Women of Color, in Solidarity

Because we're tired of the bullshit, and needed a space just for us.

  • 23rd July
    2014
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    2014
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That was actually a really good question. What rights do men have that women don't have?

Asked by: Anonymous

sktagg23:

Like I said, I already answered it. But I guess a lot of people didn’t bother to read it, so here it is again. Maybe pay some fucking attention this time.

  • In some parts of the world, women can not:
  •      drive a car
  •      leave the house without being escorted by a man
  •      vote
  •      own property
  •      obtain a divorce without her husband’s permission
  • there are places where women are put in prison for being raped, or even forced to marry their rapist
  • there are places where marital rape and abuse against women are perfectly legal
  • in this country, legislation is constantly being passed saying what cis women/people with vaginas can and cannot do with their own bodies, when so such legislation is ever passed for men
  • cis women/people with vaginas are denied certain types of birth control in some states if they’re not married, but do you think unmarried men are ever denied condoms or Viagra?
  • many employers will not cover multiple forms of birth control, which is used for multiple medical purposes other than just contraception, but they will cover erectile dysfunction meds, which are used ONLY for sex - cis women/people with vaginas are punished for having sex, men are free to do as they please
  • IN FACT: Bills regulating cis women’s/people with vaginas’ bodies in 2013 alone: 624 - Bills regulating men’s bodies since the dawn of time: 0
  • How about this gem: employers cannot technically fire a cis woman/pregnant person for being pregnant, HOWEVER, they CAN fire her/them if her/them pregnancy prevents her/them from not being able to lift more than 60 lbs, and you’re not supposed to lift for than 20 during pregnancy - a man CANNOT lose his job if he has a disability that prevents him from being able to lift that much
  • And don’t even get me STARTED on the wage gap, which varies depending on your race - men make more than women as a whole, but then white women make more than black women, who make more than latina women - it’s a disgrace
  • and WoC are fighting battles that white women have already won
  • and so are trans women, who are in an eternal battle to even be TREATED like real women, which of course they are just as much real women as cis women are
  • and non-binary people with vaginas need and deserve all the same bodily autonomy rights that women need and deserve as well

Once again, this was a list I made off the top of my head in about 10 minutes or so. So I’m not exactly sure why people are asking. It’s about as basic as it gets.

  • 22nd July
    2014
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maarnayeri:

I’ve been mulling over and ruminating in my thoughts these past couple weeks, desperately attempting to make sense of the senseless. Feverishly trying to patch and weave the pieces of history together to really understand and grapple with the calamities that have bestowed us today.

Reality has begun to satirize itself. By the time we update the list of murdered Palestinians, the list is outdated. Four children are killed on the beach and Hamas is the culprit, despite being nowhere in sight. Israeli leaders can sign off hundreds of missiles into Gaza everyday and go on record to accuse Gazans of self inflicted genocide. 66 years after nakba, Israel has become the most funded and equipped nation in all of Asia per capita, as an individual country receive more aid by America than all of Africa, wage war and occupy illegal territory in most surrounding regions and claim to be in a precarious situation at the hands of those who it has massacred and laid cruel siege to.

DIME bombs unearth entire societies, released on rehabilitation clinics and centers for the disabled and they are labelled human shields who were unfortunate and unintended, but an inevitable sacrifice and collateral damage. White phosphorous is abundantly and indiscriminately used in some of the most densely populated neighborhoods on Earth, while Israeli politicians gain interviews and are globally heralded as crusaders of a noble cause. Palestinian life has proven so cheap to many. More Palestinians have died in this week than Israelis have been injured in the past several years.

Fact has become fiction and fiction becomes fact. 441 miles of apartheid wall that jeopardize agriculture and irrigation is security. Homes inhabited by several generations of families are obliterated in minutes to erect illegal Jewish settlements and is touted as a means of self determination. Billions of dollars continue to be funneled into a genocidal campaign touted around as a settler nation state’s right to self defense against a colonized populace that overwhelmingly relies on foreign aid and has been under heightened blockades with food and drink being counted to the individual calorie. Body count, political leverage and extensive history of settler brutality exemplify one reality. Media exemplifies another.

Israel is the most transparent example of what settler colonial violence is in the age of neoliberalism. How it can deliberately target areas that are unanimously civilian populations and gets off with complete impunity. It distorts truth and history until it becomes eroded from public consciousness altogether. Palestinians are an illegitimate people and their indigenous villages were barren because in Zionist mythology, it was a land without a people for a people without a land. Colonial fabrications dominate public discourse, tangle themselves in media circuits and mock any and every intelligible and dignified approach to account for demolished villages, vibrant humans turned unidentifiable carnage and a military siege on what’s regularly referred to as the largest open air prison on Earth.

