"Getting a Job: Is there a Motherhood Penalty?" American Journal of Sociology, 2007 (via checkprivilege)
The answer to the question is yes.
WHAT A SURPRISING DISCOVERY!
“The thing about this appropriation of the burqa that people need to understand is that people like Lady Gaga haven’t done a thing for the communities [here and abroad] that wear, live and breathe the garb who are subjected to harassment for doing so. The words “appreciation” and “admiration” are painfully hollow when you take a piece of clothing from a community and strip it of its intent and the consequences that come from it. Lady Gaga makes millions and taxes subsequently take a huge chunk of those millions. Therein, a quarter of her taxes are used to ravage Muslim majority populations. Has she spoken out about this? Has anyone orientalist who bastardizes our garb done so? Where were they when the Sikh tragedy happened? Where are they now when Newsweek posts a horribly offensive article on Muslim rage, aggressively written by their puppet Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who I’m ashamed to call my fellow Somali? Do they come to our defense when we’re expected to kneel over and apologize on behalf of extremists, who funnily enough kill us as well? If I wear a burqa, niqab.. or hell even a fucking hijab, I’m a stupid, brown savage who has no capacity to think for herself. But when Gaga wears it, its revolutionary and fashionable. People love to scream equality and colorblindedness when such an event arises, but such a world is completely theoretical until we fix these the caricatured perceptions about Islam. The power dynamics here cannot be ignored.”
— My friend Khadijah and her thoughts on Lady Gaga recently being spotted donning a “burqa” (via maarnayeri)
Anonymous asked: If I hear "you're the first Asian girl I've ever kissed, dated, or whatever" one more time, I might scream. Why is it necessary to bring up my race? You appeared bearable until that comment. I am not a fetish or something to check off your bucket list. I am not a novelty. I am not "exotic" and please stop commenting on how you want to dress me up like a Japanese schoolgirl. It's off putting and offensive.
Anonymous asked: So tired of people fetishizing Asians. So tired of my "friends" blurting out "ASIAN" when they see me in the hallways or trying to poke my eyelids or touch my hair. So tired of my "friends" telling me that I act too "white" and it's disappointing. So tired of them invalidating my arguments by saying that I'm overreacting, that it's not racism if it's positive, that people love me because I'm asian and I should be happy. So tired of them arguing over me like I'm their property.