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24 Apr 19:46

do0lally: When you feel like your insides are being scooped out with a hot knife and the pain is so...

do0lally:

When you feel like your insides are being scooped out with a hot knife and the pain is so bad you’re crying and vomiting and and you are bleeding profusely BUT ITS NOT A LEGITIMATE REASON TO CALL OUT OF WORK BECAUSE PERIODS ONLY HAPPEN TO WOMEN

I can guarantee that if a non vagina owning person felt like I did right now they’d be in the emergency room

24 Apr 16:48

tamorapierce:ceruleancynic: amarilloo: dtk-womenwarriors: ART...













tamorapierce:

ceruleancynic:

amarilloo:

dtk-womenwarriors:

ART BY WESLEY  BURT

Part I

NOW THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT

oh would you fucking look at that

WOMEN IN BATTLE GEAR/ARMOR THAT IS NOT DRIPPING WITH FROTHY-SLICK CURDS OF SEXISM

goddes and men saide it was notte to bee

but they would notte listen

Some of this looks awfully heavy for combat, but I still approve.

22 Apr 23:36

In Brief: Two Paragraphs That Show You What It's Like to Be Poor in America in 2015

by Rude One
1. From "This Is What Poverty in Jamestown, Tennessee Looks Like" by Scott Rodd:

"'I know older people on Social Security that draw $575 a month,' she said, shaking her head. 'You can’t survive off that. So a lot of them have no choice but to sell their pills to supplement their income.'"

By the way, the median income of people in Jamestown is $12,800 and 56% of the population lives under the poverty line. The article talks about the wretched living conditions of people on Sunshine Lane, a street in the town. Google Street View stops at the edge of it. Jamestown is close to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, one of the prettiest areas of the Eastern United States.

2. From "Texas Sends Poor Teens to Adult Jail for Skipping School" by Kendall Taggart and Alex Campbell:

"She was booked into jail again, and after a restless night she was once again brought in front of a judge to find out how long she’d be behind bars — and how many days of school she would miss. It came down to how much she owed in fines. For four truancy charges and four charges of failure to appear, she owed $2,729. Her mom was unemployed at the time."

The whole article is filled with stories of kids skipping school. Remember when that was something we laughed at and dismissed? Remember how kids used to be sent to detention or suspended or, in the worst case, expelled for it? Public schools have successfully criminalized students and deputized teachers and administrators. If you're middle-class, you can negotiate your way out of a great deal of the grief. If you're poor, you are subject to the whims of a justice system that seeks to punish you for existing.

At some point, we're going to have to do something about how we treat the poor in this country. If the nation doesn't, if politicians continue to ignore the issue of poverty, the poor might just realize that all those guns the NRA has guaranteed they can bear might have another use.  And the United States will have no one to blame but itself.
24 Apr 08:50

What should I do if my child blocks me on Facebook? - Independent.ie

What should I do if my child blocks me on Facebook? - Independent.ie:
As older generations embrace social media, younger users are switching off, according to a new report.

“A 2013 study found that two in three British parents use Facebook to spy on their children, with one in six admitting spying on their children was the sole reason for joining the social network.”

…And the adults still need it explained why the children are blocking them? (eyeroll)

22 Apr 16:10

This black artist dressed up like her white ancestors to prove a point

by Jenée Desmond-Harris

Stacey Tyrell, a Canadian artist whose parents are from the West Indian island of Nevis, knows that when most people look at her they see a black woman.

"Backra Bluid" artist Stacey Tyrell. (Staceytyrell.com)

But Tyrell has a background that's invisible to many observers. She explained in an interview with the Huffington Post that some of her ancestors were enslaved African people who were forced to work on plantations and often coerced into sexual relationships. The result: she, like many other people in the Caribbean and in the United States, has Europeans in her family tree, too.

Still, because of what she calls "a dualism that is inherent in Euro-centric constructs of 'Whiteness' and 'Blackness' in western societies" — the idea that most people are one race or the other, not both — she often gets uncomfortable looks when she openly claims her English, Scottish, and Irish ancestors, she wrote on her website. She says it started when she was "a black child attending a predominantly white school," and it hasn't stopped.

