So, going to Empire tomorrow. I think I’m packed. It is an odd feeling to be basically done with everything; the only thing left is to braid and wax my hair, and then tomorrow before the train I have to actually go and buy a tent, but then we’re good. Weird.
this is my only hypothesis
It’s not your body anymore, when there is a baby present. Carry that child to term responsibly, or you’re a murderer.
No, I’m sorry, but that’s idiotic. It’s my body no matter what. If I wanted to get an abortion i’d get a fucking abortion regardless if that made me a murderer in someone who doesn’t have to actually carry a baby’s eyes. Birth control being more widely available is a serious issue. You’re stupid if you think every situation that leads to abortion makes someone a murderer. 11 year old gets raped by her cousin “No girl, you carry that child, you squeeze that out of your currently underdeveloped vagina. It’s the right thing to do. You’re a murderer if you don’t. Who cares that it’ll emotionally scar you for life and you’ll forever be reminded of it every time you look at your child or cousin. It’s the humane thing to do. If you were older you’d understand.” Shit, the same thing happened to a nine year old “Who the fuck cares if you’re only a baby yourself, you’re totally going to go through with this, I don’t care if it’ll nearly kill you or damage your insides. Raise that baby like a good non-murderer.”
Then we go overseas where it’s all “You’re pregnant out of wedlock, let’s stone you to death instead of giving you and others like you birth control or the option to abort. I’m sorry that we live in such a fucked up society that if I force myself on you and get pregnant you’re still the one who is shamed. Wait no I’m not, suck it up and deal with it”, “You’ve been told your baby is dying in the womb, no abortion for you girl, you have to keep it and die of blood poisoning. Too bad we could have avoided it if we were more understanding of a woman and her body”.
Open your eyes for God’s sake. You can’t even get pregnant, you’re a man and I get that you have a right to your unborn child and the potential for mental trauma. But you personally are not at risk of dying from pregnancy complications. You personally are not at risk of being shunned by your community and killed for carrying someone elses child. You personally are not having to carry the mental and physical scars of going through an unwanted pregnancy with your potential rapists child. You personally are not at risk of being considered used, dirty and unwanted because of something you could have avoided if proper health care was available to you. You aren’t personally responsible for raising a child (or person with mental capacity of a child) who also has a child because “Abortion is murder in all circumstances”.
It’s not your body either, and until you have to deal with everything above then you cannot tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.
My roommate, laying it the fuck down.
Reblogging again because I really needed that ignorance to be addressed, and it was, and I needed that.
Hey Korra Nation! Phew. Some of you may have heard versions of this news elsewhere, but here’s the official word. After this Friday’s on-air premiere of Episode 8 “The Terror Within” at 8/7c, all remaining Book 3 episodes will move to a digital rollout. That means two…
Save this one for a night when all you want is for your brain to let you rest. Too often I go to bed, my body exhausted, my mind unable to stop moving. Luckily, there’s this masterful version of “Once Upon a December” from the (highly underrated) animated movie Anastasia. It’s a perfect piece to guide you to a peaceful slumber, because this music? It’s the stuff of dreams.
Yeah see that’s nice and all but now I can’t do anything else until I watch the movie. Thanks, tumblr.
Elements of Sex Trafficking
Act: Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons;
Means: Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim;
Purpose: Prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, or slavery.
- From the 2000 UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, ratified by 154 countries. (x)
[Highlighted elements of sex trafficking in the porn industry connect with the examples Lubben gives in this specific gifset, other elements do occur in the porn industry as well].
"The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines the crime of human trafficking as:
A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or
B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” - (x)
… [P]ersons are trafficked into the international sex trade, often by force, fraud, or coercion. The sex industry has rapidly expanded over the past several decades. It involves sexual exploitation of persons, predominantly women and girls, involving activities related to prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and other commercial sexual services. The low status of women in many parts of the world has contributed to a burgeoning of the trafficking industry. -
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA). TVPA combats trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude. It has been reauthorized three times since its initial passage: (x)
THAT IS RAPE
We need to be talking about this and we need to be making sex work safe. No one should be made to feel like this treatment is okay.
Douglas Massey and Nancy A. Denton, Chapter 6: “The Perpetuation of the Underclass,” p. 162 (American apartheid: segregation and the making of the underclass)
As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.
Footage I got of being HARASSED by Lou Ann Zelenik and others after a court hearing. Islamaphobia is alive and well in this part of the U.S. I’ve never, ever experienced anything like this in my entire life. Please share this video. Spread awareness.
