joncrowley:

champagnesocialism:

Forever and ever.

Is this the number one cause of me using the block button? I think it just might be!

joncrowley:

champagnesocialism:

Forever and ever.

Is this the number one cause of me using the block button? I think it just might be!

(Source: clickthefrog)

joncrowley:

Historian and Feminist Scholar Gerda Lerner

Society only moves forward when people are willing to push through the status quo, against friction, even over a lifetime.

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"

BUFFY: My shoulders are naked and I am drenched in the blood of my enemies. You are my physical and mental equal. I wish to express my respect for you in the physical embodiment of my ideals: the act of love. Let us have sex now.

ANGEL: Buffy, I can’t. You know that if I were to experience even a moment of perfect happiness I would lose my soul.

BUFFY: This sounds like a problem for you, not a problem for me.

ANGEL: I can’t –

BUFFY: We’ll just do me, then. Kneel.

"

Ayn Rand’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by goddess Mallory Ortberg

Oppression 101 from Bob Mullaly

According to Bob Mullaly, “oppression carries out certain social functions for the dominant group by ensuring that society reproduces itself and maintains the same dominant-subordinate relationships” (2007). 

So: not everything that hurts or offends you is oppression. Not everything that makes you angry is oppression. Here are some things that oppression is:

  1. Group-based. Oppression is based on your membership in a subordinate group. If you have not been historically dominated, you are not being oppressed.
  2. Relational. We are all brought in the same toxic, hierarchical culture. None of us are free of it. In certain situations we may have privileges as well as oppression. This is not a black and white issue.
  3. "Not accidental (nor is it usually intentional)." In other words, oppression isn’t always carried out with the notion that it is hurting another group, but because it benefits the dominant group. Members of the dominant group tend to view their privileges as “earned right” and deny oppression exists. 
  4. Everyday. Oppression isn’t just threaded through our institutions, it plays out in social interactions.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Is it happening to you because you are a member of a particular group? (For example, a woman, person of colour, low-income, immigrant, et cetera)
  • Is it benefitting another group? Has that group historically been dominant over the one in question?

If the answers are no, it is not oppression. 

So. Let’s recap. Not getting any dates is not oppression. Facing consequences for publishing racist or misogynist opinions is not oppression. Not getting what you want is not necessarily oppression.

Source: Bob Mullaly, 2007. Oppression: the focus of structural social work. The New Structural Social Work. Third Edition. 252-286. Don Mills ON: Oxford Press.

When I Try To Speak To Other Black Women...

  • Me: "*says literally anything about Black womanhood to another Black woman on Twitter*"
  • White man: "Well, rationally speaking, with no lived experience, knowledge or emotional investment, while denying your humanity or intelligence, I would just like to say, BLAH."
  • Black man: "Well, the real issue is you aren't worshipping Black men enough. Unity. Blah. Me. Blah."
  • White woman: "ALLLLLL WOMEN. ALL. ME NOT YOU. ME ME ME."
  • Non-Black PoC: "Oh yes, this specifically Black issue that has literally nothing to do with me is about ALL PoC. So let's discuss ME instead. Let's discuss absolutely any WoC except the Black women this is about."
hipstermusings:

Advanced Style

Me, not too long from now.

hipstermusings:

Advanced Style

Me, not too long from now.

"We are always inside of power. To speak about power is to signal the existence of an enormous range of social beliefs, discourses, and practices, some of which, it might be argued, are more influential than others. These are often invisible to us, as we are so much inside of them, and we take them so much for granted, as if they were a part of the natural order. Usually, power is only visible to us when it involves coercion."

— Deborah Brock, 2009, Moving beyond deviance: Power regulation and governmentality. From Making normal: Social regulation in Canada, ed. Deborah Brock, Scarborough: Thomson-Nelson.

"They’re all males in the game. We usually try to avoid the females because what do you do with a female Turian? Do you give her breasts? What do you do? Do you put lipstick on her?"

Mass Effect 3′s art director, Derek Watts (via gaarrus)

So what’s up with wholly in creative pieces of shit getting to be in charge of art direction huh

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Whaaaaat the heeeeeell.

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"Look at the birds, Derek" lol lol lol

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