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#cleopatra with the nose knocked off. I wonder if people still think she was European like the movies betray…

I still think it’s one of the most desperate things whites have done to blacks and to black history. The disrespect is outrageous. They came to our country and mentally could not fathom how these black civilizations could be so great. They literally rode through our lands and shot the noses off of our statues. Why? So that the statues would no longer resemble the African people and they could LIE about the origins of Egypt and countless other civilizations. It was a widespread practice. It’s why statues of Pharaoh’s and their wives have no noses. It’s why the Sphinx has no nose. When I was in middle and high school, we were taught that the noses had fell off due to time and poor craftsmanship! They have literally tried to teach us that our ancestors were shitty builders of noses just to hide their malicious destruction of our heritage. European fears of African peoples had to come from somewhere. I want to know what part of the history is missing. There’s something that they don’t want to be told.

The shade is real

i was taught that the noses fell off as well and actually continued to believe this. in retrospect this makes no sense, considering greek/roman statues pretty much always have intact noses whereas egyptian ones are always conveniently missing theirs. thank you for pointing this out to me, i hadn’t even made that connection until now.

The bolded was me too and I am seriously embarrassed that I never even thought about how that could be false.

Damnnn. I hate myself for not realizing this.
    I hate myself even more, since I know the ancient Egyptians created their sculptural works with the idea of permanence in mind. They were literally built to last throughout the afterlife. Notice how the majority of their monumental sculpture is stone-bound, without any protruding elements or breakable appendages. That’s because many of these sculptures were intended to house the life-force (Ka) of those they portrayed. Of their favorite materials were basalt and diorite, both extremely hard stones that were incredibly difficult to carve. Meaning a nose just doesn’t “fall off” because of “poor craftsmanship,” you would literally have to take a hammer to it. Fuckers.

Cleopatra was black, she was as black as Cicely Tyson. -Paul Mooney

Don’t hate yourself, and don’t be embarrassed. This is one of the biggest things that they have done to try and uphold the myth of Black inferiority/White supremacy. Erasing Blackness is what they’ve been doing since Day 1. They’ve done it then, they do it now, and they’ll keep doing it until the world ends. 

nextlifeout:

2damnfeisty:

bathsabbath:

piscula:

skooth:

bhavatarini:

myblacksexuality:

poetofwar333:

#cleopatra with the nose knocked off. I wonder if people still think she was European like the movies betray…

I still think it’s one of the most desperate things whites have done to blacks and to black history. The disrespect is outrageous. They came to our country and mentally could not fathom how these black civilizations could be so great. They literally rode through our lands and shot the noses off of our statues. Why? So that the statues would no longer resemble the African people and they could LIE about the origins of Egypt and countless other civilizations. It was a widespread practice. It’s why statues of Pharaoh’s and their wives have no noses. It’s why the Sphinx has no nose. When I was in middle and high school, we were taught that the noses had fell off due to time and poor craftsmanship! They have literally tried to teach us that our ancestors were shitty builders of noses just to hide their malicious destruction of our heritage. European fears of African peoples had to come from somewhere. I want to know what part of the history is missing. There’s something that they don’t want to be told.

The shade is real

i was taught that the noses fell off as well and actually continued to believe this. in retrospect this makes no sense, considering greek/roman statues pretty much always have intact noses whereas egyptian ones are always conveniently missing theirs. thank you for pointing this out to me, i hadn’t even made that connection until now.

The bolded was me too and I am seriously embarrassed that I never even thought about how that could be false.

Damnnn. I hate myself for not realizing this.

    I hate myself even more, since I know the ancient Egyptians created their sculptural works with the idea of permanence in mind. They were literally built to last throughout the afterlife. Notice how the majority of their monumental sculpture is stone-bound, without any protruding elements or breakable appendages. That’s because many of these sculptures were intended to house the life-force (Ka) of those they portrayed. Of their favorite materials were basalt and diorite, both extremely hard stones that were incredibly difficult to carve. Meaning a nose just doesn’t “fall off” because of “poor craftsmanship,” you would literally have to take a hammer to it. Fuckers.

Cleopatra was black, she was as black as Cicely Tyson. -Paul Mooney

Don’t hate yourself, and don’t be embarrassed. This is one of the biggest things that they have done to try and uphold the myth of Black inferiority/White supremacy. Erasing Blackness is what they’ve been doing since Day 1. They’ve done it then, they do it now, and they’ll keep doing it until the world ends. 

