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Watch the first woman complete the American Ninja Warrior course

Kacy Catanzaro not only became the first woman to complete the mind-bogglingly difficult final course but also earned praise from the commentators as “one of the greatest competitors, man or woman, we’ve ever seen in American Ninja Warrior.”

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why do black women feel the need to wear weave?

Asked by Anonymous

trebled-negrita-princess:

esteemsters:

black--lamb:

hmm

idk maybe because of shit like this

or this

……

*sigh*

noticing a trend….

instead of asking “why black women feel the need to wear weaves” let’s ask “why black women have been made to feel that they need a weave in the first place”….

for centuries the standard of beauty has not been that of the black woman…(we all know who i’m talking about)  instead we have been pushed to ‘conform’ to those standards without any second thoughts…i mean “white is right”…right….

black women are the only group of people  who have been unmercifully criticized for the hair that grows naturally from their scalp…we have been told that our natural locs are “uncivilized’ “ugly’ undesirable’…that in order to be anywhere near beautiful we’ll have to rock straight european hair or permanently straighten our own..it’s all psychological from years and years of conforming..sadly the ideas and stigmas still have an effect on black women of today… 

it’s sad that the number of us who have gone natural are looked up to as ‘being brave’ or ‘being a leader….the fact that black women even had to “go natural” shows how much we’ve fucked up and how society has brainwashed us into believing we are less than on the beauty scale because of something God blessed us with…

what’s even more saddening, is not only do black women have to deal with the ignorance of other races not understanding our hair, but we also have to deal with the comments of black men who have fallen into the “bash black hair’ trap….the cycle never ends…

Even though the stigma behind wearing a weave is thought to be fueled by self hatred, on the complete opposite side of the spectrum some women wear weaves to better their natural hair…the elements can be SO harsh on black hair and sometimes it just needs a break. wearing a weave helps maintain hair growth while protecting it from the weather for months at a time.

Also some black women just love to change up their looks every once in awhile and they do so by wearing a weave because it’s much easier than dying, growing, or cutting their natural hair…so let them have fun expressing themselves…

in my experience, i’ve had multiple white women strictly assume that black women wear weaves to “get like them” 

nope

nuh uh

don’t

flatter

 yourself

honey

i mean because

black

women

are

the only

ones

who

do

this shit

right?

Omg the last one

been waiting on somebody to put it eloquently as this

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rienlp:

hedoesntlikeprettygirls:

'FORBIDDEN FRUIT' 

!!!!

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lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

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oppression is not a feeling. reducing it how to a community ‘feels’ they are being treated minimizes the violences that are enacted upon them, makes structural injustices a matter of perception of individual acceptance or rejection of oppressive conditions. oppression creates feelings, definitely. it creates trauma, internalized conflict, dissonance, confusion. but oppression is not a feeling.
Ngọc Loan Trần, quoted in this fabulous Black Girl Dangerous article. 

(via slowdisaster)

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People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse.
Teju Cole (via newwavefeminism)

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luvablemonsterrr:

#StopTellingWomenToSmile

luvablemonsterrr:

#StopTellingWomenToSmile

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We cannot educate white women and take them by the hand. Most of us are willing to help but we can’t do the white woman’s homework for her. That’s an energy drain. More times than she cares to remember, Nellie Wong, Asian American feminist writer, has been called by white women wanting a list of Asian American women who can give readings or workshops. We are in danger of being reduced to purvey­ors of resource lists.

Gloria Anzaldúa

Feminism needs to be authentically intersectional, or nothing at all. This speaks volumes

(via newwavefeminism)

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Idols & Strangers: Meeting Choi Woo-Jae

Idols & Strangers: Meeting Choi Woo-Jae

Fallen Kittie Seoul

Seoul, Korea

The first sentence is always the hardest. I’ve heard the same thing from teachers, friends, colleagues, other writers, even family. There is this mantra, this irrevocable awareness, that stresses the importance of first impressions…and I never understood it. It’s ironic, an imperfect logic, given how enlightenment professes the futility of trying to collate the…

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fem-mew-nist:

faineemae:

flyingmintbunny0:

asexualveganmystic:

dorkinthefreakkingdom:

faineemae:

if i had a dollar…

If I had a brick

sorry if I’m off topic but I’m so sick of people characterizing violent crime as “musta been mental illness” it throws us mentally ill people under the bus by perpetuating the stereotype that we’re dangerous

cant we just say there was something going on with that one guy?

ur totally right, many men don’t react violently when faced with rejection.
it was only this one guy.












Societus Patriarchus: the latin name for the so-called “mental illness” that’s always attributed to white guys who become violent when they don’t get what they want

fem-mew-nist:

faineemae:

flyingmintbunny0:

asexualveganmystic:

dorkinthefreakkingdom:

faineemae:

if i had a dollar…

If I had a brick

sorry if I’m off topic but I’m so sick of people characterizing violent crime as “musta been mental illness” it throws us mentally ill people under the bus by perpetuating the stereotype that we’re dangerous

cant we just say there was something going on with that one guy?

ur totally right, many men don’t react violently when faced with rejection.

it was only this one guy.


Societus Patriarchus: the latin name for the so-called “mental illness” that’s always attributed to white guys who become violent when they don’t get what they want