You murmur in your sleep, burrow yourself further into my arms. I hold you tighter, but the only things I can keep you safe from are the things outside your head.
ii. 4:15 AM
Your back is to me, a cello curve in the dark, and a small gasp escapes you, as if you were trying to breathe and failing. I whisper your name, prop myself up but you fall still and silent as if to say I am not crying so I lie back down because sometimes I don’t know how to show you I love you other than believing whatever you want me to.
iii. 6:43 AM
You slip out of my arms, out of the bed. I open my eyes a crack to watch you pull my shirt on, crinkly and white and far too big for you. I shut my eyes, listen to your feet pattering against the creaky floors, wondering if you are coming back to me.
iv. 7:20 AM
You kiss my forehead and I want to continue feigning sleep, to keep you there looking at me tenderly, stroking my hair, but at your touch my eyes flutter open. The sunlight catches in your hair and I think of the story you told me - how when you were little you dreamt your bed was afloat in the sea, the sheets a sail, you an explorer.
v. 7:23 AM
You say, it’s time to get up, but I am afraid of the clocks that run in you, afraid they will stop, or run themselves haggard. Instead, I pull you into our bed, our little ship drifting across the sea - here we are safe, here is a land where nobody cries at 4:15 in the morning, and there is nothing I cannot protect you from. Where there is a possibility we will make it to shore.
“The problem with sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, etc., remarks and “jokes” is not that they’re offensive, but that by relying for their meaning on harmful cultural narratives about privileged and marginalized groups they reinforce those narratives, and the stronger those narratives are, the stronger the implicit biases with which people are indoctrinated are. That’s real harm, not just “offense.”—I Don’t Care If You’re Offended by Scott Madin. (via futureabortiondoctor)
The Daughter of Dawn, an 80-minute feature film, was shot in July of 1920 in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, southwest Oklahoma. It was unique in the annals of silent film (or talkies, for that matter) for having a cast of 300 Comanches and Kiowas who brought their own clothes, horses, tipis, everyday props and who told their story without a single reference to the United States Cavalry. It was a love story, a four-person star-crossed romance that ends with the two main characters together happily ever after. There are two buffalo hunt sequences with actual herds of buffalo being chased down by hunters on bareback just as they had done on the Plains 50 years earlier.
shout-out to all the people who, when I was younger, smugly belittled my shitty relationship with my mom as being something that all teenagers go through and not-so-subtly implying that it’s all my fault/in my head
separate shout-out to other people who have non-relationships with their parents because their parents actually are abusive and horrible and it didn’t suddenly repair itself once we “grew out of it” or w/e because oh yeah parents being terrible people is an actual thing that happens and is not our fault
I know that there are blogs on Tumblr devoted exclusively to issues surrounding social justice. Lately I don’t even like the term social justice. Oppression isn’t a “social” thing. It’s pervasive. It permeates through every part of a person’s life.
Anyway, many people on Tumblr have personal blogs. They just so happen to talk about their lives. If you are a part of a marginalized group oppression is a part of your life. Many of us choose to talk about that. Many of us choose to comment on the pervasiveness of white hegemony.
I am not a “social justice blogger”. I am person who posts things on a blog. A good chunk of those things happen to be about white hegemony.
I think the frustrating part of the label is that the idiots who deny the exist of white hegemony use it to dismiss people. Those “social justice bloggers” are just bleeding hearts who see oppression everywhere.
I speak for myself when I say that I am not a bleeding heart. But oppression is everywhere. It was sewn into the fabric of society. It exists in the tapestry. From the way our government functions to the advertisements that we see on television, oppression is present.
“I still think it’s important for people to have a sharp, ongoing critique of marriage in patriarchal society — because once you marry within a society that remains patriarchal, no matter how alternative you want to be within your unit, there is still a culture outside you that will impose many, many values on you whether you want them to or not.”—bell hooks
I remember when I first read Harry Potter, and I was like “what the fuck is Voldemort’s problem? Why is he so bent on making absolutely everyone miserable. I don’t get it”. And that’s legit how I feel about the Republican party lately.
“When a woman is in an intimate, non-sexual passionate friendship with another woman, she will most likely not experience this mirroring that occurs on a cultural level. In contemporary American society, we distinguish between “just friends” and “lovers.” However what happens when one is more than “just friends,” but is not “lovers?” When “just friends” decide to move in together, do other friends and family gather to celebrate and bring household gifts? If there is a break up, will friends and family understand and share the individuals’ mourning? This lack of cultural mirroring can create an isolating, lonely experience.”—Linda Christine Chupkowski, Are We Dating? An Exploratory Study of Nonsexual, Passionate Friendships Between Women (2007)
This is a brief list of interesting and thought-provoking facts about Asians in America that you might not know. It is by no means complete, but is meant to provide a jumping off point for thinking and learning about Asian American issues.
