August 17, 2014
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I felt validated when people stated I was exceptional or unique or that I was not the norm. Basking in these proclamations, I soon realized something was amiss: If I’m the exception, the so-called standard of success, then where does that leave the sisters I grew up with on the streets of Honolulu who didn’t ‘make it’?


Being exceptional isn’t revolutionary, it’s lonely. It separates you from your community. Who are you, really, without community? I have been held up consistently as a token, as the ‘right’ kind of trans woman (educated, able-bodied, attractive, articulate, heteronormative). It promotes the delusion that because I ‘made it,’ that level of success is easily accessible to all young trans women. Let’s be clear: It is not.

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— Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. (via queerbookclub)

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June 27, 2014
"It seems that when you want to make a woman into a hero, you hurt her first. When you want to make a man into a hero, you hurt… also a woman first."

Leigh Alexander absolutely hits it out of the park (via bedabug)

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June 26, 2014
"The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything."

Scott Woods (X)

he motherfucking dropped the truth.

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June 25, 2014

madeleineishere:

quick lil comic

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May 27, 2014
"On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t the people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in."

Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (via tardisdelorean)

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May 27, 2014
the-ugly-naked-guy:

I really hope you have 5 minutes to read this.
Some of you may know Lizzie Velásquez. She has a very rare condition that only two other people is known to have. It means that she has zero body fat% she’s also blind on one eye and her immune system is weak. Even though she eats 5000 calories a day, she will never be able to gain weight.
She was bullied in school but it was worst on the internet. Lizzie found a video made by people she didn’t know. It was called “the worlds ugliest woman” and it was only pictures of her.
She’s now author and motivational speaker AND MAYBE SOON HAVING HER OWN MOVIE. But only if we help. We need to raise $180,000. We’ve raised $120,000 so far and there’s only 9 days left! “A film following Lizzie’s life, her journey to the other side, and her mission to inspire a more positive online world.” COME ON TUMBLR, WE NEED THIS!
You may not be able to donate yourself but some of your followers maybe are SO EVERY REBLOG HELPS! Sorry for my really bad English, but we really need help!
 Help Lizzie: http://www.thelizzieproject.com

the-ugly-naked-guy:

I really hope you have 5 minutes to read this.

Some of you may know Lizzie Velásquez. She has a very rare condition that only two other people is known to have. It means that she has zero body fat% she’s also blind on one eye and her immune system is weak. Even though she eats 5000 calories a day, she will never be able to gain weight.

She was bullied in school but it was worst on the internet. Lizzie found a video made by people she didn’t know. It was called “the worlds ugliest woman” and it was only pictures of her.

She’s now author and motivational speaker AND MAYBE SOON HAVING HER OWN MOVIE. But only if we help. We need to raise $180,000. We’ve raised $120,000 so far and there’s only 9 days left! “A film following Lizzie’s life, her journey to the other side, and her mission to inspire a more positive online world.” COME ON TUMBLR, WE NEED THIS!

You may not be able to donate yourself but some of your followers maybe are SO EVERY REBLOG HELPS! Sorry for my really bad English, but we really need help!


Help Lizzie: http://www.thelizzieproject.com

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May 24, 2014
"'For what is “natural” and “unnatural”, sir? The mould in which the human form is cast is exceedingly fragile. Give it the slightest tap with your fingers and it breaks.'"

— Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus (via buxombibliophile)

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May 12, 2014
"When people with privilege hear that they have privilege, what they hear is not, “Our society is structured so that your life is more valued than others.” They hear, “Everything, no matter what, will be handed to you. You have done nothing to achieve what you have.” That’s not strictly true, and hardly anyone who points out another’s privilege is making that accusation. There are privileged people who work very hard. The privilege they experience is the absence of barriers that exist for other people."

— Mychal Denzel Smith | No One Cares If You Never Apologize for Your White Male Privilege (via reverseracism)

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May 12, 2014
this one thing that keeps happening

cyberloin:

teenage girl: “i hate men”

man: “not all men!” *begins campaign of abuse and harassment* “listen not all men are like that” *gets a bunch of friends together to threaten and slander her* “you are being so mean to men everyone look how mean shes being to me” *posts her personal…

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May 12, 2014
"The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime."

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Think about who’s in jail and why. 

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and that “crime” could be anything they felt like charging you with

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This was how the myth of Black criminality started, for the record. After the abolition of slavery, a lot of states made laws targeting Black people specifically, and then put them on chain gangs to get free labor from them.

Oh, and the US is still disproportionately incarcerating Black people and private prisons are making huge amounts off them.

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This is one of those pieces of information I wish had like 200 million notes on tumblr.

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meanwhile the dea teamed up with the cca

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Yeah, I believe that black people are twice as likely to be arrested and convicted for committing the same crimes as a white person. Draw your own conclusions.

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Reblogging this because everytime in real life I’ve said Slavery didn’t really end I’ve been dismissed as crazy.

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I’ll reblog this every time it comes up on my dash. People need to know!

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