Harsyra

I am a white, disabled lesbian.

[transcript: Visade “alltför” stor medkänsla (tyckte synd om alla som hade det svårt, handikappade, djur i fångenskap, personer med färgad hud). Mycket stor känsla för all form av förtryck.]This is one of the entries on a Swedish screening test for Asperger syndrome, agreeing with each statement gives you points towards a diagnosis. Translation of the selected passage:"Showed "too" much compassion (pitied anyone having a hard time, the handicapped, animals in captivity, people with colored skin). Very strong feelings about all forms of oppression."This was added to the test in 1999 but only brought to wider attention in 2013 after a man of color was asked to fill out the test on behalf of his daughter. His comments as quoted in the media:"You wonder what’s going on. People with colored skin, are they having a hard time? Maybe the childrens’ psych clinic thinks so, or whoever constructed the form.""It’s strange that academics and doctors with college degrees haven’t reacted to this. If you work with it every day it should be obvious that the wording is strange."First, the conflation of disabled people and people of color with animals, WTF. Secondly, it’s amazing to me that this blatantly says that under psychiatry feeling strongly about people being oppressed is disordered. Way to reveal the inner workings of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.(note: “people with colored skin” is not an idiomatic expression in Swedish, and sounds very awkward in the original too.)
pdf of the full test in Swedish
Swedish article with quotes from the father

[transcript: Visade “alltför” stor medkänsla (tyckte synd om alla som hade det svårt, handikappade, djur i fångenskap, personer med färgad hud). Mycket stor känsla för all form av förtryck.]

This is one of the entries on a Swedish screening test for Asperger syndrome, agreeing with each statement gives you points towards a diagnosis. Translation of the selected passage:

"Showed "too" much compassion (pitied anyone having a hard time, the handicapped, animals in captivity, people with colored skin). Very strong feelings about all forms of oppression."

This was added to the test in 1999 but only brought to wider attention in 2013 after a man of color was asked to fill out the test on behalf of his daughter. His comments as quoted in the media:

"You wonder what’s going on. People with colored skin, are they having a hard time? Maybe the childrens’ psych clinic thinks so, or whoever constructed the form."

"It’s strange that academics and doctors with college degrees haven’t reacted to this. If you work with it every day it should be obvious that the wording is strange."

First, the conflation of disabled people and people of color with animals, WTF. Secondly, it’s amazing to me that this blatantly says that under psychiatry feeling strongly about people being oppressed is disordered. Way to reveal the inner workings of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

(note: “people with colored skin” is not an idiomatic expression in Swedish, and sounds very awkward in the original too.)

pdf of the full test in Swedish

Swedish article with quotes from the father

Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex

onionhighonionandrenown:

Seriously, when a scientist who studies this sort of thing says that….

(Source: npr, via freshmouthgoddess)

moniquill:

spoopy-banana:

boosmygod:

nightofthelivingched:

This just in professional animators who have endured years of rigorous training are still figuring out how to design and animate girls. It’s very difficult, and nobody in the history of the company has yet to figure it out. Please be patient with them, or you may hurt their feelings

to be fair no one has ever been able to draw a woman in the history of mankind. nor have they been able to even capture a woman on film. im highly skeptical that women even exist. one blurry photograph in the woods does not prove anything.

image

reblogging again for that image.

(Source: kingcheddarxvii, via freshmouthgoddess)

thechanelmuse:

"People are more used to seeing men who are masters at an instrument than women. When people say, ‘Oh, she plays like a dude,’ it’s usually dudes who are the ones saying it. They’re saying, ‘Oh, she’s as good as us.’ Of course, that’s a stupid statement. It’s totally stereotypical to say, ‘We have an advantage on this, and if anyone else can do it well, it’s only because they’re like us.’ I think more men are starting to learn that this attitude is totally hollow and based in imagination. As more women are involved in music, this kind of thing gets said less and less."

Esperanza Spalding | singer, jazz bassist, and composer

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irresistible-revolution:

there’s a reason why Julie Plec continues to treat Bonnie’s character a certain way and it’s the same reason Women’s Studies classes will assign 60 different essays by white women and 2 by bell hooks, it’s the same reason Miley Cyrus doesn’t think twice about using Black women’s bodies/ cultures for shock value and career props, it’s the same reason white women will rush to defend Hillary Clinton and Miley but not say shit when ppl spit on Beyonce and Michelle Obama, it’s the same reason Stephanie Meyer describes WOC the way she does in Twilight, it’s the same reason white girls in fandom love Elena, Sookie, Rose et al but hate on Mercedes, Martha, Tara, Bonnie, it’s the same reason Madonna and Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese get away with using WOC cultures to “exotify” their image, it’s all connected, it’s all because whiteness in general and white women in particular still can’t accept women of color as women, as full human beings, as people with our own desires and thoughts and ideas outside of them, as autonomous beings, as beings who have as much claim to power, sexuality, desirability as they do, in short, white women still have a real hard time accepting that we don’t exist to serve them.

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Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) - The Oatmeal

bellfry:

mmanalysis:

penandpocketknife:

I think it’s okay that they are trying to shed a light on the “okay white guy” but fuck that. Dont celebrate another white guy, celebrate the indigenous people who fought and suffered.

Yeah, I kind of wished that they had just left it at Columbus or if they had to talk about people why not some of the Native American tribes.

