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octoswan:

there’s a comic book store in my town that gives ladies a 10% discount and the people who work there are really friendly so lots of ladies show up to hang out and buy comics and one time i was looking through some new releases and this guy walked in, saw all the ladies, did a double take, and said really loudly and condescendingly, ‘there sure are a lot of girls in here for a comic store!’ and laughed but no one else laughed with him and it was glorious

BEAUTIFUL.

Bomb Threat Targeted Anita Sarkeesian, Gaming Awards Last March

mostlysignssomeportents:

MRAs are the American Taliban, willing to terrorize any woman who dares to speak out, and anyone who gives that woman a platform from which to speak.

I disagree with the characterization of, “American Taliban,” due to the fact that the Taliban is a specific religiosociopolitical entity and MRAs are a loose confederation of whiny, vicious, racist, misogynist, homophobic, violently entitled hyenas.

They’re absolutely domestic terrorists, but they’re not the Taliban.

The pernicious, toxic and inescapable lifelong effect of being disciplined physically – either to the point of abuse, or to the point that the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable blurs in your mind – is that you almost have to say you turned out fine, just to redeem the fact of being who you are. That you “turned out fine” is the only way to make sense of having once felt total terror or uncontrollable shaking rage at the sight of one (or both) of the two people expected to care most for you in the world. The thought that you might have ended up relatively OK or perhaps even better without all that fear is almost unbearable: the suffering only doubles if you admit that it truly had no purpose.
Adrian Peterson and what our fathers did to us: we have not turned out fine | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | theguardian.com (via alexsegura)

thalestral:

Glasgow Violence: When Media Bias Goes Too Far 

On Thursday, 85% of the Scottish population turned out to cast their votes in the referendum on independence following days of peaceful demonstrations by Yes voters in the heart of our largest city, Glasgow. 

On Friday, Glasgow was gripped by fear as pro-union fascists rushed George Square, determined to engage in violence and hatred; the loyalists of Glasgow joined by members of the Scottish and English Defence Leagues, and all partly encouraged by Britain First.

Young girls had their Scottish flags torn away from them, women with Yes badges were spat at and called scum, nazi salutes and red hand of Ulster salutes were seen, flares were thrown, and the sectarian edge was on full display with “No Surrender” signs. Assaults were made on those carrying Saltires.

https://vine.co/v/OWPzrhni0Aj/embed

These are not the scenes reported by the BBC news or a number of newspapers who assure us that this was a “clash” between Yes and No voters, following their portrayal of Yes voters as Scottish nationalist mobs who intimidated No voters, despite little evidence to the contrary.

https://vine.co/v/OWU39hp1aJl

In truth, the police had the events of last evening well in hand. Glasgow is no stranger to sectarian trouble (a number of this mob wore Rangers tops), quickly surrounding the group and acting to restrict violence as far as possible as they departed the square and moved elsewhere. Six arrests were made and after a few hours the city was calm once more.

http://youtu.be/t46wPvXpLTs 

But what there was a disturbing lack of was information. News. People in the city and those in the rest of Scotland with friends and family in Glasgow had no idea what was happening. Those on twitter could find no information on whether things had escalated or calmed down, on where was safe and where was not.

https://vine.co/v/OWFlvihxJja

The police described the situation as “handbags”. They’ve dealt with much worse. But to write this off as sectarian violence alone excuses those fascists who travelled to take part. To write it off as only fascists excuses the local loyalists spoiling for a fight.

While the identity of the perpetrators is unknown, the one Scotland newspaper that supported independence – The Herald – had their generator set alight. The Sunday Herald is currently collecting evidence from the night to make a full report in their next edition. 

https://twitter.com/JonCoates/status/513087992106610688

Glasgow is a complicated city with a troubled past, but the level of political engagement across Scotland and within the city during this referendum was unprecedented. And almost entirely peaceful until now. Scotland had shown the world what democracy without war looks like, but while the UK media ignores the dark side of both Glasgow and the union, the international media has carried the most information on events.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152309438961498

That people in Glasgow, Scotland and the UK had to turn to twitter to get the real information of what was happening is incredible. And while photographs and videos were helpful in illustrating the events, there was no control on validity of information. #GlasgowRiots trended through the night despite the situation being over, while many seemed under the impression that it was Yes voters at fault.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10202433758517846

Invoking the spirit of sectarianism there was no doubt trouble on both sides of that particular divide, but the swelling of ranks from fascist groups ensured that it was those bearing the Scottish flag or Yes badges that were in danger.

