1. Some gems from Buzzfeed’s Feminist Quiz

    I’m sorry, when did being a good feminist mean policing people’s body, fashion, name, and general lifestyle choices? When did being a good feminist mean being well educated and business oriented? Why does checking any of these things off mean you’re a shitty feminist?

    Reasons I can’t deal with the movement. People say one thing in theory and turn around and shit on everyone who doesn’t act their way. Fuck preppy girls and throw them under the bus, apparently.

  2. revolutionator:

    pugsnotborissjohnsen:

    hey i know i have a fraught and passive-aggressive relationship with time magazine but please take like a minute out of your day to vote for laverne  cox to be in this year’s time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world this year

    shit yeah boost this to hell

    also like can we vote against Jared Leto while we’re at it

  3. otherwindow:

    Imagine a world where animals are automatically wired to respond negatively to misogyny.

    "Women belong in the kit-"
    [LOUD BARKING]
    “You won’t get respect dressed like tha-“
    [ANGRY SEAGULLS POOPING FROM ABOVE]
    “If you dress like a man then I have the right to call you a ma-“
    [TEN THOUSAND BEES PREPARING THEIR STINGERS]

    imagine brony conventions in this world

  4. http://thebisweptualbisexual.tumblr.com/post/82957521526/sleepy-genie-thebisweptualbisexual-all-these →

    sleepy-genie:

    sleepy-genie:

    thebisweptualbisexual:

    All these feminist painters and not a single person of color featured in their art

    If you want a feminist painting with a person of color featured in it, paint it yourself. Art is subjective. You cannot police another person’s creativity. Just…

    My priorities lie in equality regardless of race and gender.  I do not ACTIVELY choose not to write about PoC.  I did not say that I did not write about PoC either; I gave you a hypothetical situation.  

    As art is subjective, I think it would have been a very rad statement if you painted all the white models as black ones.  

    I agree that there is a big white bubble.  Do what you can to pop it.  I, myself, look white, but people who know my background call me a terrorist.  There is ignorance everywhere.  

    I’m sorry I didn’t know the full context of your post, but I still stand by what I (Gandhi) said; be the change you want to see in the world.  It is a good, effective approach to things…regardless of who said it.  

    Hypothetically if anyone chooses to ignore PoC they’re choosing to promote the bubble. Equality isn’t going to happen if we literally write and paint equal parts white and nonwhite because white got a head start forever ago and are still being written about exclusively today.

    As the class is for a grade, I don’t think rad statements would have gone too well for me. “Lighten this up/she’s not *that* dark/darken the background to make her look lighter” I can just imagine it. I get that already with the light-skinned/white models. It’s intro to painting, so I paint what I see because I’m not at a skill level where I can paint what’s not directly in front of me, and because my grade depends on improvement, and if they see that I’m painting darker with no improvement in seeing the skin tones presented to me, I’d be fucked.

    Being the change is important, but the change needs to happen on a larger scale than just me in my intro to painting class. I contribute what I can, but in the long run when people are refusing conversations and silencing us, there’s only so much we can do. PoC have been the change for a while, but if we keep getting ignored it’ll just stay one-sided. It’s not like we’re not making art, it’s that institutionally we’re only being taught about white art. It’s on us, but it’s also on the people who marginalized us in the first place, and if we forget that they have responsibility too, then working together on this issue is just going to get more complicated. They’re trying to make us forget, so we have to keep reminding them not to. Change is a team effort.

    I row crew, and I’m in a boat full of people who’ve had at least some experience on the water and know how to set the boat and whatnot, but if each person does their own individual way to achieving perfect technique and those individual ways don’t line up due to height differences, length differences, etc, or even if we have everything perfect but the wind knocks us around, we have a rocky boat with inefficient speed. We adjust to match the speed of the boat, we adjust to the weather, but we do it as a team, not as individuals. Each person plays their part, but if we don’t do it together we just have eight people trying to run the boat their own way. The stroke seat can have the best damn technique in the world, but if people aren’t with her, there’s not much she can do because one person controlling seven all by herself is much more difficult than you would think. That’s why the rest of us work together to help her and help ourselves. Without that we don’t improve. Right now we’re working on it because we’re getting used to rowing as a team, and I like to think we are improving. It’s rough, but we’re getting there because we’re working together. That’s my mindset both on and off the water, and that’s how I see change overall.

