arab representations

Me: *look at Marvel*

Me: *sees how one of their most popular current characters is Kamala Khan, a positive muslim representation that has her heritage, culture and identity shown in accurate manners without white-washing her*

Me: *look at DC*

Me: “Why can’t you do that with Damian Wayne?”

The sex scene in tonight’s episode of ‘American Gods’ between two Middle Eastern men actually made me more emotional than horny.

The fact that we’re finally seeing so many gay men of color on screen is extremely uplifting. ‘Sense 8’, and ‘Moonlight’. Yeah I know there are other shows/movies out there as well. These works of art are going to mean a lot for gay men of color who have yet to feel validated in the LGBT community.

We’re here.

You know who always gets left out of conversations about diversity?

Arabs. Even on shows like Glee where they cover everything from physical / mental disabilities to sexual orientation to religion to every race under the sun - they ain’t got no Arab. Greys Anatomy: credited for being diverse and crossing racial barriers. Features Asians, Latinos, African Americans, but no Arabs. When you’re filling out a survey or your SATs and you get to the part about crossing off your race and ethnicity - do you know who the “other” box is for? Arabs. I’ve only once filled out one that had “middle eastern” on there and I almost cried.

Unless a movie or a show needs a bomb dropped Arabs do not exist in any other context in our media and as a result, society. Idk man. I brought this up to a non Arab friend recently and she was like shit I didn’t even notice. It’s as if all these “advances” in “diversity” aren’t made for us. They’ve never included us. It’s like we’re a whole separate genre of POC.


Before you say, Write your own! – let me tell you that we do. But this page is a resource for writers, so we thought writers might want to know what kinds of representation would make us more likely to get excited about your book. We don’t speak for everyone in our demographic, just ourselves, but we hope this post gives you some cool writing ideas.

Note: This is additional info writers can keep in mind when writing characters of those backgrounds. We believe it’s a good thing to ask the people you’re including what they’d like to see.

Actually hearing from misrepresented and underrepresented people and asking us what we’d like to see of ourselves is much better than unthinkingly tossing characters into tired tropes or reinforcing stereotypes that do us harm.

Colette (Black): More Black people doing shit! Going on adventures, riding dragons, being magical! More Black characters in prominent roles in fantasy + sci-fi and historical settings and not always and only as slavess. These stories are important, but they’re NOT our only stories. We were kings and queens too. Let us wear the fancy dresses for a change instead of the chains, damn it!

More Black girls being portrayed as lovely and treasured and worth protecting. More Black girls finding love. More Black girls in general who aren’t relegated to arc-less, cliche “Sassy best friends” and “strong black women.”

More positive, dynamic roles of Black men (fathers, brothers, boys…) More positive, dynamic family roles of Black families as a whole, families that are loving and supportive and there. More Black people from all socioeconomic classes. More Black characters that don’t rely on the stereotypes that the media is currently going full force to reinforce.

Yasmin (Arab, Turkish): More Arabs who aren’t token characters. I want to see Arabs normalised in literature. Arab teenagers in high school, Arab young adults behind on their taxes, Arab dads who cook amazing food, Arab moms who refuse to soften their tongue for others. Arabs who aren’t mystical fantasy creatures from another planet. Arabs in YAs and in dramas and nonfiction and comedies and children’s books. We are human just like everyone else, and I’d like to see that reflected in literature. Often we are boxed into very specific genres of literature and made to feel ostracised from the rest. Let’s see some change!

Alice (Black, biracial): I’m hoping for more Black and biracial (mixed with Black) leading characters in all genres, but mainly in SF/F who fall outside of the stereotypes. Characters I can relate to who love, cry and fight for their ideals and dreams. It would be great if their race would play an active role in their identities (I don’t mean plot-related). Some intersectionality with sexuality and disability is also sorely missed, without it becoming a tragedy or it being seen as a character flaw. More mixed race characters who aren’t mixed with some kind of monster, fictional race or different species. Dystopias about problems usually faced by poc having actual poc protags, without all the racial ambiguity which always gets whitewashed. 

