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February 8, 2014
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The main problem I have with Men’s Rights Activists is that their name really doesn’t do them justice. They’re Straight Cis White Men’s Rights Activists. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign for the inclusion of trans* men in their spaces.

I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign to end the social stigma around black fatherhood. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign for better pay and equal career mobility for men of colour. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists actively campaign for more gay men’s rights. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists advise others in their group on how using f*ggot to emasculate men who aren’t part of their cause is alienating and marginalising other MEN.

I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign, raise awareness of, or support victims of male rape unless it’s in order to derail a discussion around female victims of rape. I have NEVER seen Men’s Rights Activists campaign, raise awareness of, or support male victims of domestic abuse unless it’s in order to derail a discussion around female victims of domestic abuse. Men’s Rights Activists are hypocrites and frauds.

They’re bitter privileged white men who don’t want to campaign for the rights of men — they want to campaign to keep their privilege unchecked and their ability to discriminate against others. If you want to be a real Men’s Rights Activist — be a fucking (intersectional) Feminist. Peace out.

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February 8, 2014

Anonymous asked: Why do white people want to say nigga so badly?

suprchnk:

look at all the shit (damage) that white folk have done throughout history, for several hundred years. they’ve done whatever they wanted. now, for the last……let’s say thirty, forty years or so, no more than forty, they have been told that they can not only not do this one thing, this one, relatively tiny thing, but that they can never do it without suffering some sort of consequence. it’s ridiculously rare that they are put in this position, and it’s killing them inside.

February 8, 2014
What Is Rape Culture?

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February 8, 2014
guardian:

Sexism is rife in classical music. We need a change of attitudes
Pictured: Recipient of snide comments … the American conductor Marin Alsop with the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra. Photograph: Marco Brescia/AP

guardian:

Sexism is rife in classical music. We need a change of attitudes

Pictured: Recipient of snide comments … the American conductor Marin Alsop with the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra. Photograph: Marco Brescia/AP

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February 8, 2014
"If your ancestors cut down all the trees, it’s not your fault, but you still don’t live in a forest."

Pam Oliver, a professor in the UW-Madison sociology department, explaining the historical roots of racism in the United States to her undergraduate students (mostly middle-class and White).  I try to use this when I teach race now, too, to get past the defensive “but why are you BLAMING ME” reaction. (via cabell)

THIS. THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS.

To all the white people who say that they shouldn’t have responsibility in racism because they’re ancestors and not them who participated in slavery, think about this!

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February 7, 2014

constancecomment:

watsonlocked:

Oppressed Majority

This Powerful Video Shows Men What It Feels Like To Be Subjected To Sexism And Sexual Violence

i really like this. it’s got the microagressions down in a lot of ways, also things like body language and posture? i recognized the men doing things and speaking in ways that women are trained to and it was awesome to see. also things like all the men being nurses or old secretaries in the police station and the hospital. there was also a moment of white feminism, which was interesting to see translated. basically, i like this a lot because it’s a pretty faithful mirror.

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February 7, 2014

queerpropaganda:

"a writer’s character’s viewpoints don’t reflect the writer’s viewpoints!!!" actually, they do.

that doesnt mean having a, for instance, homophobic character means the author is homophobic. but how is the homophobia treated? is it criticized? is it excused, idealized? is it framed so that the homophobia is clearly wrong? does the inclusion of homophobia in the narrative serve a point?  

writers, especially professional published writers, know that their writing has an impact, and the morals they put forward in their work reflect deeply on themselves. they know how they frame and present their work can completely change the result and effect it has. 

so maybe the character’s viewpoints don’t say much about the writer, but how the writer presents this character and its viewpoints says a hell of a fuckin lot about the writer.

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February 6, 2014

Anonymous asked: can you explain in detail why minorities living in impoverished areas is a direct result of racism?

bigtab:

blackgirlwhiteboylove:

shitrichcollegekidssay:

I feel like I don’t even need to explain why native americans, first nations, and generally the first people to actually live in an area live in poverty as a direct result of racism… I mean if you can’t figure that one out, buddy, then I don’t think any amount of my explaining would be able to help you.

Lets learn about the word: Redlining.

So redlining is this super cool thing for white people, or people on the top [usually white people] that the government, in the United States, totally endorsed, super well documented.

Why is redlining super cool for the oppressors? We will get to that, hopefully you’ll draw your own conclusions. 

