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On Sexuality, Representation, and Being a Lonely Brown Girl
Yet, in the aftermath of our recent separation, I realize that the cost of never seeing yourself in representations of love is not only that you look for love, as I did, in harmful places; it also inures you to love that is there in healthy and healing places–or that, at the very least, might be there if you simply ask for it.

The seemingly perpetual absence of love makes you anticipate rejection where there might, in fact, be acceptance; it commits you to the small space of your loneliness even when there is the possibility of life outside that loneliness.
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12 days ago by talibusorabat
Caitlin Is Not Groot: Finding Proper Communication Adaptations in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Lately, she really, really identifies with Groot. Which, hey, that’s understandable! Groot is awesome: he’s kind, strong, loyal, a little bit silly, and he saves the entire team at the end of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Rocket “translates” for him wherever he goes, and Groot sometimes has difficulty processing information clearly (especially Baby Groot in the second film).

Groot is also a sentient, mostly non-verbal non-human tree.

Is this how Caitlin sees herself in science fiction? I think she deserves better than that.

Why is the need for communication adaptations so rarely applied to human characters in SF/F?
{article}  ableism  representation 
6 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why Do We Need More Women Journalists? This Excellent TCA Question Is A Perfect Example.
But I also want to point out that this sort of question – which keeps showrunners accountable, ensures that the final series are more historically accurate and inclusive, and makes it impossible for white men to erase other demographics from history – is so, so important for journalists to ask. It may seem small, but if directors and producers expected this sort of question from every press tour, they’d be a lot more dedicated to making inclusive art. It’s true that women and minorities are not the only ones who can ask these questions; white men can and do hold each other accountable for racism and sexism. But it’s also true that all-white or all-male groups of journalists can more easily forget to ask important questions, recognize problematic content, or advocate for oppressed groups.
{article}  sexism  racism  social.justice  representation 
8 weeks ago by talibusorabat
How To Talk To Your White Best Friend About Racism
It’s better to have extremely difficult talks in a real friendship than to ignore the issues and pretend they don’t exist. After 20 years of friendship, I’m finally starting to talk about intersectional racism with my white best friend. Not racism in a metaphorical way. Not racism like: “Hey, did you happen to leaf through that Ta-Nehisi Coates book I left on the coffee table?” Not racism like: “Wasn’t that Margaret Cho joke so dead-on?” Racism like: “I need you to acknowledge our lives aren’t the same.” For a long time, I pretended our lives were the same. Sarah (name changed) and I went to the same politically radical college, where we first bonded over our love for practical joke-oriented performance art, cooperative living, and television. She goes to racial justice meetings and founded an arts residency for social justice. Now, Sarah works at an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse hospital. But (and this is a duh) none of this means she will ever completely understand lived-through racism, and its impact on me. In college, where we bounded across campus discussing Marxism with pine-scented oxygen in our lungs, noshing bagels on the sunny quad, and baking bread in our cooperative house together, it was easy to pretend that Sarah and I were equals in the eyes of society — even though an unconscious part of me always knew that we weren’t. For starters, there were the basic economics. Sarah’s parents procured internships for her at prestigious museums, took her skiing in the Alps, and spoiled me like I was their second daughter. My parents, meanwhile, hadn’t been to a museum in years, and their idea of leisure as immigrant restaurant owners was sleeping more than six hours a night. It was easy to pretend that Sarah and I were equals in the eyes of society — even though an unconscious part of me always knew that we weren’t. But there were also racial inequalities between Sarah and me. When I moved to a small white rural town in the Catskills to live with Sarah, I discovered how hard it was for a politically radical person of color to fit in. While some of my new acquaintances were friendly, others were outright hostile when I talked about cultural appropriation. I was told wearing a sombrero at our Halloween party was not cultural appropriation because cultural appropriation is a relic of the past in our post-racial millennial society. When I asked why there were no local anti-Trump protests, I was told that our town was indeed doing activism, b
{article}  racism  social.justice 
june 2017 by talibusorabat
6 Signs Your Call-Out Isn't Actually About Accountability
It’s “performing activism” – when we’re more worried about how we look to other activists than our larger vision of what we’re trying to build together.
{article}  social.justice  101 
june 2017 by talibusorabat
Our addiction to links is making good journalism harder to read
A 2005 study suggested that “increased demands of decision-making and visual processing” in text with links reduced reading comprehension — a challenge we face every day as we try to parse the web’s infinite information.
{article}  science 
june 2017 by talibusorabat
While many people think fanfiction is about inserting sex into texts (like Tolkien’s) where it doesn’t belong, Brancher sees it differently: “I was desperate to read about sex that included great...
"While many people think fanfiction is about inserting sex into texts (like Tolkien’s) where it doesn’t belong, Brancher sees it differently: “I was desperate to read about sex that included great friendship; I was repurposing Tolkien’s text in order to do that. It wasn’t that friendship needed to be sexualized, it was that erotica needed to be … friendship-ized.” Many fanfiction writers write about sex in conjunction with beloved texts and characters not because they think those texts are incomplete, but because they’re looking for stories where sex is profound and meaningful. This is part of what makes fan fiction different from pornography: unlike pornography, fanfic features characters we already care deeply about, and who tend to already have long-standing and complex relationships with each other. It’s a genre of sexual subjectification: the very opposite of objectification. It’s benefits with friendship."
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june 2017 by talibusorabat
‘Good Grammar’ Comes From Privilege, Not Virtue
Good communication is a constantly moving target and a cultural construction. Let’s not freeze our expectations in a place that puts marginalized people at another undeserved disadvantage.
{article}  social.justice  language 
june 2017 by talibusorabat
If You’re Suicidal, Staying Alive Is The Most Selfless Thing You Can Do
If the past few weeks have made one thing clear to me, it’s that our culture treats narratives about suicide as not belonging to the people living (or dying) them, but rather being everyone’s to consume. As if by completing suicide you lose all right to privacy, to autonomy, to the secrets that you’ve struggled your whole life to keep from slipping from your fingers.

