#cleopatra with the nose knocked off. I wonder if people still think she was European like the movies betray…
I still think it’s one of the most desperate things whites have done to blacks and to black history. The disrespect is outrageous. They came to our country and mentally could not fathom how these black civilizations could be so great. They literally rode through our lands and shot the noses off of our statues. Why? So that the statues would no longer resemble the African people and they could LIE about the origins of Egypt and countless other civilizations. It was a widespread practice. It’s why statues of Pharaoh’s and their wives have no noses. It’s why the Sphinx has no nose. When I was in middle and high school, we were taught that the noses had fell off due to time and poor craftsmanship! They have literally tried to teach us that our ancestors were shitty builders of noses just to hide their malicious destruction of our heritage. European fears of African peoples had to come from somewhere. I want to know what part of the history is missing. There’s something that they don’t want to be told.
The shade is real
i was taught that the noses fell off as well and actually continued to believe this. in retrospect this makes no sense, considering greek/roman statues pretty much always have intact noses whereas egyptian ones are always conveniently missing theirs. thank you for pointing this out to me, i hadn’t even made that connection until now.
The bolded was me too and I am seriously embarrassed that I never even thought about how that could be false.
Damnnn. I hate myself for not realizing this.
I hate myself even more, since I know the ancient Egyptians created their sculptural works with the idea of permanence in mind. They were literally built to last throughout the afterlife. Notice how the majority of their monumental sculpture is stone-bound, without any protruding elements or breakable appendages. That’s because many of these sculptures were intended to house the life-force (Ka) of those they portrayed. Of their favorite materials were basalt and diorite, both extremely hard stones that were incredibly difficult to carve. Meaning a nose just doesn’t “fall off” because of “poor craftsmanship,” you would literally have to take a hammer to it. Fuckers.
h/t to amomenttothink for retweeting this.
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MARCELINE AND BUBBLEGUM ARE G A Y
MARCELINE AND BUBBLEGUM HAVE BOTH EXPRESSED ATTRACTION TO MEN SO THEYRE PROBABLY B I S E X U A L
i don’t care
I do bc bisexuals have literally no representation in media lol get ur biphobia away from me pls
The problem with “they’ve expressed attraction to men so they’re bisexual” is that you could say the same thing about basically every character ever, thus negating queer monosexual people’s desire to headcanon their own sexual representation— it’s not like there’s a glut of lesbians in the media. And it’s not as though all people who ID as gay have never expressed attraction to the opposite sex.
Also one person wanting to think of them as gay doesn’t mean YOU can’t think of them as bi but it’s pretty rude to jump into someone else’s post and tell them their headcanon is wrong.
This isn’t one person’s headcanon, though.
This is just one example of fandom’s long legacy of pervasive biphobia. Because it’s not just gay girls headcanoning gay characters to reflect there own experience. Straight girls say this all the time too, in slash fandom.
And for a very long time, for years, the slash community refused to acknowledge even the possibility of bisexuality and that was a PROBLEM. And it is STILL a problem, both in fandom and in mainstream media.
And you don’t get to act like “we’re all in the trenches together and we need to support each other” while conveniently forgetting the years and years I spent in slash fandom having my identity erased by people who were supposed to be my community, in what was supposed to be my safe place.
Because it’s far too easy for lesbians in fandom to say, “hey, we’re all sharing this space together, lets not step on each other” and conveniently forget THE YEARS AND YEARS fandom spent stepping on bisexual identities, in the interests promoting homosexual acceptance.
The message that anyone who experiences same sex attraction is automatically monosexual, is a microagression inflicted on bisexuals by the straight and the homosexual communities alike. We are inundated with this kind of erasure every day, day in day out.
Of course “many people who have experienced different sex attraction still identify as gay.” That is true.
It is also true that “many people who experience different sex attraction identify as gay because of internalized biphobia, and the fear of being rejected and alienated from the queer community.” I specifically refer to bisexuals who cite this as their reason for identifying as gay, prior to coming out as bisexual.
It is also true that “bisexuals are more likely to be in the closet than gay people, because both the gay community and the straight community seek to delegitimize and erase the identities of bisexuals.”
If you acknowledge one truth, you better acknowledge them all.
can i raise a tumblr sensitive subject
why is bindi considered cultural appropriation? or should i say, why is it considered gravely offensive cultural appropriation? like i am aware that it is borrowing another cultures symbol and practice sometimes for shallow reasons like fashion and stuff and the appropriator does not face the consequences of being a part of that culture but, why is it so offensive? bindis are used as fashionable accessories even in the culture they belong to and many ppl of that culture dont understand the cultural significance either
i’m sort of confused when you say gravely offensive. what cultural appropriation is not gravely offensive? and you just said that you’re aware that it’s borrowing another cultures symbol and that the appropriator does not face the consequences of being part of desi culture. even if they are used as fashionable accessories, you don’t get to start picking at our people going “it’s not like you know what it means either" because it’s our culture.
