Why Outdoor Recreation Is Racist, Islamophobic, Ableist And A Shocking Example Of White Privilege

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The Progressive movement has a new demand to add to our zillion others: we need to concrete over every last patch of Allah’s green earth, level all mountains, empty the lakes and seas, cut down the forests.

Although the above proposal may seem frankly absurd and at odds with our environmental agenda, we’re deadly serious. Turning the world into one giant urban zone needs to happen soon because the enjoyment of nature by cis-gendered white males is offensive to so many minority groups. As Emily Zak writes in Everyday Feminism, Outdoor Recreation is racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, ableist and reeks of white privilege.

Zak begins her article by pointing out a simple truth – due to inequality, poor people cannot afford to leave their urban dwellings:

“Unlike going to the movies, eating at a restaurant, or other “luxuries,” spending time in nature seems free. But not everyone has equal access. As with travel, marginalized groups face a lot of barriers to outdoor recreation. This leaves the different types of outdoor fun to privileged folks…

Certain marginalised groups are more oppressed than others even if they do make it to the countryside. Campers Of Color, for example, simply avoid pitching their tents in sites when they feel threatened by the overwhelming whiteness of other outdoor enthusiasts. Zak explains how uncomfortable and yet oh so sensitive this makes her:

“Like a lot of white people, I learned to ignore the whiteness of myself and other outdoor enthusiasts around me. I didn’t hear backpackers saying overtly racist things or see jerks physically blocking people of color from the trails, so I paid the homogeneity no mind.

It’s easy to overlook inequality when it’s systemic. It’s even easier when we benefit.”

Islamophobia, too, is also rampant in the wilderness. Racist white hikers basically assume that any Muslims they come across are in a terrorist training camp rather than enjoying the fresh air:

“Ambreen Tariq runs Brown People Camping, an Instagram account that promotes diversity in public lands. She says she can feel like an outsider hiking and camping as a Muslim woman of color and immigrant…
…We need to acknowledge outdoor recreation’s lack of diversity and inclusion…
…We forget that society’s hierarchies of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, body size, and economic class don’t magically disappear in the forest.”

Scene from “Three Lions” film: how Islamophobes view all Muslims in the countryside

We wrote earlier this week about weight-based discrimination. This is bountiful in nature, where there is a total absence of elevators to transport super sized climbers and the disabled to the summit of Mount Everest. Why should the joys of mountaineering be the sole preserve of the physically fit?

Zak complains: “Fitness culture overall reeks of fat-shaming, for one, which is reflected in workout clothing offerings…
…For those who’d prefer cycling: Only last year did anyone think to build a bike for someone who’s heavier than 300 pounds.”

Hiking etc. also grossly offends Native Americans:

“Many national parks and public lands were built on colonized lands. Even US National Parks reflect colonialism, where white leaders ignored Indigenous people in the area to establish.”

Finally, the Great Outdoors is basically homophobic and just plain wrong by any standard of decency.

“Media paint a homogeneous picture of who enjoys the outdoors, as well. They’re typically white, male, cisgender, slender, able-bodied, and assumed straight…structures humans put in place – capitalism, colonialism, racism, sexism, and ableism – allow some people to access the outdoors and force others home.”  

Once we have concreted over everything that offends, we need to do something about those hideously white clouds …

Marinated Le Pen
Marinated Le Pen

This is not entirely true. The Taliban live outdoors in the caves, and hike the mountains. They are also used as target practice by Mother of All Bombers.

Marinated Le Pen
Marinated Le Pen

On a more serious note, if you love outdoors, the less equipment the better.
Earthing, or walking barefoot (on unpaved earth) is good. Swimming without neoprene suits, goggles, or scuba gear is good. Climbing trees is good. Those who climb trees exercise a very diverse set of muscles, which is totally against the fitness paradigm of building say the biceps, with lots of repetition. Rock climbing, once again without equipment is good. You develop a greater awareness, when you connect with nature, without too much equipment.

I was watching one of the survival reality shows, with a 20 year Navy SEAL veteran, and another well built army guy. Every other minute the well built guy was referring to the ex-Navy SEAL in total awe of his skills. And then they showed the ex-SEAL climbing a slippery tree with a rope, in the rain. The guy was totally breathless, I was expecting him to drop down from the tree. Navy SEAL training starts off with physical and mental breakdown (the SEALs are basically grunts), endless repetition of physical exercise, and other things that reduce flexibility, intelligence and awareness.

It is unfortunate today that most people try to get fit by joining fitness clubs, instead of climbing a few trees, or rocks, or swimming. We have a lot to learn from the primitive tribes. Doesn’t mean we should stop jet travel, using cars or electricity.

