Pop-Culture | Posted by Angela Liu on 08/17/2016
Why Proper Representation Matters: The Invisible Minority in Pop Culture
Maybe not so great.
I have never had a hero who looked quite like me. Growing up, my favorite shows on Disney Channel included Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place – shows with complex, interesting female characters, but which also had predominantly white casts. Like millions of other young girls, I rooted for Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez: – I laughed at their jokes, celebrated their successes, and felt for them when they fell. Like millions of other young girls of color, however, I had no role models who looked like I did.
I was sitting down with my family at dinner recently when a CNN notification popped up on my phone, alerting me that Matt Damon had been cast in a new film called The Great Wall. …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 05/12/2012
Saturday Vids: The Truth with Hasan Minhaj
The best take on Ashton Kutcher’s racist Popchips commercial I’ve seen yet.
Feminism | Posted by Jaded16 on 06/16/2011
Things People Need To Stop Believing
#7: We're Not Your "Exotic Vessel" or your fetish
As a dusty third worldling, one of the things I learnt first was to see if there were other dusty people in the room whenever I go to any transnational feminist conferences. Something else I also learnt is to not expect ‘solidarity’ from anyone unless expressly proven otherwise — and these views are a result of the way people view me and my body in notIndia, what people assume of me in most internet spaces and fandoms. My friend and I compiled this list comprising of a few of the most repetitive and inane stereotypes that we’ve encountered of Third World Women. By no means is this list exhaustive, feel free to add your experiences in the comments — and tread …
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/10/2009
Media Justice for Sotomayor
This is so ridiculous. The statement they’re referring to? Sotomayor said in a speech, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
Okay, to me it’s pretty clear that she’s talking about how life experiences shape who you are in your career, and how her background as a Latina woman is an important addition to white men who historically have had the most power in her field. No, it did not come out nicely. But Sonia Sotomayor is very clearly not a racist. I’m pretty sure most people, who are not simply looking for things to pick on her for, can see she was not trying …