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June 9, 2014
"Why do police have quotas? If a doctor went around intentionally sneezing on people to get more patients, that would be seen as a travesty to their profession. But police, can sit around and wait for someone to turn on a red light or commit other mundane ‘offenses’ because they have quotas to meet. Quotas are all the proof we need that policing is not a public service vocation; it’s a business and a subsidiary of Wall Street."

Enrique Molina (via withoutadjectives)

While I was sleeping, this went viral.

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this answer on yahoo from a retired officer will add on some further insight to this

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June 9, 2014

what is love?

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June 9, 2014

theplaceinsidetheblizzard:

socialnetworkhell:

"Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.

reblogging for that metaphor I like that metaphor.

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June 8, 2014
"

In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were. Jennifer Coates says: “It seems that fathers try to control conversation more than mothers… and both parents try to control conversation more with daughters than with sons. The implicit message to girls is that they are more interruptible and that their right to speak is less than that of boys.”

Girls and boys’ differing understanding of when to talk, when to be quiet, what is polite and so on, has a visible impact on the dynamics of the classroom. Just as men dominate the floor in business meetings, academic conferences and so on, so little boys dominate in the classroom - and little girls let them.

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June 8, 2014

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June 8, 2014
"A rich guy, a white guy and a black guy sit down at a table together. There’s a plate of 12 cookies, the rich guy grabs 11 of them and says to the white guy “watch out, that black guy’s trying to steal your cookie”."

— The link between class & race and how racial resentment has been used to divide the middle and working class in the U.S (via darksideoftheshroom)

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June 8, 2014

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June 8, 2014

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June 8, 2014
feminismandmedia:

As some of you may know, I’m Puerto Rican. So today (June 8) is a pretty big day for me and Puerto Ricans everywhere. In honor of that, I’ve decided to put together a (admittedly not very good) masterlist of various notable Puerto Ricans and information about them, as well as some forms of media created by, and/or featuring Puerto Ricans (bolded means the person/thing is a favorite of mine). Most of these links are to Wikipedia articles for the sake of my time and sanity, but I greatly encourage you to seek out more information about these wonderful people! So without further ado, here goes:
Artists
James De La Vega
Adal Maldonado
Sofia Maldonado
Antonio Martorell
Manuel Rivera-Ortiz
Julio Rosado del Valle
Niza Tufiño
Rafael Tufiño
Actors/Actresses
Jake T. Austin
Adrienne Bailon
Diego Boneta
Rosario Dawson AKA my heart and soul
Benicio Del Toro
Melonie Diaz
Héctor Elizondo
Eric Estrada
Meagan Good (yes, she is part Puerto Rican!)
Luis Guzmán
Victoria Justice
John Leguizamo
Rita Moreno
Frankie Muniz
Lana Parilla
Rosie Perez AKA my idol
Freddie Prinze
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Naya Rivera
Michelle Rodriguez
Zoe Saldaña
Jimmy Smits
Athletes
Benjamin Agosto
Roberto Alomar
Carmelo Anthony
María Elena Batista
Carlos Beltrán (don’t mind me I’m just still sobbing because he left the Mets)
Julie Chu
Roberto Clemente (he shares a lucky number with me, and achieved his 3,000th hit against my home team, the Mets. just a quick fun fact for ya)
Maritza Correia
Joe Cortez
Miguel Cotto (what a coincidence that he’s fighting tonight)
Victor Cruz
Sixto Escobar
Reggie Jackson
Denise Masino
Bengie Molina
José Molina
Yadier Molina
Jorge Posada
Mónica Puig
Juan “Chi Chi” Rodríguez
Natasha Sagardia
Ada Vélez
Juan Venegas
Bernie Williams
Books
Almost A Woman
Bodega Dreams
Conquistadora
Dark Hunger
Down These Mean Streets
Mundo Cruel: Stories
My Beloved World
New York Ricans From the Hip Hop Zone
Puerto Rican Poetry: An Anthology From Aboriginal To Contemporary Times
Parrots Over Puerto Rico
Run Baby Ru
Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos 
The Meaning of Consuelo
The Time It Snowed In Puerto Rico
The United States of Banana
When I Was Puerto Rican 
Yo-Yo Boing!
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente
Movies/TV Shows (that feature or are about Puerto Ricans)
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
Carlito’s Way
Casi, Casi AKA my absolute favorite spanish language movie (note: no matter where I looked, I could not find a torrent or link to watch this movie online) 
El Cantante (has Spanish subtitles for those who don’t understand English)
Fruitvale Station
Ghetto Klown
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (no matter where I looked, I could not find a torrent or link to watch this show online)
How To Make It In America
Miss Representation (bonus points for it being a documentary about the representation of women in media)
Rent (just enter the captcha code and continue)
Selena (about a Mexican woman, but featuring Jennifer Lopez as the main character)
She’s All That
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar
West Side Story (warning: site may have sexually explicit ads on it, so proceed with caution)
Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas! (note: no matter where I looked, I could not find a torrent or link to watch this movie online)
Musicians (I took the liberty of linking to my favorite songs by some of the artists, just for fun)
Marc Anthony (his music speaks to me ok) (hands down)
Lloyd Banks
Ray Barretto
Big Pun
El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico (x)
Willie Colón
Elvis Crespo (of course)
Fat Joe
La India (x)
Héctor Lavoe (i couldn’t choose just one song)
Jennifer Lopez
Bruno Mars (x)
Ricky Martin (x)
Scotty McCreery
Lin-Manuel Miranda (this is pure genius)
Tito Nieves
Tito Puente (x)
Tito Rojas
Frankie Ruiz
Victor Manuelle
Gilberto Santo Rosa
TKA (x)
Ray Toro (x)
Wisin Y Yandel
Daddy Yankee (i had to)
Historical Taíno Figures
Agüeybaná I
Agüeybaná II
Arasibo (after whom Arecibo, Puerto Rico is named)
Caguax (after whom Caguas, Puerto Rico is named)
Guarionex
Hayuya (after whom Jayuya, Puerto Rico is named)
Jumacao (after whom Humacao, Puerto Rico is named)
Orocobix (after whom Orocovis, Puerto Rico is named)
Urayoán
Writers
Manuel A. Alonzo
Miguel Algarín
José Gautier Benítez
Juan Boria
Giannina Braschi
Mayra Calvani
Luisa Capetillo AKA Most Badass Woman To Ever Live
Jesús Colón AKA The Father of the Nuyorican Movement
José de Diego
Caridad de la Luz
Isabel Freire de Matos
Luiz Muñoz Marín (Also a politician who was fundamental in making Puerto Rico what it is today
Sandra María Estevez
Manuel Zeno Gandía
Victor Hernández Cruz
Quiara Alegría Hudes
Julia De Burgos AKA who you should aspire to be
Shaggy Flores
Felipe Luciano
Pedro Pietri
Miguel Piñero
Ernesto Quiñonez
Abraham Rodriguez
Esmeralda Santiago
Piri Thomas
Some More Information
Some background on Puerto Rico
The Nuyorican Movement
What is a Taíno?
Also, why not take a trip down to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe or El Museo del Barrio to learn a little more about Puerto Rican history and culture (NYC specific)

