October212014

starlingsongs:

starlingsongs:

When trans women are mocked and made into jokes in the media, I get very upset, and I am often told “Kay, you can’t go through life getting offended every time someone makes a joke.” And I sputter and object but they don’t hear me. So I want to be clear for once, about why the jokes make me angry.

I learned to hate myself for being transgender before I knew I was transgender. I laughed at the jokes in stand up comedy routines, and prime time sitcoms, and animated comedy shows, and in the movies, and in books, and in games, laughing at trans women for existing, about “men in dresses”, about people who “got their dicks chopped off”, and I learned to think that was worthy of ridicule.

And then a day came when I felt a pang of envy at what my female classmates were wearing and I repressed it, and felt guilty, and a day where I felt incomplete because I had no breasts and I repressed it and I felt disgusting
And a day when I realized the only images of romance that made me feel anything showed two women together and I repressed it and I felt like a monster
And a day when I realized I felt sick when I looked at myself in the mirror after every shower before work and couldn’t bear to look at my own face, and I hated myself.
And then there came a day when I hated myself so much, and I thought I could never understand why, and so I just wanted it all to end. And it was just a miracle that I swerved my car back into my lane in time.

And all of it started with a joke that I heard on TV, and then kept hearing from all the voices from the ether, over and over and over, worming an idea into my mind before I was old enough to realize I was absorbing it, the idea that a man in a dress is funny, and that changing your body parts makes you a freak, and that women who have penises instead of vaginas are liars and hurt men. And they’re still making these jokes. And somewhere out there right now, just like all those years ago, there is a little girl in a t-shirt and cargo shorts with buzzed off hair watching the TV, hearing that joke and absorbing it without knowing it, who will someday have to pry herself apart to tear it out of her head, just like I did.

That is, if she doesn’t kill herself first.

I know this is a really heavy post but if you read it and you appreciated it, I’d appreciate it in return if you reblogged it. This is really important to me and I want people to read it and understand it. Thank you.

(via macpye)

5PM
geeklite:

and I’m still gonna keep fighting for the rights of women who come after me.

geeklite:

and I’m still gonna keep fighting for the rights of women who come after me.

(Source: tinyfemme, via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

5PM
youngblackandvegan:

queendecuisine:

1863-project:

tigertwo1515:

did-you-kno:

Source

Damn

OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
ANYWAY.
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.
On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.
Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.
After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.
Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.
And now you know Robert Smalls.

ROBERT SMALLS IS THE MAN.

can we get a movie about this man?

youngblackandvegan:

queendecuisine:

1863-project:

tigertwo1515:

did-you-kno:

Source

Damn


OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).

ANYWAY.

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.

On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.

Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.

After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.

Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.

And now you know Robert Smalls.

ROBERT SMALLS IS THE MAN.

can we get a movie about this man?

(via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

5PM

Anonymous said: why is "hate breeds more hate" a bad thing to say?

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

Oh so many reasons.

1) it equates the anger of the oppressed to the hate of their oppressors.
2) it blames oppressed groups for their oppression. Bigotry doesn’t exist because people hate bigots. It exists because oppressed people oppose it. It exists because of bigots and because of privileged folks being complicit or tacitly condoning systems of oppression.
3) it’s fundamentally untrue. Hatred of oppression doesn’t lead to more hatred; it leads to progress.
4) it is used to attack any attempt by oppressed people to obtain liberation. Point out that something or someone is repulsively racist and all of a sudden you’re “breeding more hate”.

It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that blames victims and excuses fucked up behavior.

4PM
grayace-blog:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.
The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

OHOHO AND THEN WHERE WOULD WE BE?! WE’D HAVE A HAPPY STORY ABOUT WIZARD KIDS. TAKE THAT. TAKE THAAAAAAT.

grayace-blog:

dancingloki:

prochoicegeneration:

Best post

Also, Lily Potter would have never wanted an abortion, because she was a financially well-off white woman starting a family in a happy marriage with a secure place at the top of wizarding society.

