euro centrism

anonymous asked:

Despite original op's joke, they responded with class while you and your mutuals responded like assholes. You're all slamming this "Euro-centrism" but yet looking at your tumblrs, there isn't any indication of an interest of any women's soccer teams. Fucking hypocrites.

I have two basic points (and a few subsidiary tangents.  I’m verbose, so let’s do this):

In the first place, no one is obligated to be interested at all in women’s football.  To be hypocrites, we’d have to be espousing our love for a women’s side and then you know, not supporting it.  (As a side point, tumblr tends to be very slanted towards American women’s football so like, if you care about the Chelsea Ladies, for example, your content here is going to be limited unless you make your own gifs, edits, whatever.  I happen to be a pretty big Espanyol fan.  That’s a men’s side, but good luck finding anything for them on tumblr.  Such is the nature of small (to non-existent) fandoms.  Don’t get me wrong, tumblr can be a decent gage of someone’s interest in a topic, but it shouldn’t be taken as the world of god.)  I will say that no one was contesting the merits of supporting women’s football.  What we were contesting was the implication that the US league is the only league.  

Which brings me to my next point…

In the second, we were slamming the American-centric tone of that post, specifically as it regards American women’s football being the only women’s football.  As I said in one of my responses, if the reply had said “MLS and NSWL exist” I would have considered that a decent call out.  But no, it was “women’s football exists”, after the leagues are pretty much over here.  And yeah you can say the CL is still happening, or there’s the Euros coming up but like… Those things are true for the men’s teams as well. Again, it makes it seem like the American women’s league is the only women’s league.  And again, to be pedantic, to be hypocrites we’d have to have claimed a strong tie to non-European football without demonstrating any actual support (again with the concession that tumblr is a pretty shite gage of someone’s actual support for a topic) for a non-European side.  I’m a big NYCFC supporter (although admittedly more so when I’m actually in NYC), as is one of the other responders.  Definitionally, if we were to call out Eurocentrism, we wouldn’t be hypocrites.  In fact, we’re both pretty strong advocates for MLS not being considered a “lesser” league.  But hey, whatever.

I’ll be real, I’m ambivalent to women’s football on the whole.  I would like to see it elevated to a higher point at the club level.  I want to see the English, French, German, and Spanish leagues do well as I think that will improve the game as a whole.  But I also have no vested interest in any team or player in particular and never actually claimed to.  I’m starting to really dislike the American league and the USWNT, however, as most of my interactions with their fans go about like this.

The Eurocentric view of space and time might be described as analogous to the “people movers” in airports where there is a distinct point of origin where the individual (gets on). This entry is an individual act, autonomously of most others outside of the general social facility and direction that leads on towards entry. Once upon the people mover, the individual will move forward inevitably towards a point of destination. There is also, obviously, the passage of time as one moves. One can either ambulate upon the people mover or just stand still, but either way the passage of space and time towards the conclusion is inexorable. If there is any human agency, it is merely to ambulate further towards the inevitable objective. One can only speed up time in the forward direction and minimize the space between themselves and the future. This is the progressivism, the “positivism” of Euro-centrism. One can certainly try to go back on the people mover, but they are unlikely to make any ultimate physical progress since the forces arrayed towards the future are so daunting. They will also encounter those previously invisible “others” who are going to be offended and annoyed that one is not “going with the flow.” Like this “people mover” analogy though, movement back is not really impossible, but improbable, and theoretically and socially opposed. So the one who steps outside of the Eurocentric view of time and space with respect to these questions and in fact, out of the Eurocentric intellectual system generally, is like that hapless pedestrian who decides to go backwards on the people mover.

–Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, Ph.D, “The Implications of Africa-Centered Conceptions of Time and Space for Quantitative Theorizing: Limitations of Paradigmatically-Bound Philosophical Meta-Assumptions”, in Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice

anonymous asked:

what do you have to say about medievalpoc? i saw a post of hers about cleopatra being poc and i'm banging my head

My answer to that is that I think this person is terrible and what they’re blogging about aren’t only lies but they’re dangerous and counter-productive lies on top of it.

Why? First, because the entire existence of their blog is about trying to prove as hard as they can that every single semi-important European historical figures were in fact “poc”; this is completely unhelpful and counter productive because the only thing it does is reinforce the idea that Europe was the only place that existed and that was important historically and that they therefore need to prove it was “POC” all along out of some fucked up desire to make them not only part of but the main figures of the only history that seem to matter in their eyes.

