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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Photographer Glenn Thomas is doing a short project where he eats his meals vegan, and he eats them cheap. Showing it’s not only possible, but easy. Take that, privilege police.

No reason to not be vegan.

I want to try doing this! I need this shopping list/recipes XD

No reason to not be vegan.”  Other than the fact that I enjoy eating meat.

i’m allergic to half of these ingredients and my SO would not get anywhere near enough iron from this diet for her anemia. Also I’m not anemic but my body type is pretty thin and if I don’t get enough iron I get dizzy. So uh…

Most of this doesn’t even look like food. The fuck is going on with the veggies on the first ‘meal’?

Also that only works if you live in a place and have the basic resources where you can safely, reliably, and affordably get to a grocery store that stocks all of these things!!!  Food deserts are a real thing!!! Gas stations don’t sell this stuff and even if someone doesn’t live in a food desert they need to be able to get to the store and back to purchase all this shit which can be difficult to do regularly and safely if they don’t have access to some sort of motorized transit which a great many people don’t.

Not to mention all that cooking takes TIME!  If you’re so privileged that you don’t understand that time is a resource then you need to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up!  Money is NOT the only issue for people where food is concerned.  A person working 60+ hours a week who would be required to cook all that food all by hirself and who would be required to bring meals with hir to work, a workplace where ze may not have access to things like refrigeration or reheating is NOT going to be able to manage all of this!  A person taking care of kids who is also working multiple jobs is damn sure not going to be able to manage the time to do all this cooking and expecting such people to stress and strain themselves in a way that absolutely would negatively impact their physical and mental health is fucked up beyond all reason.  Get out off of your privileged high horse and actually listen to what poor people have to say about their lives instead of thinking you know everything because you watched The Pursuit of Happyness that one time!

Finally food is also a cultural thing.  Seriously, food is a cultural thing.  Telling everyone that they’re wrong and bad if they aren’t vegan is straight up fucking racist and colonizing.  People have a right to enjoy and experience their cultures and if that involves eating and sharing food with meat in it there’s NOTHING wrong with that.  Just because you don’t have any concept of food being cultural because you blithely steal the food and cultures from everyone on the whole damn planet like it all belongs to you doesn’t mean other people don’t have strong cultural roots involving the foods they eat and share.  It is wrong, however, to tell people that there’s something wrong with them for wanting to live a part of their culture, that they should give up a part of their culture in order to fit into an arbitrary moral standard that your bullshit imperialistic privileged ass has created out of thin air and then used to judge everyone else on the planet with.  

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Zen Pencil Comics52. PHIL PLAIT: Welcome to science

Wow. What a brilliant comic, great illustrations, great discourse.

I get bothered when illustrations involve nothing but white folk.  Like, you’re drawing it, it’s not like you had to go out and find people willing to let you take their picture, it’s something you created all by yourself.  You have the power to choose what color you shade into those people’s skins and when you choose only the same color of white folk over and over and over again it says a great deal and that really bothers me a lot.  And I guess what bothers me more is that in my experience at least so few people even notice it when that happens and that might be an even bigger problem… 

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I’m having to explain to white, progressive friends on Facebook why it’s wrong for a white person to claim they’re Native American because of “family lore” that grandmom was a Cherokee princess, or whatever, and they don’t get it.

White people, please get your shit together.

Both of my parents have pulled this shit with me independently of one another.  However, I buy approximately none percent of it, and so this “my great-great-great-great-grandmother was a Cherokee princess” bullshit ends with me.

My family genealogy actually has record of Lenni Lenape, and my mother used to say she was part Native when I was young, but we didn’t have the cultural history, we didn’t practice any traditions, we looked white, we are white, and we enjoy white privilege, and that’s why it’s wrong. There are A LOT of families in the Americas with Native blood generations and generations ago, but that doesn’t make it okay to claim to be “part Native American” when they have no idea what it means to be indigenous. People who buy into exoticism of Native heritage need to spend some time on a rez because my god.

I have family that does that and it’s super fucking gross.  My grandmother’s grandmother was actually Native but nobody knew about it until about 10years ago.  She married a white d00d and claimed she was Italian.  She moved off the reservation and into his white neighborhood and ALL HER LIFE she told everyone including her children that she was an Italian immigrant straight from Italy, that she’d moved to the states as a teenager and that her parents had died in transit.  It wasn’t until my grandmother’s brother started poking around in the genealogy stuff that he happened to find her “real” records buried away in some of her stuff that apparently nobody looked at after she died.  

When I found out all I could think about was how horribly sad that must have been for her, to deny herself and her whole culture for a chance at whiteness and I wonder all the time just how much say she had in that decision.  Was her husband some asshole who raped her and forced her to marry him and then he forced her to lie to everyone so he wouldn’t have to admit his wife wasn’t white?  Did she come up with the idea herself because she was so desperate for all that white privilege for both herself AND her kids who wouldn’t get the stigma of being “half-breeds”?  Did the man she married do it as a “favor” for her and then lord it over her her entire life making her pay for it and suffer?  What was that like for her?  Was she miserable until the day she died?  Did she regret the decision?  Did the denial actually help her?  Was it worth it?  

This discovery by the family is definitely all about her and I damn sure don’t id as Native for obvious reasons but I have an uncle who thinks it’s all about him and his kids.  He goes around telling everyone we’re “Indians” and is working on getting us officially enrolled so he can get the government to pay for his kids to go to college, he thinks that he’s entitled to that because he’s a completely racist, completely sexist, completely oppressive white guy asshole.  He’s disgusting and so are his attitudes but not one person in the entire family stands up to him, they support him, they think it’s great and they fetishize and romanticize the whole story right down to him using funds set aside for people who are actually Native to be used for his completely white for at least 4 generations kids.

