""White feminism" does not mean every white woman, everywhere, who happens to identify as feminist. It also doesn’t mean that every "white feminist" identifies as white. I see "white feminism" as a specific set of single-issue, non-intersectional, superficial feminist practices. It is the feminism we understand as mainstream; the feminism obsessed with body hair, and high heels and makeup, and changing your married name. It is the feminism you probably first learned. "White feminism" is the feminism that doesn’t understand western privilege, or cultural context. It is the feminism that doesn’t consider race as a factor in the struggle for equality.

White feminism is a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of colour. It is “one size-fits all” feminism, where middle class white women are the mould that others must fit. It is a method of practicing feminism, not an indictment of every individual white feminist, everywhere, always."

 209173
30 Sep 14 at 9 pm

One of the most freeing things I have ever heard (via pursuitofhapppinessss)

(Source: firecannotkillabadwolf, via dynastylnoire)

"You don’t have to be pretty like her. You can be pretty like you."

 246939
30 Sep 14 at 12 pm

Tucker Max, Assholes Finish First (via larmoyante)

(via thechelseaciara)

tags: etc 

"The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for."

 36481
29 Sep 14 at 10 pm

Ernest Hemingway  (via senyahearts)

(Source: henretta84, via ett-avtryck-som-sitter)

tags: etc 

"We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in."

 504981
29 Sep 14 at 10 pm

dynastylnoire:

stovestalker:

noshamejustlove:

zorobro:

shota-purinsu:

zorobro:

linzthenerd:

theguilteaparty:

crippledcuriosity:

itsfondue:

Isn’t it nice how people twist their religious scripture to suit their weds but when it’s used against them it’s suddenly not okay

I talked to a monk about this quote once (we have mutual friends, and he came to a New Year’s Eve party at my shared art studio). He said this isn’t even talking about homosexuality. That the bible never actually says homosexuality is wrong. What that passage means is this:

Women were treated as subservient and it that you shouldn’t treat other men as subservient, like they are beneath you. It is not talking about homosexuality. If it was, it would say it outright since the bible lists other things outright.

I take the word of a monk who have studied the bible extensively more than a self proclaimed Christian.

The above text, I would like to point out is from the point of view of this translation of the original Hebrew. I spoke with my cousin’s rabbi on the matter and his response was different, saying that it was a mistranslation. See, the true translation says that a man shall not lie with another in the bed of a woman, which is to say, the Hebrews had a shit ton of rules about when a man was or was not allowed in a woman’s bed and private quarters (including, if she didn’t want you there, you weren’t allowed there. Hebrew women were also allowed to divorce their husbands and the image of the ‘oppressive Hebrew people’ is an image that was propogated by Christianity which, historically speaking, doesn’t treat the Jewish people too well and liked to paint them as being rather barbaric and backwards and cultish with their traditions, which, another piece of fun info, their traditions were one of the main reasons why the Jewish people were less likely, in medieval times, to die of the plague. Because washing your hands and avoiding the dead and vermin and the like was a lot of help. Of course the Christians persecuted them for not dying but that’s another matter. I’m sidetracked). So the verse is literally saying ‘Don’t fuck in some lady’s bed because that’s just goddamn rude’

Also, whenever a Christian brings the book of Leviticus up, you should feel free to point out that these are rules that were given to make the Hebrew people prepared for when the son of God came to earth. In Christianity, it’s believed the son of God was Jesus. So by following the rules set in Leviticus or pushing them as things we should follow, they’re saying that Jesus was not the son of God, and that Jesus did not, in fact, die for our sins. Jewish people believe, in their faith, that the son of God hasn’t yet been born, so many choose to follow these rules.

Most people of course roll their eyes when I explain the translation of the verse (full breakdown found here) but it’s always fun to point out the nature of the rules in Leviticus and the implications of following them. 

I’m a theology student and I am on the verge of crying because of how accurate this commentary is. Historical context is simultaneously the most interesting and most important part of interpreting any texts. 

Most religious people seem to base their beliefs on things that are severely mistranslated. I wish they would do their research before using the bible for hate.

I studied theology extensively and was going to become a theologist until I switched majors. The above commentary is 100% accurate and what I try to stress in a lot if conversations with Bible Thumpers.

Jesus also affirms the homosexual relationship between the Roman Centurion and his “slave”. The particular Greek word used to refer to this special slave was “pais”. Greek language studies and contexts show that a “pais” was a male love slave. Regular slaves were called “dolos”. The Centurion makes this distinction clearly when he asks Jesus to heal his slave (pais), and then to prove his status he tells Jesus that his slaves (dolos) go when he tells them to. But this slave (pais) was special. He was the Centurion’s lover.