  5. sheer-powder:

“We’ve been ‘cool’ for a very long time, and in that sense our culture has been taken for a very long time. How do we define when we’ve arrived? It’s not when a young, white girl in Berkley is wearing nice garlands or those nice buddhist beads, or wearing bindi. I don’t feel like my life in anyway has been improved because she has the ability to do that and thinks that’s okay. My life hasn’t improved. The life of my mother has not improved. Our voice as a community within this economic system has not improved. 
A good friend of mine, she’s south Indian, and she grew up in Connecticut. Her mom would make her wear her bindi and go to school. She would get harassed by kids… she would be harassed so much that what she would do, is that because she was so ashamed to have that bindi on her head, she would leave her house, wipe it off… and then come home and put it back on.
To the point where a child would have to think about such a deliberate attempt to refute their own culture I think is pretty profound. If there’s a white girl wearing a bindi walking down central avenue in the heights, she’s not considered a dot head, even though she has a dot on her head.
For me, the feeling is disgust and anger. The way I look at it if I see it, I just get so mad because I think, how dare this person be able to wear that, or hold that, or put that statue in her house and not take any of the oppression for that. How dare they. That’s not fair. We have to take so much heat and repression for expressing ourselves.
I’m going to rip that thing off your head, and I’m going to scrub that mehndi off your hands, because you don’t have the right to wear it. Until the day when you walk in our shoes, and you face what we face… the pain, and the shame, and the hurt, and the fear, you don’t have the right to wear that. It is not your right, and you’re not worthy of it. I feel like it’s so superficial and it’s so disrespected. One day, wake up, be me, and then you’ll see how powerful what you’re wearing is. ”
—Raahi Reddy, Yellow Apparel: When the Coolie Becomes Cool 

    sheer-powder:

    We’ve been ‘cool’ for a very long time, and in that sense our culture has been taken for a very long time. How do we define when we’ve arrived? It’s not when a young, white girl in Berkley is wearing nice garlands or those nice buddhist beads, or wearing bindi. I don’t feel like my life in anyway has been improved because she has the ability to do that and thinks that’s okay. My life hasn’t improved. The life of my mother has not improved. Our voice as a community within this economic system has not improved. 

    A good friend of mine, she’s south Indian, and she grew up in Connecticut. Her mom would make her wear her bindi and go to school. She would get harassed by kids… she would be harassed so much that what she would do, is that because she was so ashamed to have that bindi on her head, she would leave her house, wipe it off… and then come home and put it back on.

    To the point where a child would have to think about such a deliberate attempt to refute their own culture I think is pretty profound. If there’s a white girl wearing a bindi walking down central avenue in the heights, she’s not considered a dot head, even though she has a dot on her head.

    For me, the feeling is disgust and anger. The way I look at it if I see it, I just get so mad because I think, how dare this person be able to wear that, or hold that, or put that statue in her house and not take any of the oppression for that. How dare they. That’s not fair. We have to take so much heat and repression for expressing ourselves.

    I’m going to rip that thing off your head, and I’m going to scrub that mehndi off your hands, because you don’t have the right to wear it. Until the day when you walk in our shoes, and you face what we face… the pain, and the shame, and the hurt, and the fear, you don’t have the right to wear that. It is not your right, and you’re not worthy of it. I feel like it’s so superficial and it’s so disrespected. One day, wake up, be me, and then you’ll see how powerful what you’re wearing is. ”

    —Raahi Reddy, Yellow Apparel: When the Coolie Becomes Cool 

  6. thisiswhiteprivilege:

    One major facet of cultural appropriation is taking artifacts that would be violent on the body of a person of color and making them trendy on a white body.

    That’s why Forever 21 is able to sell a Black Panther crop top, and why Che Guevara t-shirts are so popular, and why Macklemore can win Grammy’s for writing songs about smelly sheets, and why white drugged out kids can walk around Coachella in tacky “native” headdresses.

    When people of color cannot participate in aspects of their culture without persecution, but white people are welcome to those aspects, that’s a major undeniable example of white privilege.

