Why aren't there more bears of color in bear-centric media?

onfire40:

noodlesandbeef:

Thats a really good question.  Let’s look at the data first:

People of Color are underrepresented in the bear community because bears are mostly into other bears and the most self-identified bears are white.  (Source: gay cliques census, 2/3s of bears and cubs are into their own type; >80% of self-identified bears are white).

Most bears are white.  Most bears are into other bears, who happen to be mostly white guys. So it makes sense that the bear community would cater to its majority audience…except that the bear community was originally designed to be inclusive.

How bad is it?

Bearracuda proudly states that they’re the largest attended bear dance party and most prolific gay dance event in the US.  Despite this, they don’t use people of colour in their promotions.

The top dating apps for bears, scruff and growlr, don’t use people of colour in any of their app screenshots, ads, or promotions.  Some bear dating sites, like Bear411, won’t even allow people of colour (particularly asians) to join their site.

The biggest bear runs in the world, Lazy Bear, TBRU, and Ptown Bear Week don’t use people of colour in their ads, promotional flyers, or websites.

Without some representation in bear-centric media, the bear community sends a strong message that people of colour are not welcome.

But, its not all bad.  There are some very prominent people in the bear community who do not practice discrimination against skin colour and even include us in their work.

Where the Bears Are has always had a varied cast of bears representing different ethnicities (like me), Beach Bear Weekend is a new bear run that uses people of colour in their promotions, Bear Invasion has a balanced representation of ethnic minorities (like me).

People of colour are underrepresented by the bear community, but we can change that by supporting bear parties, events, and media that is inclusive.

True dat!

Wait, holy shit, Bear411 doesn’t allow people of color on their site? What the fuck?

gailsimone:

Watching Anderson Cooper, a white friend of George Zimmerman is defending him in a remote interview.Slight paraphrasing, I was too pissed off to DVR it.

He describes what a good guy George is, and how Zimmerman actually thwarted a robbery in his (the friend’s) house, just a couple weeks previously.

Then the friend says that they have had a lot of burglaries, and ‘90% of the burglars are young black males.’

Anderson fails to ask how this man knows that…were all the burglars caught? If they weren’t, how would they know?

In any case, he makes a point to say that 90% of the burglars were young black males, a bit of information he volunteers without a question being asked about it.

Fine, whatever.  Then ten seconds later, Anderson asks, “And you don’t believe that there was a racial component to this incident?”

The friend is adamant, even offended, “Absolutely not,” he says, emphatically.

Repeat, unasked, the guy goes out of his way to point out that black males committed these alleged crimes. Black males. “These crimes you didn’t ask about, Anderson? Black males did them.”  THEN, TEN SECONDS LATER, he says race had nothing to do with Zimmerman singling this young man out and following him as if he had already committed a crime.

He’s trying to use the ultimate white douchebag logic that has been used for every bit of racist profiling ever: George Zimmerman was justified in following and harassing Trayvon Martin because he was a black, young male, like the criminal suspects (that we only have this guy’s word were black), but of course, there is no racial component to Zimmerman’s actions.

What?

George was right in following Trayvon because he was black, but race had nothing to do with it.

If that makes sense to you, congratulations, you are now a horrible human being.

And lazy journalism, to boot!  I normally like Anderson Cooper just fine, but that’s incredibly disappointing.

I still don’t understand how this is a controversial issue.  I mean…how can you even read the slightest bit of information on the situation and side with Zimmerman?  If he and his friends admitted he made a mistake and he was repentant for it, I’d feel some sympathy.  But how can people actually be fighting back against all this?  Oh, right, because apparently society is cool with assholes.

Doesn’t make a lick of sense.

wtfwhiteprivilege:

Elon James White posts his #millionhoodies pic and white people are pissed. 

luckyprecious:

Guess who got a visit from Jehovah’s witnesses?

I remember this magazine from when I was still a JW.  
Know what though?  I have to commend them for going against racist stereotypes by having the white guy be the criminal and the black guy the victim.  Even the poor starving people aren’t typical Africans!  I mean, that’s some progressive shit right there.
Well…I use “progressive” loosely.

luckyprecious:

Guess who got a visit from Jehovah’s witnesses?

I remember this magazine from when I was still a JW.  

Know what though?  I have to commend them for going against racist stereotypes by having the white guy be the criminal and the black guy the victim.  Even the poor starving people aren’t typical Africans!  I mean, that’s some progressive shit right there.

Well…I use “progressive” loosely.

gailsimone:

stfuconservatives:

ninapedia:

velocicrafter:

cooneytalks:

Are you kidding me?

No one has bluntly faced discrimination because of their race, gender or orientation in the 21st century. None of you know what it’s truly like since everyone has rights in today’s world.

I was going to ask a question. Hmm. What was it, what was it.

It was something about the original poster’s point, I remember that much.

Oh, wait, I have it!

WHAT THE FUCK?

I still can’t get married.

So.  You know.  There’s that.

thefrogman:

laughingsquid:

Texas Gun Instructor’s Ad Draws Inquiry

This is an ad for a beginner’s concealed handgun class. It’s only $100. THAT’S A VERY REASONABLE PRICE! If you listen to this ad in its entirety, the last 20 seconds will cause your face to have the following expression. 

OH DEAR GOD.  WATCH THIS.  WATCH THIS NOW.

Lately I feel like people are just seeking things to be outraged about. They set their sensitivities to 11 and cry foul at every turn. You are diluting the power of calling something out as racist or sexist or intolerant. When there is an actual malevolent misdeed, it could easily be ignored because of this. We need to use more common sense when picking our battles.

Humor is not politically correct. It will never be. It never should be. There are lines that should not be crossed, but making light of political frustrations and social issues is not a bad thing. Humor is a tool that can be used to help make these things easier to talk about. To bridge gaps and bring people together. To encourage discussion and debate.

Frogman, full context in this post.