Notice how they treat her, the black cameraman, the people around them. Notice how they feel they are being put “in the back of the bus”. Notice the raging issue in this video. Stop pretending this is not real. Stop pretending this country is advanced enough to even fathom a future as a post-racial society.
DID SHE SERIOUSLY JUST SAY BACK OF THE BUS.
The Last Stand of the 21 Sikhs —- The Battle of Saragarhi
Everyone knows the story of the 300 Spartan’s, where a small force of Spartan warriors (and allies) stand against a massive Persian Army at the narrows of Thermopylae. Less famous than the Spartans, though every bit as equally badass were the 21 Sikhs of Saragarhi whose last stand is still legendary among Sikhs today.
In 1897 the 36th Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army was tasked with guarding the border district of Kohat along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the time India and Pakistan was part of the British Empire, and due to earlier British invasions of Afghanistan Pashtun and Afridi tribes threatened India (Pakistan) with raids and invasion. Near the border situated between two forts was a small communications outpost manned by 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment under the command of Havildar (post sergeant) Ishar Singh.
On the morning of Sept. 12th Signalman Gurmurkh Singh looked out onto the horizon to find it blotted with hundreds of Afghan battle standards. Altogether a force of 10,000-20,000 Afghan tribesmen, armed with several heavy artillery pieces were slowly marching toward the outpost. Havildar Singh gathered his men together to decide what to do. He put the matter to a vote, they could retreat and fall back or defend their outpost. Without hesitation all 21 men agreed that they would not retreat, but rather hold their ground in order to give the other two forts time to prepare for the Afghan assault.
At. 9:00 AM the Afghans began bombardment of the outpost. After a fierce shelling the Afghan army attempted twice to storm the small post with ladders, and each time they were held back by a fierce Sikh defense. By the fifth hour of the fighting Afghan forces had managed to breech the walls with their artillery, and had burned down the main gate to the garrison. As Afghan warriors charged into the main courtyard Havildar Singh ordered his men to fall back into the inner keep and create new defensive positions. To cover his men, Havildar Singh drew a dagger and a pistol, and charged headlong into the Afghans, buying enough time for his men to fortify their new positions.
By the 7th hour of the battle the Sikhs had run out of ammo and fixed bayonets for hand to hand combat. An hour later the Sikhs had been killed to the man, and Signalman Gurmurkh Singh communicated that the outpost had fallen. The last holdout of the Sikh force, Gurmurkh was reported to have yelled repeatedly the Sikh battle cry “Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal” (Victory belongs to those who recite the name of God with a true heart), before he personally slayed 20 Afghans.
After the Afghans had taken the outpost at Saragarhi, they quickly moved on to capture the two other forts. However the 21 Sikh’s sacrifice had bought enough time for Indian and British reinforcements to be marshaled. The Afghan force was quickly routed and chased back to Afghanistan. At Saragarhi the corpses of 21 Sikh soldiers and 800 Afghans surrounded a torn and battered outpost. Upon inspection it was found that the Sikhs had fired all of their ammo, about 400 rounds per person. All of the 21 Sikhs posthumously received the Indian Order of Merit.
The 21 Sikhs are listed as follows;
- Havildar Ishar Singh
- Naik Lal Singh
- Sepoy Narayan Singh
- Lance Naik Chanda Singh
- Sepoy Gurmukh Singh
- Sepoy Sundar Singh
- Sepoy Jivan Singh
- Sepoy Ram Singh
- Sepoy Gurmukh Singh
- Sepoy Uttar Singh
- Sepoy Ram Singh
- Sepoy Sahib Singh
- Sepoy Bhagwan Singh
- Sepoy Hira Singh
- Sepoy Bhagwan Singh
- Sepoy Daya Singh
- Sepoy Buta Singh
- Sepoy Jivan Singh
- Sepoy Jivan Singh
- Sepoy Bhola Singh
- Sepoy Nand Singh
Hi Sister. I’m so happy you approached me with this and are giving me another opportunity to shed light on this issue. I’m happy to hear your feedback on my post. It’s definitely a conversation I want to open up for Sikh women. Thank you Thank you Thank you for the kind words and adoration. I promise they are settling themselves in a humbling place.
I want you to know that I am not questioning the role of woman in Sikhi. The role of women in Sikhi as the Gurus intended it is very strong and resilient. In fact Sikhi is one of the few religions that found itself on the equality of all genders. Guru Nanak was preaching and writing about feminism in the 1400s before feminism was known as feminism. How beautiful is that. How forward.
