godofsmokeandmirrors

thisisnotlatino:

Above are some images that come up when I typed ‘exotic…’ into google. (The search is on the black bar above the images)
Notice how it asks me to specify from exotic people to exotic mixed people and from exotic men to Native American men. Also take note of how the vast majority of the people shown are POC depicted in a sexual manor or in cultural outfits.

Miriam-Webster Dictionary definition of exotic:

Exotic (adj)
1 introduced from another country : not native to the place where found
2 archaic : foreign, alien
3 : strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual
4 : of or relating to striptease
Exotic (noun)
1 : one (as a plant or animal) that is exotic


A Yahoo post on what random people consider to be exotic. Some comments include

‘An exotic looking woman would normally have tan skin, long black hair, full lips, dark eyes and a toned body [think Jessica Alba].’

'To me people who are exotic to me are some africans from africa of coarse.Arabics are always been exotic to me,the customs and people. India as well and the persian area of Asia. But overall,g*psies are very exotic to me,'

Another Yahoo thread on what it means to be exotic and how to look exotic.

'alien-looking'
'Exotic is something you are not used to seeing everyday. Most countries and most races have GENERIC looking people who basically all look relatively similar. South Americans, blacks,Indians, whites etc. All races have there generic look… You are 'MYSTERIOUS'


Urban Dictionary definition of ‘exotic’ (included because its a good depiction of what the general population considers ‘exotic’ to mean)

being from asia, south america, caribbean, mediterranean, persia, arabia, etc… basically, anyone with tan skin, black shiny hair, big lushious lips, can dance and gyrate, curvy and smart. Exotic people have mysterious, alluring and sensual eyes. ALL will surrender to those eyes when an exotic girl permits a guy she likes to catch a glance of them.

Wikihow page: ‘How to Look Exotic’

You may either naturally or artificially tan to give yourself a darker skin tone… If you are olive-skinned or dark skinned, chances are you already look exotic!!

So lets quickly summarize:
Why is being called ‘exotic’ bad?
Objectification, fetishation, exotification, hypersexualization, perpetualism of stereotypes of PoC. It is problematic. So don’t so it.

-Maitê
annetheviking

neil-gaiman:

joehillsthrills:

navaeragreenleaf:

hollyblack:

maureenjohnsonbooks:

This graphic is fabulous. It represents a tiny crash course in rhetoric. Learn these things. Put them on your wall. Whisper them into the breeze. These are THINGS TO KNOW.

Yeesssssssssss.

Interesting

Bookmark this shit and the next time someone begins gobbling nonsense at you on a social network, instead of engaging, point them to this handy chart. Also useful: Thought Catalog’s “How To Have A Rational Conversation" flowchart.

This.

olucival

When [Gamora] walked into that prison, there should’ve not been her being protected. She should’ve said what Rorschach said in “The Watchmen,” which was, “I am not in here with you; you people are in here with me.” Then fucking killed everyone.

[…]

Though there was a weird line, because [Drax] is super literal, and there’s a laugh line where he calls her a whore, where you’re like, ‘Wait she didn’t turn tricks at all previously in this film.’ So why does he think she might be a whore?

Jackie Kashian, on “Doug Loves Movie” about her only beefs with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

She’s one of us, Tumblr.

(via wintesoldieriscoming)

darkdreamer702

fuckyeahwarriorwomen:

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

Sources:
Star Trek (2009) Bechdel Test
Star Trek Into Darkness Bechdel Test
Interview with Gene Roddenberry
Star Trek (2009) Budget
Star Trek Into Darkness Budget

Because I’ve been thinking about all of this a lot lately, and I decided I should probably channel that thought into something.

Not to mention that the reboot’s female uniforms exclude all indication of rank. Even the original series quite arguably sexist miniskirt look — and of all the things kept and changed, of course they decided to keep that — gave the women full sleeves in order to display their ranks on their cuffs.

taywhytetrash

stfueverything:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

thenapturalone:

diemeowderkatze:

I AM SORRY BUT THIS IS WHY I AM EMBARRASSED TO BE AN AMERICAN. IF A HIJAB THAT DORNS THE AMERICAN FLAG PATTERN IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BUT SKIMPY ASS BIKINIS OR WEARING THE FUCKING ACTUAL FLAG IS ACCEPTABLE, JUST BECAUSE THE PERSON IS WHITE, I WANT TO FUCKING THROW UP.

(I don’t have a thing against Audrey Kitching, she was just merely and example). 

But this fucking disgusts me right here. It makes me want to say, fuck this country and its racism and double standards. 

I LITERALLY FUCKING CAN NOT

Give her a bullet to the head for walking down the street, minding her own business??  And they think SHE’S the terrorist. 

^bolding for emphasis. 
becauseiamawoman

manticoreimaginary:

"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it’s the only one I’ll ever have. I eat a lot of greens and work out and drink gin martinis and put M&Ms in my froyo and sometimes I don’t do anything but watch Project Runway. I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you. Own your good and bad, and all the scary parts that you’ve been covering up because it is yours and no amount of judgement can tell you how to love your body. In the words of Sonya Renee, the body is not an apology. You are magic.