stigmatized groups

linguistics is political

linguistics is believing that everyone’s ways of talking are cognitively equal and are worthy of study
linguistics is accepting language change, accepting slang, accepting stigmatized groups of people
linguistics is caring scientifically about all the peoples of the world enough to want to document them but caring emotionally about them enough to know when they want to be left alone
linguistics is trying to communicate, trying to learn how we communicate
linguistics is understanding that across languages and cultures, our surface structure might be different but a lot of our deep structure is the same
linguistics is documenting the amazing ways the deaf/hard of hearing community has come together
linguistics is helping kids with learning disabilities figure out how to learn language skills in ways that work for them
linguistics is figuring out how to learn second languages better to bridge cultural gaps
linguistics is political.

Hey uh. Yeah, everybody stims, but if you aren’t autistic, adhd, manic, etc then you really need to reconsider why it’s so important to you to make posts like “Everyone stims so quit acting like it’s only for you people!!”

Like… it’s dead obvious you’re referring to paint mixing videos and stuff ?? Like I promise you most of the people making a big deal abt how “Everyone stims” are the same people who would genuinely never feel the need to rock/flap/etc

Even if you have anxiety/etc it’s quite frankly disgusting of you to remove something from highly stigmatized groups and act like it’s ‘totally normal!!!!!!!!’

I consider anyone who uses words like “subhuman” in their rhetoric to be a threat to me, whether or not they are directing it at me or anyone like me.  Too many different aspects of my identity are frequently used by bigots and other hateful people as grounds to dehumanize, and there’s a clear and well-established progression from dehumanization of a stigmatized or marginalized group towards more tangible and destructive forms of violence.  When someone refers to a type of person they despise as being “subhuman”, I know that it would not be a huge leap of logic for them to extend that to me, if I (or those with whom I share certain attributes) fell out of their good graces.

If you call people “subhuman” as part of your rhetoric, I consider you a threat.

Lars is NOT Trans (or at least, he’s not alone)

The Tumblr portion of the Steven universe fandom has always been really obsessed with the idea that Lars was transgender. I can’t say I agree with it, but I get it. It’s what Tumblr does and you can’t blame a stigmatized group for believing their most supportive, accepting cartoon on television will have some kind of trans representation. I’m not doubting that they would either.

What bothers me is that the community fixates so much on Lars (honestly, why would anyone want him as their representative) when there are so many better examples. The male-coded rubies and their female pronouns, amethyst’s discomfort in her own form and her favorite male alter-ego the purple puma, etc. But probably the straightest case has been staring us in the face this whole time.

Are we just going to forget that this happened? Yes, Steven had promised a special act to the crowd, and yes, he needed to fill in Sadie’s place to avoid disappointing them, but there was no need for him to dress in drag, complete with makeup. 

Also, is it not strange how well it fits him? I don’t just mean that it has the right size and proportions, or that he’s able to walk dance effortlessly in high heels, but look closely at those pumps for a second. Zoom in in you need to. Here, I’ll make it easy for you

Look familiar?

That’s a rose bud! Rose’s Symbol! THOSE ARE HIS HIGH HEELS!

Of course, none of this should be weird considering how much a part of him Rose’s gem and spirit are. Hell, considering how unified they are, Steven is basically just her soul occupying a fleshy boy body (let me never write that three word sentence ever again). In other words:

Steven is literally a woman trapped in a boy’s body!

Okay, by now I imagine a lot of the tumblr fandom is already on board, but many more of you are probably looking for more evidence. How about the times Steven has actually taken a female form?

Yeah, I know, Stevonnie is supposed to be of ambiguous sex. I get that, but it’s clear they’re not an even mix. Between Rose, Steven and Connie they’re anywhere between 66.67% and 75% female. Their features are feminine and they’re voiced by a woman, so it seems pretty clear that Stevonnie is leaning heavily on one side of the scale, and how do they react

First with panic. Connie’s panic.

Connie has no idea if she’s stuck like this. What will she tell her parents? Steven wouldn’t have a problem with this, considering he wanted to be able to fuse, and his first reaction was to show the gems. When their fear subsides (in a matter of seconds, by the way) this is the kind of reaction we get out of Stevonnie

Running around with glee, cartwheeling and tripping over rocks. This is way too uninhibited to be Connie’s expression of excitement. A major part of the episode was about her being too embarrassed to dance around in public! This has to be Steven, but even then he’s never reacted this much to a new power, before or after this event. This means more to Steven than just getting a new power. He is excited to be a woman.

It’s not like I’m just pulling that claim out of my ass. He said it outright in Giant Woman (Both the episode and the song)

All I wanna do is see you turn into a giant woman,
A giant woman!
All I wanna be is someone who gets to see a giant woman.

