intersectional diversity

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 
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!

*one person of color is in a movie or tv show full of white people*

White people: “Why is there forced diversity?! It’s not needed! They should make their own shows, movies, etc. and stop shoving unnecessary diversity everywhere in my favorite shows and movies! Not everything has to be SO diverse and pc!”

*poc make their own media*

(Same) White people: “HOW DARE THEY HAVE THEIR OWN MOVIES AND SHOWS! THERE’S ONLY ONE WHITE PERSON! THAT’S REVERSE RACISM! WHITE GENOCIDE! MY FEELINGS ARE HURT!”

…like, make up your mind when shit like this happens.

jorammiireads  asked:

Thank you for being awesome. I was actually introduced to booklr through many of your posts and followed many of the same people so I didn't realize that not all of it is as committed to diversity as you are. I also decided to join and try to make a difference because of you. So thanks and there are many of us trying to share our diverse experiences to hopefully make it better for those of you who have been around for a while longer :)

Well I have been here for more than 3 years and I know for a fact that there isn’t a single person here who actively fights for intersectional diversity. Some people try, but they are very much choosing to ignore 70% of what’s happening and aren’t taking this as seriously as it needs to be taken. When everyone who isn’t white and speaking up on injustice receives death threats and is stalked, this is no longer “just about books.” 

This is why it’s important that you start. That you call out and that you do something, because legitimitately - I was alone in this. Allyship means nothing without action. We’re at a point in time right now where fascism and ignorance and casual racism (”oh no they didn’t mean it that way” “oh no dont be negative”) are the cool thing to be. 

I hope you do help those who are fighting. Cause really, who else will do it?

If you know any smaller tumblrs that DO do these things but have been overlooked by the general public here, lmk. I’d love to support them.

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.
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.

AceStories Series: Week 3

I’m starting a series of first-hand ace stories, and I want to hear from you! This third wave of the #AceStories series will focus of Neurodivergent aces and their personal stories regarding both being a part of the ace community and how that intersects with their neuro-diversity.

Submit your stories via my submit box or post on your own blog and tag them #NeurodivergentAceStories and #AceStories

Honestly, the more I think about it, the more I’d be interested in seeing a remake of Buffy, provided that whoever’s at the helm of it (and this someone NOT being Joss Whedon, given that his view of feminism is still stuck in the early nineties, and we’re in need of new and more diverse and intersectional voices at the helm of something like this) is genuinely interested in addressing the flaws of the show and fixing them - increased racial diversity (how about Buffy being Latina, considering that California’s population is heavily Latinx), Willow being a lesbian from day one, clean off Joss’s mud from Xander (since he’s pretty obviously a Joss Whedon mouthpiece at many times, and, like I said above, that’s not the place we’re in now, and his character would need to reflect that), and focus on modern metaphors, not just retell the old stories twenty years later. And those are just some of the obvious flaws to be fixed (which, speaking of, another obvious thing - NO USE OF BURY YOUR GAYS).

I think if handled correctly, updated for the twenty years of the passage of time, it could work. It’d just need the right hand at the wheel, someone willing to do those updates, recognize that the original is foundation, but if there are pieces of that foundation that have rotted, then they need to be removed and replaced, not simply given a new coat of paint (to stretch my metaphor).

But, you know, if someone wants to remake Buffy without trying to update it in all matters, not just ‘oh, now they text each other and use the term ‘lawl’ in conversation‘, yeah, don’t bother. If you’re going to tell a new iteration of a story that’s already been told, you need to address the flaws of the previous incarnation.

Very vague theater project request

If you are a woman (trans or cis) of color (black, Asian, islander, Native American, latina, etc.), between 21-35 years of age, located in the US, who acts, sings, and would be interested in a full time *PAID* performance gig, would you please private message me?

I have some contact info about a particular gig that I cannot make public, but would like to use Tumblr to suss out more possible candidates for the job. Ideal candidates are also interested in intersectional feminism/womanism, diversity, and equality. Extra ideal candidates have some stage combat training. Extra, extra ideal candidates are huge geeks and/or nerds with a great sense of humor. 😉

If you do not fit the criteria, but think some of your followers might, please pass this post along.

#noitsnotHamilton #iwish

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So bibliogato had some things to say about Pride/Diversity panels and it was beautiful. 

I’m really tired of G & L being the only representations on most YA Pride/Diversity panels. I’m tired of rarely (ever??) seeing B or T or A or PoC or disabilities or any of the other thousands of intersections of diversity.

We need to do better.