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thewintersupersoldier:

People go like “you can’t force diversity” as if the racial hegemony and absolute heterosexuality in media happened naturally and wasn’t carefully constructed and heavily forced by a white supremacist agenda and society’s obsession with hetero normativity 

vasundharaa:

This is a resource post for all the Good White Person™s out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.
On White Privilegeaka don’t blame me just because I’m white:
It’s Not My Fault I Was Born White: Basics of White Privilege x
Racial Divide x
Endless Examples of White Privilege x
You Cannot Know What It’s Like To Be A Racial Minority x
Intersectional Feminism x
White Privilege Does Not Mean White People Have Perfect Lives x
White Privilege and White Supremacy: A Presentation x
You Will Never Experience Racism x
Understanding White Privilege x
White Privilege and Double Standards x
Systematic White Ignorance x
The Invisibility of White Privilege x
The Luxury of White Privilege x 
White Privilege: The Harry Potter Analogy x
Privilege Denial Bingo x
Privilege and Cost x
Check Your Privilege 101 x
Whiteness x
Whiteness is Not A Culture x
White Privilege and Racism x
Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk About Race x
When White Anti Racists Talk About ~Their Struggle~ x
White Privilege As A System x
On Reverse Racism aka you are being racist against white people:
Are White People Racially Oppressed x
White People, the new Racial Minority x
People Don’t Value Pale Skin!! x
There Is No Such Thing As Reverse Racism x
Racism vs. Not Racism x
But White People Are Discriminated Against In Foreign Countries x
The Myth of Reverse Racism: Why Cracker is Not N**** x
Satire: A Step Wise Guide on Being Reverse Racist x
Racism Against White People vs. Racism Against POCs x
On Cultural Appropriationaka I’m just appreciating your culture:
The Basics x
Identifying Appropriation x
But When We Wear It … x
Why Can’t I Wear It (Hipster Headdresses) x
Not Yours x
If You Take The Bindi x
White People Do It Better x
Multiculturalism and Appropriation x
Cultural Appropriation and Portrayals In Print Media x
Diminishing the Cultural Significance of the Bindi x
The Cultural Appropriation Bingo x
Why We’re Fed Up of Your Responses x
Identities Are Not Costumes x
Hinduism And Appropriation x
Religion and Privilege x
Bindis Are Cool x
Exotic India x
What’s Wrong With Cultural Appropriation x
Racism, Bindis and Ganesh Tattoos x
BUT YOU’RE SPEAKING ENGLISH! x
Cultural Appropriation Trolls x
Guide to Being An Appropriating Douchefuck x
New Age ~Culture Mixing~ x
In case you’re tired of the prose, here’s poetry x
Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Bindi x
Appropriating and Sharing x
Our Culture is A Punchline Until It’s a Trend x
Homage Or Insult x
Tattoos and Appropriation x
Bollywood is Not Synonymous With Indian x
College Party Costumes and Stereotypes x
Dotheads x
Bindis and Racist Humour x
Hindu Iconography x 
Misuse of Hindu Iconography x
Your Appreciation Doesn’t Help Us x
Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotesaka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:
Unoriginal Arguments Refuted x
Quick Checklist: You Might Be Racist If x
Your Opinion Isn’t Necessary x
I’m Not Responsible For My Ancestors x
The Kumbayah Myth x
Proud to Be White x
Good White Person x
We Don’t Hate White People x
Brutality of Colonialism And Why You Can’t Tell Us To Forget the Past x
People Who Claim Not To See Race Are More Likely to Be Racist x
All Races are Beautiful Said the White Girl x 
Race Blindness Is A Luxury x
Well, You’re Racist For Calling Me Racist x
I’ve Read About Its Significance, I Know What It Means 
Angry Because Someone Called You Racist x
We’re Not All Like That x
People Only Care About This Trivial Shit On The Internet x
I Can’t Apologize for Being Born White, It’s Not My Fault x
Why Can’t You Tell Me What I’m Doing Wrong x
It’s Easy to Be Color Blind When You’re White x
A Diagrammatic Guide To White Tears x
Conversations I’m Sick Of Having With White People x
Why Do You Hate White People x
I’m Trying To Be Cultured x
Sisyphean Conundrum x
What is Your Problem x
We Are All Human, We All Bleed Red x
It’s Just A Bindi x
How Not To Respond To Accusations of Racism x
I’m Italian And 0.009% Native American x
What White People Think Racism Means: A Venn Diagram x
White Guilt x
White Pride!!!111!!! x
I Like *Insert Foreign Country* I Want To Live There x
You Have So Much Hate, Fighting Fire With Fire Won’t Help x
BooHoo, Don’t Call Me Racist x
Not Everything Ended With Your Ancestors x
The Racist Reaction x
I Don’t See Why That Is Racist x
Crummy Apologies x
Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?
Listen x
A Step Wise Guide x
I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:
The Clueless White Person Bus x

