Just thought I’d share this charming piece of graffiti from near my home.
By the way, this is the ONLY women’s library in the country, it has only women’s work in it and also serves as a sort of feminist museum. They’re affiliated with a university close by and hold regular events such as workshops and talks on subjects like the poetry of immigrant women of colour or the representation of mental health in women’s literature. Its also due to be closed down by the Conservatives.
Can men go in and borrow books written by women?
Yeah, totally, they even do events for men by women on intro to feminism, rape culture stuff sometimes!
god forbid women have a single fucking thing without men getting jealous like fucking children
And guys are always saying women are “too sensitive” …
Stephanie L. Kwolek, developer of Kevlar (circa 1995)
While working with DuPont Stephanie Kwolek developed the first liquid crystal polymer which provided the basis for Kevlar brand fiber.
"Yes, false rape accusations happen. Run the protocol anyway. I’ve heard that perhaps the military has the highest number of ‘em. True or not, RUN THE PROTOCOL ANYWAY. Because in 15 years of investigating rape accusations, I can count those that panned out as false on one hand. Meanwhile, the one time I almost skipped the protocol, the one time I almost didn’t believe a petty officer, because I was naive as an investigator and a young woman, because her commanding officer described her as “a party girl, always late, always out drinking, don’t bother with this one”, she turned out to be the victim of one of the most brutal assaults I’ve ever investigated. She shouldn’t have still been -alive-, let alone up and making the accusation. So let me repeat: five false accounts in fifteen years. And one time I almost failed a woman ‘cause of the bullshit way it’s normal to talk about us. Take your shipmates’ word, and then run the protocol. Every. Single. Time."
#false rape accusations
- JAG lawyer, speaking to my husband’s plant during Sexual Assault Prevention Month. (via circusbones
Stop Policing and Questioning Beyoncé's Feminist Credentials →
When white liberal feminists label Beyoncé as anti-feminist, they are simply perpetuating the same racist partiarchy they’re supposed to be combating.
Beyoncé is at the center of her own media empire, no small feat for a woman of color in a racist, patriarchal society. Equally important, she embodies empowered sexuality. When she dances, the passion and commitment exudes in her every step. Her body is her own; she owns it and uses it as she sees fit. When she wears a unitard or “skimpy” outfit, something many dancers wear, mind you, she is showing off her impeccable body, her temple, her source of strength, and all that it can do. She is forcing those of us who are clinging to our puritanical notions of propriety to sit down, shut up, and watch raw, unbridled talent and skill. And yes, she is a feminist while doing it.
When white women get to decide who is “feminist enough,” particularly around women of color, they are perpetuating racism. They are policing the boundaries of who is acceptable and who isn’t. This is nothing more than a tool of racist patriarchy wrapped in feminist rhetoric. Yes, racist. It is decidedly racist the way white mainstream feminist organizations police women of color’s feminist credentials, the way white liberal feminists reduce Beyoncé to a gyrating slut with a potty mouth.
If white feminists want to be seen as inclusive, as truly revolutionary, as working to end alloppressive power systems, they must stop perpetuating those oppressions themselves. Exclusionary boundaries of who is an acceptable feminist and who isn’t does nothing for feminism except perpetuate racism, heterosexism, cissexism, classism, and other forms of bigotry and oppression. The incessant questioning of Beyoncé’s character and choices is simply a reflection of the latent bigotry that exists in feminist spaces.
Until white feminists stop policing women of color’s feminist credentials, they are doomed to repeat the same racist patriarchy we are supposed to be combating.
love this! recommend reading the whole thing at the source.
ACTUAL MESSAGE OF (500) DAYS OF SUMMER THAT NO ONE ACTUALLY REALIZES
In which Alabama mayors act in ways contrary to what they claim →
City leaders in Oxford, Ala. have approved the destruction of a 1,500-year-old Native American ceremonial mound and are using the dirt as fill for a new Sam’s Club, a retail warehouse store operat
So, in this wonderful peach of an article, there is an ancient mound built and used by the cultures in the region that is now Oxford, Alabama. It’s dated back to 1,500 years ago and is now set for destruction. Much like the Mayan Pyramid destroyed in Belize just scant days ago, it’s being used as backfill and raw materials for the bedrock of a modern project. Even when the people in charge claim nothing is being used from the mound there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
This isn’t why I’m bring it up.
The Mayor of the town had the gall to contradict the findings of the University of Alabamas own findings and claim that the mound is entirely natural and was just used to make smoke signals. So, yay, racist asshole denying that this is even made by hand even when people much more educated and studied that him claim otherwise.
This isn’t why I’m bringing it up, either.
Why I am bringing this up is that the people who were in charge of the whole project won the rights through several no-bid contracts and have quite a few ties to the mayors office.
Let that stew about in your head for a moment.
For as much screeching there is about the market and how it is the balm to our ills, it’s quite funny that folks like Mayor Leon Smith run roughshod over the very idea when handing out contracts. It’s the market, they claim, that gives better options and control. Unless it’s a blatant enriching of their own pockets. They don’t care if a fucking marvel of the ancient world that would probably outlive the town is instead getting destroyed, it’s not important to them. It’s not *their* history, so it’s free to do with as they wish. And it’s more important for them to have a Sams Club than it is a historical landmark.
They just want their cash.