On Miley, twerking, and brown bodies as white wonderlands

At tressiemc's blog, a thoughtful long-read on "the pop culture circus" in which "the white woman is the ringleader and the women who look like you are the dancing elephants." (HT: @weboesel)

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  1. Pretty privilege is a real thing. Pretty people get better, higher paying jobs than their "non-pretty" peers, this has been studied and proven over and over. So while some women may use their attractiveness for financial gain, and some just want to be recognized for their brains, the fact is, if you're pretty you're in a system that is going to give you privileges whether you want them or not.

    Support: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/games-primates-play/201203/the-truth-about-why-beautiful-people-are-more-successful

  2. I think she might have discussed the desire of black men as well as that of white men?

    I am no real threat to white women's desirability. Thus, white women have no problem cheering their husbands and boyfriends as they touch me on the dance floor. I am never seriously a contender for acceptable partner and mate for the white men who ask if their buddy can put his face in my cleavage.

    Very true. I know PUA-types go on about "female hypergamy", but it turns out men are just as hypergamous, especially when it comes to who we commit to rather than who we might want to bump-and-grind with on the dance floor. And what is racism, if not a pervasive raising of the status of white people over black? Those white men might take a more serious interest in Rihanna or Beyonce or Halle Berry, of course, but only because of their personal high status.

  3. You could also argue that the high status of women like Beyonce, Rihanna or Halle Berry may be in part because they are pale and thin, attributes that are coveted under the banner of "white beauty" (Beyonce is even blonde). Giant fucking topic really.

  4. Non-pretty? You don't have to be negative, you know. We prefer the term, "people with ugliness."

  5. zikzak says:

    Fair enough, but you also have a responsibility to show your kids that racism against black and brown people is a major social force which causes a "a pervasive raising of the status of white people over black", whereas racism against white people has essentially no traction as a social force, and therefore is pretty much a whole separate category of thing.

    This is why people object to you describing both phenomena as "racism". It implicitly conflates two situations which are so radically different that you have to distort your worldview to even begin to see them as comparable. You can stick with your definition of racism if you like, but be aware of what it unintentionally communicates, and take care to specifically dispel that message.

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