Princeton University psychologist Susan Fiske took brain scans of heterosexual men while they looked at sexualised images of women wearing bikinis. She found that the part of their brains that became activated was pre-motor - areas that usually light up when people anticipate using tools. The men were reacting to the images as if the women were objects they were going to act on. Particularly shocking was the discovery that the participants who scored highest on tests of hostile sexism were those most likely to deactivate the part of the brain that considers other people’s intentions (the medial prefrontal cortex) while looking at the pictures. These men were responding to images of the women as if they were non-human.
The Equality Illusion (via lesilencieux)
BUT SEXISM ISN’T REAL Y’ALL WE’RE JUST MAKING IT UP. THIS ISN’T LITERAL OBJECTIFICATION. NAH. (via longdivisionnnn)
So I’m moving into a new apartment, and I was told that the room had been damaged, but nothing could have prepared me for the fact that someone had carved Li Shang’s head out of the bathroom door and written “We must defeat the Huns!” on it.
Just…no. Racism is not some trending topic kept alive by people ranting about it. It is a deep rooted institution laid out in our society from years of oppression and lack of governmental representation of people of color. It has been proven that race plays a big role in the determination of privilege in America. Yet you want to tell me that when someone says or does something racist, the people who call it out are at fault for perpetuating racism? Once again, no.
Racism will still be there whether we talk about it or not. It will not die out if we “stop making it about race” when race is clearly what it’s about. That’s like putting people in a room filling with water and telling them that they shouldn’t talk about it. That them pointing out the rising water is why they’re drowning. That if they stop perpetuating the fact the water now comes up past their nose, they wouldn’t be completely submerged and unable to breathe.
It’s like they don’t want us to talk. They don’t want us to find a way out. They want us to drown in the world they’ve created in order to preserve what false image of equality people of privilege want to see. And I’m damn tired of it.
So no, I will not stop talking about it. I will not let people who have never faced true discrimination before quiet me. I will keep fighting because I will no longer drown in this country anymore.
- Mike Brown’s mom laid flowers where he was shot and police let a dog pee on the memorial site
- “Stand Up Against Racism" demonstration outside US Embassy in London
- Police claim to have no records of arrests of journalists
- Illinois school bans discussions of Mike Brown’s death
- Gov. Nixon introduces new Public Safety Director
- Push for police to wear body cameras continues
- Jon Stewart on Ferguson