but JLaw falling doesn’t strike me as ‘quirky’ or ‘adorable’ at all
it strikes me as careless and insolent and here’s why
performing femininity is sooooo imperative for WOC in order to garner respect and even sometimes your very life
i got the Talk from my mum about how to walk like a lady since i was 6
she herself performed femininity rigorously
because it’s one of the few ways Black and Brown women can grasp a smidgen, a tiny flicker, of (if not respect) at least tolerance
y’all think Lupita can afford to not care about how she comports herself? u think she can afford to make immature jokes about food and carry herself like a bull in a china shop? y’all think Gina Torres, Gabourey Sidibe, Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu could get away with that shit?
jlaw knows plenty well how to carry herself with etiquette and grace she just doesn’t care
'quirkiness' is all fun and games when you have the privilege to trip all over yourself and still be considered a desirable, accomplished woman.
meanwhile ima stay unimpressed until the day my Brown and Black girls can afford the same careless freedom that jlaw and her stans take for granted
y’know I always thought the way she carried herself related to white privilege but I could never put it into words
Anonymous asked: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), highly developed drainage system where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which lined the major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
The best lift doors ever…
Snapped at the Technogym Wellness Valley. A message to employees and visitors to take get more active. Gotta love this.
Plus: Other oddities, amusements and fascinating things I’ve stumbled across being a slightly obsessed runner.
To quote an excellent article by Lesley Kinzel:
“[W]hat’s wrong with positively encouraging people to use the three minutes they’d spend in an elevator to exercise instead? Nothing, on the surface. Unfortunately though, these efforts don’t happen in a vacuum — they happen in context with a lot of other, less positive messages. They happen in the same culture that condemns any perceived laziness and less-than-perfect physical condition as moral failures. And that’s where things get a little more complicated.
“While stairs-encouragement may have some positive effects, it has negative ones too. Culturally, it places a heavy value on the ability to climb stairs in the first place, and marks this as both “normal” and the perferred state of things. It reinforces the idea that disabled bodies (or bodies that just aren’t in good enough shape to run up a few floors) are somehow broken, mismanaged or defective, and together with the plethora of other ableist crap we live with every day, this has a powerful and cumulative impact on their quality of life. In a world that sees good physical condition as a signifier of morality and good character, this is a problem.
“Disabled folks’ ability to get around is essentially being sacrificed in favor of feel-good cosmetic changes that let public institutions pat themselves on the back for being so forward-thinking. Ironic.”
So no thanks - The message here isn’t that employees and visitors should get more active, the message is that they should feel guilty for needing or wanting access to mobility aids. That’s not something that I can get behind or support.
there are plenty of social justice causes on Tumblr that I can support, but this one just makes my blood boil each time I see it. Is this seriously a thing? Who’s going to give someone in a wheelchair a hard time about not being able to take the stairs? Is it impossible for someone disabled to see this and simply think “obviously they are not referring to me?” This seems like a major case of making a mountain out of a molehill.
There are lots of people who feel that it is their duty to police wheelchairs, disabilities and medical problems of all kinds. Memes have even been made for the purpose of mocking wheelchair users. Not to mention that many people would rather photograph a disabled person and post it online to laugh about than actually help someone in trouble. We live in a culture that outright doesn’t value people with disabilities, and you really thing that no one would ever make a person feel bad about their mobility aid?
Remember that this isn’t just about people who use wheelchairs - It is about all disabilities and personal situations that may make the stairs an impossibility. When people are explicitly and repeatedly told that they are lazy and that their medical problems are entirely their own fault (or that the problems don’t even exist!), it’s not surprising that they’ll feel hurt by campaigns that outright deny their needs. If this advertisement “obviously” is not “referring to me,” then where is that distinction made? Where are disabilities being taken into account? Where are the campaigns that remind everyone about how elevators are often necessary and good?
Why should the health and accessibility of disabled bodies be pushed aside in order to promote the health of able bodies?
I mean, on the outside I look perfectly healthy-slim and not in a wheelchair. But I do have bad knees, I am quite often in a fair amount of pain and coupled with that I have PTSD, which often leads to debilitating fatigue. So if I take the lift up one floor, there’s probably a good reason.