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nonstop baby: sexreeducated: Uncutting: stuff I learned today about…


Uncutting: stuff I learned today about circumcision


I’ve been against circumcision ever since I was old enough to formulate an opinion about it, but education never hurts:

***Apologies for any gendered language in the following. Women can have penises and not all men have penises***

Not disputing that circumcision was popularized in the 1850s because of a fear of masturbation, although I didn’t make that clear in my original post. John Kellog was pretty instrumental in that.

You are misunderstanding the article regarding memory/rewiring of the brain. They are not saying you are able to actually recall the memory of being circumcised later. They are talking about how trauma, even trauma you can’t remember (in fact, trauma survivors often CAN’T remember trauma) affects your body and mind in profound ways. Circumcision is physical abuse and as the article points out it is associated with a higher rate of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, ED, etc. This is not propaganda- this is merely demonstrating the affects of physical abuse on a person. Just because babies can’t remember being circumcised doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect them. As an infant your brain is growing and changing every day at an alarming rate and introducing severe pain CAN affect you.

"The reason it’s done in infancy is because they don’t remember it, the doctors do there best to make it painless and smooth but the baby will forget in like .3 seconds."

No, they don’t forget in .3 seconds. They often go into shock which is the body’s way of coping with extreme pain which could be mistaken as “forgetting,” OR they wail and cry for several days/weeks because they are suffering. Either way they are experiencing trauma and pain.

"Also, as my boyfriend pointed out, men’s penises are far sensitive enough. I don’t think that removing something should be condemned because god forbid a man have LESS sexual pleasure."

Um, this is a really weird argument. What the hell is wrong with maximizing someone’s sexual pleasure by leaving their genitals intact? And should we cut off men’s nipples too because they don’t serve any purpose except to potentially enhance sexual pleasure? I would love it if everyone were comfortable enough with their bodies and educated enough to maximally pleasure themselves and/or their partner(s). That is a goal worth striving for.

"While the surgery is rather unnecessary I haven’t met a guy who’s ever been like ‘God damn my parents for having me circumcised.’ "

There are plenty of of people with circumcised penises who do feel that way. Check out uncutting and legalizeforeskin on tumblr just for some examples.

"Plus we also need to remembering that condemning circumcision gets into offending the Jewish religion. I think it’s up to the parents whether or not to circumcise their son and I think the rest of us need to butt out. I don’t think being circumcised is going to make a guy hate himself forever so chill."

Your right to practice religion stops as soon as you violate someone else’s body. Why is it illegal to modify a girl’s genitals in the US but not a boy’s? You don’t hear about parents in America wanting to remove their daughter’s clitoral hood- that’s barbaric. As is circumcision.

As you already noted, circumcision was popularized in the 1850s because of a fear of masturbation. It is a practice rooted in shame. The stereotype that men can’t control their sexual urges and must be reigned in and that sexual pleasure is bad- that is straight up FUCKED UP. I don’t condone ANYTHING that perpetuates shameful ideas about sexuality, least of all physical abuse. Not for men nor women nor anyone else.

Bottom line in infant/child circumcision is unnecessary, extremely painful/traumatic, is correlated with a higher rate of PTSD, depression, ED, etc., and most importantly: NON CONSENSUAL. So long as circumcision is legal it IS a problem. We are chopping parts of people’s bodies off without their consent in order to shame them. There is nothing NOT fucked up about that. IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.

This is all excellent and I want to add one more thing.  While it’s true that penile circumcision began in the Victorian era as a “treatment” for the “horrible sin” of masturbation it didn’t really gain massive popularity then.  Circumcision didn’t become routine until a number of really important things happened and there’s a very specific reason that penile circumcision is routine in the US but not at all routine in most of the rest of the world, it’s all about racism and white supremacy.  

Circumcision didn’t become routine until hospital births became routine.  It used to be far more common for people to give birth at home and at home births attended by midwives penile circumcisions were not performed.  Circumcision for the purposes of “treating” masturbation didn’t happen until puberty, until the child was showing “symptoms.”  As hospital births attended by doctors started becoming routine a class and racial divide happened.  Only wealthy/middle class people could afford hospital births and hospitals would only admit white people for treatment.  These hospital doctors began advocating for circumcision in infants because if you were going to do it it was better to do it in infancy (their logic) and people agreed because of the “doctors are always right” bullshit mentality the medical industrial complex has created.  As it caught on circumcision began to become associated with whiteness and with wealth while intact penises became associated with poverty and People of Color.  

Adding to the association of intact penises with PoCs and poverty was immigration.  In Europe, where a large amount of US immigrants came from, penile circumcision was rare for Christians because the majority of Europeans were really anti-Semitic and they associated circumcised penises with Jews and no good Christian ever wanted to be associated with a Jew if ze could avoid it (you know, unless their kid was a horrible masturbator but then those operations were only performed after puberty because as a treatment people only did it once “symptoms” were already present).  Also hospital births really didn’t catch on in Europe like they did in the US for a number of reasons so even after doctors started claiming it was a better option it was still a rarity for infants in Europe to be circumcised.  So when European immigrants came to the US in droves they were often uncircumcised and they were often poor furthering the idea that only socially “undesirable” people (poor, foreign, and not white) had intact penises.

That’s the true origin of the foreskin being considered “gross” and “dirty.”  Nobody ever thought that it was medically necessary to circumcise penises because intact penises were disgusting and unclean until intact penises became something that only poor people, immigrants, and People of Color had and that’s the real reason why penile circumcision is such a huge deal in the US today, that’s the real reason for all the stigma surrounding intact penises and how/why it became a routine procedure for infants born in the US. 

