I am haunted by all the editions of books that are prettier than the ones I already own.
my aunt told me the other day that the best thing about me is I’m not shy and yeah i used to be so shy and now i can’t shut up and i don’t want to be alone for too long i just don’t want to be with the same people all the time either
What is White Privilege? (USA)
White privilege is a term often used but largely misunderstood. Those who agree that they have it, don’t often understand exactly what it entails. White privilege is somewhat easy to deny because it’s very nature, depends on the belief that one race is superior, therefor more deserving of any given “gift.”
The gift of life. As white people have a lower rate of infant mortality than most other races. Better health care generally. The gift of education. As every step of the schooling process supports white learning. Elementary school, middle school, high school and college. As testing became the main teaching tool of the US, the leaning toward racial bias continued.
White privilege means that you have the greatest chance to get a scholarship for college but if you don’t get one, it’s probably because some minority took it from you.
Once in the job force, your white sounding name, can help you get in the door. Have a felony? No problem, if you’re white. As a white man with a felony is more likely to get a job than a Black man without one.
White privilege means that, although white people are the largest group on welfare and receive a larger amount of said benefits compared to other races, it is said that the welfare system is set up to help Black and Latin@ people be lazy.
White privilege does not mean that you have an easy life. As a white person, falling on hard times isn’t an unrealistic event. The difference is, when you fall on hard times, its just that, hard times. You are a hard worker who just needs a chance. Not a lazy moocher looking for a handout.
Sometimes the hard times have nothing to do with work or school. Sometimes it’s far more personal. Even then, in the darkest of hours your skin is a benefit. If you lose your home, you are less likely to be homeless and you are more likely to get help.
White privilege does not guarantee and easy life, a good life or a happy life. However, the privilege does make your life different and gives you and advantage over others based solely on the color of your skin.
Being white means that having an entire political strategy that encourages white people to hate and fear Black people, is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
The very congress that believes in such a divisive but successful strategy, is the same congress that allows the criminal “Justice” system to give white people a lessor sentence for committing the same crime and even a lessor chance at being caught than those that aren’t white simply because police are targeting (mostly) Black and Latin@ people. Even then, white people are considered the victims. Even though, the rates at which white people commit crimes are either nearly equal to or in some cases, much higher than their non-white counter parts. The criminal “Justice” system is not set up to protect white people. It is set up to protect white people from being punished. This is a massive privilege.
Then, there’s affirmative action. As much as people of color are accused of not just benefiting from it but it being an unfair advantage over white people, it is white women, yes white women who are it’s largest beneficiaries. Interestingly enough, they benefit but seem to also be the least likely to support it…because it’s thought to be for people of color. Although, white people as a whole, seem to overlook their own “Leg up” when it comes to affirmative action.
While fault and blame may not come into play here, what does come into play is your belief in this very racist and unjust system. If you either deny that white privilege exists or believe that you have it but don’t see any “Power” in it, you are making a conscious decision to perpetuate racism. White privilege might not be something that you asked for or that you can get rid of. However, you ARE making a decision when you deny it’s existence or believe that it wields no power. Is there no power in a better education? Is there no power in better health? Is there no power in having a job? These are all things that are more likely to be afforded to you based solely on the color of your skin. To deny them, is to intentionally perpetuate racism.
These are just some of the minor points involved with explaining white privilege. To talk about the lack of respect, the lack of integrity and the belief that criminality is racial, would take an entire other post. Part two coming soon.
For now, check out the white privilege check list.
With any of the Miley Cyrus shit, or any of that Vanessa Hudgens shit—I would never issue an apology for my life and for who I am. It’s like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I took a naked, private picture that someone is an asshole and sold for money. I’m sorry if someone else is a dick.’ No. You shouldn’t have to apologize. Someone betrayed Vanessa, but no one’s angry at that person. She had to apologize. I hate Disney for making her do that. Fuck Disney.
it’s pretty common for people discussing rape culture within feminist discourse to conveniently leave out disabled girls, but this is just a casual reminder that disabled women are far more likely to be sexually assaulted, abused or raped than able-bodied women. on top of that, 50% of deaf girls and 54% of deaf boys have been sexually abused or assaulted. so please stop leaving us out of your discussion about rape culture.
