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On average, you have a 1 in 18,989 chance of being murdered

A trans person has a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered

The average life span of a cis person is about 75-90 

The average life expectancy of a trans person is 23-30 years old

75% of people killed in anti LGBT hate crimes are poc

Think about this the next time you go crying over “cisphobia” and “reverse racism”

Racial Privilege and White Friends

My friend had recently taken a quiz on the subject of privilege and we started discussing the concept of privilege. My friend is white. I am not. My friend was angered by the quiz because he felt that it had focused too much on identity politics and had not done enough to acknowledge the economic disadvantages he had grown up from being born in a very poor, rural area.

I tried to explain that privilege isn’t about never having had anything bad happen to you or not having any disadvantages. Privilege is the ways in which you are not oppressed but other people are.

What I found upsetting was that my friend said he thought that identity politics weren’t a real issue because real privilege had to do with access to infrastructure and not "social slights".

But that’s such a perfect example of racial privilege. When my white friend thinks of racism, he thinks "social slights" because, if you’re white, your worst experience with racial prejudice is usually going to be hurt feelings because someone said something mean. But when I think of racism, I remember that, by the time I first met this friend in college, I had already endured dozens of beatings, received countless death threats, and survived several murder attempts, all done by people who made sure I knew that they were doing it because my race.

Rationally, I know that my white friend’s racial privilege means that we have each had very difference experiences and it has given him a more limited perspective on racial prejudice. I know that my friend doesn’t really think that the violence, threats, and murder attempts I survived are just social slights. I know that he said it in ignorance, not out of contempt for the value of my life.

But it felt like contempt.

A white student may feel discomfort when it’s pointed out to him how he has benefited from structural racism, but to compare that discomfort to discrimination is a false equivalency. Hurt feelings hurt, but it is not oppression. But hurt feelings can be bad for business. And a lot of powerful people think colleges should act more like businesses. When they do, students act more like customers. And our likely customers might not be amicable to discussions about structural racism. If the customer is always right, then the majority share of customers is more right than the minority.

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Minneapolis professor Shannon Gibney: Reprimanded for talking about racism. (via sociolab)

Capitalism, as a system of oppression, is dependent and interlinked with White Supremacy. We have to overthrow both systems if we want liberation.

(via stoicmeditations)

The thing is, this is what happens when society demonises fat people so much that we are considered sub-human. People like this kid don’t see me as a person, because they’re bombarded with the message day in and day out that fat people are diseased, defective, less than. So our feelings, and our rights, matter nothing to them. Every time they see a headless fatty in the media, it gives them a message that we’re nothing more than a pile of fat. Every time they hear that fatness is a disease, it removes our personhood from their minds. So they have absolutely no qualms in behaving in such an invasive, abusive way toward us.

- We Are Not the Problem | Fat Heffalump (via jadegordon)

Quite honestly, my objection to rape jokes is not even because I particularly find the jokes personally triggering anymore; I generally just find them pathetic and inexplicable. And while I’m bothered by the fact that the jokes normalize and effectively minimize the severity of rape and thus perpetuate the rape culture, I’m more bothered by the thought of a woman who’s recently been raped, who’s just experienced what may be the worst thing that will ever happen to her, and goes to the site of her favorite webcomic, or turns on the telly, or goes to the cinema, or a comedy club, to have a much-needed laugh—only to see that horrible, life-changing thing used as the butt of a joke. I don’t understand—and I don’t believe I ever will—why anyone wants to be the person who sends that shiver down her spine, who makes her eyes burn hot with tears at an unwanted memory while everyone else laughs and laughs.

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http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/08/survivors-are-so-sensitive.html

This is the most spot on description of how I feel about rape jokes I’ve seen.

(via incurablycurious)

TW RAPE

(via feminist-space)

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Apr 9

I'M A BLACK FEMALE COSPLAYER AND SOME PEOPLE HATE IT

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forever-dream-within-a-dream:

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thewhitemoonfamily:

Hey guys! So on Facebook, I have a lot of friends that I’ve met on Tumblr and I typically get Sailor Moon/Anime related news over on those parts. So when my friend Raechel posted this article written by a young lady name Chaka, I had to read it. 

