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Via [personal profile] tim, we have two twitter threads where actual boots-on-the-ground antifa talk about their tactics and the need for their tactics. The first one, especially, emphasizes non-violent direct action to intervene in order to protect vulnerable people, while still being ready to commit violence should all else fail.

It's reassuring to know that organized antifa, black bloc, etc. know what they're doing, know how to deescalate, and have very clear goals. It's also important to reiterate that hate speech isn't nonviolent; speech that threatens to hurt other people is violence. It's a form of terrorism, of making people feel unsafe just because of what they look like or who they love. Or other immutable characteristics.

Personal example involving transphobia )

The thing I expressed concern about, before, wasn't that people were saying they'd punch Nazis; Nazis should fear being punched, when they go to advocate for white supremacy and ethnic cleansing in public. It was that a lot of the people I'd seen on Reddit specifically seemed to be advocating for Nazi-punching from a place of toxic masculinity, and wanting to escalate conflicts to the detriment of more vulnerable people than white cismale Reddit users.

I'm very glad to know that people like that aren't in charge, and that vulnerable groups of people are preparing their / our own defences and tactics. I don't think I can participate in the same ways that they can, but I want to make it clear that I support organized antifa, and am not trying to scare or warn people away from the concept of resisting fascists. Goddess knows we need more people doing so.

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SA has been hitting it out of the park lately, with its Onion-esque takes on current events. Check these out if you need to laugh in order to keep from crying!

(Content note: Refers to, and skewers the subjects of, recent depressing news stories that you may not want to be reminded of.)

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Content note: Self-parodying theophobia and sexism, especially in the links.

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Now, then. Here's a question and answer from an AMA, or "Ask Me Anything," thread on an internet forum:

Q. Does [your girlfriend who used to be a miko, or Shinto shrine maiden] have any opinion on all of the cosplayers wearing her sacred vestments to look cute?

A. She doesn't care at all. Also they weren't really "sacred vestments" to her so much as a uniform...like a person at a fill-up station or a convenience store. She kinda likes Touhou, or at least she thinks the characters are cute. [...] She thinks Reimu's outfit is cute, and definitely better than what she had to wear.

-- [WARNING: NSFW / sexist / Reddit link] IAmA guy whose girlfriend was a miko (Shinto "shrine maiden") AMA

Sometimes, I get the feeling that it's the people who shame others for finding meaning in Japanese stories, symbols, and mythology, who are the ones that are actually racist. And possibly ageist, since a lot of the media that portrays these things came to North America in the form of "cartoons," "comic books," and video games, which aren't okay to like because they are "for kids."

Meanwhile, real-world Shinto shrines are actually using their connections to manga and anime to attract visitors. Via Green Shinto, an English-language article in a Japanese newspaper explains:

Some may see it as a trivialisation of sacred space, but priests and anthropologists counter this with such statements as, “Since ancient times, Shinto shrines have not been exclusive. It’s good if they are talked about and become attractive destinations.”

The ema with anime characters on them may strike some readers as weird and merchandise-y. But whatever your feelings about mass media and commercialism, I don't feel like it's a good thing to shame people for liking them. And I feel like when English-speaking people police each other for liking Japanese media, folklore, and/or religion, it doesn't come from a place of respect for those things. It comes from a desire to control, and to punish, and to keep racial boundary lines from being crossed.

Cosplay and other forms of self-expression can be used to give offense and to caricature. But I'm pretty sure that Square-Enix execs aren't offended when people in North America write Final Fantasy fanfic, and the priests at the Fushimi Inari shrine aren't upset about foreign tourists buying ofuda. If they are, they'll just have to console themselves with our money.

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