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The fact is, like it or not, you still live a world where gender matters. Where gender controls not just the entire course of your life – but the lives of women all over the world. Every second, a child will be born female in a country where she will persecuted for this random biological occurrence for the rest of her life. So before you hold up your anti-Feminist placard proudly and smile at your own sense of empowerment, think not what Feminism can do for you, but what it can do for that one girl. She needs someone to stand up for her. That someone could be you.
6 hours ago on October 21st | J | 5,702 notes

gohomeluhan:

As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls

6 hours ago on October 21st | J | 50,592 notes

Tumblr seriously needs to get a BLOCK option

feminism-and-iggys:

I’m sick and tired of nasty fucking porn blogs or hair fetishists following my body hair blog that is A SAFE SPACE FOR WOMEN, NOT SOME GODDAMN HAVEN FOR PIECE OF SHIT MISOGYNISTS.

"Ignore" doesn’t do anyone any good. We need a BLOCK option.

seriously every time I tag something nsfw, 1-3 porn blogs start following me it is gross as shit… >_>; 

6 hours ago on October 21st | J | 164 notes
leftcoastjunkies:

said it

leftcoastjunkies:

said it

9 hours ago on October 20th | J | 25,274 notes
Above anything else, stay true to yourself. Whether that means for you that you like to have blue hair, or you don’t like to drink, or you are attracted to the same sex, or you want to remove yourself from Facebook, or you’ve got 3 different kids from 3 different dads but you know you’re a really good mom, or you cry for a week because your turtle died. Whatever your truth is, stay true to yourself. But be a good person while you’re at it.
Gillian Anderson’s advice for young feminists. (via foxsmulders)
9 hours ago on October 20th | J | 22,295 notes
Sometimes this really seems to shock people. They appear genuinely upset when I say ‘this conversation is over’ or ‘I’m actually not interested in debating this with you.’ There’s an expectation that if you care about social justice and political issues, you’re always ‘on.’ You’re always ready to debate, you’re always ready to have theoretical discussions about your own lived experiences and the issues you care about, you’re always ready to defend yourself. That’s manifestly ridiculous and unjust, an expectation that’s simply not reasonable.
9 hours ago on October 20th | J | 10,166 notes
iammyfather:

questionall:

Something isn’t right here… Along with eliminating health benefits for part-time employees, Walmart is also increasing health insurance premiums for its entire workforce next year.

And with Humana Walmart Part D, and “Oct 6, 2014 - America’s largest retailer is expanding more aggressively into the insurance market, hoping to become the go-to place for all your health care …”, Building a trapped market.  The old company store ploy.

iammyfather:

questionall:

Something isn’t right here… Along with eliminating health benefits for part-time employees, Walmart is also increasing health insurance premiums for its entire workforce next year.

And with Humana Walmart Part D, and “Oct 6, 2014 - America’s largest retailer is expanding more aggressively into the insurance market, hoping to become the go-to place for all your health care …”, Building a trapped market.  The old company store ploy.

9 hours ago on October 20th | J | 659 notes
i-need-that-seat:

pseudosoph:

i-need-that-seat:


For structures that have no entry steps, ConvertaStep also makes ramps of three sizes that come in a manual as well as automatic version.
(via ConvertaStep | Wheelchair Accessibility | Ramps | Convertastep - Freedom In Mobility)

This welcome mat converts into a fully accessible wheelchair ramp. Beautiful and functional design. I want it.

Some more info, for people who are interested.

First of all, I can’t believe this has almost 3,000 notes. I’m so glad that people are sharing this - both as a cool design, and also as an important accessibility feature.
Thanks to pseudosoph for linking to additional info (above) regarding weight limits, lift height, and product background — the creator is a wheelchair user himself! Very cool stuff. Keep sharing!

i-need-that-seat:

pseudosoph:

i-need-that-seat:

For structures that have no entry steps, ConvertaStep also makes ramps of three sizes that come in a manual as well as automatic version.

(via ConvertaStep | Wheelchair Accessibility | Ramps | Convertastep - Freedom In Mobility)

This welcome mat converts into a fully accessible wheelchair ramp. Beautiful and functional design. I want it.

Some more info, for people who are interested.

First of all, I can’t believe this has almost 3,000 notes. I’m so glad that people are sharing this - both as a cool design, and also as an important accessibility feature.

Thanks to pseudosoph for linking to additional info (above) regarding weight limits, lift height, and product background — the creator is a wheelchair user himself! Very cool stuff. Keep sharing!

10 hours ago on October 20th | J | 22,214 notes

Are you really pro-life? Eight questions to ask yourself

nerdloveandlolz:

Here are some questions to consider if you call yourself pro-life.

1. Do you support food stamps, welfare, EBT, WIC, and other programs to provide food and shelter to children of the poor?

If you do not, can you not see that it is logically inconsistent to force the poor to have children that they can’t afford, and then let those children suffer and starve or survive on a diet of cheap, non-nutritious food? Because life continues long after birth; it continues for about 80 years.