  7. sleepy-genie:

    thebisweptualbisexual:

    All these feminist painters and not a single person of color featured in their art

    If you want a feminist painting with a person of color featured in it, paint it yourself.  Art is subjective.  You cannot police another person’s creativity.  Just because I don’t write about people of colour, or draw pictures of lesbian couples, does not mean I am opposed to these types of people.  It simply means that the message I am trying to convey in my personal art is not involved with them.  There is nothing wrong with that.  

    You seem to have a message you want to convey regarding equality, racism, and feminism, so pick up a pen/paintbrush and, as Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world!

    lol you’re acting like I mean painters as individuals with their individual creativity and whatnot. Feminism has had a pattern of ignoring people of color, so when it’s a pattern I really don’t give a flying fuck about their individual creative choices, I care that they’re sticking to the unofficial script that systematically pushes down marginalized people. When it’s a pattern I can paint PoC all I want, but until I get so fucking famous they make a movie out of me starring Lucy Liu surrounded by white people, it won’t make a huge difference.

    If you want context for my post, I wrote it during my intro to painting class, where we’ve been doing presentations on artists. Half of them were “lauded as feminist artists” or “pioneers in feminist art,” and none of them featured PoC. Now, in a class where our professor told us in the beginning of the course that most if not all of the models we’ll be painting will be white, this shouldn’t have been too surprising, but it’s frustrating because so much art has always featured white people, because I hear people say that they don’t want to paint PoC because our features are too difficult, because when we finally got one WoC to model for our class, half our class cut off her head and only painted her body and chose to use abstract colors instead of skin tones.

    Just as a side note, if you are actively not writing about people of color, you are actively choosing to ignore people who are visibly everywhere, you are actively choosing to erase their existence, and you are actively maintaining this ridiculous white-only bubble in which everyone seems to think we live, since in most literature, characters are assumed white unless explicitly stated otherwise (and even then, movie adaptations cast white people anyway). If you’re actively choosing all this because you fucking can’t write a PoC character without being racist, you’ve got even bigger problems. Same goes for LGBTQ characters and homophobia.

    But I mean, you’re quoting Gandhi, who seriously hated on black people, so maybe it’s asking too much for you to stop thinking I’m trashing on your individual creativity and realize that the systematic racism is the problem.

    At any rate, there’s a reason I can’t fucking stand feminism. It’s mostly because of the racism within the movement, but comments like this one remind me where the priorities lie.

  8. All these feminist painters and not a single person of color featured in their art

  9. sarazarr:

    blue-author:

    deathisabitch:

    elyel:

    Lets clear this out! 

    Yes, we are the couple from the cat pic, but that story is fake! we didnt wrote it!
    Fortunately the real story is much more happy. Thats why we decided to upload a photo from our families together, our parents and our sisters! We have supportive families that love us and acept us. Is important to us that you share the real story behind this photo because is much more powerful and positive the true story, and we like to spred the positive message that everything always turn out just fine! you dont have to hide this from your family, they just need time to understand. The soon you tell them the soon you stop suffering and the aceptation process begin. 
    Love to all of our followers and please share the real story and the positive message that we want to spred!
    ElYEl


    Aclaremos esto! 

    Si! Somos nosotros los de la foto del gato pero esa historia no es real, nosotros no la escribimos!
    Afortunadamente la historia real es mucho mas feliz. Es por eso que decidimos subir esta foto de nuestras familias juntos, nuestros padres y hermanas. Tenemos familias que nos apoyan y nos aceptan. Es importante para nosotros que compartas la historia real detrás de esa foto porque es mucho mas poderosa y positiva que la falsa, y queremos esparcir el mensaje positivo de que todo siempre termina saliendo bien! No tenes q esconderles esto a tu familia, ellos solo necesitan tiempo para entenderlo. Mientras mas rápido se los digas mas rápido vas a dejar de sufrir y el proceso de aceptación va a comenzar mas rápido. 
    Cariños a todos nuestros seguidores y por favor compartan la historia real y el mensaje positivo que queremos esparcir!
    ElyEl

    SIGNAL BOOST

    Reducing an out of context picture of strangers to inspiration porn is so dehumanizing.

    Oh internet you are so full of dark and light I just don’t even know what to make of you sometimes!