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We do not inherit the earth, we borrow it from our children.

Native American proverb (via truthfulsincerity)

THIS IS NOT A NATIVE AMERICAN POVERB! There are many many many many different indigenous nations.  Saying “Native American” like it’s all one giant group of same people is as racist, erasing, fucked up, and terrible as saying “Africa” like it’s all one country instead of a giant continent filled with many many many many many different nations. Stop being assholes!!!!  

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That Is Not Feminism: Women in Science and Art


Marie Curie: Discovered Radon.

Rosalind Franklin: Gathered all the data which Crick and Watson stole to publish a paper on the structure of DNA.

Barbara McClintock: Discovered transposons (jumping genes), and altered the entire field of genetics. She won a Nobel Prize for her work.

Dorothy Hodgekin: Improved the X-Ray crystalography process and revealed the structure of many important biological molecules. She also received a Nobel Prize.

And let’s not forget Jane Goodall, who is famous for her work with primates.

This is just a small fraction of the contributions of women to science.

There are many artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe (known for painting flowers), Sally Mann (known for her awesome photographs), and Elisabeth Vilgee-Le Brun (who painted many portraits of Marie Antoinette).

There are many great female novelists also. Sylvia Plath, Jane Austin, the Brontee sisters, Mary Shelly, J.K. Rowling. Many of these women had to use pseudonyms at some point because of anti-female bias. This is despite the fact that, at the advent of the novel, reading fiction was seen as a womanly pursuit.

This is just a random sampling of women from each of these catagories, but I think I get the point across.

As a woman studying Neuroscience with the intention of going into research, it bothers me when people say that women haven’t contributed to science.


Don’t forget Virginia Woolf! And yay for fellow neuroscience people!

As a human being it really bothers me that this list is nothing but white women.  Are we supposed to once again universalize the white experience and just pretend like the experiences and achievements of white women count for all women?  Or is it perhaps that you simply don’t think about Women of Color as being important enough to include?  Afterall, all those women you mentioned probably came right off the top of your head, probably didn’t require any research, it was easy to just pull those names out of your head.  Including Women of Color would have taken time, effort, energy since you don’t actually have any of their accomplishments close enough to the forefront of your thought for them to be pulled right off the top of your head.  And let’s be honest, this post wasn’t about women, it was about you.  It’s about you having people you can look up to, you can feel proud about, you can emulate.  It’s not about women, it’s about you, and the women you chose as shining beacons of capability and accomplishment are all white.  Next time you want to “help” I suggest you check your privilege and look at what you’re really doing.

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TW - Privilege Denying Racism


So because I’m white I’m not allowed to converse about racism? I can’t even discuss a topic I care about because of my skin color? I can’t share my experiences with bigotry because your experiences with bigotry mean more? Okay, white people aren’t really oppressed (although, you know, women are fucking oppressed and I am one of those) so anytime someone is prejudiced and rude and horrible it doesn’t make any difference?

To get involved in a dialogue people have to share their experiences. Talking about my experiences with racism isn’t “making it all about me”, it’s offering background for a conversation. I am open to listen and learn and be quiet, but I want to listen and learn and be quiet in the face of something that isn’t bigoted. Being bigoted while talking about having experienced bigotry is a beautiful sort of irony, but it also shows that you’re just as prejudiced and petty as anyone else.

If you want any kind of real change, ALL FUCKING RACISM has to go away. If you want change, you have to be the change. If you want to eliminate bigotry from the world, eliminate it from yourself first.

Plus, the definition of “racial slur” on is “a derogatory or disrespectful nickname for a racial group, used without restraint”. So cracker is a racial slur. All racial slurs need to be eliminated. I am not attacking you, I am not being self-centered, I am respectfully pointing out that while your message is good your methods are flawed. If you want white people to listen and change, don’t attack them. It might be deserved, but it’s also ineffective. Talk about your experiences. Use anecdotes and horrible examples and shit that will make people think and feel guilty, but do it without it obviously being a “Hey you suck let me guilt-trip you.” Because it won’t help. If this movie is just designed for poc’s to bond with each other over how much white people suck, then I’m sorry, very sorry, for interrupting and I recant all of my statements. If it’s designed to raise awareness and open a discussion and make people think, then I am not sorry and I will never be sorry for offering another perspective.

Ok, let me tell you why that’s bullshit.  For starters, Using the dictionary definition for a sociological issue is fucking ridiculous.  But most importantly of all do you have no understanding of how power dynamics work?!  Or are you just so fucking arrogant and self-involved that everything must be about you all the time no matter what?  

Let me spell it out for you since you seem to be unable to grasp this on your own.  White people have the power within the socially constructed system of race that governs are daily lives in a manner similar to how men hold the power in the socially constructed system of sex that governs our daily lives.  It is seriously impossible for a white person to experience “bigotry” because it’s just not possible for a white person to be in a position that isn’t powerful when it comes to race.  Yes, white people can still completely experience discrimination and oppression.  White people can be women, can be gay, can be poor, can be all kinds of other things that intersect in varying ways which bring oppression into the mix.  But none of those things, not the femininity, not the lack of heteronormativity, not the poverty, not anything else, nothing can erase the privileges a person has.  If a person is white that person will ALWAYS have white privilege NO MATTER WHAT because our society values, empowers, and privileges whiteness over “non-whiteness.”  Our white supremacist society has decided that whiteness is better than everything else and thus has created a complex system of privileges and oppressions set up specifically to keep white people in power while simultaneously disempowering all People of Color.  

So if you act like an asshole and when people call you out on it your feelings get hurt maybe you should sit there and think about why that is.  Take a good, long, hard look deep within yourself and see if you can figure that out.  

