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"To survive men, women have learned to navigate male moods and to do this, they have learned to empathize with a capital “E”. Women empathize with men to such a degree that they take on male pain as if it were there own…Because I am a woman, who must survive in a male dominated world, I have an investment in making sure men are less violent. The need to decipher the male mood and work towards keeping them less violent is what women have done and continue to do because they believe that they can make a difference, that if they do everything right, if they are subservient enough, kind enough, loving enough, selfless enough, they can change him into a better human being. This belief is what keeps women from going off the deep end; regardless of whether or not it is true. Women need to feel safe, to have some sense of security even if this safety and security is an illusion….

On the surface, it looks like women are needy and need male attention and approval. It may even look like compassion, but if you look deeper, you will find that this behavior comes from the need to survive male violence. To survive, women must take on their abusers perception, get inside their heads in an effort to control their abuse, in order to feel safer, they ultimately lose their own perspective and begin seeing themselves through men’s perspective.

The answer? In my opinion, women need to understand why they behave the way they do and realize their behavior, although it was out of the need to survive male violence, is not actually stopping men from being violent. Women also need to realize the amount of power they have given men when they lose their own sense of self or perception in order to feel as if they can control men by being in their perception. Women need to wake up to the fact that men are going to be violent towards women regardless of what we do and that maybe, just maybe, female subordination and femininity is not healthy or a deterrent to male violence. If women stop believing in the illusion that they can control male violence and that it is their fault if they can’t, they can begin to get out from under their denial, out from under the male perspective, their captors perspective and into their own perspective, ultimately seeing the epidemic of male violence against women for what it is, a serious threat. Then women can take steps towards protecting themselves and other women from that threat."

Michele Braa-Heidner, Dear Patriarchy—-DIE! - Surviving the Agent

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Wild dolphins, as nature intended them. Free captive cetaceans!

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Wild dolphins, as nature intended them. Free captive cetaceans!

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paganroots:


By J. Lamont on Iceland Naturally

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By J. Lamont on Iceland Naturally

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napsnotesandknots:

Film masterpost highlighting the stories of women of color. Representation of women of color in film is quite scarce, so here are some films I think showcase a wide range of perspectives and experiences that we don't get to see on our movie screens. 

Women of Color in Dramas
American Violet  (2008)
Brick Lane (2008)
Desert Flower (2009)
Dreams of Life (2011)
Heaven on Earth (2008)
I Will Follow (2011) 
Skin (2008)
The Patience Stone (2013)
Things Never Said (2013)
Yasmin (2004)
Women of Color in Friendship/Family films
Arranged (2007)
Chutney Popcorn (1999)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)
Radiance (1998)
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
The Sapphires (2011) 
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
What’s Cooking? (2000)
Women of Color in RomComs
It’s a Wonderful Afterlife(2010)
Miss Dial (2013)
Young Girls of Color
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Anita and Me (2002)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Life, Above All (2010)
Linda Linda Linda
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
Wadjda (2012)
Whale Rider (2002)
Xiu Xiu The Sent Down Girl (1998)
Yelling to the Sky (2011)
LGB Women of Color
Pariah (2011)
I Can’t Think Straight (2008)
Saving Face (2004)
Spider Lilies (2007)
The Journey (2004)
The Peculiar Kind s1 & s2 (web series) 
Yes or No 1 & 2

napsnotesandknots:

Film masterpost highlighting the stories of women of color. Representation of women of color in film is quite scarce, so here are some films I think showcase a wide range of perspectives and experiences that we don't get to see on our movie screens. 

Women of Color in Dramas

Women of Color in Friendship/Family films

Women of Color in RomComs

Young Girls of Color

LGB Women of Color

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RIP Aaliyah

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theyoungradical:


Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” - Angela Davis

Good chance to share some of her talks..
On Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices
On Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex
 On Political Activism from the 1960s to the Age of Obama
With Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad

theyoungradical:

Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” - Angela Davis

Good chance to share some of her talks..

On Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices

On Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex

On Political Activism from the 1960s to the Age of Obama

With Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad

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bakrua:

why is there even such a controversy over why girls are doing better in school. why is this an issue. why cant you just accept for once that men are not fucking better than everything. there is actual proof that girls perform better than boys in school in england but men literally can’t handle that and they have to make up like ten million fucking excuses holy shit

And have you noticed that of all the reasons they come up with, it’s never because boys are encouraged to behave like shit? Maybe it’s because teachers are majority women, and men are taught to ignore women. Maybe if men could treat women with respect by actually fucking listening to women, they would fucking do better in school.

Girls are encouraged more to behave well, be polite, be quiet and calm and pay attention and to be precise in what they say and do. Boys are less likely to be reprehended when misbehaving, when impolite, or when boisterous. That doesn’t work well when boys enter the classroom. Masculinity backfires on boys. We must abolish gender roles.

wrong, masculinity does not backfire on boys.

because while the girls and women  are well behaved and get good grades, the boys are the one raising their finger, saying mediocre shit and getting points for it, I cant tell you the number of times I have said something and a boy has raised his hand and said the same, and then he got the credit for it.

when young men go to their oral exams, they are much more confident. I cant remember a single young men being a nervous reck before going in, but I remember comforting and calming down countless of girls and women, trying to convince them they are actually qualified.

and when men get out, they will be more confident at job interviews, negotiating their paycheck, and all in all, corporations are more likely to hire men.

so dont come around and act like masculinity is as bad for boys as femininity is for girls, and that we should abolish gender roles because BOYS dont benefit, because first of all it doesnt matter, the fact that girls dont should be enough, but boys DO benefit from gender roles, in spite the fact that they half-ass their way through school and act like they dont need to make an effort.

because society leaves them in a position, where they actually dont have to make an effort. 

So much TRUTH here! Girls’ better grades in school have done nothing to improve our chances of being hired! Men are still favored, even when their grades are worse than women’s!

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quoilecanard:

I took like 50 selfies today because I love my nose ring so much, oops.

I can’t post one single picture of myself without porn bloggers finding it. You are all disgusting. My body hair is not a fetish. An adult woman existing with body hair is not an invitation for you to post me on your fetish/porn blogs. Please fuck off and leave my posts alone already.

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Meg Allen, from Butch

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