the dehumanizers

Freedom of speech

I’m sure I won’t put this completely right. But I need to say something.

Freedom of speech is important. It is important that we are open and honest and listening to each other. Freedom of speech is tough and sometimes means that you have to sit and listen to someone whose ideas are so against your that it hurts your soul. (I’m talking to you people who argue against coffee….) Freedom of speech allows for coming together and compromise. Having opposing views on issues and being allowed to express them is a cornerstone of our country.

Freedom of speech does not give you the right to dehumanize people. Freedom of speech does not give you the right to demean, demoralize, demonize, or verbally abuse another person. If you tell me that a person isn’t a person or should be murdered for who they are (I’m looking at you Nazis). I won’t argue with you. I’m gonna hit you. I’m gonna kick you. I’m gonna attempt to wipe you from the face of the planet. We aren’t disagreeing or have a friendly discourse. You are literally threatening me and those I love. And that is not Freedom of Speech, that’s the opening shot of a war.

anonymous asked:

As much as I don't think a trans person can actually change their sex, I feel like its dehumanizing to say they are MtT or FtT. Like, they are people who are more than what they do with their bodies and i do think that should be respected.

yes exactly I’m so tired like if it kills you so badly to say trans woman just say MTF or fuck even transitioned male (i dont condone this but i do think its better than FtT/MtT,) like yes the name is *technically* inaccurate but one doesn’t transition to a “trans.” like they transition to a trans woman or man. i may hate a lot of their politics but there really is no need to strip them of humanity like this.

anonymous asked:

(Same anon who wrote about genuine curiosity) I do agree it is wrong to ask about one's genitals. That is personal, and it is an outlandish thing to ask about. My whole point being is that I don't think they meant it in a way that dehumanizes trans/nb people. I don't think it's fair to write them off as a trans/nbphobe if they hadn't done anything that was outright that. They should have been more considerate when leaving that ask, and again, I'm sorry you had to deal with that. Have a good one!

It doesn’t matter their intentions, asking trans/nb people about their genitals is trans/nbphobic.

Hey I know this post is small, and likely not substantial, but.

I did and said some stuff a while back (a bit more than a month ago, if you are involved you know what happened) that I really regret and want to apologize for, to anyone who was hurt or otherwise affected by my actions.

Some of the things I did were plain inconsiderate, and some of them were flat-out racist. I’m admitting that here and now. Examples of this include allowing someone to attempt suicide baiting, treating people in a dehumanizing way by acting as if they were not autonomous thinkers or capable of identifying racism, and continuing to argue when I should have just listened. I’m extremely sorry for the shitty things I did, and for contributing to the detriment of the stability of the situatuon.

I know one post doesn’t change much, or that this may seem insincere, but I am not asking for forgiveness or any sort of redemption. I just want to deeply apologize to those people involved and publically recognize that those things I did were wrong.

i want to talk about the word “jew” for a hot second, because i don’t think gentiles understand why some jewish people don’t like being called that. this year, cnn had a banner that said “Alt-right founder questions if Jews are people.” now, they’ve gotten a lot of backlash for it, and apologized, but here’s the point: the sentence “Are Jews People?” is very different from “Are Jewish people people?” See, in the second sentence, the absolute ridiculousness of the question is even more clear, because of course a jewish person is a person, it’s right in the name. But by calling jewish people “jews,” it allows certain groups to dehumanize us, remove our personhood. I’m not suggesting we get rid of the term “jew” entirely, but the full word is something to keep in mind when using it. 

This is the “free speech bus.” Run by a gaggle of homophobic religious groups, it kicked off a trip on the East Coast this week to try to convince the world that transgender people aren’t real. 

Guess how long it took before it got vandalized: one day. Whoops.

It’s almost as if when you embark on a road trip specifically to harm and dehumanize other people, those people and their friends will push back! Some great observations from Twitter:

Nope. No sympathy for transphobes on wheels. 

Can we like stop with this “Maybe Trump is actually pro-choice, pro-immigration/refugee, pro-LGBT and he just tricked half the country,” just because you saw that he briefly removed his call for a Muslim ban off of his website. Or he said some basic bullshit like “Trans people can use the bathroom, I don’t care.”

