holy fuck, this is like a vomit cocktail of cultural appropriation.
"this is like a vomit cocktail of cultural appropriation"
I do believe that is the aptest possible description.
I’m a little confused, though… where are the ΙΧΘΥΣ fish, tree of life, pentacle, sun cross, seal of Solomon, star-and-crescent and hammer-and-sickle? Maybe those are going to be on the “matching” tattoo on the other limb…
[image description: A drawing, in what looks like dark brown pen or marker, depicting two circles attached by a short thin chain.
The larger upper circle resembles a dreamcatcher somewhat; its outer border is in the form of a seven-rayed spiderweb with random additional connecting lines, and four beads at apparently random positions in the web area. The center of this upper circle, however, is taken up by a mis-drawn calligraphy “OM" inside a thick, irregular ovoid border that also contains nine apparently random small dots in two groups.
The lower, smaller triangle has a triangle inscribed inside it; a fine-line brickwork pattern suggests it’s a pyramid, and an oddly-rendered (pale-irised, lacking the usual kohl-liner extension at the eye’s outer corner, and with a dashed line for the eyelid) eye of Horus fills most of the shape. Four pairs of ovals, at roughly 1, 3, 7 and 10 o’clock, connect the triangle to the enclosing circle, which is empty aside from a narrow border decorated with loops or half-ovals.
Two beaded feathers hang down from the bottom of each circle, and a fifth feather hangs below the lower circle on a chain like the one connecting the two circles; the three lowest feathers are drawn darker on 1/3 (left), 1/2 (middle) and 1/4 (right) of their length, while the top two appear monochromatic. It is unclear what specific bird, if any, the feathers are intended to be depicted as coming from. Finally, three ribbon streamers are also attached to the circles at apparently random points.]
It is 2 a.m. I am very sick. I am not sure how long I have been hospitalized. The last two or three days have been a blur, a parade of procedures and people. I had a bloody debridement for a severe, large, and grossly infected stage four wound — the first wound I have had since I was paralyzed in 1978. I know the next six months or longer are going to be exceedingly difficult. I will be bedbound for months, dependent upon others for the first time in my adult life.
As these thoughts are coursing through my mind, a physician I have never met and the registered nurse on duty appear at my door. As they put on their gowns I am weary but hopeful. Surely there is something that can be done to stop the vomiting. The physician examines me with the nurse’s help. Like many other hospitalists that have examined me, he is coldly efficient. At some point, he asks the nurse to get a new medication.
What transpired after the nurse exited the room has haunted me. Paralyzed me with fear. The hospitalist asked me if I understood the gravity of my condition. He grimly told me I would be bedbound for at least six months and most likely a year or more. That there was a good chance the wound would never heal. If this happened, I would never sit in my wheelchair. I would never be able to work again. Not close to done, he told me I was looking at a life of complete and utter dependence.
He went on to tell me I was on powerful antibiotics that could cause significant organ damage. He informed me I had the right to forego any medication, including the lifesaving antibiotics. If I chose not to continue with the current therapy, I could be made very comfortable. I would feel no pain or discomfort at all. Although not explicitly stated, the message was loud and clear. I can help you die peacefully.
I have long been a strong proponent of appropriate euthanasia and the right to die. That people dying of incurable cancer are expected — are required by law! — to endure weeks of pointless pain and suffering, often against their will, when to deny euthanasia to a companion animal in similar straits is considered cruelty to animals, has always baffled me.
And, after watching my great-grandmother’s long decline and eventual death from Alzheimer’s, I believe that I would prefer, should I someday receive a diagnosis of incurable progressive dementia, to end my life at a time and place of my own choosing (probably a forest) rather than put myself and my loved ones through a needlessly drawn-out pantomime of pointless “life” where my body would have to be locked away for “my” own protection (and that of others if, like many dementia patients, I become violent); I say my body would have to be locked away because, if it gets to that point, I will have ceased to exist.
After reading the above article, I have second thoughts on this issue for the first time.
