1. cornell-filipino-association:

    Also known as Haiyan, Typhoon Yolanda has devastated the Philippines, especially the Southern region of the nation. Below are two organizations that were recommended by a Cornell Filipino Association alumni, Theo Figurasin. Please keep these in mind when…

     
  2. labmunky:

    october-eightyeight:

    solo1y:

    Because sometimes all “they” need is a white person to charge in and fix everything. 

    yup

    The White Savior Film, the theme of this post could scroll on forever…

     
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  4. notjustanotherstatistic:

    Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don’t leave

    I fucking hate it when people say the woman is stupid for staying with her abuser and it’d be so easy to leave. 

    NO IT ISN’T.

    (Source: gynocraticgrrl)

     
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    [Poster text: HOW TO BUILD GLOBAL COMMUNITY

Think of no one as “them”
Don’t confuse your comfort with your safety
Talk to strangers
Imagine other cultures through their poetry and novels
Listen to music you don’t understand*Dance to it
Act Locally
Notice the workings of power & privilege in your culture
Question consumption
Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up
and smell the exploitation
Look for fair trade and union labels
Help build economies from the bottom up
Acquire few needs
Learn a second(or third) language
Visit people,places, and cultures - not tourist attractions
Learn people’s history*Re-define progress
Know physical and political geography
Play games from other cultures*Watch films with subtitles
Know your heritage
Honor everyone’s holidays
Look at the moon and imagine someone else,
Somewhere else, looking at it too
Read the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Understand the global economy in terms of
people, land, and water
Know where your bank banks
Never believe you have the right to anyone else’s resources
Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
Question military/corporate connections
Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money
Have a pen/email pal
Honor indigenous cultures
Judge governance by how well it meets all people’s needs
Be skeptical about what you read
Eat adventurously*Enjoy vegetables,
Beans and grains in your diet
Choose curiosity over certainty
Know where your water comes from
and where your wastes go
Pledge allegiance to the earth;question nationalism
Think South, Central, and North-
There are many Americans
Assume that many others share your dreams
Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
Work to change this]

    [Poster text: HOW TO BUILD GLOBAL COMMUNITY

    Think of no one as “them”
    Don’t confuse your comfort with your safety
    Talk to strangers
    Imagine other cultures through their poetry and novels
    Listen to music you don’t understand*Dance to it
    Act Locally
    Notice the workings of power & privilege in your culture
    Question consumption
    Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up
    and smell the exploitation
    Look for fair trade and union labels
    Help build economies from the bottom up
    Acquire few needs
    Learn a second(or third) language
    Visit people,places, and cultures - not tourist attractions
    Learn people’s history*Re-define progress
    Know physical and political geography
    Play games from other cultures*Watch films with subtitles
    Know your heritage
    Honor everyone’s holidays
    Look at the moon and imagine someone else,
    Somewhere else, looking at it too
    Read the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Understand the global economy in terms of
    people, land, and water
    Know where your bank banks
    Never believe you have the right to anyone else’s resources
    Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
    Question military/corporate connections
    Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money
    Have a pen/email pal
    Honor indigenous cultures
    Judge governance by how well it meets all people’s needs
    Be skeptical about what you read
    Eat adventurously*Enjoy vegetables,
    Beans and grains in your diet
    Choose curiosity over certainty
    Know where your water comes from
    and where your wastes go
    Pledge allegiance to the earth;question nationalism
    Think South, Central, and North-
    There are many Americans
    Assume that many others share your dreams
    Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
    Work to change this]

     
  6. Here’s what I think is going on some of the time when trans* women are selectively accused of being ‘too academic’. I think the critic is saying: ‘You’ve spent time thinking about something I don’t have to think about, and I don’t want to have to.’
     
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    anarcho-queer:

middlemarching:

anarcho-queer:

While the head honchos at the HRC are making 6 figure salaries from donations to support ‘marriage equality’, hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ youth are homeless and are purposely ignored by mainstream gay organizations. The ‘fight’ for same sex marriage has proven to be a profitable business for gay ‘non-profit’ businesses, so it’s no wonder why gay marriage overshadows all other LGBTQ issues. After all, helping the needy results in smaller pay.
Supporting gay marriage doesn’t mean you support the queer struggle. In fact, most ‘allies’ and even a large portion of more fortunate queers don’t know the facts about LGBTQ homelessness, violence against trans* people, high unemployment, discrimination, etc, nor do they bother to research it. They are just concerned about their favorite gay celebrities being able to tie the knot.
If you care about the queer struggle, take a minute of your day to familiarize yourself with some of the disturbing statistics:
20- 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. In comparison, the general youth population is only 3-10% LGBTQ.
LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
LGBTQ youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBTQ homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
LGBTQ youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
LGBTQ homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
At least 20% of ALL transgender people will be homeless sometime in their life.
29% of transgender people reported being turned away from a homeless shelter due to their transgender status.
Please consider taking action to help combat LGBTQ homelessness. I suggest making a donation to the Ali Forney Center or volunteering at your local LGBTQ homeless shelter.
P.S. Fuck the HRC!

