Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.
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aspiringdoctors:

restless-wafarer:

aspiringdoctors:

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You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

Have a lovely day, sugar. 

Actually there’s a lot of research and knowledge supporting the fact that vaccines are NOT necessary. It is simply another thing that today’s health system is super big on, just like hospital births and c-sections. And a lot of people actually have long term and short term complications from getting vaccines. Ahem.

Dang guys, you thought I didn’t check my activity log every now and then? Because I knew shit like this would pop up. And, I just finished my block exam and am feeling fiesty.

Actually you’re wrong. That ‘research’ is either completely fabricated OR grossly misinterprets the data OR uses shitty research techniques to get the data they want- all which are grossly unethical, in case you’re curious. I’ve got slides from a recent lecture on vaccines (aka why I am so fired up about this nonsense). You can check out the citations on each slide if you don’t believe me… something unsurprisingly missing from literally every anti-vaccine comment I’ve gotten and website that I have visited. Show me your sources, honey, and if you do, I will blow them out of the water because not a single one stands up to current scientific research standards.

There are however tomes and tomes of research for the safety end efficacy of vaccines. Don’t believe me? Look at a simple google scholar search.

So! Here we go! 

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Holy shit, it’s almost like vaccines SAVE SOCIETY MONEY. In fact, they give money back to society, along with the other programs indicated by red arrows. Which would be really weird for something that is just a healthcare fad like c-sections and hospital births.

And most people have no complications for getting vaccines, and if they do, most of them are short term. In fact, it is devilishly hard to prove an adverse effect was because of a vaccine. Why? Because it’s how we’re wired. We falsely see connections and causes where there are none (called a type 1 error; you are rejecting a true null hypothesis). People are more likely to attribute an adverse health event to a shot- even if that shot is the placebo and the numbers are just the background rate for whatever health event in the population.

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And here is a graph showing the sample sizes necessary to prove that an adverse event is caused or related to a vaccine.

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You know what, it was a really good lecture and I’m going to share more more relevant slides in case any one else feels like contradicting me.

These slides show the public health impact of vaccines. Note the differences between the historical peak and post-vaccine era deaths columns. Because saving literally thousands of lives is totally a conspiracy you should beware of.

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And this is why herd immunity is so important! See how high it has to be for measles? Guess what we’re seeing outbreaks of thanks to anti-vaxxers? Don’t forget that one of the deadly complications of measles is SSPE.

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Look how Hepatitis A infections in older adults when down after kids started getting immunized. Shocking! Could vaccines be… good for …. everyone????

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Ahem.

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Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.

Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.

That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.

In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.

"
Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)

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artschoolalchemy:

kimchibae:

"dick is abundant and low value" i am screaming

I’ve given similar advice to friends who complain about their shitty (or lack of) relationships.  
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kimchibae:

"dick is abundant and low value" i am screaming

I’ve given similar advice to friends who complain about their shitty (or lack of) relationships.  
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artschoolalchemy:

kimchibae:

"dick is abundant and low value" i am screaming

I’ve given similar advice to friends who complain about their shitty (or lack of) relationships.  

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6male gaze, male desire, centrality of masculinity, sexism,

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I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

"

Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via skyliting)

Church.

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strugglingtobeheard:

dildoefaggins:

aravenhairedmaiden:

cashmerethoughtsss:

We don’t need to replace our history with myths to validate ourselves and our cultures. Keep it real.
Twitter.com/ivieeve

This is literally why I get super annoyed with all those ridiculous ancient egypt memes like pls shut the fuck up and stop using dead people in your bs respectability politics

She just forgot to add Northern Sudan as home to Nubians in addition to southern Egypt. Also Nubians still exist to this day as a distinct linguistic and cultural group, so it’s more appropriate to speak of us as contemporary, living and breathing people facing the same modern human condition, rather than just reduce us to this absurdly mythologized existence. Sure we have this great and often overlooked history but TODAY our communities struggle with poverty, racism, land thefts, marginalization, political instability. But they also go on living just like everybody else. Africa’s history is more than just ancient Egypt and Nubia. There’s Axum, the kingdoms of Mali, the Funj Sultunates in what is now Darfur, the various Amazigh kingdoms and dynasties of North Africa, the Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo states, empire of Songhai, empire of Ashanti to mention a few .