  • Is the real reason you’re upset because your power and your privilege have just been challenged and you don’t like it?  
  • Are you really upset because what those people are saying when they call you out on your bullshit is actually true and you don’t want to admit to yourself that you’re secretly just as bad, just as culpable, just as awful as all those overt/obvious racists you’ve pointed to all your life and said “I’m not like that so I must not be racist” just to make yourself feel better about your own internalized whiteness and racism?  
  • Are you really upset because you don’t like being called out on your bullshit and as a white person you’ve been privileged enough to have the power to avoid being called out all your life and you feel entitled to keep on living that way?  
  • Are you really upset because for once what you say, think, and feel isn’t the most important thing, because all of a sudden the voices, thoughts, and feelings of People of Color are more important than yours and that’s just not something you can handle since you’ve been raised to believe that you should always be at the top no matter what because as a white person you simply are more important and you’re entitled to have people act that way?  
  • Are you really upset because even though you’re a woman you’re white which automatically makes you “better” than all the People of Color out there and you really just can’t handle admitting to yourself that you’ve internalized that heinous poison?  
  • Are you upset because when People of Color use words like “cracker” they’re stepping out of their “place” and trying to gain some power for themselves, because they’re rising up, claiming their own agency, breaking the silences that have been forced upon them from birth, and that scares the hell out of you because if they can actually manage to succeed in becoming the agents of their own lives, voices, histories, selves and can actually manage to take their share of power that’s been so long denied them you fear that they’ll use that power the way white people have used their power for millenia by oppressing the white people who have so used and abused them for so long?
  • And since that scares the hell out of you and you really are afraid that if People of Color can manage to finally gain some power for themselves in the world they’ll turn on you you feel the desperate, clawing need to stomp on them and grind them down as far as you possibly can so you can keep that ultimate fear from ever being realized and you don’t want to admit that, can’t handle admitting that so you project all of your awful onto everybody else and cower behind your bullshit whining an hurt feelings, using them as a worthless shield for your oppressive behaviors.

Seriously, think on that for awhile and get back to me.  I’ll wait.    

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(all credit goes to, AKA girlwriteswhat)

Privilege is not something to be ashamed of, but something to be aware of when in a safe space.

1) People are likely to assume I am a warm and empathetic person.

2) People are likely to assist me when I must perform a physically arduous task.

3) If my car breaks down or I am otherwise in distress, people will be more likely to stop and help me.

4) If I am being physically assaulted, no matter the gender of my assailant, it is more likely that passersby will intervene.

5) People are likely to assume I am a competent parent, unless and until I prove otherwise.

6) People are more likely to respect my right to be offended by inappropriate or impolite behavior.

7) If I yell, people are not likely to believe I am going to hurt them.

8) Dress codes in the workplace and in leisure contexts are more likely to allow me to choose clothing that emphasize my most attractive features and minimize those I am unhappy with.

9) I am allowed by society to wear make-up to make myself more attractive without anyone questioning my sexual orientation. I am given a large social leeway in the kinds of hairstyles I can choose that will flatter my facial features.

10) If I work in a profession that is dominated by the opposite gender, people are likely to see it as “heroic”, or a sign of social progress, rather than that I am deficient in some way.

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This is not privilege

1) People are likely to assume I am a warm and empathetic person.

And? All that means is that people are more likely to use someone.

2) People are likely to assist me when I must perform a physically arduous task.
Because they see me as weak and assume I can’t do it by myself.

3) If my car breaks down or I am otherwise in distress, people will be more likely to stop and help me.
Again, because they see women as weak. Being seen as weak is not a privilege.

4) If I am being physically assaulted, no matter the gender of my assailant, it is more likely that passersby will intervene.
This is just not true. People don’t pay attention to other people regardless of gender. Women have been beaten to death while people literally watched.

5) People are likely to assume I am a competent parent, unless and until I prove otherwise.
And the opposite of this is that if I don’t have children (because, hey, not all women do), I will always be looked down upon. If I do have children, I will be eternally criticized if I choose to be a working parent. This is only a “privilege” if the mother is a stay at home parent who is married to a man with a good income. Single mothers, working mothers, young mothers, old mothers etc are constantly criticized.

6) People are more likely to respect my right to be offended by inappropriate or impolite behavior.
Right, that’s why stereotypes like the “crazy woman” and “the emotional woman” don’t exist. That’s why women are constantly criticized as being too emotional. That’s why women aren’t criticized if they’re aggressive. That’s why common insults aren’t all negative towards women (bitch, cunt, “don’t be a pussy,” “you’re acting like a woman.”

Also, what if a woman wants to be inappropriate? What if I want to burp around my friends? As a woman, I can’t. It’s hugely frowned upon.

7) If I yell, people are not likely to believe I am going to hurt them.
Because women are too weak to hurt someone, right?

8) Dress codes in the workplace and in leisure contexts are more likely to allow me to choose clothing that emphasize my most attractive features and minimize those I am unhappy with.
Yeah, tell this to a busty or curvy woman.

9) I am allowed by society to wear make-up to make myself more attractive without anyone questioning my sexual orientation. I am given a large social leeway in the kinds of hairstyles I can choose that will flatter my facial features.
Not “allowed,” told. And if I choose to not wear make-up or to cut my hair short or to not give a fuck about flattering my facial features, I’m going to be criticized. It’s not a “freedom” to have these options, it’s socially dictated that women must spend more time on appearance.

10) If I work in a profession that is dominated by the opposite gender, people are likely to see it as “heroic”, or a sign of social progress, rather than that I am deficient in some way.

