I've looked at that sculpture over and over and I don't see a single thing about it that suggests sexual violence. Is it the fact that she's lying down? Naked? (I was literally just at the Louvre today. Most of the statues are naked and very few suggest sex - though quite a few suggest violence unrelated to nakedness) I'm not arguing that it's a horrific thing if it does depict sexual violence, but nothing in that statue looks to me like the aftereffects of harm? — Asked by Anonymous Asked by Anonymous portrait

Okay, let’s go through this numerically:

1. The op says specifically “how to use sand to freak people out”. So right there, it’s clear that there is an intent for this presentation to cause ALARM and FEAR in people. 

2. The op then talks about the effect on a person who goes “to help her out” and then the sand sculpture crumbles in their hands. Again, this indicates that the sculpture was intended to, at very first glance, tell a story of a NUDE WOMAN IN DISTRESS. 

3. I’m sorry, but let me take five minutes to LOL that you think looking at shit at the fucking Louvre is somehow relevant. What you need to look at are more common and popular images presented in TV and movies. You need to look at the way women who are victims on screen are presented, both in position and camera angle. It is very, very common for a female victim to be posed and presented in JUST THIS WAY. Or: like, watch a couple episodes of Law & Order: SUV. Or, like, any show that kills women (spoiler alert: it’s all of them). This is a pose that is burned into popular culture as being the “murder victim” pose, especially for women.

3b. Notice that this prank is posed RIGHT at the water’s edge, which implies being washed up there because I don’t know a lot of people who just plop down at the edge of the water rather than further back on dry land. This back brain knowledge, coupled with the fact that this place forces the sculpture to be viewed FROM behind because unless you’re in the water, you will see it that way at first.

4. Notice how the pose is very deliberately chosen so that it shows that this is a person who is not in conscious control of their body. The figure isn’t propped up on one arm, show that it is awake and perhaps enjoying the water. The figure is not on it’s back, as if sunbathing. Everything about this figure is meant to say “this woman is unconscious at the very least. She’s unconscious and naked”.

5. To be unconscious and naked (or somewhat undressed) for a woman outside of her home (or god, sometimes even inside it) is basically a sign that sexual violence has or is about to occur. 

6. Speaking of, let’s talk about the heinous case of what happened to Jada, a 16-year-old girl who’s rape went viral over social media. And let’s talk about how the position of her body in the picture of her during her rape is being mocked, that it’s got it’s own hashtag. Let’s talk about the fact that men know what it looks like when women have been sexually assaulted/raped or are in a position to be. They know how to evoke it, how to mock it. The OP KNOWS, either through culture or personal experience what it looks like and how to make something that shorthands and says “VICTIM” to onlookers.

7. Really? You’re comparing works by art that was intended to be art from centuries earlier to a PRANK from 2014. You saw a prank and looked up art history to justify saying “I don’t see what’s wrong” re: the subject of sexual violence. REALLY?

8. If this is not sufficient to lay out for what’s wrong with that picture, that prank, and your response, there’s not a damn thing I can do for you. 

White feminists:

split-the-coast:

When you discuss the wage gap, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Only white women make $0.77 to a man’s dollar.
  • Black women make about $0.68 to a man’s dollar.
  • Latina women make about $0.58 to a man’s dollar.

Intersectionality matters.

Cis women friends, we need to talk.

kiriamaya:

Look, you know I love you. You know this isn’t me trying to tell you that you’re terrible forever. You know I don’t hate you for what I’m about to say.

But, well, y’all keep fucking up. And you keep fucking up in the same exact ways, even after hearing me and other trans women tell you ad…

[Image: A woman’s body sculpted out of sand very realistically with sea weed for hair, on a sandy shore near at the water’s edge.]
amaditalks:

godotal:

omgbuglen:

How to use sand to freak people out

Imagine if some guy was tripping and saw the woman, runs up to help her and she just crumbles apart in his hands. That’s gonna take the trip south.

Because nothing says great practical joke like a suggestion of sexual violence! And of course the first concern is what this would do to ruin someone’s high?
WTF is wrong with people?!


