They’re alienating people in the pro-choice movement and losing support all because they’re too bigoted to say ‘person’ for some reason. Since not only women can get pregnant, they’re incorrect in their word choice and hurting our cause.
Not to mention it should be a fairly basic thing along the line of not being a horrible human being, referring to someone as they should be referred to. Not purposely by the wrong name, title or pronoun. I mean, I may have already overstepped here but after already being stigmatized and treated as a second class citizen do you think anyone should have to put up with the supposedly open minded still fucking them over?
It’s a discredit to our cause and an embarrassment.
leeleeleelee submitted: “This is the reality of Texas’ ultrasound for abortion bill. A 30 year old Texas woman’s fetus’ heart stopped beating after 12 weeks. The options given were to wait until miscarriage, give birth to it, or to abort it (the preferred, safest option). She has to look at an ultrasound of her already dead fetus and if she looks away, she will have to listen to the Doctor describe it.”
I don’t have anything snarky to say about this. This is heartbreaking. These ultrasound laws are cruel, invasive, and do nothing to lower abortion rates.
“Danica Patrick is such a.. pretty girl. She makes a lot of money and sponsorships because of it. But what’s not attractive is that she’s sexy and she knows it… Oh I’ve got a few words [to describe Patrick], it starts with a b, and it’s not beautiful… She always has a chip on her shoulder trying to prove something.”—
Fox 5 news anchor Ross Shimabuku, on Danica Patrick’s question to a report about why female athletes must always be described as “sexy,” and imploring him for another word to describe her.
Shimabuku was suspended today for a week without pay for his comments after he apologized… by admitting that he “gets nervous on the air” and has “TV anxiety.”
Wait… am I understanding this correctly, that a TV news anchor defended saying shitty sexist things on TV by saying he has “TV anxiety”? Did he actually say that? Because if he did, he doesn’t need to be suspended—he needs to be FUCKING FIRED, so he can pursue a career that doesn’t cause him so much anxiety that he just can’t help saying shitty sexist stuff on-air.
“On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York presented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student. Miss Williams wrote an essay on her impressions of Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography the Narrative of the Life. This was part of an essay contest, but her essay was never entered. It offended her teachers so much that, after harassment from teachers and school administrators at School #3, Miss Williams was forced to leave the school.
We at the Frederick Douglass Foundation honored her because her essay actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography, even though it might seem a bit esoteric to most 13-year olds. In her essay, she quotes part of the scene where Douglass’ slave master catches his wife teaching then slave Frederick to read. During a speech about how he would be useless as a slave if he were able to read, Mr. Auld, the slave master, castigated his wife.
Miss Williams quoted Douglass quoting Mr. Auld: “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him. It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”
Miss Williams personalized this to her own situation. She reflected on how the “white teachers” do not have enough control of the classroom to successfully teach the minority students in Rochester. While she herself is more literate than most, due to her own perseverance and diligence, she sees the fact that so many of the other “so-called ‘unteachable’” students aren’t learning to read as a form of modern-day slavery. Their illiteracy holds them back in society.
Her call to action was then in her summary: “A grand price was paid in order for us to be where we are today; but in my mind we should be a lot further, so again I encourage the white teachers to instruct and I encourage my people to not just be a student, but become a learner.”
This offended her English teacher so much…”
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Not only my city … I went to this school for one year in sixth grade. This local news article provides the additional context that the student body is overwhelmingly Black and Latino, and the teachers are overhwlemingly white.
Please click through to read the rest of the original link. This appears at the end:
We would like as many folks as possible to call the Principal of School #3 and complain about this injustice. Her name is Miss Connie Wehner, and she can be reached at (585) 454-3525. This treatment of Jada Williams cannot stand.
I am not awake enough for this level of bullshit
what the fuck
What the ever loving fuckityfuck… Definitely click through and read the rest, and if you are the sort who, like me, isn’t comfortable on the phone the principal’s email address is here on the school website.
“I’m fat positive because I’m a feminist, and I refuse to acknowledge in the magical thinking that if you’re small enough, quiet enough, compliant enough and saccharine enough, you will somehow be enough.”—You’re Welcome - Why I’m Fat Positive (via ceasesilence)
YES, I am criticizing a system that privileges white, male, cisgendered, heterosexual, Christian, able-bodied people, and a few other categories I may forget. And class. Class is what counts.
