queer women of colour

I’m so sick of white gay men’s offense at Azealia Banks. Because her using the word ‘fag’ is so much worse than white gay men’s racism against black women, the erasure of POC in Pride movements, white gay men appropriating black women’s culture, white gay men’s misogyny, the white supremacy that white gay men benefit from, etc etc. Like shut the fuck up. Take your offense and shove it.

The only black woman a lot of white gay guys seem to give a fuck about is the “fierce black woman” they think lives inside of them.

not to be dramatic but if the halcyon doesn’t get another series i’m gonna jump on a plane down to itv’s headquarters and kick someone’s ass. i have already suffered through the extremely unjust cancellation of home fires. at the time, i swore i’d never watch another itv drama again but when i heard about this show i decided to get invested. against my better judgement, i gave itv another chance not to let me down again and if they behave like money-grabbing assholes who value shitty reality shows and fucking piers morgan’s fucking stupid interview series over good dramas centring on women, queer people and people of colour i will be down at itv studios fucking committing murder

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Some of the actresses of colour suggested for Poison Ivy should Pamela Isley be featured in future DCEU installments, following the recent trend of racebending comic book characters in live adaptations. Chromatic people can play sympathetic, complex, queer characters and considering the history of scientific testing on the bodies of women of colour, Poison Ivy being a queer woman of colour seeking revenge on the white men who exploited her would make for a compelling interpretation.

Dascha Polanco
Julie Vu
Rihanna
Marisa Quinn
Deepika Padukone
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Ashley Callingbull-Burnham
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Emeraude Toubia
Kylie Bunbury

Intersectional Feminism

Intersectional feminism recognizes that all forms of oppression are connected in one way or another and that oppression of any kind cannot be remedied without addressing these connections. Oppression that stems from sexism can overlap with racial oppression or oppression that stems from sexual orientation or socio-economic status, for instance.

The way that queer women, trans women, and women of colour experience oppression is often very different than the oppression white women may experience. To say that a middle-class white, cis-gendered, able-bodied heterosexual has the same experience with oppression as a black, queer woman of low socio-economic status is to ignore the fact that the oppression both individuals may encounter do not stem solely from sexism.

White feminists are uncomfortable with this notion and prefer to play down, if not outright drown out, the argument that not all women face the same obstacles in the pursuit to having their equality recognized.

The point of intersectionality is to point out that identities cannot be separated. A black woman cannot separate her race and her gender. A trans person of colour cannot chose which part of their identity needs liberating. Types of oppression cannot be separated because they are not experienced independently of one another. Ignoring intersectionality for the sake of ‘unity’ serves to homogenize the movement by erasing identity.

The feminist movement itself is incredibly broad, encompassing many different sub-movements that relate to these identities. Addressing the intersections of oppression does not divide the movement; it makes it stronger.

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“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” ― Audre Lorde 

Aesthetics continues to be an essential basis by which we are judged, looked at, and ultimately defined as women. This space is an attempt to curate and document all the ways in which as Women of Colour we navigate, understand and own the embodiment of our narratives and experiences. At the heart of this journey, we seek to uncover how our bodies belong to ourselves.

In collecting a diverse range of women of colour’s voices (across race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, geographic location, able-bodiedness and gender queer identities) and mediums, we hope to create a restorative body of work spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually that heals. 

Using articles, interviews, essays, love notes, poetry, prose, art, photography, film, and discussion both online and offline we attempt to map these journeys.

Follow us! Support us! Get in touch if you would like to get more involved or have something you’d like to share/contribute either by the Submission or Ask box or email us: thebodynarratives@gmail.com 

P.S. check out Jay Katelansky’s work she’s contributed to make our banner and part of our logo  - doesn’t that get you excited?

mercy #10284746

you know i love up on them small mercies, they make the world go round. today i decided to drop off my dry cleaning because my mama has been nagging me to get my infamous white coat cleaned. i pick a new spot cause the last one wrecked up my girl’s clothes and i go in and am glad to see a brown woman, with short, greying hair, behind the counter. as she enters my details and takes my name, she asks me if i’m pakistani and which city i’m from. i tell her karachi, she responds with a comforting smile and a ‘lahore’. she begins to tell me her son is marrying a girl from karachi. i explain i was born here but have been often, how i visited lahore for the first time last year. she carries with her that thing that all those who have left home carry with them: a warm, soft sense of nostalgia. she tells me she moved here six years ago, how the thing she misses the most is the food, how she cannot go back because she is “not straight enough to return” if i know what she means. i smile and say i do but perhaps not clearly enough, with enough throat. she lives a few roads away from me. regardless, she is warm and full, unafraid to smile with teeth. upon leaving i think about what she must have done, how she must have had to leave in fighting to be an openly queer woman (assumingly once married in a heteronormative relationship most likely not out of her choice). i think of all the courage she has carried up here, all the courage it must have taken her to be who and what she is. i think of her courage as the biggest thing in that room and how in spite of what has happened she seems, just from her warmth and ease, a woman who is dedicated and committed to love. she offered a due reminder of what loving and loving oneself out loud looks like.

i look forward to collecting my dry cleaning on friday, maybe if i’m lucky i’ll hear more. 

My Favourite Shows...

Or my could have been favourite shows, for showing true progressive stories with fully realised female characters.

The 100: All the societies have female and poc leaders, interracial relationships, tribes and loyalty at not only about race, sexuality is not something to angst over, bisexual lead character, commentaries on war.
NOPE.
Ends up treating poc and lgbt characters as disposable, kills off people in well recognised tropes and ways that mimics real life murder of minorities, makes white men the ‘real hero of the show’ (Jasper), takes away human culpability of the end of the world by making it A.

Pretty Little Liars: A show about strong female friendship and loyalty, young women having agency and control of their sexuality, one of the most beautiful coming out stories ever written, more lesbian and bisexual young women than you can shake a stick at, complex looks at mental health and addicition.
NOPE.
Numerous queer women of colour murdered, a trans woman being the 'crazy evil killer’ and then murdered, a lesbian character with significantly less love interests than straight characters, a love triangle between two of the main characters destroying the close female friendship, a predator of teenage girls constantly redeemed and teacher/student relationship romanticized.

Once Upon a Time: A story about blended families, led by a variety of fascinating and complicated female characters, not damsels in distress, agency given to fairytale princesses, the potential for a beautiful lesbian relationship, the importance of all types of love, not just romantic love.
NOPE.
Queer baiting, very few poc who are often killed off when they do appear, female characters losing their strength in order to build up male characters, romanticising abusive relationships, writing in rape and never acknowledging it

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Like, if you’re against “modern feminism” you shouldn’t really follow me? Because advocating for non modern feminism is?? What? You long for a type of feminism that was even MORE exclusive? That ignored women of colour, queer women and anyone not cishet and white MORE than it does now??

Like if you’re the type of “feminist” who thinks “modern problems” are not actual problems that deserve a modern solution then you’re a pretty shitty feminist and a gross person.

on a serious note: there’s a lot of people making (legitimate) commentary about korra being put through hell and back just to experience growth and the serious implications of misogyny- specifically of qwoc- of that. please do not tone police these people. don’t try to speak over or belittle the very real criticisms made by queer and/or women of colour.