Photoshopping does more than alter our sense of body image in terms of weight. It also portrays false ideals of skin pigment.
Barbara Ehrenreich, “Made to Order”
Relevant to an argument I just had on Twitter about “disruptive” protest at Walmart in supposed solidarity with the Black Friday strikes. Picket, protest, march and rally all you want, hold a sit-in, but please, before you do things like deliberately create a mess in the store or leave a full cart in the checkout line, consider who’s going to have to clean up the mess that you make. It’s not going to be Rob Walton or any of the other multibillionaires. It won’t even be the assistant manager. It’ll be the same low-wage worker who maybe wanted to go on strike but wasn’t quite convinced, or who was threatened by their boss, who’s working an extra-long shift on the worst shopping day of the year.
Solidarity doesn’t mean you decide for yourself what is best for the workers. It means showing up in the ways they need and want you to and letting them decide how to build worker power.
That’s right. I don’t want to draw people of colour. Why? I don’t find them aesthetically pleasing. And no, that doesn’t make me racist. I have nothing against people of colour. I don’t have a problem with them. Some of my best friends are people of colour, and I don’t think any less of them for that.
I just don’t find poc attractive. Kinda like I don’t find big noses or buck teeth attractive. Or curly hair, or bushy eyebrows, or super thin lips, or certain face shapes. Or a lot of Freckles. Or really huge butts. Or ginormous boobs.
I like to draw things that I find attractive or interesting, so that’s what I’ll draw. If it doesn’t fit into what I think is attractive or interesting, I tend not to draw it.
And I don’t have to. So all you “BAH YOU DON’T DRAW POC! YOU RACIST!” people need to stfu. People can draw whatever the fuck they want, and you can’t force them to draw something they don’t want to. They might be racist, they might not. But it doesn’t matter. We all have free will.
submitted by -belle-of-ponderosa
Don’t you dare use your friends that are PoC to justify your vile words. We people of color, we do not all look the same but words such as yours, have been used for hundreds of years to demonize our features, to stigmatize us. Congratulations, you are another no good racist artist. - Yazmine
so you find only white people attractive and interesting
that’s not racist at all!
Fuuuuuuck me. Here are some of belle-of-ponderosa’s comments:
"I never said they do all have brown skin. But do they have brown hair or eyes? Probably. People who think hating a colour is stupid: maybe, but it’s actually a psychological issue I have. The colour fucking makes me sick. I hate it. It makes me want to crawl out of my skin.”
"I just don’t find those who possess certain coloring (even people with white skin and brown hair or eyes) pretty.”
"I shouldn’t bother wasting my time talking to people who don’t even understand what racism is and just insult me when they don’t even know me over what I find attractive.”
"I honestly didn’t think people would get butthurt over me not finding features attractive. As for my shitstorm comment? Yeah. This whole thing is fucking amusing. I can’t believe people got so worked up over it. ”
"As for saying I’m somewhat racist: I am. Everyone is. People have little things that they think or feel that they don’t realize is racist. The ways in which I am somewhat racist are like, that I feel much safer walking past a non-native guy at night than a native one. Things like that."
"Woot. I’m loving the shit storm I caused.”
In response to someone being called out as homophobic: “ Alright, yes she is. So what? Is it right? No. But she’s allowed to be that way. I’m racist in some regards. Is that right? Hell no. but I am, and I have the right to feel that way, just like she has the right to be homophobic. It’s not against the law to be a bigot. As long as she doesn’t go discriminating, it’s a non issue. ”
Edit: She’s deleted her tumblr. Good riddance.
In response to your question: “Where are you from?”
Why do you ask?
Is it your curiosity in the ‘origin of my features’?
Is it your fascination for ‘other’ cultures and what they have to offer you?
Why do you desire to establish an exact definition of my difference?
Why do you assume I desire, and am able, to define this difference to you?
Do you show the same interest in determining the ‘ethnic make-up’ of every white face that you see?
Isn’t everyone from somewhere?
Do you not have a heritage?
Why does whiteness make yours invisible yet my brownness make mine subject to your anthropological investigation?