  10. fuckingrapeculture:

[ATTENTION:
When a customer orders a Happy Meal, you must ask, “Will that be a My Little Pony toy or a Skylanders toy?”. We will no longer refer to them as “boy or girl” toys. Managers will be performing follow ups on our new order taking procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Thank you,
Lorena.]
artisansoulleader:

jesuotaku:

rivirambles:

amischiefofmice:

PRAISE BE

Wendy’s is doing the same thing.
Will wonders never cease.

Reblogging this because it keeps showing up on my dash and I keep not-quite raining on the parade, but it seems like everyone thinks this means something different than it does, so I guess I’ll rain on it a little bit.I’m afraid this motion has nothing to do with conquering the gender binary or whatever Tumblr is really happy about to be reblogging it so heavily. It’s not about making little children feel like they can get whichever toy they prefer. It’d be nice if it was, but I’d be shocked if that was the case.No, the girl toy here is a My Little Pony. Which means that the *real* reason for this notice is that a bunch of bronies, as there are bajillions of photos and videos of them doing, are coming into fast food restaurants and buying several happy meals. They threw pissy fits when asked if they wanted the “boy or girl” toy, insisting that My Little Pony isn’t for girls or whatever, again, only saying this because of overwhelming evidence that bronies do this shit. Management eventually has enough of it, asks employees to just ask if people want Skylanders or My Little Pony so they won’t have any more disgusted bronies getting mad that their precious fandom is targeted at crappy dumb little girls.
So the short version is: this little paper unfortunately means the exact opposite of what you think it means, socially speaking. It was put up because grown-ass men get all pissy when it’s suggested that they like a thing for girls.
Proof: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/04/editorial-how-to-buy-mcdonalds-ponies.html <— this was posted on the net’s biggest brony hive on April 10, 2014. So yeah, this is sadly not about anything else but how awful bronies are, sorry.

Fuck bronies!

    fuckingrapeculture:

    [ATTENTION:

    When a customer orders a Happy Meal, you must ask, “Will that be a My Little Pony toy or a Skylanders toy?”. We will no longer refer to them as “boy or girl” toys. Managers will be performing follow ups on our new order taking procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Thank you,

    Lorena.]

    artisansoulleader:

    jesuotaku:

    rivirambles:

    amischiefofmice:

    PRAISE BE

    Wendy’s is doing the same thing.

    Will wonders never cease.

    Reblogging this because it keeps showing up on my dash and I keep not-quite raining on the parade, but it seems like everyone thinks this means something different than it does, so I guess I’ll rain on it a little bit.

    I’m afraid this motion has nothing to do with conquering the gender binary or whatever Tumblr is really happy about to be reblogging it so heavily. It’s not about making little children feel like they can get whichever toy they prefer. It’d be nice if it was, but I’d be shocked if that was the case.

    No, the girl toy here is a My Little Pony. Which means that the *real* reason for this notice is that a bunch of bronies, as there are bajillions of photos and videos of them doing, are coming into fast food restaurants and buying several happy meals. They threw pissy fits when asked if they wanted the “boy or girl” toy, insisting that My Little Pony isn’t for girls or whatever, again, only saying this because of overwhelming evidence that bronies do this shit. Management eventually has enough of it, asks employees to just ask if people want Skylanders or My Little Pony so they won’t have any more disgusted bronies getting mad that their precious fandom is targeted at crappy dumb little girls.

    So the short version is: this little paper unfortunately means the exact opposite of what you think it means, socially speaking. It was put up because grown-ass men get all pissy when it’s suggested that they like a thing for girls.

    Proof: http://www.equestriadaily.com/2014/04/editorial-how-to-buy-mcdonalds-ponies.html <— this was posted on the net’s biggest brony hive on April 10, 2014. So yeah, this is sadly not about anything else but how awful bronies are, sorry.

    Fuck bronies!

    (Source: scarfetsu)

  11. Broaching the topic of “White Privilege” is not synonymous with “All white people are evil and, I hate them all.” Chill out.

    Want to watch a white person rush away from a dinner party? Just bust out phrases like “institutionalized racism,” “white supremacy,” and the oldie but goodie “residual effects of slavery that are still with us today,” and watch a room of white people clear itself out, or, at least, have them stammer out the names of all the black people they are friends with, and then offer another unsolicited list off all the good they’ve done for people of color.