well for example britney spears wearing a qipao to ellen is not offensive to me as a chinese person, and neither is gucci or lv making qipao inspired dresses. both are forms of cultural appropriation, and i dont enjoy the fact that these people get to pick parts of my culture that they like and make money off of it while the majority of my culture is still scrutinised by the people who consume that entertainment/fashion, but im not offended. its an important part of globalisation for ppl to exchange bits of culture.
i can see some examples where “this is my culture dont touch it” is very important but i dont see it with the qipao. i was curious about the bindi bc i just remembered that i wore it when i was a kid even tho i am not hindu in the slightest
erm. chinese person here weighing in on the qipao thing. i can’t speak on bindis, but personally, i find the qipao thing offensive. the thing about cultural appropriation is that the borrowing doesn’t exist within a vacuum. it is interacting with a narrative and a history of race relations. white women putting on a qipao brings up all kinds of history of the exotification and sexual objectification of chinese women. in most cases where it or some bastardized variation is worn (ex. by dita von teese, by katy perry), it’s in such a way so as to appear “sexy” and “exotic” like an asian—not that the qipao itself is a beautiful item of clothing, but that they are trying to appear asian. sometimes, it almost comes across as a form of yellowface. in cases where it is appropriate for the occasion, done properly, and with the express invitation/permission of people of that race to participate, i don’t see an issue. otherwise though, we’re treading dangerous territory. in an ideal world, we would all be able to share and appreciate everyone’s cultures without having to worry about things like race relations, but alas we’re not living in an ideal world. what makes cultural appropriation different from simple acculturation are the power dynamics and exotification of the party being borrowed from.
another thing that plays into cultural appropriation is the fact that many people from minorities are afraid or embarrassed to wear their traditional clothes/speak their native language/etc. for fear of being embarrassed and furthering the existing alienation. i remember personally being too embarrassed to wear my qipao even when it was appropriate for the occasion because i didn’t want to be viewed as a foreigner or treated like anything other than an actual canadian. because of this shame, a lot of second generation children lose their culture—i know many friends who don’t speak the language, and i personally can’t even really read or write any. trying to reclaim our cultural heritages is hard and it’s kind of like a slap in the face when a white person dons a qipao for fun because a) it only adds to the exotification of asians and b) white people are responsible for creating the culture that discriminates and instills that sense of shame.
i hope this maybe helps a little! (‘:
*applause* It took a long, long, *long* time before I felt comfortable enough — *brave* enough — to wear my hair in cornrows and braids, to wear things like dashikis, to wear things like cowrie shell necklaces and the like.
And yeah, seeing the white girls coming back from their vacations every damned year in the islands with their dark, dark tans and their thin, light hair done up in cornrows…
That was An Experience.
I think intent really does matter.
My sister, for example, a brown skinned mixed race teenager living in a culture that hypersexualizes the bodies of brown women, wore a black, embroidered, slightly Americanized piqau to her prom, because it was a way for her to wear a dress with a conservative cut to prom and not feel hypersexualized. Both of my parents are part chinese, but they weren’t raised to be Chinese in an cultural sense, nor were my sister and I raised in that culture, so you could say what my sister did appropriation?
However, consider that qipao are some of the very few conservatively cut styles of dress available in the US that are perceived as fashionable, and not simply as “mom dresses.” My sister wasn’t wearing it to look “exotic.” She was wearing it to feel beautiful and confident and classy, in a world that sees brown mixed race women as inherently “trashy.”
i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，CHAIR 椅子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
Holy shit this is so true, the first time saw the ‘Lucy’ trailer I actually gasped at the part where she shoots the driver because I was disgusted at what I saw. This answer more accurately describes it than I ever could, but bottom line is I’m not planning on seeing this movie and I do not support it in any way.
I live in an extremely racist family and it’s movies like this that continue to condone this kind of behavior towards POCs in general.
the taxi driver shooting scene is so fucking jarring. and this whole trailer. i take some pleasure in the fact that, overall, it looks like a shittily filmed, shittily scripted movie but like. jesus christ. scarjo why are you participating in this. why is this film happening. it is 2014, white people are fucking gross, and yet i still find it in myself to be surprised by this.
Practice By Using the Following Phrases When the Opportunity Arrises:
"I’m not interested."
"(Please) Leave me alone."
"I’d rather you not."
"That doesn’t interest me at all."
"You need to stop."
"That’s not what I said."
"I don’t owe you/anyone an explanation."
"That’s too personal."
"I would like some privacy."
"That doesn’t work for me."
"I’d like to be by myself."
"I’m going to leave now."
These words and phrases might evoke thoughts of reacting to someone bringing unwanted sexual advances. But how can we expect girls and women to be able to say no in suchextreme circumstances when we’ve been socialized to avoid confrontation in such “small” circumstances as when a man is talking us when we’d rather be left alone?
You can practice exercising and nurturing your assertiveness (and confidence) by incorporating phrases like this in your day-to-day life.
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