I encourage everyone to read Mr. Peace’s article in its entirety, even — or maybe especially — if you yourself are not (yet?) disabled. I do still think that denying right-to-die in all cases will necessarily lead to inhumane and unconscionable torment for some individuals who might wish to avail themselves of that right. But it’s now clear to me that the possibility of people who might wish to fight until their last breath having <i>that</i> choice taken from them, explicitly or otherwise, is part of the equation that must be balanced.
you really need to make 100yr+ birth certificates searchable for free online, since they’re public records and all and I’M IN FLORIDA. Cause I need my grandma’s birth certificate (from 1907) to try to get my papers together to apply for enrollment. FML. NDN problems….
(for real, what is with records in this country? only thing i’ve been able to find for her is the 1940 census, and that’s long after she moved to ohio to marry my grandfather and have my dad and uncle. Finding crap on my grandfather all over the place, but he’s not the one I need records on, since he’s italian, It’s my grandma who’s the Odawa.)
FYI, obviously it’s not your current concern, but if you have records showing that you’re descended from an Italian citizen, you’re eligible for Italian citizenship and can get an Italian passport and even, if you wanted to, visit Italy without having to leave before your visa expired.
I know because I’m working my way through the verification process myself, having had an Italian grandparent (my mother’s father) also. Hey, paisan’!
“If your partner were terrible all the time, it would actually be easier to deal with in many ways; you would tell yourself, “Well, he turned out to be a jerk.” But when someone you love goes back and forth between kindness and cruelty, generosity and selfishness, tenderness and intimidation, loving you and cheating on you, you can come to feel that it’s impossible to understand people. Your feelings for the primary person in your life tend to carry over into how you view everyone. Your partner may further feed the problem by encouraging you to think badly of others. He may tell you that people are lying to you or taking advantage of you; that your friends have hidden motives; that you are naïve in your dealings with people; that “everyone is just out for themselves.” He’s talking about himself, though he probably doesn’t know it.”—Lundy Bancroft, Healing and Hope (via waronxmas)
What You Said:I don’t think it’s right for you to say that I shouldn’t have a say in a certain conversation.
What You Meant:The world has told me that my opinion is so valuable, my voice is so universal and my very being is so much more important than yours that I am positive that by simply adding my view on a topic, a topic that I am neither educated on nor have lived through, makes the conversation better, more viable and more important. I can not fathom a single subject or conversation that wouldn’t be made better when my opinion is given.
He claims to be cherokee But Johnny Depp isn’t Cherokee
he claims to have some Creek ancestry too
Johnny Depp is NOT Native American, guys.
Seriously, stop saying it
The exact quote is “[great-grandmother] grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian”
It is literally the definition of a blood myth. I mean most people with a blood myth name a specific tribe but Depp can’t even do that and for some reason this crap is given credence.
Reblogging for the quote. I knew someone had it
It’s true that many, probably most, apparently White (and Black) Americans with a story about how “their greatn-grandmother was an Indian princess” that has been handed down in their family — or that they claim has been handed down in their family — turn out to have zero Native ancestry whatsoever.
But among people who do the genealogical research to find out who, when, where, and were-they-really, and find that they do have genuine Native ancestry, it’s actually not uncommon for the family story to have mentioned Cherokee (or another well-known Native people) while the actual ancestor belonged to another Nation entirely. One reason for this is that the Tsalagi are one of the best-known tribes, particularly on the East Coast, and stories do change when they’re retold.
Maybe a child heard their grandparent tell the story and name their own mother’s people as Creek, or Cree, or even Seminole or Lenape, but then when the grandchild tried telling the story themselves years later, listeners said they had never heard of that tribe, or maybe even suggested that the grandchild must have meant Cherokee, or must have mis-heard or mis-remembered. Maybe the grandchild tried to look up information on their ancestral tribe, and nothing in the library matched the name they remembered — between there being separate names for different clans, groups, settlements, and peoples who considered themselves multiple nations within a larger Nation (the Iroquois or the Lakota-Dakota, for example), and the fact that White people and White people’s books tend to use exonyms far more often than any of a Native people’s own names for themselves — so maybe the grandchild decided for themselves that they must have had the name wrong. Maybe family members found it simpler to tell non-Native acquaintances that the tribe was one they’d heard of, and that’s what the next generation grew up having heard and believed. These things happen.
I’m not saying that anyone claiming Cherokee (or any Native) ancestry should be taken at face value, or even necessarily be given the benefit of the doubt. I’m definitely not saying I think Depp is really Native — or that it would excuse the roles he’s consented to play for Disney in recent years if he were Native.
