“To challenge racism or sexism or both without linking these systems to economic structures of exploitation and our collective participation in the upholding and maintenance of such structures, however marginal that engagement may be, is ultimately to betray a vision of justice for all. Such hypocrisy has been displayed blatantly by Western feminists from privileged classes (most of whom are white) who deplore sexist mistreatment of women by men, while condoning paying women of color both here and abroad inadequate wages (often to perform the labor that “frees” the privileged to be liberated career women) or supporting the elimination of welfare. The transnational corporate capitalist agenda is gendered and racialized. All too often the freedom that Western women prize is won at the price of the enslavement of women elsewhere. To deny this fact is to deny the link between global capital and the local capitalist regime which governs our lives. When we remember that women are half of the human race, the poorest citizens on the planet performing approximately two-thirds of the world’s work and earning about one tenth of the world’s income and less than one-hundredth of its property, we face more directly the interconnectedness of race, class, and gender.”—bell hooks (via wretchedoftheearth)
Latin women often play the role of the seductress, like Roselyn Sanchez in Rush Hour II and Marisa Tomei (an Italian-American actress from Brooklyn) in The Perez Family. The seductive, sexy Latinas entice men. This stereotype often crosses into dangerous territory when high school-aged Latinas are showcased with the same promiscuity, such as Naya Rivera’s Santana Lopez or Francia Raisa’s Adrian Lee. Jack Thomas, a writer for Tu Vez, wrote “When white women are prostitutes, they are usually the “hooker with a heart of gold” like in Pretty Woman. When a Latina is a whore, she’s just a slut.” The “La Virgen y La Puta” stereotype is especially idiotic when Hollywood tries to convince its viewers that Latinas happen to be both fiery and uncontrollable while also fitting to be a nanny or maid.
In the second trope we’ll examine, the “La Virgen/the Virgin,” the poor little Latina is trapped in the submissive role of a housekeeper or nanny and is usually rescued by a kind-hearted white man. For an example, look at Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan or Maria from America’s favorite musical West Side Story. Maria is the innocent yet submissive Puerto Rican girl who is swept off her feet by a charming white man. The story writes itself. Yet, with regards to the “La Puta/the Whore” part of the paradox, do a quick Google search of the words “Latin woman” and you’ll find yourself amidst hundreds of links taking you to kinky, exotic porn or dating sites to find the perfectly enticing Latin woman for you.
Currently Hollywood only has two roles for Latinas: the slut and the maid
“Saying “I support a sex industry - but only when the women are safe, healthy, and treated with dignity” is like saying “I support imperialism - but only when it works out well for the colonized people.” If the only version of a thing you support is a hypothetical version that has never actually existed in the history of that thing, you don’t actually support it.”—Huff Yupp (via ablazemoon)
“Look, if posing naked were empowering, then the rich men who run the world would be lining up for it. We would be awash in naked dick shots of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and Barack Obama; magazines would be filled with male politicians and financiers and moguls with their bits hanging out. Softly lit, perhaps; head coyly tilted, bunny tail on the ass. Power.”—http://www.reclusiveleftist.com (via endporn)
“The commodification of the young Pakistani student Malala appears to have started at the time her father volunteered his daughter to the BBC to document life at school under the Taliban (this was before she was shot on a bus). She is seen on film at a younger age going to school and participating in lessons with her peers. With regard to the question of another agenda, artist Jonathan Rao who painted the portrait of Malala that hangs in the National Gallery admits to his concerns in the Independent newspaper and states: “I guess I was worried that she was probably a pawn in a bigger game and was being unduly influenced by the people around her.” Those people include Edelman, the global PR firm that manages Malala alongside its work for clients that include Microsoft and Starbucks. Jamie Lundie, an impeccably connected senior executive for the firm and former speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown when he was the Lib Dem leader, leads a team of five who work with Malala on a pro bono basis. Safety is pushed aside for “brand Malala”. There is Malala the book, Malala the film, Malala the award nominee, Malala the portrait, with the schoolgirl being skilfully marketed by Edelman, the world’s biggest PR company. Wavering a fee will no doubt be compensated by the value of the publicity she will bring to the company. I wonder, how many people can name the other girls injured when Malala was shot? What quality of care and support did they receive? Are they represented by PR companies?”—Brand Malala: Western Exploitation of a Pakistani school girl ( (via o8x)
Prior to the British colonization of the subcontinent, the transgender community - known as Khawaja Sira in present day Pakistan - was respected by monarchies as well as common masses. To mistreat a member from the community was to ask for Khuda’s wrath because the bad-dua (ill prayer) of the Khawaja Sira was seen to be heard immediately by Khuda. After the British colonizers arrived, the Khawaja Sira were relegated to prisons, many were killed. Ultimately this stigma against the transgender community in the subcontinent transformed society’s once deeply-felt love for the Khawaja Sira into vicious hatred. But you won’t read that in today’s LGBTQ scholar’s work because obviously it’s a sin to bring up the involvement of the British empire in completely ripping communities apart and turning indigenous people against each other. I haven’t even brought up honor killings that were legalized by the British colonizers in the subcontinent. Why don’t liberal feminists bring these historical facts up before lambasting Islam for its ‘barbarism’ against women.
yeah, found it. I bet some of you have already seen it but I hadn’t, and I’m just laughing so hard because he gets knocked down twice, but knocks someone down too, and he looks so cute yet he’s one of the bad guys.
People who pontificate about the misogyny perpetuated by religion only, nothing else.
People who don’t understand how American homonationalism plays directly in favor of imperialism.
Western LGTBQ identity politics forcefully plastered on the rest of the world.
White scholars who constantly appropriate non-white scholarship and still get credit for regurgitating arguments already made by brown and black scholars.
Diluting radical critiques by bell hooks, Audre Lorde, et al. by liberals of all racial backgrounds.
Liberalism in general.
Liberalism in specific.
"How can you be a communist? You have an iPhone!"
People who curiously focus on Pakistan as of now (post-9/11), not the State of Pakistan used as the sub-contractor of U.S. imperialism since day one, generally, but Cold War, specifically, against common Pakistanis and Afghans.
Index of “failed states”.
This assumption that your status as a person from an oppressed group makes you a) radical (hooks already spoke of this) and b) absolves you of all moral values.
"Feminists fuck better." Please stop. Men still hate you. "Watch me smash patriarchy while reverse cow-girlin’ you." He still thinks you’re a bitch. "I only fuck feminists." Thanks for letting me know nothing’s really changed. "Feminists can be sexy and cute!" I don’t care for mollifying feminism; you’re only trying to make it palpable for men. "Some porn stars are empowered by porn!" Individual empowerment doesn’t speak for macro-social repercussions of the very same industry; the majority of actresses in pornography go through shootings with the help of alcohol and drugs in order to numb the physical and mental abuse they suffer. Much of your individualistic understanding of empowerment and agency is very much complicit with patriarchal violence. So.
“I still think it’s important for people to have a sharp, ongoing critique of marriage in patriarchal society — because once you marry within a society that remains patriarchal, no matter how alternative you want to be within your unit, there is still a culture outside you that will impose many, many values on you whether you want them to or not.”—bell hooks (via khilaaf)