“Tonight go to sleep as though your whole past has been dropped. Die to the past. And in the morning wake up as a new man in a new morning. Don’t let the same one who went to bed get up. Let him go to sleep for good. Let the one who is ever-new and ever-fresh awake instead.”—Osho (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
next time someone tells you Muslim countries oppress women, let them know Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers and 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female but the US has yet to even have a female vice president and can’t say “vagina” when discussing female reproductive rights
Considering the uninhibited, unabridged ability of United States government to penetrate deep into our lives, anonymously and couched in the “top secret” epithet, we must begin understanding the troubling depth of which such power wielding is stripping our freedom.
With a few clicks of the mouse the state can access your mobile device, your e-mail, your social networking and internet searches. It can follow your political leanings and activities and in partnership with internet corporations, it collects and stores your data and thus can predict your consumption and behaviour…
Surveillance violates the private sphere and compromises freedom of thought and opinion.
Mass surveillance treats every citizen as a potential suspect. It overturns one of our historical triumphs, the presumption of innocence.
Surveillance makes the individual transparent while the state and the corporation operate in secret. As we have seen this power is being systemically abused.
Surveillance is theft. This data is not public property: it belongs to us. When it is used to predict our behaviour we are robbed of something else: the principle of free will crucial to democratic liberty.
As the 2014 midterm elections approach, politicians are creating election platforms with an eye to policies which might help sway voters to choose their name in the ballot box.
Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has chosen an interesting issue to make part of his legislative platform as he heads into the election: he wants to erode child labor laws and make it easier for school-age kids to get to work, and at significantly reduced wages.
Governor LePage is a long-time and staunch supporter of getting children into the workplace; as he told one town hall meeting in 2011, ”I went to work at 11 years old. I became governor. It’s not a big deal. Work doesn’t hurt anybody.”
LePage’s administration has made repeated attempts to loosen regulations around child labor and make it easier (and cheaper) for businesses to hire children; although the latest initiatives do not go so far as to embrace Governor LePage’s stated goal of reducing the working age to 12, Democrats and labor advocates are concerned that the administration’s proposals would undo decades, if not centuries, of child labor legislation in the State of Maine.
Women can get into the habit of apologizing before speaking, or using any other kind of “modifier” (i.e. “I hope this doesn’t sound weird, but…” or I hope you don’t mind me asking, but”).
We do this because we are socialized to rein ourselves in: staying silent, never offending anybody, being “seen and not heard” and generally trying not to be disruptive, even if that involves a lack of self-expression.
I recently mentioned a street harassment incident (they occur often, 10-75 times a week for over 20 years now) on Twitter, and I received a plethora of ignorant responses. I realized that these responses are common, so I documented them here.
“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”—Stephen Fry (via creatingaquietmind)
“Researchers at Yale University found that defendants’ body weight and gender can influence jurors’ perceptions of guilt and responsibility. A recent Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity study found that obese women were more likely to be seen as guilty than were normal-weight women or men or obese men.”—The American Bar Association Journal (via thisisthinprivilege)
“Tragically we are witnessing a resurgence of harmful misogynist assumptions that mothers cannot raise healthy sons, that boys ‘benefit’ from patriarchal militaristic notions of masculinity which emphasize discipline and obedience to authority. Boys need healthy self esteem. They need love. And a wise and loving feminist politics can provide the only foundation to save the lives of male children. Patriarchy will not heal them. If that were so they would all be well.”—bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody (via yakotta)
“No, the next Nelson Mandela of the world is rotting in a jail cell tonight, just like Mandela nearly withered for 27 years on Robben Island. Or he is on someone’s terrorist watch list, or she is segregated and searched every time she travels through an international airport. Somewhere, government spies are reading the emails of the next Nelson Mandela. They are tracking his cell phone and listening to his calls, or monitoring her meetings with their undercover cops.”—Philly.com writer Will Bunch nails it on the head, discussing who could be the next Mandela for America or across the world. (via shortformblog)
White feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants, don’t slut shame her”
Actual feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants but she crossed a line when she started using another culture as a means to rebel and utilized black women and little people as shocking accessories in her music videos and live performances”
So much of our culture caters to giving men what they want. A high school student invites model Kate Upton to attend his prom, and he’s congratulated for his audacity. A male fan at a Beyoncé concert reaches up to the stage to slap her ass because her ass is there, her ass is magnificent, and he wants to feel it. The science fiction fandom community is once again having a heated discussion, across the Internet, about the ongoing problem of sexual harassment at conventions — countless women are telling all manner of stories about how, without their consent, they are groped, ogled, lured into hotel rooms under false pretenses, physically lifted off the ground, and more.
But men want what they want. We should all lighten up.
It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.
These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.