How Racist is Australia? Pretty Damn Racist. -
This is my response (originally published in Crikey) to Mark Sawyer’s article ‘How Racist Are You’ published in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald last week (http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-racist-are-you-20140611-zs43h.html)
Dear Mark,As a comedian I very much appreciated your…
So Let's Talk About The Fucking Asterisk -
This one: “Trans *”
Personally, my problems with the asterisk aren’t of a nature of “this excludes trans women!” or whatever. It doesn’t. Nor are they based in an ignorance of the issues of non-binary semantic inclusion.
My criticisms are principally of…
a) the relative worth or value of the…
“Putting an asterisk on the end of “trans” is INCREDIBLY EASY. A lot easier than actually working towards making spaces, events, projects, organizations or instutions GENUINELY trans / genderqueer inclusive.”
A Handy Guide to What Is and Isn't Cultural Appropriation -
What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting where that culture is prevalent and IF people are okay with it and/or it is necessary to fit in and not stand out weirdly (i.e. If you visit Pakistan, you can wear a shalwar kameez so you don’t stand out as an American tourist. Or if you visit a specific temple or religious setting, you may need to/want to adhere to specific dress forms. Or if you’re invited to a wedding and they allow/invite you to wear their cultural dress to participate in the festivities).
• Using that culture’s dance/physical traditions in specific settings (i.e. taking belly-dancing classes, or going to an Indian wedding and trying to dance with them).
What is cultural appropriation:
• Wearing specific items of clothing that may (and probably do) have deeper meaning as a costume. Like on Halloween.
• Wearing specific items of clothing to be trendy or fashionable.
• Trying to imitate their natural beauty standards and possible makeup/markings (i.e dreadlocks and bindis and mehndi/henna).
• Taking their rituals, old-as-hell traditions, and dances and turning them into cheap, tacky everyday garbage for you to have “fun” with (i.e. smoking sheesha. Y’all turned it into this janky nonsense that looks so trashy and stupid).
• Taking spiritual/religious ideas and traditions and subscribing to them to be trendy or unique
• Trying to act like you’re an expert in their food, music, or art, and that you can do it BETTER than them
• Basically trying to WEAR that culture’s skin, clothing, & beauty traditions as a costume/trend and turn old traditions into cheap garbage
And WHY is this wrong? Because, in our society, white people or non-POC can get away with wearing another culture’s clothes and identities and it will be “cute”, “indie”, “bohemian”, “trendy”, and “exotic.” BUT when a POC who actually belongs to that culture wears their own culture’s clothing, styles of beauty, or does things that are specific to their culture, they’re looked down upon, made fun of, sneered at, told to “Go home, get out of this country, we don’t do that here,” and laughed at.
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”
"I live in a shared apartment with 15 other girls near my college. There’s 3 of us per room. We each pay 450 taka ($6) a month for food. For breakfast, we have potato mash, lentils and rice. For lunch, we eat fish, vegetables and rice and then for dinner, we fry some vegetables. Fish for only one meal a day."
"What about meat?"
"Meat is expensive so we only buy it for 5 days in the month for lunch. Our menu isn’t bad, I guess the more you can afford, the better you can eat."
"I grew up in Adelaide during the Pauline Hanson era. There weren’t that many Asian families back then and people would tell us to go back to where we came from because we were Asian.
After September 11, they would tell us to go back to where we came from because we were Muslim. Livin’ the dream!”
"I love people, everyone has stories. I spend most of my time talking to randoms. You have no idea how much time the street steals from me."
"What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt from a street conversation?"
"I never finished high school so Sydney streets became my education. I’ve learnt so much about life from watching dry paint. Everything I am is a combination of them experiences. I think that everyone is fragile and the most violent and self destructive ones are the ones in adult bodies, facing adult consequences but in their hearts they are just kids. It seems so wrong to punish kids for making mistakes."
“In Bangladesh, I used to work at the World Health Organisation but there’s no system here to get me a job like that so here I am.
I live here with my wife and kids but this isn’t just for them, I have to work to support those back home too. I’ve come here and there’s no turning back.
This in itself is a kind of war. I’ve come and I’m working but back home, I wouldn’t have even thought of this kind of work. But I’m doing it and it’s getting me by.”
hey… this one’s a little rough around the edges… but there’s been discussion of a few ppl bringing shame upon the house of the feminism recently so here’s Disrespectful “Feminist” Daisy! I don’t think she gets the meaning of the word intersectionality…
Wario thinks this is really good, it is’a better than the one Wario was’a working on. Wahahahaha!
this. so great.
Wario wants you to imagine these’a being said in’a Toad’s shrill, irritating voice.
Anonymous said: Hey, I don't know you, but my name is Jessica Xu too :D
Oh awesome! Hello to yet another Jessica Xu in the world :)
Urasabite no omoi: Non-Western Feminism: a list -
It is my intention to put together a non-western feminism course syllabus for submission to my Women’s Studies department. In that spirit, I have collected a list of texts on non-western feminism, mostly in the voices of non-western women, to serve as a starting point for developing this…
Summer break reading here I come