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{ LINK: there is no end to the assholery (*trigger warning* for racism/white apologism) }

dandamon:

dandamon:

the gongoozler who loved me: Black Mother Jailed for Sending Kids to White School District

sheresists:

firesandwords:

Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids to White School District

An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years…

How long will the african americans play the race card? I’ve worked damn hard for everything I have in my life and have had equal opportunity to obtain it. There are so many social welfare programs set up help minorities and there are very many african americans who are far more successful than I am. They have equal right to the exact same public education that I had. If you want to talk about where “white folks” have a better education? That would be private schooling where even I can’ t afford to go. The problem is with the public education system, not the racial divide. Every school in America is allowed subsequent funding based on the population it serves.

You’re full of shit.  I agree with firesandwords — “equal opportunity” is a damn myth.  It’d do you well to think for yourself rather than just sitting back and letting the Whitey Brainwashing Ray go to work on you.

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lucypaw:

haterina:

deepwithfuture:

feministslut:

janedoe225:

untilallarefreenooneisfree:

Wake up! A whole new world awaits!

anarchists always make the best artwork.
jealous.

I love this besides it assuming depression is going to be cured once we smash our incredibly shitty white supremacist patriarchal capitalistic society. As someone who has struggled with depression, I find that really insulting.  

May I ask why? I don’t mean to discredit your depression or your opinion in anyway but I think that smashing the system and everything that comes along with it would do wonders for depression. I’d love for you to explain it for me so that I can better understand. <3.

My emphasis.

I lack the words and the spoons.

I also lack the spoons but this kind of crap annoys the shit out of me.

lucypaw:

haterina:

deepwithfuture:

feministslut:

janedoe225:

untilallarefreenooneisfree:

Wake up! A whole new world awaits!

anarchists always make the best artwork.

jealous.

I love this besides it assuming depression is going to be cured once we smash our incredibly shitty white supremacist patriarchal capitalistic society. As someone who has struggled with depression, I find that really insulting.  

May I ask why? I don’t mean to discredit your depression or your opinion in anyway but I think that smashing the system and everything that comes along with it would do wonders for depression. I’d love for you to explain it for me so that I can better understand. <3.

My emphasis.

I lack the words and the spoons.

I also lack the spoons but this kind of crap annoys the shit out of me.

We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.


That’s the real secret to job creation — not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.

Rep. Paul Ryan, during the official GOP response to the State of the Union.

Haha! Okay.

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no

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jfc….Id face palm but Id probably break my own nose on accident.

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Dude, this guy has no grasp on reality.

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Did somebody just feed a bunch of talking points into a GOP Speech Generator?

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via hexgoddess)

{ tabularasae on privilege and ignorance (*warning* for ableist use of “blind”) }

tabularasae:

WHEN YOU’RE BLINDED BY PRIVILEGE….

“Caz4Mack:” Black Swan is not a sexist film. It was also not made for the purpose of exposing the taxing nature of the dance industry, it is merely an incredible vignette of a psychologically disturbed character. To see a piece of art torn apart in such an uniformed way is frankly disgusting, it truly makes me feel sick to my stomach. Not everything is about sexism, often times choices in film are about no more than asceticism. So if you do not approve of an artists choice maybe you shouldn’t watch said film or view said painting, but to say it is wrong to make those choices is absurd. The point of a movie is to depict not to enforce, therefore a movie should be able to depict sexist, racist, and altogether offensive topics without being criticized for supporting them.

Hi Macklin, good evening. I’m glad I’ve made you feel sick to your stomach, I really am; MY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO MAKE YOU DISGUSTED, DIDN’T YOU KNOW? I’m glad you’ve demonstrated that I have the power and capacity to make you feel so awful! 

