Holy shit! You tried to name him Voldemort? You nuts?
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I reject racism. Don’t want to be racist. So instead of feeling attacked by accusations of racism, I welcome you showing me what needs fixing.
Official Language and “Racism”
Today I witnessed a discussion about if the new Avril Lavigne video is racist or not and predictably apologist where uncomfortable with us critics using the term “racist”, because to them it meant we were judging her character wrong.
While the critics applied “racist” as a term to describe the images/messages in the video, the effects on culture these types of popularized images have and the preferences that lead an Avril Lavigne (and producers) to create those images.
…the apologist of course were using “racist” as a term for a political view. Like communist, egalitarian, conservative, liberal, feminist and such. As if you can only be called racist if you publicly identify with the idea, that your race is actually superior to other races – like self-proclaimed white supremacists.
As long as you say something to the effect of “of course I don’t judge people based on race, I judge them based on their merits” you are not a racist according to this use of the term.
This is of course a completely useless definition, completely ignoring coded racism, systemic racism and internalized racism. The same thing happens with terms like classism or sexism.
This reminded me of something I spent some time thinking about in relation to language.
You know when older generations say the younger generation is ruining their language? When immigrants get shit for not speaking english correctly? When people say poor people are so dumb, they don’t even know how to speak normal english? When accents and dialects are used in media to mark stupid, silly or strange people?
Every time this happens people claim there is a “right” way to speak a language and there is a “correct” way of using words. What they are actually referring to is the official language and the official meaning of words in any given group, as sanctioned by the forces in power.
It’s not like people aren’t able to talk and then fumble in the dark for words and end up saying random stuff. There is a system to those languages like AAVE, people use terminlogy and phrases collectively and have no trouble understanding what is said. They put it in writing, use it daily, teach it to their kids and peers.
It not wrong english, it’s unofficial english.
Back to “racism”:
The forces in power in society – white guys – enforce their official english as a merit to judge people, which leads to people speaking vernacular english being valued less.
Considering how hard learning english as a second language is for immigrants, considering how bad the access to proper public education for lower class people and people of color is, and considering how popculture media reinforces racial based slang… it’s no wonder why this so called “merit” keeps on benefitting white people.
So there is that thing. (so much to you judging people based on merits, not race, asshat!)
The other thing is, that the forces in power – white guys – also enforce the official definition of “racism” and “racist” as a label for a person’s political world view instead for a collection of ideas, biases, habits and practices with a discriminatory effect on certain races.
This definition of racism is used EVERY FUCKING TIME to silence criticism and to derail any debate.
A racist system puts white people in power, these white people then enforce language that makes it impossible to criticise that racist system in any meaningful way.
As long as you are subscribing to that official use of the term “racism”… As long as you are not comfortable with people getting called racist…
As long as you are not comfortable with getting called racist yourself…
As long as you are not comfortable with calling yourself racist…
…as long as you do this you are an enforcer of a racist system, a racist.
You can’t define racism away, you can only face it and fix it.
one time in college my phone went off during class at full volume and my ring tone was this
Okay, so I don’t understand the language in which that song is sung. But there where 4 english words: lady, crazy, fantastic, elastic
…I’m not sure if I wanna know what this song is about. D:
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Artist! Facebook or/and tumblr after cghub? And why? Thanks.
"Be the bigger person"
is bullshit advice.
My bigness is not determined by my capacity to quietly absorb bullying, degradation, or abuse.
This is the kind of mentality I’ve been dealing quietly with for months, and now that I’m rejecting it “i’m a crazy bitch” for not putting up with other’s disrespect of me any longer.
We have a similar saying in Germany “The smarter person gives in.”.
It’s a myth perpetuated by people who can shrug off shit because they benefit from the status quo.
If the system is on your side and the only thing that is a threat to you is change, the best thing is to grant “victory” in the moment to those who are oppressed, as if this all is just a fucking game.
You can feel so superior and benevolent, while at the same time sending people to their room as if they are your 4 year old kids and avoid any real conflict, suffocating any debate before you have to actually come up with defences for your privileged bullshit.
Congrats, you bigger person, you.
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What doesn’t kill you gives you XP.
— (via quirkygrl22
Death or Windows,… wow, that brightens up my day. :/
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I want you to feel inadequate. And then I want you to crave for my approval. Isn’t that obvious?
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Anonymous asked: Hallo Nina, ich schreibe gerade eine BAC Arbeit über Geschlechterdarstellung in Computer- und Videospielen, und wollte fragen wann dien Buch denn erscheinen wird, da es als Quelle sicher hilfreich wäre.
Hey, hey! Aller Voraussicht nach wird das Buch in vier Wochen veröffentlicht und Genaueres hoffentlich bald über die Verlagsseite in Erfahrung zu bringen sein:
Vielen Dank für dein Interesse - und viel Erfolg weiterhin bei der Erstellung deiner Bachelor-Arbeit!
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Holy shit! Cory! Holy shit, just perfect.
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I like to imagine Shepard won’t let him on the ship like that so she makes him stand outside while she hoses him down
My Shepard would cover herself in the spilled guts of the slain creature. And then she and Grunt would smack their heads together in celebration of the fact that Grunt took down a fucking Thresher!
She would then share grilled pyjak meat with him.
They would not wash for weeks so that any enemy can smell their bloodlust and tremble in fear of being next!
She is not his owner. She is his battlemaster.
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Zaxxon on the Colecovision
The Stuff, 1985
Also the kid is Brian Bloom, the voice actor of Varric… #triviamotherfucker
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after hearing about it through the submission to @angryasiangirlsunited, i checked out the trailer of Lucy and am even more disgusted. and so not surprised. whiteness is getting too old.
the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical.
My favorite part are the white feminists who are raving about this movie because “strong independent woman yaaaas!!”
Yeah, I watched the trailer after reading some very positive comments – also Scarlett Whooo! – but I immediately cringed once I saw where the film took place and the race coding is so fucking obvious.
Seriously, do we have to go through every trope that makes american centric action films horrible exercises of racism allover again, but with female leads now? Just because female leads are a novelty?
This is not progress. This is a rerun.
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