— Melissa Harris-Perry Sister Citizen; Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (via brashblacknonbeliever)
Here’s one way to dismantle the “strong black woman” trope: have an ugly cry in your private office so unintentionally loud that it attracts the attention of your white bosses which causes them to unlock your door and see you crumpled on the floor having a panic attack.
Or don’t, because dying of embarrassment is not pleasant.
I wish the discussion about the double standards surrounding black women’s sexuality weren’t always predicated on the idea that white women’s sexuality isn’t policed, because it’s blatantly untrue. Britney Spears’s sexuality was under such scrutiny that because she said she was a virgin when she was 16, journalists were asking her about the proverbial state of her hymen up until she was like 20. There were websites up for years counting down until the Olsen twins turned 18 and were no longer “jailbait.” There is always pearl-clutching when white female artists are sexual. From Madonna’s “Erotica” era to Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrrty” to Gaga’s “Do What U Want” (the video for this was deemed so inappropriate that it wasn’t even released).
In contrast, no one was concerned about R. Kelly preying on a very underage Aaliyah, or Mya singing about her size 4 panties when she was like 17. No one cared when Beyonce (with Destiny’s Child) went from singing about wanting to appease a guy who is only with her for the chance to take her virginity to “Bootylicious” to “Cater 2 U.” Rihanna did the majority of her “Umbrella” promo looking like a dominatrix and hardly anyone batted an eyelash. For that matter, this girl put out a song asking if some guy’s dick is big enough and it was number one for ages. Beyonce sang about Jay-Z’s penis for 4 albums before anyone was like “Oh, wow, isn’t this kind of raunchy?” Nicki Minaj put out the greatest song of her career (“Super Bass”) which is all about how hot some drug dealer is and how he makes her panties drop and you had little 4 year olds singing that on The Ellen Show.
No one could put out a single cover squatting in a thong against a white background with ANACONDA in big letters without being shamed for it. If anything, the controversy around Nicki is incredibly mild compared to the things that cause a flurry when white women do it. The most prevalent double standard here is that black women are expected to be hypersexual (which comes with all the misogynistic danger that comes with that) whereas white women are expected to be pure and when they do something that is deemed impure (the bar for this is set extremely low), it’s cause for concern.
Eid Mubarak to all the Ethiopian Muslims who made it through another Ramadan in a nation state that criminalizes their existence and actively seeks to tarnish their holy month with its violence, to all the Eritrean Muslims whose bodies suffer the consequences of the USA’s inhumane sanctions against a government whose corruption is not their fault, to all the Somali Muslims whose prayers are sometimes drowned out by drone strikes. May your joy be abundant; may your Christian brethren remember your humanity.
- kennelame said:Could you please explain to me what Social Justice bloggers do, and what they are, I haven't heard of that side of Tumblr prior to your mentioning of them twice in your description and how you are in no part affiliated with them. I proceeded to look up social justice blogging and the likes to understand it, but I still don't know why it's a movement on Tumblr or where it had begun, or why it's looked down upon. I have absolutely no knowledge of SJ Tumblr and would like to be filled in, please?
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