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Why aren’t more black women in rap videos?

 I’m not talking about the really light-skinned or racially ambiguous women either. I mean black women who are visibly black. Those who are brown and dark-skinned. The ones with natural hair, braids, dreadlocks, and broad features. Why don’t we ever see them be “sexy” in music videos with black men? There’s a difference between being sexy and vulgarized. When light-skinned and non-black women are plastered in these videos for aesthetics, they are made to be sensual. When darker-skinned women are shown once in every blue moon, all you see are their butts or skin; never their faces.

 Whenever it’s brought up, we are gaslighted. We’re asked if we really want to be in an environment that sexually degrades us. Of course we don’t. That’s not what we are asking. We are asking to be shown as just as sexy, carefree and beautiful as the non-black women in these videos. We know the difference between men objectifying women and glorifying them. And we are not glorified. Many black men’s excuse is that they don’t want to see us objectified, so they spare us the burden by using white and non-black women. I find that malarkey. The real reason is simple: They just don’t want us to be sexy. They don’t want us to have agency over our own bodies and sexuality. It’s a form of control. It’s jealousy. It’s possession. It’s misogynoir.

 Black men have no problem sexualizing us when it’s convenient. A Twitter user said the words I’ve been thinking: if you’re going to sexualize us, at least pay us. We hardly see dark-skinned and black female sex-workers put in the same light as lighter-skinned and non-black women. They refuse to pay us to be sexy. They want us to be sexy for free. Whenever they think of black women, all they think of is our bodies and looks. When someone asks why they love black women, they always go for features associated with black womanhood like big butts, curves, full lips, and kinkier hair texture. I refuse to believe it’s because most find us “ugly” or “undesirable.” Many do, but that’s mainly because of white supremacy, not actually believing we’re unattractive. Because notice, as soon as someone like Teyana Taylor is deemed acceptable for the mainstream, you have black men posting pictures of her calling her “sexy.” Teyana has big lips, dark-brown skin, and a broad nose. Years ago, she was mocked for her role in that Tyler Perry movie where she was saying “BYRONNNNN!” in that exaggerated AAVE. Now because she’s popular and people say she’s attractive, the same men calling women who look like Teyana “hideous” are calling Teyana “goals.” The same with Taral Hicks from A Bronx Tale and Belly. If she wasn’t glorified and made to be the most beautiful thing in DMX’s 1998 film, Kodak Black would have looked at her as just any other “ugly d*rkie.” Black men can cut the crap. Just say you hate us but want the benefit of controlling us at the same time.

 It’s the same logic as how white men hate white women but have no problem fucking them. They’re even attracted to them. It’s the same with black men and black women intraracially. The only difference is, pretending we’re ugly by default keeps us under their control. If we have low self-esteem or are suppressed by looks, then we can’t be “above” black men. One minute black women are “ugly” and “manly,” the next minute black men are on a Hotep spiel on how we’re more “fragile” than “the black man.” So my theory is that there is truth to what black men say about rather seeing other men’s women “objectified” than their own. Trust me, it doesn’t make me feel any better. It is not flattering or moving to me. I am disgusted. However, I can’t help but laugh. Most black men don’t genuinely find non-black women better than black women, they just find them easier to control anti-blackness than if they were men. It’s still misogyny, they just have less power. Black men either find black women’s bodies vulgar and “offensive,” or so “sexy,” they don’t want us to be the object of desire to non-black men. Especially white men.

 That is why black men will call us bedwenches before they call Fredrick Douglas a fuckboy, Eldridge Cleaver a rapist and an abuser, and Martin Luther King a bumbling cheater. The worst atrocity according to black men are black women being raped. Not because it was horrible and a violation of women’s agency and rights, but because “their” woman was touched by “the white man.” I can see a man being angry and hurt that a woman he loves dearly was violated and gravely hurt. But that isn’t the case. When black men speak of slavery, they speak of ire at the fact white men were raping all the black women while black men apparently couldn’t do a damn thing about it. I remember seeing one man on Twitter tweet how white men would take all the “pretty” slaves to sleep with. As if those women consented. Therefore, black men control our sexuality under the guise of “protection.” They claim they want to protect us from white or non-black men when we so as choose to date outside of our race, but I know the truth. They’re just jealous and don’t like the idea of black women being the object of someone else’s gaze. So yes, I do believe the lack of black women in these rappers’ music videos is a reference of many black men’s egos. It’s fun for them to brag about having other races of men’s women but then when it comes to us. they don’t want to brag about us because they know those same men consume hip-hop just as much if not more than all black people combined. 

