WANG opposes valuing women based on how they look, rather than who they are and what they do. WANG also opposes the prohibitive and narrow beauty standards imposed on women that reflect racist, heteronormative, capitalist, sexist, ageist, cissexist and disableist ideologies.

Women everywhere are expected to conform: to remove their body hair, to wear make-up yet look ‘natural’. To diet, and to wear restrictive clothing. All in order to be considered acceptable, respectable and feminine. If you support women's choice to refuse these regulatory practices, then join WANG! It's not just for the unshaven and undeodorised but for anyone who believes that women shouldn't be reduced to how they look and that women do not need to be conventionally beautiful to be attractive. We are much more than our beauty, and the beauty we have is manifold. People of any/no gender are welcome too, and we support all struggles against the pressure to conform to hegemonic representations.

This tumblr is no longer affiliated with WANG the facebook group.

 

Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging and changing themselves or the culture.

bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody  (via strawberry063)

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popca:

chubbycartwheels:

adelioyo:

Speaker Minds performs a energetic funky hip hop set on the bricks of Pioneer Square for the Portland Roots Festival 08.10.14

My braids are looking fresh! 

Photos by Kel Adel (my 11 yr old!)

Yaaaas!!

this person looks so happy and awesome and beautiful!

thewitchesofmisspelled:

The Girls on Casting in Hollywood

This video is a hard one to watch. I think it pretty much outlines why representation is so important as well as our struggles as aspiring actresses in Los Angeles.

Please reblog and share our Kickstarter campaign =)

Me teaching my sister about genders: non binary means you're neither gender

Little sister: So, like, it doesnt have to do with your junk, right?

Me: No.

Little sister: That makes sense.

Me: You'd be surprised how many people dont understand that.

Little sister: We should ship them all to the moon and feed them to the martians.

fatandnerdy:

Several of you have let me know that a handful of my ootd photos were stolen by a sub reddit (and subsequent tumblr) in order to illustrate how “disgusting” I and fellow fatshion folks are. I’m definitely not going to link it because they don’t deserve the advertising, but they attempt to recreate an outfit from one of our photos and then post nasty, shaming commentary along with it. If you already know the url PLEASE email abuse@tumblr.com and ask them to take it down immediately.
It’s extremely disheartening to think that all of these young women are so hateful and unsympathetic to other human beings. That they can’t step outside of their toxic mindsets long enough to acknowledge the fact that we’re human beings and don’t deserve any of this - despite their shitty and unwanted opinions on our bodies. I’m frustrated that they’re perpetuating so much hate and that there’s not a lot I can do about it.
So I whipped up some more body positive buttons and I’m gonna be selling them for half off for as long as I can so that we can try to get the word out that all bodies are good bodies.

Use coupon code imbodypositive for 50% off all body positive buttons in my shop - fatandnerdy.storenvy.com

lesbellesbrunes:

fullten:

When little black girls, especially little black dark skin girls, enter this world it is very clear, the rules are made very aware, who is beautiful, and valued, and who is not. Simply because we are black, simply because we are not white, we are deemed inferior, unintelligent, and ugly. 

You would rather paint your white women brown, then dare allow a black woman exist and be deemed as beautiful. It is not our place to be called beautiful unless there is a catch, unless there is an asterisk. “You’re pretty!*” 

*for a black girl 

You will spend money tanning, but call black women monkeys and ‘dirty’, our hair styles are ghetto, till your magazine has a step by step tutorial on how to achieve the same look, so it’s not ghetto, it’s just ghetto on us. It ‘works’ on you. 

We are taught certain rules when we are young, ‘You look so much prettier with straight hair!’ ‘Oh, thank god she light skin,’ ‘Don’t stay out in the sun you’ll look burnt,’ ‘Yeah but that hair isn’t professional-‘ 

We are taught to hide, to assimilate, to be close to whiteness because whiteness is acceptable and we are not. We get these rules as children. So to grow up, learning and adapting to these rules, and then seeing white people praised for stealing our culture, our dress,

if a photo of us dressed like that appeared on the news, people would say any injustice we faced, was deserved, ‘look at them, dressed like that.’

But you can wear it, freely, without judgement, without risk. No one would say you deserved to die. No one would give your killer half of a million dollars, as basically a congratulations, a pat on the back, for murdering you. 

