theroguefeminist:

elliedoh:

So when Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry bring black girls on stage, dance with them, acknowledge their figures- it’s offensive and appropriating. But, when Nicki Minaj makes an entire video focusing around black girl’s asses and asserts her power, reduces these women to objects and flaunts her authority it’s YAAASSSSS NICKI SERVE IT. Is that because she’s black? So it’s okay for people of the same race to dance with each other but someone who does not share the same levels of melanin enters the picture, they’re doing something wrong? …idgi 

You’re completely ignoring context. In Lily Allen’s Hard out Here video, she literally says, “I don’t shake my ass cause I have a brain” as Black women shake their asses in her video. She is literally degrading the Black women who shake their asses in the media. The song also uses references to Black rappers (i.e. the title of the song referencing the rap song “Hard out Here for a Pimp” and her lyric “bragging ‘bout my cars or talking ‘bout my chains”), suggesting that Black rappers are more sexist than white male musicians (which isn’t true, there’s lots of sexism in all music genres) and also suggest the source of sexism in the music industry is Black people (Black male rappers and twerking Black female dancers).
In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.
In what way is Nicki asserting power over her dancers? In her video, she twerks along side her back up dancers and dances with them and interacts with them on the same level. She is just as scantily clad as they are. Lily Allen, however, stays fully covered in her video, does not dance provocatively, and thus contrasts her own pure and respectable femininity with the Black women, using their twerking and scantily clad bodies as an example of “bad” female sexuality and femininity—of women “objectifying themselves.” This is racist because it frames Black female sexuality as lesser than white femininity and antithetical to feminism.
In summary: Nicki’s video is very much a celebration of female Black beauty and sexuality coming from a Black woman. Conversely, Lilly Allen’s is using Black women as props to frame them as a vile or bad form of sexuality or being too sexual to prop up her own feminism.
So you might say, “what about Miley Cyrus? she twerks along side her Black background dancers too!” But here’s the problem: Miley Cyrus continually appropriates Black culture and also uses Black women as props. It does matter that these artists are white because in these cases the point of including the Black women is either to, in Lily Allen’s case, offset Black sexuality/femininity as too sexual or bad in comparison with her white femininity/feminism, or, in the case of Miley Cyrus, to get “street cred” and exotify her own sexuality by appropriating Black culture and using Black people as props to do so. See this analysis of Lily Allen’s Hard Out Here video and this analysis of Miley Cyrus by Black people who know a lot more about this than I do.
I haven’t seen anything about Katy Perry using Black dancers. I’ve just seen criticisms of her appropriating AAVE and other PoC cultures. I’m not sure why you brought her up, but maybe I just haven’t seen the videos in question.
Either way, it’s not like white artists having a diverse cast of back up dancers is a bad thing automatically. Here is an example of a white artist using back up dancers of other races without objectifying them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ilh1ewceco (notice this artist tackles the same issue as Lily Allen—sexism/objectification in the media—without being misogynist and racist toward other women). But the examples of Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus ARE racist and Nicki Minaj’s video isn’t the same as theirs.

theroguefeminist:

elliedoh:

So when Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry bring black girls on stage, dance with them, acknowledge their figures- it’s offensive and appropriating. But, when Nicki Minaj makes an entire video focusing around black girl’s asses and asserts her power, reduces these women to objects and flaunts her authority it’s YAAASSSSS NICKI SERVE IT. Is that because she’s black? So it’s okay for people of the same race to dance with each other but someone who does not share the same levels of melanin enters the picture, they’re doing something wrong? …idgi 

You’re completely ignoring context. In Lily Allen’s Hard out Here video, she literally says, “I don’t shake my ass cause I have a brain” as Black women shake their asses in her video. She is literally degrading the Black women who shake their asses in the media. The song also uses references to Black rappers (i.e. the title of the song referencing the rap song “Hard out Here for a Pimp” and her lyric “bragging ‘bout my cars or talking ‘bout my chains”), suggesting that Black rappers are more sexist than white male musicians (which isn’t true, there’s lots of sexism in all music genres) and also suggest the source of sexism in the music industry is Black people (Black male rappers and twerking Black female dancers).

In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.