Who’s selfish, then? The people who spend every day fighting the urge to die? Or the people who get some kind of voyeuristic frisson from reading a dead woman’s hospital records?
{article}  mental.health  social.justice 
june 2017 by talibusorabat
The Heineken Ad Is Worse Than The Pepsi Ad, You’re Just Too Stupid To Know It
This commercial is the worst type of propaganda. It tricks you into thinking social problems can be resolved if only people tolerate their oppression just a LITTLE while longer. It pushes the idea that bigotry, sexism, and transphobia are just differences of opinion that are up for debate, and deserving of civil discourse and equal consideration. And it makes folks think that four minute commercials are a viable way to address societal ills that corporations have no interest in fixing.
{article}  social.justice 
june 2017 by talibusorabat
The Loneliness of Donald Trump
Equality keeps us honest. Our peers tell us who we are and how we are doing, providing that service in personal life that a free press does in a functioning society. Inequality creates liars and delusion. The powerless need to dissemble—that’s how slaves, servants, and women got the reputation of being liars—and the powerful grow stupid on the lies they require from their subordinates and on the lack of need to know about others who are nobody, who don’t count, who’ve been silenced or trained to please. This is why I always pair privilege with obliviousness; obliviousness is privilege’s form of deprivation. When you don’t hear others, you don’t imagine them, they become unreal, and you are left in the wasteland of a world with only yourself in it, and that surely makes you starving, though you know not for what, if you have ceased to imagine others exist in any true deep way that matters. This is about a need for which we hardly have language or at least not a familiar conversation.
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may 2017 by talibusorabat
Allies Should Be Seen, Not Just Heard
Advocacy is at the heart of being an ally. It’s not always about being on the forefront of the fight. It’s about assisting people by giving them access and the tools necessary to affect change. In short, the best allies are the ones who act as a catalyst for change.
{article}  social.justice  101 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
White People, It’s Time To Prioritize Justice Over Civility
In turn, more cover means white supremacist views can gain footholds and start influencing beyond the dark corners of the internet. The Trump Administration is no accident. The growing international support of such populist, racist movements is not by chance. We saw this coming because white people don’t listen and don’t want to listen. Think about the fact that non-racist, diverse modern societies are new. Our entire history has been one of inequality. These ideas aren’t emerging from nowhere: Indeed, we’re fighting against humanity’s collective history. But that’s all the more reason we need more white people speaking out against it, interrogating their own privilege and seeking out people of color’s perspectives.
social.justice  racism  {article} 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
Can Having Genital Preferences for Dating Mean You’re Anti-Trans?
It’s fine to not find people attractive, but it’s mean to constantly yell about how unattractive you find those people, especially when those people are oppressed.
{article}  trans  gender.identity  cissexism  social.justice 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
I’m So Tired of Being Told that my Fat Body is Going to Kill Me
What’s funny is that while my body has not been trying to kill me, something in my body has for a long time. I’ve been battling deadly chronic disease my entire life. Disease that is actually attacking the body that everyone tells me is my enemy, and my body has been fighting so hard against it. But my doctors don’t regularly remind me that this disease is trying to kill me, society hasn’t made countless memes about my impending death. That would be cruel. In fact, society doesn’t actually give much of a fuck if my disease kills me or not. But my body, the body that is my only defense against this disease, is constantly treated as the real enemy that I should be fighting. Guess how often I have to tell doctors I don’t want to get on a scale vs how often they proactively ask how my disease is progressing?
fat.acceptance  social.justice  {article} 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
We’re Bad at Death. First, We Need a Good Talk.
Talking about death will never be easy, but it is increasingly necessary. As medical technology advances, there will be more and more we can do — but it’s not always clear there’s more we should do. Only through earlier, deeper conversations can we ensure that what we want is what we get. And only by acknowledging our gaps can we ensure everyone, everywhere gets it.
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may 2017 by talibusorabat
Money Isn’t Everything…Unless You Don’t Have It, And Then Yeah, It’s Everything
I’ve retained this belief that both writers AND Black people — and Black writers specifically (and Black writers who write about race even more specifically) — retain some sort of authenticity and community through a shared financial struggle that we’re never, ever, ever, ever to speak of aloud, and the psychic acceptance of this new financial status hasn’t been easy. Even now, as I type this, I’m tempted to delete this paragraph and continue pretending even as I recognize that the money I currently have may have saved my life — and the morass of indecision of not having it could have ended it.
{article}  social.justice  economics 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
The Census and Right-Wing Hysteria
Nonetheless, the “minority-majority” forecast, as it is commonly interpreted, is likely to be proven wrong. Not only could whites remain a majority well past midcentury, but they will retain political, economic and cultural control of the country long after that.