    When I talk about systemic racism and historical racial inequalities as it ties into white privilege and modern-day racism, I think I must sound like this to white people: “Hey Whitey! I am going to kill you.” I know this is a lot to ask of white people, but could you please STOP FLIPPING OUT when the topic of white privilege comes up? I’m talking about being defensive, blabbing about how there is no such thing as race (just one human race, which is actually made up of different races), and how you are so gifted as a white person that you “don’t see race.” Ooh, that last one, ouch.

    That’s why we need to have this conversation — because the inability to “see” racism and privilege is exactly what white privilege is. Talking about race is not a trap. It’s not a game of “Gotcha with your Klan Hood Down.” Talking about white privilege is not about asking white people to leave their race. Nor is it about declaring genocide on the white race. (Besides, looks like we’re already going to outnumber you by 2050, so you might as well sit back, relax and enjoy being Wong-splained.)

    Talking about white privilege is not even about trying to make you feel like shit for being white. Surprising, I know. But the conversation on white privilege concerns you and yet is not about YOU. And when you make it about how you feel personally attacked, we really don’t progress further into talking about how we’re going to fix racism. Really.

    If you are a white person who gets nervous when white privilege gets brought up, imagine having to navigating racism in every day life as a person of color who must live with it. Imagine systemically being locked out of better education or healthcare, job opportunities or the mainstream American narrative.

    There are moments as an Asian American when I’ve been regarded as an “honorary white.” (There are also many other moments when I am reminded that I will always be a perpetual foreigner despite the fact that my family has been in the United States for three generations.) But rather than take whatever privilege I can and run with it, I’m interested in talking with people who benefit from white privilege -– how and if they can recognize it and use their positions of privilege to dismantle the systems that oppress other people.

    Believe it or not, I’d love for the world to be more equitable for EVERYONE. And when I ask you to recognize your white privilege, it’s not because I’m trying to place blame. It’s about asking white people to consider the moments where they are able to “pass” in certain situations. Where they are afforded privileges that they never earned. It’s about finding ways to cede privilege, space, and comfort to allow others to live in a more equitable world.

    So white people, the conversation about race can’t happen without you. We can’t get things better if we aren’t all talking. If racism were an easy problem to fix, we would have fixed it already. Ending racism starts with recognizing privilege, systemic control over society at large, and when you are dismissing issues of racism then you have the privilege of being oblivious to.

    Don’t get me wrong there are people of color who proclaim to drink the tears of white people. There are anti-racism activists who will never organize with the most “down” of white people. I don’t want to drink your white tears, but I’d be lying if I said that I don’t enjoy watching you squirm a little.

    Come on, you got to give me that.
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    — 

    I Can’t Believe I Now Have to Convince White People I Like Them by Kristina Wong (via fascinasians)

    YES

    (via espritfollet)

  12. random birth certificate thoughts

    inthepocketofherraincoat:

    Birth certificates shouldn’t even be legal parenting documents. The birth certificate should document the actual facts - the child’s name at birth, child’s natural parents, correct date, time, and place of birth. At the same time the birth certificate is issued, a legal parenting paper can also be issues detailing who has legal responsibility for the child and to what extent.

    It should be like England where there can be more than two. Parents would show the birth certificate for proof of identity for the child and the legal parenting certificate for proof of legal responsibility. Then, if anything happens, like adoption or permanent guardianship, the document can be easily amended and re-issued. In the case of temporary or permanent foster care, the State already has something similar that could continue to be used - court orders.

    This would make it a) harder to lie to adoptees, though some still manage it even in places where the birth certificate isn’t changed (though it is temporarily sealed) and an adoption certificate is instead issued and b) more truthful (and also less aggravating for genealogists - a lot of genealogy is now incorrect because of sealed and amended birth certificates).

    Then, if the adult adoptee doesn’t want a birth certificate with their natural parents’ names on it, because they find that painful to deal with, they can get a short version that doesn’t have the names of the parents listed because who your parents are supposedly ceases to matter upon adulthood (unless you ask them to correct your birth certificate to show your natural parents, then it matters a lot!).

