His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
“Gandhi remained committed to nonviolence; I followed the Gandhian strategy for as long as I could, but then there came a point in our struggle when the brute force of the oppressor could no longer be countered through passive resistance alone. We founded Umkhonto we Sizwe and added a military dimension to our struggle. Even then, we chose sabotage because it did not involve the loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Militant action became part of the African agenda officially supported by the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.) following my address to the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa (PAFMECA) in 1962, in which I stated, “Force is the only language the imperialists can hear, and no country became free without some sort of violence.”
-The Sacred Warrior, 1999.
White guys are so proud of their ability to be not offended. When one of them tells a rape joke or uses a racial slur, they wink and pat themselves on the back and give endless attaboys for their superior skills in being not offended. They decry the “politically correct” society they find themselves in and look down on anyone who has the lack of fortitude to be offended by anything.
Of course, what allows them to be not offended at rape jokes and racial slurs is that they are not targeted at them. For white guys, these are fun toys to play with; while for much of the rest of the world, they are tools of violence and oppression. Not just relics of the past, but very much alive and well today. So, then, the magical quality that allows these guys to remain so aloof and above-it-all is, quite simply, privilege.
And if you want to watch hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance in action, simply bring up privilege to these not offended white guys and see how fast and hard they become offended. Privilege is a concept so simple and obvious that most social scientists take it as axiomatic, but the mere mention of it gets these guys worked up into a rage. They’re so proud of their ability to be not offended by oppressive language and stereotypes, but they’ll be damned if you point out why. Funny. It’s almost as if they are the beneficiaries of systems of oppression and want to subtly encourage those systems so as to continue benefiting, while simultaneously stifling all mention of those systems, so as to mollify their fragile egos and underused consciences.
But by all means; continue to congratulate yourself on your superior ability to be not offended by oppression and cruelty.
If you wanna ask advice or talk about the politics behind it, then that’s fine.
But if you’re messaging me simply to tell me that you’re losing weight “only for yourself, not for anyone else,” I really don’t want to hear it.
Partly because I just don’t care - like, I could not be less interested in your diet or your weight loss goals. The rest of the world might want to hear that shit, but I don’t.
The other part is that I don’t believe you - I don’t think anyone makes the choice to lose weight completely for themselves. Not you, not anyone. There’s an incredible amount of history dealing with women and their weight, and our society is saturated with fat-hate, so no matter how many times you tell me that it’s a decision you’re making completely on your own, I just won’t believe you. I don’t think you can exist in this society and think that your weight loss journey exists in a vacuum.
Especially when you follow it up with talking about how you “hope” that you’ll still agree with the “feminist side of fat politics” once you meet your goals. Because at that point, you’re acknowledging that losing weight will give you body-size privilege over fat people and with that privilege comes bias towards fat people.
I just don’t have time for that, and I don’t have anything for you when it comes down to it.
Talk to someone else about your weight loss goals. I do not want to hear about them.
Pretty much all I’ve wanted to say but couldn’t really bring myself to about people saying their weight loss is solely for them and that fat hate hasn’t/doesn’t influence that decision in the slightest.
yo automatically labelling every guy wearing a dress genderqueer/trans* is harmful, because what you are basically saying is that no man can ever engage in femininity - whereas women have been wearing trousers and suits for years and yet those traditionally masculine items of clothing are ‘gender neutral’. you’re trying to break down archaic gender roles but you’re just enforcing them in a different way. masculinity is not neutral. c’mon.
that Lily Allen video is a hot mess and I can already hear the resounding clatter of the liberal white feminists as they fall over themselves to talk about how incisive and right-on it is (Caitlin Moran is already gushing about it on Twitter, as is my boring pseudo-feminist pal from uni)
-she thinks she can name a song after a Three 6 Mafia classic then go on to mock the aesthetics pimp rap was built on
-the line ‘I won’t be bragging bout my cars, or talking bout my chains/don’t need to shake my arse for you cos I’ve got a brain’ means she can join Lorde and Macklemore in the bin for White People In 2013 Who’ve Written Songs That Condemn and/or Parody Materialism In Hip-Hop As Though They Have Any Right To (and as though there aren’t deep-rooted historical reasons as to why lots of rap music revels in opulent wealth). gimme goofy, endlessly loveable 2Chainz snarling BOUGHT A NEW CRIB JUST TO FUCK YOU IN over this puritanical shite anyday
-if she wanted to specifically satire Blurred Lines, the BAGGY PUSSY balloons and the ‘have you thought about your butt, who’s gonna tear it in two’ line would have sufficed
-metatextually using black women as props is STILL using black women as props
-feels like a lot of the choreography explicitly mirrors that of the Pour it Up video. so we have Lily getting on her high horse about a video that is 1000000000x more empowering than hers could ever dream of being. the Pour It Up dancers getting to exhibit their athleticism free of any male gaze vs Hard Out Here’s cheap shots at twerking while Generic Old White Dude directs
anyway this feels like when Kate Nash decided feminism would be the best way to market her music while trotting about in a bindi and writing songs like ‘I’m A Feminist, You’re Still A Whore’
bisexual guys are assumed to be secretly gay
bisexual girls are assumed to be secretly straight
both are assumed to secretly like men
see what i’m getting at?
Don’t forget that gay men are gay because they lacked a “strong male figure”. And lesbians either haven’t found the right man or are gay because of a guy.