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17xinfinity:

Tonight on I Can’t Believe I Had To Write This PSA hey y’all people existing in a work of fiction is not “politically correct” and while I’d love to explain why your use of that phrase does not mean jack shit I’m just gonna save you some brain cells and tell you right now that

GAY

PEOPLE

EXIST

POC EXIST

WOMEN EXIST

Etc etc etc

Them existing in a work of fiction? Is a reflection of reality. You’re the one making their identities and existence a political statement and debate, which says more about you than it does about the work.

Facts are political stances now be careful before you state one guys 

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Nov 2

Are you an artist? Are you not a straight white guy? Would you like to talk creating, media representation, audience engagement, etc. on Twitter?

What’s your availability for next Sunday evening (8pm EST) and/or Monday afternoon (after noon EST)?

Tagging poc_creators because highly relevant.

Jan 9

(tw ableist slur) on spelling yr women’s with y’s (womyn)

quelola:

(tw ableist slur) on spelling yr women’s with y’s (womyn)

lips-richmond:

miswritten:

or, a-qwoc-checkin-that-turned-into-twitter-vomit-that-turned-into-a-tumblr-post.

written for all the women of color i love and hold dear to my heart. written for myself too. and in hopes that thing can change. in hopes of being heard. from love and with anger.

“radical” men who spell women as “womyn” but are as misogynistic as fuck… you can change your spelling all you want, but i still see your ass. (also, being queer doesn’t give you a free pass, as some of the most cruel and unchecked misogyny is allowed to run rampant in queer spaces.)

if you proclaim to be a “radical man” who loves and honors “womyn” of color, i ask, when you think womyn of color, who are you thinking of? what does she look like? sound like? how does she take up space? how does she show her joy, her pain, her indifference, her anger, her disdain, her fear, her resilience, her hesitation? (does she?) how does she challenge you? move you? care for you? care for herself? (does she?) how does she enunciate her words? how does she move? how does she get her points across? how does she fight? how does she make peace? how does she choose to leave her mark?

do your women of color only become “womyn” of color when they are LOUD and PRETTY and ASSERTIVE and STRAIGHT-LOOKING and SOARTICULATE and GORGEOUS and SEXY and KNOWSWHATSHEWANTS and DRESSESHELLAFLY and “REAL” and “STRONG”?

what happens when they aren’t any of those things?  do you listen? do you listen to the quiet ones? the ugly ones? the insecure and awkward ones? the fat ones? the crazyfuckingsensitive ones? the ones who don’t dress cute? the ones who won’t flirt? the ones who look like boys or not enough like girls or just fucking weird either way? the ones who are shy? timid? the ones who mumble or stutter? the ones who have neither academic nor “revolutionary” language to prove their smarts? the ones who doubt themselves? the ones who need to be given care too? the ones who seem overbearing with their concerns or seem overburdened by everyone else’s? the ones who don’t seem like they would have anything to teach you about strength or resilience?

do you ignore or refuse to listen to women of color if they can’t properly command your respect or attention? do you routinely CHECK OUT, GET DISTRACTED, TEXT YOUR FRIENDS, COME UP WITH EXCUSES, LEAVE THE SPACE, GET DEFENSIVE, FEEL FRUSTRATED, or TALK SHIT when they’re going on and on about some shit that you can’t be bothered to listen to because oh god i learned that already get over yourselves or here we go again or i just can’t stand listening to her or what is her point anyway or this is so damn boring hey I have a way better idea?

do you think these ugly basic bitches would do better to learn WOMYNHOOD from their stronger, prettier, louder, more fierce, more confident, more respectable sistas?

then FUCK YOU, you disgusting, misogynistic, ignorant ass pile of shit. don’t ever fucking tokenize “strong” WOC in order to PUT OTHER WOC DOWN. lol @ every ignorant ass woman-hating shitstain talking about “strong womyn,” quoting audre lorde cherrie moraga angela davis gloria anzaldua assata shakur yuri kochiyama as if they have actually learned anything from them!!!!!!!!!! what a fucking joke.

i see y’all, thinking you don’t need to respect WOC who don’t live up to your bullshit romanticized misogynistic standards for being “down” “radical” WOC. i see y’all, working hard at maintaining lazy excuses for why you can’t check yourselves (or be checked). i see you. all of you “womyn” lovers who are only into the heterolooking conventionallypretty confidentsounding—none of this goes unnoticed. and for the queer men reading this nodding along like you get it, THIS MEANS YOU TOO.

