Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Gif of the Day



Is that a raccoon?

Morning Announcements

I'm taking another week off because I'm going to Vegas! I haven't gone anywhere significant in a long time and it's also the first time I've been to Vegas and the first time I've stayed in a fucking RESORT.

This trip is paid for by very generous family members because lol I have no money. I'm super excited! Maybe I'll come back with pictures, but more likely just something sarcastic and/or complaints about the heat.

Have a great week and my apologies if you're in the U.S. and had to go back to school :(.



Friday, August 26, 2016

Gif of the Day



OMG TWO PINK BABIES AHHHHHHHHHHHH

Recommended Reading

Another very important topic that I think we all need to be talking about more.

10 Things I’ve Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic

Gaslighting is a fascinating subject to me, and certainly something I've experienced myself. I think the idea that it's become incredibly common to the point that it's a cultural norm is particularly interesting.

I believe that gaslighting is happening culturally and interpersonally on an unprecedented scale, and that this is the result of a societal framework where we pretend everyone is equal while trying simultaneously to preserve inequality.

Most of the people I know have experienced some type of abuse, and I would bet that nearly all of them have also experienced some form of gaslighting. It's those times when someone has made you doubt your own reality, whether they meant to or not. It's incredibly distressing, especially when coming from a loved one. It's also something that politicians and pundits engage in fucking cooooonstantly. MRAs, anti-feminists, and TERFs love to do this. It's their favorite tactic. If they can make your reality debatable, then they've already won.

This is recommended reading for all people, just for the sake of everyone's own personal and emotional safety and well-being. Becoming aware of this behavior can save you a lot of pain. Trust me.

This is the Best

This apparently happened three months ago and I somehow missed it. This has got to be one of the most hilarious things that has come out of the clusterfuck that is the 2016 presidential election.

This Woman Tricked Trump Supporters Into Donating to a Queer Latino Organization



An unnamed woman known as thewwwayward designed a motivational Trump poster – with the words “There’s no good and evil, there’s only power and those too weak to seek it” attributed to him. She sold the posters to followers of the presumptive Republican nominee at a rally. What they didn’t know, unless they are big Harry Potter fans, is that the words actually comes from Hogwarts’ most villainous student, Voldemort.


“I also included a hidden image of Voldemort’s face that will only appear once they’ve hung up the poster and turned off the lights,” she said about the glow-in-the-dark bonus.


All of her profits will be donated to Familia Trans Queer – an organization that advocates for all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. “Believe me, I have zero qualms about trolling Trump supporters, taking their money, and giving it to communities of color,” she concludes.



A-MA-ZING.

You have to watch the video this incredible woman made about it. Trust me, it's worth it.




I think I'm in love.

If you'd like to support sticking it to Trump supporters, I recommend donating to the Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement or at least checking it out.

Police Force Woman to Remove Clothing

You've probably heard of the Muslim woman in France who was forced to remove her head and arm coverings, which were not part of a "burkini" but just normal religious wear that she happened to have on at the beach.

Let's talk about how fucked up it is that cops forced any woman to remove any clothing, publicly. How utterly humiliating for her. What a complete violation of bodily autonomy. Honestly, considering the fact that the garb was religious and tied to control of her own body by herself, thishould be considered sexual assault. Can you imagine a cop coming up to you and demanding that you take off any of your clothes on a public beach? How completely terrifying would that be?

This is everything that feministshould be against. Give women a fine if their clothing is technically against the law, but forcing them to strip in public should be completely illegal. I don't care if you don't think a woman's hair and arms are in any way sexual or revealing. For some people, it is, and all that really matters is how the individual wearing the clothes feels about it. Forcing her to strip is absolutely akin to sexual assault.

Thankfully, I just found this bit of news:

France's burkini ban overturned by highest court.

Thank fuck. I maintain that this ban made no sense to begin with. What do wet suits made for Muslim women have to do with terrorism? Answer: Fucking nothing. If Islamophobes freak out over the sight of a Muslim woman covering herself on the beach, that is 100% a personal problem. They should have to stay away from the beach and generally get over themselves.

One mayor says he won't lift the ban, so I hope he gets his ass handed to him by the higher government.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gif of the Day



Leslie fucking Jones, everybody.

World's Biggest Assholes Hack Leslie Jones' Website

There is no good reason to hack into someone's website and post their private nude photos. There might be a good reason to hack into someone's website and post non-nude photos of them as well as some private information, such as to expose a clearly dangerous person or maybe to give them a taste of their own medicine (hint hint good hackers). But the fast majority of women who have suffered through this have done nothing to actually deserve this violation of privacy bordering on sexual assault. All they've done is critique a video game, or point out sexism somewhere, or make a bit of media that some dudes didn't like.

But in the case of Leslie Jones, she literally did nothing. At all. Except exist. As a black woman.

Leslie Jones’ Website Taken Down After Horrific Nude Photo Hack

This comes after the overtly racist harassment she suffered on Twitter. She's clearly become a target of racist and misogynistic trolls, because she was in a movie that men got all twisted in the boxer briefs about because it contained a bunch of women who weren't dressed up for their gaze and reversed the receptionist eye candy trope. The white actresses aren't being targeted, even though the main lead was white.

So because she's black and a woman, this is what she gets. Misogynoir is a huge thing.

As if Leslie Jones hadn’t suffered enough at the hands of internet, the “Ghostbusters” actress’ personal website was hacked on Wednesday. Private information, including her passport and a driver’s license, as well as multiple nude photos were posted online, TMZ reports.  
The hacker somehow gained access to the comedian’s website and reportedly posted a video of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot and killed at a Cincinnati Zoo earlier this summer. Internet trolls have repeatedly used Harambe memes and photos to incite online abuse directed at Jones.

