It’s pretty sad to see such negative comments about a magazine that I bet half of you have never even read! I was a model in the December 2007 issue and I happen to be proud of my photos. I see how people wrote about “Indian Barbies” well let me tell you this....I am a 6 ft, size 14 Ojibway woman far from being a ‘barbie’ who happens to be proud of who I am. I was brought up in the Little Saskatchewan First Nation Community in Manitoba. I was taught how to hunt and fish by my dad because I have no brothers, only sisters. I come from a close knit family, graduated from university and am a very intelligent well rounded woman. The curves I have are all natural, I do not believe in promoting unhealthy eating habits as I am a mother to two beautiful daughters and a handsome son. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I am proof of that. All the women that have been featured in RSM have their bio’s with them so you can read about who they are. I have not come across one woman who you could label a bimbo.
Irene Bedard is an amazing actress and positive role model as well as Rachelle WhiteWind, and Nathaniel Arcand. They have all been featured in RSM and did not take off their clothes, neither did I. Does that make us traitors because we are in the mag? “Redskin Magazine-ONLY IGNORANCE MAKES IT RACIST!!!” So true, you see AMERICAN “INDIAN” MAGAZINE everywhere. Why aren’t people making a stink about that word? All the hype about the word REDSKIN is ridiculous! As for the editor being white? Not so, he is far from it and in no way racist. So get over it, stop the bashing and pick up a copy and then decide for yourself if all the negative hype was worth it.
I bet none of us has read Redskin magazine. No one I know has seen an issue of it.
I was making fun of the magazine's title and concept, not its sexy pictorials. I don't have to see the interior to know the cover displays a word that most Indians consider a slur or epithet. For more on the subject, see Red·skin n. Dated, Offensive, Taboo.
Ignorance about "redskin"
"Only Ignorance Makes It Racist"...is that your claim or the magazine's? Doesn't matter. Let's consider this remarkable statement.
Only ignorance makes the word "redskin" racist? How do you figure? Are you claiming Indians actually had red skins? That they still have them? If so, I'd say you're more ignorant than I am.
I'm guessing I haven't ignored a thing about the word "redskin." But prove me wrong. Tell me what I've ignored and then we'll discuss it.
Why aren't people making a stink about "Indian"? Uh, because "Indian" is almost universally accepted among Indians? Unlike "redskin," which is a vulgarism at best, people have used "Indians" for 500 years without implying that Indians were bloodstained savages.
A helpful analogy
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If you don't mind appearing in Redskin magazine, how would you feel about appearing in Cunt magazine? I presume you wouldn't mind. After all, as an Indian woman, you don't have a red skin but do have a cunt. So any objection you have is only "ignorance." Cunt magazine fits you better than Redskin magazine does.
You say you have two beautiful daughters? Even if they're only children, they have cunts also. So let's feature them in Cunt magazine too. Let's teach them to proudly embrace their cunts just as you want them to proudly embrace their "red skins."
In fact, let's tell them to their faces that they're cunts as well as redskins. There's no reason to be ashamed of either of these words, is there? Sticks and stones may break their bones, but names will never hurt them.
If you disagree with any of this, well, too bad. Cunt magazine..."Only Ignorance Makes It Sexist." Now featuring proud women cunts of all races and ages.
P.S. Say hi to your redskin cunt daughters for me, okay? Let them know we're talking about them.
Returning to sanity
Sorry to be so crude and obnoxious. But people often don't understand the power of words until the words are applied to them. Maybe now you'll get the message.
So what are you planning to do with your university degree, Sher? If you have a modeling career, it'll be over in a few years. Then what?
I know all about Irene Bedard and Nathaniel Arcand, since I report on them frequently. Are they "traitors" for appearing in the magazine? "Traitors" isn't the word I'd use, but it's a legitimate question. Should they (and you) tacitly endorse the "Redskin" name and concept by appearing in the magazine?
Answering that question probably requires me to see Redskin's interior, so I'll hold off until I do. There you go...satisfied?
And when I do see the magazine and continue criticizing its offensive title, then what? You'll apologize for implying we were wrong about something when we weren't? I can hardly wait.