Miranda. 23. Filipina-Australian, cisgender, and bisexual lady-type. Useless wastrel who daydreams in sequins, comic book expressions and musical numbers.

You might know me from that one glasses meme.

Prone to posting intersectional feminist quotes, various and varying babes, items of the literary and comic nerd culture and the occasional tentacle.

Any reaction images/gifs I post (unless they are of my face) are almost definitely not mine.

Anonymous: honestly curious, why does it offend you?

perfectlyerik:

i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子,TOMATO 番茄

traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 

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lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

forwhateverwelose: I just gave a speech today on how reverse racism doesn't exist and I came up with this really great example I wanted to share: White people saying they know oppression like pocs do is like saying you're starving while waiting in line at a restaurant. No, you're not starving, you're hungry. You don't know starvation like having your organs drop from your muscles being malnourished. The same goes with oppression; you can face problems, but you've never faced oppression.

thisiseverydayracism:

reverseracism:

I’m impressed (: that is a good example on how reverse racism doesn’t exist.

Thank you for sharing.

- Susie the moderator

Beautiful.

jackanthonyfernandez:

Nicki Minaj shining a light on the differences on acceptable sexuality from white women and black women.

Okay drag, Nicki

(Source: )

wocinsolidarity:

glamourweaver:

Yvette Nicole Brown wrote this joke based on actual experience with directors who didn’t want to use the word “sassy”  but 100% wanted her to play it sassier.

"HE BETTER PRAY HE DON’T FIND IT."

(Source: absolutecommunity)

postracialcomments:

cyb3ranthy:

ladyluna13:

chantillylacewithaprettyface:

blasianxbri:

amicuzzo:

lilyvalli:

White people already have true #diversity. 

Lmao this is hilarious cus blue and green eyes are highly recessive genes while brown eyes are dominant so like ur genetic diversity off of a phenotype that was probably spawned from inbreeding doesn’t seem like a great idea but I doubt white supremacists are bothered by that seeing how it’s probably how they themselves born lol.

some white people have been REACHING lately.

Lol I’m cackling

Lmao like what

White people never cease to amaze me.

This is funny cuz…..
This is my pops

His eyes switch between Green, gray and Blue

and this is my niece


Her eyes are green
They are both 100% Black
LMFAO “true” diversity

Who’s surprised that OP is  a white supremacist whose blog is almost entirely devoted to fighting ‘white genocide’?(Probably no one.)

postracialcomments:

cyb3ranthy:

ladyluna13:

chantillylacewithaprettyface:

blasianxbri:

amicuzzo:

lilyvalli:

White people already have true #diversity. 

Lmao this is hilarious cus blue and green eyes are highly recessive genes while brown eyes are dominant so like ur genetic diversity off of a phenotype that was probably spawned from inbreeding doesn’t seem like a great idea but I doubt white supremacists are bothered by that seeing how it’s probably how they themselves born lol.

some white people have been REACHING lately.

Lol I’m cackling

Lmao like what

White people never cease to amaze me.

This is funny cuz…..

This is my pops

His eyes switch between Green, gray and Blue

and this is my niece

Her eyes are green

They are both 100% Black

LMFAO “true” diversity

Who’s surprised that OP is a white supremacist whose blog is almost entirely devoted to fighting ‘white genocide’?

(Probably no one.)

How NOT to use the term POC (2 Step Guide)

owning-my-truth:

The term “POC” (people/person of color) is thrown around loose and fast on Tumblr, and many times quite inappropriately as well. This can lead to the erasure of lived experiences, neo-imperialistic projections onto non-Western contexts and ultimately can reinforce white supremacy in turn. I find the rampant abuse of this term on and off of Tumblr (but especially on this platform) to be exasperating to say the least. It’s one of many reasons that I’ve grown increasingly tired of even engaging with conversations on here, but a recent conversation I had with another friend, who has already left tumblr, prompted me to write this short list for one of my Tumblr major pet-peeves. 

So with that let us begin, HOW NOT TO USE THE TERM POC (in 2 steps):

1. Non-Western Contexts

As a Nigerian I find this to be especially irritating. I have seen people throw race into the #BringBackOurGirls conversation, even as Nigeria is a more than 99% “black” country where we do not even consciously identify as black ourselves because (ding ding) basically EVERYONE is black! We do not see ourselves as black in the context of Nigeria, but now we are suddenly “persons of color”? I can hear my Nigerian aunties hissing at the thought even as I write this.

I also once saw someone on tumblr call Ghana a “majority POC” nation and I was absolutely floored. In yet another country where people don’t even identify as black, suddenly they are now “POC” as well? This is Western centrism and cavalier neo-imperialistic projections of Western racial politics onto the wider world in action. Race is a social construct which varies tremendously from place to place, and taking a flat view of race on a global scale is myopic to say the least. Calling Nigeria and Ghana nations of “POC” is not only flat out wrong, but it is an erasure that reinforces Western hegemony in turn. We want nothing to do with your word “POC” in our countries, as it has no meaning in the context of our lives there.

