I didn't mean for it to come off as though I was lecturing them. It just seems like international media sometimes confuses the Peace Prize with a human rights prize or a most admirable person prize, like with the whole Malala-thing. The ceremony was yesterday and I'm just getting tired of all the misunderstandings. Semi-related, Morrisey is playing at the Nobel Cencert, two years ago he made some really upsetting comments likening 22/7 to meat production and some people are upset. Thoughts?
I’d literally never heard of Morrisey but based on his Wikipedia page he seems like the kind of awful shallow “liberal” I like to avoid.
Uh, can we just be clear on the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize isn't actually a prize for being the best person? It's a prize for the reduction of standing armies, creation of peace conferences and increase of international understanding. Which is why OPCW is a great winner. Even so, Jagland, the guy who leads the Norwegian Nobel Commitee, is a former Labour PM who wasn't too great and called the President of Gabon "Bongo from Congo" and loves the EU and the US a bit too much,
I think people understand that? Using the Nobel Peace Prize hyperbolically is pretty common, and I thought it was obvious that lesbianvenom was doing that…
Ugh, thank you for reblogging that pope post. I was raised roman catholic and I had a horrible experience with the church. I can't stand that people praise him because he said that he didn't judge queer people. I mean, it's a step in the right direction, but let's not give him a freaking nobel peace prize.
Yeah, I mean, he’s marginally less awful than the last pope (I did enjoy his denouncing of trickle down economics), but he’s still terrible. I’m not here for the hero-worship of misogynistic, homophobic, fascist “holy” men.
If the Green family’s conscience really forbids them from meeting their legal obligations under the Affordable Care Act, then they have the option to arrange their lives so as not to incur those obligations. They can choose not to run a two billion dollar corporation.
But if they’re not willing to make those sacrifices–if their ‘conscience’ only compels them so far as they can follow it for free–then they are not conscientious objectors.
This’s a great look, from a Quaker, one of the people conscientious objector laws were written for, at the idea of “conscience protection” and why Hobby Lobby and a few other “Christian” companies are violating the principle and spirit of such protection by trying to invoke it to deny birth control coverage.
I am so sick of people praising him just because the motherfucker said that queer people should not be judged for being sinners because we’re all sinners (THAT. IS LITERALLY. WHAT HE SAID. NOT THAT WE’RE HUMAN. NOT THAT WE’RE NOT DEVIANTS.), because he hasn’t YET spoken shit about women since being elected as Pope while he did when he wasn’t - and I mean VILE AS FUCK SHIT ABOUT WOMEN. Shit he’s never once apologized for. Both about his homophobic bullshit and his misogyny.
And let’s again NOT EVEN GET INTO THE WHOLE JUNTA THING.
Or actually, let’s do it.
But others, especially in Bergoglio’s native Argentina, see in Francis the Church’s stubborn pursuit to remain silent over some of history’s worst crimes, even to re-write history to cast a more positive light on the Church.
The fact is Francis does not arrive at the Vatican with a clean slate. Even before he could lead eager throngs of Catholics through his first papal “Hail Mary” from the loggia overlooking Saint Peter’s Square on March 13, allegations of his complicity with Argentina’s bloody dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s were already resurfacing on the Internet.
The 1976-1982 junta’s so-called “Dirty War” targeting leftists resulted in as many as 30,000 dead and disappeared, including dozens of priests, nuns and lay people working for the Church at the time.
On Sunday, an Argentinian newspaper published a government memo that seems to definitively prove that Bergoglio did indeed provide information to the murderous dictatorship, informing authorities about allegations against two Jesuit priests who were kidnapped, tortured and imprisoned for five months for allegedly contacting anti-regime leftist guerrillas. Furthermore, Gregoglio is alleged to have sold the priests out even while he personally promised them his protection. On March 13, Digital Journal published a lengthy article detailing Jorge Bergoglio’s— and the Argentine Catholic church’s— alleged role in collaborating with that country’s brutal, US-backed military dictatorship, a regime characterized by kidnapping, torture, murder and disappearance. As many as 30,000 people, from students, trade unionists, journalists and leftists and their sympathizers to children and even pregnant women (whose babies were stolen), were killed or disappeared during the 1976-1983 ‘Dirty War,’ which was fully supported by the Carter and Reagan administrations. Many of the most brutal regime figures, including the dictator Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri, were trained by the US military in kidnapping, torture, assassination and democracy suppression.
