If you're looking to read up more on ableist language, google "disabled feminists ableist word profile" and then words like idi*t, m*ron etc. They've done a great series that talks more in detail about the history of the terms, and so on.
If you're looking to read up more on ableist language, google "disabled feminists ableist word profile" and then words like idi*t, m*ron etc. They've done a great series that talks more in detail about the history of the terms, and so on.
I finally processed the information on the leads for the top 250 grossing films (I’m going to do 500 in all), and I have some really, really great facts:
Of the films, 209 starred a straight white man, or had a straight white male voice actor. This translates to 83.6% of all these films having a straight white male protagonist.
This left only 41 films with a protagonist who was a person of colour and/or woman (no films had a queer protagonist). This translated to 16.4% of all the films.
"So what? Straight white men are the majority group in America." a) no, the largest demographic group in America is actually technically straight white women, and b) not by 83.6% they fucking aren’t.
If we look at American demographics (America is where these films are being made and mostly marketed for, after all) we find that only 31.3% of people in the USA are straight white men, while 68.7% are not.
This means that 31.3% of the US population is recieving 83.6% of the representation, and the remaining 68.7% majority are squabbling over the remaining 16.4%. That’s unbelievably, amazingly shit.
BUT: The world isn’t split into straight white men and everyone else, so let’s break this down further. Of the 41 films left over for the rest of us:
10 starred a straight black man. (8 of these leads were played by Will Smith.), making up 2.5% of all the films.
26 starred a straight white woman, making up 10.4% of all the films.
2 films starred straight South Asian men, making up 0.8% of the films.
1 film starred an East Asian man and 1 starred a Middle Eastern man - 0.4% of the films each.
A grand total of ONE of the 250 highest grossing films of all time stars a woman of colour. Scraping in at number 242, and made in 1995, it’s Pocahontas; which is racist as fuck and demeans the memory of a real Native American woman. Fantastic. It’ll also probably have fallen out of the top 250 by the next year, while no other films with WoC leads seem likely to replace it.
This means that huge demographic groups are missing. 16.3% of people in the US identify as Latin@, and not a single film on this list has a Latin@ protagonist.
Roughly 10% of the US identifies as LGBT+. None of these films has a queer protagonist.
The reason that these films are so high grossing is because of the marketing they recieve. Studios are putting all of their money into films with straight white men, preventing casting of women and people of colour and just generally fucking people over; but this isn’t any necessary indication of what people are willing to see at all. It’s worth noting that the single most successful actor on that list is Will Smith. People are clearly willing to pay out money to watch Will Smith doing stuff, and studios are backing this and enabling more and more films of Will Smith (and his son) doing more and more stuff. His popularity shows fairly clearly that cinemagoers are definitely willing to watch (and probably actively demanding of, seeing as people of colour and white women are more likely to go to the cinema) men of colour in film, and the success of franchises such as Twilight and The Hunger Games shows audiences backing white women (women of colour have yet to be given a real chance). As such, we can definitively say that this is especially a problem with Hollywood, and withe the people making these films - a problem which obviously needs to change.
Tl; dr: Representation in Hollywood is really, really shit.
Straight white men are 31.3% of the population, 83.6% of the leads. Lucky bastards.
People of colour are 28.6% of the population, 6.4% of the leads (2.8% if you remove Will Smith, thanks Will.)
Women are 51% of the population, 10.8% of the leads.
There’s no intersection here. If you’re a woman of colour, a queer woman and/or queer person of colour, then you’re getting fuck all.
Just in case you had any doubt of just how little representation most of the population are getting.
EIGHT OF THE TEN FILMS STARRING A STRAIGHT BLACK MAN AS LEAD WERE PLAYED BY WILL SMITH
BUT YOO THIS ONE RELATES TO US AND CALLS US OUT YOOOO
The next person to compare racism to sociopathy on my dash gets a big unfollow.
Because I am tired of people thinking that “perceived as being unempathic” is the same thing as actually being unempathic.
I am tired of the lack of thought being put into the diagnostic criteria and how it impacts psych/patient dynamics.
I am tired of psychiatrists being seen as infallible and as knowing our own minds better than we do.
I am tired of diagnostic criteria that primarily rely upon another’s perception of your emotions or thought processes.
I am tired of the demonisation of people with non-neurotypical emotional responses.
I am tired of an uncritical approach to the concept of empathy.
I am tired of empathy being held up as what makes one a good person.
