Saturday, November 29, 2014

[UPDATED] Black Lives Matter Friday Protest in Seattle

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE VIOLENCE, RACISM, CHILD MURDER]


UPDATE: I mentioned in this post that some of the tables in the food court were turned over after the tree lighting. Other protesters are reporting that cops became aggressive in this area while we were leaving, and were turning tables over. One person reported being shoved into a table, which knocked it over. So we were cleaning up after the police. You're welcome.


On Black Friday, I attended another protest of the grand jury failure to indict Darren Wilson. It was planned on Black Friday specifically to have the biggest impact and to be seen by the most people, to disrupt their day and force them to pay attention to something that makes them uncomfortable. Which is why it's so hilarious to see so many Seattleites whining that we did exactly that.

The Facebook page of local news station KING 5 is full of white people moaning about how they were just trying to shop and watching a tree light up and then those damn protesters RUINED EVERYTHING.

LOL GOOD. That's what we were going for. (P.S. A lot of those comments are super racist so you might not want to browse that shit.)

What's super ironic are the people complaining that some white kids were frightened or that children theoretically could have been injured by the protesters somehow when we were literally protesting the frequent murder of black youth.

Fellow white people, your kids are fine. Black kids are not. That's why we were out there.

Also, nobody at all was hurt by the protesters. The vast majority of people hurt during protests are protesters who are hurt by the police. The only time the Seattle protest became at all violent was when the cops tried to block us from getting back downtown to attend the Christmas tree lighting, which is totally fucked up and I don't see how that's legal or constitutional.

Anyway, here's what went down.


I got there a half hour late and had to go into the Westlake Center mall to use the bathroom (I was excited), and was lucky enough to run into the protesters who were marching through the mall, going up the escalators toward me. So I joined them there, and we went to the top floor to the food court to demonstrate there for a couple minutes.

Photo of protesters in a mall food court, visible sign reading "HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT"

We then left and were intending to head to Pike Place through the subway system, but as we reached the tunnel entrance, the police started to close the gate to block us. I happened to be near the front of the crowd at that point, so I was able to run through to the other side and got some footage of the conflict that happened. A line of protesters risked themselves to hold the gate open while police harassed them, eventually teaming up to push them away from the gate to get it closed, with a good 20 of us trapped on the other side. Eventually, we were forced to go through the subway to get back out and rejoin the group.

The video is really shaky because my hands were shaking. I'm not used to shit like this, because, you know, privilege.


video



After that, we marched to Capital Hill, where we kneeled at Pike and Broadway for four and a half minutes of silence. While one of the protest leaders were explaining what we were going to do and also calling out the nearby SPD cops for the killing of Ditidaht First Nations man John T. Williams, one of the cops was smirking and making comments to the cop next to him. That guy is a disrespectful piece of shit. He could at least have pretended to be solemn.

Next, we went to a corner with some popular spots like Cafe Vita, and protesters split up to confront the people inside and chant "black lives matter" outside the doors.

After that, persons of color were called on to speak about their experiences and thoughts and feelings. There was some incredible and moving stuff said. I wish I'd been able to capture it on film. The crowd stood around, cheering speakers on.

Once that was done, it was decided that we would go back downtown to disrupt the annual Christmas tree lighting. On our way, we were met with this:

Photo of police line, with cops in riot gear holding clubs in front of them
Whoops, my finger

Cops were doing everything they could to block routes into downtown. They were lined up in riot gear specifically to keep us from getting to where our demonstration could be most effective. Restricting our freedom of movement. Naturally, things got a little ugly. I got my first taste of tear gas here. 

After one attempt to push through the line of cops, with them aggressively shoving their bikes at us, we decided to disperse and make our way downtown in smaller groups, taking unconventional pathways. Remarkably, the vast majority of the group, if not all of it, made it downtown and rejoined each other. At one point, cops were still lined up to block the group I was in from getting to the tree lighting just around the corner. However, there were more protesters on the other side, and the cops found themselves surrounded. After a couple minutes, they relented and let us through. NICE TRY, COPS.

Anyway, we gathered in front of the still unlit Christmas tree to kneel and chant, and to boo the announcer and the terrible music.

Photo of a crowd kneeling in front of a huge Christmas tree.

After awhile, we entered the Westlake Center mall again and made our way up to the balcony where the announcer and band were. That's when we got really loud, chanting "black lives matter" and "this is about Mike Brown" and "no justice, no peace, no racist police" over the music. We were loud enough that they were unable to do their cheesy countdown, and eventually just flipped the switch to light up the tree and start the fireworks.

On the balcony

Shortly after, there was a scuffle between some protesters and an individual that I couldn't quite see. I still don't know who it was or if they were at all involved in the tree lighting stuff. Cops then showed up and made us leave. As we were going back inside, I could hear some crashing sounds like tables being flipped over (the balcony was just outside the food court). As I got there, protesters were setting tables and chairs back up. These individuals were mostly people of color. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the anarchists who messed up the food court to begin with.

On the ground floor of the mall, I ended up in the middle of a die-in. I laid down and proceeded to wonder if it was appropriate for me to be a die-in body, since it's not usually white bodies who end up dead in the street from police murder. But I thought it would have been totally awkward for me to get up and leave at that point. I'm awkward.