This was no celebration. This was no representation of No voters. These bigots represent no one but themselves. But the media turning a blind eye to this, or insinuating it is no worse than Scottish nationalists throwing an egg is irresponsible. I had friends hiding at home because they were terrified to go out on the streets without the safety of having white skin, with no idea of when the trouble was over.

There are Orange marches planned today in the city. Hopefully these idiots will stay at home. Please stay safe.

(Photo credits L-R: Jon Brady via Twitter @jonfaec; Cathal Mcnaughton / Reuters; PA; Reuters; Reuters; Herald’; Herald; Reuters; Reuters)

(My apologies that none of the media wants to embed) 

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby “Them”: Portrait of a woman without niceness

Jessica Chastain has a gift for making unlikeable women relatable without relying on easily codified behaviors to do it. Zero Dark Thirty being a prime example.

As Eleanor Rigby, Chastain traverses the painful ground of grief and the way it can shatter everyone at its epicenter without once making Elle someone who needs, wants, or deserves our pity. Ned Benson’s debut film does something fairly extraordinary, not just in the three different points of view it offers, (“Them” is a consolidation of “Her” and “Him”) but in centering Eleanor’s point of view, needs, experience, and choices as the inviolable fulcrum of the narrative, she can’t be reduced to a supporting character in her own life.

And Eleanor doesn’t dismiss herself as such, which is a rare thing in itself.

Benson drops us in the middle of a tragic ocean without any clue as to what has taken Eleanor and Conor (James McAvoy)from the first exhilarating rush of their relationship to its fractured, fragmented state. With an atmospheric sense of place that encapsulates both the enormous scope and narrow reality of life and living in New York, Benson grounds us in the murky interior lives of relatively ordinary people and the common catastrophes we somehow survive.

Full of hanging threads, rough edges, and ambiguity, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is entirely dependent on its cast to make us care about people who aren’t exceptional outside of their humanity. Chastain and McAvoy deliver performances that reflect the painful helplessness of our response to grief when we not only can’t help each other, we can’t help ourselves and we’re not even sure we want to. With quietly exceptional and subversive support from Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, Ciaran Hinds, and William Hurt, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is deceptively simple in narrative, but relentless in making the point that it is *our* experience that creates our life story.

The only glaring flaw in “Them” is that it is all too easy to feel the absence of parts of the puzzle in the cutting together of “Her” and “Him” though that’s illustrative in itself, in examining the life of a relationship.

If you weep at the dearth of complex, complicated, and difficult women in film, go see this one. It’s worth it.

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postracialcomments:

A Texas man is under arrest after gunning down a SWAT team member as the officer quietly tried to climb in through the apartment’s window during predawn hours.

Police State USAreports  that a resident fatally shot Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie as the officer climbed in through a ground level window as part of a “no knock” raid. The officers were there due to suspicion that residents were in possession of controlled substances.

Upon hearing a noise, resident Marvin Louis Guy, 50, opened fire on the unidentified officers, shooting three others as well, although only one fatally.

Guy is currently being held on capital murder charges in connection with Dinwiddie’s death, even though it’s unclear how Guy was supposed to know that the men crawling in through the window were police officers since they hadn’t identified themselves.

The evidence sheet lists a laptop, a safe, a pistol, and a glass pipe, but no drugs were found. Given the evidence, why did police deem it necessary to seek a “no knock” warrant and why did a judge sign off on it?

Very little is known about Mr. Guy, but Dinwiddie left behind two children, all because his SWAT team went creeping into a home where the residents didn’t even have any drugs. Is that the best use of law enforcement tax dollars?

Guy’s bond has been set at $3 million dollars.

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Thank you lieutenantnorals!

"cop breaks and enters with state approval, gets his ass shot"

brah………………. BRUV……………………..

this happened in Texas where it is perfectly legal to shoot and kill someone who is breaking into your home

Literally everybody knows that in Texas you can open fire on someone who comes onto your property without permission. What in the hell did they expect??

