Monday, December 31, 2018

Gif of the Day

Uhhhh oops I forgot to do these for the break. I am going to take today and tomorrow off as well because New Year but Wednesday I'll be back in full swing! Meanwhile, I have found plenty more gifs for you to enjoy.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Gif of the Day


I don't think I've ever seen anything more tender than this cat gently stroking the pig's face like oh my god.

Afternoon Announcements

Hi everybody! Do you know how long it's been since I've taken a real vacation? Me neither!

Yeah, you know what that means. I'm going to take a two-week break from this blog. I'm not entirely happy about it, but since I can't afford to take more than a day or two off for this holiday season from actual paying work, I need to do something for myself to rest.

I'll fill up the next two weeks with gifs over the weekend though. That's my gift to you.

Also, bonus gif for the day, because it's a very important 10-year anniversary!




Amazing.

I'll be back in the new year. May it be a better one.

Maynard James Keenan is a Rapist and I’m Dead Inside

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE OF A MINOR, RAPE CULTURE]

I published this first on Medium because honestly I want more people to see it than they would here and more honestly because I signed up for that fucking "Medium Partner Program" and if I can make 3 cents off of the thing it'll almost be like there's meaning to the whole thing.

It took me a long time to be able to write this. I still can't listen to his music.



I don’t really know how to write this. Maynard James Keenan didn’t rape me. He raped a 17-year-old girl and who knows how many others. What right do I have to complain about how bad I feel about the news of the rape of someone else? And don’t come at me with any kind of defense of Maynard. This goes even beyond my dedication to believing survivors. Sometimes you just know, you know?

The truth is that I knew before a Twitter account appeared detailing a story of a 17-year-old girl being singled out by Maynard to be raped in his trailer later. When the #MeToo movement kicked off this time around, I knew Maynard would be outed sooner or later. I knew because he is just exactly that kind of person. Because everyone knows Maynard’s a complete asshole douchebag. That was why I hid that I was a Tool fan for all those years. That and because the only person who’s as big a douche as Maynard himself is the average Tool fan.

And I could just feel it. It was a gut-level certainty that I can’t explain, but when the news of the accusations came out, I was not surprised. I was only devastated.

I was more than just a Tool fan. I didn’t have every lyric from every song memorized or know all the useless trivia there is to know about every band member. What I mean is that I loved everything Maynard did. My favorite bands used to be Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle, in that order. Now my favorite band is “um, *shrug* Beyonce.”

As embarrassing as it is, Maynard’s music, the strange, ambient sounds with his voice and the spiritual themes of his lyrics spoke to me in a way that no other music ever has. Since age 13 I listened to that music in my darkest times, and all the times when I needed to feel like there was more out there than what we can see. 46 & 2 was my favorite hymn. Grand Canyon became my morning prayer. Most recently, A Perfect Circle surprised us with a new album containing the kinds of “the world is doomed” themes that I fucking need right now.

And now every bit of that music is poisoned. I can’t listen to one note without remembering and knowing what Maynard did. Even if I wanted to pretend that I didn’t believe this one victim, I couldn’t listen to it. It’s gone.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Maynard’s music was a huge part of my spirituality. Music gets me there in a way nothing else does, and nothing got me there like music made by that rapist. Now my head is quiet except for the constant worrying whispers from my anxiety. I went through an actual grieving period over this, and six months later, there’s nothing left. I don’t know where to go to find any connection to the spiritual. It’s like I had a link to god, the cosmos, the universe, whatever, and that was destroyed.

Since then, everything has seemed duller. I tried pitching this as an article so at least maybe I could get some money out of this loss, but the topic already been done to death. And honestly, there is no un-pathetic way to write about how sad and empty you are because the lead singer of the worlds most douchebag-magnet of a band raped someone who is not you.

But I am sad and I feel empty and I don’t know what to do. All I know is that I hate Maynard for doing this to her and I hate Maynard for doing this to me. Thanks a lot, you fucking asshole. I hope you know that you not only hurt multiple women and girls in the deepest and worst way possible, you hurt so many fans who needed you.

You once wrote a song about how you only kept making music because you met so many people along the way who were hurt and needed you. As it turns out, the world probably would have been better off if you never made music to begin with.

Well, you can stop now.

Another Child Dies Due to ICE Neglect

A seven-year-old girl has died in ICE custody after crossing the border with her parents. She died of dehydration and exhaustion. And for some reason, publications like Newsweek are still doing this:

The young girl—whose identity has not yet been released—was captured last week after illegally crossing from Mexico to New Mexico with her father and more than 100 other migrants, according to The Washington Post. On December 6, at around 10 p.m., the group of approximately 163 people approached border agents and turned themselves in for detention.

Even if her parents did cross in a way that the U.S. doesn't consider to be illegal, how can a seven-year-old even do something illegal? You think that dehydrated child has any comprehension of border laws? Why do you always have to use the word "illegally" like that every time something horrible happens to people just trying to find a tolerable living situation/avoid a terrible death? Do we care more about what technically is legal than the fact that little children are dying from completely avoidable situations?

Remember how Border Patrol agents like to go out and destroy food and water reserves left by charity organizations for migrants crossing the desert? I wonder if one of those could have saved that little girl.

Certainly prompt medical attention could have saved her once her family was arrested, but she didn't get that. Did she even get water?

Eight hours later, while in custody, the girl started experiencing seizures, according to CBP records reviewed by The Post. Authorities soon learned that she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days" and immediately transported her to Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest. Although she was revived, she failed to recover and died less than 24 hours after arriving at the medical center. 
It was unclear whether the girl was sufficiently looked after or provided with food and water while in custody. CBP told The Post that the agency was investigating the death to ensure appropriate procedures were followed.

Going eight hours without food or water is a long time for anyone. They're not providing any water to children who just spent weeks walking all day every day without reliable access to food and water?

This 100% never should have happened. Just give these people water. Water. Give them water. But Border Patrol doesn't care one bit about these actual human beings. They'd probably rather they all die.

A-bol-ish ICE right now.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gif of the Day


Whoever made this is my hero.

The U.S. Government Was the Worst Thing to Ever Happen

Seriously, how can people do shit like this? Why don't we all rise up to drag the people responsible into the street and beat them? Why don't they burst into flame from the sheer intensity of their own evil?