Shira (Jewish): More Jewish characters who feel positively about their Judaism and don’t carry it around as a burden or embarrassment. While the latter is definitely a real part of our experience due to anti-Semitism and all we’ve been through as a people, the fact that it overrepresents us in fiction is also due to anti-Semitism, even internalized. (Basically, Jews who don’t hate Judaism!)

More brave, heroic characters who are openly Jewish instead of being inspired by the Jewish experience and created by Jews (like Superman) or played by Jews (Captain Kirk) but still not actually Jewish. I’m tired of always being Tolkien’s Dwarves; I’d like a chance to play Bard, Bilbo, or even Gandalf’s role in that kind of story.

Elaney (Mexican): While we’re discussing what sort of representation we’d like to see, I am using the word “latinista” and I want to quickly address that since you may have not seen it before: “-ista” is a genderless suffix denoting someone is from an area (“Nortista”, a northerner), or who practices a belief (“Calvinista”, a calvinist), or a professsion (you’ve heard ‘barista’).  I find it more intuitively pronounceable than “latinx” and also more friendly to Spanish, French, and Portugueze pronunciation (and thus more appropriate), personally, so I invite you to consider it as an alternative.  If you don’t like it, well, at least I showed you.

1. I want legal Latinista immigrants. The darker your skin is down here, the more likely you are to be assumed to be illegal by your peers, and I want media to dilute this assumption so many have of us.

2. I want Latinistas who are well educated, not just smart, and I mean formally educated, with college degrees, professional skillsets, and trained expertise.  Being in fields which do not require a formal degree is no less legitimate of a lifestyle than being in a field which requires a PhD, but I want you to consider when casting your Latinista character that We, as a people, are assumed to be little more than the drop-out and the janitor by our peers, and People Of Color in scientific fields are mistaken as assistant staff rather than the scientists that they are.  I want media to dilute this assumption.  

3. I want Latnistas who are not marketed as “Latin American” but as their actual country of origin, because “Latin America” is a conglomerate of individual entities with their own, distinct cultures and if you are, for example, Cuban, then Mexican characters may appeal to you but they don’t have the same relatability as fellow Cuban characters. Wouldn’t you be a little more interested, too, to pick up a book that’s about a character who lives where you do rather than about a character who lives somewhere in general?

4. I want rich or well-to-do Latinistas.  Looking back, I notice that several of the character concepts that have been bounced off of us with regards to Latinista characters incorporate poverty despite an astronomical and diligent work ethic. I don’t think this is on purpose but I do think that it is internalized because so often the stereotype of us is poor and uneducated in a vicious cycle (uneducated because we’re poor, poor because we’re uneducated) and I think that there should be more media to dilute this.  

Lastly, I personally do not want these tropes to be explored and subverted by people, I want them to be avoided entirely because I feel that normalizing positive representation rather than commenting on negative representation is far more beneficial and validating to the people these works are supposed to help and represent. We don’t need sympathy, we need empathy! 

Jess (Chinese, Taiwanese): Stories that don’t center around the identity of being Chinese-American. That doesn’t mean “erase any references to protag’s Chinese identity” but I’d definitely like stories that have us go on awesome adventures every now and then and don’t have the Chinese character being all “I AM CHINESE” from beginning to end.

Please round out the Chinese migrant parents instead of keeping them as strict and/or traditional. PLEASE. I could go into how my parents and the Chinese aunties and uncles here are so awesome, seriously, and we need more older Chinese migrant characters who are awesome and supportive and just people. Also! EAST ASIAN GIRLS WHO AREN’T SKINNY AND/OR PETITE. Please. PLEEEEEASE. And more stories about Taiwanese and Chinese folks who aren’t in bicoastal regions (the Midwest, the Plains, etc.) WE EXIST.

More Chinese-Americans who aren’t necessarily Christian. Maybe it’s because of the books I’ve wound up reading, but there seems to be this narrative of Chinese migrants joining churches and converting when they’re in the US. This doesn’t mean I want less Chinese-American Christians in fiction, mind: I’d also just like to see more Chinese families in the US who are Buddhist or who still keep up with the traditions they learned from their homelands, like me, without having it considered in the narrative as ~old fashioned~ or ~ancient~ or ~mystical~. Tangentially, when writing non-Christian Chinese families, I’d rather people keep the assumption of Communism being the underlying reason why far, far away. I have been asked in the past if Communism was why my family didn’t go to church, and needless to say, it’s really, really offensive. 