I am so fucking angry about this. Fucking try to tell me that racism or misogyny are over in this country. The fact that hackers know they can do this and get away with it, because the authorities will do nothing. And where are the good hackers finding these people and bringing them to justice? The fact that there are people like this who exist in the world, attacking incredibly kind, funny, and amazing people like Leslie Jones who have done nothing. Nobody can make up excuses for this.

The people who did this need kidney punches. All around.


Headline of the Month

Rush Limbaugh warns that federally paid 'lesbian farmers' could invade your town.

It's coming from Rush so of course it's complete bullshit but it's a great opportunity to use this:


I love that gif.

WHERE ARE MY LESBIAN FARM INVADERS, RUSH? Because let's be honest, it would make every community a whole lot better.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gif of the Day



SMACKDOWN.

Prison Inmates Dying of Heat Exhaustion Because Fuck 'Em I Guess

There was a period of time, actually a couple, where groups of people who were specifically Christian intervened in the prison system because the conditions in prisons were atrocious. The idea was that prisoners are human beings and even if they've done wrong, they deserve humane conditions to live in while they serve their time. After all, Jesus commanded that Christians care for the least of his people.

That hasn't happened in a while. And, as usual, prison conditions have deteriorated to the point that prisoners are being horrifically abused, exploited, and are dying for completely preventable reasons. The newest reason they're dying is from heat exhaustion, in part due to not being given enough water. The most basic fucking thing, besides oxygen.

“Deadly Heat” in U.S. Prisons Is Killing Inmates and Spawning Lawsuits

In the summer months, 84 inmates at the Price Daniel Unit, a medium-security prison four hours west of Dallas, share a 10-gallon cooler of water that’s kept locked in a common area. An inmate there can expect to receive one 8 oz. cup every four hours, according to Benny Hernandez, a man serving a 10-year sentence at the prison. The National Academy of Medicine recommends that adults drink about twice that amount under normal conditions and even more in hot climates. According to Hernandez, in the summer the temperature in his prison’s housing areas can reach an astonishing 140 degrees. 
The prison provides ice for the cooler twice a day, but the ice has long melted before the hottest part of the day, he wrote in a post on Prison Writers, a website where inmates share their experiences behind bars. “Prisoners look upon the summer months in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with dread and trepidation,” he wrote. “For one is acutely aware that one may not survive another summer. Many do not.”

UM.

NOT OKAY.

Of course, prison representatives say something different, but I trust those fucks about as far as I can throw an actual prison building.

Every report I've read about U.S. prisons has said that things like water, clothing, and tampons/pads are routinely denied to prisoners as a form of  punishment or for no reason at all as far as anyone can tell. Reports of illness from prisoners are also routinely ignored because it's assumed they're faking for attention or special treatment. So I don't believe for one second that heat stroke victims are being treated appropriately. Which is why so many have died.

The 14 fatalities cited in the report are an extremely conservative estimate, Dulitzky noted. He and others have been fighting to obtain inmates’ death records, and based on their ages, medical conditions, and the given day’s heat index, believe that “several dozens” died at least in part as a result of extreme heat exposure in 2014 and 2015 alone.

We need people to step up and demand humane conditions for these HUMANS packed into our prisons. Unfortunately, much of the Christian population in this country is too concerned about keeping certain people from marrying or using public restrooms or doing what they want with their own bodies to give much of a fuck about people who are suffering and dying right now. They've gone deep into a phase of poor people and prisoners deserve what they get, even if it's death. Which is utterly, UTTERLY un-Christian.

I was raised Christian so this touches a nerve. Anyway.

If they won't do it, I guess it's up to us "social justice warriors" to unreasonably demand that the human beings in prisons aren't left to be cooked alive in a steel and concrete oven with insufficient water.

Recommended Reading

I think it's really important to keep having conversations around emotional labor. The things women have to do on a daily basis just to fit all of society's many and sometimes contradictory expectations, good lord. It's like trying to balance on an ever-shifting tightrope.

People also have a finite amount of emotional energy, same as physical and mental energy. Why do you think we're so goddamn tired all the time?

50 Ways People Expect Constant Emotional Labor from Women and Femmes

Every one of these is true and I could probably think of more but I'm TIRED.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gif of the Day



Damn, look at him go. A for effort.

Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Many white feminists celebrate "Equal Pay Day" in April to commemorate the day that a woman would have finally made as much as a man made the previous year according to the gendered pay gap. However, the April date only applies to the comparison between white women and white men.

Black women have to work until August 23 to make as much as the average white man made last year.

“The pay gap does not affect all women the same way.”

For more statistics on how much black women get screwed in the U.S., check out the #BlackWomensEqualPay hashtag on Twitter.

Police Brutality Excuses Are a Death Sentence for Deaf People

A deaf man was shot and killed by a police officer after a "chase" in which the man didn't pull over after being signaled to stop by the cop for speeding. We'll never know if this is because the deaf man didn't hear the sirens because the deaf man is dead.

Daniel Harris was both deaf and mute, only able to communicate via sign language. Apparently, both his car and the police car appeared damaged by the time they pulled over outside of Harris' home, but it's unclear how that happened. As usual, the police report conflicts with witness statements. His neighbors say they saw the cop exit his vehicle and immediately shoot Harris. The police report says there was an "encounter" that involved Harris trying to communicate with the officer in sign language before he shot him for some reason. Oh, and it's been confirmed that Harris was unarmed.

This is the problem with officers not only being trained to shoot first and answer questions later but constantly being excused by people saying that officers are justified in acting the same way every time because god forbid an officer gets hurt in a job that they should know ahead of time is dangerous. Cops can't expect every person they encounter to act the same, to immediately follow orders, and be completely complaint in just the way they expect, because not every person is capable of that. This is not the first deaf person to be killed by a cop because he couldn't hear instructions but the officer assumed he was a fully hearing person.

