Small Persuasions

Trying to figure out what the hell I'm doing.

This is the reality of sexism. This is what sucks about our culture. Living with daily sexual harassment on my fifteen minute walk to work eroded my sense of security and impacted every decision I made: don’t wear makeup, don’t wear knee boots even over jeans, don’t wear a skirt or a dress, don’t have your cellphone out but keep in at least one ear-bud so that you have an excuse to ignore comments, always hold your keys, glance behind you every few seconds, learn which blocks are safe and which aren’t, don’t go out after dark, take the BART but stay toward the center of the platform where there are the most people, don’t my eye-contact, don’t make eye-contact, don’t ever make eye-contact and maybe this will protect you but probably not. With this constant self-policing I forgot who I was, too busy trying not to be noticed.

—I have a lot of feelings about sexual harassment and my time in Berkeley.  (via mslonelyhearts)

(via thefeministpress)

Josh Hutcherson launches campaign to connect rural and low-income LGBT youth online

gaywrites:

Actor and ally Josh Hutcherson is kicking off a new campaign to connect LGBT youth to supportive online communities. 

The new project, Power On, will encourage teenagers to donate their old laptops, tablets and smartphones to be refurbished and given to LGBT resource centers nationwide. The goal is that youth in rural and low-income areas will have access to online resources, which studies show are crucial for LGBT youth in finding life-saving information from health resources to supportive friends. 

Recognizing that the internet can be a powerful tool for those questioning their sexuality or who cannot find other LGBTQ peers in person, The Trevor Project in 2008 set up a social network, TrevorSpace.org, specifically designed for queer youth and straight allies. Currently serving approximately 100,000 people, the site is set to be included by default with other, similar resources on all devices distributed through Power On.

When launching the project, Josh Hutcherson led by example by donating one of his own computers. “It’s awesome to know that it’ll be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them,” he said. “I’ve always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting.”

My overpowering crush on Josh Hutcherson knows no bounds. Also, this is one of the smartest, most awesome campaigns I’ve heard of in a very long time. Find out how to get involved here

(via goodstuffhappenedtoday)

Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean

Neil deGrasse Tyson in response to “Aliens can’t exist because we haven’t found them yet” (via unusual-entities)

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

kumagawa:

u right tho..white privilege just some tumblr bullshit..def. not applicable in the real world..damn

(via thebluelip-blondie)

humansofnewyork:

"I was going to one of my first exams, and suddenly there was a bombing. In downtown Damascus! I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t think this was possible. Windows were broken everywhere, and there were people on the ground, and the sounds of ambulances. Then over the next few weeks, everything changed. The taxis in the streets were replaced by tanks. You no longer knew who was your friend and who was your enemy. Suddenly you could be killed, and nobody would ask why. Before war, you have rights. People will ask why you were killed. When war comes, nobody asks why you were killed anymore." (Erbil, Iraq)

humansofnewyork:

"I was going to one of my first exams, and suddenly there was a bombing. In downtown Damascus! I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t think this was possible. Windows were broken everywhere, and there were people on the ground, and the sounds of ambulances. Then over the next few weeks, everything changed. The taxis in the streets were replaced by tanks. You no longer knew who was your friend and who was your enemy. Suddenly you could be killed, and nobody would ask why. Before war, you have rights. People will ask why you were killed. When war comes, nobody asks why you were killed anymore." (Erbil, Iraq)

beyondxy:

Dr. Willie Parker’s opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on S. 1696, The Women’s Health Protection Act, giving on July 15, 2014.

"I want for women what I want for myself: a life of dignity, health, self-determination, and the opportunity to excel and contribute. We know that when women have access to abortion, contraception, and medically accurate sex education, they thrive. It should be the same for all women, no matter where they live. The ability to live the life you imagine should not be limited by your zip code."

Watching the entire hearing here, and read about the misinformation in testimony given by anti-choice witnesses.

(via journolist)

workingamerica:

#ThrowbackThursday via Occupy Democrats: This vote was just a week ago, on July 30, but the media barely covered it. 42 Senators used the filibuster to preserve tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
If the Senate continues to fight for corporations instead of people, it’s time for the President to take action —> http://bit.ly/1AXV69h http://ift.tt/1usoqQx

workingamerica:

#ThrowbackThursday via Occupy Democrats: This vote was just a week ago, on July 30, but the media barely covered it. 42 Senators used the filibuster to preserve tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.

If the Senate continues to fight for corporations instead of people, it’s time for the President to take action —> http://bit.ly/1AXV69h http://ift.tt/1usoqQx

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

liberalsarecool:

Another ” inconvenient truth” for right wing catholics and conservatives, in general.

Take your pick: social inequality, income inequality, gender inequality. The list goes on.

liberalsarecool:

Another ” inconvenient truth” for right wing catholics and conservatives, in general.

Take your pick: social inequality, income inequality, gender inequality. The list goes on.