msh30:

team i can’t do math for shit but i can write a 3 page english paper in less than an hour 

MY ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

Petition to drop a lawsuit against one of Biyuti Publishing's editor.

b-binaohan:

We, the undersigned, do not support your lawsuit against Lisa Rabey and nina de jesus. As librarians and educators, we value open dialogue and believe the proper response to accusations of harassment is understanding and engagement. Instead, you have chosen to use legal action to silence future discussions about a critical issue in our profession and furthermore will likely prevent other victims of harassment from speaking out against their abusers.

hey. tumblr people:

can u all do me a huge favour and sign this petition?

a white cis man is suing the editor of biyuti publishing for defamation after she called him out for sexual harassment.

go here for more information about the lawsuit

50 days, 19 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

hasdarrenwilsonbeenarrestedyet:

Yahoo News: Ferguson police say no use-of-force report exists about the shooting of Michael Brown shooting

100 more days until Grand Jury deadline.

#FergusonIsntOver — (via vanishedschism)

[Images: Two gifs taken from film of Mary McLeod Bethune. In the first, she looks down and then up. In the second she looks directly at the camera.]

so-treu:

theladybadass:

Rare footage of educator and civil rights leader, Mary McLeod Bethune (circa 1930s, 1940s)

*found in Prelinger Open Archives

!!!!!!!!!!!

I watched the PBS series on the Roosevelts last week and I was really quite bothered that they didn’t go into much more detail about how McLeod was part of the Black Cabinet (which is NEVER taught in schools and should be) and how important she and the Black Cabinet were to that administration, and to the development of the US as a whole, especially during the Depression.

However, they did recount the story that when in the White House, a guard called her “Auntie” and she didn’t miss a beat in saying, “And which one of my brother’s* children are you?”

A burn so good it resounded through history. 

Frankly, I want a seven part intimate history of THIS woman, thanks. 

*originally got that wrong and said “sister”. My bad, should’ve checked instead of working from memory. It’s still just as awesome though.

49 days, 20 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

hasdarrenwilsonbeenarrestedyet:

Yahoo News: Ferguson police say no use-of-force report exists about the shooting of Michael Brown shooting

101 more days until Grand Jury deadline.

She's a Modern Woman

doncwrites:

doncwrites:

Dear urban fantasy authors,

I love you to death, but perhaps one of you could demonstrate that your female protagonist is “strong and independent” without giving her an alpha male boyfriend to be strong at.

Hey, maybe if you want to demonstrate your lead’s strength maybe give…

Thank you for your thoughts, Madame Thursday. Bless you for being able to read so much about me in my throwaway two sentences!

As I never expected this post to gain so much traction beyond the few friends who follow me, I do encourage you to read my follow-up post, which covers my thoughts and opinions in far greater detail.

Best of wishes to you and your strong, independent girl cooties.

So you’ll write an open letter telling fantasy authors what to do with FEMALE CHARACTERS IN GENERAL in an entire genre, but they’re throw away sentences now that you don’t like the analysis that comes from them?

Gotta say, not really feeling a driving need to read anything further from you. If this is was your throwaway, I dread what your detailed opinions might be.

withquestionablewit:

1800-undead:

hi lets stop telling mentally ill kids to “stop using their mental illness as an excuse” bc it’s ableist as hell and makes them hate themselves for their mental stuff

while we’re at it, let’s start telling them that their mental illness is a valid reason for being unable to do things

She’s a Modern Woman

doncwrites:

Dear urban fantasy authors,

I love you to death, but perhaps one of you could demonstrate that your female protagonist is “strong and independent” without giving her an alpha male boyfriend to be strong at.

Hey, maybe if you want to demonstrate your lead’s strength maybe give her a career in science, engineering or IT.  Just a thought.

Dear doncwrites, 

I think it says way more about you than any book that your complaint is that this hypothetical character has a strong alpha male boyfriend that she’s “being strong AT”. Note your use of the word “at”. The same way you’d say “yell at” or “get angry at”. Or “bitch at”, even.

Then you say “giving her an alpha male boyfriend”. It’s like the idea of a male character being inserted as a prop for use by another character just because of gender bothers you or something.

We women obviously can’t relate to what THAT would feel like. 

