White women really need to stop writing fics and making graphics and art about interracial f/f ships in which the visibly brown or black woman in the ship serves as the “knight” or “lionheart” for the white woman who’s portrayed as the “queen” or “princess”. You all are being transparent and gross as hell. For once, consider how lbpq women of color are already painted as angry and brutal. Consider how lbpq women of color aren’t allowed to be soft or vulnerable or sensitive. Consider that they can’t be romantically or sexually autonomous without being fetishized by the male gaze and the white, colonial gaze, especially if they’re trans. Consider that the next time you begin outlining an AU or storyline in which the woman of color is the knight for her white savior princess. 

H*28: Problematic Asian American Youtube Stars (feat. Lucy)

This week for H*28, Chuks and Kari are joined by ragstoreverie (Lucy) to discuss Asian-American Media. In the last few years, especially the rise of YouTube stars, Asian American media has boomed with Wong Fu Productions, Fung Brothers, KevJumba, JK Films/David So, Jabbawockeez, and many more. They play an important role in the community–needed representation and control of production, for example–but they are not without their problems. For asks this week, we answer an ask from Sarah about access to social justice movement, butchrobot about developed/developing nation terminology, and 2goldensnitches about fighting with family members over the Gaza-Israel conflict.

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‘Beyonce; The Shameless Jezebel’. : ThyBlackMan.com

I have read a lot of commentary about Beyonce’s performance at the MTV’s Video Music awards which aired last night(August 24, 2014).  Beyonce is NOT a good role model for our young girls. Over the years her lyrics have gotten more vulgar and her performances have become more salacious. Last night, during her performance, she had her legs open, it was VERY sexual , and this took place in front of her DAUGHTER. Clearly if Beyonce doesn’t care about HER daughter watching and listening to heavily sexually laced lyrics and performances….she can’t care about YOURS. As you read the lyrics and (remember these are just partial lyrics), imagine our young girls singing along. Imagine these lyrics finding residence in the subconscious minds of our daughters. Not only do we have these sexually charged lyrics, but she has provided visual aids in the form of videos and performances. Also once again, here we have yet ANOTHER BLACK WOMAN, promoting the word bitch. If a male performer had showcased a raunchy, sexually charged performance, if he and a bunch of men were shirtless,and the lyrics were equally sexual and he said “bow down bitches”, if he touched himself in a suggestive manner, women would be in an uproar, we would be offended, we would call for a banning of that artist or a public apology. A woman does it and she’s applauded. This is because we are extremely hypocritical. During part of her performance , an excerpt of Chimanda Ngozi’s speech was displayed on the screen;

“We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings the way that boys are. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls ‘You can have ambition, but not too much’,” says the voice-over. “Feminist. The person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

I take it that Beyonce thinks the first line of that speech means it’s OK to teach our girls to be whores. Feminists want all this equality but somehow the scales remain unbalanced when it comes to accountability. Go figure.A lot of people have made comments like she is grown and she is simply stating what goes on between a husband and wife in their bedroom. That would be acceptable, but it’s going on in OUR living rooms. It’s going on in the mp3 players and in our daughter’s play list. What Beyonce does in her bedroom is her business. What she does in front of our daughters is MY business, and if you care about the lack of morals that is found in our community, you’d make it your business too.“Straight sinkin, I hate thinkin that these the future mommas of our chillun”-Outkast

These Ankh niggas need to shut up. If Beyonce’s performance was directed towards the male gaze, you would have remained silent. The sexualization of Beyonce is only appealing to you if it’s “non consensual” otherwise she’s a “whore” or “Jezebel”. 

You Ankh niggas recently attempted to perpetuate this detrimental Good Negress vs. Bad Negress dichotomy with Lupita Nyong'o (good) and Nicki Minaj (bad).

Double Standards

People who hate Electra for being “such a bad person1!1” are hypocrites.

