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*This article at the New Republic just spoke to me. It outlines some of the somewhat unique issues WoC have to deal with in fandom. It takes care to note that while there is  a great deal of harassment all over fandom, (lots of women get it), but only in the case of WoC (most specifically Black women) has that sexism been racialized, resulting in what we like to call Misogynoir. You can tell you’re in the presence of non-intersectional feminism when the person makes great effort to not mention the racialized nature of hatred of WoC, choosing simply to present it as just sexism in general. This article is a reminder not to do that.

https://newrepublic.comin the fanfiction contingent of the fandom./article/137489/women-color-price-fandom-can-high

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These are the kind of posts that keep me apprised of whatever new racial f**ery is happening in the fandom. My philosophy is, if a PoC  took the time to complain about it, its more than likely true.

I’ve realized that the more diverse a cast is, the easier it is to spot the racist fans. They won’t ship a white main character with the black girl who’s his love interest because it’s “heteronormative” (it isn’t) and they want more “gay representation”. But then when his best friend is also a person of color they don’t ship them together because they just “don’t see them that way”. But then they’ll headcanon a Tragic Whiteboy Backstory for the kid that said literally 8 words to the main character. That kid will be their favorite character, their sweet little “cinnamon roll”and there’ll be 40,230 m/m fics of him and the main character. “Representation”. My ass.

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Dear Author

Criticism is not censorship.

Fiction is how many people learn. It’s how people grow and explore new ideas, and it has been since the first fables were told around fires by our evolutionary antecedents. Pretending that the problem is people who “can’t tell fantasy from reality” is a pathetic cop-out. Fiction is always a mirror of reality, because nothing is written without the context of an author’s lived experiences and social and cultural indoctrination and bias.

Marginalized people wanting you to quit writing gross and hurtful shit about us is not the same as censorship. Actual censorship requires power, which we do not have. That’s the whole fucking point!

Members of the kink community telling you that you don’t know shit and are writing dangerous nonsense is not an attack, it’s simply a fact. People telling you to put in the time on researching subjects you don’t have experience with aren’t bullying you, they’re trying to help you improve.

Shitty writing is not a protected form of speech. You are not special or subversive, you are not revolutionary. All you’re doing is contributing to the status quo, which is already shitty. You’re reinforcing stereotypes that get people killed, all while refusing to take any kind of responsibility for your own actions because it’s “just a story.”

You aren’t a victim, you’re just a bad writer with entitlement issues.

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The natural hair battles are a thing happening on Tumblr, with various magazines that are dedicated to chronicling White women’s hairstyles, stealing ideas from Black people, changing the name of it, and pretending its some hot, new trend for White women. You also have White women who want to get in on the natural hair movement so badly, that they insist they are oppressed because they have curly hair, and that Black women straightening their hair is appropriation of White culture. 

Yeah, just about everything I typed in that last sentence, is horribly wrong but there are White women who are so desperate to be part of something that unites Black women, something they desperately want to be a part of, but just can’t, that they are willing to believe these things. 

I also don’t understand why white girls pretend like they get any kind of flack for their hair. honestly by the way they attack any black girl who even tries to bring up the complexities of having natural hair (at certain times/places) they scream to the heavens about their “super curly” hair and how they face this and blah blah blah. y’all really think that it’s fun to have your hair looked at as unprofessional and unkempt? y’all think it’s fun to lose jobs or be FORCED to change your hair to keep said job? you think it’s fun to have certain hair styles banned in high school or natural hair all together? (and yes natural hair was basically banned in my high school because they had restrictions on hair height)

NONE, of this happens to white girls at all, and I’m not sure why you guys like to pretend it does because it’s truly the worst experience for some black girls, especially the girls who get it really bad. there’s black girls out here who are so proud of their hair only to be bashed and berated for it constantly. meanwhile, as a white girl you can do just about any hairstyle and even if it’s the ugliest shit on the planet, every magazine, social media, or whoever will spin it around and make it seem revolutionary. so miss me with the fact that you guys face any kind of oppression for your hair. just because someone called your limp, thin hair “frizzy” at one point doesn’t mean that white girls are structurally oppressed because of their hair.

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Dear Fandom,

das-umilaut:

more-aoe:

zora-zen:

cassandrashipsit:

botticella89:

mirabai0821:

When in writing your shiny new Black Panther slash fics or writing people of color in general.

