today on tumblr, people in the UK and such should not use the word “cunt” because its offensive to some tumblr users.

in other news, people still refuse to stop calling everything “queer” because queer is “reclaimed”

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A couple more amazing Argentinian ladies for anonymous:

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Aimé Painé, composer and singer who fought to keep the culture and values of the Mapuche people alive, even during the military dictatorship.

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Mercedes Sosa, writer and singer

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María Remedios del Valle, like most of the other black soldiers during the independence wars, has been completely forgotten by history books. She fought in many battles and her bravery was personally recognized by Belgrano.

Also: Some kickass women boxers (I know nothing about boxing though)

I’ve been thinking.

There’s something really interesting about conceptualizing beauty as an institution. There are standards set by Western cultures about what is beautiful, and this mostly includes features (bodies+clothing/other cultural indicators) associated with whiteness, thinness, typical ability, and a cis gender expression. What I see often on tumblr is the very tumblr-esque action of fighting the status quo in effort to change it, and people do this by saying every body, everybody, is beautiful. I love this and think it’s a wonderful movement on the track of getting people to love themselves/combat institutional oppression, but I also think there a certain things to question and keep in mind

(Disclaimer: these are opinions/suggestions. I can’t speak for everyone. I’m also white, thin and physically typically abled, born/raised in the U.S., and my gender expression allows me to pass as cis).

Because of colorism, ethnocentrism (+white supremacy in general), cissexism, ableism, fatphobia etc etc, Western society does not view certain people as beautiful. When we’re asserting that people marginalized by this are beautiful, we aren’t recognizing that the societal belief systems say that these people are not beautiful, which I think we should be! We should be starting dialogues about the institutions that say what beauty is, and imho we need to start critically looking at why we think beauty is important in the first place (i mean, it fuels and is fueled by capitalist ideals/money, is comprised largely of misogyny, and is rooted in colonialism and white supremacy).

Of course there are aspects of beauty rooted in the human affinity for symmetric things and clean things (ideals that may also be worth abolishing?), but beauty tends to be a cultural expression of uneven power structures, the people with power/social capital being the ones who the society deems beautiful. I think it’d be neat af to abolish this (not to say you can’t find people physically attractive/have a type. maybe it’s possible to do that without upholding toxic belief systems and while thinking critically about why you find certain things beautiful).

The part of the “everyone is beautiful” trend that I do really like and can get behind is that by saying everyone is beautiful, it is working to abolish the beauty standard because atypically beautiful people being complimented works against that standard. Regardless of that, though, why is beauty a go-to compliment? Is that what makes them authentic and valuable and worthy of self love?

idk. worth some thought, maybe?

inspired by my buddy Luna voidjuju ‘s “reclaiming ugly” posts I’ve seen a couple times.

shrrrr1mp said:

how do you feel about the word queer?

I feel fine about it, but others may not, so respect the wishes of other people before using it. If someone tells you to stop, then do so.

It’s a long-reclaimed word (as opposed to “I like this slur I heard! I’ll use it!”) and can be considered an umbrella to mean “not heterosexual and/or cis” but some people still don’t like it, or think it’s inaccurate or evasive— especially of intersex people who many not identify with the mainstream “queer awareness/queer rights movement.” But some people also don’t identify with any label other than “queer” in regards to gender and/or sexuality.

For an umbrella term, some people prefer MOGAI, for  Marginalized Orientations, Gender identities And Intersex. Others still use LGBTQQIAP+. 

Basically, if someone tells you to stop, do so immediately. But many people still use the term to refer to “People who don’t benefit from major intersections of gender or sexuality privilege as compared to heterosexual cis people.”

A four-part film series at UH Mānoa, September 16-18.  Featuring Islands of Sanctuary, a film about Aboriginal Australians and Native Hawaiians reclaiming land from the government and the military, and resisting the erosion of culture and environment.

I’m sorry this is a day late! My uni emailed it to me but I hadn’t checked my email all week because I’d been so busy. But you can still check it out if you’re in Hawai’i!

For all the problems this series has, my biggest problem is honestly the shoeless elf nonsense from DA2. Yes, the elves certainly will feel closer to nature when they cut their feet open on sharp rocks, and then get sand and bugs in the wounds, leading to possible infection and freaking DEATH. I guess now we know why the elves are dying out, and why they haven’t managed to reclaim their homeland yet. Put on some damn shoes you fools. And whoever decided this was a good idea, shame on you.

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The Fear shots that just didn’t make the cut.

Continued from the original set.

I talked in class about all the different types of forms I made with my body. I really wish I had more than 5 slots to play with.  & there’s hundreds of images just like these too.

The process of photographing & editing & presenting mirrored how I normally feel about my body - rapid, dangerous, & violent shifts.  Initially I was feeling good - reclaiming my body thru my own work felt great!  I was photographing & I felt fantastic! The only bad thing was me contorting into these weird shapes!  But all of that changed once I started editing - looking at all my imperfections on my screen… looking at myself in some odd third person.  & then realizing, much to my horror, I would be presenting my nude body to the rest of the class.

That entire class session [because I went last] I was an anxious wreck.  I felt like I was going to vomit during everyone else’s critiques.  But instead of fearing that my “body” wasn’t going to be good enough for the class, I was afraid of the quality of my work.  My prof was making comments that I immediately applied to my own.

But everything went better than expected.  & I was lauded by a lot of people.  This was actually… a really big step forward for me.

anonymous said:

I'm not trans, but I have been bullied relentlessly with "it pronouns". Seeing them makes me sick. I don't want to use the word triggered, but I get physically sick every time someone uses them for a person.

same, honestly. i got called ‘it’ a lot last year. it makes me queasy. dehumanization can’t really be reclaimed, i dont understand why anyone’s even trying to normalize it.

anonymous said:

i feel really defensive of qpps and im not sure why. can i ask for your opinion on people who arent nonbinary/aro/ace being in a qpp? im not sure if its my place (i am agender and ace) but i always feel very upset when i see monogender non aro/ace people, trans or not in a qpp, i feel like we created it to escape the fact that our relationships are seen as less than theirs and get very hostile. am i wrong? honest opinion, please.

i wasnt aware being nb had much to do with it? maybe its a connection i missed. 

i mean i personally dont care. i think its a way to describe a kind of relationship that is not otherwise recognized. that said i dont like ppl who cant reclaim queer using that particular part of the label - quasiplatonic is a good alternative label they should use. 

i feel like if anyone should rly be protective of it tho its aro ppl. like im aro spectrum and  ace, and i feel like qp is much more about not being romantic than not being sexual. 

my opinion on this might change based on more info, but thats where i stand rn i guess. im very *shrug* about it

The foyer in a house built over a creek, in Wyoming. Built from reclaimed wood, a concept developed by artist Debbie Petersen and her late husband. The home’s geo-thermal cooling system uses a pump to channel ground water through conduits under the house, which doesn’t just save energy - it also creates the innovative glass-covered indoor stream. Photo: Roger Wade

Here's the thing.

Transphobes will still hate trans people regardless of how nice we are.

Queerphobes will hate queer people regardless of how nice we are.

Sexists will still hate women regardless of how nice we are.

Racists will still hate people of color regardless of how nice they are.

It doesn’t matter what we say or how we say it, they will still hate. And if your “support” is totally dependent on oppressed people’s tone and attitude, than you weren’t a supporter to begin with.

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