One thing fandoms LOVE is “a bad person” or to put in a non-childish way – a morally gray one or one who has committed crimes. Characters such as Loki, Hannibal, Dexter, Moriarty (in both Sherlock and Elementary), Cersei Lannister, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Draco Malfoy and countless other fan favourites can be considered “bad people” (damn I hate this oversimplified portrayal but whatever) as well.

The ONLY reason why all of these characters are fan favourites and get away with manipulation/lying/killing/and hell cannibalism (Hannibal) is because they are white. We live in a world where even in real life white people are allowed to get away with things. The mediaconstantly makes excuses about white criminals such as:

“They were bullied” ; “Poor upbringing”; “The did drugs”; “They are so pretty/hot” ; “They were lonely in kindergarten”, etc.

But at the same time POC people irl and characters in the media are NEVER given an excuse.

People of colour in media and in real life are seen as “bad” BY DEFAULT even for the smallest thing.

At the same time white people are seen as pure, innocent little angels even when proven otherwise. And when they do commit a crime then there is a plethora of excuses and they are “complex” and “precious damaged babies 1!!”.

So the Daredevil fandom is just an example about how art and its followers imitate real life – people of colour are never seen as human beings who make mistakes while white people are given countless second chances and excuses.

I keep wanting to say something about what happens when single black mothers upset the Welfare Queen narrative, & what it means that Gabby’s father was married to her mother (twice) & is in fact on active duty right now & why her being a success with dark skin & poverty is fucking up NBC’s whole reality. But I have a feeling that if I start I might not ever stop. Because this is really about punishing her & her family for existing outside that narrative. This what happens when you don’t fit the stereotypes & you don’t have a white savior in your story & yet you succeed. They can barely accept the idea that we survive. This idea of us thriving, of parental love & sacrifice & a family that is healthy & happy & loving even if it is different? They don’t know what to do with that at all.

Gabby’s smiling & sweet & funny. Her hair isn’t done & sure there were some critiques of that hair, but even still black people showed up & showed out when whiteness tried to come for her joy. We’re scaring them. She’s scaring them. That’s what they’re not trying to admit even as the dehumanizing & demeaning patter continues. See, America has controlled the message about black women for so long, & now not only do we speak for ourselves in public, other people are stepping up to speak with us. Turns out some part of the revolution is being televised. And tweeted. And Tumbled. That’s what makes this all so fucking scary to them. We are own signals & there are too many of us in too many places to be silenced.

In short, empowered, modern girlhoods are marked by individualism and entrepreneurship, consumerism, delayed marriage and motherhood, participation in the wage-labour market, and positive public expressions of sexuality. It’s a model of girlhood most associated with the white, middle-class experience.

In contrast, girls living in poverty, in rural areas or in neighbourhoods rife with violence, crime or drugs find themselves classified as ‘at-risk’, ‘backward’ or ‘failed’ girls. So are girls who prioritise the wellbeing of their faith communities and families, and who value solidarity over individualism.

m-eriida  asked:

I saw Junjie's post about fetishization through Kpop but reality seems totally different from how you paint it. For example, there are a few Reddit threads where Asian guys praise Kpop because girls are "finally" willing to date them: reddit(.)com/r/AsianMasculinity/comments/4zdz3s/ I also see obvious Koreaboos on Instagram with their Chinese or Vietnamese boyfriends. Why do Asian guys not mind fetishizers but Asian girls (the ones I know at least) hate people with a race fetish? I don't get it.

I mean, I just gave my own perspective (if I’m recalling correctly). I don’t speak for all East Asian men, although I’m definitely not the only one I know who feels that way. If you go to the blog @kpopfuckery you can find articles by East and Southeast Asian men speaking out against it. I realize that it’s possible my wording made it seem like I was trying to speak for all East Asian men and I apologize if I came off that way, but I don’t believe that was my intention.

Now, to answer your question: I think that it’s because unlike fetishization of East Asian men, fetishization of East Asian women is rooted in not just racism but also racialized misogyny, which can and does have violent consequences.