All I wanna do is help you turn into a giant woman,
A giant woman!
All I wanna be is someone who gets to see a giant woman.

Oh I know it’ll be great and I just can’t wait to see the person you are together.
If you give it a chance you can do a huge dance because you are a giant woman.
You might even like being together and if you don’t it won’t be forever.

But if it were me, I’d really wanna be a giant woman,
a giant woman!
All I wanna do is see you turn into a giant woman.

“For Lewis, and countless other students whose genders do not fall neatly into the binary ascribed to them by the world at large, the balancing act of calling out their classmates’ and institution’s queerphobia without feeding into harmful stereotypes about black people is a difficult one. Both black masculinity and black femininity are already subject to immense scrutiny and stigma in a climate that measures acceptable gender roles by their proximity to white masculinity. To call out a community already at the margins is to risk that critique being amplified by dominant voices — with the effect of further stigmatizing both groups one belongs to.”

Highly recommend checking out this excellent article on the way that gender and sexuality meet blackness for LGBT+ students at HBCUs.

All of this irrational fear of predators in restrooms is giving me a headache! Let’s be realistic, predators don’t need to dress up as the opposite sex to get a sneak peak of someone in a restroom. They can continue to assault women and children by being in positions of power such as priests, politicians, and “fathers.” (Sorry, it had to be said.) To stigmatize a group of people that judgmental bigots don’t understand or agree with is extremely unfair. It’s time to grow up and stop being filled with so much hate.

Poor people have a right to choose to have kids or choose not to have them.

That includes poor people on welfare, poor people in public housing, disabled poor people, “generational poor” people, and poor people with lots of kids.

Poor people having kids is only a problem if they don’t want to have them and only do because they are denied resources like sex ed or birth control.

Don’t let people convince you that if the ruling class oppresses and strips resources from people that it makes the victims wrong or bad for having kids or making choices about their fertility and families.  It’s okay for poor people and our communities to survive.  It’s okay for poor people to have kids.

And don’t ever lose sight either of how the “poor people shouldn’t have kids” narrative is directly advocating genocide. In a world where so many POC, Indigenous peoples, and ethnic minorities.stigmatized ethnic groups have such high poverty rates because of centuries of being oppressed, robbed, exploited, advocating that those without wealth and resources shouldn’t have kids is a call for elimination of thousands of ethnicities.

And in a world where disabled people are so often kept poor, a call for poor people to not have kids is a blatant attempt to eliminate disabled people and deny their humanity.

But even abled poor people of majority/dominant ethnic groups have a right to chose to have kids.

Poverty is not the fault of the poor.  Poverty is not a moral failing.

Researchers asked the students how many Harry Potter books or movies they had read or watched, and how strongly they related to or admired either Harry or Voldemort. Then, they asked how the children felt towards one of three stigmatized groups — immigrants, homosexuals, and refugees.

People who want to work but can’t find jobs do exist.

Some communities have very few paying work opportunities/available jobs.

Stigmatized and oppressed groups often face huge amounts of discrimination in hiring (including but not limited to POC, disabled people, LGBT+ people, women, members of non-Christian religions, people with criminal records) .

People with many kinds of visas cannot legally work on those visas and may have to wait long periods for a status change (undocumented people face even bigger hurdles in finding employment, especially employment that pays even minimum wage).

People love to tell poor people to “get a job” but just getting a job, let alone one that pays a living wage, can be next to impossible for some people.

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What Happens When You Don’t Want To Be A Man At An All-Male HBCU

For Lewis, and countless other students whose genders do not fall neatly into the binary ascribed to them by the world at large, the balancing act of calling out their classmates’ and institution’s queerphobia without feeding into harmful stereotypes about black people is a difficult one. Both black masculinity and black femininity are already subject to immense scrutiny and stigma in a climate that measures acceptable gender roles by their proximity to white masculinity. To call out a community already at the margins is to risk that critique being amplified by dominant voices — with the effect of further stigmatizing both groups one belongs to.

H/T: BuzzFeed

One of the grossest ways stigmatized groups of poor people or the very, very poor are discussed is framing things as [group of people] vs “the community”.  It denies that those people are our community members, family members, friends, etc.  It’s a very deliberate othering.

There is no “needs of homeless people vs needs of the community” homeless people are part of communities.  Their needs are community needs.  Ditto on groups like undocumented or poor immigrants, disabled people, people with criminal records, etc.

AAVE - African American Vernacular English

“The AAVE (African American Vernacular English) is the product of a combination of historical, linguistic, and social factors in the long-term experience of African Americans in the United States. It is stigmatized because it is spoken by a stigmatized group.”

Black people speaking AAVE is NOT an indication of the intelligence of a person or people.