Can we just take a minute to realize that this would’ve taken a LONG time to complete. So this person not only had this idea and thought it was funny, but they kept on going with it. They kept NOT THINKING ABOUT HOW FUCKED UP IT WAS for an extended period of time. This wasn’t a knee jerk thing. 
This person maintained the idea that a prank about sexual violence was funny and that sexual violence could be funny so long they could build a sand sculpture in that time.
Can we think about that?

[Image: A woman’s body sculpted out of sand very realistically with sea weed for hair, on a sandy shore near at the water’s edge.]

amaditalks:

godotal:

omgbuglen:

How to use sand to freak people out

Imagine if some guy was tripping and saw the woman, runs up to help her and she just crumbles apart in his hands. That’s gonna take the trip south.

Because nothing says great practical joke like a suggestion of sexual violence! And of course the first concern is what this would do to ruin someone’s high?

WTF is wrong with people?!

Can we just take a minute to realize that this would’ve taken a LONG time to complete. So this person not only had this idea and thought it was funny, but they kept on going with it. They kept NOT THINKING ABOUT HOW FUCKED UP IT WAS for an extended period of time. This wasn’t a knee jerk thing. 

This person maintained the idea that a prank about sexual violence was funny and that sexual violence could be funny so long they could build a sand sculpture in that time.

Can we think about that?

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His mother collapses in shock from the verdict.

yech00la:

alexknowsbestest:

jamaicanfemmefatale:

halfpiintxx:

journeytosugar:

sylviabloodbath:

aideyn:

diasporadash:

kemetically-afrolatino:

xpsycho:

eatimitationcrab:

setbabiesonfire:

Sgt. Thomas McVicar of the Jersey City Police Department shot 22 year old Kwadir Felton, leaving him blind, after Kwadir pulled a gun on him, he claims. Kwadir Felton denied the accusation, stating that he doesn’t even carry guns.

"I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"

Sign the Change.org petition and get this story out there.

SIGN THE PETITION. Still at least 1,000 signatures needed. SIGNAL BOOST THIS or i will judge you.

i posted this story about 2 weeks ago and i’m glad it’s gotten so popular. now the petition which i didn’t know about then, has tens of thousands of signatures!

sign the petition! signal boost Justice for Kwedir Felton!

THIS IS THE SHIT WE’RE STILL DEALING WITH. I am sick to my stomach.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/11/kwadir_feltons_attorney_files.html

Sounds like the officer keeps changing his story about what he did with the gun after he shot a fucking human being in the god damn face. Sounds guilty as all fuck.

From what I could find on the .gov site, it looks like the drug charges could stick, it doesn’t mention if Felton was a known associate of those who were selling the drugs.

All the details on the gov site seem super broad strokes, it all smells off to me. http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases11/pr20110519c.html

Petition signed. This needs to be looked at fucking hard. This smells like bullshit to me.

Reblogging again because of aideyn’s additional commentary.

Signed, sealed delivered, I’m pissed.

SIGNED IDC WHO YOU ARE< WHAT KIND OF BLOG YOU GOT

please reblog this Only need 7,722 more 

fight for justice - WE CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR COUNTRY 

sounds like bullshit. Signed. IDC who you are yo need to take 10 mins out of your day to read a little and sign this. So much damn hate and prejudice in this world its pathetic.

Only needs 239 more petitions signed 

whyiseveryonesurlfancierthanmine:

Note to authors: when a bullet is shot from a gun, it becomes so hot it’s sterile. You don’t get an infection from the bullet itself, but from the wound. That’s why in the short term it’s better not to remove the bullet, because bothering the wound just makes it more prone to infection! That is also why some veterans still have bullets in their body.

kiriamaya:

a-spoon-is-born:

So, work fucked up my paycheck yet again, and I didn’t get paid this week. I know some of you are aware of my shitty situation; BF’s cashing in the change jar and plastic bottles so we can get PB&J and food for the cats right now. If you have a buck or two you can donate here (I know a lot of you don’t, no worries) anything you could give is massively appreciated. If my local friends are reading, we would love any food you’re not using (and huge thankies to jadeneternal and rayvenloaf for what you already gave and we devoured.)