In what way is Nicki asserting power over her dancers? In her video, she twerks along side her back up dancers and dances with them and interacts with them on the same level. She is just as scantily clad as they are. Lily Allen, however, stays fully covered in her video, does not dance provocatively, and thus contrasts her own pure and respectable femininity with the Black women, using their twerking and scantily clad bodies as an example of “bad” female sexuality and femininity—of women “objectifying themselves.” This is racist because it frames Black female sexuality as lesser than white femininity and antithetical to feminism.

In summary: Nicki’s video is very much a celebration of female Black beauty and sexuality coming from a Black woman. Conversely, Lilly Allen’s is using Black women as props to frame them as a vile or bad form of sexuality or being too sexual to prop up her own feminism.

So you might say, “what about Miley Cyrus? she twerks along side her Black background dancers too!” But here’s the problem: Miley Cyrus continually appropriates Black culture and also uses Black women as props. It does matter that these artists are white because in these cases the point of including the Black women is either to, in Lily Allen’s case, offset Black sexuality/femininity as too sexual or bad in comparison with her white femininity/feminism, or, in the case of Miley Cyrus, to get “street cred” and exotify her own sexuality by appropriating Black culture and using Black people as props to do so. See this analysis of Lily Allen’s Hard Out Here video and this analysis of Miley Cyrus by Black people who know a lot more about this than I do.

I haven’t seen anything about Katy Perry using Black dancers. I’ve just seen criticisms of her appropriating AAVE and other PoC cultures. I’m not sure why you brought her up, but maybe I just haven’t seen the videos in question.

Either way, it’s not like white artists having a diverse cast of back up dancers is a bad thing automatically. Here is an example of a white artist using back up dancers of other races without objectifying them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ilh1ewceco (notice this artist tackles the same issue as Lily Allen—sexism/objectification in the media—without being misogynist and racist toward other women). But the examples of Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus ARE racist and Nicki Minaj’s video isn’t the same as theirs.

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drakemoji:

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war has changed

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IMPORTANT FERGUSON UPDATE - WATCH THIS VIDEO BEFORE YOUTUBE TAKES IT DOWN

CNN REPORTER Fredricka Whitfield interviews the Store Owner’s Lawyer (from the store that was “”“”“”“robbed”“”“”“”“”“”” by “”“”“”“”“”mike brown”“”“”“”“”“)

As the lawyer begins to explain what really happened, cnn “”“”“loses the feed”“”“”“

WOW

that fucking tape rewinding sound this shit is sooooooo staged

oh my god thats the worst fake signal interruption ive ever seen

LMAO!! how do u have a tape rewinding sound on a digital feed? bwahahahahahaa they think we that stupid lol there hasnt been a tape in cnn since 1996

ohhh my god thats so fake that is fucking blatant

wind-willow:



The Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear- Gary Yourofsky - perfect video for curious beginners.


Earthlings
101 Reasons to go Vegan
Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat
Vegan Starter Kit
The Humane Myth
All About Veganism
Holocaust on a Conveyor Belt

Animals Should Be Off the Menu- Philip Wollen
“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable” - Gary L. Francione
What Came Before
Glass Walls: Paul McCartney
Why don’t vegans eat dairy, eggs, honey, or palm oil?:
Dairy’s Dark Side: Undercover Investigation
Truth behind dairy

Truth behind eggs/chicken
Truth behind beef
Truth behind pork
Truth behind animal testing
Cruelty in the Honey Industry

Palm Oil - In the deforestation process, orangutans are often run over by logging machinery, beaten to death, buried alive or set on fire. And in some cases, the absolute unthinkable is done to female orangutans - they are captured and used in Indonesian brothels as prostitutes; where they are tied down and raped on a daily basis. 
Truth behind fur for fashion
Veganism and the environment
The problem with marine parks, circuses, zoos, horse racing, hunting, vivisection, and violence
Blackfish Documentary (marine parks)
Health Benefits:
Animal Protein is Killing You
Preventing Diseases With a Plant-Based (vegan) Diet
Not Milk- Scientific Studies on Dairy
Where a non-vegan meal comes from:
Meet Your Meat