I am Chilean. We ALSO had a military dictatorship at around the same time Argentina did. Plenty of other South American countries did. All around the same period of time. All in which the USA’s government was involved.
The Catholic Church was at best silent in every. single. case. Why? Because those dictatorships overthrew left-wing governments, including ours, which was a democratically elected Socialist government (I am no fan of the UP or Salvador Allende either, by the way, BUT THESE ARE THE REASONS WHY THE US WAS INVOLVED. COLD WAR. AND THAT IS THE REASON WHY THE CHURCH COLLABROATED OR REMAINED SILENT TOO.)
Here we have Francis along with Videla, a member of the fascist junta!
Poor thing. He looks so distressed!
About his homophobic and misogynistic remakrs:
Pope Francis says women are unfit for political office, that gay adoption is child abuse and that same sex-marriage seriously damages the family. In short, the new pope is just another religious bigot, with a record of misogyny and homophobia.
"Women are naturally unfit for political office. Both the natural order and facts show us that the political being par excellence is male; the Scripture shows us that woman has always been the helper of man who thinks and does, but nothing more."
More than anything, the response to these latest images of Michelle Obama speaks volumes about the expectations placed on black women in the public eye and how a black women’s default emotional state is perceived as angry. The black woman is ever at the ready to aggressively defend her territory. She is making her disapproval known. She never gets to simply be.
Maybe the first lady is irritated with her husband or someone else, maybe she’s indifferent, maybe she’s thinking about the long plane ride home, maybe, just maybe, she’s recalling Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy. We will never know.
Meanwhile, the Internet is speculating about Michelle Obama’s mind-set, her motivations and the state of her marriage because if a married black man, always on the prowl even if he is the commander in chief, is seen smiling next to an attractive white woman, well, that’s curtains for the marriage. The white she-devil strikes again! The first lady can’t win. Last month, Michelle Obama was a “feminist nightmare.” Today she is angry and on the verge of losing her marriage. We can only imagine what tomorrow will bring.
And of course, there is another image that simply isn’t being shared with the same frequency or enthusiasm—one of Michelle Obama sitting with her husband and the Danish prime minister laughing and smiling openly. We are selective in what we choose to see. This image is being ignored because it doesn’t fit the narrative we want. There is also an image, shared by Goldie Taylor, of Laura Bush looking unamused while her husband speaks to a beautiful woman in the row behind them. Is she disapproving? Is she worried about her marriage? Is she “having none of it”? Or is she just sitting?
Though in most cases, the selfie allows us to turn the camera on ourselves, President Obama’s selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a mirror, reflecting the biases people may not even realize they hold.
”—The media’s Michelle Obama problem: What a selfie says about our biases
The overanalysis of the first lady’s expression speaks volumes about America’s expectations of black women
nobody in college gives a shit ive seen peope walking to class in heavy snow in sweats and a tshirt and flip flops ive seen people wear studio headphones in lecture ive heard so many professors curse its really some next level shit and high school did not prepare me for it
I was not prepared for university particularly this one lecturer that would slip in a photograph of fisting into presentations to check we were paying attention
One of my professors (and the head of the college writing center), used to stop lecturing mid-sentence, grip the table with both hands, and then after about a 5 second pause, say, “Sorry, acid flashback.”
