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Sab; [sah·ab] noun 1. a goan feminist experiencing an existential crisis.

except my life, except my life, except my life

thegestianpoet:

here’s the thing:

  • respect sex workers, but
  • do not defend the porn industry 
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lights-over-arbys:

rubynrags:

Do you know what I want to see?

I wanna see a really cool Disney princess who can’t sing. I wanna see this pretty young girl who sounds like a beached whale when she tries to sing “Happy Birthday.” And none of the musical numbers feature her because she doesn’t sing.

But halfway through the movie, she figures out

She can rap like hell

This post kept getting better and better with every word

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somehowfurious:

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pizzagrrrl:

Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”

King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.

“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”

Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.

What a beautiful badass woman.

King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.

MORE FEMALE KINGS.

Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.

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Anonymous asked: Speaking of NZ/the haka, I was wondering. When I was in the military stationed in the Pacific, I had two friends from NZ, one white and one mixed white/Maori. They told me that each NZ military unit had its own company haka that they took *deathly* seriously; if one of their members was KIA their comrades performed their haka as a funereal sendoff. Is this appropriation a la Hawaii, or is it a natural progression of colonial NZ culture mixing with Maori culture? How should I feel about it?

knivesindahouse:

nerdfaceangst:

weareallmixedup:

I am not Maori nor are any of the mods so I feel that we are not qualified to speak on this. If Maori followers have thoughts please go ahead.

- Melody

The haka is 100% Maori so I’m not sure what the “a la Hawaii” thing comes from (although we have our own chants/dances). A lot of the NZ military is Maori, and to the best of my knowledge the haka is one way Maori have managed to maintain their identities. Similar to the All Blacks’ haka. It’s certainly not colonial culture mixing with indigenous culture. It’s indigenous culture maintaining its identity despite being colonized. There’s a difference. If it was a base with no Maori ties whatsoever it would be appropriation. It’s very emotionally moving if you do get to witness a haka, by the by, it’s very very important.

I have a lot of Maori followers so hopefully they can contribute, and correct me if I’m wrong.

The haka is not a result of with mixing with our colonisers. It has always been a deeply important and identifying part of our culture.   

There are several different haka for several different occassions in Te Ao Māori (The Māori World), many are to honour guests and whānau. The All Blacks haka is the only one that I know which some call a ‘bastardised’ version of haka, I’m not Ngāti Toa so I can’t really say. Many Pākehā (white/european New Zealanders) and other New Zealanders engage in haka today and we welcome this as a celebration of our culture, however I think all haka are always guided/lead by Māori. 

I have never come across any completely non-Māori group doing a haka but that doesn’t mean other parts of our culture aren’t appropriated (e.g. our ta moko/tattoos, seen a lot of this just on tumblr.) Māori are a diverse people, traditionally we all come from different hapu and iwi and today many Māori come from mixed backgrounds. It is important for us to be involved in anything to do with our culture as we are the kaitiaki (protectors) of our kaupapa (traditions) and taonga (treasures).

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jasmine-blu:

my life goals

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tomsuns:

Terrible things Mac Demarco has said and done

tw (abuse, rape, incest)

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what a fuckin disappointment

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browngirlinterrupted:

don’t check up on people who have decided you are not in their picture anymore. you don’t need to know how they’re doing. save yourself the trouble, seriously.

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Dear Non-Asian People: Yes, fetishizing Asian people is racist.

lightspeedsound:

Apparently, this is still being debated. But let me outline it for you again:

1.  There’s a history of making “Asians” (as in, “people with dark hair, almond shaped eyes, whose ethnic background comes from one bigass continent) into one homogenous group. This is super racist, because, let’s be real here: despite what you learned in 7th grade geography, Asia is a big ass and diverse CONTINENT. NOT. A. COUNTRY.

2. In fact, if we want to be technical here, “Asia” includes parts of Russia and Turkey. Two countries which are definitely not grouped with the traditional “Asian” category. Why? Because they don’t look like a stereotypical Asian. And also, South east Asians (i.e.: Indians and other desi people) are considered Asian as well. Only, they’re distinguished and not what people automatically think of when they say “Asian.”  Sort of like how Eastern Europeans are considered Europeans but also somehow not. 

3. And while we’re on the topic, what are you fetishizing here? Because, as an Asian woman, I’ve heard really fucking racist/stereotyping “compliments” around three things: 

  • my eyes
  • my skin
  • my hair

And to be frank, saying “Oh hey, I love your eyes. They are so exotic” is no better (and actually, arguably, historically and politically more offensive) than a cis-gendered dude saying “Oh hey, I love your tits. They’re so womanly.” Because, bitch, who are you to define what “womanly” means? 

4. So then there’s also the ideology surrounding Asians and Asian fetishes.  For women, it’s all about “Oh, how submissive and light skinned and exotic, like having my own geisha kung fu princess jasmine harem girl all in one!”  Which is absolutely fucking ridiculous because it is like saying, “Oh yay, I get my own spicy señorita french kissing german milkmaid swedish model all in one!” Bitch. We. Be. Different. 

5. And also, let’s be real here: If your “fascination with Asian culture” basically means “I watch a lot of anime and masturbate to hentai and wish I I had a cute schoolgirl/effeminate school boy of my own to tie up,” you don’t have a fascination with Asian culture. I mean, for one, there IS NO homogenous Asian culture. For two, even if there was, there is no way that fucking Sailor Moon would be a cultural relic of said ethnic group. I am sorry, it is hilarious, but there is no way you can tell me that it’s somehow a gateway into the mysterious and exotic world of the Orient. 

6. That last sentence was sarcasm, by the way. Never ever use any of the adjectives I just listed above unless you want to get bitchslapped. No, not roundhouse kicked. We Asians reserve that shit for bigger issues.

7.  And Asian culture isn’t just sushi or kung pao chicken or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Like I said, saying “Asian Culture” is like saying “European culture.” What the fuck does that even mean?  Then again, maybe this is a bad analogy for Americans. I’m pretty sure that we’ve been conditioned to believe that every single European ever will speak fluent English in a French or British accent. Always. 

8.  That being said: fetishization is objectification.  It’s putting an ENTIRE ETHNIC GROUP (which, by the way, shouldn’t even be grouped together in the first place because IT REPRESENTS A HUGE ASS CONTINENT OF DIVERSE PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS) into one tiny little box and saying, “I like you because of my preconceived notions about what your culture and appearance should be.  I find it sexually exciting that you have a list of characteristics which are not only inaccurate, but also steeped in racism and oppression.”  

…So, long story short: Even if you think you’re flattering me, if you have an Asian fetish, YOU. ARE. BEING. RACIST.

If you are not part of said ethnic group: there is no such thing as a positive racial stereotype.  

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wandsinbudapest:

Andrew has some skills. 

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likeafieldmouse:

Erik Olson - Motorcycle Crash (2009)

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