forever such a naked savage
this was tagged headdress and squaw
YES I CAN
Many natives, including Ruth Hopkins, have written about the effects of costumes on native psyche. “I try to teach my daughter to carry herself with pride and dignity. These racist costumes, that specifically target her purely because of her race, send her the message that Native American women are viewed as sex objects.”
The sexualization of indigenous bodies is incredibly harmful when looking at the statistics. In a 2008 CDC study, “39% of Native women surveyed identified as victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed… at least 70% of the violent victimizations experienced by American Indians are committed by persons not of the same race— a substantially higher rate of interracial violence than experienced by white or black victims.”
With 1 in 3 native women facing a form of sexual violence, the continued objectification of our bodies normalizes violence upon us. For centuries our bodies have been used as metaphors for conquered land. Although only recently considered a war crime, rape has historically been used as a weapon of war used to subjugate and humiliate entire populations. Women are viewed as pillars of the community and violence against them is a tactical assault aimed at destabilization creating mass intergenerational trauma. This lives on today as a continual investment in the colonization of America.
Violence on our bodies is often ignored and erased, turning a systematic issue into one that is viewed as an individual problem and increasing the stigmatization of coming forward with the assault. Every year we are erased in metaphors of what we look like & who we are, but also physically erased. When Native women go missing, it’s rare the police intervene. Recently Canada has received spotlight about 1,200 unsolved cases on missing & murdered Aboriginal women. We are literally being erased from the world. Our bodies are viewed as a commodity which can be taken at the will of someone else for their profit.
im crying while writing this