Stella (Korean): I’d love to see more Korean (and Asian-American) characters that don’t perpetuate the super-overachieving, stressed-out, only-cares-about-succeeding Asian stereotype. These Koreans exist (I would know; I went to school with quite a few of them) but they don’t represent all of us. I want to see more Korean characters solving mysteries, saving the world and having fun. More Koreans that aren’t pale, petite, and a size 2. Not all of us have perfect skin or straight black hair or monolids. And some of us love our short legs, round faces and small eyes!

And fewer stoic&strict Korean parents, please. So many of us grew up with loud, wacky, so-embarrassing-but-endearing parents!  

Recently, there’s been quite a few novels with Korean American female protags (particularly in the YA section) that deal with being in high school, dealing with strict parents, getting into college, and boys. Lots of boys! I think it’s awesome that there are more books with KA protags, and I’m so so so glad they’re out there. But I also recognize that those are definitely not the kind of books I would have read as a teenager, and it’s not the kind of book I want to read now. I want to see more Korean characters that are queer, trans, ace, bisexual. More Korean characters that are disabled or autistic or have mental illnesses. More Korean characters in fantasy, SFF, mystery! Heck, space operas and steampunk Westerns. I want it all! :DDDD

A lot of Korean-Americans struggle with their identity. It’s hard to balance things sometimes! But I’d love to see more stories that *aren’t* overtly about Korean-Americans dealing with their racial identity or sexual orientation, but stories about Koreans saving princesses and slaying trolls and commandeering spaceships. I want a plot that doesn’t center on Korean-American identity, but on a Korean-American character discovering themselves. White characters get to do it all the time; I want Korean characters to have a turn. 

And honestly, I just want to see more Asians in media, period. South Asians, Southeast Asians, Central Asians! Thai, Hmong, Tibetan, Filipino, Vietnamese characters. Indian characters! There’s so much diversity in Asia and among Asian diaspora. I want us to be more than just ~~mystical~~ characters with ancient wisdom and a generic Asian accent. We’ve got boundless oceans of stories within ourselves and our communities, and I can’t wait for them to be told.

I would also love to see more multiethnic Asian characters that are *not* half white. It seems to be the default mixed-race Asian character: East Asian and white. But so many of my friends have multiethnic backgrounds like Chinese/Persian, Thai/Chinese or Korean/Mexican. I have Korean friends who grew up in places like Brazil, Singapore and Russia. Did you know that the country with the largest population of Koreans (outside of Korea) is actually China? 

And while I’m at it, I’d love to see more well-translated works from Asia in the US. Like, how awesome would it be to have more science fiction, fantasy, and historical novels from Asia that are easily accessible in English? SUPER awesome!!

Kaye (Muslim): I am so hungry for Muslim representation, because there is so little of it. You can see one or two (YA) titles I currently think or have heard are good representation on the shelves - notably, Aisha Saeed’s Written in the Stars - on an AMA I did the other day for /r/YAwriters.

However, I’d just love to see stories where Muslim characters go on adventures like everyone else!

I’ve been saying recently that I’d LOVE to see a cozy mystery. Or a series of Muslim historical romances a la Georgette Heyer (there are a LOT of Muslim girls who love romances, and I’m just starting to get into the genre myself!). I’d love to see Muslim middle grade readers get girls who find secret passages, solve mysteries, tumble through the neighborhood with their dozen or so cousins.

I have a lot of cousins and thus I always have a soft spot for cousins. And siblings.

I’m looking forward to Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham because Jen is writing Scarlett as a detective a la Veronica Mars. And she’s Somali-American. How cool is that?!

Let’s see some classic road trip YA with Muslims. Let’s see comedies with quirky characters - for instance, I know one or two tween Muslim girls who are driving their moms MAD by suddenly turning vegetarian and refusing to touch the celebratory biryani at family Eid parties, who join relevant societies at their schools and start preaching to their extended families about the benefits of going vegetarian and all the funny little interactions that are involved with that. Let’s have a story with some wise-cracking African American Muslim girls.

