Fighting privilege, prejudice and ignorance

“If you choose to do social justice work, you are going to screw up – a lot. Be prepared for that. And when you screw up, be prepared to listen to those who you hurt, apologize with honesty and integrity, work hard to be accountable to them, and make sure you act differently going forward.” (http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/?upw)

 

So let me get this straight…

miltonsong:

The Ferguson police department was forced to release an incident report with the freedom of information act by the ACLU.  When the ACLU gets the report it only has Michael Brown’s date of death and nothing about the incident and it was filed two days ago.

So that means that the Darren Wilson never filed an incident report on killing a young man and his superiors covered that up by approving and making up an incident report.

But he’s only on administrative leave?

Right.  America.

anxius:

flowwrpetal:

these ferguson posts are starting to get on my nerves

I’m sorry that it’s an inconvinience for you to be at home on a computer and have to see people facing police brutality and fighting for their rights

conniecann:

Last words of unarmed black youth gunned down by law enforcement. 

"There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either.”

from America is Not For Black People

if you live your whole life and then die without making a purposeful choice to become a white ally then American racism becomes your legacy.

from Becoming a White Ally to Black People in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown Murder

To them, ‘Asian’ is our defining characteristic, in a way that ‘white’ would never be used to define themselves. When the “Yellow Fever”ed men speak to me, they aren’t speaking to me, they’re speaking to their idea of an Asian woman, their fantasy made flesh. They’re speaking to every Asian woman they’ve ever seen in the media, every Asian porn actress they’ve ever leered at on their computer screens. My personality tries to push itself forward, but is rendered invisible, obscured by the lenses of racial stereotype.

theonlinefeminist:

Jokes about white people are in no way offensive. The only reason we think they are is because we’re not used to them; we have a history on being on the other side of the ‘joke’.

lacienegasmiled:

The side of Michael Jackson they don’t show you: his ACTUAL RACE.

On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to black publication JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music.

“That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”

fuckyeahifightlikeagirl:

samflow:

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing.

Read more here

Now HERE’S a good goddamn glimpse at breast cancer.  Fuck your “save second base” bullshit.  -C

I’m a really big fan of this because it removes the oversexualized “save the boobies” mentality from our thoughts and serves as a reminder that breast cancer IS a disease with real effects. People truly do suffer and making the primary campaign slogan for breast cancer something that serves to make women useful only so long as they are sexually gratifying men is extemely degrading and humiliating. 

- Leondré 

reverseracism:

himteckerjam:

banditblossom:

wazerwifles:

rickandmortyahundredtimes:

keeppartyvangoing:

rickandmortyahundredtimes:

you know what’s really gross about this is before she was just parodying social justice people
now she’s literally telling them that their identities don’t matter, or that people who are proud of their identities and seek others like themselves don’t have any personality.
go spill a bucket of pig shit on yourself and grow a bunch of mushrooms, you’re a three week old diaper. 

how is being a teenager a “tumblr identity”

being between the ages of 13 and 20 are made up dude it’s an invention of this society
open your eyes, become enlightened

YEAH IF YOU LIST YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, YOU’RE A FUCKING SJW

Are you seriously mad for people listing what their a fan of like”???
anti-sj people are pathetic.

this simple bitch just said being a PoC is made up!!!! HAHAHA
Angry white kids slay me. trying WAAAY too hard to get brownie points from /r/TumbleInAction at this point.
Of course said simple bitch is Plebcomics.

Wow, so expressing your interests in shows you like, claiming a political identity, relating to others through your sexuality or enjoying talking to people in your age range is building up a false sense of kinship and makes you an evul soceal juztic3 warr1or according to anti-sj. 
And they claim to be the bastion of logic and reason?

reverseracism:

himteckerjam:

banditblossom:

wazerwifles:

rickandmortyahundredtimes:

keeppartyvangoing:

rickandmortyahundredtimes:

you know what’s really gross about this is before she was just parodying social justice people

now she’s literally telling them that their identities don’t matter, or that people who are proud of their identities and seek others like themselves don’t have any personality.

go spill a bucket of pig shit on yourself and grow a bunch of mushrooms, you’re a three week old diaper. 

how is being a teenager a “tumblr identity”

being between the ages of 13 and 20 are made up dude it’s an invention of this society

open your eyes, become enlightened

YEAH IF YOU LIST YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, YOU’RE A FUCKING SJW

Are you seriously mad for people listing what their a fan of like”???

anti-sj people are pathetic.

this simple bitch just said being a PoC is made up!!!! HAHAHA

Angry white kids slay me. trying WAAAY too hard to get brownie points from /r/TumbleInAction at this point.