Just some questions in response to your “absurd” comment:

  • Do you know what the word asceticism means? I really don’t understand your word choice in this context. By saying “choices in film are about no more than asceticism” are you implying that most motifs present throughout films relate to severe abstinence from indulgence for religious or spiritual purposes? Actually, no, I tried to figure out what you could be saying with that choice of word but nothing sensible comes to mind. Maybe you were talking about something else? Maybe you were thinking of the word “aesthetic?”Anyway…
  • By “torn apart” are you saying that I’ve deconstructed the various aspects of the film? Are you saying this is a bad thing? Isn’t film, and any other form of media, alive for my active and passive deconstruction and analyses? Isn’t the goal of art to provoke and make us think? Isn’t it only possible to do this when we deconstruct and actually look at the various aspects of a film, or any other genre of art? (The answer: yes.) 
  • “If [I] do not approve of an artists choice maybe [I] shouldn’t watch said film or view said painting”—Macklin, are you serious? HOW WOULD I KNOW WHETHER OR NOT I LIKE THE FILM OR WHETHER OR NOT I LIKE OR DISLIKE CERTAIN ASPECTS OF IT IF I HAVEN’T VIEWED IT?! (It should be noted that I’ve seen “Black Swan” twice—I watched it two times on the same day—and actually liked parts of the movie.) 
  • An artist is entitled to his/her own construction of whatever it is he or she chooses, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t exercise my right to construct whatever form of art I choose (my art in this case is my writing, which is something I take very seriously). I also didn’t use the word “wrong” once in my analysis of “Black Swan,” so I really don’t know what you’re getting at. (It seems more and more that very few people ever really know what you’re getting at, but that’s neither here nor there, is it?)

Based on your comments in Women and Gender Studies today I’m not going to respond directly to your last comment for the main reason you admitted to not knowing anything really about sexisms, or how to address issues of sexism in the media. I never said “Black Swan” was wrong for addressing, raising, or bringing to light issues of sexism in our country (and in the world, perhaps), but that I took issue with the extent to which the film did (or didn’t do) this at the expense of women. 

Arguing with you is always fun (because I know I can always win the argument!) and always emotionally enervating, Macklin. I’ll leave you with what I’ve already said to many other people I’ve encountered over the web who’re equally blinded by their privilege and ignorance as you:

I have yet to read a response (and this is still true after our little exchange, Macklin!) that addresses directly what I wrote in response to the film nor have I read a response that actually analyzes actual aspects of the movie. I have in fact gotten many people’s general responses to general elements of the movie that in no way address the actual ideas and motifs present throughout the film; the analyses—if you can call them that—I’ve read usually run along the lines of: “you’re missing the point!” or, “the film is exposing sexism,” without giving any concrete evidence from the film to support these views. I have yet to see someone address how having a production staff composed entirely of men implicitly shaped the patriarchal and sexist views throughout the film. I have yet to see someone defend—with concrete evidence—how the film is being critical of sexism. Maybe this is reflective of the fact that when you live in a characteristically privileged society you don’t have to think about certain elements and themes of our culture because they’re taken for granted or made invisible my their “normalcy;” maybe people actually like sexism and don’t mind a film riddled with sexual assault and damaging gender stereotypes; maybe people really just don’t like thinking about what’s put in front of them. Regardless, I’m not engaging in any more debates about the movie; I’m ignoring reblogs with commentary along the lines of: “*exaggerated eye role*,” or, “feminists always ruin the fun.”

(Did you actually take time out of your night to leave me this silly response? Did you actually think you were going to win the debate you so obviously wanted to spark? Do you like being argumentative because you think it makes you a rebel or do you do it because you have a lot of free time? Please never leave me a comment ever again on this blog, and please don’t ever try to argue with me about things you know relatively nothing. Please don’t act like an authority on art or culture until you’ve seriously examined your various privileges. Bye! Have a good night! See you in Women and Gender Studies Bright. And. Early.)

Although I am not ok with this particular use of the word “blind” (it associates actual blindness with privileged ignorance/bigotry), I really like this post.

Also, I loveMY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO MAKE YOU DISGUSTED, DIDN’T YOU KNOW?”.

(Source: thenegrotude)

{ listen y’all }

janedoe225:

we don’t live in a vacuum. our ideas, our lexicon, and our beliefs are shaped by outside forces like society, culture, environment, and religion. fields like sociology, anthropology, and sociology prove that.

words matter , ok? you said something heterosexist because your parents, the media, and your religion told you; you weren’t born a bigot. forces like that reflect and shape your ideas. when people like lady gaga say transphobic things they fuel transphobia and other people think it is ok because their ideas aren’t challenged. their bigotry is reinforced every day by outside forces like that. we are conditioned to say things that hurt other people but we don’t change it because it seems like it doesn’t effect your reality.

