Can we just take a minute to talk about how amazing it was that Monster High not only made Skelita Calaveras a descendant of Ancient Aztecs and portrayed how badass survivors WOC are, but also stressed how important the women in our lives both past and present are to our identities and our selves please?
Because the webisode Scare-itage did ALL of that and more.
Mattel is doing some really great things right now, and this is definitely the kind of stuff I want to see more of from them.
I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a great lesson too in their new 13 Wishes line — who else is thinks that Howleen is going to learn to love her curly hair and that she’s completely fine just being her awesome kooky self? It’s about time we had an “I Love My Hair” scene for all of the older girls out there!
Tbh I feel like its always gonna be hit and miss with Irrational Games and 2K.
I mean just look at their past history of portrayals of POC:
- Bioshock: not a single goddamn POC in sight
- Bioshock 2: one WOC who pretty much kisses a white woman’s ass the entire game
- Bioshock 2 Minerva’s Den Extra: features a sensitive, strong, black man who is not only a genius but also the main character, who we never know is said black man until the very end because he wears a full-body suit the entire time and whose wife is fridged right from the get go (and whose death is used as a major plot device to create character development for the male protagonist of course)
- Bioshock Infinite: finally features a group of revolutionary POC who are run by a black woman, but who are portrayed just like the murderous, oppressive, and insane white folks they are trying to overturn
I had this dream this morning when I took a nap that this black girl with only one eye would seriously kick dude’s asses with these ninja-like moves wearing a hoodie like a total boss, and her Latina friend would usually finish them off using some serious gymnastics tricks.
It was one of the best dreams I’ve had in awhile.
Who said anything about WOC wearing weave strictly to appeal to white cis males? Society in general has proven time and time again — even within communities of color — that women with straight hair are found more attractive than those that do not. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard from my own friends and people that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet here online that they’ve gotten less positive comments from others once they switched to more natural hair styles from straight ones. I find this behavior downright awful because I think that all hair types on all types of women are beautiful and should be viewed as such, or at the very least respected.
I apologize if it seemed that I was calling out WOC who wear weave to appeal more to the status quo because that wasn’t my intention. WOC are free to do whatever they want to their hair — what I find problematic is that all too often WOC aren’t given a choice, because if they do NOT decide to use weave or straightening techniques they are often shunned by whites and other POC alike.
I personally don’t think that my initial reaction to the situation had anything to do with zealotry, since if you read the initial post I made to thecakebar’s comment that started this whole argument not only did I end up not saying anything of a feminist nature to my classmate, but I also outright dictated that I had no right to tell her what to do with her own hair.
And finally, I have already stated on my blog page that I will not tolerate any sort of racist and sexist comments either as a reply to any of my posts or on my blog, and I have already expressed that I find anybody who expresses these ideas as unintelligent (which should not be confused with the usage of grammatically correct sentences, since I have met many insightful and intelligent people who do make grammar mistakes, but this girl was doing both so…).
I refuse to act civilly towards people who are responsible for the oppression of others, and these two WERE being oppressive just by stating these comments. Hostility will only be met by more hostility on my part.
It actually says that you’re still a fucking idiot and haven’t listened to a single word I just said like an ignoramus.
“You need to take my dick out your mouth”? — girl please, you’ve been choking so long the lack of oxygen has clearly caused some severe mental damage to that puny ass brain of yours because you STILL don’t get it.
People wear weave so that they can conform to the status quo’s expectations of hair and yes that includes other people of color.
How many fucking times do I have to fucking say this shit until you finally fucking understand???
GIRLS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A CERTAIN TYPE OF HAIR SO THEY WEAR FUCKING WEAVE SO THEY CAN HAVE IT.
YES THAT INCLUDES ALL GIRLS AND YES IT DOES HAVE TO DO WITH RACE.
So why don’t you do yourself a fucking favor and educate yourself before you go around spewing any more idiotic nonsense like this?
thecakebar replied to your post: A black female classmate told me today that if I ever cut my hair I should donate the strands to create weave because it’s so pretty.
I already know that weave is made from real hair — my reaction was based on the fact that many black women use weave because they are told that the curly hair that they have is ugly and that hair like mine is preferable over their own.
I, as a light-skinned Latin@, felt torn when my black classmate said this to me because I knew that I had no right to tell her to not use weave since I’m not really allowed to have/voice an opinion on the natural hair issue inside or outside the black community, but also felt that the comment was influenced by heteronormative white standards of beauty. I was not disgusted or shocked by the idea of my hair specifically being used or that human hair is used to make weave at all.
Frankly I found your comment kind of offensive on quite a few levels, mainly because you are finding it funny that white people exploit (and even fetishize) women of color, and declaring this really general statement about Desi women that just upholds all of the awful exploitative things that whites do that I was just talking about.
I really really think that next time you should tread lightly when talking about these issues.
All you black and brown men really need to stop telling me that I should learn to twerk because I have the ass for it.
I don’t think you understand that there are literally an unlimited number of things that are wrong with what you are doing and you need to stop.
I’d like to take a moment to thank the indigenous Argentine serving woman who inadvertently created Dulce de Leche.
You and other women like you are one of the only reasons why I still have pride for being an Argentina.
Oh man I was really excited for Urbance but then I read some of the character bios/story summary and now I am really really wary.
Like how it describes a heterosexual relationship as “defying adversity” and how the main couple is supposed to “restore peace” between the girl and boy gangs and says that “even the boys” are scared of Amy AND I WILL BE SO MAD IF STEAMBOTS RUINS THIS SHOW FOR ME BY TURNING AMY INTO A VILLAIN BECAUSE OF HER BLATANT MISANDRY I WILL BE SO FUCKING MAAAADDDDDDD
During a discussion about race a white person fucks up & gets called out for it.
One of my English teachers pulled me aside to talk to me about bringing up racism toward WOC during a feminist discussion.