As long as cops keep being excused for this bad behavior, every deaf, disabled, and/or neurodivergent person in the nation is at risk. They shouldn't have to live with the threat of being randomly murdered by police for things they can't control.

Bill O'Reilly, A Sexual Harasser? Who Would Have Thought?

Again, massive, dripping sarcasm there.

The Explosive New Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O’Reilly, Detailed

I have a hard time feeling like they're "explosive" because every woman in the universe is like "yeah, no surprise at all."

This is the guy who's constantly blaming women for being sexually assaulted for all the classic rape apologist reasons, has smirkingly said on camera that he "can't help" being sexist, said that feminist reporters shouldn't be "allowed" to report on Trump, and perhaps the only time in his entire life that he's ever defended President Obama is when Obama was accused of sexism.

And the list goes on. Just Google "Bill O'Reilly sexism."

The only thing that's surprised me about Fox News lately is that they actually fired Roger Ailes over sexual harassment. It gives me hope that Bill O'Reilly might be fired for the surfacing multiple sexual harassment suits in which he had to settle for millions of dollars. Now there's a new one. Maybe it'll ruin him! Cross your fingers!

[C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be “very private,” and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could “see [her] as a wild girl,” and that he believed that she had a “wild side.” Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.

First of all,




I still don't expect Fox to fire O'Reilly, because ratings. But if he did, it would be one of the greatest gifts god ever granted to humanity.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Gif of the Day



Me attempting physical activity.

"What Rape Culture?"

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, RACISM]

Sigh.

Judge quashes rape charges so athlete can enjoy ‘a college experience’

Eighteen year old David Becker had been charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery. The victims had been drinking at a house party while a fellow student’s father was out of town, and had stayed after the party to help Becker and others clean up. The two young women fell asleep in an upstairs bedroom, talking with Becker until they all fell asleep. 
Both victims woke up to Becker sexually assaulting them, with an apologetic text message from Becker sent the next day corroborating their stories. 
Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes only gave Becker two years of probation, while also being ordered to avoid drugs or alcohol and to stay away from his victims. 
While Becker has been ordered to submit to sex offender treatment programs, Judge Estes did not require him to register as a sex offender, meaning that no conviction will ever appear on his record, so long as he does not break his probation.

Black kids too young to be let into a PG 13 movie without adult supervision are tried as adults for for killing their abusers and given long sentences that completely ruin their lives. White adult men are given probation for raping two women. Because god forbid their lives be ruined for scarring two women for life.

Becker’s attorney Thomas Rooke applauded the judge’s decision, celebrating the fact that Becker “can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender. The goal of this sentence was not to impede this individual from graduating high school and to go onto the next step of his life, which is a college experience. 
“We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18, 19 years old,” Rooke continued. “Putting this kid in jail for two years would have destroyed this kid’s life.”

Yes, we've all made mistakes. But clearly America has different standards for people when it comes to what is a "mistake" and what makes a person so dangerous that they have to be locked up for decades. White men destroying the lives of two women by consciously raping them over an extended period of time is a "mistake." Trying to protect yourself from abuse because you don't know any other way to get help? Prison. All the prison.

Not to mention the countless 18 and 19-year-old people of color arrested, prosecuted, and having their lives ruined for the mistake of possessing drugs. White man doesn't even have to register as a sex offender because oh no his poor future!

I'm tired.

White Supremacists With Giant Guns "Protest" the NAACP

This actually happened and it's terrifying.

BREAKING: Armed White Supremacists Storm NAACP Office in Houston

"Storm" is click-baity because the group was too small to really storm anything, but they did have assault weapons. You can see photos of them openly holding giant fucking guns at their sides. According to a representative with a "Donald Trump 16" hat, this is because they need to "defend themselves."


None of this makes any sense and I'm sure I don't need to explain why, but here I go. These fucking racist white people seem to have completely missed the fact that Black Lives Matter protests never involve guns except those that the police carry and occasionally those that racist white instigators bring. Black people can't openly carry firearms in this country at all, let alone in a BLM protest. They'd be shot on sight by police who would be immediately called in by terrified white people, open carry laws be damned.

These facts completely escape these racists who decided to target the local NAACP building, assuming the NAACP and BLM are either the same thing or directly and officially associated. They're demanding that the NAACP reign in "their people" because someone decided to shoot at cops in Dallas that one time, despite the fact that my fellow white people are coooooonstantly demanding that black people refrain from blaming "all white people" for the actions of individual racist murderers, cops or otherwise. And we definitely can't associate the KKK with Donald Trump's campaign despite their open support and endorsement of Leatherface.

Also, BLM and black people in general haven't burned down entire cities, but we white people sure have.

And don't give us any of that "we're not here to instigate" bullshit. Yes, you are. You're not out there to protest your rights. At the very least, you're there as terrorists to scare and intimidate the community and the NAACP. You standing out there with your giant guns, especially considering the white tendency to be extremely trigger happy at the sight of black people plus your ability to get away with killing them - that's an intimidate tactic. That's a threat.

Lastly, I want to point out that I mean "white supremacists" in a direct and literal sense. One of the women there is clearly holding a sign that says "14 words." If you didn't know, this is white supremacist/neo nazi code referring to a slogan containing 14 words that was uttered by vile white supremacist David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

It's terrifying that literal white supremacists are becoming this bold again. We need to send them scuttling back into the shadows like the cockroaches they are. This means refusing to tolerate them.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Gif of the Day



I love this movie

Recommended Reading

I'm too busy today to write my own thing on the Trump statues, but I will say this:

Yes, I laughed when I first read about it, while simultaneously feeling that the small penis aspect of it was harmful in a number of ways. I know, we feminist and social justice activists ruin all the fun. But I can't stand behind actions that harm people to attack one person, even if it might somehow reduce Trump's chances of becoming president.

