— 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)
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.
The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement
Segregated Sisterhood: Racism Politics American Feminism
Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics
The Womanist Reader: The First Quarter Century of Womanist Thought
Black Feminist Voices in Politics
Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980
Wow, incredible list. We’re reading several of these in my graduate Black Feminist Thought class!
|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!|
Read it over.
Let those words resonate in your mind."
— Nayyirah Waheed (via nofatnowhip)
Yes, lets imagine a world WITHOUT MUSLIMS, shall we?
Without Muslims you wouldn’t have:
Crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons
Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc.)
Treatment of Cowpox
3 course meal (soup, meat/fish, fruit/nuts)
Gardens used for beauty and meditation instead of for herbs and kitchen.
- Mariner’s Compass
- Soft drinks
- Plastic surgery
- 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!
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.”
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.
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.
SO THE COMEDY PODCAST I LOVE BROUGHT ME ON AS A GUEST
IT WAS A LOT OF FUN
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!)
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REBLOGGING MYSELF SO PEOPLE WILL LISTENNNNN
a fair amount of bigotry is unintentional but that does not change the fact that it is harmful and it is bigotry
— Catherynne Valente, "The Girl Without Hands: Writing, Carpal Tunnel, and Silence" at Rules for Anchorites (via theblastofatrumpet)