"Over the years I have found that a lot of people (often white) get very uncomfortable at the mention of such a connection because they half expect me to launch into a diatribe about colonialism and slavery when all I really seek is an inclusive conversation about the fact that all of us are more related than we think," she told the Huffington Post.

The solution: in a photography project titled "Backra Bluid," (the name combines the Caribbean slang for "white master" or "white person" and the Scottish word for "blood" and "kin") she's dressing up like the white people in her family tree using full costumes, hairstyling, and makeup, to challenge the way people think of race and heritage.

An image from "Backra Bluid." (Courtesy of Stacey Tyrell/Staceytyrell.com)

"The images in the series are an attempt to interpret and explore these relatives from both past and present that I know are out there," Tyrell writes.

An image from "Backra Bluid." (Courtesy of Stacey Tyrell/Staceytyrell.com)


The artist believes the resistance she often encounters when she discusses her white heritage is "due to the fact that with the very act of mentioning such ties I am inadvertently reminding them of the brutal system of colonial African slavery and its legacy that has brought about such connections."

An image from "Backra Bluid." (Courtesy of Stacey Tyrell/Staceytyrell.com)


She says she's simply trying to get across that the majority of people in post-colonial societies are "hybrids of its past and current inhabitants. "

An image from "Backra Bluid." (Courtesy of Stacey Tyrell/Staceytyrell.com)


What's the point of using her own face and body to make this statement? Tyrell says, "By simply changing my skin color and making subtle tweaks to my features I wish to show that if someone were to take a closer look at my face they would see that it might not be that much different than their own."

"Backra Bluid" artist Stacey Tyrell prepares for a photo shoot. (staceytyrell.com)

(h/t Huffington Post)

Further reading:

Watch: The myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes

23 Apr 03:47

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23 Apr 17:41

micdotcom: Watch: 70 actresses have teamed up to #MakeItFair...

23 Apr 13:42

"I will ask you to educate me and spend your energies in finding ways of saying things so that I can..."

I will ask you to educate me and spend your energies in finding ways of saying things so that I can understand. I will not do the same for you.

“Instead of using your resources to advance your causes, I will see you like a rat in a cage running around trying to find ways to explain the cage to me, while I hold the key to open the door.

“At the same time, I will convince you that I have no ill intentions toward you or those like you. I am simply not informed.

“The claim of ignorance is one of my most powerful weapons because, while you spend your time trying to enlighten me, everything
remains the same.



-

Aida Hurtado

The Pendejo Game provides a context for understanding group dynamics and the inauthenticity of interactions between elites and less powerful groups. Using the Pendejo Game, people in power claim ignorance to issues of inequality and privilege by asking for further education on the issue. For example, elites in power may use the game to claim they “had no idea this problem existed” or that hey have already made significant changes and “do not see what else can be changed,” (Limbert & Bullock, 2005). 

Limbert and Bullock (2005) state, “Successful Pendejo players are able to distance themselves from injustices by denying their own culpability”  When hearing of this professed ignorance, agents of change feel compelled to spend time, resources, and effort to “educate” people in power while at the same time people in power retain control of detrimental institutional systems, such as policies and programs. 

A Pendejo Game player’s strategic moves ensure that blame is not placed on them or the institutions they represent, which consequently makes the issue invisible and the efforts of the oppressed ineffective. 

The Pendejo Game metaphor attempts to raise awareness by pointing out that the burden is placed on the oppressed “rat” to continually explain its oppression to the lab worker who has already heard this plea several times before. 

The lab worker in turn claims ignorance of the rat’s plight. Instead, he professes feelings of benevolence towards the rat and asks the rat to continue to educate him. 

The lab worker has little incentive to actually listen to the rat. At the same time, the rat knows that if he does not speak, the lab worker will not move at all. 