respect women of color. do not speak over women of color. do not try to compete with women of color for space/airtime. do not shut women of color down. do not assume that you know what a woman of color is about to say or do (and that you’re better than that). do not assume all your ideas are better and more well thought out than hers. do not interrupt her when she is speaking. do not suddenly begin a lengthy text message convo when it’s her turn to speak. do not tune out, get defensive, become hostile, derail, or otherwise fuck around with her. if you silence or alienate or trigger her and she doesn’t return to that space, do not tell yourself or anyone else that it is her fault. work as if it were YOURS (because there’s a damn good chance it probably was) — build trust, educate yourself, be humble. sit your ass down and listen. if you decide that that is way too much extra work because you’re busy doing real revolutionary shit, then good fucking luck, douchebag. (you do realize that our norms around who commands and deserves attention/respect come from racism and capitalism and antiqueerness, right? …right?) because i guarantee that it will come back to you and destroy your movements, your organizing, your relationships, and any revolution you could possibly dream of.

by the way, you can keep the damn y. we don’t need some revolutionary spelling shit to know who we are.

(missing the damn point of why that spelling was even created, too.)

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I was gonna bold all the parts that really spoke to me but then I realized it would have all been bold. So, read it all and take it in.

Also, as an aside, as a brown womanist, I associate “womyn” with feminism which I ain’t really down for so I’ve never really taken a liking to it being spelled that way. This just seems to validate even more for me why I don’t need to spell it that way.

Required reading!

Jan 5

Solidarity: a summary

liquornspice:

Black people when non-Black POC… take back Native American tag/protest shit/talk about being POC/do badass, awesome POC shit: “You guys are so awesome! Omg this is beautiful! YASSSS! This made my day!!!! How can we help?!?!?!”

non-Black POC when Black people exist/are mentioned/talked about(even in one-dimensional, racist ways): “Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh, can’t we just SHUT UP about Black people already????? This is oppressing me, the fact that people talk about Black people existing. At least my white friends talk about non-Black POC a lot and that is a step in the right direction!!!!!!!!!”

Let’s say, hypothetically, that racism towards white people is possible.

lebanesepoppyseed:

Let’s also operate on the idea that racism is oppressive based on historical and cultural contexts that show large-scale, hierarchical, bad/aggravated/deadly interactions between racial groups, since this gives said racism its power.

Given that, how is this alleged racism towards whites, however it manifests itself, harmful? Name instances that show oppressive interactions between white people and POC in which POC were causing white people harm on a large, systemic level.*

Name times when POC manipulated the culture that they were dominant of to be biased towards them, used their platform of power in said culture to espouse their inherent racial superiority and the inherent inferiority of white people. Name times when this manipulation became prevalent and reflective in everything-government, the sciences, the media, religion, the medical field, education, the work force, all aspects of culture. Name times when said bias was deadly to white folk.

Name a time when POC conquested, ruled, and dominated over most of the countries of the world, or if not, had a very strong influence in a country’s culture?

Name a time when the dominant culture of the world (like Western culture) was POC.

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..

Now, if we are operating on the idea that racism is any time you say something demeaning, derogatory, or generalize about another race with the point being to show your superiority over said race and to point out their inherent inferiority, POC STILL aren’t guilty of that. 

Yes, POC generalize-when we talk about racism and privilege and cultural things, for example. At it’s simplest, topical comments like “White people sure love casserole” or “Why don’t they take off their shoes when they enter the house?” while painting a broad brush, are hardly even rude, let alone are oppressive statements that mischaracterize white people, let alone have brought them wide-scale systemic harm. At its worse, our racialized language is that of a people turned bitter from being sick of being oppressed by another group that thinks themselves higher than us, or of wanting to destroy a dominant culture so it is NO LONGER TREADING ON OUR BACKS. Nowhere does our language include wanting to become the oppressors, but rather to stop being oppressed.

On the other hand, the racialized language of white people is that of a people who think themselves and their culture better or superior to others, who hear proof of said superiority reflected in their culture, or who see other cultures as exotic/strange/unpalatable/animalistic, etc. They also have the power and control to make that reflected in the cultures they inhabit and to cause mass harm and mischaracterization of POC. Many times they are fine with becoming or eager in being oppressors, since it is a means by which to control, subjugate, or even wipe out the peoples they think themselves above.

POC racial sentiments come from fear of erasure, of loss of identity and culture, more pain, oppression, and subjugation. White racial sentiments come from fear of loss of dominance and power, and thoughts of superiority and entitlement.

