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Radfems are “intersectional feminists” by default. You CAN’T be a feminist if you don’t support black women, Asian women, Hispanic women, Native American women, Polynesian women, disabled women, lesbian women, bisexual women, gnc women, de transitioned ftm, women who have survived rape, women who have survived domestic abuse, fat women, poor women, female sex workers, immigrant women, Jewish women, Muslim women, Wiccan women, Sikh women, Hindu women, women who’ve had abortions, women who don’t want to get married, women who refuse to wear makeup and high heels, angry women, women who make others feel uncomfortable with the things they say and do, women who make people feel uncomfortable by just existing, women who call people out on their misogyny and women who are too afraid to speak up

celestialscorpio  asked:

If the signs had to learn a new language which would they choose and why (assuming their first is English)?

Aries-  Arabic, for the challenge and from their connection with politics and adventure. 

Taurus- Gaelic, it would be an interesting language to learn yet safe since in Ireland and Scotland most, if not all people would still speak English. With Celtic roots you could say it is an earthy and beautiful language too. 

Gemini- Japanese, this communicative and intellectual sign could take on one of the hardest languages to learn. 

Cancer- Spanish, they would seek it out due to their practical trait. 

Leo-  Portuguese, it would be a fun and daring language to learn.  

Virgo- Latin, the roots to everything, perfect for their intellectual mind. 

Libra- French, the language of love would of course appeal to them. 

Scorpio- Russian or German, this intense and strong sign would be interested in intense and strong places and languages. 

Sagittarius- Hindi or Bengali, these languages would entice Sagittarius’s curiosity. 

Capricorn- Chinese, due to their practicality and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Aquarius- Rarer languages like Native American or Polynesian languages, this sign is all about being “different” after all. 

Pisces- Korean, the media and culture of South Korea and its influence might interest Pisces. 

The hongi, better associated with our Maori and Hawaiian cousins, is an embrace where the exchanging of the ‘Ha’ (Breath of Life) occurs. It can also be interpreted as the sharing of both souls. Whether it be between siblings, cousin, or a man and a women the ‘Ha’ is truly a spiritual mana embrace between beings. This represents a girl taking on the honor of becoming a taupou. A hongi, sharing of 'ha’ between present and future self. #UrbanNesian

Mixed Polynesian/Cherokee

@laurelmyqueen asked:

I’m working on a story where the main character is half-Polynesian, half-Cherokee. I want to show respect for her culture and was wondering if there are any sites you can recommend for me to look up to do research that aren’t biased?

So here’s a few facts about being mixed for you. This isn’t to discourage you from writing a mixed Native— we exist, in fairly large numbers— but to explain just what you are taking on when you write one.

This is from the perspective of somebody who is, blood-wise, extraordinarily mixed thanks to generations old assimilation. I am not status and have no hope of being status because of just how mixed I am.

Tribe Reception

First off, some tribes aren’t terribly fond of mixed individuals. It happens. As a result, you’ll have to take it band by band, reserve by reserve— see whether or not they’ll accept somebody mixed whole-heartedly, conditionally, or not at all.

You’re dealing with, potentially, two tribes— depending on who the Polynesian person is from. There are, after all, multiple Polynesian tribes, each with a different culture. So narrowing down in this regard is also important.

Legal implications

Native Americans have a registry. This registry determines who is “allowed” to be Native and not. Thankfully the laws have slacked up a lot since their initial implementation, but fact remains: if a person is “too mixed” (like I am!) then they can’t be put on the registry.

Historically, as well, sometimes people would lose their status on the registry if they married outside of the tribe (Canada made any woman who married outside of the tribe “non Native”, but any woman who married in gained status. This robbed children of their language, because, as an elder put it, “mother tongue” means the language of the mother).

I’m 95% sure this isn’t the case anymore. But! Who knows. I am very unfamiliar with Polynesian peoples, so I have nothing to say on that.

Cultural Implications

You’ll be dealing with two very strong cultures, here, with their own really strong identities. That isn’t to say they can’t exist in harmony— The Rock is a prime example, being Black and Samoan— but you’re going to have to really characterize the individual as being mixed. You’ll have to see what parts of culture they take, and it could genuinely be “all of both”… unless some parts directly contradict each other, then you’ll have to figure out where the compromises are.