The question you should be asking is what if Merope Gaunt, an impoverished and uneducated single woman who escaped from a severely abusive family only to become pregnant with the unwanted child of a man who wanted nothing to do with her, had had access to an abortion and not had immense social pressure brainwashing her into carrying to term?

OHOHO AND THEN WHERE WOULD WE BE?! WE’D HAVE A HAPPY STORY ABOUT WIZARD KIDS. TAKE THAT. TAKE THAAAAAAT.

(Source: joshuabnix, via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

4PM

spicyshimmy:

melpopenn:

remylaforgewilbury:

spicyshimmy:

girls don’t like boys girls like the starship enterprise

I guess boys can come clean then. They like the Starship Enterprise as well. Let’s stop pursuing each other, and instead pursue peace and acceptance of all sentient life so that we can boldly go where no one has gone before.

What if we don’t like starship enterprise? What if we don’t like space?
Space is scary. Life is scary. Life in space is terrifying. I will boldly go hide in a cave with my tin hat thank you.

c’mon bones it’ll be fun

(via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

4PM

disease-danger-darkness-silence:

thatenglishchap:

coelasquid:

meldrat:

fitgrills:

Hello all you new people. This is Shay Massey. She is a lovely person and you will never stop thinking about her now that you’ve seen her.

This is what lady super heroes should look like.

Hey Brett I found you another Lex model

…marry me

I literally, every time I see this photoset, whisper, “Life goals or wife goals?” and I’m still not sure of the answer.

4PM

theladylovessleepy:

land-of-propaganda:

SHAUN KING’S SECOND BY SECOND ACCOUNT OF THE MURDER OF MIKE BROWN

— (Read his full article here) —

(10/15)

ARREST DARREN WILSON NOW.

(via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

3PM

orikotheseer:

demongirlblaze:

care623:

faithandfury:

harmonihalo:

literarydisneyprincess:

rabbittwalter:

gamtav88:

brooklyn-knight:

jalexintheimpala:

god bless gordan ramsey 

Dude is only a dick to adults, awesome.

because, those adults should know what they’re doing, they’re cooks these are kids hes teaching to cook, therefore he is patient. 

gordon ramsey is one of my favorite people in the whole world ok

The only reason he gets so angry is because the people he’s yelling at claim to know what they are doing and are charging people accordingly. If you listen to why he’s actually angry more than half the time you’d realize you’d be furious too. This man is beyond patient and kind toward people in normal circumstances, but he is really serious about his profession and what should be demanded of it. He’s one of my favorite people too

But have you seen “Hotel Hell” tho.

There was an elderly couple on there who lost EVERYTHING and he bought them a FREAKING APARTMENT.

The guy has a huge heart, no kidding.

Gordan Ramsey is my favourite person in the entire world

it makes me angry when gordon ramsey is reduced to nothing more than “that angry chef guy who’s always screaming at someone.” i mean think about the people he’s yelling at. on hell’s kitchen, he’s giving those chefs a shot at winning their own 5 star restaurant, and there was a girl once who got kicked off the show, but he told her to go to culinary school, WHICH HE WOULD PERSONALLY PAY FOR, and come back for a later season. on kitchen nightmares, he is personally going into restaurants on the verge of bankruptcy, cutting through all the crap, and turning everything around so that the restaurant is on a path to success and all the employees are working harmoniously IN ABOUT A WEEK. yeah he yells a lot, but he only ever yells for good reason, and his reasons are always for the benefit of others. he has the biggest heart, but sometimes kindness is speaking softly and hugging it out, and sometimes kindness is telling someone they need to WAKE THE F UP!

i assumed he was angry mcshout shouts because I had no idea who he was and thats all i had ever known

Really, Gordon isn’t nearly the dick you see on TV. pretty much everything he does on hell’s kitchen is for the sake of ratings. Same with a good chunk of ktichen nightmares.

(Source: yourmanwontdancebutiwill, via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

3PM

ancamnarvienn:

Star Trek + Social Commentary (context in the captions)

THIS is what the original Star Trek TV series and films were about. Not just about blowing up things in space and snazzy lens flares with a side order of casual sexism -.-‘.

(Source: thevoyagereternals, via disease-danger-darkness-silence)

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