Where the NRA at? In the largest pro-gun state of Texass, those second amendment rights only apply if you’re white.

Oh no stand your ground for the homie right???? NO STAND YOUR GROUND FOR THE HOMIE RIGHT????!????!!!!

wolvensnothere:

athenagcsuti:

rainbowrites:

buffytags:

themarywidow:

#this show took some turns down some suspect alleys along the way but #as manifestos go the ‘shared power’ theme running through this scene TAKES SOME F*CKING BEATNG #a giant ‘screw you’ to the Batman-esque Saviour complex running though most dude-focussed superhero franchises #’it’s me and only me who must save the helpless!’ vs ‘HERE TAKE THIS - AND USE IT TO SAVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS’ #you don’t hide power and hoard power and swoop in to impose your power on others to ‘save’ them #you share it #you teach it #’are you ready to be strong?’ #[i’m not crying YOU’RE crying] (via harrietvane)

#THIS WAS THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF ALL SEVEN SEASONS #THIS MOMENT RIGHT HERE #i fucking WAITED for my hogwarts letter #but when i saw this #i was like ‘fuck. I COULD BE A SLAYER’ #ugly empowered weeping

not to mention all the different kinds of women you see - all different races and ages and situations. Every woman can be strong

Ooo still gives me chills.

Tears. Every time.

This scene was an epic call for inclusivity in media by SHOWING that what made one white young woman special and heroic, wasn’t *SPECIAL* AT ALL, (after we’d learned that the reason for the Slayer *line* was in fact OLD MEN LIMITING THE POWER OF WOMEN.)

Yet, what is most important is that even Buffy, at a time when she is most terrified and vulnerable in her own power and place, when she’s been cast out and battered all to hell, she doesn’t continue grasping the threads of control until they strangle her. Instead, she looks at EVERY OTHER POTENTIAL SLAYER IN THE WORLD and says, “Enough,” and trusts that in elevating them to THEIR power, every one of them will be strong enough to defeat the Big Bad.

And if that’s not a model for what intersectional feminism can be, (even as mainstream white Feminism™ is failing to be that)I don’t know what is.

(Source: slayers)

minim-calibre:

queertrees:

geekygothgirl:

verycuriousnocure:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur awarded by then President Charles de Gaulle.

Our loss, U.S.A….

If you don’t admire the shit out of J. Baker, who was also pretty openly bisexual and adopted NINETEEN children in addition to the badassery mentioned above, I want you to go sit in the corner and think about your life choices.

um she was also a huge civil rights activist and her refusal to perform for segregated audiences at major clubs that were fallin over themselves to book her helped de-segregate vegas performance venues

aaaand she had a pet cheetah

I mean, sometimes I think that humanity is a cesspit that should never have existed, but then I remember Josephine Baker existed. 

Like, the exoticizing, sexualized-blackness fetishization of Josephine Baker is remarkably foolish in that it ignores that she was an ACTUAL FASCINATING HUMAN.

blake-the-half-demon:

furbearingbrick:

mehreenkasana:

Except you are so daft, it’s not even remotely amusing.

The USB key was essentially developed by a computer whiz to store data, information and other software in a mobile source from one computer to the other. The slasher you see up there was created to cut open solid objects like boxes, ropes, etc but to also carve and slice inanimate objects. The lighter you see up there was made for cigarettes. The first three objects have domestic, legitimate use.

The gun, in contrast, has no other domestic objectives and usage. It was specifically made to kill. That is all. Kill. You don’t use a gun to store software programs, you don’t use a gun to peel an orange, you don’t use a gun to light a cigarette up. You use a gun to kill.

Try another comparison. Stop embarrassing yourselves. 

APPLY COLD WATER TO BURNED AREA

NAH MAN IT’S A THIRD DEGREE BURN HERE THE PERSON NEEDS A SKIN GRAPH

Guns have literally NO FUNCTION beyond causing death or grievous bodily harm.

(Patiently waits for someone to make the, “What about HUNTING?”argument, or the, ” Target shooting,” argument, thus revealing they don’t know what words mean.)

(Source: takingbackamericatoitsroots)

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