Treating people well is a skill

realsocialskills:

Sometimes, people go into various fields thinking that they are inherently safe people because they know certain things from experience. For instance, people with disabilities go into the field of service provision thinking that they will know how to avoid abuse of power. Or people who have had bad experiences in school and think that they would never use their power in ways that hurt kids.

Sometimes people think that they are safe people because of their political values, or other values. For instance, people sometimes think that reading a lot of disability rights theory makes them ideal staff. Men sometimes think that reading a lot of feminist theory means that they’re immune to gendered power dynamics. White people often think that reading things about diversity and tolerance makes them immune to white supremacist attitudes and hurting people of color with their privilege. But it doesn’t actually work that way.

Your politics do not make you a safe person. Treating people well is a skill, and it goes far beyond knowing what’s at stake. It also goes far beyond knowing the right words and being able to deploy them. It also goes beyond being angry at the world or objecting when other people do blatantly awful things. There is a component of action, too. You also have to know how to act right towards others, and this is something you have to work on continually. No amount of radical conceptual knowledge will replace the need to work on the actual skills involved in treating people well.

And to state it somewhat more simply - knowing that there are power dynamics doesn’t make you immune from abusing power. Neither does identifying them when you see them. Having spent a lot of time thinking about it doesn’t make you immune, either. No one is immune. You have to constantly watch yourself, listen to feedback from people you have power over, and work continuously to improve your ability to treat people right and use your power the right way.

No one is ever, ever beyond the need to keep working on the practical skills involved in treating people well.

It’s not about what kind of person you are; it is never possible to make yourself into a kind of person who is too good to abuse power. It is possible to continually work to improve your actual actions.

Make sure you’re doing that work. It’s important.

"I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the fucking problem. I am tired of being mocked by hypocrites who think that a single lazy counterexample is sufficient to debunk the fifteen detailed examples they demanded I produce before they’d even accept my point as a hypothetical, let alone valid, argument. I am tired of assholes who think that playing Devil’s advocate about an issue alien to their experience but of deep personal significance to their interlocutor makes them both intellectually superior and more rationally objective on the specious basis that being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming)."
Foz Meadows, “I Am So Very Tired” (via morecoffee)

cornerof5thandvermouth:

i think what people don’t realize is that people in activist spaces don’t actually like being angry all the time

we want to be able to go about our day without constantly being on guard for casual abuse, degradation, and shitty behavior hurled our way

we’re not angry at you because we think you’re unconditionally terrible people

we’re angry because we fully believe that you can do better

spookyelderprice:

neverendingstoryofcesium:

why do so many anti-sj people think that the goal of social movements is to eradicate hate? 

hate is not the problem. hate, despite what Gandhi says, can even be cathartic when you finally aim it at your oppressors instead of yourself.

hate wasn’t even the beginning of the problem. we didn’t enslave and murder POC because of hate or anger. we did it out of a desire for power and a basic disrespect for their humanity. when you look at pictures of white townspeople attending a lynching, you don’t see hate in their faces. you see mild amusement. 

you don’t need hate as a motivator for evil when there are no consequences for hurting people who aren’t like you. all you need is minor inconvenience and a faulty conscience. 

additionally, the idea that hate is the stem of all the violence and inequality in the world is really messed up because it implies that the oppressed did something to make people hate them rather than them just being the victims of a power system that exclusively favored straight white cis men.

it also lets people get away with the idea that just because they aren’t filled with rage every time they see something different, they can’t be part of the problem, because that’s how they interpret the rhetoric of “wiping out hate”.

hate is not the issue here. that’s a misleading kindergarten version of the struggle. the issue is unequal power structures that stay alive just through inertia and indifference that will steamroll over people no matter whether your hearts are filled with love or hate.

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"The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable."
Arundhati Roy (via forestfungus)
this-is-not-jewish:

onwhitefemaleprivilege:

I hate it when white women like to act like they’re not white when they claim to be Jewish. Ummm, you’re white, and being Jewish doesn’t hide your white privilege, it actually makes you more privilege. Being Jewish doesn’t make you a Women of Colour when most Jews are BEYOND white passing. Jews in the United States and Europe are FAR overrepresented in banking, the media, the justice system, government, ect. Jews also played a huge role in the slave trade where most of the slave ships were Jewish owned. If anything being Jewish is a privilege which has historically and still is favoring their own and benefiting off the struggles of People of Colour which has aided white supremacy. If you’re jewish and want to aid people of colour in their struggles and rape, check your privilege and call out people you know for their racism, sexism, misogyny, ect.