vasundharaa:

This is a resource post for all the Good White Persons out there. You know, the ones who say things like “It’s not my fault I’m white! Don’t generalize white people!”, or “I’m appreciating your culture! You should be proud!”, or “Why do you hate all white people, look I’m a special snowflake who’s not racist give me an award for meeting the minimum requirements for being a decent human being”.

Well, if you are actually interested in understanding racism and how it ties into cultural appropriation, please read instead of endlessly badgering PoCs on tumblr with your cliched, unoriginal arguments and repeating the same questions over and over.

On White Privilege
aka don’t blame me just because I’m white:

On Reverse Racism
aka you are being racist against white people:

On Cultural Appropriation
aka I’m just appreciating your culture:

Assorted Vials of White Tears and Miscellaneous Antidotes
aka I can’t change that I’m white/not all whites are racist/we are all humans:


Okay. I agree. I’ve been socially conditioned not to notice racism and recognize my privilege. What can I do?

I don’t care about this bullshit; you’re making a big deal out of nothing, go home and delete your blog:


I walk into a room, and for this industry, I’m impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what’s left for a woman? Either you’re the ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not so attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they’ll give you a gun, and they’ll say, ‘Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!’
I walk into a room, and for this industry, I’m impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what’s left for a woman? Either you’re the ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not so attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they’ll give you a gun, and they’ll say, ‘Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!’

(Source: cooperspooper)

peopleofcolorinlove:




Feature films, independent films, short films, and yes even B films. This masterpost has been created to showcase the stories of people of color, who love, laugh, cry, and kick ass. This is by no means the end all list of movies featuring people of color, there are thousands of great films out there, this is just a snippet of films found for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.
 .D R A M A S.
Things Never Said (2013) 
La Mission (2009) 1 & 2 
Mississippi Masala (1991) 
Unbowed (1999) 
Love and Basketball (2000)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Samson and Delilah (2009)
The Last Fall (2012)
Not Easily Broken (2009)
Disappearing Acts (2000)
Mabo (2012)
42 (2013)
Jason’s Lyric (1994)
My Family (1995)
Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
.R O M C O M S.
Our Family Wedding (2010) 
About Last Night (2014
American Fusion (2005)
Think Like A Man (2012)
Jumping the Broom (2011)
Baggage Claim (2013)
Politics of Love (2008)
Peeples (2013)
Deliver Us From Eva (2003)
Just Wright (2010)
Hitch (2005)
It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
Fakin da Funk (1997)
Chasing Papi (2003)
Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) 
.D R A M A D I E S.
Brown Sugar (2002) BM/BW
I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) LM/BW
The Best Man (1999)
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
The Preacher’s Wife (1996) 
I LIke it Like That (1994)
Soul Food (1997)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
Why Did I Get Married Too (2010)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Last Holiday (2006)
.R O M A N C E.
Love Jones (1999)
Poetic Justice (1993)
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1998)
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Claudine (1974)
Paris Blues (1961) 
One Love (2003)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Turning 30 (2011)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Like Water for Chocolate (1992) 
.A C T I O N/.T H R I L L E R.
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Woman Thou Art Loosed On the 7th Day
The Last Letter (2013)
Obsessed (2009)
.L G B T  F I L M S.
Saving Face
Noah’s Arc Jumping the Broom (2008)
Finding Me (2009)
Circumstances (2011)
Gun Hill Road (2011)
The Skinny (2012) 
Drifting Flower
Round Trip 
Elliot Loves (2012)
.S H O R T S.
Tall Enough (2009) 
Love Escapes Us (2014)
This Time (2010)
Dragon of Love (2003)
White Sugar in a Black Pot (2012)
.A N I M AT I O N.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Mulan (1998)
Mulan II (2004)
Aladdin (1992)
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

peopleofcolorinlove:

Feature films, independent films, short films, and yes even B films. This masterpost has been created to showcase the stories of people of color, who love, laugh, cry, and kick ass. This is by no means the end all list of movies featuring people of color, there are thousands of great films out there, this is just a snippet of films found for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.

