use the security your privilege provides you to stop hateful speech and actions
this is how to be invested in intersectionality
There’s no way that I’m the only one that would totally use my privilege to call people out if I wasn’t so worried that everyone would flip shit and say I was appropriating another persons oppression or something
There are ways to do things like this right and ways to get it wrong, true. A guideline you may find helpful: if, when you call people out, are you talking over the voices of the people affected by the oppression in question? Are you making the issue about you or about them? If you’re unsure, a good thing to do is point to the words of someone from the marginalized group talking about why that oppression is hurtful and saying: THIS. You should read this. I co-sign this. This person’s words are important and please listen.
It’s a sad truth that sometimes privileged people will only listen to other privileged people and nod and go Why Of Course to the words of the privileged. So make it about the words of the marginalized and make it clear those are words you’re agreeing with.
straight people are like “can we all just be nice to each other” and queer people are like “please stop murdering us”
Because every single straight person desires to harm every single queer person.
straight people are like “but what about my feelings??” and queer people are like “please stop murdering us”
Wow, way to generalize an entire group of people. Tumblr, THE FRIENDLIEST MOST LOVING COMMUNITY ON THE INTERNET. MY FUCKING ASS IT IS. No, we don’t ALL desire your death. Stop being fucking assholes and generalizing people. I want to see you go to your straight friends, families and coworkers and see how they act. You all gain a whole lot of courage behind a computer screen.
straight people are like “we’re not all like that!” and queer people are like “please stop murdering us”
Hey, here’s a pro tip: if you’d spend half the energy telling other straight people to STOP MURDERING US, then we’d stop getting murdered and we wouldn’t have to have this conversation.
Your indignation will never be as important as our lives and the only reason you think otherwise is because you may not be an individual, specific murderer but you’ve got no trouble being a co-conspirator because in your heart of hearts, you value our lives less if not at all. Same as our murderers.
If you valued our lives equally and fairly? Your knee jerk response would be “holy crap, actual human beings are getting murdered, we need to stop that right now, tell me how I can help!” instead of “don’t look at me, I didn’t do it!”.
Tell me again why you, acting on the fundamental premise that straight feelings trump queer lives - the premise by which our murderers give themselves internal permission to murder us - are not like that.
Take your pick. Between the hatred of lesbians, bisexuals, fat people, Native people and the slut shaming and MAKING FUN OF A LITTLE GIRL’S NAME because it’s not a white sounding name, I have zero respect for that woman and even less love.
The only time I want to see Lupita Nyong’o in a film with Jennifer Lawrence is if Lupita is the fantastic heroine and Jennifer Lawrence is the nasty villain who the embodiment of everything that is wrong.
And if she could defeat Jennifer Lawrence’s character through causing her to fall, except maybe fall through the earth and into the fiery depth of Tartarus, I would TREASURE THAT MOVIE FOR LIFE.
“Even some seemingly supportive gay and lesbian presses don’t see a surefire hit in a bisexual-themed book. Many publishers praised the book but declined to publish it with comments like… “it wouldn’t be fair to you because we’re not sure how to market it.””—
In other words, there are no “LGBT” presses, because they flat out rejected a “B” book as “we don’t know what to do with you.” This is why Gressive Press exists now, a new imprint of Circlet Press that exists to publish books that are off the binary poles. This is why we’re publishing BEST BI SHORT STORIES.
There are 8 days left to support the Best Bi Short Stories anthology! Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1gKb0tm
As elated as I was for Nyong’o’s Oscar win for 12 Years a Slaveand her democratization of beauty, I was unable to ignore the stark contrast between her and another actor who, despite her talent, receives only a fraction of Nyong’o’s fanfare.
A disturbing story emerged out of the Bronx on Thursday. Two Muslim sisters, Lamis Chapman and Khalia Wilson, aged 12 and 14 respectively, told the New York Daily News that they were thrown to the ground, put in chokeholds, and had their hijabs violently torn off by members of the NYPD, for a reason that remains unclear.
Chapman and Wilson said they were playing handball around 9:30 pm in the park near their home in the Lester Patterson Houses in Mott Haven, the Bronx, when police approached them and asked them to leave, as the park was closed.