Sit. Your. Sorry. Ass. Down.
As a blonde, blue-eyed Jew with an Anglo last name living in metropolitan America I have undeniable white passing/white privilege. But my Jewish friends with dark curly hair, “swarthy” skin, and “Semitic” noses? My friends with last names like Weber and Katz and Rosen? They don’t pass in America, let alone in Europe (and I feel 100% confident in stating that you know jack-all about how Europeans view race, but spoiler alert: Jews definitely don’t make the white people shortlist there, light skinned or not). Ever notice how white supremacist groups always include Jews on their list of “enemies of the white race?” Or how the place where Jews are really overrepresented is in hate crime victim statistics? Millennia of rape and forced assimilation in diaspora may have lightened some of our skins (fun fact: many Jews, including many Ashkenazim, are people of color), but neither we nor white Gentiles have forgotten that our ethnicity and culture stem from the Levant.
It is absolutely mindblowing that you are using antisemitic falsehoods to deny that antisemitism exists. Far from controlling the slave trade, Jews were in fact barred by law from even entering many of the countries involved in the trade and were barred from or limited in engaging in international trade venues by several others. That is a canard heavily promoted in the black community by black antisemitic groups in the 90s, and has been utterly discredited by historians. And you’re going to pull out that antisemitic “Jews control the media, banks, and government!!!!!11!” bullshit, too? Really? Put down the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and read up on the “model minority” myth—and while you’re at it, take a look at how well financial success has shielded Jews from marginalization and violence in the past.
Were Jews often used post-Civil War as racial go-betweens and tools of white oppression against the black community? Yes, and it’s fucking shameful…but when those Jewish minstrel performers, shop owners, and slumlords went home in the evenings, it was to Jewish-only communities. Not because we chose to live there, but because white Gentiles didn’t accept us in their neighborhoods. We were “white” enough to do the jobs white people didn’t want to dirty their hands with, but not white enough to live with or go to social clubs with, God forbid. The entire reason colleges began requiring interviews and essays from admission applicants was to limit the number of Jews on campus, because we’re just so fucking privileged to be Jewish. The U.S. sent Jewish asylum-seekers and refugees fleeing the Holocaust back to Europe and refused to lift the immigration quota on Jews during WWII because it didn’t want any more white people.
Whiteness/white-passingness is a privilege (and yes, we Jews who have it need to be conscious of it). But Jewishness is NOT A PRIVILEGE, least of all “historically.” We look out for “our own” because Gentiles—white or otherwise—sure as fuck won’t.
Kiss my diasporic ass.

this-is-not-jewish:

onwhitefemaleprivilege:

I hate it when white women like to act like they’re not white when they claim to be Jewish. Ummm, you’re white, and being Jewish doesn’t hide your white privilege, it actually makes you more privilege. Being Jewish doesn’t make you a Women of Colour when most Jews are BEYOND white passing. 
Jews in the United States and Europe are FAR overrepresented in banking, the media, the justice system, government, ect. Jews also played a huge role in the slave trade where most of the slave ships were Jewish owned. If anything being Jewish is a privilege which has historically and still is favoring their own and benefiting off the struggles of People of Colour which has aided white supremacy. If you’re jewish and want to aid people of colour in their struggles and rape, check your privilege and call out people you know for their racism, sexism, misogyny, ect.

Sit. Your. Sorry. Ass. Down.

As a blonde, blue-eyed Jew with an Anglo last name living in metropolitan America I have undeniable white passing/white privilege. But my Jewish friends with dark curly hair, “swarthy” skin, and “Semitic” noses? My friends with last names like Weber and Katz and Rosen? They don’t pass in America, let alone in Europe (and I feel 100% confident in stating that you know jack-all about how Europeans view race, but spoiler alert: Jews definitely don’t make the white people shortlist there, light skinned or not). Ever notice how white supremacist groups always include Jews on their list of “enemies of the white race?” Or how the place where Jews are really overrepresented is in hate crime victim statistics? Millennia of rape and forced assimilation in diaspora may have lightened some of our skins (fun fact: many Jews, including many Ashkenazim, are people of color), but neither we nor white Gentiles have forgotten that our ethnicity and culture stem from the Levant.

