united states of meryl
May 21, 2014
"If a female student got drunk and had her car stolen the university would call the police. If she got drunk and had her computer stolen, they would call the police. If she got drunk and had her phone stolen, they would call the police. The fact that she was drunk would not even be factored in when assessing if a crime had been committed. But if she gets drunk and has her body invaded and her humanity stolen, school administrations are perplexed about what to do."

International Human Rights Activist Michael Simmons offered these words (via Facebook) in response to the May 3, 2014 New York Times’ “Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account” article. (via kenyabenyagurl)

(Source: afrolez, via andthesunstillrises)

May 21, 2014
"When they’re babies, people will come up and say to you ‘Are they a boy or a girl?’ when the kid’s in the pram and you can’t tell. And immediately when you tell them which gender it is they will behave differently according to what you tell them. It got to the point where we didn’t want people to know what gender the baby was. Just treat it as you’d treat someone you wanted to be nice to! Why is it so important to you to know? And then you hear people saying ‘Oh, look at him, he’s a little flirt isn’t he’, or ‘Oooh, she’s gonna wrap you around her little finger’ and all this. What are you on about? She’s two months old, she’s just shat herself."

Alan Davies completely and utterly demolishing gender roles (via vanillanice)

They’ve done studies where people watched the same videos of babies doing things like playing with toys and trying to climb slopes but different groups were told the babies were different genders and they assigned radically different personalities to each baby depending on what they thought its gender was.

(via huntokar)

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May 21, 2014

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May 20, 2014
"…the richest fifth of families will receive $181 billion in home owning subsidies this year. That is 2.25x more money than food stamp recipients received last year."

The Welfare State for Rich Homeowners (via azspot)

(via bigtab)

May 20, 2014

thenewwomensmovement:

readabookson:

The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement

https://anonfiles.com/file/877975186837dbbbcd57d841ffe5c26e

Segregated Sisterhood: Racism Politics American Feminism

https://anonfiles.com/file/bbe6cc9f05335a8144fa0be2098a06e8

Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism

https://anonfiles.com/file/6923ebcd172d45425d86da18c1926644

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment

https://anonfiles.com/file/b4994a81e4c9747e42e1d5209e206dae

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

https://anonfiles.com/file/81b95aa8e335602d1627e178361c8a72

Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics

https://anonfiles.com/file/5a31a895c6f4d226dd0ef07f88c8cbfd

The Womanist Reader: The First Quarter Century of Womanist Thought

https://anonfiles.com/file/dd9f429a320aab3076764568ae9be545

Black Feminist Voices in Politics

https://anonfiles.com/file/fb475479b90b47a6eebaf426840c9a29

Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980

https://anonfiles.com/file/22aa61fc8933bb1dd59539d6a2662720

Wow, incredible list. We’re reading several of these in my graduate Black Feminist Thought class!

(via wocinsolidarity)

May 20, 2014

theclearlydope:

Best alarm clock. 

kady-xvx

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May 20, 2014
This is the most unique one I've seen, please yes. AKA IF YOU'RE BORED ENOUGH TO BE ON TUMBLR I KNOW YOU HAVE TIME TO STOP BY MY ASKBOX
1) Put your iTunes on shuffle. Give me the first 6 songs that pop up.
2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17.
4) What do you think about most?
5) Ever had a poem or song written about you?
6) Do you have any strange phobias?
7) What's your religion?
8) If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
9) Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?
10) What was the last lie you told?
11) Do you believe in karma?
12) What does your URL mean?
13) What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
14) Who is your celebrity crush?
15) How do you vent your anger?
16) Do you have a collection of anything?
17) Are you happy with the person you've become?
18) What's a sound you hate; sound you love?
19) What's your biggest "what if"?
20) Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
21) Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm.
22) Smell the air. What do you smell?
23) What's the worst place you have ever been to?
24) Most attractive singer/s of your opposite gender?
25) To you, what is the meaning of life?
26) Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?
27) What was the last movie you saw?
28) What's the worst injury you've ever had?
29) Do you have any obsessions right now?
30) Ever had a rumor spread about you?
31) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?
32) What is your astrological sign?
33) What's the last thing you purchased?
34) Love or lust?
35) In a relationship?
36) How many relationships have you had?
37) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you?
38) Where is your best friend?
39) What were you doing last night at 12 AM?
40) Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend?
41) You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do?
42) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid?
43) What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
44) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?
45) How can I win your heart?
46) Can insanity bring on more creativity?
47) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
48) What would you want to be written on your tombstone?
49) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "heart."
50) Basic question; what's your favorite color/colors?
51) What is your current desktop picture?
52) If you could press a button and make anyone in the world instantaneously explode, who would it be?
53) What would be a question you'd be afraid to tell the truth on?
54) You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?
55) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
56) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
57) You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?
58) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
59) Ever been on a plane?
60) Give me your top 5 hottest celebrities.
Please do it!
May 19, 2014
"Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you.