Thanks for the added info :)!!!!
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strugglingtobeheard:

dildoefaggins:

aravenhairedmaiden:

cashmerethoughtsss:

We don’t need to replace our history with myths to validate ourselves and our cultures. Keep it real.
Twitter.com/ivieeve

This is literally why I get super annoyed with all those ridiculous ancient egypt memes like pls shut the fuck up and stop using dead people in your bs respectability politics

She just forgot to add Northern Sudan as home to Nubians in addition to southern Egypt. Also Nubians still exist to this day as a distinct linguistic and cultural group, so it’s more appropriate to speak of us as contemporary, living and breathing people facing the same modern human condition, rather than just reduce us to this absurdly mythologized existence. Sure we have this great and often overlooked history but TODAY our communities struggle with poverty, racism, land thefts, marginalization, political instability. But they also go on living just like everybody else. Africa’s history is more than just ancient Egypt and Nubia. There’s Axum, the kingdoms of Mali, the Funj Sultunates in what is now Darfur, the various Amazigh kingdoms and dynasties of North Africa, the Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo states, empire of Songhai, empire of Ashanti to mention a few .

Thanks for the added info :)!!!!
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strugglingtobeheard:

dildoefaggins:

aravenhairedmaiden:

cashmerethoughtsss:

We don’t need to replace our history with myths to validate ourselves and our cultures. Keep it real.
Twitter.com/ivieeve

This is literally why I get super annoyed with all those ridiculous ancient egypt memes like pls shut the fuck up and stop using dead people in your bs respectability politics

She just forgot to add Northern Sudan as home to Nubians in addition to southern Egypt. Also Nubians still exist to this day as a distinct linguistic and cultural group, so it’s more appropriate to speak of us as contemporary, living and breathing people facing the same modern human condition, rather than just reduce us to this absurdly mythologized existence. Sure we have this great and often overlooked history but TODAY our communities struggle with poverty, racism, land thefts, marginalization, political instability. But they also go on living just like everybody else. Africa’s history is more than just ancient Egypt and Nubia. There’s Axum, the kingdoms of Mali, the Funj Sultunates in what is now Darfur, the various Amazigh kingdoms and dynasties of North Africa, the Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo states, empire of Songhai, empire of Ashanti to mention a few .

Thanks for the added info :)!!!!
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strugglingtobeheard:

dildoefaggins:

aravenhairedmaiden:

cashmerethoughtsss:

We don’t need to replace our history with myths to validate ourselves and our cultures. Keep it real.

Twitter.com/ivieeve

This is literally why I get super annoyed with all those ridiculous ancient egypt memes like pls shut the fuck up and stop using dead people in your bs respectability politics

She just forgot to add Northern Sudan as home to Nubians in addition to southern Egypt. Also Nubians still exist to this day as a distinct linguistic and cultural group, so it’s more appropriate to speak of us as contemporary, living and breathing people facing the same modern human condition, rather than just reduce us to this absurdly mythologized existence. Sure we have this great and often overlooked history but TODAY our communities struggle with poverty, racism, land thefts, marginalization, political instability. But they also go on living just like everybody else. Africa’s history is more than just ancient Egypt and Nubia. There’s Axum, the kingdoms of Mali, the Funj Sultunates in what is now Darfur, the various Amazigh kingdoms and dynasties of North Africa, the Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo states, empire of Songhai, empire of Ashanti to mention a few .

Thanks for the added info :)!!!!

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jturn:

flamboyant-dog:

jturn:

who the fuck funded this study you can find this out by spending 5 minutes in a sauna

YOU SPEND 5 MINUTES IN THE SAUNA WITH A FUCKING BEAR???

hun

Oh my.

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6I am in lust with Rwanda and Zimbabwe,

Racist Man Slaps & Spits at Elderly Black woman, Called Her Rosa Parks, He Didn't Realize That She Was A Cook County Judge!!!!! f

note-a-bear:

hall70:

newyawkward:

scandal-whipped:

I hope they throw the book at him.  Didn’t he get the memo, Black people are doctors, lawyers, judges and yes even the President.  Dumb ass

Ugh! I’m waiting for the “… but he’s not a racist” statement to issued from this guy/his family/his lawyer any minute now.

this sickens me…i’m telling you. white racists folks now feel embolden these days. fewer and fewer of them are trying to hide it anymore.

put his ass under the fucking jail
idec

Who the fuck. 

