intersectional diversity

27 HOURS

I finished 27 Hours this morning and I need y’all to add it to your pre-orders immediately. 

  • Fast-paced, action packed writing
  • a found-family cast of characters
  • sooo much sexual tension
  • intricate alien races
  • a nuanced discussion about prejudice
  • lots of queer characters (bi! pan! ace! trans! gay! nb! and all the intersections!)
  • incredibly diverse characters with varying races, orientations, gender expression, disabilities/abilities, histories, etc.
  • STRESSFUL situations that are well crafted
  • GORGEOUS descriptions 
  • THE MOON (not our moon)

TWs for death/gore throughout the whole thing, also parental loss. 

I need this book to blow up as much as SoC/TRC/etc. because I NEED FANART YESTERDAY. 

I mean I suppose it really is the easiest way to ensure minorities don’t get so to see rep of themselves to claim that every single intersection with another minority is either a stereotype or just “bad”

Like it really easily masks your hatred and desire to wipe them from traceable existence, but I hope you know you’re not just targeting that one group

When you say that no one can create representation of traumatized aces, or fat aces, or gay aces, or PoC aces, you’re not just shitting on aces by telling them they can’t have rep.

You’re telling traumatized people “if you’re ace you don’t deserve rep.” You’re telling fat people “if you have this orientation, you really are undeserving of this representation.”

You’re telling gay people “if you experience your orientation this way, I don’t want to see it and you’re not important enough to see yourself over one of us instead.” You’re telling PoC “I don’t think you deserve to see yourselves represented unless its in the way I approve. Those of you that don’t conform to this specificity can get fucked.”

Denying intersectional and diverse representation won’t establish your hated group as the (white, straight, neurotypical, skinny) oppressors you want to claim they all are, it will literally just squash entire minorities who have an additional intersection. And its incredibly telling that your priorities lie with attempting the first over caring about the latter.

March is here!

In my country, we only celebrate the 8th as Women’s Day, but I’ve decided I’m going to dedicate all of this month to reading ONLY women’s books, including books dealing about feminism, or just written by women.

I know this isn’t anything new, Manda’s #readwomen book club was all about this, and there’s also Emma Watson’s book club (which I’m part of but I never participate) and I mostly read books written by women. In fact out of all the 26 books I’ve read this year, only Miss Peregrine’s was written by a man, so I’m already only reading women. 

But I’d like to celebrate Women’s Day and Women’s History Month reading books dealing with women’s identity, their struggles, their accomplishments, and I want to make it as intersectional and diverse as I can. So if you have recommendations of books by trans women, by lgtbqa women, by poc women, by all the forgotten women, my askbox is open to all your recommendations.

I’m going to be reading all the genres, so hit me up with all the poetry, non-fiction, fiction, YA, adult or children’s books you can. 

Also, if you see me pick up a book that you consider problematic, please let me know, as I’m still learning and I don’t want to offend or hurt anyone. 

If you’d like to join me, you’re welcome to! I’m going to be using the hashtag #reading women in march so you’re welcome to use it too, tag me in your posts or discuss with me the books you’ll be picking up.

I’m going to start with Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Image credit: Huff Post Women. 

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE HIDDEN FIGURES TRAILER!!!
  • first and foremost, a movie about three black women who were boss mathematicians and played integral roles in NASA’s first successful space missions while living in the Jim Crow South in the 1960s
  • PLAYED BY JANELLE MONAE, TARAJI P HENSON, AND OCTAVIA SPENCER
  • an opening that your fave, Beautiful Minds COULD NEVER
  • octavia spencer taking the piss out of a white cop who can’t believe three black women work for nasa
  • a shitty nasa bro confusing taraji with the cleaning lady (AND YOU KNOW THERE’S ABOUT TO BE SOME COMEUPPANCE FOR THAT)
  • mahershala ali being taraji’s fine ass love interest
  • and taraji taking his ass to school with yes women work at nasa, not because we wear skirts, but because we wear glasses
  • janelle monae spittin this fire: we go from being our father’s daughters, to our husband’s wives, to our baby’s mothers
  • also janelle monae hitting on JOHN GLENN cause she all about that equal opportunity flirtin
  • also janelle monae spittin more fire: every time we have a chance to get ahead, they move the finish line
  • the moment when these women’s families are gathered around watching the launch and they’re so proud of their mamas, aunties, daughters, and wives making history (and then suddenly you’re tearing up)
  • also janelle monae spittin even more fire: if i were a white man i wouldn’t have to want to be an engineer, i’d already be one
  • THE MOTHERFUCKING SISTERHOOD POWER WALK 

