01 12 / 2013
Only white women have the privilege of reclaiming the word ‘slut’ without facing any real social penalty. Miley Cyrus, for instance, is being hailed as a woman who is in control and liberated, unlike her black counterpart Rihanna. Rihanna does not get worshiped for owning her sexuality or her agency. Rihanna gets pity, scathing criticism, and popular feminist magazines wanting to ‘save’ her from exercising choices they do not agree with. Many mainstream feminists feel entitled to police Rihanna’s black female body; even Lena Dunham could not resist. However, if you look closely you can see that Miley has been feverishly studying and has been influenced by the Rihanna’s bad girl playbook.
White women may also be allowed to transcend their ‘sluttiness’ when they feel the need to do so. Both Angelina Jolie and Madonna have been able to shed their past bad girl images seamlessly. Whiteness affords white women the ability to try on different identities while their racial privilege remains intact. Because in a society that values whiteness over all else, to be white is to be human and all non-white persons must audition for their humanity.
The bodies of black women are highly politicized and critiqued no matter who they belong to, from the first lady to ‘the help.’ The physical movements and choices of black women are always viewed through a filter of suspicion. In order for me to claim my right to be a ‘slut,’ I first must win the battle to be able to fully claim my humanity."
Lutze B. (@FeministGriote)
This is a quote from her exquisite essay Why I Won’t Call Myself a “Slut” on Salon. MUST READ. An important and timely examination of sexual agency through an intersectional lens.
OK a while back someone said something about why the term ‘slut-shaming’ is problematic but didn’t want to explain why? and I think this is the criticism they were talking about. I’m really glad I found this; she makes such valuable points.
17 10 / 2013
white men are always like “there’s always some truth to stereotypes though…” UNLESS you call them racist misogynists then they’re completely clueless as to where that stereotype came from
04 10 / 2013
the way I see it, “black pride” (or any sort of “minority” pride movement) means “I am proud of who I am DESPITE those who have told me and my people that whiteness is superior” while “white pride” means “I am proud of who I am BECAUSE whiteness is superior” and that’s why it’s ok to say one but not the other
18 9 / 2013
we have a black president and now an indian miss america? it is almost as if this country has no single ethnic identity and is actually an amalgamation of several different ethnicities and cultures
15 9 / 2013
"Where, for example, did the term Caucasian come from? Although many take it to be ‘real’ and don’t think about its racist connotations, the term has racist origins. It was developed in the late eighteenth century by a German anthropologist, Johann Blumenbach. He developed a racial classification scheme that put people from the Russian Caucasus at the top of the racial hierarchy because he thought that Caucasians were the most beautiful and sophisticated people; darker people were put on the bottom of the list: Asians, Africans, Polynesians, and Native Americans (Hannaford 1996). It is amazing when you think about it that this term remains with us, with few questioning its racist origin and connotations."
Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins, “Systems of Power and Inequality” (via wretchedoftheearth)
This is why I don’t say “caucasian” anymore.
Also the category was pretty much a tool for the US government to keep POC from becoming citizens and supporting white supremacy.
I think I’ve also read something about how, oops, turns out the people from the Russian Caucasus weren’t even white. I’ll have to go back and look for that later.
Indeed. The Caucasus mountain range includes over 50 ethnic groups and the countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Iran - and many from those countries are people of color.
So can people please stop saying “caucasian” and start saying white …
06 9 / 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. did not say “judge [not] by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, unless they are white, then you can judge them by the color of their skin, because they are white. And anyone who disagrees is just showing white privilege.”
His words were “judge [not] by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Reblogging this again, because I haven’t in a while.
Huh, that’s funny cuz I know of another major Civil Rights leader who said this:
"No, we are not anti-white. But we don’t have time for the white man. The white man is on top already, the white man is the boss already." -Malcolm X
Note that Malcolm X is not talking about you personally. He’s talking about The white man. Whiteness.
Also can we talk about how fucked up it is that you’re using a quotation from a Civil Rights leader out of the context to defend your own feelings from getting hurt? MLK Jr. wasn’t talking about you, you twerp. He was defending his own people, who were enslaved, abused, denied the right to vote, told they had deficient brains (because it was “proven” by “science”), experimented on and given deadly diseases, and who continue to suffer from pervasive, structural racism while whites deny, deny, deny.
05 9 / 2013
wtfmonie asked: People can be racist towards white people though...
Yeeeeah but no. It is absolutely not possible to be racist towards white people. Can you be prejudice towards white people? Yes. Is being prejudice ok? No, not at all. No one should be treated differently or unfairly because of their race. But remember that prejudice in minorities against white people is generally in response to oppression. Whereas racism (which is created by white people and enforced on minorities) is a form of oppression. But think about it, if you’d been beaten down, raped and killed by white people for centuries, chances are you’d be a little skeptical of them too.
Now before you go running to your Oxford dictionary (lulz, wonder who wrote that…) to look up the definition of racism, lemme explain. Racism is not just someone being mean to you or calling you names. It’s not just a belief that one group is better than another, it’s an entire SYSTEM that supports the oppression of another group. Racism is a result of prejudice and POWER. Meaning that laws and societal norms are created by one group (ahem, white people) in order to enforce those prejudices onto an ENTIRE group (ahem people of color).
If someone is being mean to you just because you’re white, then they’re being an asshole. But they aren’t a racist asshole because society is not giving them a pass to mean to you or treat you poorly because you’re white. Society is not rewarding their behavior or creating laws that hurt your quality of life just because you’re white.
Don’t feel bad though, I realize this is something a lot of white people struggle with because in their minds racism = being called cracker, getting beat up by a black person, being told you can’t dance or some black girl put gum in your hair and you had to get a pixie cut which ended up actually looking kinda cute. In reality racism means being denied a job interview because the name on your resume “sounds black”, being removed from school because your natural hair texture is deemed “distracting”, 100 times higher drug sentences for crack cocaine (which is commonly associated with poor black people) versus cocaine (which is commonly used by upper middle class white people), being stopped and frisked or worse KILLED on your way home because you “look suspicious” (ahem black) and so on and so on.
Hope this clears things up cause I’m really tired of explaining this!
01 9 / 2013
- 1: Asian people aren't creative and their cultures aren't either.
- (Employs Asian engineers to design and create innovative products for him)
- 1: Africans are so poor and primitive!
- (Sells advanced IT and telecommunications equipment to Africa)
- 1: Latin America is so crime ridden and unsafe *shudders*
- (Goes there for vacation)
- 1: Muslims are all terrorists with anti-democratic governments, can't trust them!
- (Buys billions of dollars worth of oil from the Muslim world and props up authoritarian regimes in the region)
- 1: African Americans are SO lazy.
- (Employs an African American woman to care for and raise his children)
- 1: Native and indigenous peoples are such great stewards of the land!
- (Steals land rights and promotes hydro-fracking on native/indigenous lands)
- 1: This food is super spicy and exotic!
- (Eats a soft shell taco from Taco Bell with "Mild" sauce)
07 8 / 2013
the problem with a white woman like gaga wearing a burqa is that when she does it, it’s “avant-garde” and “edgy” and “fashionable”
when an actual muslim woman wears a burqa, people either pity her because they think she’s being “oppressed” by her religion or they harass her because they think she had something to do with the 9/11 attack
but you know, amen fashion or whatever