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16 Mar 17:06

feministsarah: plainjanefaye:galacticdad: housing should be a basic a human right. people...




housing should be a basic a human right.

people shouldn’t have to “earn” a roof over their heads so that they don’t die in the streets.

There are more empty houses in the US than there are homeless people. There are 24 empty houses for every homeless person.

Poverty is human-made.

16 Mar 18:29

huffingtonpost: 8 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes To Celebrate 82...

12 Mar 20:37




13 Mar 10:39

Early morning/late night loveliness from @lalilouche. Getting...

Early morning/late night loveliness from @lalilouche. Getting very strong fairy tale vibes from this knicker, and I love the unapologetic sweetness of pairing sequins with ruffles. So happy this amazing designer is back! #lingerieaddict #instalingerie #fairytale #fashion #indielingerie #likeifyoulovesequins #intimates #lingeries #lingeriefashion

13 Mar 10:20

thelingerielesbian:redthreadedcostumes:steampunktendencies: Wear...




Wearable corset made from copper tanks by Jon Harris


hyperventilating over how amazing these are!

11 Mar 23:14

micdotcom:Watch: Everyone needs to see Ontario’s new anti-sexual...

10 Mar 11:37

Laughing In the Face of Danger

by danceswithfat

One of the really interesting things that I notice whenever someone points out that the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not size dependent (and so fat people should be able to exist in fat bodies without being stigmatized, bullies, shamed or oppressed,) or when someone points out the research about the failure rates of dieting, people respond by insisting that what we are saying is “dangerous”.  And it’s that specific world “dangerous”.  As in “You need to stop spreading these dangerous lies.”

I always think: Well, I’m talking about civil rights and  research and you’re talking out of your ass, so remind me again which one of us is telling dangerous lies?

I often notice that that word “dangerous” is used to try to shout down ideas that are progressive. Letting some consenting adults get married is “dangerous”, people questioning the banks is “dangerous”.  And it’s not a new thing – suggesting that the Earth revolved around the sun was “dangerous”, women’s suffrage was “dangerous”.

Often the idea is to use fear to interrupt progress by those benefiting from the status quo.  Historically it works for a while but the thing about evidence and science and civil rights is that it doesn’t matter if people call them dangerous or ridiculous or stick their fingers in their ears and scream la la la la la or whatever, at the end of the day the truth is still the truth.

What astounds me is the people who aren’t using it as a tactic, but truly believe that “everybody knows” is the same thing as “right and true.” This has happened repeatedly in our history – doctors giving pregnant women thalidomide, or prescribing heroin as a cough suppressant or using lysol as a douche (I know, right!) Scientists have made myriad discoveries that disproved what “everybody knew”, doctors have prescribed things that ended up not working or causing heinous side effects, yet somehow there is a vocal group of people who seem to think  it’s not possible for that to have happened again.  And so instead of learning from the past, noticing the mistakes faster and changing course with more agility and speed, they cling to “Everybody knows” and call those who disagree with them “dangerous”.

One of the techniques that I use to help me deal with this kind of thing is laughing at how ridiculous it is.  Please note, this isn’t for everyone or for every situation – it’s just another arrow for your quiver if you want it to deal with the kind of BS that we (shouldn’t have to) face.

Let’s say that someone suggests I should go on a diet. I just give them a look of disbelief, a quick snort of a laugh and say “Are people still peddling that? I thought everybody knew that weight loss doesn’t work.”

Or someone says “You need to [insert weight loss script] blah blah blah”.  I laugh and shake my head. (That typically gets them to stop mid-sentence.)  Then I ask “So, how do you reconcile your pro-diet views with the findings of Matheson,?”  That gets a confused look.  So I give a confused, slightly disbelieving look back and say “Wei et. al.?” Another confused look.  Then, with a decent amount of surprise “Really?”  (as if I was certain they’d know about that one,) then continue “Bacon and Aphramor, Mann and Tomiyama, the Cooper Institute studies?” I’m prepared to have conversations about all of these, but so far in my experience the people I’ve spoken to, including doctors, haven’t read them and can’t have such a discussion. So then I just say “I’m sorry but it sounds like you haven’t done enough research to be qualified to give me advice on this.  I’ll be happy to give you the links though.” If you want to know more about the research just scroll to the bottom of this post.