I’ll tell you the most believable thing about [Orange Is The New Black] is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money…I’m a white blonde girl who went out and willfully fucked up and committed armed robbery, and I got five years. There were tons of black girls in my prison who were holding onto a bag of dope for a couple of days, and they always seemed to get, like, 10 years. If you ever find yourself in prison and wonder why there’s tension between white and black, shit like that is probably one of the reasons.

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STILL relevant.

As fuck.

*all women

Malcolm X gave zero fucks about white women. They got him arrested and he sure as hell didn’t want them involved in the movement. 

The fact that you, a blatant worshipper of white women and white women only, feel the need to derail a post about women who are undeniably at the bottom of the totem pole to make it all about you and the only women you deem worthy to care about just proves his fucking point.

When a post is about BLACK WOMEN, keep your misogynoir riddled, colonizing hands off of it.

You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.
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I feel most people’s sexuality is enormously complicated. That’s what it means to be human. Wouldn’t it be great if we honored that complexity rather than turn it into gossip or ridicule? Wouldn’t it be great if we accepted sexual diversity, in ourselves and others, without condemning it?

Janet Jackson [Essence Magazine, 2001] (via cuntbarf)

my queen.

If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist.

As reported by Al Jazeera America, colleges across the country are replacing the word “rape” in their sexual assault policies with “non-consensual sex” because schools don’t want label students “rapists”.

This whole article is worth reading.

When you call a rape anything but rape, you are just making excuses for rapists | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | theguardian.com

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so they’re calling it something that doesn’t exist.

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)

SO GLAD i bought this on crissle's recommendation.

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engrprof:

This comment, submitted to shychemist, perfectly sums up something called the stereotype effect.  It often happens to anyone who is a minority in their field.  Combined with imposter syndrome, it is a real impediment.  Since I’ve been dealing with this for over 30 years as a woman engineering student and engineer, I decided to write up some background and hints that I’ve discovered that may help.  

The stereotype effect applies when you feel pressured because of something about you (gender, race, nationality) and the area you are working in. ravens-domain describes it perfectly - you feel that you can’t do it, but that you have to uphold your entire gender.  The XKCD comic describes it as well - you aren’t allowed to be your own person.

If you would like to know more about the stereotype effect, a great book is Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele.  It describes it well and talks about what institutions can do to reduce the effects, but it doesn’t give much advice to the person that’s dealing with it.

Another book that my daughter highly recommends is Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine. (I have started it but haven’t finished it yet.)

The related imposter syndrome is the feeling that once you have achieved, that you don’t really deserve it and sooner or later they’ll figure it out and kick you out.  Many successful women have this issue.  I don’t know much about whether this applies to other minorities.  Slate had a good article on this.

So, how can you cope with this? I’m not a psychologist, but I have dealt with this for a long time. Here are some things that have worked for me.  If they seem like they would work for you, try it.  If you have other ideas, please add them.

tl;dr:  You do well because you earned it - you fail sometimes because you are human.  

1.  Know that stereotype effect and imposter syndrome are things and driving some of the thoughts you have.  Just knowing it’s not just me is a huge relief.

2.  Look up the people like you who have done this before.  There actually are more of them than you think.  For example, in computer science, read up on Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper.  Realize that women invented a lot of computer science.  It was actually considered a women’s field until there started to be money in it.  The contributions of minorities are often left out of the standard histories, but now with the internet, you can find out a lot about them.

3.  Find ways to trick your mind out of the spiral.  One study I read (but don’t have handy) actually found that if women wrote the name of a women mathematician or scientist on the top of their test before they started, they got better scores.  In scary situations, I often don’t go as myself. I go as an actress playing the part of the confident engineer who happens to have the same name I do.  Even studying up on body language and using some of the confidence tricks like putting your finger tips together like a super villain actually works sometimes.

4.  Find a buddy.  Even one other person in the same situation can help so much.  In my university, we’ve started having dinners once a month for women in STEM.  It’s been a huge encouragement for all of us.  My daughter says, “If you have one other person with you, you can stand against the entire world.”  It may not be possible to find someone in your area, but with the internet now, it’s easier to connect than ever.

5. Talk to people in the majority as well. Often, we self-isolate ourselves. Then, we think that we are the only one struggling.  In grad school, we had a really difficult class on modeling contaminant transport in surface water.  I worked so hard on that class and got an A-.  I was sure that I was a failure and probably shouldn’t be in n the program.  The next semester, I was talking to one of the men in the program.  He had talked to everyone and it turned out, I had the highest grade in the class.  But I thought I had to do everything on my own and I had no idea.