That said, I am not an East Asian woman, so I will not elaborate any further on this matter. However, if any of our East Asian woman-identifying mods and/or followers would like to add their insights, please feel free!

- Junjie

anonymous asked:

i was wondering about that angel coulby post, she doesnt look lighter at all?? except a bit grayer.. idk i've been staring at it for like ten minutes and i don't rly see any difference in her skin color besides the edited one being more gray-ish

You’re responding to this.

I want you to look at this. Tell me what color Kerry Washington is.

She’s fucking gray and you can’t see her beautiful brown eyes but you can clearly see the white girls light eyes, from this post.

Now you may not know this but when you edit pictures in PS you have to play with the vibrance to make the colors come out more. You can also brighten dark screenshots by brightening but its not the only way to do it. Lots of times you have to play with the curves and the vibrance with a dark shot.  I’m a novice so I can’t explain it as well as other giffers and editors. 

Now when you work with dark skin you run the risk of stripping them completely of most color. So take a look at the above shot.  I choose it from the many examples of white washing because this is mass media whitewashing. Here’s another example of another magazine doing it.

You’ve been trained to accept “grayness” as an aesthetic. Because big names like Variety and Elle say its okay to take away the browns skintones from women of color.  You’ve been trained to accept it as just another filter in your instagram toolkit.

But PS is not instagram. Let me repeat myself. Photoshop is NOT instagram. There’s nuance and finetuning available so you don’t have to be whitewashing everything.  I used to take selfies with my first cellphones and always make them black and white. I thought I was doing it so I could make my big nose smaller less defined. And I was. But I was also taking away my brown skin and I was whitewashing myself. I never wore bright colors on my lips, I played with putting my makeup on my lips to make them into thin lines on my black and white selfies. I’d straighten my hair so it wasn’t big and frizzy and curly. I was always dieting because I was “too” curvy.

I hated my skin, my nose, my lips, my hair, my curves. I hated myself.

Don’t tell me that making Angel Coulby even slightly gray is acceptable not when the Merlin fandom is filled with shitty whitewashed graphics. This isn’t even the first time the OP has done this.  Here’s my response. Its not because it teaches fandom that making edits is just an aesthetic choice. Its not. Its the deliberate upholding of white supremacy.

mod m

In fact, my whole problem with any discourse on terms like “butch” and “femme” and who gets to use them versus who doesn’t, in arguments about butch problems vs femme problems and in general arguments about women and gender conformity, is that these arguments just ignore that women of color don’t fit neatly into these categories because of historical racism and cultural context. Even though the terms “butch” and “femme” have historically been coined by and used by black and Latina lesbians and black and Latina trans women, over the years, as LGBT spaces have become more racist, the history behind this terminology has been obscured and appropriated. 

Speaking from my perspective as a South Asian woman who is neither gender non conforming nor feminine, South Asian girls are expected to be feminine in demure ways, and at the same time they can’t be “sexually” feminine because our traditionally conservative, collectivist families would lash out at us if we were. So, for example, I have many Desi friends who like wearing makeup, but their parents or friends of parents will hiss discontent. I remember that my own father was reluctant to let me start wearing nail polish, even though he’s far more “liberal” (again, a relative term) than most South Asian fathers. Thankfully, I’ve never had an interest in makeup or dresses or skirts. But flash forward to me turning 17, and suddenly my parents wanted me to gain interest in femininity. They wanted me to talk about boys, to get makeup done at Mac for prom, to get my upper lip waxed, to shave my legs, to wear more dresses and skirts. They are obsessed with my body weight. And it’s very paradoxical! My parents want me to wear makeup and skirts, but I have a very good friend - another Desi girl - who is very feminine, very beautiful, and very confident in herself. She likes wearing crop tops and tiny shorts and makeup. And, of course, our family friends call her a sl*t, say that she’s a bad influence, gossip about her when her mother isn’t there. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to tell my mother that I dislike some of her friends because of the things they’ve said about my friend. Let’s go further - my parents adamantly refuse to let me watch Desi soap operas because they don’t want to inculcate the “wrong ideas” in me, and at the same time they’re concerned about my lack of a boyfriend and my disinterest in femininity. 

