I don’t have an obligation to be healthy, actually, and I don’t have an obligation to rush to assure you that I’m a ‘good fatty’ with great cholesterol and good scores on other health indicators allegedly related to weight. I don’t have an obligation to tell you that fat isn’t correlated with health because I shouldn’t have to justify the existence of fat people by informing you that you don’t understand how fat bodies work, and you’re not familiar with the latest studies on fatness, morbidity and mortality, health indicators, and social trends.
Because fat people have a right to exist, healthy or unhealthy, and this whole argument about health is a red herring. It suggests that if only fat people could prove that fat and health aren’t coupled, they’d be okay. Society is just concerned for us—worried that we’ll be felled too soon, taking our glorious minds into the ground with us to rot, all because we were fat and we refused to take personal responsibility for our fatness.
Here’s the thing, though: fat people have a right to exist, no matter what their health status is, and their health status is both not your business and not evidence to be used when determining whether they should be found wanting. Fatness is just a characteristic, one with which many people have a complex relationship because it’s socially loaded. Your judgement about fat has not been requested, nor is it required.
—Relevant. Read more here. (from “DO YOU CARE ABOUT MY HEALTH, OR JUST THINK I’M GROSS? BE HONEST" by S. E. Smith)
It’s no coincidence most of these involve trans people, [non-straight] people, and minorities.
1. [Non-straight] and Trans* Youth Homelessness
2. Violence Against [non-straight] and Trans* People
3. Racial Justice
4. Immigrant Justice
6. Economic Justice
7. Trans* Justice
First they’ll criticize our slang. Make us seem uneducated for using it, when the reality is they’re mad we can code switch. Then they’ll use our slang mockingly. Like they really don’t want to use it, but it’s so absurd they can’t help themselves. Then they’ll make money off our slang, t-shirts, cups, bracelets, etc. Then they’ll convince us it was never really ours. It’s been public domain forever.
Feel free to replace the word “Slang” with neighborhoods, and music too.
I’m so sick of white “hipstery” artists (Lorde, Macklemore) being critical of the assumed materialism of hip hop culture (and by extension Black people) without being critical of the “American Dream”, the boot straps myth, and capitalism in general. But that’s too profound for them, they’d end up critiquing the very system that’s got them spots on the billboard’s top 100. Can’t have that.
oh my god
really though, what were you even doing in the water in the first place? swimming should NOT be viewed as a recreational activity and should ONLY be used as a method of getting from one shore to another, the way god intended. if you drown because you were swimming “just for fun” then it is entirely your fault. this is why we shouldn’t teach swimming in public schools smfh.
“Dear Michelle Cottle, are you serious? You and your handful of ‘feminist sources’ claim that First Lady Obama is not a feminist because she says her most important job is being mom-in-chief to her two daughters…Given how simplistic your piece is, let me make this very simple: you are wrong. You misunderstand the place that Michelle Obama occupies as the first African American First Lady.
You seem to think she’s trying to steer clear of the angry black woman stereotype. When she calls herself ‘mom-in-chief,’ she’s rejecting a different stereotype: the role of Mammy. She is saying that her daughters — her vulnerable, brilliant, beautiful black daughters — are the most important thing to her. The First Lady is saying, ‘You, Miss Anne, are going to have to clean your own house because I will be caring for my own’ and instead of agreeing that the public sphere is necessarily more important than Sasha and Malia, she has buried Mammy and has embraced being a mom on her own terms. So you can call that your feminist nightmare, but for a lot of us, it is our black motherhood dream.
Also, on a strategic note, Ms. Cottle. Before we enter the 2016 election cycle and the feminists come around asking black women for our support for your candidate, you might want to read up a little on black women and our feminism. I’m happy to send you a syllabus.”
—Melissa Harris Perry in response to Michelle Cottle’s ”Michelle Obama is a feminist nightmare” (via newwavefeminism)