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misandry-mermaid:

Violent Relationships with Dr. Leelia Franck

Don’t forget that women of color and trans women (and especially trans women of color) receive even higher sentences for hurting/killing in self-defense against abusive partners than cis and/or white women.

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kurtiswiebe:

This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 

Yup.

So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

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brazilwonders:

Salvador - Bahia (by José Eduardo Silva)

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justice4mikebrown:

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nayyirahwaheed:

nayyirahwaheed:

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happy reading, loves !

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lensblr-network:

My name is Xavier Mertens. I’m a graphic designer from (united) Belgium. I practice photography as a hobby, so each picture I post on my blog is a personal work. I like to photograph things as they are, without (or with a minimum) of preparation.

I’m working with Nikon DSLR, currently a D7100 (previously a D80) which is usually accompanied with a sigma 30mm f/1.4. I’ve also a Sigma 10‑20mm f/4-5.6 and the basic Nikkor zoom 18‑135mm f/3.5‑5. I use Camera Raw / Photoshop a little bit, for the post production, just for change colors, contrasts, tone, black and white…

sustainableprosperity:

Noam Chomsky on Labor Struggles and Organizing

Published on Sep 26, 2014

"What you should do is exactly the kinds of things that are going to lead to hysteria among privileged and powerful people" 

—Noam Chomsky

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"She [Blue] does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more … Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the “Magna Carta”, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it."

- Jay Z
Vanity Fair, October 2013 (x)

(Source: thequeenbey, via gabifresh)

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s00tball:

I just died.

OMG!!!

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decolonizingmedia:

Life Among the Zapatistas

work, land, shelter, food, health, education, independence, freedom, democracy, justice and peace”

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40% of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

The minimum wage would be $16.50 an hour — $33,000 a year — if it had kept up with the growth of productivity since 1968. To put the effect of this a different way, 40 percent of Americans now make less than the 1968 minimum wage, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity gains.

To put this even another way, the average American’s living standard would be much, much higher today if wages had not decoupled from productivity gains – with the gains all going to the 1 percent instead of being shared by workers. If wages had kept pace we wouldn’t feel the terrible squeeze that everyone in the middle class is feeling.

(Source: onlyexperiments, via thedirtyoldgentleman)