1. theyuniversity:

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  2. cultofkimber:

    cayacayadeenyall:

    cultofkimber:

    quantumfemme:

    seekingwillow:

    priceofliberty:

    salon:

    Is this a human rights violation?

    They’re being forced to risk their lives, so yeah I would say this is a violation of their right to life.

    ___

    Everytime I look around, the US Govt, or some part there-of on  State or National level; is finding a way to reintroduce slavery.

    Fucking hell. The prison industrial complex finds new ways to shock, revile and disgust every day.

    This isn’t “a way to reintroduce slavery,” though. The 13th Amendment, which ended slavery, was very precisely written:

    "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

    This is why black people make up 14% of the US population and 40% of the prison population and why Native Americans make up less than 1% of the US population but 2% of the prison population.

    This isnt slavery. These are people who commit crimes like murder and child molestation that are being punished for there actions through physical labor. God forbid they do something other than sit on their asses all day in jail.

    Literally nothing you just said is based in fact. 

    The men fighting these fires are all low-level offenders, primarily with charges for drugs, robbery, and other non-violent offenses (and, fyi, non-violent offenses are what 50% of state prisoners and about 90% of federal prisoners are incarcerated for). US prison has largely been a privatized, for-profit industry since the 1980s. Law changes like mandatory minimums for low-level crime have ensured that the incarceration rate has done nothing but skyrocket because private prisons need a steady flow of inmates to turn profit and our government is contractually obligated to provide that steady flow. Hell, drug-related charges account for over half of that rise of rate. Marginalized groups are targeted disproportionately for incarceration through systemic poverty, inaccessible education, social instability, etc (all which increase risk of drug abuse and other criminal behavior), racial profiling by LEOs, and by being given much harsher sentences than more privileged counterparts. And that’s without even touching on wrongful conviction rates, which are about 6% for violent crimes and estimated to be much higher with lesser offenses. 

    And criminals are sent to prison as punishment, not for punishment. The confinement and denial of personal agency is the punishment. And prison is meant to serve two purposes: punishment and rehabilitation. Prison work programs are about neither—they exist primarily to defray costs of housing inmates (and, thus, increase profits for private prisons). And bondage, subjugation, and forced labor for other’s financial gain is practically the textbook definition of slavery, so idk what to tell you. There are lots of ways to keep prisoners from “sitting on their asses all day” that don’t involve treating these men and women as unworthy of humane treatment, empathy, and compassion. Hell, work programs are even a really viable option for that when approached with the right intentions.   

    Seriously, I really urge you to do some reading about mass incarceration, racial disparities in incarceration, the privatization of the prison industry, etc. if you’re going to have an opinion on this stuff because ignorance isn’t a good look on anyone. 

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  3. coveruncover:

    Fuyuko Matsui

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  4. mamaskeleton:

    destroy the idea that you cant be non binary if you wear dresses.

    destroy the idea that you cant be male if you wear dresses.

    destroy the idea that being non binary means being androgynous/masculine.

    destroy the idea that you, as an individual, have to look a certain way to have people realize what pronouns you prefer.

    Reblogged from: piperonni
  5. cakeandrevolution:

sadboosexual:

theyuniversity:

It’s good to know that we weren’t the only ones driven crazy by people who “axe” questions.

Okay, see, we talked about this linguisitic phenomenon in my grammar class. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it happens with other words, too - my professor used an example of “uncomfortable.” When you say it out loud, most likely, it sounds more like “un-comf-ter-ble,” thus mixing up the position of the r and the t, like how the k and the s are mixed in this speech pattern. However, not many people are out here acting high and mighty because someone said “uncomfterble” like they are with “ax,” and that has absolutely everything to do with academic biases - because “ax” is associated mostly with Black people (and occasionally lower-class whites), it’s viewed as “improper” speech, whereas most people, even middle & upper class white people who are thought to speak the most ~proper~ version of English, say “uncomfterble.”
And a quick Google search yields that even Chaucer used “axe” to mean “ask” within his writing. (Source) (Source)
tl;dr actually caring about whether someone says “ask” ~”correctly”~~ is rooted in racist & classist biases of language so, consider, not. 

Most linguistic pedantry is inherently racist in nature.

    cakeandrevolution:

    sadboosexual:

    theyuniversity:

    It’s good to know that we weren’t the only ones driven crazy by people who “axe” questions.

    Okay, see, we talked about this linguisitic phenomenon in my grammar class. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it happens with other words, too - my professor used an example of “uncomfortable.” When you say it out loud, most likely, it sounds more like “un-comf-ter-ble,” thus mixing up the position of the r and the t, like how the k and the s are mixed in this speech pattern. However, not many people are out here acting high and mighty because someone said “uncomfterble” like they are with “ax,” and that has absolutely everything to do with academic biases - because “ax” is associated mostly with Black people (and occasionally lower-class whites), it’s viewed as “improper” speech, whereas most people, even middle & upper class white people who are thought to speak the most ~proper~ version of English, say “uncomfterble.”

