I love how all these white guys who claim to be “central” or “neutral” never call out misogynists or racists out on bigotry - let alone microaggressions, but if a feminist or advocate for PoC calls them out on any minor problem, or even posts regarding men or white people as an institution - holy shit, they’re extremists and can’t possibly be for equality!
This is why “centralism” or Egalitarianism or any of that bollocks won’t work - because when ‘equality’ and ‘neutrality’ starts from the perspective of those already in the highest state of social privilege, justice will never happen for anyone else.
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queenfattyoftherollpalace asked: What kind of dog do you have?
I have two. A brindle Lurcher called Ned, and a little Jack Russell/Fruitbat called Florence.
They’re both lovely and utterly ridiculous in equal measure.
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I’m utterly trapped by a sleeping lurcher. This is how I die.
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So Floex, AKA Tomáš Dvořák, who penned the incredible soundtrack to Machinarium, did a live performance of my favourite track. It’s a bit special.
Floex - Glasshouse With Butterfly (Machinarium Soundtrack)
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Hating an entire group of people for the way they were born is never a good idea. I don’t even care if that group is currently enslaving your people, it’s still not okay. Everybody is an individual, and there’s no “oppression” gene. Hate the hateful individuals who have wronged you, not the countless ones who have done nothing to you besides be born the “wrong” color or of the “wrong” sexuality or of the “wrong” gender. That is never okay. Bigotry never solves anything.
We need to have a talk about what social scaffoldings of oppression look like real fast.
The fact is that, in most cases, you don’t really find people who are openly, vocally, and violently bigoted. (Though this obviously differs depending on what axis of oppression we are looking at.)
Most oppression manifests itself as more systematic, social, legal, financial forces that reenforce marginalization and inequality. These forces do not need evil hand-rubbing snickering villans, ready to commit personal and physical acts of violence to support them. These forces, rather, are supported by attitudes many of which are so normalized and socialized that the privileged don’t notice them. This means that anyone, even normal, nice people can be supporting systems of inequality without realizing it.
The idea, for example, that LGBTQ+ characters are inappropriate for children’s TV. Or that the “way black people talk” is funny. Or that women are just naturally much better at taking care of children. That it’s ok to pretend that there were no PoC in Europe until the trans-atlantic slave trade. Or that a “tranny” (please excuse the slur) is good for a joke. That it’s ok to dress up as an “Indian” for Halloween, and that Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to wear a sombrero and get drunk. These kinds of attitudes are taught in our culture, taught in our media, and reenforce and justify the oppression and marginalization that permeates our culture. These attitudes, held by normal, nice people, are the BIGGEST problem and the biggest source of support for those systems of oppression.
To make it simple: It is not enough to simply NOT be a raging, vocal bigot. You must actively and consciously work to be an advocate for equality if you don’t want to uphold injustice. You must unlearn the shit you’ve been taught and then help others unlearn. Otherwise you ARE the problem. Doing nothing at all IS the problem for most people.
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I’m noticing a lot of the people getting pissy over my post calling out Egalitarianism are white guys who hate Feminism.
Can’t think why…
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When men talk of women and girls in terms of legal/not legal, what they’re really saying is “I already sexually objectify this child and would attempt to fuck her if there were no laws in the way.”
You can’t deny that is fucking scary.
20k note reblog because: holy shit, 20k notes.
I’ve found some properly brilliant people from those who’ve reblogged this. Unfortunately, I’ve found that there are a few rape apologists and skeezy bastards too, but the people who are rad and awesome and have a social conscience far outweigh ‘em.
Keep calling out toxic people - taking it to the streets as well as the government is the only way to make shit work.
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The fact that I lost no followers during my drunken, rambling Eurovision posts means that I love you lot.
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