6. Find a mentor.  Be careful about this one.  There are the “I suffered so everyone should” types that you should avoid.  But if you can find someone who has been through it, they can really help you figure out what you should worry about and what you should let go.

7.  Stay focused on YOUR goals. Part of the downside of stereotype effect is that you feel that if you don’t finish you are “letting everyone down.”  That’s bullshit.  Stereotype threat is a feeling - but you shouldn’t let it run your life.  If you love engineering, or chemistry, or whatever, don’t let the naysayers stop you.  On the other hand, if you start it and realize this is not for you, people will say “but if you quit, you’ll be letting the rest of us down.”  Don’t buy into that.  You don’t owe us a life in a profession that doesn’t fit you.  It’s a careful balancing act - everyone has bad days and you don’t want to quit because of a bad day or a flunked test.  So be sure to spend time figuring out what you want and need.

8.  Most important:  You do well because you earned it - you fail sometimes because you are human.  That’s it.  The stereotype effect is a real feeling but it doesn’t reflect reality.  You are an individual.  The rest is bullshit that your culture and your brain are conspiring together to feed you. Don’t buy it.  (I know, easier said than done, but keep trying.)

This turned out really long, but I hope it’s helpful.  My ask box is open.  There are some really cool things on Tumblr like scientific-women and shychemist's blog that can be really supportive.

So, go for it! You can totally do it!

Tumblr’s Science Mom has our backs!

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If you think all Black people’s blogs are “social justice” blogs, you’re racist.

I read some newspaper article recently that pretty much summed up Tumblr and the responses to it this way—privileged people who come here are shocked to see marginalized people talking about their experiences, so they think everyone’s just obsessed with social justice, rather than talking about their own lives.

🙌thissss

Also, for many white people activism (and interacting with or professing care for people outside of their race in general) is tied with immaturity.  For them it’s often just a pit stop on the way to embracing the system and adopting the same ideals as their parents.  

It’s something they “do” in their teens and early twenties to be different, to be noticed, to feel superior, to feel significant, to show that they’re an independent thinker and their own person.  Knowing the ins and outs of an issue isn’t really as important as “finding their voice” and the point is to be as loud and annoying to “the establishment” (Their parents) as possible to show they’ve grown up.  In this effort they often change causes more often than underwear without accomplishing much.

Deep down they know they’re full of shit and so do their parents, which is why they put up with it up to a point. (The quote  ”If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.” really comes into play here. This is the standard progression for white people who have no “skin in the game”.)  

Young white liberals become white conservatives (or “moderates” as they now prefer to call themselves) either when they get a job or have kids and they no longer need something artificial and foreign to them to give them a sense of purpose and importance OR when their repeated half-assed attempts at playing white savior are met with genuine criticism by the people they’re talking over and not helping.  At that point they decide that “I’ve done all this for ‘these people’ and it’s not enough — I guess the stereotypes were right.”

SO…  I think when white people see people of color and other oppressed groups advocating for themselves on Tumblr, Twitter and elsewhere online, they project their experiences onto others.  For them “tumblr activism” is like their activism phase… something you can throw off and on at a whim and which doesn’t really affect you.  They may have patience at hearing about oppression at first but after a while they get bored with it and want you to move on… to grow up… and grow out of it… like they did.

When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’

It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
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What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

escapedgoat:

I love this article. Reminds me of the dreadful comments I’ve gotten from people just because I said that if I get married, I’d like to keep my last name.

good read, but possibly a bigger issue in the middle class than elsewhere.

  1. they were abusing and raping sexually free women and sex workers
  2. we distanced ourselves from the victims, hoping to shield ourselves from becoming victims. patriarchy wouldn’t allow us to distance ourselves from the criminals.
  3. in the process of the above, in our refusal to make them pay for how they were victimizing these people, we collectively came to an implicit agreement that those victims and anyone like them deserve to be abused, deserve to be raped.
  4. now when they rape and otherwise abuse, they just call that person a whore and expect you to leave it alone.
  • Kobe Bryant’s rape victim’s case was lambasted once it was revealed that she’d possibly had sex with someone else in the same time frame. ask yourself what the fuck that has to do with anything.
  • Chris Brown beat the everlasting shit out of Rihanna… and immediately rumors swirled that she’d given him Herpes. Again… what does that have to do with anything? How does that make it ok or even justifiable? WHAT EVIDENCE DID THEY HAVE THAT THIS EVEN OCCURRED? answer: there is none. the entire point was “she’s a ho and, thus, deserved it”.
  • The Steubenville rape victim was painted as sexually promiscuous… as if that had anything to do with her being assaulted while she was passed out.
  • 16 year old girl was drugged and raped at a party in Houston. Teens in Houston are angry that people are standing with her because “she’s a ho”.
  • Ben Roethlisberger’s victims were portrayed as “gold-digging” “groupie hos”.