Redlining in its strictly definitional sense, is the "arbitrarily" randomly out of the blue just denying people of basic services, loans, jobs, homes, etc. because the person doing the denying just felt like it. Now this “arbitrary” little act started to "arbitrarily"  attack people of color. 

Now in the 1930s there were these super cool New Deal FDR home act bullshit. Where veterans coming home from WWII, and people in general could get super cool loans to buy these sweet new houses in the fancy suburbs. Houses that they wouldn’t have dreamed to be able to afford without these cheap-ass home loans the bank was just dealing out. 

Now it’s a little known fact, you can google this yourself you lazy shits, that FDR was a huge racist, is a huge racist even. Man that guy hated them pesky "minorities."  So what did FDR do about this hate?

People set up these racist-ass maps of areas people lived in. They were literally color-coded, “black, and colored” areas done got redlined, meaning banks wouldn’t give people from those areas these sweet-ass new cheap home-loans saving all those poor white people struggle and hardship. How did the white people get the loans? Well they lived in green-lined areas, the white areas. 

Now who was the mastermind behind these maps and how was FDR involved? Home Owners’ Loan Corporation or (HOLC) for convenience–cause I don’t want to type out their shitty ass name. HOLC created this racist ass map, because they were huge racists. And because they had loan giving powers, they pretty much got to decide who lived where. Now banks and insurers adopted this sweet redlining policy, because they all hated minorities and to a lesser extent poor people as well. I mean it’s only a lesser extent because they fucking hated "coloreds." Then in like 1934 the Federal Housing Administration decided "Hey, fuck black people, and also anyone not white." And they, too, adopted that racist ass map, deciding who got a loan, and who got to live in the shittiest areas possible. 

Now, you can say that “maybe the white areas were just more affluent and it totally had nothing to do with race.” but you’d be completely fucking wrong. Cause remember, this is during the fucking GREAT DEPRESSION, the big one that was from like 1929 to 1939 fucking ten years of depression. Not to mention shittons of peoples husbands and sons and wives and daughters were dying in wars. So the majority of people were fucked. Just straight up fucked. They weren’t rich, the only thing those fuckers had going for themselves was that they were white enough to get home-loans to move to areas with good white people jobs. 

Everyone else got stuck in depression-like conditions …. to this day. Because no one, the government and people who fucking could, wanted to improve the already existing neighborhoods and houses–no it was all BUILD NEW HOMES LET WHITE PEOPLE LIVE THERE MAKE HOMES EXPENSIVE ONE NEEDS A LOAN FOR THE HOME ONLY WHITE PEOPLE CAN GET THE LOANS… YEAH! PERFECT WHITE HAVANA.

So people could be racist little shits and deny anyone living in the redlined [non-white] areas loans, jobs, services, rates, anything really, and it was COMPLETELY FUCKING LEGAL, HELL EVEN THE GOVERNMENT USED THE RACIST-ASS MAP! SO IT’S TOTALLY LEGIT RIGHT! C: C: C: ????

So what have we learned today:
a.k.a. TL;DR

  1. Racist maps were created by HOLC 
  2. FDR and Friends thought racism was a good idea and accepted the racist maps as god
  3. Shittons of expensive new homes were created during the depression
  4. In order to live in the new homes one needed a loan
  5. In order to get a loan you had to live in the white area of the racist map
  6. White people got home loans and created white paradise for them and their racist-ass families

I don’t want to get into white flight yet but if there are still questions I guess I can make a new post about white flight and how racism caused even more racism. WOW SHOCKING. 

Yes, yes, yes, and YES! READ ALL OF THIS.

When we say racism is an intricate system-not just calling POC names-this is what we mean. It’s designed to eradicate anyone deemed The Other.

February 6, 2014
deepbones:

Listen, when you use a word of hate ironically — like, and your defense is “I’m not racist, how could you ever think I’m racist??” I want you to imagine owning a gun, but never buying live ammunition. You only purchase blanks. Ok? And say sometimes when you hang out with your close friends, you take out your gun, which they know contains no live ammunition, and you shoot it at stuff, and you think it’s funny. And maybe the first time you do it, they’re like “Shit. I mean, I know those are blanks, but that’s kind of fucked up,” but your argument is, “But I can’t really hurt anyone! They’re just blanks!” And over time they just get used to it and find it kind of funny. “Oh, that Cliff, sometimes he takes his gun out and shoots some blanks, but he doesn’t really mean anything. It’s just funny! You know how it goes.” Now, imagine that over time, having received the acceptance for your actions from your friends, you decide you can start firing blanks around people you’ve never met. In mixed company. You’re at a dinner party one night, you’ve had a few, so you go “Hey, wanna see something cool?!” and those who are your friends at the party know what’s coming, so they’re prepared, but then the people who don’t know you, they see you whip out a piece and go “Oh shit, I’m going to die, it’s everything I feared,” but your friends explain to them it’s not a big deal, there’s nothing to be afraid of, “Cliff wouldn’t hurt a fly,” so they eventually, begrudgingly, don’t say anything about it, don’t call you, Cliff, a fucking asshole. “Fine, it’s kind of ridiculous, but whatever.” Something like that. And then you are at a large public place. A concert, an open mic, where you and your friends are outnumbered by the rest of the audience. And maybe someone pushes you or gives you a hard time, so you decide, just to give the guy a taste of his own medicine, to pull out your gun, and fire some blanks. Give him a real, real visceral jump. And everyone around you feels threatened, unsafe, about to be part of something they were always on some subconscious level afraid would happen, but at the same time hopeful it would never happen because our society’s getting smarter and more considerate of those around them. And then some other people, who after seeing it happen, feel relieved that you were firing blanks, but also feel empowered by your choice to fire a weapon in a public place, and choose to do the same thing. Do you get it yet? The fact is that derogatory remarks, whether used sincerely or ironically, and ammunition, whether blank or live, still creates the same environment of discomfort and fear every time it is used. So cut the shit.
- Junot Diaz

deepbones:

Listen, when you use a word of hate ironically — like, and your defense is “I’m not racist, how could you ever think I’m racist??” I want you to imagine owning a gun, but never buying live ammunition. You only purchase blanks. Ok?

And say sometimes when you hang out with your close friends, you take out your gun, which they know contains no live ammunition, and you shoot it at stuff, and you think it’s funny. And maybe the first time you do it, they’re like “Shit. I mean, I know those are blanks, but that’s kind of fucked up,” but your argument is, “But I can’t really hurt anyone! They’re just blanks!” And over time they just get used to it and find it kind of funny. “Oh, that Cliff, sometimes he takes his gun out and shoots some blanks, but he doesn’t really mean anything. It’s just funny! You know how it goes.”

Now, imagine that over time, having received the acceptance for your actions from your friends, you decide you can start firing blanks around people you’ve never met. In mixed company. You’re at a dinner party one night, you’ve had a few, so you go “Hey, wanna see something cool?!” and those who are your friends at the party know what’s coming, so they’re prepared, but then the people who don’t know you, they see you whip out a piece and go “Oh shit, I’m going to die, it’s everything I feared,” but your friends explain to them it’s not a big deal, there’s nothing to be afraid of, “Cliff wouldn’t hurt a fly,” so they eventually, begrudgingly, don’t say anything about it, don’t call you, Cliff, a fucking asshole. “Fine, it’s kind of ridiculous, but whatever.” Something like that.

And then you are at a large public place. A concert, an open mic, where you and your friends are outnumbered by the rest of the audience. And maybe someone pushes you or gives you a hard time, so you decide, just to give the guy a taste of his own medicine, to pull out your gun, and fire some blanks. Give him a real, real visceral jump. And everyone around you feels threatened, unsafe, about to be part of something they were always on some subconscious level afraid would happen, but at the same time hopeful it would never happen because our society’s getting smarter and more considerate of those around them. And then some other people, who after seeing it happen, feel relieved that you were firing blanks, but also feel empowered by your choice to fire a weapon in a public place, and choose to do the same thing.

Do you get it yet?

The fact is that derogatory remarks, whether used sincerely or ironically, and ammunition, whether blank or live, still creates the same environment of discomfort and fear every time it is used. So cut the shit.

- Junot Diaz

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February 6, 2014

#AmericaisBeautiful

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February 6, 2014

We really don’t need a man to protect us.

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February 6, 2014
ladiesagainsthumanity:

Top Chef, WE ARE IN A FIGHT.

WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS I AM PISSED

ladiesagainsthumanity:

Top Chef, WE ARE IN A FIGHT.

WILL NEVER GET OVER THIS I AM PISSED

February 5, 2014

janetmock:

Janet Mock returns to Piers Morgan Live. (x)

My people are everything. Thank you for supporting me tonight. I exist among giants. I love you all. 

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February 5, 2014

just in the tags, list whatever is being asked to be tagged. maybe in this case “woody allen” or ‘sexual assault”
Thank you, this is helpful (and I should have known, it’s kind of obvious). I usually don’t tag anything but I will start if it’s helpful to people.

February 5, 2014

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