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Am I racially/sex insensitive/distanced?
MimDon't be defeatist, dear.It's very middle class.Registered Userregular
Yesterday this was posted on ONTD (Oh No They Didn't! For those who do not browse livejournal) and I really couldn't see the big deal about it. I left a comment saying that if she had been wearing shackles, I wouldn't automatically jump to thinking about her making slavery sexy (I couldn't think of anything slavery specific, so I used a weak example) but just "shackles".
The thing is, is that I am of African American, Puerto Rican and Native American decent (my great-great grandmother being Cherokee). Normally when something racial comes up in pop culture that isn't blatantly racist, I don't catch it and it doesn't bother me. Commenting that it doesn't bother me has comments of "Read a damn book you fucking retard" or "You hate yourself" promptly thrown at me. No, they don't spend time trying to tell you where you are wrong or help you see the big picture because obviously it isn't their obligation to educate you.
The same thing happens with gender and sex inequality. I don't see a problem with calling a girl a bitch if she is being a bitch. I call men the same thing and I call men "sluts" and "whores" as well and don't just link it to the female sex.
I don't think like this because I'd rather not spend my time day in and day out pissed over things that I cannot escape. I'm more concerned with what's going on individually in my own life and not if someone is being racially sensitive or gender sensitive.
How do I see the bigger picture so I don't come off sounding like someone who hates herself and her heritage just because I just don't give a fuck over things that aren't blatant? And what books/websites should I click to even learn about this kind of stuff? I've found Feminism 101 but I find the format kind of confusing and I don't think anything exists for racial topics.
TL;DR : How do I be less blind to the racially/sex insensitive things out there so I know what everyone else is pissed about and can see their side? Or is it even a problem?