Anonymous asked: This whole brown/blackface and cultural appropriation thing is really funny. It's basically saying "No, you were born with these characteristics and you are not allowed to change them under any circumstances.". You can't tan, or curl/straighten/dye your hair, or wear any clothing not manufactured by someone with the same heritage as you, because you can only be part of ONE culture for the rest of your life.
Unless you’re from a “non-white” culture. In that case, knock yourself out!
If I look up “carrot” in the dictionary, most people will acknowledge I do not know all there is to know about carrots and if I truly want to understand carrots, I should probably pick up a horticultural text book. We know that legal and medical terms are going to be, at best, simplistically represented and know we need to find a lawyer or a doctor if we want to know more. Anyone deciding to base their argument on, say, a philosophical concept or term using the dictionary is going to be laughed at at best, or automatically lose whatever argument they’re trying to make at least.
Yet the minute we move into a social justice framework, the ultimate authority changes. We don’t need lived experience, we don’t need experts who have examined centuries of social disparities and discrimination, we don’t need societal context. We don’t need sociology or history – no, we have THE DICTIONARY! That ultimate tome of oracular insight, the last word on any debate!
It’s patently ridiculous and you can see that by applying it to any other field of knowledge. But the privileged will continually trot out simplistic, twitter-style dictionary definitions as if they are the last word and the ultimate authority. No-one would drag out the dictionary to debate science with a scientist. But they’re more than willing to trot out a dictionary definition of racism over any sociological analysis. A dictionary is not the ultimate authority - they’re a rough guide for you to discover the simple meaning of words you’ve never heard before – not an ultimate definition of what the word means and all its contexts."
so here for this (via depoetayloco)
For all the clueless whiteys out there.
If you look up “carrot” in the dictionary, obviously, it won’t teach you everything there is to know about carrots. But if you point to a head of lettuce and say, “That’s a carrot,” then a dictionary becomes relevant - it establishes a baseline for understanding and arguing. You don’t need to go to an encyclopedia or a horticulture textbook or walk through a field of carrots to demonstrate that a head of lettuce is not a carrot.
This post serves to justify a distorted modern definition of a long-established word. This is particularly troublesome because, in an Orwellian fashion, it attempts to control people into thinking that one group is inherently worse than another. “Racism” is the word appropriated to describe this concept.
"The real “war on Christmas” is when Americans spend $450 billion on Christmas; however, it would take only $20 billion to ensure that all people in the world could have access to clean water for a year."
We are gross
I read the article linked in the original post, and there’s an awful lot I can say about it. I am, however, only going to focus on the above quote, for the sake of being concise and because I doubt most people even read the original article. Two things to note first:
1. Of the 11,000+ people who have reblogged this, how many have spent more money on cleaning the water supply than on Christmas gifts? Don’t talk the talk if you won’t walk the walk.
2. America is the most charitable country in the world, and the amount we donate and volunteer each year exceeds the amount we spend on Christmas. (And Christians are among, if not the most, generous.)
Individuals spent less time volunteering in 2012, but nearly 26.5% of the adults in the United States volunteered with an organization that year. Volunteers contributed 12.7 billion hours in 2012, worth an estimated $259.6 billion.
In 2006, Americans gave about $295 billion to charity.
$259.6 billion + $295 billion = $554.6 billion > $450 billion
Making donations to a reputable charity is always a great thing, especially during the holidays. But the line of thinking in the original post is akin to that of “The Singer Solution to World Poverty,” which is a terrible, terrible idea. Let me illustrate why spending money on gifts for others as opposed to giving it all away is a good thing.
I work at Petco as a sales associate. During the holiday season, sales go up, which means that I get more hours and hence, make more money. So, people being “gross” by buying presents for their pets for Christmas ensures that I have a job. When I get my paycheck, I then spend it on gifts for others and on things I like, which ensures that other people keep their jobs. I also use the money to pay for college. I’m majoring in physics and computer science and minoring in sustainability studies, so someday, my work may directly or indirectly help people get clean water — and possibly at a lower cost than $20 billion per year. Again, this would not be possible without people being “gross.”
Materialism makes the world go ‘round.
i wish more people said that being single is normal
and even if you’re not going to meet and marry someone
andthen that’s fine
and if marriage happens, it happens. and it’s not necessarily the next big ticket to check off in life’s checklist
because not everyone meets someone they want to marry. and that’s
you’re not necessarily broken or unfulfilled if you are single
As long as we’re giving general advice, let’s try to keep this inclusive of those for whom marriage is important, yah?
being “pro-life” isn’t an opinion
saying “if i become pregnant with an unwanted child i would still carry out the pregnancy” is an opinion.
saying “if you become pregnant with an unwanted child i think the government should force you to carry out that pregnancy whether your like it or not” isn’t an opinion
it’s just stripping people of their rights
you fucking creep
Opinion: I do not think this word means what you think it means.
g*psy is a racial slur just fyi not a white girl lifestyle
Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?
I’d like to take this time to say that unless you are also physically disabled you should not be using the word “crippling”. I’m going through submissions now and I saw an anon use that word, and I haven’t decided if I’m going to let it be submitted at this…
So…I’m not allowed to say that I have crippling depression? Metaphors aren’t allowed to exist anymore? It’s literal time forever?
no, you’re not.
and if your metaphor relies on slurs then it’s a shit metaphor and you should feel bad.
[edited] The word “crippling” has been used in many, many more contexts than physical disability throughout history. It was used as early as 960 AD but only became a slur in the 1970s. The word has many contexts, and as long as you don’t use it to insult a person, I don’t see the problem with it. I see you bullying people who disagree with you on your tumblr, but who gave you monopoly over language?