“My mistrust [of men] is not, as one might expect, primarily a result of the violent acts done on my body, nor the vicious humiliations done to my dignity. It is, instead, born of the multitude of mundane betrayals that mark my every relationship with a man—the casual rape joke, the use of a female slur, the careless demonization of the feminine in everyday conversation, the accusations of overreaction, the eye rolling and exasperated sighs in response to polite requests to please not use misogynist epithets in my presence.”—
In 86 years of naming a Person of the Year (unsurprisingly, it started out as “Man of the Year”), Time has named a woman just four times (Soong May-ling, Elizabeth II, Wallis Simpson, and Corazon Aquino - and then there was that awkward time in 1975 that they just named “American Women” as their PotY).
“We’re all looking glasses, we girls, existing only to reflect their images back to them as they’d like to be seen. Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance.”—A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (via hoforvangogh)
Houston Police have refused to explain why they took a 13-year-old white girl from her two black guardians over the weekend and placed her in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Landry Thompson’s mother had signed notarized papers giving dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd full guardianship over her during a trip from Oklahoma to Houston for training,according to KHOU.
Thompson, Hurd and another dance instructor had stopped at a gas station in Houston on Saturday night when they were surrounded by police cars.
Thompson is a 13-year-old blonde white girl and both dance instructors are young African-American men.
“We were on the GPS trying to figure out where the hotel was,” Hurd recalled. “They just pulled us out of the car and put our hands behind our backs like we were criminals.”
“The officer asked me ‘who’s the girl?’ and I said ‘she’s my student,’” Hurd continued. “I told him I had a notarized letter from her parents stating that we have full guardianship over her while we’re here.”
All three told the police the same story, but the officers apparently weren’t buying it.
“They still put handcuffs on me and it really scared me,” the 13-year-old said. “And they put me in the back of a cop car and I was terrified.”
Thompson’s mother, Destiny, was shocked when she found out that her daughter had been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
“She was with the people I wanted her to be with,” the mother remarked. “She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”
At first officials reportedly demanded that the mother fly to Houston to get her daughter, but 11 hours later, the girl was released back into the custody of Hurd.
Destiny Thompson insisted that the police owed her and her daughter an apology. However, the department refused to comment for KHOU’s report.
Someone should probably tell them Rosa Parks ended racism.
“Even if the internet can magically turn people into assholes, how they choose to become assholes is quite important, for it tells us something about the larger society that the trolls are a part of. Even if the alienated teenager typing away in his basement about sluts and femi-nazis is not “really” misogynistic (and I am pretty damn skeptical that this is possible) the fact that he has gravitated towards misogynistic language as a major form of trolling is very telling, no? After all, if a person wants to troll, there could be many different ways in which they could attack and belittle other people. And yet, attacking women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals seem to be very popular options. Goodness, I wonder why that is! It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with actual, widespread attitudes of misogyny, racism, and homophobia, could it? I mean attitudes that exist off of the internet – that is, in the realm where all those people, unrecognized as trolls, operate as fully embodied beings.
As a man over the age of 21, who can’t legally date or have sex with someone who is 16, to see a picture of a 16 yo girl in matching lingerie really makes me beg the question:
Which is more ‘ok’? Is it just as wrong for a girl to post a picture of herself in something sexy and provocative when she is 16, as it is for an older guy (not like 40 btw like mid-20s) to get aroused from seeing her pictures knowing that even if she was interested in him he could face jail time for doing anything with her?
It just seems like a ridiculous double-standard, you know, to say “You’re a man over 18 so even checking out a 16 yo girl is ‘statutory rape’, but it’s perfectly fine for her to post a picture of herself in matching lingerie at 16. Just pretend like you don’t see it and look away.”
I just feel like if a 16 yo chooses to upload pictures of herself like that, then the law should be that if she chooses to date or fuck an older man, it should be socially acceptable because it’s her choice and it’s not like 16 yo’s today are stupid, timid people, either. It’s much better than making men my age feel like we have to pretend that the 16 yo girl in Starbucks isn’t there/attractive, or we’re going to be shunned by Society, jailed, fined, and labeled a rapist for getting aroused after seeing a picture like the one I’ve been describing, like what the fuck.
