Things that ACTUALLY EXISTED FOR REAL IN EUROPEAN HISTORY: Non-white people, mostly those of North African and Middle Eastern heritage who were immigrants, merchants, missionaries, mercenaries advisors, and scholars; female leaders, including the famed Warrior Queen Boudicca; and queer folk, seriously, Shakespeare wrote sonnets for dudes.
Things that did NOT actually exist for real in European History: Magic, faeries, dragons, wizards.
Q.E.D. The “well, there’s no black people/brown people/women leaders/gay people in this European inspired fantasy because that would be inaccurate” rhetoric is bullshit.
While Angela Corey, who is also the prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, reached out to several press outlets (including ours) in the past few weeks, I believe that her and Rico Gray’s statements to the press, this week in particular, have been marked by inaccuracies, distortions of truth and blatant lies. Here are a few of them.
WARNINGS: details of domestic violence throughout point #2 [and in a lot of the links throughout the article]; talk of all sorts of violence in the link at “decapitated someone”, including rape by an ICE officer.
DONATE to her legal defense fund on WePay: https://www.wepay.com/donations/178785
TWITTER page: https://twitter.com/#!/FreeMarissa
- http://www.change.org/petitions/free-marissa-alexander [WARNING for details of the attack]
this page has a phone call campaign & more: http://sisterslead.org/?page_id=89
[…] This a travesty of justice. Tell the Judge and State Attorney that a woman’s safety is not a criminal act.
Call Judge James Daniel at 904-630-7154 and ask for Marissa Alexander to be released now
Call State Attorney Angela Corey at 904-630-7075 ask for Marissa Alexander to be released now
Please also visit our sisterfriend Antonia Vann’s blog, on what you can do to help Marissa Alexander.
[warning for brief mention of details of the assault at that last link]
direct email addresses [from the petition in the above quote]:
- Angela Corey: firstname.lastname@example.org; also a web form is here: http://www.sao4th.com/contact-the-state-attorneys-office/
- Judge Daniel: email@example.com
(holy crap i could have sworn i posted this but i just found it sitting in my drafts thing, damn i’m sorry)
However, don’t use your anger towards me to disregard the contributions of our fore-mothers simply because they are White. All our feminist heroes should be celebrated including women of color like bell hooks and Gloria Anzaldúa. Yet tumblr loves to degrade “White feminists”…
This bitch did NOT just bring up Elizabeth Cady “I would rather cut off my left fucking arm than let them niggers get the vote before us PURE WHITE WOMEN” Stanton????????
Susan B. “I would rather collude with the racist white fucks who oppress Black people than allow Black women into our feminist conventions” Anthony?
Betty “The Feminine Mystique, which conveniently ignores women of color who are often forced to be fucking domestic workers” Friedan?
The fucking WHITE foremothers WERE RACIST AS ALL FUCK
White feminism has NEVER been about women of color.
Y’all white feminists do nothing but consolidate your power, sucking up to white male patriarchy in hopes that they will allow you a seat at the damn table.
You can fucking miss me with that shit.
This is a part of white feminism that makes me cringe soooo hard. Because I get that as white feminists, we’re proud of the contributions of these women. But to hold them up as acceptable standards for modern feminism? To ignore the staggering amount of racism? I mean, Susan B Anthony basically went blind with rage when the fifteenth amendment. Margaret Sanger was a pretty huge racist.
We (white feminists) can’t just pretend that these white women were not horrible to black people. We can’t just pretend that race isn’t a feminist issue. We can’t just write posts about how Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, and Rihanna are brimming with internalized misogyny and claim that Taylor Swift is a victim of the patriarchy whose songs have no internalized misogyny (the latter could not be more false).
The history of feminism is rife with racism. And if we’re going to pretend otherwise, then I say let’s pack it in because we’ve already doomed ourselves to fail as badly as the previous generations did.
Abigail Fisher is the charming young lady suing the University of Texas for not admitting her because she’s white. Ultimately, she’s challenging the legality of Affirmative Action. But as the Atlantic Wire points out, she had a lot of things working against her in her UT application - none of which were her skin color.
In 2008, the year Fisher sent in her application, competition to get into the crown jewel of the Texas university system was stiff. Students entering through the university’s Top 10 program — a mechanism that granted automatic admission to any teen who graduated in the upper 10 percent of his or her high school class — claimed 92 percent of the in-state spots.
Fisher said in news reports that she hoped for the day universities selected students “solely based on their merit and if they work hard for it.” But Fisher failed to graduate in the top 10 percent of her class, meaning she had to compete for the limited number of spaces up for grabs.
She and other applicants who did not make the cut were evaluated based on two scores. One allotted points for grades and test scores. The other, called a personal achievement index, awarded points for two required essays, leadership, activities, service and “special circumstances.” Those included socioeconomic status of the student or the student’s school, coming from a home with a single parent or one where English wasn’t spoken. And race.
Those two scores, combined, determine admission.
Even among those students, Fisher did not particularly stand out. Court records show her grade point average (3.59) and SAT scores (1180 out of 1600) were good but not great for the highly selective flagship university. The school’s rejection rate that year for the remaining 841 openings was higher than the turn-down rate for students trying to get into Harvard.
As a result, university officials claim in court filings that even if Fisher received points for her race and every other personal achievement factor, the letter she received in the mail still would have said no.
It’s true that the university, for whatever reason, offered provisional admission to some students with lower test scores and grades than Fisher. Five of those students were black or Latino. Forty-two were white.
Neither Fisher nor Blum mentioned those 42 applicants in interviews. Nor did they acknowledge the 168 black and Latino students with grades as good as or better than Fisher’s who were also denied entry into the university that year. Also left unsaid is the fact that Fisher turned down a standard UT offer under which she could have gone to the university her sophomore year if she earned a 3.2 GPA at another Texas university school in her freshman year.
I highly recommend reading the article, because it starts with a stunningly similar historical case - the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended Jim Crow laws. Abigail Fisher, like the plaintiff in favor of segregation laws, is a cute innocent-looking white girl who’s the perfect public victim for the evils of Affirmative Action. But as the Atlantic points out, she’s just another prop for racists trying to uphold white supremacy.
Fiction is not Darwinian: It contains no impartial process of evolution that dispassionately produces the events of a fictional universe. Fiction is miraculously, fundamentally Creationist. When we make worlds, we become gods. And gods are responsible for the things they create, particularly when they create them in their own image.
Laura Hudson writes about the shotage of women characters in Star Wars fore Wired.com in her article “Leia is not enough: Star Wars and the woman problem in Hollywood.”
“Science fiction in particular has always offered a vision of the world not myopically limited by the world as it exists, but liberated by the power of imagination. Perhaps more than any genre of storytelling, it has no excuse to exclude women for so-called practical reasons — especially when it has every reason to imagine a world where they are just as heroic, exceptional, and well-represented as men.”
While not necessarily an indicator of quality, the Bechdel Test recognizes another uncomfortable truth: that women are most often portrayed in media primarily in terms of how they relate to men. I doubt the people who made these movies believe they don’t value women as discrete human beings. But it’s still the story the media shows, if not tells – the narrative we’re all exposed to, over and over, whether we realize it or not.
Yes, many franchises are locked into demographic and historical legacies that make it difficult to introduce new characters that develop the iconic power or fan following of characters like Superman or Spider-Man. This makes women unlikely to play big roles in the important stories, and more likely to be killed, de-powered, or demoted. But the good news for Star Wars is that while these grandfathered gender dynamics may weigh heavy on stories that are still trapped in the past, they need not hinder the future.