I’m always kind of suspicious bc I think western media has a habit of sensationalizing any and all news coming from china or like they try to spin it to make china into this bizarre oppressive communist dystopia but at the same time unfortunately I don’t know enough about china’s politics to be able to discern anything for myself
it’s not really about being knowledgeable in all and every field of social, historical and political aspects so much as it is about knowing how to decode the media.
If the news piece compares China to North Korea, you can tell it’s bullshit. Same if they they mention ‘Mao Zedong mentality’ or communist utilitarianism philosophy, government brainwashing, ‘mindlessness/apathy/ignorance’ of the Chinese population, bizarre references to Confucius and/or Tiananmen or anything that seems to be pulled out of 1984…because they’re most likely pulling it out of their collective behinds. It doesn’t mean that the whole article is a complete and utter fabrication, just that it’s a heavily biased piece that shows you a very specifically orchestrated picture. This could be a Newsweek article, a CNN ‘special feature’ or just think-piece in a magazine
or that fucking tumblr post going around that literally says China is no better than NK.
Media has certain buzzwords when it comes to certain countries that are basically used to code them into a narrative. For India it’s mass-poverty, for Africa-the-country it’s starvation and famine, for the Middle East it’s honour killings. Japan and Korea is usually ‘weird things from this country’ and ‘Japanese people behave strangely’, but with a mix of exotification and neo-imperialism, we’re given a very skewed, very dehumanised version of these countries.
Most of the time, we don’t recognise it because there is literally no way to piece together a coherent picture unless you’re experiencing it first hand. Not everyone has the resources, time and knowledge to correct it, but what’s important is that you recognise when the image of China (and many other non-Western countries) is being manipulated. The fact that you’re already conscious of how you’re consuming media makes it far easier to spot sensationalism.
Taylor Swift is a big fan of Emma Watson’s speech at the U.N. since “so many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ because they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing, it is not that at all, it just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities.”
So feminism is about a belief in ‘equal rights’ but not about the actual attainment of them. Okay.
I think it’s a defining moment in the radicalization of young women when they realize men, as a class, absolutely and violently hate them.
i love emma watson but please don’t say she changed the whole feminism game don’t embarrass yourself
- Ferguson protests aren’t over. Here’s why they picked up again this week.
- Last night’s protests (storify)
- Officers “preparing for the worst” if Darren Wilson is not indicted
- DOJ tells Ferguson, STL Co. cops to ban “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands and says they need to wear name tags (Wristband letter) (Name tag letter) (storify)
- Time for MO’s Supreme Court to enter the Ferguson fray
- 5 things about covering Ferguson
- Tef Poe: “Hip Hop is failing us”
Honestly tho like the whole “she can’t be a lesbian bc of a past relationship with a man!!” Shit is literally the exact same thing straight men and homophobes say to us. Like it doesn’t stop being homophobic just because people in the lgbt+ community started saying it too.
once again because tumlr does not understand this… lets talk about sappho
"bout to ding dong ditch sam pepper"
good to see that this guy is trying to catch the progressive positive attention wave by making fun of sam pepper, just like how he talked shit about nash grier when it was a hot topic
except oops, looks like someone doesn’t actually give a shit and just tries to play his audience like a fiddle
isn’t that awkward, looks like he just rang the doorbell of his own house by mistake
This is an accessory store where everything is $1.
They even have cosmetics! brushes, lipstick, and lashes as well as cute socks and panties!!
Just me and some pals flaunting our perfect bods
tbh i think i’m gonna have to unfollow emma w*tson on twitter, she keeps reblogging pictures of famous men holding up those signs and most of these men seem to think it means they’ve done their part for femin*sm or they say stuff like ‘proud to be a femi*ist!!!’ and ‘i added ‘femin*st to my describtion, i nominate the following people to do the same!!!!’ and one even posted the ‘if you hate men you’re not a femin*st’ drawing and it’s just. blergh. honestly it just kinda makes me feel sick.