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Beyonce will always be a polarizing figure in terms of race, gender, and sex. Is she in? Is she out? Does she critique? Does she reaffirm? It is really hard to pin Beyonce down as she straddles so many social positions. Her songs ARE feminist, but also patriarchal. She does represent Black beauty, but she also benefits heavily from light skin privilege. She definitely gives you a lot to think about and consider though. Destiny’s Child “Independent Women” is as feminist as The Feminine Mystique. Neither are perfect, but they do bring attention to sexism. When I was a sixth grader with a feminist consciousness but no word for it, no knowledge of ‘academic’ feminism, that song resonated. I think some people forget that feminism is a journey not a destination.

@Anti_Intellect

This is from a few of his tweets this afternoon, and he’s a great person to follow on Twitter. Brilliant. Daily.

Anyway, I answered the first part of his tweet by saying “She’s like Obama. They challenge and reaffirm patriarchy. Most Black people do. And then, some ONLY reaffirm, which sucks.”

He then went on to mention that she “fence straddles” which is a term I’ve used myself at home when discussing this with one of my sisters. I think many Black celebrities are somewhere in the middle, moving away and challenging certain damaging things and affirming others…figuring themselves out. (Of course some Black celebrities refuse to challenge anything, and some of their fans are the same way, so there’s that…)

I think there are many Black people, in general, who are aware of the damage caused by internalized White supremacist thinking, patriarchy, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, colourism and more, and challenge it in many ways, but affirm it in others. Feminism is a continuum. No one wakes up as bell hooks, including bell hooks. She was Gloria Watkins before too, figuring this feminism thing out. She herself writes in each subsequent book how she evolves.

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Stereotypes about black female criminality and irresponsibility legitimate the massive disruption that both systems inflict on black families and communities. A popular mythology promoted over centuries portrays black women as unfit to bear and raise children. The sexually licentious Jezebel, the family-demolishing Matriarch, the devious Welfare Queen, the depraved pregnant crack addict accompanied by her equally monstrous crack baby—all paint a picture of a dangerous motherhood that must be regulated and punished. Unmarried black women represent the ultimate irresponsible mothers—women who raises their children without the supervision of a man. These stereotypes do not simply percolate in some disembodied white psyche. They are reinforced and recreated by foster care and prison, which leave the impression that black women are naturally prone to commit crimes and abuse their children. Stereotypes of maternal irresponsibility created and enforced by the child welfare system’s disproportionate supervision of black children help to sustain mass incarceration, and stereotypes of black female criminality help to sustain foster care. As Angela Davis observes, the prison–industrial complex “relies on racialized assumptions of criminality—such as images of black welfare mothers reproducing criminal children—and on racist practices in arrest, conviction, and sentencing patterns.” The joint production of stereotypes in the child welfare and prison systems helps to explain why juvenile justice authorities send black delinquents to juvenile detention while referring white delinquents to informal alternatives for the same offenses. Many officials think that all black children come from female-headed households that are ill equipped to handle a troubled child simply because their mothers are not married. Because they perceive black single mothers as incapable of providing adequate supervision of their children, officials believe they are justified in placing these children under state control.

Dorothy E. Roberts, “Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers

This is just a tiny snippet of the conclusion, but if you have a chance to read the whole thing please do. The full text pdf is at the source.

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bookoisseur
I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say,” My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.” It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you “disagree” with your candidate on these issues.

Doug Wright, Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright (via bookoisseur)

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There are only two types of men who are upset that they need permission before they can have sex: rapists and potential rapists.

name-em-shame-em (via thisgingersnapsback)

People full stop.

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i will not ever stop reblogging this

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craneyum
You’re a fucking hypocrite. You want the internet to be free, but you don’t want the rest of us to be free on it. You want YOUR version of freedom. Well, guess what? Brutsch hasn’t been banned from the entire internet. He can still use the internet and be as shitty as he ever was. No one is stopping him. He hasn’t been silenced. You know what he’s getting? He’s getting the full free speech experience, not the distorted one you and your clown-ass compatriots have made up in your head. Free speech means that people get to speak back, to engage you, to confront you, to force you to defend your ideas, and to hold you accountable via discourse. You want to stifle a free press. Love it or hate it, Brutsch made himself a public figure and a figure in whom people had an interest. When the Amanda Todd story came to public awareness, there was even more interest in people who do things like sexually exploit and humiliate teens online. Women and girls who don’t show their breasts to people were also targets of people like Brutsch. We have an interest in knowing just who are these people who take upskirt photos of us when we’re going about our day. You want to cut off the right of people to have access to information via our free press. Why do you hate that aspect of free speech?Adrian did what people who do investigative journalism do: he investigated. He gave Brutsch a chance to defend himself, to tell his side of the story. George Orwell said it best: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is just public relations.” Guess what? We’re not going to let you whiners turn our free press into a PR campaign for the exploitation of others. You can champion it if you want, but other people have a right to hear the other side and express their opinion.

One paragraph of the truth-bombiest comment I’ve read in a long time (via thecranium)

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false-catalyst:

pandatier:

false-catalyst:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

cynicalapathy:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

bombandnormal:

truebluemeandyou:

“Every girl is expected to have caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama and doll tits.The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes. Everyone else is struggling.”- Tina Fey

YESSSSSSSS. THIS.

