17 5 / 2013

microaggressions:

When people ask me what my heritage is, I tell them Mexican and Irish (my parents were both born in the US), and people always say, “That’s such a weird combination!” I know that they mean it in a cultural sense and not a racial one, but it’s still is a little confusing/upsetting.

It’s not all that weird a combination, anyway; see the Black 47 song “San Patricio Brigade” (and the true story behind it).

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16 5 / 2013

iamayoungfeminist:

If you haven’t heard, some people are suggesting that in response to the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch explaining that he won’t make clothes for uncool people (aka fat women) we should start giving A&F clothes to the homeless. No really. People are really suggesting that….

Counterpoint: if you have clothes you are getting rid of for any reason other than “these are no longer fit to be worn by decent people”—including reasons of politics—there are worse things you can do than give them to Goodwill or some other organization that helps the homeless or provides, yes, clothing for low-income people. That is, the point isn’t “I’m giving these to homeless people because isn’t it droll for icky homeless people to wear these fancy clothes” (which is indeed horrible) but “I’m getting rid of these clothes because I find the company terrible, but destroying perfectly good clothes when there are people who need clothes is loathsome behavior, that A&F happens to engage in.”

16 5 / 2013

bellefleurs:

My boyfriend and I like to debate and talk about things.

The latest one is Rape Culture. He doesn’t seem to get it. (I think he doesn’t seem to think it’s -Rape culture- real, but he understands rape is wrong and gets when it is rape)

So what I need from you…is examples of rape culture….

I’m a big fan of Cliff Pervocracy, who has written quite a bit about this.

15 5 / 2013

welkinalauda:

muckrakingiswomenswork:

Was reading this today Jury Nullification: Power to the People
The importance of fully informed jury pools cannot be overstated as many courts still prohibit informing the jury of their constitutional right to nullify
The sytem is not in the business of teaching you how to subvert it

Jury nullification is one of the reasons it’s so damn hard to put rapists in prison. Even if the cops and prosecutors are doing their jobs, the jury can still nullify.  And they do.  A lot.

This is the point I always want to make when I see people (usually men) sing the praises of jury nullification: every time a jury acquits an admitted rapist because the accuser isn’t a model victim, that’s jury nullification.
There’s a lot of sexism/rape culture on the far left and libertarian left, though.

welkinalauda:

muckrakingiswomenswork:

Was reading this today Jury Nullification: Power to the People

The importance of fully informed jury pools cannot be overstated as many courts still prohibit informing the jury of their constitutional right to nullify

The sytem is not in the business of teaching you how to subvert it

Jury nullification is one of the reasons it’s so damn hard to put rapists in prison. Even if the cops and prosecutors are doing their jobs, the jury can still nullify.  And they do.  A lot.

This is the point I always want to make when I see people (usually men) sing the praises of jury nullification: every time a jury acquits an admitted rapist because the accuser isn’t a model victim, that’s jury nullification.

There’s a lot of sexism/rape culture on the far left and libertarian left, though.

13 5 / 2013

maxcapacity:

i was just getting mad about this a minute ago

This. I have Complicated Feelings on how we define success, though, and it is helpful to reflect that the new generation has reportedly been terrible for millennia.

maxcapacity:

i was just getting mad about this a minute ago

This. I have Complicated Feelings on how we define success, though, and it is helpful to reflect that the new generation has reportedly been terrible for millennia.

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12 5 / 2013

koboldfacedlie:

One of the most fascinating archeological finds in Russia has been the discovery of hundreds of “birchbark documents” (messages written on the bark of birch trees with a sharp stylus) that were created from the 11th to the 15th century.

The birchbark documents of Novgorod are a major source for information about life in Medieval Novgorod because they are not the writings of church theologians or political leaders, but rather, personal messages, IOUs, love letters, shopping lists, and so on. One of the most fascinating items, in my mind, is a collection of children’s drawings that have been unearthed.

Children’s drawings in the Middle Ages?! Even if such things were created in period, how could they have survived to the present day? After all, finger paints, magic markers, and crayons were not yet in use, paper was far too valuable of a commodity to waste on children, and refrigerator doors were unavailable for the display of Junior’s artistic genius. Most of the products of childhood inspiration probably were expressed on the ephemeral canvas of dirt or sand.

But birchbark was a different story. The bark was widely available (although there are indications that excessive use of the medium caused a decline in the local birch population) and easily cultivated. Anyone could use it. When one was finished with the message, it was simply thrown into the mud, where the presence of water and clay created an unusually bacteria-free environment which preserved the documents. So, we have the ideal medium: cheap, easy to come by, and (thanks to unique geology) preserved for hundreds of years.

The drawings from Novgorod that we have found appear to all come from a Russian boy named Onfim, who lived at the end of the twelfth century or beginning of the thirteenth century in the city of Novgorod. By the estimate of the archaeologists who unearthed his works, he was around seven years old at the time that he made these drawings. 

