Is it legal for a prospective employer to ask you what medications you’re on?
this is so important that i’m reblogging it. NO. NO IT IS NOT. read more.
Very important! All my chronic condition people take note.
I was just reminded today that I’m under no obligation to tell potential employers I have diabetes. Only tell them about stuff like that when you’re hired so you can make sure you get the accommodations you need.
peapodkid said: luuuuulz 50 degrees =/= light jacket in my world
Is that “Wear five layers of clothing with a scarf and gloves and winter cap” weather for you? =p
It was 50 degrees yesterday so Syd and I went to the beach.
borders / granice - photo exhibition by Piotr Bondarczyk & Piotr Sikora - Polish traditional costumes presented by people of different nationalities!
Wondering how SJ bloggers haven’t screamed cultural appropritation yet :D. I like the photos though.
What’s the point of this… Why?
This makes me genuinely angry. If I was to wear, say, a sari, the SJW’s would flip shit. Yet this is ok? These costumes belong to the POLISH. It isn’t there’s to take.
Oh man the amount of white butthurt in this is amazing
Nevermind that the two people who set up the photoshoot and got all these different people to wear the costumes ARE POLISH
If an Indian person invited you to their wedding and offered to lend you their sari so you would fit in, I doubt any of the Indian people at the wedding would be offended. Because someone who owns the culture and it’s costumes invited you into it. If you just find a sari somewhere and put it on and then act like you’re so ~innovative~ then yes, that’s cultural appropriation.
I don’t really know why I’m bothering to address you though, given your profile, I don’t expect your ignorant gringa ass to understand.
They REALLY don’t grok the ‘sharing vs. theft’ aspect of appropriation, do they?
The photos are amazing. I’m really smitten with them. I’m not smitten with the smug, ignorant whining.
Dear Confused White People, this isn’t appropriation in the sense of cherry-picking iconic and representational bits of a culture in order to enhance one’s fashion or status. This is accurate representation of (and maybe even original) traditional Polish costume, in full, worn by people of colour in such a way as to showcase the art and skill involved in the creation of those costumes. The art here, I expect, is in the cognitive dissonance (in whites, mostly) between the costume and the skin colour of each model. The whole of the costume is shown together and not broken down into meaningless elements.
Furthermore, appropriation is specifically a ‘downward’ act, in that it’s done by people with more sociopolitical power to the objects and elements of a culture belonging to those with significantly less power. Appropriation divorces (generally) iconic and powerful elements of a culture from that culture and its people in order to increase the power and pleasure of a second group that already has more sociopolitical power, thereby erasing the context and meaning of those elements and further disempowering those in the originating culture.
I am rather baffled that you people don’t understand this kind of basic context though I guess I shouldn’t be. It’s just that it’s not very complicated and if you’ve got the wherewithal to be on Tumblr complaining about it you do have the means by which to have educated yourself on the subject. If you don’t get it at this point, you really need to take a seat and stop playing ‘gotcha’ like you’re trying to win points in a trivia game when other people who call out real appropriation are trying to take back their cultures, their origins, and their history from the great white threshing machine of which you’re presently a working part.
I’m Polish and I love this photoset I am proud of my people and culture and the beautiful women in our costume
Also, IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT ANY OR ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE POLISH.
The movies I made, I wasn’t even trying to make them diverse. It’s just when you’re a filmmaker of any ethnicity, you’re going to write from your own experience. So all my scripts started with “Hispanic character…” then I’d be like, “Oh, gosh, now I have to find an actor to play this,” and then I’d find there were no actors in Hollywood. It was puzzling.
When I was doing “Spy Kids,” the Weinsteins asked me — not that they were being jerks at all, they were just wondering — "Why are you making the characters Hispanic? It doesn’t make any sense, isn’t this supposed to be for everybody?" “Well, it’s based on my family.”
They’d just never seen it. Hollywood is very much… no one wants to do it first, because what if they screw up? If someone else does it first and it’s successful, then that’s something we can imitate. It just makes business sense for people not to constantly be putting themselves out there.
[Weinstein] said that, and it really put me on the spot to come up with a reason. “Why not just give them American names? It’s America, it will confuse people.” I said “They are American — they’re based on my family, so they’re Hispanic, but they’re going to be speaking in English. It’s going to be for everybody.” But no one had done it before, so there was nothing to point to.
"But why?” They couldn’t understand why I was doing it that way, and I couldn’t come up with a good answer. And I realized, wow, if I wasn’t Hispanic, I would have folded, I would have changed the name. That’s why there weren’t more scripts like that. Somebody would have asked them at some point “Why are you doing it that way?”
Finally, I came up with the right answer. I said “You don’t have to be British to watch James Bond. Making him British actually makes him more universal because it makes him very specific.” And they were like, okay, that makes sense. And we did it, and “Spy Kids” was a big hit. And those who were Hispanic, it really meant a lot to them. People have come up to me for a lot of years since and said “You changed my kids’ whole life. They see little kids who are Hispanic that are spies and they saw your name as the writer and director and you changed their idea of what their future could be.” The ripple effects of that one movie were enormous.
