Growing up… girls said I have Thunder Thighs.
I’ve decided that it was a compliment.
"It’s not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind and the earthquake.”
- Frederick Douglas
I love the picture. I love the first part about owning thunder thighs.
But, I’m skeptical of using a Frederick Douglas to be about your thighs, or even about body positivity. Slavery is not the same as body shaming. Appropriating other movements will never be okay.
Publisher unknown, United States, [1990’s].
I know that I have in the past (and continue to have) things reblogged from this tumblr to gross fetishizing porn blogs, but one that is outstanding in the gross department is inthebonezone.
He reblogs pictures of women of color and adds the caption “I’d bone her.” He removes all credits, all information about the models or photographers, and replaces them with links to his own fetishizing site.
Ignore/block him, if you can.
They got brains, Google and the utter saving power of Whiteness.
When I explain stuff to White people, I do it because (a) I care about that White person and (b) I’m in the mood.
Otherwise? Forget it.
I USED to just bend over backwards to give them thorough explanations about ~colored people thangs~ in an effort to present myself as the “Exceptional Negro”. I was all up under that White Gaze. Fuck it. Fuck you. And fuck them.
Reblogging for myself and all other white people.
Whenever I post POC, I always lose a few followers. Coincidence or racism?
(I’m going with racism.)
Sorry, anons. It’s just not going to happen. My apologies to those who have sent asks where they wanted to have a discussion about it - but it’s too intermixed with hate for me to feel okay with discussing any of it.
There are many, many excellent articles by academics, scholars, and people who are passionate about social justice and change, and I’d encourage you to read those.
This is what happens:
Anonymous asked you:saying that racism is simply power + prejudice is just the most reductionist thing I have ever heard. Powerless people are racist, powerful people are too. And, if you really think about it, NOBODY can escape prejudice. There is no absolute truth once filtered through our human eyes/brain. Every opinion is incomplete, all ideas are fundamentally prejudiced one way or another. Racism is a horrible thing but this kind of reduced ideology only adds to the fire.
Anonymous asked you:That’s a very western-centric view though - how about white people living in, say, the middle east (or anywhere in the world where the country ISN’T run by white people) - would you STILL argue that ONLY white people can be racist, even in situations where white people are not the dominant power-holders?
Anonymous asked you:
only white people can be racist? That is one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard. I know you don’t give two shits, but I have no desire to follow you anymore.
Cultural appropriation is a by-product of imperialism, capitalism, oppression, and assimilation. Imperialism is the creation and maintenance of an unequal cultural, economic and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination. Imperialism functions by subordinating groups of people and territories and extracting everything of value from the colonized people and territories. In the case of cultural appropriation, culture is treated as a “natural resource” to extract from People of Color.
Cultural appropriation is profitable. Objects and traditions (but not the people) of marginalized cultures are seen by the dominant culture as exotic, edgy, and desirable, which translates into profits. Capitalism works best when people are not individual people with celebrated differences, but identical workers, cogs in the machine. Once diverse cultural identities are stripped away, the only culture left to identify with is capitalism culture.
This is one aspect of assimilation, in which marginalized communities lose their cultural markers and are folded into the dominant culture.
Kyriarchy is a neologism coined by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza to describe interconnected, interacting, and multiplicative systems of domination and submission, within which a person oppressed in one context might be privileged in another. It is an intersectional elaboration of the concept of patriarchy — it extends the analysis of oppression beyond traditional feminism to dynamics such as sexism, racism, economic injustice, and other forms of internalized and institutionalized oppression.
I often hear white people self-identify as “not racist.”
But, as white people, we don’t get to decide if our behaviors or our words are racist. We don’t get to decide if we’re appropriating someone else’s culture. This is a time where our voice doesn’t matter and where we don’t get to contribute to the dialogue.