Because of this, POC racialized language is in no way, shape, or form on par in harm, voracity, or maliciousness with the kind of generalized racialized talk you hear from white people. These differences have to be taken into account and can’t merely be ignored in favor of reductionist, supremacist culture-favoring definitions of racism.

Another thing to note-negative racial generalizations come from simply existing in a negatively racialized culture. You internalize the shitty generalizations of the people the culture deems inferior. You don’t internalize any shitty generalizations of the dominant group, of course. Given that, there really isn’t such a thing as these mass dangerous & harmful generalizations POC have about white folk. Why would the supremacist culture inure us with negative generalizations about themselves?

*No, small or isolated instances of POC prejudice and affirmative action do not count. That includes the time that Latina girl called you a “gringo” or even people saying “Kill Whitey”. If anything, since those are types of reactions to or results of white supremacy, they are in fact the fruits of white racism’s labour.

**I’d also like to note in general that this whole piece is operating on the current definitions of privilege and oppression, of whiteness and POC. Yes, if you go back far enough in history, all humans have oppressed other humans and it doesn’t follow neatly under the POC or WHITE box, let alone any current discussions or dissections of racial interactions, at all. That doesn’t erase white privilege or white supremacy as we’ve seen in the past 600 or so years of human history or mean that POC in the current day can be oppressive because once a long time ago they were. Again, this is operating on current definitions & current ways in which people are racialized and what privilege or powers they do or don’t have based on history and current manifestations of culture and racial attitudes.

itsyourhomegirl:

being the “99%” in my gap hoodie. loljknot.
i saw a homeless woman walking around with no shoes in Center City. i changed my shoes 3x today. but clearly we’re the same class, cause we’re both the “99%.” or at least that’s what i’ve been told…or what people want me to say and believe.
let’s be real here; the whole 99/1 index is used as a marketing technique to be all inclusive and single out the “enemy,” the “corporations.”
what about the people that have multimillion dollar homes, multiple vacation homes, multiple vehicles, multiple degrees, multiple assets, but still don’t control corporations?  in other words: what about the petite bourgeois ? are they not the “enemy” as well? do they not support, enable, and encourage an unfair American capitalistic society that so many people suddenly want to address?
furthermore, the cries (for lack of a better word at 2 am) of the “99%” are NOT, i repeat, are NOT, any different (or more serious)  than issues that have been plaguing communities of color since the foundation of the United States.
i need to know why people want to “occupy” when the economy is no longer hunkydory, but the American economic structure has never been favorable for people of color or dirt poor white folk. WHY ARE YOU OCCUPYING NOW?
i also can’t find myself being in any agreement with a phenomenon that includes police (people are also overjoyed by the police being apart of the “99%” and them showing support for the Occupy phenomenon). i’ve never had any positive interactions with a police officer. i can’t forget police brutality, scandal, abuse, and harassment. i can’t get down with the 99%. but i can’t ignore this Occupy phenomenon either. i guess i’ll just have to keep talkin to folks and keep being critical, skeptical, and cynical about all of this.
i’ll upload videos soon. like tomorrow maybe. but in the meantime can someone provide me with some thoughtful explanations? please?
let me add this, i went by last night and you had circles of white kids playing drums while people who are  homeless were trying to sleep!! what the hell? you got people trying to sleep and you wanna have musical circles, playing flutes and shit.  hot mess! 

itsyourhomegirl:

being the “99%” in my gap hoodie. loljknot.

i saw a homeless woman walking around with no shoes in Center City. i changed my shoes 3x today. but clearly we’re the same class, cause we’re both the “99%.” or at least that’s what i’ve been told…or what people want me to say and believe.

let’s be real here; the whole 99/1 index is used as a marketing technique to be all inclusive and single out the “enemy,” the “corporations.”

what about the people that have multimillion dollar homes, multiple vacation homes, multiple vehicles, multiple degrees, multiple assets, but still don’t control corporations?  in other words: what about the petite bourgeois ? are they not the “enemy” as well? do they not support, enable, and encourage an unfair American capitalistic society that so many people suddenly want to address?

furthermore, the cries (for lack of a better word at 2 am) of the “99%” are NOT, i repeat, are NOT, any different (or more serious)  than issues that have been plaguing communities of color since the foundation of the United States.

i need to know why people want to “occupy” when the economy is no longer hunkydory, but the American economic structure has never been favorable for people of color or dirt poor white folk. WHY ARE YOU OCCUPYING NOW?