    And any changes in the parenting document should be available for the adult to look at, because it’s their information and because some people want to know everyone who raised them and perhaps might want to look them up and contact them. I know I’d contact my ex foster parents, if they weren’t a bazillion years old, probably very into the “oh you’re adopted HOW WONDERFUL!” thing, and hadn’t helped farm out over 100 babies during their “career”/they probably don’t remember me.

    Don’t ask me how to deal with name changes requested by adoptive parents, ‘cause I vehemently disagree with it. If I were supreme ruler, I’d say absolutely no changing of legal names until the child is old enough to consent/ask for it. Woo, then there’s a place for sealing and amending.

    So, anyways, those are my thoughts.

    Make it so.

  13. daughterofassata:

    glitterlion:

    Inspired entirely by and lyrics pulled from this post.

    Lyrics:

    Driver, lower my tuition please.
    Driver, lower my tuition please.
    I don have enough money for my basic needs.
    Working 40+ hours just to pay my rent
    Now I don’t even have a single cent
    Tuition is high, I gotta pay for books
    Oh I’m so broke . I don’t wanna look
    I popped open my wallet, no funds to count
    My credit declined and my check just bounced
    Oh, there daddy, daddy betta bring that TAP
    Oh, baby, baby where my FASFA at?
    Gon’ take 45 years to pay off all dis debt
    And I ain’t even finished college yet
    Took all my money… I just want to get a decent credit score, a decent credit score
    Took all my money .. I can’t even pay this interest no more, pay this interest no more
    This debt gon kill me

    This is the best post on tumblr thus far in 2014.

  14. fight-for-equality:

goandannouce:

https://www.facebook.com/LifeBeginsAtConception

Actually you’re not considered dead when your heart stops beating. This is why many medical professionals still try to revive those whose hearts have stopped. Because medicine and science has found that death is not considered when your heart as stopped, but once all brain activity has ceased. Which is why they usually have around six minutes before there is no chance to revive. Because when the heart has stopped, your brain cells are deprived of oxygen and start to die.
Fetuses do not have regular brain activity until 25 weeks. At this point in gestation the only time an abortion would be performed is out of medical necessity to save the mother’s life, or to spare the fetus from a short and painful life. These only make up 1% of all abortions. And therefore by this argument, but with the knowledge of what is actually classified as death, a fetus isn’t ‘alive’ until roughly 25 weeks. Far after 99% of abortions are performed.
Please do actual research before trying to use emotional manipulative photos of babies that are born and NOT fetusesbefore parading it out and believing it as fact. Because you are only seriously misinforming yourself, and many others and furthering contributing to a movement that tries to control bodies of those who can become pregnant, when what they do with it does not affect you.
If you are so adamant about helping lives, try doing things for those who are in need and are actually sentient beings. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to an organization that helps feed hungry children, support adoption of older children who are in foster care and are more likely to age out. But this? This does nothing.

    fight-for-equality:

    goandannouce:

    https://www.facebook.com/LifeBeginsAtConception

    Actually you’re not considered dead when your heart stops beating. This is why many medical professionals still try to revive those whose hearts have stopped. Because medicine and science has found that death is not considered when your heart as stopped, but once all brain activity has ceased. Which is why they usually have around six minutes before there is no chance to revive. Because when the heart has stopped, your brain cells are deprived of oxygen and start to die.

    Fetuses do not have regular brain activity until 25 weeks. At this point in gestation the only time an abortion would be performed is out of medical necessity to save the mother’s life, or to spare the fetus from a short and painful life. These only make up 1% of all abortions. And therefore by this argument, but with the knowledge of what is actually classified as death, a fetus isn’t ‘alive’ until roughly 25 weeks. Far after 99% of abortions are performed.

    Please do actual research before trying to use emotional manipulative photos of babies that are born and NOT fetusesbefore parading it out and believing it as fact. Because you are only seriously misinforming yourself, and many others and furthering contributing to a movement that tries to control bodies of those who can become pregnant, when what they do with it does not affect you.

    If you are so adamant about helping lives, try doing things for those who are in need and are actually sentient beings. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to an organization that helps feed hungry children, support adoption of older children who are in foster care and are more likely to age out. But this? This does nothing.

  15. (Source: trollberts)