I’d look up “third culture kids” as some base literature on the topic. These are kids who grew up in multiple cultures and as a result have made their own, that’s basically unique to them. It’s likely not going to be identical to what you’re dealing with, but it’s something to start thinking of.

History of Assimilation

Aka, “people could get touchy”.

I’m really trying to not paint any Indigenous group as closed off or hostile towards outsiders. What I am saying is some people hold the scars of assimilation and can be very wary of their culture dying off. So there’s a certain responsibility for kids to carry on the culture, and that might be a weight. It might not be a weight at all, and both families are super accepting and they take an “all” approach to culture.

But it’s something to keep in mind, depending on the reception of whatever peoples you choose.


This is going to be tricky! I’m not sure of any one place I can point you other than The Rock’s relationship with his identities and how he talks about his daughters, because he’s the only mixed Polynesian person I know in mainstream. If followers have any comments, we’d be happy to hear them!

~Mod Lesya

I want to preface this post by saying I’m not bashing folks. I’m just giving my OWN opinion. You can agree or disagree. But this is my see on it….

I don’t like Wicca. I studied with Wiccans for 2 years and it didn’t work out. Wicca is really white. I’m almost a neo Panther. It was doomed from the start.

In addition to not caring so much for Wicca, I see a flaw. Wicca unapologetically touches any pantheon it wants to. There are rules and regulations to most religions. Wiccans be like…. “I like them, therefore I can do what I want.” And that’s not true.

You can’t just work with African religions without a formal introduction. Egypt is in Africa. What do you think is written on all those temple walls? Asian, Hindu, Polynesian, South American, etc. religions all have methods for appropriate worship. You just can’t do what you want. Ex: If you feel drawn to Hindu gods, join a temple. Catholic saints? Catholicism awaits you. You see where I’m going with this?

Just don’t choose or collect gods and decide you wanna work with them. You wanna worship, be appropriate and do it right. Don’t be lazy and colonial.

The Signs As Learning New Language, Which And Why They Choose It.

Aries-  Arabic, for the challenge and from their connection with politics and adventure.

Taurus- Gaelic, it would be an interesting language to learn yet safe since in Ireland and Scotland most, if not all people would still speak English. With Celtic roots you could say it is an earthy and beautiful language too.

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American Flags Taken Down By Hawaiian Kingdom Advocates at UH

Hey!! My name is Älänä. I am a Chinese/Polynesian American even though I don’t look the part. I was born in Hawaii but now Live in Arizona. I’m 14 years old (Turning 15 in August) I am a thespian at my Highschool, in really big into theatre and music. I can play piano and I’m learning guitar, also I am Pansexual. I really love rock, Broadway music, HUGE HARRY POTTER FAN and I love more music. If would take me forever to say it all R.I.P. Chris Cornell. My perfect “pen pal” or internet friend is someone 14-18. Gender doesn’t matter, nor does religion sexual orientation none of that, just be respectful of my beliefs and I will be respectful to yours. I would love someone with some common interests but none is fine I love meeting people who are polar opposite of me!
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Unpopular (actually very popular, just not liked) Opinion: Moana looks like Rapunzel.

I’m sure this is a very unpopular opinion but I don’t like Moana’s design at all. I loved all the conceptual art, but when I saw her final design my immediate thought was: so…they made a brown Rapunzel? And no she’s not an exact clone obviously, but making her darker and slightly adjusting certain features doesn’t change the fact that there are striking similarities.

And I understand, people really wanted and anticipated this Polynesian princess so to hear, “oh she looks like a knock off,” is a sure fire way to rub people the wrong way. And there are people who argue that she just has a “Disney” look, but that’s not my problem. If I look at this princess and she’s supposed to be a representation of a woman (well girl) of color and my first thought is, “She looks an awful lot like Rapunzel” then that’s a problem.

When I look at her I don’t feel as though the people put any thought AT ALL into her design. Take our other WOC.



Pocahontas (though arguably she is not a representation of a Native American woman, just the white fantasy of one)



and more importantly: Nani and Lilo.

Who are themselves Pacific Islanders. I had never seen characters like them before. Nani wasn’t stick thin, they didn’t (technically) have straight hair. They were original and unique.

And all of these women look different. They look original, they look thought out.