I will always plug GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services every time a post like this comes across my dashboard. It is a new organization but is making enormous strides in North Alabama, and also includes a host home program for youth caught in the 18/19 age gap that can financially ruin so many queer youth. (In the state of Alabama, you are not legally recognized as an adult until you are nineteen years old, meaning that if you are kicked out of your house by your parents at age eighteen, you can’t sign a lease on an apartment.)

Reblogging for the commentary and to add a list of LGBTQ homeless shelters and support services. If you know of any other states/cities/towns with LGBTQ shelters, please add on to the list with a link.


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    anarcho-queer:

    middlemarching:

    anarcho-queer:

    While the head honchos at the HRC are making 6 figure salaries from donations to support ‘marriage equality’, hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ youth are homeless and are purposely ignored by mainstream gay organizations. The ‘fight’ for same sex marriage has proven to be a profitable business for gay ‘non-profit’ businesses, so it’s no wonder why gay marriage overshadows all other LGBTQ issues. After all, helping the needy results in smaller pay.

    Supporting gay marriage doesn’t mean you support the queer struggle. In fact, most ‘allies’ and even a large portion of more fortunate queers don’t know the facts about LGBTQ homelessness, violence against trans* people, high unemployment, discrimination, etc, nor do they bother to research it. They are just concerned about their favorite gay celebrities being able to tie the knot.

    If you care about the queer struggle, take a minute of your day to familiarize yourself with some of the disturbing statistics:

    • 20- 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ. In comparison, the general youth population is only 3-10% LGBTQ.
    • LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience sexual abuse before the age of 12.
    • LGBTQ youth, once homeless, are at higher risk for victimization, mental health problems, and unsafe sexual practices. 58.7% of LGBTQ homeless youth have been sexually victimized compared to 33.4% of heterosexual homeless youth
    • LGBTQ youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth
    • LGBTQ homeless youth commit suicide at higher rates (62%) than heterosexual homeless youth (29%)
    • At least 20% of ALL transgender people will be homeless sometime in their life.
    • 29% of transgender people reported being turned away from a homeless shelter due to their transgender status.

    Please consider taking action to help combat LGBTQ homelessness. I suggest making a donation to the Ali Forney Center or volunteering at your local LGBTQ homeless shelter.

    P.S. Fuck the HRC!

    I will always plug GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services every time a post like this comes across my dashboard. It is a new organization but is making enormous strides in North Alabama, and also includes a host home program for youth caught in the 18/19 age gap that can financially ruin so many queer youth. (In the state of Alabama, you are not legally recognized as an adult until you are nineteen years old, meaning that if you are kicked out of your house by your parents at age eighteen, you can’t sign a lease on an apartment.)

    Reblogging for the commentary and to add a list of LGBTQ homeless shelters and support services. If you know of any other states/cities/towns with LGBTQ shelters, please add on to the list with a link.

     
  8. (Hint: It’s not because of inferior education)

    Mind totally blown.

    Great fact to remember when someone unequivocally bashes education in non-Western, less-“developed’ countries.
     
  9. girlsgetbusyzine:

    Girls Get Busy #19 is finished and now available for FREE online:
    http://issuu.com/ggbzine/docs/ggb_19_pdf

    You can download the PDF if you’re a member of issuu.com, and don’t worry if you’re not because it is free to register :) 

    Featuring Marie Magie, Judith Jones, Liv Thurley, Hannah Le Feuvre, Amy Lesko, Sonia Lopez, Laura Maw, Alexandra J Auger, Christina Poku, Rebecca Kane, internet-grrrl, Jaana-Kristiina Alakoski, Ana Cecilia Alvarez, Ola Roman, Norla, Jasmin Risk, Lou Courtois, Kate Bull, Lilly Moorhouse, Elies Van Renterghem, Megcra, Lindsey Kemp, Beth Siveyer, K. Richards, Liz Layton, Grace Sparapani, Kat Stormborn, Mikkeline Sofie Larsson

    Curated by Beth Siveyer / Cover image by Christina Poku

    Girls Get Busy is a feminist creative platform that supports female-identified artists, writers and musicians.

    I can’t get over Apartment 6. I keep going back to read it and each time I finish that last line, it just hits me so hard I swear without fail.
     
  10. eileenpaints:

    Hahahahahahhaha.

    Yeah, no, you want to go? LET’S GO.

    Bourgot Le NoirNun ClariciaDiemoth (also called Diemud/Diemudis) • Agnes II Abbess of QuedlinburgAnastasiaClariciaHerrad of LandsbergEndeGudaAbbess Hitda of Meschede

     
  11. Casual reminder that although there is a trans woman on Orange is the New Black, the majority of trans* folk ARE NOT put in prisons that correlate with their gender identity and are often subject to brutal sexual violence as a result.

     
  12. Society, however, does not see all fat as being equal. A man can be much, much fatter than a woman and still be viewed as comfortably within the standard deviation; most department stores carry men’s pants up to a size 42, which is the rough equivalent of a women’s size 24—a size that a woman would have to visit a specialty big-girl store or “Women’s” department to find. Men are comfortable on beaches with their beach-ball bellies hanging over their swimsuit waistbands, bronzing their fat in the sun, whereas my fat women friends struggle to find swimwear that does not feature a skirt.