2. Do you support increased funding to schools?

If you do not, can you not see that it is logically inconsistent to say that you are pro-life if you want to doom unwanted children to grow up with no hope for the future, no hope to achieve some sort of economic success beyond mere survival? Because there’s more to life than simply breathing. There should be pursuit of happiness.

3. Do you regularly contribute to causes that conduct research on (and are looking for preventions and cures for) spontaneous natural miscarriages?

Per the Mayo Clinic, “About 15 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is probably much higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t even know she’s pregnant.” There are approximately 210 million known pregnancies per year, which means that there are at least 30 million miscarriages a year, probably a lot more, of babies who were wanted by both parties and would have been given a loving home.

If you do not support research into preventing natural miscarriages, it is logically inconsistent to call yourself pro-life, since the only life you seek to to support are the lives of fetuses who are unplanned and unwanted. 

4. Do you foster children?

There are approximately 115,000 children in US foster care system right now, children who were unwanted or who could not be cared for by parents, children whose parents have signed them over or abandoned them completely. This doesn’t take into account hundreds of thousands of other children who are mistreated and probably should be taken away from parents who feel saddled with them, or the very least cannot afford to take care of them.

If you do not personally do anything to help take care of children who have been abandoned by their parents, can you not see that it is logically inconsistent to support a policy by which more such unwanted children will be thrust into the world?

5. Do you support comprehensive sex-education, including contraceptive use?

If you do not support sex-education, it is logically inconsistent to state that you are opposed to abortion. The reality is that the urge to have sex is a deeply ingrained human instinct in most people and that in our highly sexualized world, teenagers simply will have sex. It is a fact. It is also a fact that the states where schools do not teach contraceptive use are also those states with the highest teen pregnancy rates.

Saying that you don’t want to teach teenagers about contraceptive use because you don’t want them to have sex is like saying you don’t want to put seat-belts in cars since you think it will encourage people to have accidents. Sex is going to happen. And if you want to prevent abortion, the best thing to do is prevent pregnancy.

6. Do you believe that US women should wear burkas? Do you support the banning of bacon?

If your main reasons for opposing abortion are religious, then it is important to note that the US has separation of church and state. Would you also like to force women in the US to wear burkas since some people here are Muslim? Would you like the US to ban pork products since some people’s religions forbid pork? Do you even support the notion that no one may work on Sundays, or that all people must attend church? If you do not support imposing all religious policies from all religions on all people, then it is logically inconsistent to state that your particular religion should be imposed on people who do not share your religious views. It’s also unconstitutional. 

7. Do you think that making abortion illegal really prevents abortion?

If you have done any research on the subject, you’ll see that “Highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates. For example, the abortion rate is 29 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in Africa and 32 per 1,000 in Latin America—regions in which abortion is illegal under most circumstances in the majority of countries. The rate is 12 per 1,000 in Western Europe, where abortion is generally permitted on broad grounds.”

In other words, it has been shown that making abortions illegal does not prevent them from taking place. If you really want to prevent abortion, the best way to do so is, as mentioned above, to provide access to contraception and information on how to use it.

8. Do you define pregnant women as “alive”?

It is unfortunately true that pregnancy carries risk for the mother. “Each year in the U.S., about 700 women die of pregnancy-related complications and 52,000 experience emergencies (requiring hospitalization). An additional 34,000 barely avoid death.”

It is also true that illegal abortions can, and do, lead to the death of the woman. “The British Medical Journal reported in 2003 that 70,000 women a year die from unsafe abortion, equivalent to an airplane crash killing 400 women of reproductive age every few days and noting that such a crash would be reported as a tragic event with wide news coverage. The paper pointed out that deaths of women from unsafe abortion equal 168 such plane crashes every year and deserve our attention.” (source) So again, I ask you — do you define these women as alive? Do you care that they will die if you make abortion illegal?

Compare the figures above to the 12 US women who died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortion in 2008 (CDC), and the fact that in the US at least, fewer than 0.3% of abortion patients experience a complication that requires hospitalization. Further, abortions performed in the first trimester pose virtually no long-term risk of further problems with having children. Also, exhaustive reviews by panels convened by the U.S. and British governments have concluded that there is no association between abortion and breast cancer. There is also no indication that abortion is a risk factor for other cancers. (source)

So the question remains:

Are you pro-life, or are you pro-fetus? Does the life of the mother figure into the picture at all for you? Do you care that forcing a woman to follow through with a pregnancy that she doesn’t want, in order to produce a child that no one will care about at all, when she might just die from doing so is every bit as much an issue of life and death as you perceive abortion to be?

10 hours ago on October 20th | J | 1,539 notes

combeferret:

yo but this says so much about rape when a woman would literally rather be around a murderer than a rapist

Plus, even better, he’s a HITMAN which means he kills people for money which means he’s probably waaaaaay safer for a woman to be around then someone who raped so many people that the police actually caught him. 

10 hours ago on October 20th | J | 384,008 notes