I just

I just fuckin love women who love women

I love us

We’re so strong and we deal with so much shit but we

We’re just so happy when we find eachother and we just


We’re a big ol sapphic community

We’re black, we’re latnix, we’re native, we’re Jewish, we’re Muslim, we’re Hindu, we’re trans, we’re disabled, we’re a whole big diverse, intersectional community and we just

We love eachother and we support eachother and we know that we have to do that

I love us

I love me

PSA

Movies and television shows that show black women as attractive or desirable is not oversexualization. Oversexualization is when a woman is used as nothing but eye candy and is dehumanized in the process (which usually includes copious amounts of unnecessary nudity or sexual violence directed at the female character).

Black women are hardly ever seen as the ideal beauty or even remotely desirable in mainstream media. Racist portrayals of black women in western media continue to push the idea that black women are unattractive and are not deserving of love or affection, and that attitude translates to real life situations. So, when you see a black female character receiving positive attention for her looks or femininity, please stop and remember that black women even being given the opportunity to be portrayed in this light is a huge step. 

We’re still fighting to be seen as human. To be seen as women.

@aphobic-truscum-terf-cat

@shybiviolet

Y’all keep saying that you’re the ones being driven out of community spaces, but time and time again all I keep seeing are those of us who think that being transgender is a medical condition are kicked out or otherwise encouraged to leave these same community spaces because we don’t feel welcome or comfortable among the genderfluid, neutrois demigirls or whatever we find there.

We aren’t “gatekeeping” because we think that being trans is some great, secret club that we don’t want other people to join; we’re telling people that aren’t dysphoric that they aren’t fucking transgender just because sometimes they like wearing flannel and boy jeans and want to call themselves soft gay bois.

Being transgender is, in some ways, a lifelong condition that we will have to deal with medically and psychologically for years. It isn’t a personality quirk, it isn’t about being diverse or intersectional or whatever. It’s a matter of how we were born and how our brains developed. That’s why, when there is a space for trans people, we feel it should actually be filled with trans people who have these problems and who are dealing with these issues.

I’m really mad sense8 was cancelled cause it was the one show with so many different kinds of people and minorities like instead of just one or two token minorities we had a gay black woman, a Hispanic gay man. A black Kenyan man. A gay trans woman, and an Asian woman. And an Indian woman. Like the diversity and intersecting stories and personality bruh

anonymous asked:

Hi guys! I'm a woc still very new to a lot of concepts, so my question is: how can one tell that someone is a white feminist? thank you!

Hello anon! I’m going to assume you meant a White Feminist™, and not a feminist who happens to be white. I’ll define both anyhow.

A white feminist is simply a white person who believes that social, economic, and political equality and equity can be achieved if women and other minority groups are empowered, while unfair privileges are taken from the current oppressive powers. 

White Feminism™ doesn’t operate like intersectional feminism:

  1. They don’t focus on women + other minorities. They don’t do intersections of oppression. White Feminism™ only focuses on white, upper-middle-class, straight, cis, able bodied white women. 
  2. Empowerment only goes so far as wearing bold lipstick colors and not shaving. 
  3. The poster children for White Feminism™ are Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. 
  4. They sell edgy buttons and t-shirts, and use the vagina symbol as their emblem.  
  5. In discussions about unfairness in the workforce or poverty, the focus is on white women, with no thought of examining how black women are faring in the same position, or how Latina women are coping in food deserts.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wearing bold colors and not shaving, but women of color are criticized, harassed, and bullied for trying to dress too “uppity”, or having naturally thick, dark body hair while their white feminist counterparts are lauded as progressive and brave for doing such things. 

