ways that look like what people believe heterophobia/misandry/reverse racism to be, they’re not real things because they don’t have any real power
lgtbq people may not like straight or cis people, they may not trust them, and they have a LOT of reasons not to tbh. ditto with women distrusting or disliking men and poc disliking or distrusting white people. I am sure that happens. I legit can’t imagine that it doesn’t, given how privilege oppresses those who aren’t privileged. but because this distrust and discomfort is born of oppression, it doesn’t have power the way that homophobia, racism, or misogyny do. it’s not structural.
skinny shaming falls into those categories imo. and I get that makes people uncomfortable or upset to be faced with, especially since it’s primarily women-identified people who deal with extreme body image and self-esteem problems (hooray structural misogyny) and being told they have thin privilege can feel like being told they don’t have a right to their body image problems or that any bullying they’ve experienced doesn’t matter. but having privilege is not actually “you have a great life free of cares.” having privilege means, in the case of thin privilege, that you will get appropriate medical care. it means you won’t be the victim of a weight-based hate crime. you can be sure that safety equipment has been made to fit your body. you can be sure that, going into any store, you will be able to find clothing in your size. you can be sure that your body size won’t affect whether you get a job. your body type is not seen as a worst-case scenario. your health is not considered anyone’s business but yours.
honestly, the list goes on. having thin privilege doesn’t mean that you’re going to have a cozy happy-go-lucky life forever, just as having white privilege doesn’t mean you’re not going to face obstacles in your life. but it means that our society treats you better. that’s all. a grievance isn’t the same as oppression.
well, I hope that whatever hurts you enough in your life — whether that’s insecurity about your body, or someone bullying you, or something else entirely — that you decided to respond to a discussion of thin privilege with a deathwish gets the fuck out of your life, because no one deserves that
I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.
By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.
Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:
"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.
In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:
"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’
Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’
Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’
Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face
C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’
Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’
In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134, the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).
Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In Beethoven: His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro]. His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’
Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, gave a powerful, almost shocking keynote speech at the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta this week. In the speech, he apologized for the organization’s past mistreatment of transgender people.
Griffin also announced HRC’s renewed commitment to trans equality, including a fully inclusive antidiscrimination bill, tackling antitrans violence, pushing for equal bathroom and public accommodations access, and opposing the “womyn-born-womyn” policy at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.
The link above includes the full speech, but here’s an excerpt:
So I am here today, at Southern Comfort, to deliver a message. I deliver it on behalf of HRC, and I say it here in the hopes that it will eventually be heard by everyone who is willing to hear it.
HRC has done wrong by the transgender community in the past, and I am here to formally apologize.
I am sorry for the times when we stood apart when we should have been standing together.
Even more than that, I am sorry for the times you have been underrepresented or unrepresented by this organization.
What happens to trans people is absolutely central to the LGBT struggle. And as the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, HRC has a responsibility to do that struggle justice, or else we are failing at our fundamental mission.
I came here today in the hopes that we can begin a new chapter together. But I also came here to tell you the truth. We’re an organization that is evolving. We may make mistakes. We may stumble. But what we do promise is to work with you sincerely, diligently, with a grand sense of urgency, listening and learning every step of the way.
And I also want to be clear that I’m not asking you to be the ones to take the first leap of faith. That’s our job. My mom taught me that respect isn’t given, it’s earned.
Low-income people are often criticised for making ‘poor decisions’ in the eyes of observers who think they have a better understanding of how poor people should live their lives, prioritise their spending, and live within their own communities. Yet, these criticisms are often made with a lack of understanding about how income levels influence decisionmaking, and how certain habits can become ingrained even after years; if you have lived with insecurity at some point, you are likely to continue to retain habits that reflect the experience of financial insecurity, even if those habits are actually detrimental to saving money, developing more independence, and living securely.
The thing about being poor is that it requires a radically different approach to life, and one that often doesn’t involve a long-term view, because you can’t afford to take such a view. When poor people are criticised for ‘bad decisions,’ it’s often for things like not buying in bulk (the econopack problem rides again), not renting more affordable housing (yes, because people choose to live in expensive rentals), not buying things that are more expensive in the short term but pay off in the long term (‘why keep buying crappy $20 shoes when you could buy a $100 pair of long-lasting shoes?’). So many of these judgments involve how poor people use their money, and they betray a fundamental lack of understanding about some basic facts of being poor.
When you are poor, you do not have savings, money in reserve, or a safety cushion in your bank account. It’s not that you’re being cheap and refusing to buy those $100 shoes, it’s that you have $35 in your bank account until next pay day, and your child needs shoes today. You don’t have access to credit, and if you did and chose to put those better shoes on a credit card, you wouldn’t be able to pay them off anyway, because most of your next paycheque is already allocated to expenses like rent and utilities that must be paid immediately (and in some cases are overdue).
When you are poor, there is no safety net, and this is something many middle class people do not understand. They confuse broke and poor, and don’t understand the genuine difference between their way of life and that of others. Those who retain cushions of hundreds or thousands of dollars start getting nervous about ‘not having enough money’ when they still have more in their accounts than poor people make in a month—and while one might argue that savings and maintaining such cushions is an example of good financial planning and a good idea, it’s only accessible to people who make enough money to do it.