feminismandmedia:

As some of you may know, I’m Puerto Rican. So today (June 8) is a pretty big day for me and Puerto Ricans everywhere. In honor of that, I’ve decided to put together a (admittedly not very good) masterlist of various notable Puerto Ricans and information about them, as well as some forms of media created by, and/or featuring Puerto Ricans (bolded means the person/thing is a favorite of mine). Most of these links are to Wikipedia articles for the sake of my time and sanity, but I greatly encourage you to seek out more information about these wonderful people! So without further ado, here goes:

Artists

Actors/Actresses

Athletes

Books

Movies/TV Shows (that feature or are about Puerto Ricans)

Musicians (I took the liberty of linking to my favorite songs by some of the artists, just for fun)

Historical Taíno Figures

Writers

Some More Information

Also, why not take a trip down to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe or El Museo del Barrio to learn a little more about Puerto Rican history and culture (NYC specific)

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June 8, 2014
"If a survivor of domestic violence uses a gun to warn an attacker, not kill him, and that survivor now faces a prison term of twenty years, then what purpose does Stand Your Ground serve?"

Melissa Harris-Perry on the case of Marissa Alexander, a mother of three who fired a warning shot into her kitchen ceiling trying to keep her abusive husband away. No one was hurt, but she now faces up to twenty years in prison. (via thenationmagazine)

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June 4, 2014
"It’s always surprising to me how many young women think they have to be perfect. I rarely meet a young man who doesn’t think he already is."

 Hillary Clinton speaking at Simmons Leadership Conference (via femininefreak)

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June 3, 2014
"White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement."

The “Mental Illness” We Refuse To Name: White Male Entitlement | Constituative Outsider

Resubmitting this because the original did not cite the original author, and plagirizing of WoC’s work is a serious and rampant issue. We cannot allow them to do this difficult work without acknowledging the value of their work. If you reblogged, please delete the original and reblog this version.

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June 2, 2014
tastefullyoffensive:

The worst. [deathbulge]

EVERY FUCKING TIME

tastefullyoffensive:

The worst. [deathbulge]

EVERY FUCKING TIME

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June 2, 2014
"In one experiment, mothers were asked to guess the steepness of a carpeted slope that their 11-month olds would be able to crawl. Then the children actually crawled the slope, and the difference between actual and mother-predicted angles was noted.

The results showed that both boys and girls were able to crawl the same degree of incline. However, the predictions of the mothers were correct within one degree for the boys and underestimated their daughter’s ability by nine degrees.

What this shows is that the presumption that boys are more physical causes parents to encourage their boys more in physical activities while cautioning their girls. This further translates into providing more opportunities for boys to be physical and fewer for girls. The result?

Boys actually do develop stronger physical skills than girls. But not because of anything innate or biological, but rather because of the gender roles that the parents subconsciously projected onto their babies."

Gender Neutral Parenting: 5 Ways To Avoid Implicit Sexism (via Everyday Feminism)

The experiment mentioned is available in full HERE.   

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May 30, 2014

seriouslyamerica:

The Rugrats don’t have time for your gender-essentialist bullshit.

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