“What is disaster pornography? Africans define it as the Western media’s habit of blacking out Africa’s stock markets, cell phones, heart surgeries, soaring literacy and increasing democratization, while gleefully parading its genocides, armed conflicts, child soldiers, foreign debts, hunger, disease and backwardness.”—Gbemisola Olujobi, Nigerian journalist (Via the December 2007 issue of Ebony magazine) (via the-cat-inside)
“It’s just flatly wrong. We could make modest adjustments and make the system financially stable for a century, and we could make somewhat larger adjustments and make the system pay more for seniors who rely on it … The conversation for too long has been about whether to cut Social Security benefits a little bit or a lot. And that is flatly the wrong debate to have in mind. The Social Security system is not adding to the debt at all. More importantly, if we made no changes at all, Social Security would pay out at its current level for about 20 years, at which point it would drop by about 25 percent and pay out forever into the future.”—Elizabeth Warren (via azspot)
“Stevie Nicks was the first woman I ever heard say she had chosen not to have children because she cared more about her career. The first that ever warned me men might not like it if there are things more important to me than they are. The first that ever said that that was fine: sometimes, you have to leave them behind. Wherever she goes, she surrounds herself with girls. “I can’t imagine you in a bathing suit,” someone says in an interview for Rolling Stone, when Stevie says she likes to play in the pool in her backyard. “Yeah, well, you never will,” Stevie says. “There is never - ever - a man in the backyard. If there is, he is banished to the front of the house.” Men don’t get to look at Stevie Nicks unless Stevie Nicks wants men to look at Stevie Nicks. In her songs, even when she’s talking about how she has to change, she proclaims her power, her ability, her worth. She is a queen, she is a witch, she is a dragon, she is in control. She isn’t polite. She’s competitive. She’s bossy. She claimed all the things the men around her claimed — she spent as much money as they spent, had as much sex as they had, was as reckless as they were, stood at the front of the same stage — and never questioned that that was her right. The world tells us women are there for men, but despite all the boyfriends and the jokes about how she’s so easy and the sex-symbol status, she isn’t there for men at all. She does it without ever giving in to the men that dismiss her. She’s emotional. She’s dramatic. She raises her voice as much as she can. She thinks she’s pretty, she thinks she’s a star, and when her fans crowd up to the edge of the stage, crazy, she welcomes them, with open arms. She revels in it. She’s too much of a girl for you? She revels in it.”—Stevie Nicks is a queen, a witch, a dragon
There were 20 of us testing that year. I was the only African-American woman and Jordan Peele was the only African-American male there.
[After two hours, my name was] called. The assistant director introduced himself to me and asked me to check the set and if I needed anything. As I checked the table, set up my wigs, and props, I noticed that Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers and Marci Klein were sitting at a table à la “American Idol” adjacent to the camera and behind them in the bleachers were possibly the writers. It was about 10-15 people, mostly white men.
I started my audition.
'Hi, I’m Nefetari Spencer and this is Michelle Obama.'
Six-point-five minutes and seven characters later I said, ‘Thank you.’ Two people in the hall told me, ‘That was so funny, you were great.’
I found out I didn’t get it the day they announced the new cast members. It was hard to digest because it seemed kismet. I thought of the contract that I signed that could have changed my life and about me moving to NYC. With Maya Rudolph no longer being on the show, they were going to need a Michelle Obama. I mean all of the signs were there. I had been working tirelessly for years to get to that level. I couldn’t help but feel sad, but I also felt I left my heart on that stage and that’s all I could do.