There were more speeches, this time to address the crowd that wasn't part of the protest. After that, we got up and went back outside to the tree.

That was when I left, because it had been misting at the very least the entire time, and I was soaked through despite a waterproof jacket, and freezing my butt off. I heard that the protesters went to a park after that, but I don't think there were any further confrontations.


Basically, anyone fretting about this protest being "violent," especially in comparison to actual riots (like the one less than a year ago in Seattle after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl), can shove it. I heard that at one point, some unidentified group of protesters splintered off the main group and chained one door to the Westlake Center mall shut and scared some little boy choir group. As though the entire mall only had one way in and out? Cry me a river.

The fact is that we fully intended to startle all of you out of your white bourgeoisie existence and force you and your kids to pay attention to the fact that black kids are being murdered by police and vigilantes every 28 hours for no reason. You think your day was ruined? Mike Brown's family had everything ruined. They won't be having a Merry fucking Christmas, will they? Tamir Rice will never see another Christmas tree. So fuck you.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gif of the Day


Not sorry.

Morning Announcements

It's a mandatory family holiday today, so I won't be posting. Tomorrow will be full of protesting, if all goes as planned. So don't expect posts tomorrow either. Except gifs. Always except gifs.

Also this:


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gif of the Day


Oh, Skeletor.

Legal Rights vs. What Actually Matters

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE MILITARIZATION, GUN VIOLENCE, DOMESTIC ABUSE]

Today's featured Annoying Thing That Ignorant People Say To Me is when people talking about rights under the law as though they're the only rights that exist or matter, and as though these rights are automatically applied equally, which is a laugh.

"What rights do I have that women don't have?"

Or more recently, "What rights do I have that black people don't have?"

Relying on this surface-level bullshit exposes an unwillingness to look deeper that's almost certainly motivated by a desire to avoid having to admit one's privilege. I say this because I don't believe anyone's incapable of seeing the obvious problems with statements like these.

Let's look at fundamental rights granted to the people in the U.S.

We have a right to bear arms. We even have a right to openly carry certain firearms into stores and coffee shops and so forth. White people have this right, black people have this right. The difference being that white people who do so only have to suffer the indignity of nervous looks and possibly having the police called on them, resulting in nothing more than a chat with officers. Maybe. But if you're black and you pick up a toy gun in a store, you can expect to die.

"Equal rights."

We have a right to self-defense, and in some states, even a right to "stand our ground." The language of this law doesn't say it only applies to men. Yet Zimmerman walks using this defense after killing a black boy, and Marissa Alexander is arrested for firing off warning shots, not even giving a single person a splinter, and after years of bullshit and delayed trials, settles for three years in prison.

"Equal rights."

We have a right to assemble and protest, but the predominantly black community of Ferguson gets to do so under the scopes of military-style rifles mounted from fucking tanks, while here in the predominantly white city of Seattle, we're escorted by cops on bicycles. Ferguson citizens get tear gas shot into their backyards, while riots following football games and pumpkin festivals play themselves out with burning cars and broken property without the white people having to choke.

"Equal rights."

We have a right to due process and reasonable sentencing, yet women get far more jail time for killing their spouses than men do (despite the reason for the killing typically being self-defense), and black people get far more jail time for drug-related offenses than white people.

"Equal rights."

"Justice."

"What privilege?"


Animated gif of a woman with a champagne glass saying "are you done?"


You can pretend we have equal rights in this country the same way that you can pretend McDonald's fries are vegetables. Doesn't make it true. Equal rights under the law don't mean shit to anyone if the application is still in the hands of a racist and misogynistic system.

What rights do you have that I and people of color don't? The right to equal treatment. The right to fairness. The right to our humanity.

Any other questions?

Tamir Rice

Photo of Tamir Rice smiling
[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD MURDER, POLICE BRUTALITY, GUN VIOLENCE]

During the renewed national attention on Ferguson, black youth have been getting murdered by police or white vigilante assholes every 28 hours. One of the most notable cases was a 12-year-old black boy who was shot down by police for playing with a toy gun near a playground.

A playground. You know. Because he was 12.

Meanwhile a full grown white man spent two hours walking around a child's park waving around a REAL gun while police TALKED HIM DOWN UNTIL THEY COULD APPREHEND HIM ALIVE.

That boy's name was Tamir Rice. He's dead now. Surveillance video shows a cop shooting his gun at the child immediately after leaving the police vehicle. The kid was not pointing the fake gun at the officer. The person who called 911 about the 12-year-old with the fake gun even told the operator that the gun was probably fake.

Will this officer even have to face a trial? Probably not, since it's almost impossible to indict a cop.

Oh, and the media? Despite the fact that video evidence shows the kid being shot down immediately after the cop got out of the car and despite the fact that the person who called 911 only said that the kid was pulling the fake gun out of his pants and then putting it back in again, they chose to describe him as "waving the gun around." Why do people trust mainstream news media again?

Shit White People Riot About

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE]

I had the displeasure yesterday of seeing a Facebook post saying that the Ferguson protests, which my fellow white people seem to love calling "riots," are "confirming ghetto stereotypes."