Read it over.

Again.

Let those words resonate in your mind."

Nayyirah Waheed  (via nofatnowhip)

(Source: reina-negrita, via like-air-i-rise)

May 18, 2014
wryan:

soulsistalesbo:assassinsuicidee:reven-g-e:fireandicewillsuffice:beautiful-laserz:thatarabgirl:whatpath:







Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?
Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
Coffee

Cameras


Experimental Physics


Chess


Soap


Shampoo


Perfume/spirits


Irrigation


Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons


Combination locks


Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)


Surgical instruments


Anesthesia


Windmill


Treatment of Cowpox


Fountain pen


Numbering system


Algebra/Trigonometry


Modern Cryptology


3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)


Crystal glasses


Carpets


Checks


Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.

University
Optics
Music
Toothbrush
Hospitals
Bathing
Quilting
Mariner’s Compass
Soft drinks
Pendulum
Braille
Cosmetics
Plastic surgery
Calligraphy
Manufacturing of paper and cloth
It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.
It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.
It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.
It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.
It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.
It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.
It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey
It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.
It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.
The list goes on………..
Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!
Sources:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD
http://www.ummahedinburgh.co.uk/radio/files/Muslim-Invention-Article.pdf

BURN :)

 Forever reblog.

Alhamdulillah. 

wow

Thank God someone put this out there!

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t cow pox they were preventing it was small pox (which is way worse). And it was brought to England when lady Mary wortley montagu, went to Turkey and visited a bath house she noticed none of the women there had small pox scars (which she did). So she asked a few locals about it and found out about inoculation. Btw inoculation is basically cutting open your skin and putting some pus from a small pox pustule, from someone with a mild case of small pox, then wrapping up the cut with gaze. You would get sick but not as bad as the person you got it from. Then you were pretty much protected from getting smallpox after that. Only a small percentage died from inoculation. So yea lady mary brought it to England, and was able to get supporters from it because she had some power and money cuz her husband was in politics or something. And in the states dr zabdiel Boylston got the idea from his assistant/servant who was black and knew some other black people from I think the Caribbean who did this as well. Oh and both lady Mary and Boylston tested it out on their kids first. They couldn’t do it on themselves since they both had smallpox and knew well enough at the time that if you survived small pox you wouldn’t get it again. So yes the Muslim people did invent inoculation along with many others. But Jenner did think of using cow pox to protect against smallpox.

Islamic history is great, because everyone thinks of the Middle Ages as some dark time between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance when in actuality just east of Europe all the Muslims were like, “Sorry, I can’t hear you over your witch burning, we’re too busy inventing chemistry.”

wryan:

soulsistalesbo:assassinsuicidee:reven-g-e:fireandicewillsuffice:beautiful-laserz:thatarabgirl:whatpath:

Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?

Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:

  • Coffee
  • Cameras

  • Experimental Physics

  • Chess

  • Soap

  • Shampoo

  • Perfume/spirits

  • Irrigation

  • Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons

  • Combination locks

  • Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)

  • Surgical instruments

  • Anesthesia

  • Windmill

  • Treatment of Cowpox

  • Fountain pen

  • Numbering system

  • Algebra/Trigonometry

  • Modern Cryptology

  • 3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)

  • Crystal glasses

  • Carpets

  • Checks

  • Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.

  • University
  • Optics
  • Music
  • Toothbrush
  • Hospitals
  • Bathing
  • Quilting
  • Mariner’s Compass
  • Soft drinks
  • Pendulum
  • Braille
  • Cosmetics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Calligraphy
  • Manufacturing of paper and cloth

It was a Muslim who realized that light ENTERS our eyes, unlike the Greeks who thought we EMITTED rays, and so invented a camera from this discovery.

It was a Muslim who first tried to FLY in 852, even though it is the Wright Brothers who have taken the credit.

It was a Muslim by the name of Jabir ibn Hayyan who was known as the founder of modern Chemistry. He transformed alchemy into chemistry. He invented: distillation, purification, oxidation, evaporation, and filtration. He also discovered sulfuric and nitric acid.