I am tired of being told that I am a bad person for not experiencing it or showing it in ways neurotypical people deem appropriate.
I am tired of this being “evidence” for why I am sub-human.
And I am tired of racists being let off too easily.
I am tired of racists being called sociopaths.
For them to be sociopaths, it would have to be widely recognised by society, and by their psychiatrists or other people in power, that their responses are not appropriate.
Socially learned or condoned sociopathy is an oxymoron that does not accurately portray any kind of mental illness, and perpetuates the dismissive stereotype that “everyone’s just a bit crazy”.
To call lack of empathy (or compassion) sociopathy lets white people off far too easily.
It implies that white people are not in power.
It implies that they did not shape the medical and psychiatric institutions to perpetuate racism and the kyriarchy in general.
It implies that the medical and psychiatric institutions (and those that participate in them in a position of power) are infallible.
And it overestimates the amount of power non-white people have in society, that they can label white people as sociopaths.
It implies that white people look uncompassionate or unempathic. Calling them sociopaths does not imply that they actually are these things.
I completely agree that much of the time, white people do not act with compassion towards non-white people. That much of the time they do not even view us as fully human compared to them.
But this is not sociopathy, and you should not compare it to sociopathy unless you are prepared to be critical of the power dynamics within the psychiatric institution, ideas of empathy, the idea that mental illness is by definition not the norm within its society, and that mentally ill people as a group do not hold power in a way that is comparable to Whiteness.
SO this is some cool stuff I found but is not even the tip of the iceberg. We have definitely had submissions where people discuss being on the intersection of ableism and racism, so yeah keep that up! But let’s stop with the slurs, k? Considering that ableism was/is used as a tool for racism I think we can understand, at least a little bit cause there is so much more, why this is messed up.
White privilege is somehow turning what seems to have been a tragic disaster into something all about you and your racism. White privilege is going on about the lost Malaysian Airlines plane that’s all over the news right now and saying that “of course security at the airport wasn’t tight” “because it’s a poor, backwards Asian country” and that “given the DEMOGRAPHICS of Malaysia security should have been much tighter!”
Malaysia, a country I am proud to be from, is definitely not “poor and backwards” by any standards, nor does being Asian somehow make a place that. In fact, ALL of the world’s poorest countries I can think of are actually like that as a direct result of colonialism. Read: not the fault of Asian/African/POC people, but white racists like Mr British Person Who Should Know Better But Should Also Really Shut Up If He Must Choose To Be So Ignorant.
It is also [incomprehensibly] offensive to imply with the word “demographics” that just because Malaysians are either Asian and/or mostly Muslim security should be tighter. The vast majority of Malaysians are not terrorists, and terrorist attacks have been committed all over the world, including with countries with very different “demographics” such as England.
White privilege is also whining, a few minutes later, about “oversensitive PC people” (read: those who call you out on your shit) and insisting loudly that “people from certain backgrounds are just more likely to be terrorists” in a pathetic attempt to speak over those from THAT VERY SAME BACKGROUND and somehow justify your [disgusting] racism.
White privilege is complaining when a black man is cast as a canonically white superhero, but when a canonically PoC character is whitewashed you defend it with reasons like “maybe the white actors who auditioned were simply more talented” and “ugh why do PoC have to make everything about race?!!”
White privilege is being able to follow your dreams of playing punk music without people telling you that “you’re black, you should like rap!” and that “someone like you can’t make it in a white music industry”. White privilege is speaking 4 different non-African languages without people telling you that “4 African languages don’t count” and playing 9 different instruments without people asking “if one of them is steel pan”.White privilege is being able to win awards for your achievements without people thinking you cheated your way to an academic excellence award and white privilege is being able to tell people that actually, no, you were born here, but you’re half Asian and half brown, and actually not black at all, without them saying that it’s all “basically the same thing”. White privilege is being able to be yourself and speak proper English without people telling you that “you’re trying to turn yourself white”. White privilege is being able to tell people you’re an atheist without them telling you that “all Filipinos like church!”
White privilege is being able to freely be yourself without being told that how you are is not how you should be.
White privilege is not having to questioned by a white female why I live in America if I choose to criticize it. If a white person were “hating” on flaws of the American system, he/she would be considered an outspoken activist rather than my being considered a hateful terrorist.
