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YOU ARE NOT MY EATER; I AM NOT YOUR FOOD
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ANYMADE STUDIOS

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ANYMADE STUDIOS

fleshmayview:

Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973)

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lelaid:

Ajak Deng backstage at Mugler F/W 2011

lelaid:

Ajak Deng backstage at Mugler F/W 2011

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absolutely tell me if I’m wrong or if there’s something I’ve missed but this specific example doesn’t seem indicative of ignorance to me

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if you thought the portion of Raven-Symoné’s interview with Oprah where she talks abt her identity was an example of internalised racism, self-hatred, or ignorance… I want you to ask yourself why you feel that way

and even if it were — and I don’t believe it is — why is your first impulse to berate her, knowing that whether or not you “identify” as Black, you are seen as Black… that whether or not you believe you “deserve” your oppression, you are oppressed?

what’s funny to me is that this, specifically — that race is something done to ppl, not chosen by them — is what Raven-Symoné is talking abt

there is absolutely no denying that the reclamation and redefinition of Blackness is powerful, integral, necessary, a driving force, a cohesive force — but we cannot ignore its origin… the concept of race is a direct result of imperialism; race is something that was done and is done to ppl

there was no point at which Raven-Symoné denied her ethnic make-up, nor did she deny the reality of racial oppression (unless there’s some other example that I haven’t seen) — I think all she was trying to do here was claim the right to define herself, using the language she had available

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boscano:

Ajak Deng in Coiled Iris Van Herpen AW11

I love veggie juice but taking my juicer apart n washing a dozen individual pieces daily is so unappealing that I end up buying fresh juice on a regular basis

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[W]hen anyone practicing radical politics points out that free choice is a fairytale, and that all our actions are constrained within certain material conditions, this does not equate to saying we’re all infantilized, little drones unable to make decisions for ourselves. It just means we’re not all floating around in a cultural vacuum making decisions completely unaffected by structural issues like systemic economic inequality, racism and sexism.
It is very unfortunate that we do not have a word in our language which would allow us to talk about sexual response, sexual feeling, that is not positive. The only word we have is pleasure. Therefore, there is an assumption running through sexual libertarian literature and through the general understanding of sex that any kind of sexual response or feeling is somehow positive. This linguistic shortcoming leads to considerable confusion. We desperately need […] [to] acquire a word that will allow us to describe sexual feeling that is not positive, not in our interest. Such a word would need to sum up the feelings of humiliation and betrayal, the totally negative feelings that women often have when we experience this thing called sexual arousal. These negative feelings are associated with sexual arousal arising from literature, pictorials, acts, experiences, and fantasies that are forced on us, that are humiliating to us, that degrade us.
"Sexology and Antifeminism,” by Sheila Jeffreys (from The Sexual Liberals and the Attack on Feminism).