White privilege is protesting the Affordable Care Act and labeling it as “obamacare” and a form of “welfare” for “those people”….Meanwhile symapathy and an outpouring of donations are expected because many of the survivors of the shooting in Aurora did not have health insurance and they are…
Everyday, I receive messages from people of color who tell me how great this blog is, how nice it is to read about these examples and to have a place where they can be compiled. They tell me how they’ve pointed people to this blog when their friends don’t…
White privilege is learning about the Filipino Genocide carried out by the white American servicemen and, assuming that the only genocides that ever happened were the ones written about by white textbook publishers, categorizing it as “fortunes of war” instead of the systemic murder of a people.
White privilege is @TargetChi running a series of ads about the history of Jazz in Chicago & only using depictions of white people instead of any of the black people that created & sustained the genre.
Important thoughts about dress, and cultural appropriation.
I’m also trying to navigate this, as it’s a difficult subject. A few of my own thoughts:
- I believe there are different degrees to cultural appropriation and what is or is not okay, most influenced by one’s awareness of the cultural significance of what’s being appropriated. - Wearing a warbonnet / native headdress for fashion is never okay. It’s a cultural item that’s highly specific, worn by people who deserve to wear it. If you haven’t earned a warbonnet, don’t wear it. - The more one realizes that what one is doing and/or wearing may or may not be affecting a marginalized group, the less desire there will be to actually do/wear that thing or item. - If one wants to wear a bindi, maybe do so with awareness of its significance and specificity to that appropriated culture? - The jeans argument is not really sound. Jeans were made for utilitarian use, and not specific to one culture. What are the power dynamics of jeans? - There are wide differences between cultural appreciation, appropriation, and exploitation. - I have no answers, just thoughts and my own personal guidelines about this issue.
“Queerness, to me, is about far more than homosexual attraction. It’s about a willingness to see all other taboos broken down. Sure, many of us start on this path when we first feel “same sex” or “same gender” attraction (though what is sex? And what is gender? And does anyone really have the same sex or gender as anyone else?). But queerness doesn’t stop there.
This is a somewhat controversial stance, but to me queer means something completely different than “gay” or “lesbian” or “bisexual.” A queer person is usually someone who has come to a non-binary view of gender, who recognizes the validity of all trans identities, and who, given this understanding of infinite gender possibilities, finds it hard to define their sexuality any longer in a gender-based way. Queer people understand and support non-monogamy even if they do not engage in it themselves. They can grok being asexual or aromantic. (What does sex have to do with love, or love with sex, necessarily?) A queer can view promiscuous (protected) public bathhouse sex with strangers and complete abstinence as equally healthy.
Queers understand that people have different relationships to their bodies. We get what it means to be stone. We know what body dysphoria is about. We understand that not everyone likes to get touched the same way or to get touched at all. We realize that people with disabilities may have different sexual needs, and that people with survivor histories often have sexual triggers. We can negotiate safe and creative ways to be intimate with people with HIV/AIDs and other STIs.
Queers understand the range of power and sensation and the diversity of sexual dynamics. We are tops and bottoms, doms and subs, sadists and masochists and sadomasochists, versatiles and switches. We know what we like and don’t like in bed.
We embrace a wide range of relationship types. We can be partners, lovers, friends with benefits, platonic sweethearts, chosen family. We can have very different dynamics with different people, often all at once. We don’t expect one person to be able to fulfill all our diverse needs, fantasies and ideals indefinitely.
Because our views on relationships, sex, gender, love, bodies, and family are so unconventional, we are of necessity anti-assimilationist. Because under the kyriarchy we suffer, and watch the people we love suffering, we are political. Because we want to survive, we fight. We only want the freedom to be ourselves, love ourselves, love each other, and live together. Because we are routinely denied that, we are pissed.
Queer doesn’t mean “don’t label me,” it means “I am naming myself.” It means “ask me more questions if you curious” and in the same breath means “fuck off.”—What Queerness Means To Me « Tranarchism (via bearbearpdx)
“Legalize Gay? Who, in the wake of Prop 8, is illegal for being gay? Sure, gays and lesbians might not be allowed to marry in California but Prop 8 has not meant that those with otherwise unblemished records can no longer leave their houses, or buy cars, or keep their jobs. Do people wearing this t-shirt have a clue what it really means to be illegal? To be, for instance, an “illegal alien” who gets swept up in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid and be deported soon thereafter? To not be able to travel freely because they lack the proper documentation? To pay for their school tuition and rent in cash because they lack social security numbers?”—Yasmin Nair, in Legalize Gay, Or: So You Think You’re Illegal? for Queercents
“Do you realize you can actually listen a person’s soul into existence? Your fervent interest in the inner life of those you care for can awaken their dormant powers. The teacher Richard Moss says ‘The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.’ Offer this gift.”—Rob Brezsny (via nirvikalpa)
Mythologically, spring represents rebirth, blossoming, childhood. If so, then summer is adolescence, and young adulthood, when the world feels ripe for the picking, when the days stretch, and the sun is warmest, lighting the way to new possibilities. Summer is exploration, finding your self and it’s relation to the rest of creation. And so, summer changes you year after year, as you are born, you flourish, and die again.
“If you are poor, you chose that reality from many probable ones that did not involve poverty—and that are still open. If you chose illness, again there is a probable reality ready for initiation in which you choose health. If you are lonely there are probable friends you refused to meet in the past, but who are readily available.
In your mind, therefore, see those probable abilities or events taking place. As you do, the intensity of your desire brings them into your experience. There are no boundaries, again, set about the self. There are literally many other probable you’s. You can draw upon their abilities, as in their own way they call upon your own, for you are all intimately connected.”—Seth, Nature of Personal Reality (via nirvikalpa)
This is exactly how I think. It’s almost eerie. Maybe I brought this quote into reality.