The Pakistani women who make footballs for the World Cup earn a paltry $100 per month. [x]
At least they are employed
Many of them earn below $100. Many of them have families - often consisting of 5-7 individuals - that rely directly upon on the meager income they generate from this extremely demanding job so them being “at least employed” doesn’t protect them from any kind of economic and social precarity and it doesn’t shelter them from unemployment because labor here is cheap and readily available; the worker is dispensable to the employer/company. So the “at least employed” comment from you was not only stupid but very telling of your piss-poor understanding of wages. I understand many of you love football and will go as far as shoving it up your ass to show your dedication to it but the next time you decide opening your mouth about these workers, consider this noble thought instead: Shut the fuck up.
At last night’s opening ceremony of the World Cup, three children (presumedly representing Brazil’s “racial democracy”) released three white doves in an act symbolizing peace and harmony. But what the cameras didn’t show (because it’s literally illegal to protest during a FIFA event) is that as they walked off the field the empowered Guarani youth held up a banner calling for “demarcation” of indigenous lands (the federal state suspended these negotiations in 2013). Brazil’s indigenous peoples are currently engaged in a fierce battle to defend their homelands from predatory land owners and an encroaching state, both of which want to limit the territory of the country’s native groups and exploit their natural resources. You didn’t see his brave act on TV, but you can support his cause by liking and sharing this post and photo from the Yvyrupa Guarani Commission.
You can also read more about Brazil’s indigenous movement here: http://bit.ly/1kxaX2T
This example is mostly in ‘female-empowerment’ circles, but it comes up everywhere. Binary Trans people are expected to live up to ridiculous extremes for their gender in order to be accepted as credible. And if we don’t, then we get the lovely comment of “If you wanted to do X so much, why didn’t you just stay as your birth gender”. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS. And most people aren’t even conscious of it. But if you have ever thought that of course that transwoman didn’t pass, she won’t even shave her legs! Or that transman shouldn’t be wearing such feminine clothes YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. YOU ARE SUPPORTING AND FORCING GENDER STEREOTYPES ON US. AND WE WANT YOU TO STOP.
My boyfriend wrote a lovely rant to go with this post.
This is a poster, you can download it and hand it out here. This is disturbing when you think about the reality of that.
Go out and grab five trans women. If your sample is truly random, you know two things:
- That, probably, three of them are survivors.
- That it’s nearly statistically impossible for one of them to have NOT attempted suicide.
Let’s spread this like wildfire.
In 1923, Rosewood was a primarily Black town in Florida. One day a White woman living in a nearby town had been beaten and robbed. Afraid they would find the real attacker who was her husband, she told police and her town residents that it was a Black man. Immediately a mob of White men and women took to the streets to find the so called attacker. The first Black Man they ran into was Sam Carter. He was tortured relentlessly until he admitted to participating in the White woman’s attack. After being forced to admit something he did not do, they shot him in the head in front of his wife. This was not enough and they continued their reign of terror. The mob traveled across town killing and burning down any and everything they saw in their sight. They burned houses, stores, and almost all the BLACK CHURCHES. Eventually the Black town residents had enough and they began to fight back but this did not amount to much because the Mob had grown too big. The most disturbing event of the entire standoff was the murder of a 4 year old Black girl. As the little girl lay over her mother’s dead body crying, two members of the white mob grabbed her by her ankles and threw her into a nearby burning building. Days later after the town was deserted and things calmed down, the mob returned to check for survivors and burn anything else they had missed. The Rosewood Massacre is something that is rarely spoken of these days. Over 150 Black Residents were killed; many of their bodies found hanging from trees. Very few of the Black Residents managed to escape and others would never return to the land they had spent their whole lives developing. White people have committed the most atrocious acts the world could ever imagine against Black people. Don’t ever let them convince you to forget.
Written by @KingKwajo