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madblackgirl:

Black women can be feminine

Black women can be masculine

Black women can be delicate

Black women can be quiet

Black women can be loud

Black women can be patient

Black women can be cute

Black women can be adorable

Black women can be sexy

Black women can be dominant

Black women can be submissive

Black women can be straightedge

Black women can be gyaru

We can be literally anything we feel like being.

We are not a monolithic group

We are not the same

We share melanin not mindsets

(Source: blackfemalepresident, via reverseracism)

medievalpoc:

aseantoo submitted to medievalpoc:

Unknown artist, possibly of the Brazilian School
Black Artist Completing a Portrait of a White Female Aristocrat
Brazil (early 1700s)
Oil on canvas
Philadelphia private collection
[x], [x]
I was thrilled at first to see this image - a pre-modern Black woman artist, portrayed at work! But then I saw this:
Although this black artist appears to be wearing a dress, it is likely to be a male figure. As the scholar Sheldon Cheek explains, the artist wears an earring and a silver collar, both common articles worn by black male servants/slaves in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, the collar traditionally indicating slave status. Women rarely, if ever, wore the silver collar. The artist also appears to be wearing a silver “shackle” on the arm.
Ugh. Pretty awful.

I think we should all be pretty critical of what’s written about this painting. Especially the part you’ve quoted above about how they have assigned the gender of the artist in the painting. I find it bizarre that something that is supposed to indicate enslaved status (not gender) somehow trumps this person wearing women’s clothing (that’s also a woman’s hat to the best of my knowledge).
The Americas, including Brazil, have a long tradition of transgender and third gender people. This is one of those images from the past that falls quite easily through the cracks because it is a collection of “exceptions”; it doesn’t fit nicely into categories that have been created and therefore, it’s more or less ignored.
If anyone’s hesitant to be critical, maybe you should also note that both the articles linked above make claims that slavery in Brazil was “less harsh” than other places. What???
How many of our assumptions are being projected onto this painting? Are the “contradictions” present in it a product of the painting itself, or is the problem with the categories we try to place it in? How many layers do we have to fight uphill through when we even look at this image? After all, History teaches us:
women weren’t artists
Black people weren’t artists
Black people were enslaved
Enslaved people didn’t do anything of worth
Transgender, genderqueer and third gender people didn’t exist before the 1960s
white people control how Black images are perceived, but not the other way around
gender must be immediately perceivable and fit into our categories of “male” and “female”
^ So this is the baggage we bring with us when we look at this image. We look at this painting, and we actively search for indicators that allow us to continue to believe the above assumptions.
If we take away those assumptions, if we try to move past them and see this portrait with new eyes, what are we left with? Whose History do we see here? Maybe it’s mine; maybe it’s yours.
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avocavo:

stunningpicture:

Pulled a layer of ice off a leaf

i thought u found a fairy wing omg
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u-put-the-werk-in-twerk:

getyourcheeron:

Senior Elite doing something

They like switch bases holy crap
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satan-chan:

Incredible cosplay
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baldheadlilboy:

Baby’s Breath 
Model:  Me 
*DO NOT REMOVE CAPTION*
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onlyblackgirl:

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beyoncesupremacy:

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brysob:

Shows that need to be on netflix:

  • Sister Sister
  • Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Thats so Raven
  • Martin
  • My Wife and Kids
  • The Proud Family
  • Class of 3000
  • Moesha
  • The Parkers

Phil of the future

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I love her facial expressions.

The fuck watches Phil of the future?

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sosa-parks:

Everyday I’m like “today imma get my shit together” and by the end of the day I’m like “tomorrow is the day for real”

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