#Jewel gets personal
Let me start by profusely apologizing for speaking this into existence...
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People who think that “this piece of media has gay characters” is an adequate summary of a work with no attempt at saying anything of substance do the same thing with race like it’s pathetic.
“This media has a POC character” first of all POC is a noun and not an adjective, and secondly, that tells me nothing! What is the plot? What is the genre? I need more than “it has POC characters :)” because white people’s track record of recommending works with characters of colour is abysmal
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One of the things that really gets me about ao3 defenders is that not only will they proudly donate to ao3 and bypass the donations posts of poor people in need, but they will also, quite proudly, go into the inboxes of people with active donation posts and actually TAUNT them with their decision to give to ao3 instead, will literally tell people “I see you need financial assistance but you hate ao3 because it houses cp and stuff so I’m gonna donate to them over you! Gotcha!” like...it’s actually so evil and I hate all of you
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I really hate what people have done to discussions of so called “problematic” media because these discussions really just lack compassion and it’s awful. Like YES everything is some degree of “problematic” because We Live In A Society, but it feels like a lot of people just apply the media critique equivalent of “no ethical consumption under capitalism” and refuse to go any further than that. They go about their day continuing to enjoy things like Hetalia and Attack On Titan despite the absolute scores of Jewish people and victims of Japanese imperialism pleading with us to stop supporting it.
Like, sometimes enjoying a thing, no matter how much you like it, will harm other people, and will line the pockets of creators who have demonstrated time and again that they are horrible people who do not care about others, and will continue to harm them if it means making even more money. Just...please use some compassion. Stop thinking about your own immediate enjoyment of things and think of others for once.
I know that no one can physically stop you from enjoying these things but know that if you choose to enjoy them then people, especially those primarily hurt, are well within their rights to avoid you and to tell others to avoid you. That’s not call out culture gone awry; that’s people creating and enforcing their own boundaries.
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WHITEWASHED DGKDHDKBDKDJJDJD TWO OF YOU ARE PLAYED BY WHITE WOMEN BASED ON THREE LITTLE WHITE GIRLS WHAT WHITEWASHING?
[Image Description: a screenshot from the Powerpuff Girls CW reboot script. Bubbles is speaking, and she says "I always believed in you and defended you, Dad. Even when you sold away our likeness to that cartoon, which by the way, totally whitewashed us, even then, I had-" and the screenshot cuts off there. End ID]
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I’ve said this before but I’ll say it a thousand times: you’re allowed to not find someone attractive, but we should also think about how marriage, dating, and sex do not occur in a vacuum. We are not immune to being influenced by societal beauty standards, which are oppressive and based on white supremacy and racism (and particularly antiblackness), colourism, fatphobia, antisemitism, transphobia (particularly transmisogyny), and other oppressions. It’s necessary and absolutely worth it to occasionally think about WHY you don’t find someone attractive instead of just vehemently defending your right to call someone ugly and treat them like dirt because you are personally not attracted to them.
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On a serious note I think that it’s pretty disrespectful to proudly declare that romance is the only worthwhile thing in a book you read and absolutely nothing else. Like...to take a work of literature and just bypass all of the themes and symbolism and possible lessons that may come with it and simply reduce it to romance plots and side plots...what are you doing? Please go read a fan fic or something
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Few things baffle me more than nonblack POC saying that racism against them is “normalized” like as opposed to what? Racism is generally normalized because it’s never gone anywhere. It’s always just them being antiblack in a sneaky way that gives them plausible deniability because then they can smugly be like “I’m not being antiblack?! I never mentioned the blacks GOD you people are so racist!” and make millions of vague posts about how “those people” (read: Black people) make everything about themselves
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This may sound odd but most people, especially people I know and am friends with, who say that they’re mean or have unpleasant personalities really aren’t that unpleasant. They’re just uncompromising about their opinions and boundaries and don’t take bullshit and people immediately assume meanness from that.
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Not to be controversial on this fine Wednesday but just speaking as a Black woman: I will always, always, feel more comfort and solidarity with MOC (Black and nonblack alike) than I will ever feel with white women and until white women do something about it, they’ll have to live with that :)
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The funny thing about this whole “mlm only; women don’t interact” trend is that it isn’t even new; it just resurfaces every so often
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Okay but like...half the fun of liking a piece of media is making fun of the annoying parts with your friends! If you can't take a moment to think about a part you didn't like and say "yeah, that was garbage", then what is the point?
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Let's have some fun tonight: reblog and tag who yout first anime crush was (that you can remember)!
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The CW version of Professor Utonium is a Black man who's 1. A deadbeat dad and 2. Only cares about the girls' image and uses them for fame and fortune, only to toss them away when he doesn't need them...CW can kiss my ass for that
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I think we need to discuss something more. And that is this:
Yes suicide does hurt other people, but not because it's evil or immoral like Christians and super religious types and general self centered assholes think it is, but simply because death, and especially the death of someone close to you, is highly traumatic.
It's no one's fault, no one is evil for it, and suicidal people deserve love and compassion and understanding, without harsh judgement and what often amounts to selfish scolding for daring to be hurting so badly that suicide feels like the only release, but I don’t think that people feeling sad or expressing grief that someone close to them died by suicide should be scolded or told that they’re selfish or bad or evil for being upset. It's just an unfortunate reality that death, generally speaking, hurts and traumatizes people.
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Nonblack people the world over are utterly incapable of speaking about their issues and asking for help without passive aggressive (and sometimes outright aggressive) digs at Black people (primarily Black Americans too) and it's infuriating like I know you think that we're your oppressors but that's not the case. Leave Black people alone
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If there's one thing that I need to impress on kpop fans, especially if you're young: every single one of your idols is a person, and therefore can be offensive and has the potential to do something that hurts you or others through their own carelessness. There is no such thing as an "unproblematic" idol and it's harmful to you and them to put your favourite kpop idols on pedestals and act like they're perfect beings. It sets you up to be disappointed constantly, and it’s a form of infantilizes and fetishization that helps absolutely no one in the end.
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It really just feels like people were searching for an excuse to justify their hatred of Anthony Mackie because of their own antiblackness and now the white Marvel nerds have found their excuse in an out of context and misinterpreted interview snippet and they’re really running with it
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One thing that I do not miss about Twitter is kpop fans making "remember that your fave is an evil bigot and hates your guts" tweets every other day
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Misogyny is not an inherent biological feature in men. It’s a societal ill that men are taught and socially rewarded for perpetuating. Spreading the idea that misogyny is biological is a really defeatist way of looking at things because leads to people thinking that women being harassed and attacked and murdered is just the natural order of things and not something that we can push back against and change and eradicate.
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