    And a quick Google search yields that even Chaucer used “axe” to mean “ask” within his writing. (Source) (Source)

    tl;dr actually caring about whether someone says “ask” ~”correctly”~~ is rooted in racist & classist biases of language so, consider, not. 

    Most linguistic pedantry is inherently racist in nature.

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  6. http://amut0.tumblr.com/post/100422527101/gayhellchild-when-people-point-out-problematic

    gayhellchild:

    when people point out problematic and offensive things in media we are really sincerely not trying to ruin it for you

    i know it feels like that and sometimes finding out an author is shitty or that a movie is racist can really sour the story you mightve enjoyed, but these are…

    Reblogged from: amut0
  7. sonastyandsorude:

    why does everyone on this show act like twisty is a normal looking clown

    Reblogged from: capitaloftexas
  8. profoundboner:

    bpdlevi:

    "you’re obsessed with your mental illness"

    i know right? it’s almost like it impacts every part of my life

    "it’s all in your head"

    I know right? it’s almost like it’s a mental illness

    Reblogged from: rivertakesmanhattan
  9. privileged-person:

    [Tweets.

    Bree B. Knowin @getauxAWAYheaux
    If you are paying attention, you will realize that the police are trying to set themselves up as the victims. This is intentional.

    Bree B. Knowin @getauxAWAYheaux
    The live footage negates everything the police are trying to push into the limelight.

    Dirty Thirty @kidnoble
    I had a civil rights attorney that told me that she has NEVER had as many as six witnesses saying the exact same thing. #Ferguson

    Bree B. Knowin @getauxAWAYheaux
    In all of this, no officers have been injured. REMEMBER. THIS! Citizens have been shot, tear gassed, and beaten. Who is the victim?

    Miss Packnett @MsPackyetti
    What can u do as an ally right now? 1st, listen to black grief & frustration w/o comment. Just LISTEN. 400+ yrs of oppression needs release

    Miss Packnett @MsPackyetti
    What can you do as an ally after you listen? Share. Help others understand. Silenced ppl need to share their truth before you press forward.

    Miss Packnett @MsPackyetti
    What can you do as an ally after u listen & share? support the solutions led by the oppressed. Don’t determine their action- follow + learn.

    deray mckesson @deray
    From slavery to Jim Crow to #Ferguson, they have tried to both consume and destroy blackness. Yet we remain. This will make us stronger.

    iwriteaboutfeminism:

    Ferguson Panel at the Missouri History Museum

    Part Four

    Wednesday, October 15th

    Reblogged from: voyeurhour
  10. autisticadvocacy:

    sanityscraps:

    Fun fact about American health care: if I ever need an organ transplant, I’ll somehow have to hide my autism, depression, and anxiety from the doctors, or else I’ll be disqualified under ideas about quality of life. It’s really great to know how valued disabled and neurodivergent lives are.

    This is a very important issue, and has been one of the policy focuses we’ve had in the past year or so. There are some states trying to push through non-discrimination policies for transplants. For example, Paul’s Law in PA would, if passed, prevent mental and developmental disabilities from being used as a reason to deny a transplant. (Paul was a young autistic adult who was denied a heart transplant on the basis of being autistic.)

    But it will take a lot of support to get these passed and in the meantime so many of us are at risk. 

    Thank you for this post, sanityscraps.

    Reblogged from: voyeurhour
  11. spoonie-living:

superheronamesforspoonies:

(On body modification and chronic illness)
When you’re sick, you don’t always get to make decisions about your own body. Because your body (or your illness) makes those decisions for you
Want to eat without getting nauseous? Too bad!

Want to be able to digest food properly, and have all your organs work the way they’re supposed to? Nope! Sucker.
Want to be able to think clearly, and not be in pain? Hahahahahaha No.
And then there’s the doctors. When you’re sick, you sort of wander around the doctor’s office in a haze, going wherever they tell you to go, because you’re too tired and confused to do much else. You sit in the lab chairs they tell you too, you offer your arm, and let some random person collapse your veins 5 times before they get a result.
And it’s freezing, and unfamiliar, and you really really, don’t want to be there, but you have to be if you want to get better. So you stay. It’s a strange sort of consensual non-consent.
And it’s a terrifying loss of control.
With body modifications, it’s exact opposite. It’s all about you, and exactly what you want to happen.
You can be picky. So picky. You could spend a year researching tattoo artists, until you find the exact right one. You can obsessively check sanitation credentials. You can find an environment that serves tea, and is warm, and has soothing sage green walls, where they tell you to breathe deeply and talk calmly to you before shoving needles through your ears.
There are options, and they are all yours.
So last week, after a year full of blood draws and IV’s in cold white rooms, I chose a piercer, did my research, and took control, in one small way, of what would happen to my body that day.


