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Because women of colour experience racism in ways not always the same as those experienced by men of color and sexism in ways not always parallel to experiences of white women, antiracism and feminism are limited, even on their own terms… The failure of feminism to interrogate race means that the resistance strategies of feminism will often replicate and reinforce the subordination of people of colour, and the failure of antiracism to interrogate patriarchy means that antiracism will frequently reproduce the subordination of women

Kimberle Crenshaw in Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color (via ethiopienne)

Be aware: this is the woman who coined the term “intersectionality”.

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'Noah' screenwriter attempts to explain why everyone in his movie is white. "The race of individuals doesn't matter."

racebending:

If you’ve seen Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, you may have noticed something a little weird about the semi-Biblical, semi-apocalyptic cast of the movie: they’re all white. Even the extras.

In an interview with The Higher Calling, Noah screenwriter Ari Handel spoke about the reasoning behind the lack of racial diversity in the cast.

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, ‘Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.’

Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, ‘Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?’ That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”

In summary, white people are stand-ins “for all people,” and no other race could possibly qualify for “everyman” status. Ari Handel’s reasoning is that the only way to dispense with the issue of racism is to remove everyone who isn’t white. Asking what happened to all the other races is akin to nitpicking about whether the arc would float or not. It’s just silly, OK? “The race of individuals doesn’t matter,” which is why they made absolutely sure that all of those individuals were white. Or something.

Unintentionally, Handel managed to illustrate everything that’s wrong with the ongoing attitude towards casting actors of color in major Hollywood movies. White people are the norm, and everyone else is just a distraction. God forbid anyone attempt to be as diverse as the cast of the Star Trek, which debuted in 1966 and included a grand total of two non-white characters.

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Normative whiteness at work.

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People run from rain but
sit
in bathtubs full of
water.

Charles Bukowski (via bittersweetsongs)

Wow bukowski so profound do you also bathe fully clothed you dickhead. “Oohh isn’t it funny that a person will eat when they’re hungry but will duck if you throw an apple at their face”

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Rain: cold
Bath: hot
You are welcome

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muchanimal-veryfeminism-wow:

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the-real-goddamazon:

fempunkandkittens:

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I am really not understanding how the fuck you people jumped so fast on this goddamn crazy train.

SOME OF YOU are right - we need more “humanizing” images of Hitler because we can never forget that he wasn’t a cartoon villain in a Disney movie. He was a real person, a complicated person like any of us, and to think of him otherwise lets us put our guard down against future monsters.

But the idea that Hitler “thought he was doing the best thing for his country” is BULLSHIT and worse, it’s DANGEROUS BULLSHIT. He took a group of people who had previously been extremely well assimilated into German society, who considered themselves as German as their “Aryan” neighbors, and wholesale murdered them in the most brutal fashions possible. Millions of men, women and children were viciously stamped off the earth because of his racism.

Hitler was not “trying to do best for his countrymen”. Jewish Germans WERE his countrymen and your othering of them is making me INCREDIBLY uncomfortable. Jewish Germans were highly assimilated into German society; when diaries and letters of victims are read, their de-assimilation and sudden push into a Jewish-only community by their fellow Germans was the most hurtful part of the pre-Holocaust Third Reich.

He purposefully annexed countries and drove eastward in a violent, brutal, murderous campaign to gain more land for “aryan” Germans because he believed it was their right to have whatever they wanted and enslave or murder “lesser” peoples. He wanted land and power and to create an empire that would rule all of Europe and even extend into Asia. He was NOT “trying to do best for his country”. He was a violently racist anti-Semite WHO ALSO WAS A COMPLEX PERSON WITH THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS WHO OCCASIONALLY COULD BE NICE TO SOME PEOPLE. That is the ONLY appropriate take-away from this post.

Go read a history book you ignorant fucks.

Not to mention he knowingly seized his power during a time when Germany was still recovering from the beating they took in WW-I.

At the time of his rise to power, the German people were still war-weary and in need of someone to empower them. And what better way to empower them to find an outlet for their frustration and anger than to demonize an entire PEOPLE? The Jewish Germans were near at hand and thus an easy scapegoat for Hitler’s plans.

He was an evil, vile human being and if you’re an apologist for him go straight to the deepest circle of hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect shit.

But can we talk about how it seems easier for White people to humanize Hitler rather than, say, Trayvon Martin or anybody else who’s Black for that matter….

^^^

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 faig ahmeds Embroidered Art 

When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.

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We noticed that we’re getting real close to 20k Tumblr followers, so we’re giving away season one of Orphan Black to a lucky member of our lovely Tumblr community, and you could win it. Here’s how!
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orphanblack:

themarysue:

We noticed that we’re getting real close to 20k Tumblr followers, so we’re giving away season one of Orphan Black to a lucky member of our lovely Tumblr community, and you could win it. Here’s how!

That’s it! That’s all you need to do. We will randomly choose one winner once the duration of the contest is over, and contact them through Fan Mail in order to get their shipping info. Now here’s the fine print:

  • The prize is the 3 disc DVD set of Orphan Black season one that the Orphan Black Tumblr so nicely sent to Jill.
  • We will ship the prize to the US and Canada, so if you don’t live there (or have understanding acquaintances who could forward your package to you), we advise you not to enter.
  • If you do not follow our Tumblr, you will be disqualified.
  • We ask you kindly not to spam your followers by reblogging the post over and over, but hey, we’re not the boss of you.

Good luck! And remember, get your likes and reblogs in by noon this Friday!

Get after it, #CloneClub!

Ooh yes please.