But I did laugh, and I don't blame anyone else for laughing, too. I only expect that you reflect on the implications of the statue thing after you laugh at it.

Those Trump Statues Aren’t Funny, And They Sure Aren’t Progressive

The joke itself is bad. It relies on body-­shaming, fatphobia, toxic masculinity, and transphobia to take jabs at Trump. The “joke” behind the statues is two­fold: 
One is that it makes fun of Trump’s body, and likely his weight. He is depicted completely naked, rolls and all, and his skin is intentionally blemished. Beyond clearly relying on beauty standards most progressives would normally reject, it seems pretty fatphobic. Even if the artist didn’t intend it that way, it has certainly made space for fat ­shaming. 
The second part of the joke is about Trump’s dick, or rather, his “manhood.” The title itself is an attempt to emasculate Trump in the same way that his shrunken penis is intended to. The implication is that people with a small penis, or lacking testicles, are not real men and are therefore worthy of scorn. Not only does this joke rely on the tired assumption that a big dick makes one “a real man,” but it’s also transphobic. Not all men have large penises; not all men have penises at all. By undermining Trump’s manhood solely on the basis of the appearance of his genitals, it perpetuates the belief that gender is reducible to genitalia and that anyone lacking the “proper genitals” by cis-­binary standards deserves mocking.

I highly recommend reading the entire article, especially if you didn't initially identify the issues with the statue prank. Try not to sink into privilege guilt resentment shit.

Speaking of Fucking Up

Here's something certain people will never admit they were wrong about.

Amber Heard donates $7M divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charity

"As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated. This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future," says Heard, who will split the money equally between the ACLU "with a particular focus to stop violence against women," she says, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

I can't imagine the people calling her a gold digger because somehow they can't imagine that Johnny Depp the chronic asshole could possibly hit anyone are going to come forward and admit they were wrong. I'm sure they'd rather do the mental gymnastics to make everything the woman's fault because misogyny is better than being wrong about anything ever.




Fuck you guys.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gif of the Day



NO TOUCH.

Actual Good Thing Happening??

I was not expecting this.

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Are you telling me that the government actually made a decision that is detrimental to large private corporations?

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.” 
“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Yates wrote.



I knew they were "investigating" but I honestly though that private prisons were another horrific aspect of capitalism that was here to stay until the nation's inevitable collapse. What is this new feeling I'm experiencing? Hope? Faith in humanity?

I'm not sure if this applies to all private prisons, however. Yates' statement only refers to federal prisons, and there are private prisons controlled by individual states. But at least the federal government is not longer advocating for the gross practice of making a profit off of prisoners.

Just Admit When You've Fucked Up

[TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, RAPE APOLOGIA, MISOGYNY, RAPE THREATS, DOMESTIC ABUSE]

How about this for a new trend? Instead of acting like a complete baby whenever you're called out on something, getting all defensive and deflective, and trying to act like it's impossible for you to even fuck up, just bite the goddamn bullet and apologize. Reflect on what people are saying, admit you fucked up, and issue a genuine apology.

I'm so sick of seeing these privileged public figures doing fucked up shit, then after getting called out, declaring that they're so very aware of the issues and would never do anything bigoted or insensitive at all, despite having just done that.

One of the latest is Ellen DeGeneres, AGAIN, pulling some racist shit and then bizarrely claiming that she's super duper aware of racial issues. If that were true, you would have had an intern Photoshop you onto the back of a black man.

It's the classic white liberal bad ally move, doing or saying something racist that's supposed to be funny, thinking it's okay because you're soooooo progressive and so not racist! And then when you get called out, your reaction is to throw a big pity party and hide behind the liberal credentials, meaningless as they are. "But I'm not racist! How can you call me racist when I'm a Not Racist (TM)?"




Stop.

Is it really that hard to just think for a second that you might have done something racist? That you might have overlooked some history, maybe been thoughtless for a second? People fuck up all the time, but when you make it all about you and refuse to acknowledge that you hurt people or are responsible for your own actions, you go from an asshole maybe to being cemented as a Definite Asshole.

This should be Human Behavior 101 stuff. If you hurt someone, including an entire group of people, you apologize and try to make sure it doesn't happen again. And by apologize, I don't mean blaming the people you hurt by saying "I'm sorry if anyone was offended." This is not about black people being offended. It's about you being racist.

Also, if you find out that one of the people who writes your white feminist "comedy" is a blatant rape apologist, don't block people on Twitter for pointing this out and asking for an explanation. And don't pretend you never knew about the guy's assholery when he's been fucking horrible in the past telling women they deserve to be raped and talking about choking his girlfriend and how she deserved it.

Amy Schumer is also fucking racist, but thinks it's just fine because "comedy."

I'm so tired of the excuses. The utter failure to be accountable for any actions or any of one's words. Comedy doesn't make you immune to being racist. Calling yourself liberal/progressive doesn't make you immune to being racist. You do not get a magic wand that makes the harm you cause disappear, poof!

You are responsible for your fucking actions.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gif of the Day



Is very soothing.

Fat Women Are Winning the Olympics, Too

Are you one of those people who thinks that "fit" = "thin"? I have news for you. The first person to win the U.S. a medal in weightlifting in 16 years is a woman who looks like this:


Photos of Sarah Robles winning the fuck out of the Olympics

That's right. This woman is way, way stronger than you. Her name is Sarah Robles.

Oh, and she lives in poverty because she can't get endorsement deals because she doesn't fit gender specific body type standards.

