Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
Yeah. This is the problem. And it’s not just a problem in the army - school dress codes also often discriminate against natural African hair. This is racism, specifically it’s an aspect of the kind of racism that says that African hair is inferior to Caucasian hair - as opposed to simply being different.
It’s complete and utter bullshit. I’m glad they’re spotlighting this.
What everyone needs to know is that this IS NOT NEW. I remember being in orientation for my job at the DoD in 2009 and talking to a black female Air Force (I think) member. She said it was an open secret that no black woman with natural hair would ever be promoted.
So at least women have something to fight back against now. Before, it was just understood, so you knew you weren’t getting promoted because of your hair, but nobody actually came out and said that.
Either way, it’s fucking sickening.
"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.
Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.
"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."
Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet.
"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."
Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.
One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.
It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.
"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."”
From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.
"Destroy the idea that men should respect women because we are their daughters, mothers, and sisters. Reinforce the idea that men should respect women because we are people."
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever done porn?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever watched porn.
You’re the reason we exist.
You’re the demand to our supply.
If you disdain sex workers, don’t you dare consume our labor.
As they say in the industry, “People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”"
Young women are having difficulty accessing tubal ligation, despite it being a relatively safe (death rate is 1-2 per 100,000) and elective surgery.
There is a waiting period of 30 days for women seeking tubal ligation, yet no waiting period for men seeking vasectomies.
Young women are often discriminated against when seeking sterilization. Many doctors ask offensive questions (“What if you met a billionaire who wanted to have kids with you?”), state categorically that their patients are too young to consider the surgery, and generally act as though, as one woman who tried unsuccessfully to be sterilized at the age of 21 in the U.K. put it, ”just because I was a woman, I’d reach a point where an urge to breed would overcome all rational thought.” (Perhaps unsurprisingly, that woman’s 25-year-old husband faced no such presumptions when he asked his doctor for a vasectomy. The procedure was quickly approved.)
Ditch the Fear of Jiggles and Just Giggle!!!
I often talk about being a big dancer and how I’ve overcome obstacles…but today I want to take a more positive and celebratory route…join me in the passenger seat won’t you?!
I have been modeling for this AMAZING photographer, Nina Méndez Martí, for her project on dance as a form of insanity, joy, exhaustion, all sorts of emotions! Working with her I knew that I had to let go of all my inhibitions, my fears, my concerns, EVERYTHING. So there I was in her studio, dancing in a leotard, on a bed with all my glorious jiggle spots dancing with me…and for a moment….I didn’t feel self conscience or uncomfortable….for a moment…. I felt so….. FREE! I was having so much fun and embraced my leotard riding up and falling down. I let go because this wasn’t about me, it was about the moment! And as soon as you let go of the worries, you begin to realize, “Shit, I’m having a blast!!!”
In a time where we use Instagram, blogs and Facebook to record our everyday adventures, we get caught up in the “omg my arm looks fat here” or “ugh my face is a mess, delete!” we forget about the actual moment. So what your face looks a hot ass mess…it’s because at that moment you were getting low, having fun and didn’t care about posing for the camera phone. So I say post that picture where you think “omg my ass looks flat/huge/weird/etc…” and instead say “omg jumping on the bed for this shoot reminded me of jumping around with my sister when we were young! So fun!”
Dance It Out!
A girl in my Sociology class turns around during a class activity on goals to start a conversation with me. Her opening line is: ‘I want to get married.’ I nod and smile. She does not ask me my goals, just continues telling me the sort of guy she’d like to be with and how many kids she’d like. Thoughtfully, she adds, ‘My mom told me to meet someone and marry them. You don’t wanna date around because you wanna be fresh for the guy and not a….you know what.’
My cousin’s Facebook ‘About Me’ lists things she would like in a man. There is nothing about her or the things she does, only qualities she finds attractive. ‘Looking for someone who can play the guitar and cook a great dinner,’ she wrote. I can hear her bubbly, singsong voice while reading it. She is thirteen years old and has told me that girls ‘oughta only kiss their husbands and that’s it.’ When I ask her what she wants to be when she’s older she says, ‘Married.’