You never specify a type of assertion, an example of an interaction. No, you just went straight for the old standards. It’s clear. Sure, you want strong women, just not strong in that annoying way when women’s strength becomes an irritant to you.

You just want authors to tailor the actions and relationships of female characters so that their “strength and independence” appeal to you, a man. 

Your bizarre suggestion for an occupation shows that you just want back into your misogynistic comfort zone. STEM fields are by and large, as you cannot help but know, overwhelmingly male dominated. Even in pockets where there’s more even distribution, men still dominate in leadership, recognition, and pay. Her strength and independence are contained and channeled. Even at her most extraordinary, she’s a blip, an exception. She can go put on a sexy lab coat and be sexy at microscopes and not men, so you’ll be more comfortable. 

A woman in a job that’s male-dominated isn’t stronger or better. Yes, it takes a lot to deal with it, but it takes a lot to deal with ALL the jobs that women do. Every from sex worker to nurse to stay at home caretaker to artist to teacher and beyond. That’s the magic of misogyny in all it’s forms. It makes every woman’s existence harder in some way.

So implying that a male-dominated occupation is a sign of strength is a way of saying that femininity is inferior and weaker. It’s saying it’s better if a woman is as distant from other women as possible. 

In short, a woman’s occupation says nothing about her strength or weakness, but a man’s attitude concerning the matter says EVERYTHING about his.

No Love but All My Strong and Independent Girl Cooties,

Madame Thursday

DARREN WILSON WAS FIRED FROM HIS FIRST POLICE JOB FOR BEING INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING OF A BLACK WOMAN.

cakeandrevolution:

startorrent02:

He has a record of killing us an they hired him back and put him in a community that’s mainly black?!?!?! I CANNOT. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2732986/Darren-Wilson-s-policing-job-Missouri-police-department-shut-entire-force-replaced-amid-racism-corruption-allegations.html

His entire department at a previous town was shut down because of widespread corruption. they were literally so bad that people voted to close the police down.

48 days, 17 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

hasdarrenwilsonbeenarrestedyet:

Yahoo News: Ferguson police say no use-of-force report exists about the shooting of Michael Brown shooting

102 more days until Grand Jury deadline.

feistyqueer:

madamethursday:

jhameia:

[sign from the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery:
"This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength or love.”
yeah-youtubers:

This sign is in my doctors office above the scale and I really love it. It actually made me feel a lot better after reading it


Anyone else feel kind of uncomfortable that this sign is in a Center for Bariatric Surgery? 
I don’t know, it just feels predatory to me. And also a lie. Because no, actually, if you’re there and they’re weighing you then that number means a lot more. Especially if you’re getting bariatric surgery.
And for that matter, this sign doesn’t really tell me that they’re all that concerned with your character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love. There’s not there to see that you’re good at piano or volunteer at a soup kitchen or make people life. They don’t care. What’s that to them?
That number is the reason you end up there, the reason that you were put through all you were put through and then made to hurdle over the gatekeeping. Just so they could get that number on that scale. So no it’s not just “your relationship with gravity” (and from a physics standpoint that’s ridiculous). 
I feel like this sign is there so the fatties don’t cry, not because the people who wrote it and put it up there actually care. 
I just…I can’t. I can’t look at this and see someone using a sign like this in a place that’s part of a medical industry that is designed prey on fat people and mis lead them.

I see where you’re coming from, and if this sign were put there by the governing body of the center then I agree. But it looks like it was probably made by someone in the front office using Word. I work with medical professionals who do care about their patients as people, not just as patients, but as people, to the extent that a half hour appointment can run twice as long because the NP Is enraptured by the conversation with the patient about his life story. It happens all the time. Healthcare professionals are real people too and some of them do care. Many work in areas that hold great meaning to them, so yeah, they probably do care about the people they see as patients and want to remind them that this is just a part of their journey and doesn’t define who they are.