The girls recounted that the cops followed them out of the park, and one grabbed Wilson from behind, putting her in a chokehold and wrestling her to the ground. “They said they asked for ID. I didn’t hear them,” reported Wilson. When her sister protested, she was also thrown to the ground, and both sisters’ headscarves were ripped off.
"I kept saying, ‘I’m 14! What are you doing? We’re not bad kids,’" explained Wilson.
When their 15-year-old brother, Shytike Wilson, saw the police assaulting his younger sisters from a window, he ran to their aid. “I asked them why my sisters were in handcuffs,” he said, when the police, “charged me, picked me up, and slammed me on the floor.”
An 18-year-old college student, Jonathan Harris, became involved when he heard the girls screaming and ran to the park to help. He told the cops to leave the teens alone and took out his cell phone to record the incident, but was also subjected to police abuse.
So it turns out both my brain and my spine have decided that I don’t know the definition of pain and really need to. Right now. The only thing I can do is just try to not die of it. Which involves laying on a heating pad, taking whatever anti-inflammatories I can get my hands on, and trying to distract myself.
Books? Useful distractions from the constant urge to self-harm.
So, I could use some book recs. Anything in the speculative range of things - sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance.
I need the really good stuff. And I’m always on the look out for new writers, really great self-published work, anything. Just as long as it’s awesome.
the logic of people being against minimum wage is often “people will get fired” but they conveniently leave out the next part, “because bosses require a specific amount of labor to be stolen as profit”
applebeveragesaur replied to your post “For the people who didn’t catch it last time”
is deleting the image itself okay? sometimes i do that for reasons and put a description in its place, or if there’s already a description, just leave it like that.
I don’t know how much of an expert I am to answer this, so people who are please feel free to call me the fuck out if I get it wrong.
I feel like if there’s a decent reason to remove the image, and a description is put in it’s place or one already there, then it’s probably all right. I remove images from time to time.
For instance, pictures depicting white supremacist violence against PoC. Those posts are important. Exposing white supremacist violence is vital to ending white supremacy. We white people need to see exactly what kind of damage we’re doing, in full, with no cushion.
But I also know that there are people who follow me who are survivors/victims of racial violence, or have close loved ones who are or were. And I don’t want to trigger that person, especially if they’re on Tumblr and already having a horrid day and just need to see pictures of pretty things and fluffy animals and see funny jokes and fandom silliness. And at the end of the day, I feel like the well being and comfort of those people should trump everything else.
So there’s that.
My reasoning, over all, is that those who needed the image description are not inconvenienced or put at a disadvantage or given less accessibility and those didn’t, well, they can go look up another version of the post. And the image description does kind of put everyone on level ground.
But again, my amount of visual impairment is towards the mild end of the scale for the moment. So I’m not the expert here. Hope this helps!
If you reblog things from me that have an image description, DO NOT DELETE THE IMAGE DESCRIPTION. I find out about it, you’re gonna hear from me.
If you think the description is wrong, inaccurate, bad, whatever, that’s fine. More than fine. Modify the shit out of that if you think you can do a better job. I’m all for that. I don’t own those descriptions, you are free to change it up or substitute your own.
But keep it there, goddammit.
I put those there because they make images more accessible. It means people who, for whatever reason, need more than just the image can have that. So they can follow along with discussions without having to hope context clues will suffice to fill them in on what the fuck is going on.
I mean, imagine trying to keep up with a conversation where the object of said conversation is not adequately explained and is just referred to as “it”. “It was extremely effective” and “True, but it really lacked power”. They could be talking about anything from political statements to construction equipment. You don’t know. ‘cause nobody bothered to tell you what “it” was.
Imagine trying to understand a joke that goes: a person goes into a place and a thing happens so another person says something and the first person says a thing in response. And you’re just reading comments that say “ha ha, I see what you did there” and “And no one asked how it got to England?” and “you ever notice how the bar keeper never panics?” and “When I do that, all I get is arrested LOL” Imagine your profound sense of “WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT?”
Now then imagine if someone were nice enough to fill you in that the joke is this: A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. The giraffe lays down on the floor. The bar keeper says, “Oi! What’s that lyin’ there?” The man says, “It’s not a lion, it’s a giraffe!”
Suddenly the comments make sense.