Onfim was being taught to write, but he was obviously restless with his lessons and when he could get away with it, he intermixed his assignments with doodlings. In this first example, he started to write out the first eleven letters of the alphabet in the upper right corner, but got bored and drew a picture of himself as a grown-up warrior impaling an enemy with his spear. To remove any doubt about the identity of the warrior, he even labeled the person on the horse as “Onfim.” 

Fantasies of becoming a mighty warrior were not the only things that Onfim thought up though. In another example, he took the piece of bark that he was practicing on (left), turned it over (right), and drew a picture of himself disguised as a wild beast (which he identified by writing “I am a wild beast” [Ia zver’] over it). The beast, with its long tongue (or fiery breath), is apparently still a friendly beast as it is carrying a sign that reads “Greetings from Onfim to Danilo” [Poklon ot Onfima ko Danile]. Danilo (i.e., Daniel) was probably a friend, perhaps even a schoolmate sitting next to Onfim. 

Onfim liked to draw people and while his artistic aptitude may have been lacking, he was prolific.”

source: http://www.goldschp.net/SIG/onfim/onfim.html

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11 5 / 2013

"It is no measure of good health to be well-adjusted to a sick society."

Krishnamurti (via sisyphean-revolt)

THIS IS WHAT I’M SAYING ALL THE TIME WHEN I TELL PEOPLE BEING DEPRESSED IS THE MOST HEALTHY THING TO BE IN THIS TOXIC SOCIETY

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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“BEING DEPRESSED IS THE MOST HEALTHY THING TO BE IN THIS TOXIC SOCIETY”  I think that is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

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yeah i am Not Okay With This

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Yeah, because sleeping 12 hours a night and failing to apply for jobs, write papers, or leave the house for the past eleven months has been totally great for my health.

DISLIKING THE STATE OF THE WORLD IS NOT THE SAME THING AS DEPRESSION.

(via perversetoamiracle)

IF DEPRESSION IS THE HEALTHY RESPONSE WELL I GUESS I’M GOING TO TRY MY DAMNDEST TO BE UNHEALTHY

BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN DEPRESSED AND I DON’T. FUCKING. LIKE IT.

I WILL GLADLY SELL OUT TO A SICK SOCIETY IF IT MEANS NOT WANTING TO DIE ANYMORE

(via cumaeansibyl)

Yeah fuck that shit.

There is nothing healthy about depression.

Feeling temporary frustration,sadness, anger, etc. at injustice in the world =/= depression.

You don’t want to feel depression. You don’t want to wake up every morning and your first thought is, “I don’t want to be here anymore.” You don’t want to look at your family, friends, and loved ones and feel ashamed because you can’t seem to perform the same daily tasks they do because those things feel so physically overwhelming it makes you want to weep.

Like, shut the fuck up. Please. Stop using depression as a synonym for upset because they are not the same fucking things, ok?

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Oh cool, people co-opting a serious, often fatal, mental illness to whine on the Internet about how the world is messed up.

… ‘Cause that in no way contributes to the same toxic society by undermining aforesaid serious, often fatal, mental illness by likening it to Having A Sad, this making it harder for people who live with that illness to get proper treatment.

(via latining)

In addition to everything that’s been said about how depression is an illness, I’d like to raise one other point:

I’ve got about sixty years left, seventy in a best-case scenario.  I don’t expect all of society’s fucked-up-ness to completely disappear in that time frame.  And I would like to spend some of that time happy.  Not just functional but enjoying my life.  Call me selfish, but “I will be miserable on principle until the world is perfect” is just not a commitment I can make.

Yep, it’s a sick society.  No, I don’t intend to turn my back on everything bad in the world.  But I’ll take what joy I can get.

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This is why I dislike the name “depression” for the illness

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10 5 / 2013

"Staircase wit." It’s a calque, but that counts. And if you’re going to object that it’s two words, then the French language doesn’t have a word for it either (besides, it means something different from the sum of its parts, so it is a lexical unit, i.e., a word; it just happens to have a space in it).

"Staircase wit." It’s a calque, but that counts. And if you’re going to object that it’s two words, then the French language doesn’t have a word for it either (besides, it means something different from the sum of its parts, so it is a lexical unit, i.e., a word; it just happens to have a space in it).

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09 5 / 2013

liberalsarecool:

College Republican meme.

I don’t believe outlawing anything will stop anything, but I don’t feel like writing that post right now.

liberalsarecool:

College Republican meme.

I don’t believe outlawing anything will stop anything, but I don’t feel like writing that post right now.

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07 5 / 2013

iflybikes:

*if you are a white, straight, cis man.

Apologies if this was kind of incoherent. It’s wordvomit that’s been whizzing around in my head for a couple of hours.

There seems to be a great misconception that has been around for a while, but lately with the internet, has reached a deafening…

Also, being “politically incorrect” doesn’t mean you’re fighting for freedom.

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