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micdotcom:

She pointed out the sexism in video games, so men threatened her until she fled her home

On Monday, Anita Sarkeesian posted a segment titled “Women as Background Decoration.” It examined how gratuitous sexual abuse and violence permeates contemporary video games. By the next day, she had received so many violent threats that she had to flee her home. And these weren’t idle Internet threats — some contained accurate identifying information about Sarkeesian’s home and family, enough for law enforcement to get involved.

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The trolls and goons are desperate to shut Anita up. They know she has their number. Even if you disagree with her (as I do on some matters), Anita is kind of remarkably gracious and disciplined in engaging people who treat her with respect. But she rarely gets treated with respect by her detractors. She is a woman who frustrates the fuck out of sexists (including women who have internalized misogyny) in a special way. My sincere hope is that these dicks who attack her with throbbing veins in their foreheads will suffer aneurysms from their fucked up self-entitled sexualized fear-of-disempowerment rage.

Anita will just keep doing what she does best as they fall by the wayside in obscurity.

america-wakiewakie

You cannot call a society which has 3.5 million homeless and 18.5 million vacant homes civil. That’s violent and morally bankrupt.

america-wakiewakie:

not-a-commie:

Well, then, shall we take vacant homes from their owners by force and give them to the homeless? How is the use of force and the violation of property rights any more civil?

This is why I don’t fuck with anarcho-capitalists. We ought to call them propertarians, because that’s what they are. To them poverty rights trump the natural necessities of food, water, and shelter. To them it is heinous to suggest unused, vacant homes be re-appropriated to people who have actual use-value for them.

As usual this erases the systemic violence enacted that creates poverty and homelessness. It normalized a backwards view of theft, and by extension it is a method of victim blaming which says homeless people are homeless because of their own choices, not because a system robbed them of the same socioeconomic mobility afforded the wealthy BECAUSE it favors the wealthy. 

Think about it: You cannot get a job without an address. You cannot get an address without an established income, and oftentimes a lengthy rental history and good credit score. You cannot establish rental history or a credit score without the purchasing power a job provides. 

All the while the system is robbing you of your physical and mental health, making it increasingly unlikely you can escape your homelessness. Homeless people suffer from the same mental and physical illnesses as the rest of us, but are far more likely to develop chronic issues. Daily they are 3 times as likely to die than the general population. 

The average age of death of homeless people is 50 years old, the average life expectancy of people in the year 1900. The typical life expectancy of the general population on average is 79-80 years old. Homeless people suffer from state/police violence far more frequently than the rest of us too. 

All this and anarcho-capitalists are worried about property rights, saying that to provide homeless folks with shelter is uncivil and thievery. Nope. With 3.5 million on pace to die at age 50, capitalism will have stolen 105,000,000 years of people’s lives, never mind the billions already stolen. That’s fucking thievery. That’s downright violent.  

rknjl
  • 90s Animal Planet: Animals are cool, kids! They can be your friends! But watch out, some are dangerous! Ooh, watch Jeff Corwin handle the most venomous snake in Africa! Aw, look at the tiger babies! Oh, let's learn about conserving the environment! Remember kids, we must respect this planet, because it's the animals' home as well!
  • 2013 Animal Planet: ANIMALS WILL FUCKING KILL YOU. And guess what? PARASITES WILL TOO! Yes I know those aren't really animals, I guess. OH YEAH HERE'S SOME PSEUDO-SCIENCE ABOUT BIGFOOT. He's an animal too, right? WATCH THIS WOMAN GET EATEN BY HER PET CHIMPANZEE. ANIMALS ARE SCARY, KIDS. BE CAUTIOUS AROUND YOUR PET LIZARD OK. oh look kittens!
  • ~~~~~
  • 90s History Channel: Here kids, we're gonna talk about this society today. History from all time periods and all countries. Isn't this stuff fascinating? Watch us dig up a tomb!
  • Early 2000's History Channel: So there's this guy named Hitler. And he's pretty bad. Let us tell you how bad Hitler is. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. More Hiltler. Hey have you heard about this guy named Hitler?
  • 2013 History Channel: Aliens moonshiners aliens rednecks aliens pawnshops aliens aliens aliens hey have we mentioned aliens because aliens
  • 2014 History Channel: Was Hitler an Alien?
quoilecanard
jawnthebaptiste:

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 
The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

I didn’t want to reblog this because it’s hard to look at, but people SHOULD see it.
We SHOULD see a father mourning his teenage son.
We SHOULD see how a killing like Mike’s can take a toll on not only a community, but a family.
It’s as easy for young black men to become martyrs as it is for them to become victims. They can never just be humans. 
We can never just be.

jawnthebaptiste:

kingjaffejoffer:

Michael Brown’s dad before the burial. 

The emotion and all of the sweat…. shit is hard to look at, even if its only a picture

I didn’t want to reblog this because it’s hard to look at, but people SHOULD see it.

We SHOULD see a father mourning his teenage son.

We SHOULD see how a killing like Mike’s can take a toll on not only a community, but a family.

It’s as easy for young black men to become martyrs as it is for them to become victims. They can never just be humans. 

We can never just be.

brutereason
I don’t really care what you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. But if you do one thing, I ask that you listen. Listen, not to find a pause when you can respond, refute, or agree. Just listen. Let the stories sink in and recognize that these stories are someone else’s truth. Someone else’s life. Someone else’s sidewalk that maybe you walk down without a care in the world, but they walk down fearing for their safety or their children’s safety. Do your best to listen without judgement or preconceived beliefs. Absorb their stories and allow them to challenge your worldview, and if necessary, change it.

Delightfully Tacky: thoughts on ferguson as a white woman

One of my favorite fashion bloggers also turns out to have some on-point advice for fellow white people.

(via brutereason)