It is absolutely mindblowing that you are using antisemitic falsehoods to deny that antisemitism exists. Far from controlling the slave trade, Jews were in fact barred by law from even entering many of the countries involved in the trade and were barred from or limited in engaging in international trade venues by several others. That is a canard heavily promoted in the black community by black antisemitic groups in the 90s, and has been utterly discredited by historians. And you’re going to pull out that antisemitic “Jews control the media, banks, and government!!!!!11!” bullshit, too? Really? Put down the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and read up on the “model minority” myth—and while you’re at it, take a look at how well financial success has shielded Jews from marginalization and violence in the past.

Were Jews often used post-Civil War as racial go-betweens and tools of white oppression against the black community? Yes, and it’s fucking shameful…but when those Jewish minstrel performers, shop owners, and slumlords went home in the evenings, it was to Jewish-only communities. Not because we chose to live there, but because white Gentiles didn’t accept us in their neighborhoods. We were “white” enough to do the jobs white people didn’t want to dirty their hands with, but not white enough to live with or go to social clubs with, God forbid. The entire reason colleges began requiring interviews and essays from admission applicants was to limit the number of Jews on campus, because we’re just so fucking privileged to be Jewish. The U.S. sent Jewish asylum-seekers and refugees fleeing the Holocaust back to Europe and refused to lift the immigration quota on Jews during WWII because it didn’t want any more white people.

Whiteness/white-passingness is a privilege (and yes, we Jews who have it need to be conscious of it). But Jewishness is NOT A PRIVILEGE, least of all “historically.” We look out for “our own” because Gentiles—white or otherwise—sure as fuck won’t.

Kiss my diasporic ass.

rhube:

thosepeskydames:

Robot Hugs - But Men [x]

(click through to see full comic and more on the artist’s site!)

misterracoon:


Hollywood’s ‘Race Problem’ Is Worse Than You Think
In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for big time progress. So it goes with Hollywood’s consistent inability to include actors of color.
Popular critical consensus suggests that we may have as many as four black Best Actor nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”), Forest Whitaker (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”). Ejiofor is currently favored to win the category, where he’ll probably be joined by the likes of Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”) and Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”).
That these men of color are even being discussed in awards blogger circles is certainly cause for celebration, because each of their films presents a perspective that doesn’t get much play in Hollywood. But insofar as these four movies are important, they are also limited by their veracity. They’re all based on true stories: “12 Years” tells the tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was captured and enslaved and wrote an autobiography by the same name; “Mandela” is self-explanatory; “Fruitvale Station” centers on the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant III, a black man shot dead by a police officer in Oakland; “The Butler” draws its meat from the life of Eugene Allen, a black butler who worked for the White House for over three decades.
Put another way, these roles have to be played by black actors. Each of these men has more than earned the nominations they’re expected to receive (now’s a good time to pinch in some salt: awards bloggers love to shower performances with praise, but nominations are certainly not guaranteed), but the fact that they’re generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors is cause for concern.
"Generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors" is not casual phrasing. A study of the roles that have earned black men Best Actor nominations reveals that this is a historical problem. Sidney Poitier won in 1963 for playing a black itinerant worker in "Lilies of the Field," a movie based on a novel by the same name. Jamie Foxx won in 2004 for playing Ray Charles in "Ray," and Forest Whitaker won in 2006 for playing Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." The only black man to win Best Actor for a role that could have been played by a white actor is Denzel Washington, who won in 2001 for his turn as a LAPD detective in “Training Day.”
That’s one man over 85 years of Academy Awards. The situation isn’t much better at the Golden Globes, where Morgan Freeman’s performance as a chauffeur who triumphs over racism in “Driving Miss Daisy” joins the otherwise identical list of Best Actor winners. (Nor, it’s worth noting, does the picture improve when including Best Actor nominees at the Oscars, a class that includes blacks playing “black roles” such as Will Smith in “Ali,” Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda,” Terrence Howard in “Hustle & Flow,” Freeman in “Invictus,” Washington in “Malcom X,” Laurence Fishburne in “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” etc.)
Jordan has discussed enjoying filming “Chronicle,” which he describes as a win because the character was originally supposed to be a white Jewish man. “[With] the lack thereof of quality roles for African-American actors, I look for stuff like that,” he said in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment. “I want the script that Ben Affleck or Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t do because of scheduling. I want that one. I want those types of roles.”
Hollywood is even worse at including women of color in award-winning performances, (Halle Berry is the only black woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Actress, in a “Monster’s Ball” role with a complex and controversial relationship with race), and this year’s Emmys were a shockingly white-male affair. “12 Years,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale” and “Mandela” all cleared an extra hurdle: they are are all independently financed films that were created without the interest or fiscal support of the major movie studios.
True equality in the Best Actor race doesn’t mean only rewarding black men in roles white men could never play. Instead, we’ll know when Hollywood casting directors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences view people of color as deserving of equal opportunities to shine when a black man in the role of a fictional caring father, son, teacher, student, doctor, author or otherwise non-racially coded character is nominated for and wins Best Actor.
Until then, however, let’s raise a glass to this year’s class of outstanding performers, because maybe, just maybe their success in this year’s awards rat race will jostle the shamefully whitewashed powers that be within the industry. Forgive me for not getting my hopes up

