What do all three of those mean?
tranethnic - White people who ‘identify’ as PoC.
transfat - Thin people who ‘identify’ as fat people.
transabled - CNDP who ‘identify’ as disabled people.
They’re all ridiculous. They’re all completely ridiculous.
To begin with, they’re appropriative as fuck fo trans* laguage but then there’s the fact that, for example, “transfat” folk want fat activism to talk about how not all fat people are fat.
At the end of the day, if they can identify like that, I hereby identify as trans sexy and trans six pack.
If something is dedicated to, starring, about, or featuring people of color, it’s a special interest. If a book or movie is predominantly people of color, it can no longer appeal to a white audience. If a group focuses on the issues that predominantly affect people of color, it’s a special interest group.
I remember when my ex boyfriend’s friend was complaining about how he had to read Their Eyes Were Watching God in high school, and I told him that it was actually my favorite book. He retorted that of course it made sense that I liked it because only a Black person or woman could like it, but that it was still horrible and something he couldn’t relate to, unlike the supposedly universal stories within The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men.
When tumblr comes out to support Dear White People in a poll and bring it to first place, people complain, suggest that people are only supporting it because of their race, and suggest that the tactics used were unethical or unfair.
Why can’t white people read or watch works written by or featuring people of color? Why can’t men read or watch works written by or featuring women? Why is it only about race when it’s people of color rightfully complaining about the lack of representation or poor representation in media, and not when white consumers or fans don’t want to see people of color represented? Where are the “we’re all human” people when shit like this happens?
How fucked up is it that if I wrote a book or if people who looked like me were in a movie, it probably wouldn’t be considered appealing to a mainstream audience? It basically just tells me that you consider me less than or other than human if I’m not interchangeable with a white person.
Straight privilege is marching in a Pride parade as an “ally” with a GSA and feeling the need to yell “STRAIGHT PRIDE!” while you high five the crowd. When someone pulls you aside and tells you “hey, can you try not yelling ‘straight pride’ all over the place at this here pride parade” you must play dumb and ask the chick “why should I stop. I am straight. This is a celebration of my sexuality”
When it is further explained to you how this is a safe space and this is a celebration of communities who are often oppressed, you must ignore her to assert how much you like her and how much you want her to be your girlfriend after she explains that her definition of “queer” is fluid so you feel you have a chance, because you didn’t know that “queers go both ways”. If you don’t assert you like pussy you may no longer have a chance with said girl and even though she has made it clear that she is not interested, you must continue to pursue her for a week.
Long story short, straight privilege is being able to assert your heterosexuality, during a celebration of people who are persecuted for their sexuality.
(Sorry for the rant but true story. Toronto Pride2012)
Heters: Invading queer spaces since always.
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Son of Baldwin (via sonofbaldwin)
I read PROOF as POOF. Was that bad of me?
this one’s actually kind of offensive
if you see someone post this, don’t get mad at them, it’s a virus
and don’t click it
Apparently, this is still being debated. But let me outline it for you again:
1. There’s a history of making “Asians” (as in, “people with dark hair, almond shaped eyes, whose ethnic background comes from one bigass continent) into one homogenous group. This is super racist, because, let’s be real here: despite what you learned in 7th grade geography, Asia is a big ass and diverse CONTINENT. NOT. A. COUNTRY.
2. In fact, if we want to be technical here, “Asia” includes parts of Russia and Turkey. Two countries which are definitely not grouped with the traditional “Asian” category. Why? Because they don’t look like a stereotypical Asian. And also, South east Asians (i.e.: Indians and other desi people) are considered Asian as well. Only, they’re distinguished and not what people automatically think of when they say “Asian.” Sort of like how Eastern Europeans are considered Europeans but also somehow not.
3. And while we’re on the topic, what are you fetishizing here? Because, as an Asian woman, I’ve heard really fucking racist/stereotyping “compliments” around three things:
- my eyes
- my skin
- my hair
And to be frank, saying “Oh hey, I love your eyes. They are so exotic” is no better (and actually, arguably, historically and politically more offensive) than a cis-gendered dude saying “Oh hey, I love your tits. They’re so womanly.” Because, bitch, who are you to define what “womanly” means?
4. So then there’s also the ideology surrounding Asians and Asian fetishes. For women, it’s all about “Oh, how submissive and light skinned and exotic, like having my own geisha kung fu princess jasmine harem girl all in one!” Which is absolutely fucking ridiculous because it is like saying, “Oh yay, I get my own spicy señorita french kissing german milkmaid swedish model all in one!” Bitch. We. Be. Different.
5. And also, let’s be real here: If your “fascination with Asian culture” basically means “I watch a lot of anime and masturbate to hentai and wish I I had a cute schoolgirl/effeminate school boy of my own to tie up,” you don’t have a fascination with Asian culture. I mean, for one, there IS NO homogenous Asian culture. For two, even if there was, there is no way that fucking Sailor Moon would be a cultural relic of said ethnic group. I am sorry, it is hilarious, but there is no way you can tell me that it’s somehow a gateway into the mysterious and exotic world of the Orient.
6. That last sentence was sarcasm, by the way. Never ever use any of the adjectives I just listed above unless you want to get bitchslapped. No, not roundhouse kicked. We Asians reserve that shit for bigger issues.
7. And Asian culture isn’t just sushi or kung pao chicken or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Like I said, saying “Asian Culture” is like saying “European culture.” What the fuck does that even mean? Then again, maybe this is a bad analogy for Americans. I’m pretty sure that we’ve been conditioned to believe that every single European ever will speak fluent English in a French or British accent. Always.
8. That being said: fetishization is objectification. It’s putting an ENTIRE ETHNIC GROUP (which, by the way, shouldn’t even be grouped together in the first place because IT REPRESENTS A HUGE ASS CONTINENT OF DIVERSE PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS) into one tiny little box and saying, “I like you because of my preconceived notions about what your culture and appearance should be. I find it sexually exciting that you have a list of characteristics which are not only inaccurate, but also steeped in racism and oppression.”
…So, long story short: Even if you think you’re flattering me, if you have an Asian fetish, YOU. ARE. BEING. RACIST.
If you are not part of said ethnic group: there is no such thing as a positive racial stereotype.
Tonight and tomorrow, we’d like you to finish the sentence “I believe #ProjectOffspring is needed because…” on Twitter. What we’d like to do is retweet each person’s reason for believing this project is necessary and address it to someone that we think might be interested in helping to get the word out about the project!
One or two tweets today and tomorrow would be a huge help. We would love to have so many that we have to spend all day Wednesday retweeting everyone!