Chicago police shot and killed two armed men in separate incidents on the West and South sides Sunday evening, authorities said.
i agreed with most of it but i didn’t like the fact she shat on beyonce. i agree there should be more variety in how women are represented in music, esp mainstream videos, but beyonce is not even remotely the worst for that.
What did you agree with?
On the one hand, as a asexual person, and as someone who presents “woman” sometimes with the hijab, I can understand the frustration of the amount of sexuality pushed to the forefront of media and society. As a Muslim, I want to be supportive of fellow followers of the deen, especially Muslim women.
But as an activist, on the other hand, I have to wonder if she has checked herself before creating this video, wonder if she sat down and went over her words a few times to make sure she wasn’t missing anything. There’s a difference between valid critiques, or someone just being upset because you personally felt someone was showing too much skin.
As an activist, I know there is a huge anti-blackness problem in the (non-black) Muslim community. I know how easy it is to fall into easy methods of “critique” that are actually just based in racism/anti-blackness. It’s easy to point fingers at rap and R&B and “black music” and call it misogynistic – without taking into consideration the misogyny in other music genres which has just as much, if not more. It’s easy to point at a black woman and reprimand her for commanding her sexuality and reclaiming the slur mentioned in the video, without taking into consideration the warfare waged on black women’s bodies and the hypersexualisation of black bodies. It’s easy to point at celebrities and demand that they be models for children, without taking into consideration that they are not superhumans and they certainly don’t owe you – or your children – anything.
As someone who rejects mainstream feminism (but aligns myself with key womanist issues, but does not/cannot call myself a womanist), it is imperative to my activism to respect Beyoncé and her choices in reclamation of slurs and sexuality, especially if I want other activists to respect my own choices (such as choosing to wear the hijab at times).
This is not to gloss over the fact that sexualising women – especially black women – is a problem in our patriarchal society. This is not to gloss over the fact that misogyny is a real problem – is it increased by music and songs? Possibly, but it is also reinforced everywhere else. This is just stating that it’s not Beyoncé’s job to teach boys (and people in general) not to objectify and sexualise women. This is just stating that Beyoncé’s decision to cover up or show skin is just as much as a feminist decision as someone else’s decision to wear the hijab. As Janet Mock says, “Gender equality and sexuality don’t have to be mutually exclusive. They can exist in the same body, at the same time. She can fight for equal pay for women and independence of women, but she can also, as an individual, express her sexuality and not so much subscribe to the ideals of respectability politics.”
Respectability politics is definitely a topic that could drag on forever„ but I’m already running long, so I will clarify that Beyoncé is not free from criticism. But, invalid critiques include squabbling about respectability politics, whether or not her feminism is acceptable to other feminists, her baby’s hair, etc.
idc if we’re mutuals if i see blue ivy slander you’re getting cut from the winning team real quick. there is nothing nastier than grown, mentally aware people insulting a child for a cheap laugh. you’re not funny. you’ve never been funny. and i hope you can get over whoever hurt you so bad
Reporters confirm that police & advisors concealed the identity of Darren Wilson until he could delete all social media & move out of state.
Wow though. Darren Wilson, Ferguson’s PD and the rest of his and their supporters are an extra special breed of scumbag. What incriminating shit did he have online that needed to be swept under the rug so quickly?
I guarantee you there was some racist shit on his facebook
Tuesday afternoon, Ferguson protesters march in downtown St. Louis, from City Hall to the US Courthouse.
This is super important
(I didn’t “just make” that post, I made it a week ago, but I’m going to try and word this as best as I can, so bear with me, and followers jump in if you want. It’s been a long day.)
First, let’s take an issue with the word “traditionally.” Let’s throw it right out the window. Because that is the word people use when they say, “Well, marriage is ‘traditionally’ between a man and a woman.” It’s a not-so-nice way of implying there is a norm (not arguing that the societal norm isn’t in place, just critiquing it’s existence/saying it shouldn’t exist), and othering the people who do not fall into that norm. So, scratch that right out. Traditions are meant to be reformed. We are not living in the past.
Secondly. I don’t understand your need to sound professional when providing someone with the pronouns to use for you? But whatever.
Now. One of the MAIN things the feminist movement has been trying to do for years is break down the gender binary! This means they have been trying for years to explain that women can do anything that men can do and that women can still be women if they don’t want to be moms or cook or any of the “traditional” (gee, there’s that word again) stereotypes women were expected to adhere to. Fact? Fact.
I should not have to explain to you why breaking down the gender binary is important, because that’s 101 shit. I should also not have to explain to you that just because we are striving to break this binary down, this by no means that gender identities are “cumbersome labels” or pronouns are “useless.” We are striving for recognition of genders and identities outside of the gender binary, not “abolishing gender!!11!!”
So, now that I’ve made that abundantly clear, let’s see if you can follow this logic: equating long hair, breasts, and a vagina to a woman is problematic, yes? Not all women have these characteristics. Similarly, conflating the “she” set pronoun to these characteristics (long hair, breasts, and a vagina) is cissexist and problematic. (PS you should always ask for pronouns, even if a person “looks cis” lmfao what does that even mean ugh). Similarly, conflating “feminine” to “she” or to these characteristics is problematic.