Totally Non-Evil ICE Arrests 170 Immigrants Trying To Save Babies From Baby Jails

I stopped reading Wonkette a long time ago because they seemed to have a transphobia problem, but it seems that they've gotten their shit together, so I'll give them another chance.

Anyway.

The friendly folks at US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that federal authorities have arrested 170 immigrants who came forward to sponsor migrant children in government custody. This is the result of a new, fun rule the Department of Homeland Security put into effect this summer. It allows immigration authorities to examine the criminal background and legal status of anyone who attempts to sponsor the unaccompanied minors — usually parents or close relatives already in the country. They can even check the papers of any other adults living in their home, including Grandma.

They actually put out a call in immigrant communities to come sponsor these poor caged kids rotting in prison camps. It was a sting operation. It was a trick. They used kids in prison camps as bait to arrest and cage more people who have done nothing wrong.

They could be using some of that money they used to come up with, plan, and execute this bullshit to find actual homes for these kids in cages, but instead they do this. They used all those resources just to cage more people just trying to fucking live.



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Gif of the Day


Ahhh keep going! Come right through my computer screen and snuggle me!

UK Activists Convicted on Terrorism Charges for Stopping Deportations

Peaceful protesters in the UK have been found to be terrorists because they stood around a plane full of refugees being deported. The verdict came down on Human Rights Day in a perfect example of depressing irony.

More than a year and a half after the 15 defendants had locked themselves around a deportation charter flight at London’s Stansted Airport, successfully stopping it from taking off, the defendants were convicted of intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome, a terrorism-related offense with a potential life sentence.

This is bullshit of the highest order and a clear attempt to intimidate current and future activists. If anyone's committing terrorism, it's the UK's justice system. These people risked their safety to try and stop yet another example of our human rights nightmare caused by Western imperialism that our governments don't want to take responsibility for.

In a statement released minutes after the verdict was announced, the defendants wrote, “We are guilty of nothing more than intervening to prevent harm. The real crime is the government’s cowardly, inhumane and barely legal deportation flights and the unprecedented use of terror law to crack down on peaceful protest. We must challenge this shocking use of draconian legislation, and continue to demand an immediate end to these secretive deportation charter flights and a full independent public inquiry into the government’s ‘hostile environment’.”

But hey who cares about human rights when these activists dared to cause flights to be delayed and rerouted, right?

The Crown Prosecution Service published a press release about the verdict, outlining the disruption to airport operations, such as delayed and rerouted flights, caused by the Stansted 15’s action. Judith Reed, a deputy chief crown prosecutor, stated, “The [Crown Prosecution Service] worked with the police to build a strong case which reflected the criminality of the defendant’s actions, regardless of their motivation.” Tony Badenoch, who represented the prosecution in court, declined to comment.

Fuck you and your whining about minor inconveniences. These activists were trying to save lives. Deported refugees end up dead all the time. And they actually did save some of the refugees on that plane from being deported. But they face life in prison because some flights were delayed and that's terrorism, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

I hope it shames you that this is the kind of bullshit I would expect from U.S. courts.

Hey Nathan Morris

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE BAITING]

Stop telling people to kill themselves in Disqus comments and then deleting them so it only shows up in their email.

click to enlarge

This was a comment on that gif of the day post where I called Joss Whedon a misogynistic ass lmao. You'd think they'd be upset about me calling all conservatives evil monsters who are definitely going to hell, but no, it's just a mad Joss Whedon fanboy.

Get a life, Nathan.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Gif of the Day


An end to all exploitation would be good.

Solidarity With the French Protesters

The "yellow vest" protests in France might seem horrifying to us here in the U.S., but it's not so unusual for protests in Europe (especially in France) for protests to turn violent like that. We would all do well to remind ourselves (and our leaders) that heavy traffic is the smallest price you'll have to pay in a nation that oppresses the masses.

What I'm trying to say is that if things don't change drastically, that shit is going to happen in the U.S. and there are a lot of people in this country who are not prepared for it.

People can only endure constant, sustained violence against them for so long before they fight back. Poverty is violence. The people speaking out about how they're deep in debt and living in shit conditions in France and that's why they're rioting are probably better off than a lot of the poor here in the U.S. The U.S. deserves nothing less than mass riots right now. It doesn't matter what you think about who will clean up the broken glass at the Chase Bank. Riots will happen unless the violence stops. France is showing us this right now and I am grateful for the protesters there, putting their lives and freedom on the line for the betterment of the world.

This isn't about small taxes on the working class. This is about a global trend of shifting the burden of fixing climate change onto the class of people who A) cannot afford to fix the problem and B) didn't cause it in the first place. Big corporations are responsible for something like 97 percent of all human-made carbon emissions. Not switching to electric cars we can't afford is not warming the planet. The rich are. And they could stop it, but they refuse. What can the rest of us do to save humanity from the climate apocalypse? Talking hasn't worked. Riots are all we have left.

And so we will riot.

Women's Safety, Well-Being, and Dignity Worth $400, Apparently

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, RAPE CULTURE, DRUGGING]

Near the very top of things in this world that I hate the most is how leniently rich, white rapists are treated compared to, I dunno, your average person of color caught with a little bit of weed.

Former Frat President Accused Of Drugging And Raping Woman Fined $400 And Set Free

$400 is pocket change to this guy. He was also "sentenced" to counseling. Meanwhile his victim will have to pay a whole lot fucking more than $400 over a lifetime for the counseling she'll need because THIS GUY FUCKING RAPED HER.

“I am devastated by your decision to let my rapist Jacob Walter Anderson go free without any punishment,” Doe said to Texas State District Judge Ralph Strother in court, according to the “Today” show.  
The young woman then addressed Anderson directly, telling the former fraternity president he could’ve killed her. Doe originally told police she woke up alone and choking on her own vomit after the alleged rape.  
“It must be horrible to be you,” she said, “to know what you did to me, to know you are a rapist, to know that you almost killed me, to know that you ruined my life, stole my virginity and stole many other things from me.” 

She could have died. And he has to pay $400, check in with a probation officer every now and then, and gets counseling. This is thanks to a "plea deal" he accepted to avoid a minimum of two years in prison, which is still NOTHING for a crime as heinous, premeditated, and harmful as rape. His crime was reduced to "unlawful restraint," which is just complete and utter bullshit. There is no justice in this system.