My cousin is a niqaabi who loves YA and hates that she doesn’t see herself in it. Let’s see some stories with teen niqaabis! Let’s explore the full, joyful spectrum of diversity in Islam. Let’s have stories where we talk about how one word in Bengali is totally different in another language, and one friend is hilariously horrified and the other friend doesn’t know what he/she said.

(True story.)

I want to see joy. I want to see happiness. Being a woman of color and a hijaabi often means facing so many daily, disheartening scenarios and prejudice and hatefulness. So many of the suggested tropes recently in the inbox focus on trying to force Muslim characters into beastly or haraam or just sad and stereotypical scenarios. I know that writers are better and have bigger imaginations than that.

You want angst? Push aside the cold, unkind, abusive Muslim parents trope. Let’s talk about the Muslim girls I know who have struggled with eating disorders. Let’s talk about Islamophobia and how that is a REAL, horrible experience that Muslim kids have to fear and combat every day. Let’s approach contemporary angst without the glasses of the Western gaze and assumptions about people of the Islamic faith on.

We can have Muslim novels that focus on growing pains like Sarah Dessen and Judy Blume (and speaking of that, my “auntie” who used to teach in a madrasah used to press Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret on the Muslim girls she knew because of how Margaret approached growing up and had concerns about her faith and her relationships, etc.)

Having Shia friends, I would like to see more stories that aren’t just assumed to be Sunni. How about stories about Su-Shi kids, too? (Sunni and Shia - the name always surprises me!) Let’s see some Muslim-Jewish friendships. Because they exist.

And of course, I always, always hunger for Muslim voices first. Because it’s so important to have these voices there, from the source, and some of the issues with answering here at WWC is how people seem to be approaching certain tropes that a Muslim writer could explore with the nuance and lived experience of their faith behind it.

anonymous asked:

do u know any lgbt arab movies u can recommend ?

This list is of queer middle eastern films that include queer arab films

Circumstance (2011) - film explores love and sexual rebellion between two women under the watchful eye of the government and through family dynamics in modern day Iran.

Caramel (2007) - “a beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. Follows the love lives of five Lebanese women, one of them is the stylist Rima who does not know how to handle her attraction to a female client.

Mondial 2010 (2014) - “is a film on love and place. A Lebanese gay couple decides to take a road trip to Ramallah. The film is recorded with their camera as they chronicle their journey. The viewers are invited through the couple’s conversations into the universe of a fading city.” In reality Lebanese cannot drive to Ramallah as they are forbidden into Israel and this plays with the significance of a same-sex relationship in the Middle East and what it means to be a queer Middle Eastern.

Lola and Billy the Kid (1999) - “Murat, the youngest son of a conservative Turkish family, is struggling with his sexuality as well as with the demands of his patriarchal older brother. When Murat meets with Lola – his estranged brother who now is a drag queen – and her macho Turkish lover, Billy the Kid, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous new world. 

Oriented (2015) - feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv.

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014) - “I will tell you my life story so that no idiot will write my biography the way it suits them,” says legendary gay Iranian artist Bahman Mohassess in this documentary about his life. 

A Jihad For Love (2007) - feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. This movie focuses on Islam in multiple regions of the world rather than just the Middle East.

Mixed Kebab (2012) - centers around a TurkisH character and talks about the struggles of being a gay poc in a conservative Muslim household in a western country and having to defy middle eastern expectations of you. Best of all, the ending is a happy one!

I Say Dust (2015) - “Two Arab-American women in New York City fall in love, argue home and identity, engage in a chess battle, and express themselves through the power of the spoken word. 'I Say Dust’ explores poetry in cinema through the story of Hal, a poet belonging to the Palestinian diaspora in NYC, who meets Moun, a free-spirited chess boards sales girl. Their brief love affair challenges their understanding of what makes home.”

Note: There are more LGBT films produced and directed by Israelis but I don’t recommend them. They pinkwash Israel’s violent acts towards Palestinians by diverting your attention and targeting the queer audience, in specific, to claims that Israel supports LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) rights. 

The films usually depict a Palestinian struggling with their sexuality and their community’s rejection of their identity and a “free” Israeli that fall in love and Tel Aviv is the safe haven for their love. Basically using representation that Arabs are savage and Israelis are here to free us. 

