I laugh so much at those homophobes who are into literature and classic stuff because like hey you’re into michelangelo? gAY. you like Virginia Woolf books? totally leSBO. you think oscar wilde is modernist and agree with his philosophies? gAY. you like the iliad? greek mythology? any era of history tbh? GAY GAY TRIPLE GAY. everything you love is covered in gay. all the great writers and musicians and artists you admire were queer as all hell hAH
a sincere question: if you had the power/heft to improve mainstream feminism, what would you want it to focus on? :)
It wouldn’t be a particular topic though, after the twentieth reactionary thinkpiece as to what “Let It Go” really meant I kind of started sobbing out of sheer boredom.
If anything, I would like HOW we approach what we focus on to shift from an individualistic, liberal approach of: this is empowering to ME, or this makes ME feel good therefore is a moral victory for feminism into a more materialist approach that has empathy for the individual woman but uses broad, class-based analysis.
Harry Potter is a BRITISH story. Everyone is one. Maybe except Lee Jordan, but he's played by a black actor as well. If Harry or/and James were black (ridiculous btw) then the actors playing them would've been black. .____.
You’re right, anon, I forgot Britain has been composed of entirely white people since the dawn of time and that there have never been any immigrants ever. Someone ought to tell the roughly 8 million ethnic minorities to find a new place to live.
And true, Lee Jordan is a British person. Unlike Dean Thomas, Cho Chang, Angelina Johnson, Padma Patil, Parvarti Patil, Rolf Scamander and Kingsley Shacklebolt who are space wizards swearing allegiance to no country.
The latest Talk is Jericho has Christian telling a story about a debt collector named Snooks that he interacted with over some unpaid student loans and it is incredibly funny just because of the way that Christian tells it and you should all listen to it.
wow i dont think i read far back enough into the blog to see your discussions, i tried to search it on google to see commentaries and there were very few so i assumed that you haven't talked about. so sorry. how do i find the post you are talking about i would love to read it. there are so many other designers though who do yellow face but they aren't as popular so i cant remember their names and people dont talk about them. maybe i should make a list....
sorry, i meant i’ve talked about that a lot in my academic life, not on this blog specifically.
orientalism has been a mainstay of western fashion for centuries, but some notable modern examples i can think of include (not all examples of yellowface, but all related to orientalism in some way):
alexander mcqueen s/s 2005, which was imagined as a chess match between great britain and japan (also cast black models in american football gear to represent the “kings” so take that as you will). (references military history between great britain and japan)
yves st. laurent was pretty notorious for incorporating orientalism and exoticism into his work, such as his famous “russian" and "african" collections. (also had a safari collection, glorifying european imperialism in africa.)
for further reading:
the costume institute had an exhibit several years ago about orientalism in fashion; you can read about it here or in the catalogue (free download on the met website here).
valerie steele has an edited volume about chinese dress that includes essays on chinoiserie here (although honestly it’s not that great at actually criticizing orientalism).
there’s also a book by adam geczy about orientalism in fashion but i haven’t read it so i don’t know how good it is.
my moms chinese and she has a lot of resentment for 5)3 Japanese because the Japanese occupation took place in the exact town where she grew up. she acknowledged that there were some pros to the occupation (beautiful city) but she still says things like "all Japanese ppl are cruel and selfish" and I just let her vent since she knows more than I do? should I say something
When she means “Japanese people” as individual Japanese, yes, that might be harmful, but only if she’s in a position of power over Japanese people, otherwise it’s just venting, like you said. And in the other sense of the word, “Japanese people” as meaning the collective political system, imperial war crimes and post-imperial denial, then she’s not wrong at all, and has every right to be angry at the occupation.
My reaction is colored by the fact that I’ve never met a Chinese or Chinese-American person IRL who said something mean to me or hurt me in any way because of the actions of the Japanese Imperial Army in WWII. This is including when I went to China and told people I was Japanese-American. Maybe that’s happened to other people, but not to me. So when people from formerly Japan-occupied countries say things like, “the Japanese were cruel and inhuman” I take it as a statement on politics, one that i can agree with, and not a statement against me personally.