"Can someone tell me whether we’re supposed to be offended by Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto or not? Must know for dinner parties/twitter."
Yeah, she actually asked that on Twitter. Next time I see a fauxminist site peddling her series because “OMG WE NEED MORE WOMEN ON TV”, I’m going to go be the Hulk to their sorry Loki. There is nothing worth defending in her or her products at this stage. And if I am supposed to consume her flavor of shit because it’s about women, well, I’d rather die of starvation.
"In clinical psychiatric settings, black women are diagnosed very differently from white counterparts who present with the same symptoms. For instance, black women have considerably higher rates of anxiety disorders than white women. Blacks are diagnosed with higher lifetime rates of simple phobia, social phobia, and agoraphobia. Therapists tend to view African American women as anxious or phobic while perceiving white women who describe similar emotions and behaviors as sad and depressed. Black women are more likely to be described by therapists as hostile and paranoid, and diagnosis for black women is inclined to be more severe than for white women. In these diagnostic differences we see the operation of the social construction of black womanhood that disallows sadness. Therapists are less likely to perceive a black woman as sad; instead, they see her as angry or anxious."
Melissa Harris-Perry Sister Citizen; Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America (via brashblacknonbeliever)
shit like this is why social justice is necessary in medicine and health
"Many white women have said to me, ‘We wanted black women and non-white women to join the movement,’ totally unaware of their perception that they somehow ‘own’ the movement, that they are the ‘hosts’ inviting us as ‘guests."
bell hooks, “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” (via thugzmansion)
inkmudberriesblood asked: white woman here. love the work you are doing. let me know if there is anything i can do. (i have collections of useful quotes and resources in terms of holding white women accountable - not all in one place but i can gather it. also i've been thinking about, for awhile now, unpacking each whitefeminist tweet or providing resources for white women willing to be self-critical and improve.)
We accept submissions from anyone who wants to help out. This is a side project for me life gets in the way most of the time with social justice work so I only post on here when I am able to and find something relevant. Submissions help out quite a bit though.
Anonymous asked: Please find a way to keep writing even if you get shut down.
Anonymous asked: Best site ever! As an Indian (very dark complexion) woman, it's become apparent to me that white feminists want nothing more than to usurp the privilege that white men have. They simply just want to be among the most privileged and prefer to keep racism in tact. Source: Jezebel. Apparently slut shaming is the world's biggest issue now. I suspect you'll be silenced very soon for your words, unfortunately.
Surprisingly I haven’t gotten very many negative responses from people for this blog. If it does shut down, it’s not like I don’t do the same thing on my other blogs or offline.
BTW Thank you for your message. <3
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White women. Can you stop derailing everything about race, deflecting, making everything about yourself, and admit that you do not face the additional oppression that women of color face - not just racism but racialized forms of misogyny and different stereotypes?
narcissistic little fucks. do Black women suddenly die off before we get old or something. these heffas think they own everything. why can’t they just shut up and stop trying to occupy everything
We never age. There are white older women, white lesbians, white trans women, white fat women, white working class women. But all Black women (and other women of color) do not fall into those categories apparently!
black women aren’t women. we aren’t people. so they always forget. that’s why everything is always, poc and women or black people and women like being brown/black negates your womanness and humanity
Aging—It’s just like being black!
White Women Who Seek To Dominate Black Women’s Spaces and Discourse Are Not There To “Learn” Anything
A few days ago, my readers saw an exchange between myself and a White woman on the topic of Black women’s natural hair. Originally, I wrote an essay White Women In Black Natural Hair Spaces, which spoke to Black women being able to have the space to discuss hair and perceptions of beauty without White interruption, control or domination of that conversation or space, especially considering the fact that all mainstream concepts of beauty are Eurocentric. She replied with a full essay, not even just a comment, to which I replied to with Why White Women In Black Natural Hair Spaces Remains Problematic.
I included her comment in the latter post; I found it to be very ignorant, ahistorical and racist. A lot of White privilege there. I made sure I included sources via links in my reply to help her unravel this ignorance. She replied again with straw man arguments, more derailment and more White privilege. I wrote a final reply (I rarely ever reply at all, but when I do, I never exceed twice) When White Women and White Privilege Don’t Know When To Quit.
The point of this exchange was not solely for the White woman who started it. It was two-fold. 1) She is not unique in her positions. They’re common among White women. 2) This reveals the myth of Whites wanting to “learn” about “race/racism.” Most Black people are confronted with this nonsense, especially if they discuss race via social media or writing or are womanist/feminist writers. In my first reply, I included a plethora of links of information for this White woman. Her instantly reply revealed that she ignored them all. This isn’t new. Many Whites who claim to want to “learn” about “race/racism” are in fact attention-seeking liars.
They do want to be “taught” about race by someone Black. They do not want to “learn” about race, however. This might not seem to make sense, but it actually does for three reasons: 1) The implication of servitude by someone Black is there. They are spoon-feeding information and shifting their attention to the service of Whites. 2) By doing this spoon-feeding, the implication of “forgiveness” by the Black person is in the air; this assuages the White person’s guilt over White privilege. 3) The White person can use this theoretical connection as “proof” that they aren’t racist (or even self-label as an “ally”) when they’re challenged by other Whites or Blacks. They don’t actually have to study a single thing presented. And most will not. Thus, they might desire to be “taught” but they do not desire to “learn.”
