Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism.
Can never reblog this enough
Especially the first map…Ethiopia alone is unconquered.
I’ve seen the second image more than any.
One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant.
It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America.
In every society of the world, gender is a basis for social stratification—the division of large numbers of people into layers according to their relative property, power, and prestige. In no society is gender the sole basis of stratifying people, but gender cuts across all systems of social stratification—whether slavery, caste, or class. In all of these systems, on the basis of their gender, people are sorted into categories and given different access to the good things available in their society.
Apparently these distinctions always favor males. It is remarkable, for example, that in EVERY society of the world men’s earnings are higher than women’s. Men’s dominance is even more evident when we consider female circumcision. That most of the world’s illiterate are females also drives home women’s relative position in society. Of the several hundred million adults who cannot read, about two-thirds are women. Because gender is such a significant factor in what happens to us in life, we should focus on it more closely.
10 WAYS WE BODY SHAME WITHOUT REALIZING IT:
1. Saying Things Like, “She Would Be So Pretty If…”
Have you ever uttered anything along the lines of, “But they have such a gorgeous face” or “they would be more beautiful if they put on a few pounds”? You are limiting your idea of beauty to a cultural stereotype. Beauty is not conditional. If you can’t say anything nice, maybe it’s time to learn how.
2. Judging Other People’s Clothes
While it’s fine for you to choose clothes any way you want, nobody else is required to adhere to your style. The person wearing that outfit is, in fact, pulling it off, even if you think they’re too flat chested, big chested, short, tall, fat or thin. And fat people don’t have to confine themselves to dark colors and vertical stripes, no matter who prefers it. And spandex? It’s a right, not a privilege.
3. Making It an ‘Us vs. Them’ Thing
The phrase “Real Women Have Curves” is highly problematic. Developed as a response to the tremendous body shaming that fat women face, it still amounts to doing the same thing in the opposite direction. The road to high self-esteem is probably not paved with hypocrisy. Equally problematic is the phrase “boyish figure” as if a lack of curves makes us somehow less womanly. The idea that there is only so much beauty, only so much self-esteem to go around is a lie. Real women come in all shapes and sizes, no curves required.
4. Avoiding the Word “Fat”
Dancing around the word fat is an insinuation that it’s so horrible that it can’t even be said. The only thing worse than calling fat people “big boned” or “fluffy” is using euphemisms that suggest body size indicates the state of our health or whether we take care of ourselves. As part of a resolution to end body shaming, try nixing phrases like “they look healthy,” or “they look like they are taking care of themselves,” and “they look like they are starving” when what you actually mean is a person is thin.
5. Making Up Body Parts
We could all lead very full lives if we never heard the words cankles, muffin top, apple shaped, pear shaped or apple butt ever again. We are not food.
6. Congratulating People for Losing Weight
You don’t know a person’s circumstances. Maybe they lost weight because of an illness. You also don’t know if they’ll gain the weight back (about 95 percent of people do), in which case earlier praise might feel like criticism. If someone points out that a person has lost weight, consider adding something like, “You’ve always been beautiful. I’m happy if you are happy.” But if a person doesn’t mention their weight loss, then you shouldn’t mention it either. Think of something else you can compliment.
7. Using Pretend Compliments
“You’re really brave to wear that.” By the way, wearing a sleeveless top or bikini does not take bravery. “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” These things are not mutually exclusive — a person can be fat and beautiful. “You can afford to eat that, you’re thin.” You don’t know if someone has an eating disorder or something else; there is no need to comment on someone’s body or food intake. “You’re not that fat” or “You’re not fat, you workout,” need to be struck from your vocabulary. Suggesting that looking fat is a bad thing is also insulting.
8. Thinking of Women as Baby-Making Machines
One of my readers mentioned that her gynecologist called her “good breeding stock.” Also awful: “baby making hips.” Worst of all is when people ask fat people when they are due. As has famously been said, unless you can see the baby crowning, do not assume that someone is pregnant. These comments can be doubly hurtful if the person doesn’t identify as a woman, or if they are not planning on having children or the thought of having children triggers an emotional response.
9. Sticking Your Nose in Other People’s Exercise Routines
A subtle form of body shaming occurs when people make assumptions or suggestions about someone’s exercise habits based on their size. Don’t ask a fat person, “Have you tried walking?” Don’t tell a thin person, “You must spend all day in the gym.” I have had people at the gym congratulate me for starting a workout program when, in fact, I started working out at age 12 and never stopped. I had a thin friend who started a weight-lifting program and someone said to her, “Be careful, you don’t want to bulk up.” How about not completely over-stepping your boundaries and being rude and inappropriate?
10. Playing Dietitian
If you have no idea how much a person eats or exercises, you shouldn’t tell them to eat less and move more or suggest they put more meat on their bones. (Even if you do know what they eat, don’t do it). How do you know they’re looking for nutritional advice from you or the newest weight-loss tip you saw on Dr. Oz?
Written by: Ragen Chastain
Body shaming happens to everyone of every gender. I made some of these gender neutral, but what are some comments or body shaming methods directed towards men? What about non binary people? Do trans women or trans men experience this differently than their cis counterparts? How does body shaming affect disabled people, people of different races? What other categories of people go through body shaming and what kinds of comments do they hear?
When the national team get a bad result, they start to say there is a little bit too many black people, Muslim people and this kind of stuff.
I don’t like it. There is no point for me to play for this kind of country.
Cameroon’s World Cup left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto explains why he chose not to play for the French national team
Black and Muslim players are referred to as French when the team win but known only by their ethnicity and religion after a defeat.