“Victims of the disease AIDS argue, with no qualms of inconsistency about rights, for crash research programs (to be paid for by people who don’t have AIDS), demanding a cure. And it’s done in the name of rights. The victims demand health care as well and scream “discrimination” if insurance companies claim they have a right to refuse to issue a policy to someone already infected with the AIDS virus. The rights of the insurance company owners are not considered, while legislation is passed forcing insurance companies to provide the insurance demanded by the victims. The individual suffering from AIDS certainly is a victim—frequently a victim of his own lifestyle—but this same individual victimizes innocent citizens by forcing them to pay for his care.”—
Ron Paul demonstrating that his version of liberty belongs solely to the free market. Oh, and that he’s a heartless asshole that loves making blanket assumptions about people suffering from a debilitating disease.
I’m tired of people instructing me to “dress to impress” or “come classy” to their parties. I hate dressing up because it makes me feel uncomfortable and I don’t have the money to build that sort of wardrobe. I don’t care about impressing you and the concept of class makes me angry. So how about I’ll wear whatever the hell I want and you do the same. Cool? Cool.
“Nonviolence is an inherently privileged position in the modern context. Besides the fact that the typical pacifist is quite clearly white and middle class, pacifism as an ideology comes from a privileged context. It ignores that violence is already here; that violence is an unavoidable, structurally integral part of the current social hierarchy; and that it is people of color who are most affected by that violence. Pacifism assumes that white people who grew up in the suburbs with all their basic needs met can counsel oppressed people, many of whom are people of color, to suffer patiently under an inconceivably greater violence, until such time as the Great White Father is swayed by the movement’s demands or the pacifists achieve that legendary “critical mass.”—
Peter Gelderloos, How Nonviolence Protects the State, p. 17 (via so-treu)
Interesting. I’m still a supporter of nonviolence.
“What I say to women of color and other young feminists or womanists is this: there is no Women’s Movement, capital W, capital M. There are women’s movements, plural. And those movements are alive and well in communities of color. Many of the strongest voices in our communities of color are women. We carry our communities on our backs. With or without the label, we’re there.”—
— Helen Xia, feminist, Asian American, racial justice advocate. all around badass (via frass)
“Using ‘gay and lesbian’ as a phrase that’s supposed to include the whole queer community is like using ‘he’ as a pronoun standing in for all people. In both cases, over half the group is left out.”—Lindasusan Ulrich, bisexual-identified LGBTQ+ activist and principal author & editor of the 2011 San Francisco Human Rights Commission report “Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations” (via bialogue-group)
“On January 1, Connecticut will become the first state in the United States to require at least some employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees. The Connecticut law covers only a fraction of the state’s workers, caps the required paid sick leave at five days per year and explicitly excludes the state’s most vulnerable workers: day laborers and temp workers. Still, it’s a start. One-third of all American workers - including 79 percent of low-wage workers - don’t get any sick days at all.”—
Good for you, Connecticut. Of the U.S. states I’ve lived in, Connecticut was and is the most progressive. Still, we have a long way to go on this issue, don’t we folks? Why doesn’t the richest country in the world treat its workers better?
“1. What message does it send to girls when we tell them that they have a body part (a wonderful and important body part) that doesn’t need to have a correct name? That the part is so unimportant that it doesn’t need to have any name?
2. Does this lack of language and inability to talk about vulvas at all make girls feel encouraged to look at their vulvas? To see what their body is all about? Nope. Is it any wonder that many girls and women feel very detached from their vulvas and have trouble talking about them, whether in a medical context or a sexual one?
3. If we don’t have a correct (and universal) language for our bodies, how is it possible to talk about what we want sexually? What feels good? What doesn’t feel good?
4. How are doctors suppose to diagnose or treat us if the term we use to talk about a body part isn’t the actual term?
5. How can we possibly teach children to identify good touch from bad touch when we don’t have a universal and correct language?
6. And what’s the big deal with the word “vulva?” That is its name. Perhaps it’s because we have trouble discussing anything that has to do with female sexuality. We have a long history of undermining, belittling, or ignoring girls’ sexuality.”—Dr. Logan Levkoff: Sex Education: It’s Called A Vulva
In the future, history classes will be told that the United States in the 21st century had an explosion of homelessness at the same time that there were so many empty houses on the market that banks were bulldozing them to save the expense of maintaining them. The most flattering conclusion about us that will be derived from these facts is that we were a nation of deliberate and intolerable cruelty.
Before I discovered feminism I was really unhappy all the time.
I was unhappy with myself because I knew that I would never live up to society’s expectation of me, as a woman. I knew that I would fail to fill the role that the entire universe seemed to be demanding that I play. I constantly felt like I was faking some huge part of my personality and I hated myself for it.
