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all things life, I hope to present it as is. good day.
Sep 2 '14

Today in Solidarity: Incredible Women (and Girls) of Ferguson 

(Source: socialjusticekoolaid)

Sep 2 '14
"Women’s social condition is built on a simple premise: women can be fucked and bear babies, therefore women must be fucked and bear babies. Sometimes, especially among the sophisticated, “penetrated” is substituted for “fucked”: women can be penetrated, therefore women must be penetrated. This logic does not apply to men, whichever word is used: men can be fucked, therefore men must be fucked; men can be penetrated, therefore men must be penetrated. This logic applies only to women and sex. One does not say, for instance, women have delicate hands, therefore women must be surgeons. Or women have legs, therefore women must run, jump, climb. Or women have minds, therefore women must use them. One does learn, however, that women have sex organs that must be used by men, or the women are not women: they are somehow less or more, either of which is bad and thoroughly discouraged. Women are defined, valued, judged, in one way only: as women—that is, with sex organs that must be used. Other parts of the body do not signify, unless used in sex or as an indicator of sexual availability or desirability. Intelligence does not count. It has nothing to do with what a woman is."

Right-Wing Women, by Andrea Dworkin

(via exgynocraticgrrl)

This is why equating mummy issues with women’s issues and labeling it “feminism”, is so harmful.

(via thebitchyspider)

Sep 2 '14
Sep 2 '14

White privilege

lilcochina:

afro-dominicano:

ethiopianbutamerican:

Forty-six million white adults today can trace the origins of their family wealth to the Homestead Act of 1862. This bill gave away valuable acres of land for free to white families, but expressly precluded participation by Blacks.

"how do I have privilege?"

I’m using this in my essay about how the American dream is a racist myth

Sep 2 '14
Sep 1 '14

redsuns-n-orangemoons:

i-write-wrongs:

realest thing I’ve seen in a while

this was so amazing. so thought provoking. an eye-opening social criticism.

(Source: startswithabang)

Sep 1 '14
"When I was growing up in Brooklyn I remember seeing a black man on Pacific street wearing an orange suit and everybody stopped. I never forgot that. He looked like a god. This was in the ’50s. That was a transcendent moment for me. He seemed to be moving in slow motion and it just blew my mind. Clothes and jewelry have always been very important to me in observance of how people present themselves because that’s empowerment. Everything I do is about self-presentation and empowerment. You know why it’s so important? Because even people who have very little can control how they present themselves to the world. If you have no money, no nothing, you can throw on a scarf, put your hat to the side and walk out in to the street and feel good. It’s style. Diana Vreeland said if you’re not born with it I feel sorry for your ass."
Aug 31 '14
jennli123:

I redid it in color. Black children are denied their innocence and childhood, even in death.

jennli123:

I redid it in color. Black children are denied their innocence and childhood, even in death.

Aug 31 '14
uziirx:

#realTalk#pakistan. When I was there on my holiday I witnessed innocent PTI supporters get jailed. God give the people strength. Surprising the ummahs keeping quiet i guess were not arab enough, and too ‘barelvi deviating grave worshippers’ for there liking.

uziirx:

#realTalk#pakistan. When I was there on my holiday I witnessed innocent PTI supporters get jailed. God give the people strength. Surprising the ummahs keeping quiet i guess were not arab enough, and too ‘barelvi deviating grave worshippers’ for there liking.

Aug 29 '14

Mother’s Day

The other day I helped
kindergarten students craft
the essential sounds to answer a question:

Why do you love your mother?

Beside themselves with affection,
gratitude shot from the heart
through the shoulder
raising the hand to boast riches of relationships:

Cookies!
Hugs!
Cuddles!
…Presence!

Jonas, remember to space your words
so we can comprehend your bits of love

Penny, you already know how to spell “because,”

Spencer, why don’t you have anything after
"I love my mom because…" ?

His silence broke no sound waves,
but screamed to me

Due to the strict schedule
and habitual sweeping under the rug,
I neglected to say what I was thinking:

"Me too."

See, six-year-olds are sharp.
Six  year olds know your schedule”
better than you do.
When you’ll show in their class
to pull a student to play word games,

They persist in using a prefix
and last name,
after hearing it once
four months ago,
although you insist on using first names.

Six-year-olds know more
than we give them credit for.
Six-year-olds really do know
where the candy is.

What most six-year-olds
have not yet learned is 
the meaning of silence.

"Spencer, what do you like to do
when you do see your mother?”

Silence.

See, you can’t tell a six-year-old
to shut the fuck up,

And you also can’t tell them
that some people,
us lucky ones,
see an unfinished definition
when we beg the dictionary
for the meaning of
"Mom."

No, I don’t have time to poke
the bloody scabs of your classmate,

And Spencer, 
I should have been a nurse,
because the only results my job depend on
are standardized test scores,
and not the happiness
or emotional adjustment of each student.

Spencer, I’m sorry that half my life
cannot suffice to answer your questions
or numb your pain.

I don’t know how long you will hurt,
or how many windows through which you will question,
waiting for an answer 
in the form of headlights
or a depressed doorbell.

I don’t know if or when she will come back,
but I don’t give a shit about district policy on hugs
and I know a great book to distract you.

And I have to give a shit about the privacy of students’
family issues.

And even though she may not be,
I am here.

Aug 29 '14
"To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect."
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms (via 13neighbors)
Aug 28 '14
"You have to believe that when the universe starts aligning for you, it’s because you deserve it. When you truly believe your worthiness, that’s how you know when great things are about to happen."
Aug 28 '14

unamusedsloth:

Nude Portraits series by photographer Trevor Christensen

Aug 28 '14

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles is making no friends at tonight’s Town Hall. Part 2

[part 1]

Aug 28 '14

(Source: sandandglass)