NO, I am not hating on white people. I pass as white. I benefit from the skin privilege and let me tell you: the liberty to choose if I’m going to give myself away or not at my leisure when I’m in company that doesn’t know me and which I don’t trust is a PRIVIFUCKINGLEGE.
It’s the privilege I hate. The institution.
I cannot make it go away; I cannot even the field for everyone, but I can recognize the privileges I benefit from and generally check myself before I start speaking over those with less institutional power. And I expect to be shamed if I fail to check myself. So should you.
UNDERSTAND THIS, WHITE PERSON WITH HURT FEEFEES: Getting shamed for ignoring or denying one’s own institutional power is NOT hate.
HATE is having your children taken away to boarding schools so they’d learn white manners and culture and leave behind their own inferior cultures.
HATE is beating those children until they stop speaking their own language.
HATE is seeing your holy ground desecrated to make way for a parking lot.
HATE is the total displacement of your people.
HATE is being treated worse than animals so a few white people can get richer.
HATE is when you’re afraid to speak your own language because you’re afraid of being found out.
HATE is when it is totally okay to casually use a caricature of your people to insult others or crack a joke.
Don’t fucking whine to me about HATING white people.
Because I’ve tried to be nice and point out to people that feeling bad for being called out on engaging in racism or another form of marginalization THAT IS A DIRECT CONTINUATION TO ANY/ALL OF THE ABOVE does IN NO WAY AT ALL COMPARE WITH GOING THROUGH ANY/ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Nobody softened the truncheon for us. We tried being nice and good, and we still got beaten. HARD. Why should I soften this for you?
In light of all that has been said and repeated politely, firmly, loudly, or right in your face: KEEP THE “OH NOES DON’T HATE WHITE PEOPLE” CRAP THE FUCK OUT OF MY REBLOGS.
I particularly like this part: Nobody softened the truncheon for us. We tried being nice and good, and we still got beaten. HARD. Why should I soften this for you?
Because so much of this seems to boil down to a need for everything to be softened, made easier, made more comfortable, made less confrontational; for people to be soothed and stroked and eased for feeling the discomfort of realizing *their own racism* and their privilege.
My brother knows racism before he’s even 16. Fuck everyone
Welp! That’s great! Gonna rant now! AS USUAL WHAT ELSE IS NEW
Before he was 8, things were fine and dandy and he’s a happy adorable snotrag!
He isin’t treated any differently and if he is, he’s too young to notice at the time.
He’s 10. He’s talented at creating animation and draws like a pro.
Early primary school; things are fine but he feels a little confused that he’s one of the very few black kids in his school. Apart from that, he enjoys school and no trouble making friends. Still a witty & bright little smartass!
12 years old. Parents are called into school because teacher feels my brother cheated on a test (he was one of the few that scored the highest. Also the only black boy in his class).
Brother is confused. Says he didn’t cheat on anything. Parents tell him not to cheat and to work harder.
The year goes by. Parents are called in again. Teacher puts my brother at the very back of the class because “he was late for school”.
13 years old. A little bit wary of how his teacher only seems to target him- and only him- in his entire class of 20+ pupils. Notices he’s the only one in class not getting enough attention for homework stuff. Doesn’t put his hand up in class for questions much anymore because parents are always called in because ‘he asks too much questions’.
14 years old. Last year. There’s a group science project (the group with the best science model gets to represent their school and meet the President of Ireland). Years of being good with drawings, animation and now physics helps him a lot. Other teacher remarks on how great his science model was. His group wins. He gets to meet the president.
Principal tells my brother he’s no longer allowed in his own group work. He’s replaced with a white boy that’s not even in his class. This boy and the rest of the group are the ones to meet the President and be on local newspaper. With his science project on the front.
My brother is devastated. He cried so hard the entire night. He was frustrated, confused, angry and shocked.
The principal asks my brother to join the group again right after they other boys have met the president. My brother joins but he’s raging. He’s wary. The president will never know that the boy who made the science project that was on the newspapers was him. A black boy.
He doesn’t talk much in class anymore. He doesn’t raise his hands up anymore. He doesn’t care. School sucks. Parents are called in about his ‘bad attitude’. Parents are alert at what’s going on but say nothing because they threatened their son with expulsion.