Like his VP pick is Mike Pence - do I need to explain how anti-LGBT he is and how anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, anti-choice, etc. he is? Are you paying attention to his cabinet picks? The racist, anti-choice, anti-LGBT Rudy Giuliani, and a literal white nationalist, Stephen Bannon. You know the man who has written about white people being naturally superior, the man who is a vicious misogynist, not to mention his open anti-Semitism.

But if you’re going to ignore all that let me remind you that it doesn’t really matter if Trump removed something from his website for half a day or said something that wasn’t totally evil and shitty. He ran a platform on bigotry and put millions of people’s lives at risk, the increasing hate crime reports are not a coincidence. Nothing will ever make up for the dehumanization or the fear he put into people. Saying one okay thing does not erase the millions of evil things he’s said and done.

Jennifer Lawrence, please keep your butt off our ancestors

by J Kēhaulani Kauanui

How do you define “sacred?” One simple answer: it’s something you keep your butt off. Jennifer Lawrence got that memo, but decided to disregard it. In a recent interview she recalls her “butt-scratchin’” on sacred rocks while shooting Hunger Games in Hawai’i. They were, to her mind, a useful tool to relieve her of itchiness.

In the comments, which she made on a recent episode of the BBC’s Graham Norton Show this week, she says: “There were … sacred … rocks — I dunno, they were ancestors, who knows — they were sacred.” She goes on to say: “You’re not supposed to sit on them, because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them”. But she did. “I, however, was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot – oh my god, they were so good for butt itching!”

She knew this was a gross cultural breach – that much is clear – but Lawrence decided to go ahead and desecrate the rocks anyway.

A pōhaku can be sacred for a number of reasons. In some cases it is because it may be the physical manifestation of an ancestor. In other cases, it may have to do with the purpose of the rock – such as birthing stones imbued with mana of the chiefs. None of these things mattered to Lawrence.

Lawrence’s story shores up a long line of Hollywood productions that have mocked traditional Hawai’ian spiritual beliefs. As scholar Lisa Kahaleole Hall notes in an essay titled: “‘Hawai’ian at Heart’ and other fictions,” Hawai’i 5-0 and Magnum PI in the 1970s and 80s and Survivor today, set the stage for this attitude. Meanwhile, cable programming on Nick at Nite “has introduced a whole new generation to the ‘secret kahuna curse’ raised when the Brady Bunch went to Hawai’i.”

This has to do with the kitsch-factor that continues to plague Kānaka Maoli – Indigenous Hawai’ians – and Hawai’i. As Hall puts it: “This has significant political implications, because by making Hawai’ianness seem ridiculous, kitsch functions to undermine sovereignty struggles in a very fundamental way. A culture without dignity cannot be conceived of as having sovereign rights, and the repeated marketing of kitsch Hawai’ian-ness leads to non-Hawai’ians’ misunderstanding and degradation of Hawai’ian culture and history.”

Also, the retelling of this story for entertainment value makes Hawai’ians and our ancestors “the butt” of her joke. Consider her response when the pōkahu – which she describes as a giant boulder – was dislodged and supposedly almost killed the sound technician on the set when it rolled down the mountain. As she tells it: “All the Hawai’ians were like, ‘Oh my God, it’s the curse’. And I’m in the corner going, ‘I’m your curse.’ I wedged it loose with my ass.”

It is high time that people realize that despite the unbridled colonial violence of modernity, for many Indigenous individual and peoples, the sacred persists in our 21st century world. Mní Wičhóni (”Water is life” in Lakȟóta) is the banner for many of the Indigenous individuals, Nations and other collectives working to protect sacred water, the source threatened by DAPL. They have brought their understandings of the sacred into the mainstream – though there is still much work to do.

Settler colonialism has historically deemed non-Christian concepts of the sacred as a form of savage superstition. This thinking persists today. That’s why we who are Indigenous must assert and claim our sovereign and spiritual connections to our respective ancestral realms – regardless of others’ laughter and dismissal. In the mean time, Lawrence should learn to scratch herself some other way.