This list wasn’t made by someone in a male dominated career, was it. Because ask any female CEO or any female president about what she faces on a daily basis and you’ll see that the criticism of a woman in a “man’s” job is endless.

I also need to add that a lot of this (in both lists!) only ever applies to white women.  

1) The “warm and empathetic” thing - white women have that stereotype, Women of color so do not.  

2/3/4) People rarely offer to assist Women of Color with anything because they don’t get the “precious put on a pedestal” thing white women get and Women of Color get a special type of victim blaming in cases of assault where it’s automatically assumed that they deserve whatever they get no matter what the circumstances are.  A person typically has to be white in order to be considered a worthy, appropriate, deserving victim.

5) People rarely if ever just assume that Women of Color are competent parents.  In fact, the stereotypes are all about how they’re nothing but awful, selfish, neglectful assholes who can’t succeed at anything most especially caring for the lives of their children.  Women of Color are instead treated as though they’re worthless, incapable, incompetent parents unless and until proven otherwise and usually it’s impossible to prove because the assumptions are based on racist bullshit which means logic and evidence are all irrelevant.

6/7) Women of color are automatically assumed to ALWAYS be angry and irrational and their feelings are rarely if ever taken seriously.  Additionally, when Women of Color get angry NOT MATTER WHAT THE CAUSE they’re assumed to be violent no matter what.  Only white women get the assumption of docility.

8) Yeah, no women have that ever at all.  But, when we add the racial intersections Women of Color are far more harshly judged for their appearance than white women are.

9) This one doesn’t have any racial issues I can think about with the exception of the fact that Women of Color are still more harshly judged in their appearance choices about what is and is not acceptable than white women are.

10) Also can’t think of racial intersections here other than the fact that Women of Color working in “white industries” have serious issues with progress and nobody calls them “heroes” for it, they just do everything they can to stop it.  Also Women of Color have ALWAYS worked (for the most part, at least in this country) so them working was considered unremarkable while white women working was a big fucking deal because, again, white women get the “put on a pedestal need to be protected and coddled thing” and Women of Color don’t get that at all ever.

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There’s this advert running for some travel company (can’t remember which one) that includes a scene in which a wizened Crone says “We will turn the pool boy into a pool man.”  Every time I see this commercial that scene upsets me and my initial reaction is always that sexual harassment is never acceptable under any circumstances and it’s fucked up that anyone would think it is.  Seriously, the fact that people are willing to use women harassing men in tv and film in any sort of positive (or non-negative) way is disgusting and despicable.  It enrages me to see that shit and it happens all the damn time.    

But today when I saw that commercial I had another thought.  It’s only ever older women who are doing the harassing, it’s never (or rarely ever) young women.  So what’s up with that?  And then I thought about how the “dirty old grandma” is so prevalent these days I think it might actually count as a Trope.  Most notably I can point to Cloris Leachman, Betty White, and even Mother Winslow on Family Matters and there are definitely plenty of examples out there in our current socio-cultural zeitgeist.  What we have here is certain kinds of women for whom it is not only acceptable but also desirable to behave in sexually licentious ways.  These women are positively rewarded and encouraged to take charge of their sexualities in a first-person/agentic way AND to display them overtly for all the world to see.  This is just something we don’t see happening for anyone else.  Typically women are required to both deny their sexualities and to only ever experience their sexualities in a third-person way ONLY through the desires of their male partners.  These are the only acceptable relationships women in general and younger women in specific are permitted to have with their sexual selves, anything else engenders instant slut-shaming and public policing - sometimes violently.

So, again, what’s up with this?  What is it about older women that causes our society to allow and encourage their agentic sexual expressions in a way that is diametrically opposed to the way all other women are treated and expected to behave?  And then I thought about how slut-shaming actually works, most notably with the intersection of race.  With white women slut-shaming typically happens with they behave as the agents of their own sexualities.  But with Women of Color that’s not the case.  With Women of Color simply existing in a female presenting and/or perceived body that isn’t white is enough to engender intense slut-shaming and public policing - often violently.  Part of the cause of this all-Women-of-Color-are-automatically-sluts-no-matter-what thing is the overriding fear of the reproductive capabilities of Women of Color thanks to white supremacy.  Since Women of Color are capable of creating more people of color white supremacy requires that their sexualities be constantly shamed and constantly controlled no matter what because even in “socially acceptable” (for white women) contexts (like in a marriage for the pleasure of a husband) that sexuality is still capable of producing more People of Color which white supremacist bullshit just can’t handle and won’t accept.    

So what if that’s the key here?  What if the only women who are allowed to be the agents of their own sexual expressions, desires, and behaviors are women who are incapable of producing children?  Within this framework birth control methods are obviously still unacceptable because that’s something that allows a person to control hir own sexuality; abortion is still unacceptable because that also allows a person to control hir own sexuality; and then the only people who are allowed to to actually be their own sexual agents are men (who can’t get pregnant) or obviously post-menopausal women (who also can’t get pregnant) because those are the only people we can know just by looking at them that they’re incapable of reproducing. I really feel like the ability to reproduce here is key and that’s so fucked up I honestly don’t want to think about it anymore so I’m going to end my analysis here and pick it up another time…


“she’s such a slut” = i fear the way you express yourself so ill degrade your worth until you stop

