29. Low femme fat lady of color. Living in a small town between a lake, mountains, and the Canadian border. Midwestern girl at heart. Always keeping busy.
What if black women were white women?
In “If Men Could Menstruate,” Gloria Steinem makes the persuasive argument that “Whatever a ‘superior’ group has will be used to justify its superiority, and whatever an ‘inferior’ group has will be used to justify its plight.”
For too long the definition of racism has been a fight between white and black manhood or “who’s the bigger man”, so to speak. We’ve trivialized the existence of gender between both groups of men in favor for discussion of the “bigger issue”.
This has historically enabled white female supremacy—the most unchallenged form of white supremacy—to escape any critical thought.
What if suddenly, instantly, the power of white femininity were transferred to black women?
The answer is clear: Black women would represent value, purity; and based on their natural traits would be worthy of protection and instantly become the objects of universal desire. White women would represent the opposite.
“Beauty tar potion” would become globally popular to get the “black look.” “Dove” would be replaced with a black soap called “Raven” to help exfoliate the skin and bring out subtle hints of melanin.
White female features would be declared violent. Their “jagged” thin lips, “knife sharp” noses, and “harsh” jaw lines would be nature’s way of expressing why men have a natural preference for the soft features of black women. Soft lips, soft cheekbones, and soft, round noses would be proof of natural femininity. Full, pink lips and large, dark eyes would become associated with virginal black girls whose purity must not be compromised. Black female features would thus be said to represent youth. …
A truly astonishing, thought-provoking text. Please take a few minutes to read it.
Seriously, all my fellow white-ish feminists need to read this. Being aware of this is vital to the success of our movement.
Are Virginia’s New Abortion Limits the Worst Yet?
I don’t even know what to say anymore.
I read yesterday that Kansas courts are requiring that they continue to fund Planned Parenthood in the area. I may not live there anymore, but this is really important. When I was seventeen my mom asked if I needed to be on birth control and when I said yes, she took me to Planned Parenthood. My friend and I dragged a friend of ours to their office repeatedly during our senior year of high school when she was making really self-destructive decisions. Not for an abortion like these people seem to think, but for birth control and pregnancy tests. If they stop funding Planned Parenthood in the area, so many people are going to be screwed. Kansas is a huge state. You can drive five hours and still be in Kansas. So shutting down any Planned Parenthoods in Kansas and Missouri is a problem. Hopefully Virginia’s new laws will get struck down like they did in Kansas.