Thanks for not being smart enough to lie about it like so many others who keep telling us that marriage equality will open doors for conversations about racism, transphobia & transmisogyny, immigration & asylum, and classism. Y’all fucked us over with ENDA, we’re not falling for it again.
btw, the people who dismiss the criticisms of the rabid marriage equality movement are missing the fucking point. When you pretend that the criticisms are about gays not wanting other gays to have rights you’re ignoring the very important critiques of the racism, classism, and transphobia inherent in a movement that funnels millions into a cause that will most benefit those already at the top. Marriage equality is getting national attention and ridiculous amounts of funding while the people whose backs you built your movement on are being murdered in the streets with very little protest. Your insistence that this is making way for other issues isn’t a new lie. The mainstream gay rights movement has been telling trans people(and black people and poor people) “we’ll come back for you!” for decades. Look up trans exclusion from ENDA if you don’t believe me. Shit, open your fucking eyes. You have to be pretty willfully ignorant and full of unchecked privilege to think the only reason people could see an issue with this is for the purpose of denying you.
ok, i am fully sick of this shit, dictionaries are not sparkly magical oases of unbiased truth, utterly untouched by racism or political agenda
whose political agenda exactly? here, lemme show you. i took five minutes to search for the creators and current owners of merriam-webster and the oxford dictionary and this is what i got
noah webster, wrote the first webster’s. did you also know he was a hardxcore american nationalist and christian who thought the written word was explicitly a tool that needed to be used to control public dissent and individualism which he considered to be badwrong? LOOK IT UP, SHITDICK
oh but who owns it now? well websters became merriam-websters which is a subsidiary of encyclopaedia britannica inc. currently, but here are just some of the white dudes who owned the rights to webster’s shit along the way
hello richard warren sears, yes THAT sears, you are looking particular white and rich
senator william benton, yale graduate, founder of benton & bowles advertising company! rockin that rich whiteness
jacqui safra! member of the famous safra banking family, current owner of encyclopaedia britannica, and merriam-webster and spring mountain vineyard, friend of woody allen and financer of EIGHT of his films. how deliciously white and rich you smell.
here is a small sample of the white dudes that collabed on oxford dictionary originally, archbishop trench, herbert coleridge, frederick james furnivall and sir james murray by this point i was 500% done with reading biographies on boring white dudes doing boring white dude things so instead let’s just all bask in how boring and white they are
for added fun the wiki article on the oxford dictionary has a whole section on criticisms that basically outlines exactly the fucking problem here
Despite its claim of authority on the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary has been criticised from various angles. It has become a target precisely because of its massiveness, its claims to authority, and above all its influence. In his review of the 1982 supplement, University of Oxford linguist Roy Harris writes that criticizing the OED is extremely difficult because “one is dealing not just with a dictionary but with a national institution”, one that “has become, like the English monarchy, virtually immune from criticism in principle”.:935 Harris also criticises what he sees as the “black-and-white lexicography” of the Dictionary, by which he means its reliance upon printed language over spoken—and then only privileged forms of printing. He further notes that, while neologisms from respected “literary” authors such as Samuel Beckett and Virginia Woolf are included, usage of words in newspapers or other, less “respectable”, sources hold less sway, although they may be commonly used.:935 He writes that the OED’s “[b]lack-and-white lexicography is also black-and-white in that it takes upon itself to pronounce authoritatively on the rights and wrongs of usage”,:935 faulting the Dictionary’s prescriptive, rather than descriptive, usage. To Harris, this prescriptive classification of certain usages as “erroneous” and the complete omission of various forms and usages cumulatively represent the “social bias[es]” of the (presumably well-educated and wealthy) compilers.:936
so basically, fuck you, you fucking fuck, if you trot out a dictionary definition as proof of racism against white people cuz THE DICTIONARY SAYS that racism is defined only as “racial prejudice or discrimination” (merriam-webster) or “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race” (oxford).
well guess the fuck what.
RICH WHITE PEOPLE WRITE AND CONTROL ENGLISH DICTIONARIES.
RICH WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES DEFINING THE WORDS THAT MAKE IT INTO ENGLISH DICTIONARIES.