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6vile piece of shit,

"The minimum wage needs to be a living wage. The business-side discomfort with raising the wage would be more understandable if every sector was hurting. But it isn’t. The rich are richer than ever, corporate profits are at record highs, the stock market is soaring. We don’t need to coddle McDonalds and WalMart by paying their employees less than living wages. But in any case, raising the minimum doesn’t hurt the economy at all. It actually creates more jobs."

whenihavewingsto-fly:

Think twice ‘fore ya touch my girl

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Hello, I saw your response on that post about girls and shaving and stuff and I just wanted to say that you really can't generalize like that. Something like this is seriously a person by person thing. As a white, cis girl who got bullied all through middle school because of this issue, I'm going to have to tell you that you are absolutely wrong about white girls getting bullied less for it. And just as a side note, the people who were doing this bullying were POC. So yeah.

witchsistah:

warcrimenancydrew:

and-the-times-we-had:

warcrimenancydrew:

and-the-times-we-had:

whatabootsecondbreakfast:

warcrimenancydrew:

as a professor told me a few weeks ago, the plural of anecdote is not necessarily data. sorry you got bullied for your body hair, and i recognize it happens to women in general, but the post i reblogged and the commentary i added to it both made it clear that white women get criticism for body hair too. it’s just that women of color tend to get it more, and it’s more vicious. i’m sure cis white girls get criticism and backlash for body hair, but you should recognize that racialized misogyny is always uglier than misogyny without racism. it’s also not relevant to your experience that the people who did the bullying were poc (as the identity of the bullier is not at issue), so maybe you should reconsider why you felt the need to add that detail as well.

what the hell did I just read

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"I, a cis white girl, saw that post about racialized misogyny and/or transmisogny re: body hair, but unfortunately, ME."

First of all, shut up.

You’re ignoring the fact that girls of color and/or trans girls receive amplified misogynist body-shaming for being of color and/or transgender in addition to being girls.

Growing up, I was taught — by my white “friends” and classmates and teachers and neighbors, by the media and society as a whole, even by my self-hating family — that my brownness and hairiness made me ugly. Nobody ever called me “pretty” and meant it. White people outright ignored me because of the way I looked — and a lot of that had to do with my race. To them, I was Indian and therefore undesirable, unimportant, unworthy of friendship, love, and respect. Having grown up in mostly-white schools, having grown up with a family that had deeply internalized racism, I learned to hate myself for most of my life. When I was in high school, I plucked in vain at my unibrow and tried to shave almost every inch of my body (which was difficult, because I have copious, thick, dark hair all over), thinking it would make me less ugly. Even as a child I tried to scrub away my brown skin in the bath, hoping to someday be pale as the moon, pale as all the white girls in my class who were “prettier” than I was. And even when I was finally allowed to shave and “dress up” and wear makeup, I was still seen as ugly compared to my white counterparts. It is only within the past 2-3 years that I stopped hating myself to that extent and started the long, arduous process of unlearning all of my internalized isms.

Look, I’m sorry you were bullied for having body hair/not shaving. No one deserves body-shaming. HOWEVER, as a white girl, racialized misogyny is something you have not and will never experience or understand. Likewise, as a cis girl, transmisogyny is something you have not and will never experience or understand. You, white cis girl, are still held as the pinnacle of feminine beauty, by Eurocentric, transmisogynist beauty standards. And even when white cis girls like you don’t shave, you’re STILL celebrated as radical, as feminists, as beautiful, while girls of color and/or trans girls overall still get treated like garbage, whether hairless or not.

You are being incredibly selfish and narrow-minded in sending this ask to warcrimenancydrew, and in acting like your personal experiences with bullying somehow discounts the centuries of institutionalized oppression faced by ALL women of color. And if your bullies really were PoC, they still didn’t oppress you. 

So really, you’re the one who’s absolutely wrong.

""I, a cis white girl, saw that post about racialized misogyny and/or transmisogny re: body hair, but unfortunately, ME.""

No, I saw a post that started off with “screw this one group of people, I don’t consider them important because we don’t have the same shared experiences”. Which is just completely messed up to me. I would have though the same if the comment was in relation to any other group. I just don’t think it’s right to blow off one group of people to raise up another.

"You’re ignoring the fact that girls of color and/or trans girls receive amplified misogynist body-shaming for being of color and/or transgender in addition to being girls.”

Just because white women have not had the same struggles as woc (and yes I do recognize this so don’t act like you know what my knowledge and opinions are based on one post) does not mean they should be scoffed at. And yes, I realize that this has been what’s happened to woc for centuries. It doesn’t make it right to turn the tables. This wasn’t about me. I simply used my own life experience because, surprise surprise, it’s the only one I have. Sorry I didn’t do a data collection for you.