Do you guys remember this picture? 

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Well apparently, Chaka’s simple and elegant cosplay of Sailor Venus was the topic of much racial tension over the past year. The comments that were circulating around all social media outlets were DISGUSTING and I remember them clearly. 

So please read this article if you enjoy cosplay or are interested in cosplay because this girl is amazing and I want people to cosplay no matter what ethnicity they are. 

http://www.xojane.com/issues/mad-back-cosplayer-chaka-cumberbatch

Really disheartening to read this article, but I suggest everyone check it out to see what’s a part of the community / extended community of commentators.

Reading this sometimes makes me scared about cosplaying and good for her for not letting it stop her from doing what she loves. That takes guts. She did a wonderful job with her cosplay. Looks amazing.

I know I don’t look like typical characters-I am short and a bit overweight due to some medical conditions (thyroid among others), I have really dark hair and eyes, etc…. While I can wear wigs, use binders, etc…contacts are out of the question due to extreme sensitivity. I know I am not seen as the typical 'standard' of beauty. 

But I cosplay what I want/who I want. That’s the way it should be. You may not have control of somethings, but that shouldn’t stop you from showing your love for characters.  

People can be terrible at times and sadly, I been saying that too often these days. 

I think everyone gets a little scared or nervous before wearing a costume. My fear is that I get decked out and travel all the way to the con area but then it’s not con weekend and I look really weird being the only person wandering around in full costume >_<! I don’t think I would really be embarrassed or anything, but I always feel paranoid until I see other cosplayers. 

As for haters, here is the way I see it: there are jerks who will make fun of you no matter what you wear and no matter what you look like, so you might as well wear what makes you feel awesome!  :) 

(And even though the jerks tend to be the loudest, there are tons of people who give out compliments and positivity. There is a balance, even if we don’t always see and hear it)

They object to a black woman cosplaying as Sailor Venus while claiming that it’s because she’s not the right color for the character. You know how we know that that’s a racist lie? They don’t make the same complaint about white women cosplaying as Sailor Venus. Sailor Venus is Japanese. If it’s okay for a white woman to cosplay as Sailor Venus, it’s okay for a black woman to cosplay as Sailor Venus. It’s also okay for a Latino man to cosplay as Sailor Venus. It’s cosplay.

Don’t be afraid to cosplay whatever character you want. Don’t let bigots dictate what you’re allowed to do. They’re bigots so their opinions are invalid and stupid.

Apr 9

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Apr 8
geardrops:


truer words were never spoken [x]

geardrops:

truer words were never spoken [x]

Apr 7

psicologicamenteblog:

Source: Women are dying to be thin.

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Apr 5

geekdandy:

From Wikipedia:

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army was a regimental size fighting unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese descent who fought in World War II, despite the fact many of their families were subject to internment. The 442nd, beginning in 1944, fought primarily in Europe during World War II. The 442nd was a self-sufficient force, and fought with uncommon distinction in Italy, southern France, and Germany. The 442nd is considered to be the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the United States Army. 

Here’s the list of decorations received:

  • 21 Medals of Honor
  • 52 Distinguished Service Crosses
  • 1 Distinguished Service Medal
  • 560 Silver Stars
  • 22 Legion of Merit Medals
  • 15 Soldier’s Medals
  • 4,000 Bronze Stars
  • 9,486 Purple Hearts

Here’s how they were received upon returning home:

However, the unit’s exemplary service and many decorations did not change the attitudes of the general U.S. population to people of Japanese descent after World War II. Veterans were welcomed home by signs that read “No Japs Allowed” and “No Japs Wanted”, denied service in shops and restaurants, and had their homes and property vandalized.

So. Thousands of Japanese Americans volunteered for service, some of them while in prison camps in their own country, to fight against Nazi genocide, and in doing so are awarded more honors than any other unit, ever.

And when they returned home, their reward? Hate crimes.