Simply put, the demographers have not taken into account how the perception of race is likely to change in the coming years. For example, whites are already seeing the descendants of some Asian and Latino immigrants as being similar to them. Consequently, whites treat them as white. This “whitening” process will only increase in the future.
{article}  racism  usa  social.justice 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
I’m a Trans Woman, and I Was Socialized Female
My gender was policed. I was molested. I was raped. My worth was systematically defined by my emotional labor. Men treated me like a sexual object. My appearance was considered up for public debate. This was clearly, unequivocally female socialization, and when feminism and the social justice community realize that trans women have been treated like women from the start, they can finally start fighting for trans women’s liberation, as they should have been doing all along. We are your sisters, we are also suffering from misogyny, and we need your help.
{article}  feminism  trans  social.justice  sexism 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
What’s the Problem When Black British Actors Play Americans?
Is otherness necessary to make the black American experience palatable to casting directors or audiences? If otherness is undetectable to the American viewer through use of a convincing accent, does its privilege disappear?
{article}  racism  hollywood  social.justice  representation 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
From Reparations to Regeneration: A call for the redistribution of wealth, resources, and access
Reparations are commonly understood to be a method for oppressors (directly or as benefiters of the oppression) to pay harmed persons for the trauma, disadvantage, and violence they inflicted on them. However, the word itself suggests that something (or here some people) will be repaired. That would require an entire system shift. Can money do that? Nevertheless, rather than disregard the method outright, I propose a reframing. What I propose is for the regeneration of Black people’s economy, health, and education. For this, it is necessary that systems be completely redesigned and that there be a redistribution of wealth.
{article}  social.justice  racism  usa 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
What Does ‘Mental Illness’ Mean In The Era Of Trump?
Not only can you not tell if someone has a mental illness by looking at them or how they behave, they themselves may be mentally ill and not know it. And some of us who have been labeled with an illness may in fact not have one, either because we were misdiagnosed for being female and upset, because we’re actually autistic but present differently because we’re not white boys, or even because we’ve fully recovered but can’t shake the stigma.
So is Donald Trump mentally ill? That’s not the conversation we should be having.
{article}  social.justice  ableism  mental.health 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
It’s Time To Ignore Caitlyn Jenner
This fundamentally affects her political judgment and enables her to separate economic conservatism from social conservatism — she can claim to support her community while not understanding the systems of oppression that keep trans people disproportionately in poverty.
{article}  social.justice 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
Why Trumpian Conspiracy Theories And Anti-Semitism Are Intimately Connected
As Alana Newhouse put it in Tablet Magazine, anti-Semitism is not a social prejudice against Jews. It has very little to do, Newhouse writes, with any individual’s distaste for perceived Jewish traits, or even antipathy towards specific Jews. Anti-Semitism in its classic sense is the belief that there is a malevolent entity behind the curtain, pulling the strings, and that that entity is a Jew.
{article}  social.justice 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
What It Means To Be Highly Empathetic, And Autistic
The truth, unsurprisingly, is that you can be empathetic (even highly so) and autistic. You can be extroverted and autistic. You can be outgoing and autistic. You can be a people person and autistic. Of course there are autistic folks who are introverted as well, but as the saying goes, “If you met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person.” Ascribing generalizations to a diverse group of people only serves to harm us.
{article}  ableism  social.justice 
may 2017 by talibusorabat
Congressional Memo: If Republicans Blow Up the Filibuster Over Gorsuch, Is Legislation Next?
“That would dramatically change the character of the politics of America,” said Byron Dorgan, a former Democratic senator from North Dakota. “The filibuster is a set of brake pads of the speed of the passion of the moment. The Senate is the place where cooler heads prevail and you need a larger group of people to find common ground. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
{article}  usa  politics 
april 2017 by talibusorabat
A Reality Check for Your Typical ‘White Men Aren’t the Enemy’ Objection
Being able to see us all as simply being human is a privilege for those who aren’t dehumanized.

I love to see each individual as being simply human. But by the very virtue of the fact Trump was elected, that Milo had such amplification, that the problems of centuries have not been acknowledged  –  much less fixed  –  basically tells us that our external appearances are seen, even if we, ideally, would prefer to live in a world where we don’t.
{article}  racism  sexism  social.justice  101 
april 2017 by talibusorabat
How To Win With Identity Politics
Thanks to efforts in North Carolina, we have answers on both fronts. Here are some crucial lessons we can learn from the state and its activist organizations to shape a future Democratic revival that doesn’t rebuke identity politics.
{article}  politics  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
5 Bad Ass Japanese American Women Activists You Probably Didn’t Learn About in History Class
Since history tends to sideline the central role so many women played in the major social movements of the 20th century, here’s a little herstory lesson about five women warriors whose incarceration during World War II inspired them to fight back–some more widely known than others, all supremely talented and fierce activists who nuh care if them hurt hurt hurting your stereotypes about quiet, submissive Asian women.
{article}  history  feminism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Men Grin and Women Scream: A New Analysis of Gendered Words in Fiction
Author Ben Blatt recently wrote about some of the findings from his new book, which uses statistical analysis to examine trends in literature, for The Wall Street Journal. As part of his research for the book, Blatt used computer models to look at the gendering of certain words and descriptions in fiction. The results revealed a whole lot about our cultural subconscious.
{article}  language  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
What a Start-Up’s Scandal Says About Your Workplace
In her book “The New Prophets of Capital,” Nicole Aschoff writes sympathetically about the stories we spin not only to make sense of the world, but also to help ourselves bear its indignities. To uphold a profit-driven society willingly, workers must believe, in the face of contrary evidence, that such a society “is worth their creativity, energy and passion” and that it “meets their need for justice and security.”
{article}  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Taking an Irish Stand against ‘racist’ Donald Trump
We Irish should recognise this sentiment, because we were once on the receiving end of this kind of hateful suspicion and stereotyping. We are an immigrant nation. We have known the horror of fleeing our homeland in “coffin ships”, just as Syrians do today. We fled hunger and conflict in this land as others do today. We were called terrorists when Irish-made bombs murdered men, women and children in British cities, just as others are called terrorists today. And Irish Catholics suffered suspicion and prejudice in the UK and US in the early part of the last century, just as Muslims suffer today.