Brother knows his teacher hates him and singles him out. He has learnt to not be smart in class. He now hangs around a rough crowd (he’s never done this before). School sucks, who cares when your teacher mocks u in front of everyone else?
He gets into big trouble these days. His grades are slipping. He even smashed a neighbour’s window ‘for fun’.
He’s watching other black kids in his area stereotyped as lazy hooligans.
He is sort of becoming one. He still loves to draw and is still a bright boy in school. Teacher not happy with it because he prefers if my brother does nothing.
I’m MAAAAD when I find out finally why my brother has changed so much. I hate the world. I hate white people sometimes. You have made my brother believe that he’s good for nothing at school. He was a bright and smart-assy kid.
He’s a wary and quiet boy now.
And you have no fucking idea how exhusting it is to remind him everyday that he’s just as good as all the other boys. Fuck you. I fucking hate this world. I fucking hate you for telling me that ‘racism is over, its all in your head’
I fucking HATE that my little sister (8) is being mocked by the kids in her class for ‘having chocolate fingers he wants to eat’. My sister is uncomfortable in that class when that kid is around.
I hate you for telling the world that black people aren’t good enough unless they are at the back of the class, shutting the fuck up. I hate everything at this moment.
If racism completely alters my brother’s perception of himself, i will cry. I will rage. And I will be called the angry black fucking woman.
And tomorrow and the rest of his childhood, he’s going to have to get over this and pretend it doesn’t happen. Pretend racism doesn’t happen.
Omg. That’s horrible. I am so sorry for how your brother is being treated. I hope he realizes he’s better than what his asshole teacher and principal think of him.
Heartbreaking story. And thank you for sharing this - you’ve done an excellent job of highlighting the insidious nature of white supremacy.
and this is why i want to walk up to white people that cry racism and ask them how racism affects their daily lives, as it did this young man.
South Dakota’s state House of Reps recently passed a bill on the definition of domestic violence, complete with amendments that modify an “intimate partnership” or “relationships” with the clause “with a member of the opposite sex.” So, gay man in an abusive relationship? You’re not victim of domestic violence! College roommate beating you up? Nope, not a domestic dispute.
When she worked the streets, Yvette Gonzales said, she frequently saw other prostitutes working without condoms. But they were not having unprotected sex at the request of their customers.
Often, Ms. Gonzales said, the police would confiscate condoms when making a prostitution arrest so they could be used as evidence. And as soon as the prostitutes were released from jail, she said, they would go right back to work without protection; or they would refrain from carrying condoms at all, for fear of being arrested, and would hope customers would supply their own. “It breaks my heart,” said
Ms. Gonzales, who now works for a nonprofit group, the Positive Health Project, that counsels prostitutes, tests them for infection and provides them with free condoms. “The police need to understand: Don’t take their condoms. You’re taking someone’s health from them.”
Good article about no condoms as evidence legislation.
Two things, though (always! always with the critique):
There’s no mention of how the collection of condoms as evidence of prostitution is an act of profiling people of color, especially trans women, who are using public spaces and may or may not be engaged in street based sex work.
Also there’s this: ” Excluding certain types of evidence from criminal court is rare, but not unprecedented. One example is the rape shield law, which limits evidence or questions in rape trials about a complainant’s previous sexual conduct.” Mention of the rape shield law is ironic because rape shield law in NY state doesn’t apply to people who have gotten a prostitution related conviction in the last three years.
I’ve made this blog because I’m super sick and tired of atheists being wrongly assumed to be horrible people void of all morals. The atheists I know are loving, compassionate, creative, genuinely AMAZING people who are out to make positive changes in this world.
Basically, what I want this blog to be, is a collection of photographs of atheists and agnostics. Let’s give the rest of the world THE FACES OF ATHEISM so they can stop making assumptions about us.
Please submit all photographs to: TheFacesOfAtheists@gmail.com, or using the Submit option on the blog.
With your photograph, you may include one, some, all, or none of the following:
-Your First Name -Your Age -What You Do (This can be your job, your hobby, if you volunteer, whatever!) - Etc.