Do any of these Disney princesses of color look the same to you? 

I loved the idea of Moana

(though I would’ve liked her a tad bit thicker)

and I’m not knocking it yet - I’ve waited this long, damn right I’m gonna see it. But the point is, if Disney is going to start putting out movies with people of color, then they actually need to look like people of color. Not like this:


I am a light-skinned person with a light-skinned/passing Latina mother and a brown-skinned Pinoy father. I do not pass as white. However, I am often seen as mixed Asian by other people, which means I am afforded the many privileges that come with that perception.  It means, for instance, that white gentrifiers trying to move into my neighborhood in North Oakland have stopped me on the street as I walked by and asked me if the neighborhood is “safe.” It means that when I get pulled over or questioned by police I don’t fear my imminent death. All this social location stuff to say that I’m about to get into some shit that is based on my personal experiences. I have done all of the things listed below. I have seen many people I love and care about do them. And lots of people I don’t love or care about.

I also want to say that I respect self-identification unless proven otherwise. If you tell me you are a person of color, I believe you. However, there are people in our communities that have ZERO people of color lineage anywhere in their immediate ancestry (Cherokee princess great great grandmother does not count EVER) who actively have lied and told people they were people of color. Those people need to get called out. There are also crazy ass white people who feel they are “transracial” and try to call themselves another race. Those motherfuckers need to be given a stern talking to or something  (by other white people, not POC). Preferably on an isolated island away from POC for the next 25 years.

I don’t know what it is like to be a light-skinned or white passing person with black, middle eastern, polynesian, native american and quite a few other ancestries. So I’m not gonna try to tell you what to do. There might be parallels between your experience and mine, though, so take what you will.

If you call yourself POC and are not lying or crazy (go ahead and call my crazy ass ableist for using this term; dare you) then I’m down for your right to call yourself that. Don’t trip. But if you act a fool, I will let you know. Here’s some tips for not acting a fool.

