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Laverne Cox and her mother on stage at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards.Laverne was honored with this year’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating discrimination against the LGBT community. Previous winners include Ellen DeGeneres, Chaz Bono and Wanda Sykes.
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Vivek Shraya - Indian Canadian [b. Edmonton, Canada, 1981-]Disciplines: Music, Film, WritingNotable Works: Ache in My Name (2010), God Loves Hair (2010), Seeking Single White Male (2010), What I Love About Being Queer (2011)Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, working in the mediums of music, performance, literature and film. Shraya also creates and delivers workshops and guest lectures about writing, art, gender, sexuality and homophobia, and currently facilitates the Supporting Our Youth Pink Ink writing program for queer, transgender, Two-Spirit and questioning youth writers.  Navigating sexuality, gender, racial politics and religion, Shraya addresses coming out not just as queer, but also as Indian in his work.
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“i am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” - audre lorde
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This is Faith Connors. The bad ass Asian American protagonist in game ‘Mirror’s Edge’. (Left image)

However, some Asian gamers object so strongly to Faith’s appearance that they decided to give her a "makeover" (Right image)

That’s right. People are so uncomfortable with one fictional character’s looks despite the fact that this game is first person and 90% of the time you don’t even see her face (spoilers in link) with the exception of cutscenes. 

This is very much a throbbing symptom of the internalised self-hatred we’ve inherited. We crane our necks high and try to grasp the often unattainable pillar of light skin, large doe eyes, delicate chin, high cheekbones, full lips, slim figure ect..
Story after story of women and girls being told in the open how unattractive they are. People recommending or probing you about surgery. People shocked at how you could have a boyfriend/husband ‘despite how you look’. 

I am tired of how we police each other about our looks and the choices we make. I wish I didn’t have to learn how to love myself and accept who I am as a consequence of this harmful mindset.

I absolutely despise at how most Westerners simplify and frame these issues as ‘people who do freaky things because they hate themselves so much’. This is nothing more than a reflection of their juvenile understanding of how complex the relationship is between Asian women and the beauty requirements we struggle to fulfil.
On one hand lamenting at “these dumb people who can’t be happy with themselves like us” while on the other hand benefiting from the the crushing standards they help to usher in and mocking us for ‘not conforming’ like them (speaking our languages in public, having ‘weird’ names) 

Now I’m not here to shame people are born with features atypical to how many Westerners define Asians and/or those who’ve modified their appearance. Nobody should suffer for how they look or the choices they make. I am fully aware that we are not monolithic in cultures and appearances.
I’m just sad at how there is a limited palette of appearances that’s deemed acceptable. A checklist crammed down our throats and ingrained in the everyday flow of things even before we were born. There is room for everyone. 

So thank you EA DICE for not only having an Asian woman as a protagonist, but for her to also have facial features (eyes specifically) that’s often shunned within Asian beauty standards. I hope this is a trend that will be more common in future. 
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    I wish I wasn’t white so my opinion would be valid on this site

    i wish i wasn’t black so my life would be worth something in this country

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    • society: *blocks access to educational resources, silences and erases minority voices and actions in media, forces dissenting opinions to be censored or blunted, refuses to publish or broadcast minority-made minority-led media*
    • society: if you want representation, just make it yourself! it's not like there's anything stopping you!
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    i hate the whole oppression works both way thing because like

    for instance

    if you go up to your boss and say “YOURE A FUCKING ASSHOLE. YOURE FIRED!!” nothing happens to your boss because you’re not in a position to do anything to her like that. if she goes “NO, YOURE FIRED.” then you’re out on your ass and unemployed. you both said the same thing, but its effects were COMPLETELY different, because of the POSITIONS OF POWER.

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[Photo: Bush of pink flowers with the text “I hate cis people because when they see this blog, instead of being horrified at what trans people have to go through, all they have to talk about is how it hurts their feelings.”]


    This year we had an exchange student from Palestine. The first day he was here, the fighter pilots at the Air Force base in our city did a practice flight.

    He hid under the desk and was confused when we didn’t react, and just looked at him funny. “Why are you doing that?” We asked him. “Why aren’t you?” He replied. He explained to us why he did that, and in the middle of history class, we learned about the crisis in Palestine.

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