Putting aside the fact that we white people created these stereotypes in the first place, may I ask what stereotypes we white people confirm about ourselves when we riot over sports, beer, pumpkins, and because a football couch was charged with child molestation. Not because they were mad at the coach or because he was able to get away with it for so long, but because he had been accused of doing it and they liked him.

17 Reasons White People Riot

Also, how come we white people are more concerned about black people causing property damage and not our own tendency to abduct children and shoot up schools and malls and such?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm to infinity.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gif of the Day







Leslie McSpadden, Mike Brown's mother.

White Privilege Means Life, Even for Mass Killers



THAT TITLE WAS NOT A FUCKING EXAGGERATION.

Marissa Alexander Takes Plea Deal

Marissa Alexander, the black woman who fired a couple warning shots into the sky, hurting no one, to scare off her abusive ex and protect her children, and who has already been in jail for over a thousand days waiting for a just trial, has settled for a plea deal. She'll be sentences to three years in jail, but she's already almost finished that while fucking waiting for her frequently delayed trials. So she just has to serve 65 more days. Unless she gets more years for a lesser charge.

UUUGGGGHHHHH. BUT DARREN WILSON DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO GO TO TRIAL.

Animated gif of a transformer yanking a full-grown tree out of the ground and throwing it with flashing text "FUCK THIS SHIT"

Recommended Reading

There is so much that needs to be read today.

I am utterly undone: My struggle with black rage and fear after Ferguson

To ask us to be “dignified and disciplined,” to ask us to “respect the rule of law” in the face of such a mockery of justice is to ask us to affirm the path to our own destruction.

By the amazing Brittney Cooper.


It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did

Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

Wow.


We Rage 

If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now. We were never meant to survive. The near daily murders (every 28 hours, that is) of Black folk by law enforcement and vigilante hunters let us know our place in this society. We are to be silenced, erased, destroyed. 
Still, we won’t bow down.

From the Crunk Feminist Collective.


Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop

Wanton overpolicing had poisoned relations between the people and their government well before Darren Wilson shot dead Michael Brown. Less mediagenic than police militarization and far more insidious is law enforcement’s daily harassment of citizens for petty offenses. The local government in Ferguson has been treating its residents and neighbors less like free people with rights than like revenue milk-cows to be exploited to the max.

Something has to change.

Ferguson Update and Seattle Protest

As you've probably heard, last night they finally announced the inevitable grand jury decision that Darren Wilson, killed of Mike Brown, will not be indicted. No trial.

No, I am not surprised. That doesn't make me any less angry and disgusted and contemptuous.

I watch the prosecutor spend over ten minutes whining about how forms of media and spread information that he and the Ferguson police couldn't control made it so much harder to convince the grand jury that they didn't even need to have a trial for a man who shot an unarmed, surrendering teen six times. When he finally said that there would be no indictment, I turned him off and my boyfriend and I drove down into Seattle to join the protest.


We caught up to them at Capital Hill after navigating around blocked off areas and following police lights.


Hands up, don't shoot.

There was some conflict between protesters who wanted to chant "hands up, don't shoot" and others chanting "hands up, shoot back." I was trying not to add to any conflict and follow the lead of the black protesters over the ever-present white anarchists in the crowd.


At one point the crowd knocked over some minor barricades and marched up to the police. In the photo above, my boyfriend is asking the cops why that specific area was blocked off. The answer was "property damage." Why was that stretch of that one street more important than others? No idea. Was there any property damage in Seattle last night? Maybe, but not from protesters.


We were escorted the entire time by this battalion of bike cops. They rode on the sidewalk while we marched the streets. Cruisers kept their distance ahead of us to try and direct traffic away from where we were headed.


We stopped at 23rd and Union to kneel in the intersection where a young man was killed by Seattle Police. We sung prayers for Mike Brown and chanted "When Mike Brown died he was kneeling on the ground."


We marched to the Garfield Community Center where the SPD was apparently holding a meeting to discuss how to keep protesters off the streets. Gotta keep that commerce going! Some protesters went inside to interrupt the meeting and say something to them, not sure what happened. This was also where the fucking white anarchists started getting antsy because I guess they couldn't feel sufficiently tough without being able to walk around shouting about how cops suck. I actually heard one of them arguing "this has nothing to do with my race." Fuck you, white anarchists of Seattle. Piss off.

Not long after this, my boyfriend and I were forced to turn back because his bad knee was beginning to bother him, and we had a long way back to the car already. This was when the crowd was starting to head toward the freeway. Apparently, when they tried to block I-5, things escalated. I heard reports from other protesters (friends of my boyfriend's brother) that tear gas was used to stop them. I also heard reports of flash bangs, and a Seattle Times reporter caught shots of police using pepper spray on protesters. She also reported the use of a smoke bomb.


If you want the full story, just check out Paige Cornwell's Twitter feed.

I wish I could have stayed and supported the protest when they really needed it, but we can only do what we can. And I wasn't about to leave the boyfriend to walk the streets alone at night.

I've heard there will be a walk-out at Garfield High School at noon today to protest the grand jury decision. There is also a protest scheduled for this Friday at 1 pm. Forget shopping, come protest.