that’s where privilege comes from. if the dominant culture constantly puts out ideas that reinforce your idea of reality you accept it as such without question because you consider that the norm. you will vehemently defend your privilege and the entitlements you enjoy because you can’t honestly believe another person’s reality is different from your own. you think you’re a good person, anything that happens to other people is the fault of their own.

just because you aren’t aware of what is happening, doesn’t mean it still isn’t occuring.

i’m setting all this up because i want to get this point: “it’s just a preference” ignores how factors like racism,sexism,transphobia shape your ideal of what is beautiful or considered attractive.

whenever i tell people this they get super upset and deny that this is true. people just think “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” but if most of the media features middle to upper class, white, thin able bodied cisgender straight people wouldn’t that shape your idea of beauty? pop culture is extremely important to us. of course it will shape how we think.

but there is a lack of diversity in the media and if marginalized groups are in television or movies, it is mostly to be a stock character.

and i don’t want to make it seem like people with privilege aren’t aware of their privileges or entitlements. they know and they will fight for it at all costs. one tacit is acting ignorant or crying political correctness.

for a cheap joke a late night comedian will attacks transwomen’s femininity; a tv show will feature male characters joking around about their shew-like wives and make sexist degrading comments about women’s bodies; a movie will feature a wise talking sassy black woman with little education ect etc. repeat this 3 million times across every medium. yet, people have the audacity to act like pop culture or religion doesn’t effect what we consider to be true.

anyways, “it’s just a preference” really isn’t just a preference. saying you don’t like black men or fat people or whatever was obviously shaped by some force.

Woah, awesome.  Not just the points made but the structure of the post, if that makes any sense.  Very awesome.

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tigressunlimited:

hobbitma:

tigressunlimited:

swiftlifeachiever:

Black History Month…
Lets start off this black history month off right….
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United            States (1861-65), who preserved the Union during the American Civil            War and brought about the emancipation of the slaves.

Let’s start this Black History Month off right…
With a quote from Lincoln: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
No, not everything. Just most everything.

It’s so mind boggling the way history is rewritten and distorted to hide the truth from being seen. A quote that i thought was very good that doesn’t really apply but is related to the way history is written. “history is written by the dominating power” this means that history isn’t always true it’s just what the people in power have told you happened. The best example of this is the bible

Reblogging for added commentary. And yes, that “rewriting of history to hide the truth” is generally called historiography —basically it is a term that signifies that history has both a methodology and certain authors. A good book to read on the subject isLies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrongby James Loewen. 

reblogging for commentary.

tigressunlimited:

hobbitma:

tigressunlimited:

swiftlifeachiever:

Black History Month…

Lets start off this black history month off right….

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States (1861-65), who preserved the Union during the American Civil War and brought about the emancipation of the slaves.

Let’s start this Black History Month off right…

With a quote from Lincoln: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”

No, not everything. Just most everything.

It’s so mind boggling the way history is rewritten and distorted to hide the truth from being seen. A quote that i thought was very good that doesn’t really apply but is related to the way history is written.
“history is written by the dominating power” this means that history isn’t always true it’s just what the people in power have told you happened. The best example of this is the bible

Reblogging for added commentary. And yes, that “rewriting of history to hide the truth” is generally called historiography —basically it is a term that signifies that history has both a methodology and certain authors. A good book to read on the subject isLies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrongby James Loewen. 

reblogging for commentary.

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“It is common, among the nonpoor, to think of poverty as a sustainable condition - austere, perhaps, but they get by somehow, don’t they? They are ‘always with us.’ What is harder for the nonpoor to see is poverty as acute distress: The lunch that consists of Doritos or hot dog rolls, leading to a faintness before the end of the shift. The ‘home’ that is also a car or a van. The illness or injury that must be ‘worked through,’ with gritted teeth, because there’s no sick day or health insurance and the loss of one day’s pay will mean no groceries for the next. These experiences are not part of a sustainable lifestyle, even a lifestyle of chronic deprivation and relentless low-level punishment. They are, by almost any standard of subsistence, emergency situations. And that is how we should see the poverty of so many millions of low-wage Americans - as a state of emergency.”

Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (via mykicks)

It’s frustrating to reblog this. It seems like people should get it already. Most of the folks I follow, and those who follow me, probably do. I hope. But so many people… just don’t care.

