women of color you should know about

Just a quick message to all of my young followers who may not have learned this:

Don’t engage racists, sexists, homophobes, nazis, fascists, trump supporters, etc etc online. Not total strangers whose politics and motives you don’t know. Most of these people have no interest in hearing what you have to say and just want to humiliate you so they can screenshot what you say out of context and perpetuate some narrative about women/ LGBTQA people/ people of color being stupid/ irrational/ not deserving of respect whatever their motive is.

If one of these people tries to engage with you the most that you should engage back is to reblog their post and tell your followers to BLOCK them. And then you should block them too.

The only people who you should be actively engaging are your family members and friends who you’re confident are coming from a place of ignorance and not deep seated hatred.

This isn’t to say you can’t make educational posts or talk about your personal experiences. Just don’t engage with the hateful people who may try to bate you. They have a motive and it isn’t to learn from you.

Never give up, keep fighting

Dear followers, I´m shocked. Can´t believe how many americans voted for this guy. I´m your neighbor and of course it hurts.

I think we all in this fandom already know what kind of person this guy is. He took the time to rant about women starring a sci-fi/comedy movie. We also know the true colors of his followers (not so different from all the trolls and haters of GB 2016). So, this should be enough to be prepared, to be strong and be united. We must keep on fighting for equality, for minorities, for diversity, for our human DIGNITY.

From here, I´m not only worried about my Mexican and Latinos sisters and brothers, but for all the people not being represented by this guy, for all of you scared of the future.

Today we are sad BUT tomorrow we wil be strong.

We need to work together and be educated on politics and equality. Only information, compromise and ACTION can make a change.

Don´t be afraid of trolls, speak your mind, even if just one person listen. That counts. 

We are one today.

Love you all.

anonymous asked:

imagine how iconic would be if wonder woman was played for a black,brown or asian actress?i know that Lynda and gal are woc but they are white-passing,would be iconic if in the future,diana is played by someone that is not white passing.

it would be super-mega-iconic :-D that picture/manip of gina torres as wonder woman staaaaays on my mind

**quick note about terminology, pretty sure neither lynda carter nor gal gadot are women of color. i know that gal is white and jewish so not a woman of color, and from google it seems that lynda is white and mexican (she may have native american roots if you trace back, but idk, i think she’s a white latina) but i’m less familiar with her so if any of you happen to know better, feel free to say so. >>> ethnicity =/= race =/= nationality, there should be a post not too far down on this blog that goes further into it

-mod y

littlequeenregent  asked:

I'm really glad I found your blog and I'd love to learn how to support you. As a newcomer to all this (activism and a full, accurate perception of racism in the U.S.) is there anything essential you think I should know that isn't often talked about?

Thank you sweetness!!! I pretty much have covered everything on my page. Misogynoir, racism, intraracism, colorism, anti-blackness, anti-black transphobia, homophobia, majority of it centers around the experiences of black women cis and trans, and lgbt black people.

It’s been an interesting experience stepping into the world of activism and advocacy. I’m never sure what to expect when I enter into a conversation with someone about causes we’re interested in. About a year and a half ago, I was speaking with an old colleague of mine, and we were sharing causes and communities we’re passionate about. They listed one cause and community, a very meaningful one that I very much respect, and when I shared mine, it was a list of about four or five. My list went something like this: women, women and people of color, LGBTQ communities, Latinx communities, immigrants. This person said to me: “You know, you should really try not to wear so many hats for so many communities, it could really dilute your message.” I wasn’t really sure what to say. Wearing hats? Dilute my message? You mean my message of love? Of equality for all? A message reminding people that inclusion in LGBTQ spaces doesn’t just look like lots of different faces, but includes training every person in that organization to be culturally competent because there’s no one way to be LGBTQ? That message? For equal opportunity and pay for all? For equal access to education, housing and healthcare for all? That message? The truth is, I don’t consider the work I do, for the causes and communities I love, the act of putting a hat on and taking it off. In fact, these aren’t hats at all. They’re called intersectionalities. They are meaningful, complex, intersecting, and in many cases, marginalized and criminalized parts of my identity.  They are not hats.  I don’t have the option to put them on and take them off. And I wouldn’t want to because they’re all me.
—  Sara Ramirez (Damn Gala speech)

