do you know why feminism has a horrible image?
i’ll let you in on a secret here, it’s because people hate women
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody suggest that toilet paper or paper towels in public bathrooms shouldn’t be free. We’d consider it outrageous if that very basic necessity were to be missing, or provided only for purchase.
And if Michael Brown was not angelic, I was practically demonic. I had my first drink when I was 11. I once brawled in the cafeteria after getting hit in the head with a steel trash can. In my junior year I failed five out of seven classes. By the time I graduated from high school, I had been arrested for assaulting a teacher and been kicked out of school (twice.) And yet no one who knew me thought I had the least bit of thug in me. That is because I also read a lot of books, loved my Commodore 64, and ghostwrote love notes for my friends. In other words, I was a human being. A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth. Consider how easily living in a community “with rough patches” becomes part of a list of ostensible sins. Consider how easily “black-on-black crime” becomes not a marker of a shameful legacy of segregation but a moral failing.”
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, being amazing. (via politicalprof)
How does anyone let the premise stand that an industry which is now and was, from its inception, founded on fluff consumer reviews of and paid advertisements for commercial products in a degenerate and infantile art form is “journalism”
I can’t. I don’t know.
— Nicki Minaj (via justaboat)
I paused from continually redrafting my resume today to read this, and I got a little choked up. It’s not hard for my constantly metaphoring brain to see this as a guide to challenging myself to expect a better employer as well.
i feel like authenticity is associated with loss of control. complete loss of mobility, either physical or social, is the most authentic (“do you really need a wheelchair?”, “if you’re really poor why do you have a computer?”).
this controls marginalized people by praising their predictability. contrast with how those in power can taste these “authenticities” at will, sampling other lives more times in a day than those lives will in a lifetime