I’m sorry but I just can’t. No. Don’t. Do not come to me with this after what I’ve been through in the last year of my life concerning doctors, chronic pain, my weight, and trying to stay alive. Do not come to me when I’ve been told that I should just endure my pain and make it part of my life. Don’t when I disclosed that I was abused and that was used as proof positive that I, as a fat person, just can’t control what I eat and should have surgery to control it for me.
Even if this was just some person in the office thinking they were being kind, it’s a person who knows the score, who knows what happens in bariatrics, knows what’s done to patients, and who obviously knows the kind of emotional price their patients pay just for existing while not thin. 
You don’t put this sign up unless you are seeing DAILY the kind of emotional pain people are in when they step on this two square foot piece of hell, and you can’t fail to realize that you’re putting the words UNDER the logo for a place that is based ENTIRELY on valuing that number above all else. 
That is not fair. That is a lie. That is presenting yourself as caring but in the end acting the same way as those who judge by the scale do. 
And your NP who extends an appointment just to hear a life story? That’s not nearly as cute as you think. Because the patient behind him has to eat that time. I know. I’ve been that patient who waited nearly two hours while I could hear my doctor laughing it up with the people in the next exam room (thin walls, those). As if I had nothing else to do in my life. Getting to doctor’s visits and finding the time are hard enough for so many people who have to juggle work, family, childcare, transportation. 
That’s not caring, that’s bad time management and poor consideration for ALL the patients that need seeing that day.
And I really don’t think health care professionals are the ones who need their humanity stuck up for in this situation. When the fuck do they get dehumanized? Please, tell me. I think patients (WoC) who are getting treated so badly that their care might just violate the UN convention are the ones who need someone to give that full throated defense of their humanity. 
I just know that I’ve never done any of the hurtful, abusive bullshit to medical professionals that they’ve done to me.
So just don’t.

feistyqueer:

madamethursday:

jhameia:

[sign from the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery:

"This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength or love.”

yeah-youtubers:

This sign is in my doctors office above the scale and I really love it. It actually made me feel a lot better after reading it

Anyone else feel kind of uncomfortable that this sign is in a Center for Bariatric Surgery? 

I don’t know, it just feels predatory to me. And also a lie. Because no, actually, if you’re there and they’re weighing you then that number means a lot more. Especially if you’re getting bariatric surgery.

And for that matter, this sign doesn’t really tell me that they’re all that concerned with your character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love. There’s not there to see that you’re good at piano or volunteer at a soup kitchen or make people life. They don’t care. What’s that to them?

That number is the reason you end up there, the reason that you were put through all you were put through and then made to hurdle over the gatekeeping. Just so they could get that number on that scale. So no it’s not just “your relationship with gravity” (and from a physics standpoint that’s ridiculous). 

I feel like this sign is there so the fatties don’t cry, not because the people who wrote it and put it up there actually care. 

I just…I can’t. I can’t look at this and see someone using a sign like this in a place that’s part of a medical industry that is designed prey on fat people and mis lead them.

I see where you’re coming from, and if this sign were put there by the governing body of the center then I agree. But it looks like it was probably made by someone in the front office using Word. I work with medical professionals who do care about their patients as people, not just as patients, but as people, to the extent that a half hour appointment can run twice as long because the NP Is enraptured by the conversation with the patient about his life story. It happens all the time. Healthcare professionals are real people too and some of them do care. Many work in areas that hold great meaning to them, so yeah, they probably do care about the people they see as patients and want to remind them that this is just a part of their journey and doesn’t define who they are.

I’m sorry but I just can’t. No. Don’t. Do not come to me with this after what I’ve been through in the last year of my life concerning doctors, chronic pain, my weight, and trying to stay alive. Do not come to me when I’ve been told that I should just endure my pain and make it part of my life. Don’t when I disclosed that I was abused and that was used as proof positive that I, as a fat person, just can’t control what I eat and should have surgery to control it for me.

Even if this was just some person in the office thinking they were being kind, it’s a person who knows the score, who knows what happens in bariatrics, knows what’s done to patients, and who obviously knows the kind of emotional price their patients pay just for existing while not thin.

You don’t put this sign up unless you are seeing DAILY the kind of emotional pain people are in when they step on this two square foot piece of hell, and you can’t fail to realize that you’re putting the words UNDER the logo for a place that is based ENTIRELY on valuing that number above all else. 

That is not fair. That is a lie. That is presenting yourself as caring but in the end acting the same way as those who judge by the scale do. 

