“When I was in college, a teacher once said that all women live by a ‘rape schedule.’ I was baffled by the term, but as she went on to explain, I got really freaked out. Because I realized that I knew exactly what she was talking about. And you do too. Because of their constant fear of rape (conscious or not), women do things throughout the day to protect themselves. Whether it’s carrying our keys in our hands as we walk home, locking our car doors as soon as we get in, or not walking down certain streets, we take precautions. While taking precautions is certainly not a bad idea, the fact that certain things women do are so ingrained into our daily routines is truly disturbing. It’s essentially like living in a prison - all the time. We can’t assume that we’re safe anywhere: not on the streets, not in our homes. And we’re so used to feeling unsafe that we don’t even see that there’s something seriously fucked up about it.”—Jessica Valenti (via wrists)
If you think “alternative” beauty means over 100 pictures in a row of white, skinny girls who happen to have chosen to dye their hair and get piercings and tattoos, then I think you are deeply embedded in the exact mind set you so proudly say you have have risen above.
And one of the black women was paired with a little black girl and when the little girl was asked when was it that she didn’t feel pretty and the little girl said “when I look at the color of my skin and my hair” and the model was like “why don’t you think…
“Dystopian worlds have become very popular lately. Whether it is Revolution, Falling Skies, The Walking Dead or Defiance, the one thing they all have in common is straight, cisgender, able bodied White male leadership. This suggests that at the end of the day, no matter the circumstance White masculinity represents authority, logic, safety, and intelligence. People of colour and women are often relegated to side characters who week after week submit to this authority and often times appear to be grateful for it. It is no accident that the White male is so revered in dystopians. It plays upon the idea that White straight masculinity is a declining power because of resistance by women, people of colour and of course GLBT people. It suggests that there will come a time when nature will correct itself and once again White men will rule the world, as though that is not the current situation and further; the world will be grateful for it.”—Dystopians: The Leadership of Cis, Straight, White, Able-Bodied Men
Why does it bother you what a person does to their hair? White people look cool with locs just as much as black people. Does it do any physical or any actual mental damage to you?
Listen here bruh
I’ma tell you like this.
If you don’t see the stigma behind anyone black being utterly lambasted by white media for their bust size, their hair texture, their skin tone, the way they dress, even the way they eat, you are ignorant as hell.
White women are getting breast implants, lip injections, butt shots, etc while white media looks down upon black women for naturally having those qualities.
Getting dreadlocks, cornrows and afros while looking at black men and women as if they should adapt their hair to how white people have their hair or face ridicule or disciplinary action within school settings.
Getting tans, spray on tans, risking skin cancer to look darker than what they are yet companies and movies will cast the lightest darkskinned woman to advertise their product.
Trying to exemplify a fictitious lifestyle by wearing baggy clothes, wearing their caps backwards and wearing chains where black children have been shot and killed for wearing a hoodie in the rain.
White people see the things black people get scrutinized and looked at like a criminal every day by just being here, and they adapt that shit into their own style for fucking fun without knowing or even truly realizing
It says something when I can go and apply for a job as a team member at my local store and come with my SSS+ game as far as attire, diction and credentials, just plain being basically over qualified for a position
And not only do I not get a call back, but the next time I go to the store I see a white stoner bummy dude with dreads bagging my groceries improperly.
It just doesn’t make any sense why white people like to put down the things that make us unique, the things that we do for ourselves, the things we have for ourselves and then flip it and make it a trend.
Because at the end of the day even though they try their hardest to be black, to be indian, to be native american, to adopt muslim culture their skin is still white and it will always be white.
They can get as many breast implants, lip injections, butt injections, but they’re still white.
They can rub charcoal on their face and put on as much dark makeup as they can, bathe in the sun for hours, but when they take a shower and that tan fades, they’re still white.
When they wear the hairstyles that are traditionally worn by black people, cornrows, the big afro blow out type of stuff, dreadlocks, they’re still white.
And being white and looking a hot mess is considered the lesser evil compared to upstanding black people that want to make a name for themselves.
And you should be ashamed of yourself for asking me this dumbass question when you should already know the answer.
It’s scary to find someone that makes you happy, you start giving them all of your attention because they’re what makes you forget everything bad that’s going on in your life. They’re the first person you want to talk to in the morning and the last on before you sleep just so you can start and end your day with a smile. It all sounds great to have that someone, but it’s scary to think about how easily they could just leave and take that happiness away too when they go.
They’re not in my life anymore. They give me happiness. It’s a struggle to try and survive without sunshine.
all women were bigger and stronger than you
and thought they were smarter
women were the ones who started wars
too many of your friends had been raped by women wielding giant dildos
and no K-Y Jelly
the state trooper
who pulled you over on the New Jersey Turnpike
was a woman
and carried a gun
the ability to menstruate
was the prerequisite for most high-paying jobs
your attractiveness to women depended
on the size of your penis
every time women saw you
they’d hoot and make jerking motions with their hands
women were always making jokes
about how ugly penises are
and how bad sperm tastes
you had to explain what’s wrong with your car
to big sweaty women with greasy hands
who stared at your crotch
in a garage where you are surrounded
by posters of naked men with hard-ons
men’s magazines featured cover photos
of 14-year-old boys
tucked into the front of their jeans
and articles like:
“How to tell if your wife is unfaithful”
“What your doctor won’t tell you about your prostate”
“The truth about impotence”
the doctor who examined your prostate
was a woman
and called you “Honey”
you had to inhale your boss’s stale cigar breath
as she insisted that sleeping with her
was part of the job
you couldn’t get away because
the company dress code required
you wear shoes
designed to keep you from running
And what if
after all that
women still wanted you
to love them.