And who have trained themselves to have the habit of doing it. One of the facts of poverty is that you become accustomed to spending money when you have it, and it becomes hard to check your spending habits in the unlikely event you do start making more money; consequently, it becomes very hard to save money, or to use your funds on practical things. Thus, a poor person might buy something like a television instead of bulk foods for the pantry, attracting disdain from critics, simply because she wants a television, and she has the money. Next month, when her income fluctuates and an emergency eats up her extra cash, she’s right back where she started, but at least she still has that television (for now, until she’s forced to sell it to pay the water bill three months in the future).
Decision making is complicated when you’re poor, and you have a very different rubric for decisions that other members of society do. Being poor isn’t mysterious and noble, but it’s not the fault of people who are poor, either; and it’s not necessarily something that people can magic their way out of just by making ‘the right choices’ as deemed by other members of society.
Decision making while poor can involve being forced to choose between two important expenses with the knowledge that you can only cover one. Food or electricity? Rent or garbage bill? Water or phone? Copay for the doctor’s office or transit pass so you can get to work? Car insurance or parking tickets? While many people are familiar with constant demands on their finances, people in the middle classes can generally handle these needs routinely as they come up; pay it off, move forward, maybe shift the budget around a little to accommodate unexpected expenses. When you are poor, even five dollars more or less can make a huge difference in your life.
The role that poverty plays as a looming shadow in the lives of many people is often discounted. To be poor is to make decisions solely on the basis of money, sometimes in the active knowledge that they are bad decisions but that they are also the only choice; this raises questions about the nature of whether they are truly decisions, or could be more accurately termed forced sacrificial moves. And to have been poor is to fear poverty again, to attempt to pull yourself out of harmful set habits that you recognise, but don’t necessarily know how to address, because you’ve never known anything but finance-induced decision making.
Is the money there? Spend it, quickly, before it slips away. Address immediate needs as they arise, because everything is a right-now crisis, and try not to think about the future. If the car breaks down, hope that it’s an easy fix, because the thought of buying a new one is insurmountable right now. If you can’t fix it, buy another old clunker even though you know it’ll break down too, because it’s all you can afford. Or search for a new job that will let you take transit, and hope that you don’t end up short on bus fare at the end of the month in that awkward period when all the money’s gone out and nothing has come in yet.
im not judging anybody or trying to offend them but when the nude photos got leaked isnt 1/5 their fault becuase why would somebody post a nude in the first place?
nope no not at all nein non njet no wrong incorrect
the existence of nude photos does not give anyone a right to distribute them to anyone else without consent
if you do this you are a predator and an asshole. people are not entitled to nude photos just because they exist. and you do realize that those photos were stolen by hacking icloud, correct? they weren’t ~*posted*~ anywhere
we don’t say “oh sorry your identity got stolen but aren’t you sort of asking for it by using online banking” so why the fuck would you say something like this
Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are always male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.
And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.
“If a girl is lucky enough to receive any sex education, she will be taught the biological basics. She’ll learn that men have penises and testicles and produce sperm and women have vaginas and uterii and produce ova. She’ll learn that when a man and a woman have sex, the man inserts his penis into the woman’s vagina until he ejaculates. She’ll learn that the semen in the ejaculate will render her vulnerable to pregnancy so she will have to protect herself by using a hormonal or a barrier contraceptive. Hormonal contraception is preferable because barrier methods such as condoms, while safer for women, apparently reduce sensation for men which is obviously a no-no. It’s much better that a woman take a pill every day for her entire reproductive lifespan, or get a painful injection every 12 weeks, or have a copper rod inserted into her uterus, or a silicone rod implanted into her arm. She probably won’t learn that 3 out of 4 women never orgasm from vaginal intercourse. She almost definitely won’t learn how women do achieve orgasm. She’ll learn her place as a receptacle.”—Let Me Slip Into Something A Little Less Comfortable (via yourtinyraindrop)
omg okay so one time (i think it was sophomore year) i was sitting in class and my teacher, out of no where, says “i can see your bra strap through your shirt hanna” and i looked down and you literally couldn’t see it unless you were blatantly staring at my chest so i said, “well i can’t” and he says “you need to go change your shirt” and i said i didnt have another shirt so hes like then go home and i had a burning hatred for this teacher i still do because it was like he went out of his way everyday to piss me off so i stood up and took off my bra under my shirt, dropped it on the floor next to my desk and sat down.
What're your thoughts on Christina Hoff Sommers? Someone recently asked me about her but I had never heard of her before. I looked her up and, from what I've seen so far, some of her philosophies/ideologies seem kind of questionable.
I have nooooo idea who that is
Sommers uses the terms “equity feminism" and "gender feminism" to differentiate what she sees as acceptable and non-acceptable forms of feminism. She describes equity feminism as the struggle based upon "Enlightenment principles of individual justice” for equal legal and civil rights and many of the original goals of the early feminists, as in the first wave of the women’s movement. She describes “gender feminism” as having “transcended the liberalism” of early feminists. Instead of focusing on rights for all, gender feminists view society through the “sex/gender prism” and focus on recruiting women to join the “struggle against patriarchy.” A reviewer of Who Stole Feminism characterized gender feminism as the action of accenting the differences of genders in order to create what Sommers believes is privilege for women in academia, government, industry, or the advancement of personal agendas
love and support and celebrate fat girls who don’t have a booty or like in general fat girls with the fat in places that never get celebrated p l e a s e for the love of everything that is good in this world
like let’s not pretend curvy is a synonym for fat curvy is literally just this one specific socially acceptable way to be fat and I am getting increasingly frustrated about it