The Strongest Woman In America Lives In Poverty

But that doesn’t mean much when it comes to signing the endorsement deals that could pay the bills. Track star Lolo Jones, 29, soccer player Alex Morgan, 22, and swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 29, are natural television stars with camera-friendly good looks and slim, muscular figures. But women weightlifters aren’t go-tos when Sports Illustrated is looking for athletes to model body paint in the swimsuit issue. They don’t collaborate with Cole Haan on accessories lines and sit next to Anna Wintour at Fashion Week, like tennis beauty Maria Sharapova. And male weightlifters often get their sponsorships from supplements or diet pills, because their buff, ripped bodies align with male beauty ideals. Men on diet pills want to look like weightlifters — most women would rather not.

This is what beauty standards and capitalism do to people. Fuck both.

Or follow Sarah Robles' blog.

France Spearheads Brave Fight Against Beach Terrorism

That headline is sarcastic.

The 'Burkini' Is Banned in Cannes, France, for the Most Islamophobic, Misogynistic Reason

Lisnard aims to prohibit "beachwear ostentatiously showing a religious affiliation while France and places of religious significance are the target of terror attacks," the Independent reported. 
To make matters worse, Cannes' Head of Municipal Services Thierry Migoule made the unfair connection with Muslim women who wear the burkini to those who pledge allegiance to terrorist organizations. 
"We are not talking about banning the wearing of religious symbols on the beach... but ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements which are at war with us," Migoule told AFP.

Fuck off Thierry Migoule.

This couldn't be clearer religious discrimination nor could it be more ridiculous. Since when are burkinis, swimwear that covers the entire body and the hair (not the face like actual burqas), associated with terrorism? I've never heard of terrorist attacks on beaches. I've never heard of a Muslim women in a thing that is essentially the same as a wetsuit committing an act of terror. You know, except for scaring Islamophobic white people by existing.

I mean, look at this shit:




My fellow white feminists need to immediately stop defending this ban and speak out against it. They need to stop equating head coverings with misogyny, especially because they're constantly focusing on Muslim head coverings and not those from other religions and cultures. It's making things terrifying for Muslim women in places like France. Islamophobia is escalating and becoming more and more violent.

As the Mic article points out, this policy is clearly targeting Muslims only. This cannot be tolerated.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gif of the Day



Every tome is a tome of cat summoning.

Some Good News

Too much terrible lately. Need some good.

Is Beyonce Launching Her Own TV Network?

“She intends to create her own TV network just like Oprah,” said the source. “Her entertainment company Parkwood is doing very well and her desire is to create a network so she can have the freedom to bring the ideas of her closest creative friends to life.” 
Similar to Beyonce’s documentary, Life is But a Dream, the rumored network would showcase behind-the-scenes looks at Beyonce’s work and personal life; while also reportedly airing documentaries on African and American history. Unfortunately,  it may be a while before the new network actually happens. 
“The plan is to develop it within the next decade,” shared the source.

That is a long time, but still, something to look forward to in this developing dystopian hellscape. Especially since it will focus on black history, which America needs because our schools only teach it as a college elective.


Muslims Do What Christians Never Have To

Or atheists, or the generally non-religious such as myself.


That is a fuckload of people all doing the same thing at once.

More than 30,000 Muslims from around the world congregated at a farm in the United Kingdom for a three-day event protesting ISIS and religious extremism, the Independent reported. The protest was part of the 50th annual Jalsa Salana, an annual convention and gathering for Ahmadiyya Muslims. 
The Ahmadiyya sect was founded in India in 1889 and faced persecution and violence from religious extremists in countries abroad. Despite their plight, the religious movement's official motto is "Love for all, hatred for none" and their philosophy is rooted in tolerance over extremism. 

FOR THREE DAYS.

And it's very annoying that this got no coverage despite Islamophobes constantly demanding that Muslims condemn the actions of extremist groups whose victims are like 95 percent Muslim. They condemn ISIS all. The. Time. But you don't cover it. You don't spread it.

And it's terrible that it's all on Muslims to condemn terrorists but you'll never, ever see a gathering like this of Christians to condemn the domestic terrorists making life hell for reproductive health clinics across the U.S. Or the extreme homophobic laws in Uganda that are the direct result of homophobic white Christians coming over from the U.S. to spread their hate because the U.S. no longer puts up with that shit. What the fuck are they doing to help the people being killed over there for something that is actually the fault of extremist representatives from their religion?

Nothing. Certainly not gathering in the tens of thousands. But I bet if they did, the news media would be all over it.

Men Are So Weak



The male ego is so goddamn fragile it can make top athletes unable to train.

Male Swimmers Were Pulled Out Of Training Because Katie Ledecky Beat Them

It’s not unusual for men and women swimmers to train together, but being in the pool with Ledecky is something that many men can’t handle. In April, Conor Dwyer, a 6-foot-5, 27-year-old American swimmer who won a gold medal in the 4-by-200 freestyle relay in London, gave a revealing interview posted online by USA Swimming. In it, he talked about male swimmers being “broken” by Ledecky when they practiced together at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 
“She is no easy task to beat in practice, even as a male,” he said. “I didn’t get broken by her, so I’m happy with that.” He added: “I saw her break a lot of guys in practice. … What I mean is if we’re doing a 3K threshold” — 30 all-out 100 frees — “she’ll just start beating you every single hundred, and slowly but surely you get broken like you do in a long race, like a mile. Your morale goes down pretty quickly when you get broken by a female in practice. I saw a couple of guys have to get yanked out of workout because they got beat by her.” 
When I asked Ledecky about this, she claimed not to have noticed. “I was probably just concentrating on doing my own work,” she said.

Being beaten by women in athletic competition breaks men's spirits. I think the path to the global matriarchy is pretty clear.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gif of the Day



If you don't watch Steven Universe, do.

Milwaukee Uprising

[TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, POLICE BRUTALITY, MURDER, GUN VIOLENCE]

I don't watch mainstream news programs, mainly because they're not on Netflix, but I feel like the protests in Milwaukee are being widely ignored? I saw it trending on Facebook on the first day and then nothing?