The rat continues to plead his case, expending energy and resources, hoping that correcting the lab worker’s ignorance will compel the worker to move, even if the worker may never plan to do so.

(via racebending)

23 Apr 13:45

"No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you..."

“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”

-

President Barack Obama

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN FORCE OTHERS TO LIVE BY YOUR OWN BELIEFS —THANKYOU: BBams.

(via neutral)

23 Apr 13:49

lierdumoa: lierdumoa: dirtydarwin: thentheysaidburnher: All men benefit from women’s reinforced...

lierdumoa:

lierdumoa:

dirtydarwin:

thentheysaidburnher:

All men benefit from women’s reinforced fear of being hurt for saying no.

read it again and again

Understand that this applies even to non-sexual situations. Women are more likely to be asked for favors from coworkers. Regular “can you file this for me” / “can you cover my shift” / “can you finish up this paperwork” workplace favors. Men are less likely to return those favors. Women are more likely to be seen as “difficult to work with” if they refuse to do favors when requested. Being viewed as ungenerous has negative social and professional consequences.

So yes, even gay men benefit. All men benefit from women’s reinforced fear of being hurt, not just physically, but also socially and professionally, for saying no to anything at all.

Re: above; just in case it looks like I’m just pulling facts out of my ass, here are my sources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2013/10/29/women-work-and-the-girl-scout-tax/

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/10/30/2858091/women-workers-favors/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/01/06/women_do_favors_more_than_men.html

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/men-are-less-likely-be-asked-favors-workplace-get-more-appreciation-helping

22 Apr 21:55

perseidbadger: duckindolans: Where did this horror movie thing of mummies walking come from was...

perseidbadger:

duckindolans:

Where did this horror movie thing of mummies walking come from was it just some racist weird western notion to further exotify Egypt?? Did anyone actually believe this before The Mummy (the really old version) came out in the 20’s?

Buckle up, y’all, I wrote my thesis on this so I actually know the answer to it. Please take a moment to prepare yourself for white people being even grosser than you thought we were. No, grosser. NO, grosser than that. Okay, you’re ready. 

Of course, many cultures have myths about the dead rising up, but the mummy occupies a really unique place in the Western imagination. As far as we can tell, Western anxieties about Egyptian mummies didn’t appear until until the Early Modern period of European history. During this time, Europeans had some…interesting ideas about medicine. Some of these ideas involved straight-up fucking cannibalism. Yep! Mummy parts were crumbled up and used as tinctures or ingested, most frequently to stanch internal bleeding. It wasn’t until people began to realize that eating other humans might contribute to the spread of disease that the practice died out. It’s very probable that fears & anxieties about Egyptian mummies specifically came from their association with disease.

Egyptian mummies continued to be used as raw material up to and throughout the 19th century; they were used to make paint pigment and paper, and some people claim they were also used as fertilizer and fuel. (The last part is almost certainly not true, because the “fuel” thing comes from a Mark Twain joke that subsequent writers took seriously.) They were also the subject of Pettigrew’s famous mummy demonstrations, in which a greasy amateur scientist and showman unrolled mummies in front of London high society. They were ALSO taken into people’s private homes and treated as curios - having looted artifacts was considered a sign of refinement and good personal curatorship. 

Despite treating mummies as objects and resources, the Victorians must have known on some level that desecrating corpses was not 100% okay, because it’s around this time that we start to see mummy fictions. 

Including Victorian mummy  erotica.

Mummy fictions in the 19th century mostly focused on romantic conquest of the mummy, but there was an element of horror in them too; in these fictions (including ones by Bram Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle, among others) we see a lot of fear & anxiety about the mystical powers of the mummy, which I’m pretty sure comes from Englishmen feeling vaguely guilty about having dead people in their houses. (Not guilty enough to put them back, though!) EDIT: if you’re wondering where, specifically, the idea of mummies walking is from, it’s from these stories.