My male friend tells me that he has no problem with what girls do, but that he would not date a girl who’s ‘been around’ because she’d be ‘dirty.’ I wonder if each time someone touches you, a part of you is soiled. If there are piles of dirt in the spaces where others’ fingers once rested. In the shower, I try to scrub the smell of dirt from myself, but come out, still polluted, with red scratch marks all over me.
Being called a ‘you know what’ taught me some things: that I do not want to be touched by somebody who will judge my past. That I am not a tally book, with others’ names burned into me. If you have to label me as something, let it be a human being."
street harassment stems from the view that the public still belongs to men and women are enroaching on their territory when we exist outside of the home
Women should NOT be forced to feed their babies in a bathroom, all because we live in a misogynistic, porn-warped society that’s been brainwashed to believe that female breasts used for anything other than male pleasure is “indecent”. Support public breast feeding and end the porn culture.
this video was produced by Universal Studios.
think about that shit,
The Museum of Uncut Funk has a great article about Racism in Animation.
1941 Walter Lantz cartoon “Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat,” in which particularly racist stereotypes sleep the day away in Lazytown until a Lena Horne (?) look-alike sashays off a riverboat and motivates the lethargic populace to dance and shimmy. The message is that only music can energize black people.
And please do not reblog this talking about “well.. it was 1941.”I’m gonna have to send you a preemptive shut the fuck up ‘cause at least one of you is always out there.
Yes, babies will touch a stove cause they haven’t learned it’s hot.. but your ancestors weren’t babies… with some infantile knowledge of racism. They were simply racist with all the same faculties you have today. It was 1941… post founding of NAACP, post-Garvey movement, post-Harlem Renaissance, and Black people were fighting in WWII for freedoms for others that they couldn’t even enjoy at home.
Animators used racist imagery because it already had a foundation, making it easier to get their “visual comedy” across to their audience. The best thing to do is to consider how this technique plays out in entertainment today… especially when you have people saying they can’t see this or that character as Black.
Let’s also take note of the racial stereotypes portrayed through the blatant colorism shown in this vile video.
The dark skinned black Americans are over exaggerated to look like monkeys, they come from “lazy town” (lazy being a stereotype that is used against black people to this day), they are over weight or sickly looking, and the women are given male voices.
Now let’s examine the woman who comes off the boat. We first notice her light/fair skin and she is also given the ideal body type and is groomed, she’s is very knowledgable/smart and active in addition to her voice being pleasantly high pitched.Colorism is a major problem within the black diasporic community and it’s roots can be traced down to colonizers using skin tone to initiate genocide and war ( Hutu & Tutsi); white slave owners deciding which slaves would whip and oversee the other slaves; and white people in general using complexion as a way to distinguish who was “white enough” to be shown publicly on television, magazines, who gets more rights, etc. It perpetuates the false notion that every being with a lighter is an intellectuals, attractive, and a societal default; while also insinuating that an individual with dark skin is ignorant/unintelligent, unattractive, and lacks the ability to express societal norms.
Your first time is NOT supposed to hurt
You are NOT supposed to bleed
If you bleed, that is NOT your hymen being ‘popped’, it is a tear due to lack of sexual arousal and natural lubrication.
This is all a MYTH perpetrated by men so they don’t have to make sure you are comfortable and sufficiently aroused enough before you have sex with them. It is an excuse to disregard and hurt you.
I just really want women to know this.
This is very useful.
Plenty of new names among the more familiar. Dancers, librarians, suffragettes, trade unionists, travellers, doctors, camogie players and of course, Peig.
Bridget Cleary, ‘victim of superstition’. Reputed to be the last women in Europe burned as a witch, in 1895!. Husband did twenty years. There is a TG4 documentary in that tbh.
Dev’s god-daughter, Cora Hughes, socialist, died after contracting TB while organising tenants in the Dublin slums.
Bridget Lawlor, built a “catering empire” from a tea room in Naas, held the “European record for most amount of meals served” ?
Parnell’s sister who founded the Ladies Land League, which Charles ‘disbanded it on his release from prison leading her to eventually join Sinn Féin.
Had not heard of Lola Ridge either, anarchist poet from Dublin who settled in Brooklyn