Truth is there is no rainbow bedazzled hole in the Israeli West Bank Wall that allows you a free access to ‘freedom’ if your ass is queer. When they bomb Gaza they are bombing Palestinian including queers one. Besides the fact that they are killing us, this just shows their LGBTQ rights  (all their human rights) are just a show to divert your attention and this is effectively done through media including movies. This is why I do not recommend Israeli queer films depicting the Middle East.

This sign was placed on the edge of the main stage at Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival in San Francisco 


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anonymous asked:

just wanted to let you know cuz you seem pretty chill about taking criticism and correcting ur mistakes, uve been getting some hate for how u draw pharah vs mercy, with how big and broad she is next to tiny mercy. a lot of ppl feel its pretty racist. just letting you know

Hey, thanks for this ask. I don’t ever want to be dismissive of people’s feelings about this, and the last thing I want to do is reinforce awful stereotypes that have been perpetuated by my interpretation of Pharah. I realize now that the way I’ve drawn Pharah, especially in comparison to Mercy, is fucked up, regardless of my intentions.

But the reason I’ve drawn Pharah as I have has no relation to creating a contrast between her and Mercy. The way I’ve stylized her was initially in response to conversations that I’d had with a friend of mine who is egyptian. She’d told me that she felt butchness/masculine presenting arab women lack representation in media, and I’d stylized Pharah in reaction to this. I didn’t even stop to think about what that would mean to others seeing this interpretation, especially in contrast to how I’ve drawn Mercy, but I should have. I realize now that despite my intentions in making this choice, I ended up further perpetuating a stereotype that I’d never want to reinforce.

The last thing I’d ever want to do is hurt someone with any drawings I post, so I apologize to those of you that I have offended and I appreciate those of you that called me out on this. I will be better, and I won’t continue drawing Pharah as I have in the past.

this might be just personal preference

but I really like Damian with green eyes instead of blue. I always like to think that he has a lot in common with his mother in terms of physical appearance; beautiful brown skin (like he should have, I am looking at you DC), greenish-hazel eyes- of course one of my favourite headcanons is that Damian will outgrow at least three of his siblings when he is in his teens (he never quite reaches Jason’s height but he’s close) but he will never really be as buff as Bruce. More lean, not wiry as Tim but definitely an athletic build similar to Dick.

Besides all that, he still looks very similar to Bruce, I mean, have you seen that scowl of his? Totally the original Batglare™.

anonymous asked:

ikr. and i feel like people will fight for diversity and representation and that's amazing don't get me wrong but it seems that people aren't willing to fight for arab representation and it makes me so so sad because we are real people and we exist and breathe the same air as everyone and we aren't terrorists. when will be acknowledged as real people?

i thought it was a rumor but i just looked it up and what the fuck is this shit 

it sucks man. i don’t think that i’ve ever seen an arab person as a supporting character in hollywood, much less as a lead? or an arab character whose characterization didn’t revolve the fact that they’re arab. im so sorry bud, it just sucks.

Crisis mode meant that certain issues were privileged over others. This point was most clearly evident in moments when people raised critiques of sexism or homophobia within our movement. These critiques were met with an official movement logic that contended that the issue of sexism was secondary to the fact that “our people are dying back home.” Alternatively, it positioned discussion of homophobia as entirely irrelevant or outside the boundaries of acceptability. In this movement - as in many racial justice and national liberation solidarity movements - the official movement logic also subordinated critiques of sexism and homophobia in reaction to racism.

Not only were gender and sexuality barely discussed, but the official movement discourse insisted that discussing these internal issues in public could actually endanger the goals activists were fighting for. Many members of this movement shared the belief that U.S. Orientalist representations of Arabs and Muslims, specifically images of hyperoppressed Arab and Muslim women and Arab Muslim sexual savagery, were among the most common images Americans saw - especially form the news media and Hollywood. In their analysis, Orientalist representations were a key reason so many Americans supported U.S. military interventions in the Middle Eat and why many Americans, particularly liberals, expressed profound empathy for Arab and Muslim women - perceived to be victims of their culture and religion - but little concern over the impact of U.S. policies on Arab and Muslim communities.