The first Asians whose arrival in America was documented were Filipinos who escaped a Spanish galleon in 1763. They formed the first Asian American settlement in the swamps around what is now New Orleans.
Chinese are the only group that has ever been excluded from immigrating to the United States on the basis of race under the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.
Between 1917 and 1965, all Asian people were explicitly outlawed from immigrating to the United States. Not until the Immigration Act of 1965 abolished national origins as a basis for immigration decisions was this severe discrimination ended.
Compared with the national rate of 85% of the population completing high school, only 66% of Laotian Americans, 62% of Cambodian Americans, and 61% of Hmong Americans finish high school.
Despite the Alien Land Law which specifically prevented Asians from owning their own land, Japanese farmers were highly successful on the West Coast, working some of most nutrient-poor soil. By the 1920s, Japanese farmers were the chief agricultural producers of many West Coast crops.
Many of the early Asian immigrants who worked as laborers on plantations and in factories were instrumental in the formation of the American labor movement, helping to organize some of the first strikes and unions throughout the country. In 1904, Japanese plantation workers engaged in the first organized strike in Hawaii.
In 1994, Chinese American Jerry Yang co-founded Yahoo! Inc. and later became its CEO.
Steven Chen (Taiwanese American) and Jawed Karim (Bangladeshi German American) were co-creators of YouTube.,
Most Asian immigrants entered American through the Angel Island Immigration Station, called by some, the Ellis Island of the West. However, unlike Ellis Island, the Angel Island facility’s unspoken goal was to limit the flow of Asian immigrants into the country. Between 1910 and 1940, some prospective immigrants were detained for as long as two years and many were deported.
During World War II, Japanese Americans, both Japanese immigrants and their American children (who were citizens), were forcibly relocated into internment camps.
Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in America. Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew by 46%.
21% of Asian American homes are linguistically isolated, meaning no one in the household reported being able to speak English well.
In 1982, Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American man was brutally clubbed to death by two white men in Detroit Michigan. The crime was motivated in part by anti-Asian sentiment surrounding the decline of American auto manufacturing jobs due to the successes of Japanese competitors. Despite pleading guilty to charges of second-degree murder, neither of Chin’s killers served any jail time.
Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Korean, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian and Hmong Americans rank among those Americans who are more likely to be uninsured in terms of health care than the general population.
In the late 1960s, students, including many Asian Americans, organized a strike at San Francisco State University and at University of California, Berkeley to demand the establishment of ethnic studies programs.
Asian Americans have fought and served in the United States military since the War of 1812.
A common myth about Asian Americans is their general economic success. However, this is defined by disparities in statistics about per capita and household income. For Asian Americans as a group, the per capita income is $28,342, below that of non-Hispanic Whites at $31,735. With household income which is often quoted, Asian American household income is $68,549 compared with non-Hispanic Whites at $55,906. Likely this happens because Asian American households are larger and more likely to have 3 or more workers in the same household.
The Asian American Movement grew out of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Many Asian Americans joined with African Americans in protesting racial injustice and from this, realized that they too faced such discrimination within American society.
Only 10 of the 2, 354 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are for Asians and Asian Americans. That’s 0.4%. Media portrayals of Asian Americans have long been problematic – think about Mickey Rooney’s role as a Japanese neighbor in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles, just to name a few.
In 1996, Gary Locke, the current US ambassador to China (and first American born Chinese to be appointed to this post), became the first Chinese American governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor in the continental US as Governor of the State of Washington. When Locke was appointed as US Secretary of Commerce by President Barack Obama in 2009, he became the highest ranking Asian American in the US Government service.
In 2007, Bobby Jindal became the first Indian American governor in the country.
In 2010, Nikki Haley became the second Indian American governor and currently holds the distinction of being the youngest current governor.
A recent study showed that Asian Americans are bullied more in US schools than members of other ethnic groups.