The victim’s attorney, Vic Feazell, told local outlet KWTX, “I never, ever have seen such a sweetheart deal for a defendant like this,” adding, “It pays to be rich and white in McLennan County when you’re charged with a crime.” 
“Our entire system failed this young woman,” Feazell added in a statement to the “Today” show. “In 40 years of law practice, I’ve never seen anything like this.” 

Of course, the assistant DA made a bunch of excuses about "oh it's hard to prove." It's hard to prove because we've created a culture and system designed to make it "difficult to prove" and designed to put all the doubt and all the trauma of pursuing justice on the victim. Rape culture is when it's been common knowledge among experts for years that conflicting statements are the norm after something as intensely traumatizing as rape yet conflicting statements are counted against victims in our so-called "justice system."

“Conflicting evidence and statements exist in this case making the original allegation difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt,” she said. “As a prosecutor, my goal is no more victims. I believe that is best accomplished when there is a consequence rather than an acquittal. This offender is now on felony probation and will receive sex offender treatment, a result which was not guaranteed, nor likely, had we gone to trial.” 

Hilary, if this is the best that could be done, that is the saddest thing I've heard in a long, long time. Also, there will definitely be more victims. We still haven't found a way to rehabilitate rapists. Stop trying to make yourself feel better. The truth is probably that you were pressured/bribed to give this rapist a slap on the wrist by his rich daddy. All his future victims are on you. And him, of course, but also you.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Gif of the Day


I know someone is behind this dog moving the ears but I'm going to go ahead and pretend that this is actually a new breed of ear-moving happy hound because I NEED IT.

Alt-Right Bros Can't Make Money Anymore, Are Very Sad

I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be a good year. We deserve one before the economy crashes in 2020.

Crowdfunding site Patreon is purging far-right figures

The original news on this was that Milo Youneedtostopolis tried to start a Patreon campaign because he's a full $2 million in debt, somehow, and was kicked off the platform within a day.

“I’ve had a miserable year or two, banned and de-platformed and censored and blacklisted. Now I need your help. I want to get back on my feet and come roaring back in 2019,” Yiannopoulos wrote on his Patreon page before it was culled. 
“I am one of the most censored and most lied-about people in the world. Even my fans sometimes believe things about me that aren’t true, because journalists lie more about me than perhaps anyone else in America,” he added. 
The crowdfunding site said Yiannopoulos was “removed from Patreon as we don't allow association with or supporting hate groups.”




Paypal and Stipe have adopted similar "fuck the alt-right" policies, so now these losers who thought they could become rich off a wave of hate are fucked.

The account of British conspiracy theorist YouTuber Carl Benjamin, better known as Sargon of Akkad, was removed Thursday. This followed the removal in August of U.S. far-right political commentator James Allsup.

Cutting off these fuckers' means of income is clearly very effective, as they are super, super sad right now.

Many of its users reacted angrily to the latest de-platforming, criticizing the company but also President Donald Trump’s for failing to protect free speech rights of conservative voices. 
“Trump has done nothing to protect his base at this point,” Dave Cullen, a conservative commentator, posted. “He didn't lift a finger to defend Alex Jones, his biggest supporter. Free speech dies with a whimper and people just shrug.”



I've been waiting a long time for a good reason to use that reaction gif. Good night, alt-right.

Free Cyntoia Brown

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEX SLAVERY, RAPE OF A MINOR, RACISM, GUN VIOLENCE]

This has been difficult for me to even look at because it's so horrific, but this girl needs us and she needs us now.

Cyntoia Brown is the 16-year-old girl who was forced into sex work by her abusive boyfriend. When a grown man violently sexually assaulted her and attempted to rape her under this sex slavery, she feared for her life, took out a gun, and shot him. The child rapist died, as all child rapists should. Now, the Supreme Court of Tennessee has ruled that Cyntoia must spend at least 51 years in prison. That is her entire life.

You might have seen posts comparing Cyntoia to white men who have murdered people and gotten less than a year in jail or been let off altogether based on self-defense or "stand your ground" pleas. But we all know these don't apply to people of color. Not even underage girls of color who were trying to defend themselves from adult rapists who might have killed them. Then, of course, is the fact that rapists can spend 90 days in jail and then move on with their lives, free to rape more people.

This case is the ultimate example of how there is no real justice in the U.S. But it's also about a real girl's life. She is absolutely the victim here, and she needs our help. Governor Bill Haslam could grant her clemency. He's a Republican, but there's a chance he has a human heart. Or at the very least could be swayed by a lot of political pressure. We need everyone who can to call his office. Clemency is the best way to keep her out of the hell of prison, where she is likely to be victimized again.

His phone number is (615) 741-2001. Call, demand, beg, whatever you have to do. We have to save this poor girl. She needs to see that there are people in the world who will protect her from all the evil out there and that she can have a future. Don't let the rapists win.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gif of the Day



I don't know who is the genius who made this gif but I would like to be their friend.

Lindsey Time

This is just a kind of random funny thing, but I recently googled myself as you sometimes do, especially if you're a writer and want to check to see if any of your articles got picked up by somewhere cool. And I found that since I published that South Park piece on The Establishment, a couple dudes have made response videos to it on YouTube.

As you have likely guessed, they are highly critical of the article.

They're not really worth discussing as they didn't have anything unique or interesting to say, but one provided an opportunity to make an awesome gif.


LINDSEY TIME!

I've never really liked my given name but this makes me want to lean into it. It is Lindsey time. All the time.

So thank you, random YouTube video guy whose name I forget already. I don't know how to make gifs other than using those online tools where you cut bits out of YouTube videos. Also those tools tend to allow you to add fun sparkles and other stuff to the gif so yeah.



You're gonna see these a lot from now on.

Fuck "Gender Critical Feminism"

I feel like it's been way too long since I've asserted on here that I hate TERFs and SWERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists and sex worker-exclusionary radical feminists, respectively) and consider the label "gender critical" to be a transparent veil for transphobia and TERFiness. All trans and non-binary people and all sex workers are great and amazing and I love you.

And therefore I am super glad to see that this happened:


It's a little old but for whatever reason I didn't get word of this until last night, when someone I followed on Twitter was complaining about Murphy being suspended. I saw "followed" because I unfollowed their transphobic and whorephobic ass and went through my list of followed accounts to scour for hints of transphobia. I hate it when I find out I accidentally followed a whorephobe or transphobe.

