a collection of activism.

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"Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive, irrational simpletons."

—Gene Demby, PostBourgie


Another comic! 


Another comic! 

4/13 01:53 - karapassey - 174 notes

but seriosuly


When people fail to check their privilege when writing influential feminists texts, they are effectively codifying the erasure of all voices that don’t fall within the very limited scope of the upper class cis while female. I refuse to take seriously any writer, no matter how “convincing” their initial argument, if they lack the basic sense and consciousness to seriously think about the ways their existence relates to the oppression of others… it’s 2012. it’s time to move past the willful ignorance.

There are enough other writers in existence that deserve more attention for their work without us worshiping the same authors who claim that they are fighting for all women, but position their privileged concerns as the #1 priority. I’m tired of reading all this feminist doctrine that make it obvious that their conception of womanhood and femininity still marks me and all my experiences as the “other.” We study at length the plight of the 50’s housewife with hardly any mention the experiences of her servants and maids. Does no one else find that troubling??

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Favorite Social Justice-Related Links (UPDATED) →



Because I keep losing them in my massive, unorganized collection of bookmarks.  Plus I refer people to these links when I attempt to open up narrow views.  Feel free to share.  

This is definitely not a complete list and I plan to keep adding onto it.  If you have any links that you’d like me to read over and possibly add to this list, please let me know!

How Unpaid Work Exploits and Contributes to Social Inequality

Unpaid Internships?  File Under ‘Hypocrisy’
Your Unpaid Internship Ate My Social Mobility

Importance of Diversity (Areas of Focus/Disciplines)

Response to Comment on Hard Science Producing More Marketable Goods than Social Sciences and Humanities

Intentions in Philanthropy & Problems in Volunteerism

TOMS Shoes: Good Marketing, Bad Aid
How “Breast Cancer Awareness” Campaigns Hurt < NEW!
Concept of Social Justice Goes Beyond Service

White Saviour

Whites In Shining Armour
When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like “Avatar”?

Cultural Appropriation & Problematic Aesthetics

Drawing On Indians
Threadbared - Looking at Fashion and Beauty From a Critical Lens

Media Portrayal & Stereotypes

Tiger Mothers Are Driven by U.S. Inequity, Not Chinese Culture (+ comments) < NEW!
Wesley Yang Confuses Asian Masculinity With White Male Supremacy (+ comments) < NEW!
Yellow Face: A Story in Pictures

Gender Inequality and Misogyny

An Open Letter to My Male Friends Who Make Sexist “Jokes” < NEW! 
Gender Subversion Poster
 < NEW!

Derogatory and Problematic Language

Is Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Racially Insensitive?
“Huckleberry Finn” and the N-word
Extra: ”Slave” vs. the N-word?
Extra: Students weigh in (on the use of the N-word in Tom Sawyer)
I Saw the Sign but Did We Really Need a Sign?: SlutWalk and Racism
SlutWalks v. Ho Strolls
Ableist Word Profile

Privilege & Why You Were Called Out on Being Racist, Sexist, etc.

Responses to Instigators of Affirmative Action Bake Sale at UC Berkeley
If I Were a Rich White Dude  < NEW! 
Exclusion of Asians From People of Color Communities and Movements

Derailing for Dummies - Trivializing Perspectives of Marginalized Groups


Anonymous asked: do you have any guidelines on how a white (not english or american) person can appreciate other (especially the indian) culture(s)? or can’t we? where does the border between appreciating and appropriating lie exactly?



To be honest, I’m not the go-to source for questions of appropriation, an agony column for you to feel better about things. But since you asked so verynicely :)

Not everything white people do is appropriation by default, it’s how they do it. Now, I don’t know how your interaction with [desi] culture is going to pan out specifically, & nor shall my word absolve you if you do cross the line.

1) Is it marketed to you as an object/custom from a marginalised culture without any context? If yes/unsure, don’t do it.

2) What are your reasons? Are you appreciating it because you feel bored, or because it’s cool, or you think it’s aesthetically pleasing (“exotic”)? If the answer to any of these is yes/unsure, then don’t do it.

3) What is the history/meaning of objects/languages/rituals in the culture? Are you aware of the meanings/history of these things? Will you be using them in a way that misrepresents them, or diminishes their power? If yes/unsure, don’t do it.

4) Are you comfortable with the understanding that as someone benefiting from imperialism, even if your local history does not have any, you may be contributing to the suppression of others’ cultural symbols, & that by your actions there is a strong possibility of further oppression? Are you willing to work through the nuances of privilege that occur when the question of cultural appropriation is brought up? If your answer to the second is no, and to the first is yes, then don’t do it.

5) If someone from calls you out on appropriation/racism, are you going defend your perceived right to appreciate their heritage, & how they shouldn’t be offended? If the answer is yes/unsure, you definitely shouldn’t do it.

As for your question on desi cultures specifically, what is your view? Does India exist to impart wisdom & for you to ~discover yourself~? Is every dusty person Serene, Vegetarian, & Contemplating Their Place In The Universe? (Hint: they’re not).  If you can see that, then ok, cool.



I like that I can reblog Q & A’s now :D
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