It is a Muslim, by the name of Al-Jazari who is known as the father of robotics.

It was a Muslim who was the architect for Henry V’s castle.

It was a Muslim who invented hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes, a technique still used today.

It was a Muslim who actually discovered inoculation, not Jenner and Pasteur to treat cowpox. The West just brought it over from Turkey

It was Muslims who contributed much to mathematics like Algebra and Trigonometry, which was imported over to Europe 300 years later to Fibonnaci and the rest.

It was Muslims who discovered that the Earth was round 500 years before Galileo did.

The list goes on………..

Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT TERRORISTS. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth. But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for the acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Andreas Brevik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!

Sources:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD

http://www.ummahedinburgh.co.uk/radio/files/Muslim-Invention-Article.pdf

BURN :)

 Forever reblog.

Alhamdulillah. 

wow

Thank God someone put this out there!

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t cow pox they were preventing it was small pox (which is way worse). And it was brought to England when lady Mary wortley montagu, went to Turkey and visited a bath house she noticed none of the women there had small pox scars (which she did). So she asked a few locals about it and found out about inoculation. Btw inoculation is basically cutting open your skin and putting some pus from a small pox pustule, from someone with a mild case of small pox, then wrapping up the cut with gaze. You would get sick but not as bad as the person you got it from. Then you were pretty much protected from getting smallpox after that. Only a small percentage died from inoculation. So yea lady mary brought it to England, and was able to get supporters from it because she had some power and money cuz her husband was in politics or something. And in the states dr zabdiel Boylston got the idea from his assistant/servant who was black and knew some other black people from I think the Caribbean who did this as well. Oh and both lady Mary and Boylston tested it out on their kids first. They couldn’t do it on themselves since they both had smallpox and knew well enough at the time that if you survived small pox you wouldn’t get it again.
So yes the Muslim people did invent inoculation along with many others. But Jenner did think of using cow pox to protect against smallpox.

Islamic history is great, because everyone thinks of the Middle Ages as some dark time between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance when in actuality just east of Europe all the Muslims were like, “Sorry, I can’t hear you over your witch burning, we’re too busy inventing chemistry.”

(via sawtheoptimist)

May 18, 2014
favorablehitler:

thatscienceteacher:

theveganarchist:

stfuconservatives:

lesserjoke:

antigovernmentextremist:

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

Jury nullification is so fucking important.

This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.

I didn’t know about this. Wow.

always reblog

This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it. 

That being said, many prosecutors will purposefully not select jurors who even know about jury nullification.

favorablehitler:

thatscienceteacher:

theveganarchist:

stfuconservatives:

lesserjoke:

antigovernmentextremist:

gerrycanavan:

Jury nullification. Pass it on.

Jury nullification is so fucking important.

This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.

I didn’t know about this. Wow.

always reblog

This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it. 

That being said, many prosecutors will purposefully not select jurors who even know about jury nullification.

(via vangoghsdaughter)

May 15, 2014

universalequalityisinevitable:

David Suzuki in this interview about facing the reality of climate change and other environmental issues from Moyers & Company.

(via sawtheoptimist)

May 13, 2014

unitedstatesofmeryl:

SO THE COMEDY PODCAST I LOVE BROUGHT ME ON AS A GUEST

IT WAS A LOT OF FUN

PLEASE LISTEN

http://onlychildren.libsyn.com/only-children-episode-7-hair

I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GENDER IS A SPECTRUM, REMEMBER A TIME A PROFESSOR WAS HELLA RACIST TOWARD ME, AND IMPROVISE A SCENE WHERE I CUT MERYL STREEP AND HELEN MIRREN’S HAIR WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE

ALSO JUST LISTEN IF YOU WANT TO HEAR MY VOICE (IT’S HIGHER THAN YOU THINK!)

COMEDY SAFE ZONE~

REBLOGGING MYSELF SO PEOPLE WILL LISTENNNNN

May 12, 2014

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2:19pm  |   URL: http://tmblr.co/ZjsrZy1FhfxoZ
  
Filed under: omg 
May 12, 2014

transnatsume:

a fair amount of bigotry is unintentional but that does not change the fact that it is harmful and it is bigotry

(Source: transyoite, via andthesunstillrises)

May 12, 2014
"Your privilege is comprised of the questions you’ve never had to ask."

— Catherynne Valente, "The Girl Without Hands: Writing, Carpal Tunnel, and Silence" at Rules for Anchorites (via theblastofatrumpet)

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