Black women need to start a hashtag #icanbeboth where we post pictures of ourselves with degrees, at graduation, sitting in your office, being successful etc. along side pics of us partying, twerking, dancing, having fun as NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS DO.
Because this idea that you are either a hoe or a sophisticated woman is toxic as hell. It’s a racialized version of the virgin-whore dichotomy. I can be both a sexual being and an role model/educator at the same damn time.
That same day white jurors giggled while Mrs. Mary Ruth Reed, a pregnant black sharecropper, testified that Lewis Medlin, a white mechanic, attempted to rape her in front of her five children. In an effort to get help, she scooped up her youngest child and ran across a field. Medlin knocked her down and pummeled her until a neighbor finally heard her screams and called the police. In court, Medlin’s attorney argued that he had been drinking and was “just having a little fun.” Then, turning to the white jurors, the attorney pointed to the woman sitting next to Medlin. “You see this pure white woman, this pure flower of life?” he said. “… This is Medlin’s wife … Do you think he would have left this pure flower, God’s greatest gift,” he asked, “for THAT?” Reed burst into tears as the jury broke for deliberation. Less than ten minutes later they returned a not guilty verdict.
At the Dark End of the Street; Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power, by Danielle L. McGuire, p. 42 (via inlovewiththepractice)
It is really, really hard to reblog things sometimes.
Even if you are a woman, there are times when you don’t get to decide what’s sexist and what’s not. Those times are when the sexism is brought up by a woman belonging to a group that is traditionally less privileged than you. Yes, I’m looking at you cis white women. Sometimes you don’t get to be the authority on sexism because things that ridicule and uphold harmful values towards women are not directed at your kind of women. Not yet, not at the moment anyway.
When a woman belonging to a group that IS being directly affected pipes up and says “Hey, that shit ain’t right! You’re doing the same damn vicious tropes as you always have and no amount of I-didn’t-mean-it-in-a-harmfull-way is going to change the fact that it IS causing harm!”, your job is to support their view because damn it, you don’t know what their experience is or has been like and you DO have your own pony in this race. This might not be harmful to you now, but it will be eventually. You chip away at other women’s credibility because you’re tired of hearing about sexism?! Too fucking bad! Everyone’s tired of having to point it out! You don’t get to decide that sexism is over because it doesn’t currently affect your privileged ass. You don’t get to talk for all women.
Remember when women weren’t allowed to vote? When all of our achievements were stolen and attributed to men? When we were cattle to be sold? Property? You know what? That is still a reality for a lot of women and you have no idea how lucky you have been if you’ve managed to avoid those things because they keep happening, in western countries, to cis white women too. So I don’t give a fuck how tired you are of hearing about how Miley Cyrus/Taylor Swift/Mastodon are using black bodies as sexual props. I’m fucking tired of it happening. If you want to not talk about this, then fine, go sit in the corner and shut up. Don’t prance around telling everyone sexism is over because it sure as fucking hell is not.
Last Night in Ferguson (9.28-9.29): Last night’s protest was one of the in Ferguson this month, proving once again that the residents of Ferguson/STL County are some of the most resilient and inspiring in all the land. The police were literally holding peaceful protesters hostage late into the night (folks who were complying with all police requests) so they could negotiate with the remaining folks to leave, but the protesters didn’t back down. Eventually all arrestees were released, and many plan to be back out there tonight.
Injustice in Ferguson continues, but despite it, community now thrives too. This is still happening. Are you still paying attention? #staywoke #farfromover
EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS BECAUSE HOLY SHIT MY WHOLE LIFE JUST CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.
So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008.
Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, Transformative Works and Cultures is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.
Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.
And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.
Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.
These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you.
Shout-out to the Journal committee! \o/