WHEN PEOPLE SAY YOU HAVE PRIVILEGE THEY ARE NOT SAYING THAT YOU DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS
THEY ARE SAYING YOU DO NOT HAVE THE SPECIFIC PROBLEMS THAT COME FROM OPPRESSION
THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT CONCEPT
Nothing turns on a girl more than good fight choreography.
(my body materializes out of the darkness) fuck that was sick. did I look cool dont lie dude.
This should just happen during regular white washing, brainwashing, and conditioning.
Tumblr people are all like ‘everyone has a right to their body! abortion should be okay and sexual activity without consent is bad! You have no right to get mad at someone’s body-choices!’
But then they’re all like ‘omg If I see a while person with dreads I’ll chop their hair off with scissors! If I see another white girl with a bindi I’m ripping that sticker right off! I’m really mad at these people’s body-choices’.
Except appropriation has a direct harmful impact on the traditions and people in the cultures being appropriated from.
It literally reinforces and encourages racism, discrimination and hate crimes against the people in the culture being appropriated from, and often is a form of dehumanization and cultural (sometimes literal) genocide.
It’s no longer a matter of bodily autonomy or free speech when you’re directly causing harm to other sentient beings. Your rights end when another sentient being’s begins.
How is that hard to understand? Oh right, because ignorant people such as yourself reduce issues of appropriation to ‘feelings’ when it’s about the consequences and effect on the tradition and the people in the culture.
Get the fuck out with your ridiculous false equivalences.
A better analogy would be that they stole your wallet and put it in their pocket, and when you try to get it back, they say - “nuh UH, you oppressor - you have no right to infringe upon MY bodily autonomy! Finders keepers!”
But you STOLE something, asshole. And it’s even more valuable than a wallet, though intangible: it’s my identity, my culture, my religion, my soul. It is infinitely more valuable than anything material.
Funny though, how that’s how Western governments react when the countries they colonised ask for reparations for colonial crimes and for the return of the valuable manuscripts, artworks, jewels and religious and historical artefacts they stole for hundreds of years and that they display in their museums as if they’re anything other than pirates and petty thieves.
A better analogy would be someone wearing a shirt with hate speech written on it, and when people object, saying “YOU HATE MY FREEEEDOOOMMMSSSS” and wailing about how the people who object are reverse oppressing you.
But you’re causing harm to people who are already marginalised, you racist piece of shit. People like squandering-flibber and more ~explicit~ racists in hate groups are one and the same. Don’t ever let them fool you into thinking otherwise.
A better analogy would be sticking a knife in someone’s back and when your victim tries to fight back, saying, “you can’t defend yourself because that would hurt ME and that’s WRONG”.
Isn’t it funny that this is exactly the same double standard they use when they bomb Third World countries and murder thousands of children but call any form of resistance, violent or non-violent, “terrorism”?
SELF-DEFENCE IS A RIGHT.
DEFENCE OF OUR FAMILIES AND CULTURES IS A RIGHT.
RESISTANCE TO IMPERIALISM IS A RIGHT.
DEFENCE OF OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY / CULTURAL HERITAGE IS A RIGHT.
It is you appropriators who are committing violent acts; you are the criminals, petty thieves, murderers and oppressors. If a white racist ever has a bindi ripped off them, they have what’s coming to them. Fuck you and your ~bodily autonomy~.
YES! SO MUCH YES!
I’ve seen a lot of conflicting opinions over whether the word “stupid” is ableist or not. I’ve decided to err on the side of caution and stop using it. But it’s a difficult habit to break, so I’ve made a list of words to use instead. I’m posting it in case other people find it useful.
Referring to people:
- willfully ignorant
Referring to ideas or things:
- waste of time
(If I made a mistake and one of these is ableist, let me know and I’ll take it off the list.)
Other words to avoid: idiot, moron, stupid, dumb, insane, daft, imbecile, lame, loony, retarded, cretin, crazy, spaz, spastic, numbskull, halfwit, dimwit, hysterical, ditzy, nutty/nuts.
Of course, getting rid of ableist attitudes requires more than just switching up which words you use. But words are a decent place to start.
The facts were these… Pushing Daisies: a summary
A table of Non-ableist alternatives for “crazy”.
I no longer endorse this chart, but I am keeping it here as a basis for discussion.
See the full text version below.
A table of non-Ableist Alternatives for “Crazy”.
The word “crazy” should not be used in a trivial context, as this is an ableist/psychophobic slur against people with mental illnesses.
Trivial definition 1 uses “crazy” to mean ”Intense”, for example that was crazy good! I’m crazy in love. That film was insane.
Alternatives for this definition include excessive, extreme, protracted, vivid, impassioned, incensed, potent, rich, the utmost, the pinnacle, the highest, fantastical, farcical, hugely, incredibly, immeasurably, unimaginably and ridiculously.
Trivial definition 2 uses “crazy” to mean ”Negative/traumatic”, for example my car crash was crazy. It’s insane that we lost. Injustice is crazy.
Alternatives for this definition include adverse, alarming, chilling, horrific, harrowing, frightful, distressing, repugnant, agonizing, excruciating, heart-rending, eerie, ghastly, hellish, deplorable and grievous.
Trivial definition 3 uses “crazy” to mean “Unusual/Ridiculous”, for example I have so many crazy habits. This place looks insane! Look at the crazy patterns.
Alternatives for this definition include absurd, inappropriate, bizarre, unrealistic, incongruous, illogical, preposterous, beyond reason, laughable, curious, atypical, odd, eccentric, peculiar, weird and unconventional.