July 28, 2014
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If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

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Let’s Call Climate Change What It Really Is—Violence | Alternet (via guerrillamamamedicine)

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July 25, 2014
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arabellesicardi:

  • the prada girl loves blood
  • the junya girl fucks the ghost of freud himself 
  • the westwood girl loves pop punk too much and probably experienced a moment of white girl dreads for a minute or two
  • the calvin girl is related by blood to members of the kkk but goes to an east coast liberal arts school out of her guilt but still only has one black friend probably

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July 24, 2014
"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."

"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)

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July 24, 2014

creekdontrise:

Yall please keep in mind that political cartoons that depict Jews and Jewish symbols/icons instead of naming/depicting Israel are antisemitic. There’s a reason people depict this ideology and its 100% to do with taking advantage of a situation that ”’allows”’ them to promote the hatred of an entire group of people under the guise of ‘honest commentary’ and you should NOT let them get away with it. It directs outrage and commentary towards innocent people instead of focusing it on the state of Israel where it belongs.

Please be very mindful and careful about the propaganda you choose to spread and support.

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July 23, 2014

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July 21, 2014

talldarkarab:

rosyln:

Life in Gaza

Wow

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July 19, 2014

y/n? (it’s a coffee plant)

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July 18, 2014
Help a trans woman survive poverty?      

georgiacapra:

roycevomit:

roycevomit:

I hate asking for help, but right now I could really use it.

Over the past few months I haven’t been able to work much due to mental illness, and a few weeks ago my computer stopped working, which I desperately need because I’m self employed and can’t work other jobs due to mental and physical…

Hey so I’ve got about half of what I need right now, and a few other things have come up.

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated, and if y’all can keep reblogging it for a bit it’d be appreciated, thanks so much, im sorry for clogging up yr dash with my desperation!

help royce out!!! she is such a sweetie.

July 18, 2014
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Female-assigned intersex kids’ vaginal canal size is also assessed by doctors, to ensure that it’s long enough to fit a penis inside of it. Doctors might surgically construct or re-construct vaginas, which can result in a host of health problems and necessitate multiple, multiple surgeries. This is especially the case since most intersex kids have these surgeries very young, and when their bodies grow into their adult forms, more surgeries are necessary to keep their vagina size in proportion. Non-surgical methods are also used to increase or maintain vaginal length by regularly using medical dildos to stretch the vagina over months and years. (It’s kind of like braces for your vagina, but much, much worse.) Just like there are no standards for how long a clitoris “can” be before it’s classified as a penis, there aren’t absolute standards as to how long a vagina is for it to be of “normal” length.

I had a dilation procedure performed for almost every exam I had with intersex doctors from the time I was 8 until I was 16, so that they could check how long my vagina was as I grew. I absolutely hated these procedures. I mean, imagine a man as old as your father or your grandfather, who you don’t know, inserting a medical dildo into you each time you saw him, knowing that you can’t question the doctor’s orders and just accept that you have to undergo these uncomfortable procedures for your health. Imagine a decade or so later, realizing that these procedures did nothing to track your health, and had everything to do with grown men feeling good about the fact that you could fuck some dude someday like a “normal girl”. That all those traumatizing procedures weren’t actually medically relevant at all, and it actually was within my right to refuse those examinations.

I didn’t know any of that at the time.

I also had no idea that I wouldn’t want to ultimately have the kind of sex they assumed I’d be having, adding yet another layer of this-was-totally-unnecessary/messed-up to my history.

Other kids shouldn’t have to go through this. Other adults shouldn’t have revelations some day far into the future that what was happening to them WASN’T okay, and their traumatic feelings ARE valid, and the whole system of how intersex people are conceptualized and “treated” IS entirely fucked.

And it’s gotta change. We’ve gotta change it.

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—-Claudia at Autostraddle

I just read this article and was reminded once again how invisible the intersex community often is… we need to signal boost this shit to let people know that this kind of “medical treatment” is NOT okay.

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Felt straight-up ill reading this. This is the institutionalized rape of children. It’s beyond unconscionable that procedures like this are normalized and considered “treatment”.

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jfc

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July 18, 2014

I went to Ithaca for 6 days to visit my partner. I’m kind-of sorry for this gooey post, but only kind-of.

We documented our very good outfits very poorly, because we didn’t want to make anyone take our picture. But the waitress “had to give [us] props” for our matching marbled attire.

Also, we picked 3 pounds of Chanterelles and false chanterelles (I’m still sorting them).

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