HAVE YOU SEEN THIS RUBBISH?
"Nigerian-Cameroonian pop musician Dencia is quickly becoming the talk of social media networks and Nigerian blogs with the release of her “skin care” line Whitenicious. Whitenicious promises to help users rid themselves of pesky dark spots by gradually lightening the hyper-pigmented areas of their skin.”
Now in Nigeria and various other countries in Africa (and in the Diaspora), skin-bleaching is really not a new thing and most of us know the dark reasoning and history behind this practice. This is partially explained by Nigerian-American rapper Kingsley “Rukus” Okafor:
“It’s hard to understand until you’ve been in the streets of an African nation. There’s a different treatment and desirability factor in Africa for lighter skinned women, well beyond what we experience in the US. It’s an epidemic. You can’t walk a day in the streets of Lagos without seeing someone who has/is bleached. The possible benefits (more respect, increased desirability to men) outweigh the consequences, especially in a male-dominated society where women’s “independence” is frowned upon. Finding a well-to-do husband/sugar daddy is a priority and women are willing to do what they have to, to fit standards of beauty. The euphemism is “skin-toning” and although “bleaching” is banned, skin-toning is a huge money-maker that I’m sure has lined the pockets of enough politicians to allow it to keep being sold despite international outcry.”
And as we keep on carrying out the sermon of self-love and black beauty, this Whitenicous crap is such a blatant insult and slap in the face to who we are as black women. Jesus. Look at madness.
The National Mall got a new memorial yesterday, if only briefly. As part of One Billion Rising, Baltimore-based feminist group FORCE installed a temporary memorial recognizing survivors of sexual assault. The group greated giant letters out of a statement from a rape survivor and floated the eight-foot-tall words onto the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
During the 80s, transgender Greek artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti published the trans-anarchist fanzine Kraximo. Funded by her own prostitution, the zine pioneered the fight for gay and trans rights, combining interviews with Greek poets and intellectuals alongside Athens street hustlers and her own photography, since compared to the work of Larry Clark and Walter Pfeiffer. Today she continues to work as an artist and activist, making Athens-based documentaries with her “Paola Projects”.
funny that men mock women going everywhere in groups
but we’re not supposed to go out alone otherwise we might be blamed for our own rape, our own murder.
No one is entitled to your body
No one is entitled to your time
You owe no information
You owe no emotion
Question the motives of anyone who demands anything from you
Disregard their insults when you deny them
"Yes, but that’s still a minority! If more women played video games, there would be more reason to have female protagonists!"
45% is barely a minority it’s literally five percent away from hALF
“I found a team of underdogs, a team of women, a team of people that no one believed in and we worked together. We stayed up all night and we were progressive and we did not follow the rules. We said, ‘Why can’t we do it?’ And I don’t think people believed. I said to so many people, ‘I have an idea to do a visual album and I want to…’ And they were like, ‘uhhhh, okay…’ And we did it. Not only did we do it. It’s my company and I’m very proud of that.” - Beyoncé
" Short hair doesn’t look feminine "
" Girls with muscles are unattractive "
" Girls are supposed to wear girls clothing, not boys clothing "
" Fat girls are ugly "
" I would never date a fat girl "
" Stop working out, you will look like a man "
"Among girls whose parents never commented on their weight, 4.2% reported use of any extreme weight control behaviors, while 23.2% of girls whose parents frequently commented on their weight reported use of any of these behaviors. Mothers’ more frequent talk about their own weight, shape, or size was associated with lower self-worth and higher depressive symptomology among girls."-
Mother-reported parental weight talk and adolescent girls’ emotional health, weight control attempts, and disordered eating behaviors
This is open access. If you click on the link you can read the whole paper (click to read the PDF at the bottom of the page)
Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
The bolded is hella important.
"Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it."- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (via mistyknights)
"I have been astonished by hearing individuals who inherited wealth in childhood warn against sharing resources because people needing help should work for money in order to appreciate its value. Inherited wealth and/or substantial material resources are rarely talked about in the mass media because those who receive it do not wish to validate the idea that money received that is not a reward for hard work is beneficial. Their acceptance and use of this money to strengthen their economic self-sufficiency exposes the reality that working hard is rarely the means by which enough of us can gain enough access to material resources to become wealthy. One of the ironies of the culture of greed is that the people who profit the most from earnings they have not worked to attain are the most eager to insist that the poor and working classes can only value material resources attained through hard work. Of course, they are merely establishing a belief system that protects their class interests and lessens their accountability to those who are without privilege."-bell hooks in All About Love: New Visions (via ethiopienne)
"I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people’s lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don’t actually get to talk about those things."--Laverne Cox, in response to Katie Couric’s invasive “genitalia questions” via Salon and Katie Couric Show (via chescaleigh)
"Often in my lectures when I use the phrase ‘imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy’ to describe our nation’s political system, audiences laugh. No one has ever explained why accurately naming this system is funny. The laughter is itself a weapon of patriarchal terrorism. It functions as a disclaimer, discounting the significance of what is being named. It suggests that the words themselves are problematic and not the system they describe. I interpret this laughter as the audience’s way of showing discomfort with being asked to ally themselves with an antipatriarchal disobedient critique. This laughter reminds me that if I dare to challenge patriarchy openly, I risk not being taken seriously."-
bell hooks (via elektrokardiogrammatology)
i remember i saw this quote on reddit being laughed at specifically for her naming this discomfort and naming the laughter. and they do exactly what she said, proving this even more.
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