The reason Jared Leto received the role because he was the best choice for the role. No other reason. He was brilliant in the role and hating on it just because he isnt actually transgender is ridiculous. If a transgender had of auditioned maybe they could have gotten the role. But Jared must have been better , he is also already very famous. Matthew needed an experienced actor to back up his role. I see where youre coming from but stop hating on him x
If you think Jared Leto was the best person for this role, then you do not think very highly of trans people at all. When we cisgender people argue that Jared Leto was the “best choice for the role” we dismiss every single trans actor as an inferior choice for the role. We reinforce the stereotype of being transgender as a “performance” instead of a valid, marginalized, and misunderstood identity. You say Jared Leto is better, but you don’t even know enough about people who are transgender to use the terminology correctly.
You state Jared Leto was chosen for no other reason other than being “the best,” yet you then immediately go on to explain it is because Leto is “already very famous”? Why do you think that is? Perhaps his identity as a cisgender white man in Hollywood has afforded him opportunities denied to trans actors.
Dallas Buyers Club (despite all it’s flaws and stereotypes) was an opportunity for a transgender actor to play a breakthrough role—a role that may have led to other roles or an Oscar, a role that may have helped a trans actor achieve the same level of fame that Leto has.
Pointing out this inequity is not “hate.” Pointing out how this portrayal has harmed trans people by perpetuating stereotypes is not “hate.” Do not try to frame people who have been adversely affected by this performance as the haters. They are not the ones denying opportunities or spreading stereotypes.
This is all very valid and everything but honestly, you’re denying an actor the right to excel and be applauded in a role because of his gender identity? Because that is what is happening to Jared Leto here. And it is also what is being complained about.
You say that we are enforcing the thought of “playing” a trans person. Even if a trans person had gotten the role, they would still be “playing” a trans person, it’s a film for gods sake. The actor being the same gender identity as the character is irrelevant, which is fantastic for trans actors as they can be placed in roles that have nothing to do with them being trans and therefore there is less marginalisation. However, when a cis guys is acting trans, he is criticised for not being the same gender identity?
It would be fantastic to have more mainstream trans actors but that doesn’t make banning someone else from a role right.
You are right, THAT IS FANTASTIC! I wish somebody had told me about this sooner.
I’m going to go turn my TV on now and watch all the trans actors who are out there playing cis roles on television and in movies!
Please wait right here while I do this, okay? I will be right back to report on all the trans actors that I see.
Don’t go anywhere! I am so happy you have told me this good news and I want to share my own excitement with you when I get back from my odyssey into this brave new land of opportunity for trans people.
I am so grateful she exists in the world. But apart from my own personal love for her, I think her existence is very important. Because Lupita is there and occupying a place where she’s on her way to becoming a major movie star and looking the way she looks - she has very dark skin, natural hair, her hair looks exactly as it looks as it grows from her head - this is spectacular. And I think it’s fantastic for so many young woman out there in the world for whom beauty for so long has been defined as something they are not. Lupita is glorious.
I can see what I was predicting about Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey would happen in this NY times article already, that many people, mainly many white nerds will look at the new series, compare/contrast it through white gaze to say “it’s not Sagan, it’s not our magical white scientist”.
Holding Neil deGrasse Tyson to these impossible expectations and claiming the obvious “it’s not Sagan, it feels different” of fucking course it feels different. It’s not the same person, they each have their styles but the passion is there. I’ll have to see the first episode tomorrow but Idk if I trust the negative reviews considering what they find negative. Peep this from that NY article I linked to above
"As in the original version, we are placed in a “ship of the imagination” that rockets through space, with Dr. Tyson as our Captain Kirk. In the new incarnation, the gimmick seems a little hokey, especially when Dr. Tyson is shown sitting Kirk-like, peering out the spaceship’s windshield. The ghosts of all the clunky outer space movies made since 1980 haunt this presentation.”
So it’s cool when Carl Sagan did it with what looks like cheap production today but it feels overdone and old when Neil does it despite the complete change of graphical aesthetics and storyteller?? Okay.
"where Sagan’s narrative often approached poetry, Dr. Tyson’s can sound like an overwrought, overamplified planetarium show. (“The deeper waters of this vast cosmic ocean and their numberless worlds lie ahead,” he intones as the spaceship clears Pluto.) Perhaps that’s not surprising, since he’s director of the Hayden Planetarium, but the series needs to work harder to differentiate itself from an Imax movie."
It just seems like they’re trying to lowkey shit on the show already because Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t Carl Sagan. and I’m expecting a lot of white nerds to be on about the same.
To me however, I think there’s a huge aspect a lot of reviewers and critics of the new Cosmos completely fail to address and that’s the fact that due to Neil deGrasse Tyson being a black astrophysicist we’re not just getting a humbling scientist ready to instill scientific tendencies into children here and abroad, he’s also tapping into the hearts and minds of the POC who do give a fuck about representation. The poc who will be captured by another poc scientist telling them how cool and useful science is. The little black girls and boys who are curious about nature and seeking ways to understand it in this very moment and years to come.
This difference in who’s presenting it and the audiences it will reach, people it will bring together in a way Carl Sagan as a white man couldn’t do is a huge difference. I get that Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t gonna be up there talking about the racism that occurs within Science communities or misrepresentation that goes largely ignored but at the very least his presence will stir something in the brains of people of color of all ages. I don’t know, I just see a really bright future for poc in science and feel Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey with NDT will act as as catalyst into that bright future, or so I hope.