The Personal is Political

This is a blog where I will be spouting out all of my personal political arguments, thoughts and beliefs. I encourage interaction and you're more than welcome to submit or ask questions. I identify as a feminist and most of my personal philosophies are built around social justice concepts. If you want to jump right to stuff I've written myself check the "the personal is politic" tag. Creative Commons License
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So, we’re currently relocating because my partner got a kick ass job offer and we had a ridiculous financial road block thrown up courtesy of my asshole ex husband. It’s a serious problem and we’re freaking out and scrambling to come up with the money so I’m doing a bake sale! If you’re interested here’s the full story and the link to the gofundme. If you’re not that’s totally cool and I’m sorry to disrupt all the rape culture blogging in favor of begging but we’re desperate and I just have to at this point. Many thanks!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
If consent to an action is consent to the consequences, then allowing a person into your house, and having that person decide to murder you suddenly a consensual act. Consenting to surgery and having the doctor just take a kidney is consensual because hey, you knew that was a possibility. No suing the doc. Going for a walk and being run over by a semi is consensual, because hey, if you stayed in your house it wouldn't happen. So no help for you! You knew it could happen. Deal with it.
thepersonalispolitic thepersonalispolitic Said:

And no getting saved if you drown or almost drown while swimming.  Why do we even have life guards in the first place? Seems ridiculous, all those swimmers knew the risks when they got into the water. If they drown the responsibility is on them, it’d just be irresponsible if they expected someone else to save them.

Johnnie Phelps, a woman sergeant in the army, thought, “There was a tolerance for lesbianism if they needed you. The battalion I was in was probably about ninety-seven percent lesbian.”
Sergeant Phelps worked for General Eisenhower. Four decades after Eisenhower had defeated the Axis powers, Phelps recalled an extraordinary event. One day, the general told her, “I’m giving you an order to ferret those lesbians out. We’re going to get rid of them.”
“I looked at him and then I looked at his secretary who was standing next to me, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if the general pleases, sir, I’ll be happy to do this investigation for you. But you have to know that the first name on the list will be mine.’ “
“And he was kind of taken aback a bit. And then this women standing next to me said, ‘Sir, if the General pleases, you must be aware that Sergeant Phelp’s name may be second, but mine will be first.”
“Then I looked at him, and said, ‘Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.”
“And he said, ‘Forget the order.’”

The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)

Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing):

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Alan Turing was a mathematical genius who, along with a team during the early days of WW2, broke the Germans’ ‘unbreakable’ Enigma code, enabling the Allies ultimately to win the war. His designs and theories, moreover, set a generation of inventors on the road to the modern computer, pretty much creating life as we know it today. He was also gay.

The kicker was, even after Turing’s revolutioary work turned the tide of a WHOLE WORLD WAR, the British government persecuted him for being a homosexual—criminal at that time in the UK—and chemically castrated their own master code-breaker. Turning then killed himself and was only awarded a posthumous pardon from Great Britain LAST FUCKING YEAR. From the year of his conviction, 1952, until 2013, the man who practically single-handedly broke the Nazi’s codes and created the groundwork for today’s computers was a criminal.

So, what does the biopic show? LOTS and lots of well-costumed WW2-era Benedict Cumberbatch as the prickly, brilliant Turing, who’s just a bit different than his jolly colleagues—played by a who’s who of contemporary handsome British character actors, including Branson from Downton Abbey (Allen Leech) and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). Thankfully in this story of a famous and persecuted homosexual, Keira Knightley plays the OBVIOUS love-interest in this story with a tragic twist; however, that specific twist is BARELY MENTIONED AT ALL, except for queasy, vague allusions to Turing’s character having “secrets,” and, in a tortured voiceover, possibly “not fancying [Keira Knightley’s character] that way.”

That’s fucking awesome, y’all! There’s no way a queer audience would want the story of one of the few acknowledged heroes from our community who had a profound, hands-on effect on modern world history (meaning, that all of us aren’t now speaking German now because the Nazis lost) and then got truly and profoundly fucked over by his OWN government for the TRUTH of his queerness to ADDRESS that betrayal or even face the main character’s homosexuality WITH THE WORD.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing Trailer Obscures Queerness for Heroism (via perscitia)

Oh for fuck’s sake, really? They’re really going to leave out the GIANT TRAGEDY OF THE STORY OF ALAN TURING!?

Are we not living in 2014? Did we somehow travel back in time to a period when historical characters had to be closeted IN MOVIES ABOUT THEM?

