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This is one of my favorite episodes.

He wanted to write this thing, he wanted Black people in space, in the future. And they told him no.

Not only did they tell him no, they shut down the entire system around him to stop him.

He had a dream.

Deep Space Nine is not just some favorite Star Trek of mine.

It means a fucking lot.

Before Sisko, we were only crew members, officers, sure, whatever.

But he was the Captain.

We were there mother fuckers, Black people in Space.

It is real, don’t you understand?

It’s real.

That’s what it means.

We when see ourselves in these places, on tv, in print, whatever…

It’s real. It becomes real.

You become real.

This episode tears me up so godamn much cuz it directly rips into the subject of women and people of color in television, which is a subject that needs to be addressed so damn bad, and this is one of the few shows that had women and people of color in so many prominent roles and now


This is still a discussion that needs to be had

Cuz where are the shows that had the same kind of representation that this show had

It’s also worthwhile to read the novelization of this episode. Written by Steven Barnes (author of Blood Brothers, the Aubry Knight novels), it includes more backstory about Benny Russell as well as an intro by Barnes talking about growing up as a Black kid who was into sci fi and how much he’s seen change over the years.

Out of print but you can check out information about it on Amazon, then find it at a local used book store.

Far Beyond the Stars (Star Trek Deep Space Nine) by Steven Barnes

Oooooh. And quite a few copies available at Abe Books! :D

Oh god this…

Especially after the fucking racist producers who literally said that ‘Black people don’t see themselves in the future

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I know it’s not the most feminist idea to be a woman in a tower wanting to be rescued, but for a woman of color in this country, we’ve never been afforded that fairy tale because of how the black family was ripped apart [during slavery],” Washington said. “I really saw the value of having a story that empowers the African American man to do something chivalrous for the African American woman, because that hasn’t been an idea that has held women back in the culture — it’s something we’ve never been allowed to dream about.

‘Django Unchained’ was more than a role for Kerry Washington - (via npr)

The black people on my dash seem to uniformly despise Django Unchained, but this is something I really noticed on Tumblr - where the white women dream of working and making money, the black women are like “actually, I would quite like to be a princess”.

My dreams remain white woman dreams, but I can see their point and I promise that if/when I write a princess she will look like Alex Wek.

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See, and that’s a point that so many fucking Black folks will literally eat Black women alive for.

I’ve been harangued and slandered and cussed out on tumblr for daring to say that as a Black woman, I wanted to be treated with delicacy, that I wanted to see a Black woman be the damsel in distress.


And white women can go straight to hell when they try to tell me that for me, that isn’t a feminist achievement.

We don’t get chivalry. We don’t get saved.

We get shit on and told to WORK TILL YOU DIE.

And I don’t give a fuck if it means I’m ‘giving up my spine’ if mothafuckas wanna say that’s what it is.

I’ll be spineless and PAMPERED AND SPOILED in my fantasies.

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Lets keep in mind criticisms of feminism have long been theorized by WOC since the 18th century with little regard from mainstream feminists …… that there are COUNTLESS woc who have devoted their lives to making feminism a more inclusive space. In fact, here’s a crash course explaining how feminist theory in the past has dealt with these issues:


Feminism moves in between these branches (not a mutually exclusive list, just listed most prominently recognized theorists by each)in order to directly oppose mainstream feminist discourses loaded with eurocentrism, phallocentrism, orientalism, imperialism, racialized colonialism, capitalism (which goes hand in hand with feminist movements as commodification of a so called revolutionary struggle!), white supremacy, ethocentrism, transphobia, ableism and much much more:

  1. post colonial theory - undoes the victimization discourse of western feminists/their metonymic blurring of different forms of oppression through an essentialist explanation
    indigenous feminism - Andrea Smith
    transnational feminism - Chandra Mohanty
  2. global feminism/”third world feminism”- disrupts idea that feminism is an inherently “western” ideology
    African feminism - Ama Ata Aidoo
    Islamic feminism - Huda Shaarawi
  3. Women of color feminism - emerged to counter cultural hegemony of white western feminism
    black feminism - Audre Lorde, Combahee River Collective
    Afrocentric feminism - Patricia McFadden
    Chicana feminism - Anzuldua
    womanism (check out Alice Walker and Layli Phillips to find out more why this isn’t a subcolumn or branch of feminism completely)
  4. critical race theory - comes from radical POC law professors who acknowledge feminism’s lack of tools in making visible the ways racial supremacy is embedded in the law system. Check Kimberle Crenshaw, Barbara Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, Susan Schechter
  5. Black nationalist feminism - opposes anti-blackness in feminist movements
    Africana womanism (different from African feminism and womanism)
  6. Feminist hermeneutics - analyzes religious studies as a source of feminist theory
  7. Feminist Science studies - disrupts biological determinism. Check out Ruth Hubbard’s “Fact Making and Feminism” as an intro to why science needs to be included in discussions of feminist discipline
  8. Queer theory-holy shit i can’t even start on the ways its disrupted mainstream feminism but HEY:
    Flower crown feminism is in no way a reflection of  the deeply rooted radical work Women of color, transnational, zapatista, chicana, african-american, “third world” (global south), indigenous and native, queer, dis*abled and post-colonial feminisms have carved out.

When Ida B. Wells called out the racism of progressive feminist leaders in 1894 IE suffragist Frances Williard of Christian temperance union who publically represented black women voters as a threat to modern society, Wells was not about that “abandoning feminism” life

When Paula Gunn Allen pointed out that white American feminism ripped off gynocentric Iroquois nations, who held their own feminist rebellions as early and before the 1600’s, she wasn’t about that “abandoning feminism” life

 When Linda La Rue, the Combahee River Collective, Barbara Smith Claudia Jones, Audre Lorde and counless others called out the heterosexist, classist racist shitfield that was the women’s liberation movement, they weren’t abt that “abandoning feminism” life

When Beverly Guy Sheftall, Rudolph Byrd, and Johnetta B. Cole anthologize unpublished works of queer poc thinkers in I Am Your Sister, Still Brave, Traps,and Gender Talk, they aren’t about accepting white feminism as the dead-end truth. 


Instead let’s make this a fight to continue the legacy of these radical visionaries

in reclaiming our spaces,

reaffirming our rights to tell our own stories freely, to live in the security of our own bodies, and to rewrite histories of social movements that replicate hierarchy within.

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Should I cast an Asian American chart? via Phil Yu.

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I can and have spent hours composing rants about this, which I almost never publish. They can be pretty well summed up by the following:

You are so wrong that God Himself (or, indeed, all the deities past, present, and future combined) could not list all the reasons why. Your prejudicially-motivated willful ignorance voids any right you have to be loved, and I desire for you to fuck yourself in an improbable, un-hygenic, and uncomfortable manner.

Furthermore, shut the everloving fuck up about characters of color in works of fantasy being unrealistic, improbable, or not believable. The genre is fucking CALLED motherfucking FANTASY! The only way a lack of POC could be remotely justified in fantasy is that it makes absolutely NO sense for them NOT to exist. But you don’t care about sense- you’re just such a miserably awful person that you need to make-believe in an existence where people who look and act unlike you don’t exist. You’re so racist that our actually racist reality doesn’t satisfy you- you desire a world so lily white you don’t even need to pretend other skin colors don’t exist. (Unless the elves are blue or purple, and somehow always have caucasian features.) I sincerely hope you literally eat shit. And not just any shit- we are talking runny, vile-smelling diarrhea the likes of which my elderly cat has been known to produce.

I cannot emphasize the smell enough. That shit (pun not intended, but who in their right mind would resist?) is foul.

For fuck’s sake.

Right, so, in Japan there was this dog named Hachiko who is really famous for having waited for his owner at the Shibuya train station, and continued to do so for the remaining 9 years of his life after his owner’s death. The dog has monuments and everything. Naturally, there have been movies and books as well. All well and good, everybody loves a good loyal dog story with a bittersweet ending. 