So, it’s like, a woman of color is expected to be feminine by general society and by her own culture, but at the same time she’s constrained by racism. Other factors include colorism, class disparity, transmisogyny, and fatphobia. You’re going to look at a woman of color who is hairy or fat or dark-skinned and immediately think that she’s butch or gender non conforming, even if she presents or wants to present as femme or feminine. You’re going to look at a woman of color who is curvy and who wears minimal makeup or slightly “girly” or has long hair and immediately think that she’s femme or feminine, even if she presents or wants to present as butch or gender non conforming. 

We also forget that a woman of color’s body is either hypersexualized or desexualized. So for lesbian women of color who want to present as butch but are curvy or have to perform femininity to protect themselves? They’ll be excluded by white butch lesbians. There are trans women of color who have to present as feminine to survive day to day. So for lesbian women of color and other women of color who want to present as femme or feminine but are poor and can’t afford the highly expensive makeup products, or can’t incur the wrath of their conservative families? They’ll be excluded by white femme lesbians and other white femmes. 

Why are people upset when black men are portrayed stereotypically but encourage stereotypes of black women?

This commercial that portrays black men as thugs has a majority of thumbs down on youtube, and people are rightly upset.

However, a couple of months ago, I posted two ads by Progressive and, I believe it was Discover Card, which portrayed black women as sassy caricatures. Those videos had a positive response on youtube.

Basically, whenever black women are stereotyped in the media, the only place I hear complaints are on blogs run by black women. On the other hand, when black men are treated this way, I see much larger responses outside the black community. The only people who give a damn when black women are caricatured are black women. 

I hold black men partly responsible for this as, on television and in movies,  black men feel as if they have the right to mock black women in a way that is reminiscent of a minstrel show to get themselves ahead. Furthermore, black men are quick to share their disdain for women who have dark skin, while praising “red bones,” etc, etc. (We’ve all heard it, so I see no reason to carry on about the ways black men reduce black women.) In short, I believe the racialized misogyny from black men helps to create a dichotomy in people’s minds between racism against black men and women respectively. 

in video games and action flicks

when female characters are worthy of protecting and fragile they tend to be modestly dressed

when female characters are badass fighters, or even just cheeky, outspoken or brazen, they become sexualized objects

men’s psyche is just so fucking obvious - a female character is either 1) a safe, defanged damsel in distress at the service of a male-centric plot or 2) made into a fighting fuck toy or sexy lamp so that her physical strength/prowess or dominating personality ceases to be a threat

and when it comes to female characters of color in this media, especially dark skinned ones, they typically only get the latter choice

anonymous asked:

Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I think what's interesting is that in response to the fact that Skye flat out calls Ward a Nazi, many Ward-stans discount her as being ignorant or speaking emotionally. It's interesting that they automatically think that Ward is a more reliable narrator than Skye, given that the writers had him lie about everything including his favorite football team.

Well that’s misogyny for you, and since Chloe Bennet is biracial, that’s racialized misogyny for you. Literally the entire show starts out from Skye’s POV, whenever Skye lies about something the audience is always in on it. The audience got a look at her cell when it was clear she hadn’t cut ties with Rising Tide, and every time she’s lied they showed she had a reason to lie. Coulson the agent in charge and Melinda May (the Calvary and also she’s on Fury’s shortlist of ppl he trusts) both trust her implicitly at the end of the season.  Like from a filmmaking point of view we’re getting the story not from an omniscient view point but from Skye’s viewpoint I’d say somewhere in the neighborhood of 75% of the show until we’re given Ward’s flashbacks. So when I point out that Ward has been elevated at the cost of characters of color I’m specifically talking about how Skye was central to the storyline of the show until Ward became a traitor. Ward is depicted as an unlikeable grunt who lies just about everytime he speaks and btw none of his lies were actually explained away until he got flashbacks.

