“I’m not your Asian AI sexbot. I’m not the manic pixie Anime school girl from your pornographic fantasies.”
Intuitively, this broad ideology may seem positive at best and harmless at worst, but given its disregard for socioeconomic relations and resulting behaviors of socialization, it can be deeply problematic.
On May 11th, the UCLA LGBT Resource Center organized a gender-affirming photoshoot to provide a positive space for trans and nonbinary Bruins.
From the acne on my forehead, stretch marks on my thighs, and to the dead little pinky toenail on my right foot, I should be able to show as much skin on hot summer days as any other person. I learned to love my scar and I learned to love myself more as a person.
“I felt very belittled, and I don’t want anyone to go through a similar experience such as that.”
“I’ve been a feminist for as long as I can remember.”
Oftentimes, as women of color, the added pressures surrounding our undergraduate experiences surmount our abilities to persist as focused, successful college students.
There are many examples of the way the health industry fails women that are both legitimate threats to their health as much as they are threats to achieving equality.
“I’m a feminist because nothing else makes sense.”
If you’re a budding voluntourist, beware the self-serving programs that do more harm than good. Look instead to organizations that actually prioritize the prosperity and autonomy of the locals and their economies.