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hijabeng:

velocicrafter:

pushinghoopswithsticks:


“I’m tired of people asking me to smooth my name out for them. They want me to bury it in English so they can understand. I will not accommodate the word for mouth. I will not break my name so your lazy English can sleep its tongue on top. Fix your lips around them. No you can’t give me a stupid nickname so that you can replace this gift of five letters.” - Hiwot Adilow (linked above, performing the quoted piece)
“Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” - Warsan Shire
pictured above: Entitled white woman Jenny Johnson in all her ethnocentricity. I grew up with women like her, they were my teachers, classmates. They resent any self-possessed “other” as “arrogant” for attempting to access the same common courtesy and respect they might allow those as vanilla as themselves. These women view it as their birthright to decide what is “weird” and “obscure” from within a niche limited to “white women named Jenny.” They blame their linguistic inadequacy on our parentage while resting on the privileges of their own. These women never amount to anything beyond an ignorant bully forever isolating themselves from incredible people with spectacular names.

our insistence that you pronounce our names correctly = “arrogance”
your insistence that our names are too difficult for you & that we should just deal w/the way you mangle them = ????? (the answer is white supremacy)

My senior design professor had an amazing Trini accent. People could barely understand him when he got excited and spoke quickly (who cares tho, handsome and brilliant 80+ year old engineer in a 3 piece suit every day? Yes and thank you).
On the first day of class, we all had to introduce ourselves. Many students were foreign and had varied names from their native languages. My professor would repeat everyone’s name after they said it. The Chinese students would say their Chinese names and the professor would struggle to repeat them.
The Chinese students would say, call me Tim or Susie, and the professor would get angry. NO, I WILL NOT. OVER ONE BILLION PEOPLE CAN PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME CORRECTLY. I CAN’T. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME, NOT YOUR NAME. Now, teach me how to say it properly.

Although I am seriously judgmental towards White parents who give their kids really ridiculous names, it takes a special kind of asshole to refuse to properly pronounce someone’s name once you’ve been corrected.

Hahahahaaaa yeah, I make an effort to learn and say people’s names the way they want me to, because I want people to say my name the way I want them to.

I grew up speaking French. When I went to college, I picked up Arabic as well. Then I lived in a year in South Korea, teaching English. When I got back to the States, I had classmates in grad school teach me Mandarin pinying. I learned the beauty behind names like Marquise, Jean-Luc, Young-ji, Sang-bin, Maha, and Aman. I felt so bad that the Chinese girls were relieved and pleased and felt acknowledged that I could pronounce their names— Xiaoyi, Muyang, Erting— the way their mothers do. Those names come with the love their families, their mothers and fathers, give them at birth.
Why on god’s green earth would anybody want to be the person that would deny the love that people felt when seeing this new little life, and saying, “This is the name I give you, because I love you.”
You are an ugly, ugly person, Jenny, and I hope you realize that in Korea your name is weird as fucking hell. But that’s okay, because your mother gave it to you with love, and that’s why it’s beautiful.

#I don’t even call people by common nicknames without asking about it#if you introduce yourself to me as Jennifer#I will call you Jennifer#I will not call you Jen or Jenny without your explicit consent#because you know what?#PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR NAMES#WHATEVER NAMES THEY IDENTIFY WITH#one of the reasons for my URL is because of my name#I used to be Beth when I was a kid#but I got tired of people assuming my name was Elizabeth#’It’s Bethany actually’#so I started going by Bethany#then I had to deal with people immediately shortening my name to Beth ‘because it’s easier’#’Uh no it’s Bethany actually’#my dad is Richard and salesmen always immediately call him Dick which he haaaaates#just call people whatever they ask you to call them okay?#ask them how to pronounce it again if you need to#I bet they won’t mind#they will appreciate that you want to call them the right name (via bethanyactually)

kronos-keeper:

dorkery:

cwnerd12:

hijabeng:

velocicrafter:

pushinghoopswithsticks:

“I’m tired of people asking me to smooth my name out for them. They want me to bury it in English so they can understand. I will not accommodate the word for mouth. I will not break my name so your lazy English can sleep its tongue on top. Fix your lips around them. No you can’t give me a stupid nickname so that you can replace this gift of five letters.” - Hiwot Adilow (linked above, performing the quoted piece)

“Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” - Warsan Shire


pictured above: Entitled white woman Jenny Johnson in all her ethnocentricity. I grew up with women like her, they were my teachers, classmates. They resent any self-possessed “other” as “arrogant” for attempting to access the same common courtesy and respect they might allow those as vanilla as themselves. These women view it as their birthright to decide what is “weird” and “obscure” from within a niche limited to “white women named Jenny.” They blame their linguistic inadequacy on our parentage while resting on the privileges of their own. These women never amount to anything beyond an ignorant bully forever isolating themselves from incredible people with spectacular names.

our insistence that you pronounce our names correctly = “arrogance”

your insistence that our names are too difficult for you & that we should just deal w/the way you mangle them = ????? (the answer is white supremacy)

My senior design professor had an amazing Trini accent. People could barely understand him when he got excited and spoke quickly (who cares tho, handsome and brilliant 80+ year old engineer in a 3 piece suit every day? Yes and thank you).

On the first day of class, we all had to introduce ourselves. Many students were foreign and had varied names from their native languages. My professor would repeat everyone’s name after they said it. The Chinese students would say their Chinese names and the professor would struggle to repeat them.

The Chinese students would say, call me Tim or Susie, and the professor would get angry. NO, I WILL NOT. OVER ONE BILLION PEOPLE CAN PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME CORRECTLY. I CAN’T. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME, NOT YOUR NAME. Now, teach me how to say it properly.