This person’s got the right of it. Don’t forget that taking control of your body in small ways like this is a way to practice self-care!

    spoonie-living:

    superheronamesforspoonies:

    (On body modification and chronic illness)

    When you’re sick, you don’t always get to make decisions about your own body. Because your body (or your illness) makes those decisions for you

    Want to eat without getting nauseous? Too bad!

    Want to be able to digest food properly, and have all your organs work the way they’re supposed to? Nope! Sucker.

    Want to be able to think clearly, and not be in pain? Hahahahahaha No.

    And then there’s the doctors. When you’re sick, you sort of wander around the doctor’s office in a haze, going wherever they tell you to go, because you’re too tired and confused to do much else. You sit in the lab chairs they tell you too, you offer your arm, and let some random person collapse your veins 5 times before they get a result.

    And it’s freezing, and unfamiliar, and you really really, don’t want to be there, but you have to be if you want to get better. So you stay. It’s a strange sort of consensual non-consent.

    And it’s a terrifying loss of control.

    With body modifications, it’s exact opposite. It’s all about you, and exactly what you want to happen.

    You can be picky. So picky. You could spend a year researching tattoo artists, until you find the exact right one. You can obsessively check sanitation credentials. You can find an environment that serves tea, and is warm, and has soothing sage green walls, where they tell you to breathe deeply and talk calmly to you before shoving needles through your ears.

    There are options, and they are all yours.

    So last week, after a year full of blood draws and IV’s in cold white rooms, I chose a piercer, did my research, and took control, in one small way, of what would happen to my body that day.

    This person’s got the right of it. Don’t forget that taking control of your body in small ways like this is a way to practice self-care!

    Reblogged from: amut0
  12. cashmerethoughtsss:

    The Snoop Dogg/Iggy Azalea beef illuminates the intersectionality burdens that black feminists face when it comes to Hip Hop.

    Either we’re forced to excuse Snoop’s misogynistic comments towards Iggy because we’re black, or we’re forced to defend Iggy because we’re women…when they’re both wrong.

    And misogyny was never an issue in regards to any black female rappers, but when it’s a white female rapper, the world capes for her.

    There’s levels to this.

    Reblogged from: marazione
  13. Diversity always wins. Diversity isn’t going to leave music, or TV, or film no matter how many backlashes and reversals there are.

    The “fake geek girls” aren’t going to leave your subculture; the “PC police” aren’t going to stop criticizing it. “Angry black women” aren’t getting off your TV and neither are angry Asian men. The “PC diversity brigade” of science-fiction writers is going to keep winning Hugo and Nebula awards, and someday my wife’s going to be one of them.

    Critics like Anita Sarkeesian will keep on pointing out what’s bad in games so we can start looking for ways to make games better. Indie designers like Zoe Quinn and Kellee Santiago will keep pushing the boundaries of gaming at the fringes so that people like Manveer Heir and Rhianna Pratchett have breathing room to explore what mainstream “AAA” games can be.

    Reactionaries know they can’t win. Their anger stems from their desperation. Read the #GamerGate tag for a while and realize the obsessive fixation on the “corrupt agenda in the gaming press” is, underneath the anger, fear. For all the damage they do, for all the people they hurt, they’re going to lose. Indeed, to react as they have is to prove that they’ve already lost.

    After all, #GamerGate, did you think we’d crumble? Did you think we’d lay down and die?

    No, not us. We will survive.

    Arthur Chu, Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage (for the Daily beast)

    A damn good article about how the very real violence resulting from what we call “culture wars” is yet another case of history repeating itself. Hopefully the determination of those willing to analyze, question, and hold media accountable for the narratives it tells us will ensure that this backlash will once again be the harbinger of social change.

    (via medievalpoc)
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  14. swyrs:

    there’s a “photo” going around of Emma Watson wearing a dress that is see-through at the top, showing her breasts, and because apparently literally nobody has any common sense, most people are assuming that it’s real and are reblogging it.

    i get that the way it’s being framed on tumblr is as a woman taking back her right to her body and her sexuality and making a choice after 4chan threatened to release nude photos, but in reality it’s literally the opposite. it’s something some gross sweaty misogynistic asshole made in photoshop with the intent of humiliating and violating her. please don’t reblog it, don’t contribute to it, and if you see people reblogging it, let them know. 

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  15. gabsygabs:

communistbakery:

haleinski:

why the fuck would straight ally’s get scholarships meant for LGBTQ students

are you fucking kidding me………

fuckk uuu

    gabsygabs:

    communistbakery:

    haleinski:

    why the fuck would straight ally’s get scholarships meant for LGBTQ students

    are you fucking kidding me………

    fuckk uuu

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