i also can’t find myself being in any agreement with a phenomenon that includes police (people are also overjoyed by the police being apart of the “99%” and them showing support for the Occupy phenomenon). i’ve never had any positive interactions with a police officer. i can’t forget police brutality, scandal, abuse, and harassment. i can’t get down with the 99%. but i can’t ignore this Occupy phenomenon either. i guess i’ll just have to keep talkin to folks and keep being critical, skeptical, and cynical about all of this.

i’ll upload videos soon. like tomorrow maybe. but in the meantime can someone provide me with some thoughtful explanations? please?

let me add this, i went by last night and you had circles of white kids playing drums while people who are  homeless were trying to sleep!! what the hell? you got people trying to sleep and you wanna have musical circles, playing flutes and shit.  hot mess! 

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A FANTASY:

madamethursday:

missturdle:

How exciting! Fantasy is so fun! You can do anything you want to your universe, because it’s fantasy - which is really great, because you’ve always wanted cats to talk and everyone else to share your distaste of squash. Plus you could have magic! Or not, you know, low-fantasy works too. Maybe it will be another Epic/High fantasy, and surely you’ve got a trilogy in the works, or perhaps you’re writing steam punk…anything your heart desires! This is so fun!

What’s that you say? You say you have a hero in mind? Wonderful! Your hero is a strapping young farmboy? Yes? Well, okay. It’s been done before, but I trust you. He’s an orphan, you say? And the Chosen one? Oh, well alright. (Hey you steampunk novelist. Don’t walk away. I noticed you were writing about a young boy who wants to be an airship mechanic. It’s okay, just keep following along.) There’s a great big evil he must defeat in order to save his town, village, country, or the world? Well yes, there does need to be some antagonism in this story, so I’ll let that go, and of course your big evil needs monster or henchmen or something, and yes, this kid really does need a wiser, more experienced person to hel-he’s a man too?

Well you know it wasn’t uncommon for older men and younger male warriors in training to carry on relationships in certain societ- hmm? Oh they’re not gay? Are you sure?

I suppose. If you really feel that way. I just thought it would be interesting and realistic is all, but let’s get back to your story. So he needs a mentor, because he’s only a farmboy, and this older man actually knows what’s going on, but he can’t explain because…well you can think of why later.

What’s that? Oh! There’s a girl character? Lovely! What’s she like? I’m sure the hero here needs a friend, perhaps, or maybe a sister, or another advisor, and maybe just maybe- oh.

She’s the love interest?

Are you sure?

She’s particularly beautiful. Sweet, giving, and has been eying the hero now that he’s gone through some warrior training, and of course she’s graceful. (Is she an elf?) Oh, you gave her a sword. Well that’s a relief, those monsters/henchmen we tossed out into your world are crawling all over the place and so it’s a good thing to keep- she can’t wield it, can she?

No, no, you gave her a broadsword. Her fingers are soft and smooth like silk, you just described this two pages ago. A swords woman has callouses. And even if you lie about that, or gloss over it, you just gave a petite blonde a broadsword. (Do you know what a broadsword is? Have you ever tried lifting one, and then swinging it around for a half hour? Nevermind, don’t do that. You’ll hurt yourself trying.) She just lost the fight. So the hero could save her.

Let’s do this over again.

Particularly beautiful, blahblahblah, no broadsword. Okay. Good. She can’t fight? Well no, she couldn’t fight, she was trying to wield a broadsword on foot. That’s just not practical. What, you mean she really cannot fight? Well that seems stupid, she needs to do something-embroidery?

She’s going to embroider things? And do what, make the perfect cross stitch?

It’s because she’s a woman?

She’s a woman so she can’t fight, but she likes to embroider-

STOP. STOP STOP STOP STOP!

We’ve gone too far! This is absurd. She lives in a world where danger is at every turn, and the worst she can do is bat her eyelashes and faint? Nevermind her craftiness, it’s not like she gets to use it to stitch wounds on the battlefield.

What do you mean it’s realistic?

This isn’t realistic! How is she alive when you’ve painted a big red target on her back that says “Beautiful noble thing the hero cares about - steal me, I’m helpless to stopping you!”? Well but she’s a woman, and women were supposed to be cooking and cleaning and having children in this time. What time? Whatever do you mean, dear novelist? It’s unrealistic to have her be powerful, she’s a girl!

But this is a fantasy novel! There’s no such thing as having to stick to one time period, and remember, we were so excited to do whatever we wanted to in the world because of this being a fantasy novel and all! But this is like Europe! It was a misogynistic society! There was patriarchy! I am trying to be accurate in my portrayals!