    So me, I’m transgendered. It means that the gender I present in the world is not congruent with the sex that I was assigned at birth; in practical terms, I mostly look like a man but have a body that some would consider physiologically female. Even though I don’t identify as a man (I am a butch, which is its own gender), I am taken for a man about two-thirds of the time. And when I am taken for a man, I am not fat.

    As a man, I’m a big dude, but not outside the norm for such things. I am just barely fat enough to shop at what I call The Big Fat Tall Guy Store, and can sometimes find my size in your usual boy-upholstery emporia. Major clothing labels, like Levi Strauss, make nice things in my size, and I am never forced to wear anything that appears to have been manufactured at Mendel the Tentmaker’s House o’ Fashion. (Although those things do exist for men, too. Those terrycloth shirts with the waistbands? Oy.) I can order extra salad dressing or ice cream or anything else in a restaurant and have it arrive without comment; I can eat it in public without anyone taking a bit of notice, even if I am shoving it into my mouth while walking down a crowded street and getting crumbs all over my chest in the process. I can run for a bus or train without anyone making a snide remark.

    As a big guy, I’m big enough to make miscreants or troublemakers decide to take their hostility elsewhere. As a woman, I am revolting. I am not only unattractively mannish but also grossly fat. The clothes I can fit into at the local big-girl stores tend to fit around the neck and then get bigger as they go downward, which results in a festive butch-in-a-bag look—all the rage nowhere, ever. No matter how clearly I order a Coke in a restaurant I must be on a diet, and so I get a Diet Coke—usually with a lemon floating in it accusatorily, looking up at me as if to say, “This is as good as it’s going to get, lardass.” Wait staff develop selective amnesia about my side of fries or my request for butter, and G-d help me if I get caught eating (or even shopping) in public as a woman.
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    S. Bear Bergman, “Part-Time Fatso” (via wretchedoftheearth)

    I love how stories make facts come to life.

     
  13. Yes. I mean, with Tyler, you had people just posting pictures of his face with “FUCK YOU” written over it and some of them didn’t even know exactly what he had done. Personally, I feel like if you’re going to call someone out on their bullshit, it should be constructive. The person should learn something. You shouldn’t attack the person, you should attack what they have said or done. Because people make mistakes, people mess up. And because Tumblr makes it so easy to pass on and share, it can get out of control so quickly.

    Until I got called out on Tumblr, I wasn’t even really aware of the “call-out culture.” I mean, I got ripped to fucking shreds because people were upset that I went on Anderson and they felt that I didn’t do a good job explaining microaggressions and racism. But to be fair, when I was there, I didn’t have a PR person or prepared speech, and I was edited to here and back. They changed so much of what everyone was saying and how people were responding. It was the week the video went viral and everything was happening so quickly, and I had no idea how big and important things were getting. So I got ripped a new one on Tumblr. I had Black people calling me the N-word, calling me Uncle Tom, just unimaginable shit. I was devastated, I was bawling. I couldn’t understand it.

    But through all of the nasty things, one of the people who called me out actually messaged me and offered to talk to me about why people were so upset. And now we talk all the time, and I have learned so much from her. So at first I was so upset because people were coming after me, but I really did need to hear and learn about a lot of it, no matter how profanity-laden it was. It made me think “What are better ways to call people out?” Because when you start screaming at me and calling me names, I shut down. So maybe that is why I really feel torn about the “call-out culture” thing.

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    Franchesca Ramsey talks about “call-out culture” in a recent interview with Thought Catalog (via girlsgetbusyzine)

    Thankfully got some good advice recently reminding me about the importance of not being too aggressive so people will be open to hearing and learning instead of being on the defensive. Of course it’s natural when coming from a place of hurt and anger but sometimes the person at fault is the sort who’s open to listening and changing when given the chance. Sometimes though, it’s important to remember that it’s not your job to fix their faults. Sometimes you just need to walk away for your own well-being.

    But I also think there’s still a place for yelling at someone like Stephen Harper to voice displeasure. We have to be careful though that we don’t automatically push away someone we could have calmly chatted with so they see our side.

    (Source: alostbird)

     
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  15. PoC are constantly expected to be emotional midwives to white people. Attempts to claim space or identity for ourselves–without deference to whiteness–are inevitably met with suspicion, anger, fear, and guilt (witness white anger over the President’s racial self-identification). We’re expected to have a conversation on race and racism that centers and assuages white emotions, to speak about race in terms and frameworks that are neither by, for, or ultimately about us. What little space we’re afforded in mainstream media is taken up with 101-level education, demands that we justify our existence, and prove the merit of our perspectives and accomplishments beyond the shadow of a doubt. White critics and, occasionally, other people of color, often feel a casual entitlement to pass judgment on PoC narratives of our own experiences, and on our scholarship, without putting in the effort to learn about or engage with either.
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    On The CHE‘s Reinforcement Of Suspicion Of Black Academia (via sociolab)

    This is so fucking important.

    (via thegoddamazon)

    So very relevant to my life and an article my friend recently had published on her experiences as a black woman in my predominantly white city.