  1. Stop saying that other people of color are policing or excluding you from POC-ness. There is no such thing as reverse racism NOR reverse colorism. If this makes no sense to you, see #2 - #10.
  2. Colorism refers to the ways in which material and social gain is systematically given to people who meet or uphold white supremacist notions of beauty. NOT ONE POC who is light-skinned or white passing is being denied jobs or housing or being targeted for violence in a SYSTEMIC way because of their light or white skin. Please don’t tell us about how somebody called you “white bitch” because they were jealous of how white you looked and that this was a form of violence. This is not an example of historical systemic oppression. It’s mean, it’s bullying, it’s misogynist, but it’s not colorism. Note: violence or outright insult, harassment or bullying is never okay no matter who does it.
  3. Never tell a darker-skinned or non-passing person of color that their behavior is upholding internalized oppression. Never ever. Especially when it’s cuz you feel like they did something to you for being light-skinned or white passing.  Just shut up about it. You telling a person with less societal power than you about their internalized oppression is really just you using your privilege to silence them and avoid your feelings of guilt and alienation for being a light-skinned or passing person. Especially if you do it in a public forum. (And no it still isn’t okay even if you “beat” them on some other front, like you are poor and they have money or you have a chronic illness and they seem healthy or you think they have gender privilege over you). Note again: violence or outright insult, harassment or bullying is never okay no matter who does it. If you are being physically or emotionally abused by someone, please seek support.
  4. That being said, deal with your feelings of alienation and guilt around being light-skinned or white-passing. Like really, really fucking deal with them, historically, emotionally, ancestrally, spiritually, but especially MATERIALLY. I can’t tell you exactly what this looks like without writing a whole other essay. It is still in constant process for myself. But chances are if you are doing any of the problematic shit listed here, you are having a hard time with dealing. Start with checking your defensiveness. If you are thinking about writing me a tirade about how racist I am or how I didn’t say it the right way to get anyone to listen because I’m being mean, or how I am being divisive to POC unity, or how I am ignoring the fact that you are really pale right now because it’s winter, take a moment to pause. Those arguments are so tired and a symptom of your need for self-reflection.
  5. Build communities of accountability with other light-skinned and white-passing people of color. Communities of accountability are groups of peers who lovingly push one another towards growth, transformation, and active rejection and dismantlement of colorism and white supremacy. For instance, when you feel bad about something related to #1 - #4 but manage to keep it to yourself in the moment, take care of yourself by talking about your feelings with these light-skinned or white passing peers.  If you did say or do something fucked up and have realized that you made a mistake, let your peers support you as you take accountability. If all these peers do is validate your experience and tell you were right or that it’s okay because we all make mistakes, they are not holding you accountable. They are handing you a warm bottle of baby formula, a teddy bear, and a singing you a lullaby. They are keeping you asleep. Nitey nite.
  6. If you gather with other light-skinned or white-passing people, but you all never talk about and TAKE ACTION around your privilege, then your association with them is just the white/light POC equivalent of an “old boys’ club.” It is not a community of accountability; it is just a franchise for white supremacy.
  7. When you notice you are someplace where there are only light-skinned or white-passing people, talk about it. Especially if it is an environment that is touted as a people of color space. Do not allow yourself to be the token or amongst a small minority of people of color in a space that is claiming to be POC-inclusive without at least saying something. Verbal acknowledgement holds power. Interrupt spaces that uphold white supremacy by speaking up and naming the elephant in the room. Unless your basic needs or physical safety being met is at stake, take action by stepping down from tokenizing roles where you and other light-skinned white-passing POC are the only members. Demand that darker-skinned and/or black folks with more experience than you replace you. Actively make sure this happens. Actually I take that back. DO NOT send other POC of any skin tone into an environment where tokenization is happening. Put in the work to shut that shit down or actively warn people against getting involved in tokening projects and organizations.
  8. If other people of color (even ones who you consider “as” light-skinned or white-passing as you) ask you about your race or don’t accept you right away, don’t get all hurt. Just be straight up. Let your acts and how you show up in the future speak for itself and build trust. Do you trust every POC you meet just because they’re POC? I certainly don’t. Yes, it might hurt you to feel rejected or be met with suspicion by a community you want to call your own, but truth is you have access to all sorts of communities and privileges that others in your group don’t get because of your skin privilege. Also, protecting ourselves from whiteness is a REAL safety issue. People of color want to know who is white so they know who to not to turn their back on. This is healthy self-preservation, especially for people perceived as black, who face regular threat to their very lives by the state and other upholders of white supremacy. The closer you are perceived to be to blackness, the closer you are to physical, economic, and psychological violence committed by white supremacy and its agents.
  9. Remember that privilege is not just an idea or a thought or a conversation. It is also an experience of embodiment that can be observed by others. Remember that the hive mind of human consciousness is so adept that we can all state, without doubt, which races are at the top and which are on the bottom. White is on top. Black is on the bottom. If you cannot admit that and let yourself feel the way the consciousness of white supremacy lives within your flesh, then there is no hope of ever exorcising that hierarchy from the hive mind. Pretending our whiteness isn’t there just gives it more power and prevents the healing that needs to occur between people of color in general.
  10. 10. Be able to name your light-skinned or passing privilege without stuttering. And don’t expect a parade with glitter and a marching band when you do. You can imagine one in your head if you like. That’s okay. 
  11. I lied. I have one more because I’m generous like that. If your darker-skinned or non-passing POC homies agree with you when you tell them how fucked up this article is and assure you that you are really awesome, they might be reassuring you because they are scared of what they might lose if they disagree. Don’t put them in the position of reassuring you. THAT’S fucked up.

None of these ideas are new. In fact, there are almost no new ideas under the sun. Thank you to those around me and who have come before me who have been formulating and enacting these ideas for longer than I’ve been alive.

If you find this post offensive, that is good. Hopefully it will push you towards transformation. Nothing you say can hurt me. I am open to dialogue and critique, however, and will think deeply and respectfully about thoughtful and respectful responses. If you act a fool in general, I will treat you like a fool.

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My overall internal turmoil regarding Moana

It seems that I can’t stop writing about Moana because I haven’t quite expressed how I feel about it: idk, it’s super complicated, but I expected to feel this way, despite supporting the film. Ultimately, I think that there were more positives than negatives for me, but still. The action of taking elements of multiple islands and passing it off as something vaguely Polynesian is something that can be tremendously harmful.

You’re kind of stuck between: well, do I take this representation and be happy that it’s here or do I completely reject the act of homogenizing Pasefika peoples and commodifying our cultures? 

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