As mummy romance fell out of vogue, the accompanying horror element stayed. When the tomb of Tutankhamun was opened in 1922 and a series of unfortunate events conspired to make people believe in a curse, Western anxieties about the mummy skyrocketed, and birthed the mummy-horror tradition we see today.

Of course, all of this history IS absolutely rooted in racism and exotification; as I said in my thesis: 

It is tempting to dismiss the use and abuse of mummified bodies as a quirk of history, an unusual and unrepeatable phase of Western culture. However, to do so would be to dismiss years of imperialism, of colonialist thought, in which people of “the Orient” - a category in which Egypt was definitively included - existed in the Western imagination as curios, commodities, and curiosities, not as human beings.

This concludes the super long answer that no one asked for or wanted. If you take away anything from this, I hope it’s that if you’re European, your great-great-great grandfather was probably a cannibal and your great-grandma was probably into mummy porn. Sweet dreams!

22 Apr 15:39

quadzilla-rising:nikolaecuza:danosaurs-and-philions:im a bad person who thinks bad thoughts like ‘ew...

quadzilla-rising:

nikolaecuza:

danosaurs-and-philions:

im a bad person who thinks bad thoughts like ‘ew what is that girl wearing’ and then remember that im supposed to be positive about all things and then think ‘no she can wear what she wants, fuck what other people say damn girl u look fabulous’ and im just a teeny bit hypocritical tbh

I was always taught by my mother, That the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think. What you think next defines who you are.

READ THIS THEN READ IT AGAIN

22 Apr 15:46

#ourgeneration horror stories

r0rschach:

kayteaem-fic:

  • They find a book written in Latin… one guy doesn’t take Latin and doesn’t want to mess up the pronunciation. The girl is studying Mandarin. Another guy recommends sticking it into Google Translate but that’s likely to land them with gibberish. They leave it alone.
  • The car won’t start. They call an Uber.
  • The vampire captures the girl and insists that she wears the gown to dinner. The gown is actually hella cute. Only problem is it’s not in her size. Oh, it only comes in 2’s and 4’s? Sorry, vamp, you want me in that dress you contact the goddamn company and tell them to get their shit together.
  • “How did you possibly know that? It saved our lives!” “I’ve got two degrees and I spend way too much time on Wikipedia.”
  • They encounter a spirit that gains power the more people believe in it. One girl makes a vine and uploads with, “fakest ghost ever!!! Right??” Twenty minutes later the spirit is destroyed.
  • The circus is in town tonight. Except she’s lived her whole life here and the circus has never come before… it’s also in a pretty sketchy part of town, not somewhere you’d want to walk alone at night. She goes to a movie instead.
  • “You’d need an ARMY to fight this evil!” “Okay. I’ve got 20,000 followers, lets see how many can make it.”
  • The Evil Whispery Voice of Doom tells the jock that it’s going to kill his pretty blonde girlfriend. The jock gets offended because, excuse me, Cindy and I are just friends. However, Marty over there is my boyfriend and I’m not saying you should kill him, just stop making assumptions yeah?
  • “This spirit tried to convince me it was Jerry when it texted but its texting style is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT so yeah that didn’t work.”
  • We could have easily gotten lost and ended up at some creepy cabin in the woods, but luckily we all had functioning GPSs. Beach party, we’ve arrived!
  • “We have to find a way to destroy it! We—what are you doing?” “Looking up ‘exorcising demons’ on Google. Oh look, first hit.”
  • The child she bears will be the devil’s spawn. Good thing she doesn’t want kids. Or if she changes her mind she can always adopt.
  • “How can we possibly outwit this serial killer…” “… There’s gotta be an app for that. Lemme look.”
  • Only the virgin will survive… Turns out they’re all virgins. One is asexual. One wants to wait until marriage. Two just haven’t found the right person yet. One is meh about sex. So we all survive, yeah?
  • The girl does not fall. She was on varsity track.
  • “Quick! We need someplace to hide the artifact. And then decoys to confuse the beast! What have we got?” “… I’ve got a hundred plastic bags stuffed into another plastic bag.” “PERFECT.” 