White privilege is being able to talk about how you were exactly like POC based on stereotypes and not have to worry about a single thing POC go through. It’s being able to assume someone else’s identity as black or asian just because you had fried chicken and kool aid for your picnic or studied for your exam while having ramen. White privilege is taking all the “nice” parts of being a POC without having to worry about microaggressions or danger that comes with having a different color skin.
Serious friggin' question, here: I understand that casual racism or whatever you call the passive-aggressive shit like that is probably infuriating. But every "privilege" page I've ever seen seems completely dedicated to mocking people who'd LIKE to be on your side, even if they don't know HOW to be on your side (which ever that side may be, in this case presumably non-whites). I don't give a crap if you don't like me or think this was rude, I am honestly curious as hell about this phenomenon
I think you’re referring to my mounting frustration of allies half assing their way to my (I only speak for myself) “good side”. There is no good side, no sucking up, just me. Lemme give you a rough, rough absolutely rough analogy.
I have a “friend” who cheated on school work all the way up to now. They took all my worked claimed it was their work and when I turn in my work I am charged with plagiarism, suspended, and mocked by my peers. Now, I’m not their friend anymore; I cut ties and call them out on their shit. The come back saying they’re sorry but they’re not sure why they’re sorry. So they ask me to explain why instead of checking their own ass thus making me do all the work, again. When I, with good cause, go off on them they cry and say they’re only trying to be on my “good side”.
I want everyone to note how niceand politeI was to this shitstain word vomit posing as an ask.
White Privilege is having cable and network TV channels that feature people that look like you living lives that mimic yours 24/7 being seen as basic cable, but channels that feature people that look like me are considered a “special package” with obscene fees. I love TVONE, Centric, Bounce, etc but i hate having to paying an extra 50 bucks a month just to have channels that feature Black movies, sitcoms, documentaries that I can relate to.
UpWorthy.com posted the trailer for the documentary “Young Lakota,” drawing attention to “bad-ass” women, including twin sisters fighting to reverse a cultural stigma on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of the Oglala Lakota Nation, who tried to establish a women’s clinic on the reservation that offered women the right to choose.
The film, which aired on PBS in winter 2013, covers the resulting impeachment of Fire Thunder and the effect it had on then-21-year-old twins Sunny and Serena Clifford, Oglala Lakota members.
Five years later, the young women were still rallying to make a difference for Native women in South Dakota and throughout Indian country. Sunny Clifford, a Pine Ridge Tribal park ranger, created a Change.org petition that sought to make Plan B available—and affordable—to all Native girls and women. Her efforts ultimately prompted the Indian Health Service to expand access to emergency contraception at all IHS facilities with pharmacies.
It's interesting how many racist tropes concern emotions: angry black woman; passionate latinos; unemotional East Asians... Translation: white people feel and display emotions the right way; the rest of us are uncivilized or robot-like.
My friend and I were looking at your blog and she got very offended saying "this is just meant to make white people feel guilty! it isn't my fault I'm white! etc." Correct me if I'm wrong, but what I took away from your blog is that you aren't trying to make white people feel guilty but rather trying to shed light on the fact that in our society, if you're white you automatically have more opportunities than someone who is not white. Why is this so often misconstrued as "white racism"?
Because white people think everything is about them. They feel guilty, which I really don’t find useful but expect from typical humans, and try to deflect blame (“my anscetors not me!”, “I didn’t choose to be born white!”). This blog isn’t about white people tho. It’s POC sharing their personal interactions with white privilege; it’s a very cathartic way of dealing with everything.
I’m not sure why white people think we are here to make them feel guilty? Like if you feel guilty it’s probably cause ya did something wrong (e.g casual racism) or you’re ashamed to be associated with such a hateful system. But you know….suck it up.
White privilege is not having to comfort your middle-school aged brother after he heard racist comments. White privilege is not having your little brother doubt his own self-worth because of stereotypes that racist kids spouted out. White privilege is not having to try to go up to the school’s dean because the school’s not doing anything to stop those racist comments.
KING CITY, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a California farming town were grappling Wednesday with the feeling that their trust has been violated after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with crimes including selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents.
Tuesday’s arrests, which also included a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police department launched in September when a visiting investigator — there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the community didn’t trust its police department.
By this week, authorities said they had enough evidence to arrest a total of six people linked to the department for a variety of crimes ranging from bribery to making criminal threats. They were all quickly released on bail.
