Wednesday, October 22, 2014

bisexualamy:

Companions + Tumblr (insp)

So what’s going on with AAW?: an update + masterpost

spookyplantain:

It has been over two months and I have yet to hear back from asexualawarenessweek about the extremely problematic resource they had listed on their site that was basically an Aryan Brotherhood symbol and that was taken down without any word or public apology/statement of accountability (and, as a far lesser priority, the mysterious loss of my position with them as an intern).

I also wanted to say thanks to everyone for spreading this around - this silencing of Black and brown aces needs to end. It is violent. I’ve been sort of everywhere in my write-ups, leaving out links, and often not discussing the original issue which was the blatant anti-Blackness of the material on the site and how pervasive that anti-Blackness is in the entire structure of the ace community, especially ace organizations that represent us to the media and are accessed by vulnerable youth.

Please remember to center that, and center the violence that Black LGBTQ people face as the most targeted of the most targeted LGBTQ group when it comes to hate crime and police brutality.

White supremacy is so prevalent in the LGBTQ and ace communities. This is violence. This affects the safety of Q/TPoC. Our lives matter.

We never say that all men deserve to feel beautiful. We never say that each man is beautiful in his own way. We don’t have huge campaigns aimed at young boys trying to convince them that they’re attractive, probably because we very rarely correlate a man’s worth with his appearance. The problem is that a woman’s value in this world is still very much attached to her appearance, and telling her that she should or deserves to feel beautiful does more to promote that than negate it. Telling women that they “deserve” to feel pretty plays right in to the idea that prettiness should be important to them. And having books and movies aimed at young women where every female protagonist turns out to be beautiful (whereas many of the antagonists are described in much less flattering terms) reinforces the message that beauty has some kind of morality attached to it, and that all heroines are somehow pretty. You Don’t Have To Be Pretty – On YA Fiction And Beauty As A Priority | The Belle Jar (via brutereason)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

and hey, lovely anon with the nonbinary resource request~ if you have any more detailed ideas of what sort of things you’d like to read, i can write them! or recommend them! i’m thinking of you <3

my gender: part 1

Hi. If you don’t mind talking about it, could you tell me a bit about how you figured out your gender identity? I’ve been feeling doubtful that I’m anything other than cis, even though I frequently have feelings of not lining up with “girl” and I guess I could use some reassurance or stories from other people.

I got an ask from one of my fave followers a long while back asking if I could describe how I figured out my gender identity, and it’s taken me until now to really feel able to sit down and answer.

Basically, it’s been a long road from there to here, and I feel like there’s still a long road ahead of me. In fact, I want to describe my gender journey in three acts sometime, but I can give you the abridged version…

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sometimes i talk to a person and then i feel so much better about my gender

and then i remind myself that i might be that person for someone else

so that is an Important Thing

missolivialouise:

Solarpunk lifestyle post?
Cargo bikes and bike vendors!
At least for places that aren’t terribly hilly. But even then, perhaps electric bikes could be used to help with steep inclines. For instance, that top image could be made as an electric bike, powered by a solar canopy? 

moregloriouspurpose:

So this fucking post is going around and I am PISSED OFF. We’ll ignore the casual ableist language for now (HA) cause I’d like to focus on the ignorance of what this person is saying.
Acculturation/cultural exchange and cultural appropriation are not the same fucking thing.
Eating food from another culture? Cool. Eating foods that are from various cultures, or a combination of cultures’ foods? FINE. Learning another language? A-OK, NOBODY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT PEOPLE DOING THIS.
But there is a fucking epidemic of people exoticizing cultural practices they don’t understand, fetishizing people, and dismissing the spiritual significance of things they decide are “pretty” or “exotic” so that they have an excuse to do them. Yoga is a white-girl joke now instead of a spiritual discipline. People are wearing fucking bindis as fashion statements. And many of these are aspects of culture that have in the past been treated as evidence that the people we’re now feebly emulating were uncivilized - things that are still othered and used to excuse violence even now.
I can’t fucking believe you think this conversation with your father is proof that cultural appropriation (something that POC have defined and called out, not white people who “want us all to hate each other” as is said later in this fucking long-ass shitty post) isn’t an issue. Like you literally were like “it’s the same as cultural exchange” (which it’s NOT), gave a bunch of examples of cultural exchange, and then were like “see? these people are m*rons lmao.” You fucking asshole. What the fuck.

moregloriouspurpose:

So this fucking post is going around and I am PISSED OFF. We’ll ignore the casual ableist language for now (HA) cause I’d like to focus on the ignorance of what this person is saying.

Acculturation/cultural exchange and cultural appropriation are not the same fucking thing.

Eating food from another culture? Cool. Eating foods that are from various cultures, or a combination of cultures’ foods? FINE. Learning another language? A-OK, NOBODY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT PEOPLE DOING THIS.

But there is a fucking epidemic of people exoticizing cultural practices they don’t understand, fetishizing people, and dismissing the spiritual significance of things they decide are “pretty” or “exotic” so that they have an excuse to do them. Yoga is a white-girl joke now instead of a spiritual discipline. People are wearing fucking bindis as fashion statements. And many of these are aspects of culture that have in the past been treated as evidence that the people we’re now feebly emulating were uncivilized - things that are still othered and used to excuse violence even now.

I can’t fucking believe you think this conversation with your father is proof that cultural appropriation (something that POC have defined and called out, not white people who “want us all to hate each other” as is said later in this fucking long-ass shitty post) isn’t an issue. Like you literally were like “it’s the same as cultural exchange” (which it’s NOT), gave a bunch of examples of cultural exchange, and then were like “see? these people are m*rons lmao.” You fucking asshole. What the fuck.

Hemingway

literarystarbucks:

Hemingway goes up to the counter and orders one espresso. It’s hot. He drinks it in silence. It makes him remember his father’s cabin. He thinks about the woman he loved once. He does not smile. The coffee reminds him of war - short but painful, swallowed down quickly. One could order worse drinks. He leaves Starbucks and walks out into the rain.

dustandoldguitars:

Cultural imperialism as discussed by Star Trek (It’s brilliantly done)