Milwaukee has literally been on fire after yet another black man was gunned down by police on Saturday. But apparently, residents aren't much surprised about the reaction. Maybe the entire nation is no longer so surprised that black people aren't putting up with this shit anymore.

There's 140 character gold right now in the #MilwaukeeUprising tag on Twitter, along with one post I found that is incredibly disturbing.


If you look at this woman's Twitter feed, you can see that she's seriously anti-black and anti-BLM. Now she's bringing "army boys" to Milwaukee. If you're black and in the city, I guess be on the lookout for horrible racist white people who are headed specifically to your protest to make trouble, because that's another thing you have to deal with on top of EVERYTHING.

Apparently things are getting so bad there that a "veteran protest journalist" is evacuating like it's a war zone. Which it is, because the government called in the fucking National Guard.

"I am going to be leaving. I will no longer cover what is happening here," Pool said at the beginning of the video. 
"There has been rioting following the death of a man at the hands of the police, buildings have been burned down, several arrests, officers injured. We saw rocks being thrown at cops and it culminated with an 18-year-old white kid being shot in the neck yesterday."

Yeah gee I wonder why they might be uphappy with us white people right now! Could it have something to do with our tendency to withdraw our support and call them violent every time they try to defend themselves from the police? Or any time a white person gets hurt at a protest like this, at which point you assume a black person did it? Or because black people start saying "white people suck" and it hurts our delicate feelings?

Don't get me wrong. This reporter, Tim Pool, absolutely should leave the area because he's too steeped in white privilege and general anti-blackness to be there. But he's also a shitty racist whiner.

If this starts being reported on in any real kind of way, be on guard for the smearing of the victim, reports about poor police officers getting scratches and bruises from people protesting their own being randomly murdered in the street constantly, and all around white hypocrisy and hate. Fellow white people, if you're able, now is a good time to do some ally work. Stand up to racists, send love and support to protesters and the victim's family.

This is What Words Can Lead To

I still come across a lot of people who think that "words are just words" and generally don't think that the use of language can alter the way they think or have a strong influence on people. These are the same people getting suckered by political rhetoric on a daily, I guarantee you.

But I'd like anybody to try and argue this considering the state of the nation that has seemed to go from "overt racism is bad" to:

Pro-Slavery Republican Who Called Katrina Victims ‘Whiners’ Wins Party’s Primary Election

Lewis is not just your average hate-filled Republican. The former right-wing radio host has not only argued that slavery should still be legal, but that Hurricane Katrina victims were “whiners” and has said that African-Americans should feel lucky to live in poverty in the United States because “the median income for blacks in America would make them rich in most African nations.”

This man could become a representative for the state of Minnesota. Because the voters want him.




Please, tell me it's a coincidence that men like this and former KKK leaders can once again run for office with any hope in this country right after the rise of Donald Trump, aka Captain "He Speaks His Mind." You think that shit's spontaneous? You think it's not calculated? You think he doesn't choose his words carefully in order to best manipulate people like you? Sucker.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Gif of the Day



They're just sO EXCITED.

Extra Cuteness Because Friday

This cat omg.



Happy weekend, unless you're in one of the many occupations that require you to regularly work on Saturdays and Sundays!

U.S. Anti-Black Racism Update

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

Hey look there's more!

Man shot to death by L.A. County deputy was not a carjacking suspect, officials say.

Not only was he not a carjacking suspect, he was asleep!

Meanwhile, the deputy who arrived at West Stockwell Street noticed that the man in the frontyard matched the description of the carjacking suspect: a black man 20 to 30 years old, wearing dark pants or shorts and a basketball jersey. He called over the radio that he believed he had found the carjacking suspect who had exchanged gunfire with deputies and that the man, lying motionless on the ground, may have been shot. 
“I could see why they were thinking, ‘Yeah, that was our guy,’” homicide Lt. John Corina said. 
Thompson did not respond to commands to show his hands, to stand up or to put his hands behind his head, sheriff’s officials said. SWAT deputies arrived and repeated the commands, but Thompson remained motionless, lying on his side with his left hand underneath his head and his right hand under his midsection, Katz and Corina said. 
Even when the SWAT deputies set off “flash-bang” explosives, Thompson was unresponsive. Only when he was hit with foam bullets did he rouse himself, pushing himself onto his feet and “bolting” toward an armored vehicle, Corina said.

So the man was fast asleep in his OWN FRONT YARD and the police threw flash bang grenades at him, then hit him with a foam bullet and were surprised when he freaked the fuck out.

They thought he'd been shot, so they FIRED FLASH BANG GRENADES AND FOAM BULLETS AT HIM INSTEAD OF JUST WALKING UP AND CHECKING ON HIM. Then when he exhibited the natural fight or flight response, they murdered him and lied about him being a carjacking suspect to try and justify it. And:

The SWAT team was well protected from gunfire by the armored vehicles, but the deputy shot Thompson out of concern that he would run into the neighborhood and harm residents, Corina said.

UM.



They'll use any excuse to murder black people.

And then there's all the racism around the black women kicking ass in the Olympics right now.

People Are Talking About Gabby Douglas' Hair Again — & It's Not Okay

Douglas addressed the haters four years ago, classily stating: “What’s wrong with my hair? I’m like, I just made history and people are focused on my hair? It can be bald or short; it doesn’t matter about [my] hair.” She continued: “Nothing is going to change. I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well stop talking about it.” 

Are they just jealous? No. They're also racist and misogynistic.

Brock Turner Judge Gave Child Porn Collector 4 Days in Jail

Remember the judge who gave the Stanford rapist six months in jail for maliciously raping a woman behind a dumpster for several minutes? Apparently, months before that atrocity, he gave a man convicted of possessing child pornography four days in jail. He was released after one. And the judge promised to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor if the sicko served his probation without incident.