There's a ton of other stuff to report on. The entire transcript of the grand jury proceedings is now available to the public. A 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, was recently shot and killed by police for playing with a toy gun. The National Bar Association is calling for federal charges against Darren Wilson since the grand jury failed. One of the nine white people on the grand jury was an admitted racist. Darren Wilson called Mike Brown a "demon" in his testimony.

White people: Read. Listen. Talk to one another. Try to find the guts to talk to your family around the Thanksgiving table about anti-black racism in the U.S. If they don't want to talk about that, then maybe switch to the subject of Native American genocide, I dunno. But don't let this roll off anyone's back. Don't stay quiet. Learn the facts and spread them around.

For Mike Brown and every other black life. Black Lives Matter.

This is How Oppression Works

[TRIGGER WARNING: HARASSMENT, RAPE THREATS, ABLEIST SLUR, NAZI REFERENCES]

Hey look, more Twitter stuff! What's interesting about Twitter is, although I dislike getting pulled into arguments on that particular platform due to the fact that it's difficult to explain a position in 140 characters or less (and annoying to have to do it in more than one tweet), that same restriction can make the position of others rather revealing. Without the space to cloak a position in rhetoric, you can see it for what it really is.

Though I tried to avoid it, I did get pulled into another argument about GamerGate on Twitter. Luckily it didn't last as long as they usually do, since my "opponent" was so bluntly hypocritical and unable to defend his position. But it actually wasn't an entirely boring waste of time. He managed to be a stark example of common silencing techniques used by our oppressive systems.

He started by claiming to be the "rational," unemotional side of the argument, attempting to use the idea that I might have emotions about a hate movement to discredit me. (Note: I did not redact his name. His Twitter name right now is actually "[Redacted]".)



This proved not to be true. The moment I pointed out the cold hard fact that GamerGaters include Nazis, I got this response:


Firstly, GamerGate literally thrives on harassment, so it's pretty rich to be whining to me about hate-filled tweets and "stifling debate." Secondly, these things are supposed to be worse than being an actual literal Nazi??

But mainly, damn, that is going straight for the gut-level emotion-filled argument. "Your side has Nazis." "Well your side acts like Nazis!" I stated a fact. He stated a poorly informed opinion laced with that "bias" that they claim to hate so much that was meant to illicit an emotional response. But yeah, I'm the emotional one here.

Then when I pointed out this hypocrisy, this happened:


If you aren't aware, The Block Bot is an application you can install that works to automatically block nasty people on Twitter. It's a great tool for those who have been targeted for harassment, by which I mean are absolutely flooded with horrific tweets that make it impossible to even look at your notifications and find out if anyone's saying anything worthwhile or nice or helpful to you. Harassment like this is meant to drive people off of Twitter entirely, silencing their voice from Twitter discourse entirely. This isn't just me saying this. I've seen screenshots from 4chan and other places explicitly saying that this is the purpose of such harassment campaigns.

But using Block Bot is a Hilter-approved move, according to Mr. Feeblesoft. Using tools to block harassers so that you can actually do anything on Twitter? That's so Hitler.

So what should you do if your platform for discourse has been rendered unusable because of the daily hundreds of tweets detailing how you should be raped and murdered?


So here we are. "Avoiding discourse" by preemptively blocking Twitter accounts that do little but harass and threaten people? Hitler. Avoiding discourse by leaving the entire Internet? Totally acceptable.

Do you know why it's acceptable? Because that's exactly what they want. People like Mr. Feeblesoft want those they don't agree with to just get off the Internet so that their voices won't be heard at all, by anyone. They claim that blocking out even a single voice, no matter how abusive, and no matter the fact that said abusive voice is totally free to go on abusing others and spreading their abusive messages to everyone else, is Nazism. Yet here's this guy telling me that if I don't like abuse, my only option is to leave the platform that gives me a voice at all.


So one person ignoring another = silencing = Hitler. Being driven clear off of Twitter is not.

(There's also the point where this dude had the audacity to demand evidence that women are harassed online, ignored a simple link to a Google image page under the search term "rape threat," and then claimed to know why people used Block Bot without offering a shred of evidence. Then he tried to blame me for somehow forcing him to use conjecture. WTF?)

But the main point is, this guy isn't trying to be some champion of free and reasonable discourse. He's perfectly willing to equate simple self-care actions with Nazism and then say that the only way we're allowed to protect ourselves from harassment is to leave the area of discourse altogether. And what about the harassers themselves? What does he have to say about them?


Preventative measures like Block Bot? No, that's what Hitler would do. Just stop talking! Give in to exactly what the harassers want, and the harassment will stop! It's that simple!

Oh, and what about the harassers in my email inbox? The one I have to use for freelancing? What if that gets filled up with messages threatening me and calling me every horrible slur they can come up with?


ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?

He soon ended the shit sundae of a conversation with this little cherry:


And then he blocked me. Which by his logic, is a Nazi-like act of oppressing my freedom of speech. If he didn't like what I was saying, he should have just left Twitter behind forever.

This was basically a short version of every conversation I have with GamerGaters and anti-feminists on Twitter. "You're oppressing my free speech by criticizing me or blocking harassers! If you don't want to get harassed, just stop talking!"