”—Black comedian and actress Nefetari Spencer on auditioning for Saturday Night Live (via 2brwngrls)
“Tragically we are witnessing a resurgence of harmful misogynist assumptions that mothers cannot raise healthy sons, that boys ‘benefit’ from patriarchal militaristic notions of masculinity which emphasize discipline and obedience to authority. Boys need healthy self esteem. They need love. And a wise and loving feminist politics can provide the only foundation to save the lives of male children. Patriarchy will not heal them. If that were so they would all be well.”—bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody (via yakotta)
“Reblogging because in my country that is dominated by USA culture and entertainment, I’ve seen CHILDREN that dislike their own brown bodies because they cannot connect with the characters that appear on TV. Kids whose whole family is of color, the majority of their friends, and the majority of their country, feel like they are not worthy. This not only affects the way white people have no empathy for people of color (which is obvious just by looking at how they disregard our complaints as exaggerations), but how much empathy people of color in the USA and even other countries with a brown majority, feel towards themselves.”—senor-skitso on the impact of representation in his country and how it is impacted by U.S. Media. (via racebending)
I am afraid of Thanksgiving. More accurately, I am afraid of what Thanksgiving tells us about both the dominant culture and much of the alleged counterculture.
Here’s what I think it tells us: As a society, the United States is intellectually dishonest, politically irresponsible, and morally bankrupt. This is a society in which even progressive people routinely allow national and family traditions to trump fundamental human decency. It’s a society in which, in the privileged sectors, getting along and not causing trouble are often valued above honesty and accountability. Though it’s painful to consider, it’s possible that such a society is beyond redemption. Such a consideration becomes frightening when we recognize that all this goes on in the most affluent and militarily powerful country in the history of the world, but a country that is falling apart — an empire in decline.
“TW: Rape - Describe my rapist? 5’11, Beautiful Green Eyes, Brownish red hair, and a devilish smirk. He has a charming personality, comes off as an asshole but it’s still somewhat cute. He can make you laugh, just because he can be so silly at times. He is outgoing, he is fun to be around, and yes he is human. He is someone’s child, he is someone’s brother, and he is someone’s friend. He isn’t this unattractive monster, he looks like your average college aged boy. Accept that, and remember that. Don’t get caught up in the myth that all monsters are ugly, because my monster is someone’s best friend. I thought dehumanizing him was the way to get people to care, but that doesn’t always work. We need to accept that some humans do really bad things, and even if we care about them we have to accept a monster is a monster. Just because he is your son/brother/friend doesn’t mean he is a good person….”—Musings of An Awkward Black Girl (via musingsofanawkwardblackgirl)
Crystal Ragin, an Army sergeant serving at Fort Eustis, told a judge that she feared for her life and didn’t know what would happen to her and her four children once she left the courthouse. Earlier, she had testified against her husband in a domestic abuse case accusing him of picking her up and throwing her to the floor.
The judge issued the protective order that day barring John Ragin from having any contact with Crystal. But before it could be served, the Ragins got into a dispute at Crystal’s home. Police arriving to that call for help couldn’t find the order in the system and let John Ragin go. The next afternoon, Crystal and three of her children were found stabbed to death. One child, John Ragin’s biological son, was left unharmed and taken by John Ragin to South Carolina after the murders.
A sheriff’s deputy arriving to serve the protective order 24 hours after it was issued found police searching Ragin’s Newport News home. Ragin, who was arrested in South Carolina, faces charges of capital murder and is awaiting trial.
“I over-use the word ‘delirium’, but watching Catching Fire last week was a genuinely delirious experience. More than once I thought: How can I be watching this? How can this be allowed? One of the services Suzanne Collins has performed is to reveal the poverty, narrowness, and decadence of the `freedoms’ we enjoy in late, late capitalism. The mode of capture is hedonic conservatism. You can comment on anything (and your tweets may even be read out on TV), you can watch as much pornography as you like, but your ability to control your own life is minimal. Capital has insinuated itself everywhere, into our pleasures and our dreams as much as our work. You are kept hooked first with media circuses, then, if they fail, they send in the stormtrooper cops. The TV feed cuts out just before the cops start shooting.”—Film Review - The Hunger Games (via azspot)