I’ve been watching Cosmos with Neil Tyson (which is great, btw), but of course, there is no mention of African astronomers, some of whose work influenced well known European astronomers. Does anyone have any solid info on African contributions to astronomy? Thanks for the help!
I know you don't support Tina Fey as a feminist icon, could you explain why? I know you posted a few things about it a while ago but I can't find it.
Okie here’s a list of the fuckshit she’s done:
used transphobic slurs (she called Paris Hilton the t word & done more shit about body shaming women who look “manly”)
her show, 30 Rock, has made tons of transphobic jokes, rape jokes & has used blackface (like wtf gurl it’s the 21st century)
but here’s my personal favorite :
"The standard of beauty was set. Cheryl Tiegs, Farrah Fawcett, Christie Brinkley. Small eyes, toothy smile, boobies, no buttocks, yellow hair… Can you remember a time when pop culture was so white that Jaclyn Smith was the chocolate?! By the eighties, we started to see some real chocolate: Halle Berry and Naomi Campbell. “Downtown” Julie Brown and Tyra Banks.
But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style.
That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired.
And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful.
Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyoncé and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful:
Now every girl is expected to have:
Caucasian blue eyes full Spanish lips a classic button nose hairless Asian skin with a California tan a Jamaican dance hall ass long Swedish legs small Japanese feet the abs of a lesbian gym owner the hips of a nine-year-old boy the arms of Michelle Obama and doll tits.
The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes. Everyone else is struggling. Even the skinny blondes who were once on top can now be found squatting to a Rihanna song in a class called Gary’s Glutes Camp in an attempt to reverse-engineer a butt.
These are dark times. Back in my days, you were either blessed with a beautiful body or not. And if you were not, you could just chill out and learn a trade. Now if you’re not “hot,” you are expected to work on it until you are. It’s like when you renovate a house and you’re legally required to leave just one of the original walls standing. If you don’t have a good body, you’d better starve the body you have down to a neutral shape, then bolt on some breast implants, replace your teeth, dye your skin orange, inject your lips, sew on some hair, and call yourself the Playmate of the Year.
How do we survive this?
How do we teach our daughters and our gay sons that they are good enough the way they are?”
On the surface, white feminists would gobble this up because it seems like it’s about unattainable standards of beauty but as a femme person of color who was constantly told she had fat legs because the other 11 year old white ice skaters didn’t have Jamaican thighs, I know that she’s bascially lamenting the fact that now certain characteristics possessed by WoC make it harder for white women to be called beautiful. Of course she’s ignoring all the disgusting dehumanization & hypersexualization that’s caused by the fetishization of women of color. She’s legit complaining that the WoC are quickly becoming beautiful, that whiteness isn’t seen as the only standard of beauty.
like I’m soo not here for her . And Ellen Degeneres too, she could take a couple seats as well.
The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language [that black people love so much]. There are certain things I cannot say without recourse to my language. It’s terrible to think that a child with five different present tenses comes to school to be faced with those books that are less than his own language. And then to be told things about his language, which is him, that are sometimes permanently damaging… This is a really cruel fallout of racism. I know the Standard English. I want to use it to help restore the other language, the lingua franca.
1. He ø runnin. Standard American English (SAE )= He is running.
2. He be runnin. SAE = He is usually running or He will/would be running.
3. He be steady runnin. SAE = He is usually running in an intensive, sustained manner, or He will/would be running in an intensive, sustained manner.
4. He(’s) been/bin runnin. SAE He has been running–at some earlier point, but probably not now.
Other examples: I been knowing her. SAE = I have known her.
About eleven o’clock he been eating. SAE = … he was eating.
5. He BEEN/BIN runnin’. SAE = He has been running for a long time, and still is.
-This is a use of the African American English (AAE) stressed been/remote BIN.