Image of a woman doing a facepalm and then rubbing her temples, looking rather exhausted and annoyed

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gif of the Day

Animated gif of Beyonce waving people to the left while saying "to the left, to the left" with an image of the socialist hammer and sickle next to her.

PERFECTION.

Not All Men

Tweet by @happierman

[Tweet text: The captain has turned on the "not all men" sign.]

I can't remember if I've already posted this but whatever. It's perfect.

Hashtags

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE CULTURE]

Twitter was busy this weekend. Two important hashtags exploded all over my feed on Saturday alone. The first was #SolidarityIsForRapists, which I believe is a play on #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen. Based on tweets I saw, I'm fairly certain it was started by women of color, likely black feminists/womanists. It would be real fucked up otherwise, if white feminists hijacked that. But I saw a lot of women of color using #SolidarityIsForRapists. So. I hope.

Anyway. It's about the Bill Cosby thing (the thing about how he's a fucking rapist, no there is no question about it) and how eeeeeeeeeeeverybody has to jump to every male celebrity's defense when he's accused of sexual assault no matter how many women have accused him and no matter how fucking ridiculous it is to think that any women would risk her mental health, physical health, life, etc. to falsely accuse someone. Every time. No sympathy for the woman who said she was raped. All the sympathy for the pooooooooooor rich famous guy (or regular guy, any guy really) and his fucking reputation, which by the way probably won't be damaged at all even if he's convicted if fucking Mike Tyson is any indication.

I could rant about this all day, I really could. So be grateful that I'm stopping here.

The tweets are great. Here's a sampling.











I love Twitter sometimes, even if I'm not so good at it.

At the same time, black Twitter came up with #RacistFeministCourses. It's a compilation of fake feminist college courses making fun of mainstream white feminism. There are so many good ones.


Oh my god that last one. Damn.

Thank god for black women on Twitter. Just make sure you don't credit me for this stuff. If you like what you see here, you'd better follow some of the women who actually tweeted it. I didn't tweet shit, because I have a hard time being clever in such a short space. I rant.

Why Would Anyone Think That False Accusations Happen

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, RAPE CULTURE, HARASSMENT, BULLYING, SUICIDE]

Here's the question I want every single person on the planet to ask themselves:

What does a person stand to gain from falsely accusing someone of rape?

At best, if they accuse a rich person, money. Maybe there's a slim chance a civil court would award a false accuser some money. More likely they might be paid hush money.

But what has history shown us? Hmmm? What happens to every woman who has accused any man of rape? Whether he be a nobody, or some high school football player in some tiny town, or a celebrity? What happens to that woman? Has it ever been good?

Women are disbelieved, grilled about the incident, had each and every detail of the event twisted to be used as evidence against her. Her sexual history and mental health are put under a microscope, analyzed and passed around for all the world to speculate about. She's called all manner of nasty things as her name is dragged through the mud. She becomes a spectacle. She's harassed and threatened, with the intensity increasing with the fame of the man.

Women have been run out of town. Girls had to transfer schools to avoid the horrific bullying of their peers. One had her home burned to the ground.

Many have killed themselves. They've fucking killed themselves.

Is any amount of money worth that? Is anything worth that? What, you think they want attention? Sympathy? Because they quite clearly get no sympathy and only extremely negative attention from the majority of the population.

We all know this happens. We see the news. We all know the social consequences of accusing a man of rape. Why would any woman do it except for a desperate desire for justice, or to let out the truth? Can someone please fucking explain this to me?

You can't. That's why false accusations are so incredibly rare. Nobody would do that to themselves.

So why. Why is it that every time some prick is accused, nobody believes the woman? Why is it that women were accusing Bill Cosby for 30 years and were all dismissed, until a male comedian brought it up? Why are multiple women sticking to their stories of his sexual aggression and assault and rape when so many people are coming to Cosby's defense and calling them liars and whores and saying it can't possibly be true because Bill Cosby is so fucking likable.

Him and every other male celebrity, no matter how minor. His fans rally around him and everyone else just assumes she probably lied because that's what women do, right? Yet if you think about it for two seconds, that assumption makes absolutely no sense.

So why is it like this? Because it helps people sleep at night? That's the only thing I can figure. People would rather think women must lie about this than to face facts that so many men, including so many of the men they like, admire, and identify with, are rapist. And in this willful fantasy world, they allow the continuing rape of women and girls around the world.

I'm here to fuck up your sleep. I will rattle your bedroom windows until you're forced to realize that we actually have to solve the problem. I don't give a fuck about your sleep schedule.

Bill Cosby raped those women. There is no reason to believe they're lying. He did it. Deal.

Happening Now on Twitter


This is funny if you know how racist and misogynistic TotalBiscuit is.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gif of the Day

Image of Satan-like humanoid creature bobbing up and down with the "raise the roof" gesture

Satan's having a good time.

Not All Men

Image of orange juice container that says "MOST PULP" with comment "Not ALL pulp"


Keep this meme alive.


Transgender Day of Remembrance

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE, RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT, TRANSPHOBIA, HATE CRIME]

So, the Transgender Day of Remembrance was yesterday, and I forgot to post about it because I'm an asshole. Also I do these posts the day before because I'm awesome. I'm an awesome asshole.

