Flora Gomes: Post-Colonial Cinema in Guinea-Bissau
‘Whenever Africa is spoken about or depicted, it is always in terms of the aid we receive, war, people dying of starvation, sick people… I want people to see our Africa, the Africa of my dreams, the Africa that I love’ - Flora Gomes
we can tell our own stories
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PHOTOGRAPHY SEBASTIAN LUCRECIO
FASHION EDITOR Soukéna Roussi
MAKE UP ARTIST Junko Kioka
HAIRSTYLIST Takayuki Shibata
MODEL India Christin Lane@Ford, Rachel V@MC2
Gilet, vintage. Bustier, Stephanie Paterek for NYC Sex Trash. Choker, GEMMA REDUX.
this hair. the jewelry. the clothes. <3
For me, queer means radiant darkness, radical love, and a million and one ways to resist and decolonize. Queer is imbued with deep spirituality and sweetness.
BEST SHIP EVER! I don’t even care if this is true or not— if Willy Cartier and Frank Ocean are dating, I am simultaneously really happy (such pretty everywhere) and really sad (because I want them both.)
Sorry, I’ve been away for so long. I’ve had a lot going on, but I’ve got more to say and much that I’ve learned. I’ll hopefully be updating more regularly as we head into 2013.
Anyone who hasn’t heard of elixher.com should check on it. It’s an online magazine for QWOC. Also, the Peculiar Kind has been one of my most checked web series lately.
Links to both:
Anything on earth that a woman is capable of doing is womanly. It is impossible for a woman to be unwomanly because a woman is a woman. Therefore, anything a woman does is womanly by default. Fighting is womanly. Winning fights is womanly. Bruises are womanly. Savagery is womanly. Unwholesomeness is womanly. Athleticism is womanly. And not giving a shit what some poor delicate flower of a newspaper columnist thinks about your womanliness is super fucking womanly.
FUCK YOUR “BODY POSITIVITY” FOR ACTING LIKE IT’S MY FAULT FOR STRUGGLING TO LOVE MY BODY. THAT SHIT IS HARD. THIS IS ME HATING MY BODY.
fuck your white body positivity. fuck your cis body positivity. fuck your able-bodied positivity. fuck turning the shame on people, not power.
you’re doing it wrong if you don’t understand the legacies of colonialism and racism in beauty standards, in the states and abroad. if you don’t understand their relationships to eating disorders in poc communities. if you don’t understand how brown and black people struggle to love their racialized bodies. you’re doing it wrong if you don’t understand how trans people, most especially trans womyn, due to the culture of absolute violence that is reserved specifically for them, perpetuated even by other trans people, struggle to love their bodies in this cissexist world (thanks, white gender binary). if you don’t understand that sometimes, trans people just hate their bodies because they aren’t right at the time, that they will never be able to achieve the bodies that they want. if you don’t understand that trans people will always have a complicated relationship with their bodies. you’re doing it wrong if you don’t understand that disabled people struggle to love their bodies in this ableist world. if you don’t understand that some disabled people view their bodies as being wrong or bad, and are struggling with making peace with that. if you don’t understand that disabled people will always have a complicated relationship with their bodies.
you are doing your boring feminism so wrong if you don’t understand that you’re hurting the most marginalized.
THIS. there is so much freedom in knowing that you don’t have to do it right. you are absolutely allowed to feel complicated and just wrong. you don’t HAVE to feel good/right/happy until and unless you are.