Yeah, while well-meaning, that The Oatmeal strip never broke free of Eurocentrism. It sickens me that, in addition to losing their lives and societies, the very names of most of the individuals who resisted Columbus and his genocidal successors have been lost to history. I think we should replace Columbus Day with a Native Peoples Resistance Memorial Day.

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ancestryinprogress:

Whoa, Have You Guys Heard About This Cool New Hairstyle, the ‘Braid’?

Well, according to hairstylist Ted Gibson, “Traditionally women would think of braids as a kind of thoughtless hairstyle. Now they’ve crossed over to the fashion space.” Right. It’s clear that by “women,” he — and everyone else quoted in this article — means “white women.” As anyone who takes a second to think about it would realize, black women have been braiding their hair, not thoughtlesslysince 500 B.C. To say, as this article has, that the braid is JUST becoming popular and trendy with all trendy ladies now is to overlook and minimize the experience of black women with natural hair. As Paulette M. Caldwell puts it in her essay A Hair Piece: Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Gender:

Wherever they exist in the world, black women braid their hair. They have done so in the United States for more than four centuries. African in origin, the practice of braiding is as American — black American — as sweet potato pie. A braided hairstyle was first worn in a nationally-televised media event in the United States — and in that sense “popularized” — by a black actress, Cicely Tyson… More importantly, Cicely Tyson’s choice to popularize (i.e., to “go public” with) braids, like her choice of acting roles, was a political act made on her own behalf and on behalf of all black women.

Braids! They’re already popular! And they’re not traditionally “some weird lil thoughtless thing you do with your hair when you are NOT going to a fashion show.” Interestingly — and tellingly — A Hair Piece was written in response to Rogers v. American Airlines, a 1981 lawsuit that ruled a black flight attendant hadn’t been discriminated against after she was fired for wearing her hair in a braided hairstyle. The justification for this ruling was that the hairstyle had been popularized by Bo Derek in the movie “10”. Because Bo Derek is white and famously had cornrows, the defense argued, firing the plaintiff for wearing braids wasn’t racist.

#weknewthiswascoming

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nipslipsnteeth:

il-tenore-regina:

Seeing this…two Black men totally and unapologetically affectionate. In love with each other’s souls. I just…wow. It’s such a little gesture, but so powerful. 

They are so beautiful. I want this.

nipslipsnteeth:

il-tenore-regina:

Seeing this…two Black men totally and unapologetically affectionate. In love with each other’s souls. I just…wow. It’s such a little gesture, but so powerful. 

They are so beautiful. I want this.

(Source: blackder, via freshmouthgoddess)

witchsistah:

littlepandabear:

cimmanon-aminals:

fuckyeahfeminists:

Ruby Bridges Thanks Marshal Who Escorted Her To Previously All-White School

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, who as a 6-year-old helped end public school segregation in the South, was reunited Thursday with one of the federal marshals who had escorted her past angry crowds so she could attend a previously all-white school.
Bridges, who in 1960 became the first black child to attend an all-white school in New Orleans, met with Charles Burks at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which was filming the pair for its permanent exhibit called “The Power of Children.” Burks, now 91, is the only one of the four marshals who escorted Bridges to and from school who is still alive.
"Thank you Charlie for doing what was right at a time when it might not have been the easiest thing to do," she told Burks.
Burks said escorting Bridges to school was a highlight of his life, adding that he supported the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down segregation in public schools. Bridges was in first-grade when she started attending William Frantz Elementary School on Nov. 14, 1960, as the court-ordered integration of public schools began in New Orleans.
"It was a privilege to be able to do what I did, even though it was one of my duties. Everybody says it was just another job to do, but it was a wonderful job," said Burks, who lives in Logansport, Ind.


Oh, that’s nice.

Ruby!!!

These are thug tears.

witchsistah:

littlepandabear:

cimmanon-aminals:

fuckyeahfeminists:

Ruby Bridges Thanks Marshal Who Escorted Her To Previously All-White School

Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges, who as a 6-year-old helped end public school segregation in the South, was reunited Thursday with one of the federal marshals who had escorted her past angry crowds so she could attend a previously all-white school.

Bridges, who in 1960 became the first black child to attend an all-white school in New Orleans, met with Charles Burks at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which was filming the pair for its permanent exhibit called “The Power of Children.” Burks, now 91, is the only one of the four marshals who escorted Bridges to and from school who is still alive.

"Thank you Charlie for doing what was right at a time when it might not have been the easiest thing to do," she told Burks.

Burks said escorting Bridges to school was a highlight of his life, adding that he supported the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down segregation in public schools. Bridges was in first-grade when she started attending William Frantz Elementary School on Nov. 14, 1960, as the court-ordered integration of public schools began in New Orleans.

"It was a privilege to be able to do what I did, even though it was one of my duties. Everybody says it was just another job to do, but it was a wonderful job," said Burks, who lives in Logansport, Ind.

Oh, that’s nice.

Ruby!!!

These are thug tears.

“I was in Miley Cyrus’ 2013 VMA performance as one of the background bears. I had never done anything in a costume with a mask like that before. I mean, I dressed up as a Pink Power Ranger when I was in Kindergarten and I had a mask on but, I digress… I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand. After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying. Thankfully, my best friends, Kelly and Kerri, happened to be NYC to visit me. They were waiting for me and I walked up to them and broke down. I love being the center of attention, but that was something different. I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a prop…as something less than human.”