This is a terrible message to send, because it reinforces western Euro-centrism when it comes to looking at history and gives us an importance we don’t have. Why don’t they speak about the history of non European countries instead? Point out their achievements, their important historical figures… etc… there is no shortage of them; they just have to pick and chose. Those countries histories and achievements also matter, they’re not worthless, don’t act like they are, talk about them instead, that would be much more useful.

Secondly because it doesn’t help erasure being taken seriously when it actually DOES occur. The main example that comes to mind as a French person is Alexandre Dumas père who was a mixed man; it isn’t rare to see him STILL being routinely portrayed as 100% white in France (Gerard Depardieu portrayed him not that long ago for example…ugh) and it’s just plain insulting and painful to see when you know that Dumas struggled with racism his whole life. So when you have a bunch of internet idiots who try to tell you that Mozart or Beethoven or whoever were “poc” all it does is trivialise a REAL issue.

Thirdly because those sort of US-centric colourist standards are utterly useless when applied to an historical European setting, people didn’t see each other according to those terms and constructs. It re-frames European history into the kind of US constructs that only appeared in the last 2 hundred of years or so and therefore doesn’t paint an accurate picture of it at all (see the blatant use of the “one drop rule” to portray Mozart as POC because he may have had some Moorish ancestry somewhere). For example trying to paint the Moors as “POCs” as I have seen before doesn’t work because they did not look at themselves that way.

And fourthly (which is a continuation of my third point), this blog plainly is 95% full of lies and misconceptions. It’s historically inaccurate and therefore utterly useless when it comes to do what they’re pretending to aim at: teach history. People selling historical lies as truths to push an agenda is a pet peeve of mine, historically inaccurate posts with hundred of notes makes me want to burn my eyes so there was no chance I was ever going to approve of it.


Hello everyone. I’ve been reading the comments on the MacArthur Map, which places the pacific ocean in the center and the southern hemisphere at the top, and i’ve noticed 2 types of comments. The first was shock that the map could be reoriented, and the second is that there is no reason to reorient the map. I thought i would make a post explaining the purpose, as best i can.

A universal truth about human nature is revealed in cartography. What is most important is placed in the center and at the top. This is a rule that i have yet to see broken, in either modern or ancient maps. It makes sense, as early cartographers might have only had a rough understand of what was outside their immediate area. When looking at Greek cartography (from which the Western tradition descends), you can literally watch their understand of the world grow. This brings us to the first map, made by Herodotus in the fifth century BC. Greece is placed right in the center. To him, it was the center of the world. All other cultures were inferior. Barbarian simply means non-Greek speaker, and they were convinced of their superiority. Greece remains the center of the world to us. If you do not believe me, ask yourself the names we use (I’m speaking as an American) for different regions of the world.  Everything west of Greece is The West, everything east is the Middle or Far East. It is a largely unconscious bias, but Greece remains our fulcrum.

Take a look at the second map, made in 1154 by Moroccan cartographer al-Idrisi. It is essentially familiar, except that south is at the top. Another important feature is the alignment of the Arabian peninsula. With the usual North-South orientation, the Peninsula is at an angle. Here, however, it is home to Mecca, the most important place to the cartographer. The center of the world, and it is represented as such. 

And that brings us to China, which means “the Middle Kingdom”. The third map is the Kangnido, made around 1470 by Korean cartographers. It reflects the knowledge of the Mongol Empire (gained through Islamic cartographers). The Korean Penninsula and surrounding area is in sharp focus, and things quickly blur the further west you move. The jumbled mass on the left is Europe and Africa. Spain and Italy can be made out, as well as the southern tip of Africa. This whole region of the earth is shoved into the corner because it was seen as unimportant, just the periphery real civilization. The exact same murkiness can be seen in #2, just reversed.

And so, that brings us to today’s world map. Do a quick Google search of world maps. 95% of the time, Europe is in the center and the top. The only deviation from this is generally when America is placed in the center at the expense of Asia. If you do not understand why it is relevant today that Europe sees itself as the center of the world, do some extensive reading on the past 500 years. Much of the world has suffered from the idea that Europe equals civilization. Like their Greek forefathers, the world is composed of Barbarians. Ask yourself if England respected China, then research the Opium Wars. As i said before, everyone is the center of their own world. Euro-centrism still pervades every aspect of American’s daily life. We learn nothing of Islam or China. Education about Africa concerns only the Egyptians, Evolution and the Slave Trade (and trust me, it is just barely.) It is a post for another day, but i have spent the last four years of my life studying it*. And so this is why it is important to have a map flipped upside down, because in this day and age there is no Center of the World. That is why MacArthur made his map in the first place, because he was tired of seeing Australia pushed to the margin. The real reason i made this post is the same reason i made the blog. Maps are important, as they tell us just as much about ourselves as they do about the world.