I don’t think that a multi-billion dollar industry built on lies, stigma, bullying, repeated failure and physical harm is particularly funny, nor do I think that people who shame, stigmatize, bully and oppress fat people are hilarious. But having the ability to laugh in the face of all that crap makes can be a way to declare another small victory. Those small victories add up to bigger victories and before you know it we’ve made major progress and I guess if you’re someone who enjoys bullying fat people, or profiting from selling weight loss, that does make us very “dangerous” people.

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10 Mar 19:12

I hope I never hear maroon 5 again in my life.

I hope I never hear maroon 5 again in my life.

10 Mar 14:45

neoliberalismkills:being neutral isn’t being neutralif you have the privilege of being neutral and...


This is starting to sink in.


being neutral isn’t being neutral

if you have the privilege of being neutral and you do it and stay silent, it only benefits the oppressors

your neutrality is literally never going to help those who are being crushed by an oppressive system

so don’t feel like you’re a good person for “not picking a side” because that oppressive system loves your passivity

10 Mar 15:26

me: my job sucks


This gets me thinking.

me: my job sucks
people: why don't you do what you enjoy
me: capitalism has determined that what I enjoy has no value
people: ??? ??????????
10 Mar 03:29

krxs10:Nearly 2,000 People Are Currently Protesting Fatal Police...


Nearly 2,000 People Are Currently Protesting Fatal Police Shooting Of Tony Robinson In Wisconsin.

Almost 2,000 students marched in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager, while his family demanded justice and the police chief apologized.Students crowded into the rotunda of the state Capitol in the morning, chanting and waving signs to protest the death of Tony Robinson, 19, shot on Friday by a white police officer.

An investigation into this case is still going on, no word on any new findings.
10 Mar 00:48

darksilenceinsuburbia:Mathilde Giron: Chemin de Chair

08 Mar 23:55


09 Mar 00:18

princess-cuteness: This person is a masochist


So beautiful!


This person is a masochist

07 Mar 16:40


08 Mar 16:07

marxvx:steph-mcmillan:Comic #3 for International Working Women’s...



Comic #3 for International Working Women’s Day.

International Working Women’s Day was started by the Socialist Party of America to commemorate a wave of spontaneous strikes by first- and second-generation Jewish, Russian, and Italian immigrant teenage girls (as in like, they were 16 years old) in the textile mills of New York City. This was the “Uprising of 20,000” and was one of the most infectious displays of labor militancy in the 20th century. A couple years later Clara Zeitkin, a German Marxist who would be arrested several times for helping to incite the 1919 communist revolution in Germany, brought it to the floor of the Second International and the first Women’s Day celebrations in Europe were held by communist parties and communist women.

This isn’t even like “oh yeah well maybe it kinda had the phrase ‘working women’ in there originally.” It was started by socialists to commemorate daring strike actions led by newly-immigrated teenage girls and then formalized by the international communist movement. Fuck the UN’s tepid IWD celebrations.

06 Mar 00:50

white people on house hunters: we're looking for a rustic home with a modern feel and an open floor plan under our budget of 1.2 million. we need 4 bedrooms for our children, bentley, presley, weston, and kale. we definitely need an office space because my wife heather runs her organic candle business from home :)

white people on house hunters: we're looking for a rustic home with a modern feel and an open floor plan under our budget of 1.2 million. we need 4 bedrooms for our children, bentley, presley, weston, and kale. we definitely need an office space because my wife heather runs her organic candle business from home :)
06 Mar 00:50


05 Mar 14:53


05 Mar 19:23

"We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an..."

“We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work.”


Insights from the doctor who coaches athletes on sleep. Pair with the science of what actually happens while you sleep and how it affects your every waking hour.