Do you believe that I should be delighted to personally inform and educate you?
Do you think it is my responsibility to know, and always be ready to impart, the details of my cultural heritage?
Do you apply these same standards to yourself?
Why do you assume that I’d love to reminisce about what my family, or I, left to come here?
Did it not cross your mind that we may have left for good reasons that I do not wish to reminisce about, especially with a stranger?
Do you believe your curiosity is commendable?
Do you think I should be grateful for your ‘tolerance’ and interest in ‘diversity’?
Do you believe this is YOUR country to welcome me to?
While brownness prompts
“Where are you from?”
Your whiteness prompts
“What do you do?”
You wish to define me by my physicality but you expect to be defined by your actions and your intellect.
Have you travelled the world and been asked the same question?
It is not the same experience in a place where you had expected to be treated as a visitor.
Perhaps your whiteness provided a fascination, but wasn’t it also exalted?
Weren’t you still treated like a speaker at a podium?
Or don’t you see this because you are so used to being heard from that position?
Do you not realise that in expecting to discuss my brownness as subject of your fascination you position me as an exotic curio on a pedestal?
Do you think I wish to be a talking doll, spilling my secrets each time yet another curious child pulls my cord demanding that I politely answer your question?"
For every white person that asked me where I came from, the pain of being of color became more and more unbearable.
Needed this on my blog.
Long hair, boobs out and make up are awesome and all but in plane factory…not so much
I love this image so much.
I’ve seen some women who are offended by this and say it’s ridiculous that her cleavage is showing and things of that sort.
Personally, I think it’s great.
Why should we have an image of a women with her hair tied up and flexing her muscles like she’s a man? (not that that isn’t great too!) In a way it suggests that when our hair is down, our breasts are visible and we wear (GASP) lipstick, we’re somehow lesser than men? We can do it! We can be feminine and successful.
You see what I’m saying here, ladies?
You don’t have to lose your femininity. Being feminine is great. Being masculine is great. Strength is not limited to one way of being.
Yes, thank you.
I never liked the one where she was all masculine, because that’s certainly not who I am. But it doesn’t mean I’m some weak being that can’t work hard.
“Okay, I have an idea for an update of the old Rosie the Riveter feminist icon.”
- “Oh? Sounds good, maybe a more inclusive series of pictures showing women with different body types and ethnici—”
“No, no, not like that. I was just thinking we could make her the same, just more feminine and pretty. Conventionally attractive white women are always getting shit on by the feminist movement.”
- “Uhm… wait—”
“Yup, okay, first let’s have her strong empowered facial expression changed to a sort of flirty, sultry gaze.”
- “But that’s—”
“Oh, and we definitely need to add some cleavage there too.”
“Okay, next lets forget the whole ‘strong arm’ thing and have her be fixing her hair.”
- “That is literally the opposite of—”
“Now let’s make her facial features more conventionally attractive and add some makeup!”
- “Wait… what the fuck? So basically it’s now JUST retro fashion pin-up of a white girl with an hourglass figure? Saying YES WE CAN… to fixing our hair and flirting?”
“Yeah, not ALL feminists hate bras and shaving, DUHHHHHH!!!!!!!! You should be a little more inclusive. Don’t discriminate against petite white cis girls!”
White kids are taught from childhood up that the worse thing you can be is a racist. But no one ever taught us what being “racist” meant. History books said that slavery was racist, but we don’t own slaves, so we never took credit for that. Teachers told us that Jim Crow laws were racist, but we shared our fountains with all the other kids, so we never took credit for that. Movies told us that segregation was racist, but we grew up in neighborhoods and went to school with with people of color, so we never took credit for it. We never took credit for racism, because we were told racism ended when Martin Luther King Jr had a dream, and Rosa Parks refused to stand up for a white man. From a white perspective, racism ended in the 60s. To many of us, racism is a “was” not an “is.”
