lol oppression aka queer aesthetics and normalization
aaka mewmew has
no few reservations about being grumpy on tumblr
i am not posting this to be mean or grumpy but just to comment on the nature of tumblr, which i like to do from time to time.
[…]i find it interesting that i can post a picture of a pretty stand mixer or something from hyperbole and a half about avoiding people for the internet (which is still getting reblogged from time to time, even though i posted it months ago) and that will get 300 reblogs in an hour
and i can post a screenshot of mubarek resigning, or something about something oppressive, or a picture of fat identified folks looking fucking hot, etc etc, and it will get maybe three or four reblogs
what is the point of tumblr? what are we here for? how can we mix the gawking and admiring of beautiful things/art/lovely objects with actual constructive thought and discourse?
finally reblogging this because i’m kind of legit pissed at the queer tumblrverse for having only given this photo from fuckyeahhispanicbears eight notes so far
eight! what is that shit?!
this photo is fucking awesome y’all
no, seriously, it’s one of the best sexyphotos i’ve seen on tumblr in a while
i love the hot chubby cub, obviously, and i love his cute undies and his pose: and, as much as that, i love that it’s clearly in a family home, i love that he took a sexy photo of himself - i think with a timed camera - in a room that was probably decorated by his mom or his auntie or his abuelita, i love the gold-tone drapes and the mismatched sofa, i love the family photos, i love the oldass computer, i love the vacuum in the corner and the soda bottle in the foreground
idk, like - and this is not not not a personal attack on any of the people who’ve said whatever in response to transartorialism’s original post - but a chunk of the response has been like “yeah! isn’t is weird how i can post a cute pic and get dozens of reblogs and post an actual idea and get like three??”
- but that’s kind of exactly the point: it’s pretty overwhelmingly urban skinny white kids with a certain cool hipsterish queer fashion who get 30, 50, 100, 400 reblogs
not chubby brown guys who take pics of themselves in their family’s livingroom, you know?
and partially it’s straightup body-normalizing stuff ‘cause he’s a chub-of-color but i also think the photo’s setting is at least as important; i find it really beautiful and charming and, just - it means something to me that this sexy photo is happening in a family home with family pictures on the wall, and not in some cool kid’s apartment in the city where they live with their cool kid roommates or whatever
there’s the life-style normalizing: the normative queer-white-middle-class assumption that you move away to the city and live ‘on your own’ and don’t (need to / want to) stick around to pay your share of your family’s rent or take care of your little siblings or your grandparents or whoever else
i mean i definitely know queer and otherwise not-het adult folks who live with their biological families, and they are all working-class or poor and almost all are not white: the expected queer life trajectories are very! raced and classed!
even though i’ve followed the normative queer young adult life path pretty closely, i can’t believe / would like to not believe that there are really so few people around here who have some - some sense of emotion and eroticism around the home-ishness of this photo, some idea of what it could mean, some sense of pleasure around the queer norms it subverts
i’m grumpy that this photo only has eight notes right now
whatevs! toxicass normalizing queer aesthetics and thought patterns
cut stupid gif of two women kissing, which could’ve been ok except they’re also people who i read as white wearing ponchos and sombreros and big fake mustaches
ok. i don’t give a fuck if you’re gay. if you’re not mexican or the relevant kind of latinamerican, putting on ponchos and sombreros isn’t cute or clever. it’s not a nice party costume. it’s not an ok way to express how much you like mexican food, or whatever.
it’s just incredibly racist, trite bullshit, and you suck.
hmm i think this picture is like tumblr singularity, in the worst way
reblogged for the commentary; bolded is one of the best things i’ve read today
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After Long Fight, Farmworkers in Florida Win an Increase in Pay
The infoshop here hosted the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student/Farmworker Alliance a couple years ago for a speaking tour they were on about the tomato-picking industry, and I’ve been on their mailing lists since then and just found out about this:By KRISTOFER RÍOS
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — After fighting for more than a decade for better wages, a group of Florida farmworkers has hashed out the final piece of an extraordinary agreement with local tomato growers and several big-name buyers, including the fast-food giants McDonald’s and Burger King, that will pay the pickers roughly a penny more for every pound of fruit they harvest.
Farm laborers are among the lowest-paid workers in the United States, and the agreement could add thousands of dollars to their income.
Though the hamburger chains and others agreed to the increase years ago, the money they have been paying — an estimated $2 million now held in an escrow account — could not be distributed to tomato pickers until the state’s largest trade association, which acts as a middleman, agreed to lift a ban preventing their farms from passing along the extra wages.
That happened in November, when the farmworkers’ group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, a trade association, completed details of a code of conduct that included not only the wage improvement but also guarantees of increased workplace protections — like minimum-wage guarantees and a zero tolerance policy on forced and child labor — for the laborers.
Some labor experts said the agreement could set a precedent for improving working conditions and pay in other parts of the agriculture and food industries, nationally and worldwide.
The Immokalee agreement is a result of a 15-year campaign for better pay and working conditions for the roughly 33,000 tomato pickers in the state. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers represents about 4,000 of those workers, but the agreement will cover all tomato pickers who work for growers that are members of the trade association, as well as those employed by independent farms participating in the agreement.
The agreement between laborers, growers and buyers is unique because it resembles a legally binding contract that includes an accountability mechanism to ensure that tomato pickers will be treated and paid fairly, said Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.
This is really important that it’s legally binding. I worked on a campaign here when Yale-New Haven Hospital was expanding and trying to tear down people’s houses and churches in order to build new buildings (their original proposal included tearing down 50 units of housing to put a 9-story parking garage across from an seniors apartment complex and on the block with the highest rate of childhood asthma in the city). We pushed for them to sign a Community Benefits Agreement in order for them to get their zoning approved, and the Zoning Board agreed that they would have to sign a CBA to go ahead with the expansion, but the compromise was that there was a third-party abritrator but it wasn’t legally binding. So the hospital broke the agreement within 5 days of it going into place, and later on the NLRB ruled against them for breaking labor laws, but we pretty much had no recourse after that.
Anyway, all that is to say that I am very excited about agreements like this being put on paper, especially when done by workers and/or surrounding communities, but it’s really really important that it is binding and that the company can be taken to court over it. They get fucking scared, cause at that point besides the legal issues, it’s a public relations mess for them. So I am very excited for the CIW and their communities because this is a huge deal.
This means a huge increase in workers pay… well maybe not HUGE, but enough to really make a change in their lives.
Say a worker picks and carries 150 buckets of tomatoes per day, each one weighing 32 pounds. Say they earned 45 cents per bucket before. Each bucket is now worth 77 cents, and a days work is worth $115.50 versus $67.50.
My mom currently is paid $70 dollars a day, the wage she’s been able to get for about 10 years. It would be amazing if she could get $120, she dreams of it. It would really raise her standard of living, even if she’s mostly retired and only works two days a week.
$120 versus $70 is $50 more a day, $250 more a week, $1000 more a month. $2,400 versus $1,400 for a fulltime worker. Can you imagine the difference that makes to a single mother, to a family of six, etc.?
All for a goddamn PENNY more a POUND.
Goliath can’t stand forever.