Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards. —
—Mychal Denzel Smith, “White People Have to Give Up Racism” (via thenationmagazine)
A very good definition of privilege.
All the men in the world who feel entitled to women’s bodies, and feel entitled to have an opinion about those bodies, and sometimes even feel entitled to touch and hurt those bodies – they are the worst critics of women’s beauty. They are the ones who most often turn criticism into objectification, dehumanization and even violence.
We can all strive to be more confident and to value ourselves more, and clearly that is the intention of this Dove-inspired conversation around women’s self-image and beauty. But it’s not helpful for us to so dramatically overstate the role women play in a negative culture of judgement created and maintained largely by men. In a world where we are all constantly pummeled with images of the hypersexualized hyperfeminine thin female ideal, it is not so surprising that some women have distorted self-images.
So, women are not their own worst critics when it comes to beauty. And instead of saying they are over and over, let’s question the larger cultural environment in which we are all taught – regardless of gender – to value women first for their looks, and second for what they say or do. Let’s also not let those who objectify women, who harass women online and off, or who profit from industries exploiting the beauty ideal, off the hook.
If we really want women (and everyone else) to feel better about themselves then we should also be challenging these men and boys to take a second look at how they talk about women and women’s bodies – and the negative impact it is having on our world. — Imran Siddiquee, “Women Are Not Their Own Worst Beauty Critics” (via wretchedoftheearth)
Friendly reminder that heterophobia/misandry/reverse racism will never have the same power as its counterparts.
And if you are ignorant enough to believe it does then you completely erase and ignore the centuries of suffering, genocide, and prejudice oppressed groups had and are still dealing with.
Because hurt feelings (genuine or not) =/= institutionalized oppression
Angry Asian Girls United: she-hulk-smash: I love how the US told Filipinos that our diet is... -
I love how the US told Filipinos that our diet is “nutritionally deficient” and then threw cans of SPAM, vienna sausages, and cheese at us. Then, we were like “ugh fine, now that we have tons of this shit, we’re going to be resourceful with it because we do not waste food.”…
Seven Surprising Facts About Asian-American and Middle Eastern Boys -
-Racial profiling is a routine part of life for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander boys. In 2006 in Oakland, Calif., those of Samoan descent had the highest arrest rate of any racial or ethnic group, coming out to 140 arrests for every 1,000 Samoans in Oakland.
-Asian-American, Pacific Islander and AMEMSA youth are the most frequent targets of school bullying. More than half of Asian-American teens are bullied in school. At 54 percent, the rate far exceeds the rates reported by white teens (31 percent), Latino teens (34 percent) and black teens (38 pecent). And yet, youth rarely report the incidents of harassment, fearing retaliation or because they lack the linguistic capability to voice their needs.
-The rates of bullying are higher for turbaned boys. For South Asian boys who wear turbans, nearly three-quarters, or 74 percent, report facing some religious or racial bullying. It’s common for turbaned youth to be called terrorists.
-Asian-American LGBTQ youth in particular deal with homophobia, transphobia and racism in school. Nearly one-third of Asian-American LGBTQ youth reported dealing with harassment based on their race. And in a California report of LGBTQ youth, Asian-American youth reported the highest incidence of bullying of any group of students of color.
-More than 40 percent of Hmong youth live in poverty. Rates for other Southeast Asian youth are similarly high. Thirty-one percent of Cambodian youth live in poverty, compared to 27 percent of black youth and 26 percent of Latino youth. Almost half of Bangladeshis too (44 percent) are considered low-income, along with 31 percent of Pakistanis.
-Many Asian-Americans are undereducated. Among the broader U.S. population, 19 percent of people in the U.S. lack a high school degree or GED, but more than 40 percent of Cambodians, Laotians and Hmongs, do not have a high school degree.
-One in four Koreans in the U.S. is undocumented. And one in six Filipinos is undocumented. And between 2000 and 2009 the undocumented Asian Indian population grew 40 percent. The nation’s immigrant community is broad and multifaceted; these statistics attest to that.
I actually find NONE of these things surprising, because I’ve seen evidence of all of them for as long as I can remember.
Pinoy-Culture ~ A Filipino Cultural & History Blog: Be proud of your ethnicity. -
I just read someone’s statement about how they didn’t like their Filipino nose…
I’m proud of mine,
for it represents the remainder of our roots… small parts of what was not taken from us by the Spaniards.
Although my father’s mother is of Spanish and Irish descent, my…
YES. Most of my facial features (except for my nose, ironic given how the post begins) come from the Ilocano side of my family, and realizing all of the above was one of the things that helped me see the beauty in my own face.
when the only thing anti-feminist men can come up with as evidence of female privilege is that men are expected to open doors for women, when feminists have just been talking about rape stats
you kind of know immediately who’s right
if your feminism isn’t anti-racism it’s white supremacy
or white people