Trigger warning for a brief description of one very, very disturbing child porn image:

Stanford Rape Judge Aaron Persky Gave Sex Offender Robert James Chain Minimal Sentence For Child Pornography

The maximum sentence for this crime is three years in prison. Even this is minimal considering that child porn collectors fuel an industry that requires the sexual abuse and violation of children.

The article is full of further examples of Persky being lenient on white offenders, including other sex offenders, yet he's been hard on nearly identical offenders of color. And he's still on the bench!

If he isn't forced to step down soon, I may lose all hope in humanity. Again.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Gif of the Day


Omg meerkats.

Lol Whoops

Apparently today is vague headline day, because the things that are happening are leaving me without words except for in rant form.

Actually this just doesn't need words, omg.




OH SHIT.




Thank you, Tumblr user steviemcfly, for making my entire day.

Are You Kidding Me

I was hopeful this time. I really was.

DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana

Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg says the decision is rooted in science. Rosenberg gave "enormous weight" to conclusions by the Food and Drug Administration that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and by some measures, it remains highly vulnerable to abuse as the most commonly used illicit drug across the nation. 
"This decision isn't based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine," he said, "and it's not."

ARE YOU KIDDING ME.





If you're not familiar with the official reasons why this is bullshit, please allow this drug abuse and addiction writer to explain. Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule I drug. That is the highest, most restricted category of drug. You know what else is in that schedule? Heroin. Cocaine and meth are in Schedule II, because they have some medical applications. That's right. The DEA thinks that marijuana, despite being used for medical purposes in a full half of all U.S. states, has less medical use than fucking cocaine and meth, and is as dangerous and addictive as heroin, despite causing exactly 0 overdose deaths each year because it's literally impossible to overdose on cannabis.

So why, you ask, is the DEA ignoring all the science and reality to keep marijuana a Schedule I intoxicant?

Marijuana Prohibition Was Racist From The Start. Not Much Has Changed.

According to a 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks across the nation were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, despite data that suggested they use the drug at about the same rate. In some states, blacks were up to six times more likely to be arrested. This disparity isn’t new, and plays into broader arrest data: A study published in the journal Crime & Delinquency this month found that by the age of 23, nearly 50 percent of black males have been arrested, compared to 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males. 
In all, around 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana each year, with more than 650,000 of them for possession alone. (The U.S., of course, incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other nation in the world.)

Gotta keep those private prisons full of black people so you can force them to work for literally pennies an hour in the nation's last form of legal slavery!



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Gif of the Day



Apparently, bats can swim. Go, little guy, go!

U.S. Anti-Black Racism Update

[TRIGGER WARNING: GUN VIOLENCE, MURDER]

There's been more of these than usual lately but people have largely stopped reporting on them so stand by for the depressing racism dump.

Man on ‘neighborhood watch’ kills 20-year-old outside North Carolina home

We have a new George Zimmerman, except there was no physical altercation between the shooter (who's straight up white this time) and the young man he murdered. This doesn't mean that people, including lawyers, juries, and judges, won't try and justify the murder on the basis that some "hoodlums" (black people) were racing in the middle of the night. Because doing anything while black apparently warrants the immediate, no-trial death penalty in this country.

Now for the cops.

Cleveland Cop Photographed Aiming Gun At Two Unarmed Black Women At Scene of Car Accident

The details of this story are so far from adding up it's like it was written in another dimension where math doesn't exist.

That image clearly showed a Cleveland police officer drawing his weapon and aiming it at two African American women. The women were completely unarmed and non-aggressive. They were at the scene of a hit and run traffic accident, according to a spokesperson for the Cleveland Police Department, who responded to this image on Monday. 
... 
Lt. Ali Pillow told The Cleveland Plain Dealer that someone had tipped the officer off on Sunday that the car had been involved in a hit-and-run. 
But when the officer stopped his motorcycle, the people in the car allegedly fled so the officer drew his weapon and ordered everyone to put their hands up.

This is the image in question:

Click to Enlarge

I don't see any fleeing in that photo. I see a cop ducking away from two black women wearing "is this actually fucking happening right now" expressions. I don't understand if these women were in the car during the accident or why else they would be there pointing at the car. The only clear thing here is that Cleveland police need to stop.

And for the finale. Trigger warning for racial slurs:

Drunk Texas Cop Shoots Up Church, Blames Black People, Not Charged

No charges for attempted murder motivated by hatred against black people!

An inebriated Cox fessed-up to shooting bullets at the church and into the residential area and explained he was upset over the Dallas police ambush, got too drunk and had to let off stress. So, he drunkenly reasoned, he was letting off stress when he decided to shoot his police-issued pistol at a church and into a residential neighborhood after he got drunk in the church parking lot.

The pastor of the church decided not to press charges, but this doesn't mean charges can't and shouldn't be brought up against the cop. If a black non-cop had fired bullets at a church, the city would be pressing the most and worst charges they could think of to put him away for life. But white cops get away with anything.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gif of the Day


:)

Recommended Reading

This is almost too awesome to handle:

Jeanne de Clisson (1300-1359): The Lioness of Brittany

It's a comic from Rejected Princesses, an amazing website in general that you should all check out, about a woman who fucked with the French to get revenge for her husband so much that England ended up giving her warships and she became France's personal boogeywoman.




The entire thing is so great, you have to click!

Can the Olympics Not Be Sexist for Two Seconds

For the love of god, in the year 2016, can we please start referring to female Olympic athletes by their names and stop giving the credit for their accomplishments to men?


What's this medalist's name? Who cares! All that matters is that she's a wife to some men's sports guy.

