Celebrating women revolutionaries, rebels, and fighters of Latin America: El Salvadoran FMLN Rebels; Nicaraguan Sandinistas; Mexican Zapatistas; Chicana Brown Berets on the last day of Women’s history month.
Because I was taught to stay away from certain styles because they were too “mexican”. With phrases like “the bigger the hoop, the bigger the hole” when I loved wearing big earrings. Being told that red hair against my brown skin looked “ghetto” instead of fierce and bold. Wearing stylish flannels like the pretty pastel haired girls on tumblr and being told I look like a “chola”. Working hard to get rid of my slang because society taught me that it was “unflattering”. That bright red lips were too much. That my natural intense brows are now a makeup “fad”. When in reality all this shit was made up by people that want to put us down for claiming our own identity.
shoutout to all the girls who have ever felt like the ugly one in their group of lighter skinned friends, shoutout to all the girls that have ever purchased skin bleach products to make their skin lighter, shoutout to all the girls who have watched diy videos on youtube just to find a way to be light, shoutout to all the girls who have been told they were ugly bc their skin was darker than others, shoutout to all the girls who don’t go out in the sun anymore in fear of getting darker, shoutout to all the girls that wear sunscreen, long sleeves, etc. to avoid the sun from touching their skin, shoutout to all the girls who are dark-skinned, bc they are beautiful & deserve better
To be black and female in a society that is both racist and sexist is to be in the unique position of having nowhere to go but up!
Rosemary Brown (1930-2003): Canada’s first black woman to be elected to a provincial legislature & the first black woman to run for leadership of a federal political party in Canada. She belonged to the New Democratic Party (NDP), Canada’s major left leaning party; she narrowly lost to Ed Broadbent for leadership of the NDP.
Black, brown, Asian, and First Nations people, for a multitude of reasons, have made their way across the entire globe. In seeking the future or fleeing the past, we have had to emigrate, assimilate, change our names, learn new tongues, abandon customs, forget our histories, leave behind our religions.
Forgive your brothers and sisters who may not speak the language. Be patient with your brothers and sisters who speak with Western accents and stumble through traditional greetings. Love your brothers and sisters who don’t know their cultures and have forgotten their ancestors. It has never been their fault.
be quiet, quieter,
yourself down, read less,
don’t think so much
about the knots in your belly.
How it hurts when they
tell you brown girl
don’t laugh too loud,
don’t say too much.
Brown boys don’t want it,
don’t like it.
All your dance, all your giggle.
Your spine or your knuckles,
those boldfaced ugly opinions.
How dare you, brown girl,
put your chin up, meet their gaze
Where is your shame?
Who will want to marry you,
with that attitude?
With that snake tongue?
With all your fire and your venom.
Brown girl keep your eyes down,
brown girl keep your legs shut,
brown girl, disappear,
so they don’t see you dimming.
Turn in on yourself.
Switch the lights off,
cast your eyes down.
Brown girl, listen.
When your auntie tells you
when your mama says
your hips are too big,
your mouth is too wide,
and those words, the bite of them,
how could you, brown girl,
be more than that, how could you?
Azra.T., “Brown Girl” After Meghan Falley’s ‘Fat Girl’ and all my endless disappointment and frustration at my culture and what it does to our women
Tim lets Stephanie practice makeup and hair techniques on him. She’s given him lash extensions and dyed his hair purple. He’s completely indifferent. He’s such a mess from lack of sleep and a constant caffeine high that he doesn’t usually know she’s doing it.