In The Name of Feminism: “Those Darkies Have It So Good!”
This post (and you will see it again) is for the express purpose of collecting comments from the feminist blogosphere that sound an awful lot like wishing that one can call black women niggers, lynch black women, have the freedom to display black women lawn jockeys and Aunt Jemimas without social scorn, and perpetuate the belief that racism is cured/over. Feminists are not just white! Racism is not cured! Get a fucking grip already.
Feel free to submit a comment when you see one. I shall add it to the top and bring the post to the most forward position when a new comment is added.
Since this is an open thread, I would love some feedback on a flash of inspiration I had yesterday.
I was trying to explain to a clueless dudus collegiate honkimus last night why exactly golliwog dolls were offensive to people of color. Then I realized – women have our golliwogs too, in the form of airbrushed porn stars, Bratz dolls, and naked lady mudflaps. Do you think it’s a pipe dream to hope that some day such images will be viewed with the same disbelief as golliwog images are today? (I’m talking about the “That’s ridiculous, I mean, didn’t they notice that black people don’t look like that” level of disbelief.)
November 13th, 2009 at 12:34 pm EST
• Grace says:
Perhaps the best comparison to people’s reactions toward rape in the form of the victim “brought it upon herself,” is the case of a racially motivated hate crime. Nobody would ever say that a 15 y/o black young man brought it on himself after being attacked and hit with a baseball bat by a mob in a predominantly white neighborhood.
There would be an uproar, police, criminal charges, lawsuits to the city, etc. This happens because sexism and attacks against women in a patriarchal society as ours are seen as part of life, just “natural” and “normal” events. And women simply have to learn how to protect themselves, the same way that black people were told to do 50 years ago.
I bet that at that time “wise” people also said things like “racism is part of life” and that “colored people” needed to stay at home in the closet after dark.
October 27th, 2009 at 7:33 pm EST
• Kookaburra says:
…There’s a man there that ALWAYS has some article of clothing that proclaims “Skin Industries” and has a mudflap-esque female silhouette on it. I couldn’t articulate to another woman why it bothered me so much, but then I suddenly said, “If I was black, and the design featured a blackface caricature, would you still think I was over sensitive? What if the logo was ‘coal industries’ and featured people in coolie hats? Pornarrific portrayals of women are just as much hate speech as racial caricatures.”
I don’t know if she agreed with me, but she got really thoughtful.
Thankfully the dude is dumb as a box of rocks, so he’ll probably be dropped from the program soon.
October 22nd, 2009 at 2:45 am EST
• yttik says:
….It’s ironic, we’ve decided as a society that portraying black folks as lawn jockeys, Aunt Jemimas, or as clowns in black face, isn’t very respectful and negatively impacts the way we view people. For some reason we still can’t seem to understand how violent imagery of women might also be a problem.
October 21st, 2009 at 10:58 am EST
If you added an Aunt Jemima headscarf to that picture it would be an affront , but as it is its “ok” by cuttent music industry and societal norms . How about if we added a male figure of indeterminate race with a whip , would that be ok too ??
• SweetSue says:
There, you’ve hit it. Anything the dudebros might want to masturbate to-image of Rhianna in barbed wire-is free speech protected by our sacred Bill of Rights.
Other violent images like depictions of lynchings are obscene and beyond the pale…
October 21st, 2009 at 2:53 pm EST
• gxm17 says:
We live in a culture where hanging nooses with no one in them is a hate crime but wrapping a (black) woman in barbed wire is sexy. Now, that’s just f’d up…
October 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm EST
• Ciccina says:
2. @ gxm17
We live in a culture where hanging nooses with no one in them is a hate crime but wrapping a (black) woman in barbed wire is sexy.
Indeed. Though hanging a life-size Sarah Palin doll from a noose on your front lawn is considered good clean Democratic fun in some parts, namely Los Angeles.