And then:

NBC's Dan Hicks Says Swimmer Katinka Hosszu's Husband Is "Man Responsible" for Her Win

As the Washington Post reported, Hicks deemed Tusup "the man responsible" for making his wife into the powerhouse she is today. Someone should probably notify the judges, so that Hosszu's medal can be re-awarded accordingly. Viewers were quick to call out Hicks' wording. 

Of course, Mr. Hicks doesn't see anything wrong with giving all the credit for this incredible, record-breaking gold medalist's success to a dude.

On Sunday, Hicks refused to walk back his comments. He maintained that Hosszu has spoken to him of Tusup's integral role in her success; how he drove her to train harder and rebuilt her confidence after she lost the 400-meter IM at the 2012 London Olympics. 
"It is impossible to tell Katinka's story accurately without giving appropriate credit to Shane, and that's what I was trying to do," Hicks said, according to the Associated Press.

There's a mountain of difference between "giving appropriate credit" and saying her husband is "responsible" for her record-breaking run. Fuck you, Hicks. Fuck you right off a cliff.

In a world where we have a refugee Olympic team and have both a trans man competing on a men's team and an intersex woman competing on the correct team, can we maybe cut down on the sexism?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Gif of the Day



What is that and somebody help that cat omg!

Is There Any Real Evidence That Dieting Works?

The lovely Amptoons recently brought up an interesting question. Are there credible studies that actually demonstrate that people can lose weight and keep it off via means considered healthy?

I’m Asking You For A Peer-Reviewed Study Showing That A Typical Fat Person Can Become Sustainably Non-Fat Through Deliberate Weight-Loss

I'm not the kind of person who thinks that scientific studies "prove" things. Scientific proof is not a thing. Science can only demonstrate beyond significant doubt that something is NOT true. It cannot prove something to be true. But it's interesting that ideas about weight are routinely taken as fact in this society - being over a certain number of pounds is unhealthy, appearing fat means you're unhealthy, taking in fewer calories than you use causes weight loss, enough dieting and exercise will make you lose weight and if it's not working you're not trying hard enough. Yet these ideas are largely unsupported by evidence.

In fact, science has done its actual job by showing through studies that these ideas are generally not true. First of all, humans need body fat to live. Also, muscle weighs more than fat and all the other reason poundage isn't a good indicator of health.

But also, if you actually pay attention to the vast majority of people that attempt sustainable weight loss, which probably includes the vast majority of people you know or at least the majority of women, that should be enough to question the idea that commonly accepted ideas about weight loss aren't true. It's always the same, isn't it? People might lose weight temporarily, but the second they stop starving themselves, they gain it back and usually more. Like everyone else, they gain weight overall as they get older, because that's what most human bodies do.

Yes, there are some exceptions, but that's all they are - exceptions. They're probably people who decided to dedicate themselves to vigorous daily athletic activity that most of us simply don't have time for, if we have the physical ability. Others have been able to afford nutritionists and personal trainers. The only people in my life who have lost weight for significant periods of time have done so because they were sick.

There are comments on the piece that link to studies. One in particular has a meta-analysis of multiple U.S. studies in which people did lose weight and keep it off! The average weight loss? Three kilograms. That's 6.6 pounds. After five years.

Last time I went to the doctor, I weighed in at 198 pounds at 5'5". Losing 6 pounds is not going to put me at a weight that our society deems acceptable. My blood pressure, however, remains at a very acceptable level to the doctor.

Of course, the fact remains that the science and ideas of health don't really matter as much as whatever a person feels like eating or doing with their own bodies is their own business. People's happiness is what matters, and you don't get to decide what makes other individuals happy. So bye.



International Cat Day!

If you haven't noticed yet, I am a cat person. And a dog person. And a bird person. I like animals.

But as of now, I only have a cat. I adopted her from a woman who had recently had a baby and already had a dog (who was terrorizing the poor kitten) and couldn't properly care for all three. Due to the dog and what I suspect was too early separation from her mother and/or improper human socialization, my kitty is very anxious. But having an anxiety disorder myself, I could understand. It took two weeks for her to really trust me and come out from under the bed other than to eat or use the litter box, but now she and I are very attached and she is the sweetest, most affectionate, attention-neediest cat ever. With me, she's scared of everyone else.

She also looooooves the super soft Costco blanket I put over our nasty old futon.




And, as you can clearly see, she has the prettiest eyes in all the land. She can also have the saddest eyes in all the land if I haven't given her enough pets.

Also for International Cat Day, here is an article about the mental health benefits of cats:

Cats Are The Unsung Heroes Of Mental Health

Also it includes more kitty pictures. Kitties!



Amazing Women of Color

You may have heard that this year's summer Olympics includes a team of refugees from various nations. They can't compete from their home countries, but starting this year they can still have a chance to participate in incredible international competition, because let's not punish people for having endured terrible hardship. Heart-warming, yeah? Somehow this is controversial. What the fuck.

Anyway, one of the refugee athletes in particular is holy shit whoa god damn amazing.

Yusra Mardini: Olympic Syrian refugee who swam for three hours in sea to push sinking boat carrying 20 to safety

THAT'S QUITE THE TRAINING REGIMEN.

Thirty minutes after setting off from Turkey, the motor on their boat, which was meant for six people but carrying 20, began to fail. Most of those on board it could not swim. With no other alternative, Mardini, Sarah and two strong swimmers jumped into the sea and swam for three hours in open water to stop their dinghy from capsizing, eventually reaching Lesbos.  
“We were the only four who knew how to swim,” she said of the experience. “I had one hand with the rope attached to the boat as I moved my two legs and one arm. It was three and half hours in cold water. Your body is almost like … done. I don’t know if I can describe that.”

That's okay, I couldn't imagine it if you tried.

Why do people not wan refugees in their countries? They are some of the strongest people in the world. If you have a jealousy problem, deal with that on your own time. Losers.