Asked by gwydtheunusual
No need to apologize! Even the Huffington post pointed out the problem, the response from the women behind the movement was as follows…
"The campaign intentionally uses stock photos, the type of images used to illustrate many glossy magazine articles. ‘We wanted to use what was out there,’ Rice told HuffPost. ‘There’s not lot of stock photos of African-American women compared to white women. There’s not a lot of edgy photographs of women. There were countless pictures of women on scales trying to lose weight. That shapes our conversation,’ she said."
As someone who is VERY familiar with finding “African American Women” stock images… the above statement is ridiculous… A simple search on Getty images and Corbis will turn up strikingly beautiful images of African-American/Black women [x], many in their natural state. 73,014 results, to be exact…
It makes no sense to victimize an already erased group, by erasing them yet again… no sense, yet it is emblematic of what happens between women with “privilege and access” and women without (who are vilified if they “ask” to make themselves “be seen”)…
Asked by Anonymous
Well, first of all whether or not Aiden is meant to be bi doesn’t matter. He is. So now that we’ve established that…. she is biphobic because she was grossed out that her fiance could possibly be with a man and is forcing him to deny being anything other than 100% straight if he doesn’t want her to ruin his life. That’s disgusting. He is obviously attracted to her but she can’t wrap her head around the fact that him being attracted to her and men aren’t mutually exclusive things.
“Well, first of all whether or not Aiden is meant to be bi doesn’t matter. He is.”
Do you not understand what bi erasure is? This happens all the fucking time. Just because the writers fail to realize that they wrote a bi character, that doesn’t automatically make him straight or gay like everyone wants him to be. He is attracted to more than one gender. That is what bisexuality. (Or maybe he’s pansexual. But he’s not gay or straight).
do you not understand what experimentation means? having an isolated same sex experience does not make Aiden bisexual. and who in the world are you to dictate to the writers of the show what kind of character THEY CREATED?? i myself, tumblr user diamondsonhershoes, had a same sex encounter 4 years ago and it was a great time. but i do not consider myself bisexual. that seems to be the same for Aiden. there is no bi erasure because there is NO BI CHARACTER TO ERASE.
stop putting a label on him so you can be racist towards his fiance.
what the actual fuck? how the hell am I being racist? that came out of absolutely no where.
As you try to dismiss and malign Michaela Pratt… you yourself are engaging in the behaviors you soooo detest, strings.
But as bisexuals we face biphobia too, both from people that are homophobic and from ones who aren’t. It’s possible to be biphobic without being homophobic, as sayings like “you’re either straight, gay or lying” make clear.
Our Bisexual FAQ tackles the most common myths about bisexuality, each of them is a biphobic statement. And people who subscribe to these are discriminating against bisexuals.
If, for example, bisexuals are unable to make up their minds, or commit to being ‘straight’ or ‘gay’, how can we be sure they’re certain about other things? If saying we are bisexual is seen as a denial, what else are we lying about?
This is why these seemingly innoccuous statements like “People just say they’re bi to appear cool” are harmful - they don’t just upset us when we hear them but they damage other people’s attitudes to us on other topics. People who perceive us as being confused, or in denial or lying about our sexuality think we’re the sort of people who get confused, get into denial or are comfortable with lying. Should they ask a bisexual to commit to a project, they can’t even commit to a sexuality! Should they ask us how we feel about another topic, when we can’t even get our heads straight on our own sexuality!
Biphobic attitudes from gay and lesbian people have made many bisexuals unwilling to come out to them, preferring to remain ‘under the radar’ and pass as lesbian or gay in just the same way that other people pass as ‘straight’.
A lot of this website deals with spotting biphobia, but these two pages are the best place to read up on it:
Bisexual erasure is rampant. We’re gay when we have same-sex partners, straight when we have different-sex ones. (Yet, oddly, neither gay nor straight people become asexual when single). As soon as a previously thought-of as “straight” celebrity has come out as bi and they’re then seen with someone of the same-sex, it’s described as a “gay fling” or they’ve got a “lesbian crush”.
We’ve always been a part of the LGBT scene (the first ever Gay Pride festival anywhere was the idea of a US bisexual activist - Brenda Howard) but the assumption that everyone there is homosexual, and the attitudes towards bisexuals, keep our achievements silenced and pushed down. As recently as 2010, London’s LGBT Pride didn’t fund a bisexual working group, and listed among their event goals “fighting homophobia and transphobia” (but not biphobia, or lesbophobia).***
When people crying biphobia don’t know what biphobia or bisexuality actually means…
No, I agree, I think it’s Michaela and her brand of homophobia that is possibly framing it like that in her mind. Idk, it is a rather rapid shift, so I could be wrong I wonder how those two will act next ep.
Michaela is interesting in that she’s homophobic, yet outwardly says she’s OK w. and supports gay people. But is clearly harboring some very deep prejudices about other sexualities.
When will they drop these storylines on white female characters, or are the few black women characters on tv supposed to carry the weight of society’s prejudices. INTENTIONAL writing at its worst… COWARDLY writing from privileged groups…at its best.
The fact that you all fall for it, not surprising.
This is why anyone who went to college before the 1990s can shove their “Hey, I worked my way through school and graduated with no debt” talk…