.D R A M A S.

.R O M C O M S.

.D R A M A D I E S.

.R O M A N C E.

.A C T I O N/.T H R I L L E R.

.L G B T  F I L M S.

.S H O R T S.

.A N I M AT I O N.

katzmatt:

co-ver:

Video games are great, they let you try your craziest fantasies. For example, on the sims, you can have a job and a house

In skyrim you can eat 100 cheese wheels in under a minute 

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since so many people on tumblr tell me i have a plethora of good advice for them, i thought i would compile a list of advice and tips that have PERSONALLY been the key to my happiness. this list is not exhaustive, but i hope it gives you something to think about.

1. the best thing you can do for yourself in the quest for happiness is understand that it is a choice. it is not a gift wrapped up in cellophane with a gift receipt from Target. it is not something thrown in your face. it is your decision, completely within your hands. there are barriers you will overcome, and must overcome, to be happy. these are your choices. very few people cannot be happy with the right tools.

2. be selective, picky, and open. a CEO told me this over coffee one day. think you deserve the best in life, pick it wisely, but open your mind to as many possibilities as possible.

3. never make decisions in haste. never rush to come to a conclusion, unless the decision is life-threatening and urgent. take your time, sleep on it, wait till you are not mad or upset. make decisions you can STAND BEHIND for years to come, not just today.

4. passion is not derived, never derived, from domestic abuse. your relationship will never be happier if you fight or abuse each other. despite what songs like Love the Way You Lie tell you, abuse is never glamorous. holding a knife to someone’s throat and then fucking them is not going to add spice or joy to your relationship.

5. walk everywhere. if you can walk and you have time, do it. walking adds up quickly. make it your preferred method of exercise. you do not need to go to an expensive gym 2x a week to get your exercise in. consistent, constant exercise like walking is more beneficial than jogging occasionally.

6. date someone who makes you feel like a dog — happy upon their arrival, excited to just be around them doing absolutely anything, and completely at ease. savour that relationship and build it to the best it can be.

7. keep your living area clean. clean your house/apartment every few days or weeks. remove clutter, junk, debris, and general shit. you do not need to own thousands of possessions to be happy. declutter your life and your mind, and keep things clean of dust/crap.

8. be intolerant. never tolerate things you see as ‘red flags.’ i wish i could go back in time to react to red flags i chose to ignore. when you are faced with a red flag in a person, you MUST resolve it immediately or walk away. confront them, deal with it, figure it out — but never, never, ever ignore it.

9. cut people out of your life. be ruthless. if you tolerate garbage, you will get garbage. be picky as shit when it comes to who is in your life. that is NOT to say you should cut people out for minor misunderstandings, but upon the first possible fundamental disrespect of you as a person/human, you need to walk the fuck away if they do not change their behaviour immediately.

10. the quality of your life will be determined by things like money, where you live, what your economic opportunities are, etc. many things you cannot control. the #1 thing you CAN control is who is in your life. bad people will ruin the happiest millionaire. bad people are cancer in your life that are parasitic. you will never be happy. i cannot emphasize enough how important GOOD people are.

11. clean your makeup brushes every day, if you wear makeup. nothing is more luxurious than applying clean makeup to a clean face with clean tools. it will take 5 minutes. you have 5 minutes. don’t lie to me.

12. avoid facebook and other mindless social media. don’t read so much about what other people are doing with their time. what is important is what you are doing and where you are going. avoid the online gossip and endless newsfeeds.

