masteradept

Adoption is a White privilege.

magicalorphanboy:

In 1904, a group of forty New York orphans were sent to live with Catholic families in Arizona. However, the Catholics turned out to be Mexicans and the local Anglos were so outraged at this race boundary transgression that they instigated a mass abduction of the children.

Through this direct action, trans-racial adoption as a white privilege was resolutely reinforced. This privilege continues in the contemporary era. One can only imagine the reactions if white European children were to be sent to Latin American or African countries for international adoption.

In the pre-Civil Rights United States, a handful of states even went so far as to legislate against interracial adoption or even fostering of white children by non-whites, and in the late 1990s a widely publicized controversy erupted, when a black woman in Detroit wanted to adopt a white girl.

- Tobias Hübinette, Between European Colonial Trafficking, American Empire-Building and Nordic Social Engineering: Rethinking International Adoption From a Postcolonial and Feminist Perspective

Oh my god…

So it’s ok for white parents to collect light-skinned Latin@s like they’re Pokemon…but arjhgjhhj

falsecatalyst

When you use the word “womyn”, you insult women.

cunt-baby:

Etymology lesson!

Once upon a time (back in the days of Old English) male humans were called weremen and female humans were called wifmen. Wereman meant “man” (this is still seen today in words like “werewolf”, which of course means “wolf man”) and wifman meant “wife of man”. The -man suffix relates to human.

Over time, the were part of wereman was dropped and men simply became men, while wifman evolved into the word woman. 

When you change the word “woman” to “womyn” you are taking the part that relates to being human and removing it because you arbitrarily don’t like it seeming like “man”, while keeping the part that devalues women to simply being wives.

Learn the history of words before deciding what is and is not dehumanizing.

susurrations

On White Woman’s Tears & Black Woman’s Anger

susurrations:

karnythia:

I know people will claim that labels like White Woman’s Tears are misogynistic or whatever, but there is a phenomenon that is unique to middle class white women in discussions of race, wherein the moment the conversation gets hard they make it all about them, their feelings, and their tears. And it is so Scarlett O’Hara of them to expect Mammy to drop everything and dry the eyes of weepy white women.They will shed these tears & detail their hurts & then look at the faces of the POC around them expectantly. Because of course we are supposed to feel sympathy, empathy, something like kindness and compassion for them.

And in the beginning? We do. We hug it out & think we are talking it out. But after a while…after a while we notice that the conversation is always about their pain. Never about how we’re hurt. We see that our tears go unnoticed or even unshed because there is no safe place for us to cry them. And we get tired of drying the eyes of white women who claim to care & be so hurt & so sorry, but who never do anything about the pain that they are inflicting on us. So we stop rushing to dry their eyes, and our faces go flat, and we refuse to play the same games anymore. But they don’t stop crying.

No, they cry harder and more often. They are shocked & appalled when they discover Mammy isn’t real & the black woman they’re crying to, doesn’t give a fuck about their tears. And then the conversation is all about how mean we are to them. Never mind the part where they just disrupted an entire conversation (or series of conversations) to center it on their needs because they couldn’t do the work of confronting reality. We’re supposed to make their feelings a priority, and they can’t even see how racist that expectation is, much less how harmful their behavior is to everyone around them. So, they get mad or defensive, and they play the martyr. Newsflash, you’re not a victim. You’re an asshole & your willingness to wield tears as a weapon is just a symptom of the problem.

To add on to that, and certainly not to derail: Is there such a thing as “Asian Woman’s Tears”? I’ve noticed that Asian Americans seem as if we don’t have much say in the dialogue surrounding racism in the US, which is partly because of how we’re supposed to be the model minority and keep quiet while working hard. This is addressed in Pat K. Chew’s article, titled “Asian Americans: The ‘Reticent’ Minority and Their Paradoxes,” which I reblogged here. I think it’s both interesting and necessary to discuss whether “Asian Woman’s Tears” exists, and if it does or doesn’t, the reasons behind it.

I have not experienced anything that I would categorize as Asian Woman’s tears from Asian women who ID as Asian POC. On the other hand I have experienced something like it from Asian women who do not ID as POC. Which sounds overly complicated, but I am thinking of a specific situation at the moment & I know micro does not equal macro in terms of experience. Hmm, followers what do you think?

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moonsdaughter:


tw: rape

nbcnews:


Elaine Riddick was 13 years old when she got pregnant after being raped by a neighbor in Winfall, N.C., in 1967.  The state ordered that immediately after giving birth, she should be sterilized.  Doctors cut and tied off her fallopian tubes.
Riddick was never told what was happening.  “Got to the hospital and they put me in a room and that’s all I remember, that’s all I remember,” she said.  “When I woke up, I woke up with bandages on my stomach.” 
Her records reveal that a five-person state eugenics board in Raleigh had approved a recommendation that she be sterilized. North Carolina was one of 31 states to have a government run eugenics program.  By the 1960s, tens of thousands of Americans were sterilized as a result of these programs.

To read more about this story, click here. Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s full broadcast report, ‘State of Shame’, airs Monday, November 7, at 10pm/9c on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

moonsdaughter:

tw: rape

nbcnews:

Elaine Riddick was 13 years old when she got pregnant after being raped by a neighbor in Winfall, N.C., in 1967.  The state ordered that immediately after giving birth, she should be sterilized.  Doctors cut and tied off her fallopian tubes.

Riddick was never told what was happening.  “Got to the hospital and they put me in a room and that’s all I remember, that’s all I remember,” she said.  “When I woke up, I woke up with bandages on my stomach.” 

