theroguefeminist:

elliedoh:

So when Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry bring black girls on stage, dance with them, acknowledge their figures- it’s offensive and appropriating. But, when Nicki Minaj makes an entire video focusing around black girl’s asses and asserts her power, reduces these women to objects and flaunts her authority it’s YAAASSSSS NICKI SERVE IT. Is that because she’s black? So it’s okay for people of the same race to dance with each other but someone who does not share the same levels of melanin enters the picture, they’re doing something wrong? …idgi 

You’re completely ignoring context. In Lily Allen’s Hard out Here video, she literally says, “I don’t shake my ass cause I have a brain” as Black women shake their asses in her video. She is literally degrading the Black women who shake their asses in the media. The song also uses references to Black rappers (i.e. the title of the song referencing the rap song “Hard out Here for a Pimp” and her lyric “bragging ‘bout my cars or talking ‘bout my chains”), suggesting that Black rappers are more sexist than white male musicians (which isn’t true, there’s lots of sexism in all music genres) and also suggest the source of sexism in the music industry is Black people (Black male rappers and twerking Black female dancers).

In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.

In what way is Nicki asserting power over her dancers? In her video, she twerks along side her back up dancers and dances with them and interacts with them on the same level. She is just as scantily clad as they are. Lily Allen, however, stays fully covered in her video, does not dance provocatively, and thus contrasts her own pure and respectable femininity with the Black women, using their twerking and scantily clad bodies as an example of “bad” female sexuality and femininity—of women “objectifying themselves.” This is racist because it frames Black female sexuality as lesser than white femininity and antithetical to feminism.

In summary: Nicki’s video is very much a celebration of female Black beauty and sexuality coming from a Black woman. Conversely, Lilly Allen’s is using Black women as props to frame them as a vile or bad form of sexuality or being too sexual to prop up her own feminism.

So you might say, “what about Miley Cyrus? she twerks along side her Black background dancers too!” But here’s the problem: Miley Cyrus continually appropriates Black culture and also uses Black women as props. It does matter that these artists are white because in these cases the point of including the Black women is either to, in Lily Allen’s case, offset Black sexuality/femininity as too sexual or bad in comparison with her white femininity/feminism, or, in the case of Miley Cyrus, to get “street cred” and exotify her own sexuality by appropriating Black culture and using Black people as props to do so. See this analysis of Lily Allen’s Hard Out Here video and this analysis of Miley Cyrus by Black people who know a lot more about this than I do.

I haven’t seen anything about Katy Perry using Black dancers. I’ve just seen criticisms of her appropriating AAVE and other PoC cultures. I’m not sure why you brought her up, but maybe I just haven’t seen the videos in question.

Either way, it’s not like white artists having a diverse cast of back up dancers is a bad thing automatically. Here is an example of a white artist using back up dancers of other races without objectifying them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ilh1ewceco (notice this artist tackles the same issue as Lily Allen—sexism/objectification in the media—without being misogynist and racist toward other women). But the examples of Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus ARE racist and Nicki Minaj’s video isn’t the same as theirs.

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#nicki minaj  

soccer-mom:

screwsociety:

lame-waves:

i guess i recorded an ice bucket challenge today after i got my wisdom teeth out ??

"I’M BLEEDING….. that’s okay i can still do it"

THIS IS MY FAVORITE VIDEO EVER

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#I LOVE THIS SO MUCH  #blood tw  

Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline takes on a dizzying effect in the darkness. “It is a forest made by the buildings,” writes Your Shot member Simon Kwan, who made the one-and-a-half-hour journey to the top of Beacon Hill to capture the cityscape.

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#hong kong  #i love it  

http://blairwitchwaldorf.tumblr.com/post/95420411393/atane-i-have-had-friends-bear-witness-to-white

atane:

"I have had friends bear witness to white people at a rally for Mike Brown in LA this past Sunday co-opt and erase antiblackness and lead chants of “We are all Mike Brown” when they will never be Mike Brown." via owning-my-truth

That is how white supremacy works. The…

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#damn  #racism  #white supremacy  

"You’re not protecting the people and you’re not protecting property, so why are you there?" 

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Sculptures by Dai Li

Cerarmicist Dai Li was born in Sichauan, China in 1987 and now lives and works in Queensland.

Between the years of 2005 and 2009 she attended the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China and arrived in Australia in late 2009 after graduating from the Institute.

The artist held her first solo exhibition Wonderland in mid 2010 and the same year had her work exhibited alongside other contemporary Queensland artists at the 2010 Melbourne Art Fair with the Heiser Gallery stand.

Dai Li’s work has been curated in the exhibition Gaze: people, relationships and interiors, Redland Art Gallery (Dec 2010/Jan 2011) which featured the work of important and emerging female artists.

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i froze a huge bowl of grapes and i’m so excited to eat them tomorrow morning on the drive to wonderland

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#this post is so pointless  #its ok tho  #food  #words  

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#i cant bretwahe  
yikkkkes replied to your photoset:skin looked luminous today and that’s probably why…
now i kinda wanna know the rest of this story of the balding man

after i told him that i didn’t have to give him a reason for declining his creepy ass offer for coffee he looked surprised and was like ‘fair enough’ and he left haha

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#yikkkkes  

arabellesicardi:

babefield:

it here

drake looks like he’s gonna pass out

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#he actually does look like he's about to faint omg  #btw serena fanny packs are coming back  #teenagewerecat  #nicki minaj  
Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College

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miyozuzu:

Dad called and told me to go check the sunset

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#:o  

skin looked luminous today and that’s probably why a weird balding man tried to ask me out at work

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#he was very persistent  #i was like............ yeah no  #and he was like 'give me two reasons why'  #and i was like 'i dont have to justify my decisions to you bye'  #anyway yeah my face was on point  #self  

nomadicphoto:

Ronyca - Williamsburg, NY.

by Emmanuel Afolabi

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Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, India

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