AND IF YOU THINK FOR A SECOND THAT RICH WHITE PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT MAJOR FUCKING BIAS YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER FUCKING THING COMING, MAINLY A WHOLE WORLD OF UNCHALLENGED IGNORANCE
one solution: revolution
In recent years, moreover, changes in the tax code have further skewed opportunities and life chances along racial lines by giving favored treatment to those forms of income most likely to represent the fruits of past and present discrimination like inheritance income and capital gains, while lessening the value of income gained through work. The living legacy of past discrimination combines with the impact of contemporary discriminatory practices in mortgage lending, real estate sales, automobile credit financing, and employment to impose artificial impediments against asset accumulation among African Americans.
|—||George Lipsitz (via wretchedoftheearth)|
I’m sure there are, and it’s completely valid to feel that way. I wouldn’t argue with them, because how do I know that I’m not piggybacking off white privilege? That’s the insidious nature of privilege; you often don’t know you’re exercising it.
A white girl named Cassie slapped me in my face in 6th grade. She did this in the middle of class & my white male teacher defended her. When I was 21, a white female acquaintance slapped me across the face & laughed about it. She said, “I felt like slappin’ someone.” She left a small bruise on my face. I am a Black queer man & never dated a white chick but I have a history of them puttin’ their hands on me & in my face. The next time I goin’ to mace the fuck out of any white woman who puts her hands on me. PERIOD.
WHITE WOMEN, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF PEOPLE!!! YOU ARE USING YOUR PRIVILEGE TO PERPETUATE AGRESSION & VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR!!!
All of my domestic violence experiences have been cis white women physically attacking me in front of other white people, but that’s because I don’t date cis white men. Trust, I’ve had them physically abuse me plenty, as well.
also let’s be honest, if you were really JUST trying to open a dialogue you would have done it by actually doing so rather than by asking 1 pointed question and then apparently ignoring my response repeatedly.
I’m so glad the real you is being displayed for everyone to see. It’s always disappointing to find out that someone you thought you might share some semblance of community with is a terrible person, but at least we know now.
You’re right though, there is definitely not a shortage of privilege abusing cis white folks.
So this person wrote me a long 5 part message about their privilege which included some of the following gems:
"This may not apply to you in particular, but I see a lot of people of color, namely on tumblr, appearing angry and resentful of whites as a whole, classifying them as almost a breed of ignorant idiots with no rhythm, etc. It just makes me think that no matter how open minded, liberal, or educated a person is, if they’re white, they will always be seen as a perpetrator of ignorance, racism, and hate, whether they like it or not."
"Needless to say, I consider myself a friend to all races, cultures, preferences, colors, and any other "classification.""
And ended with the message above.
What the fuck do I need to do to make y’all understand that I don’t give a shit about your perspective, feelings, or lives?
When will you finally realize that your bullshit about your goddamn feelings of rejection, unwanted privilege, and lack of rhythm WHEN POCS ARE FUCKING DYING DUE TO RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE only lets me know that you are not worth my time.
Move the fuck on. If you’re looking for someone to give you some fucking faith, I am not the fucking one.
I can simultaneously be angry with white supremacy and love white people. I can be in love with a white woman and hate her ignorance at her own white privilege. I can get so frustrated with racism that I barely want to be around any white people, and I can share that with my white friends over a few drinks.
You might think that’s confusing. You might even call it hypocrisy. I call it being a person of color.
For those acting like Maura/femmetrash was hating on “hard femme,” did you even read this part of her post?
"If folks come to femme identity because “hard femme” speaks to them in a way that femme doesn’t then that’s beautiful."’
In this case, the word femme brings to mind white cis women because those are the people who get the most attention due to white and cis supremacy. Maura spoke about queer history monolithically because her privilege made her end her thoughts when they articulated her experience, and she fucked up.
But I also want to address the people who are acting like “hard femme,” is a racialized term. It’s associated with racialized terms, “hood femme,” “AG femme,” etc, but “hard femme,” is not a racialized identity. If so, I would be super pissed that so many white people are on the fyhf blog and so many white folks are taking on the identity.
I agreed with, and still agree with, the original intent of the “I don’t identify as hard femme,” post. When people say things like, “I’m femme, but tough,” or “I’m femme, but I can use tools,” it’s femmephobic. Y’all, I’m femme AND tough. That was the point.
It’s obvious that many think femme is weak without a qualifier. This obviously doesn’t mean that everyone who uses a qualifier does so for that reason. You know who you are. And if you know that you aren’t one of those people, the post wasn’t criticising you.