“He hated civilization because its general attitude toward the colored man was such as to rob him of his warm human instincts and make him inhuman. Under it the thinking colored man could not function normally like his white brother, responsive and reacting spontaneously to the emotions of pleasure or pain, joy or sorrow, kindness or hardness, charity,anger, and forgiveness. Only within the confines of his own world of color could he be his true self. But so soon as he entered the great white world, where of necessity he must work and roam and breathe the larger air to live, that entire world, high, low, middle, unclassed, all conspired to make him painfully conscious of color and race.”
Still holds true. It’s almost wrong that this was published in 1927 and so many of the issues it addresses still haven’t been resolved. Double consciousness folks.
"We are dismayed that the court expressly refused to consider the interests of women who are seeking lawful prescription medication and essentially held that the religious practice of individuals trumps women’s health care," said ACLU spokesman Ed Yohnka. "We think the court could not be more wrong."
The Chicago Tribune: Illinois cannot make pharmacists give ‘morning after’ pill: court
"I didn’t— I want to be clear, young girls: I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl. I didn’t have to become perfect, because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is often the enemy of greatness."
Janelle Monáe upon receiving the Young, Black and Gifted award at the Black Girls Rock! Award Ceremony
Pedagogy of Oppression
In July 2001, according to a report last year by Human Rights Watch, four HIV/AIDS outreach workers were arrested under Section 377 for distributing medical literature; a judge denied them bail, accusing them of “polluting the entire society.” In 2003, the Indian Home Ministry — then under the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party — argued that it “responded to the values and mores of the time in the Indian society.” Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said today’s ruling was “against all religions. It is against the culture of Indian society.”
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code made consensual homosexual sex acts a criminal offense under Indian law. In 2001 the Naz Foundation filed a petition against Section 377; eight years and several protests later, the government finally decriminalised consensual homosexual acts. It’s been three years since then, and its still one of the sole victories of the LGBT community in India. There is still very little or no talk about sexuality and gender, anything that deviates from the norm is taboo. This is not to say there are no exceptions. People are slowly embracing the fact that it is ok to talk about sex (in general) which in turn makes it easier to talk about sexuality.
We’ll get there, one tiny step at a time. Until then here are some of the very few mainstream media representations on gender bending, and sexuality.
-Fire, a film by Deepa Mehta.
"Upon its full release in India at the end of the year, Fire is an instant box office success, but it attracts violent protest from members of a fundamentalist Hindu party, Shiv Sena. Mobs of protesters storm cinemas in Bombay and Delhi, smashing windows and threatening theater managers. They claim the film insults centuries of Hindu tradition and is a direct attack on the institution of marriage.” Here.
-The Journey by Ligy Pullappally
"What do you call white babies who go to heaven? Angels. What do you call black babies who go to heaven? Bats."
-The Black Body, “Break Skin, Break Spirit”. Danquah, Meri Nana-Ama (2011-01-04). The Black Body (p. 229). Random House Inc Clients.
This isn’t just a white problem, or a black issue. This is for and against everybody.