I love this sign because it doesn’t just apply to white women, it applies to Women of Color too!  With white women anyone who breaks the laws of “purity” and has the audacity to control he own decisions about her sexuality is a slut and that’s because people fear the fact that she’s in control, they fear her sexuality existing in a way that isn’t owned and operated by a man (preferably her husband) which is the only way it’s acceptable for a white woman’s sexuality to exist at all.  Meanwhile for Women of Color the fact that they can, will, and do reproduce, creating more and more People of Color forever and ever is what causes racist/white supremacist assholes to fear their sexuality.  This fear is based upon the potential fruit of that sexuality - children - which is why all Women of Color are automatically sluts no matter what they do or how they act.  Every Woman of Color has the potential to reproduce so even if she’s not even sexually active there is an inherent fear of her sexuality which makes her a slut regardless of her personal choices and behaviors.   


she’s such a slut” = i fear the way you express yourself so ill degrade your worth until you stop

I love this sign because it doesn’t just apply to white women, it applies to Women of Color too!  With white women anyone who breaks the laws of “purity” and has the audacity to control he own decisions about her sexuality is a slut and that’s because people fear the fact that she’s in control, they fear her sexuality existing in a way that isn’t owned and operated by a man (preferably her husband) which is the only way it’s acceptable for a white woman’s sexuality to exist at all.  Meanwhile for Women of Color the fact that they can, will, and do reproduce, creating more and more People of Color forever and ever is what causes racist/white supremacist assholes to fear their sexuality.  This fear is based upon the potential fruit of that sexuality - children - which is why all Women of Color are automatically sluts no matter what they do or how they act.  Every Woman of Color has the potential to reproduce so even if she’s not even sexually active there is an inherent fear of her sexuality which makes her a slut regardless of her personal choices and behaviors.   

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[tw: transmisogyny, allusions to slavery]

Here’s radscum being racist, if you guys wanted to see some of it

Did I just see someone claim that the term “cis” - which simply a descriptive identifier, not a slur of any kind - get compared to racial epithets?  Is that what just happened?  Is this real?!  What the fuck is wrong with these people?!?!?!!!!!!!  I seriously can’t even handle this.  Also, being a woman is not the same as being a slave just like being a woman isn’t the same thing as being a Person of Color.  Fuck these assholes and their bullshit!!!!

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Warren Evans, an openly bisexual student at Calvert High School, was suspended for wearing a skirt, [allegedly] violating the school’s dress code.

Evans says the school is discriminating against him and does not believe he violated any dress code.

“I don’t think so. Why not? It didn’t say anywhere in the code of conduct or dress code that says boys can’t dress like girls,” Evans commented.

The school district’s dress code policy states schools can regulate dress or even hair lengths.

Students at the school told News4’s Shomari Stone that female students wear skirts of the same length that Evans wore, but they were not suspended.

School officials will not comment on the suspension. They did say the dress code applies to all students, regardless of gender.

Public schools being used for taxpayer-sponsored gender policing. Just warms your heart, don’t it?

They’re just mad cause he looks so fierce.

The bastards probably got him on a technicality. If his high school was anything like mine, the skirt would have been considered “too short” because it doesn’t go past his finger tips. However, no one enforced that rule unless they had a bug up their ass that day. It’s all bullshit though. The school is policing what he can wear and that is beyond fucked up.

Even if the skirt is “too short” there’s no way that a suspension is the appropriate response.  No. Fucking. Way.  A detention, maybe, a trip to the principals office, maybe, being forced to change into something “more appropriate,” maybe.  Even being sent home for the rest of the day but still being allowed to come back the next day, maybe.  A suspension?  No fucking way is that the appropriate disciplinary action for a dress code infraction.  That is extreme by any measures and that makes these people fucked up.  

I honestly feel like it’s more than just the gender-bending here, there’s a racial factor too.  We know because the statistics speak for themselves every day that people of color virtually always receive harsher punishments for the same behaviors as compared to white folk.  This is in schools and in the “justice” system.   Maybe if a white kid showed up in a skirt he wouldn’t have been suspended, maybe he would have received some other sort of less severe punishment.  Obviously we can’t know for sure but I feel like the extreme severity of this punishment is because this kid broke two rules - he’s presenting in non-heteronormative ways and he’s not white which is always a crime for everyone everywhere every day.  

People of color are always seen as being guilty of something, it’s the starting point, they’re guilty until proven innocent simply by virtue of their race because that’s how racism works in our society.  Then when there’s actually something to charge them with the maximum most severe possible penalties are most often applied, even if those penalties go above and beyond what is considered a reasonable punishment which is something that rarely happens with white people even when the crimes are literally the same.  Again, this happens with punishments meted out by any institutional power be it the “justice” system or schools.  

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I keep seeing this “homophobia and racism are not comparable thing” and while I get the point it’s really not accurate and it’s really bothering me.  I’m all for calling people out on their bullshit, I just want them called out for the right bullshit so they actually learn.  Heterosexism, racism, sexism, classism, ableism, all oppressions are totally comparable - meaning literally that they can be compared to each other - because they’re all opperssions.  They all stem from inequitable power systems, they all work on systems of privilege, they all destroy people’s lives in countless horrible ways.  So, yeah, they’re comparable BUT they are NOT the same.  No two oppressions can ever be the same, that’s just not how it works, because each oppression is unique in its individual causes and the individual ways it’s enacted in people’s lives.  Even specific forms of racism (anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous People racism, anti-Latin@ racism, etc) or specific forms of heterosexism (anti-Lesbian heterosexism, anti-Gay Male heterosexism, etc) work differently and are not the same. Racism works very differently in the the world than heterosexism does just like all other systems of oppression work very differently.  They are not the same and should never ever be presented as though they are the same under any circumstances.  All that does is erase, marginalize, and trivialize which is why intersectionality is so fucking important  - because if you’re not looking at all the unique oppressions then you’re going to miss some serious shit and you’re just going to keep fucking things up forever.  

