It’s time for black men to stop building culture around the destruction of black women

the-wistful-collectivist:

Black men and (and some women) actually make careers of bashing black women. You cannot make a career of bashing black men or men in general in this culture. It is acceptable to call black women ugly, or mannish, to blame black women for single motherhood, to blame them for earning degrees as though it comes at the expense of men, it is acceptable to call us “hoes”, etc. Look at most mainstream rappers, comedians, relationship “experts”, etc - they all make a career of casting black women as deficient or worthy of ridicule. Some of them do it in a manner as if they are giving black women advice. The black community (and obviously The West in general) is highly patriarchal. Do not let anyone tell you that black men are being attacked by black feminists or black women in general because it simply is not true.

I am tired of how black women have become the targets of memes and viral videos. The collective character assassination of black women in the name of laughs, and giggles has gone on long enough.

(via mysoulhasgrowndeep-liketherivers)

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Michelle Rodriguez Made Me Cry at Comic-Con

wickedcherub:

Michelle Rodriguez Made Me Cry at Comic-Con

(Source: thatcupofjo)

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"But my issue, and I think this was an issue for all of us too, was to do with the fact that the genre, whatever the pigeonhole was, had become more commercially viable and I found you started getting people in at the gigs who were the sort of people that we felt we didn’t have a great deal in common with. We toured with a lot of all-female bands and stuff like that and I would sometimes see displays of sexism or chauvinism towards them from factions of the audience, people who wanted to show up to our gigs and get drunk and slam-dance.
“It really bothered me and the reason why it bothered me was because it was so far away from where we came from which was a very all-inclusive scene where that wasn’t even a consideration. So it seemed like such a regressive thing. You’re now playing bigger venues and you’re struggling with the idea that you couldn’t necessarily take bands on tour with you that you really liked because you were scared of what they might be exposed to. […] I’m not trying to paint myself as a protest singer because I’m not but there’s a certain degree of irony, like with the sort of audience I was talking about before, that would heckle a band like The Slits [which happened when the all-female punk/reggae group supported The Cribs on a 2009 tour], and then we would come out and play [2007 single] ‘Men’s Needs’ and have a chorus of these people singing, “Men’s needs are lost on me.” And you’re just like, I don’t think you have necessarily paid a great deal of attention to what you’re singing right now, you know?"
- Gary Jarman, (via spellcoats)

(Source: saveyrsecretsarchive)

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How media clearly reflects the sexism and the racism we cannot see in ourselves.

bana05:

I wanted my first-year film students to understand what happens to a story when actual human beings inhabit your characters, and the way they can inspire storytelling. And I wanted to teach them how to look at headshots and what you might be able to tell from a headshot. So for the past few years I’ve done a small experiment with them.

Some troubling shit always occurs.

It works like this: I bring in my giant file of head shots, which include actors of all races, sizes, shapes, ages, and experience levels. Each student picks a head shot from the stack and gets a few minutes to sit with the person’s face and then make up a little story about them. 

Namely, for white men, they have no trouble coming up with an entire history, job, role, genre, time, place, and costume. They will often identify him without prompting as “the main character.” The only exception? “He would play the gay guy.” For white women, they mostly do not come up with a job (even though it was specifically asked for), and they will identify her by her relationships. “She would play the mom/wife/love interest/best friend.” I’ve heard “She would play the slut” or “She would play the hot girl.” A lot more than once.

For nonwhite men, it can be equally depressing. “He’s in a buddy cop movie, but he’s not the main guy, he’s the partner.” “He’d play a terrorist.” “He’d play a drug dealer.” “A thug.” “A hustler.” “Homeless guy.” One Asian actor was promoted to “villain.”

For nonwhite women (grab onto something sturdy, like a big glass of strong liquor), sometimes they are “lucky” enough to be classified as the girlfriend/love interest/mom, but I have also heard things like “Well, she’d be in a romantic comedy, but as the friend, you know?” “Maid.” “Prostitute.” “Drug addict.”

I should point out that the responses are similar whether the group is all or mostly-white or extremely racially mixed, and all the groups I’ve tried this with have been about equally balanced between men and women, though individual responses vary. Women do a little better with women, and people of color do a little better with people of color, but female students sometimes forget to come up with a job for female actors and black male students sometimes tell the class that their black male actor wouldn’t be the main guy.

Once the students have made their pitches, we interrogate their opinions. “You seem really sure that he’s not the main character – why? What made you automatically say that?” “You said she was a mom. Was she born a mom, or did she maybe do something else with her life before her magic womb opened up and gave her an identity? Who is she as a person?” In the case of the “thug“, it turns out that the student was just reading off his film resume. This brilliant African American actor who regularly brings houses down doing Shakespeare on the stage and more than once made me weep at the beauty and subtlety of his performances, had a list of film credits that just said “Thug #4.” “Gang member.” “Muscle.” Because that’s the film work he can get. Because it puts food on his table.

So, the first time I did this exercise, I didn’t know that it would turn into a lesson on racism, sexism, and every other kind of -ism. I thought it was just about casting. But now I know that casting is never just about casting, and this day is a real teachable opportunity. Because if we do this right, we get to the really awkward silence, where the (now mortified) students try to sink into their chairs. Because, hey, most of them are proud Obama voters! They have been raised by feminist moms! They don’t want to be or see themselves as being racist or sexist. But their own racism and sexism is running amok in the room, and it’s awkward.