What I meant by this post was:
It isn’t Sikhi that disrespects women. It isn’t sikhi that oppresses them. It is some of the people that claim to be a part of Sikhi that do. Where Sikhi empowers us women, they actively try to take power away. Sikhism allows us to be warriors while they claim we are weak and incapable of protecting ourselves. Some people claim to be Sikh but you evaluate their actions, and their actions are very anti-Sikh
- SGPC President claiming the Sikh Religion “does not permit us to wear jeans”
- “Sikh” men who beat their wives
- “Sikh” women who push such abuse by men against women
- “Sikh” uncles who think “no” means “yes”
- “Sikh” leaders who publicly blame rape on the victim
- Any gender actively participating in the oppression of sikh women within the community.
This is our reality. This is happening. This is the current situation for too many sikh women. Sikhs back home in Punjab and diasporic Sikhs. So how we are counteracting this? How are those, who claim to stand for the equality of genders supporting minority genders?
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu
That is what I meant by my post. If our Sikh brothers do not stand beside their sisters in issues of injustice, then they have chosen to support the oppressors. We need them to fight with us, as the Guru’s would have done. As a community it is so desperately important to empower our women. Humanity hinges on women. The survival of our community hinges on Sikh women. We must nurture them in positive and uplifting manners.
And it isn’t just abuse and violence we endure. Let’s move this issue to something less serious but just as important:
Over the past few years our brothers have been battling with so much negativity from the western world. And now, finally we are in the age where their image is started to be accepted. I am so very happy for our brothers. For the platform they are receiving. Turbaned Sikhs in Vogue, GQ, and the likes. In movies, and so much more. The “Turban” is “Trendy”. Sikh men are walking down runways. Sikh men are on youtube. Sikh men are rappers. Sikh men are on the big stage. Sikh men are being welcomed into mainstream. People are beginning to understand Sikh men. The beauty of this situation is unparalleled. And as a daughter and a sister, I am so happy for Sikh men. I can’t begin to explain how much they needed this. From Gap to Axe, you go my brothers. You are an inspiration to my own baby brother who is bullied everyday for the Dastar he adorns on his head.
But where are Sikh women in this revolution? Sikh men are on the stage. There are some women there. Very few. I know tons that want to get on, but could use some help cause they have been talk to not believe in themselves and be the backdrop all their lives. Where are the Sikh women in Dastars on the runways? Where are they, in their beautiful braids with their majestic noses?
Not only are we still fighting for a place in the mainstream, we are fighting for a place within our own communities. This oppression from our own community takes away from the confidence and esteem we need to put more Sikh women on the map.
For every Sikh male rapper, I want to see a Sikh female rapper. When a brother brings home good news about being in a magazine spread, I want a sister to come home and say, “look dad! That’s me.” Regardless of whether her hair is long, flowing hair, wrapped, let loose, or braided.
It is up to us as a community to work together and make this happen. If we encourage, nurture, and empower Sikh women, we create opportunities for them to thrive. We must nurture from the inside out. We must work to make sure we are following what we preach. The fact is Sikh men ARE privileged in this community. They must understand this privilege. Then, they must understand that there is a difference in believing equality and practicing equality. It is after we are uplifted in our own communities, can we be uplifted in the mainstream. Privileged Sikh brothers must help their sisters reach the same level of elevation. IF they do not do so, they are simply to put it: choosing the side of the oppressor. Those individuals that preach how Sikhism rests on equality MUST SHOW it themselves. It is one thing to say you believe in equality, and another to practice it.
what you fail to realize is that video games shouldn’t cater to females in the first place. It’s largely known that it’s targeted towards the MALE demographic and has been for so many years, so why would they ask for something like that to be handed to them on a goddamn silver platter?
that’s like a guy walking into the women’s department of clothing at a sears and demanding that there be more clothing for men there. Separation of sections be damned.
that’s not how it fucking works
no not really
the game industry is more like walking into a regular department store and seeing that all the clothes are only men’s clothes
and when you ask the cashier where the women’s clothing section is, they wheel out a small rack of cheaply made tutus, g-strings, and high heels all in bright pink
and then when you go “wow really that’s it” you get called an uppity bitch and everybody assumes you want all the focus on you when in reality you’d just like to be considered a worthwhile demographic since you also like to wear clothes, it’s not like you want some ridiculous getup, you just want a solid shirt and pair of pants that fits you alright.
I mean hell you even sort of like men’s clothes and you have no problem wearing them. They suit you well. But it’s very obvious once you throw on a pair of men’s pants that they were not made for you.
Bolding part of hatewizard's reply for emphasis.
Here’s a perfect response to the classic "video games are made for MEN!" sexism apologia (that is so prevalent it’s the central square of the Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo).