Posts tagged homophobia.
ya’ll out here acting like racism/sexism/transphobia/queerphobia/etc. is just an inconvenience for us rather than violence against our bodies
So I really question whether we can call this tremendous progress, as some are lauding it, simply because we now have a number of black filmmakers who are doing work. For me, I think, as Isaac Julien has said, that it’s not sufficient to just have a black face or a black director, but we also have to ask what the work or that face signify in terms of blackness. Are we treated to a fairly standardized notion of what it means to be a man, or a woman, a family, a nation? Are our visions really expanded beyond these fairly pernicious boundaries in which we police difference, even within our own communities? Unfortunately, I see us doing much of the latter, and, to that degree, I can’t join in the celebration, the kind of enthusiasm, that I see so many of us now engaging in.
— Marlon Riggs, New Agendas in Black Filmmaking: An Interview with Marlon Riggs (via notime4yourshit)
I wonder how come no one is protesting TOMS, since they donate to the same anti-gay hate groups that Chick-Fil-A does.
Melissa Harris-Perry (via wretchedoftheearth)
And Shange added a poem about HIV to updated copies of the orignal text, and while it does deal with a closeted Black man, it is NOTHING like what is in the movie, at all. What Perry did with that text is an affront to the talent he gathered to act in that movie.
“Let’s remember the politics of marriage itself. The simplistic formula that claims “you’re either pro-marriage or against equality” makes us forget that all forms of marriage perpetuate gender, racial and economic inequality. It mistakenly assumes that support for marriage is the only good measure of support for LGBT communities. This political moment calls for anti-homophobic politics that centralize anti-racism and anti-poverty. Marriage is a coercive state structure that perpetuates racism and sexism through forced gender and family norms. Right wing pro-marriage rhetoric has targeted families of color and poor families, supported a violent welfare and child protection system, vilified single parents and women, and marginalized queer families of all kinds. Expanding marriage to include a narrow band of same-sex couples only strengthens that system of marginalization and supports the idea that the state should pick which types of families to reward and recognize and which to punish and endanger. We still demand a queer political agenda that centralizes the experiences of prisoners, poor people, immigrants, trans people, and people with disabilities. We reject a gay agenda that pours millions of dollars into campaigns for access to oppressive institutions for a few that stand to benefit. We are being told marriage is the way to solve gay people’s problems with health care access, immigration, child custody, and symbolic equality. It does not solve these problems, and there are real campaigns and struggles that would and could approach these problems for everyone, not just for a privileged few. Let’s take the energy and money being put into gay marriage and put it toward real change: opposing the War on Terror and all forms of endless war; supporting queer prisoners and building a movement to end imprisonment; organizing against police profiling and brutality in our communities; fighting attacks on welfare, public housing and Medicaid; fighting for universal health care that is trans and reproductive healthcare inclusive; fighting to tax wealth not workers; fighting for a world in which no one is illegal.”
— Dean Spade & Crag Willse in I Still Think Marriage is the Wrong Goal (via maozedongisnotcool)
OMG I’MA CRY!
Media sexualization of women and the pressure on women involved in sports to appear as “real women” means wearing make-up, appearing and acting feminine. Some researchers blame homophobia in sports for the need to present heterosexual images. Driven by fears of being labelled as lesbians, women athletes seek to project an over-emphasized heterosexual, feminine image.
But the (hetero)sexualization of women athletes keeps women in their place, whether they are playing or coaching in “male” sports or ones considered more “feminine appropriate.” Compulsory heterosexuality and the sexualization of women are very effective tools in the treatment of women athletes as second-class citizens and they also diminish women’s talents as athletes and coaches.
— Teju Cole The White Savior Industrial Complex