the list just goes on and on…

psychoshango:

you ever notice how in women’s razor commercials the models’ legs are already completely hairless before they “shave” them

like we can’t even handle showing body hair in a commercial about how to get rid of body hair

Bias Persists Against Women of Science, a Study Says

from 2012, here’s the actual article

All participants received the same materials, which were randomly assigned either the name of a male (n = 63) or a female (n = 64) student; student gender was thus the only variable that differed between conditions.”

assessed: (i) perceived student competence; (ii) salary offers, which reflect the extent to which a student is valued for these competitive positions; and (iii) the extent to which the student was viewed as deserving of faculty mentoring…In each case, the effect of student gender was significant (all P < 0.01), whereas the effect of faculty participant gender and their interaction was not (all P > 0.19).

plain english: female students are discriminated against in science simply for being women… by male AND female faculty.. in every measure assessed.

could you talk more about the male disney villains being queer coded with stereotypes?

Asked by sharkprivilege

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Pink hair bows. 

Many male Disney villains are what we would call “camp.” Effeminate, vain, “wimpy” and portrayed as laughable and unlikable. Calling upon common negative stereotypes about gay men, these villains are characterized as villainous by embodying these tropes and traits. 

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Think about it: Often Thin/un-muscled figure, heavily inked and shadowed eyes (giving the impression of eyeliner and eye shadow?), stereotypically “sassy” and/or manipulative, often ends up being cowardly once on the defensive, many have comedic male sidekicks (such as Wiggins, Smee, Iago, the…snake that isn’t Kaa) 

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since i was talking about one of the disney man villains who doesn’t fit this stereotype yesterday…

Gaston.

my bf was listening to that song about him yesterday

and i mentioned that he is literally the most terrifying disney villain

why?

because his type of evil is banal and commonplace

there are white men walking around who are exactly like him

men who think that women are prizes they deserve

men who will not listen or pay attention to a rejection

men who will go out of their way, if rejected, to ruin a woman’s life

ppl often seem to miss this when discussion beauty and the beast since the stockholm syndrom ‘romance’ is also a giant icky thing

the terrifying thing about gaston is that he is supposed to be (as all disney villains) a hyperbolic cartoon

but he is the absolutely truest and most real villain

because he exists in the real world

we all know men like him

Also, if we’re talking about queer coded characters the MOST important of all the characters is Ursula who was bad off of a drag Queen (Divine) and has a whole host of negative stereotypes.

She’s also my favorite.

This post is sorely missing some seriously important historical context. The term for this as film history goes is the sissy, and as a stock character the sissy is probably one of the oldest archetypes in Hollywood, going back to the silent film era. Some of the most enduring stereotypes of male queerness—the limp wrist, swishing, etc—can actually be traced to the exaggerated movements of cinematic sissies in silent films. And it’s important to note sissies were portrayed in a range of ways, though they were generally used to comedic effect; queerness was considered a joke, and the modern notion of the “sassy gay friend” in films can probably be traced back to this bullshit too. It wasn’t until the Hays Code was adopted in the ’30s that sissies almost uniformly started being portrayed as villains. Homosexuality was specifically targeted under the euphemism of “sexual perversion”, and the only way it could fly under the radar in films under the strict censorship of the code was by coding villains that way in contrast to the morally upright hetero heroes. Peter Lorre’s character in The Maltese Falcon is one off the top of my head, but there are a slew of them from the ’30s onward, and this trope didn’t go away after the Code ended either. More modern examples in live action films are Prince Edward in Braveheart, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, and Xerxes in 300.

So Disney just provides some of the most egregious modern examples of the sissy villain, but this is a really old and really gross trope that goes back years and years in Western film. There’s a fantastic book and accompanying documentary about the history of homosexuality in film by Vito Russo called The Celluloid Closet that gets into a lot of this.

It’s incredibly refreshing to see a response to a post like this that starts with “This post is sorely missing some seriously important historical context.” and then goes on to provide important historical context that adds information to the point being made. I was seriously wincing and bracing myself for “You guys, you don’t understand. It was different back then.”

(Of course, I wouldn’t have been worried if the name of the last poster hadn’t scrolled off the top of my screen by the time I got to it.)

I’ve talked about this before, but here they provide more depth.