Any Irish-American who doesn’t understand this misunderstands their own history and our collective story. As Daniel O’Connell once said of the Irish slave owners of the 1800s: “How can the generous, the charitable, the humane and the noble emotions of the Irish heart have become extinct within you?”
{article}  racism  history  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
How Moms Still Get Pushed Out of the Workplace (And Dads Don’t)
“Without careful design, expanding work-life accommodations can unintentionally reinforce archaic gender roles and lower the glass ceiling, Temple of Doom style. That’s because women are much more likely to take advantage of these policies, and employers know it.

“If you want to create policies that promote women’s labor-force participation without curbing their career achievements, you also have to address why family-friendly policies aren’t being used by men.”
{article}  sexism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Work Is My Self-Care
It should come as no surprise that self-care, as coopted from black women and marketed largely to white women, has come to be synonymous with idleness. For white women, taking care of oneself has historically meant abstaining from work. When Charlotte Perkins Gilman experienced post-partum depression, her doctor prescribed the now-infamous “rest cure.” She was to “lie down an hour after each meal. Have but two hours’ intellectual life a day. And never touch pen, brush or pencil as long as you live.”
{article}  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Nazis, Please Keep Your Hands off Our Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bigot in possession of an internet connection must be in want of attention.
{article}  racism  sexism  social.justice  &jane.austen 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
We Can’t Talk About Standing Rock Without Talking About Cultural Appropriation
Understandably, the whole thing can be emotionally and mentally draining, but the debate about cultural theft takes up more space than it should. In reality, white supremacy is the battleground; cultural theft is the fallout. It’s one very visible and particularly painful symptom of a power imbalance that is both systematic and directional. The minute a people’s attributes are reduced to fodder, substance, material to be culled and used at the whim of a dominant group, power shifts. When we normalize the cultural theft of indigenous traditions, decorations, images, histories, language — the very details that facilitate identity — indigenous people are reinforced as the playthings of white supremacy.
{article}  racism  culture  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare's Historic Accomplishment | The Huffington Post
This, in the end, is what Obama, Pelosi and their allies achieved with the Affordable Care Act ― not the creation of a jury-rigged system of regulations and tax credits, or the expansion of an overtaxed Medicaid program, or any of the myriad smaller policy initiatives the Affordable Care Act. The true legacy of Obamacare is the principle that everybody should have health insurance.
{article}  politics 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
“Whiteness”: The origins and evolution of “whiteness” in the West
This was all done so that the poor white-skinned Europeans would identify with the rich white-skinned Europeans, even though their social positions were vastly different and the poor white-skinned Europeans were still being exploited by the rich white-skinned Europeans. In many ways this was an ingenious way to prevent revolt in rather turbulent times. In past times strong cultural bonds and loyalties to king, country and religion would maintain stability and guard against internal revolt no matter how oppressed the poor were. However, in the turbulent times of colonialism, a time of revolution, of mass immigration, of religious schisms and new opportunities, these old loyalties were unstable. Something new was needed and “whiteness” increasingly became the locus of loyalty that protected against revolt, especially in the American colonies.
{article}  racism  social.justice  history 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
The Case For Inter-Personal Reparations
Interpersonal reparations is a necessary first step for state sponsored reparations. Blacks asking the state to force unwilling white people to pay reparations depends on and therefore invests in the state’s ability to take commit economic violence on its populace. For reparations to not invest in a new ability of the state to commit economic violence it would have to rely on a pre-existing value or structure.
{article}  racism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Social Justice Must Be Complicated, Because Oppression Is Never Simple
When starting a major company, it is not enough to say, “I will create a successful major business.” The Secret will not work here; you cannot manifest success through your wishes. If you start a major business, the first thing you do is say, “I have a dream, now I need a team.” And you don’t look for people with the same skillset and experience as you. You don’t look for people with the same focus as you. You look to cover your bases. You do not cut out your finance department because you are not personally interested in finance. You do not tell your web designers that their talk about color schemes is distracting you from your main vision. You regularly look around the room and say, “Who is missing? Who do I need to help cover all the angles?”
{article}  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity
Each of those times I had the wrong way of thinking. I came to that realization by listening and learning and surrounding myself with people who were gracious enough to share insights that I lacked. I believe this has led me to not only be a better feminist, but a better human being. I haven’t quite yet reached the pinnacle of intersectional Shangri-La, but I know some stuff. And in the interest of sharing my own insights, I’ll leave you with three things I try to consider when partaking in liberation work.
{article}  feminism  racism  social.justice  101 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
"Not All"
Unfortunately, non-racist, non-queerantagonistic, non-misogynistic, non-abelist/disableist, etc. systems and institutions do not prevail in this country. They are exceptional–as are the people who, at the very least, grapple with, question, confront, challenge, undo, excise, abolish, and heal their privileged roles in the various hierarchies. And the proof that they are exceptional rests in the fact that oppressive categories, institutions, peoples, and systems not only exist, but thrive. And beyond thrive, they set the tone for existence.
{article}  racism  social.justice  101 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
The Facts are True, the News is Fake