In addition to the links above, this list was populated with the help of the following sources:
Change.org: “10 Facts You May Not Know About Asian American History”
Asian Americans: An Interpretive History, by Sucheng Chan
8asians.com: “Asians in America: An Introduction to the Numbers”
are you having a bad day? of course you are, you miserable fuckstick. we’re ALL having a bad day all the time. do you want to be having a slightly better day? shut the fuck up no one asked you. all you have to do is look down at your feet and refer to your toes as toesies. are your toesies cold? are they stuffed into uncomfortable shoes? are they painted? whatever your toesie situation, you’ll feel at least 15% more cheerful after you say that word aloud.
Pragmatichominid prompted this long overdue meta-rant on the subject of Magneto and the intersectionality of his character. I’m going to put up a disclaimer right here. There are multiple ways to read into each character and what they represent. Mutants as a whole are meant to represent minority members of actual society on a number of different levels. Any way you interpret them is correct. This essay is just looking at a very fictional definition of intersectionality as it pertains to a close reading of Magneto in a character developmental setting.
I think this question of how Magneto intersects in both a mutant identity and a Jewish identity gets bandied about quite a bit by the fandom and it’s generated some truly amazing conversations. I usually hear it spoken about in two contexts: So Magneto is the defender of the mutant species and in that role he forsakes humanity. Does he forsake his Jewish identity with it? AND if so, when his methods sometimes mean for the death of humans does he ever consider any Jews that could be got up in this?
Both of these questions drive me crazy. Let me share some of this insanity with you. Suffer with me. They drive me crazy because you and I all know that these questions have HAD to have crossed Erik’s mind once or twice, or fifty thousand times. With the answers changing all the time.
Let’s take it from the top. Erik goes to Israel after his powers first emerge. That alone means that at this point in time Erik isn’t thinking he’s something entirely new as far as species goes. He goes to Israel to be with his own people and help survivors of the Holocaust in a clinic. I think it’s safe to say that it this point even though Erik knows he’s different than normal humans, he’s still a Jew first and foremost. I think it’s really only after Erik meets Charles and they start discussing mutants as a new species that Erik begins to see that he is completely separate from human beings. But does this create a rift with his Jewish identity? No, I don’t think so.
I think what it does pose is a moral choice for Erik. He couldn’t save any of his own people in the camps. But NOW he stands a chance to save other mutants from the wave of fear and hatred he KNOWS is going to come for them. This isn’t a new reaction to something. This is an action that stems directly from his Jewish identity. But now mutants have to come first. He can save them. He couldn’t save the former. It is probably just too painful to think of if he could.
But the bigger hypothetical question is if Erik would be more lenient to Jewish humans. I’m sorry I can’t answer this question in the same way twice. A part of my close reading and interpretation leads me to believe that yes he would. He’s still a Jew. He still fundamentally shares something with fellow Jews, even if they are human. Persecuting a fellow Jew is probably about as abhorrent a situation as I could imagine for him. But sometimes I wonder if I’m wrong here. Maybe he would have to sacrifice that part of himself in order to save the other. He might want to distance himself. If he compromises only a little he could lose everything. It would leave him weak and vulnerable. So all humans must be considered as a whole. With no regard to those few of whom he shares an ethnic bond. In my opinion (which is hardly worth anything), both of these approaches to his character are right. But no matter the conclusion which is drawn, it is not to be had easily for Erik.
And here is something interesting I’ve always found. On a metafictional level, Erik isn’t allowed to intersect with his Jewish identity part of the time. Erik’s had his identity rehashed, retracted, and then reinstated quite a lot over the course of his publication history. Many thought that his mutant powers made naming him a Jew would lead to anti-Semitic statements. And many thought that having such a powerful character be Jewish would lead to other readers thinking this was some sort of Israeli/Zionist statement. So Erik isn’t allowed to intersect based on his own creation half of the time! His own mutant identity in the real world leads people to cut him off from his Jewish identity, when there is nothing about either that should detract from the other.
But clearly Erik never really stops thinking in terms of his Jewish identity. Take his interactions with Kitty for example. There is always a mutual bond of respect between the two that stems directly out of the fact that they are both Jewish. He takes an interest in her wanting to learn more about her heritage (I could write you volumes about this. I’m going to leave this for another time!) And whenever mutants are threatened on a massive scale (a la: Second Coming) his reactions are distinctly coming from a center of Jewish origin.
So yes, I’d say Magneto’s identity comes from a twofold concept of mutant identity and Jewish identity. One will show you what he is now and what he is fighting for. The latter will tell you where he came from, and why he will never stop fighting. Both are important. You can’t separate one without the entire character collapsing. Detaching one identity in place of the other is to lose what makes Magneto as a character so unique