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I tried to articulate what i’m feeling right now, but wordless screeching and smashing things doesn’t translate well into text.

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It’s safe to say I WON’T be supporting this movie

Or ANY movie that takes a queer person from history and erases the fact that they’re queer

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This is so cool! But what country are they from? “Africa” is really vague.

Their names are Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola and they’re from Lagos, Nigeria. There’s a neat video about them here.

boost the fuck out of this, and make sure you include their goddamn names and country of origin.

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White people get so angry at the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people.”

I will never understand why.

Why are you so angry that you are being treated as actual human beings? You are not reduced to caricatures, but portrayed as characters. You are treated fairly, judged not by your skin tone, but by the ways that you carry yourselves, by your actions.

Why do you want to experience racism so badly? It is not fun to be mocked, dehumanized, attacked, killed, incarcerated simply for daring to exist. It is not fun to know nothing of your history or family because it was torn apart, whether through distance or death. It is not fun to hear, at every turn, comments reminding you of your lesser status as humans.

Do you really want to turn on the tv, open a magazine, watch a movie, play a video game, and not see yourself? Or, even better, to only see yourself as a criminal, as a drunk, a mocking stereotype, or as someone to be killed off? Or would you rather see fleshed out, well-written characters with lives and personalities and feelings? I know which I’d rather pick.

If I were a white person, the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people,” would be the best thing I could ever hear.

i finally put some thoughts into words // thedeathcats (via thedeathcats)

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When Madonna came out with her hit Vogue you knew it was over. She had taken a very specifically queer, transgendered, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics, “It makes no difference if you’re black or white, if you’re a boy or girl.” Madonna was taking in tons of money, while the Queen who actually taught her how to Vogue sat before me in the club, strung out, depressed and broke. So if anybody requested Vogue or any other Madonna track, I told them, “No, this is a Madonna free zone! And as long as I’m DJ-ing you will not be allowed to Vogue to the decontextualized, reified, corporatized, liberalized, neutralized, asexualized, re-genderized, pop reflection of this dancefloor’s reality!

DJ Sprinkles, “Ball’r (Madonna-Free Zone)” from Midtown 120 Blues, 2008 (via seki-gahara)

I posted this back in June of last year and it’s more relevant than ever. Fuck Madonna.

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let’s drag madonna some more

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Madonna and the long line of crackas that wanna make a buck off lgbtq folk.. especially lgbtq folks of color…

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marinashutup on feminism

"BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MEN?!" - Is Feminism Sexist? (x)

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In response to Nash Grier using “fag.”

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Little Richard being completely serious (x)

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Katt Williams on Dave Chappelle: “But Dave Chappelle was decapitated in front of us. And until we deal that. Until we deal with the fact that a devout Muslim was accused of being a crackhead. And until we establish the fact that they said he went to Africa to smoke cocaine when we know they don’t have running water and food over there. When they don’t have paved roads over there. You saying he flew past Chicago and Miami and LA and New York and Detroit, you saying he went past Cleveland and Fort Pierce, Florida, and he went past Okeechobee and Oakland, you saying he went all the way to another country where they not eating? You talking about somebody who has a wife and children, five children, and lives on a farm, he doesn’t live here in Hollywood. You saying you convince people that person was an insane crackhead? And he hasn’t been on movies and TV for eight years is that correct? Ok then don’t tell me about what you wanna tell me, I just watched you decapitate him in front of me… Then when he made 500 million dollars, even though his contract said he was supposed to get half of it, they said he made too much for the contract to be valid, so we’ll offer you 10% of what you made. You mean he made 500 million and they offered him 50? Yes. And he said, “what do you think my fans are gonna say? When they find out you offered me 10% of what I made you.” And they said, “your fans will believe that you’re a crazy crackhead by the time you get home. And my nigga got on a flight in LA and by the time he got to Ohio it was so. And eight years later he hasn’t been in a movie or television and is just now trying to do his real comeback in Radio City Music Hall. It’s bees like that sometimes.”

Wow. I didn’t know Dave Chappelle was Muslim 😃


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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.



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"oh my GOd there are TWO gay characters in this movie lets watch it"

"dude dude dude we have to see it it has a queer girl

"I heard this movie has non-sexualized female character”

"ok I know it only has one girl but she is written like an ACTUAL PERSON!!"


"so its not canon but if you squint I think this character is asexual”

"and get this the gay character is actually not white

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The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”

"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.

"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."

"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."

(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)

This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.

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