In response, many activists feared that discussing sexism and compulsory heterosexuality within Arab communities would reinforce Orientalism. Activists advocated an anti-Orientalist politics that reinforced the relegation of gender and sexuality to the margins. Activists feared that speaking out about sexism and homophobia could reinforce stereotypes of Arabs and strengthen the very violence they were fighting to eliminate. The tacit belief was that activists who publicly critiqued sexism or homophobia within Arab and Arab American communities were no better than traitors to their people. Th result - of yet another binary structure - was that attempts to develop feminist or queer critiques were often confined between two extremes: untenable silence, on the one hand, and the reification of Orientalist representations, on the other. 

- Nadine Naber, “Decolonizing Culture: Beyond Orientalist and Anti-Orientalist Feminism,” in Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (2010)

things WB/DC need to remember when making live-action Batman-centric movies:

  • Cassandra Cain is biracial, Chinese and white American.
  • Dick Grayson is Romani. 
  • Selina Kyle is bisexual.
  • Harley Quinn is a polyamorous queer (bi/pan/???) lady.
  • Poison Ivy is also a queer lady.
  • Bane is Latino
  • Ra’s al Ghul is not and never will be white. He is an Arab, so is his daughter Talia and his grandson Damian (biracial) is of Arabic decent.

that is all.

anonymous asked:

Why is it that you like Damian so much? I mean don't get me wrong he is my favorite, but I would just like to know what your reason was? Sorry if you have already been asked this. Also I really am hating the new teen titans and I'm glad to know there are more out there, my friend loves it… sadly

I know this deserve some long analyzed and specific answer, but if I’m gonna be honest with you, I’m not really good at expressing my feeling in details, so I don’t know how to really explain it without going: “Lol, I just like him because he’s cool”. But I guess I’ll just try to say what I can?

I think one of the reasons I like Damian is that despite wearing the costume of the world’s most famous sidekick, Damian makes it his own, you just can’t look at him and think to yourself: “He’s someone sidekick,” from day one he has been as independent and successful as possible in everything he does without being overshadowed by anyone else and he does it so effortlessly. Basically he is a get-shit-done character, and what I really like about him is that he’s not all-bark-and-no-bite, no he can actually back up what he says which to me is just so refreshing, he’s not a little boy that is inferior to Batman in every way and need his help when he get kidnapped or beat nor is he an ignorant sidekick that doesn’t know what’s going on and just follows Batman’s commands. Damian got so much talents, abilities and wisdom despite being so young and because of his back story and origins, him being so capable is actually not that forced and unbelievable compared to other child superheroes, and he will use all of that talent to achieve his goal, and if there was any time left then he may follow Bruce around the city to make him feel like he’s the boss.

I don’t know if anyone else would agree with me, but personally I have always been a fan of the Underdog-kicks-ass-and-succeed Trope, and in a way you can say that trope apply to Damian because the role of Robin has always been the underdog to Batman, but Damian is his own big character that can’t be contained and seeing him breaking those traditional role is just so satisfying to me and I think he’s an awesome addition to the DC universe and the Batfamily.

And there’s also the endearing parts about him outside of the filed, like being so tiny and feisty at the same time or not talking or acting like a normal modern kid would, or just being so extra. Some of these traits might be annoying to some but when it comes from a little (Tiny) child that takes himself too serious you can’t help but think that it’s a little bit cute.

There’s also the biggest and most important part, which is representation. Damian is canonly Arab (Like anyone who has followed me for 5 minutes would now) and believe it or not but I actually didn’t know about Damian ethnicity when I first discovered him (Thanks to how white-washed he is) But when I did discover it? He went from number #36 in my most favorite characters list to number #1. Yes, number #1, the reason for that is because of how big the platform Damian’s character has and how much potential he has to give for Arab-Representation. I don’t think you guys understand the potential Damian has, Damian is BATMAN’S SON, do you understand how important that is? If a day come where Damian is no longer white-washed and has writers and artists involving his culture and identity in his comics and gets DC promoting him as an Arab superhero then Damian might be the most highest-profiled Arab character in Western Media ever (Or maybe second behind Aladdin), and as an Arab Damian myself that would be a dream comes through, and if I’m gonna be honest with you, 99% of the reason I still read comics is because I’m hoping that would come reality someday. But sadly I’m starting to lose hope with everyday that passes, and DC just doesn’t seem to be in the same side as me.

anonymous asked:

You aren't part of any problem. Butch Pharah isn't racist, people are just pulling things out there ass or have internalized prejudice against butchness they have yet to realize. Her butchness isnt portrayed negatively/to dehumanize her. Besides, irl butch arabic women exist (like you) and deserve positive representation as well. And if peeps are like 'but what about feminine poc representation!!' Like symmetra, sombra, PHARAH'S OWN MOTHER ANA AMARI all exist, clear examples of more feminine poc

Thank you.