THIS IS “EUROPE” WITH MAGIC AND THE UNDEAD. OR STEAMSHIPS. AND FIRE BREATHING CREATURES. THERE ARE DARK FORCES INVOLVED. THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE ACCURATE.

Fine, you know what? You want accuracy. That’s cool. It’s okay to base your world off of stuff in the real world. So that’s why she can’t fight! Why are you arguing with me on this?

Well because maybe it’s why she can’t fight! But maybe it’s not. Let’s just FORGET Europe.  Look at Japan - women in Samurai families could train with weapons in order to defend their homes! that was a patriarchal society, and they still trained those women to fight. Or how about Mongolia? Not only were women in charge of the supplies, home tents, and animals, but they could choose to marry and were supposed to initiate sex. And they could fight or be a battle strategist too! And hey, Genghis Khan actually made selling, kidnapping, and raping women illegal under his rule! Maybe we can avoid implying that all brown people have mandatory rape festivals!

Get this, she doesn’t even have to fight to be powerful! Crazy, huh? A woman wrote the first modern novel, remember? Maybe she’s a novelist, and wrote the equivalent of the Tales of Genji. Maybe she’s a diplomat, some of the Mongolian women acted like that. Or maybe she’s an adviser - a political adviser. Maybe she’s the Queen! She’s not the Queen? Well, maybe she’s running the show behind the scenes. Or she’s a spy. 

Want to hear something even crazier? Not all societies function/ed under the western notion of what equality should be! Sometimes being the woman of the house means a whole hell of a lot because you run the place where people eat, sleep, and live. And the men have a totally different separate function in society that is not greater or lesser in standing. You remember seeing all those reblogs on why its not okay for white girls to run around in Native American war bonnets, right? They’re worn by men who have earned that right in battle, and women generally don’t wear them. They had their own regalia. A lot of non-western/white cultures don’t have the same norms, traditions, domains split between men and women but that doesn’t make it misogynistic or even unequal. Try looking up stuff like dual-sex/dual-gendered systems, female husbands, and matriarchies and patriarchies existing in the same culture or society. Not all cultures function the same way white Europeans do! Remember that when world building.

So your girl could totally be in charge of the household and not be a simpering helpless blonde. That household may put her equal to her husband or the hero who goes out and fights without a domain.

Remember that hero we had at the beginning? He’s now without supplies, transportation, food, a place to live, or any money or support. All he has are weapons. Because the women of your world are in control of the households. Men are warriors. Whoops. He’s not going to get very far without supplies. Now he has to learn to deal in this society by protecting the female domains who keep him supplied and clothed. Maybe he has to take up quests in order to afford the way to defeating the bad guy.

What’s that?

You want to write women who do stuff besides have babies? Awesome.

You still want her to be good at embroidery?

Fine by me. Just fine by me.

What do you do with that farm boy now? Don’t ask me, I don’t have the damnedest idea.

I have so many feelings about this is and ALL OF THEM AGREEMENT AND LOVE. oh my god, CO-SIGNING THIS SO HARD. 

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Sep 7

just going to put this out there

wundy:

Dear People Who Are Not Queer or POC,

If the terms “queer” or “person of color” make you uncomfortable?

Good.

Be uncomfortable.

Because it’s not about you and you don’t get in say in the words marginalized groups choose to use for themselves.

That’s not a conversation for you to have.

Sep 1

The Tender Gravity of Kindness: Qualities of a White Anti-Racist Ally

classycoochie:

I attended a workshop last week on Race and Disability. It was great to be in a room with other POC with disabilities and having an open dialogue about our experiences. I was able to snatch the below info that was a handout given to the white allies in a separate room…

(Source: quelola)

Intersectionality in Black Feminist Thought

notime4yourshit:

Black feminist thought has been a powerful means of social change and is a unique approach to social justice. One of it’s greatest strengths is found in the concept of intersectionality and is often used in Patricia Collin’s work, Black Feminist Thought. Its strengths consists in attempting to find the ways in which various forms of oppression work together to contribute to differential experiences for various groups and individuals. It has been a particularly powerful critique for movements, such as early feminism, that have focused on one oppressed identity as a means for unification and ignored other forms of oppression. It has challenged those movements on the basis that the experiences of the group are not all identical due to differences in race, class, gender, sexuality and any other number of categories of privilege and oppression. However, these various categories are innumerable and this presents serious problems for movements that attempt to incorporate the concept of intersectionality.