Her records reveal that a five-person state eugenics board in Raleigh had approved a recommendation that she be sterilized. North Carolina was one of 31 states to have a government run eugenics program.  By the 1960s, tens of thousands of Americans were sterilized as a result of these programs.

To read more about this story, click here. Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s full broadcast report, ‘State of Shame’, airs Monday, November 7, at 10pm/9c on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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moonsdaughter:

evewithanapple:

rambomcclane:

anempiregame:

aaronburrlesque:

rambomcclane:

Keira Knightley is a fucking tool.

Fassy can spank me anytime.

um

i hate to be a fandom buzzkill

like, i adore fassy. but keira has every right to not want to be touched in a pretty damn sexual way by someone. just because he’s attractive doesn’t mean she’s obligated to have him actually spank her when pretending would do just as well for the purposes of the film.

consent is still key, even if it’s your celebrity crush.

And I suppose because she didn’t have actual intercourse with James McAvoy in Atonement it would equally make her a tool…. This is ridiculous. I’m on her side, no matter whom is dishing out the sexual activity. You go, fabulous woman! 

Wow, ok. Wasn’t expecting all this hating.

My comment to Keira Knightley being a tool was not really in response to her request but rather her attitude about the scene. Making death threats isn’t exactly professional.

Totally agree with aaronburlesque.

Neither is threatening someone when they’re tied to a bed. I’m not discounting the fact that saying “I’ll kill you” isn’t cool, but there is a difference between an idle threat and specifically referring to someone’s position to cow them- which is what Fassbender did.

This is the same Michael Fassbender who was brought up on domestic assault charges. 

Yeah, he doesn’t need to touch me either. 

Did she think she was allowed to set boundaries? Silly woman. After all it’s not like he could have said or done something to make her uncomfortable what his history of being such a gentleman…oh wait.

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Odinfail: Like the Odinsleep, but less convenient.

moonsdaughter:

madamethursday:

ktempest:

roxanneritchi:

nimself:

“When I‘m king, I’ll hunt the monsters down *demonstrates* and kill them all. Just like you did, father.”

When one of your sons is secretly a frost giant and your other son says this, the proper response is: “They’re not monsters, Thor, nor do they all deserve to be killed.” and to then go on about positive attributes of frost giants and frost giants who’ve helped Asgard.

Just FYI.

OH MY GOD, I WISH I COULD REBLOG THIS A THOUSAND TIMES. ALL OF THIS, EXACTLY, FOREVER. 

I reiterate: Odin was a shit dad.

Item one: Not to be all “blame the mother”, but can we please remember that Frigga parented these two also and had just as much a hand in their upbringing as Odin? I feel like she just sort of gets erased and becomes a non-entity when we talk about Loki, but she was his mom. She raised him as her own son. So, whatever mistakes Odin made, she made them, too and participated fully. She, too, had a chance to tell Loki the truth and to try to say some positive things about Frost Giants and to encourage and support him (and maybe tell Thor not to be such an obnoxious shit). It’s weird, but it feels like denying that is denying her agency and her work (however shabby) as a mother. She matters in this, too. Perhaps even more than Odin did, because I can well imagine Odin being the kind of dad who showed up for major events and patted the kids’ heads at night before he turned in but otherwise left everything but to Frigga to do. 

Item two: Yes! Odin and Frigga basically set Loki up for ALL of what happened in that movie, and I’m still wondering if the moviemakers really intended for Loki to be THAT sympathetic or not. Because honestly, for most of that film, I didn’t feel all that good about any of them, or about Thor, or about Asgard for that matter. 

Item three: There’s a really deep, wonderful, meta-ish fic to be written here about how Loki is the mirror that reflects what’s most wrong with Asgard, that tells the truth it doesn’t want to hear. Technologically advanced and all, but they’ve got a grand total of two non-white people and there are only two women with any kind of status or power and Sif clearly states that nobody believed that she could do it and she got a lot of crap for wanting to be a warrior. 

Which, you can go on and on about “well, it’s another world or it’s fantasy or they’re not like Earth humans” or whatever. But clearly in Asgard people-types come in more than one flavor. There are at least three that I can see. And one of those races holds a helluva a lot more power than the other two, if we’re going by representation and responsibility/power/agency given to them. Unless you can canonically show me that there are only a grand total of, like, ten non-white citizens among the hundreds/thousands that live there, it’s safe to assume that there’s a deep, deep imbalance in Asgard. Which is not all that fantastical or different than Earth (here is where I make my “I’m so totally shocked” face). And also disturbing questions about, if there are THAT few non-white Asgardians, why? 

Thus, I think Loki being the trickster and becoming the so called “villain” is actually a great vehicle to explore this. And how him relying on wits and magic and other things (which, btw, in Norse mythos magic and prophecy are often thought to be very feminine mind based gifts in opposition to brawny, body-based masculine ones) actually made him a challenge to the heteropatriarchical supremacist notions that Asgard is built on. 

Loki is everything.

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checktherhyme:

Ignorant comment on youtube, tw: ableism:

What a dumbass ignorant idiot, rap is not black music. Never was never will. Hip hop is worlwide, even where there´s no black people. In the U.S. there has always been whites and latinos in hip hop, lots of them. Even way back, some of the pioneers of hip hop are not african american, like the beastie boys. For example, there´s a whole market for chicano rap, just because it´s not mainstream doesnt mean it´s not there.

“Never was never will.” Rap wasn’t started by black people now? Rap and hip-hop ain’t a part of black culture now?

I’ma need white people to go sit down.

The Beasties Boys are pioneers now? Sir. SIR! Being one of the first to appropriate something doesn’t make you a pioneer.