“…We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.”—Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd - CNN.com (via bibliofeminista)
“In the future, your role in the defense force will be determined on your ability, not on the basis of your sex.”—Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith, announcing today that Australia will now allow its female servicemembers to serve on the front lines in all possible combat roles. Amen to that. (via thepoliticalnotebook)
“For the amendment’s supporters, the fact that the new law would not allow exceptions for rape or incest is something to be highlighted. Riley’s “Conceived in Rape Tour” this spring was an attempt to counter the notion, held even by many pro-lifers, that abortion is acceptable in cases of rape or incest. Those are “a tragic occurrence,” Prewitt says, “but you don’t execute the product of the crime, and that’s what abortion does.”—Today’s must-read:The most radical anti-abortion measure on the ballot this fall—and the Christian secessionist behind it. (via motherjones)
“If women want to walk around half-naked I don’t object to them doing so. If they want to wear tight jeans where you can see their underwear or walk around with their breasts hanging out, I don’t give a damn. But if they are allowed to do that, why should I not be allowed to cover up?”—Kenza Drider, a Muslim woman who has just announced that she will be running for President in France’s upcoming election. She opposes France’s ban on veiling and understands this restriction to be an attempt to [further] stigmatize Islam. With her campaign, she plans to focus on freedom and going “much deeper” in addressing social issues. (via mylifeasafeminista)
The footage, which has been widely circulated, depicted a white shirted police officer who casually walked up to a group of protestors, many of whom were women and penned in behind orange netting, and sprayed them in the face before walking away.
"Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others… to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term," he said.
"Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote."
“Female orgasm is a different story. Shhh, don’t talk about that – it makes people uncomfortable. Think about it—how many slang terms for female orgasm can you think of? Can you make a list? Are there mainstream movies that depict or discuss girls or women masturbating? Although I can think of a few exceptions (Pleasantville, The OH in Ohio), if female masturbation occurs in mainstream films, it is often told from a male pornographic fantasy perspective (e.g., American Pie). Such media depictions suggest that men have uncontrollable sexual drives, (which, apparently, women do not) that must be satisfied immediately by any means necessary. Unlike men’s, women’s sexual desires are peripheral to our conversations about sex and sexuality.”—The Clitoris: Most. Awkward. Discussion. Ever! | SociologyFocus (via linzyxxxxx)
“Being born a woman is an awful tragedy…Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…”—Sylvia Plath, on rape culture (via inquotation)
“Six years later the immensely disparate impacts on the racial and economic minorities in New Orleans are still evident. Some of the most distressing developments are the reduction of New Orleans’ population in a manner which has made the city overall less diverse both racially and economically. They also highlight the difficulties African-American families face when trying to return to New Orleans or rebuild their houses because the apartments they used to occupy were bulldozed and they are awarded only the previous lower value rather than the actual cost to rebuild their houses. In the wake of such devastating storms, much of the city and state infrastructure suffered as well and now 75% of New Orleans’ public schools are charter schools. According to the Institute on Race & Poverty of University of Minnesota Law School, ‘The reorganization of the city’s schools has created a separate but unequal tiered system of schools that steers a minority of students, including virtually all of the city’s white students, into a set of selective, higher-performing schools and another group, including most of the city’s students of color, into a group of lower-performing schools.’ In additional to the ever increasing racial disparities, economic gaps continue to grow as well, a full 70% more people are homeless in New Orleans and 34% of children live in poverty, 14% above the national average. The lasting effects of the terrible storms which ravaged New Orleans have much to teach us about the systems on which we rely to help people in times of disaster.”—New Orleans six years after Katrina (via abbyjean)
“All across America, there are classrooms filled with fifth graders who only know the World Trade Center from pictures. They have achieved the final perfection of George Orwell’s vision - we have always been at war with Eurasia - because they have never known a world where their country has not been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As with the Towers, some of these children only know a parent from pictures, because that parent was killed in those wars. They know what anthrax is, what an IED is, what WMD stands for. They know about fear, for it was fed to them, literally, with mother’s milk. For them, it has always been this way. These children have never known a country that was not in an economic recession, for their country’s economy has been tottering on its feet like a punch-drunk prizefighter for the last ten years. Theirs is a country that has always tapped phones in secret, always imprisoned people without trial or due process of law, always tortured, always lived in a cocoon of fear and hatred that serves to justify virtually any act, no matter how barbarous or criminal or wrong. Politicians, in their world, have always used threats of terrorism to frighten, to control, to change the subject, to win elections, and to make money for themselves and their friends. There are no consequences for such vicious acts. For these children, it has always been this way.”—William Rivers Pitt (via azspot)
“Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) resumed his attacks on President Obama’s economic policy Sunday morning, suggesting that the President’s plan to tax millionaires’ profits from capital gains in order to fund job creation efforts constitutes “class warfare”… Ryan was simultaneously calling for an end to the current temporary tax cuts, which would raise taxes by 50 percent on those making less than $106,000. While launching accusations of “class warfare,” Ryan is the one who would prefer that people with less money pay more, while those with more money keep more.”—Paul Ryan Calls For Increasing Taxes On Middle Class But Dismisses Millionaires Tax As ‘Class Warfare’ | ThinkProgress (via robot-heart-politics)
“Women were expected to wait and learn about sex from their husbands, who would bring their sexual experience to the marriage. I’ve never quite figured out how that was supposed to be mathematically possible, but presumably the theory was that the future husbands gained their experience with a few bad girls who were not marriage material and who were having sex with the majority of the male population.”—From “The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade” by Ann Fessler (via obnoxiousanddisliked)