real talk.

misterracoon:

Hollywood’s ‘Race Problem’ Is Worse Than You Think

In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for big time progress. So it goes with Hollywood’s consistent inability to include actors of color.

Popular critical consensus suggests that we may have as many as four black Best Actor nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”), Forest Whitaker (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”). Ejiofor is currently favored to win the category, where he’ll probably be joined by the likes of Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”) and Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”).

That these men of color are even being discussed in awards blogger circles is certainly cause for celebration, because each of their films presents a perspective that doesn’t get much play in Hollywood. But insofar as these four movies are important, they are also limited by their veracity. They’re all based on true stories: “12 Years” tells the tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was captured and enslaved and wrote an autobiography by the same name; “Mandela” is self-explanatory; “Fruitvale Station” centers on the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant III, a black man shot dead by a police officer in Oakland; “The Butler” draws its meat from the life of Eugene Allen, a black butler who worked for the White House for over three decades.

Put another way, these roles have to be played by black actors. Each of these men has more than earned the nominations they’re expected to receive (now’s a good time to pinch in some salt: awards bloggers love to shower performances with praise, but nominations are certainly not guaranteed), but the fact that they’re generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors is cause for concern.

"Generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors" is not casual phrasing. A study of the roles that have earned black men Best Actor nominations reveals that this is a historical problem. Sidney Poitier won in 1963 for playing a black itinerant worker in "Lilies of the Field," a movie based on a novel by the same name. Jamie Foxx won in 2004 for playing Ray Charles in "Ray," and Forest Whitaker won in 2006 for playing Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." The only black man to win Best Actor for a role that could have been played by a white actor is Denzel Washington, who won in 2001 for his turn as a LAPD detective in “Training Day.”

That’s one man over 85 years of Academy Awards. The situation isn’t much better at the Golden Globes, where Morgan Freeman’s performance as a chauffeur who triumphs over racism in “Driving Miss Daisy” joins the otherwise identical list of Best Actor winners. (Nor, it’s worth noting, does the picture improve when including Best Actor nominees at the Oscars, a class that includes blacks playing “black roles” such as Will Smith in “Ali,” Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda,” Terrence Howard in “Hustle & Flow,” Freeman in “Invictus,” Washington in “Malcom X,” Laurence Fishburne in “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” etc.)

Jordan has discussed enjoying filming “Chronicle,” which he describes as a win because the character was originally supposed to be a white Jewish man. “[With] the lack thereof of quality roles for African-American actors, I look for stuff like that,” he said in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment. “I want the script that Ben Affleck or Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t do because of scheduling. I want that one. I want those types of roles.”

Hollywood is even worse at including women of color in award-winning performances, (Halle Berry is the only black woman to ever win the Oscar for Best Actress, in a “Monster’s Ball” role with a complex and controversial relationship with race), and this year’s Emmys were a shockingly white-male affair. “12 Years,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale” and “Mandela” all cleared an extra hurdle: they are are all independently financed films that were created without the interest or fiscal support of the major movie studios.

True equality in the Best Actor race doesn’t mean only rewarding black men in roles white men could never play. Instead, we’ll know when Hollywood casting directors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences view people of color as deserving of equal opportunities to shine when a black man in the role of a fictional caring father, son, teacher, student, doctor, author or otherwise non-racially coded character is nominated for and wins Best Actor.

