Behold the Blog: Black Girl Dangerous


Are you unsure if you have white privilege?
Black Girl Dangerous can fix that for you:

9. Do you regularly experience racism (note: racism is a system in which people are given less access to employment, education, safe and adequate housing, legal representation, etc. based on their race; racism is not people “not liking you” because of your race). If not, you may be white.

 

12. Do people assume, without knowing you or ever speaking to you, that you are unintelligent, a criminal, good with computers, a terrorist, lazy, that you don’t speak English, or that you are poor? If not, you may be white.

Is ‘love your body’ the most important thing we can be saying when we talk about body-shaming?
Lovemme on not loving yourself:

The fact that “love your body” rhetoric shifts the responsibility for body acceptance over to the individual, and away from communities, institutions, and power, is also problematic. individuals who do not love their bodies, who find their bodies difficult to love, are seen as being part of the problem. the underlying assumption is that if we all loved our bodies just as they are, our fat-shaming, beauty-policing culture would be different. if we don’t love our bodies, we are, in effect, perpetuating normative (read: impossible) beauty standards.

BGD is a collection of writers, established by Mia McKenzie, specifically as a space for the voices of queer women and trans* people of color. It’s fast and brilliant and means that sometimes I sit and giggle at my computer (“You want a shit sandwich or a crap-kebab? Choose! And remember that if you don’t choose a shit sandwich, then that’s just as good as choosing a crap-kebab.”) and every time I want to just go do something.

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