If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies.In what’s being called the biggest celebrity hacking incident in internet history, more than 100 female celebrities have had their private nude images stolen and published online. The bulk of the images posted have been officially confirmed as belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, but a complete list of victims’ names - including Krysten Ritter, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Brie Larson and Kirsten Dunst - has been subsequently published. (Link does not contain pictures, only names.)The images were first uploaded by an anonymous member of the underground internet sewer known as 4chan and have since been enthusiastically shared across platforms like Reddit and Twitter. A representative for Lawrence has confirmed the images are real, condemning the theft of them as a “flagrant violation of privacy” and adding that “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”There are a few different issues that a criminal act like this brings up, but before I get into them it’s necessary to make one thing clear: If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies. These images - which I have not seen and which I will not look for - are intimate, private moments belonging only to the people who appear in them and who they have invited to see them. To have those moments stolen and broadcast to the world is an egregious act of psychic violence which constitutes a form of assault.The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting.That out of the way, let’s get a few other things straight.1. This is not a ‘scandal’It’s a crime, and we should be discussing it as such. Some media outlets are salaciously reporting it otherwise, as if the illegal violation of privacy involving intimate images is little more than subject for gossip. When associated with sex, the word ‘scandal’ has been typically interpreted as something that assigns responsibility to all parties involved, a consensual act unfortunately discovered and for which everyone owes an explanation or apology. Remember when private nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens (whose name also appears on the list of victims) were leaked online and Disney forced her to publicly apologise for her “lapse in judgment” and hoped she had “learned a valuable lesson”? Never mind that Hudgens was an adult and a victim of privacy violation - the ‘scandal’ was painted as something for which she owed her fans an apology. Which leads us to:2. These women do not ‘only have themselves to blame’While depressing, it’s sadly unsurprising to see some people arguing that Lawrence et al brought this on themselves. Part of living in a rape culture is the ongoing expectation that women are responsible for protecting themselves from abuse, and that means avoiding behaviour which might be later ‘exploited’ by the people who are conveniently never held to account for their actions. But women are entitled to consensually engage in their sexuality any way they see fit. If that involves taking nude self portraits for the enjoyment of themselves or consciously selected others, that’s their prerogative.Victims of crime do not have an obligation to accept dual responsibility for that crime. Women who take nude photographs of themselves are not committing a criminal act, and they shouldn’t ‘expect’ to become victims to one, as actress Mary E. Winstead pointed out on Twitter.Sending a photograph of your breasts to one person isn’t consenting to having the whole world see those breasts, just as consenting to sex with one person isn’t the same as giving permission for everyone else to fu*k you. Victim blaming isn’t okay, even if it does give you a private thrill to humiliate the female victims of sexual exploitation.3. It doesn’t matter that ‘damn, she looks good and should own it!’Stealing and sharing the private photographs of women doesn’t become less of a crime just because you approve them for fapping activity. I’m sure many of the women on this list are confident of their sexual attractiveness. It doesn’t mean they don’t value their privacy or shouldn’t expect to enjoy the same rights to it as everyone else. It also doesn’t mean they want strangers sweating over their images. That line of thinking comes from the same school which instructs women to either ignore of welcome sexual harassment when it’s seemingly ‘positive’ in its sentiments.None of these women are likely to give a shit that you think their bodies are ‘tight, damn’. Despite what society reinforces to us about the public ownership of women’s bodies, we are not entitled to co-opt and objectify them just because we think we can defend it as a compliment.I will not be seeking out these images out and I urge everyone else to avoid doing the same. I hope that all the women who have been victimised here are being appropriately supported by the authorities and their network of friends. And I hope sincerely that more people take a stand against this kind of behaviour.Because this incident aside, it strikes me as deeply ironic that we will vehemently protest a free Facebook messenger app because we’re outraged at reports that it can access our phone’s numbers, and yet turn around and excuse the serving up of women’s bodies for our own pleasure. Our appreciation is no less disgusting just because it’s accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping.Source: Clementine Ford at DailyLife