Oh, and don’t tell me to shut up. My making a comment does not “silence” you or whatever other stuff you’re thinking. You have just as much voice here on tumblr as I do. This is equal grounds. You can say whatever you want, I’m not trying to stop you. It’s just that I have just as much right to get involved in this conversation as you. Because we’re both women and both people.

"Look, I’m sorry you were bullied for having body hair/not shaving. No one deserves body-shaming. HOWEVER, as a white girl, racialized misogyny is something you have not and will never experience or understand. Likewise, as a cis girl, transmisogyny is something you have not and will never experience or understand. You, white cis girl, are still held as the pinnacle of feminine beauty, by Eurocentric, transmisogynist beauty standards.”

I understand that in the United States I will never experience racialized misogyny. However, that does not mean I’m incapable of understanding what it means. I’m capable of rational thought and sympathy.I’m not stupid or ignorant.

I’m not entirely sure you’re correct about me personally being held as the pinnacle of feminine beauty (although thanks for assuming I’m that attractive because that’s a common insecurity for me). I’ve honestly never looked at the girls in magazines and thought to myself “I’m sure glad I look like these girls”. Because that’s never happened to me. I’m sorry for all the body-shaming you went through too. That is seriously not ok.

You are being incredibly selfish and narrow-minded in sending this ask to warcrimenancydrew, and in acting like your personal experiences with bullying somehow discounts the centuries of institutionalized oppression faced by ALL women of color. And if your bullies really were PoC, they still didn’t oppress you.“

Fine, whatever, call me narrow-minded and selfish if you wish, but I’m going to call you incredibly judgmental. You are being incredibly rude to me because you’re angry at society. I understand that. But I hope you understand that I’m just one person. I cannot in any way oppress you. I’m not society. I fail to see how me recounting my experience in any way discounts those centuries of institutionalized oppression. It’s not like I said my getting bullied was the worse thing to ever happen in all of human history. I was just trying to point out that body shaming happens on a case by case basis. Sometimes white people get bullied for it, sometimes they don’t (I was just one who did happen to get bullied). Sometimes brown people get bullied for it, sometimes they don’t. And yes, my bullies really were PoC and yes, in this context, I would consider the environment to be an oppressive one. I was often afraid for my safety at that school both mentally and physically (especially after I got slapped for standing up for myself) and I eventually had to leave. I was not bullied for my race, but racism and sexism are not the only ways to make a person feel unsafe. My school was at least 90% PoC. My point is that people of every color can be assholes.

ok i’m gonna say first of all, i don’t think sasha identifies as a woman, so please don’t misgender them. you said “we’re both women” in response to their post, so giving you a heads up. (sasha, please feel free to add/correct what you want in terms of misgendering).

secondly, with regard to the “we’re both women” (even if you also meant it towards me—i do identify as a woman), that’s just what we’re trying to explain to you. you and i are both women, but i am specifically a woman of color, so the result, like sasha said, is amplified. so no, we’re not all equal. not even on tumblr. because guess who’s on tumblr? people. and guess what they bring with them? all the oppressive dynamics of the outside world. the internet doesn’t exist in some vacuum where social inequalities are not reproduced. so actually, we don’t have an equal voice on tumblr.

i understand that you’re upset about your experiences, and no one is saying you shouldn’t be or you need to stop. but that particular post wasn’t about you. that was the point. it was about women of color and trans women (including of course trans women of color) who have an amplified experience with body shaming in terms of body hair. oppression is not just about hurt feelings. it’s about a system of devaluation and dehumanization. so while people of every race can be assholes, people of every race can’t be oppressive in terms of racialized misogyny. bullying does not equal oppression even though no one is denying that bullying sucks.

every post about body hair shaming doesn’t have to include cis white women like they suffer an equal part of it. we don’t have an obligation to say “but wait don’t be mean to the cis white girls!” when we’re discussing our oppression. i’m honestly not sure you understand what that type of systemic institutionalized oppression is even though you think you do. for example, you said, “But I hope you understand that I’m just one person. I cannot in any way oppress you. I’m not society.” but like that’s just it. you have white and cis privilege, and so even though you’re not all of society, you’re an active part of it with a huge fucking step up on those of us who aren’t either or both of those things. as a cis white person, you CAN oppress us. you’re not in any way absolved from that legacy just because you’re one person. i hope you know that.

ok i’m gonna say first of all, i don’t think sasha identifies as a woman, so please don’t misgender them. you said “we’re both women” in response to their post, so giving you a heads up.”

Sorry, my bad, I wasn’t aware.

"all the oppressive dynamics of the outside world. the internet doesn’t exist in some vacuum where social inequalities are not reproduced. so actually, we don’t have an equal voice on tumblr."

