Misadventures in Misogyny

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Anonymous said: fuck you mlk didn't hate white people.




I said Martin Luther King said

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

— Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail

and um he did so

I didn’t get “MLK hated white people” from this post. I got “MLK hated people whose actions were contrary to the bullshit coming out their mouths.”


Well it wasn’t about “people” or some general idea of humanity it was about white people and privileged people that were indifferent in times of oppression and unwilling to actively work to deconstruct their positions of privilege and systemic hierarchy. There’s no way you got “people” and not “white people” and “privileged people” specifically out of this when that’s what he said verbatim like you have to elevate your understanding toward what he actually said not just the parts you agree with in the way you understand them

Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida.
2012-06-26: Mad Libs 9

Sinfest by Tatsuya Ishida.

2012-06-26: Mad Libs 9

The White Savior Industrial Complex is a valve for releasing the unbearable pressures that build in a system built on pillage.

Teju Cole, ‘The White-Savior Industrial Complex, The Atlantic. March 21, 2012.

I disagree with the approach taken by […] the White Savior Industrial Complex in general, because there is much more to doing good work than “making a difference.” There is the principle of first do no harm.

Teju Cole, ‘The White-Savior Industrial Complex’, The Atlantic. March 21, 2012.

28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviours that indicate a detour or wrong turn into white guilt, denial or defensiveness.

By Debra Leigh, Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative at St. Cloud State University.

Parts of this essay are printed from Jona Olsson’s article, “Spotting, for Cultural Bridges.”

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Racism is not in your intent. Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are. This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist. Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.

moniquill (on red face & cultural appropriation)

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There is no African, myself included, who does not appreciate the help of the wider world, but we do question whether aid is genuine or given in the spirit of affirming one’s cultural superiority. My mood is dampened every time I attend a benefit whose host runs through a litany of African disasters before presenting a (usually) wealthy, white person, who often proceeds to list the things he or she has done for the poor, starving Africans. Every time a well-meaning college student speaks of villagers dancing because they were so grateful for her help, I cringe. Every time a Hollywood director shoots a film about Africa that features a Western protagonist, I shake my head — because Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West’s fantasy of itself. And not only do such depictions tend to ignore the West’s prominent role in creating many of the unfortunate situations on the continent, they also ignore the incredible work Africans have done and continue to do to fix those problems.

Uzodinma Iweala, “Stop Trying to ‘Save’ Africa”

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  • when you see a male character, we’re meant to view the world through his perspective
  • when you see a woman, we’re meant to view the woman


I love broad generalizations like this.

Whose perspective you’re supposed to see through is entirely dependent on the story you’re reading/ show you’re viewing. When the story/movie features a female protagonist, you’re going to see the world through her perspective.

Media aimed at girls focuses on female characters, media aimed at boys focuses on male characters. Secondary or supporting characters are there to complement the main protagonist, not usually to provide a different perspective as the story is not about them.

In comparable stereotypes, the male love interest that the female protagonist is trying to win over is usually desirable simply because they are attractive, just like the female love interest is for male protagonists  Their personal stories are usually treated as irrelevant and unimportant to the main story line, which is about the main protagonist.

And if there is some media in which female characters are unimportant, or the media directed at girls that is about dressing up or make-up, that by itself is not necessarily an issue. It’s when it’s the only options that are an issue.


Not quite, actually.

Most media aimed at both boys and girls has a male protagonist. The male is considered a gender-neutral hero. Girls are seen as having more gender.

Or are you saying that girls aren’t also targeted by Pixar (arguably the most influential studio for childrens movies, certainly the most profitable) because I have to say, I’m quite certain they are watching those movies at an equal rate to boys.

Till the release of Brave in 2012, the studio hadn’t released a single film with a woman as the main character. You’ve got more Pixar movies with cars (but coded male) as leads than women. 

The problem is that while some media exists with female protagonists, the vast majority does not. So girls identity and empathize with boys. Boys are not encouraged to in quite the same way, since most of girl-oriented media.

Boys AND girls watch stories with men as the subject. According to a list of the most popular cartoons of 2012, out of the ten most popular cartoons - none of them have a woman as a lead character. None. 

This media-learning at a young age is heavily influenced by parents and society.

According to Isabelle Cherney, when young boys are put into a room with a “girl” or “boy” toy, if they think they’re not being watched the boys will play with the “girl” toy about equally. If they are being watched, they’ll play more with the “boy” toy. When asked why, they said things like “daddy would be mad”. So - boys are told that the feminine is bad and they avoid it. 

The top ten grossing films of 2012 - overwhelmingly male. Only two (Twilight, The Hunger Games) had a female protagonist. 

Girls don’t have the option to not consume media that stars and features boys as the protagonists. Boys do. That’s a huge problem right there.

And when boys and men get to be the protagonists, that means girls and women become the love interests and the objects of desire VIEWED by the protagonist. Everyone sees women through the male gaze, which is compounded by the lack of women getting their own stories. They are perpetually reduced to the stories of men. 

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Snake and Cat discuss sexism in video games.


Snake and Cat discuss sexism in video games.