"Ordinary citizens, again and again, told us they didn’t trust the police," said acting chief assistant Monterey County District Attorney Terry Spitz. "There are more investigations underway."
Tow shop owner Brian Miller; his brother, acting police chief Bruce Miller; and Sgt. Bobby Carillo were scheduled to be arraigned Monday on bribery charges after authorities said vehicles impounded from Hispanic immigrants were funneled to the tow yard then sold or given away.
I am actually astonished that that the bolded happened. Like, a visiting investigator pricked their ears up when they heard that the latino community didn’t trust the police… and they actually investigated?
White privilege is assuming I know nothing about my job because it has no “cultural interest” to me - ignoring my request to search their belongings because they don’t “fit the description” yes they actually do - being overly rude to me yet genuinely nice to white counter parts - asking what sport I didn’t make it in because I now work here - watching wives pulled closer incase I might use my black vampire magic to seduce them.
I've found your blog really helpful and eye opening. Thank you. I have a question. I'm wondering how you feel about dancing shows like So You Think You Can Dance. Sometimes they have styles like African jazz or Bollywood that are danced by dancers not from those cultures. However, the choreography and vision comes from someone who is from that culture. And I'm honestly not sure whether this would be an example of cultural appropriation or not.
I would consider it a form of appropriation since they’re outside the culture but taking things from the culture and using them to make themselves more wealthy, while the originators of those cultural artifacts aren’t privy to those benefits.
everyone reblogs stuff about racism and how it is bad but when it comes to the need to stop appropriating asian (probably most of the time japanese) culture, no one wants to do it and makes up like every excuse to keep naming themselves japanese names or identifying as an anime character or doing other shit that isn’t okay like not being a casual racist really doesn’t end where it’s convenient for you
If I am ten minutes late to class with Starbucks it would be a funny but benignly sexist joke if I was a white girl, but because I’m a Black girl then it means that I don’t take my education seriously and maybe do not deserve my academic scholarship.
If my grammar in a paper is not impeccable then it’s because I can’t speak “proper” English and maybe I should be in a remedial class and not an English major. If I am struggling in a class then instead of being directed towards a tutor, I will be encouraged to drop the course.
If I do not have a flawless transcript and academic record then I am unlikely to be encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, even while non-Black classmates who have the same transcript will be funneled into these programs.
To a non-Black person all of this might sound highly improbable or exaggerated. And yet, this is my life. And it’s the life of many other Black students at PWI’s.
And so it’s no wonder that many Black students at PWI’s learn to over-compensate by attempting to excel beyond their classmates. It is no coincidence that many Black students cannot relate to the hegemonic narrative of college in which students party and occasionally attend class all while largely being protected from the “real world.”
College is a microcosm of the real world for Black students who deal with the omnipresent threat of being viewed as not good enough. And even when we excel beyond our classmates, at the end of the day we will be followed by police and harassed and questioned about whether we’re even students.
The scrutiny encourages unhealthy coping mechanisms. Tokenism after all is cumulative of what occurs when white supremacy, perfectionism, and capitalist notions of individualism and the need to be productive all collide and pressure Black folks to forget they’re human like everybody else.
Today, hundreds of thousands of women go hungry, risk eviction, and pawn their possessions as they attempt to raise money for an abortion.
Some are never able to raise enough money and are forced to continue the pregnancy.
Repealing the “Hyde Amendment,” which forbids federal funding for abortion in the Medicaid program, could change all that. If we repeal the Hyde Amendment, a woman would be able to obtain an abortion regardless of her income. Medicaid would again cover abortion care like it does every other health care service a women needs. Congress also denies abortion coverage to military personnel and their families, women receiving care from Indian Health Services, and people on disability insurance.
Without the Hyde Amendment, many abortion funds would not be necessary. Please click through to sign the petition.
Why do you think you are intelligent enough to school people much more mentally equipped than you are? Telling white people that they don't understand "white privilege" because they are white is just a cop out for an idiotic theory that you can't possibly prove. I am sure you don't understand frail privilege due to being a punk ass little bitch that is afraid to say this nonsense in front of a white person's face. It is sad that idiots like you have any influence in this world.
where did we say that” they don’t understand “white privilege” because they are white is just a cop out ”? I want a link and screenshots. Look up critical race theory. Were you reading our latest post or did you just have a tantrum over a particular post? A lot of you have been doing this.
Also this is a really ableist and sexist ask. But since we’re playing this game the only one who is a “punk ass lil bitch” is you seeing that you don’t use your actual blog.