From Farm to Fridge

Effective Vegan Advocacy:
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach
Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism (video)
Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism (text)
Understanding the Psychology of Eating Meat for Effective Vegan Advocacy
Documentaries on netflix for being happy and healthy while living compassionately:
Forks Over Knives
Food Inc.
Hungry For Change
Food Matters
Vegan Posts

"Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?” - Moby
“Veganism is not a limitation in any way; it’s an expansion of your love, your commitment to nonviolence, and your belief in justice for all.”  - Gary L. Francione
"If animals are not mere things; if they have moral value, we cannot justify eating, wearing, or using them particularly when we have no better reason than palate pleasure or fashion.  If you are eating, wearing, or using animals, then your actions say that you regard them as mere things, despite what your words say.” - Gary L. Francione
“Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable” - Gary L. Francione
“Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan” - Gary L. Francione
Vegan Blogs:
http://vegan-because-fuck-you.tumblr.com/
http://veganology.tumblr.com/
http://lemongrabxvx.tumblr.com/
http://hippyveganchick.tumblr.com/
http://badveganwolf.tumblr.com/
http://veg-tastic.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyesvegans.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyeahfatvegans.tumblr.com/
http://veganthology.tumblr.com/
http://havocados.tumblr.com/
http://passion-for-compassion.tumblr.com/
http://resident-tofu.tumblr.com/
http://from-meat-to-bean.tumblr.com/
http://live-for-loving.tumblr.com/
http://empatheticvegan.tumblr.com/
http://veganprobs.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyeahveg.tumblr.com/
http://vegan-gelical.tumblr.com/
http://ahimsavegan.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyeahcompassion.tumblr.com/
http://dontbreakveg.tumblr.com/
http://vegan-veins.tumblr.com/
http://vegann-fortheanimals.tumblr.com/
http://thatvegancosplayer.tumblr.com/
http://anonymous-vegan.tumblr.com/
http://seitanpancake.tumblr.com/
http://theveganabolitionist.tumblr.com/
http://fuckyeahveganlife.tumblr.com/
http://animalrightshumanwrongs.tumblr.com/

wind-willow:

The Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear- Gary Yourofsky - perfect video for curious beginners.

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Earthlings

101 Reasons to go Vegan

Carnism: The Psychology of Eating Meat

Vegan Starter Kit

The Humane Myth

All About Veganism

Holocaust on a Conveyor Belt

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Animals Should Be Off the Menu- Philip Wollen

  • “Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable” - Gary L. Francione

What Came Before

Glass Walls: Paul McCartney

Why don’t vegans eat dairy, eggs, honey, or palm oil?:

Dairy’s Dark Side: Undercover Investigation

Truth behind dairy

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Truth behind eggs/chicken

Truth behind beef

Truth behind pork

Truth behind animal testing

Cruelty in the Honey Industry

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Palm Oil - In the deforestation process, orangutans are often run over by logging machinery, beaten to deathburied alive or set on fire. And in some cases, the absolute unthinkable is done to female orangutans - they are captured and used in Indonesian brothels as prostitutes; where they are tied down and raped on a daily basis. 

Truth behind fur for fashion

Veganism and the environment

The problem with marine parks, circuses, zoos, horse racing, hunting, vivisection, and violence

Blackfish Documentary (marine parks)

Health Benefits:

Animal Protein is Killing You

Preventing Diseases With a Plant-Based (vegan) Diet

Not Milk- Scientific Studies on Dairy

Where a non-vegan meal comes from:

Meet Your Meat

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From Farm to Fridge

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Effective Vegan Advocacy:

Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach

Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism (video)

Talking With Non-Vegans About Veganism (text)

Understanding the Psychology of Eating Meat for Effective Vegan Advocacy

Documentaries on netflix for being happy and healthy while living compassionately:

Forks Over Knives

Food Inc.