But that’s not reality. Reality is that racism survives every day, and white people keep it alive. We keep it alive because no one ever bothers to shut up for a second and listen to what people of color say. We are so sure of ourselves that we are not racist that when someone calls us out for doing or saying or something racist, we cover our ears and close minds to the possibility that we might, in fact, be racist. To white people, being called a racist is worse than actually being racist.
Therefore, for the rest of our lives, we live in ignorant bliss of our privilege, doing shit that hurts other people, perpetuating harmful stereotypes, and creating dangerous and unsatisfying situations for people of color, all the while vehemently denying that we are racist because we know that being racist is wrong. We just don’t always know what being racist is, and oftentimes, don’t even care to learn.
Take a facet of crime, and then look at television shows/movies that feature those criminals as protagonists.
White serial killers.
White political corruption
White drug dealers
I mostly want to talk about this as a TV phenomenon, but pick a crime, any crime, and Western media has probably made a movie/TV series/play/etc. with a white person that romanticizes the criminal activity. No matter what, a white person can do whatever terrible crimes and still have a TV/movie fanbase that loves them.
When you see black or brown people committing crimes on screen, you are to see them thugs and criminal masterminds and people to be beat down.
When you see white people committing crimes on screen, you see a three-dimensional portrait of why someone might commit that crime, how criminals are people too, and how you should even love them for the crimes that they commit because they’re just providing for their families or they’ve wronged or they’re just people and not perfect. This is particularly a luxury given to white male characters, since there few white female criminals as protagonists.
If and of the above shows were about black or brown folks, there would be a backlash of (white) people claiming that TV and movies are romanticizing criminals and are treating them too much like heroes and that it will affect viewers and encourage violence and “thuggish” behavior. And yet fictional white criminals get to have a deep fanbase who loves these white criminals, receive accolades and awards, get called amazing television that portray the complexities of human nature. Viewers of these characters see past the atrocious crimes and into their humanity, a luxury that white characters always have while characters of color rarely do. The closest that mainstream TV has come to showing black criminals as main characters is probably The Wire, and even then, the criminals share equal screen time and equal status as main characters as the police trying to stop them.
The idea that crime can be so heavily romanticized and glorified to such a degree is undoubtedly a privilege given to white characters. The next time you hear someone talk about Dexter Morgan or Walter White in a positive way, it may be an opportunity to rethink how white people can always able to be seen as people no matter what they do, while everyone else can be boiled down to nothing but a criminal.
Pro-tip: white privilege doesn’t mean white people have perfect lives.
It means that white people do not have to deal with institutionalized, systemic racism in addition to their everyday problems. It means institutionalized, systemic racism does not cause white people’s everyday problems.
It means when white people go home and turn on their TVs after a long, hard day at work, they can rest assured knowing that they will not only be guaranteed to see people who look like them on the screen, but they will never have to actively search to find a positive depiction of people who look like them.
It means even when white people buy their groceries with food stamps, they don’t have to worry that they’ll be followed around the supermarket for “no reason.”
You think you have no white privilege because you’re poor? Think again. You think your white privilege disappears because you’re not a cisgendered heterosexual? Think again. You think your white privilege disappears because you’re disabled? Think again.
It means that all problems white people face are not exclusive to white people. People of color face those same problems, too. But in addition to any problem white people face, people of color must also bear the burden of dealing with an entire social, cultural, political, economic climate that works against us each and every single day.
And here’s the thing about the effect of racism on PoC’s everyday lives: it’s not like adding one more little thing. This isn’t simple math. Racism isn’t just a “minus 1” on our radar. It informs, guides, and shapes the way every other problem is handled.
Think about it. When white people are pulled over by the cops, their biggest fear is jail time. When black people are pulled over by the cops, our biggest fear is that they’ll kill us and we won’t even get 30 seconds on the 5:00 news.
White privilege is while at a predominately white school, learning about our school’s namesake as a benevolent Christian missionary who brought Christmas to the Maori people, when Samuel Marsden was actually a brutal racist who beat and killed the native people of New Zealand.
Ahhh this is exciting because this was submitted by my friend, and I went to the school in question (*shame*).