According to Tits and Sass, which by the way is a great publication made by and for sex workers, Murphy revealed in her blog post complaining about the Twitter ban that she's getting sympathy from right-wing bigots like Ben Shapiro. Instead of seeing this as evidence that maybe her beliefs are utterly shitty and closer to fascism than feminism, Murphy uses this to whine that liberals and leftists won't give her the time of day.

It's only a matter of time before she becomes the next Laci Green. Just start dating an MRA now, Murphy.

The Tits and Sass article is highly recommended, as author Juniper Fitzgerald goes into a fantastic analysis of fascism and how it finds allies in white, transphobic and whorephobic feminists. Over on Tumblr and other parts of the internet, I have witnessed time and time again how TERFs and SWERFs have echoed the language of MRAs, other misogynists, and general fascists in their attacks of trans women under the guise of "gender critical" and their attacks of "sex workers" under the guise of giving a fuck about sex workers and poor, marginalized women in general. Of course, TERFs have even joined forces with extremist Christian right groups to fight against the giving of basic human rights to trans people.

Always remember that there is nothing radical or good about hurting and talking over the most marginalized of all of us because you think you know what's good for them better than they do.

Free Speech and Anti-Safe Space Champions Will Sue Liberals Who Join Their Dating App

Right-wing losers who can't get dates because of their awful, horrific politics and personalities have made their very own dating app that is guaranteed to be a nightmare for the poor few women who will join and be mobbed by photos of white dicks. The whitest dicks.

These same people who say that if you can't handle relentless, violent online harassment then you should get off the internet are prepared to sue anyone to the left of John McCain's ghost.

The Daily Beast reports, “Righter, which launches later this month, is meant as an amorous safe space, but only for those who back the president. If you’re a liberal, Righter might actually sue you if you try to join. 
“I have a very nice legal team that will be handling that,” founder Christy Edwards Lawton said. “This is zero tolerance.”

They're actually calling it a safe space.




I know nobody wants to get sued, even though I don't think that would ever hold up in court, but I do hope some brave individual makes a profile on Righter just to be witness to how few women are on there among a thousand sad, desperate straight men. If you're REALLY brave, you could make an account as a woman (better if you do it as a man posing as a woman so you can experience the horrors we deal with) and watch your inbox get mobbed.

If you have money you could even bait them into suing you and maybe you could counter-sue? I'm not a lawyer so don't take my word on that but I just don't know how you could successfully sue someone for joining a dating site while liberal/leftist.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gif of the Day


Aghjosfhdpshgfd;sg babies.

Guest Post: You Can Still Help Immigrants in America — Here’s How

Kate Harveston is a political writer from Pennsylvania. Her favorite topics are feminist-focused, but she writes on a wide variety of social and cultural issues. If you enjoy her work, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, Only Slightly Biased.


Although the buzz in the news seems to have died down, the crisis on the U.S. southern border is still very dire. Despite signing an executive order on June 20th presumably ceasing the zero-tolerance policy forcing the separation of families seeking asylum at the border, the Trump administration has continued to secretly tear immigrant children away from their parents. 
There are approximately 13,000 immigrant children in detention in the U.S. If the situation immigrants face breaks your heart, you're not alone. Take action — there are things you can do to help.
Support the Work of the ACLU
The ACLU works tirelessly to reunite immigrant families, and your donation will go far in supporting their work. The ACLU initiated the original lawsuits decrying immigrant family separation as unconstitutional. After recently learning of new allegations of family separations, they promised further legal action.
Department of Justice officials state that the recent separations took place only to protect the welfare of children of parents suspected of criminal activity in their home country. The ACLU sent a letter requesting evidence of the allegations against the parents. In one such case, Julio, an immigrant from El Salvador, has his son Brayan ripped from his arms by customs officials despite legally seeking asylum at a port of entry armed with a letter prepared by a lawyer from his home country explaining the family's flight from gang violence.
The ACLU has reunited several immigrant families, including some in which the parents had already been deported. The costs associated with providing legal aid are considerable, and you can rest assured that your donation will be put to good use in continuing their work.
Contact Your Elected Representatives
While organizations such as the ACLU continue to do all they can, the importance of contacting your elected officials cannot be overstated. Now more than ever, senators and representatives need to hear that their constituents stand firmly against family separation.
The ACLU suggests contacting your elected officials and leaving a message with your name and zip code. In your message, request that they vote against using taxpayer dollars to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the department which oversees ICE. Make it clear that you oppose family separation.
Support Attorneys Fighting to Reunite Families
While countless attorneys have volunteered their time and talent to help immigrants, they need your support to be successful in their efforts. The US has roughly 700,000 pending immigration cases, and we know that the immigration court system is considerably broken.
You don't need a law degree to volunteer to help. If you speak Spanish, you can sign up to volunteer with the Texas Civil Rights Project or the legal aid society. Volunteers are needed to interview immigrants seeking asylum.
Don't speak anything other than English? Attorneys still need volunteer assistance with administrative matters such as document preparation. If you know an immigration attorney in your area, reach out to them and ask how you can assist them. No time to volunteer? You can donate directly to RAICES, which provides legal aid to immigrants.
Donate Necessary Hygiene Items
If you're a parent, you know how expensive child-rearing can be. Immigrant children and the organizations assisting them desperately need supplies such as diapers, baby wipes, dental care items and other hygiene products. You can help by donating these items.
One organization taking donations is Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby recently coordinated with Target to create a registry of needed items for infants and children in detention. Baby2Baby also provides help for low-income children in the U.S. regardless of their immigration status.
Support Farm Workers
If you've noticed higher prices on your last trip to the grocery store, chances are, the reason your produce became so pricey is due to immigration crackdowns at the border and across the nation. Of the roughly 3 million farm workers in the U.S., approximately half of them lack legal papers allowing them to work here.
Should the crackdown continue, expect grocery prices to keep rising as produce lies rotting in fields. Because farm work is dirty and dangerous, few Americans take these jobs, and fewer still stick with the work for long. The non-profit organization Farmworker Justice empowers immigrants to improve their living conditions while also advocating for them legally. Your donation to this organization can help some of the nation's hardest workers while ensuring farms have the hands they need to get food from the field to the table.
Nothing could be more in the spirit of the holidays than helping out immigrants who need it most, so don't wait. Take up one of these actions to do your part as soon as you can.

