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)

 

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)

Anonymous asked
Hiya :) I really want to see dear white people but I'm white and I'm not sure if it could come off as offensive or anything?? Thank you :)

Oh my goddess I am so excited for this film!  I already made my roomie promise me that we will see it together in New York even though movie tix cost way too much in the city. 

I don’t think it would be offensive.  I can imagine that some white people may be uncomfortable in a room that is sure to be mostly PoC and seeing a movie that pokes fun at their privilege.  If you aren’t one of those people, good for you!  Go see it and let us know what you think. :)

~Dina

mdthwomp:

Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

Amherst Bulletin Police Report under “Suspicious Activity” for Friday April 25, 2014.  Amherst, Massachusettts, USA

Amherst Bulletin Police Report under “Suspicious Activity” for Friday April 25, 2014.  Amherst, Massachusettts, USA

Anonymous asked
I'm indian and I believe you definitely can be racist towards white people. I've seen a lot of my peers make racist comments and even threaten white people, just for being white, that is racism.

Yea but your belief doesn’t make it a truth.  Feel free to check out our Resources page if you are confused about how racism and white privilege work. 

(Remember the dictionary is written by the privileged to reflect their views and definitions are many years behind the times)

~Dina