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{ these things should be common knowledge but sadly they are not, so *signal boost* }

tranzient (in response to my asking why Pink’s “Fuckin’ Perfect” video was problematic):

Um, well, it’s because “the face” of the stereotypical disturbed/suicidal/eating disordered teen is often white, middle class, thin which often erases people outside these areas such as males with eating disorder, people that are overweight with eating disorders,etc.

For example, in a study [here] they found that symptoms of eating disorders in white persons were detected at a higher rate than those of POC.

Not to mention,I don’t know why every disturbed teen has to be a part of some grunge-punky clique with lots of eye makeup…

{ speaking of penile circumcision (not sure if penile is the right word, but we’ll go with it for now) }

radicallyhottoff:

as the mother of a child with a penis, i can’t believe that circ’d infants are being described as cleaner and easier. it just doesn’t make any sense to me. the foreskin *protects* the head of the penis from poop in diapers etc—when you don’t have foreskin, poop gets all wrapped around the head of the penis and caught on the ridge. also, you don’t have to obsess the first few weeks over poopy diapers getting on raw open wound of penis head.

and you know—even if circ’ed children *were* “cleaner and easier”—i have to wonder at the value US culture places on “clean” and “easy.” What does “clean” *mean* in a culture where mothers of color can lose custody of their kids of being “dirty”? What does “easy” mean when mothers of color can lose custody of their kids for being “difficult”?

the alter of “clean” and “easy” that we worship in the US is a terrifying one with lots of consequences for usually people who struggle with “clean and easy” or for cultures who don’t worship “clean and easy” to the degree US culture does.

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{ LINK: banksy/simpsons collaboration storyboard, wtf (*trigger warning* for massive racism) }

crookedindifference:

Storyboard art from Banksy’s controversial collaboration with The Simpsons

Oh mighty fuck this is so racist.  Just absolutely vile.  I love how it’s considered totally okay to use racist stereotypes under the guise of “satire” — because that’s “edgy” and “hip”, doncha know [/sarcasm].

And this randomly showed up on my tumblr “radar” thing.  So it’s like a racism ambush.

(yeah so i guess i’m not very “in-the-know” since i hadn’t heard of this before)

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{ Orientalism }

first-taste:

The core idea behind Orientalism according to Edward Said is that the West has created a dichotomy, between the reality of the East and the romantic notion of the Orient. The Middle East and Asia are viewed with prejudice and racism. They are made out to be a race, which is backward and unaware of its own history and culture. To fill this void, to bring light to the uninitiated, the West has created a culture, history, and future promise for them. On this framework rests not only the study of the Orient, but also the political imperialism of Europe in the East.

History of Orientalism

As early as Napoleon’s campaigns into Egypt, the Orient fascinated Europe. The Orient-including present-day Turkey, Greece, the Middle East, and North Africa-exerted its allure on the Western artist’s imagination. Figures in Middle Eastern dress appear in Renaissance works. The opulent eroticism of harem scenes appealed to the French Rococo aesthetic. Until this point, however, Europeans had minimal contact with the East, usually through trade and intermittent military campaigns. In 1798, a French army led by General Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt and occupied the country until 1801.

Depiction of Harems in Orientalist Paintings

Most Orientalist Paintings depict harems. Probably denied entrance to authentic seraglios, male artists relied largely on hearsay and imagination, populating opulently decorated interiors with luxuriant odalisques, or female slaves or concubines (many with Western features), reclining in the nude or in Oriental dress. Painters like Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres never traveled to the East, but conjured voluptuous nymphs in erotic harem settings from his imagination. Beyond their implicit eroticism, harem scenes evoked a sense of “cultivated beauty and pampered isolation” to which many Westerners aspired.

Other themes

While many Europeans depended on published travelogues and officially sanctioned literature like the Description de l’Égypte for their reference of the orient, many artists actually took the pains of making one or more journeys to the region. Genre painting, the prevalent form of Orientalist art in the nineteenth century, drew from the everyday life of the Oriental cities. Orientalist Painter, Gérôme popularized the theme of the bashi-bazouk, or Turkish mercenary soldier, often depicted in routine activities or at leisure.

via Orientalism

    Most famously, the Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said put a torch to debate over Orientalism in 1979 with the publication of his book Orientalism. In it he argued that the West’s imaginary artistic and literary notions of a static, passive and even morally degenerate East abetted Western colonialism, no matter how benign the apparent intentions of the paintings or the literature. He held that the “Grand Tour memorabilia” aspect of Orientalist painting was politically inexcusable, if not actively racist. Still today, no discussion of Orientalism is complete without consideration of Said’s critique. 
        