I cannot explain how important this is.  Fifth Harmony has literally faced every hurdle possible for an artist to reach success.  Firstly, they’re a girlband, which makes it a million times harder than being a boyband because they aren’t liked just for being ‘hot boys’ like many boybands are.  Secondly, just being talented singers apparently isn’t enough if you are a group of girls.  You have to be pretty, fashionable, know how dance well, and even then it is STILL hard to achieve anything in the music industry.  Thirdly, ALL of Fifth Harmony are women of color, unlike the largely white boybands that are popular at the moment.  They have expressed their deep support for the Blacks Lives Matter campaign, even posing in pictures with the catchphrase and tweeting about it numerous times.  For many children, this is first time they can relate to someone in a powerful role.

If this hasn’t convinced you to vote yet, I should add that Fifth Harmony is an avid supporter of the LGBT community, performing for LA pride, constantly proving their support on twitter and tumblr, and even dedicating a video to a transgender girl who happened to be their fan.  On top of this, they are involved in many campaigns to protect animal rights, and they themselves started a #5HGirlsCan campaign in support of girl positivity.  All five members self-identify as feminists, with band member Lauren Jauregui relating in a HuffPost interview that “A huge part of [feminism], I think, is the coming together of women… [It’s] supporting each other and not breaking each other down, and kind of sending out that message and making sure women know that doing this together is going to be so much more effective than trying to tear each other down.“

This isn’t just about Worth It being the song of the summer, it’s about bringing awareness to these amazing five individuals who are going to change to world in a positive way.  Currently, they are losing to boyband 5 Seconds of Summer because of a voting limit set by MTV.  If you care about the future and about any of the issues PLEASE vote for Fifth Harmony by using the #WorthItVMA hashtag on twitter.  You can do up to 12x a day and it would make the world of a difference not only to these 5 girls, but for a whole generation.

waakeme-up (Camila) ssweet-dispositionn (Lauren)

Please reblog to get the word out.

Black men beef with each other over skin complexion more than black women. I hardly hear black women perpetuate #teamlightskin and #teamdarkskin the way our lovely, knights do. I hear so many black men ask black women of all shades, “Are you into darkskin guys?”…”You should give lightskin men a chance. Why do y’all hate us?”…”Nuh uh! You need yourself a dark nigga!”…”No! Pick me! Lightskin niggas are cool!” And I’m just like, “WHO cares!?!?”

 No one is concerned about skin color but them and yet they constantly ask us why we as black women hate light-skinned women? You know how many dark-skinned men I encountered that tried throwing shade at light-skinned men and vice versa? I just watched a weird ass rap video on IG where this guy I’m following literally rapped, “#TeamLightskin and she don’t fuck with a dark nigga! I’m winning!” Oh my God! If there’s one group of people who perpetuate colorism and skin color teams, it’s black men. Most of us black women just try to live, especially when we’re dark-skinned. Hell, I don’t even see as many light-skinned women try to dirty-mack dark-skinned girls as much as I see the other gender…

Don’t worry about what the person in the next lane is doing. Focus on your focus. Pay attention to your path. Never let fear stop you from being amazing. When it gets hard keep pushing and remember nothing worth having comes easily.
—  Advice to aspiring badasses from plus-size fashion designer Kay Dupree
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Jessica Williams photographed by Jill Greenberg for Bust (Feb. 2016)

If those men were women, and especially women of color, who lived in a society that every single day, whether subtly or overtly, reminded them that the world is not made for them, then they would be upset, too. There’s this idea of the ‘Angry Black Woman,’ and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, because I often feel like I’m put in that category. A lot of women of color are put in that category, when I think our anger is justified. I actually think that female anger isn’t that different from male anger. Boxing and football are like, national fucking pastimes. And yet, when a woman expresses that she is unhappy with the way in which our society exists, that’s a big fucking problem. That’s crazy to me.