ANYWAY. The Transgender Day of Remembrance exists because so many trans people (trans women, especially) are murdered from hate crimes, they need their very own Memorial Day.

Every now and then I take some time to scream about how fucking awful trans people have it. I can't stress it enough, and I say that because no matter how much I scream about it, no one seems to get it.

I'm not kidding around. Maybe this image will help you.

Click to enlarge

Please join me in flipping out about these numbers. 85%?????????? 85?????????

??????????!!!!!!!!???????????? FUCK

LOOK AT THIS SHIT AND FUCKING REMEMBER IT, FELLOW CIS FUCKS.

There is some good news, though. President Obama sent a letter recognizing Transgender Remembrance Day to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. You can see an image of the letter here. Thanks, Obama.

Featured Blog: Add Another Story

Hey, that call for submissions worked! It's not an opinion piece or whatever, but I don't have to do much, and that's the important part.

This was sent to me by a fellow blogger to promote what she's doing. Shameless plugging is totally acceptable here.

Hello! 
I recently started a visibility project, the goal of which is to collect stories from people of all marginalized traits, identities and combinations in one place, so that people can more easily find them and go from one to another. Naturally that requires people to submit stories, so I'm shamelessly advertising as much as I can. 
The project is at addanotherstory.wordpress.com, and there are details there on the origin (class), goals (education) and requirements (mostly that stories be personal experiences) for it. If anyone would like to share, submit experiences to be added, or read the stories that are already there, that would be awesome. 
Thank you! 
Para

You're welcome. We need more spaces for people to tell their stories.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gif of the Day


Me trying to cook without step-by-step directions.

Ahem.

Image with text "why isn't there a white/straight/male rights movement?" above image of KKK members


Animated gif of Jon Stewart and John Oliver doing spit takes one after another

Feminism and Cultural Appropriation

UPDATE: If you're one of the many whiners I've gotten in my inbox whining about how the raised fist didn't start with the black power movement, please see this post for further explanation of why you're terrible.

I've talked before about how white people love to steal shit from black people. Or if I haven't, I should have. We take words and dances and speech patterns and styles from them and wear them as fashion statements as we please, but when we actually see them on black people (where they belong) we call it "ghetto." Or worse, we use it as an excuse to commit violence upon them.

Feminism is not innocent of this. White feminists often use a symbol which appropriated a symbol of black power. It looks like this:



The raised fist is the black power symbol. It's a really powerful image that they came up with. Feminists didn't. We didn't even come up with the idea to put it in the female symbol. Black feminists did that.

I myself didn't realize this for a long time. Not until women of color pointed it out in their own writing. Which they have been doing for a long time, and yet the vast majority of white feminists I come across still have no idea that this symbol does not belong to us.

That's why I don't use it. If you're not black, you should also not use it. And for the love of god, don't get a tattoo of it.

INSIDE #GAMERGATE: This is Getting Sad

At this point, talking about GamerGate feels like talking about Benghazi. I feel embarrassed even thinking about it. Just like how I know people outside of the U.S. look at the Benghazi controversy ("controversy") and are like "wtf are you people even going on about" and I'm just all "just... I dunno... please don't look at us..." Now it's the same with non-gamers.

And yet I'm still feeling this leftover urge to prove GamerGaters wrong about everything, no matter how pointless it is. So here's this thing.

Someone was on the side of GamerGate and now they're renouncing it because of things.

Trigger warning for the link:

Redditor explains why they left #GamerGate. (tl:dr: The raging hypocrisy.)

It's pretty satisfying stuff. There's stuff in there that I didn't know about because I can't bear to go deep into GamerGate territory to see the kind of people they hold up as examples of good people.

Spoiler alert: Nazis.

Animated of a seated woman flipping through large red flashcards with a disapproving yet not surprised look on her face

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gif of the Day


I don't remember this episode but this is amazing.

People Screwing With Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins tweet with Tumblr comment by user garflyf

[Tweet text: Not all of us are familiar with American symbolism. What is the iconographic significance of a Fedora? Is it more than just a hat?

Tumblr comment text: i'm crying]

Oh my good sweet lord.

Why Do I Even Have to Say This Shit: Part 32348953957

Scientist guy on some sort of televised thing wears shirt covered with busty anime ladies in revealing outfits. Women are like "UM" and he apologizes. Then assholes everywhere plus King Asshole Richard Dawkins get all super mad that the mean feminists made him cry.

Why the FUCK would you go on TV with a shirt like that unless you're a fucking shock jock. You're a scientist, you're supposed to use your brain for a living. I know you're fucking aware of the problem with the lack of women in STEM fields and for fuck's sake, have some fucking dignity, you're representing yourself to a national audience, WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING??

That is all anyone should have to say about that. Not "what about poor scientist man's feelings." No. Fuck his feelings. He's an adult. He should act like it.

Period.

Call for Submissions

Hey, this is your random ass reminder that you can email me some words and as long as I think it's okay I'll post it here. Just remember to let me know whether you want me to give credit or keep it anonymous, and send me Twitter account links and Facebooks and whatevs so I can send people to the shit you do.

