Anonymous said: If the government is involved in something as fucking stupid as gamergate, what are they not involved in? I mean, I know that they're huge and they've got feelers in everything. But god damn, man. Something so powerful and deeply rooted and manipulative that it's been steering fucking video game development toward its own benefit... I never thought I'd feel so powerless. They can control something as mundane as that and we can't do anything about it.
They are involved in everything, have you not been paying attention to Snowden’s leaks and Wikileaks? Its been confirmed that the government actually creates fake personas online all the time, deliberately trolls forums, pays for favorable media, creates fake terror plots, swaps your nudies, plants pedophilia and malware on computers, instigates riots all the time, fosters foreign dissent under the guise of humanitarianism (in multiple countries), manipulates Wikipedia, and employs a whole slew of other subversive tactics.
Opt the fuck out, learn how to plant and grow food, learn a skill/trade, and stop voting.
Anonymous said: hello, i am terribly sorry if i sound completely ignorant with the following question. i get the feeling that i have used the terms "hispanic" and "latina" wrong when describing women who identify as such. i think i mix them up. i really want to get it right, and from the content of your blog, i feel like you can help me understand the correct usage for each word. thank you!
Hi there anon! No need to apologize, and you don’t sound ignorant at all. It’s kind of a tricky one to figure out on your own, so thanks for asking! I’ll do my best to give an answer that makes sense, though it’s not really cut-and-dry or straightforward, so bare with me!
Hispanic is a term that the U.S. government uses on the census to count people from Latin American countries (South America, Central America, The Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Mexico). Hispanic literally translates to “of spanish descent.”
This is controversial for two reasons. 1) not everyone who lives in these regions are of spanish descent. There are indigenous people, people of African descent, and people who have migrated from other parts of the world other than Spain. 2) many mestizos (people who may be of spanish descent, but are also of indigenous descent) would rather not identify as “hispanic” because it is giving power to the spanish as the colonizer of our lands while not recognizing the other peoples that we are descended from.
—(Side note: not all mestizos feel this way. there is a lot of racism/classism that gets perpetuated based on whether or not you are white (i.e spanish). therefore, many people who are not fully spanish try to claim they are full spanish, or mostly spanish, because it accrues more social and political capital.)
My understanding is that Latino is a term that came from the people to describe themselves as other than “hispanic.” (Meaning of Latin America). People of any race can identify as Latino because it is a marker of cultural and ethnic identity, not genetic ancestry. Apparently the census adopted “latino” because they noticed people were self-identifying this way, however there are obvious problems with them taking the word as well. Namely you have people believing hispanic and latino are interchangeable, when they aren’t really.
But it’s also important to note that some people who are from Latin America choose to use the term “hispanic” instead of “latino” to describe themselves even if they aren’t of spanish descent. I think this happens because in mainstream conversations (like on tv especially) people use them interchangeably, and hispanic is still a lot more common of a word than latino.
You will likely find that most people engaged in activism that are from Latin America will identify as Latino/a/x (latinx is gender neutral of latino) over hispanic. I have also heard that hispanic is slightly more commonly used on the east coast, and latino is slightly more common on the west coast.
If you’re still confused about how to use each one, I personally very very rarely use the word hispanic unless someone is specifically self-identifying that way.
Hope that helps, let me know if I need to clarify anything!