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Black hair? White hair? Femininity? Strength? Confusion.

I love this story:

But I especially love how the pictures look in a series of smaller headshots, at

They look proud, powerful, and a little strange; it’s like they’re the board of directors of a major corporation in the early 19th century or something. I read these women as having indeterminate gender: because they are older, because they are staring the camera straight on with confidence, because they’re wearing power suits, but most of all because the hair is not white female hair of any kind, not even white female powerful women hair.

Pretty interesting, and pretty awful, that my unconscious read of black women’s hairstyles is apparently “not female” or “not feminine” when it’s on white women’s heads. Also interesting, maybe less awful (maybe not), that I read it as powerful.

My reaction to the large pictures in the Slate article was “okay that is gorgeous” and thoughts about mechanics of hairstyles and maybe more white women should do these and then concerns about appropriation and then it gets complex and I am very privileged here.



I wasn’t fast enough to skip a political commercial today and it caught my attention. It starts, China 2030. It’s a professor lecturing a classroom about how empires have fallen. Here you go: Have Some Yellow Scare

The ad has really nice product values, you know? On a meta level, it’s almost kind of awesome; you can see, in a culture that politicizes education and paints its enemies as weak and frail*, it might claim that an opposing power that had once been Scary had Fallen and was now weak and owned. It could be a scene in a future-disaster movie, right up until the guy looks at the camera and laughs. But this ad is not trying to work on a meta level.

It’s just trying to work on a clear straight up racist level. If you do these policies that the group disapproves of, characterized by buzzwords that have no correlation to actual policy but are used to mischaracterize certain kinds of economic policies, then you are SELLING YOUR COUNTRY TO THE CHINESE, who will LAUGH ABOUT IT after they OWN YOU.

I don’t know how many of my readers** remember the 80s. I was a kid. But I remember the JAPAN WILL BUY US AND RUN OUR ECONOMY INTO THE GROUND OMG DOOOOOOOOOOOOM activity. How’s that working now? Yeah, not really. Because it was fearmongering. And it was racist.

So is this. Shame on the assholes who made this ad, and shame on the people who believe it.

It all makes me want to punch people but I’m too sick, and also too pacifistic, so I just rant on the internet and viciously spin wool into yarn.

Fuck the racist motherfuckers who try to leverage cultural racism for political gain. Fuck the racist motherfuckers who make it possible.

* I don’t actually know if China does this. I understand it does a lot of China Is Awesome, but that seems pretty typical for superpowers. They might do Enemies At The Gate like we do, or they might do Enemies Are Pitiful And Weak, like the soviets did.

** I don’t know that I have readers! If I do, hi! Unless you are a racist asshole, in which case, stop being racist, you asshole!