i need to stop imagining scenarios in my head that have a -2% chance of actually happening it’s becoming a problem
You’re not going to be annihilated, oh my god come on. I have absolutely no problem with people not idolizing Laverne to the same extent as me. But can you honestly say you don’t understand why so many love her so greatly? I don’t understand the “obsession” with Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s an actor. No more, no less. I’m not going to judge people for loving him, because we have that kind of society where we “worship” high profiled celebrities.
I say this as a queer white woman (often perceived to be straight); I find Laverne to be an exceptionally inspiring woman. I say that because she doesn’t advocate for me, so I can only imagine how important she is to people who identify with her. She uses the platform she’s been given to unapologetically give a voice to a hugely marginalized group of people “nobody” cared about a year ago. She has used her fame to force the right of trans people, trans poc and most importantly trans woc on to the LGBTQ community’s agenda. I read somewhere that her voice and presence educates not only enemies, but perceived friends. How can you not understand how important that is?
As a vocal supporter and defender of Laverne I’ve gotten some exceptionally rude and angry asks. I publish very little of it, but sometimes it riles me up so much that people would dare to get angry over the fact that Laverne would even tell people to use her preferred pronoun. How dare anyone get angry over somebody identifying as a woman. How does that actually hurt anybody? People can argue semantics of biology or whatever, but trying to start an argument with me over how we define sex and gender isn’t important imo. If Laverne identifies as a woman, she is a woman. The fact that I get multiple asks calling me a “stupid bitch” for essentially supporting Laverne’s right (and fight) to be who she wants to be; I can only imagine the hurl of shit Laverne must be getting.
The Wonder Woman thing is to want DC to do more than to slap a costume on a pretty woman when they choose their Wonder Woman. Which is essentially what they’ve done with Gal Gadot (a very polarizing choice btw). This is basically what has been done with all the big superhero movies. That is to say nothing of the choices done by Marvel, who I think has chosen a pretty universally well liked and adored cast for their movies. But why not want more? Wonder Woman is an icon and inspiration for so many. She is the epitome of a strong kick-ass woman. In a world where superheroes doesn’t actually exist, Laverne is a real life Wonder Woman. She is relentless, powerful, feminine, fearless and endlessly patient. I love her so so much.
(Also, please look up some of her many great interviews, talks and speeches on Youtube. There is no better voice to educate you on why Laverne is so great, than Laverne herself)
"Being white means never having to think about it."
James Baldwin (via intellocgent)
#which is why the term white privilege REALLY angers people#it’s the first time many people hear themselves categorized by race#suddenly they feel burdened by the idea their race defines them#just like the words straight and cis really anger people#because it makes them feel Othered for once#and it’s disconcerting#white privilege (skylikethat)