Like, I don’t have a problem being black. I don’t have a problem being seen as black. As a matter of fact, SEE MY COLOR AND BE AWARE. MY IDENTITY ISN’T THE PROBLEM.
You know what I do have a problem with though? The system that shits on black women daily—not my identity as black.
Instead of trying so hard to erase peeps’ identities with this “labels are for clothes” jazz, let’s direct some of that to dismantling the system that’s fucked up.
Yeah it’s…ugh. Books could be written on this topic (and probably have…I know The New Jim Crow talks a lot about colorblindness). It pisses me off though, that’s for sure. Not to bring “labels” into this but I’m pretty sure white people made this
I’m sure white people made it. Probably white, straight, cis folks who are privileged enough to say shit like “labels like gay, black, etc are just labels!!!! We’re all human!!!” and honestly never have to think about it.
Like, being a woc is my IDENTITY not a label and TRUST it makes a world of a difference. I could say, labels aren’t important till the cows come home but that doesn’t stop me from being treated differently because of my color. I can’t ignore my identity. I don’t want to, but even if I did I literally don’t have that option because I’m still a woc living in a racist society. Only people of privilege can ignore their race or sexual orientation or gender presentation or whatever and honestly go about their business unaffected.
And saying “labels are for clothes!!!!” isn’t going to change the system that fucks peeps over. In my opinion it’s more of a silencer than a solution.
Just ugh. *strenuous eyeroll*
Sexual assault centres in US colleges have said that more women are reporting anal rape, which Dines attributes directly to the normalisation of such practices in pornography. “The more porn sexualises violence against women, the more it normalises and legitimises sexually abusive behaviour. Men learn about sex from porn, and in porn nothing is too painful or degrading for women.” Dines also says that what she calls “childified porn” has significantly increased in popularity in recent years, with almost 14m internet searches for “teen sex” in 2006, an increase of more than 60% since 2004. There are legal sites that feature hardcore images of extremely young-looking women being penetrated by older men, with disclaimers stating all the models are 18 and over. Dines is clear that regular exposure to such material has an effect of breaking down the taboo about having sex with children.
She recently interviewed a number of men in prison who had committed rape against children. All were habitual users of child pornography. “What they said to me was they got bored with ‘regular’ porn and wanted something fresh. They were horrified at the idea of sex with a prepubescent child initially but within six months they had all raped a child.”
So, I’m watching Justice League and there’s a fight with Wondy vs Hawkgirl, Vixen, Black Canary, and Huntress.
And it’s making me a little emotional because MY BABIES.
DON’T FIGHT. I LOVE YOU ALL.
….but, Black Canary and Huntress dip out and go fight some security guards which is funny because it’s like “I just got out of a fight with WONDER WOMAN what are you silly boys gonna do?”
And on that day, Janine sassed the shit out of some dumb boy on the internet~