How to Disagree with Yourself In the summer of 2009, I partook of a an hour long discussion with David Cameron, who was in the running for, and later became, the U.K. Prime Minister. The discussion was about how to make society robust, even immune to Black Swans, what structure was needed for both decentralization and accountability, and how the system should be built, that sort of thing. It was an interesting fifty-nine minutes around the topics of the Incerto and I felt great communicating all the points in bulk for the first time. The room in the elegant Royal Society for the Arts was full of journalists. I subsequently went to a Chinese restaurant in (London’s) Soho to celebrate with a few people when I received a phone call by a horrified friend. All London newspapers were calling me a “climate denier”. The entire fifty-nine minutes were summarized by the press and reported from a tangential comment that lasted twenty seconds taken in reverse. Someone who didn’t attend the conference would have been under the impression that that was the whole conversation. It turned out that I presented my version of the precautionary principle during the conversation, worth restating here. It asserted that one does not need complex models as a justification to avoid a certain action. If we don’t understand something and it has a systemic effect, just avoid it. Models are error prone, something I knew well with finance; most risks only appear in analyses after harm is done. The burden is on those who pollute –or introduce new substances in larger than usual quantities –to show their lack of risk. In fact the more uncertainty about the models, the more conservative one should be. Ironically the same newspapers had lauded The Black Swan in which this very point was flushed out very clearly. I managed to defend myself by making a lot of noise, and with explicit legal threats, forced every newspaper to publish my correction. Even then someone at The Guardian tried (unsuccessfully) to tone down my letter by showing that it was some type of disagreement with what I said, not a correction of their misrepresentation. In other words I was disagreeing with myself. But if I eventually cleared my ideas, thanks to my bully pulpit, other can’t do the same. The London newspapers were actively misrepresenting something to their own public. Someone who read the paper was mistaking the journalist for an intermediary between himself or herself and the product, the piece of news. So
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march 2017 by talibusorabat
The Disturbing Truth That Makes Get Out Depressingly Plausible
Of course, the movie takes this stark difference in how black and white people are valued and exaggerates it to comedic and horrific effect. But this type of parody isn’t possible without an excavation of legitimate and verifiable certainties. Not only does Get Out exist within a racially tinged context that specifically draws from the microaggressions committed against black people, it could not exist if the races were flipped. A movie where a black family kidnaps, controls, and auctions off dozens of white people—mostly white women seduced and lured by the black family’s handsome son—could perhaps exist as some sort of bizarro-universe thriller. But the truth at the center of Get Out that makes it so resonant and terrifying would not translate. It just wouldn’t be realistic enough. No one would believe that this could be possible, even in a pretend movie universe, because we know that the National Guard, the FBI, the CIA, the Navy Seals, Nancy Grace, the United States Postal Service, Bruce Wayne, Mike Pence, Walker Texas Ranger, and even the exhumed skeleton of Charles Bronson would immediately be at the doorstep of any black family who attempted to do to white women what the Armitages did to black men.
{article}  [get.out]  racism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
What Becky Gotta Do To Get Murked? White Womanhood In Jordan Peele’s Get Out
Peele’s editorial choices reveals his hand: graphic white male death is okay, and even the fetishizing of the dead body of the one (of two total) black women characters is just fine. But the intentional framing and editing choices Peele makes to conceal and work around the explicit deaths of Missy and Rose show that white women are still valued as fragile and occupy a unique cultural privilege…even in the blackest horror film of this decade.
{article}  [get.out]  racism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
The Most Terrifying Villain in Get Out Is White Womanhood
The final subversive trick of Get Out, of course, is that “beauty” doesn’t kill the “beast”—Chris makes it out alive, if now mentally scarred forever. We’re used to seeing black people die first in such movies, but Chris takes his place within the horror canon as an inverse of the Final Girl. The Final Girl is almost always a white woman (and usually a brunette) who manages to defeat the monster and save herself. She is often young and virginal and definitely not a mean girl. We’re supposed to identify with her and wish for her victory. She is who Allison Williams would play if this were a typical slasher film made by a typically white filmmaker—but this is not, and it was not. She is the villain, an exact incarnation of the horror of being a black person in America.
{article}  racism  social.justice  [get.out] 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Why ‘Get Out’, a Movie About Anti-Black Racism, Had an Asian Character
To understand why the Asian man asked this, you have to consider Claire Jean Kim’s theory of racial triangulation. Racial triangulation posits that Asians exist on a spectrum where they are 1.) perceived as better than Blacks (but not as good as whites) and 2.) categorized as perpetual foreigners who will never be accepted as “full” Americans. According to racial triangulation, Asians are in racial limbo, trying desperately to achieve whiteness and status as “real Americans” by stepping on the heads of Black folks.

So when the Asian man asked Chris, “Is the African-American experience an advantage or disadvantage?” he wasn’t just making small talk, he was wrestling with the decision of whether or not it would be better to trade bodies with Chris and experience anti-Blackness or stay the same and live life as an Asian man in America and experience xenophobia.
{article}  racism  [get.out]  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Get the Fuck Outta Here, the Sequel: Further Consideration of Jordan Peele’s GET OUT
If I’m not mistaken, James Baldwin (my apologies for constantly coming back to him, but he knew, and taught me, mad shit) said that the reason that white people enjoyed certain kinds of black art — particularly protest art — is because it assures them of their power. In other words, our complaints assure white folks that they are still in control, given that they are the source of the complaints and our continued complaining means that they still have the power to inflict the things about which we complain.