 Another theory of mine is that black men simply don’t find us pure and beautiful enough to be in their music videos. It’s that simple. It’s okay for light-skinned women to be curvy and shaking their asses. It’s even okay for non-black or mixed race women to do the same thing. But when we do it, it’s “ghetto,” it’s “ratchet,” it’s “ugly.” It’s more “sexy” for these “pure” angels to get “down and dirty” (which is where “down” comes from when it’s to reference understanding the black struggle). Those women will always be seen as “pure” and “beautiful” no matter what, so people love the taboo of “good girls” acting like “hoes,” e.g. dark-skinned and visibly black women.  You can say not all black men feel this way, and I would concur. However, since black men have male privilege and black women do not, I will hold all black men accountable for their misogynoir and erasure of us.

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Bee safe, Bee zine.

The Essentials:
The theme is bees.
The deadline in August 16th
Send submissions to hey@izwis.com

I encourage you to be as liberal w the theme as possible. I’m a big fan of things that are only tenuously related to the theme, as long as there’s some tiny connection.

Poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, photography, illustration, graphic design all very welcome, but bear in mind that printing will be black and white, and the final zine will be A5 size.

I can accept text files and image files in most of the widely used file formats. *Do not send me a text file as a PDF pls*. Rtf is also a very awkward one to work with. .pages can be a bit of a pain but it’s ok if it’s all you got.

There’s no minimum word count, and there is no hard upper word limit on submissions, but be reasonable.

You can submit many things if you like.

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Stop Telling Black People to “Spread Love.”


So I’ve done a post like this before, but I think it’s something that needs to be constantly addressed in the spiritual community and I’m willing to use my platform to do so.

When things like what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia occur (KKK “protest”/demonstration of terrrorism), a national dialogue ensues. Everyone is putting in their two cents. Of course, some white people and non-black POC are part of the dialogue. This is welcomed - it’s important that all kinds of people make their support known, especially white people who benefit from white supremacy and can use their positions to make change. However, sometimes the responses are counterproductive. 

There’s this popular rhetoric of telling black people to stand in the face of white supremacy, of terrorism, of a country that supports it, and meet it with “kindness, love and peace.” Being peaceful and loving is forced down the throats of black people and anytime we step outside of that narrative, even mentally or verbally, we’re shamed and blamed for whatever happens to us. This is a problem. 

Unless you’re black, you won’t understand what it feels like to see this, to live this, to experience it. That’s okay. You don’t have to be, it’s not something to want. Being black in America is not a luxurious lifestyle. It’s painful and gritty and deep. It gets deeper at times like these. Times when hundreds of people gather to voice their hatred for your existence. Times when the media calls this a “rally” or a “protest” (as if there’s a cause to protest for), when they called your peaceful demonstrations against police brutality “riots.” Times when these people who hate you are met with cops who just stand and watch, when your nonviolent demonstrations were met with tear gas, bullets, and martial law. Times when racist, terrorist groups can stage riots, literally kill someone in the process, and chant about how your life doesn’t matter. 

Meanwhile, you’re told about the power of love. 

In no way am I encouraging violence or saying that black people should retaliate with violence. It’s not the answer unless in cases of self-defense. But the thing is, we can feel upset. We can be mad, we can be boiling with fury and rage. No one should be able to take that away from us. The more you tell black people to “remember, spread love! all we need is love,” the more you minimize what’s really happening. You invalidate our feelings and our reactions and our right to control how we feel. When you say “all we need is love,” no matter how positive you think that may be, you’re implying that racism can be cured by a miracle. You’re not looking in the real, live, ugly face of white supremacy and seeing the hatred we’re met with, the thousands of people who want us dead for being black, and the institution of this country that allows and encourages it. This land was built on it. 