Hey This is Extremely Alarming

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-REFUGEE RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA, WHITE SUPREMACISTS, FASCISM, BLATANT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS]

In yet another reminder that the new rise of fascism and white supremacy is not just a U.S. problem but a global one, Denmark is thinking they'll just stick all their refugees on an island and uh, "encourage" them to stay there "as much as possible," and their human rights is not a priority.

I'm not even editorializing here.

Denmark plans to isolate 'unwanted' refugees on remote island

"Our approach is that they should stay on the island as much as possible, and if we can keep them there the whole time, we will aim to do that," said Henriksen, who claimed that the policy was inspired by the Australian immigration model. "We plan to have police, prison services, guards and detention cells in place, in case of any unrest." 
The plans have caused concern among rights groups. "It is important to note that these people, while they have committed crimes, have already served their sentence," Louise Holck, deputy director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, told CNN. "There is no grounds for detention, and from a human rights perspective, we are not just talking about windows with bars .... We will have to assess that they are not detained de facto." 
However, Henriksen told CNN that he has no qualms about pushing the boundaries of human rights conventions. 
"We are doing what we believe is in the best interest of Danes, and if it comes down to choosing whose interest to protect -- then we will take care of our own first," he said. "But it will, of course, be up to the Danish government to determine what lies within the conventions."

Soooo this is going to be a prison island. It sure would be easy just to drop a bomb on that island, right? Also apparently this "immigration center" they're planning used to be a research center where they kept and did experiments on "seriously ill and contagious animals."

This sounds like a set up to a movie about a really fucked up government thing where they say they're just keeping some people safe over here on this remote island but really they're getting them sick on purpose and then performing horrific experiments on them.

Either way, the language used by the Danish government here is terrifying.

DPP immigration spokesperson Martin Henriksen told CNN: "Our hope ... is that people outside Denmark will understand that Denmark is not a very attractive place to seek asylum, if you are of refugee background, mean to cause harm, or incite crime." 
StĂžjberg wrote on Facebook, "When you are unwanted in Danish society, you should not be a nuisance for regular Danes," adding, "(The refugees) will be getting a new address."

"You're a nuisance, so if you come here on your flight from dangerous and intolerable conditions in your home, prepare for it to be as shitty as possible," is what that says.

This Henrickson guy, who is a spokesperson for the 100% fascist and white supremacist "Danish People's Party," says this is all about protecting the Danish people. Then he almost immediately proves that he was lying and that it's really about attacking refugees by saying this:

"I hope it will inspire other countries to do the same," said Henriksen. "If they want any advice they are always welcome to call. We want other countries to tighten up their rules too. We believe it is in everyone's interest to do that."

Hey guy why don't you go choke on the barrel of a nazi revolver? I bet you have some kind of replica nazi gun stashed in your house. So choke on it.

If this keeps going, it's only a matter of time before the mass murder of refugees begins.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Gif of the Day


Cinema's greatest badass.

Alt-Right Hero Glad He Murdered Heather Heyer

This comes straight from the mouth of James Alex Fields, the man who drove his vehicle into the crowd of counter-protesters to the nazi rally in Charlottesville, who is routinely hailed as a hero by various groups that have labeled themselves "alt-right," including those trying real hard to convince everyone that they're not the violent and hateful ones.

The Neo-Nazi Who Allegedly Killed Heather Heyer In Charlottesville Said "It Doesn't Fucking Matter" That She Died

James Alex Fields referred to Heather Heyer, the woman he allegedly killed, as "that one girl who died, or whatever," according to a recording of a call he made to his mother from jail in December 2017. Fields is standing trial for premeditated murder, malicious wounding, and hit-and-run in Charlottesville. 
On the call, Fields said that Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, was "one of those anti-white communists." According to a federal indictment, Fields “promoted his belief that white people are superior to other races and peoples." 
"She lost her daughter," Fields' mother, Samantha Bloom, responded. 
"It doesn't fucking matter. She's a communist," Fields said. 
"Stop talking like that," Bloom said. 
"It isn't up for questioning. She's the enemy, mother," he replied.

What we can learn from this is that people like Fields and his many supporters are happy to kill anyone who stands in their way because we are all "anti-white communists" and therefore are the enemy and deserve to die.

This is how they think. That is why they don't deserve a platform. Their platform is that all who oppose them should die.

Snowflake Alert

Oh my god Donald Trump is the most fragile human being who ever existed.

Bush family seeks to steer clear of anti-Trump sentiment at 41st president’s funeral

The family of former president George H.W. Bush has planned a state funeral that will steer clear of the kind of anti-Trump sentiment evident at the recent funeral of Sen. John McCain, according to people familiar with the funeral planning. 
The Bush family contacted the White House this past summer to say that President Trump would be welcome at the funeral, scheduled Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral, and to assure him that the focus would be on Bush’s life rather than their disagreements, one former administration official said.

Don't worry little Donnie. Nobody will be mean to you. Nobody will hurt your fragile little feelings. It'll be all pats on the head and cookies. We all know you're a precious, breakable little snowflake who needs to be protected from the mean words.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Gif of the Day


Where am I going to find all my gifs without Tumblr??

Holy Shit the Whorephobia

I literally just saw this post on Tumblr:

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If you can't read this, it's a screenshot saying "Monday, 17 December: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2018".

December 17 is also the day that the Tumblr "adult content" ban goes into effect.

And user purple-and-gray-troll says: "This is either the biggest coincidence or tumblr literally walked in my house and said “fuck sex workers” then kicked me in the face lmao."

TUMBLR SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK.

It is so difficult to believe this is a coincidence. Tumblr just hates sex workers. Verizon hates sex works. Fuck both of them.

Tumblr Bans All Porn, Including Female-Presenting Nipples, But Not Nazis

[TRIGGER WARNING: DISCUSSION OF CHILD PORN, NAZIS, CISSEXISM]

I'm on Tumblr a lot, if you couldn't tell. So I'm basically watching Tumblr implode in real time.

Here's what happened. Tumblr started out allowing "adult content" in all forms except for of course illegal content like child porn. For years, it did little to combat increasingly overwhelming problems with porn bots, child porn barely disguised as legal pornography, hentai so clearly depicting minors and even being tagged with words that everyone knows means "underage" but it's not advertised as child porn, etc. Tumblr users, meanwhile, were constantly railing against this issue and begging the company to do something about it.

