Sep
14
2014

How marginalized people are expected to act. Respectability politics in action, folks. 

How marginalized people are expected to act. Respectability politics in action, folks. 

Sep
8
2014

Can we all please stop sensationalizing transgender people…specifically, trans women? Phrases like, “used to be a man” are so overly simplistic and reinforce the notion that trans women are lying or being disingenuous. How about, “The Highest-Paid Female CEO in America is a Trans Woman….HOORAY!”
Your desire to sell magazines does not trump the safety and advocacy that trans women so desparately deserve. While this is a wonderful circumstance, it is hardly representative of the lives of most trans women in this country. When we attempt to celebrate a white, upper class, trans woman with unhealthy phrases like this, we will only find ourselves doing damage to the ones down here with the rest of the us. Or the ones we keep below us.   

Can we all please stop sensationalizing transgender people…specifically, trans women? Phrases like, “used to be a man” are so overly simplistic and reinforce the notion that trans women are lying or being disingenuous. How about, “The Highest-Paid Female CEO in America is a Trans Woman….HOORAY!”

Your desire to sell magazines does not trump the safety and advocacy that trans women so desparately deserve. While this is a wonderful circumstance, it is hardly representative of the lives of most trans women in this country. When we attempt to celebrate a white, upper class, trans woman with unhealthy phrases like this, we will only find ourselves doing damage to the ones down here with the rest of the us. Or the ones we keep below us.   

Aug
30
2014

Reblogged from thelesbianguide :

year-0f-the-kyle:

It never has.

This is a concept most of tumblr can’t wrap their head around.

So, wait….when do we get to the part where we tell white people to stop hating people of color, men to stop hating women, etc? Anyone who subscribes to this train of thought is a self-righteous bigot who can’t admit it. Don’t fucking tell me not to have negative feelings towards people who actively oppress me. Stop pretending like oppression isn’t a real experience. If we all took the amount of energy we spend policing the tone/feelings/expressions/REAL LIVED EXPERIENCES of oppressed and marginalized people, and directed it toward the people who made racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia necessary words….well, maybe I would hate other people less. Never call yourself an “ally” to anyone if you believe this shit.

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Aug
28
2014

Lesbian Pet Peeve:

When straight guys attempt to rope me into their commiseration regarding women.

DudeBro: I mean…it’s just like, bitches, right? You get it. *arm punch*

Me: I’m sorry. Your misogynistic attempt at bonding could not be completed as dialed. Please hang up and never talk to me again.

Aug
24
2014

Reblogged from untilwelearntofly :

Dear White People

untilwelearntofly:

so-so-gender-fly:

Consider this your daily reminder that “reverse racism” does not exist. What you interpret as “racism” in action: hurts your feelings, makes you grumpy, gets you butt-hurt. Actual racism in action gets you shot six times in the back by a cop.

While this thought is valid and very much appreciated, there is no such thing as “reverse racism”. A member of any race discriminating against someone of another race for the mere fact they are of that race is simply called racism. And it exists in every race against every other race. And being a white person I can admit that racism towards white people from other races is deserved for many many reasons.

That being said, fighting fire with fire solves nothing. It only causes the whole fucking world to burn.

My heart goes out to the peaceful protesters in Ferguson and any other place where these horrendous events are happening and my hope is that we as society recognize that there is a much bigger issue here and that we can work together to resolve it. Of course that’s not likely to be what happens but you know what they say.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Actually…could you just not with this? Seriously

The point of the original post: Reverse Racism…as in, shit white people claim happens against them as perpetrated by disenfranchised people of color…it is not a real thing. Ever.

What you just said: It is a real thing. 

Racism is an institutional process fueled by power. Our culture prioritizes white supremacy at the expense of people of color. People of color (in the USA, as well as other Westernized nations) as a population do not hold power over the white population. What you are actually referring to is prejudice. Prejudice is a universal experience and can be aimed at anyone by anyone. Prejudice, however, does not imply privilege. White people who engage with racism are prejudiced, but people of color who hold prejudices lack the power necessary to engage in racism. 

People of color, as a population, can not deny the white population work and/or education, spread harmful misinformation about us, sentence us to longer/harsher judicial punishments, aim to control our reproduction, or unjustly put our communities on lock down and control the media coverage surrounding it…to name a few examples. 

So, stop with the “A member of any race discriminating against someone of another race…” crap. It isn’t helpful or useful. Also, if I never had to hear/read “fighting fire with fire” in reference to oppressed people reacting to their oppression again, that’d be real kewl.

Aug
24
2014

Dear White People

Consider this your daily reminder that “reverse racism” does not exist. What you interpret as “racism” in action: hurts your feelings, makes you grumpy, gets you butt-hurt. Actual racism in action gets you shot six times in the back by a cop.

