they do not see color.
you are invisible.” —my color is, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
look i know i keep going on about poc in noir, poc in noir but like why isn’t there more poc in noir? and especially woc?
this is a genre that’s wholly built upon this notion of cynicism about justice, and corruption in the law, and people who seek vengeance in lieu of being able to obtain justice for lost loved ones or ruined lives, etc.
i would hope that someone would think to talk about how if this is a genre that is built around how the disenfranchised seek to enfranchise themselves (if not in reality then at least in petty revenge) poc are a large part of that narrative, esp. if the backdrop for that narrative is (as it often is) gritty urban metropolis america
(and i know everyone’s definition of noir is nebulous and varies but my noir is one of hardboiled detectives who don’t believe in justice and/or any romantic notions but seek it anyway and femme fatales who manipulate these performances of womanhood to get what they want)
and like i want nothing more than woc femme fatales (and woc girl fridays) bc look if the one thing femme fatales do best is turn their sexuality into a tool to be used for their own ends, against men, etc. then i want there to be woc at the helm of this. esp. because when you look at the history of representation of woc in
classic hollywoodanything, non-white sexuality is always posited as either weak and servile (e.g. lotus flowers or w/e the trope is called) or aggressive and violent and ruinous and both of these things regardless are still structured as harmful and destructive to white relationships
and nothing makes me happier than the notion that these woc femme fatales knew that and decided to manipulate it anyway bc they aren’t going to be seen as anything else. that if they’re going to become sexual objects for white men irrespective of any other context or their own desires, then they’re sure as hell going to make those white dudes awed and terrified by their aggression, and they’re going to be ruinous not as a byproduct of having dangerous~ uncontainable sexuality but because they intend to ruin those men’s lives
and if all else fails and you’re still not convinced THIS IS AN ARTICLE THAT EXISTS and i want my movie now
Karen you are actually perfect.
anon asked: at what point is something no longer considered appropriation? like is the entire world p much considered appropriating silk as a luxury fabric from china?
What we have here appears to be a basic misunderstanding of what appropriation actually is.
Appropriation isn’t using something that originated somewhere else.
Appropriation is when something of meaning and significance, a cultural signifier, is taken from a culture and used in a way that completely divorces it from its original meaning and significance. For instance: wearing a war bonnet that you didn’t earn is appropriative, because war bonnets are deeply sacred to certain ndn tribes. They used to be earned one feather at a time for great acts of bravery; now they’re mostly given to people who do great good for ndn communities. Buying one or making one by yourself and putting it on is essentially making a mockery of the people who actually earned theirs, like if you made yourself some fake war medals and insisted it made you a veteran.
Silk, on the other hand, is a commodity that has been freely traded with the western world for quite some time. As far as I’m aware, silk in and of itself doesn’t have any sacred meaning or deep importance - it’s just a fabric. Using silk to make luxury fabric goods isn’t appropriation because a) silk is not sacred and b) using a fabric to make fabric goods is not appropriation because you’re literally using it exactly for its intended purpose.
It’s real funny [except not funny at all] how the way to devalue, dehumanize and gaslight women is to say they have Daddy Issues
Daddy Issues became a well known thing because men have become known for abusing and leaving their children
And yet, somehow that’s a reflection on the daughter and not men
But Feminists make up sexism right?
Yeah, she actually asked that on Twitter. Next time I see a fauxminist site peddling her series because “OMG WE NEED MORE WOMEN ON TV”, I’m going to go be the Hulk to their sorry Loki. There is nothing worth defending in her or her products at this stage. And if I am supposed to consume her flavor of shit because it’s about women, well, I’d rather die of starvation.
okay! so. here are some websites that i’ve found helpful, as distractions or deterrents from anxiety and/or sadness.
- silk - use rotational symmetry to create beautful art
- create your own nebula - the title says it all
- looking at something - rain sound effect, move your mouse around to create different effects. (caution with this one—some of the links at the top of the page lead to websites that are NOT epilepsy/photosensitive friendly)
- the quiet place
- 90 second relaxation exercise
- the thoughts room
- calm.com - guided relaxation exercises coupled with calming nature scenes
- calmsound.com - various relaxing sound effects
- music catcher - easy game featuring relaxing music
- drift - cute game in which you are a bunny trying to jump on balloons
- calming manatee - a manatee who says nice things to you
i hope some of these are helpful bc you deserve to feel relaxed and calm! if you know of any other helpful sites, please feel free to reblog and add them in! :3
i long for a simpler time. the good old days, when i was in bed, this morning
E3 was great! Just look at all brand new games they give us!
Just look at protagonists! Isn’t it great, how modern technologies let developers create so many different characters?! Just look at divercity of facial hair! Or how many hues of dark brown used for their hair!
- Andrea Hairston, a professor of theater and Afro-American studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, from Beyond ‘Game of Thrones’: Exploring Diversity in Speculative Fiction (via purposefullyme)
Andrea Hairston is one of the coolest people I have ever met in my life.
John Berger Ways of Seeing (via spartanbitch)
This is super fucking relevant.
And why self portraits (selfies) are often such an act of self preservation and resistance.
selfies as politics, hell yeah.
#it’s okay to follow creepshots but when a celebrity’s nudes are leaked she’s a slut #it’s perfectly normal to watch objectifying porn but when a woman decides to film herself having sex she’s a whore #it’s alright for you to harass women on the street but when they approach you first it’s arrogance #it’s cool for you to fantasize about a woman who’s out of your league but when a woman you deem unattractive likes you you’re disgusted #no don’t worry you can make female bodies public property but when they discuss your masturbation habits you can be offended
-An excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013)
I cannot wait to buy this book.