13. kiss your partner as often as you can. it will bring you closer. smile at them. poke their nose. surprise them with bursts of affection. you will be surprised the effect a few smiles and kisses will have on their mood and your relationship. be generous, stupidly generous, with your affection. lay it on with words, actions, gifts, surprises. it is great for your mood and happiness.

14. long term memory is infinite, from what we understand. if you want to remember things, you have to find a way to encode them. if you write them down and rehearse them every now and then, you will remember your life pretty well.

15. it is always better to be alone than in poor company. there is no shame in loneliness; the biggest shame comes from selling your integrity to bad people. if you are alone, be alone and walk alone knowing you are doing something good for yourself. never settle for less than you are worth. you will be happier alone than in bad friendships/relationships. you will find someone.

16. jealousy is a pointless feeling. if someone loves you, they will not do things that are supposed to make you jealous/angry. if they do these things, this is a good thing — it means you know you should cut them out. consider someone who makes you justifiably jealous all the time as doing you a favour.

17. if someone cheats on you, it is also a favour. their true colors have come out. when you see who they really are, you have no choice but to do something about it. thank them gracefully and be happy you know the truth. i would much rather have my partner cheat on me TODAY than live with him for 50 years, never knowing he is capable of it.

18. consider the principle of the matter — the truth, in other words. when things are possibilities, they are EQUALLY VALID to things that have NEVER HAPPENED. don’t compromise on your principles. don’t let people tell you it’s okay because it hasn’t happened.

19. if someone is bad to other people and good to you, consider them a terrible person. they can treat you like gold, but it will never change the fact they are a scumbag.

20. eat good food. there’s at least millions of recipes online to help you eat well. if you can find some you like, there should be no excuse as to why you pack back 5 bags of chips a week.

21. … but also treat yourself.

22. who do you want to date? what are they like? who do you want as friends? how do they treat people? BE that person yourself, and you will attract people like that.

23. opposites may briefly attract, but they rarely stay together. date and marry and befriend people who are like you in fundamental ways. find people equally intelligent, interested in at least some of the same things as yourself, and with similar life goals. you will feel frustrated if you find people too dissimilar. you won’t be going in the same life direction.

24. put lip balm on before bed every night. it will keep your lips effortlessly smooth and soft in the day and protect them from wind/sun.

25. spend time alone doing what it is you like. take yourself out to dinner. have sex with yourself (masturbate). buy yourself a gift. say “i love you” to yourself. it is good for you to be alone in happy, sad, intimate, joyful, depressed states. learn how to handle yourself at all stages. don’t always feel the need to lean on another person to share every emotion.

26. have frequent orgasms. all the time.

27. never stoop to the level of bad people who hurt you. say “please” and “thank you” to your enemies. interact with bad people as little as possible. be courteous. give everyone basic human respect, and choose not to engage with people who make you feel bad.

28. listen to 80s music. like, seriously. if you need some feel good, happy, excited, off the wall music, the 80s are your friend. there’s a reason i listen to nothing but 80s music for hours a day.

29. be patient. if you examine your life problems, i bet you will find impatience has caused dozens in the past. realize that waiting for things to be OK is hard, but dealing with disastrous aftermath after the fact is much harder.

30. recognize that life is ending one minute at a time. tomorrow, you will be 1 day closer to dying. some of us have 50 years left. some of us have 50 days left. but no one knows. don’t die on a bad note. plan to die tomorrow every day, and ask if there’s a piece of happiness you can extract from today that will make it that much better. feel gratitude that you exist in 2014, a day and age with technology and healthcare and good things — NOT perfect, never perfect, but better than humans have ever had it. your life will end, and when it does, you will be utterly insignificant to the universe — your problems today will not matter, so why should they matter today. extract the best you can. no one is stopping you, only you.

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by xoxo, em (pastured)

(Source: pastured)

notmargaery:

*university voice* unfortunately… we have too much money… so we have to raise tuition so we can build a place to keep all the other money in… so sorry unavoidable

(Source: hooyoda)

How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

the-wistful-collectivist:

md-admissions:

shrinkrants:

This is a problem not just with lung capacity measurements but with health inequality more generally. There’s vastly, vastly, vastly more research on genomics than on the social determinants of health. Part of the problem is the infrastructure of science. What kinds of questions are considered scientific?”