Aug
13
2014

Asked by Anonymous:

I think you are focusing too much on the safety nets, yes we have them, but the issue is the racist cops, that is the source of the problem.


Actually, I think I focused on it the right amount. The police are notorious for being unjust to other marginalized of people, regardless of race, so it is important to remember that if you are in that situation AND WHITE you stand a better chance of coming out the other side in a better place than people of color. Also, white people who have gone to jail fare much better once they are out than people of color (namely, Black and Latin@ people). On top of that, our backgrounds don’t haunt us when we are the victims of violence, as is the case in Michael Brown’s murder (and others—Renisha McBride, for example). All of these are examples of safety nets afforded to white people that I would have been remiss had I not mentioned.

Concerning the officer that murdered Michael Brown, and every other police officer or vigilante who has unjustly taken the life of an unarmed person of color…I got news for you: They don’t exist in a vacuum. They are active participants in a racist society built around white supremacy. Their actions cannot be looked at as isolated instances perpetrated by THAT ONE RACIST GUY. Our culture raised them up to become the people that made those choices. This is not to excuse them, though. Not at all. But they are pieces of a larger problem that is institutional racism. Just because every racist person hasn’t killed doesn’t mean that those that have should be looked at as singular criminals that don’t represent the power structures on which our nation operates. 

Aug
13
2014

‪#IfTheyGunnedMeDown‬ which picture would they use? Frankly, it doesn’t matter. As a person who reaps the benefits of white privilege I am allowed to learn to shoot a gun and be photographed with fire arms and suffer no repercussions against my character. And my story would be very different from Michael Brown’s. It would vastly differ the stories (if told) of the Black people killed every 28 hours at the hands of police force or vigilantes. My story could easily show both pictures and label me as a dog lover and personal safety enthusiast. Whatever my actions,it is likely I could be excused. 
Ultimately, I am nowhere near as likely to find myself at the wrong end of an officer’s gun as the marginalized people of color in this country. A big part of bringing an end to the unjust systems of racism that run this nation has GOT to be white people recognizing these privileges and safety nets. We have to realize that we live in a world that has offered no safety nets for the people of color we live with. We can fuck up and bounce back. We can walk safely down the street in a hoodie. We can simply pass by a cop without fear of getting shot. While the rich, white people who run the NRA are constantly lobbying for the gun rights of every man, woman, and child, UNARMED Black KIDS are being gunned down in the STREETS by the very people we expect to keep them safe. As a white person, I pledge to stand up for the rights and safety of people of color in this country. I pledge to never shy away from the hard conversations—the ones where white people really have to digest exactly how privileged we are, and the expense that privilege comes at. I pledge to call out racism when I see it. I pledge to never be complicit with the racial bigotry happening around me. I pledge to always work to detox my own self from the racist culture I have been saturated in since birth. And, in the words of Mia McKenzie, I pledge to PUSH BACK against my privilege. 
The rights/safety of people of color is not an issue that is theirs alone. It is the white community’s burden to take it upon ourselves and combat this shit when it happens.

‪#IfTheyGunnedMeDown which picture would they use? Frankly, it doesn’t matter. As a person who reaps the benefits of white privilege I am allowed to learn to shoot a gun and be photographed with fire arms and suffer no repercussions against my character. And my story would be very different from Michael Brown’s. It would vastly differ the stories (if told) of the Black people killed every 28 hours at the hands of police force or vigilantes. My story could easily show both pictures and label me as a dog lover and personal safety enthusiast. Whatever my actions,it is likely I could be excused. 

Ultimately, I am nowhere near as likely to find myself at the wrong end of an officer’s gun as the marginalized people of color in this country. A big part of bringing an end to the unjust systems of racism that run this nation has GOT to be white people recognizing these privileges and safety nets. We have to realize that we live in a world that has offered no safety nets for the people of color we live with. We can fuck up and bounce back. We can walk safely down the street in a hoodie. We can simply pass by a cop without fear of getting shot. While the rich, white people who run the NRA are constantly lobbying for the gun rights of every man, woman, and child, UNARMED Black KIDS are being gunned down in the STREETS by the very people we expect to keep them safe. 
As a white person, I pledge to stand up for the rights and safety of people of color in this country. I pledge to never shy away from the hard conversations—the ones where white people really have to digest exactly how privileged we are, and the expense that privilege comes at. I pledge to call out racism when I see it. I pledge to never be complicit with the racial bigotry happening around me. I pledge to always work to detox my own self from the racist culture I have been saturated in since birth. And, in the words of Mia McKenzie, I pledge to PUSH BACK against my privilege. 

The rights/safety of people of color is not an issue that is theirs alone. It is the white community’s burden to take it upon ourselves and combat this shit when it happens.

Aug
9
2014

Asked by Anonymous:

what is a "heteronormative woman"?


I’m sure this entry is problematic in some way or another…but this should essentially define the word for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteronormativity

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