This has gotta be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on the internet
Black Panther Party and the Asian American Political Alliance
The very birth of the term Asian American came from a rejection of white supremacy, institutional racism and in full support of Black Power [via the Asian American Political Alliance, particularly in regards to the work being done by the Black Panthers]. We stood together. Some of us still stand together. We must stand together again.
I fucking love this gif.
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Latin@ FTM kinky queer filmmaker & performance artist, Ramses Rodstein
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249 notes! Holy shit y’all! <3
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Written for Black Girl Dangerous by Jackie, Sara and Asam of the It Gets Better Project
For many of us, queer or not, it doesn’t get better - it gets fatter! Instead of hating ourselves or clinging to false platitudes about how much better its going to get in some vague far off future land, we want to celebrate ourselves and our bodies the way they are now. We want to create a space to talk about how important (and how fucking hard) fat positivity can be in this horribly, offensively fatphobic world. And since people of color are socialized in entirely different ways from white folks when it comes to our bodies and the ways we relate to them, we think it’s high time we had a space to really talk about what that looks like.
The most disturbing thing about fatphobia, apart from how many of us face it in our lives in so many small and not so small ways, is just how deeply and insidiously entrenched it is. We grow up our entire lives being given these messages from almost everywhere - messages about how many different ways our bodies are wrong for simply existing in the form that they happen to exist. Most of us have never even been told that its okay to be fat. And because fatphobia is so often tied to (faux) concerns about one’s health, the idea of questioning these incessant messages that tell us what our bodies should be doing or what they should look like seems almost unthinkable to most people.
This project was born out of the frustration and the isolation that a lot of fat, brown queer folks face in their communities, and in an attempt to find a way of feeling less alone in ours. While there is a thriving online community of white fat people, we know that there is something uniquely different about experiencing fatness as a person of colour. For instance, Sara, being a fat brown visibly Muslim woman, has heard incessant commentary and opinions that not only criticize the physical space she takes up as a fat person but also how she is supposed to represent herself as a Muslim woman.
For so many of us, divorcing our multiple identities from each other is simply not possible. Because of “single issue politics,” so many movements that have been based on eradicating a single oppression have always left some of their similarly (but not identically) oppressed siblings in the dust. Homophobia movements have often left behind people of colour, poor people and trans* people, for example. For us, the It Gets Fatter Project tries to acknowledge the intersectionalities of oppressions while still being focussed on a broad topic like “body positivity.”
We also wanted to talk about a different analysis on fatness, one that doesn’t try to talk about how it’s OK to be fat if you’re healthy but rather deconstructs fatness and health and tries to separate the two to make a less ableist discourse. We wanted to start a project like this simply to get people to accept the idea that different bodies exist in different shapes and sizes and that they always will - no matter how much we are taught to hate certain bodies and no matter how much we are taught to hate ourselves for being embodied in a way that seems unacceptable to the dominant discourse. Fat bodies are always under attack not because everyone cares about fat people’s health but because, in their very existence, fat bodies present a kind of challenge or danger to the status quo simply because they ‘fail’ to conform to the many ways we are required to police our own bodies. This is why we believe this project is so important - we want fat people to be proud of the many different ways their very existence radically undermines ideological configurations of what the “healthy” or “beautiful” body is supposed to look like.
Being fat positive and unlearning the body shame that each of us has grown up with is so important if we are to begin reclaiming our bodily autonomy. Self-love and self-acceptance are super difficult things that we all struggle with every day, but what gets us through 90% of the time is the emotional support we receive from the people we love, the amazing stories we read from fellow fat people of color, and knowing that those people live and exist and struggle just like we do. It is so incredibly healing to hear and share each other’s stories - and that is one of the most important goals of this project.
We are so excited about everything that has come out of the It Gets Fatter Project so far. Feeling like we’ve been able to connect with fat folks from around the world has been truly life changing! We never expected this project to get so big, and we’re so stoked to see where it will go in the coming months (and maybe even years!).
If you want to know more or get involved, go to http://www.itgetsfatter.tumblr.com
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Spiritualized, Hey Jane (by doublesixrecords)
Definite trigger warnings: violence, transphobia, sex work, etc.
This is the video for the new single, “Hey Jane”, from Spiritualized’s upcoming album. I really don’t quite know how to feel about this. On the one hand, it seems to portray the life of a trans sex worker with children with equal amounts of respect for the woman at the center (apparently played by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Tyra Sanchez) and respect for the dangers inherent in her life as a trans sex worker of color. On the other hand, when it gets dark, it gets very dark and lingers in an agonizing way on the final confrontation between her and her attacker as the music swells to a climax. While I can appreciate how this might be necessary in order to convey the harsh realities of survival in the character’s life, I can’t shake the feeling that the scene only serves to rob of us of the respect we gained for her strength and humanity at the beginning of the video in a sea of senselessness and degradation.
In addition, there’s the matter of this being a video for a band made of white men from England (granted, I absolutely adore Spiritualized, and Spacemen 3 even more so). We could congratulate them for attempting to tell the kind of story of oppression that almost no other music group would even begin to think of approaching, but at the same time I have a nagging suspicion that this may just be so much exploitation of trans sex workers of color by viewing them only as sensational spectacle.
Given my love for the band’s music, I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and err on the side of the generous interpretation, but this video really created a deep, uneasy ambivalence in me. Any thoughts?
Thoughts? Its very interesting.
Brazilian Vania Flor, 27, of the famous Samba school Salgueiro
YAY! ANOTHER ONE OF ME! FAT BROWN SAMBA DANCERS UNITE!
[image description: two photos of fat nonbinary korean person. they have short black hair with a center chunk of blonde. they’re wearing dark lipstick and eyeliner. one photo is taken from behind and they are wearing black mid-calf boots, short denim shorts and black suspenders. in the second they are totally nude except for their boots, posing playfully.]
homage to my backfat, thankyouverymuch.
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