Life must be so boring without fandoms...
Life must be so boring without fandoms...
I don’t even watch Star Trek but that is the most graceful bitchslap I have ever seen.
this is amazing
Anonymous asked: About your "racism you have faced" post, I don't really understand why you said you hated your skin colour and wished you were white etc, when there are brown/black models?
1.) Yes, you get models who have coloured skin. However, let’s consider female models for the time being.
These models are from River Island, Marks and Spencers and ASOS. As you can see, although they are WOC of colour, they still have relatively fair skin. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with their skin hue, but rather since the majority of WOC who are models have a fairer hue, it sends out a dangerous message. That message is that fair skin = more beautiful.
2) How many people, honestly, receive their boost of self esteem from models? We might sigh and wish we looked like them, but they don’t make us feel beautiful in ourselves. Most of the women I know tend to be jealous of models. We don’t look like them. They are size zeroes, with no scars, no blemishes, no stretch marks. Models are not meant to boost our self esteem. The advertising industry is meant to target it. This is the gold standard. The gold standard is not only telling us that fair skin is desirable but that we need to be perfect. Even white women aren’t really comforted by models, even if they still have white privilege.
Instead of just models, we receive comfort from other areas of media, including film and tv shows. We are surrounded by media from a young age. Not just the usual TV shows, but news channels and chat shows. I know many LGBT+ look up to Ellen Degeneres. The more diversity we see, the more we will realise that all body types and skin colours and gender identities and sexual orientations are all okay. And people want to see themselves reflected in media.If you want proof of this, look at the Disney Princesses. A lot of the time when you ask children (or even your friends) who their favourite Princess was or is, they will often say “__________ because I looked like them.” I really liked Pocahontas growing up for that reason, even if Mulan was my favourite Princess.
But with women of colour, while I was growing up I didn’t really look up to any. While Hermione helped me embrace my bookishness, there was no one to help me embrace my skin colour. Until, of course, Katara and Martha Jones. I’ve mentioned them many times before, because I owe them. The message they sent me was different to the things I had heard before. I could have brown skin and be brave and kind and wonderful. I could be a main character. I could be my own person, make my own choices. I could be someone who could make a difference, and although my skin colour would be a part of me, it didn’t have to define me. I could be beautiful with brown skin.
These are two amazing characters of colour which send out this message. But overall, media doesn’t send this message. Looking at a popular franchise like the Hunger Games, it’s clear. Katniss and Rue were both meant to be WOC. Katniss was described has having olive skin, Rue as dark brown.
Katniss is played by a white woman. Jennifer Lawrence acts wonderfully, but the fact is no women of colour were even given the chance. The casting call specifically asked for caucasian women to audition. Media is already sending the message out that the main character needs to be beautiful, and by not allowing the main character to be a WOC it’s telling us that a WOC can’t be a main character to her own story. She’s apparently not beautiful enough.
Rue is played by a WOC, Amadla.
Now I was very pleased that Amadla got a chance to be in the Hunger Games; I’m always pleased when WOC get given opportunities in the film industry. But her skin isn’t exactly dark brown. In fact, it’s closer to what Katniss’ should have been.
The other District 11 tribute, Thresh, is played by Dayo Okeniyi, a POC.
He has much darker skin than Amandla. The two characters they play are not related, but they do come from the same district, and are both described as having “dark brown skin”. So why is Rue’s dark skin much lighter than Thresh’s dark skin? I think we all know the answer to that.
This is a feminist issue. We already have the media telling women the standard of beauty we must reach. We already have the media telling women that if we do not reach this standard we are worthless. This has a negative impact on girls growing up. Adding to the mix, we also have the media telling young women of colour that they need to have fairer skin to be beautiful. This is why intersectionality matters.
The media is saying that
- fairer skin > darker skin
- fairer skin = more beautiful
- more beautiful = worth more
- worth more = you are important, and your story is told
I say fuck that.
This is why I wanted to be white growing up. We absorb some toxic views and messages growing up. That’s why the media needs more diversity, and in this case I’m talking about more POC and especially WOC in important roles with a range of skin tones.
I am the main character in my own story, and that story is important and I won’t have the media telling me it’s not not important because I don’t reach their standard of “white beauty”.
My 5-year-old insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl.
The first time she made this claim, I protested. Part of the fun of reading to your kids, after all, is in sharing the stories you loved as a child. And in the story I knew, Bilbo was a boy. A boy hobbit. (Whatever that entails.)
But my daughter was determined. She liked the story pretty well so far, but Bilbo was definitely a girl. So would I please start reading the book the right way? I hesitated. I imagined Tolkien spinning in his grave. I imagined mean letters from his testy estate. I imagined the story getting as lost in gender distinctions as dwarves in the Mirkwood.
Then I thought: What the hell, it’s just a pronoun. My daughter wants Bilbo to be a girl, so a girl she will be. And you know what? The switch was easy. Bilbo, it turns out, makes a terrific heroine. She’s tough, resourceful, humble, funny, and uses her wits to make off with a spectacular piece of jewelry. Perhaps most importantly, she never makes an issue of her gender—and neither does anyone else."