Hearing this, Jesus was so amazed he says he had not found ANYONE ELSE who had such great faith. He then blesses the Centurion and heals his male lover.

Matthew 8:5-13

THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY TEACHES ABOUT SAME SEX COUPLES.

In short, the English adaptation is a mistranslated farce.

^^^^this

reblogging for the comments ^^^^^^

EXCUSE ME WHILE I REBLOG THIS FIFTY MILLION TIMES

This commentary is so powerful. Someone is going to get delivered.

(Source: idiotsonfb)

asker In fact, why don't you focus on the positive results of cultural appropriation?? They greatly outweigh the negatives. And you can't escape appropriation, you do it every day, likely unknowingly. In all due respect, get your head out of your ass and actually do something to make the world a better place: buy fair trade, fund third world countries, go vegan or vegetarian, boycott large corps that exploit and abuse third world workers. Your existence does plenty to hurt others.

bornabitch-allthedaysandnights:

terarroni:

bornabitch-allthedaysandnights:

There are no positive results of cultural appropriation. It is harmful. PERIOD. 

More importantly you do not understand this because there is a huge difference between examples of cultural diffusion and cultural appropriation. I do not cherry pick and misuse elements of other cultures. When I do participate in other culture’s traditions, it’s because THEY INVITED ME, not because I felt entitled to their traditions.

Your are being EXTREMELY RUDE AND HATEFUL, ishavemyheadandsometimesmypussy. YOU are the one that needs to get your head out of your ass because you’re talking about something that you literally know NOTHING about. 

And your suggestions are similarly ignorant. Fair trade is FULL of corruption and problems, most of the money never goes to the farmers and in fact can be extremely harmful to local economies. Going vegetarian or vegan does nothing to help the HUMAN BEINGS that pick your vegetables, and prioritizes animals over the people of color that live in unbearable and illegal conditions. This doesn’t even include the imperialistic erasure of traditional foods or the traditions of indigenous people that include hunting. Why don’t you do something and care about the people that are living in ‘third world conditions’ in YOUR country because you want cheap vegetables so you can lord your imperialistic vegetarianism over people like an arrogant asshole.

So why don’t you get off your ass with your pathetic liberal agenda and actually do things to improve the lives of the people around you, the people that pick the vegetables you eat, the people that clean your schools and local businesses instead of concentrating on bullshit consumerism-as-activism which has been shown to be ineffective. 

In which bornabitch-allthedaysandnights slays the complete and total ignorance that is ish4vemyheadandsometimesmypussy's existence.

Related:

Where is the money going?" by Dr. Peter Griffiths, Marketing Economist

Fair Trade Will Lead to More Misery for Africa" by John Meadowcraft

The Economics of Fair Trade: A Christian Perspective" by Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School

The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee" by Colleen Haight, assistant professor at San Jose State University, currently on leave to serve as the economics program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

Not so fair trade" by Andrew Chambers, The Guardian

Argument Against Cultural Appropriation + Small History Lesson by Tumblr User girljanitor

Collection of Posts on Cultural Appropriation by Trudy (gradientlair), professional, college-educated Writer/Social Critic

Notes on bell hooks, cultural appropriation, and imperialism" by RedClimbingLily

"Cultural Appropriation" excerpt from ‘A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians’ by Tressa Berman

Ten Definitions of Cultural Appropriation hosted on ‘A Friendly Letter’

"Cultural Appropriation" works hosted on Academia.edu for free download

"The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation" James O. Young, Conrad G. Brunk on Google Books

"Borrowed Power: Essays on Cultural Appropriation" by Bruce H. Ziff, Pratima V. Rao

"Cultural Appropriation and the Arts" by James O. Young (Chapter 1 goes over what Cultural Appropriation is)

"Law, Culture, and Cultural Appropriation" by Sally Engle Merry in the Yale Journal of Law & The Humanities

"Intellectual Property and Cultural Appropriation" by Josh Berson (you’ll need an account or to buy the article)

"Ownership and Appropriation" by Veronica Strang, Mark Busse (you’ll have to buy the article to read the whole thing, but the excerpt gives a small introduction)

"Appropriation in Contemporary Art" by Hayley A. Rower for the Student Pulse International Student Journal 

"The Line between Appropriation and Appreciation" by tumblr user VanillaxCoke

"Harmful Mindsets and Behaviors by Appropriators" by tumblr user Ectinix

“This isn’t a matter of telling people what to wear. It’s a matter of telling people that they don’t wear things in a vacuum and there are many social and historical implications to treating marginalized cultures like costumes. […] Cultural appropriation is itself a real issue because it demonstrates the imbalance of power that still remains between cultures that have been colonized and the ex-colonizers.” From "The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation" on EverdayFeminism

followed up by terarroni rocking it with her amazingly well organized resources! Thank you bunches.