Now, does that mean that it’s ok for people to go around using the struggles People of Color in America have faced and are still facing to make points about the struggles LGBT people have faced and are currently facing?  FUCK NO!  That’s some seriously appropriative bullshit and it has got to stop!  The struggles of Black people do not exist for anyone else to use for their own ends and anyone thinking that they’re entitled to use racism (in this case specifically anti-Black racism) to make their own point about their own issues (in this case heterosexism) is so fucking oppressive I can’t stand it.  It reframes these people lives as tools to be used for the purposes of these particular LGBT rights activists instead of the unique experiences of actual human beings; it’s disrespectful, objectifying, and down-right shameful.  Plus it erases all people who are Black and LGBT which is fucked up beyond all reason.  Stop doing that shit.  Other people’s oppressions do not exist to provide examples and arguments for your oppressions; those people’s lives and experiences are theirs and theirs alone.  You can’t sit there and claim to be working towards equality by using people in a completely objectifying, oppressive, and marginalizing way.  That’s not how it works and doing shit like that only makes things worse, it doesn’t help anybody.  Comparing the LGBT Rights Movement to the Civil Rights Movement isn’t wrong because the two aren’t comparable, it’s wrong because doing so is appropriative and oppressive as fuck and anyone doing it is behaving like a supreme douche which is something we should all be trying to avoid.  

  1. Less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals.  Over 98% never affect animals.

  2. According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests and human results agree “5%-25% of the time.”

  3. Among the hundreds of techniques available instead of animal experiments, cell culture toxicology methods give accuracy rates of 80-85%

  4. 92% of drugs passed by animal tests immediately fail when first tried on humans because they’re useless, dangerous or both.

  5. The two most common illnesses in the Western world are lung cancer from smoking and heart disease.  Neither can be reproduced in lab animals.

  6. A 2004 survey of doctors in the UK showed that 83% wanted a independent scientific evaluation of whether animal experiments had relevance to human patients.  Less than 1 in 4 (21%) had more confidence in animal tests than in non-animal methods.

  7. Rats are 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer to humans – less use than guessing.  The experimenters said: “we would have been better off to have tossed a coin.”

  8. Rodents are the animals almost always used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (eg lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connective tissue: the two are completely different.

  9. The results from animal tests are routinely altered radically by diet, light, noise, temperature, lab staff and bedding. Bedding differences caused cancer rates of over 90% and almost zero in the same strain of mice at different labs.

  10. Sex differences among lab animals can cause contradictory results. This does not correspond with humans.

  11. 75% of side effects identified in animals never occur.

  12. Over half of side effects cannot be detected in lab animals.

  13. Vioxx was shown to protect the heart of mice, dogs, monkeys and other lab animals.  It was linked to heart attacks and strokes in up to 139,000 humans.

  14. Genetically modified animals are not like humans. The mdx mouse is supposed to have muscular dystrophy, but the muscles regenerate with no treatment.

  15. GM animal the CF- mouse never gets fluid infections in the lungs – the cause of death for 95% of human cystic fibrosis patients.

  16. In America, 106,000 deaths a year are attributed to reactions to medical drugs.

  17. Each year 2.1 million Americans are hospitalised by medical treatment.

  18. In the UK an estimated 70,000 people are killed or severely disabled every year by unexpected reactions to drugs.  All these drugs have passed animal tests.

  19. In the UKs House Of Lords questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs (which  passed animal tests) kill more people than cancer.

  20. A German doctors’ congress concluded that 6% of fatal illnesses and 25% of organic illness are caused by medicines. All have been animal tested.

  21. According to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which passed animal tests.

  22. 61% of birth defects were found to have the same cause.

  23. 70% of drugs which cause human birth defects are safe in pregnant monkeys.

  24. 78% of foetus-damaging chemicals can be detected by one non-animal test.

  25. Thousands of safe products cause birth defects in lab animals – including water, several vitamins, vegetable oils, oxygen and drinking waters.  Of more than 1000 substances dangerous in lab animals, over 97% are safe in humans.

  26. One of the most common lifesaving operation (for ectopic pregnancies) was delayed 40 years by vivisection.

  27. The great Dr Hadwen noted “had animal experiments been relied upon…humanity would have been robbed of this great blessing of anaesthesia.”

  28. Aspirin fails animal tests, as do digitalis (heart drug), cancer drugs, insulin (which causes animal birth defects), penicillin and other safe medicines. They would be banned if vivisection were believed.

  29. Blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies.

  30. The polio vaccine was delayed 40 years by monkey tests.

  31. 30 HIV vaccines, 33 spinal cord damage drugs, and over 700 treatments for stroke have been developed in animals.  None work in humans.

  32. Despite many Nobel prizes going to vivisectors, only 45% agree that animal experiments are crucial.

  33. The Director of Research Defence Society, (which serves only to defend vivisection) was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His written reply was “I am sure it could be.”

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I have no problem with working to stop animal testing, but this stuff doesn’t exist in a vacuum and discussing it like it does doesn’t help anything.  

For starters I honestly don’t even think animal testing is a problem in and of itself, I think an overall lack of compassion and respect within the medical industrial complex combined with an overall lack of respect for all life instead of just the lives a few people consider valuable and important is the problem.  If we actually lived in a world where compassion and respect were not only valued but considered the most significant aspects of all actions and decisions and where non-human animals were seen as peers instead of tools and where all humans were all seen as equally valuable instead of the hatefully misogynistic and white supremacist world we live in now where certain people are considered less valuable or less human than others I think there’d be far fewer issues within the world of medical testing as a whole.