PSA: You should be watching Pitch

Seriously.  This is a show about A WOMAN OF COLOR PITCHING IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.  Like, you know how with all the election talk, women are saying how when they were little girls, they never thought they could be President because of representation?  So I haven’t been identifying with that cause I never really thought about that as a kid (I didn’t want to be President, but I also just kinda figured I could if I wanted to).  But you know what I sure as hell thought I could never do?  Play baseball.  I played tee ball and was the only girl on the team.  Even now, when I’ve been following MLB for years, I just assumed that I would never see a woman play.  Even now, little girls aren’t playing baseball (my husband coached the ONLY girl in his league this summer).  They’re giving up, or else they’re switching to softball because the league tells them they can’t play.  I’d still like to see a real, live woman play in the real, live major leagues, but this is a hell of a step as far as letting little girls out there see some representation.  So please, give this show more ratings, it debuted to only 4 million viewers because it was competing with Thursday Night Football.  I’m begging you, give Pitch a chance!

For years Star Wars has had a bunch of female fans. It has a huge female fanbase, as it does a male fanbase, obviously. And there is no reason that this world would not, and should not be populated by more women and by more people of color. And this movie is showing us that “No, no, no, they’ve always been there.”. Now, you can go back and say, you know, the original trilogies just happened to focus on these three white people that were kind of related, but like, they’ve always been there. And I think it’s fantastic.

There’s already been an outcry about how this movie has another female lead. It’s ridiculous because the critics of it, I think they’re dudes and they’re white dudes, in terms of the thing about people of color now being in the movie, that it’s essentially, somebody else is playing with your toys and you’re upset. You think that if there are other faces, then it’s not for you anymore. But it’s been for everybody this entire time. I always get the argument of like “Wait, can’t women and people of color relate to someone who doesn’t look like them?” and I go right back to you, “Can’t you?”. Of course you can. Of course you can relate to a good story, if it happens to be a woman, if it happens to be a person of color, if it happens to be Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna - great actors. You can’t use that argument. And I think that these characters look super intriguing, no matter what they happen to look like. They look badass and they look really cool. And you know, there’s no better revenge to those types of critics who want Star Wars to stay a certain way, than to just be like “No look, we’re gonna get movies that have all different kinds of people, and aliens and spaceships.”.


And if you have the attitude of like “Well, it’s pandering”, my question to you is, do you think the original Star Wars are pandering to white males, and only white males, and therefore you should be just as offended, because it’s not inclusive? If you’re trying to argue that this isn’t inclusive - the reason that these movies and new movies going forward are focusing on that, that Hollywood ‘has’ to do that, it’s because they’re trying to better represent the world. Here’s the thing. Here’s white dudes in every movie ever [holding one hand high up], and here’s everybody else [holding other hand much lower down], and what this movie did is just that [raising lowest hand a tiny fraction]. In five years from now it will be maybe here, twenty years from now we’ll be maybe here [raising hand gradually until it matches], and eventually everything will be even-stevens and everybody will be happy all the time. But that hasn’t happened yet, so unless you now go back and boycott the original trilogy because it just starred white people, and you are just as upset by that if you are upset by something like this, then you need to ask - I think people who are upset by those reasons need to ask themselves other questions.

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Hector Navarro in Superhero News’ reaction and review to the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, talking about the criticism the movie has gotten for its diversity. (Here)

(Their entire discussion is great fun, but this particular part is at 10:45-13:30. Watching it includes more of the other two commenting.)

