07 4 / 2014
"Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat."
30 3 / 2014
All people of color are welcome to submit pictures of yourselves with microaggressions on signs! This is all day!
Ps. You don’t have to show your face if you don’t want, you can just cover your face with your sign if you’d like.
29 3 / 2014
you are lovely
in every shade."
29 3 / 2014
24 2 / 2014
Anonymous asked: Is the song Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden racist? I read your post when Mastodon made that sexist, racist failed attempt at being subversive thanksgiving shirt so as you are a first nations female metalhead I was wondering your opinion on this. Perhaps to add insult to injury the guys singing it are British. Thank you!
Good question. I really like that song, and I think that the difference is in the approach. Iron Maiden’s song takes a pretty clear stance against the genocide of Native Americans:
ex. “The only good Indians are tame/ Selling them whiskey and taking their gold/ Enslaving the young and destroying the old”
I get that Mastodon wanted to do something to the same effect, but instead of making a poignant piece of art like Iron Maiden, they sold a shirt that did absolutely nothing to encourage critical thought.
It’s the difference between:
1) writing a song that discusses genocide, thereby exposing your fans to important information
2) selling a shirt on Holocaust Remembrance Day that shows a sexy Jewish lady on her knees at the end of an SS officer’s gun barrel
16 2 / 2014
Progressive activists and scholars, while prepared to make critiques of the US and Canadian governments, are often not prepared to question their legitimacy. A case in point is the strategy of many racial justice organizations in the US or Canada, who have rallied against the increase in hate crimes since 9/11 under the banner, “We’re American [or Canadian] too.”
This allegiance to “America” or “Canada” legitimizes the genocide and colonization of Native peoples upon which these nation-states are founded. By making anti-colonial struggle central to feminist politics, Native women place in question the appropriate form of governance for the world in general. In questioning the nation-state, we can begin to imagine a world that we would actually want to live in. Such a political project is particularly important for colonized peoples seeking national liberation outside the nation- state.
Whereas nation-states are governed through domination and coercion, indigenous sovereignty and nationhood is predicated on interrelatedness and responsibility.
As Sharon Venne explains, “Our spirituality and our responsibilities define our duties. We understand the concept of sovereignty as woven through a fabric that encompasses our spirituality and responsibility. This is a cyclical view of sovereignty, incorporating it into our traditional philosophy and view of our responsibilities. It differs greatly from the concept of Western sovereignty which is based upon absolute power. For us absolute power is in the Creator and the natural order of all living things; not only in human beings… Our sovereignty is related to our connections to the earth and is inherent.”"