MillionDollarBonus

I wish you’d spend a little more time outdoors doing those things instead of clogging up this site with garbage.

Marinated Le Pen
Marinated Le Pen

I’ll heed Pbier’s warning, and not cast pearls before swine.

But you are right, I’ve wasted time on this site (under various aliases). Now that I have more work coming up, I have to better use my time. Good luck with your satire, folks!

anon
anon

and what makes you think it is satire.

Silly Boy! Some people are just flat out wacked.

MillionDollarBonus

Everyone knows MLP is one of your sock puppets.

anon
anon

RIIIIIIIIght!

trav777

I agree; what dark recess of ZH did this moonbat crawl out from?

trav777

you fuckin idiot, the primitive tribes IMMEDIATELY abandon their ways as soon as they are given a slice of modernity. You think the fuckin eskimos miss dogsledding? They have snowmobiles now and whitey provides gasoline and electric power. Oppressing them every minute. So much so that they get upset when their supplies of whitey’s energy are disrupted.

MillionDollarBonus

Wow what a thought provoking article! I often notice that when I’m jogging through the forests and mountains, everyone up there is white. This must mean that all the people of color are too scared to join us, because they think we’ll attack them or make them feel unwelcome! I feel so ashamed 🙁 It couldn’t possibly be that we enjoy the outdoors more than they do, and that they prefer socializing, eating and drinking and other activities. We all know that people of color are exactly like us in every way, and want to live exactly like middle class white people.

BTW, don’t you just think that beautiful European town in the picture above would be a perfect place for a refugee camp? They’d love it there!

trav777

The problem with the outdoors and PoCs is that the national parks have prohibitions against littering. That’s considered oppression to blacks and a racist imposition of violence against them.

Black Flies Matter
Black Flies Matter

I wear my Docker D1 Khaki Classics up on my hips where my whitey tightey’s cannot be seen, does this make me a racist??? Please help.

MillionDollarBonus

Duuh – if you’re white you’re racist! It doesn’t matter whether you hike or not!

anon
anon

Sorry! Camel racing is right out as an American pastime.

However riding flying donkeys to visit space goats zoos can be a nice change of pace.

Space goat cheese can also be a the new trendy food for the disabled, as it soft (no need for teeth) and only one hand is needed (for the limb impaired) to eat it.

VirtyouVirtme
VirtyouVirtme

Every time I go skiing I must self flagellate afterward. I never see any people of color. The same goes for hockey games and NASCAR. I feel ashamed of my privilege. I was thinking of giving it all up but then it occurred to me that there needs to be someone there that is truly virtuous and can check everyone’s privilege for them.

MillionDollarBonus

There aren’t any people of color at racist rodeos either. It’s time for us to end any and every gathering of white people that doesn’t include every victim group.

trav777

i go diving, skiing, flying, other things….I don’t see many PoCs there. I wonder if secretly that is part of the allure…no wonder I am constantly apologizing to blacks for the hospitals built to oppress them during colonialism.

anon
anon

You have to understand one thing

Black people have only one color
Brown people have only one color
Yellow people have only one color
Red people have only one color

but because white is a combination of ALL colors, whites have many many colors.

For future posts when referring to those poor deprived non whites with only ONE color, please refer to them as people of a SINGULAR color.

While whites can still be described as white, individuals of that race should more accurately be described as the BLESSED whites.

Thank you for your understanding.

trav777

once we’ve abolished everything, there will be nothing for anyone to enjoy.

I wonder what the author says about the people who actually LIVE out there in the countryside…they are the MOST privileged despite appearing at a cursory glance to lack incomes about median, straight teeth, and luxury automobiles.

i wonder if that author isn’t trolling…people of color weren’t originally in the cities! They were on plantations and migrated to the cities because they were denied “access” and “opportunity” in the countryside. So i don’t know why they would want to ever go back to such a dreary place as the countryside!

And what kind of BIGOT is she to ASSUME that people of color value this SWPL crap she’s into? MY friends of color routinely tell me that the stuff I do, such as scuba- or skydive is “white people shit.” I am forced to agree and respond that so are electricity and automobiles…and I immediately fall down on my knees and beg for forgiveness for oppressing them with these things and shoes and the written word. Black people don’t like camping; it’s too much like regular life in Africa.

MillionDollarBonus

White people are crazy. Why do they have such different preferences to other people? All races are the same, so they must be pretending to be this different from everyone else. It must be some kind of attention seeking act.

IThinkThereforeIAm (ITTIA)
IThinkThereforeIAm (ITTIA)

I do agree with the homophobic stereotype that’s projected in various ads, but remember that Broke Back Mountain started opening the door to gender fluidity in the great outdoors which also includes the Rodeo comment above.

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