This is so amazing!! 😂

22 Apr 06:27

deducecanoe:sokorra:One of the worst parts of social anxiety is the post-happening review that keeps...

deducecanoe:

sokorra:

One of the worst parts of social anxiety is the post-happening review that keeps repeating itself in your head.  Did you do something stupid?  They didn’t respond in the way you expected, ergo you must have done something stupid. Should you have made that joke-  did they understand that was a joke?  Should you have not said anything at all. 

THis happens on a constant basis.  The questions asked of course are contextual to whatever situation.  But it happens after every social gathering, be it work, getting together with friends, or whatnot.  ANd I really wish it would stop.

And you try not to focus on that, but that just makes you focus on it more.

Yes. I often have some kind of post event panic attack or latent panic or something.

22 Apr 06:36

"“Being gay is not a disorder. Being transgender is not a malady that requires a cure. Had I been..."

““Being gay is not a disorder. Being transgender is not a malady that requires a cure. Had I been Leelah Alcorn’s physician, I would have told her exactly that. And that’s the message I want other doctors, nurses, health professionals, and public health leaders to help get out to parents and children who may be confronting these issues.” -”

- Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, speaking today on a conference call about White House support for bans on “ex-gay” torture.
(via sociolab)
21 Apr 17:04

"[T]he stereotype that African Americans are excessively fond of watermelon emerged for a specific..."

“[T]he stereotype that African Americans are excessively fond of watermelon emerged for a specific historical reason and served a specific political purpose. The trope came into full force when slaves won their emancipation during the Civil War. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom. Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This racist trope then exploded in American popular culture, becoming so pervasive that its historical origin became obscure. Few Americans in 1900 would’ve guessed the stereotype was less than half a century old.”

-

William Black, “

How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope”

 (via

profkew

)

Wow. I didn’t even know that. That fruit was ours. Ours. And white people tainted our fucking symbol of commerce and freedom.

(via chescaleigh)

21 Apr 18:50

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21 Apr 19:00

Large-Scale Study Confirms: Still No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

by Robbie Gonzalez

The study, the results of which are published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved a cohort of nearly 100,000 children, and is the latest in a long line of research that shows no link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism spectrum disorders.

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21 Apr 16:34

kar-kat-dennings:fmnstklljy:markula:millennium-lily:And that’s...

















kar-kat-dennings:

fmnstklljy:

markula:

millennium-lily:

And that’s the most frustrating thing about depression. It isn’t always something you can fight back against with hope. It isn’t even something — it’s nothing. And you can’t combat nothing. You can’t fill it up. You can’t cover it. It’s just there, pulling the meaning out of everything. That being the case, all the hopeful, proactive solutions start to sound completely insane in contrast to the scope of the problem.

It would be like having a bunch of dead fish, but no one around you will acknowledge that the fish are dead. Instead, they offer to help you look for the fish or try to help you figure out why they disappeared.
(x)

This is actually a really good way to explain it, I think.

I WILL NEVER NOT REBLOG THIS

I’ve seen this reblogged without the original caption before and boy was i confused

Wait, this version of the post misses out what I think is the most important bit of the paragraph

“The problem might not even have a solution. But you aren’t necessarily looking for solutions. You’re maybe just looking for someone to say “sorry about how dead your fish are” or “wow, those are super dead. I still like you, though.”“

21 Apr 16:36

caelestys: Dear Baby Boomer Generation:You know, we try really hard not to hate you. Really hard....

caelestys:

Dear Baby Boomer Generation:

You know, we try really hard not to hate you. Really hard. You’re my parents’ generation, you know? And I fucking love my parents.

But your generation really needs to learn to shut up and take a good, hard look at yourselves.

Today, I tried to get advice in a civil, polite and educated manner about a situation in which one is trying to juggle work and uni. I wanted to know how one could navigate the narrow criteria to qualify for youth payments from the government. And while some people were helpful, some were outright disgusting. All they could say is “KIDS THESE DAYS ARE SO SELFISH/LAZY/ETC MAYBE YOU SHOULD SPEND LESS TIME ON YOUR SOCIAL LIFE.”