I understand where people are coming from. And I also understand the idea of white people portraying pharah as butch and mercy as this lil femme girl can be pretty gross. 

But like… I’m butch. Arabic women are often portrayed as weak, slaves or that they ‘need help from the White West to be Free!!!!’ or whatever and its pretty messed up. Show me where the butch representation for Arabic women is and I’ll stop. 

The thing is. People care about Arabic women, but they don’t care enough to listen to us when we talk about things that matter to us. They care more about shoving their own views over everything. It’s tiring. And I’m tired. 

Looking for advice on how to represent POC in fantasy literature!

Hello!! I’m currently in the beginning stages of my fantasy novel. I want to have diverse characters that come from specific cultures bc I find the variety of day-to-day lives as well as mythology interesting, and the lack of this in the media is alarming.

A problem I keep running into is that I don’t want to spew all this information which may or may not be misrepresenting POC. Another issue…there are no humans in this novel. It is purely creatures from myth (fairies, mermaids, centaurs, elves, dwarves, etc) and ones I’ve come up with. I was thinking of splitting up a lot of races and putting them on different continents with many religions and cultures.

What would be extremely helpful is if anyone on here who is POC could message me with advice on how to represent THEIR culture, mythology (if you like that stuff), or religion. Even if you, like me, don’t know how to incorporate this stuff into a fantasy novel, it would still be appreciated if you explained what you would like to see represented in literature and the media…or even just telling me your fave history moments or myths.

If you’re not POC, any mythology things you can tell me would be wonderful, and it would be extremely helpful if you reblogged this!! I really want to see what ya’ll got!!

Thanks guys!!


To my knowledge, I Dream of Jeannie is the only U.S. television show that has revolved around a female Arab character, which is quite sad given that she’s a make-believe caricature. Truthfully, though, I don’t think Jeannie could be a prime-time diva today because of how social tensions have changed. Now, if Arabs appear onscreen at all, it’s as evil male terrorists or oppressed, silent women, stereotypes that not only strip West Asian and North African people of their humanity, but also strip out dynamism from entertainment. Everyone would benefit if these confining boxes could open up, making room for multiple stories to flourish.
—  Stephanie Abraham, “Jeannie’s American Dream: The Assimilation of a TV Icon,” in Bitch no. 65 (Winter 2015)

anonymous asked:

Have u seen Descendents of the Sun? What's your favorite kdrama of all times? Do you watch any arab dramas and do you have a favorite?

honestly, i didn’t even finish episode 4 of DoS. it didn’t pique my interest at all, and i still don’t understand the hype (happy for the main couple that’s getting married though!)

my favorite kdrama of all time will forever be goblin. i thought bride of the water god would at least partially fill the emotional & existential void i’ve been feeling after the second time i watched goblin, but it seems like it won’t even come close.

i don’t watch many arab dramas because a lot of the time they really rile me up & i get into fights with my family due to the religious & abusive patriarchal themes that are ALWAYS in there. i do have a handful i like though.

my favorite is the one from last year about the syrian civil crisis and a family that falls apart (called al nadam/الندم-i warn you, it gets miserable & there’s no happy endings), the one about the broken social services system we had before the war (quloob sagheera/قلوب صغيره-also no happy ending & no good deed goes unpunished), the one about mental disabilities & down syndrome stigmatization (wara2 al shams/وراء الشمس-insanely sad & stressful, but with a happy ending), and finally the one about the woman accused of killing her mother who runs away from her execution (hareeba/الهاربة).

i canNOT watch shite that’s even remotely close to crap like bab el hara or other shows that involve honor crimes & abuse.