"

Modesty culture is a ruse. More specifically, it’s a ruse that a man has the right to sexually violate a woman if she is not modestly dressed. It’s a ruse because women are not assaulted based on how they are dressed. We are assaulted because we are women living under patriarchy. It does not matter whether a woman wears a long potato sack or if she is nude. She is not safe from victimization so long as there are patriarchal men.

So then what is the purpose of modesty culture if it does not indeed protect women from sexual violence?

Modesty culture is a distraction. It allows women with internalized misogyny to trick themselves into feeling safer than they actually are. It allows folks to put down women and girls. And it allows male violence to be excused as it argues that it’s inevitable and out of their control.

Modesty culture does a lot. But it doesn’t protect or uplift women.

However, modesty culture has other implications. It promotes the idea that women do not own their own bodies. Our bodies are instead held captive by misogynist notions and by every individual man who has eyes to view us.

"

 1810
29 Sep 14 at 10 pm

Haunani-Kay Trask, from “The Color of Violence” (via hypocrite-lecteur)

(via badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista)

"

Colonialism began with conquest and is today maintained by a settler administration created out of the doctrine of cultural hierarchy, a hierarchy in which European Americans and whiteness dominate non-European Americans and darkness. As a result, we live in a country where race prejudice, in the words of Fanon, obeys a flawless logic. For, after all, if inferior peoples must be exterminated, their cultures and habits of life, their languages and customs, their economies, indeed, every difference about them must be assaulted, confined, and obliterated. There must be a dominant culture and therefore a dominant people, a dominant religion, a dominant language, a dominant legal system, a dominant educational system, and so on, and so on. In other words, there must be dominance and subordination.



In a colonialist country such as the United States, white hegemony delineates this hierarchy. Thus, white people are the dominant group. Christianity is the dominant religion, capitalism is the dominant economy, militarism is the dominant form of diplomacy and the force underlying international relations. Violence is thus normal, and race prejudice, like race violence, is as American as apple pie.

"

 73400
29 Sep 14 at 10 pm

On Pacifism

-Derrick Jenson

(via fortalameda)

Yeah, Gandhi was an unbelievably selfish individual. My biggest reason for losing respect for him, though, was that he criticized the Jews for defending themselves against the Holocaust — he insisted that they should have committed public mass suicide in order to “shame” the Germans instead of fighting back.

(via freedominwickedness)

…. In order to shame the Germans?  WTF?  The Germans wouldn’t’ve been shamed - they’d’ve been thrilled to get their way so easily!

(via christinathena)

Gandhi’s exact words were: “But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.” He also wrote an open letter to the British people in 1940 telling them to surrender to the Axis even if it meant accepting genocide:

“I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. Let them take possession of your beautiful island, with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these but neither your souls, nor your minds. If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them.”

(via freedominwickedness)

he was also anti-black (lost all respect for him after reading how he treated sub-saharan africans).

http://www.trinicenter.com/WorldNews/ghandi4.htm

read this. everyone needs to know gandhi’s “true colors”. 

(via cynique)

finally

(via dumbthingswhitepplsay)

Ghandi was a pedophile, to boot.

(via bookishboi)

I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MY ENTIRE LIFE THANK YOU

I CANNOT FUCKING STAND THE WAY HE IS PORTRAYED 

HE WAS AN ABUSER WHO HIT HIS WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTERS ALSO

(via oliveseraphim)

i’ve reblogged this before but this version has even better commentary and sources so

(via fromonesurvivortoanother)

also he believed women shouldn’t fight off their rapists

(via teamfreewillxgraham)

His wife died from a treatable illness because he “didn’t believe in modern medicine”.

(via pancakesandplaid)

Yes and let’s not forget what he did to Bhagat Singh also.

(via whiteopinionsrwhiteopinions)

They do NOT teach you this in school

(via problackgirl)

its about time folks find out who the real gandhi is. He considered Blacks slave, inferior and dirty. He actually wanted the whites in south africa to continue apartheid as he compared Blacks to animals.

(via postracialcomments)

I knew a fair amount of this due to being pakistani (we are kind of…not huge gandhi fans) but some of this shocked even me.

