And that should be a terrifying thought for most black women. Instead, I get a sense of complacency because somehow, in some weird world black women have been convinced that they are “winning” like Charlie Sheen. Oddly enough the majority of black women don’t see how they’re being stripped of their femininity and womanhood every day.
This isn’t a new concept either. Plenty of sane BW have been saying this and yet the lost ones just don’t seem to take the hint. The women warning black women off the path that they’re currently careening off of pshaw and wave away the concerns saying it’s paranoia.
And yet every day I see examples of how feminism is stripping black women of what makes them… women.
There is an article on muslim bushido about not living ideology and living for yourself.
But I can clearly see that many black women haven’t caught on. Especially considering that there are two separate ideologies being peddled for black women feminists and white women feminists.
Take for example the show Person Of Interest, I only recently started watching the show, but immediately I started noticing some of the comments about Taraji P Henson’s character. Of course it was from the same sources that are usually willing to throw black women under the bus for their ideology. Apparently in this week’s episode Carter (Henson’s character) was faced with the proposition of her partners dying yes dying and *some* women commenters felt odd about the fact that she was showing emotion. Yes these women were concerned about the portrayal of the only woman on the show and felt that she was showing too much emotion.
Here’s the scene.
They thought that the character was not being true to her feminist self because she was “a damnsel in distress” and she was “clinging” to her friend John. We all know that’s a big no no in feminist world. Some other women of course in the name of “girl power” thought it was also terrible that Henson’s character wears makeup and looks pretty. Their logic is that you don’t have to be a kick ass woman and wear makeup.
In cases like these there are always plenty of black women to cosign this. Black women have easily bought the line that women should hand in their femininity for the sake of being “empowered”. In some way I think black women honestly believe (despite evidence to the obvious) that “everyone is doing it. *hooray for groupthink ya’ll*
And yet, while black women are signing away their femininity and while these women are always complaining that black characters dare show any vulnerability (and yes it is always black female characters) I always find it funny that these same women watch shows that are the exact opposite of what they claim to want. I always think back to the shows that white feminists laud like GIRLS or Sex and the City or 30 Rock, Castle and that totes adorb character Liz Lemon (Is that really a name? Dear heaven)
Shows that are always peddled as “empowering”
The women on the show Sex and the City were anything but independent; in fact they were shallow, over sexed, desperate women looking for love in the big city. The young girls of GIRlS are also shallow selfish and looking for love. And don’t get me started on how much people wuv Liz Lemon.
Or if you want to find a show that is similar watch the show Castle. Kate Beckett, also a homicide detective is beautiful, feminine, vulnerable, nice, and capable of showing emotion. And many times has been a ‘damsel in distress’.
And yet she is not criticized for not being independent enough, I do not hear any women saying that she is showing too much emotion.
To be quite honest, and I will always be honest with my readers, I really only ever here these complaints when the women in question are black. Of course black women aren’t granted the privilege of being feminine and feminist. Black women are expected at all times to behave like men. Because black women, of course because of their race are men. Remember all the blacks are men.
I was reading a comment on a clutch article recently and a black man said this.
January 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm
White women are no longer the spearheads of feminism anymore. They got the sistas for that task now. White women are slick as hell the way they have black women doing all the grunt work for them. Then white women come through and pluck all the good fruit. They have powerful men, they have great careers, they play the feminine position like no other; its like they get the best of both worlds, all without really lifting a finger. They plant the seeds, leave, and comeback the following season, and pluck the fruit. Meanwhile sistas are left complaining about their men being weak, still fighting for those top positions, nothing in their community is being built, maintained, or protected by their men, including themselves, and then the most crushing blow to their self-esteem is the fact that they are portrayed as the stark contrast to white femininity. The more they fight, the more they seem to lose.
It doesn’t matter that the persons saying this is a black man and probably has his own reasons for saying it, he’s absolutely correct. Black women have now become the enforcers/ scapegoats of feminism. What do I mean by that? Black women and the relatively few roles they’ve been given have been used to enforce feminism (which black women willingly oblige) meanwhile because they are the ones who stand out, (while white women enjoy playing the feminine roles) they are the ones who end up looking stupid.
It’s downright hazardous to black women stupid enough to fall the lines and for support crap like this.
Another woman on another website lauded Hensons character on POI and she said this in regards to the character being seen as “wishy washy”.
Good insights but we aren’t being given this motivation. I want them to explain this back and forth. Carter is too smart and capable for this portrayal. Strong female characters can easily get type cast/marginalized and she was SO good in season ONE.
This woman is so busy salivating and wetting herself over the prospect of a “strong female lead” that she doesn’t see that the Character of Carter has already been “marginalized”.
In her world she doesn’t seem to realize that the reason why Carter is generally portrayed as “strong female character” is because she is black. Carter is being admired for being strong. as strong as the men. But the only reason why this is happening is because she is black.
Further, in what world, does showing emotion, being feminine/dressing pretty, showing emotion, caring about your friends, equal weakness?
I guess that happens in the white feminist world.
Because in this world they don’t even see that she’s being treated portrayed as “strong” because she’s a black women. In this world they don’t realize their own hypocrisy as they sit down and watch Kate Becket on Castle and says she’s empowering while expecting the character of Carter to essentially behave in traditionally “masculine” ways.
In this world white feminists get to have their cake (enjoy characters they truly wish they were like liz lemon) while sacrificing black women to the Strong female role. Also, while these women are so terrified that Carter might get weepy, I never hear anything about the other women who come on the show who are not strong females, and are still well liked.
Anyone want to guess their race?
But the fun of having race privilege is that you can sacrifice the pawns and stand back and watch the bloodbath. In this case black women got sacrificed for a cause and white feminists get good portrayals and they didn’t have to do a damn thing and their image is still intact.
Well played, feminists, well played.
Meanwhile on the “woman of color” front.
Another article on clutch highlighted a commercial with Latina, Anjelah Johnson and her bon qui qui character in a new commercial.
Of course when intereviewed Anjelah had this to say,
“In a 2010 New York Times profile, [Johnson] said: “Deep down inside, I’m really a black girl stuck in a Mexican girl’s body.” She then went on to mock an audience member’s disapproval of the Bon Qui Qui character: “Once I was doing Bon Qui Qui in Miami, and this black girl was in the audience and she yelled out, ‘That’s not funny!’ which was really funny because she sounded exactly like the character I was playing.” So, yeah.”
I always find it odd that whenever a bad stereotype of black women comes out (a la “all my babies mamas) black women are quick to say that it’s an “actual representation.” And yet I wouldn’t be so quick to claim the degenerates of the black race as their own. Because when it’s time for other people to explain bad behavior the claim they’re “acting black” this woman of color is quick to write off her stereotypical role as one of black women. Because of course that’s what black women act like. Black women while being politically correct are actually becoming the face of all of the bad acting degenerates ( and strong women memes) meanwhile women of color come out unscathed.
Black would be wise to ignore and subdue people who want to claim the bad acting black women. Because black women are already the scapegoats.
I don’t know if anyone heard or remembers the video that came out about a year or so ago an Asian woman in the CSU LA? Library who was studying and getting mad because someone was being too loud. It was automatically assumed that the rowdy person in the library was a black woman. And by the general public she was called a hoodrat.. etc etc.
There was not even a question that the faceless woman in the video was someone who was another race. So not only are black women perceived as non-feminine men, they are also now considered hood rats.
Every day that black women continue to play inside the Matrix of “black feminism” and forget about the laws of interesectionality, every time black “feminists” join hands with women who can never give up their race privilege if they hope to be “equal” to white men, they dig themselves into a grave and take you down with them.
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