There is nothing by itself bad with stylizing female characters so they look bigger or are hairy, if anything I want more female characters who are big and hairy.
The ISSUE is when women of colour are portrayed as borderline animalistic big creatures and white girls are more human and allowed to be petite and pretty.
You can do diversity without dehumanizing WoC and butchness or implying femeninity can only be white.

One of the girls in my therapy group was crying to me after seeing Split. She actually has dissociative identity disorder due to sexual abuse she faced as a child. She saw herself on the screen as a monster. She couldn’t sit through the whole thing. She left halfway through the movie in tears.
Is our cheap shock entertainment worth dehumanizing an entire group of people to fit into a horror trope?
Is our cheap shock entertainment worth teaching our mentally ill brothers and sisters that their very being is dangerous and to be feared?

something that bothers me about the tv and movie depiction of fictional universes where there are magical beings in existence is the use of Arabic and South Asian style clothing, interior design, and architectural design that they use to create this fantasy aesthetic. it furthers the cloud of mysticism surrounding our cultures and it’s made our cultures into a form of escapism for westerners to retreat into when they want a break from their “reality” 

"Have fun" should not be a rule

A lot of summer camps, youth groups, and other activities have a “have fun” rule.

The implied message is usually: This is a fun place. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Fix your attitude and have fun doing the fun activities.

Sometimes “have fun” rules are explicit. Sometimes they’re more implicit, and come in forms like: making people sing a song every day about how much they love camp, announcements about “we’re all having so much fun!”, or whatever else.

The problem with this is: nothing is fun for everyone. People have the right to feel how they feel about things. It’s really degrading to tell an unhappy person that they should just feel some other way.

“Have fun” rules are especially problematic for many disabled people.

Because — most programs are not fully accessible, even when they think they are. Most of us expect to encounter activities that are inaccessible in ways that make participation impossible — or that make them no fun.

And often, initially fun activities are ruined when someone treats you in a degrading way or says something awful about disability.

Being left out when everyone else is having fun is bad enough. When there’s a “have fun” rule, it’s even worse. Not only are you hurt by the exclusion, you’re told that you’re violating the rules by being hurt and unhappy.

“Have fun” rules make it really hard to solve these problems, because they make it risky to admit that you’re not having a good time.

“Have fun” rules make problems harder to solve, even when the problem has a straightforward solution. All the more so when the problem is complicated. (Or only has a partial solution.)

“Have fun” rules actually make things a lot less fun.

when ur reading something about anti-vaxxers by someone who is pro-vax, but they’re allistic and clueless so they say things like “oh im not saying autism is good, we all know autism is bad but -”

its like shut the fuck up. you wanna get angry at how much harm anti-vax causes kids? don’t forget how much harm that ideology causes autistic kids and that it gained traction because people hate autistics.

you can’t be like “uwu i’m agreeing w/ the anti vaxxers on autism but not everything else”. if you agree with them on autism you’re a terrible person and any pro-vax stuff writing you try to do is gonna fail because you concede the main point of their argument, which is that autistic people are less than human

anyway, I’m just gonna throw this out there: that movie coming out w/ ScarJo and Kate McKinnon and co hinges on a male stripped dying - specifically, being accidentally killed by one of the women at the bachelorette party - as a source of comedy. there’s a long and nasty history of media using dead sex workers as disposable plot point; there’s an entire tv tropes page about it. it’s dismissive and dehumanizing of sex workers and that’s not any less true when it’s a man being killed by a group of women. 

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Get that hair out of your face. Let me see. Christ! That is disgusting. No wonder you cover that up. Have you seen it? I mean, have you looked in the mirror? That is gross as hell. I can see your socket. I want to touch it. Oh, come on. Can I touch it? … All jokes aside, you look rad as hell. I wouldn’t cover that shit up. It may not be a hit with the ladies, but I swear to you, no one is gonna screw with you looking like that. No, sir.

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Dakota Access: Standing Rock protesters tell of violent arrests and police abuse

The Native women leading the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline say they have faced police abuse and mistreatment in jail. North Dakota’s militarized law enforcement has left many of them traumatized. ‘They came with their guns, their weapons and violence and put it on a peaceful people,’ says Lauren Howland, a member of the San Carlos and Jicarilla Apache and Navajo Nation.

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