Skye has had to work really hard to prove herself to everyone on the team and she’s earned their trust. Ward has literally done nothing to earn anyone’s trust, including fandoms.

flora628  asked:

I remember when I was younger and watched the Winx Club. It was my fave show. However I read an article not too long ago how the original version of an ep had a young black girl worried about her hair (afro) for a pageant, some of the main characters however all were disgusted by it. I was totally appalled when I read that since I had no idea as a kid. I was actually relieved that in the U.S version of the ep they changed the problem to her voice and not her hair.

Yup, I read about that, too. I don’t remember where I read the article, but here’s the video clip:

anonymous asked:

Is there a master list of why Tina Fey is bad? I know people love her and have called her a feminist. However I know about some issues with 30 Rock but what more?

http://yourfaveisproblematic.tumblr.com/post/46079499380/tina-fey

that’s a good list. Pay special attention to this bullet point:

This is from the link: 

The standard of beauty was set. Cheryl Tiegs, Farrah Fawcett, Christie Brinkley. Small eyes, toothy smile, boobies, no buttocks, yellow hair… Can you remember a time when pop culture was so white that Jaclyn Smith was the chocolate?! By the eighties, we started to see some real chocolate: Halle Berry and Naomi Campbell. “Downtown” Julie Brown and Tyra Banks.

But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style.

That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired.

And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.

Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyoncé and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful:

Now every girl is expected to have:

Caucasian blue eyes
full Spanish lips
a classic button nose
hairless Asian skin with a California tan
a Jamaican dance hall ass
long Swedish legs
small Japanese feet
the abs of a lesbian gym owner
the hips of a nine-year-old boy
the arms of Michelle Obama
and doll tits.

The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes. Everyone else is struggling. Even the skinny blondes who were once on top can now be found squatting to a Rihanna song in a class called Gary’s Glutes Camp in an attempt to reverse-engineer a butt.

These are dark times. Back in my days, you were either blessed with a beautiful body or not. And if you were not, you could just chill out and learn a trade. Now if you’re not “hot,” you are expected to work on it until you are. It’s like when you renovate a house and you’re legally required to leave just one of the original walls standing. If you don’t have a good body, you’d better starve the body you have down to a neutral shape, then bolt on some breast implants, replace your teeth, dye your skin orange, inject your lips, sew on some hair, and call yourself the Playmate of the Year.

How do we survive this?

How do we teach our daughters and our gay sons that they are good enough the way they are?

As far as I’m concerned Kim K is still a woman of color so that’s more racialized misogyny in this veritable sea of racialized misogyny/misogynoir.  I mean she really hates women of color so yeah I stay clear of her. 

mod m

badscienceshenanigans reblogged your photo and added:

I like AoS because there’s finally an honest, accurate portrayal of manipulative asshole white men on TV. And that is absolutely what is needed to break their grip on public life. 

It’s incredibly worrisome to me that this character has a significant slice of the fandom that ships him with a WoC. But that’s because this accurate portray of an abusive asshole white man shows him deliberately positioning himself as sympathetic— as they do IRL— and that bullshit still works on a lot of people. I’m not thrilled with a lot of the choices the writers have made. But the direction they’re taking this character— showing his creepiness getting more and more visible as a natural consequence of the choices he’s making— gives me confidence that they know what they’re doing with him, and that people who don’t enjoy white supremacist douchebags will ultimately be satisfied with his storyline. 

Not to mention Skye (the WoC that people are shipping him with) is not having any of this character’s bullshit. It’s awesome. She’s awesome. We desperately need representation of women who don’t accept this behavior and stand up for themselves and are celebrated for it instead of being painted as “evil” or “bitches” for not caving to abuse and manipulation. AoS has that in spades. There’s not a single character, male or female, who buys what this dude is selling anymore. The only people going for it are [a vocal subset of] the viewers. 