Beyond that the issues within the medical industrial complex as a whole need to be addressed, just dealing with animal testing atrocities won’t fix anything, won’t change anything, won’t make life better for anyone.  If we’re not testing on non-human animals then we’re testing on humans.  If we’re testing on humans what humans are we testing on?  Are we testing indiscriminately in everyone considering that all of us benefit both directly and indirectly from any and all medical advances?  Or are we testing on the “undesirables” of society - poor people who need the money handed out for studies and therefore are willing to compromise their safety for it, prisoners who have no rights and are believed by many to deserve no rights, the elderly and infirm who are considered to be unimportant and burdensome - people who will never have any opportunity to benefit from the treatments that are being developed at the cost of their lives?  And what are we doing the research and testing for?  Are we pumping billions upon billions into solving problems than can turn huge profits and only in ways that can and will turn huge profits for drug companies and doctors while literally ignoring anything that’s not profitable because it’s considered less valuable regardless of any other benefits or needs?  Are we creating treatments that can only be utilized by the incredibly wealthy and powerful or are we actually creating options that will benefit everyone?  And where do these treatments come from?  Do they come from imperialist practices that destroy and appropriate other cultures and other nations as though those people don’t matter and don’t have/deserve rights?

These issues are all interconnected.  If you’re only looking at one thing then you’re missing everything else and you’re absolutely helping to perpetuate all those other problems with your myopic nonsense.

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Racist jokes, disabled jokes, cancer jokes, sexist jokes are fine but good god DO NOT TALK ABOUT RAPE BECAUSE FORGET ABOUT DOUBLE STANDARDS WAH I GOT RAPED. Give a fuck man, shove your double standards up your arse. Either don’t joke about anything or joke about everything.

Okay this requires a little more critical thinking in my opinion. 

1. Racist jokes aren’t funny. They’re an intrinsic part of a massive power structure that subjugates and oppresses most of the population. They’re harmful, and not just to an individual who has experienced it. They perpetuate this flippant attitude that so many people have towards racism, and thus perpetuate the power structure itself. They make people complacent, belittles something that is dead fucking serious. 

2. Disabled jokes aren’t funny. I don’t know much about the topic, and it’s kind of obvious why they aren’t funny. Not to mention, that’s probably the least clever joke one could come up with. 

3. Cancer jokes…are iffy. So many people die from cancer. Three people that I was very close with died of it. I’m not offended by it. Two of my best friends lost their parents to cancer. From my experience, cancer jokes usually follow thoughts along the line of, “Man, cancer really fucking sucks,” and it’s a coping mechanism. I can see how some cancer jokes would be offensive, but most of the time, it’s really just a means of coping and expressing in a light way how bad cancer sucks. 

4. Sexist jokes CAN be funny. Jokes can be prejudiced (I hesitate to use sexist here) against men or women (like how men won’t ask for directions or they’re completely controlled by their dick, both not true, but both can be humorous sometimes). As long as I understand that the person telling the joke knows that it’s stupid, and most of the time that’s apparent (like the ‘go make me a sandwich’ joke), it’s just not a big deal. Using humor to address something is fine. I also think using humor to ridicule something SO stupid as sexism is fine. It points out how ridiculous it is a lot of the time. 

5. Rape jokes. Never funny. You all know why. 1 in 5 people. And it’s not just a physical act of violence. It’s a psychological one, and one that only a handful of people really treat seriously. When I see people get mad about others saying rape isn’t funny, it drives me crazy. More and more people are realizing how fucking serious and horrible it is to degrade, dehumanize, and objectify someone, to rob them of their autonomy, their freedom of choice. Just because people start to get angry about it doesn’t mean we’re all insane asshole feminists (although I’d consider myself among those ranks). Think of your 5 year old brother or sister, your mother, your cousin…1 in 5 people. You’ll probably never know. Just stop bitching and don’t fucking joke about it, it’s not that big of a fucking deal. 

Also there’s a difference between using irony and humor as coping method or as a method of resistance for oppressed people and a privileged person making fun of something they will NEVER experience in their life and think is hilarious and totally ok to joke about because they say so regardless of how victims/survivors feel.  A huge difference.  HUGE!  There’s also a huge difference between making jokes about an oppressive system and making fun of oppressed people.  The first one actually helps to shine a light on oppressive systems and helps to dismantle them (if even just a teeny tiny bit) while at the same time empowering the oppressed people.  Meanwhile the second option simply reinforces oppressive systems and further damages the oppressed people.  

It’s a contextual thing.  ”Tosh.0” making rape jokes, racist jokes, sexist jokes, homophobic jokes, transphobic jokes, abled jokes (which would include cancer jokes, btw), classist jokes = totally not ok under any circumstances ever ever ever ever ever.  Anyone making jokes at the expense of rape victims, people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, poor people, people with disabilities, etc etc etc = not ok every under any circumstances AND horribly oppressive.  Meanwhile, a homeless guy making jokes about poverty (NOT poor people), a Person of Color making jokes about racism (NOT PoCs), a disabled person making jokes about ableism (NOT people with disabilities), women making jokes about sexism,/misogyny (NOT women), survivors of sexual assault and/or rape making jokes about rape culture (NOT survivors), GSM people making jokes about heterosexism, cissexism, homophobia, and transphobia (NOT GSM people), and so on and so forth = an invaluable tool for coping, resistance, empowerment, and addressing all those oppressive systems.

TL;DR - Check your fucking privilege and don’t bitch when oppressed people call you out for being oppressed.  People wanting you to actually treat them with respect and not use their pain as fodder for your humor as though they’re so far below you that they’re not even human and most certainly aren’t deserving basic compassion, empathy, and kindness is not oppressing you and if you really have a problem with not being able to make jokes at the expense of rape victims or any other group of oppressed people you are seriously awful beyond all measure.

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