But White America has been trying for five hundred years to take our cultures and our identities away from us. In too many cases, they’ve been too successful. We need to remember not to help them by shunning people who are our own, just because White interference managed to fracture their ancestral communities and disrupt cultural transmission in their families…
“We need to acknowledge that we cannot know what it’s like to be an oppressed racial minority. Cannot. The end. Period. We don’t know because we’re queer, because we’re disabled, because we’re Jewish, because we were the nerdy kid in school. These things may have hurt us severely, but we need to stop playing Oppression Olympics and acknowledge that when we’re talking about race we Do. Not. Know. No more metaphors.
We need to accept that when a person of color tells us we’ve fucked up, the answer is not to get defensive. When we get that instinct to say “geez, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it that way at all,” it’s time to stop right now. It doesn’t matter how you meant it. It really doesn’t. Someone doesn’t have to have racism in their heart to do something racist. And doing something racist doesn’t make you an evil person who can never do good again, should never be an activist, should run off and hide in a hole somewhere. It means you did something hurtful, you made a big mistake, and you need to own that mistake. You need to say “I’m sorry.” Full stop. I’m sorry. And if the person who called you out is generous enough to take time to explain what you did wrong, you need to have a seat and listen.”—
Except on what planet are ethnic Jews not a racial minority and not still subject to oppression and discrimination based on that fact? White feminists try to address racism & still manage to shit on Jews.(via biggadjeworld)
Emphasis of biggadjeworld’s point added by me, buggeryisthegenus. Because, the fact that some Jewish people have some White (and/or passing) privilege notwithstanding, it’s a very important point.
As long as America continues to threaten migrants, it will benefit economically. Now, many naysayers and tea partiers will disagree — the rhetoric of “they took our jobs!” etc. The fact is, as long as people are threatened about their paperwork status on being here, they can be mistreated and forced to work shit pay — and companies routinely do this. It is cheaper and more “cost effective” for them to keep a lid on the status of their workers so they don’t have to pay for things like health benefits, an actual fair wage, and compensation for injuries (since majority of the jobs in factories and agriculture are labor-intensive and full of risk).
One of the best reasons to buy organic when it comes to fruit that must be hand-picked (all berries other than cranberries; grapes; cherries, apricots and many other stone fruits; most melon varieties; figs; and the list goes on, but you can usually infer from how delicate the fruit in question is) — besides the fact that those are also some of the most-poisoned produce, between insecticides and herbicides and fungicides, and besides the fact that they lead to significant soil and water pollution when grown “conventionally” — is that it’s common for agribusinesses, and even some smaller farms, to spray assorted poisons on fruit fields while there are migrant workers in the field picking fruit.
Yeah; on top of
the illegally-long shifts without breaks;
the inadequate provision of water, for drinking or otherwise;
the inadequate provision of sanitary facilities, i.e. toilets or port-a-potties (even after multiple e. coli outbreaks led to thousands of dollars’ worth of produce needing to be recalled and destroyed, and thousands of dollars more lost due to consumers’ fears after the outbreaks were contained);
the complete lack of overtime pay, sick pay, vacations, etc.;
the complete lack of workers’-compensation coverage for injuries or illnesses due to / during work;
the complete lack of healthcare coverage;
the typical lack of a first-aid station on premises, or even a handful of band-aids, despite frequent occurences of heatstroke, heat exhaustion, severe dehydration, heart attack, and other work- and/or working-conditions-related medical emergencies among farm workers;
and the illegally-low pay;
migrant workers get poison sprayed directly onto them, typically without any warning, and without any way to wash themselves off until many hours later.
There’s a reason why so many migrant farm workers are undocumented (“illegals”); most people who are citizens, or legal residents with work permits, won’t work under illegally-dangerous, illegally-unpleasant conditions for illegally-low pay!
If you want strawberries badly enough to pay $2 for them, then you probably want them badly enough to pay $3 or $4 for them…
[Trigger Warning: Dead Baby Animals] PETA's secret slaughter of companion animals
1. A pile of garbage bags, mostly black with a few white or transparent, in what appears to be a commercial Dumpster-type waste receptacle with rusty-crusty metal walls and floor. The context implies the bags are full of the corpses of companion animals, but the bags’ contents are not visually discernible.
