DC And Marvel Superheroes As Manatees
THIS IS FANTASTIC!
Look at all this space we’ve got!
Look at all this blank canvas waiting for ink!
I got big plans to roll our skin in fat pinups
and war cries
and defiant pachyderms,
to wear my big fat heart on my big fat sleeve
and dare anyone to call it a target
to then sit
and watch the lines soften with age
until you are a smudged sidewalk chalk mural of still here.
Dear Body there is a man that wants to borrow you tonight. A man I have given you to before
Before I understood that if you have to be talked into it you probably did not want it to begin with
With a man who claims to know something about your magnificence but will see you only in the secret of badly lit rooms where he can bury some unsaid shame
Shame does not live here anymore.
I sent him away.
We’re used to seeing celebrities cross the line of appropriateness on Halloween but it’s usually nothing more than an overly skimpy costume. In Julianne Hough’s case, good sense was thrown out the window when she decided to go as “Orange Is the New Black” character Crazy Eyes.
So here’s the thing. I feel like white folks hear “Post -Racial Society” and it translates to color somehow magically not mattering (because that is after all the convenient and easy definition that lets people off the hook) so that shit like this is suddenly acceptable. A “Post-Racial Society” would actually mean that people take the time to understand and respect why this is not fucking okay!
Last night I went to a giant outdoor Halloween party with my friends. There was so much appropriation happening it honestly ruined my time. At one point I ended up dancing just one person away from the girl who showed up at a party at my house last year in black face (she was not in black face this year) and I had to remove myself entirely from the dance party but I was just done and now I feel like much of the rest of this month will be filled with stories like the one above.
One of the hardest and most covert aspects of dominant American culture is collective destruction through a passive means of hate. Not only to hate but also to destroy each other and ourselves.
Denise Jolly stays being my (s)hero! <3
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