…you probably don’t know how it is used or its history.
I know a lot of people think it just means straight people and it’s a harmless jab at the privileged but it is not.
It is a biphobic, cissexist, racist and generally awful term.
As you can see “breeders” was chanted at bisexuals during London Pride this year and this is not an isolated incident, this is a regular experience at Pride around the world for many bisexuals. It is not only equating them as straight people (since this insult is used against straight people too) but also hypersexualises them for being “good breeders”, there’s the biphobia.
As the comic demonstrates this is especially hard for people who for whatever reason cannot have children, having problems “breeding”, this includes people who have misscarried, people who have recovered from illnesses where their reproductive parts have had to be removed, trans people who have undergone gender ressignment surgery and intersex people. It is essentially stripping people down to their reproductive capabilities and genitals, there’s your cissexism.
The word also has a very racist history, during the slave era “breeder” was often used to refer to black women who were designated for breeding new slaves and even now “welfare breeder” is used as a derogatory term to refer to, primarily, black single mothers. When this word is aimed at poc, especially black and latina women, it brings up a reminder of racism and being stripped of their autonomy to become livestock, there’s your racism.
It can also be very misogynistic when it is aimed at women since reducing women to reproductive value in general is a core value of misogyny.
Seriously don’t use this word, it sucks, it hurts people, let it die.
True story my therapist told me it is 100% natural and healthy to have attachments to fictional characters, especially strong hero types because they may have flaws but in the end they always save the day and some people just need that constant positive force in their life.
You don’t understand how perfect this is.
Anonymous said: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance
you a bitch
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.
In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.
I love linguistics!
India’s Academy of Sorcery boasts an impressive display of flashy colours, from enchanted saris that shift colours sporadically throughout the day, to the lavishly painted exterior of the academy which is situated in a nondescript location along Ganges River. Due to the frightening rate at which the school’s ancient mango tree (jokingly nicknamed “Mammoth Mango Machine”) produces mangoes, students have to endure the perpetually evolving art of mango cuisine at least five days a week. Every year, to the students’ great enjoyment, classes are halted for Diwali to make time for various competitions that take place: firework flourishes and charms for upper-year students (bonus points if it doesn’t set any part of the school on fire), and lantern designing for lower-year students (use of animals, alive or dead, is forbidden).
I want to take a moment to tell you about my dad.
His name is Pete, and he is about 5’7 and very, very Italian.
He has accepted me for who I am since I arrived on this planet, and loves me so fiercely that just thinking about it can make me burst into tears.
Yesterday, he sent out an email (pictured above) to all of his friends and family, declaring that love and support by telling them all about the work Dannielle and I do, and asking them to pre-order our book, This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids.
His words, as you might imagine, made me cry. I had no idea he even knew what LGBTQ stands for, you guys. Ugh. I am going to cry again.
I am who I am today in large part because of my dad’s support, his strength in knowing that love is more important than anything, his ability to stand by my mom as she worked through her own fears about my sexuality, and so, so much more. His support allowed me to love myself, and that strength, in turn, enables me to do the work I do today - it is one of the main things that gave me the ability to write this book in the first place.
Our parents are critical to our understanding of the world and of ourselves, and I speak to so many of you each day who have parents that, like my mom once was, are hurting and confused and struggling and don’t know how to let you love yourselves the way you deserve. I know that, with this book, we have created something that can help parents understand, support, and love their kids just like my dad understands, supports, and loves his daughter.
It would mean the world to me if you could share our book with your friends and family and anyone else you think might benefit from its existence. It matters more than I think any of us could ever individually know.
Every single book that is pre-ordered before September 9th is matched by our publisher with a donated book to a local PFLAG Chapter. Parents who desperately need information, guidance, and support attend those PFLAG meetings all over the country — I want this in their hands as soon as possible.
PS: The top picture is me and my dad a few years ago — he is wearing an everyoneisgay.com bracelet. He has never taken it off. *runs to the corner to cry some more*
if you’re in the UK, I ordered it from bookdepository for £11.50 : )