If that observation holds true, then the thing that would likely strike the most terror in the hearts and minds of white folk is leaving them out of it and not considering them at all. That is to say, create worlds and art and philosophy and love and movement and spirituality and whatever else, that doesn’t even so much as consider Whiteness whatsoever; treats it as a non-factor, a non-entity, as non-existent; rejects it outright, and completely centers us as though nothing else matters. And there’s evidence to suggest that this actually does terrify them: they bombed Black Wall Street when it became evident that we neither wanted nor needed them in order to survive and thrive.
{article}  [get.out]  racism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Donald Trump is a Rich Man's Idea of a Rich Man
I freely admit my circumstances weren’t as dire as some. I belonged to what sociologist Loic Wacquant memorably called “the working class aristocracy.” My father’s job gave us health insurance, after all. For others in my family, being “rich” meant being able to go to the dentist. But really, this all makes the point: We didn’t dream of gold faucets, we dreamed of being free from want, something that was once thought of as a democratic right.
{article}  classism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
The Future of Not Working
Moreover, cash might force aid workers and nongovernmental organizations to confront the fact that they could be doing better by doing things differently — often by doing less. “It’s easy to muster evidence that you should be giving cash instead of fertilizer,” said Justin Sandefur of the Center for Global Development. “The harder argument is: You should shut down your U.S.A.I.D. program, which is bigger than the education budget of Liberia, and give the money to Liberians. That’s the radical critique.” Faye put it more bluntly, if half-jokingly: If cash transfers flourished, “the whole aid industry would have to fire itself.”
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march 2017 by talibusorabat
What We Lose When We Give Awards to Men Like Casey Affleck
The standard objection to excluding men like Affleck, Polanski, or Gibson from the entertainment industry is that it's "philistine"; excluding any great artist means we get less art, and anyway, penalties should be dealt out by courts, not bosses. Yet as Affleck becomes more successful, he becomes more of a financial asset to the people he works with—meaning they're more inclined to protect him and less inclined to give his accusers a fair hearing, because dealing justly with the accusations will endanger the bottom line. If the allegations are true, more and more women will be forced to work with Affleck despite the danger he poses to their physical safety and mental health, even as it becomes more and more risky to report any harassment. In the end, many of those women will do what White and Gorka did—they'll quit, either the project or the filmmaking industry altogether. Keeping great male "artists" around while they endanger their female coworkers isn't only unjust, it actively lowers the number of great female artists by creating a workplace in which women are primarily valued for their ability to accommodate and ingratiate themselves to sexist men, and not for their actual talents.
{article}  feminism  social.justice 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
Gay Loneliness is Real but Toxic Gay Culture isn't the Problem
An uncomfortable byproduct of the monomaniacal quest for marriage equality has been the creation of a new form of minority stress—the stress of the gay man who does not find a husband, or who doesn’t want one, or maybe wants two, and therefore cannot participate in this new and strange celebration of conservative values we’ve constructed as the ultimate goal of gay life. At their best, queer ideas about romance could help undo (for everyone) the poisonous idea that long-term unbroken monogamy is the only way to happiness. But now, many gays have bought into that lie. This is what happens when a civil rights movement values the banality of traditional romance over proud assertions of individual and collective identity, when the desire to enter a system supersedes the desire to change it. As an Asian-American friend said to me, not long after the Obergefell decision: “It feels like someone I don’t know gave me something I didn’t want, and now I feel like I have to use it or feel ungrateful.”
{article}  lgbtqa 
march 2017 by talibusorabat
What Does Everyday Radical Activism Mean?
Remember that radical love is both a process and an outcome. Remember the etymology of “radical,” meaning the root. The source of radical activism is below the foundation. The real problems lie at the root, so to solve them, we need to start there. Clipping the leaves is not enough. Charity or pontification throw solutions from the top down. So even if you feel that you don’t have the power to make a real difference in social justice movements, remember to go back to the root. To truly change the system, we must draw upon core resources: our voices, our relationships, and our resolve.
{article}  social.justice  activism 
february 2017 by talibusorabat
Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence?
If Israel harasses and prosecutes community organizers like Mr. Amro, the youth of Palestine will have no models of resistance to turn to in their frustration and despair but people like Mohammad Tarayreh, who on June 30, 2016, in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, on the outskirts of Hebron, broke into the bedroom of a 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, and stabbed her to death. In binding the upraised fist of resistance, they will leave only the hand that is holding the knife.
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february 2017 by talibusorabat
Why I Read to My Middle School Students
Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “If you want people to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea.” That’s what reading aloud does for my kids. If they fall in love with books, they’ll develop all the skills they need to read them without the drill and kill that’s been used on them since they were five.
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february 2017 by talibusorabat
Divisions of Labor
The old jobs aren’t coming back, but there is another way to address the crisis brought about by deindustrialization: Pay all workers better. The big labor innovation of the 21st century has been campaigns seeking to raise local or state minimum wages. Activists have succeeded in passing living-wage laws in more than a hundred counties and municipalities since 1994 by appealing to a simple sense of justice: Why should someone work full time, year-round, and not make enough to pay for rent and other basics? Surveys found large majorities favoring an increase in the minimum wage; college students, church members and unions rallied to local campaigns. Unions started taking on formerly neglected constituencies like janitors, home health aides and day laborers. And where the unions have faltered, entirely new kinds of organizations sprang up: associations sometimes backed by unions and sometimes by philanthropic foundations — Our Walmart, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
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february 2017 by talibusorabat
What's Wrong With the Term 'Person of Color' - BGD
POC is a term for building solidarity between movements, not a movement in itself. That distinction is important.
social.justice  {article}  racism 
february 2017 by talibusorabat
The End of the End of History
We are now condemned to live in exciting times. Boredom is, quite clearly, underrated. At the same time, I must confess that as Trump’s victory settled, my despair was coupled with a rush of blood to the head. I felt my fear, including for my family, giving me a sense of purpose. I at least knew what I believed in and what I hoped America could still become. And, in one way or another, even if we don’t quite consciously want it, it’s something we all apparently need — something, whatever it is, to fight for. Now Americans on both sides of the ever-widening divide will have it.
{article}  politics 
february 2017 by talibusorabat
7 Questions to Help You Balance Self-Care and Resistance
Remember: This will be a marathon, not a sprint. That might feel dauntingly long, but it also means you have a lot of time to find your stride.
{article}  social.justice 
february 2017 by talibusorabat
Why A New Mixed Race Generation Will Not Solve Racism
The desire for a future filled with tan mixed babies at times looks less like working away racism and more like washing out blackness.
racism  {article}  social.justice 
february 2017 by talibusorabat
Intolerant Liberals – Medium
The progressive liberal agenda isn’t about being nice. It’s about confronting evil, violence, trauma, and death. It’s about acknowledging the ways systemic power, systemic oppression, systemic evil, work in our world around us. I’m not fighting for diversity. I’m not fighting for tolerance. I’m fighting to overturn horrific systems of dehumanizing oppression.
{article}  racism  sexism  social.justice  101 
february 2017 by talibusorabat
Sally Yates and Kamala Harris Lead the Fight Against Trump
To suggest that women’s leadership is inherently more righteous than men’s is both essentialist and wrong, but the female will to resist is pretty poetic: Trump may have vanquished one powerful female foe in the election, but now a million more women have sprouted in her place.
{article}  politics  feminism  social.justice 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Dear White People Who Write Things: People Who Voted For A Blatant Racist Are Fine With Racism (This Is Not Hard)
He made no effort to hide or spin his racism and sexism and hate for Muslims and Mexicans and non-alternative facts, and they voted for him. He’s done nothing since being elected and inaugurated except exactly what he said he was going to do. Perhaps the polling data says something completely different, but didn’t something major happen in America like three months ago that proved much of that type of polling data obsolete? Something that proved that while people know that they’re supposed to feel a certain way about injustices against minorities and women and other vulnerable people, there’s a huge difference — a yuge difference — between knowing they’re supposed to feel that way (and answering questions to reflect that) and actually feeling that way. Maybe they didn’t all vote for him specifically because of the melange of regressive fuckshit associated with him — although A LOT did — but they were fine enough with it. Those kind and nice and simple and just and concerned motherfuckers who are so apparently upset by the actions of that motherfucker voted for that motherfucker.
{article}  racism 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
The Myth of the Well-Behaved Women’s March | New Republic
Yes, the marchers on Saturday were well-behaved. But when has that ever mattered? John Lewis was beaten nearly to death for marching across a bridge in Selma. Ieshia Evans stood bare-armed and weaponless as police in body armor lunged towards her with plastic cuffs in Baton Rouge. If the cops want to arrest a protester, they will gladly turn her into a criminal—ordering her to disperse while making it physically impossible, for instance, or searching her with or without consent in an attempt to turn up something illegal. (At the march on Washington, organizers said that bags larger than 8 x 6 x 4 were not allowed. Many marchers carried larger bags under their coats. If any cops had checked, they could have had an excuse to detain us, but nobody did.) Bad behavior is enough to lead to arrests, but good behavior isn’t enough to avoid it. If the cops didn’t arrest anyone, it’s because they didn’t want to.
racism  feminism  {article}  social.justice 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Why Marches Aren’t What They Used to Be
As a result, Tufekci argues, a protest is not necessarily a sign of an actual movement; that’s why some large protests in recent years, like those opposing the war in Iraq or the Occupy rallies, have had relatively muted real-world impact.