Boost

sapphicscience:

this is a good time to note that if you don’t think trans women are women i’d like you to get the fuck away from my blog

Britain is sending my bisexual son to his death, says mother

bialogue-group:

[Leeds UK]: Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

His family say he was given no warning and no indication to him or his family that he would be detained.

Orashia Edwards who is bisexual lost his asylum case earlier this month and is now threatened with immediate deportation to Jamaica West Indies… His family say Edwards was suicidal after losing the legal case, and his mental health has worsened considerably over the past few weeks. ‘They’re refusing to tell me where my son is. Something has changed. I am very, very terrified,’ a tearful Brown told GSN on the phone. 

After he lost his legal battle, he said he would ‘prefer to be a dead man than get on a flight to die. I have nowhere to go’.

Leeds for Change, an organization campaigning on behalf of LGBTI asylum seekers, successfully got a flight cancelled that was meant to deport Edwards last January.  The group alleges the Home Office decision behind who is granted asylum have been prejudiced.

Some activists also say the Home Office finds it difficult to grant bisexual people asylum, saying there is an attitude that they could ‘pass’ in their home country.

HOW TO HELP
  • No Borders Leeds - Orashia was detained again for the 3rd time this morning as he went to sign on in Waterside. His most recent appeal was denied yesterday yet nobody was informed until today, again leaving little or no time for Orashia, his family or his legal team time to prepare. Please help inform others and pass on this latest news. Thank you
  • Petitioning Teresa May, Home Secretary; Ed Miliband, Labour Party; Nick Clegg, Lib Dems Don’t Deport Orashia SIGN PETITION HERE
  • The Home Office are really feeling pressure from support & publicity around Orashia’s campaign. Please keep the pressure on. Write to your MP using this template letter and send it to your MP here. More contact details on this page.
  • Please donate to his legal fund here. Orashia’s family are working every hour possible to raise funds which have already cost over £2000 so far. All of Orashia’s legal team are working pro bono :) so the costs are just covering his court fees.

Thank you so much for all the support so far

You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.

Eliezer Yudkowsky  (via rampias)

Being a “product of their times” is no excuse. Never let someone off the hook for bigotry. 

(via callingoutbigotry)

A New Chapter. Maybe.

fatbodypolitics:

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[content warning: suicide ideation, sexual assault, emotional abuse, street harassment, online abuse]

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know a bit about me and the things I face dealing with a great deal of violence online (some in response to this blog existing; some in response to me existing), from anti-Blackness/racism/sexism etc. and misogynoiristic trolling to the rape threats, death threats, doxxing threats and now even libel. However, what you may not know is this violence is mirrored offline as well, and not solely via microaggressive harassment in public space or the gendered/sexual violence that is street harassment—which I’ve experienced for 23 years as of this month—but in terms of violence because of where I live.

I live in the city I grew up in again, and it is difficult to live in; a place about 25K below average family income in the U.S. But it’s also difficult because I don’t live alone (when I used to pre-recession; alone is the only way I can live, from what I’ve experienced) and I don’t feel safe because of dealing with a great deal of emotional abuse, from having doors purposely left open and me waking up in a panic as a survivor of sexual assault, to people in the home while I am asleep and waking up in a panic again. I wake up in panic perhaps 6 out of 7 days a week and I already have Anxiety and PTSD. And my depression is back. 

I do not get good sleep ever unless physically somewhere else, whether a recent pleasant staycation that I wrote about, to an even more recent emergency survivalcation that I took because that day (this past Wednesday) it was either run or suicide. It was. I deal with invasion of space, lack of privacy and no sense of safety whatsoever. There is no peace. Ever. I then leave this place daily to be street harassed from being demanded to smile despite carrying around all of this emotional weight on my back to being verbally or even physically assaulted and threatened during street harassment. Then I return to this place for more emotional abuse. Or I turn on social media mostly to be abused online (though a few kind people I interact with online as well).

There’s other factors that are too painful to discuss, but basically it’s like domestic violence (though it’s not “intimate partner violence,” it can still be emotional abuse in a non-romantic domestic situation) and I’m at the point where I thought I could wait to save and move but I’m not sure I’ll be alive long enough to do so. Further, because I am not the “rock” right now among some people who know me offline, they are further abusing me because how dare I not be a “mammy” to feel their pain and solve all their problems (which mirrors much of my online experience). I am only entitled to their  ”love” as long as I coddle them and the moment I am not healthy enough to do so, I am immediately and vociferously betrayed. (Please believe that violence as emotional abuse exists outside of romantic or sexual romantic relationships.)