Just our natural being is a threat to you, we are born villains to you. We possess this great threat, but at the same time, you look down on us, expect us to be stupid, low class, dirty… we are not on your level, you still see us as your servants in your culture, but pretend to be the gods in ours. 

It’s confusing. It’s confusing to be a black woman, to be made a joke, and all the punch lines, our hair, skin tone, lips, body… you try to imitate, but it’s not that, it isn’t, it’s our very existence that’s a joke to you. And if you are white, and reading this, and offended, 

Fuck you. 

Fuck you, fuck your whole ancestry line, and fuck your future generations. 

top image from here 

this!! As a dark skinned black woman I had to learn to love the melanin and African features I was blessed with. Its been a journey. For all the beautiful black babies we love you, YOU ARE STUNNING!!

This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game worlds would feel too “unrealistic” or “not historically accurate”. What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.

Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (via jdisapunk)

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4dffrntclrdpersonas:

Mismatching Eyes

The advantages of having heterochromia; applying opposite colored eyeshadow to make my eyes pop and contrast even more. Groovy mutation~

After naked photo hack, 'white feminists' ignore Jill Scott

unapproachableblackchicks:

"While feminists rushed to Jennifer Lawrence’s defense after this week’s leak of naked celebrity photos, an African American singer and actress went undefended because of her race. So goes the charge being leveled against “white feminists” and “mainstream feminism” on Twitter after naked selfies allegedly taken by Jill Scott went into circulation."

Anonymous asked
I'm 20, I didn't shave any of my body hair this summer and I liked it. Maybe more than the hairless look. But. In this conservative part of the world I'm the only hairy woman, and people stare or ask many questions or just say I'm dirty. While I'm known for being the "I don't care" type, sometimes I get tired of feeling like turning a simple walk into a protest and I worry about not being sexually attractive. Maybe it's more tiring than shaving, but I'm too proud to shave. Opinions, please...

Hi Anon,

There aren’t really any answers to this. In the end you have to make a judgement about what fights are worth fighting for you, what you have the energy for. And sometimes you might over or under-estimate that, but that’s ok.

Maybe it’s worth saying that many people have similar doubts, find acting on their convictions hard at times. And it takes a lot of energy for many women to negotiate the world being hairy.

I find http://feministkilljoys.com/ a good blog for giving a description of how it feels to fight feminist battles (antiracists, queer activists). For me, there’s something soothing about reading Sara Ahmed’s descriptions.

As for being sexually attractive. I’m currently of the opinion that a lot of attractiveness to a person can happen when you get to know them, it’s not just this thing that happens at first sight. In some ways, being hairy can be a good way to separate the wheat from the chaff (providing people are hairy fetishists - they’re also chaff). But again, it will have to come from a decision from you about what you’re comfortable with, and how much you think you should push yourself.

Anonymous asked
Hey, I want to introduce myself. I post on Facebook at Chickfly. I work on similar stuff, of accepting and loving natural bodies, and empowering around gender. A friend just shared your page with me and I wanted to reach out and say 'hi' and that I am glad you are working on similar things. It will take a lot of us to create a strong enough counter culture that people feel supported in being themselves. Thanks and look me up! btw, Chickfly also is my pants invention so women can pee anywhere. xo

Hi Comrade, 

Nice to meet you. 

Solidarity ftw!

miles-wren:

Developing a genderqueer aesthetic. One thing that being in Seattle allows me to explore further is further going away from the binary. But even i have to admit to having wanted to shave for optimal comfort— that couldn’t be the reason for not leaving the house, but ya know.

So i took this little look out to a poetry show and it felt really grand to be so comfy.

Everything but the boots and the bracelet belong to my mother or i should say are in the shared clothing fund. Oh and she constructed the look as well. So i guess you get it from where you come from.

Future note: don’t take photos after you come back from being out (and a glass of wine)— energy levels and lighting will just be ever so much lower.

Other note: the skirt is as old as i am— that’s rather nifty.

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oystergirlrhymes:

This semester I went to the White Privilege Conference in Madison, WI for my honors seminar about examining privilege. I made a poster about the behaviors of particular white female musicians who appropriate other cultures as a means of identity and sexualize/objectify WOC as a means of displaying sexual agency and social power. All under the guise of “empowerment”.


This is my take on the knowledge I found through seminar and readings, (esp. online articles) so in no way do I claim these ideas or concepts as my own.