It could be about just about anything, political or personal or whatever. I'm not picky, but I will edit out any slurs or other problematic language. If it's really going to change the meaning of something I'll email you about it and you can change it yourself or whatever. WHATEVER. I AM SO CASUAL ABOUT THIS SHIT.

Your submissions mean I have to write less.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gif of the Day


Just. There was another bucket. Under the first one.

Look At This Awesome Thing: C.L.I.T.T.

Uh yeah this is NSFW.




LOL WHOOPS TIMES A BILLION.

Are Men's Rights Activists Misogynistic? Yes.

[TRIGGER WARNING: EXTREME MISOGYNY, CISSEXISM]

Believe it or not, I still get people coming to me to say that Men's Rights Activists don't hate women and are just trying to help men with their issues.

This is really hard to back up when perhaps the biggest voice in the Men's Rights community literally hates women and think they should stay out of the workplace because we're ruining everything with our whining. Also he's totally cissexist, constantly conflating vaginas with femaleness.

Actual literal quote from head of one of the most popular Men's Rights websites:

“There’s just a different way that men do things with each other, and it results in excellence,” Elam said on something called the ManStream Media. “In civilization. In the aqueducts being built. To people landing on the moon and cures being found to disease.” 
“I’m sorry, ladies,” he continued, “but if we want society to advance, we need to leave men alone to do their work — to do their thing and be with each other to get things done. Because that’s how it works.”

Apparently there have been no great advances in science and technology since women brought their women brains into the mix. Throw out your smart phones, they're useless.

There's more:

Elam agreed that women in the workplace is the pits. In his best feminine voice, Elam said, “‘Hi! I have a vagina and a whole new set of rules! Never mind what’s worked for thousands of years, because I’m female and I know how to make 9,000 people work together to build a bridge across two miles of river!’”

Animated gif of the camera zooming in on April from Parks & Recreation's very unimpressed face


If your idea of helping men is to say that we should get those useless females out of the workplace, that's still misogyny. Not sure how much clearer it needs to be.

A Ponderance

Hmmmmmmm. I wonder if all those individuals and organizations who are so very, very concerned with their freedom of speech and general First Amendment rights when it comes to harassing women on the street or being allowed to express their oh-so-important racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/fatphobic/ableist OPINIONS without having to worry about the specter of criticism - I wonder if those people are in an absolute rage over what's happening in Ferguson.

All of you who are quivering in your boots about the "chilling" of free speech, how do you feel about the governor of Missouri declaring a state of emergency so that he can immediately summon the national guard? Or the 1,000 cops trained to handle Ferguson protesters? Or the dozens of Homeland Security vehicles hidden close to the town? All in case Darren Wilson isn't indicted and people decide to exercise their First Amendment right to protest? Don't you think that a massive militarized army of police hovering over the area is intimidating, to say the least? I would think such a thing would have a chilling effect on free speech.

So even though this isn't happening on a college campus, the people of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education must be straight up shitting themselves from pure outrage right now. Right? Am I right? I'm sure.

Animated gif of Mr. Bean in the passenger seat of a car as someone else drives, waving his middle finger at everyone and smiling as though he thinks it's a friendly gesture

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gif of the Day

Animated gif of a cat standing half-out of a small door, and then another cat pokes its head out between the first cat's legs

"What'cha lookin' at?"

Matriarch Overlords Take Over Sweden, Corrupt Video Games

Heheheheheheheh.

Sweden’s Gaming Industry Might Consider Adding “Sexist” Labels To Games

So first, the Swedish government is spending a pile of money to investigate how women are portrayed in video games. They're basing this on the Bechdel Test, which is already used to rate movies there.

Now, they're considering doing a similar thing with video games, or at least giving video games that actually aren't sexist a special certificate. Like a "This Game Isn't Shit" award.

Well, we all knew that Sweden was a total SJW haven, right? Next target: The World.

The World's Most Perfect Analogy

Somebody made a comic describing exactly how obnoxious it is to try and argue with misogynistic men who act all "intellectual" and "calm" and "reasonable" but are basically just trolls in bow ties.

Click image to enlarge
[Comic transcript:

Panel 1: Man and woman in an old-timey car.

Woman: I don't mind most marine mammals. But sea lions? I could do without sea lions.

Man: Don't say that out loud!

Panel 2: Human-size sea lion appears behind them.

Sea lion: Pardon me, I couldn't help but overhear...

Man: Now you've done it.

Panel 3: Close up of sea lion behind annoyed-looking woman.

Sea lion: I would like to have a civil conversation about your statement. Would you mind showing me evidence of any negative thing any sea lion has ever done to you?

Panel 4: Man and woman at their dinner table, with the sea lion still behind them.

Woman: Go away.

Sea lion: There's no need to raise your voice. I'm right here. I'm just curious if you have any sources to back up your opinion?

Panel 5: Woman in bed, with sea lion standing beside her.

Woman: You're in my house.

Sea lion: You made a statement in public for all to hear. Are you unable to defend the statements you make? Or simply unwilling to have a reasoned discussion?

Panel 6: Man and woman at the table the next morning, sea lion in between them.