You guise if you disagree with us like this, save yourself the time and go cry on your pillows.
The work of countless black trans warriors have made significant impacts on equal rights and visibility throughout history. These pioneers forged ahead despite intersecting challenges and oppressions. Here are just five of the many black trans women whose influence has helped shape the transgender community as it is today.
Caucasians are from the Caucus region. Caucasian DOES NOT mean white. Calling all white people Caucasian is outdated, RACIST and rooted in debunked anthropological myths related to craniological superiority that have been debunked. While some Caucasian people may pass as white, not all Caucasian people can. Stop calling yourself Caucasian if you are not.
What I hate the most about gentrification is the message that it sends. It’s not until a neighborhood is going through gentrification (PoC out, White people in) that it is worthy of health food stores, better security, and other infrastructures that promotes living well.
I read through your blog, and I have two cents; I'm white, but I have only come across this "white privilege" thing on tumblr and I ask you this: why, as a white person, should I feel the need to accept a new term that just continuously attests to how horrid people are, white or not? Would it not be more prudent to instead promote just simple equality? Because when you alienate one 'race', the door of racism is left ajar for all. No one should be made to feel guilty for what their skin color is.
I love how people always throw quotes around terms they don’t like. Anyway, the fact that you haven’t heard about white privilege outside of tumblr, chances are that you live in a bubble where it it’s never challenged. The thing is, you can use your computer, phone, or tablet (whatever you’re using to instead come here and ask this bullcrap), to instead go on Google, Google scholar, Yahoo, or even Bing if that’s what you’re into, to read scholarly articles on the subject. There are studies, there are facts, it’s not just a tumblr thing. It’s life Stop. -Ellix
Hello followers! The month of September has drawn to a close, and while this means that womenwhokickass is back to our usual posts, we’re already busy working on the next theme! (If you ask us nicely, we may tell you!)
In any case, it was wonderful writing for you all this month, and I hope you all will stick around to see the kickass women I have lined up for you over the next few months! As always, our ask is open for suggestions, questions and feedback!
Until then, here’s a master-list of everyone we posted for September. Enjoy!
White privilege is not having your teachers in primary school believe that you never talk or speak to people because your asian, (obviously because asians have a hard time speaking English, apparently) even though that is the only language your parents speak to you in.
It is not having your teachers tell your parents not to teach/speak your language to you (mine being tagalog) because that is obviously the reason why I have speach difficulties. (even though they didn’t talk to me in that language anyway).
It is not being forced to go to ESL (English as a second language class) because your Asian, even though my first language is English and to this day my only language.
It is never having the real reasons for my inability/refusal to speak, properly addressed.
It is not having people assume that Asian= can’t speak English properly. Rather than the real reason, I was so terrified of authority I never spoke, because to speak was to disrespect the powers that be. Because in my home there was violence, and to speak would bring punishment.
It is not wondering perhaps the teacher would have questioned more at my silence, and as a result the outcome of those violent experiences might have been less isolating and less difficult.
As we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, it is important to take a moment to remember and honor the contributions of LGBT black figures who have shone throughout the course of our nation’s history.
These black LGBT icons, while often invisible or erased from the dominant queer narrative, have been at the heart of our struggle for rights and inclusion.
“When Black women try to establish themselves within the white world, there’s a cruel irony they often have to face. It’s okay if white people make use of Black English to spice up their phrases and seem “cool,” but if Black women want to be respected and taken seriously, they need to adhere carefully to Standard English in “white” settings. Although psycholinguists have established that Black English is a respectable and viable dialect, numerous women say that they are routinely diminished, discounted, or distrusted simply because of what they say and how they say it.”—Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Shifting (via ellesugars)
Recognizing the critical need for Queer Latina voices, we invite you to send us your poems, essays, stories, manifestos, love offerings, or rages against the machine. This anthology, to be published by Kórima Press, will be a queer Latina space…
White people to Latinxs:OMG, why are you speaking Spanish??? This is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If you want to live here you need to speak English! Stop trying to shove your culture onto us REAL Americans! Why don't you just go back to where you came from?
White people to Latinxs:OMG, you don't speak Spanish??? That's a travesty! I LOVE Spanish, I speak it whenever I can! Hola! Buenos Días! Gato! Spanish is such a benefit in today's job market! I can't believe your parents would do this to you, it's so selfish of them!