I have just found out, though, while idly browsing through Netflix, that certain individuals thought it necessary to do an American remake of one of the Japanese films. In which the dog was shipped to New York and promptly get’s lost. To be rescued, naturally, by a white American. Who (because it was apparently too much trouble to change the dog’s name) asks his conveniently Japanese co-worker to translate the writing on the dog’s collar. Having established that this is an AMERICAN movie with AMERICAN (read: white) characters, (white) man and dog bonding can now proceed.

I shit thee not.

Apparently there’s even some bullshit about “Hachi” refusing to play fetch, which prompts Conveniently-Japanese Coworker to suggest Hachi will only do fetch the ball for a special reason or something. Because apparently the far East is so mystically, magically spiritual that even dogs are required to be cryptic. Thank goodness Asian humans are themselves mystical enough to explain!

In short: “Nice story you’ve got there. We’ll take it. No, literally, we’re going to appropriate one of Japan’s most iconic cultural memories and send it on a plane to America, because why on earth would anybody be interested in a Japanese story when we can whitewash the whole thing? I mean shit, we can’t even make a movie called 'The Last Samurai' without a white man to save the day! You think we’re going to make any kind of effort for a dog? HA! 

"…We’ll keep the dog’s name, though, so we can tell audiences it was based on a true story. Better throw in a token mystical Asian Japanese side-character whose sole purpose is to explain the dog’s name and cryptic, mystical behavior.”

At least they managed to cast somebody actually Japanese to play the co-worker, so good for them not being completely racist. 

Fucking Holywood vultures. 


for every “feminist” out there who defends the swedish/nordic model.

Pop quiz! You are a sex worker living in a country that has adopted the Nordic model. Which of these forms of evidence-gathering would you prefer? You may pick one.

a. Condom-possession. Prepare to have your safer-sex precautions produced in court as evidence that a commercial sex act was on the cards. 

b. The police non-consensually video your sex life. Y’know, clandestinely. 

c. The police conduct an intimate physical examination. (Does this feel a bit like sexual assault? Shush there, you with your false consciousness. Your consensual sex life is rape; whereas this is for your own good.)

This is of course a trick question, because generally in jurisdictions that have adopted the Nordic model, all of these forms of evidence-gathering are used. (There’s a fun add-on to option (a) which is that, in Sweden, even distributing condoms can be seen as “encouraging prostitution”. Dodillet and Ostergren observe that this “makes it difficult for the authorities to utilise harm reduction strategies” [p4], which, well, yeah.)

If I raise these issues with someone who supports the Nordic model, I mostly get ignored, or accused of ‘scaremongering’. (Let word go forth: the new feminist response to a woman who is telling you about her fears of sexual assault, is to accuse her of ‘scaremongering’. #ibelieveher, unless she’s a sex worker or our politics differ, apparently.) So where’ve I got these preposterous ideas from?

Well, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland responded to Trish Godman’s 2010 Bill by expressing “concerns” over whether or not “intimate forensic medical examinations” (p1) would be justifiable. (I think it’s safe to say that the official ACPOS response to a parliamentary consultation is going to be the nicer, more moderate face of law enforcement – so much more friendly than the police officer who recently responded to a sex worker trying to report a rape by saying, “what you did was prostitution”, and logging “no crime”. Those are the people who’ll be translating ACPOS’ “concerns” about “justifiableness” into day-to-day conviction-hunting. I’d have concerns.)

Let’s see what happens where these laws are already in place.

Women who sell sex in Sweden are routinely filmed without their consent while engaging in sex acts (p4) – as if that’s somehow not massively fucked up a huge violation; more on this in a bit – while sex workers in Norway report that the new law makes them feel criminalised (subsection 3.3.2). In Chicago, the ‘end demand’ approach that claims to target clients sees the arrest of a disproportionately large number of transgender women of colourwho are then mis-gendered and accused of buying sex. (A particularly vile irony, given how frequently trans* women of colour are harassed in the street by law enforcement. “A report on Latin trans women in Los Angeles … found that two thirds of participants received verbal harassment from police officers. Twenty-one percent reported physical assault and twenty-three percent sexual assault“, and often this harassment is premised on the assumption that they must be selling sex. Racist trans*misogyny: where you really can’t fucking win.)