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{ LINK: from TransProviser: Lorelei Erisis's open response to a horrifically cissexist article by a radical feminist }

as can be expected, *massive trigger warning* for references to cissexism (there’s one addictive substance reference, too)

An open response to the author of “‘Transwomen’ Are Merely Castrated Men”.

Dear Bev Jo,

Wow.  I had to sit down and pour myself a large glass of Irish whiskey before I tried to respond to your essay, entitled, “’Transwomen’ Are Merely Castrated Men”.  I always seem to forget that such hatred still exists among folks who should understand us the best.

First of all, I am glad that this essay was reposted, despite it’s initial removal.  I do not believe in censorship or the suppression of ideas in any way shape or form.  I am also glad to see your essay returned to this forum Bev, because of a basic rule I learned in High School journalism class.  Or rather the explanation of the rule.

The rule was an admonition against editorializing unnecessarily.  The explanation we were given was that, if you give enough rope to someone with a bad or hateful or simply misguided opinion, they will as sure as the sunrise hang themselves from their own words.

Fortunately for this response, I ended up not as a strict journalist, but as a columnist.  I hang myself from my own words for (a tiny portion of) a living!!

The first time I came across this essay, I just skipped past it.  Given the headline, I was pretty certain of the brand of hate I would find.  I’ve been forcing myself to read Janice Raymond’s “The Transsexual Empire” recently out of a desire to be as fully and accurately informed about the material which has been used to support and to justify the oppression of my sisters and brothers for so very many years.

“Know thine enemy,” as it were.

You can imagine my surprise when I realized that Prof. Raymond’s book was classic Science Fiction!!!  It was a familiar formula to any sci-fi nerd.  She starts with ideas and examples that are pretty close to things that are actually going on in the real world of today.  The male dominated medical establishment for example.  An establishment that for many years forced transwomen into very heteronormative boxes and roles if they wanted to be able to transition, to receive PERMISSION to be themselves.

But then Prof. Raymond takes these examples and spins them out into pure paranoid fantasy!!  She imagines an evil cabal of men and their occasional female lackey-puppets, who conspire in backrooms and high offices to infiltrate female spaces and minds through the crafty deployment of their “She-Male” shock troops!!

I’m not even trying to refute the long-held and insidious power of our overly-Patriarchal society here.  I’m just saying that what Prof. Raymond suggests would be a dumb plan!  If it were an episode of Star Trek, you’d accuse the writers of being cheap hacks!!

So I skipped your article Bev Jo.  Daily life was beating me up pretty badly as it was this week and I had little desire to be insulted or belittled by the words of a Raymond acolyte.

But then this afternoon a friend from the local LGBT community posted the link for your essay to my facebook page with the comment that I should, “(… )get all on top of this! I couldn’t read past the 4th paragraph…… completely aghast….”  So I clicked the link and began to read.  And while I always try to keep an open mind, it was much as I expected.  Vintage venom.

I’m left wondering about some things Bev.  And yes, I’m talking to you as much as I’m talking to the other folks reading this.

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{ Friends, you know I love you, but could you please stop sending me that link to that ‘game’ about how poor people live? I love you all, but… }

kashmiriyat:

First of all, referring to it as a game really irritates me because that right there is why I dislike the concept and idea of that site. It’s not a game for some of us, it’s a lived experience, and we can’t just click out of the window after ten minutes of ‘game play’.

Second of all, I’ve seen it touted as giving people insight into how poor people live. That kind of smacks of poverty porn to me, tbh, like we’re on a nature special on PBS and we’re going to get a glimpse into how the packs of the Unwashed Masses truly live. Also, it may give you ‘insight’ into how poor people live, but it doesn’t mean that you now have expertise on our struggles, or on poverty itself, and can tell us all about it. Some people have said it’s opened their eyes and that’s a good thing, but don’t let your open eyes refuse to see that this doesnt give you a license to condescend to poor people or dismiss or glamorize poverty.Also, this website does not speak for every poor person, not even all or most or some. Each experience in poverty is different, obviously.

Third of all, I take back what I said before. I now really really want to have discussions of class and the perception of poverty. I’m ready for it, really.

hope you don’t mind my reblogging this, but this seems like the kind of message that oughta be circulated.

(via notforallthewealthofcaesar-deac)