2. In a field, on a sunny day, a human wearing a white “clean suit” and some sort of rebreather-type mask is holding a dead puppy by its hind legs at arm’s length over a black garbage bag. Someone out-of-frame except for part of their nitrile-displosable-glove-clad left hand is pointing down at the open garbage bag. (The other human is wearing what appear to be latex disposable gloves, as they are off-white, whereas the out-of-view human’s glove is purple, a color typically used for nitrile gloves so they’re readily distinguishable from latex ones for latex-allergy reasons.) Several vehicles are parked in the background, at least one of which has a blue law-enforcement light (turned off) on its roof.
3. A hard-plastic pet carrier, large enough to hold a medium-sized dog or two adult cats who like one another, is situated on some sort of metal grating. The carrier’s metal-grate door is open, and a tabby-striped kitten, appearing roughly three to five months old, is lying on its side on the floor of the carrier, its tail towards the viewer. The kitten is wearing what appears to be a paper identification collar, similar to hospital wrist-IDs for human patients. From its unnatural position and stiffness, and the peculiar way its fur is mussed, it is clear that the kitten is dead… or possibly “merely” comatose.
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I reblogged this as text because the great big triggery photos show up before the trigger warning, otherwise. Those who want to see the photos, click through here (or click any of the next four links).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals — indeed their “ethical treatment.” Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA’s front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority — 96 percent in 2011 — exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains. Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA’s victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.
Autism Speaks does NOT advocate for people with autism,and it never has. Rather, it advocates on behalf of parents (and/or other family members) who feel their autistic child (or other relative) is a burden to them — and, to a lesser degree, on behalf of “concerned” citizens who feel most or all autistics are a burden to “society” — and whose goals are as follows:
ideally, a magic “cure” to make autistics become just like neurotypicals/alltistics;
or at least close enough that we can “pass” for “normal”;
failing that, some miracle drug or other medical intervention that would allow (or force) those of us on the “low-functioning” end of the spectrum to behave “normally” and/or live independently;
or at least behave more “normally” and/or live more independently than before “treatment” (and some people are willing to go to very extreme measures in pursuit of these goals, cf. Judge Rotenberg Educational Center);
finding a cause or causes for autism spectrum disorders, so that the victims (i.e., the families of autists, not autistic people ourselves) have someone to blame and/or sue — though finally, years after every reasonable scientist conceded that all evidence showed neither causation nor possible mechanism for causation (and multiple scientists and executives left AS over its refusal to stop wasting money on it) they seem to have given up on the vaccination-autism hypothesis;
"educating" the public about what a horrible burden [sic] autistic children are on their families, partly in order to inspire donations;
and also, in addition to the above: developing a magic injection, or genetic/fetal screening, or some other method that would/could prevent there being any more autistic people in the future.
There are many thousands of people on the autism spectrum who do live mostly- to entirely-independently, and who are “verbal” or otherwise capable of communicating with other humans, and who are perfectly capable of advocating for ourselves.
I should know; I’m one of us.
Not surprisingly, many autists take a dim view of AS’s goal of genocide against us — and if you think that’s hyperbolic language, consider that there’s already a genetic test for at least one condition (so-called fragile X) that frequently occurs along with autism, and strong evidence both that most forms of autism are inherited and that most families into which one person with autism is born already have, or will have in the future, another family member or members with autism.
But many of us take issue with the other goals of Autism Speaks as well. If someone with autism can live semi- or fully-independently, with or without supports, but engages in stimming behaviors and rarely makes eye contact… well, so fucking WHAT?! Other (non-autistic) people have annoying personal habits, too, but it’s almost never seriously suggested that such people be subjected to electroshock torture or food deprivation to “cure” them of wearing too much cologne, or belching with their mouths open, or dressing like they’re auditioning for Jersey Shore.
Our biggest beef, however, is always going to be with the fact that, when actual autistics do speak (or otherwise communicate), Autism Speaks ignores us. To them, we are irrelevant. We’re the object, not the subject (grammatically speaking). They’re not advocating on behalf of people who are silent; they advocate on behalf of those who need us to remain silent, and it is no coincidence that they continue to promote the MYTH that autistic = nonverbal, over a quarter-century after Temple Grandin first made headlines.