You remove image descriptions and you’re saying, “I don’t want those people to be in on the joke. My tumblr is too fabulous and awesome and cool for that. *hair flip*.”
There’s no other explanation for it, especially when I see that you kept my barely relevant wall o’ text commentary down below as well as everyone else’s commentary. It means you didn’t just delete ALL text, you specifically went and deleted an image description.
Removing an accessibility feature is a FUCKJERK move in the first degree. So don’t do it. Just don’t.
One day in college I went to get a coke from a vending machine before class and it spit out like three bucks worth of quarters at me. I thought it was really awesome I’d gotten lucky.
Then I got scared that maybe God made the machine do that as a way to say sorry to me because he was about to kill me off in tragic fashion. So I’d have one last awesome thing happen before I died horribly.
unfriendly reminder that Alfonso Cuarón directed a video that portrays autism as a terrifying threat and a burden to non-autistic people, basically a video that says autistic people are diseases, not actual people
“White wealth is stolen wealth. White wealth is based on the use of the free labor of our great grandparents, and the parents before them; just completely stolen. Captive wealth, brutalized wealth, enslaved wealth. And somehow we still think they are deserving of the money. Amazing attitude. This wealth is based on the colonization of African countries. The industrial revolution of Europe based upon the molasses of Jamaica, based upon the sugar crops of Jamaica. The wealth of the white South Africans and Europeans today based upon the gold, diamond, oil, and minerals taken right out of the African country, and yet we have nerve enough to think that these people are deserving of that wealth. And we have nerve enough to think that we are undeserving and that it should not belong to us.”—Dr. Amos N. Wilson (via disciplesofmalcolm)
Can I just say that what I loved about Lupita’s speech when she got the award she so richly deserved was that she said “your dreams are valid”.
Not “your dreams can come true” or “if you work hard enough, you’ll achieve your dreams” or “just keep dreaming” or anything like that.
No. She didn’t stand up there and try to sell a bill of goods to the people she was speaking to, the people beyond and outside the hyper privileged audience in front of her. She didn’t try to pretend that if you want something, the world is arranged so that if you just work really hard you’ll get it. For a lot of people, all the hard work in the world isn’t gonna get them what they want because they live in a world that does everything to hold them down.
So she said valid.
Not everyone’s dreams do or can come true. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t valid to have them, it doesn’t make them wrong. You are not required to be able to hold up a golden statue to prove you were right to dream.
Here and now, your dreams are valid.
Saying to the people who least get to hear it that they have every right to have desires, and that those desires are valid is what makes Lupita the hero of tonight and most probably person of the year this year.
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. So I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.”—Lupita Nyong’o (via sonofafieldnegro)
jared leto is a rapist who roughed up underage groupies and now he won over the academy by playing a trans woman because there’s nothing the oscars love more than privileged people portraying tragic figures of communities they have no part in hahaHA
“Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things that people do.”—William Zinsser (via moniquill)
What men don’t understand is that women are FIERCELY PROTECTIVE of underage girls because we remember when we were young and some adult man made us uncomfortable or manipulated us or was inappropriate with us and we were powerless.
the university of illinois at urbana is trying to get surgery and hormone treatment for trans ppl included in their student health insurance but there’s some pushback from the board of trustees so if you have a moment please sign and signal boost the petition for its inclusion!
Being able to get that kind of food with EBT only looks like insanity to a person who doesn’t realize the hateful heinousness in having mentally tabulated all the foods they consider too good and too enjoyable for people who use EBT cards, because that card apparently should come with a “okay, you can stave off food insecurity but don’t you dare have one moment of enjoyment on our dime.”
Because obviously, we got all those dimes completely fairly and not at all through the very system that is responsible for a person needing EBT in the first place. Obviously.
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
Do you have any advice on writing a character with a mental illness with no firsthand experience with said illness?
Research research research research talk to people with experience with the illness research research research get feedback from people with experience with the illness research research research *DEEP BREATH* research
“The proposed legislation, dubbed “The Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act,” would eliminate funding for cost-effective, voluntary services that are known to improve outcomes for people with mental illness, such as peer-run services and family supports, while expanding funding for coercive service models such as “assisted outpatient treatment” (AOT), which permits states to force individuals to follow a specific court-ordered treatment plan.”—