More on sleep here.

(via explore-blog)

04 Mar 18:10


06 Feb 17:20

Via Bem Lagaus!, the work of Veronika Richterová, who creates...

by murketing

Via Bem Lagaus!, the work of Veronika Richterová, who creates sculptures from PET bottles:

When I found out by chance, that plastic bottles could be deformed by heat I decided to create a sculpture from this material. Immediately, I had the idea that it could be called PET-art however, I took it only as one of my visual experimentations. I didn’t anticipate that plastic bottles would become such an obsession for me for many years.
20 Feb 23:53

goldenheartedrose:eloralouistra:It was suggested to me on facebook that we also have a hash tag...


I've heard that Autism Speaks does not represent people with autism well, but this spells it out.




It was suggested to me on facebook that we also have a hash tag explaining why we hate Autism Speaks. Twitter apparently cuts off the hashtag on $ signs, so I’m thinking we could just use #actuallyautistic. In both that and #AutismSpeaks10 include all the horrible ways Autism Speaks has affected you.

Example tweets could be:

  • #AutismSpeaks10 A$ has touched me in so many ways. I love how they spread hate speech and misinformation about people like me constantly
  • Thanks #AutismSpeaks10 for how much awareness you’ve spread about how horrible and burdensome I am… #ActuallyAutistic 
  • #ActuallyAutistic and constantly fighting to get my voice heard instead of Autism Speaks’ hate #AutismSpeaks10
  • #AutismSpeaks10 Apparently it’s perfectly acceptable to “advocate” for a cause in ways the people you’re “supporting” hate #ActuallyAutistic 
  • #AutismSpeaks10 Thanks A$ for making it so hard to find people who’re positive about autism over the past 10 years! #ActuallyAutistic
  • #ActuallyAutistic and my life has been harder for the past ten years, because #AutismSpeaks10 tells people I need to be cured.
  • #AutismSpeaks10 You’ve touched my life by making me fight harder to get my own voice heard, instead of people who’d rather I didn’t exist.
  • #AutismSpeaks10 So glad Autism $peaks has been spending the last 10 years making money by claiming #ActuallyAutistic people shouldn’t exist.

If you don’t have twitter you can also email them at

Also, boycottautismspeaks is a thing and a good hashtag to use for this too.

13 Feb 20:40

Where do your old clothes go?                      ...

by murketing


Where do your old clothes go?                                     By Lucy Rodgers BBC News                              

Every year, thousands of us across the UK donate our used clothing to charity - many in the belief that it will be given to those in need or sold in High Street charity shops to raise funds.

But a new book has revealed that most of what we hand over actually ends up getting shipped abroad - part of a £2.8bn ($4.3bn) second-hand garment trade that spans the globe.

We investigate the journey of our cast-offs and begin to follow one set of garments from donation to their eventual destination.

The full story is here and worth reading. It also includes an interactive graphic that shows the destination countries for used clothing. Really interesting.

03 Mar 21:39

csrcalloway:Victims of police brutality… Art by Ashley A....


Victims of police brutality… Art by Ashley A. Woods.

This is my submission for the APB - Artists Against Police Brutality book - with John Jennings and Bill Campbell. Please take the time to read about the victims in the subsequent posts.
03 Mar 05:06

spacemuffinz:daviddrag:Is this a BDSM community protest of 50...



Is this a BDSM community protest of 50 Shades of Grey? Cool.

this is my favorite thing

02 Mar 17:33

nonepants:djrocca87:God, look at her face. I love her. This was...



God, look at her face. I love her.

This was one of my favorite exchanges in TNG. And some of the best advice I received and have been able to pass on. 

28 Feb 19:00

arsenicinshell:Steel mermaid corset by Fiori Couture


Steel mermaid corset by Fiori Couture

28 Feb 19:05

Lol. puppiesandbabies

28 Feb 20:49

Jessica Huang gives her son “the talk.”

Jessica Huang gives her son “the talk.”