Wind is my element. I'm an Afro Dominican Gay Male from NJ who's interests range from nerdy humor to social policy. I'm also currently reshaping my life/identity, so there will be a lot of contemplative/personal posts about who I am and what I believe in. But most of all you'll find reblogs of things I believe in, like, or feel like I want to highlight. "You cannot change what you refuse to confront."

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Reblogged from mazapene  4,905 notes

immigrants, poor people, queer people of color, disabled folks, women (esp trans women of color) and gender-nonconforming folks if you are in academia and you don’t feel smart enough, remember that you are in the playground and training grounds of the elite. academia was not designed to include you. you are surviving something that has been systemically designed to exclude you in order to keep power in the hands of white, middle class, able bodied cis-men.


knowing this, don’t let academia train you to believe that elitism is the right way to make it through school. you can learn shit, hold the knowledge of your people in your heart, discard shame for your humble beginnings and/or marginalized identities. move through this experience knowing that the changes it offers you don’t have to include accepting academic elitism, inaccessible language or superiority. you can can simultaneously own the privilege that comes with being college educated and connections to your roots. academia does not have to kill your spirit.

By fabian romero- indigenous immigrant queer boi writer, facilitator and community organizer (via fabianromero)

Reblogged from gelopanda  11 notes
Is it appropriate for Puerto Rican kids/Dominican kids to be taught dances that demonstrate sexual positions to Reggaeton or Dembow?
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gelopanda:

If the kids are taught that dancing is sexual then no it’s not appropriate. But if the kids are dancing to dance, because dancing is an art form, then I don’t see how it’s inappropriate.

I don’t think I could be comfortable to see kids emulating sexual acts, but I think there are dances that shouldn’t be thought of as inherently sexual. It’s too easy to label a dance as sexual, but that kinda gives it a negative connotation. Sexuality shouldn’t be thought of as negative.

Most dances were thought to be obscene and inappropriate at one point or another. This Includes salsa merengue and bachata.
Now, people see them as culturally rich art forms. For the most part, people feel a sense of pride if their kids can dance these styles.

There are dances all over the world that can be seen as “sexual” including religious dances. In Lukumi/ Santeria or in 21 divisions/ Dominican Vudú you may see people dancing to venerate deities and even become mounted by deities who start dancing in ways that can be seen to be as sexual. In these cases, we shouldn’t tell kids that sexuality is bad. Sexuality is a very important part of human nature and there are ways people can express and explain sexuality in age-appropriate ways.