You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive by Ruby Friedman Orchestra
Many white-cis-gendered-middle income feminists have been dominating the blogosphere with their privileged arguments, with the expectation, that all feminists, will ban together behind whatever egregiously foolish thing they happen to be raging against that week. This very privileged elitist group of white feminist (some not ALL) represent a segment of feminism that I like to refer to as the “Eat, Pray, Love feminist sector.” I call them that because just like in the movie and book there is this notion of freedom and self agency that is being presented to feminist of color as if all women have the access to the same luxurious and can simply checkout of their life/oppression.
Feminism is not a movement that advocates hating men. Remember feminism is about ending sexist oppression, feminism is NOT about being equal to men because not all men have the same power and equality in our society. A black hetero man doesn’t not have the same privilege and equality that a white-hetero- cis-gendered man has in this society. Women can be misogynists, women can be chauvinists pigs, and women can and often do participate in patriarchy. Gender is not the enemy, socialization is. Men can advocate for feminism as well, but men must always be mindful of the space they take up within feminism and be forever cognizant and vigilant of their male privilege not overpowering feminist spaces.
A gang rape happened in Ohio and no one heard about it. A gang rape happened in India and everyone heard about it (as we should). The American media has represented India as a misogynistic country where women need to be constantly wary of the men that surround them. And after that gang rape, large-scale protests blocked the streets and clogged the media. Now, I am in no way saying that rape and domestic violence are not problems in India. As an Indian-American woman who has been to India many times and is incredibly familiar with the culture, I am in no way denying that. Rape, in India, is a serious problem. Rape, especially in lower class areas in India, is an extremely prevalent problem that needs to stop being ignored and taken seriously. Violence against women in India is a serious issue.
But violence against women in America is also a serious problem. Violence against women in South Africa, and Sweden, and Chile, and Thailand, is a serious problem. Violence against women is a serious problem. Period. Full stop. While our media went out representing India as a typical place for these deplorable events to happen, another woman’s similar story went ignored and without subsequent societal action. This country outright refuses to admit that it is a rape culture.
Our media and our country are so obsessed with presenting foreign countries as worse than us or uncivilized or, most importantly, undemocratic, they will blast our radios and timelines and homepages with news of rapes in India, but refuse to acknowledge that the same thing happens here and is happening here.
|—||Anisha Ahuja, Why Does America Pretend it Doesn’t Hate Women? (Feminspire.com)|
|—||Rilke, in a letter to Paula Modersohn-Baker (via invisiblestories)|
the highest ever points total for a league season (95)
the fewest goals conceded during a league season (15),
the highest number of Premier League victories in a season (29)
the highest number of clean sheets overall in a Premier League season (25)
the most consecutive clean sheets from the start of a league season (6)
highest aggregate victory in history of European competition (21-0)
the longest streak of unbeaten matches at home in the English top-flight (86 matches)
streak of eleven consecutive away league wins
the first club to play with shirt numbers (along with Arsenal)
the first British side to field an entirely foreign starting line-up
last to win at the old Wembley stadium
first to win at the new Wembley stadium
the highest ranked club under UEFA’s 5 year coefficient system (the first English club in the 21st century)
the first team in Premier League history to score at least 100 goals in a single season
the first London based club to win the UEFA Champions League
Happy birthday Chelsea Football Club
Had to reblog this. Fuck ignorance. Fuck manipulation. Question everything before accepting as fact.
THIS THIS THIS THIS.
PLEASE REBLOG THIS.
ISLAM IS NOT ABOUT TERROR. IT ISN’T RIGHT TO KILL PEOPLE. DON’T MAKE ISLAM A NEGATIVE THING PLEASE.
from In Praise of Reading and Fiction by Mario Vargas Llosa
It don’t matter if you’re black or white (or a shade in between), this book will break it down on a psychological level and then weave it back into the institutional. It’s not just about African-American racial identity, it’s about how racial identify forms within an individual (living in a white supremacist society). For white folks (like me) in particular, it’s important to understand the difference between growing up believing that you have a non-racial identity and the impacts of others having a racialized identity. Especially when this identity, when racialized, is often targeted with negative stereotypes and met with negative prejudice. If you want to be the greatest person ever you’ll start a reading group with this book with all your white friends and then go out and anti-racist up your community… and grow vegetables… and resist the fossil fuel industry (and prison industrial complex, patriarchy, straight supremacy and so on).