White Feminism™ doesn’t consider that because it is about aesthetic with no real power. No inclusiveness. No thought for the black women who are called sluts for wearing red lipstick, or for the Indian girls who are teased for having thick eyebrows. No thought for the disabled woman who can’t afford buttons or the trans woman who doesn’t have a vagina.

If you see a photoset of female heroes and it only includes The Black Widow, Katniss Everdeen, Merida, Wonder Woman, and Hermoine Granger, then know that that’s basically what White Feminism™ is. You won’t see yourself in it and you might even wonder for a second if feminism is even for you. 

Then you just come on back here and see that we got your back, and you have a place here, with us.

-Mod T

independent.co.uk
The hijab is now an official part of police uniform in Scotland
Police Scotland has announced that the hijab will become part of its official uniform as it aims to create a more diverse force. The force said they hope the move will “encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider”. In the past, Muslim police officers in Scotland were allowed to wear the hijab, but only once it was approved by senior staff members.

Meanwhile in Scotland, a wonderful move towards inclusion!

Asked this before...

Are there any published books with People of Color who are also bi/pansexual (especially females) aimed at the adult demographic which are not meant as erotic fiction?

I kinda prefer serial monogamists or at least polyamory… rather than cheaters who can’t decide if they want to leave or not (because, seriously, I don’t want to read something that confirms stereotypes of both PoCs and bi/pansexual people).

Of the ones I’ve read/looked at reviews for, 99% of the protagonists are white. Most of them are male… (can’t we get females?) and most of them address cheating or borderline cheating storylines, which makes me an unhappy camper. (I also asked writers who identify as bisexual, who did a blog about bisexual protagonists in reviews).

Am I pushing it asking for a pansexual, sex repulsed ace, female PoC? Seems like it… since the Ace fiction is mostly about white people, and the PoC aces are like a *squint* kinda.

I asked this in several places and got white savior complex all over them with a side of non-serious sex tourism in places like India and orgies written by white authors. UHHHGGHHH NOOOO. And nothing else. Nothing in SFF either. NOTHING? Seriously? But it’s not like either of them were invented yesterday.

Asking for a novella I’m writing–because I need to read Bi/pan PoC authors writing about their own subject and truth within fiction and also to purge some of the internal biases… (Though I’m certainly going to be asking people from that experience too, to screen the book.)

And if they don’t exist, then *I NEED THESE BOOKS*! Publishers, get off your lazy butts and publish more intersectional fiction….

BTW, be super awesome if the book had a black woman protagonist who was bi/pansexual, in an SFF setting (Where the main plot isn’t about her sexuality or race) and a serial monogamist (’cause I know that exists in real life–well, not the SFF). I’d be all over it in a heartbeat. I think I’d scream for joy if the author who wrote it also came from those experiences. Though I’m fine with other PoCs too.

I feel like Far Form You isn’t getting enough tumblr love so let me highlight the importance of this book and why I love it so much. In this case, I will try.

  • An unapologetic, unconfused bi protagonist, who is also a recovering addict and physically disabled.
  • The book explores hard-hitting topics such as substance abuse, disability and the aftermath of it. How the protagonist, Sophie shattered her leg, the physical rehabilitation and treatment she had to go through, her struggle and perseverance to stay clean. How she’s slowly trying to conquer, all the obstacles that comes her way.
  • DIVERSITY THAT GET IT RIGHT.  The bisexual representation is concrete. It is canon and it is explicitly stated. No q-baiting. No censorship. Hooray! At times like this, I would like to quote Sophie, “I’m not gay; I’m bisexual. There’s a difference.” Aside from the intersectional diversity. This book is also written by a bisexual author. Amazing. 
  • It is simply beautiful and mesmerizing. The characters are deeply complex and flawed. I am imploring everyone of you to support it, if you’re still not convinced. I hope you’ll take the risk. I’ve read it months ago, but the effect it had on me is still the same. My heart clenches and I still get teary eyed every time I reread my favorite parts. It’s very difficult for me to capitalize why I appreciate this book so much, but I hope you’re getting the big picture. This novel is for everyone, who are proud of what they are, to those who are still trapped by the social norm. You are very brave and loved. And you deserve to get your story told.