For the Men Who Still Don’t Get It, written 20 years ago by Carol Diehl.
She wrote a post about the history of this poem that is worth reading.
I reblog posts about social justice, discrimination, fetishization and racism because I want whoever’s following my blog to read and realize how deep these issues go in the US and how much my followers may or may not have white privilege. Seeing these kinds of posts made me realize how I was…
White privilege is not subconsciously looking for people that look somewhat similar to yourself in a group. In any given situation, you will be around people that look like you, talk like you, raised like you, and experienced the same situations as you. You are not surprised, even the slightest,…
Black Panther Party Community Programs 1966 - 1982
1. Alameda County Volunteer Bureau Work Site
2. Benefit Counseling
3. Black Student Alliance
4. Child Development Center
5. Consumer Education Classes
6. Community Facility Use
7. Community Health Classes
8. East Oakland CIL (Center for Independent Living) Branch
9. Community Pantry (Free Food Program)
10. Drug/Alcohol Abuse Awareness Program
11. Drama Classes
12. Disabled Persons Services/Transportation and Attendant
13. Drill Team
14. Employment Referral Service
15. Free Ambulance Program
16. Free Breakfast for Children Programs
17. Free Busing to Prisons Program
18. Free Clothing Program
19. Free Commissary for Prisoners Program
20. Free Dental Program
21. Free Employment Program
22. Free Food Program
23. Free Film Series
24. Free Furniture Program
25. Free Health Clinics
26. Free Housing Cooperative Program
27. Food Cooperative Program
28. Free Optometry Program
29. Community Forum
30. Free Pest Control Program
31. Free Plumbing and Maintenance Program
32. Free Shoe Program
33. GED Classes
34. Geriatric Health Center
35. GYN Clinic
36. Home SAFE Visits
37. Intercommunal Youth Institute (becomes OCS by 1975)
38. Junior and High School Tutorial Program
39. Legal Aid and Education
40. Legal Clinic/Workshops
41. Laney Experimental College Extension Site
42. Legal Referral Service(s)
43. Liberation Schools
44. Martial Arts Program
45. Nutrition Classes
46. Oakland Community Learning Center
47. Outreach Preventative Care
48. Program Development
49. Pediatric Clinic
50. police patrols
51. Seniors Against a Fearful Environment
52. SAFE Club
53. Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation
54. Son of Man Temple (becomes Community Forum by 1976)
56. Senior Switchboard
57. The Black Panther Newspaper
58. Teen Council
59. Teen Program
60. U.C. Berkeley Students Health Program
61. V.D. Preventative Screening & Counseling
62. Visiting Nurses Program
63. WIC (Women Infants, and Children) Program
64. Youth Diversion and Probation Site
65. Youth Training and Development
The next time someone (white people and ignorant black people alike) tell you that the Black Panthers were a terrorist group/hate group, kindly ask them if the KKK ever did any of this. But people will believe what this country wants them to believe…so why bother. As long as YOU know what the panthers stood for and represented, that’s all that matters.
I’m gonna take a short break from Doctor Who gifs and Harry Potter quotes, and also, I’m gonna ask for your attention, as I have to tell you a little story, it’ll only take a couple of minutes and I’ll try to make it as short as possible.
I don’t want to be a feminist anymore. Like a five-year-old, I want to close my eyes, stick my fingers in my ears, stomp my feet on the floor and scream “No! No, you cannot make me, I won’t, leave me alone!” I am, simply put, too tired. So very, very tired.
I am tired of fighting with my friends. I am tired of arguing that someone groping and slapping my butt isn’t “what I have to expect”, just because I’m at a bar, and the one attacking my butt has a drink in the other hand. I am tired of hearing “boys will be boys” and “when you’re dressed like that …” and “that’s just what guys do”. I am tired of trying to drown those sentiments in loud, repetitive no’s, screamed over and over again, till my throat is sore and my voice weak – just to hear them repeated, as soon as exhaustion threatens to silence me.
I am tired of being afraid. I am tired of seeing someone writing something offensive, sexist, racist, ageist, ableist, somewhere online. I am tired of seeing those writings getting likes and lol’s, and SO TRUE’s. I am tired of being consumed by confusion and anger, typing, typing, typing and typing a seemingly endless response, including research, links and statistics, and then hesitate clicking “submit”. I am tired of knowing that I hesitate because I am afraid of the flood of responses that will come. I am tired of knowing that I will be bombarded with lighten up’s, stop whining’s and get a sense of humor’s for so long, that I will start to wonder if I am indeed wound up too tight, a nagger and humorless. I am tired of the fact that I’m afraid of being called a cunt, even though I don’t find genitalia insulting or demeaning.