       ”But if it’s cultural imperialism, why are the majority of buyers Middle Eastern?” retorts MacDermott, whose gallery had its own 2008 exhibition, “The British Orientalists: Eastern Views, Western Eyes.” 
        
       At Sotheby’s, Senior Vice President Ali Can Ertug responds by choosing his images carefully. “Certain images of Turkey honor me as a Turk. They are incredibly honoring of our heritage. They are historically important documentation for us because they are scenes we have not recorded, whereas in Europe that’s taken for granted. It’s lovely to have the earliest, sometimes the only, images of things that we have lost — like street-sellers, parts of Istanbul that have burned down, landscapes that have changed so radically, like panoramic views of the Bosporus. I find the Orientalists’ genuine interest flattering and valuable. I presume that people from Damascus and Cairo would be similarly honored.”

Behind Orientalism’s Veil

I don’t know about flattering, and I think he might be kidding himself. But I understand why one might buy such paintings. The same way we look at colonial photos…contextual analysis. And because it’s all “we” have got, really.

(Source: espritfollet, via torayot)

{ LINK: cause of death affects racial classification on death certificates. }

commonunity:

“While previous research has demonstrated inconsistencies in racial vital statistics, the processes creating these discrepancies are not well understood. We explored whether seemingly non-racial characteristics of individuals, such as their cause of death, affect how they are perceived racially by others. Our results demonstrate that otherwise similar Americans whose underlying cause of death was chronic liver disease or cirrhosis were more likely to be classified as American Indian on their death certificate than Americans who died of other causes – even if they were not classified as American Indian by their next of kin in a subsequent survey. A similar pattern exists between dying of homicide and the likelihood of being classified as Black. These findings suggest that the racial information recorded in vital statistics may be affected by the same kinds of social processes that shape racial classification more broadly. Research shows that changes in how people are racially classified over their lifetime are related to changes in social status that conform to widely held racial stereotypes [6]. Just as Americans are less likely to be seen as white by a survey interviewer after they have been incarcerated, unemployed or fallen into poverty, we conclude that stereotypes about who is likely to die a particular kind of death may color our official vital statistics.” posted in plosone


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definatalie:

fuckyeahfatpositive:

queerfathungry:

Hello, I am Fat

“I don’t give a shit what causes anyone’s fatness. It’s irrelevant and it’s none of my business. I am not making excuses, because I have nothing to excuse. I reject the notion that thinness is the goal, that thin = better—that I am an unfinished thing and that my life can really start when I lose weight.”

FUCK YES!

Oh my god. I just read this entire post and pretty much died like at least fifty-seven times throughout. This is SO INCREDIBLE omg I want to hug Lindy West until my fat little arms fall off.

“Rolls of exposed flesh are unsightly” is in no way a “tame statement of fact.” It is not a fact at all—it is an incredibly cruel, subjective opinion that reinforces destructive, paternalistic, oppressive beauty ideals. I am not unsightly. No one deserves to be told that they’re unsightly. But this is what’s behind this entire thing—it’s not about “health,” it’s about “eeeewwwww.” You think fat people are icky…. And sorry, I reject your eeeeeewwww.”

(Also, as always: DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS! They are predictably triggering, offensive and absurd.)

Read it. Commented. Shared it on Google Reader.

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[image: tweet from juliussharpe that reads “Seems like most rioting in the world happens in the countries with the least bacon.”]
deafmuslimpunk:

stfuislamophobes:

thenewfilo:

I know this is suppose to be funny and I’m not one to get upset easily but if you read about history, and even today, you’d know that Muslims have been ridiculed and discriminated against because they follow their faith and don’t eat what the Quran tells them not to eat for their own health.
Mosques have been vandalized with pig meat (This has happened in America too)
In Spain, they used to chase Muslims with pigs to make fun of them
In America, a woman wanted to adopt a child and she was not allowed because the social worker said she has to have pork in the home
and many more awful things
So even jokingly saying that the riots (which are against oppression and injustice) might have something to do with bacon is offensive.

