cherokee girl

Coachella, 2015

OK Piper McLean fans, listen up

I’m Cherokee. I’m a Cherokee girl. I’m a major Piper fan because she’s a Cherokee woman like myself. There’s been some Discourse© about her hair. Sit down, buckle up, because you guys are about to some knowledge dropped on you. 

So the issue is about her hair; people keep drawing my girl with undercuts. I don’t think she would have one, and if she did there’s only one good reason. 

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I was searching for pictures of native women to picture Piper properly in my head but I haven’t found many. Under the porn and white people dressed like Pocahontas these are all that I found:

I still don’t know how to imagine Piper. If you guys have someone to picture as her would be great to see. Send me pictures if you have! 

anonymous asked:

Why do ppl think piper has a "im not like the other girls" phase? Bc she doesnt like makeup and stylish clothes? It was clearly stated in tlh that she was made fun if bc of how she looked by girls like drew and theres this scene at the beggining of tlh where her classmates are just being racist and say shit on her native heritage. So like, she doesnt have a phase, its more like a coping mechanism bc shes insecure and gender non-conforming why is everyone changing that?

Bc girls have been force fed the narrative that other girls are shameful and something you should want distance from, so when you’ve got a fandom composed of primarily young people who are only beginning to unlearn that narrative they’re immediately sensitive to and offended by Piper’s dismissive comments about her airhead siblings (“gah, is that where supermodels go to die?”) bc it reminds them of sexist things that they’ve heard before (“I’m not like the other girls” “I only hang out with guys, girls are too much drama”) and they immediately recoil. And because they’re only beginning the process of learning to recognize and call out misogyny they don’t realize that what’s going on here is a lot more nuanced than Piper just trying to be edgy by hating on other girls who are “lesser” than her by mocking them (which, let’s just be realistic here, most female YA protagonists will do and so it makes sense that your guard should go up). You’re right, Piper’s narrative is more about defense than anything else, particularly because she’s a brown Cherokee girl, and so her perspective is automatically different from “Jane the white girl who isn’t like the other girls because she read the great gatsby but don’t worry she’s still white and skinny and conventionally attractive except not like a beautiful bombshell slut so most boys don’t like her”.

But you’re largely dealing with a fandom of kids who still need to be taught the difference, so that’s why. Not to mention that Rick absolutely falls back on some sexist tropes to give Piper’s narrative a boost (AHEM, drew tanaka), so there’s still room for criticism.