Say you’re doing it. Be explicit about doing it. Go to the mat for other women. Insist that your own work matters and that art by women matters and work by women matters. And I mean all women: trans and queer and working-class and poor women, women of color, indigenous women, the women who sew your clothes and the women who make your iPhones, the women who are invisible to the dominant culture, women of all genders and bodies and lives and experiences. Love is not the only radical act, but it’s a good start. Look for the women raising hell: those are the women whose solidarity you want to earn.
—  Author Sarah McCarry on the best ways to support women
Tu Youyou

Pharmaceutical chemist Tu Youyou was born on December 30, 1930 in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. Tu won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her role in creating a new treatment for malaria. Her research began in the 1960s, when she was recruited for project 523, an effort by the Chinese government to find an anti-malarial drug. She and her team drew on a centuries-old Chinese text in their discovery of artemisinin as a malaria treatment, a development credited with saving millions of lives.

Happy birthday, Tu Youyou!

Confession

It enrages me when I hear a White person say they are tired of talking or hearing about racism. Do you know whose tired of racism? People of color. It is, and has always been, emotionally exhausting to be a Black person in this world. Especially a Black woman, and I can’t even IMAGINE the exhaustion of our Black trans sisters. So when I hear White people saying that we should just “shut up and get over it”, it kind of makes me hate White people, even though I know it’s not right.

Thanks SCOTUS

So, the Supreme Court tips its hand by lifting a stay on Alabama Marriage Equality, indicating that they’ll hand down a pro-equality ruling paving the way for the remaining few states to start wedding all citizens to their chosen partners.

Hopefully this means that all that money and effort that’s been spent over the past 10 years on gaining marriage equality for assimilationist gays can finally be directed where it should have been going all along, like addressing the fact that half of all homeless youth are LGBTQ kids who were kicked out of their homes by homophobic and transphobic parents. 

Or ensuring that gender identity becomes a protected class in ENDA. 

Or, you know, getting ENDA passed in the first damn place. 

Maybe we can do something to address the fact that the vast majority of all violent and fatal crimes against LGBTQ people targets Trans Women of Color? 

Maybe we can talk about how it’s still a valid and legal defense to claim “Trans Panic” (that is, learning that your sexual partner is trans and freaking the fuck out about it) as a cause of justifiable homicide in 49 out of 50 states?

But, you know, whatever, that’s great. Make sure you only hire the best wedding planners as you and your Big White Gay Money leave the movement in torrents.

white radical transmisogyny

…involves the fiction that all trans women have the same narrative.

…involves the fiction that some trans women are more valid than others.

…involves the fiction that violence against trans women of color isn’t the problem of the white queer because who cares about *them*

…involves the fiction that the behavior and bodies of trans women need to be more policed than all women.

because you know what this al; comes back to? The idea that women should look, act, or behave in a specific way. You know what that is? Misogyny, pure and simple. 

So enough excuses already…you support passive transmisogyny, you’re a misogynist too. 

lil-bitta-erthang  asked:

I recently had a conversation w/ someone about race. I was raised to not look at race, gender or sexuality when judging a person so i stated how i think that we should all be seen as humans & not the color of our skin & this guy told me "its not your place to say anything on race considering you are white." I didn't know because i have never had that statement used against me. Does my race really matter when talking about social equality for different ethnicities?

This is a really great question that I am sure a lot of other people have had. To start, I think it’s important to take what you said in the beginning: I was raised not to look at race, gender, or sexuality…we should all be seen as human and not the color of our skin”. So yes, this is a great way to be raised BUT as has been brought into the conversation a lot in this past year not “seeing” color can be a problematic statement because it erases the history and roots of a culture. It would be a perfect world to not “see in color” but for that world to exist we would have be racism free, and that’s not the case. 

Regarding the person who told you that you can’t speak about race because you are white I don’t agree with that. Everyone should join the conversation, and show solidarity and support. And just because you are white does not mean that you don’t have good things to say. I am hoping that what he meant was that people who are white shouldn’t be speaking over people of color and claiming that they are standing in solidarity.