“This doesn’t mean that protests no longer matter — they do,” Tufekci writes. “Nowadays, however, protests should be seen not as the culmination of an organizing effort, but as a first, potential step. A large protest today is less like the March on Washington in 1963 and more like Rosa Parks’s refusal to move to the back of the bus. What used to be an endpoint is now an initial spark.”
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january 2017 by talibusorabat
The MLK History Forgot
As the 1960s wore on, King increasingly viewed American politics through the lens of class. In his 1967 book, Where We Go From Here, he wrote, “In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: There are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike.” King appreciated, of course, that African Americans suffered a very specific and targeted form of discrimination. But he embraced a radical economic critique that viewed racism as a cultural touchpoint that prevented working-class white people from acting in their better economic interest.
usa  social.justice  history  {article}  racism 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
The Road Women Marched On This Weekend Was Paved By Black Resistance
The march that happened on Saturday is exactly the kind of march this Trump presidency warranted. It could not have occurred without it. But there is a sly and disingenuous narrative being spun here. The issues brought up during the march – the water crisis in Flint, indigenous women’s rights, Islamophobia, violence against women (including the specific threat of murder trans women of colour face), the school to prison pipeline and so on – would not have magically solved themselves with a Hillary Clinton presidency. There would still have remained a need to march, to protest, and to resist.
On Thursday night, Angela Davis gestured to the crowd in front of her and said: “This is an inauguration of the resistance to come.” It will take many forms, and it will work in coalitions and on committees, and it will be loud and angry as well as quiet and calm. It will be glamorous and also very gritty. It will be met with opposition at every turn. For some people, the women’s march was their first brush with physical, tangible activism. For many more, the hope is that it will not be their last.
{article}  feminism  racism  resistance 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc
To talk with any romance for the black bloc risks falling into the worst tropes of bombastic revolutionary writing. We don’t don black masks and become instant revolutionary subjects. We don’t necessarily achieve more with property damage than a larger, more subdued rally achieves. In every case, the standard of achievement depends on the aims of the action, and all of us are far from creating the rupture we want to see in the world. One broken window, or a hundred, is not victory. But nor is over half a million people rallying on the National Mall. Both gain potency only if they are perceived as a threat by those in and around power. And neither action will appear threatening unless followed up again and again with unrelenting force, in a multitude of directions. You don’t have to choose between pink hat and black mask; each of us can wear both. You don’t have to fight neo-Nazis in the street, but you should support those who do.
{article}  politics  resistance 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Your Fat Stigma Is Racist – Here Are 6 Ways to Shift That
White supremacy isn’t about individual white people, though they are often the ones who benefit the most from it, and the ones who have the most at stake in upholding it. The intimacy of white supremacy is that whiteness as a standard becomes permeated throughout our lives in the ways we conceive of and conceptualize nearly every aspect.
{article}  racism  fat.acceptance 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Why Apologies Are Powerful Tools for Combating Rape Culture —Everyday Feminism ““The mainstream idea of ‘justice’ after rape in our society is ridiculously limited.” Here’s how apologies could help expand our idea of justice for survivors.
Most survivors do not report their assaults to the police, and sadly, the people who are at higher risk of being sexually assaulted  –  such as queer folk, trans people, and people of color  –  report at even lower rates.

