I just find it sad that we live in a society where we have to defend Jennifer Lawrence for not being emaciated.
Especially considering she’s still really thin (in a healthy way)… I’m completely baffled anyone would consider her remotely un-thin.
Also that we have to defend Amandla Stenberg for being black because the character was described as “innocent” (even though she was also described in the book as, you know, having ‘dark brown skin’).
And then people try to tell you that there’s no racism or sexism. Pfft…
just spent an hour reading an extensive feminist discussion
The actual topic was prison rape, comparing male and female situations etc, but as always (and as it should be) issues of other kinds of privilege intersecting came into play, like racial and class privilege, and so on.
I’m not here to say anything particularly intelligent or insightful about that, just to say (probably to the groans of POC everywhere because this sounds like a white guilt / white heroism movie) that I wish I could wave a wand and make everything better. I feel like such a meaningless grain of sand, really, and all I feel I can do (as a white person) is strive to not be ignorant myself and to be aware of my own privilege and to educate myself. Then again, I guess I feel pretty powerless in terms of opposing misogyny and homophobia too (things which directly affect me / place me in the oppressed group, unlike racism). I’m not a public speaker, a go-getter, a would-be politician… all the things I feel capable of doing are internal or e-“activism” which feels like hardly enough. As a slight tangent, I am glad I’m not American as the ridiculous misogynistic bullshit going on doesn’t directly affect me, but equally it’s kind of frustrating because all the calls for sort-of-action (writing to politicians, that sort of thing) are not meaningful for me, because I’m not one of their citizens.
sex, art, and politics: To the people saying "judge people on what they say, not because of their skin color":
This only works if you are privileged. If I judged all taxi cabs by how they act and not the likely fact that they will leave my black ass in the street, I would be 45 minutes late going everywhere.
If brown people trusted cops/courts/juries by how they acted individually and not the likely fact that they will pull any charges they possibly can, my cousin would’ve been satisfied with his white public defender that was fitting to get him convicted of a crime he never committed.
If every queer person trusted every individual Christian by how they acted and not the likely fact that they could get lit on fire and strung up a tree, I’m sure many more of us would be dead today.
It is a PRIVILEGE to be able to judge others individually. It is a privilege to know that in general, the world will be kind toward you except for the straggling assholes. The OPPOSITE is true when you’re marginalized. If we DON’T count on assholery, we can’t protect ourselves from it. We can’t avoid situations in which it is more likely to happen, which, since the legal system couldn’t give a shit about helping us after it’s already happened, we unfortunately have to do.
And if a woman doesn’t treat every man as a potential rapist, she’ll get blamed for her own rape.
Yes, yes, yes.
That last line is something a lot of men seem to get offended by: but I’m a nice guy, I’d never rape somebody, it’s a woman’s own fault if she’s scared of me for no reason, that’s misandry! Please. As a woman I do not have the PRIVILEGE of assuming you are a nice person who will not harm me, especially if you’re spewing other anti-woman / anti-feminist rhetoric, because I would rather be afraid of a kind man for ‘no reason’ than trust everybody and get raped and then blamed and shamed for it (“maybe she shouldn’t have been wearing that skirt”).
As a white person in Canada I will never experience racism, but I try to use my feelings in regards to feminism to open my own eyes about racial experiences. It seems like a lot of white people get defensive in that same vein. I never know what to say to them, especially if I am alone in a group of nodding heads. Like this one batshit old lady (a family friend) who was over, complaining that they can have “black history museums” but we can’t have “white history museums”… I just don’t even know where to start with that.
For our second Beauty Bar interactive we have Nyasha at Marilyn. Check out Milk Made to drag the grey bar and see her transformation before and after the Richard Chai show!
Photo by: Greg Kessler
Okay, note to self, don’t ever start your day off with tumblr unless you want a big hot mug full of “the fuck?!” to be your new morning mantra.
I saw this and I said to myself, “no, that’s not the same girl. Nah, they wouldn’t make her blatantly lighters as some form of beautification. That’d be way too over the line.” So I clicked the tumblr, found the website and the interactive version of this thing, right here. Go ahead, drag the bar… Now tell me what they did that doesn’t include making her lighter, giving her lipstick, and combing her straightened hair?
Here is the description next to the interactive version:
“Photographer Greg Kessler captures the model-morphoses of New York Fashion Week. Here, the modelNyasha @Marilyn before (right) and after (left) is transformed at Richard Chai, with makeup by James Kaliardos and hair by Tippi Shorter for Avon Techniques. (Drag the grey bar horizontally to reveal the full makeover magic.)”
Jame Kaliardos and I need to have a fucking talk, then.
Is this not blatant fuckery or am I trippin’? Maybe it’s the lighting, Demi. It’s just a lighting difference.
Nah, fuck that. And if you ask me her nose looks photoshopped smaller too.
Good morning to you too, tumblr.
no. this is blatant racist shadist fuckey.
The site has a ‘comments section’ and the commenters all seem to agree.
- “soo you made her skin lighter? sad.”
- “she looks better withuot her skin tone “improved”. stupid fashion industry.”
- “WAY TO WHITEWASH HER. her dark beautiful skin doesn’t need your “transformation”.
- “You’re basically promoting an ideology that’s blatantly saying that women with lighter skin are more beautiful?”
Somebody is going to get in trouble for this hot mess, you mark my words.
also maybe it’s just the slightly different angle of her head [??] but her eyelids look larger and her nose looks smaller… photoshop?! that’s cheating.