you’re not allowed to wear a cotton t-shirt unless you’re a true fan! do you go to the fields and look at it? do you appreciate the agricultural implications of a gigantic cotton industry? do you understand the harvesting process? name 5 cotton harvesting machines. didn’t think so
“I design clothes because I don’t want women to look all innocent and naïve…I want woman to look stronger…I don’t like women to be taken advantage of…I don’t like men whistling at women in the street. I think they deserve more respect. I like men to keep their distance from women, I like men to be stunned by an entrance. I’ve seen a woman get nearly beaten to death by her husband. I know what misogyny is … I want people to be afraid of the women I dress”—Alexander McQueen (via lastgreatpoolparty)
“If you’re telling a non-black person about something racist that happened to you, make sure you are not bitter. Don’t complain. Be forgiving. If possible, make it funny. Most of all, do not be angry. Black people are not supposed to be angry about racism. Otherwise you get no sympathy. This applies only for white liberals, by the way. Don’t even bother telling a white conservative about anything racist that happened to you. Because the conservative will tell you that YOU are the real racist and your mouth will hang open in confusion.”—Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via daniellemertina)
“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”—Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (via likeafieldmouse)
“A terrorist is called that only because he does not have the power of the State behind him – indeed, he has no State, which is why he is a terrorist. The State, at bottom, and when the chips are down, rules by means of a terror made legal.”—James Baldwin on Palestine. (via vul-va)
What do you think of womenagainstfeminism? Have you checked out their tumblr page?
I haven’t checked it out before just now I notice a lot of (irrelevent) women who don’t understand feminism or even grasp the intersectional realities of female oppression. From the looks of the faces, it seems like the submitters on womenagainstfeminism probably also think anti-racism work is unnecessary too.
“The liberal uses the radical’s language to achieve the conservative’s aim: the preservation of the capitalist system, and the traditional ethnic/racial hierarchy within society.”—Manning Marable (via skullxcrusher)
“The idea that women might not place pleasing men at the centre of our politics, consciously or unconsciously, makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Sometimes it makes them angry. I am regularly asked whether I think that feminism ought to be ‘rebranded’ in order to threaten men less, because anything a woman does, even attempt to chip away at a massive, slow-gringing superstructure of sexism, must appeal to men first, or it is meaningless.”—
“It’s amazing how many narratives are driven by the image of a girl’s dead body, isn’t it? Where would network TV drama be without it?
Sometimes the frequency, the simplicity, gets under my skin…The girl is usually barely developed as any more important than, say, the person who hands a drink out a fast food window. What’s crucial is that she’s dead, that’s her role, and she’s been actively killed—rendered beyond passive—in routine sacrifice to plot gods, only without weight or ritual. She’s a functionary and her death resonates enough to let the audience take an interest in the actions of more significant people, like detectives, police, and murderers.”—The Rumpus Interview With Monica Drake (via therumpus)