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mattressblowoutsale:

ratsputin:

deanwinchestersshortshorts:

stability:

The grinch had 2 moms and no one ever said anything about it

the grinch isn’t a good example of a child successfully being brought up by homosexuals 

He saved a whole town from a corrupt capitalist institution and singlehandedly took down every prominent member of the whoville bourgeoisie all in one night

I think it’s an excellent example

he was green and stole everybodys gifts and was mean for most of the time

(Source: stability)

no-receipts:

k1mkardashian:

burqalicious:

NO

IM GOING TO VOMIT. DELETE THIS.

(Source: ihaveremade)

mushroomsugar: I think "____ game strong" is AAVE, so don't appropriate it

queercommunist:

anarchists-for-big-government:

ghostaluxmemeburg:

Oh it is? Okay apologies I’ll go edit them

Here’s the problem with this. AAVE is not this completely separate dialect and culture that does not overlap at all with Standard* American English and mainstream American culture. Words, phrases, and styles developed by black American speakers filter and diffuse into the mainstream dialect. If white people weren’t allowed to use AAVE, we’d also have to get rid of words like “cool” and “rock’n’roll”. Do some white people use AAVE to mock and insult black people? Of course, and they’re racist scumfucks and need to be called out when they do it. But to genuinely adopt phrases used by black speakers because you find them useful and enjoyable in your speaking, is not racist or “appropriation.” And furthermore, for the vast majority of words and phrases, this happened naturally, without anyone consciously thinking to themselves “this is AAVE”. They just learned a new word or phrase, found it useful or cool, and started using it. When “hella” spread around the American dialect, very few people consciously thought “Bay Area young people invented this”, They just heard it and started using it, because that’s how language evolves.

Alright here’s the deal. Using bits and pieces of AAVE isn’t cultural appropriation. It just isn’t. First of all, AAVE speakers regularly come into contact with non-AAVE speakers and AAVE leaks its way into mainstream English use. To imply that they don’t is ridiculous. That’s the first problem here.

The second problem here is that “appropriation” is used entirely wrongly and entirely too often on this site. Cultural appropriation should only be used to refer to when one group (usually white people) CLAIMS the creation of another group as its own. That’s it. If it doesn’t fit that definition, it isn’t appropriation. And here’s why!

The third problem, and the reason people need to stop fucking using “appropriation” as a term so loosely on this site is because it allows us to ignore instances of racism by calling them something else- a more technical, academic seeming term. So

  • If you use another culture’s speaking pattern as a joke, that isn’t cultural appropriation. That’s being a racist. You’re literally making a joke about how other people talk. That’s racism. Not appropriation. RACISM. We have a word for that already.
  • If you use another culture’s sacred symbology or something like that, it isn’t appropriation. It’s being clueless at best and thoughtless/insensitive at worst. It isn’t appropriation. The basic problem there is not theft of another culture’s items: the basic problem is not participating in a culture on that culture’s terms.
  • If you use another culture as a prop or a joke, that isn’t appropriation. It’s racism. You’re pointing at a group and laughing. That’s just racism. Let’s not call it something else. Miley Cyrus isn’t appropriating black culture. She’s making fun of it. That’s racism. Easy.
  • If you use another culture’s symbology inaccurately, again that isn’t appropriation. It’s being thoughtless and inconsiderate but it isn’t appropriation.
  • If it isn’t one group claiming it created something it isn’t, then it isn’t appropriation.

There are several problems with insisting that white people participating in AAVE even in small portions is appropriation. 1- it lets white people off the hook for instances of actual racism by calling it something else, something which seems less intentional than it really is. 2- it assumes that white people already have a frame of reference for everything and should never have to refer to other cultures for ideas/concepts. That second idea is fucked up because:

  1. It assumes that white/mainstream/Western culture understands everything already. That’s literally just colonialism wrapped up in a nice liberal package people can use to pat themselves on the back.
  2. It ignores the fact that white culture (using that loosely, but I’m sure most people understand what I mean by this) actually doesn’t have a way to express everything. For example, “—— game strong” says more than just “you —— look[s] good.” There is no approximation in standard English. Standard English is not a perfect, all-encompassing language.

TLDR: use of AAVE in bits and pieces is not appropriation, and outside of tumblr I know very few black people who actually consider it to be appropriation. If you use it poorly, you’re just misinformed and will probably be laughed at. If you mock it, you’re just a racist. Stop calling every single instance of two cultures interacting “appropriation” because it allows us to ignore the fact that many times when people on here use it, we are referring to instances of racism and letting the racism itself go unaddressed by not calling it what it is. I only know a few black people ON tumblr who consider use of AAVE phrases to be appropriative or racist, and quite frankly I think that view 1- is simplistic and makes no sense and 2- would be laughed off by most black people who hadn’t been steeped in that narrative.

zubat:

A collection of my greatest hits.

Anonymous: What talent does sex "work" require? You get naked, you have sex, you make easy money. Men don't care as long as they get their rocks off. So called sex "workers" have this very high opinion of their "work" that it takes a special talent to have sex. Men aren't paying for "talented" sex "workers" they're paying for the easy access of sex. The only reason sex "workers" can get higher fees is through their looks.

askasexworker:

If you think there’s no such thing as being good or bad at sex, then you are very bad at sex. My god, are people this stupid?

God, I wish I got to just starfish naked on the bed for every booking. That’d be amazing.

You know I really hate pulling out this line, but I’m going to this time - if sex required no talent, married men wouldn’t see us. They’d be pleasing their wives so their wives wouldn’t have stopped fucking them year ago, and their wives would be satisfying them.

Do you think other people in service jobs are also taking the piss? Is there one level of being good at customer service? At being a hostess or a waitress? All you have to do is carry food right, what’s the big deal. I bet anyone could be on their feet 10 hours a day balancing dishes that weight 20lbs at a time, negotiating with incredibly rude customers and never talking bad, dealing with bat-shit insane chefs and lazy dish-hands. Models just stand there too right? And Personal Trainers just watch people do sit ups.

I know women who can hold a condom in their mouth and give a covered blow job without the guy even noticing. I heard a story yesterday about a girl forgetting a tampon during her period who managed to whip it out, get a sponge in and dispose of it during foreplay without the dude even noticing.

I’d like to see the state of your knees and elbows and hips after you fucked for 4 hours straight, how good are you at dealing with whiskey dick?

Do you have any strategies for negotiating with drunk or drugged individuals? Can you comfort weeping strangers?

Is sitting in an office pushing paper and answering the phone so difficult? I never found it so.

ca-ca-canada:

thatfunnyblog:

cinematic masterpiece

most of this scene was improv too

(Source: cindehella)

cultrual:

What looks like moss covering rocks is actually a very dense, flowering shrub that happens to be a relative of parsley, living in the extremely high elevations of the Atacama Desert in Chile. (Source)

socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover

Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?

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