Reverse sexism does exist. It’s called Tumblr Feminism. What I see of “feminism” over here is vastly sexist towards men, and the general attitude about it seems to be “Misandry does not exist, sexism against men does not exist, men don’t have any right to complain or defend themselves against what we say because they have more privileges anyway.”
“Men are not the victims of sexism. It is impossible for a man to be the victim of sexism. Just like it’s impossible for a white person to be the victim of racism. Reverse sexism and reverse racism are words invented by white men to label anyone who questions their power and unconscious desire to crap all over minorities and women. Next we’re going to have “When is it International Men’s Day?” - the answer: every day. “When is it white history month?” - every month. Grow up. Your loss of entitlement doesn’t mean you’re the victim of sexism.”
Also, denying the existence of reverse sexism is a proof in itself that it exists, since it belittles the opinion of men, making it not worth any attention because it comesfrom men.
Stop. Please just stop with your bullshit. No, men can’t be the victim of sexism and white people can’t be the victim of racism.
Sexism and racism are whole constructs that effect entire societies and countries and manifest in everything literally everybody does. Just one small single incident does not sexism make.
I am a white woman. If I went up to a man and told him all his opinions were invalid because he has a dick it would not be sexism. It would just be one female asshole with a stupid opinion.
If THE ENTIRE FUCKING COUNTRY went to that man and told him all his opinions were invalid because he has a dick, told him from now on all decisions concerning his body, what he can and cannot do, how he should behave, how he should think and who he should be would be made for him – then yes, that would be sexism.
But it is not like that. Our whole collective conscious does not do that, does not limit men in the same way it does women, does not view them as things more than humans.
Of course some men are ridiculed for being “too girly” BUT DO YOU SEE THE PATTERN HERE?! Men wouldn’t be discriminated against for being too girly without sexism and the unspoken law that feminine is always less valuable than masculine.
And boofuckinghoo stop your wining for being white and the “victim” of racism because you are not. You (and me, because I am white, too) are being catered to in every possible way starting from birth until the day you die. Some black people being mean to you does not racism make. There isn’t a whole society telling you the colour of your skin makes you less human, less valuable, less beautiful, less intelligent than white people.
So please, people, just stop and think for a minute.
I do not hate men. I don’t think anything bad of men. I don’t even think they alone are responsible for sexism. No, it’s women like you who will be at the throat of other women at the drop of a hat and think poor poor men need women to stand up for them and women should be stoned for standing up for themselves who perpetuate sexism.
Reblogging for the additional commentary. Thank you to yeahnananda!
Existential Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is the best thing to ever happen to the internet.
“The spectacle…” one may be the most meta thing on the internet.
Fuck this bullshit. If this were a black person acting in this manner, aint no-one would have thought to juxtapose philosophy, not even BLACK philosophy with her expressions and sure as fuck it would not have been this popular and reported on the news. Instead it would be a goddamn joke and a meme and shit about the bringing down the race would be uttered. What happened to Antoine Dobson, huh? The rape of his sister got lost in ALLLLLL the laughing at his method of expressing himself that took place from both blacks and everyone else, especially white people. In fact white people PROFITED OF HIS DISTRESS AND HIS AFFECT. A bunch white kids made money off a song mocking his tirade against the rapist of his sister. He got marketed as a Halloween costume! And Antoine had to smartly get the money off it to move his family to a new neighbourhood and get on with his life. With everyone taking that as leave to go well see he’s profiting off it! With VERY FEW PEOPLE addressing the fact that HIS SISTER GOT RAPED or very nearly did! Nevermind talking about the classism inherent to the way we responded to the story. Hell check the headlines back in the day.
And this white child and her family’s performance of working class blackness are allowing them to laugh alllll the way to the bank, AND allows them being used as cultural critique on US society to hell. Cause its SAFE. Not radical. SAFE SAME OLD LETS WHITIFY SITUATIONS AND AVOID CHALLENGING RACIST SUPREMACY BULLSHIT.
this is why i’ve been side-eyeing this meme so hard
every time i don’t know what to say about something i don’t like and refuse to reblog someone comes out and does it for me
^Cosign the bold
Reblogging for commentary.