Your intentions may be good, but let us feel. Let us say how we feel, let us voice this in order to heal from it. Don’t be color blind. Acknowledge the differences that race creates and let’s work to create a world that embraces those differences instead of ignoring them. Let’s be honest about how this country feels about black people and how the “spread love” rhetoric won’t fix it. Black people don’t have to love Nazis. We don’t have to love the KKK, we don’t have to love white supremacists, we don’t have to love America. Hate isn’t good either, but please, let us just feel. Whoever you are, do your part to stand with us and support however you can. But don’t silence us. 

When I first got into kpop, white fans would never acknowledge problematic shit they said or did. Now I’m seeing a lot more white ppl calling themselves out and unlearning racism/fetishization and that’s awesome but y’all really need to tell other white fans to do the same.

POC can say things like “stop fetishizing us” and “non-black folks shouldn’t do this” forever but when y’all lead by fuckin example and actually act as allies, it means a lot. I should not only see POC calling out bullshit, white ppl need to speak up too. If you’re unsure about saying the right thing, ask someone for info. You can legit ask POC you know if they’re comfortable helping you with wording or presenting info to problematic fans.

Same goes for queerphobia and fetishization of LGBTQ+ folks. I see all kpop fans do shit like that so those of us who are aware of why that’s fucked up need to say something. Even if you know better, supporting or not saying anything when others do that shit makes you just as fucked up.

Silence is compliance.

Unlearn your bullshit, acknowledge your privilege, don’t tone-police, and listen when marginalized ppl try to educate you. This goes for everyone, myself included, not just straight white folks. We all have to unlearn things like that and stop letting others get away with it. Doing this is how we make sure all fandoms are safe for everyone.

anonymous asked:

how do you feel about white people & non black people of color talking about problems in the black community, like black men devaluing black women? ive seen things like that but i feel like i wouldnt/shouldnt ever be able to bring it up since that really wouldnt be my place as a white person, even if there is an actual problem there

What, are there no more problems with sexism and misogyny in the white community? Did you guys fix all that, so now you’re coming into Black discussions to “help” us? (can you see my eyes rolling into the back of my skull?)

I feel like there’s probably more than enough problems in those white and NBPoC’s own communities (including a lot of anti-Blackness). Maybe talk about those first before veering out of your lane to “address” the problems in the Black community?

It’s one thing to amplify the voices of Black people who are asking to be heard; but that’s very frequently not what happens when non-Black people invite themselves into our convos—too frequently it sounds like an opportunity for white people to vilify Black people and mask it as “concern”

If you want to amplify the voices of Black women then there are LOTS of womanists who have and still are talking about sexism and misogyny in the Black community, like Mikki Kendall and Trudy at GradientLair

My thought is that most white people aren’t well enough equipped to talk about the problems in the Black community without tripping up over their own racism, no matter how good of an “ally” they think they are. But you know who IS well equipped to lead those convos? BLACK WOMEN. Please trust me as a Black man when I tell you, “they got this” and if you really wanna help, just pass them the mic

And just for clarity: I don’t deny for one second there are absolutely problems of misogyny in the Black community. You wanna “talk about” the actual problems Black women face from Black men? Then go reblog or retweet what actual Black women are saying, and don’t add any micro-aggressive commentary

anonymous asked:

Bad post OP. You're missing the point entirely of the criticisms. While it is nice to go against the hyper femme ideal of Arab women, and it's absolutely wonderful when Fareeha is drawn as muscular and athletic. But there's also a point where drawing Fareeha as muscular crosses into caricature, and so many other P/M artists are guilty of that. The exaggerated hulk Pharah draws parallels with caricatures like the Mammy and Sambo, which are often used to disparage black and brown people.

(2/3) Also, it looks awfully suspicious when it’s the brown girl who always has to be the one who bucks the gender norms, but it’s never the white or pale girl who is depicted that way. It ties into the stereotype that black/brown women are manly and therefore, not worthy of love and admiration the same way white girls are. Don’t get me wrong, I love P/M, but you need to see where the woc who criticize this ship, are coming from on this.            

(3/3) Other than this, I agree with you on the toxic nature of the antis and agree that some of them go way too far and are looking to pick fights as well. But there are some legitimate criticisms within some of the arguments, and they are worth listening to, and examining in order to better improve the community of our ship and to make it welcoming for everyone who loves Phar/Mercy.            