Until then, however, let’s raise a glass to this year’s class of outstanding performers, because maybe, just maybe their success in this year’s awards rat race will jostle the shamefully whitewashed powers that be within the industry. Forgive me for not getting my hopes up

real talk.

big-gadje-world:

wintergrey:

moniquill:

ghostkiwi:

angrygermanchick:

tangledapplevines:

onenefes:

bleach-your-works:

ukrainia-urania:

borders / granice - photo exhibition by Piotr Bondarczyk & Piotr Sikora - Polish traditional costumes presented by people of different nationalities!

wow

Wondering how SJ bloggers haven’t screamed cultural appropritation yet :D. I like the photos though. 

What’s the point of this… Why?

This makes me genuinely angry. If I was to wear, say, a sari, the SJW’s would flip shit. Yet this is ok? These costumes belong to the POLISH. It isn’t there’s to take.

Oh man the amount of white butthurt in this is amazing

Nevermind that the two people who set up the photoshoot and got all these different people to wear the costumes ARE POLISH 

If an Indian person invited you to their wedding and offered to lend you their sari so you would fit in, I doubt any of the Indian people at the wedding would be offended. Because someone who owns the culture and it’s costumes invited you into it. If you just find a sari somewhere and put it on and then act like you’re so ~innovative~ then yes, that’s cultural appropriation.

I don’t really know why I’m bothering to address you though, given your profile, I don’t expect your ignorant gringa ass to understand.

They REALLY don’t grok the ‘sharing vs. theft’ aspect of appropriation, do they?

The photos are amazing. I’m really smitten with them. I’m not smitten with the smug, ignorant whining. 

Dear Confused White People, this isn’t appropriation in the sense of cherry-picking iconic and representational bits of a culture in order to enhance one’s fashion or status. This is accurate representation of (and maybe even original) traditional Polish costume, in full, worn by people of colour in such a way as to showcase the art and skill involved in the creation of those costumes. The art here, I expect, is in the cognitive dissonance (in whites, mostly) between the costume and the skin colour of each model. The whole of the costume is shown together and not broken down into meaningless elements.

Furthermore, appropriation is specifically a ‘downward’ act, in that it’s done by people with more sociopolitical power to the objects and elements of a culture belonging to those with significantly less power. Appropriation divorces (generally) iconic and powerful elements of a culture from that culture and its people in order to increase the power and pleasure of a second group that already has more sociopolitical power, thereby erasing the context and meaning of those elements and further disempowering those in the originating culture. 

I am rather baffled that you people don’t understand this kind of basic context though I guess I shouldn’t be. It’s just that it’s not very complicated and if you’ve got the wherewithal to be on Tumblr complaining about it you do have the means by which to have educated yourself on the subject. If you don’t get it at this point, you really need to take a seat and stop playing ‘gotcha’ like you’re trying to win points in a trivia game when other people who call out real appropriation are trying to take back their cultures, their origins, and their history from the great white threshing machine of which you’re presently a working part.

I feel as though people always forget that THERE ARE EUROPEANS WHO ARE NOT WHITE

THERE ARE A FUCKTON OF PoC EUROPEANS. 

There are PoC who have been living in Europe for hundreds of years, who view themselves as culturally [insert European nationality/ethnicity/culture here], but who are constantly told & reminded that despite the expectation that they must be the ones to assimilate into the dominant culture, they are routinely reminded that they are “not” of the dominant ethnicity or race in the region & are not permitted or strongly discouraged from having the same sense of national or cultural pride as White Europeans. 

This is actually a huge fucking issue in many parts of Europe. 

It makes me really, really happy to see White Europeans going out of their way to be inclusive of non-White Europeans. 

And, there is a huge difference between being invited to participate in a cultural tradition & straight cherry picking aspects from another culture because you think they are “cool” or “exotic” or whatever. 

glowcloud:

hiphopfrightsplaque:

"We live in a world where losing your phone is more dramatic than losing your virginity"

Um ok but I don’t recall my virginity having 16 GB of memory with all my contacts, music, photos, calendars, and apps or costing over $200.

my phone is an expensive and important material object and not a useless social construct put in place to shame and commodify women

A message from hazelhills
Hello, I saw your post about all the hate you get that we don't see. In case it helps, I think your blog is excellent and informative and I enjoy reading it very much. I am a professional costumer and I perform in Renaissance faires, and there is so much here that I can share with the people I work with. And you site all your sources, which is invaluable.
A reply from medievalpoc

Thanks!