To take that even further into inspection: people “traditionally” (ugh gross) consider “feminine” to mean “girly,” and “dainty, petite, likes ‘girl’ things (ughhh) like makeup and BOYS (which is why ‘feminine’ lesbians received such hostility and reactionary pushback when trying to assert themselves in queer spaces)”
So a) equating these ideas/stereotypes with “she” or with “woman” is wrong. And b) feminine is not just stereotypes. My feminine might not be your feminine. Some days, I wear skirts. Or paint my nails. Though this is considered “typically/traditionally” (ugGHH FUCK OFF) “feminine,” I still go by he/him/his pronouns, and I can even still consider myself “masculine” when wearing painted nails and/or skirts. In other cases, I can feel and present “masculine,” and call myself “masculine,” but ask for she/her/hers pronouns.
Does that make more sense?
And, finally, feminine/masculine not only plays into the problematic binary of there only being two sides of a spectrum (female/male), but also presents confusion when you take into consideration other people’s pronouns — a femme-identifying person could use the pronoun they/them/theirs, and this would make that pronoun set feminine in that situation. A masculine-identifying person could use the pronoun set they/them/theirs, and that would make that same pronouns set masculine in that situation. Literally. Any. Pronoun. Set. Can be “feminine” or “masculine” or “both” or “neither.”
Any pronouns set. Including he/him/his and she/her/hers. So when you say, “feminine pronouns please!” what you’re telling me is you’re femme-identified, but I still have no clue whether I use she/her/hers or ze/hir/hirs or they/them/theirs or ey/em/eirs or any of the other (cute!!!!) sets I’ve seen circling around like fawnself or nebulaself or kitself, etc, etc.
I know I’ve been only using she/feminine/woman examples here, mostly because I just don’t want to double the amount of text when going through the he/masculine/man set, but basically the tl,dr version:
she =/= feminine =/= woman
he =/= masculine =/= man
Do you see how long it takes to explain this? Do you see why this gets exhausting.
I won’t soon forget the events that took place in #ferguson…will you?
Victor White III, the New Iberia man who State Police said shot and killed himself in March while in custody in the backseat of a sheriff’s car, was shot in the chest, according to a report from the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office.
Remember when the police said this man shot himself while handcuffed in the back of their police car?
Turns out they were lying
…the autopsy report still concludes that it was a suicide.
They recognized that this young man with his hands cuffed behind his back was shot in the chest, but they still say that he did it.
I don’t know. You’d think the professional credibility of a coroner would be rated on trying to pass this fiction off as something that is in any way possible. The curious problem is how many people have “committed suicide” while in a cop car just the same way.
I don’t know why cover ups, deceit and misinformation have to be so intrinsically tied to police work…but there it is.
50 Songs; 50 Nicki Verses:
// MonsterKanye West // Love MoreChris Brown // LowJuicy J // I Ain’t ThruKeyshia Cole // Make Me Proud Drake // Out of My Mind B.o.B // Raining Men Rihanna // Up Out My Face (Remix) Mariah Carey // Get Like Me Nelly // Roger That Young Money // So Bad Cam’ron // Somebody Else Mario // Take it to the Head DJ Khaled // My Chick Bad Ludacris // Tapout Rich Gang // Woohoo Christina Aguilera // Tonight I’m Getting Over You (Remix) Carly Rae Jepsen // True Colors Wiz Khaifa // Up All Night Drake // Where Dem Girls At David Guetta // Bottoms Up Trey Songz // She Came to Give it to You Usher // Till the World Ends (Femme Fatale Remix) Britney Spears // Whip My Hair (Remix) Willow Smith // #twerkit Busta Rhymes // 5 Star Bitch (Remix) Yo Gotti // 2012 Jay Sean // All I Do is Win (Remix) DJ Khaled // Fireball Willow Smith // Bang Bang Jessie J // Beauty and a Beat Justin Bieber // Give Me All Your Luvin’ Madonna // Teqkilla (Remix) M.I.A. // Clappers Wale // Shakin’ it 4 Daddy Robin Thicke // Livin’ it Up Ciara // Dance (A$$) (Remix) Big Sean // I’m Out Ciara // Entertainment 2.0 Sean Paul // Flawless (Remix) Beyonce // I Luv Dem Strippers 2Chainz // Freaks French Montana // Get Low Waka Flocka Flame // Lil’ Freak Usher // the Creep the Lonely Island // Girl on Fire (Inferno Version) Alicia Keys // Dark Fantasy Kanye West // Hands Up Swizz Beatz // Born Stunna (Remix) Birdman // In My Head (Remix) Jason Derulo //
The Hulk ain’t never lied.
I can’t even express how much respect I have for Mark Ruffalo. The dude’s on the US terrorism watchlist for fuck’s sake.
Omg, it’s true.
Mark Ruffalo is white but aware bae goals tbh
real talk ^^^^^
file under: white men that i’m ok with seeing on my dash
Mills College, a women’s school in Oakland, California, has just made history.
The college has adopted a written policy explicitly stating that trans women are welcome to attend the school, making it the first single-sex school in the country with such a policy.
According to school officials, between 3 and 5 of the school’s 1,000 applicants each year identify as trans or gender nonconforming; this policy will make it easier for these students to apply and attend, should they so choose. The first students for whom the new policy applies will begin their classes this coming spring semester.
“When people can be authentically who they are — that’s who Mills is,” said Mills senior Tess Fillbeck-Bates.
“This is really just a codification of our practice for several years,” said Brian O’Rourke, vice president for enrollment management.
This is a HUGE deal for students of all gender identities. When colleges and universities are inclusive and affirming on paper as well as in practice, it sets a standard for other schools to follow. Well done, Mills. Well done.