Reblogged for commentary.

This is also extremely offensive for Jews and vegans/vegetarians. What a dumb fuck.

[image: tweet from juliussharpe that reads “Seems like most rioting in the world happens in the countries with the least bacon.”]

deafmuslimpunk:

stfuislamophobes:

thenewfilo:

I know this is suppose to be funny and I’m not one to get upset easily but if you read about history, and even today, you’d know that Muslims have been ridiculed and discriminated against because they follow their faith and don’t eat what the Quran tells them not to eat for their own health.

  1. Mosques have been vandalized with pig meat (This has happened in America too)
  2. In Spain, they used to chase Muslims with pigs to make fun of them
  3. In America, a woman wanted to adopt a child and she was not allowed because the social worker said she has to have pork in the home
  4. and many more awful things

So even jokingly saying that the riots (which are against oppression and injustice) might have something to do with bacon is offensive.

Reblogged for commentary.

This is also extremely offensive for Jews and vegans/vegetarians. What a dumb fuck.

(Source: heroinbob, via badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista)

{ LINK: Just Jasper: [Trigger] I know we cannot pretend men are hurt by sexism and misogyny on the systemic scale that women are, but holy... }

justjasper:

Men, although less likely to be assaulted, are even less likely to report said assault than women because of misogyny (and a big dollop of homophobia) - because it’s actually a widely held view that male rape doesn’t exist, that male rape is a “dominance” thing (see: rape in prison), that men…

{ LINK: My name escapes their minds: darling80m: “Blame the Muslims”: Violence Against Women in Egypt -... }

darling80m:

“Blame the Muslims”: Violence Against Women in Egypt - Huffington Post

almaswithinalmas:

As soon as CBS announced yesterday that correspondent Lara Logan had been sexually assaulted while covering the Egyptian protests, the media sprang alive in search of a scapegoat….

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genderbitch:

tranzient:

jaded16india:

fuckyeahexoticism:

Is it weird that I wanna sit down next to him and ask him to read that book out loud to me?

And This Is A Real Thing In The World. I’d like to talk to this person (the poster and not the sadhu in the picture) and ask, “What do you want to know?”. That this sadhu has led most of ze’s life on the streets and forests? That ze is not reading a ‘book’ but ekschully it’s the Satyanarayan Katha — going by the cover image — so chances are ze is in the middle of chanting daily prayers. Ze is not some “dreadlocked old dude” but probably in search of what they believe is god.
OR ze could be lyke the hundreds of little kids kidnapped and indoctrinated into the hindu lifestyle — RSS I’m looking at you — and ze has never seen anything but a regulated hindu life.
This is the problem with exotification, you strip things out of a cultural context and make it simply about Oh Look At That Native Over There, I Wonder If Ze Bites.
ALSO: I looked at this person’s about page. They wrote: Indian by choice. 
I want to choose another nationality too. HELL I’ll *make* my own country. Does it erase my epidermal tissue and all that it embodies? 
*headdesk*
[h/t to iced-chai] 

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^ yeah.

genderbitch:

tranzient:

jaded16india:

fuckyeahexoticism:

Is it weird that I wanna sit down next to him and ask him to read that book out loud to me?

And This Is A Real Thing In The World. I’d like to talk to this person (the poster and not the sadhu in the picture) and ask, “What do you want to know?”. That this sadhu has led most of ze’s life on the streets and forests? That ze is not reading a ‘book’ but ekschully it’s the Satyanarayan Katha — going by the cover image — so chances are ze is in the middle of chanting daily prayers. Ze is not some “dreadlocked old dude” but probably in search of what they believe is god.

OR ze could be lyke the hundreds of little kids kidnapped and indoctrinated into the hindu lifestyle — RSS I’m looking at you — and ze has never seen anything but a regulated hindu life.

This is the problem with exotification, you strip things out of a cultural context and make it simply about Oh Look At That Native Over There, I Wonder If Ze Bites.

ALSO: I looked at this person’s about page. They wrote: Indian by choice

I want to choose another nationality too. HELL I’ll *make* my own country. Does it erase my epidermal tissue and all that it embodies? 

*headdesk*

[h/t to iced-chai

commentary^

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