(background: anon is referring to this bad post)

First of all, let’s start at the last part. I would like to point out that is precisely the point I was trying to make. The criticisms do have validity and there are definitely discussions to be had, I just question the intent of some of those voicing them because they don’t seem to want, like you and I, to examine and improve the community but to tear it down. I know it makes me weary as hell and I haven’t ever been a direct target.

Onto your other notes, yes I do actually agree with you that some depictions do take it too far. For instance, giving her animal characteristics whilst Mercy often remains human holds a lot of unfortunate implications. I think the Hulk Pharah phenomenon becomes a problem when that’s all she is, like her personality, her sensitivity, and her passion is reduced to bumbling big non-verbal muscle. That’s just a case of people evaporating her character away for an aesthetic. Sometimes I feel that tumblr can get so caught up getting in on all that Diversity but lack substance so it comes across rather fetishising at times, like eerie empty faces smiling at you in an echo chamber of buzzwords. This is not specific to Pharah and Pharmercy though.

You will have to elaborate on the parallels to the Mammy and Sambo stereotypes for me because while I do know the former is like an often heavyset black woman non-character devoted to white people, I’m not too sure what constitutes the latter.

And yes, I do agree that Pharah does carry more of the burden to be Different. I don’t think it’s a good thing that Mercy does not have any though. Her’s is a different burden. I don’t like a majority of Mercy art because while even though they are technically good, the push to make her pretty and appealing can often take away from substance of character (kind of like the issue I take with Hulk Pharah but in a different direction). I don’t think it’s some kind of aspiration that we want Pharah to be subject to the same type of attention and objectification that Mercy gets. For example, my lovely experience the other day where I had to hear dudes talk about masturbating to her on team chat.

Which brings me to your last point and is the thing that I disagree the most with, of the stereotype of “black/brown women are manly and therefore, not worthy of love and admiration the same way white girls are”. I’ve already noted that I’m skeptical of the quality of the “love and admiration” Mercy gets for being the ow Hot Girl™. I also note in my original Bad Post is that I ofc don’t want this stereotype to be perpetuated - but you seem to have missed the part where I observe that this is not the message accompanied by a lot of these depictions. She is drawn “manly” but the artists often are painting this as something to be desired and admired.

It’s YOUR problem if you see a gender non-conforming woman and decide ah yes here is someone we must ridicule and find gross, this is a woman no one (*cough*no man*cough*) would want. And between you and me and the internet, I’ve had enough of that from my mum. Being a woc doesn’t exempt you from perpetuating patriarchal beauty standards.

I don’t think the most effective way to combat this stereotype is that we must never draw black/brown women as “manly” lest people think they are unlovable, but that we must break the idea that being a “manly” women is something unlovable. Also the idea that being “lovable” (which ngl in this context seems to be shorthand for “desirable by men” bc there’s no shortage of women in fandom lined up to swoon over Handsome Pharah) is something that a woman has to be in the first place.

Overall, I think the best way to move forward from here is to just give more thought to character, to substance, to society and it will show in your art. I don’t want people to shy away from gender non-conforming depictions of Pharah (bar yknow not crossing the line into racist caricature). I don’t think we tackle the restrictions woc have in their depictions by confining them to something else. Instead, I feel the burden should be on the Mercy depictions to become less generic so there isn’t such an undertone of otherness in their contrast.

You’re welcome to disagree with me, but I would appreciate that you posit other solutions to consider to these problems because there’s only so far just pointing out what’s wrong can go.

Like I can literally call a white exclusionist out on racism and there’s a 97% chance they’ll dismiss me or get nasty, and non-black exclusionists with hundreds of followers will get away with saying being black doesn’t absolve me from sin… bc they literally just find me annoying (and someone pointed out they did something harmful to me).

Well-known exclusionists will spam our positivity tags with negativity and that’s cool apparently

Ppl will constantly try to derail my posts. Or demand proof of me for things and then ignore it when I give it (”why do I never see inclusionists give evidence for what they talk about when someone asks them for it” well I WONDER)

Or ppl will accuse me of wild things and then ignore me or shrug it off when I prove it was bullshit. Or act like it’s not a big deal or even funny when ace/aro PoC have to beg them (to no avail) not to sexualize us

Etc. etc.

Ppl who think dehumanizing and treating aces/aros like shit is acceptable are horrible and that’s the vast vast majority of ppl in this mess

I’m getting tired of seeing people complaining over and over again about art details. You know, it can be very discouraging to read “omg just post the whole picture!!” under your posts several times a day.

