white centric

Prefering or expecting multiracial people to have light eye colors (ex. blue or green), looser curls/straight hair, or lighter skin is passively racist. Multiracial people come in all colors with many varieties of features. Suggesting that multiracial people are more attractive with white traits enforces Euro-centric beauty standards and causes internalized racism.

to lgbtq+ indigenous youth:

just a reminder that you are under no obligation to label yourself according to the western-centric + white-centric labels of gender and sexuality.

lgbtq+ identities existed long before colonization touched our land. You do not have to exchange one type of conformity for another to fit in with other lgbtq+ folks.

If labels like nonbinary, genderfluid, etc feel good to you, go for it!

If two-spirit feels right, that’s awesome! If not, don’t sweat it.

If you have an identity specific to your indigenous heritage, you are under no obligation to translate your complex, nuanced identity into terms that non-natives understand.

You are under no explanation to explain your identity to non-natives.

(ok for non natives to reblog!)

Things I can’t deal with: “aces aren’t oppressed because not being sexual is considered pure and good”

Yeah, if you’re a white woman. I am sick and tired of people dismissing the complicated relationships POC have to sexuality (in the “being sexual” sense, not the orientation sense, though that’s it’s own maze of complexity). And when we do talk about, it’s solely about hypersexualization, which is only half of the puzzle.

Brown and black people of all genders are also desexualized. That’s true overall, but I can only speak in detail about the experience of being a south asian brown woman. Me being non-sexual is NOT seen as pure and good. It’s seen as my default state. Even more so because I am not thin by any definition (fat people, and fat POC in particular, have that extra layer of desexualization to deal with). I am not “pure” when I don’t have sex and “dirty” when I do. Non-sexual is seen as my “natural” state of being. Having sexual desire/being sexual, for a brown fat girl, speeds right on past “dirty” and into “repulsive”. It’s not naughty or scandalous, it’s unnatural, gross, the abject.

Asexuality as an identity is already so much to try to grapple with when you have this history of colonialism and white supremacy defining what it means to be sexual. I don’t fucking need white lgbt people preaching to me about how society ~values~ lack of sexuality/sexual desire, when imposing that lack upon us has been one of the historical tools of white supremacy.

On a separate but related note - it also smacks very much to me of the whole “society’s ideal woman is bisexual”! Which again a) completely misunderstands the definition of the identity and b) imposes a ridiculously narrow white-centric understanding of sexuality onto the whole goddamn world.

“not all white people are racist” ok as a white person lemme tell you why that is bullshit.

If you live in the west, it’s almost definite that your society is white supremacist. especially Europe and America.

From the day you are born into one of these white supremacist societies, you will be brainwashed into believing bad things about poc. these internalized feelings will be a part of you no matter how hard you try to dismantle them. you can unlearn most of these, but you will always have internalized bigotry. this doesn’t mean that you can’t be an activist, dismantle white supremacy, etc. but the fact remains that as long as you benefit from the oppression of another group, you will be bigoted towards that group, whether it’s poc, queer people, disabled people, immigrants, women, and any other minority group.

As long as cis, white, straight, abled, native-born men are considered to be superior, everyone who is privileged will be bigoted. If I, a white, physically abled, native-born american man can realize this, you can too.

Iconic Black Individual's Sun Signs

*Unfortunately, I believe astrology has become very white-centric as of late and the sign’s are often represents by white people. I wanted to make this post to not only showcase the successful/influential Black people but to give them their much deserved visibility. This post is for the recent events happening in the USA where people want to diminish the value of black lives, I’m here to tell everyone that BLACK LIVES MATTER!*

Aries: Billie Holiday, Dianna Ross, Aretha Franklin,  Maya Angelou

Taurus: Janet Jackson, “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson, Malcolm X, Stevie Wonder

Gemini: Tupac Shaku (2Pac),Gladys Knight, Naomi Campbell, Laverne Cox

Cancer: Nelson Mandela, Solange Knowles, Kevin Hart, Missy Elliot

Leo: Barack Obama, Whitney Houston, Halle Berry, Usain Bolt 

Virgo: Beyonce, Kobe Bryant, Taraji P. Henson, Zendaya

Libra: Will Smith, Usher, Serena Williams, Ray Charles

Scorpio: Drake, Whoopi Goldberg, Ciara, Frank Ocean

Sagittarius: Tina Turner, Nicki Minaj, Tyra Banks, Jimi Hendrix

Capricorn: John Legend, Muhammed Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., Denzel Washington

Aquarius: Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Marley, Michael Jordan 

Pisces: Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, Shaquille O’Neil “Shaq”

  • What "white feminism" is: White American-centric feminism that does not acknowledge the intersections of race, ability, or other oppressions, does not acknowledge issues faced by women outside the Western world. Examples include dismissing the words of an African woman of color because they do not align with your Western viewpoint/experience.
  • What Tumblr thinks "white feminism" is: Acknowledging that socialization exists and misogyny is sex-based oppression

“coming out” is frequently framed in a Western, white-centric context. you do not have to be “out” ever. you do not have to put your sexuality and the idea of being in solidarity with other lgbt+ people over your safety, your culture, your family.

you are not lying, you are not being dishonest, you are not betraying yourself.

whenever marginalized groups complain about the lack of content highlighting their stories and issues, they are told to “create their own content, then.” however, when they do, they are faced with overwhelming critique, overwhelming ignorance, or a mixture of both.