At this point it’s important to remember that the term “POC” is a Western political term for organizing in Western contexts against white supremacy. Again, it has no use in a country like Nigeria or Ghana where basically everyone is “black” (by our definition, even though, again we must note that people from these countries don’t even consciously identify with a racial marker like “black” until coming to the West). It also has no use in other “majority POC” nations. For example, how useful is a term like “POC” in a country like Saudi Arabia, where there is brutal, local Arab supremacy rooted in a largely independent history as well? How useful is it in any east Asian country where not even “Asian solidarity” exists given the history and tremendous animus between various peoples in the region? The answer is short- it doesn’t apply. Context is critical. Please stop abusing the term “POC” in non-Western contexts. When you do so, you’re talking over people from these countries, being Western-centric and erasing their lived experiences in turn. Stop.

2. When antiblackness and other specific forms of racialized oppression occur

As a community, many of us black people are still mourning the loss of our murdered son, Trayvon Martin, killed by antiblackness and failed by a virulently white supremacist and antiblack justice system. Yes, other POC are victims of racial violence and hate crimes all of the time, but this specific tragedy was a black tragedy. Trayvon Martin was killed in that neighborhood because he was a black boy whose black body was immediately interpreted by George Zimmerman as a security threat that needed to be tracked, followed, and ultimately extinguished and destroyed. Again this is antiblackness in action.

But to my great surprise, in the midst of our grief, we find other POC waxing long about this being a “POC tragedy.” No, it’s not a POC tragedy, it’s a black tragedy as he was killed for being black. Stating blandly that this is just about some general struggle that all “POC” go through is a form of violence against black people and an erasure of the particularities of our struggle as well. People love to do this with black tragedies in particular, piggy-backing on our pain, but similarly, if someone told me that the murder of Vincent Chin, who was killed for being east Asian-American, was a “POC tragedy” I would also be horrified and disgusted.

In short, stop it. SPECIFY the form of oppression at play, because without doing so you are simply erasing lived experiences and perpetuating white supremacy and the violence against the community in question. Stop it.

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And there you have it. It sounds simple doesn’t it? Don’t apply the term “POC” to non-Western contexts and specify forms of oppression when you can in Western contexts. But people regularly fail to do these two simple things- perpetuating violence, white supremacy and Western dominance against marginalized communities across the globe. Please do use the term “POC” as a political organizing tool in the West— I understand its use and importance there and do use it myself in specific ways to encourage solidarity. But I simply have no time for any of the above and hope that one day the abuse of this ostensibly useful term will finally stop. 

Reblogging crystalleww's recent post reminded me of a story I don’t think I’ve told here.

While I was waiting to shift trains at Granville station, and older, white male approached me. He kept looking at me up and down the entire time he talked to me. It was particularly obvious when he would ask me where I was from, and then ignore my answer of, ‘I’m from here/Australia,’ in favour of staring at me some more.

Any time he realized I was feeling uncomfortable he’d repeat, ‘oh, I’m just being friendly, just being friendly.’ This didn’t make him seem less creepy, it only made me feel more trapped and like I couldn’t yell at this pervy old man because he was ‘just being friendly.’

After repeatedly asking where I was from and ignoring my answers, he asked if I needed a ‘companion’ to show me around Sydney. He kept asking even after I repeatedly told him I wasn’t interested. He only left me alone when he asked where I was going, and I told him I was meeting up with my boyfriend. 

This is not a rare occurrence. 

I don’t actually mind answering the ‘where you from’ question- to an extent, anyway. Other POC usually ask because they want to know if we share the same background (I’ve gotten Mauritian, Mexican and Malaysian before). Often people are asking about my American accent rather than my ethnicity. (Which is nice considering I wasn’t mistaken for American when I lived in America.) And for many people who ask, especially when they’re from areas largely populated by migrants, there is this understanding that whatever else I am, I am still Australian.

But I can always tell when the person asking is just trying to other me. When they’re trying to pin down my ethnicity like it’s a rare, exotic insect to label. 

I don’t say I’m Australian just because I live here now or because it’s on my birth certificate. Even though I didn’t grow up here, being Australian is a part of my identity, just like my sexuality and ethnicity. 

I am very sick of people trying to take that away from me.

crystalleww:

These two incidents happened within 24 hours of one another in America.

I remember standing in the middle of Target right after this happened. I was shaking because I was mad, and I remember not knowing what to do with my hands. I am constantly in defense of who I am and where I’m from. I don’t know what it is about this country, but when you are not a white male, people feel like your body and your space and your story is theirs to claim and theirs to interpret.

America has always been home even if it can be complicated sometimes.

brandomarlons:

I don’t think that people generally realise what motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, as a matter of fact, all ethnic groups, all minorities, all non-whites. And people just simply don’t realise, just take it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented and these clichés are just, I mean on this network every night, well perhaps not every night, but you can see silly renditions of human behaviour, the leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese, the kook or the gook, black man, stupid Indian. It just goes on and on and on. And people actually don’t realise how deeply people are injured by seeing themselves represented, not so much the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but children. Indian children seeing Indians represented as savage, as ugly, as nasty, vicious, treacherous, drunken. They grow up only with a negative image of themselves and it lasts a lifetime. 

Marlon Brando on why Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on his behalf during his Best Actor win for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards

lareinaana:

esleex:

when are white feminists gonna stop saying “stop teaching your daughter she’s beautiful and start telling her she’s smart!!” to WOC cause WOC teaching their daughters of color that they’re beautiful in a white-beauty standardized society is pretty radical also i’m asian white people always tell me im smart bc of that i dont need my mom telling me that

little black girls need to be told they are smart, magical, beautiful and divine. nothing short of that.