Art details are a thing people, it has always been a thing in art studies. As art blog owners, we don’t spend hours doing our edits and choosing the right close-ups just for the sake of our ~tumblr aesthetics~. I know some non-art-related blogs do that, like they oddly rotate a painting, take an anecdotal detail of it and put it in black and white, but please learn to see the difference with an actual art blog.
In real life, like in a museum, you appreciate an art work by looking at its whole, then letting your eyes catching small details and select new points of view on it.
One of the most important art historians wrote a book about art details, and even art amateurs from the Renaissance analysed paintings by the details. Good luck studying the Last Judgement by Michaelangelo from the Sistine Chapel without details!

So please if you don’t like art details just don’t reblog them. I don’t like maaaaaany things on this website but I’m definitely not complaining about them all day long. Also, captions are there for you to go look for the whole picture yourself if you want to. Remember this. ♥

Things I would love the South Asian community to talk about

-history of castes and how if affects people across the world today


-history of transfolk and gender non-conforming folk in our respective cultures

-modern day transphobia



-mental health stigma

-what we can do to help the Black Lives Matter movement

-colonial rhetoric that we need to be saved by white woman

-stereotypes of brown women being docile and victimized

-how colonial rhetoric affects our lives today

-the marginalized cultures and communities within this very large and diverse community


-the racism we experience on a daily basis

-how it feels to be part of a diaspora

-the loneliness

-how make our cultural food 

-how to celebrate our holidays in western nations

-general South Asian history

-general knowledge about our religions and languages and cultures

-sexual violence within brown communities

-how the patriarchy looks in South Asian communities

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(Nick)name: Izzy 
Age: 20
Personality Type: I don’t really identify as any, but they can be fun! I’m a Ravenclaw-Thunderbird and a Libra. 
What do you love most about FS?: That they can solve anything together with friendship and science. 
Favorite FS moment: First law of thermodynamics. 
Favorite non-FS character: Daisy
Fun fact about yourself/something you’d like to share: I have a black and white cat called Gus, and four fluffy chickens with feathered feet. 
Recommend one thing (book, movie, show, etc.): Gyoza (pan fried dumplings) are RAD.

simple graphic tutorial

tutorial for this graphic as request by a lovely anon

what you’ll need:

  • photoshop (i’m using cc)
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Keagan Anies O’Kane
My big ghoul reaver OC. He’s 6″11 and 393 pounds. He speaks English and Afrikaans, and is fluent in both. He is very radioactive and has weak legs. His tummy glows. He doesn’t like to share food, but likes when people cook for him.
 It’s been a while since I doodled him, so have a warm up sketch.

Keagan cares very much about the cleanliness of his trainers. Don’t ask where he even got Jordans in 2287.

I don’t normally answer asks/rp starts from other people but I have a bit of free time, so if you have a ghoul OC, and want to attempt to talk to Keagan, he might reply. ( Just be sure to tag me/let me know! )

( Then I do the official thing. )

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anonymous asked:

"DON'T CALL ANY OF THE ADULTS YOUR CHILDREN PLS !!" I'm not trying to be rude, but you're fifteen. You're a kid. You're in no position to be telling people what to do.

( mobile so this might look ugly ) look fam, y'all can call your white faves children all you want, but this isn’t me attempting to micromanage as much as educate y'all on not saying gross things concerning these characters !! black panther is a very important movie to the black community (honestly i’m INCREDIBLY excited) and there are many negative racist connotations to non blacks calling t'challa ‘their precious little baby’ - me telling you that shouldn’t piss you off.

for further explanation, look to THIS POST.

lastly, my age shouldn’t be a concern ?? i’m speaking as a BLACK person concerned about people infantilizing strong black characters - i don’t need to be an adult to say something about it ?? you COMPLETELY disregarding the point of that tag to whine about a black child asking you to respect black characters is idiotic.

edit: also, you putting that statement in all caps, as if i was yelling at you, instead of me clearly have putting that statement in lowercase letters is incredibly sus. (hmm…)


WE ARE A FORGOTTEN PEOPLE. Not only to whites but nearly the entire world. This article has it right, it is not even shocking to people when a Native is killed like this. This happens every day. The race issue isn’t between whites and blacks, it is between the powerful (whites) and the oppressed (people of color). Native issues are non issues in this country and it is frustrating as hell.