In this study, women and girls in the sex trade tell researchers that the police are the number one source of violence and abuse, which isn’t that surprising given that this comes from the same state (Illinois) where ‘end demand’ campaigners succeeded in increasing the penalties for the buyers … oh, and sellers – of sex. Victim-centred! Back in Europe, police forces in Sweden and Norway have reported that the laws against clients have made gathering evidence against abusers more difficult – possibly because the Swedish and Norwegian states are so keen to ‘rescue’ (migrant) sex workers, that when these victims of patriarchy are discovered, they’re deported so quickly that their clients haven’t even come to trial (p4). Meagan Morris, a researcher specialising in law enforcement and the sex industry, notes that even supposedly “victim-centred” approaches tend to disproportionately hurt women.

Yes, the police and feminist (ha) campaigners are two different entities, and women’s groups can’t control what the police will do. But since that’s the case, it might behove those who support the Nordic model to pause and think before arguing for legislation that bestows further police power over demographics that experience multiple forms of marginalisation – much of the sharp end of which is already at the hands of the police. Actually, though, I don’t think that arguing for these laws comes from a place of privileged ignorance – I think its worse than that, and here’s two examples of why coming up next.

Let Meagan Morris’ findings about the disproportionate hurt to women even in supposedly “victim-centred” contexts steep in your mind a little, as we refresh the content of the Skarhead report (Sweden’s assessment of the success of the law). Particularly the bit where sex workers reporting that the law has increased stigma against them is registered as a good thing (“for people who are still being exploited in prostitution, the above negative effects of the ban that they describe must be viewed as positive” [p23]) … because stigma might discourage people from entering the sex industry. (‘Stig-ma, noun. That thing which hurts us, by legitimising and perpetuating the view that we are less than human, degraded, or dirty. Strongly linked to violence’.) ‘Victim-centred’ approaches seem to really lovestigma, actually, as this report from a ‘John School’ illustrates: “presenters cautioned participants that ‘drug addicted prostitutes… have stabbed their clients with AIDS infected needles‘”. Thanks, ‘end demand’ campaigners! That’s not problematic at all!

To return briefly to the issue of Scandinavian police forces clandestinely filming sex acts, I think what really fucking grinds my gears about this one is that proponents of the Nordic model often think that all pornography is violence. But apparently filming sex workers – without their consent – is fine. It seems like a microcosm of their whole analysis: in their rush to label everything as abuse, they end up causing real abuse to be perpetrated in the pursuit of prosecuting consenting sex. And also sex workers don’t matter.

I think I’ve shown fairly clearly that there are lots of good reasons why sex workers don’t trust the police, even in jurisdictions that are ostensibly “victim-centred” or allegedly focused on “targeting the client”, and therefore why the onus needs to be on those who want to eradicate to the sex industry through the intervention of the state to show they’ve thought about these issues. Y’know. At all. (I’m not the only sex worker in the UK to not trust the police, either – the numbers from National Ugly Mugs show that while 99% of reportees are happy to have their report shared anonymously with other sex workers, only 27% allow their information to be passed on to the police. Prohibitionist campaigners in Scotland wouldn’t know this, of course, because none of them could be bothered to come to the UK NSWP meeting in Aberdeen for the Ugly Mugs training session. As I said on twitter, giving a fuck so much more is the slogan of the revolution.) And that being concerned that the police will abuse their power isn’t exactly ‘scaremongering’, since it happens everywhereall. the. time.

In a sense, this is a slightly ancillary issue: most of the terrible things that the Nordic model does to sex workers are achieved by increasing our desperation and thus our vulnerability to those who pose as clients. I’m just very struck by how little meaningful response I get when I bring this stuff up. I almost kind of want someone to tell me to my face that they think this kind of police power, and these methods of evidence-gathering, are okay. Because at least that would entail acknowledging that this stuff happens, and I actually think that pretending it doesn’t – that it isn’t even a possibility – is more horrible to hear than that you sort-of deserve it (in a ‘collateral-damage-in-the-wider-battle against patriarchy’, kind-of way).

Like, be proud of your politics, and their effects, then. Go on. Defend them. I’m listening. I’ve been listening for a while, but apparently no one’s got anything to say on this.

