What happens when we decenter white people from the conversation about cultural appropriation?
Baby if you give it to me’ is an open dialog on inter-poc appropriation. We’ll be talking about cultural appropriation that happens among people of color (not white-on-poc appropriation), the differences between exchange and appropriation, and strategies for addressing all of this. The space will be facilitated, but largely open community members to shift and shape. We’re open to discussing party scenes, music, clothing, language, art, and whatever else strikes folks as relevant! Bring your friends and lovers and fam who are people of color xoxo.
Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7 pm - Audre Lorde Project: 147 W. 24th St, 3rd Floor in New York, NY.
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.
provewhiteprivilegeexists4once asked: 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.
I AM INDIGENOUS by Chad Charlie
I am indigenous.
I am the first people you see when you discover a new land.
I am the squatter who lived here before any of these new plans.
I am the savage who fought for the sake of my family.
I am the beast that you patriotically killed randomly.
I am the disease infested Injin that accepted your sickness filled blankets.
I am the unreligious devil who worshipped my god but represented satan.
I am the drunk laying on the corner, but yet I don’t drink.
I am the university studying lawyer, but yet I don’t think.
I am the worthless orphan left in foster care away from my culture.
Many of my people wanted to adopt me but I was fed to the vultures.
I am the residential school survivor that was stripped of my bogus traditions.
I am the chief of my people but yet, I belong in prison.
I am the mascot of your sports teams, And the names of your cities.
I am the non-existing parasite that you apologize to out of pity.
I am the one who taught you to harvest and to use natures medicine.
But I am also the one who has yet to come up with an invention.
My intentions were to kill you, rape your wives and enslave your children.
Only to assimilate you so you can become regular civilians.
I speak in my language that you recognize as dumb.
I am the crazy person because I don’t speak in tongue.
I am your spirit guide, I am open for prayer. But I am also available when you want to speak to a bear.
I am the old Indian ghost on whose grave you live.
I am the cartoon character that you portray to little kids.
I am your Apache helicopter and your Jeep Grand Cherokee.
And apparently I’m a float in your parade when you feel like staring at me.
I am an Indian giver, I take things back when I like.
I am your ironically cold-blooded indigenous stereotype
Like so many parts of American history, popular culture depicts transgender history as one in which white leaders paved the way for everyone.
But, as our community has to keep reminding people, it was trans women of color who led the Stonewall riot and set off the gay rights movement in this country.
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.
This woman is Caucasian. She is from Armenia.
This woman is not Caucasian. She is from Germany.
This woman is Caucasian. She is from Azerbaijan.
This woman is not Caucasian. She is from England.
This woman is Caucasian. She is from Georgia.
This woman is not Caucasian. She is from France.
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.
heistenberg asked: 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.
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!
- Janet Mock
- Yollada “Nok” Suanyot
- Harmony Santana
- Vladimir Luxuria
- Mariah Morena (Amanda “The Blood Thirsty Vixen”)
- Jin Xing
- Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy (Coccinelle)
- Dorce Gamalama
- Bamby Salcedo
- Angelica Ross
- Dana International
- Joan Roughgarden
- Karina Samala
- Michelle Dumaresq
- Megie Megawatie
- Justina Williams
- Lynn Conway
- Marsha P Johnson
- Sophie Wilson
- Julia Ehrt
- Kim Petras
- Dr. Marisa Richmond
- Laura Jane Grace
- Isis King
- Amanda Simpson
- Shuniyya Ruhama Habiiballah
- Andy Marra
- Dr Julia Serano
- Candis Cayne
- Tona Brown
- Nina Poon
- Jamie Clayton
- Marci L. Bowers
- Parinya Charoenphol
- Christine Beatty
- Ceyenne Doroshow
- Aya Kamikawa
- Kalki Subramaniam
- Raewyn Connell
- Kim Coco Iwamoto
- Audrey Tang
- Kate Craig-Wood
- Miss Major
- Ruby Jade Corado
- Ibu Mariyani
- Danielle Bunten Berry
- Chiya Fujino
- Rebecca Heineman
- Tamsyn Waterhouse
- Michelle Duff
- Maryam Molkara
- Micha Cárdenas
- Manabi Banerjee
- Christina Hayworth
- Jennell Jaquays
- Carmen Rupe
- Amaranta Gomez Regalado
- (Letitia Winter)Fey Presto
- Maddie Blaustein
- Valerie Spencer
- Sir Lady Java
- Audrey Mbugua
- Tanwarin Sukkhapisit
- Dionne Stallworth
- Cheryl-Courtney Evans
- Shigeyuki Kihara
- Tracie Jada O’Brien
- Trudie Jackson
- Sokari Ekine
- Dr. Vena Sele
- Crystal Johnson Kerinaiua “Crystal Love”
- Zoe Belle
- Alexandra Billings
- Baby Dee
- Harisu/Lee Kyung-eun
- Charlie Anders
- Nuntita Khampiranon/Bell Nunita
- Martine Rothblatt
- Khartini Slamah
- Tonette Lopez
- Kalina Isato
- Angie Xtravaganza
- Roz Kaveney
- Yuli Retoblaut “Mami Yulie”
- Andrea James
- Calpernia Addams
- Rachel Pollack
- Marcela Romero
- Belissa Andia
- Lydia Foy
- Silvia Martinez
- Christina Mavuma
- Natasha Jiménez
- Johana Ramirez
- Nisha Ayub
- Cecilia Chung
- Lorena Borjas
- Catiria Reyes “Lady Catiria”
- Anna Anthropy
- Caitlín Kiernan
- Monica Roberts
- Greer Lankton
- Carla Delgado Gómez “Carla Antonelli”
- Romy Haag
- Maki Yamazaki
- Jordana LeSesne “1.8.7”
- Lorrainne Sade Baskerville
- Earline Budd
- Mirha-Soliel Ross
- Morgan M. Page
- Ryka Aoki
- Roberta Angela Dee
- Christina Kahrl
- Mara Keisling
- Elizabeth Marie Rivera-Valentine
- Mesma S. Belsare
- Ja’briel Walthour
32 Powerful And Brutally Honest Tweets From #LifeOfAMuslimFeminist
The hashtag #lifeofamuslimfeminist began trending on Twitter Friday, and provided a “snippet of how badass, ruthless and honest, Muslim women” are.
Twitter user, @YxxngHippie, started the hashtag #lifeofamuslimfeminist to discuss the difficulties and complexities of being a Muslim feminist.Within hours, the hashtag #lifeofamuslimfeminist blew up on Twitter with several Muslim women contributing.Their personal and brutally honest tweets provided a compelling perspective on Muslim feminism.
completely floored by the awesomeness of these muslim feminists taking on the issues they face from within their islamic communities (sexism and respectability politics) and from the outside (islamophobia, paternalistic white feminism, etc)