Pink Energy: Black Femme vs Magical Girl
I cannot stress how important it is that online communities accept the intersectional issues of existing in alternative communities and spaces. I can’t just separate the intersectional issues of femininity and being black in America (Black people globally have issues too but ya’ll aren’t ready for that lecture) . I’m still black when I topple my bald head with a pink wig. I’m still black while dressing in bright pastels or being a dramatic vintage prince. Separating these identities is impossible for me to do. I wake up as one every day a Black Femme and the other is a choice that doesn’t take away from me being black. Kawaii is a lifestyle choice, and I love and live by it but it doesn’t stop me from confronting being a black femme. Take that idea and marinate it in some magical spice of life. It might be old bay if you’re from the Maryland area like me, but still think about it.
Assuming in any form that the issues, trials, and problems that I experience disappear under the thick kawaii pink filter is foolish. I mean it is downright foolish. I am coming into this space to enjoy a community I admire and choose to and then get told “You’re to big for that” or “That color doesn’t work for you” or “Stick to your own style”. Give me a moment I’m about to use my ultimate move, and spin in last minute to say something. Stop gatekeeping people for their identities in alternative spaces. The irony is some of us have problems that are not a choice. Existing in alternative communities is without a doubt a choice, asking us to sacrifice our confidence, our hope, and our love of life for it because of our race, our sexuality, and our body image is cruel. It’s the type of cruelty, that isn’t aesthetic or cute. You aren’t “Wicked Lady” from sailor moon if you’re racist to somebody trying to find their place in alternative spaces. It’s not aesthetic to put someone down for their body or their sexuality. Seriously, its annoying to see people demean people for things they cannot help.
I am Black. I am Powerful. I am a Magical Girl. Stop assuming that my experiences as a black femme disappear because I’m cute and a magical girl. Stop assuming because I’m black that I cannot be a magical girl.