Although I am seriously judgmental towards White parents who give their kids really ridiculous names, it takes a special kind of asshole to refuse to properly pronounce someone’s name once you’ve been corrected.

Hahahahaaaa yeah, I make an effort to learn and say people’s names the way they want me to, because I want people to say my name the way I want them to.

I grew up speaking French. When I went to college, I picked up Arabic as well. Then I lived in a year in South Korea, teaching English. When I got back to the States, I had classmates in grad school teach me Mandarin pinying. I learned the beauty behind names like Marquise, Jean-Luc, Young-ji, Sang-bin, Maha, and Aman. I felt so bad that the Chinese girls were relieved and pleased and felt acknowledged that I could pronounce their names— Xiaoyi, Muyang, Erting— the way their mothers do. Those names come with the love their families, their mothers and fathers, give them at birth.

Why on god’s green earth would anybody want to be the person that would deny the love that people felt when seeing this new little life, and saying, “This is the name I give you, because I love you.”

You are an ugly, ugly person, Jenny, and I hope you realize that in Korea your name is weird as fucking hell. But that’s okay, because your mother gave it to you with love, and that’s why it’s beautiful.

 (via bethanyactually)

(via bethanyactually)

Ming-Na Wen & Chloe Bennet attend the Agents Of SHIELD Paleyfest Panel October 19th 2014 

(via catherinechandler)

"because i c a r e about her.”

(via bethanyactually)

oneshortdamnfuse:

princess-siddnttety:

hazeldash:

birdhead:

pyrositshere:

internetgoose:

I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go

so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post”

nice idea and all

but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued.

as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, the respect for it drops, and it’s seen as less of a big deal. it’s not about the job- it’s about the number of women in the job.

observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field. so has happened with scores of other areas; nursing comes to mind

so the thing is, it’s not the work or the job that has to be uplifted and seen as more respectable. it will never work out, until people start seeing women as respectable

but there’s a doozy and who the fuck knows if it’s ever happening in my life time

"observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field."

Personal anecdote time!  I’m in a biology graduate program.  An acquaintance wanted to introduce some guy to me because his son was thinking about becoming an undergrad science major.  When he found out I was in the biology department, he grinned and said, “Well, I guess that’s kind of related to science.”

I gave him what I hope was an icy look and said, “Isn’t it strange how men outside the field started saying that right around the time biology majors shifted from mostly male to mostly female?”

The guy got this look on his face like he was about to play the “just a joke” card, and then an older woman who had been standing nearby, talking to someone else, turned to me and said, “The same thing happened with real estate.”  She went on to explain that, over the course of the career, the male-to-female ratio among real estate agents had dropped, and the pay and “prestige factor” of that job dropped along with it.

This is also famous for happening to teaching. Keep an eye on medicine over the next fifteen years and watch as it becomes less prestigious and less well-paid.

It also happened to secretarial/administrative work - in the 19th century, clerical work was utterly respectable and seen as requiring quite a lot of talent and skill (which it still does!) but then along came the typewriter and women entering the field and HEY PRESTO “she’s just some secretary”

at my university, chemical engineering, or chem eng, was often referred to as “fem eng” why? because it’s an exact 50/50 ratio of women to men, which clearly makes it too feminine. in the 70s/80s chemical engineering was one of the most important and hardest engineering fields (plastics! pulp and paper! OIL) but now that there are more women in the field it’s considered an easier field, in comparison to other fields.

for example, i once heard a girl in mech eng list some of the engineering fields in the order she thought was hardest to easiest. you know what it was? electrical, mechanical, chemical. it’s absolutely no surprise that this list is also a handy ordering of fewest women in the field to most women in the field.

AND, another point! this happens the other way around too. computer science related fields used to be dominated by women, which made it not very important (switchboard operators? yup). once men started taking over the field, well that’s when the big money and prestige came in.

The field of anthropology, which is becoming female dominated from what I can see, has been determined to be useless by some. (I’ve even had girls in STEM fields tell me I don’t study a “real science” so how’s about that internalized misogyny for ya) When I was majoring in anthropology, Gov. Rick Scott determined that Florida didn’t need any more anthropologists and wanted to reduce funding to programs and increase funding to STEM programs. While not considered a STEM field, anthropologists have contributed to the research behind STEM programs and provide a wide variety of services to Florida alone. A team of anthropologists created a powerpoint “This is Anthropology" to talk about dozens of programs and services they contribute to in Florida which include healthcare programs, education programs, disaster relief, forensic investigation, environmental programs and conservation efforts, research for fortune 500 businesses, agricultural programs, immigration programs, programs and services for the elderly, etc. I’m also in the field of education, and we’re constantly made out to be overpaid (we’re not) and made out to be incapable of doing our jobs without very strict guidance. 

It’s all very insulting, really. No matter what we study. No matter what we do to earn a living. It will never be good enough.

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blaquekat:

Let them be who THEY want to be.

(via deddvs)

nandamai:

taraljc:

cesperanza:

interquast:

there is nothing more weird than reading a fanfiction someone wrote in 2006. where are these people now? are they doing okay? have they found love? do they have kids? so much can happen in 8 years

Oh, honey. 

Oh, you sweet summer child.

There is nothing more weird than reading fanfic I wrote in 1997.

wishful-thinkment:

justforthearticles:

lunalovegouda:

Those people who constantly reblog your stuff but you never really talk:

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I do notice my regulars. You guys are the best.

"Regulars" makes me feel like a bar-tender…

Wiping down my dash at the end of an evening, I see your read-more, over-hear your rant in the tags, so I pour you a drink.

"…what’s troubling you, kid?"

(via legendcult)

vonmunsterr:

comradewodka:

“this cat doesn’t even want to eat it just wants to WARM ITS FACE”

i want to do this now.

(via legendcult)