* A note on language: There is no consensus among people on the autism spectrum about how we wish to be described, or how those who are not on the spectrum should be referred to when contrasting the two groups. No matter what terminology I choose, someone would take issue with it. Cycling through the most commonly known and/or preferred options (as far as I’m aware of them) seemed the best compromise; if I’ve offended any of my fellow autists, I apologize.
** Bonus points for everyone who spots the terrible pun I made with a very serious paragraph.
Why is it that people spit out “communist ” like it’s a swear word?
I was born and I lived in a communist country for nine years and I can tell you THIS:
-There are NO people starving in the streets.
- There are NO drug problems.
- People DO NOT die because they have no healthcare.
- Kids are NOT kidnaped, raped, sold or prostituted.
-NOBODY is gunning ,bombing or shooting anyone.
-Children are educated and EVERYONE that wants to be in school goes- for free.
Can a lot of other non- communist countries say the same? It’s not a perfect system, and I’m not even advocating it, but I think a lot of countries can learn a thing or two.
Part of the reason is, of course, that the two countries best known to Westerners from non-communist, non-socialist countries as “communist,” the People’s Republic of China (i.e. the part that isn’t Taiwan) and the U.S.S.R. (a.k.a. the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, often conflated with its largest and dominant non-socialist non-republic, Russia), are/were really not communist — or socialist — at all.
The difference between those two countries and western democracies lies far more in the fact that (what I’ll call for the sake of convenience) Russia and China were/are totalitarian states, than in the economic systems practiced or espoused by either side.
If Russia had truly practiced communism or socialism, there would not have been people waiting in days-long lines for basic necessities like bread, in part because the sort of non-totalitarian government required to make communism or socialism actually work would have been vastly less likely to lead to the sort of “I’ll be penalized if I tell my superiors in the bureaucracy that the farming ‘reforms’ imposed from the top of the hierarchy onto us have actually decreased crop yields rather than increasing them, so instead I’ll say what they want to hear” behavior that caused the majority of the U.S.S.R.’s food shortages.
If China were truly a communist or socialist country, Chinese citizens would have a guaranteed minimum level of healthcare, instead of the current “system” where the healthcare a given citizen of China receives is precisely what they choose — or can afford — to pay, which can be anywhere from thousands of (the yuan equivalent of US) dollars to nothing whatsoever. The United States of America, right now, even as many states are cutting funding and/or eligibility for Medicaid and fighting hard against any and every provision of the healthcare compromise bill the Democrats agreed to instead of insisting on the better healthcare reform they campaigned on, has a better social safety net than China. (That actually applies to much more than healthcare, but let’s not get too far afield.) China barely even has any labor protections laws, like the Western world’s mandated maximum work hours per day and work days per week; their workplace-safety standards are also so far below most Western nations’ as to seem nonexistent. The latter is both part of the reason why Chinese-manufactured goods are cheaper even after importation costs, and a factor that exacerbates the problems caused by the lack of the dreaded (by capitalist robber-barons) “nationalized healthcare” there.
On both sides of the “capitalism” / “communism” divide, it’s the robber barons at the top who profit from the system while the majority suffer. That the working and middle classes were/are more grievously exploited in the USSR & PRC than in the USA has far more to do with the totalitarian vs. democratic/actual-republic systems of government than with either the economic models espoused or actually practiced in those countries.
But it’s to the advantage of those robber barons, in any large economy, to convince the “common” people that they’re better off under the system they live under (or supposedly live under) than people under the “opposite” system are, regardless of the truth of such assertions. Doing so increases the commoners’ resistance to proposed changes in their socioeconomic and/or political systems… because those systems are working just fine to make and keep the robber barons glutted with money and power, so they fear any change that might diminish even minutely the torrent of wealth flowing into their coffers and offshore bank accounts.
Also of note is the fact that, for decades, “communism” was popularly used as an antonym not for capitalism, but for democracy, in the West — especially in North America.
Now, I was born and raised in a “capitalist” “democracy,” the United States of America. But I’ve lived (for not nearly long enough) in a substantially-socialist yet still nominally-capitalist country, and among other things that experience helped me to see more clearly both that the USA isn’t nearly as purely-capitalist as our pundits like to proclaim, and that many USians’ quality of life would be improved by making our country even more socialist in practice. There are “Americans” living in third-world conditions in numerous parts of the USA, even now, in 2013.