Tina fey sound dumb as hell cause she just pigeonholed all these WOC into what they should have.
She needs to sit down with her white ass
shit I don’t like.
nope

what’s with white women and Kim Kardashian? yet you won’t see them complaining about white beauty icons hell they even glorify bitches like marilyn monroe.  

CAN YOU PUT HOW EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE LIGHT SKIN TINA FEY
CAN YOU PUT THAT
WHITE HEFFA
CAN
U??

So I should be hairless since I’m asian. Nah, sit the fuck down please. Nobody likes your ass.

People she is not saying it is bad to be who you are but that society has created the virtually impossible for the ideal image of a woman. She is in fact empowering with this quote saying you can’t change how you were born (well, I mean shit tons of surgery and money but PSHAWWWW). She stands for ladies who don’t hold up to society’s standard and don’t let that bother them… I mean she rocks her self-image although many people would hate to see many of her features in who they like.

Sam no. Please shut the fuck up about shit you know nothing about. She IS the fucking beauty standard. The bitch is white, skinny, feminine. And she really did pigeonhole those people. Plus she slut shames and is against sex workers so she can miss me with that shit.

false-catalyst:

pandatier:

false-catalyst:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

cynicalapathy:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

bombandnormal:

truebluemeandyou:

“Every girl is expected to have caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama and doll tits.

The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes. Everyone else is struggling.”

- Tina Fey

YESSSSSSSS. THIS.

Tina fey sound dumb as hell cause she just pigeonholed all these WOC into what they should have.

She needs to sit down with her white ass

shit I don’t like.

nope

what’s with white women and Kim Kardashian? yet you won’t see them complaining about white beauty icons hell they even glorify bitches like marilyn monroe.  

CAN YOU PUT HOW EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE LIGHT SKIN TINA FEY

CAN YOU PUT THAT

WHITE HEFFA

CAN

U??

So I should be hairless since I’m asian. Nah, sit the fuck down please. Nobody likes your ass.

People she is not saying it is bad to be who you are but that society has created the virtually impossible for the ideal image of a woman. She is in fact empowering with this quote saying you can’t change how you were born (well, I mean shit tons of surgery and money but PSHAWWWW). She stands for ladies who don’t hold up to society’s standard and don’t let that bother them… I mean she rocks her self-image although many people would hate to see many of her features in who they like.

Sam no. Please shut the fuck up about shit you know nothing about. She IS the fucking beauty standard. The bitch is white, skinny, feminine. And she really did pigeonhole those people. Plus she slut shames and is against sex workers so she can miss me with that shit.

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The implicit message is that phenotypically, the dark-skinned body is defective, unattractive, undesirable, but sexually enticing and therefore, a social embarrassment.

Maritza Quinones Rivera (in ‘From Triguenita to AfroPuertoRican’)

LOL…Mad cuz fine ass Black Girls make their dicks hard. 

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daughterofzami
There was one girl in our school whose mother made her wear a clothespin on her nose to make it thin. There were quite a few girls who tried to bleach their skin white with bleaching cream and who got pimples instead. And, of course, we went to the beauty parlor and got our hair straightened. I couldn’t wait to go to the beauty parlor and get my hair all fried up. I wanted Shirley Temple curls just like Shirley Temple. I hated the smell of fried hair and having my ears burned, but we were taught that women had to make great sacrifices to be beautiful. And everybody knew you had to be crazy to walk the streets with nappy hair sticking out. And of course long hair was better than short hair. We all knew that.
We had been completely brainwashed and we didn’t even know it. We accepted white value systems and white standards of beauty and, at times, we accepted the white man’s view of ourselves. We had never been exposed to any other point of view or any other standard of beauty. From when I was a tot, I can remember black people saying, “Niggas aint shit.” “You know how lazy niggas are.” “Give a nigga an inch and he’ll take a mile.” Everybody knew what “niggas” like to do after they eat: sleep. Everybody knew that “niggas” couldn’t be on time; that’s why there was c.p.t. (colored people’s time). “Niggas don’t take care of nothing.” “Niggas don’t stick together.” The list could go on.

To varying degrees we accepted these statements as true. And, to varying degrees, we each made them true within ourselves because we believed them.

Assata Shakur

“but we were taught that women had to make great sacrifices to be beautiful…

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burnedshoes
burnedshoes:

© George Silk / Getty Images, 1962, Portrait of Kathy Flicker
Swimmer Kathy Flicker spits water in a swimming pool.
“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.” (Ovid)

burnedshoes:

© George Silk / Getty Images, 1962, Portrait of Kathy Flicker

Swimmer Kathy Flicker spits water in a swimming pool.

“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.” (Ovid)

NPR
A lot of the things that we think of as being quintessentially Southern manners — things like the expression ‘y’all come,’ or using ‘aunt’ or ‘uncle’ for nonrelations, or using a first name with an honorific, like ‘Mr.’ Neal or ‘Mr.’ Henry — a lot of that stuff came from household slaves. … Plantation owners very often would give the care of their children over to the household slaves, who had been high-ranking members of their tribes in Africa and who had a lot of deference and who passed on these really lovely habits onto the plantation owners’ kids.

‘Would It Kill You To Stop Doing That?’ Rethinks Rude : NPR (via athinkinganimal)

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