To answer your final question, yes, when it comes to social equality and race/ethnicities it does matter what you say and how you say it depending on your race. Think of it this way; if you were to attend a Black Lives Matter protest you wouldn’t take the stage and talk about the racism you have encountered, at least I hope you wouldn’t. As a white person you would cheer on the people that that were sharing their stories and speaking out, you would use the privilege you have as a white person to support the cultures and ethnicities around you. 

I hope this all makes sense, if it doesn’t please feel free to contact me again and thanks for the great question!

-The Daily Feminist 

I don’t think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are ‘bad with names.’ No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.’
—  Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? 
Confession

You know how some things should just seem like common sense? Well it looks like there are a HUGE number of people that simply don’t have it.
What I don’t get is: why is it that when a person of color has blonde hair, or blue/green eyes, they’re assumed to be mixed with white, or “trying to be white”???
A mere 2% of The ENTIRE human population has NATURALLY blonde hair. And According to the census of the human population worldwide. About 13% of people identify as “white”. So, how exactly is blonde hair exclusive to only white folks again? Where with the facts I just gave, not even half of all white people are naturally blonde? It confuses the hell out of me.
Like, are people truly that clueless that they don’t think majority of white women DYE their hair to look that way? They walked into CVS and picked up that nice n easy like everybody else sweetheart. And if you payed a little closer attention, you’d see they didn’t do a good job at touching up their roots cuz they are CLEARLY BRUNETTE?!!?
And with the colored eyes thing: let’s not even get into the Aboriginals of Australia. Let’s talk about Asians in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka?? original Africans in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Congo, Nigeria, Morroco, Sudan, Egypt? I’ve seen Caribbeans with green and hazel and grey eyes. Some Native Americans and indigenous peoples of Central and South America have light eyes and hair, naturally, without any mixing of white involved! My uncle Mickey and some of his children have icy grey eyes, and they’re fully black! My grandfather has bluish grey eyes. His mother was half Native American, not white.
How in the fuck do people confuse things that are based on PURE GENETICS, with so called “white culture”? How the fuck is getting blonde highlights in your hair “appropriating white culture”? How the fuck do you confuse human dna with “culture”? Naturally occurring Hair colors and eye colors have nothing to do with culture!
There’s this YouTuber and tumblr famous girl Cydnee Black that has gorgeous and NATURAL BLUE eyes! And while she’s stated numerous times she is 100% BLACK, she still gets the stupid ass question: “what are you mixed with?” Or “where’d you get your contacts?” It’s disgusting!
And I find it funny that people accuse us of always trying to be somebody else, but were never satisfied when we were ourselves to begin with. It sounds crazy to me. Really crazy, I can’t even find a word to describe how literally insane that sounds.
It has nothing to do with “well it’s uncommon for black people to have non brown eyes” well it looks like you haven’t seen much of the world have you? ANYBODY can have eyes of MANY different colors. It’s called GENETICS! DNA! That’s all it is!
Majority of white people have BROWN eyes and BROWN hair, but because of white supremacist beauty standards, people are brainwashed to think they have something unique lmao they’re not original at all!! 😹😹
But yeah I’m just so frustrated to the point of laughing at the fact that people think a certain hair and eye color is exclusive to white people. Yeah that makes total sense “It’s a part of whites people’s culture to have blonde hair and non brown eyes.” Lmfao 😂😂😂 People are so stupid sometimes. The facts could be right there in their face with a one second Google search but they’re too ignorant and lazy to do their homework.

I really hate the word DIVERSITY. It suggests something … other. As if it is something special. Or rare …

As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and LGBTQ characters on TV.

I have a different word. NORMALIZING. I’m normalizing TV.

I am making TV looking like the world looks. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people equal WAY more than 50 percent of the population. Which means it ain’t out of the ordinary. I am making the world of television look NORMAL.

You should get to turn on the TV and see your tribe … see your people, see someone like you out there, existing. So that you know on your darkest day that when you run … there is somewhere, someone, to run TO …

You are not alone.

—  Shonda Rhimes, “The Year of YES”