It has long been, and remains, my ambition to return to Europe and live in a more sanely- and humanely-governed country. But no country is perfect.
I’ll accept that almost all of ivewaitedforyou’s statements about their birth country are probably mostly, if not entirely, true. However… I do not believe that there is any country in the world where not a single child has been “kidnapped, raped, sold or prostituted.”
That isn’t something that’s a direct result of any social, economic or political system, though many such systems can and do contribute to sexual abuse, sexual assault and sex trafficking. Human nature makes monsters of too many of us, and too many of us revisit our own torment, or some variation, on others; the cycle of abuse is not a feature of only some human societies.
I can’t even form a proper sentence to describe my rage.
Here’s the full text of the Gothamist article:
NYPD Now Running Criminal Checks On Domestic Abuse Victims
by Ben Yakas | March 15, 2013
It’s already very difficult prosecuting domestic abuse cases, because 75 percent of the time the women who were victimized stop helping prosecutors—thankfully, wifebeaters like to brag about their misdeeds, and they are really, really dumb about it. But things are going to get even harder now that the NYPD has enacted a new directive: according to the Post, officers must run criminal checks on domestic abuse victims when they come forward. And if they have any warrants, even for minor offenses like unpaid tickets, a police source says “you have no choice but to lock them up.”
"This is going to deter victims of domestic violence," the police source said. "They’re going to be scared to come forward." The new directive, sent out in a memo on March 5th, has been set forth by Chief of Detectives Phil Pulaski, and already seems to be controversial among the rank and file. Their source said that the memo puts undo pressure on officers to make an arrest, even if someone was clearly battered by a spouse: “We have every right to arrest that person at that moment,” the source told the tabloid.
“The majority of domestic-violence cases go unreported,” said defense attorney Joseph Tacopina. “This is just going to increase this percentage.” Matrimonial lawyer Marilyn Chinitz agreed: “That is very, very frightening. It would absolutely dissuade people. They would not report a crime because they would fear getting locked up. It would empower the perpetrator, and there’s going to be more domestic violence as a consequence, and you’re endangering children.”
We’ve contacted the NYPD for comment on the new policy.
I wouldn’t hold your breath for that comment, Gothamist, NYPD still too busy trying to keep people with press passes from noticing that a candelight vigil ain’t a riot.
Here, to me, is the best example to illustrate how completely fucked-up this policy is: It’s very common for abusers to isolate their victims by denying them the right to leave their homes without permission, and also fairly common for those sorts of abusers to nevertheless have vehicle registration, insurance etc. in their victim’s name rather than the abuser’s, especially if the abuser would have difficulty obtaining a license and/or registration in their own name, or even if they would just have to pay more for insurance on a vehicle registered in their own name.
So what’s going to happen when a domestic abuse victim (or their friend, family member or neighbor, because let’s be realistic, very often the victims themselves can’t do it themselves for a variety of reasons) calls the cops, and they show up, and there are a bunch of unpaid parking or speeding tickets in the victim’s name that the abuser knows all about and the victim has no idea about?
Even if the victim tries to bring that salient fact up, either to the arresting officers or the courts? As far as the system is concerned that’s even worse than if the victim had earned those tickets and knowingly chosen not to pay them — because you’re responsible for a car registered in your name.
NYC might as well just make it a crime to be a victim of a crime and get it over with.
Alternatively reblog this if you do not sleep in your bra.
I am super curious about this.
My first girlfriend slept in hers, routinely. She had a specific reason for doing so: Her mother was large-breasted, and like many women with larger breasts hers were “saggy” and “droopy” — those were the words my girlfriend used. And even though her own breasts were just a B-cup on a size 44-46 band, this girlfriend of mine was horrified by the idea of her own breasts ever looking like her mother’s. So she virtually never didn’t have a bra on.
Hope this helps your research…
(I’m not a bra-wearer myself, except for dress-up play occasionally.)
“Keeping the wrong people out” has never been an acceptable civil rights goal.
“Keeping the wrong people out” has never been an acceptable civil rights goal.
“Keeping the wrong people out” has never been an acceptable civil rights goal.
There are legitimate aims that can only be achieved by limiting the admission of people to a particular space. “Making sure we’re not made to feel uncomfortable” isn’t one of them. Comfort is not a human right, and thank Goddess for that (if “comfort” was a human right, Christians could argue I was violating their human rights for even mentioning the Goddess).