I think that Renaissance festivals, as one of the most pervasive ways Medieval and Renaissance European culture is enjoyed today, can be at the leading edge of changing our perceptions of racial homogeneity during that time.

I know far too many people of color who’ve been harassed for participating, or told they “couldn’t” for one reason or another.

I think more than anything, the “historical accuracy” argument harms here in a way that impacts a lot of history and fantasy fans.

Thank you for sharing this information with the people you work with, in hopes of creating a more supportive and inclusive environment for the current generation of Medieval/Renaissance fans and cosplayers.

medievalpoc:

blackentertainmenttimelord:

greenwoodcreations:

medievalpoc:

witchsistah:

commanderbishoujo:

sourcedumal:

papavernoir:

This definitely needed to be addressed. Some people’s inner bigot comes out at Faires, Conventions, etc. and it can be disheartening. 

I have been a part of a Renaissance Fair group for about 6 years now

I just came back from one today and let me tell you

There was a group of kids walking through the fair on the first day, a good number of them were Black. They all stopped and stared and me when they saw me standing there in a corset and peasant skirt.

They stopped and stared and whispered “is she a princess?” even though I was wearing simple clothing and not anything close to nobility garb, And they smiled and took pictures and were so excited to see me because I finally gave them a glimpse of themselves in a time period that they’ve been told we don’t exist in.

Because there are no depictions of Black people in Medieval times and Renaissance times that are easily accessible.

The last time I saw a Black person in a Medieval setting on television was back when “Mystik Knights of Tyr Na Nog” was still on Fox Kids.

This shit is so important.

haha man. I remember the one and only time i broke out my Moorish alchemist persona at the NY Ren Faire and somebody straight up asked me if I was a slave

why i only ever do pirates and noblewomen anymore

I go to the local Faire in Tudor noblewoman’s garb complete with jeweled French Hood, brooches, jeweled girdle and farthingale hoop.

Here’s a pic of me in some of my garb:

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And yes, I get looks.  I even got one White dude who asked if there were Black folks in the 1500s.  I asked him, “Do you mean in England or on the planet?” He replied “Both.”  I gave him a “you canNOT be serious look and said, “Yes.” “Yes, to which one?” “BOTH!”  But mostly, I get folks thinking I work there (I don’t. I’m a playtron) and folks requesting pictures.  When I first started dressing up, I’m sure I was the weird Black chick dressing in Ren clothes. Now, I’m the chick with the awesome garb.

Those are AMAZING costumes.

One: I am drooling over that garb.

Two: No black people in Medieval-Tudor-Elizabethan eras? WTF? Look, I speak as a Rennie and a SCAdian, and I’m addressing other Rennies and/or SCAdians here, so please, if you fall into one of those two catagories, PLEASE, read this post…

…and don’t be stupid.

Trade Routes! Merchant Ships! The “Silk Road”! Pilgrimages! Exploration! (<—from a white European perspective, at the least.)

THEY WERE ALL A THING.

Of COURSE People of Color—Africans, Middle Easterners, Indians, Asians, and so on and so forth—even the rare American Indian, after a certain point, in Europe—all existed in “period” times.

We pride ourselves on the research we do. Well, don’t slouch. There are plenty of examples of people of color in “period” art and writing.

Even if there weren’t such numerous examples (and there ARE)… even if you don’t want to admit to yourself that people of color existed in Europe “back then”… Fact Check: Ren Faires are largely about fantasy. And the Society for Creative Anachronisms? Look up the word “anachronism” some time.

This post isn’t an isolated instance. I’ve been running into this a LOT amongst my (darker-skinned) friends and the (non-white) people I follow. This kind of opinion is painfully common. So consider this post I’m reblogging the “last straw” for me.

There is ZERO excuse for this kind of idiocy in our circles. NO EXCUSE. The Ren Faire is sacred ground, people. Don’t f* with it. EVERYONE is welcome… even if you were (previously) unaware of their “historical right” to be there. If you can show up with elf ears and fairy wings (NOT HISTORICAL) then a person of color damn well has the right to show up in garb (HISTORICALLY ACCURATE SO DEAL WITH IT.) 

Don’t be a douche!!!

