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 should not be reduced to how they look, and that conventional beauty techniques aren't the only route to attractive and socially worthwhile people. People of any/no gender are welcome too, and we support all struggles against the pressure to conform to hegemonic representations.
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I’m slightly confused as to why this is directed at me, and why you feel you have to justify yourself.
This blog doesn’t contain any accusations or slurs, it does contain images of Black and Asian women, among others, and it does include women of colour talking about their experiences of racism. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, or like you need to justify yourself, then you probably need to examine that feeling.
Regardless, I don’t think that growing up in an open city and family makes much difference. So did I. I was happy recently, flicking through my children’s books, as I realised that most of the main characters were girls, and most of them were Black or Asian. Great! My parents cared about me not growing up racist. And I grew up in London, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and generally more accepting than other western cities. This doesn’t stop it being true that I was and am surrounded by messages that are implicitly racist, in the way that people talk, who they give credit too, what roles people are cast in in films and books, how people are portrayed in the news etc. These things influence people it seems. You can tell because many people have implicit biases even if vow that they are not racist/sexist etc: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/education.html
Neither does it stop it being true that being white gives me power and status in all sorts of situations, and so I am implicated in racism.
The reason people draw a distinction between what people of colour experience i.e. racism, and what white people occasionally experience, i.e. prejudice, is because to say they are ‘just as bad’ trivialises the experience of people of colour. Racism is structural, it involves the type of resources available to you, how you are treated in institutions such as hospitals, schools and courts, and involves, but is not reducible to, being called names. It involves how you are generally treated by most people, day in day out.
Calling white people evil or cracker isn’t the same.