I am Native. I am NDN. We are First Nations. It is things like this that motivate people to fight. This is one story. I decided to post this one just because it is an older one. Do not think that this is some isolated incident. You most likely do not know what the Native experience is in the United States.

There is power in numbers and unity. We can only do that if we assist each other. STOP PRETENDING THAT EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES IS DOING THIS ON THEIR OWN LAND.

Every day an injustice occurs in the United States it occurs on our land against our will. Colonists not only stole our land but decided to flood it in blood. Remember that this is the reality that we as natives live with.

“Take Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, an 18-year-old Cheyenne and Arapaho youth, who died on December 21, 2013, after being shot seven times by two sheriff’s deputies in Oklahoma.”

“The attorney for the Goodblanket family, Ray Wall, said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has refused to release the police report regarding the incident. "Withholding an official police report … I think that’s a violation of the Freedom of Information Act,” Wall told me when I reached out to him.“

"It is notable that medals were given to the two white deputies in a county named for the infamous murderer and Indian fighter George Armstrong Custer no less.”


I will never condone attacking an artist or telling them to end their life.

However, the artist of the dream daddy genderbends? Their personality makes me want to vomit. Like they have other interesting things about them that make me just so tired but any non-black who unapologetically uses the n word especially with the hard r? I can’t rock with that.

41k people think the way of acting is okay and she has popular fans who help promote that.

Guys, please, do not give people like that publicity, that’s exactly what they want.

Why do people write stories about black characters the don’t like/don’t give a fuck about???

So you can appear not racist? So your favorite white/non black character will have someone to fuck them?

You might as well make an OC at that rate, but leave the black character alone if you aren’t gonna bother writing them well.

You know...

It would be real fucking nice to see the majority of black men defend us black women with the ferocity that they defend white women and non black woc. It would also be nice to see them defend us with the same passion and love at which we defend them. I see black women climbing poles to get flags and standing in the faces of police officers to defend black men. Though I NEVER see black men come to our defense when it comes to things that affect us specifically as black women. As black women, we face racism, sexism, abuse, and all types of shit. I NEVER see black men coming to our defense. Especially with stuff black men deem “petty” or insignificant" to them. For example, this whole Kylie Jenner shit. These niggas will cry “it’s just a hairstyle” and “leave her alone she’s just a kid”. This little heffa is the same one who made that Vine about how her and her sister only like the stereotypical hood nigga black man. You know, the same stereotypes that gets black men killed? She fucking fetishizes it! This the same little bitch that was caught on her phone during the tribute Common was having at the MTV Awards. But black men STAY trying to defend little white girls like this. The same girls that don’t give a damn about you, you defend more whole heartedly than you would YOUR OWN BLACK WOMEN! Why?!? Someone tell me why?!? Black women have literally been sticking their necks out for you and it seems like the only thing black men do is step on our very necks just so they can get closer to their coveted white (non-black woc) women. And this is all coming from a black woman who is madly in love with a black man. So none of that “oh you’re just bitter” bull shit. I know how yall love to use that line.

anonymous asked:

Giorno secretly trying to keep pets but Dio knows because now there's fur all over his black leotard thing and it just looks ridiculous.

Imagine being Vanilla Ice in that scenario, quietly rolling a lint roller over Dio as he loudly complains that this is unacceptable, he let Giorno feed one cat and now he’s certain there’s kittens in the walls. Do you think he’s making them from inanimate objects, like his books?? Is that why he’s covered in white fur?? He is grounded.

Lesbian Subtext in Maleficent?

Am I the only one who sees something else in this retelling of a classic tale?

I’m not just saying this because Maleficent is just about my favorite villain. This is a retelling from her perspective, despite being considered a villain. This technique is very much a characteristic of postmodern storytelling (much like Christopher Moore’s Fool, which tells King Lear from, you guessed it, the Fool’s POV). What is so fun about this technique is that we DO get to revisit the story, but from a point of view not belonging to the traditional hero. This allows for a lot of moral ambiguity to occur, whereas in earlier periods of writing, the hero was preferably staunch in his beliefs, and everything was black and white.

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