totalitarian dystopian future lit is like “what if the government got so powerful that all the bad stuff that’s already happening ALSO HAPPENED TO WHITE PEOPLE?”
this is my fav ramsey post in the history of ever
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.” She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying…
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, in doctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.”
god, I love Soraya Chemaly. always on point.
“i will love your
i don’t know what’s wrong but
i just can’t get out of bed today.
i will love your
shuddering past and
the dam breaks in your eyes
and the maps in your skin
when you bring them back to life
with the wrong silver lining,
I will trace the path to your heart
and poem you a reflection
that changes your perception
enough to make you stay.”
- me when i am mildly inconvenienced: thIS IS THE WORST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO ME
- me when i am legitimately hurt/distressed: no no it's fine i've had worse
Take, for example, Mike Lee and Will Evans, students from the U.S. and Canada, respectively, who applied to be English teachers through the New Development School, a teacher-placement agency in Beijing. Being fluent speakers of English, both believed they would make competitive candidates.
What they didn’t know is that recruiters would not be evaluating them just on their English fluency or academic credentials. Instead, they were judged primarily on physical appearance.
Yeah.. my brother was politely asked to leave his first English teaching job in Shanghai because the kids’ parents’ didn’t want a Black guy teaching their kids English.
Fly 20 hrs across the world.. no white people around.. and you still gotta deal with whiteness. I just find it so discouraging.
Yep. And guess where Chinese people get their information about Black Americans? From US media.
When I was a student in China, I would explain this to people all the time. Perplexed Chinese students would ask me, Why are there so many Black criminals in America (by which they meant, the USA)? I would say, Believe me there are far more white criminals, but where did you get this information about Black criminals? They would answer, American television, American news, American movies. I would say, Those are made by white people and are not an accurate picture.
That was before the explosion of basketball and hip hop in China, which have somewhat expanded Chinese exposure to Black folks. These days, Kobe Bryant is probably just as popular among the younger generation in China as Yao Ming. (LeBron James is second; it’s a dividing identity-establishing question among Chinese youth, “Kobe or LeBron?”) Of course, basketball and hip hop obviously aren’t enough to change overall perceptions of Black people, as we know from the USA itself.
In any case, skewed representation, racist stereotypes, and specifically anti-Blackness in US media (both news and fiction) are not only harmful to people in the US, but these perceptions also inform — and misinform — an international audience and propagate global racism.
Every time I see one of those insipid articles like “boys don’t like (thing)” a little voice in the back of my mind just hisses I’m gonna cover my entire body in it motherfucker.