Man: Told you, dude. Sea lions.

Sea lion: I have been unfailingly polite, and you two have been nothing but rude.

Woman: I am trying to eat breakfast.

Sea lion: Very well. We shall resume in an hour.]



This comic was apparently made to describe GamerGaters, but as we all know, the people of GamerGate are just misogynists and MRAs who like video games. Or don't like video games but will jump on any chance to justify their hatred of women and their subsequent harassment of women while painting themselves as the victims.

This comic is a gift, really, because there are few things more exasperating when you're arguing with someone who demands "evidence" for something they're actively doing or something that happens to you and every other woman on a nearly daily basis, and then when you express irritation, act like you're being unreasonable and claim some kind of moral or intellectual high ground because you told them to leave you alone. This is pretty much their formula for every argument. Now I can just send trolls like this a link to this comic and move on with my life.

Ferguson Update

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, GUN VIOLENCE, POLICE INTIMIDATION]

The grand jury decision about whether or not to indict Darren Wilson for murder could come down any day now. Pretty much everyone seems to think that there's little chance he'll be indicted, including the government of Ferguson, which is calling in a fucking army to prepare for all the oppressing of black people they'll have to do.

More than 1,000 area police officers have received a total of more than 5,000 hours of training to deal with potential unrest, officials said Tuesday.

Yes because having militarized police and the fucking national guard pointing guns directly at your head DOESN'T cause unrest.

Having 1,000 police officers with ridiculous guns for at most a couple hundred protesters is really fucked up. This is clear intimidation. Especially when Ferguson residents have done a way better job of preventing looting, property damage, and violence than the cops have. Especially when the cops are the ones being violent.

If you're not terrified for the people of Ferguson right now, you're probably white.


Meanwhile, a Navy veteran was fired from his job at a hotel for giving a fuck. He found dozens of Homeland Security vehicles parked in the hotel parking garage, snapped photos and posted them on Facebook. Now he's being treated like a threat to national security and was called a "terrorist" by the hotel chain security. Of course, they're just mad because the hotel chain lost a $150,000 contract with Homeland Security to keep this part of their oppression army a secret.

Somebody give hero whistle-blower Mark Paffrath a better job. Give him the best job.


You can check out the Ferguson National Response Network Tumblr account for planned demonstrations in your area following the grand jury announcement. There will be one at Seattle Community College at 7pm the day of the announcement. If it's not on a Friday I will totally do my best to make it. Or maybe if it is on a Friday I'll call in to work and be like "sorry I have to fight injustice tonight" because I have enough privilege to be able to skip work.

TIME Apologizes to White Women

Animated gif of a man lying face down on a couch, banging his face against the pillow over and over.

Not long after I wrote the post about TIME wanting to ban black people words and also "feminist," they apologized. For "feminist." For having "feminist" on the list. They did not apologize for the racism. They didn't mention it. Probably because my fellow white feminists got super angry about the word "feminist" being on the list of words to ban while they didn't even mention/notice the fact that four of the words came from black people.

This is why we can't have nice things, feminists.

Still fuck you, TIME.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gif of the Day


I wish I could do this whenever a dude pisses me off.

Bye.

Morning Announcements

Writing to you from Wednesday night. Tomorrow, which is Thursday, I will be going to a pre-screening of a feminist documentary with my mom and then to a show, so I won't have any time for making posts tomorrow yesterday. Get it?

Except a gif. Always a gif.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gif of the Day

Animated gif of a kitten on its back flailing around.

Auugggshhhsfiisafk.

Devil's Advocate

[Tweet text: Twenty-Something White Man Heroically Agrees To Take Devil's Advocate Position On Controversial Issue That Doesn't Affect Him]


This is exactly how I feel about people playing Devil's Advocate.

TIME Wants to Ban Blackness

Can you think of a list of words which have come into popular circulation recently that have their origins in the black community? I ask because there's a good chance that the words you come up with are on TIME's list of words they want to ban in 2015.

"Bae" 
"Basic" 
"Turnt" 
"Yaaassssss"

You might notice that "feminist" is also on this list. And yes, I am pissed about that. What shit-covered white dude came up with this list? The rest of the opinions are either phrases, will never go away, or are "kale." ("Disrupt"?)

The blurbs giving the reason for each word to be on the list are even better.

"yaaasssss: Nooooooooo mmooooorrrreeeeee. If only for poor Lady Gaga’s sake."

Yes, poor, poor Lady Gaga. I'm not sure what this is referencing, whether Lady Gaga has been appropriating again or what, but fuck Lady Gaga and her racism. And fuck TIME's racism.

You'll notice that they already banned "twerk."

And then.

"feminist: You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade."

"Nothing against feminism" sure, yeah, right, nothing against feminism, they're just tired of hearing about it and want people to stop talking about it, especially celebrities. Because, you know, when celebrities support something, other people tend to start supporting it, too. Also, let's invoke Susan B. Anthony - a woman that actual feminists avoid because she was racist as fuck and has been hijacked by pro-lifers.

There needs to be a write-in option so that we can ban the word "time" just to spite this awful publication. Fuck you, TIME.

Animated gif of a woman miming putting on lipstick with her middle finger.