And you find yourself possessed of an urge to write these characters as:

Chocolate
Cinnamon
Mocha
Cafe au Lait
Coffee

RESIST IT*

*and as with all writing, there are (meaning I will, doesn’t mean anybody else will) exceptions granted for a well executed description

This has been a PSA from me: Our Lady of Perpetual Salt

WHY NOT?! THOSE THINGS ARE FUCKING DELICIOUS!!! And who says that what was written was a “well executed description”? I don’t think you are any sort of authority to deem something written as a “well executed description”. How about you write your thing and let others write their thing. And if you don’t like it, oh well. Here’s an example:

The lady walked into the building confident in her sleek pumps; her skin a warm cinnamon which was highlighted perfectly with her sky-blue dress; bright, hypnotizing chocolate eyes; dark mocha hair perfectly primed into tight rings; and a personality as soulful and bold as barista-made cafe au lait.

Using the very examples you deemed that I should resist describing a person of color, doesn’t it seem as though I painted her as… I don’t know… attractive? Plus, not everyone is at the same level of writing skill when describing someone.

Oh White Fandom™ you are so fucking precious.

You don’t use those descriptions because PoC are sick of being fetishized as something for white folks to consume? So maybe when a black woman says “don’t use these” you stay in your fucking lane and listen?

What you described was not attractive, it was a tired, boring, cliche piece of crap.

If you can’t write without reducing PoC, especially black people, to nothing but a gross jumble of stereotypes, fucking sit down and practice, don’t come back and tell us we should take your bullshit hackery as a goddamn compliment.

@botticella89

So, back in The Day, and by The Day I mean yesterday and also in the future, coffee, cinnamon, brown sugar and chocolate were produced using slave labor. Often times, said slave labor has been brown people overseen by white colonialists, and those ingredients were imported to white countries for white people to consume.

Can you see the problem now? Black people described as “yummy” or “chocolate” is not only gross and fetishizing, it has very deeply rooted history in slavery, colonialism, imperialism and dehumanization.

I have met several black men who have referred to themselves as “Chocolate.” This does not make it okay for me, a white lady, to do that. If they do it, they’re owning the terms, if I do it, I’m being gross.

At any rate, there are so many rich and wonderful descriptors for skin color, that you don’t need to be gross about it. So when a black woman says “Don’t fucking do it,” be cool and smart and great and DON’T FUCKING DO IT.

Oh my God at the dude up above, can you not.

There are connotations associated with words like chocolate, cinnamon, and mocha, and you know what? a lot of those words have sexual connotations.  They call to mind stereotypes of black and brown women.  Not here for it.  Look at the language used in the sentence:

The lady walked into the building confident in her sleek pumps; her skin a warm cinnamon which was highlighted perfectly with her sky-blue dress; bright, hypnotizing chocolate eyes; dark mocha hair perfectly primed into tight rings; and a personality as soulful and bold as barista-made cafe au lait.

This woman has a soulful personality, eh?  She’s cinnamon-spicy and bold and takes no crap?  This is the first thing you think of when you’re going to describe a black woman?  For God’s sake, just leave the coded language at home, don’t use food to describe women of color, just don’t.  Don’t.  Don’t.

People of color are not food. I don’t know how many times people have to hammer this in—and cute that you seem to be completely unwilling to respond to anyone who isn’t agreeing with you @botticella89—but people of color are not food. Associating a brown/black person with “cinnamon” and “mocha” and “a barista-made café au lait” (sidenote: WHAT THE FUCK? Why did this descriptor need to exist?) associates them with slave labor, oppression, exploitation, and white colonialism.

And to insist that you should get to use those descriptors because “those things are fucking delicious” is fetishizing and gross. People of color do not exist for your consumption, alright?That’s a borderline cannibalism fetish.

As I’ve said before, media does not exist in a vacuum. Everything you consume—everything you see and hear and otherwise experience—affects your worldview. Everything you create—writing, music, artwork, etc.—mirrors your worldview. If you can only seem to describe black/brown people—as well as other people of color—with tired stereotypes or food descriptions or other words that imply “consumption/consuming,” you are dehumanizing them.People of color are not food.

Source: mirabai0821 racial fetishization twcall me a mocha chocolate anything and I’ll punch the shit out of you

 

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