Sometimes people mentioning Jesus makes me uncomfortable…
If one wonders if the U.S. press corps has learned anything in the decade since the Iraq War – i.e. the need to ask tough question and show honest skepticism – it would appear from the early coverage of the election of Pope Francis I that U.S. journalists haven’t changed at all, even at “liberal” outlets like MSNBC.
The first question that a real reporter should ask about an Argentine cleric who lived through the years of grotesque repression, known as the “dirty war,” is what did this person do, did he stand up to the murderers and torturers or did he go with the flow. If the likes of Chris Matthews and other commentators on MSNBC had done a simple Google search, they would have found out enough about Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to slow their bubbling enthusiasm.
Bergoglio, now the new Pope Francis I, has been identified publicly as an ally of Argentine’s repressive leaders during the “dirty war” when some 30,000 people were “disappeared” or killed, many stripped naked, chained together, flown out over the River Plate or the Atlantic Ocean and pushed sausage-like out of planes to drown.
The “disappeared” included women who were pregnant at the time of their arrest. In some bizarre nod to Catholic theology, they were kept alive only long enough to give birth before they were murdered and their babies were farmed out to military families, including to people directly involved in the murder of the babies’ mothers.
Instead of happy talk about how Bergoglio seems so humble and how he seems so sympathetic to the poor, there might have been a question or two about what he did to stop the brutal repression of poor people and activists who represented the interests of the poor, including “liberation theology” priests and nuns, during the “dirty war.”
I knew it was a bad sign when the conclave reached consensus so soon…
Edit: for those that think you’re safe since you don’t drink any diet sodas check the ingredients in any bodybuilding supplements you use since some brands load up their products with aspartame
Aspartame AND sucralose trigger horrible headaches and stomach cramps in me. The smallest amounts. I got scared out of fake sugar because my body wanted no parts of it. I did notice in those protein shake powder many have one or both of them included.
im still trying to figure out how something that literally kills rats! rat poison! is a legal foodstuff in our world. how is this shit still legal?
and theres no place for rgument anymore considering the ease of obtaining stevia and whatever the new one is. even sucralose, dammit. the shit doesnt kill people or animals. it’s man made, yeah, but it aint rat poison.
shit, maple syrup and honey dont even affect blood sugar levels like cane sugar if folks is just trying to get away from cane sugar. just… shit. why, FDA? why?
NO NO NO STAY AWAY FROM SUCRALOSE / SPLENDA !!!
The manufacturer’s claimthat it’s non-caloric is based on the premise that the sucralose molecule can’t be broken down in the body, so it passes through undigested. But the FDA didn’t make them release any of the absorption studies they did, much less insist on any third-party testing.
One independent absorption test (that I know of) was conducted. Participants were each given a precise amount of sucralose to consume, then all their excretia were evaluated for sucralose content. (Yeah, sometimes scientific research is disgusting.) The results?
Most people did digest at least some of the sucralose… and at least one participant didn’t have any come back out of her.
We have no idea what effects Splendaa / sucralose has on the body, because if any long-term tests were done, they were conducted by or on behalf of the manufacturer, and they’re keeping the results to themselves.
But the fact that they are knowingly misrepresenting how sucralose supposedly works should be a giant red flag.
I also don’t trust white people in this country because of the Pacific Islander slave trade that was going on in Australia from 1842-1904, which til this day is either ignored or in describing it, words like recruited, encouraged and employed are used. When in reality South Sea Islanders were coerced, kidnapped, forced, and sold. Slavery by any other name, is still slavery.
And the only reason this stopped is because of the ‘white Australia’ policy that was brought into place to try and keep Australia for white people. When thousands of the men and women who were stolen from their homes, were returned, some being returned to the wrong Island (because brown and black people are all the same to white people) and others dying on the journey home.
Some years ago, I had an online conversation with a White Australian who told me that racism wasn’t as common in Australia as in North America. When I asked her about racism against indigenous (Aboriginal) Australians, she blithely replied that they didn’t really matter because they were practically extinct.
The most recent Australian census at that time had reported over 450,000 Australians of “Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander” ethnicity. More than four hundred and fifty thousand — more, in fact, than estimates of the total indigenous population at the time the first Europeans arrived.
