Librarian Allie Jane Bruce took a group of sixth graders to Barnes & Noble to examine whitewashing on book covers, and this is what they had to say:
- “It was sickening to look at all the stereotypes, the assumptions.”
- “I think I was on the girls’ side of the bookshelf, but even so, that just shows that Barnes & Noble separates their books by gender.”
- “I know that kids’ minds aren’t developed enough to understand these issues, but as they grow up, I hope they realize how serious this issue really is. People have the right to like any color they want and be anything they want to be.”
- “Society is almost afraid of putting a dark-skinned or Asian character on the cover of a book. I feel like these are minor forms of segregation.”
- “I didn’t see a book with a biracial main character … it is not fair in any way.”
- “In the chapter book section, I saw that most of the books that had non-Caucasian characters didn’t have that character on the cover.
- “On the covers, I saw thin, pretty girls. I didn’t see any overweight girls or anyone with acne. I think that these covers shape an idea of perfect in a girl’s mind, and make them want to be like that, even though everyone was born perfect.”I wish this unit were taught to every sixth grade class in the country. Full article here.
White feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants, don’t slut shame her”
Actual feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants but she crossed a line when she started using another culture as a means to rebel and utilized black women and little people as shocking accessories in her music videos and live performances”
you’ve had nicki and rihanna for years you don’t need a miley
i’ve raged on frozen pretty hard and i’m still really angry about the movie but i really want to make it clear that i don’t think my opinions about it should change yours. my love for the fairy tale of the snow queen and the WAY it was changed for frozen is what backs up most of why i don’t like this movie. i don’t have any problems with changes from the source material, in fact i honestly like that sort of stuff to happen with movies!! it brings interesting takes to stories you love. but for me this is something along the same lines as the oz and great and powerful movie; the oz series is one that focuses on mainly women and their journeys and their struggles and while it is interesting to think about the oz tale in the point of view of the wizard it still just seems to null the female viewpoint of the movie. and while frozen DID make the movie about sisters — which i love!!! it still plays things VERY safe, and a lot of plot points that was the movie trying to challenge the regular disney tropes still end up being void; the prince ana falls in love with at first sight ending up not being what she thought he was doesn’t matter because she STILL has another guy to fall back on, the sister story doesn’t really change things for me because it STILL erases so many amazing female characters and replaces them with male figures to help guide ana along. and i’m not okay with that.
Same, but add on the fact that the fandom turns into a giant pile of racist dickbags at the very thought of people wanting brown people to star in the movie instead turning me as far away from the movie as I can get and it’s my thoughts entirely.
i’d feel bad for miley if she was just expressing her sexuality and getting picked on for it (which she is bc people are shitty)
so yeah im gonna criticize her
can we all take a moment and appreciate how catching fire was a perfect book adaptation. like some fandoms don’t even get that, some fandoms get the main character to have the wrong hair color.
yeah but you forget how the hunger games fandom got the main character with the wrong skin color
#lmao ‘good book adaption’ lol lets COMPLETELY look over the whitewashing#also thou unrelated kinda but in the books was rue described as black? bc if not did hollywood actually decide to make an aracial/white char #*acter a poc?
Nope, she was explicitly described as brown.
But Finnick Odair was described as bronze-skinned in the books, as far as I can recall, and they cast a white guy in his role.
The moral here is to never put any faith in Hollywood, ever.
I like how the OP acts like it’s so horrible that some main characters don’t get the right hair color when Katniss was fucking whitewashed, like jfc.
talking to white people about reverse racism
"How the Media Failed Women in 2013," courtesy of Miss Representation. This is mind-boggling and you must watch it right now.