I also hated my life. I felt defeated and hopeless. I thought I had no real future; I didn’t want what women are supposed to want and I couldn’t see any alternatives. I had internalized the notion that I would forever be second in command to a man in any career. I genuinely believed that my inability and unwillingness to be feminine, thin, and emotionally vulnerable would prevent a man from ever really loving me. I was completely alienated from other women because I could not relate to them or play by their rules, and it made me feel rejected and incredibly lonely.
I was about 14 when I really started to freak out about these shortcomings of mine. I was 20 when I discovered feminism and realized that there is nothing wrong with me. Feminism gave me the freedom to be myself and create my own future. Feminism allowed me to be happy with myself and my life. I endured 6 years of agony at the patriarchy’s hand, and it was completely miserable. It saddens me to know that most women endure that pain for much, much longer.
“No man is in any real physical danger on the internet— or even in real life — from feminists. Women are regularly beaten and raped — even on college campuses — but I know of no instance where a man found himself a victim of violence for making a sexist remark in a feminist setting.”—Hugo Schwyzer, on the use of the term “male bashing” (via michellehaimoff)
“There are times when casual sex actually deepens one’s self-knowledge. With intelligence and clarity of purpose, casual sex is more than instant gratification. By openly exploring our fantasies and true desires with different partners in a way that may not possible in a committed relationship, we can transcend our inhibitions. With each new encounter we can discover buried parts of ourselves and in time experience the totality of who we are. We can even experience profound, revelatory moments that unravel our past and show us things we never knew about ourselves. We can satisfy unmet needs by embracing those aspects of our sexuality that are deeply meaningful and we can choose to let go of those that no longer have importance.”—Stanley Siegel (via shandog)
“Misogyny is a systematic and institutionalized form of bigotry and oppression that permeates through every aspect of our society in ways that can be obvious or more subtle (rape culture and its perpetuation can be obvious or subtle and can sometimes be difficult for a man who has never felt its effects to detect, but either way it’s horrifying.) Misandry is not systematic and it is not institutionalized. The distrust or hatred of men is a rational reaction to misogyny, which is ubiquitous and static. Statements like “can’t we all just be friends?” assume that there exists a level playing field. Until this level playing field truly exists, statements like these can easily be dismissed as childish, naive, shallow, frivolous and boring.”—My response to a man asking “can’t we all just be friends?” and “isn’t misandry just as bad as misogyny?” (via sixtyforty)
“When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, “Let’s pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.”—Bishop Desmond Tutu: Revolutionarily (via cocknbull)
“As we focus on policy toward North Korea after the death of the “Dear Leader,” let’s keep a spotlight on human rights. North Korea is the most totalitarian country in the history of the world, because it has technology that Stalin didn’t but the same brutality. The North sometimes cuts off power to a building, so that video cassettes will be stuck in the players. Then it goes apartment to apartment and examines what videos are stuck. If they are “counter-revolutionary,” then the whole extended family is shipped off to a labor camp, often to die. So let’s keep a focus on human rights here. Your thoughts?”— Nicholas Kristof
“Atheists are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: when you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.”—10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked (via lavender-labia)
“And here was another thing many in the middle class were discovering: the downward plunge into poverty could occur with dizzying speed. One reason the concept of an economic 99% first took root in America rather than, say, Ireland or Spain is that Americans are particularly vulnerable to economic dislocation. We have little in the way of a welfare state to stop a family or an individual in free-fall. Unemployment benefits do not last more than six months or a year, though in a recession they are sometimes extended by Congress. At present, even with such an extension, they reach only about half the jobless. Welfare was all but abolished 15 years ago, and health insurance has traditionally been linked to employment. In fact, once an American starts to slip downward, a variety of forces kick in to help accelerate the slide. An estimated 60% of American firms now check applicants’ credit ratings, and discrimination against the unemployed is widespread enough to have begun to warrant Congressional concern. Even bankruptcy is a prohibitively expensive, often crushingly difficult status to achieve. Failure to pay government-imposed fines or fees can even lead, through a concatenation of unlucky breaks, to an arrest warrant or a criminal record. Where other once-wealthy nations have a safety net, America offers a greased chute, leading down to destitution with alarming speed.”—The Making of the American 99% And the Collapse of the Middle Class (via azspot)help US (via jmichealortiz)
“No one can deny that women speaking out inspires others to do so as well. It’s a powerful thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to tell women to risk their own safety and well-being–which, remember, is why [women] hide their identity online in the first place–in order to change male behavior. Cheerleading and encouraging people to speak out is necessary and invigorating, but this is not it. [Placing the burden of change on women] is condescension and an abdication of responsibility. Men need to do their part in fighting sexism (and, no, their part is not telling women what to do!).”—Working Together Against Sexism. (via theashkaari)