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In school we learn to be good little Americans—or Frenchmen—or Russians. We learn how to take the crap that’s going to be shoveled on us all our lives. In school the state wraps up people’s minds so tight that it can afford to leave their bodies alone. Repression? You want to see victims of repression? Come look at most of the students at San Diego State College, where I work. They want to be told what to do. They don’t know how to be free. They’ve given their will to this institution just as they’ll continue to give their will to the institutions that engulf them in the future.– Jerry Farber, quoted by Derrick Jensen in Walking on Water (via cultureofresistance)
(Source: mikroblogolas)Via Social Uprooting
[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “Everything Christmas themed is on clearance.”
Bottom Text: “Suddenly everything red or green is Christmas themed according to customers.”]
I once had a customer try this with several red shirts, a fire extinguisher and a hatchet.
NONE OF THOSE THINGS ARE CHRISTMAS THEMED!
If you are a white woman and you want to call yourself a feminist, you must acknowledge that your whiteness affords you a privilege that shields you from a lot. You must also acknowledge that you are afforded privileges that some men in this country do not have. Racism and sexism are tightly intertwined. You cannot fight one while ignoring the other.–
(via getsnarly)Via Do You Hear the People Sing?
Virginity is a social construct, meaning it’s not an actual physical thing. Having sex, any kind of sex in no way changes your body. It may change the way you view things, but it may not. Virginity as a concept can be damaging. People view virginity different. People view sex different. For some people sex is just a penis in a vagina but that’s a very narrow view. For many people sex is oral sex, manual sex, frottage and many other things. With any of these kinds of sex it’s possible to pass STIs or even with some to get pregnant. What constitutes sex then, and what constitutes virginity? We all have sexual things we haven’t tried, new things to discover and new things to experience but why draw that line in the sand? I understand wanting to communicate “I haven’t had sex”, but then you have to explain what sex means to you.
The word virgin itself and the concept has been used for many years to harm. virginity as a concept was made as a means for men to own women. If you look up the history of the concept (and really the concept of marriage as well) it was a way for men to ensure that they were in charge of their lineage and women were literally treated like objects. They were sold and if they weren’t “virgins” they were killed. Because the Hymen isn’t exactly the way we were taught women were taught that they had to kill an animal and save its blood to spill on their wedding bed so that their new husbands would be reassured that they were “virgins” and wouldn’t kill them.
These are things to take into account when you use the word “virgin”.
“Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.“— Arundhati Roy
Illustration piece for my Ill 1 class. We had to do a conceptualized celebrity portrait. I chose Neil Gaiman surrounded by Coraline things.
your cute little bracelets, flowy skirts, spangly little outfits, white girls in a field, long curly waves expertly styled, painted plates, greasy white dreads, mock caravans, scarves in the summer, colorful dresses, stolen dream catchers, road tripping days, crappy face paint, fake headresses, ARE NOT GYPSY.
Because “gypsy” is a SLUR. A word used to propagate discrimination and genocide. A weapon used to hurt and demean Romani people. It’s not an identity that you put on and discard at the end of your day with your dangly earrings and carefully applied makeup.
You CAN’T wear a culture.
You CAN’T wear an ethnicity.
You CAN’T wear an identity.
All that you’re doing is showing how much of a privileged and ignorant person you are.
Minimal Posters - Six Women Who Changed Science. And The World. Via hydrogeneportfolio.
Via Gothic Charm School: pretty things