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It really throws me when people call radical feminism racist or white-centric.  All it takes to prove that wrong is to examine what radical feminism is fighting against– sex based oppression, which let’s be honest is not nearly as much of an issue for Western women but much more harshly affects women outside the US.  When girls in Iran are forced to marry men 30 years older than them, when girls in Nigeria have their genitals mutilated without anesthetic, when girls in China are aborted before they’re even born, none of those things are happening because they “identify” as girls, they’re happening because they were born with vaginas.  Radfems equate vaginas with womanhood because being born with one is what makes you subject to sex-based oppression.  In comparison, the whole concept of gender identity is such a bougie American-centric concern.  Gender theory and liberal feminism in general portrays the individual and their feelings as separate from the power structure and makes everything about feeling validated.  THAT is White Feminism, not what radfems are doing.

I’ve finally been able to understand exactly why I hate Dear White people. It’s way too white centric. It misses the actual black experience at PWIs because it makes it look like all black students do all the time is think about white folk and how they see us and how we should react to that gaze. The show is shallow. The chemistry shallow. The concept shallow. It lacks nuance while trying to be “woke”. It’s way too white centric. I cannot relate. I spent so much of my life learning to be me independent of white people. I say this as a person who ended up being the president of my black student alliance at my PWI. The anger against white supremacy was not my identity. My identity was formed despite white supremacy. I reacted to racist white people, but it was not the reason I lived and breathed.

anonymous asked:

your opinion on italian tumblr

see, that’s a tricky question
in my experience there are two sides to IT Tumblr: 1. *actual* italian Tumblr aka weird hipster kids that mostly post in italian and are obsessed with grunge/pastel aesthetics and romanticizing mental illness and either pretentious indie singers or obscure rappers = dramatic fake deep teenagers, they scare me a bit
2. “‘international”’ italian tumblr, aka people that mostly blog in English and have various kinds of fandom/aesthetic/other interests blogs but we usually all bond over shitty politics, shitty discourse (Dante is fanfiction/sicilians are POC and such), Medici, Eurovision and national memes = literally 99.9% great people, hella chill, hella sarcastic, socially aware while still being critical of black/white us centric sj thinking. love them all

so anyways “straight people aren’t gay/queer/LGBT+ (lol)” is an excellent example of a straw man argument

“A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while refuting an argument that was not advanced by that opponent.” (from wikipedia)

because, really, viewed on its own, as in many posts that I’ve seen that simply say “straight people arent lgbt,” it seems obvious. the lgbt community is defined, in some ways, as completely opposed to the idea of a “straight” person (here representing a cishet, non-intersex person. yknow, Straight.)

and it seems really stupid to argue against that particular point because like. That’s where the line has been drawn. Straight people are over there, we are over here.

But the thing is, that’s very very commonly used as a refutation of “asexual people belong in the queer community,” which is a very complex argument with a lot of different points and nuances. Some people reblogging these “straight people aren’t queer” probably don’t even know that that’s where the argument started. They may just look at the post and go “yeah, obviously.”

So people make these “straight people” posts because it’s such an OBVIOUS argument that NO ONE would ever argue against, and they’re equating that directly with the argument “ace and aro people are part of the lgbt+ community.” As if both of those arguments encapsulate ALL of the same points entirely.

Because if you manage to frame it as “straight people don’t belong,” and someone tries to argue with you on that point, then you’ve forced them, in some way, to admit to viewing ace/aro people as “straight,” which is a very large part of the argument that ends up being glossed over.

“Ace/aro people belong in the LGBT+ community.” “Straight people aren’t queer.” “That has nothing to do with this. Ace and aro people aren’t straight.”

I’ve seen this with multiple different things, as well. People stating an argument in such simple terms, and boiling it down to one point, as if that’s all there is. (Saying “if you’re not a feminist, you’re a bad person,” as if there aren’t some legitimate objections to feminism. Womanism is a good example of a group made by people (black woman) that have a very legitimate objection to feminism (very white-centric).)

Doing this is not an argument. It’s stating a point you already believe in and not allowing actual discussion of it.

It’s okay to state these things sometimes, I guess. But do not act like they are a good replacement for activism.

(P.S., there are many straight people that belong in the LGBT+ community, should they choose to identify that way. Trans people can be straight, as well as intersex people, and probably more I can’t think of right now.)

In this western-centric, euro-centric, white supremacist world, we are ALL socialized to identify with white males.  

We are socialized to be more accepting of their bad behavior.  
We are socialized to see them as people.  
We are socialized to be more willing to forgive whatever awful thing they do.
We are socialized to see the world from their perspective.
We are socialized to even view them as more attractive, as ‘default’ humans.
We are socialized to see them as smarter, more intelligent, more educated.
We are socialized to see them as heroes.

NONE of this means they are nicer, kinder, less misogynistic than men of color.  What it DOES mean, however, is that we are taught to ignore or downplay the bad things they do, and magnify the bad things men of color do.

Whether in real life or in media, the message is always the same:

We’re taught to see white men as good and men of color as bad.