krip femme flagging
krip femme flagging
Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies” (via genderqueer)
white people. you need to find better ways to express the evolving consciousness of your humanity. and it should not begin by relaying to a person of color : ‘you have taught me.’ ‘you have helped me be a better person.’ ‘you have given to me.’ ‘you have changed my life.’ this is still placing yourself in the receiving space from us. it is still disrespectful and privileged to assert yourself as the main recipient of who we are and what we do. you are not always/or often our target audience. with regards to my work you are being asked to appreciate, respect, and honor from the sidelines. just as i would not assume that a japanese theatre performance, or an indigenous peoples gathering is meant solely for me/ or that i should participate in it, you should not assume that you need to participate in and engage everything from your perspective. you have a limited perspective when it comes to people of colors’ beings, cultures, and life expression. there are some things in this world you do not, will not, can not understand because it is not yours, thus making your presence a hindrance and an imposition instead of a natural inclusion. i write this because, since i have had this blog, I have had the same experience over and over of white folks sharing with me how i have feed them, altered their consciousness, helped them, and this is not okay. if I have helped you, if you have really done/ begun the work of decolonization you would comprehend that placing your fulfillment in the forefront, bringing your emotions about your evolution to my inbox, is still a very self centered, self satisfying, and you-focused act. this is white privilege. do not do it. it is not welcomed here. it is not my work to tell you what better, more honoring ways there are to share your growth with poc, that is yours. i am simply saying your emotions about oppression are not my responsibility to care for, they are yours and seeking to make them my focus is just another stab of white privilege.nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
The popular phrase ‘overcoming a disability’ is used most often to describe someone with a disability who seems competent and successful in some way, in a sentence something like “She has overcome her disability and is a great success.” (…) The ideas embedded in the ‘overcoming’ rhetoric are of personal triumph over a personal condition. The idea that someone can overcome a disability has not been generated within the community; it is a wish fulfillment generated from the outside. It is a demand that you be plucky and resolute, and not let the obstacles get in your way. If there are no curb cuts at the corner of the street so that people who use wheelchairs can get across, then you should learn to do wheelies and jump the curbs. If there are no sign language interpreters for deaf students at the high school, then you should study harder, read lips, and stay up late copying notes from a classmate. When disabled people internalize the demand to “overcome” rather than demand social change, they shoulder same kind of exhausting and selfdefeating “Super Mom” burden that feminists have analyzed.Simi Linton (Reassigning Meaning)
FREE CECE, the new documentary with Laverne Cox, explores the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe McDonald’s case. McDonald’s claim of self defense was rejected by Hennepin County prosecutors. The documentary explores the implications of CeCe’s story as a survivor, housing trans women in male prisons, and the practice of keeping trans women in solitary confinement.
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