And your NP who extends an appointment just to hear a life story? That’s not nearly as cute as you think. Because the patient behind him has to eat that time. I know. I’ve been that patient who waited nearly two hours while I could hear my doctor laughing it up with the people in the next exam room (thin walls, those). As if I had nothing else to do in my life. Getting to doctor’s visits and finding the time are hard enough for so many people who have to juggle work, family, childcare, transportation. 

That’s not caring, that’s bad time management and poor consideration for ALL the patients that need seeing that day.

And I really don’t think health care professionals are the ones who need their humanity stuck up for in this situation. When the fuck do they get dehumanized? Please, tell me. I think patients (WoC) who are getting treated so badly that their care might just violate the UN convention are the ones who need someone to give that full throated defense of their humanity. 

I just know that I’ve never done any of the hurtful, abusive bullshit to medical professionals that they’ve done to me.

So just don’t.

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jhameia:

[sign from the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery:
"This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength or love.”
yeah-youtubers:

This sign is in my doctors office above the scale and I really love it. It actually made me feel a lot better after reading it



Anyone else feel kind of uncomfortable that this sign is in a Center for Bariatric Surgery? 
I don’t know, it just feels predatory to me. And also a lie. Because no, actually, if you’re there and they’re weighing you then that number means a lot more. Especially if you’re getting bariatric surgery.
And for that matter, this sign doesn’t really tell me that they’re all that concerned with your character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love. There’s not there to see that you’re good at piano or volunteer at a soup kitchen or make people life. They don’t care. What’s that to them?
That number is the reason you end up there, the reason that you were put through all you were put through and then made to hurdle over the gatekeeping. Just so they could get that number on that scale. So no it’s not just “your relationship with gravity” (and from a physics standpoint that’s ridiculous). 
I feel like this sign is there so the fatties don’t cry, not because the people who wrote it and put it up there actually care. 
I just…I can’t. I can’t look at this and see someone using a sign like this in a place that’s part of a medical industry that is designed prey on fat people and mis lead them.

jhameia:

[sign from the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery:

"This scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength or love.”

yeah-youtubers:

This sign is in my doctors office above the scale and I really love it. It actually made me feel a lot better after reading it

Anyone else feel kind of uncomfortable that this sign is in a Center for Bariatric Surgery? 

I don’t know, it just feels predatory to me. And also a lie. Because no, actually, if you’re there and they’re weighing you then that number means a lot more. Especially if you’re getting bariatric surgery.

And for that matter, this sign doesn’t really tell me that they’re all that concerned with your character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength, or love. There’s not there to see that you’re good at piano or volunteer at a soup kitchen or make people life. They don’t care. What’s that to them?

That number is the reason you end up there, the reason that you were put through all you were put through and then made to hurdle over the gatekeeping. Just so they could get that number on that scale. So no it’s not just “your relationship with gravity” (and from a physics standpoint that’s ridiculous). 

I feel like this sign is there so the fatties don’t cry, not because the people who wrote it and put it up there actually care. 

I just…I can’t. I can’t look at this and see someone using a sign like this in a place that’s part of a medical industry that is designed prey on fat people and mis lead them.

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thinksquad:

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
“There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people . . . that we will be able to gain access” to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. “I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2014/09/25/68c4e08e-4344-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

thinksquad:

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.

His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.

“There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people . . . that we will be able to gain access” to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. “I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2014/09/25/68c4e08e-4344-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

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[Image: A tweet from The Daily Edge taht reads: “Ohio grand jury: police justified in shooting John Crawford dead for picking up toy gun. Meanwhile in white America: @United4Humanity. Beneath is a photo of a bald, gray haired white man seen half in the picture in a booth at a restaurant with five large rifles pointed upward, put on the booth beside him.]
unite4humanity:

Just so we’re all clear.

[Image: A tweet from The Daily Edge taht reads: “Ohio grand jury: police justified in shooting John Crawford dead for picking up toy gun. Meanwhile in white America: @United4Humanity. Beneath is a photo of a bald, gray haired white man seen half in the picture in a booth at a restaurant with five large rifles pointed upward, put on the booth beside him.]

unite4humanity:

Just so we’re all clear.

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