I hate being the race card guy, but I’m not scared to be, either. As “New Slaves” makes the rounds, I just want the general population to exhibit the awareness of the song’s objective that comes to me and other blacks so naturally. I know about “broke nigga racism” because I’ve been in the Louis Vuitton store in Monaco where motherfuckers told me not to touch anything if I wasn’t going to buy it. I know that they’re “trying to lock niggas up” because when I got my driver’s license in high school, my mother was just as concerned about my ability to not get my ass beat should I get pulled over by cops as she was about me putting on my seatbelt. —
On Listening to “New Slaves” with White People | NOISEY
gonna be a hot summer :)
“Let’s be clear: This record is explicitly racial. Also: You can’t fully comprehend its impact unless you’re black. There’s a certain unspoken acknowledgement that comes with being black and listening to “New Slaves” with another black person that speaks to this.”
this is the part white people are gonna get mad about doeeee
After Sexual Abuse Conviction, New Scrutiny of Youth Athletics -
TW: sexual abuse
Curl’s abuse of Currin began with groping and progressed to sexual intercourse, she said.
“He didn’t have a relationship with me, he had an illness,” Currin said, adding that she could not understand that when she was younger.
Looking back, she said, she cannot explain how she came under Curl’s spell, only that she felt special to receive his attention and that she worried what would become of her Olympic dreams if he were not her coach.
Currin, who specialized in the butterfly, was one of the top swimmers in the world in 1987 and was a finalist at the 1988 United States Olympic trials.
Her parents became aware of the relationship when Currin was in high school, she said. Her father floated the idea of moving to California to get Currin away from Curl, but she became upset at the thought of training with an unfamiliar coach. Currin’s parents sought the counsel of a lawyer, who discouraged them from filing criminal charges. Instead, Curl paid a $150,000 settlement in 1989 in return for the family’s silence.
“My parents made a huge mistake,” Currin said, “but they were just trying to protect me from being victimized twice, first by Rick and then maybe by the legal system.”
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Through a career that has included crotch-grabbing, nudity, BDSM, Marilyn Monroe fetishizing, and a 1992 book devoted to sex, Madonna has been viewed as a feminist provocateur, pushing the boundaries of acceptable femininity. But Beyoncé’s use of her body is criticized as thoughtless and without value beyond male titillation, providing a modern example of the age-old racist juxtaposition of animalistic black sexuality vs. controlled, intentional, and civilized white sexuality. —
(Source: rickstallion, via fuckyeahcracker)
What 'dumbed-down conservatism' looks like - The Maddow Blog -
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has some interesting ideas about what liberals believe: “[T]he left wants: The government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality; the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems too.”
All the men in the world who feel entitled to women’s bodies, and feel entitled to have an opinion about those bodies, and sometimes even feel entitled to touch and hurt those bodies – they are the worst critics of women’s beauty. They are the ones who most often turn criticism into objectification, dehumanization and even violence.
We can all strive to be more confident and to value ourselves more, and clearly that is the intention of this Dove-inspired conversation around women’s self-image and beauty. But it’s not helpful for us to so dramatically overstate the role women play in a negative culture of judgement created and maintained largely by men. In a world where we are all constantly pummeled with images of the hypersexualized hyperfeminine thin female ideal, it is not so surprising that some women have distorted self-images.
So, women are not their own worst critics when it comes to beauty. And instead of saying they are over and over, let’s question the larger cultural environment in which we are all taught – regardless of gender – to value women first for their looks, and second for what they say or do. Let’s also not let those who objectify women, who harass women online and off, or who profit from industries exploiting the beauty ideal, off the hook.
If we really want women (and everyone else) to feel better about themselves then we should also be challenging these men and boys to take a second look at how they talk about women and women’s bodies – and the negative impact it is having on our world. — Imran Siddiquee, “Women Are Not Their Own Worst Beauty Critics” (via wretchedoftheearth)
There is no organization, board or coalition that regulates the safety of sexual aids in the United States, Japan, Canada and the European Union. None, zero, zilch. Why does that matter? Because, with no regulations, they CAN and DO, make it out of whatever material they want. Toxic? Who cares. Hazardous? Whatever. Cancer-Causing materials? What the consumer doesn’t know will make us more money! Keeping them made cheap? Now we’re talking sex toy production style. Regulating sex toys production would be admitting that people use them, and our government doesn’t want to do that-for goodness sakes, sex toys are illegal in 6 states! How could the government evaluate the safety of something that is illegal? Doing so would be admitting that people used them, and as a result, that the government condoned such behavior. —
It’s National Masturbation Month! To celebrate, we’ll be highlighting resources on the topic every Sunday in May. Today we’re featuring our Introduction to Sex Toys page. Check it out here! (via thecsph)
Remember, if it says “Novelty Use Only” use a condom!
Religious Intolerance: Texas Governor Rick Perry Signs Bill Forcing Schools to Say “Merry Christmas,” Also Proclaiming That Religious Freedom Does Not Mean “Freedom From Religion”…What The Fuck Are You On, Rick Perry?
With the Kountze High School cheerleaders looking on, yesterday Rick Perry signed a bill that forbids any legal challenge to the observance of religious traditions in public schools.Dubbed the “Merry Christmas bill,” the bipartisan measure sailed through the state House and Senate to reach Perry’s desk. It removes legal risks of saying “Merry Christmas” in schools while also protecting traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, as long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are also reflected. “I realize it’s only June. But it’s a good June and the holidays are coming early this year,” Perry said. “It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state. Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.”
Bolding is mine.