And if anyone would like to ask me anything or debate, feel free to message me.

*Disclaimer: Not everyone is selfish and insular. Many people have interest in cultures other than their own. I’m talking about the culture’s attitude as a whole, not individuals. There isn’t really an inferiority complex in Europe (except for the Romans to the Greeks, and Western states to the Romans) like can be found elsewhere.


I’m looking for some Brazilian stuff to post for the Olympics tonight, but it’s proving kind of difficult to track down (thanks, Euro-centrism!), so in the meantime, enjoy the 100 Years of Brazilian Beauty video.

If anyone has any places where I can look for Brazilian fashion and costume and history, it’d be appreciated!

anonymous asked:

I previously asked you about your opinion on interracial dating. I was not saying that we don't interact or love other races as I believe in our common humanity, only that if one is truly pro-black they would want to PROLIFERATE blackness to the furthest extent they can, which means to increase. Their is beauty in all races but euro-centrism has brainwashed us that black are not the most beautiful to us. I would expect a white person to find their race as the most beautiful to their eyes.

Black men made the tag #WhiteGoddess. 

Black men think that Nicki, Beyonce and Robyn are a threat to our daughters.

Black men need to make women “relateable” before they can see them as a “person”. (could be your sister, mother, daughter, neice, etc.)

I think before you can start talking about Black families and so on, you need to start getting these Black men that act like this to stop.


Ava DuVernay

More and more contemporary female filmmakers are garnering spots in the cinematic pantheon: French directors Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness, Fat Girl) and Claire Denis (Ava DuVernay )

More and more contemporary female filmmakers are garnering spots in the cinematic pantheon: French directors Catherine Breillat (Abuse of Weakness, Fat Girl) and Claire Denis (Bastards, Beau Travail) are staples of serious international festivals, while established auteur Jane Campion (Bright Star, The Piano) has found recent success on television with the stunning Top of the Lake. Despite the historically male-heavy programming of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has done invaluable work in recent years for the visibility of serious female filmmakers with their filmmaker residency. Since its inception three years ago, two of the residents have been women: Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold in 2013, and this year’s Athina Rachel Tsangari, whose film Chevalier is featured in the festival. (The 2014 resident, Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso, also offered a welcome departure from the frequent Euro-centrism of serious cinema culture.)

Alongside this promising progress, resistance and unequal opportunities remain, particularly for women of color. “The real tricky thing,” says Russo-Young, “is that much of this [biased] thinking is completely unconscious and subliminal and exists in women and men, so it’s not a simple fix.” However, as the internet has opened up the critical landscape to more and more voices, many women are highlighting the work of female filmmakers and combatting male-centric views of film history. Silverstein’s Women and Hollywood is an invaluable source for information about women in commercial cinema, while British film magazine Little White Lies’ recent “100 Great Movies By Female Directors” series, compiled by female and male critics, provided a breathtaking alternative cinematic history.

One of the most outspoken advocates for reevaluating the inclusivity of the narrative of film history is Selma director Ava DuVernay, who was passed over for a Best Director Oscar nomination, even as the film she directed was nominated for Best Picture. Empire writer Eric Haywood said of DuVernay in a Tweet, “I think the idea of [Ava DuVernay] boldly & competently directing men is what upset the Academy more than anything.” Russo-Young agrees, stating, “I doubt Auteur theory is to blame for sexism and racism within the industry, but, as a society, we still associate control with men. The notion that a woman has the power and even the confidence to have complete control over an artistic process as complex and multifaceted as filmmaking is still foreign to us.” However, DuVernay is actively working to reshape ideas of what a director looks like, not only in her own work as a director, but also with her distribution company Array, which supports the work of women and artists of color. Similarly, Silverstein insists that it is not criticism and historical evaluation that will raise the profile and power of female filmmakers: “The way to correct the representation of women is for people to hire women. It’s that simple.”

The act of filmmaking is becoming more and more accessible with every passing day. Cameras are more widely available than ever and anyone with an Internet connection can share their vision of their own unique universe with untold numbers of viewers, from next-door neighbors to strangers an ocean away. Critics and historians certainly have a responsibility – they play an essential role in raising the visibility of women in the cinematic landscape. Most important, however, is that women continue to contribute to the medium, until their presence is too great to be ignored.

Go forth, women, and create.

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