We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.” The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.
Homophobia: The fear that another man will treat you like you treat women.
Are you kidding? I would think to myself. I would much rather be a girl at this point. Look at how easy it is for them! I’ve been denied by girls my entire life. And I would think that that was a valid thought. To clarify; the idea here was that Women had it easier because they were denying me sexually. This is, of course, the thought process of a pretty stupid 13 year old. The fact that I had self worth squared right over the axis of sexuality should indicate some severe problems to begin with. The idea here is that I had no way of seeing what their lives were like. I had privilege, I didn’t need to. We are at a blind, which is part of what makes privilege so insidious; to recall a great quote from a terrible human, “There are known knowns, and there are known unknowns, but there are also unknown unknowns; things we don’t know we don’t know.
— alxjrvs, male Redditor, in response to a plea from another male redditor to explain feminism
Bless this movie for even bothering to explain why a show called “Dear White People” wouldn’t be necessary.
Dear White People (movie trailer)
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
A satire about being a Black face in a white place. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.Click here to help bring this film to theaters: http://bit.ly/DWPYoTu
Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…
Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can’t do it without you!
We pieced together what resources we had to make this trailer in order to entice investors for our planned million dollar feature. Armed with this trailer and your support we plan to make this film a reality. Click here to help bring this film to theaters: http://bit.ly/DWPYoTu
Woman In Triangles
by Frantisek Kupka
This is all I think when I see those hipster pictures of Pokemon Cards.