Fifteen Minutes With You: A Brief List and Analysis of White Savior Films
A White Savior Film (WSF) is a movie that features a white person coming into the lives of a person or people of color (POCs) who are often low-income, troubled, and/or severely oppressed. The troubled times that the people of color are in can be a product of oppression from…
OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU I LOVE THIS LIST I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT BEING SO GODDAMNED TRUE.
Okay, sorry. Freaked out a bit there. But seriously, it’s frustrating enough that it’s all true, and even more frustrating that people do not want to acknowledge it. God forbid we notice bigotry in the media.
Personally, I believe that the white, heterosexual, cissexual messiah mentality really seeps into our culture. Little white children (and especially cis-boys, when it comes to being the ‘special’ or chosen one, like Paul Atreides in Dune) are being not-so-subtly indoctrinated with the beliefs that they a. are better than those who don’t fit the white savior archetype, b. have a responsibility not to support but to save anyone who doesn’t fit the archetype, and c. that hard work and determination don’t fit into the equation for the special “chosen ones.”
Again, it isn’t bigoted to watch a film like this- the bigotry lies in the fact that this is the entire playing field of movies these days.
Okay, sorry. I’m too angry. Rant over.
(Source: daughterofmulan, via rosemary--and--time)
January 13, 2012
"[I]t is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America."
Violet Rose, in Three Steps to Better Sex (via muffdiver)
This reminds me of the post going around which contrasted the pathologizing of public breastfeeding with the gratuitous, objectifying images of women’s breasts that can be found in advertising.
The legal and social message is that our bodies are for purchase and exchange between men—and their liberty to buy us and sell us should never be infringed! NOT EVER! FIRST AMENDMENT! FIRST AMENDMENT!—not for us to do with as we please. Never that!
(Source: slingshot.tao.ca, via letstalkaboutrape)