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Wistful POC make a photoset POC fancast for Lord of the Rings. White people :

Like I said before, I think adding poc into things JUST for the purpose of inclusion is just as bad. But I don’t think adding them in to a fantasy story that has been around for decades with a very strong and dedicated following is the right way to do it. This isn’t about racism, this is about fucking with my fandom.

Stay away from my elves.


An author of color writes a book featuring POC protagonists. White People:

I’m all for being happy that a black person wrote a fantasy book with black protagonists, just as themselves, largely (though not entirely) away from any color related power struggles, letting them exist on their own merit and showing the obvious fact that fantasy characters don’t all have to be pale.

It would be nice if the responses weren’t “FUCK YEAR! FINALLY A BOOK FOR US! TAKE THAT YOU HORRIBLE, BORING WHITEYS”.

However I do fail to see how ‘race isn’t a conflict’ as someone (I think) mentioned above, when it’s really just about black supremacy, not white supremacy. BUT HEY DON’T MIND ME. I prefer not to read fantasy with an agenda, even if it’s in my favor.

I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely. I do not withhold judgment based on skin color.

Making it clear that White villains are only bad if the Protagonists are POC:

You know, I kinda have a problem with this, as well. I’m white, but one thing I’ve made a major point in my life is to never see skin color. If you had told me this book was part of a wonderful fantasy series that would have been fine. If you had told me the protagonists were people of color and the antagonists where white: still fine. But you had to drive home the thought that it’s so superior just for those reasons, and that’s unsettling.


A white author writes black characters which are subsequently whitewashed by white fans. White people:

I mean seriously, you SJS Skidmarks whine and bitch about how authors don’t include enough “non-white” characters in their books. Then when an author DOES do so, you whine and bitch because they aren’t the star or the main character. And when an author makes one a pretty important character you complain about THAT.

Seriously, kindly write “racist” on a club and beat yourself to death with it. It’s what you want, anyways, but no one would likely care enough to humor you. You can make the club any color you want, though I think we can all guess what color it’d be. Funny thing is, regardless of that? It’d still be stupid and incredibly ironic.

Ursula K. LeGuin writes a Black main character in The Left Hand of Darkness, a seminal Gender studies text and all-around awesome sci fi book. White people:


Ursula K. LeGuin writes an entire World full of people with “reddish-brown” or “blue-black” skin. There is quite literally only ONE white character (Tenar). White people make a TV miniseries:




I take it that everyone remembers the racist shitstorm over Rue and Thresh? No?

“Naturally Thresh would be a black man,” tweeted someone who called herself @lovelyplease.

“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue,” wrote @JohnnyKnoxIV.

“Why is Rue a little black girl?” @FrankeeFresh demanded to know. (she appended her tweet with the hashtag admonishment #sticktothebookDUDE.)

“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture,”@sw4q

“Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote @JashperParas

But wait! Let’s not forget the Fan-made movie that was uploaded and waddled its way around the internet well before the ACTUAL film came out, which has OVER 3 MILLION VIEWS AND FEATURES A BLONDE, WHITE RUE, AS WELL AS DOZENS OF COMMENTS REGARDING HOW MUCH “BETTER” IT IS THAN THE ACTUAL HOLLYWOOD MOVIE



According to the filmmaker:

I know that Rue is described as being dark skinned in the book, but I wanted to show Savanna’s acting. I think she would make a good Prim though.

The commenters:

Everytime I watch this, I always think it was so much better than the movie. This vid is just epic. It captures the whole feeling of the book. It’s realistic, and for that reason it’s completely awesome.

Personally, I like this version better than the one in the movie. It’s more emotional, it feels more realistic, and the actors here acted better, especially Rue.

Why is this better than the movie?! I cried! I didn’t cry for the movie.

This was more sad when rue died than in the actual movie! still loved it though!

rue is so beautiful

Okay, so….


White people: “STAY AWAY FROM MY ELVES!!!”

White people: “I’ll reserve my adulation for a black writer who is above being racist entirely.”

White people:


White people:




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