What I’ve noticed is that Whites who actually do learn anything from my blog are ones who aren’t whining and demanding to be bottle fed critical race theory and promptly burped and put down for a nap. While my blog’s header, its Google indexing, my biography and a post I specifically wrote for people to read prior to subscribing clarifies that this blog is by a Black woman for Black women, I also don’t have a problem with subscribers who aren’t Black women as long as they aren’t bigots, aren’t White plagiarizers seeking feminist content to promote their own feminist platforms and/or obsessive voyeurs “stunned” that Black women have thoughts and emotions like other humans do.
Oh…and the White woman who started all of this deleted her Tumblr after the exchange, considering that after I mentioned this on Twitter, some White feminists replied to her as well, supporting my point of view. As a great philosopher once said, “don’t start nuthin’, won’t be nuthin’.”
I would bet that she didn’t save my post or any of the links. There goes her so called request to enter and control Black women’s natural hair spaces to be “educated” about hair and race. And for those who will run to the utterly bland and predictable tone policing argument, stating that my reply was not “nice” enough, read her comments. We were not in a classroom discussing race where student/teacher/peer respect exists. This was someone who sought to derail yet another post and space for Black women, and could not accept in return what she dished out.
White Feminism privilege denying FLOTUS edition.
The above are screen caps of tweeets made by CodePink and their cofounder Medea Benjamin after Michelle Obama was confronted by a protester named Ellen Sturtz from the pro- LGBT group Get EQUAL.
After the incident was reported to happen, tweets like the above started to be made playing into racist tropes by framing FLOTUS as an “angry black woman” and telling her how she should have responded plays into respectability politics.
Your white privilege is showing feminists. Just stop and think what would have happened if Laura Bush did the same thing. Yeah that’s what I thought.
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz told the Washington Post. “I was taken aback.”
Haha! GOOD! It’s good that she was taken aback, it’s good that the First Lady took no shit.
This is all very typical for racist white feminists. Basically, they don’t believe that a black woman has any boundaries or any right to defend or assert herself.
Clearly, that protester was out of line and under any other circumstances that would be pretty much ubiquitously understood. But because FLOTUS is a black woman they re-frame the story to make it seem as if she was overly aggressive to a “gently” spoken, non-threatening white woman and that SHE was the one out of line.
I always notice how white feminists cry on and on about how they don’t want to be seen as delicate flowers. And they have books like Lean In encouraging them to “take their power” as women and whatever else but as SOON as white supremacy gives them the opportunity they revert to the familiar “I’m a delicate, precious white woman” trope to justify the abuse of black women.
“ellen didn’t scream, she talked gently” I bet all the money i will ever make Mrs Obama didn’t speak scream but a Black woman doing as much as breathing is aggression to the white chick
I don’t know what this has to do with her race. The person was interrupting her to yell about same sex marriage.
Honestly the heckler didn’t even deserve acknowledgment, but Mrs. Obamas response was perfectly acceptable, maybe even generous with her response.
I think that those who are upset are more focused on the perceived disregard of LGBT rights by dismissing the person. Which is absurd because one, the speech had nothing to do with gay marriage and two because the Michelle Obama does support gay rights. And thirdly she was Way out of line to even be interrupting her in the first place. It has to do with respect than race if you ask me.
I’m just really not sure where you’re coming from with the whole white feminist thing, and I’m not sure what you’re trying to say about them.
I don’t think it was racist to interrupt the flotus, but it was definitely rude. These particular people tweeting negative shit are just butthurt that she wasn’t going to take their crap.
I’m just confused as to why a white female gay rights advocate heckling the First Lady, some how translates to a generality about other feminists.
Shit I’m not gonna deny that most articles and tweets on this topic are full of racist slurs an stereotypes but that says nothing about the two people involved.
Because there’s a certain level of inherent disrespect for women of color, especially black women in these so-called “feminist” (who seem to forget there are non-white women) or “gay” (who seem to forget there are non-white gay people) organizations. These same people will support the Onion calling a 9 year old black girl a c*nt, or blame Beyonce for sex trafficking, or tell us to laugh at a joke about Chris Brown murdering Rihanna. They blame black people for Prop 8 passing, while ignoring the white organizations and churches that actively wrote, initiated, and supported passing the bill (Mormon church spent a helluva lot money to get that bill passed, but you don’t see HRC condemning them like they do the “black community”, do you)?
So sorry, if you can’t see. Maybe it’s not meant for you to see. But, anytime some white woman feels the need to police what a woman of color is doing or saying, that’s smacks of them viewing said woman as less than: less intelligent, less entitled to assert herself, less of a human being.
Mrs. Obama owes them absolutely nothing. They’re fortunate that Mrs. Obama doesn’t suffer fools and handled it with more grace and class than that heckler deserved.
I’mma leave this link right here: White Woman’s Tears
When feminists fall back to using the tools of the patriarchy to stop other women from calling them out on their privilege? Master’s tools. etc.
I’ll just say what I said when this first popped off - ok, you protested! Great. But the expectation that Michelle should have stopped what she was doing, sat down and let the protester take her time? The fact she even engaged the protester AT ALL instead of having security drag her out? That she offered the crowd THE CHOICE of who they wanted to listen to?
Yeah. Ok, I don’t see these expectations anywhere else. But then again, every other politician wasn’t demographically coded in “The Help”, which apparently must be the fucking guidebook these folks are using to deal with Black women…