By Etc., I mean whatever you want. Whatever kind of information you want to include about yourself as long as it is positive. I’m open to ideas, as I’m just beginning this project, and I want it to be awesome.
This is a good idea people. I plan to follow through myself as soon as I can get a better picture. The misinformation about what an atheist is badly needs to be combated. Let’s show them the beauty of who we really are. ~ Steve
This sounds like an awesome idea. I will definitely be participating.
When or if Crystal does release a statement concerning his actions I’m guessing the word ‘tribute’ will be used. Perhaps the term ‘subversive’, which tends to be a favorite of those defending Fred Astaire’s one blackface performance in 1936’s Swing Time. Astaire’s imitation of Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson is often given a pass because it was meant as an homage to the man he considered a colleague in dance, and because it was an imitation of a specific person, not the race as a whole. It wasn’t meant to be offensive, the theory goes–which of course means the viewer should just ignore the history behind blacking up and enjoy the dancing.
Crystal’s defenders seem to be expressing the same views, some even going as far as to point out that because he didn’t do it in the traditionally correct way (burnt cork mixed with water to make the blackface paste, coupled with a deliberate emphasising of Black features like the lips and eyes) it shouldn’t be put in the same class as “real” blackface.
Blacking up is blacking up, though, whether or not you do it ‘right’. And call me crazy, but it should never be funny. Remember the feeling you got the first time you saw Bugs Bunny in blackface for the first time during your Saturday morning cartoons Or maybe you accidentally saw Swing Time or an old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movie without anyone there to explain it to you.
When you see a film like Bamboozled, Spike Lee has purposely laid the groundwork for you to have a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach, but when it comes to casual occurrences as with Bugs Bunny, Judy Garland, and Billy Crystal you start having to defend your feelings of offence and discomfort others. Done ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, blacking up evokes a sense of nostalgia that is anything but fond and comforting.
You clearly misunderstood. I wasn’t saying a thing about a link between rape and autism, I was pointing out that the term “triggering” was being misused so badly that the sentence became nonsense. Talking about rape doesn’t trigger PTSD in a person who…
Just wanted to leave this here because of the sheer amount of facepalm I did when I read the original response…*smh*
Oh, but you don’t get it! He’s a psych major. Obviously this means he knows how every sexual assault victim feels and what does and does not trigger them.
Today is the last day of Black History Month for 2012. It’s way too short a celebration.
After I’m done writing and editing for this blog, I think the posts I’ll always be the happiest with are my profiles for Black History Month. Not only did I put the most work into these posts, since I was trying to accurately but concisely portray important parts of history that are all too often overlooked, but I learned a lot during my research.
girl-non-grata asked: You do realize that you equated women who experience triggered flashbacks of sexual assaults to autistics. TAA threatened to rape a rape victim; of course that is going to trigger trauma survivors. Here’s hoping you learn the fundamental human lesson of human compassion and the intellectual ability of humane empathy. Because damn.
You clearly misunderstood. I wasn’t saying a thing about a link between rape and autism, I was pointing out that the term “triggering” was being misused so badly that the sentence became nonsense. Talking about rape doesn’t trigger PTSD in a person who was raped anymore than talking about war triggers it in a combat vet. PTSD triggers can be anything, and are generally something that stuck out during the experience (the rapist’s hairstyle, the color of the ceiling at the time, a certain smell). There is no such thing as triggering language.
“Talking about rape doesn’t trigger PTSD in a person who was raped anymore than talking about war triggers it in a combat vet.”
HOW THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW, HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED EITHER?
“If you can look at the reproductive rights movement in America and come to the conclusion that trans people are too visible, that valuable resources are being wasted on their inclusion, or that trans people take focus away from the plight of cis people when distinctions are made between anatomy and gender in order to avoid erasing them, you are just an irredeemably fucking stupid person and I don’t care to be reminded that you exist.”—Something I said yesterday. (via ladyatheist)
Anon here again: The person who said undocumented workers shouldn't have access to any services in America. I told her that, in 2010, undocumented workers actually paid $11.2 billion in taxes into the system. I just thought she should know that they do, in fact, pay into the system and do deserve services.
Oh, I gotcha.
Exactly. I highly doubt she knew that, so I doubt she’ll have a good rebuttal set for you. Ignorant people shouldn’t speak.