BUT WAIT THOUGH.
how you gonna put rihanna in between miley cyrus and justin timberlake??
especially when the clip of rihanna in question is her video for pour it up, where there are LITERALLY NO MEN IN THE VIDEO? even the dollar bills she throws have her face on them?????
how are you gonna include rihanna for twerking, but exclude selena gomez for shitting on desi women, brooke candy and iggy azealia for appropriating black culture, lily allen for demonizing women of color (which in the clip you showed of miley, she was doing? she was smacking the ass of a dancer of color)
white feminists are so quick to shout OPPRESSION OF WOMEN! when their fellow woman is being “slut-shamed” (can we just not use that term anymore? high school is over. lets cut the cutesy bs and call it what it is: misogyny) but continually ignore their own racism (and more often than not cissexism/transphobia — we’re not gonna talk about how rad it is to see a transwoman playing a transwoman? oh wait she’s not a part of your shitty white cis club so who cares???)
we can criticize rihanna about many things, but her twerking in her music video is LAST thing we should be talking about — especially when rihanna isn’t “objectifying herself” nor is she catering to any male gaze nor appropriating black culture (because i mean helloooo she’s black??)
ugh white feminists i stfg
First they’ll criticize our slang. Make us seem uneducated for using it, when the reality is they’re mad we can code switch. Then they’ll use our slang mockingly. Like they really don’t want to use it, but it’s so absurd they can’t help themselves. Then they’ll make money off our slang, t-shirts, cups, bracelets, etc. Then they’ll convince us it was never really ours. It’s been public domain forever.
Feel free to replace the word “Slang” with neighborhoods, and music too."
what’s making me most irritated about this is that in the pictures from this post, the screenshots are literally from the moment after gaga finished speaking and everyone is waiting for the translator to transcribe back what she said. they’re not fed up with her, they’re not annoyed, they’re literally just waiting.
lady gag can dress like this and not get much flack for it yet Katy Perry wears a Kimono on stage and is deemed a racist…. hmm…at least Katy doesnt make other human beings carry her places, and open car doors for her. Ugh im so tired of this stupid bitch.
Lady Gaga is literally IN Japan on a Japanese music show performing for Japanese fans and chose to incorporate legitimate contemporary Japanese fashion culture into her own style, and the only time she’s had “other human being carry her places” was for performance pieces like the Grammys arrival, where everyone carrying her was a paid dancer.
What Katy Perry did was racist because it blended Chinese, Thai, and Korean elements and called it “Japanese,” perpetuating this idea that all Asian cultures are interchangeable and homogenous, and also due to the fact that the dancers in the performance were in mock-kabuki yellowface makeup and executed choreography that simulated stunted “Japanese walking,” both of which are pretty pervasive and wildly inaccurate racial stereotypes.
Keep those slurs out of your mouth when talking about women and educate yourself about minority representation and cultural diffusion. It will get you far.
DIDNT KATY PERRY EVEN SAY SHE WANTS TO SKIN JAPANESE PEOPLE AND WEAR THEM LIKE A COSTUME HOLY FUCKING SHIT TUMBLR USER FROOTROOPS IS A THROBBING DICK THAT NEEDS TO STOP DOING THE THING WHERE EXISTING IS HAPPENING
Professor Pax schools White Guy University’s underclassmen on deflecting responsibility for being an oppressive asshole. Media malpractice!
Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.
Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.
“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.
So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized, at all ages
this is so stupid …
I’m so proud of her mother.
I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. Sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/faith-christian-academy-confront-guilty-students-for-bullying-not-fault-victims-for-wearing-their-hair-in-its-natural-state?share_id=IYDUMdeZVj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Reposting again for the cheap seats in the back. Let’s do something!
BOOST! take 5 seconds and sign this!
TOP TEXT: Seemingly sweet elderly lady whom has been perfectly amicable until now, pulls out her (black) debit card
BOTTOM TEXT: “I call this my [N word] card”
This lady…you’d think that butter wouldn’t melt. She was being utterly lovely to me the entire transaction and, after a string of grumpy customers, it had been pleasant to serve someone willing to treat me like an actual human being and chat to me a little while I packed her bags for her.
…Until it’s time for her to pay, and, along with her credit card, she whips out a racial slur, right in the middle of the shop. I was too shocked to respond properly, she uh. She just kind of wished me a good day and left, like, toodles?
Two of our staff members are PoC, I wonder if she’d have said such a thing if it had been them who served her. People are gross.
HOLY SHIT p sure my jaw would’ve dropped at that jfc @_@
We got white people in blackface, white people dressed up as geishas…
Meanwhile, Black girls getting expelled for their natural hair, Asian folks getting deported…
"We just love your culture! But you, you can go die in a gutter you fucking (slur)! It’s all in good fun! Why are you so serious about these things?!?"
SPEAK ON IT!