The guilt of changing positions when a cat is sitting on you
“As white people, we are used to representations of ourselves crowding the covers of magazines, crowning the posters of newly released films. The good guys are white, we have learned, after eons of our faces being plastered under cowboy hats and in impeccable Bond suits. White men are Superman, we have learned. White men are Ethan Hunt and Neo and white men are hobbits. Bad men, we have learned, are black. They’re gang bangers and thugs and talk loud and sometimes deliver funny lines where we laugh at their Otherness. Black men aren’t heroes, we learn. Our imagination and subconscious are so saturated with white supremacist notions of goodness, beauty, and heroism, that when confronted head-on with an image of a black man who is brilliant and kind and normal and who saves the day, we transform into robotic versions of ourselves: Does… not… compute. Hero… must be… white. It’s this line of thinking that turned Disney’s Princess Tiana into an animal for 95 percent of the movie. The collective white imagination had difficulty imagining a black girl as a princess… and so she became a frog.”
— Olivia Cole - “Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination” (via newwavefeminism
This rang true until the last part. Tiana was a frog because the story was called Princess and the Frog. And turning the Princess into a frog was the plot twists. Children don’t just perceive race through appearance. A mother in the documentary “Mickey Mouse Monopoly” said that her child identified the hyenas in Lion King as black even though they’re fucking hyenas, just from the way they talked. This, of course, is a whole other instance of DIsney racism. Tiana being a frog in a film called Princess and the Frog is not an instance of Disney Racism.
Anonymous asked: "Patriarchy smasher, white supremacy basher, classical music junkie." So you hate men, you hate white people, and you listen to shitty music?
This is the funniest thing I have ever read
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” - Jane Austen
(Source: plinys, via imperiatrix)
This dude has a masters degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.
"Where are you from? […] No, I mean where are you really from?"
I feel like this question is so pervasive in my life now that I don’t even tell people I’m Canadian I just go straight to explaining my heritage.
Can I just say, I can imagine how annoying it must be to have people question your nationality, and “where are you REALLY from” is just plain offensive because it’s almost like accusing you of lying the first time. But this attitude isn’t necessarily racist. I’m Pakistani and I’m fascinated to know people’s heritage because I think that shit is just really interesting. In Pakistan I always ask my friends about their Zaat (caste). When I was in the west I used to ask people of colour where they were from as a kid because I really wanted to know, and get confused when a brown kid would reply he was from London. That was a valuable lesson, realising that just because someone looked like me, even was racially the same as me, doesn’t mean they identify with the same country as their hometown. I look Pakistani and I was born and bred here. Somebody else might look like me and have the exact same racial background but they were born and bred in London and that’s where they’re from. Although I never said “Where are you REALLY from?”, I would ask “where are your parents from?” Is that less annoying/offensive?
(Source: awaitingideas, via tini-tiny-teenager)
English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet
However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
Reblogging. Because linguistics.
(Source: linguafandom, via writeworld)
I drink water and half an hour later my bladder is like time to go and I’m like no body I need you to absorb this water and hydrate yourself not pee it out straight away