Of course said simple bitch is Plebcomics.

Wow, so expressing your interests in shows you like, claiming a political identity, relating to others through your sexuality or enjoying talking to people in your age range is building up a false sense of kinship and makes you an evul soceal juztic3 warr1or according to anti-sj. 

And they claim to be the bastion of logic and reason?

(Source: plebcomics)

absolutelyasianamerican:

Because I fear that many AsAms today are forgetting our history of solidarity with black lives and black power.  

We must not forget. 

Anonymous asked
I just discovered ur blog and ur truly amazing!! anyway today I encountered this motherfuckin cum stain who made a rape joke, I told him it's not a laughing matter but he told me I was just being a bitch, so i wanted to know if u have any good (1/2)

feminism5ever:

any good articles written about rape jokes? I remember I read one which had statistics and everything and how rapists think it’s ok to rape when they see men joking abt it constantly and such. I’m gonna print them on that motherfucker’s forehead (2/2

Ew that dude sounds gross and shitty. Here’s a pretty long answer with relevant information and resources.

A 1998 study by Lycoming College found that enjoyment of sexist humor was related to negative rape-related attitudes and the self-reported likelihood of committing rape.

A 2004 study by the Western Michigan University found that “disparagement humor is likely to increase tolerance of other instances of discrimination against the targeted group”. The study discovered that “men are more tolerant of a sexist event (e.g. sexual harassment) after they have been exposed to sexist humor”.

This same study proposed the Prejudiced Norm Theory. In essence, this theory has two prongs. One, disparagement humor makes light of the expression of prejudice towards the oppressed group and thereby communicates an implicit message that one need not consider discrimination against the targeted group in a serious or critical manner. Two, humorous communication activate a conversational rule of levity, whereby people switch from a serious mindset to a non-serious, humor one. This prevents the message from being received critically, and the recipient of the joke automatically accepts the norm implied by the joke. 

A 2007 study by the University of Kent found that “sexist humor (i.e. rape jokes and such) provides a local norm that is tolerant to prejudice and discrimination. This in turn leads to men, especially those in acquaintance rape situations, to report higher levels of rape proclivity and victim blame; lower levels of perceived seriousness of the rape and recommend shorter sentence lengths.” 

Above are the facts; now I will explain why rape jokes are harmful.

The reason rape jokes are so harmful is that they normalize and trivialize rape and often other forms of violence against women. The recipients of the joke are unlikely to critically analyze the joke as opposed to how they would react to a directly sexist statement, because they’re taught to dismiss jokes as “just a joke”. This also allows people to make rape jokes without culpability or accountability because, again, they can use the “just a joke” cop-out.

Rape jokes not only hurt potential rape victims, they also hurt rape survivors. Rape survivors already face skepticism and doubt when they talk about their assault, and rape jokes exacerbate this problem. Rape jokes victim blame and paint rape as okay and non-serious, hence making it hard for survivors to be taken seriously. Of course, then there also is the psychological harm done to survivors who hear a rape joke being casually made and their experiences invalidated. 

This is an article that further explains why rape jokes are bad, and here is another one.

At the end of the day, rape jokes are harmful because they perpetuate rape culture and increase the propensity to rape as well as hurt rape survivors. 

If you are okay with the word “breeder”

a-little-bi-furious:

…you probably don’t know how it is used or its history.

I know a lot of people think it just means straight people and it’s a harmless jab at the privileged but it is not.

It is a biphobic, cissexist, racist and generally awful term.

This comic explains why pretty well.

As you can see “breeders” was chanted at bisexuals during London Pride this year and this is not an isolated incident, this is a regular experience at Pride around the world for many bisexuals. It is not only equating them as straight people (since this insult is used against straight people too) but also hypersexualises them for being “good breeders”, there’s the biphobia.

As the comic demonstrates this is especially hard for people who for whatever reason cannot have children, having problems “breeding”, this includes people who have misscarried, people who have recovered from illnesses where their reproductive parts have had to be removed, trans people who have undergone gender ressignment surgery and intersex people. It is essentially stripping people down to their reproductive capabilities and genitals, there’s your cissexism.

The word also has a very racist history, during the slave era “breeder” was often used to refer to black women who were designated for breeding new slaves and even now “welfare breeder” is used as a derogatory term to refer to, primarily, black single mothers. When this word is aimed at poc, especially black and latina women, it brings up a reminder of racism and being stripped of their autonomy to become livestock, there’s your racism.

It can also be very misogynistic when it is aimed at women since reducing women to reproductive value in general is a core value of misogyny.

Seriously don’t use this word, it sucks, it hurts people, let it die.

If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.

Zora Neale Hurston (via noldarling)