I know safety is mostly an illusion, especially as a Black woman, believe me. But even so, space, privacy, a security system and a slightly better neighborhood would go a long way. I’m not necessarily trying to buy “happiness” (as I wrote about in detail before) but I am trying to move by the time I return from out of state on August 8th. (Another escape trip because I have to try to be somewhere safe and happy for as many days as possible.) I’m not sure I can manage to remain on Earth much past that date in the current residential/city situation that I am in, on top of dealing with online abuse and public harassment including street harassment. I need at least one space to just “be” and a small safer place with alarm would help. A new space, enough $ for mental health care and extended break from social media after the first two happen would help me live.

I was gonna make GoFundMe but as I wrote about before, I don’t want to risk the attention (if you know me, you know I find hypervisibility to be very violent most of the time) and then deal with the threats I dealt with 8 months ago when I raised money for my brother after he was violently attacked. I know so many people think Black people and Black women in particular deserve violence and harm, (I mean, everyone is socialized to think so; it’s something we unlearn) so it doesn’t make sense to make an official fundraiser so that people see an amount collected and then decide I’m not “worth” that amount and then harm me or harm anyone who chooses to donate.

Instead, I will use my PayPal button on my blog and if you’re interested in helping me move, it’s greatly appreciated. Obviously I’ll have to raise a few thousand to add to what I have to move because as a freelancer who isn’t at an abusive but deemed “stable” corporate job anymore, as I was pre-recession before I was laid off, I have to put more money up front and there’s no “lease specials” and such for someone in my situation. I need enough to pay several months up front and some super inexpensive and simple furniture. Hopefully this problem, which yes, is solvable by money (not that all problems are; this one is; safer place to live and new mental health care require money), will be resolved by the date I need it to be.

*DONATE to support my move to safety and health*

I just want to be able to sleep at night. And be away from some abusive people. And have this happen sooner than later. That’s all. Trying to stay alive I guess; last straw I guess. Other than this I feel very…done. I don’t know.

If you are able to help, thank you. Means a lot. It’s really life or death. If it wasn’t, I would not have written this. In fact, I’m always very open on my blog but I still hid most of this particular situation away.

(And if you don’t want to help, don’t believe me, don’t care, or think I deserve harm, that’s fine—it doesn’t surprise me—but please keep that to yourself or keep that on your own blog; thanks. Just asking that any dissent or violence be kept away from this one post.)

Help her out. Share. Signal boost!

SIGNAL BOOST THE SWEET HELL OUTTA THIS, PEOPLE!

usbdongle:

you ever notice a lot of stuff is considered poor and gross unless its upper middle class (white) people doing it

food trucks in the 90s were the realm of taco trucks and fairground food and were always considered unhygienic and nasty until all these rich city kids started opening food trucks and now they’re “trendy” and “innovative”

riding your bike to work is only considered geofriendly if you can also afford to drive a car but don’t want to, then you’re saving the earth, everyone else isn’t somehow??

recycling old cheap stuff to be used as furniture and wearing really old clothing is a sign of poverty unless you’re doing it a certain way or wearing a certain kind of old clothing

double standards are gross and you should expose them in your life as much as possible

queermarcobodt:

"you’re too young to know what your sexuality is" said the straight person to a queer teenager 

"he’s such a ladies’ man" said the straight person about a 6 month old baby that doesn’t know what a lady is

[Image: A stock photo of an open bank vault with the text: &#8220;Banks collected over $30 billion in overdraft fees last year. Another way of saying that, banks took $30,000,000,000 from people that had no money.&#8221;]
darvinasafo:

I see no lies.

[Image: A stock photo of an open bank vault with the text: “Banks collected over $30 billion in overdraft fees last year. Another way of saying that, banks took $30,000,000,000 from people that had no money.”]

darvinasafo:

I see no lies.

19-year-old is on his way to curing colon cancer