(via jaythenerdkid)

#FUCKGANDHI (via whitegirlsaintshit)

Wow…. This is very eye-opening. So disappointing, smdh.

(via poeticallyhighdreams)

yeah the reason they do not teach you this in school is DELIBERATE. gandhi was ultimately an ally of the british and basically all oppressors everywhere, and an oppressor himself. he was born into high caste and spent his entire life benefitting off the backs of his own people. and fucking postcolonial india is still obsessed with him, GREATLY because of the mark the british left on academic curriculum and the overall culture.

they taught you to love gandhi because they wanted you to love your oppressor.

(via nisfi)

(via azaadi)

tags: politik  pacifism  gandhi  idioti 

"I lost respect when I learned of Gandhi’s body hatred and even more that he refused to have sex with his wife for the last thirty-eight years of their marriage (in fact he felt that people should have sex only three or four times in their lives) I lost even more [respect] when I found out that in order to test his commitment to celibacy, he had beautiful young women lie next to him naked through the night: evidently his wife - whom he described as looking like a ‘meek cow’ - was no longer desirable enough [to] be a solid test"

 4497
29 Sep 14 at 9 pm

Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy

Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.

(via scientific-women)

(Source: itsawomansworld2, via medievalpoc)

tags: feminism  gender  politik 

"

After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.

Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.

This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating.

"

 131083
29 Sep 14 at 9 pm

B.E. Fitzgerald

Art is a Facebook status about your winter break

(via the-stroke-of-dawn)

(Source: befitzgeraldwriting, via niqabisinparis)

tags: art  etc 

"I swear to every heaven ever imagined,
if I hear one more dead-eyed hipster
tell me that art is dead, I will personally summon Shakespeare
from the grave so he can tell them every reason
why he wishes he were born in a time where
he could have a damn Gmail account.
The day after I taught my mother
how to send pictures over Iphone she texted
me a blurry image of our cocker spaniel ten times in a row.
Don’t you dare try to tell me that that is not beautiful.
But whatever, go ahead and choose to stay in
your backwards-hoping-all-inclusive club
while the rest of us fall in love over Skype.
Send angry letters to state representatives,
as we record the years first sunrise so
we can remember what beginning feels like when
we are inches away from the trigger.
Lock yourself away in your Antoinette castle
while eat cake and tweet to the whole universe that we did.
Hashtag you’re a pretentious ass hole.
Van Gogh would have taken 20 selflies a day.
Sylvia Plath would have texted her lovers
nothing but heart eyed emojis when she ran out of words.
Andy Warhol would have had the worlds weirdest Vine account,
and we all would have checked it every morning while we
Snap Chat our coffee orders to the people
we wish were pressed against our lips instead of lattes.
This life is spilling over with 85 year olds
rewatching JFK’s assassination and
7 year olds teaching themselves guitar over Youtube videos.
Never again do I have to be afraid of forgetting
what my fathers voice sounds like.
No longer must we sneak into our families phonebook
to look up an eating disorder hotline for our best friend.
No more must I wonder what people in Australia sound like
or how grasshoppers procreate.
I will gleefully continue to take pictures of tulips
in public parks on my cellphone
and you will continue to scoff and that is okay.
But I hope, I pray, that one day you will realize how blessed
you are to be alive in a moment where you can google search
how to say I love you in 164 different languages."

 6785
29 Sep 14 at 9 pm

Warsan Shire  (via earnestly)

(Source: carryonanyway, via theblackdalia)

tags: etc 

"I want to love, but my hair smells of war and running and running."

 129431
29 Sep 14 at 9 pm

(via azul-estrellas)

(via blreeves)

tags: etc 

"it’s about who you miss at 2 in the afternoon when you’re busy, not 2 in the morning when you’re lonely."

 83077
29 Sep 14 at 9 pm

Talib Kweli  (via themilkywhiteway)

(Source: daughterofzami, via blreeves)

tags: etc 

"I ignored your aura but it grabbed me by the hand, like the moon pulled the tide, and the tide pulled the sand."

 36
29 Sep 14 at 9 pm

Asked by Anonymous

tags: etc 
asker What does this mean?"ان عدد النساء اللاتي يقتلهن الحزن اكثر من عدد الرجال الذين تقتلهم الحرب"

theuncolonizedmind:

blessongeorge:

theuncolonizedmind:

"The number of women who are killed by pain are more than the number of men killed by war."

pain is too general a term

I suppose ‘sorrow’ is more suitable.