Also, I don’t think I’d characterize SkyeWard as the “most popular” ship. It’s certainly the loudest. Imho it’s because people keep telling them “FYI there are problems shipping a WoC with a rapey militant white supremacist” and then they feel defensive and have to be extra self-righteous to keep living with themselves. Vocal members of this group have been incredibly abusive to the rest of the AoS fandom, myself included, and I don’t particularly appreciate being lumped in with them. 

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anonymous asked:

I really do believe that people still use Jim Crow logic in relation to black female characters. It seems like actual romances get cut in favor of flirtation. The character she is interested in usually winds up explicitly dating a (usually) white woman without any of the limitations folks use against the Black female characters.

Yup, yup, yup. Misogynoir is real. 

And it’s “funny.” Because it’s so ingrained in our society and so deeply coded that I feel like few people are able to even acknowledge the shitty way racism and sexism impacts their perception of black women. 

Within fandom spaces, misogynoir often appears in faux positive sentiments, making it harder to challenge. Like, technically “strong, independent” and “not defined by a man” are good things, but the “Strong, Independent Black Woman Who Don’t Need No Man” is a fucked up trope that black female characters can’t escape. Meanwhile, white feminists are unable to see the novelty and nuances of certain portrayals of black femininity and womanhood. Things that are considered cliche and occasionally problematic–like “The Love Interest” or “The Damsel In Distress”–are slightly different when it’s featuring a black woman (or better yet, actually told through a black female gaze).

I’ll never forget talking to my white BFF (who’s obsessed with Scandal) about Django Unchained*** a few years back. The conversation went something like:

Scandal Lover: They wasted Kerry Washington. She didn’t get to do anything.

Mod Finn: That’s what great about it! She didn’t have to do anything!

-Mod Finn

***I have a lot of issues with this movie, and while it’s hardly the best example of positive black female representation, this was a conversation I literally had.

anonymous asked:

Not all dudes are like that. I treat girls like people and not all the same either I thank all girls have their own thang that makes them special and all yall are special. Oh and I happen to like latina girls more then white girls any day.

Only a dude would look at a conversation about abuse and say, “But I like Latinas!” and consider it a valuable contribution.

You managed to both completely miss the point, and to make it at the same time.

- Mod D.

Also like, if you aren’t white it’s even harder to get roles as you age…..
How many moms of color do we really see? Grandmothers? Even a woman too old to be the young protagonist’s token sidekick of color?
-queercomrade

EDIT: Oh I totally agree. The breakdown of his bullshittery can branch off into so many different arguments. Roles for POC are already limited as is, tack that on with being a woman, and further tack that on with the ageism in the media. 

anonymous asked:

tbh entitled white girls who think that those "kawaii asian bois" are always nicer, more well behaved, and more self respecting than your average white bread american boy need to get their head out of their ass because being a disgusting human being towards women transcends race. (inspired by those posts I see about kpop fan girls trying to justify their fetishization by making this point)

Yeeep, not to mention that stereotype is based on the perception that all Asians are more “feminine” than white people, which hurts trans Asian guys and makes people see Asian girls as weird dolls instead of people. It seriously hurts Asian men’s perception of their own masculinity and that creates very strange mindests.

Asian guys, especially upper middle class/rich guys, can be just as entitled and sexist as wealthy white boys. There are too many Asian men who feel entitled to Asian women and decry Asian woman/white guy relationships as inherently abusive and say all sorts of horrible things about mixed Asian kids being violent monsters. These are also the people who actively refuse to support BlackLivesMatter simply because it’s not an Asian issue, or vote Republican because Republicans hurt black people because of their misconceptions  over affirmative action.  

Asian men are responding to the stereotype of “kawaii asian boi” with violent, toxic masculinity and hatred to somehow reclaim their masculinity in the face of white supremacy. Of course, everyone should be fighting white supremacy, but shitting on WoC for not dating you and PoC for existing isn’t the way to do it. All of this is going to come back and hurt women, especially Asian women (or as they like to call us, Asian females).

-Jaja