yo fuck yellow fever, fuck the hypersexualization of asian women, fuck human trafficking and the mail order bride industry, fuck the stereotype that asian women are submissive and subservient and how that god awful stereotype is perpetuated in most of the media and literature including asian women written by old white men, fuck the fact that the u.s still has bases in the philippines and other parts of asia where #rape cases of u.s soldiers assaulting the women there are rarely if ever brought to justice
fuck imperalism, fuck rape culture, fuck the patriarchy
FUCK ALL THAT SHIT
but happy asian-pacific heritage month HAHA. we are not objects, we are not things, and our heritage is not something to be erased!!!!
Following Jenn’s video about FEMEN, Islam, and racism here’s some more great links to further the conversation:
- Sofia Ahmed, one of the founders of Muslim Women Against Femen explains her objection to FEMEN’s actions and why she started the #MuslimahPride campaign: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sofia-ahmed/muslim-women-against-femen_b_3044015.html (thanks to Sofia for mentioning Jenn’s video in the article too!)
- The African history of naked protest and why it’s equally wrong to see this method of protest as exclusively that of white Europeans: http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/03/28/naked-prostest-bodies-that-matter-femen-african-history/
- On the importance of not letting the FEMEN vs MuslimahPride debate sideline the voices of Muslim activists like Amina Tyler: http://www.autostraddle.com/femen-vs-muslimah-pride-fighting-for-the-voices-and-bodies-of-muslim-women-authors-draft-172860/
- And the context of FEMEN’s protests within the Eastern European countries that the organisation originated: http://www.newstatesman.com/voices/2013/04/white-doesnt-always-mean-privilege-femens-ukrainian-context
Femen, Islam, and Racism
I asked for topic suggestions and you guys suggested Femen and racism, so here we go - this video is about how Femen perpetuate racist and Islamophobic narratives. Thanks specifically to Georgia and Becca for the suggestions. As always if I’ve overstepped myself in this video/said anything offensive or incorrect or privileged then please let me know.
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Not saying Quvenzhané’s name is an attempt, consciously or unconsciously, to step around and contain her blackness. Yes, sometimes black people have names that are difficult to pronounce. There aren’t many people of European descent named Shaniqua or Jamal. Names are as big a cultural marker as brown skin and kinky hair, and there’s long been backlash against both of those things (see: perms, skin bleaching creams, etc.). The insistence on not using Quvenzhané’s name is an extension of that “why aren’t you white?” backlash.
It is easier to be colorblind, to simply turn a blind eye to the differences that have torn this nation apart for centuries than it is to wade through those choppy waters. And Quvenzhané’s very existence is enough to make the societal majority uncomfortable. She is talented, successful, beautiful, happy, loved, and adored–all things that many people don’t figure that little black girls with “black” names could, or should, be. Their answer? Let’s make her more palatable. If she insists on not fitting the mold of the ghetto hoodrat associated with women with “urban” names, let’s take her own urban name away from her.
Refusing to learn how to pronounce Quvenzhané’s name says, pointedly, you are not worth the effort. The problem is not that she has an unpronounceable name, because she doesn’t. The problem is that white Hollywood, from Ryan Seacrest and his homies to the AP reporter who decided to call her “Annie” rather than her real name, doesn’t deem her as important as, say, Renee Zellwegger, or Zach Galifinakis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have names that are difficult to pronounce–but they manage. The message sent is this: you, young, black, female child, are not worth the time and energy it will take me to learn to spell and pronounce your name. You will be who and what I want you to be; you be be who and what makes me more comfortable. I will allow you to exist and acknowledge that existence, but only on my terms.
There has been growing concern around online misogyny with its increasing proliferation (think Mary Beard, Louise Mensch) and a number of columnists have written about it (Helen Lewis, Laurie Penny, the Guardian panel). However, this discussion is missing an important element - that of the experience of black and minority ethnic women writing online. Double whammy might sound clichéd but being on the receiving end of prejudice and abuse for being a woman and ‘non-white’, so to say, is exactly that. I experienced it when I wrote for Cif and I know others have too (there was an interesting panel on online Islamophobia in the Guardian).
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I don’t know much about Girls - I don’t watch TV and I just passed it off as something as useless as Gossip Girl (uh), but all of a sudden I see the Internet calling Lena Dunham a racist for not featuring people of color on her show, so I started doing a little research, and found this gem.
And I’d like to add something that’s been on my mind that this video has brought to light..
I want to point out (for more personal reasons) that this lady is white, and listen to the things she says. After watching it, my reaction was “YES! A brilliant person here saying brilliant things.” I want to just remind those out there who want to silence others when an oppression is brought up (i.e. how feminism for women of color is a different battle than the feminism white women fight for) that those issues do matter. They are happening now. Spread the word. Educate yourself. If you want to be the kind of person that cares about others, look beyond the borders as well as within, because those who are fighting different battles than you are still people. It’s not news that’s irrelevant to you. And just because someone points out your privilege, it doesn’t mean you should deny it and continue with stupid shit like “OH I can’t be a racist, I voted for Obama - I live in a multicultural neighborhood!” Be an ally and accept your privilege, and use it to point out injustices if you can! You don’t have to be a PoC to talk about racist issues and to understand that you don’t understand another’s struggles. You don’t have to be a PoC to talk about injustices happening in your neighborhood or around the world. Be brilliant! There is racist shit happening all the time. And please please please for the love of humanity, do not be that “colorblind” nervous wreck (who’ll more than likely be white) that just wants to diddle on and have fun when the topic of racism is brought up and say “hey guys i love everyone, don’t get upset.” It’s still disgusting.
Reblogging for the commentary and because Holly’s badassery is always worth another post.
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