Finally, the Tumblr app got pulled from app stores. With their ad revenue threatened, Tumblr finally leapt into action. By which I mean rapidly cobbling together a bot meant to purge accounts that posted child porn. Predictably, the bot was shit. Tons of perfectly innocent blogs that never posted any kind of porn were shut down and had to appeal to Tumblr to get reactivated.

It was a shit show, but things were settling back to normal, porn bots and all.

Then, yesterday, the announcement came that all "adult content" would be banned from Tumblr starting on December 17. I'm not sure if this is some desperate bid to get back on the Apple app store (it is back on the Google Play store, I checked), but it's not going well. Firstly, they say that this is going to be implemented on the 17th, and yet Tumblr is full of screenshotted posts that have been flagged as inappropriate, including a photo of a dog's tummy, because uhhhh dog nipples?

Yes, there is a nipple ban included in this. Tumblr literally phrased it this way:

Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts

The entire internet is now dragging Tumblr over "female-presenting nipples," a phrase that Tumblr users have speculated was thoroughly discussed and focus-grouped over at Tumblr headquarters/Yahoo/Verizon. I don't know why they bothered. There is no way to gender or ban nipples that will be acceptable to Tumblr users, because we know it's fucking bullshit from every angle. I would have been better just to take language directly from Facebook or Twitter. We would have hated it but you wouldn't be getting so relentlessly pounded with memes right now (yes I did mean to make that sound like porn).




Fan-fucking-tastic.

And the final most ridiculous thing among a massive pile of ridiculousness involved in this "adult content" ban is the fact that Tumblr has STILL NOT BANNED NAZIS. Something even fucking WaPo has picked up on.


Me looking from the WaPo article to Tumblr

Now, Tumblr has, unlike other social media companies, made an explicit exception for "female-presenting nipples" in art, breastfeeding photos, and anything used for the purpose of health information such as breast cancer PSAs. Good for you, Tumblr! Of course, because you SUCK AT EVERYTHING YOU DO, your bots are not only flagging paintings of Truth Coming Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind, they're flagging DOG NIPPLES.

Meanwhile, you know who gets fucked in all this? Sex workers. As always.

Nobody asked for an overall "adult content" ban. We wanted porn bots to stop bothering us, we wanted child porn gone, and we want NAZIS AND OTHER HATEFUL EXTREMISTS banned. Not "female-presenting nipples" on adults in any form.

There is widespread speculation on Tumblr now that the entire platform will not survive. Posts are circulating about alternatives. A lot of people are making jokes, but I would be incredibly sad if Tumblr were deleted. Tumblr users have gifted me so much education and new perspectives. I credit Tumblr users for so much of my personal growth throughout my 20s, creative and personal revelations, ideas for articles that have advanced my career, and not to mention the incredible friends I've made through the platform. It really sucks that Verizon has damaged the site so much. I love the ability to write as much as I want in one post and post all kinds of other content and reply to people easily and in multiple forms. I still can't really get into Twitter and Facebook is Facebook. I don't even get Instagram.

I think I am going to sign up for Pillowfort and maybe try out one other alternative to Tumblr just in case. Maybe the bulk of the community will migrate and everything will be fine for a while, but I fully expect that in a few years capitalism will ruin that, too.

Yes, everything is capitalism's fault.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Gif of the Day


That, I believe, is a sea lion slapping some dude in the face with a fish.

My question is, how can I learn to be more like this sea lion?

Wall Street Men Just Can't Figure Out How to See Women as Humans

This is simultaneously the most funny and depressing article I've seen in a long time.

Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost

No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. 
In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way? 
Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women. 
Call it the Pence Effect, after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has said he avoids dining alone with any woman other than his wife. In finance, the overarching impact can be, in essence, gender segregation.

I wonder how many men are doing this because they seriously have no idea how to treat women like human beings vs. doing it out of spite because they're nasty, misogynistic little boys who are bitter that the world is taking away what they view as their toys/punching bags/real dolls.

Of course, Bloomberg's stuck on "what can we do to get more women into Wall Street??? We have to save Wall Street from being called sexist, quick, how can we get more women into senior positions  in Wall Street? They have to be promoted by the same men who don't see them as human? Oh no!!!"

As a woman and a feminist, I have the perfect solution. Are you ready? Ahem.

FUCK WALL STREET. BURN IT DOWN.

Nobody should have a career in playing with imaginary money. Wall Street exists because capitalism has to keep growing and it couldn't grow anymore with actual tangible, existing products and markets so the imaginary money market was born and has since caused nothing but misery for the common people as regular "crashes" of this "market" send people into panics that fuck up the economy, somehow always resulting in a few people being much richer while the rest of us have even less.

Wall Street can't be made better. Not with all female senior leadership, not with anything. It shouldn't be a thing, regardless of whether or not the people at the top can see all humans as being human. But the fact that they can't should clue you in as to how toxic this imaginary marketplace is and the kind of people who flock to it, as well as just how bad the issue of female dehumanization is in our society.

If a man can't see half the population as being human, he shouldn't be in charge of anything. Ideally, he should get some kind of state-sponsored therapy until his brain is fixed because that is a serious problem that is going to hurt a lot of people. But also:


Friday, November 30, 2018

Gif of the Day


I think they call this a banana snake but you can't convince me that this isn't an actual banana peel come to life.

You Don't Say

I know this is one of those "water is wet" studies but it's still very satisfying to have science confirm this:

Study: Trump appeals to men with 'fragile masculinity'

Writing in The Washington Post, the duo concludes that “Trump is not necessarily attracting male supporters who are as confidently masculine as the president presents himself to be. Instead, Trump appears to appeal more to men who are secretly insecure about their manhood. We call this the ‘fragile masculinity hypothesis.’”



*deep breath*

AWWWWWWWWWW ARE THE POOR LITTLE TRUMP BABIES SOOOOOO FRAAAAAGILE THAT THEY HAVE TO COMPENSATE BY VOTING FOR A SENTIENT DILDO??? POOOOOOOR BAAAAAAAAABIES AND THEIR SENSITIVE LITTLE EGOS BOOBOOBOOBOOBOOBOOBOOOO.

I needed that, too.

Cops Will Be Cops

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, RACISM]

Let's all laugh at this to pretend for a second that it's not terrifying.