Hungry For Change

Food Matters

Vegan Posts

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  • "Could you look an animal in the eyes and say to it, ‘My appetite is more important than your suffering’?” - Moby
  • Veganism is not a limitation in any way; it’s an expansion of your love, your commitment to nonviolence, and your belief in justice for all.”  - Gary L. Francione
  • "If animals are not mere things; if they have moral value, we cannot justify eating, wearing, or using them particularly when we have no better reason than palate pleasure or fashion.  If you are eating, wearing, or using animals, then your actions say that you regard them as mere things, despite what your words say.” - Gary L. Francione
  • “Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable” - Gary L. Francione
  • “Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan” - Gary L. Francione

Vegan Blogs:

http://vegan-because-fuck-you.tumblr.com/

http://veganology.tumblr.com/

http://lemongrabxvx.tumblr.com/

http://hippyveganchick.tumblr.com/

http://badveganwolf.tumblr.com/

http://veg-tastic.tumblr.com/

http://fuckyesvegans.tumblr.com/

http://fuckyeahfatvegans.tumblr.com/

http://veganthology.tumblr.com/

http://havocados.tumblr.com/

http://passion-for-compassion.tumblr.com/

http://resident-tofu.tumblr.com/

http://from-meat-to-bean.tumblr.com/

http://live-for-loving.tumblr.com/

http://empatheticvegan.tumblr.com/

http://veganprobs.tumblr.com/

http://fuckyeahveg.tumblr.com/

http://vegan-gelical.tumblr.com/

http://ahimsavegan.tumblr.com/

http://fuckyeahcompassion.tumblr.com/

http://dontbreakveg.tumblr.com/

http://vegan-veins.tumblr.com/

http://vegann-fortheanimals.tumblr.com/

http://thatvegancosplayer.tumblr.com/

http://anonymous-vegan.tumblr.com/

http://seitanpancake.tumblr.com/

http://theveganabolitionist.tumblr.com/

http://fuckyeahveganlife.tumblr.com/

http://animalrightshumanwrongs.tumblr.com/

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Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their son with the arrest…

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backstage at oumou sy, dakar fashion week, 2001
sample: 100 fashion designers - 010 curators

shoulderblades:

backstage at oumou sy, dakar fashion week, 2001

sample: 100 fashion designers - 010 curators

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[shown above] Ruhal Ahmed, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, in an interview in which he discusses Omar Khadr. Ahmed stammers,

“I think he was a strong kid.

I think, you know, being much older, much older than him, I did feel that, sometimes, I needed to look out for him and I think so did the other prisoners around him feel the same. But obviously, being in Guantanamo, you can’t really look out for one another.

Uh, it’s, it’s, it’s difficult you know, today I’m here, and I’m, I’m thinking of, thinking of him and he’s still in prison and he’s still, still a kid. I don’t know really what I would say to him. It doesn’t seem, it doesn’t seem fair that he’s still there and, and I’m here.”

Khadr, a Canadian, was taken into US custody at the age of fifteen, tortured and refused medical attention because he wouldn’t attest to being a member of Al Qaeda, even though he was shot three times in the chest and had shrapnel embedded in his eyes and right shoulder. As a result, Khadr’s left eye is now permanently blind, the vision in his right eye is deteriorating, he develops severe pain in his right shoulder when the temperature drops, and he suffers from extreme nightmares.

Ahmed, who was imprisoned in the cell next to him for some time, reported that Khadr would return from interrogations (where he would be tortured) crying and would huddle in a corner of his cell with his blanket over his head.

Shafiq Rasul, another former Guantanamo Bay detainee, stated that although Khadr was forced to mature due to his harsh treatment and torture, he still had the mentality of a child. Guantanamo Bay’s Muslim chaplain James Yee confirmed this by reporting that Khadr had been given a Mickey Mouse book in a surprising act of kindness by one of his interrogators, and that he slept with it clutched to his (injured) chest. Muneer Ahmad, one of Khadr’s first attorneys, reported that at their first meeting at Guantanamo, Khadr asked for nothing other than colouring books, car magazines and pictures of big animals and played with the attorney’s ink pens and digital watch.

Khadr has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, and is now 27 years old.

More heartbreaking news: While Khadr is now out of Guantanamo and in a Canadian maximum security prison (which is not much better), he is currently being sued by a US soldier and the wife of a US soldier who was killed while arresting/torturing Khadr. These people are suing him for fifty million dollars because, while carrying out an attack against Khadr as child, they were injured.

Please keep Khadr and all of the other victims of this torture in your hearts

One of a few repulsive and sad anecdotes I have for people who support Guantanamo operations

buttonpoetry:

Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”