This for every time someone criticizes how characters of color and female characters of color especially are treated in text and by subsequent fandoms.  It’s never “just a television/movie/book”. It’s never been ”just”.

(Source: letthetruthlaugh, via glamaphonic)

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maxiandapril:

In our ongoing mission to prove to the world… . or tumblr that women are accurately portrayed in comics and naturally contort themselves into pretzels on a daily basis, we present to you another one of our daily life photos.

Here is what we normally look like when we pay our bills.

I just

really want to redline everything in that comic panel

so so so bad

for a drawing that has so much emphasis on the ass she sure lacks one O__o

Ok besides her contortionism I’m a little confused. The guy at the desk looks really interested by SOMETHING but all her lady bits are displayed towards THE VIEWER

so is he really caught up in that DARLING tartan in her skirt

or maybe he’s really interested in her backpack

her knees????

(via greatestview)

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Being female in 2011

long-snake-moan:

I’ve just been reading through this http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/2008/05/hands_up_if_you, and have been reminded of an incident I’ve tried my hardest to forget, an incident that I feel compelled to get off my chest now after reading through the comments on The F Word’s blog and feeling…

Man, that’s awful. The sad part is that I don’t know a woman, myself included that can’t relate to your story. We’ve all had similar experiences :(

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iampirate:

Doin homework (that’s all I ever do besides dicking around on tumblr and screaming along to Hole in my dorm room) and found this interesting. Part of a study on the role of mass media and how it promotes a thin body for women. I am not describing the study properly, so here it is for you to actually read for yourself! I uploaded it for your pleasure. 

I’m not posting this to say that men are not pressured to fit a body ideal, because they absolutely are.  I am intrigued, however, by breakdowns of the content (ads, pictures, articles, etc.) in men’s and women’s magazines.  Makes you think about what they prioritize for gender roles, hm?
- Lauren

This makes sense. After all, if men don’t get their daily recommended intake of alcohol they will fall apart like an aging teddy bear. Meanwhile it’s up to women to make sure that the men are clothed and fed, while at the same time maintaining a slender, healthy body to ensure that they are capable of picking up any male body parts they may find as a result of the aforementioned lack of booze.
It’s a serious problem, ladies. Thank heavens you don’t have a crippling biological dependency on alcohol.

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iampirate:

Doin homework (that’s all I ever do besides dicking around on tumblr and screaming along to Hole in my dorm room) and found this interesting. Part of a study on the role of mass media and how it promotes a thin body for women. I am not describing the study properly, so here it is for you to actually read for yourself! I uploaded it for your pleasure. 

I’m not posting this to say that men are not pressured to fit a body ideal, because they absolutely are.  I am intrigued, however, by breakdowns of the content (ads, pictures, articles, etc.) in men’s and women’s magazines.  Makes you think about what they prioritize for gender roles, hm?

- Lauren

This makes sense. After all, if men don’t get their daily recommended intake of alcohol they will fall apart like an aging teddy bear. Meanwhile it’s up to women to make sure that the men are clothed and fed, while at the same time maintaining a slender, healthy body to ensure that they are capable of picking up any male body parts they may find as a result of the aforementioned lack of booze.

It’s a serious problem, ladies. Thank heavens you don’t have a crippling biological dependency on alcohol.

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sexistads:

thefeministhub:

iampirate:

Doin homework (that’s all I ever do besides dicking around on tumblr and screaming along to Hole in my dorm room) and found this interesting. Part of a study on the role of mass media and how it promotes a thin body for women. I am not describing the study properly, so here it is for you to actually read for yourself! I uploaded it for your pleasure. 

I’m not posting this to say that men are not pressured to fit a body ideal, because they absolutely are.  I am intrigued, however, by breakdowns of the content (ads, pictures, articles, etc.) in men’s and women’s magazines.  Makes you think about what they prioritize for gender roles, hm?
- Lauren

This makes sense. After all, if men don’t get their daily recommended intake of alcohol they will fall apart like an aging teddy bear. Meanwhile it’s up to women to make sure that the men are clothed and fed, while at the same time maintaining a slender, healthy body to ensure that they are capable of picking up any male body parts they may find as a result of the aforementioned lack of booze.
It’s a serious problem, ladies. Thank heavens you don’t have a crippling biological dependency on alcohol.

sexistads:

thefeministhub:

iampirate:

Doin homework (that’s all I ever do besides dicking around on tumblr and screaming along to Hole in my dorm room) and found this interesting. Part of a study on the role of mass media and how it promotes a thin body for women. I am not describing the study properly, so here it is for you to actually read for yourself! I uploaded it for your pleasure. 

I’m not posting this to say that men are not pressured to fit a body ideal, because they absolutely are.  I am intrigued, however, by breakdowns of the content (ads, pictures, articles, etc.) in men’s and women’s magazines.  Makes you think about what they prioritize for gender roles, hm?

- Lauren

This makes sense. After all, if men don’t get their daily recommended intake of alcohol they will fall apart like an aging teddy bear. Meanwhile it’s up to women to make sure that the men are clothed and fed, while at the same time maintaining a slender, healthy body to ensure that they are capable of picking up any male body parts they may find as a result of the aforementioned lack of booze.

It’s a serious problem, ladies. Thank heavens you don’t have a crippling biological dependency on alcohol.

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