Three Police Officers Allegedly Wanted To “Whoop Some Ass” At A Protest But Beat Up An Undercover Cop Instead

Boone, Hays, and Myers encountered a man identified as L.H. in the crowd and arrested him. The undercover detective, a 22-year veteran of the police force, was dressed as a protester and providing information to officers about potential criminal activity in the crowd. 
According to the indictment, Boone, Hays, and Myers used unreasonable force: throwing the detective to the ground, kicking him, and hitting him with a riot baton “while he was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone.” 
When they learned that he was an undercover officer, the three men then lied about what they had done and accused him of resisting arrest, the indictment said. They tried to contact L.H. to convince him not to pursue disciplinary or legal action, and Boone, Hays, and Myers also met with or texted various potential witnesses to try to get them to join the cover-up, the indictment states.

Wow.

I mean, I knew that cops are violent assholes who join the force as an excuse to assault people with impunity, and it is funny that for once they turned that on one of their own, and funnier that they tried to cover it up and fucked that up worse than something out of a comedy starring Seth Rogan.

But the blatantness of it is terrifying.

“Let’s whoop some ass,” Myers allegedly wrote on Sept. 15. 
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these shitheads once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart!!!!” Boone allegedly wrote in another message. 
“We really need these fuckers to start acting up so we can have some fun,” he allegedly said the next night. 
In another exchange between Hays and Boone, Hays cautioned the other officer against using violence, though “going rogue does feel good.” 
“Remember were are in south city,” Hays allegedly texted, referencing to the majority white population of the area. “They support us, but also cameras. So make sure you have an old white dude as a witness.”

Again, I ask you: Do we really need cops? Is the policing system in this country a good thing? Is it a good thing anywhere? Can you stop "bad apples" from showing up en-masse to apply for a job that might as well say "bad apples apply here if you want to beat up people for fun and probably never face any consequences"?

Police departments are bad apple factories peppered with a few good apples.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gif of the Day


Break out of that gif prison and nuzzle me omg.

I Needed This

I spent quite a while looking for something to blog about, scrolling through awful after awful headline, all which confirmed all the general points I've already blogged about again and again. We're catapulting toward fascism, mass murder, genocide, etc.

I can't do it anymore. I need to spread some happiness.


Look at these sweet perfect little babies. We're not born ableist, judgemental little shits. It's a damn fuckin' shit bummer that we learn it so well, but babies like these do give me hope. Or at least a reason to keep fighting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Gif of the Day


Oh so that's how stealth works.

Border Protection Used Tear Gas Under Obama, Too

[TRIGGER WARNING: TEAR GASSING, RACISM]

Just minutes after publishing that last post, I saw this news:

Obama Administration Used Tear Gas, Pepper Spray at Border Dozens of Times, CBP Data Shows

The article does note that, just like with drone bombings, the government is doing this a lot more under Trump. But in an admittedly selfish and terrible way, this makes me feel a little better. I wish it didn't but it does. There will always be suffering and if I work on my anxiety now instead of pointlessly trying to willpower myself past it, I'll actually be able to do something more effective to help migrants in the future, when they will probably still be getting gassed by the U.S. border assholes.

I still can't shake the urgency I have now knowing that people are suffering and dying RIGHT NOW, but I don't want that gone, either.

But enough about me.

Here's the thing. Democrats are less bad than Republicans, sometimes starkly less bad, but that doesn't make them good. The delicious irony here is that the entire reason that people are angry and talking about this incidence of refugee-gassing is because Trump and his demons have drawn a ton of attention to the so-called "migrant caravan" in their racist, fascist attempt to demonize some people of color because that's page 1 in the fascist playbook.

I would have been 100% against the use of tear gas on refugees and migrants when it happened while Obama was president if I had known about it. At the same time, I don't even care if Democrats and liberals are being hypocrites about this issue now because Trump and said demons had it fucking coming.


I don't even care if this makes me a hypocrite about hypocrisy.

There are some people, who are probably terrible, who think it might be best that Trump became president because it will force people to care and act about the awful things that Democrats do on the sly. I don't think I could ever morally take the position that hurting some people now to possibly save more people later, but sometimes I think that they're not entirely wrong.

I'm Okay

In case anyone was alarmed yesterday at my two later posts, I'm okay. I am going through a prolonged existential crisis but what 30-year-old isn't right now? Probably most of my generation is.

I'm glad I took the time yesterday to get my feelings out. I cried a lot. I didn't get any closer to some magical truth that will make things better or even make me feel better. But I was able to get up this morning knowing that I will keep going because I can.

I think I've made a positive impact on the world overall. I wish I could do more. Someday I probably will be able to. I will keep feeling pain at the knowledge that people are suffering and I will keep hating and raging against injustice. And I'm glad. The worst thing that could happen to me would be becoming apathetic.

I doubt I'll ever really understand why people can be so evil. On an intellectual level I can already understand. But that's not true understanding. I know I don't want to understand on a deeper level because I would probably have to be evil myself to achieve that.

I've been through all this before. And I'll go through it again. And I guess that's part of the reason that people choose evil. They don't have to deal with this pain. That doesn't make it okay, of course. I just have to keep reminding myself that at least I didn't take the easy path. My problem is that so many people have and do, and the big joke is that they think they're rare, special individuals, rather than being just another part of a faceless, boring, evil mob.

Maybe if I do anything different, it'll be that. I'm going to press the point that the racists calling refugees "invaders" and their ilk are boring. Boring as fuck. Ordinary. The opposite of special.

Maybe I just need to come to terms with the fact that I want to do more but am held back by fear and be okay with feeling guilty about that. Maybe that's a bad idea because guilt is a terrible motivator. But I can't get over the fact that terrible things are happening now and I'm still sitting at home. Maybe I need to get it into my head that I'm not special.

I don't know. But I'm okay. I hope you are, too.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Gif of the Day


That is a skillful snatch right there.

We're All Just Trying to Cope

[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE]

I don't know for sure but I bet I said I would not let the child migrant prison camp thing go until it was stopped. But I've stopped posting about it. Despite the fact that those prison camps are only getting more crowded and more news keeps coming out about just how fucked up they are.

I haven't been thinking about it. Because I know that my yelling about it on the internet will not stop it, I know there aren't enough people who are willing to keep yelling about it to make a difference. I know it's not going to stop. They're going to make more prison camps and shove more kids into it and no amount of horrific news is going to put a stop to this short of a serious Holocaust-level atrocity.

