White privilege is being the #1 consumers of welfare, food stamps, general government aid, and illegal drugs, but STILL blaming POC for all of those things as well as incarcerating them at an exponentially higher rate.
Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.
I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogging (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list.
Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, etc), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.
(I have stumbled upon web sites that believed some of these mythical creatures exist today… Especially dragons, in fact. I just had to share the love and scepticism.)
I actually don’t like it when people just throw in folkloric creatures from a variety of cultures (see: most supernatural tv shows like Supernatural, Lost Girl, Charmed). Even ignoring the most blatant bastardization (like a kami in Supernatural being a woman with shark teeth like what even), it often involves stripping these beings of cultural context and/or retrofitting them into what is still an often Christian, American context. Like geongsi are not just a Chinese ~variant~ on vampires, they specifically come from a certain Chinese context that relies on Chinese syncretic Daoist cosmology.
“Jews have been said to be materialistic, money-grabbing, greedy, and ostentatious. Women have been said to be vain, trivial and shallow; they’re only interested in clothing, in show. When you put these together you get the Jewish-woman type who’s only interested in designer clothes and sees her children only as extensions of herself. The Jew has been seen as manipulative, crafty, untrustworthy, unreliable, calculating, controlling, and malevolent. The Jewish Princess is seen as manipulative, particularly of the men in her life, her husband, her boyfriend, her father. And what does she want? Their money! In addition, she’s lazy - she doesn’t work inside or outside the home. She is the female version of the Jew who, according to anti-Semitic lore, is a parasite on society; contradictorily, the Jew has been viewed both as dangerous communist” as well as non-productive “capitalist.” The cartoon vision of the Jewish American Princess is someone who sucks men dry: she is an “unnatural mother” who refuses to nurture her children (the very opposite of the “Jewish mother” whose willingness to martyr herself makes her ludicrous). And she doesn’t “put out” except in return for goods; she isn’t really interested in either sexuality or lovingness. We live in a world climate and culture in which materialism is rampant, and Jewish women are taking the rap for it. The irony is they are taking the rap from non-Jews and Jewish men alike — even from some Jewish women.”—From Kike to J.A.P.: How misogyny, anti-semitism, and racism construct the Jewish American Princess by Evelyn Torton Beck (via fauxcyborg)
Here’s another redo from the late Transformers fansite I used to have. In light of the Transformers comic I reviewed earlier with the return of Optimus Prime I felt like bringing this one over, with some tweaking and updating. The original version was posted in April of 2001, after all.
You will see references to a “spotlight” feature. When I was doing my Transformers site I had the idea of…
"The publishing industry looks a lot like these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive."
A young writer that I mentor reached out to me last week. “None of these agents look like me,” she said, “and they don’t represent anyone that looks like me.” She’s wrapping up a final draft of her first novel and I’d told her to research literary agencies to get a feel for what’s out there. “What if they don’t get what I’m doing?”
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”—