if you have social anxiety and you made that phone call or put in that resume or told that person they’re funny or woke up today I am so proud of you and even if you didn’t do those things I am still proud of you okay
Kanye West is white America’s worst nightmare. Because as much as one may attempt to dismiss him — by calling him an asshole or classless or deranged or various other adjectives that fill the comment sections of literally every article about him — you still have to turn on your regularly scheduled late night comedy program and stare him in the face. You can’t avoid Kanye. He’s made very sure of that.
Kanye is not a “new slave” in the same sense as the victims of the prison industrial complex, but he is still trapped in a world that expects him to not only be complicit with the struggle of his people, but to be appreciative that he is not one of them. And on top of all that, while he gets to exist in the world of the 1%, having the money and signifiers of success still aren’t enough to make his (white) 1% peers actually even respect him.
The ideals of Public Enemy are as relevant today as they were in the 80s, but hip-hop was nowhere near as dominant and omnipresent a cultural force as it is at this moment; to compare the reach of their messages is silly. Upper-middle class white families did not have to deal with Public Enemy if they didn’t want to. Similarly with politically-minded “noise rap” artists that have been name-dropped in reviews of Kanye’s new material — it’s all well and good for Death Grips and Blackie and even Killer Mike to espouse similar messages and sounds (and honestly, the sonic qualities of “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead” are hardly at the top of the list of why they’re important), but none of them have anywhere near the amount of visibility and influence as Kanye, even if they did hit it first.
People in current positions of comfort and stability are so willing to dismiss the transgressive thoughts of an angry black man that they will use any convenient excuse to diminish from them; if someone says something that makes you uncomfortable, why not immediately change the subject to his girlfriend’s ass or that time he yelled at a papparazzi or that time he got drunk and embarrassed a white girl? When was it exactly that Kanye shifted, in the eyes of the mainstream, from lovable polo-wearing backpacker to perpetually and unanimously An Asshole? When, precisely, did everything he said get immediately categorized as a “rant” or “controversial” regardless of the actual content? I want to say it was around the time when he said that George Bush didn’t care about black people on live tv. Hmm. Odd.❞
elizabeth-avenged asked: How have I not been following you?! You are intelligent and immensely brave. Where have you been for my entire Tumblr life? :P
Aaaw, this message made my day. Thank yooou~ I’ve been following you for a little while now and I always enjoy reading your blog. I love your honesty and your openness. I really do hope the best for you and I’m here if you ever need to chat to someone. All the best!
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.
Because.. how you do that?!
It’s hands down the hardest thing that I have ever done, but I am two years in and, even though I am not perfect, failure really isn’t an option for me at this point.
I have created a blog following the encouragement from many different mentors. It is going to be a blog for me to talk about my experiences surrounding many different areas in my life as queer, as a feminist, as a survivor, and as a woman in recovery.
I would really like some suggestions about:
1. What kind of information would people like to see in the information pages (about me, what background information, etc.)
2. What kind of posts would people like to see?
3. Just, in general, what would people like to see on the blog?
any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I am really bad at writing about myself. I get stuck after name, age, and that I am Canadian. It’s like, what even do I say? What do people include in ~about the author~ pages? WHAT?