I’m really glad I read this, VERY interesting

a racist society will generate racist science

kittydoom:

exgynocraticgrrl:

Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.

MIC DROP

whitepeoplestealingculture:

humansofcolor:

nativefaces:

CULTURAL GENOCIDE:  Before and After photo of a young Cree boy, forced to attend a Canadian “Indian school.” (1910)

Despicable.

I want to show this to white people who say that cultural appropriation isn’t a big deal because you’re taking a part of someone’s culture that was insulted, attacked and taken away from them for years and years and now you want to wear it as some sort of costume or fashion trend. But your ancestors were the ones to forcefully take away and obliterate OUR cultures for centuries. We STILL aren’t allowed to freely embrace our cultures because white people love to insult us and make fun of us, but white people themselves love wearing it because they think their mayo asses are entitlted to everything. Nope fuck off. 

whitepeoplestealingculture:

humansofcolor:

nativefaces:

CULTURAL GENOCIDE:  Before and After photo of a young Cree boy, forced to attend a Canadian “Indian school.” (1910)

Despicable.

I want to show this to white people who say that cultural appropriation isn’t a big deal because you’re taking a part of someone’s culture that was insulted, attacked and taken away from them for years and years and now you want to wear it as some sort of costume or fashion trend. But your ancestors were the ones to forcefully take away and obliterate OUR cultures for centuries. We STILL aren’t allowed to freely embrace our cultures because white people love to insult us and make fun of us, but white people themselves love wearing it because they think their mayo asses are entitlted to everything. Nope fuck off. 

"I gave a speech on bisexual health at a medical association conference a few years ago. One of the attendees, who is a mental health professional — he’s a therapist — wasn’t at my talk, but when he heard the topic of my speech, he told me, 'Oh, when I have clients who say they’re bi, I really question it. I really make them talk it through, and we examine it very closely.'

I said, 'What if they say they’re gay?' He was gay, by the way.

He said, 'Oh, in that case, we just talk about whatever they came to me for.'
"
by

Amy Andre in Nothing About Us Without Us from her speech on problems of Physical Health in the Bisexual Community, at a bisexual roundtable on 23 September 2013 in Washington DC USA (via bialogue-group)

It’s this shit right here that gets me so fucking mad at people who trivialise biphobia and monosexism by saying shit like “oh the worst you get is people thinking you are confused and greedy”, as if those stereotypes has no real consequences for bisexuals.

This is a fucking therapist, a man in charge of helping people overcome mental health issues and trauma, admitting freely that he and his colleagues treat bisexuality as if it is a mental health problem and a symptom of mental disturbance to be treated and cured.

He is telling a bi woman that he doesn’t treat gay people the same way and I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t treat straight folks that way, he is singling out bisexuals because he thinks there is something wrong with us identifying that way, because we are, in his mind, confused.

It makes me sick to think that he is making clients doubt and dissect their own sexuality, blamed their bisexuality for their mental state, told them that bisexuality was a symptom or something to take centre-stage over everything because he thinks it’s not as natural or mentally healthy as monosexuality.

This attitude towards bisexuality is endemic to the medical health industry, especially mental health, which is already a problematic field given how much stigma is attached to mental illness.

So many times I hear bisexuals express their anger at being told by qualified therapists and doctors that they were confused, greedy and/or unstable and therefore had to jump through pointless hoops, longer and more invasive therapy sessions, or even worse, threatened with having treatment withheld or taken in a direction completely different from monosexuals because “it’s all in their heads” or “just doing it for attention”. All because the person in charge takes Freud a little too seriously and/or believes all the shitty stereotypes that seem ever so trivial and not worth combatting to biphobia-deniers.

And people wonder why bisexuals don’t come out to health professionals? They wonder why we don’t come out at all? They wonder why bisexuals have a rate of suicide and poor health way above straight and gay people?

Don’t ever tell me that is trivial. Bisexuals die because of these stereotypes, they are killed by these so-called mental health professionals telling them that they need to be cured by denying themselves and are erased after death by monosexism. Fuck everyone who doesn’t think that’s worth caring about.

(via a-little-bi-furious)

avalancherun:

Forcing yourself to work on something that you have no real motivation for

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