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shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope
(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)
Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!
And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Sonmi-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.
So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

shoorm:

The East Asian women + colored hair trope

(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)

Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!

And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Sonmi-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.

So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.

Just by being apart of the body positive community has made me feel so much more comfortable with my body and opening myself up to people. It’s not a quick fix, there’s still days where I hate the way I look and wish I was thinner, my hair was less frizzy, my skin would be even and ance free..etc. But I realize now, that’s no way to live. I should be enjoying my life and accepting the way I look.
And it’s funny, because never in a million years would I see myself taking pictures of myself in my underwear, let alone letting the world to see. I used to experience anxiety for doing this, but it really does help me. I encourage you all to atleast try it, it’s actually liberating to show your body off to people and really just own yourself.
Oh and if you’re wondering, the socks are from sockdreams. If you’re a bigger gal like myself, definately try them out! They have a variety of styles and fabrics, and most of all they are plus size friendly. I sound like an ad, but I really just like this store.
———————————————————————-If you would like to make my day, follow my tumblr.I love connecting with people!
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If you’re interested in vintage plus size clothing, i have an etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SownBones
If you’re interested in plus size fashion videos/makeup girly shit then check out my youtube channel
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And here’s my instagram,http://instagram.com/s0wnbones
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Just by being apart of the body positive community has made me feel so much more comfortable with my body and opening myself up to people. It’s not a quick fix, there’s still days where I hate the way I look and wish I was thinner, my hair was less frizzy, my skin would be even and ance free..etc. But I realize now, that’s no way to live. I should be enjoying my life and accepting the way I look.

And it’s funny, because never in a million years would I see myself taking pictures of myself in my underwear, let alone letting the world to see. I used to experience anxiety for doing this, but it really does help me. I encourage you all to atleast try it, it’s actually liberating to show your body off to people and really just own yourself.

Oh and if you’re wondering, the socks are from sockdreams. If you’re a bigger gal like myself, definately try them out! They have a variety of styles and fabrics, and most of all they are plus size friendly. I sound like an ad, but I really just like this store.

———————————————————————-
If you would like to make my day, follow my tumblr.
I love connecting with people!

www.s0wnbones.tumblr.com

If you’re interested in vintage plus size clothing, i have an etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SownBones

If you’re interested in plus size fashion videos/makeup girly shit then check out my youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/OMGItsSuicidalKytten

And here’s my instagram,
http://instagram.com/s0wnbones

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!

queerart-civildisobedience:

European accents (and in general white people accents) are commonly perceived as attractive and endearing, while accents from basically any other part of the world are considered to be signs of laziness and disrespect and get routinely made fun of.

queerart-civildisobedience:

European accents (and in general white people accents) are commonly perceived as attractive and endearing, while accents from basically any other part of the world are considered to be signs of laziness and disrespect and get routinely made fun of.

Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult women, Parallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.
Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  
What can I do?
In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.
You can also get directly involved in several different ways.
Submissions:
Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.
Features:
We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:
Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
Feminist activist collectives
Feminist community groups
Independent feminist films
Feminist zines
Events:
If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.
I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…
To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
Sponsor us or partner up with us:
If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!
To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!

Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. 
Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult womenParallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.

Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  

What can I do?

In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.

You can also get directly involved in several different ways.

Submissions:

Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.

Features:

We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:

  • Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
  • Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
  • Feminist activist collectives
  • Feminist community groups
  • Independent feminist films
  • Feminist zines

Events:

If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.

I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…

To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Sponsor us or partner up with us:

If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!

To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com 

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!



micdotcom:

10 simple rules for not being a racist white person

By taking the leadership of people of color in the broader conversation about eradicating racism, whites can take steady, even simple steps towards becoming allies in the fight against racial inequality, not merely bystanders — or worse, perpetuators.

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what-is-this-thingy-bobby asked
How does racism against white people not exist?

mellomaia:

misandry-mermaid:

Personal discrimination against white people exists.  But racism is systemic and white supremacy makes for a skewed power imbalance in which white people do not face institutionalized oppression based on their race.

Whenever I see a question like this on the Internet, I tend to see the “racism is systemic” explanation go over people’s heads. I would like to offer an extension of this explanation. I, like many people, was taught in school that racism is either believing your own race to be superior or hating individuals of other races. Using these definitions and not considering historical (or present) context, one can certainly argue that racism goes both ways. 

However, context is everything, so let’s consider it. It is true that more and more people have friendships or otherwise positive relationships with people of different races. For this reason, I think that, when many white people hear someone accuse their actions as being racist, they think, “That’s ridiculous, how can I hate my friends?” Further, compared to earlier times, it is becoming rarer for people to publicly announce that they hate someone of a particular race or that they think their own race is superior. If you were to consider this and only this, you might come to the conclusion that there’s no more racism or that it’s on its way out. 

But if there’s no racism, why are people with whose names imply that they are white (e.g. Steve Jones) more likely to be called back for job interviews than people whose names imply that they are POC (e.g. Tahani Tompkins), even when they have similar credentials? x x

Why are white people less likely to see films where the majority of the cast consists of black people or other POC? x

Why are all-white juries more likely to convict black defendants to jail time than to convict white defendants, even when they’ve committed similar crimes? x

Why are black people twice as likely as white people to be born prematurely or with a low birthrate, even when controlling for education and socioeconomic class? x

Why are any of the phenomena described in these charts taking place? x

These are just a few examples of modern-day racism. If racism against white people existed, that would mean that people of color would have sufficient control of institutions like the media, the school and university systems, the medical systems, and the government to oppress white people. We do not have that power. White people do. Even if they truly don’t hate or see themselves as superior to POCs, white people as a group have benefits that POCs as a group do not have.