Okay, firstly–if I ask you for advice and that is your response, which, by the way, I CAN DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WITH, how about you shut the fuck up?

Secondly, are you seriously fucking saying that every single person in my generation doesn’t work hard? You’re saying that to me? I’m a DIRECTOR at the age of 24 in an organisation with over 200 employees. I have two degrees. I work, intern, study, and volunteer, and the first thing that gets put aside when I’m busy is my social life. And you know what that results in? A FUCKING LOT OF CRYING AND PANICKING AND PSYCHOLOGIST APPOINTMENTS. I have a great resume and references, but do you know how much I paid for that in terms of my own fucking sanity?? A FEW FUCKING THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TEARS, THANK YOU.

Thirdly, let’s talk about how the average burn-out rate in my youth organisation is 7 months. 7 months, and these are kids who volunteer, as well as study at uni or school, work and pay their own rent, utilities and bills, and are under the age of 22, in most cases.

My 21 year old director messaged me today to tell me she wasn’t coming in because had a mental break and panic attack last night, and she’s only been in the role for 3 months.

My 24 year old best friend had a nervous breakdown last month because of the stress of her workload, working full time at EY and studying 1 unit of uni.

My 25 year old ex-boyfriend and I split up because he didn’t have the time or mental capacity for a long distance relationship on top of his 60 hour graduate working week in construction management and 2 units of uni.

I had a meltdown last year at 23 because I was handling full time uni, and internship and volunteering. I can’t get a job despite testing within the top 15th percentile of graduates because you’re not creating them.

I went for a meeting at one of the biggest financial management organisations in Australia the other day and was told that the 9-5 job was a lie, that you’re expected to work more, and not be paid for overtime.

Our generation works our fucking asses off. You take advantage of us all the fucking time. We’re the first generation to be less wealthy than our parents because you guys fucked off with the economic boom of the early 2000s and left us with nothing. By 24-34, we’re only 48% likely to own our own homes compared to your 61%, because of your unsustainable housing market boom. On that note, did I mention that although average wage has rise by 27%, average housing prices have risen by 121%? Yep. My parents bought my house for ~$200,000 in 1990. In 2015, it’s valued at $750,000. Also, you are now making us pay for our university degrees when you got them for free, and not only that, but according to the Governments’ changes in tax law and war on universities in the past year, it will now take us twice as long to pay off our university debts. We’re the first generation of tertiary-educated Australians in history who will start work already in debt because of our university degrees.

Your generation is the one that has been labelled as the ones with the obsession with “instant gratification, a tendency for poor planning, and a sense of materialism”.  We’re the offspring of you, the most divorced generation in history. 

You hate us, but we’re a generation who grew up with war, with terrorism, with fear and conflict and murder and the aftereffects of capitalist bloodshed on our screens every day. We’re watching society fall down around our ears. My International Security professor told us last year that there will be kids entering high school soon who have never seen a year of peace in their lives.

We’re the ones who have been saddled with the mistakes you’ve made. We’re the ones who are holding on to each other despite our differences and telling each other it’s okay to be who we are, whether we’re gay or straight or black or white. Who are trying to save the environment, who are trying to solve your wars and find homes for the asylum seekers you’ve created, who are trying to cure poverty and wage inequality and food distribution, who run your social impact teams, who volunteer, who study courses that are going to change the world, who give back to society, who travel, all the while building our character strengths and portfolios so that we fit into the dumb as fuck capitalist world you made - and all you can say is that we’re lazy?

FUCK you.

21 Apr 14:28

sandandglass: Senator Elizabeth Warren, TDS, August 9, 2015





















sandandglass:

Senator Elizabeth Warren, TDS, August 9, 2015

21 Apr 14:38

azspot: The Far Left Side: The Wages of Walmart

20 Apr 15:05

vaspider: canresistanythingbuttemptation: Wait…what? ...



vaspider:

canresistanythingbuttemptation:

Wait…what? Feticide?
Well, how *dare* she miscarry?!