The truth is this world failed Palestine. In every conceivable way. Refusing to divest was a failure on every student body member who voted otherwise. Providing arms and military aid was a failure and an obscene act of violence. Using revolutionary language and utilizing one genocide to lay the road for another was a tremendous failure. Invoking racist and Islamophobic rhetoric in a post 9/11 age to justify unjustifiable violence was a failure. Not holding one’s own government accountable for its enabling and apologist stances is a failure. These varied failures allowed this to take place and one day, perhaps not tomorrow or in a year or even in a decade, but the day will indeed arrive where we reminisce on this ongoing bloodshed and realize the ways in which both action and inaction was the catalyst in which this nightmare occurred.

  • 22nd July
    2014
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I read your post about how reverse racism isn't real and I am extremely offended that you would make a whole "PowerPoint" on it and post it for anybody to see. this is offensive to not only white people but to anybody who has any empathy. white people face discrimination and racism day in and day out, maybe not as much as other races but it still happens so you making that post makes you seen like an ignorant asshole

Asked by: Anonymous

  • 21st July
    2014
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Racial Discrimination + Coping

A friend passed this survey along. I haven’t taken it, but she said to prepare to get emotional.

"This study asks questions about experiences of racism, the impact of these experiences, and how you react.  We will also ask for some information describing your background which will help us understand who is participating and how their other experiences may relate to their responses.   Participation in this study will take about 30-45 minutes. To participate in this study, (1) you must be over 18, (2) understand written English, and (3) identify as a person of color or racial minority.”

  • 21st July
    2014
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  • 21st July
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bialogue-group:

New Documentary Highlights Discrimination Within the Black Lesbian/(and Bisexual) Community

The Same Difference is an hour-long documentary about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians and bisexual women by Nneka Onuorah, an associate producer for BET.

“It’s almost like a gang,” Onuorah tells ELIXHER. “This is the criteria. This is what you have to do or you’re not a part of it, you’re not in it, or you’re not real. I thought that was ridiculous” … she wanted to start the conversation and shed some light on those issues …

So far, the teaser has been well received. The LGBT community wants to see it because they are living this every day…

Her fundraising goal is $15,000 and the money raised will go to production costs for her to complete the film. Onuorah does not want to only get the major city perspectives that are always seen. She wants to talk to people in states like Utah, Arkansas, and Washington … she also wants to make sure the message is heard by everyone, not just the lesbian community.

“It’s the same difference,” she says. “It’s not like we [lesbians] just face discrimination or we discriminate against each other and have stereotypes. This happens in the African American [heterosexual] community. From culture to culture, we’re doing this to each other. You can take the ‘lesbian’ out of the film and it will still be as powerful”The Same Difference is sure to spark a national dialogue around identity and the way we police one another. Give what you can to help make this important film happen. Donate here.

(Source: youtube.com)

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Hi, I just wanted to warn you about the blog indian-girls-exposed. They are a porn blog that seems to post pictures of naked and non-naked Indian women alike without their permission with fetishizing tags. They have followed me and a few other of my mutuals and it's extremely discomforting.

Asked by: Anonymous

THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP!!!!!!!

  • 18th July
    2014
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kawahineaihonua:

Dated July 2nd, 2014 via Free West Papua Campaign

Today we mourn the passing of a true West Papuan heroine and freedom fighter

Ledis Gombo from the AMP (Papuan Student’s Alliance) tragically died today in her home region of Wamena, West Papua.
Ledis was a true heroine of the West Papuan nation, who regularly risked her life to bring freedom for her people.

She joined the AMP at young age and was one of the hundreds of AMP students studying in Java, Indonesia because Indonesia systematically deprives West Papua of adequate education facilities.
Regularly giving the most inspirational speeches at protests, Ledis was known throughout West Papua as an incredibly brave and committed peaceful activist, putting the lives of her people before herself.

http://ampbandungjabar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/selamat-jalan-pejuang-west-papua.html

Almost exactly one year ago today, on 1st July 2013 Ledis was leading a peaceful protest by the AMP in Bandung Indonesia and spoke of how in West Papua, peaceful protesters are killed just for expressing their rights to freedom.

The Free West Papua Campaign is very sad to learn of the passing of our dear sister and as a people, all Papuans mourn together when another freedom fighter dies.
But in her vision, we will struggle on until we are free.

Today we join in the word’s of one of her family members and activists,: “Today, you go forever, but your fighting spirit and ideology have always been with us to continue to fight to reclaim the nation of West Papua”

Rest in peace and farewell sister Ledis Gombo
You are always with us