A few years ago, someone in the publishing industry crossed out a line I wrote in a novel. … This line however, had to do with a Latina character feeling uncomfortable in a shnitzy part of Brooklyn because all the other women of color had little white babies and all the white people were looking at her sideways. The note beside the cross-out said: “Doesn’t happen in this day and age.
-Daniel Jose Older - Another World Waits: Towards an Anti-Oppressive SFF (via tapestrywriters)
i am fucking BOILING right now.
back when UMX was a big ole blog bringing me all kinds of work and notice, i got a gig with a media consortium writing a weekly article on immigration. my editor was a white woman about ten years my junior. the arrangement ended after a year or so. before it did, i ran into many recurring and linearly escalating instances of this kind of handling, tho on the whole, a bit more subtle. either way, it is degrading, and infuriating, when you are trying to earn your keep as a person of color. i would categorize it as a form of gaslighting.
next time someone tells you Muslim countries oppress women, let them know Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers and 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female but the US has yet to even have a female vice president and can’t say “vagina” when discussing female reproductive rights