So three Black women in maybe two thousand pages of women’s magazines and all of them biracial or racially ambiguous, so they could be Indian or Puerto Rican or something. Not one of them is dark. Not one of them looks like me, so I can’t get clues for makeup from these magazines. Look, this article tells you to pinch your cheeks for color because all their readers are supposed to have cheeks you can pinch for color. This tells you about different hair products for everyone—and everyone means blondes, brunettes, and redheads. I am none of those. And this tells you about the best conditioners—for straight, wavy and curly. No kinky. See what they mean by curly? My hair could never do that. This tells you about matching your eye color and eye shadow—blue, green, and hazel eyes. But my eyes are black so I can’t know what shadow works for me. This says that this pink lipstick is universal, but they mean universal if you are white because I would look like a golliwog if I tried that shade of pink. Oh look, here is some progress. An advertisement for foundation. There are seven different shades for white skin and one generic chocolate shade, but that is progress. Now let’s talk about what is racially skewed. Do you see why a magazine like Essence exists?
An excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013)
I cannot wait to buy this book.
An interview that Cillian did with an Italian blog while at the Berlin Film Festival in February was just published. Below are a few quotes via Google translate. Full interview in Italian and full sized photo at the link. Italian speakers out there - pls message if we messed up. (X)
- I’m not very good at the Hollywood lifestyle and try to avoid it. The less is known about an actor the more the audience can empathize with his character. Unlike many other colleagues I don’t have an entourage. I’m the boss and make the decisions. I don’t even know what the star system is. I have worked in Hollywood many times but I don’t want to live there. I prefer to stay close to my family.
- I’m an open person, I don’t subscribe to one school of thought over another and I’m open to everything. For example, I call myself an atheist but I believe you can be an atheist and nevertheless be open to other beliefs. If someone could prove to me that God exists, I would begin to have faith. But I need the evidence.
- For me success is being a good husband, a good father and a good human being. In essence, being good at what I do.
In liberal feminist thought, premised on equality, the male remains normative, and patriarchy is undisturbed as the onus lies on women to enter structures of privilege. According to this theory, women who control male detainees have successfully reversed the power inequalities, at least for themselves. Exercising power violently consolidates their status within patriarchal structures into which they have assimilated.Basuli Deb, Transnational Feminism and Women Who Torture: Reimag(in)ing Abu Ghraib Prison Photography (via oedipus-tyrannus)
while other girls put roses in their hair,flower child (via brownpeopleproblems)
i was told to wrap thorns around my neck.
delicacy was reserved for the ivory,
brutality served to brown beauties.