Sorry for not posting fun stuff these past few days. I’ll try to find a few more fun things to reblog for awhile!
Bill O’Reilly “does not believe in white privilege,” saying it’s a “big lie that is keeping some African-Americans from reaching their full potential.”
Now back to reality:
- One in 3 black men can expect to go to prison at some point.
- A black college student “has the same chances of getting a job as a white high school dropout.”
- Media cover 19.5% of cases with missing African American children, while 33.2% of missing children cases involve black kids.
- At least “4 million African-Americans and Latinos experience housing discrimination each year.”
- While black Americans make up 14% of monthly drug users, “they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses.”
- We could go on and on and on…
White privilege is best explained by a privileged white guy.
The East Asian women + colored hair trope
(An extension of extraextraex’s post.)
Looking at the pictures above, it’s pretty easy to find the similarities. East Asian women with dyed purple/blue/red hair, usually in a streak. No matter how you look at this, this is an uncomfortably specific trend in media. Yeah, it looks cute, but after seeing this over and over again, it becomes a boring, racist trope. This originated from a variety of possibilities: the creators trying to “Americanize” the East Asian character, make them more “exotic”, or to show how unique this character is. She’s not a giggling schoolgirl or a delicate lotus flower, she’s different! See, she has a streak of purple hair (god forbid she dyes it any other color), look how radical that is, look at our modern Dragon Lady!
And yes, Knives dyed her hair to look like Ramona, and yes, Sonmi-451’s hair is like that to mark her as a clone, but these characters do not exist in a vacuum. You can justify why a character has a specific appearance, but in the end, this character was created, and contributes to stereotypes no matter the intent.
So the moral of this story is that your Asian character with a strip of purple hair isn’t original. It isn’t unique. No matter how innocent this appears to be, it can be detrimental to East Asian girls, since the characters that look like them have the same exact traits. It’s time to explore different ways of designing East Asian characters, instead of just slapping on some purple and calling it a day.
you know what we need in queer flags? heraldry. awful crests. lines that aren’t horizontal. a fucking dragon. a trans lesbian dragon
So I was bored and made a coat of arms for asexuality for myself because heraldry used to be a hobby of mine:
I drew a teeny bit of this, but most of it is just Frankensteined clipart.
But here’s the blazon:
Shield of the Arms: Sable, three chevronels Grey, Argent, Purpure. A crescent moon in dexter chief, a harp in dexter sinister, both Argent. And for the Crest ensigning the Shield of Arms a Heart, Purpure. And for the Supporters dexter a Rook close, Sable, and sinister an Owl close affronty, Argent, both together with this Motto: Grato Animo Ama Ardenter, “Love ardently with grateful heart.”
I don’t know if the Latin’s right? I sort of guessed.
The colors are the asexual flag. In heraldry, there is no grey. But sable (black) stands for fidelity and trueheartedness, argent (white) stands for peace, and purpure (purple) stands for justice. The crescent moon stands for hope. The harp stands for reflection and wisdom. And the heart stands for sincerity (I made it purple, which I realize is also an American military medal given to soldiers wounded in combat, but hey).
Rooks/ravens are harsh but smart animals that symbolize good fortune and providence. And owls symbolize vigilance.
I picked the Latin because it reminds me that I am capable of love.
Idk if anyone wants it, feel free. <3
pretty tired of seeing this hair trope on asian characters
EDIT: because three examples wasn’t enough for some of you:
Why is this a thing?
As soon as I saw this post I thought about Mei Melancon as Psylocke in X-men: The Last Stand
but really. why is this even a trope?anyone know the origin of this?
As an east asian woman with blue hair, i am probably not the right person to be complaining about this trope, but whatever, this is the Internet.
I think the theme stems from a few places:
- to let the white ppl know a) sometimes asians aren’t just “submissive china dolls” cue the shock and horror, and b) that this particular character is cool and quirky and not like all the other boring no-name asians
- to further exoticize and other the character from the probably all-white cast
- in the EXTREMELY unlikely event there are two asian women in the cast, the people in charge don’t want the white people in the audience to be confused with who is who and since all asians look the same, they have to give one of them weird hair
I have never noticed this thing but it is SUCH a THING!
I AM SO HAPPY SOMEONE POINTED THIS SHIT OUT. I also noticed this and have been so confused as to why this is a real thing and why Big Hero 6 has been doing this shit too.
I knew it was a dumb trope. I knewww iiiiiiiit. >8/
Out of curiosity, could you take a moment to reblog this if you believe that demisexuality exists? I’m demisexual, and I feel like demisexuality goes really under the radar, even within the asexual community umbrella. A lot of people don’t believe that it exists, and even within the ace community, demisexuality is still questioned as being legitimate, although we share the same flag. So reblog this is if you believe it exists.