There are many reasons for this, but the limited options for justice is one of them: It’s been well-documented that pursuing justice after a sexual assault through the legal system is tough, often referred to as a “second rape.”

If we all acknowledge that rape is a heinous crime, we need to work to create multiple avenues of justice for survivors that can facilitate their healing and promote accountability for assailants and their enablers.
social.justice  rape  feminism  rape.culture  {article} 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
5 Reasons the ‘Poor People Should Get an Education’ Myth Doesn’t Work At All
For one, it places the responsibility on low-income people to “fix their situation” or “better themselves,” instead of on the systemic oppression that keeps people trapped in a cycle of poverty – especially if they’re multiply marginalized.

It also works alongside the bootstraps myth to make people feel as though all their successes are a direct result of hard work and education, and allows them to ignore their own privilege, which in turn allows them to ignore the oppression of others.

It’s a lot easier to believe that poor people can just easily apply to college, get in, graduate, and have all their problems solved than it is to deal with the difficult reality of underemployment, discrimination, systemic oppression, rising student debt, unpaid internships, and underpaid employees.
{article}  classism  racism  social.justice  education 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
3 Reasons Why Calling Bigots ‘Uneducated’ Is Counter-Productive
History makes it abundantly clear that someone’s level of education isn’t inherently linked to how open-minded or progressive they are.

There are plenty of atrocious movements and practices which were supported by well-educated people, including conversion therapy, apartheid, the Holocaust, the eugenics movement, and many other examples, both current and past.

For that reason, it’s important that we rethink where bigotry comes from and what it means. Otherwise we, too, might end up perpetuating oppressive systems.
{article}  social.justice 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
The Most Successful Democrat Since F.D.R.
Obama’s glaring failure on that last count leaves his allies needing to fight, hard, to defend their successes, rather than to make further progress on problems that badly need it, like climate and inequality. But it’s a testament to the last eight years that progressives have so much to defend.
{article}  politics  obama 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Food Choices Aren’t Moral Issues – Here’s How to Stop Making Kids Think They Are
Instead of getting upset at individuals who make choices to eat certain foods based on what they do or do not understand about them, let’s take this to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Let’s take this to the USDA. Let’s go to the schools that are educating our doctors and nutritionists and petition to have sponsored education taken off the menu. Let’s get our food manufacturers to own up to their marketing ploys.

Doing this will help us feel empowered, it will channel our anger in the right direction, and it will help prevent the finger-wagging that so often accompanies our discussions of just what should be put on the table for dinner.
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january 2017 by talibusorabat
Why It Can Be Hard to Report ‘Harmless Flirting’ – And Why It’s Still a Valid Option
And the same power dynamics and perceptions of whose life matters more based on our identities makes reporting a high-risk action for those who are less privileged or more vulnerable to attacks on their character than the perpetrator.

In this case, it was relatively low-risk involved for me to report him. I was not threatened by the feeling that nothing would be done or by the feeling that there would be retribution.

It sucks that I was able to report this relatively low-harm scenario easily and attain due process when there are much more upsetting cases, cases where it’s not nearly as safe to seek some sort of justice.
{article}  sexism 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
Gossiping Is Good for You, Study Confirms
"It serves a useful social function," she argues. "It brings people closer together than they would be if they were talking about some impersonal topic. And it can help us figure out who to trust, because we can hear information about people we don't know from trusted sources."
{article}  science 
january 2017 by talibusorabat
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