I’m not saying that the entire internet exists in that sort of a vacuum, but based on what I’ve seen specifically here on tumblr (and I don’t know, you’ve probably had different experiences) this site is very very open to expression of opinion. I’ve seen more PoC supported by people on this site than not. So from what I’ve personally seen, it does look like people have an equal voice on this website unless their country does not allow access to it. There is a hell of a lot of freedom of speech on the internet. One of the great things about the internet is that it allows more people to have a voice, thus helping to shrink those social inequalities.

"but that particular post wasn’t about you. that was the point."

And like I said, I wasn’t trying to make it about me. I was just using myself as an example.

"people of every race can’t be oppressive in terms of racialized misogyny."

Maybe not, but assholes will be assholes no matter what their race.

"every post about body hair shaming doesn’t have to include cis white women like they suffer an equal part of it. we don’t have an obligation to say “but wait don’t be mean to the cis white girls!” when we’re discussing our oppression."

Then why bother bringing up white women in your comments or why did the original poster bother bringing them up in the post? I understand you don’t have an obligation to say that, but why bring white women up in the post at all if you just want a place to lay out your problems? The post could have easily expressed its point without involving white women at all.

"you have white and cis privilege, and so even though you’re not all of society, you’re an active part of it with a huge fucking step up on those of us who aren’t either or both of those things."

Frankly, I’ve never noticed the affects of this privilege in my life. I’m not saying it’s not there. I’ve just not seen it. I haven’t gotten a job over another candidate simply because I’m white (and I can say this with certainty because I’ve never been hired for any job no matter how many times I try), it certainly didn’t stop people from bullying me, and I doubt I got into college because I’m white considering that the majority of the student body at my school is PoC. So if you could please point out to me where this privilege came into play that would be great because I honestly don’t see it. I really don’t understand how I am possibly oppressing you.

i have tried being calm with you, but it’s like 2:38 am right now, and i don’t have the patience anymore. you clearly have no understanding of how oppression or privilege works AT ALL. i suspect you would be outraged if some man was this obtuse about the privilege he holds as a man, and yet you are honest to god going to say you don’t see how white and cis privilege affects you. literally every single thing you have ever gotten is because of your white cis privilege. i also suspect that in a majority poc school, you DID get in because you’re white. you need to learn some things about oppression before attempting to have these conversations. please google and read some articles.

Bless the young poc. Y’all got way more patience than I have. But I spent all mine trying to reason with narcissistic, vain, self-centered White people like this yapping White yamp here and all in vain.  And I see, it’s still in vain. White folks are like sleepy, hungry, cranky toddlers always demanding attention and no matter how much you give them, it’s never enough.

I, a cis white girl, saw that post about racialized misogyny and/or transmisogny re: body hair, but unfortunately, ME.”

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"When you are an affluent-seeming white man and you ask for things that don’t belong to you, sometimes you’re not really asking. It’s sort like Bill Clinton asking Monica Lewinsky to have sex with him. There’s a context behind the asking.

When you ask a serviceperson for something that doesn’t belong to you, there is often a subtext of, “If I complain to your manager, you know your manager is going to listen to me. Just look at me, and look at you.”

And sometimes, of course, this is not the case at all, and you’re just being a garden-variety annoying customer. Or a bully.

If you seem to be “getting everything you want,” you should probably examine whether you’re getting it at someone’s expense, or whether you’re just constantly, in small ways, making the world worse."

Jen Dziura, When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege (via shitrichcollegekidssay)

Read this whole article, its excellent

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honestly curious, why does it offend you?
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perfectlyerik:

i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子 EDIT: sorry it says ORANGE 橘子,TOMATO 番茄

traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 

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lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

Holy dang. I had no idea it was set over there and setting up this dynamic. How disappointing.

To Deal With Migrant Kids, Texas Governor Plans To Send National Guard To The Border f

invisiblelad:

theladyems:

cognitivedissonance:

1,000 soldiers to confront children… This kind of posturing is just sick.

“The children fleeing violence in Central America are seeking out border patrol agents. They are not trying to evade them. Why send soldiers to confront these kids?” said Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) told Politico, slamming Perry for militarizing a humanitarian situation. “Militarizing our border is the wrong response to the arrival of children.”

 

My gut reaction is “ya think?” but…it really feels like common sense that one doesn’t send armed troops to interact with children who are fleeing violence.( I do realize we’re talking about Rick Perry though. )

Source: cognitivedissonance

6rick perry, migrant children,

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