Anonymous asked: Hi I was wondering about the M.I.A picture you reblogged. I understand that Western Europeans switched the meaning, but isnt it still offensive to the families effected by the holocaust?
Tumblr user timsaturday left an informative comment on that post:
This isn’t a Nazi Swastika what so ever, as a JEW I can recognize this unlike some people.
Gonna quote straight from wikipedia here.
The word swastika derives from the Sanskrit root ssu(“Good”),asti(“to be”),andka(making)The older term gammadion cross derives from its appearance, which is identical to four Greek gamma letters affixed to each other.
What I find interesting is that this is actually a very very good representation of what can happen when white people culturally appropriate something.
The Swastika, long before the Nazis came about and started brandishing their own bastardization of it, had a strong religious and cultural significance to a LOT of people.
It didn’t represent anything evil, it didn’t represent a dictatorship that perpetuated one of the most well known genocides taught today.
It only started having this horrible association in the 1920’s when the Nazi party appropriated it as for their logo.
White people, white supremacists, taking something with an already well established past and meaning; and placing their own over it.
Because of these people, swastikas that do not have anything to do with the Nazi party are demonized in most people’s eyes because they don’t know any better, because white people wiped out it’s original meaning in white culture.
People seriously need to learn some history.
THIS is the sort of damage that cultural appropriation can do in the long run.
Instead of waiting in her tower, Rapunzel slices off her long, golden hair with a carving knife, and then uses it to climb down to freedom.
Just as she’s about to take the poison apple, Snow White sees the familiar wicked glow in the old lady’s eyes, and slashes the evil queen’s throat with a pair of sewing scissors.
Cinderella refuses everything but the glass slippers from her fairy godmother, crushes her stepmother’s windpipe under her heel, and the Prince falls madly in love with the mysterious girl who dons rags and blood-stained slippers.
Persephone goes adventuring with weapons hidden under her dress.
Persephone climbs into the gaping chasm.
Or, Persephone uses her hands to carve a hole down to hell.
In none of these versions is Persephone’s body violated unless she asks Hades to hold her down with his horse-whips.
Not once does she hold out on eating the pomegranate, instead biting into it eagerly and relishing the juice running down her chin, staining it red.
In some of the stories, Hades never appears and Persephone rules the underworld with a crown of her own making.
In all of them, it is widely known that the name Persephone means Bringer of Destruction.
Red Riding Hood marches from her grandmother’s house with a bloody wolf pelt.
Medusa rights the wrongs that have been done to her.
Eurydice breaks every muscle in her arms climbing out of the land of the dead.
Girls are allowed to think dark thoughts, and be dark things.
Instead of the dragon, it’s the princess with claws and fiery breath
who smashes her way from the confines of her castle
and swallows men whole.
- 'Reinventing Rescuing,' theappleppielifestyle. (via theappleppielifestyle)
Wil Wheaton, mensch.
I fuckin’ love Wil Wheaton. This is just an added bonus.
Brand new episode of Tropes vs Women is online! Please heed the content warning on this video. It contains some especially triggering scenes of sexual violence.
I found this hard to watch. Even if you removed all of her commentary and just showed the clips from the games, it would be disturbing.
I’ve tried reading some of the “rebuttals” of this video, but even if I wasn’t a crazy leftie liberal feminist whatever… it’s all nonsense. And I think they know it is too, because the most common response to this video is to attack the messenger.
"This nagging ugly bitch just wants something to complain about like all social justice retards. The second you apologize or give them an inch they will simply criticize you more. "
That was the first reblog comment I saw in the notes. Using misogyny and slurs to try and de-legitimatize a video about misogyny is an interesting debate tactic.
It seems people are quite literally trying to kill the messenger. Attack her character. Make her look so bad that it undermines the message of the video.
It isn’t going to work. Something is clearly rotten in the state of gaming. It needs to be addressed. It doesn’t matter if you like her or not… the truth is undeniable and people need to start accepting that.
She isn’t telling people they aren’t allowed to like their video games. She clearly states that at the beginning of all her videos. And what she is suggesting is not going to make games terrible and unfun. All that is desired is for women to be respected in gaming and perhaps a little more representation that isn’t two dimensional. That certainly doesn’t seem like it is worth threatening someone’s life to fight against.
body positive doodles from earlier today
it’s so weird that people are shaming Beyonce for being sexual during her performance when literally in the speech in flawless says “We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are." Like how do you miss the point that bad
of course you can trust me for really good relationship advice, do you know how many YA romance novels i’ve read
Reacting to Blue Ivy
Lorde looks like an alien who is desperately trying to replicate human emotion so her cover isn’t blown.