I know this. In my gut, I know it. We all know it's useless, don't we? That's why we've all stopped talking about it and trying to avoid it. Not enough people care, and those that do can't keep caring while we know that nothing will be done because not enough care. Our only choices are to go do something real, like blowing a hole in the walls keeping these kids prisoner, or stop thinking about it. Or go insane from grief. Feel all the suffering in the world and scream and scream and scream until our heart stops.

We can't handle it. So we cope by pushing it out of our brains. The good ones don't mean to, but we can't help it. It's a survival technique. I do it, too. I'm actually the queen of avoidance, which is a title I don't relish because it fucks up my life constantly. But my brain learned it in order to survive and it's loath to give it up. It's also real easy to learn because it works so well, and our brains only want to protect us and keep us alive.

I don't know why people do evil things in the first place that cause so much suffering. I don't understand the malignant greed that leads people to hoard unimaginable wealth and resources. I do understand why people let it happen. We can't deal.

I hate my fucking brain sometimes. Its desperate need to survive and its false belief that anything that causes the slightest bit of discomfort of anxiety can and will kill me keeps me from even being able to go to organizing meetings. I try. I really try. I want to give everything up and go fight but I can't. I'm scared. And the enormity of the suffering in the world crushes me. All I can do it stop thinking about it. I don't know what to do anymore. I can't keep doing next to nothing. I can't do anything more. What do I do? What do I do???

How Do You Deal With a World Full of Monsters?

Hi, welcome to my constant existential crisis.

Don't tell me to focus on the good people in the world. My problem is that there is so clearly not enough good people. Actually, there's not enough people who exhibit basic human decency or the slightest inkling of compassion. I can go onto Twitter right now and witness scores of people defending and celebrating the tear gassing of children, calling these refugees "invaders," advocating for lethal force against mothers and their children, or claiming to care but fretting about how we can possibly come up with the money to support a mere 5,000 refugees right after the government decided to spend millions to send military troops to the border.

These people aren't so far from me. I see friends of friends on Facebook pulling this shit. And no amount of saying "they're human beings trying to survive and if we don't let them in we're likely condemning many of them to suffering and early death" will move them. I spent so many years trying to argue people into compassion. More recently, when I do get into internet arguments, I'm more likely to beg. I beg people to listen to me, to try to have compassion, to at least stop viewing our interaction as a battle to be won or lost and actually imagine how much these people must be suffering to walk all the way across Mexico in a desperate bid to give their children a decent life.

I've tried talking people into compassion. I've tried begging them. And this experience is leading me to believe that there are a shit load of people out there who are simply incapable of actual compassion. They might be able to fake it when it's convenient for them, but when it's not, they're willing to throw whoever the fuck under the bus. Enough people are like this that the human species has committed horrific atrocities again and again and again and said "never again" just to forget over a few generations and do it again. It's starting to feel inevitable.

I'm not sure how to cope with that.

At this point, becoming completely selfish sounds very appealing. Not becoming an asshole, but giving up on the world and focusing only on making myself a happier, more fulfilled person. I honestly would not condemn anyone who chose that path. But at this point, I can't do that. Other people's suffering still hurts me. I can't do nothing. But what I am doing still doesn't feel like enough. Not even close. I don't know what to do.

PSA: Do Not Put Tear Gas on Your Nachos

I can't believe I have to fucking say this. But apparently, the president of the fucking Border Patrol Foundation said that you can put tear gas on your nachos and eat it.


He claims it's actually pepper spray, which, no, it's not, but pepper spray is also extremely painful and incapacitating and can cause blindness and could possibly kill someone who had a bad reaction to it or had asthma. Tear gas is sort of like pepper spray only it's designed to dissolve into a smoke so that it can go directly into your lungs, making it much more dangerous for those with respiratory issues and for people in general.

Which is why tear gas is prohibited from use in war. If Mexico catapulted tear gas onto U.S. soil, our government would be freaking the fuck out because it would be considered an act of war.

But listen. Captain Potato Head here knows all this. White supremacists like this barely even have to try anymore. This is how low we've gone as a country. A huge section of our population will hear "you can tear gas your nachos" and use that to defend tear gassing desperate refugees. That is, if they're not blatantly celebrating it because they're monstrous, virulent racists.

This makes me want to carry around pepper spray so I can give someone a taste if they ever try to spout this kind of bullshit in my general area.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Gif of the Day

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Major spoiler for Cabin in the Woods ahead.

Joss Whedon is a misogynistic ass but this movie was amazing for A) killing a ton of soldiers in the most brutal ways possible and B) letting the world end.

Ohio Republicans Want to Go Full Handmaid's Tale, I Think

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-CHOICE RHETORIC, RAPE CULTURE]

Full disclosure, I haven't read or watched the Handmaid's Tale because good lord I don't need to subject my brain to speculation of how bad systemic misogyny could get when I fight against how bad it already is on a daily.

The point is that what the fuck even is going on here:

Ohio Republicans declare motherhood “necessary,” want to make it mandatory

The second part of that headline may be speculation, but the first is literal.

During debate over the bill in the Ohio state house, Republican state Rep. Christina Hagan brought her infant twins onto the floor to shame women who aren't mothers about their alleged selfishness. 
"Motherhood isn't easy but it's necessary," Hagan dramatically declared when arguing for her bill to make motherhood mandatory.

Anti-choice bills are definitely efforts to make motherhood mandatory for women who become pregnant (and of course anti-choicers generally refuse to accept the fact that men and people of other genders can become pregnant). If they could get away with it, I'm sure they would make motherhood mandatory for everyone they decide is a woman. Those who can't conceive would be forced to adopt. Next maybe would be making it illegal for women to wear shoes.

The recent surge in extreme anti-choice bills, including ones that make any abortion illegal with zero exceptions, is fucking terrifying now that Brett "Crying Rapist" Kavanagh is on the Supreme Court. I'll be safe in liberal Washington State, but most U.S. states will be extremely vulnerable to losing their right to bodily autonomy, and Republicans know it. It's going to get real bad real fast, because this is how they think.

As a woman who does not want children, I can say unequivocally that motherhood is NOT necessary. It's not necessary for me to live, for me to be fulfilled, for me to be happy, or anything else. In fact, I'm pretty sure that not having kids is necessary for me to be happy. I don't want kids and I certainly don't want to permanently damage some perfectly innocent children by raising them when I don't want kids.

Don't tell me what I need unless you're willing to eat my entire ass.