This terrifies me. I’ve had at least seven (documented, doctor-confirmed) miscarriages. They think it’s connected to celiac. I could do everything right (and have) and still lose babies. The baby could be wanted desperately and my body would just be like “nah, fuck that, it’s an invader” and then my fucked-up immune system would kill it. Or whatever it is that actually happens, you know? I can’t think about it too much, it fucks with me.

And I could go to jail for that, leaving my actual child without his actual mother to actually take care of him.

This shit is so fucked up.

20 Apr 14:38

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20 Apr 15:07

naamahdarling: witchlockmonsterfox:if anyone’s interested: the study my professor did was basically...

naamahdarling:

witchlockmonsterfox:

if anyone’s interested: the study my professor did was basically with children who were 2-3 years old.  they laid out toys for them to play with that were commonly associated with one gender or the other (action figures vs. dolls, a pink and therefore “girly” bike vs. a non-pink and “masculine” bike or w/e).  for a while they would observe them in the room and the children would be aware they were being watched by them.  during this period pretty much every child played with the “appropriate” toys

what they did next was then have everyone leave the room, but be watching behind one-way glass, and observe which toys the children would choose when they didn’t think they were being watched. a lot of children would play with any toy, regardless of which gender it was “meant” for.  they had no problem with it.  but they were aware of the fact that adults and other people had a problem with it.  they had already learned what they were “supposed” to do, despite the fact they didn’t seem to honestly care.  just as long as they thought they weren’t being watched and wouldn’t get in trouble for not playing with the “right” toys… which in itself says something

basically it supported the idea that children internalize gender roles at a young age, are aware of them, and it isn’t innately something a certain gender prefers over the other (or someone with one type of genitals innately prefers, as most people correlate gender with genitals, especially regarding a child. so it seems logical to assume it’s unrelated)

they’re just kind of arbitrary associations that seem to do more harm than good

So, basically, children too young to communicate effectively are being criticized and possibly punished for playing with the “wrong” toys.

Good job, parents.  Great fucking job.

20 Apr 15:08

bisexual-books: wongtonz:Aaron Diaz ( creator of Dresden Codak...













bisexual-books:

wongtonz:

Aaron Diaz ( creator of Dresden Codak and my favourite LoZ au ) says things. 

I feel like this bears repeating and in bold:

You can’t cite the rules of a fictional world to defend something problematic, because a person made it up.  That person is accountable.

I feel this so much when people try to make excuses for authors who write terrible bisexual characters or whose writing is full of bi erasure, bi tropes, or conspicuously missing the b-word.  

- Sarah 

20 Apr 00:25

"When people with privilege hear that they have privilege, what they hear is not, “Our society is..."

“When people with privilege hear that they have privilege, what they hear is not, “Our society is structured so that your life is more valued than others.” They hear, “Everything, no matter what, will be handed to you. You have done nothing to achieve what you have.” That’s not strictly true, and hardly anyone who points out another’s privilege is making that accusation. There are privileged people who work very hard. The privilege they experience is the absence of barriers that exist for other people.”

- No One Cares If You Never Apologize for Your White Male Privilege
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18 Apr 00:08

micdotcom: Real students’ responses to what #IWishMyTeacherKnew...











micdotcom:

Real students’ responses to what #IWishMyTeacherKnew will break your heart 

Kyle Schwartz asked third-graders in her Denver classroom to write her notes about things they wish she understood about their lives. Schwartz told ABC News she knew her students came from underprivileged homes but wanted to truly understand how that affected their lives and education. The movement has now spread across the country.

19 Apr 19:56

Names are private property

The next time someone unwanted asks for your name, simply reply, “What are you, my necromancer?!”

18 Apr 19:28

nezua: always remember: all these systems of dominance rest on...



nezua:

always remember: all these systems of dominance rest on very fragile illusions. tap the glass.