“I am a man.” - On February 12, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers, the majority of whom were Black, went on strike demanding recognition for their union, better wages, and safer working conditions after two trash handlers were killed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. The strike gained national attention and dragged on into March. Striking workers carried copies of a poster declaring “I AM A MAN,” a statement that recalled a question abolitionists posed more than 100 years earlier, “Am I not a man and a brother?”
Peter and David Turnley in Tiananmen Square, 1989.
4th marks the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre as
Chinese troops cracked down on civilian and student demonstrators
holding a pro-democracy and pro-reform occupation in the center of
Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Brothers, identical twins and Corbis contributors, Peter and David Turnley were witnesses to this grave and historical event.
To all the men whining about men not having a Men’s History Month, fuck you.
Only oppressed groups have a day or month to celebrate how far they’ve come in their revolution against oppression.
It’s exactly why countries like India, America, Pakistan and every landmass in the world celebrate an Independence Day. Because they were colonized and finally for freedom. We don’t see Britain celebrate a Day of Colonial Descent. That’s because they’re the group in power.
So, next time you whine about not having a men’s history month, shove your privileged opinion back up your ignorant ass and be grateful you don’t belong to an oppressed group.
If you’re actually concerned about men’s issues, you wouldn’t be whining about a social movement that talks about your privileges. You’d be concerned about gender stereotypes, hypermasculinity and how they harm men everyday. You’d be talking about how the suicide rate in men is alarmingly high as they’re shamed for expressng emotions.
P.S. This goes for the assholes who whine about not having a White History month, or a straight pride month.
I keep seeing posts of thin people explaining that body positivity is unnecessary or ridiculous, all while wildly missing the point of what body positivity is and who it’s for.
I mean it must be easy to find it useless when you’re a thin white cis able bodied perisex person with conventionally attractive features and the money to buy whatever beauty products you want but like, some of us aren’t you.
And for some of us, body positivity and fat acceptance are radical acts of defiance against kyriarchy and a demand to no longer be oppressed. So I mean. It matters.
Like, body positivity isn’t just about wanting people to call you pretty, although recognizing that you are beautiful in a world that tells you otherwise is a radical act.
It’s about normalizing transgender and intersex bodies and fighting for their body autonomy and against transphobia and intersexism. It’s about making the world for accessible for fat and disabled bodies and putting an end to ableism. It’s about holding doctors accountable and demanding that they treat and help people of color, women, and fat people the same way they treat cishet white skinny men. It’s fighting against fatphobia and diet culture, rallying against misogyny, etc. It’s activism, it’s feminism, it’s revolutionary.
There are real people out there who can’t legally wear their natural hair, or who are given less pay because of how they look, or are being denied equal rights because of the body type they have or the appearance of their genitalia. Can you really tell me that fighting against that kind of thing is useless?
And yes, a lot of body positive blogs struggle with intersectionality. Many fail to move past sharing pastel images with cute slogans that only make thin white cishet perisex women feel better. But that is the fault of those bloggers. It doesn’t make body positivity useless; it just means that it is due for a makeover.
Body positivity and fat acceptance are not and have never been about just wanting other people to think you’re pretty. It’s not about your worth and value being defined by your prettiness.
And all these posts out there calling body positivity a worthless movement because “We shouldn’t be defined by our looks” or “I don’t want to be called pretty” are wildly missing the point. It’s not about that. It’s never been about that.
I just wish people could understand that the oppression I face isn’t some minor issue that doesn’t need to be challenged. Like, maybe that’s not what these people intend to say when they talk like this but that is exactly what I hear.