In some ways, racism in present-day Australia seems worse than when indigenous people were taken from their families and trained as de facto domestic and/or sex slaves for White households, and when hunting licenses were issued for shooting Aborigines who didn’t “belong” to a White person either for sport or to claim bounties. At least back then White Australians were honest about what they were doing and what their motivations were.
“I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to switch porno off because I’ve felt it was misogynistic or formulaic, but that doesn’t mean I want my consumption of porn to be regulated. […] Instead of being squeamish and reluctant to discuss porn, it would be more productive if people could focus on asking why there isn’t more readily available porn that caters to all sexes and, crucially, understand why this is important in reflecting gender equality.”—
The boys’ lawyers plan to argue that silence is consent.
The boys’ lawyers plan to argue that silence is consent.
The boys’ lawyers plan to argue that silence is consent.
THE BOY’S LAWYERS PLAN TO ARGUE THAT SILENCE IS CONSENT
(Note that current Ohio law does not require victims of sexual assault to overtly deny consent — the lawyers’ stated plan is a longshot. The fact that they’re willing to take such a reprehensibly, disgustingly invidious gamble remains… reprehensibly, disgustingly invidious.)
The part of me that doesn’t need to squeeze my eyes closed so that the rage boiling my blood doesn’t burst them…
…is actually saying,
"Good. If they argue that, then the judge will have an opportunity — two, at least, actually, because the judge might not allow them to present that ‘argument’ to the jury — to rule that silence can never, as a matter of law, be construed as consent.”
"Which might, in turn, make it easier to get more rapists convicted in the future, due to the precedent that would be established.”
Mostly enraged, but I’mma cling to that optimism. Sometimes it’s the only way I can feel halfway sane.
Usually I try to keep a better balance of image to non-image posts here, but folks, I am tired of having to do 99% of the image descriptions and image credit info myself. (Yes, occasionally I post images without one or the other, but I try not to.) If y’all could pick up some of the slack at least once in a while, my blog could be prettier… and yours would be less obnoxious to people who create the images you find reblog-worthy and/or people who can’t see the images, whether due to physical disability, poverty (DSL isn’t cheap — or available at all — everywhere) or some other reason.
It’s bad enough when I see stuff that’s just pretty nature photos or fannish gifsets or something with neither descriptions nor credits, but social justice posts, people? Seriously?
C’mon. It’s a couple minutes of your time. If it’s worth reblogging, it’s worth reblogging right.
12-year-old girl:I don't want kids when I grow up.
Society:You'll change your mind when you get older. You're only 12. You're too young to know what you want.
16-year-old girl:I'm pregnant.
Society:How could you be so stupid? Do you know anything about safe sex? You should be ashamed.
20-year-old woman:I'm a single mother with an infant son.
Society:You should've gone to college first. You need a stable career before you can support a child.
33-year-old woman:I'm married and my spouse and I both have stable careers. I have two young daughters now.
Society:You're not staying home? Who's going to take care of them? You're just going to put them in day care while you work? That's selfish of you. You can't expect to raise decent kids with a full-time job.
45-year-old woman:I just had my first child.
Society:Why would you have a child when you're that old? Do you realize the health risks of being pregnant at your age? When your kid is a teenager you'll be a senior citizen. That's inconsiderate of you.
60-year-old woman:I haven't had any children.
Society:Your life must be so unfulfilling. Is there something wrong with you? Why didn't you want kids? How strange.
A couple of weeks ago, I was getting some really vicious and nasty anons so I was suggested this feature on how to ban an I.P. addresses* from reaching your page or any page you choose. What it does is when that person tries to come to your blog, they will automatically be re-directed to a website of your choice. You can be cruel and send them somewhere nasty or like me, I sent them to google.
Follow the steps and install the code below the “<head>” in your theme html.
*You will probably need a statcounter like plug-in to figure out which I.P. addresses.
“Being body positive doesn’t mean you have to find every body type attractive. It’s okay to not find thin girls attractive, or only be attracted to meaty boys. It’s also okay to not find fat girls attractive, or to only be attracted to skinny boys. Or anything in between! Just as long as you recognize that it’s only your personal preference and not some kind of fundamental flaw in people you don’t find attractive, you’re golden.”—Damn My Feminine Wiles: PSA (via nadiaaboulhosn)