First time at a Ren-Faire some white dude called me the n word, a slave, and told me to take away his empty plate.
I said” no. Fuck you. Don’t get fooled by The Middle Ages look. I will still whoop your racist ass.”
I left and have never been back. Giant groups of white people freak me out. St. Patricks Day, concert venues of certain bands, nah I’m good.

This is what needs to stop.

Racist harassment of people of color in Renaissance Festival and SCA communities happens constantly.

These events should be fun for everyone, not just white people.

White followers who participate in these communities: if you hear or see racist behavior from your white friends and do not say or do anything about it, you are contributing to the racist exclusion of people of color in your community.

No one should have to be afraid to participate in something they love.

feministfeels:

Just so we’re all clear, whenever someone says, “I’m not a feminist, I’m a humanist,” I hear “I don’t want to actually recognize the inherent power structures that are contributing to your oppression and I lack an actual understanding of what feminism actually is and all I really want to do is whine about ‘why don’t we all get along’” and I take it as active instructions to stay as far away from you as possible.  

boobsdontworkthatway:

thiefontherun:

okaysional:

greybanshee:

cathsith:

caseywojtek:

missrep:

Miss Representation

Dr. Caroline Heldman breaks it down 

OMG THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS

Amazing video. Should be required viewing for high school students. I may make it required viewing for my future college students.

"The Fighting Fucktoy" is my new favourite phrase.

See: Why male gaze is awful and needs to be addressed

This documentary was awesome and powerful definitely recommend that you guys watch it! 

To those who argue against the idea that physically strong characters are not necessarily empowered characters, I highly recommend watching Miss Representation. Also for TONS of other reasons (this is only one topic covered). Basically, watch Miss Representation.

-Satya

PS: NOW.

flippydoodle:

thatssoscience:

What Happened to the Computer Girls? 
Believe it or not, in the 1960’s, programming was seen as women’s work. It was even touted as being “just like planning a dinner”.
So what happened?
Eventually male programmers wanted to raise their status above “women’s work”. So they actively discouraged women from these positions, designed hiring tests rigged for men, and even created the stereotype that programmers are disinterested in people. No wonder in the years since, it’s still a male dominated field. Women earned only 18% of the computer science degrees awarded in 2008-2011. 
Alright ladies, we need to bust this myth. It’s been too long. Find organizations like Scientista or Sally Ride Science that help encourage women and girls in STEM interests. Find mentors and connect with other women interested in STEM. 

Computer Science departments in universities are some of the most racist, sexist, downright misogynist hell holes, with the worst kind of men. Everyone from male professors to male TAs are bullying arseholes who eschew the worst kind of “white male victim” complex. Not only do they treat female students like crap, they also pick on female professors in the department. Many male professors don’t help female students, and male TAs are creepy fucks who think they can flirt with you if you go to them for help, especially if you’re a non-white woman. 

flippydoodle:

thatssoscience:

What Happened to the Computer Girls? 

Believe it or not, in the 1960’s, programming was seen as women’s work. It was even touted as being “just like planning a dinner”.

So what happened?

Eventually male programmers wanted to raise their status above “women’s work”. So they actively discouraged women from these positions, designed hiring tests rigged for men, and even created the stereotype that programmers are disinterested in people. No wonder in the years since, it’s still a male dominated field. Women earned only 18% of the computer science degrees awarded in 2008-2011. 

Alright ladies, we need to bust this myth. It’s been too long. Find organizations like Scientista or Sally Ride Science that help encourage women and girls in STEM interests. Find mentors and connect with other women interested in STEM. 

Computer Science departments in universities are some of the most racist, sexist, downright misogynist hell holes, with the worst kind of men. Everyone from male professors to male TAs are bullying arseholes who eschew the worst kind of “white male victim” complex. Not only do they treat female students like crap, they also pick on female professors in the department. Many male professors don’t help female students, and male TAs are creepy fucks who think they can flirt with you if you go to them for help, especially if you’re a non-white woman. 

spoopy-banana:

boosmygod:

nightofthelivingched:

This just in professional animators who have endured years of rigorous training are still figuring out how to design and animate girls. It’s very difficult, and nobody in the history of the company has yet to figure it out. Please be patient with them, or you may hurt their feelings

to be fair no one has ever been able to draw a woman in the history of mankind. nor have they been able to even capture a woman on film. im highly skeptical that women even exist. one blurry photograph in the woods does not prove anything.

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