There is a long and troubled history of white feminists in the movement asking women of color to not focus on race. “Why do you need to divide us like that? Feminism is about ALL women, so we shouldn’t focus on one particular group!” But there’s a big flaw in that logic. Check out this comic for a wake-up call about how hypocritical it is to white-wash feminism.
Race & Ethnicity
There’s a lesson to be learned from baking cupcakes. And that lesson is: Don’t appropriate other cultures when you pick a Halloween costume. Confused? Check out this parody baking tutorial from Kat Lazo for a hilarious and spot-on critique of some pretty messed up costume ideas for the 31st. Because Halloween is no excuse for misogyny and cultural appropriation!
Yellow fever. Exotification. Asian fetish. Racism. Our sexist and racist society has a long history of teaching white straight guys to fixate on Asian women in inappropriate and — frankly — offensive ways. That’s not to say that it’s impossible to date an Asian woman without being problematic, but there are some normalized things you should avoid saying. Here are just a few!
Think back on the stories you’ve heard about Africa. How similar are they? Chances are, most of them involve the same basic elements: starvation, lack of modern technology, war. And while these elements may be true for some people in some parts of the continent of Africa, we’re doing a disservice to the world in assuming that this is the only African story.
Flavia Dzodan responded to white feminism with: “My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be bullshit.” We need to be inclusive of all struggles, including racism — even when it makes white feminists uncomfortable to have their white privilege pointed out. Check out this spoken word poem on why feminism must be intersectional around race.
We all know that racial stereotypes are bad, but do we really understand what the effects of these stereotypes are? Racial stereotypes impact everything from personal relationships, to economic success. And for Asians and Pacific Islanders, they stand in the way of domestic violence survivors and the help they need. Here are three examples.
We all struggle for similar things in our lives: acceptance, happiness, health…But these struggles can affect LGBTQIA+ people of color in varied and unique ways. This video features several courageous indigenous LGBTQIA+/Two Spirit families and individuals sharing their personal stories of acceptance, family, trials, and triumphs. Check it out!
It seems like every time anti-racism activists speak up about their work, there is some level of pushback claiming that the work is “attacking white people.” But the thing is, that’s just not true. Anti-racism is not against white people. To clarify what anti-racism is really about, here are three things that the movement actually works to dismantle.
Some people claim that love is (color)blind. But it hasn’t even been 50 years since laws prohibiting interracial relationships were outlawed, and the effects of that history are still in play today. So how do people navigate this history of tension, privilege, and oppression when they’re also trying to date each other? Here are some ways to approach the topic.
One of the most difficult parts of discussing privilege is that it can be extremely difficult to recognize your own. If you’re white, you know what we’re talking about. Check out this list of questions that people of color have to ask themselves on a constant basis. And let’s all work together toward creating a society where none of us need to ask these questions again.