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Ask me things   A tea-loving feminist who wishes the world understood social justice a bit better.

"The important things to bear in mind are that gender is historical (it changes through time), that it varies from place to place and culture to culture, and that it is contingent (it depends on a lot of different and seemingly unrelated things coming together)."
Susan Stryker, Transgender History (via littlenonbinarythings)

(Source: allthegendersallthesexualities, via birolesmantic)

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simplyfoodgifs:

thedisneyseries:

Why I love Disney/Pixar movies: the details

this is amazing!

(via nerf-gun-russian-roulette)

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"Other people are not medicine."
Amy Poehler (via ugh)

(Source: slutsandsinners, via gtfothinspo)

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#recovery  #remember 

slayboybunny:

ya hes cute…….but is he conscientious of the social inequalities and corruption in hierarchies of power that plague this world

(via breachbangbloom)

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"1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

4. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

5. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

6. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

7. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

8. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

9. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

10. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

11. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

13. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

14. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

15. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you."

(via elauxe)

A self care list. I’ve been working on this. I promise it’s worth it.

(via sweetbloodsomalia)

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"“Social Justice Warriors” is a term used often by these sort of people, and it’s a term whose pejorative use perplexes me, because aside from the source of its invention, it sounds like a really badass thing to be. I’d much rather label myself a Social Justice Warrior than a warrior for…whatever it is that these people are warriors for. Social justice is such an inherently positive thing - literally everyone benefits from greater equality - that it’s impossible to see its enemies as anything but sociopathic. Hatred of Social Justice Warriors can be seen as a broader hatred of social justice itself.

Central to the self-centred psychology of these people is that they see themselves as the targets of a grand conspiracy of feminist, progressive journalists and game developers that seeks to destroy their ability to…something. They have no actual issue. It’s all perceived persecution at the hands of political correctness. These “theories” are so narcissistic, so devoid of substance, that the only way to explain them is through delusion. And I mean, I get it - justifying one’s shitty behaviour with a made-up conspiracy probably feels better than confronting the painful truth that one is an asshole. They think they’re part of a “silent majority”, but the real silent majority is the one that either isn’t aware of their ridiculous conspiracy theories, or understands that there’s simply no reasoning with people who are so obviously out of their minds. It’s the same kind of fictional oppression old white folks claim about foreign immigrants who are still generally less well-off than they are. The moment a woman - or even someone who empathises with women - muscles in on “their” territory (which hasn’t actually ever been “theirs”), they’re off, spouting slurs, giving the fingers at intersections, and publishing their banking details on hate sites."
— 17 hours ago with 104 notes
#video games  #gaming  #online harassment  #harassment  #sexism  #misogyny  #social justice 
the-middle-eastern-feminist:

Marginalization as violence towards trans people is a failure to recognize the intersectionality of oppressions and inter-weaved layers of oppressive practices and structures. Failure to accept trans women is demonstrative of a failure to recognize complexities of oppressions, as well as narrow understanding of gender issues that falls within the boundaries of a slightly more broadened understanding of sex and gender. To include gay and queer people without accepting that trans people experience a vast array of other forms of oppression before, in between and after transitioning is a failure to empathize with deeply marginalized groups as well as to reject intersectionality; and fail to educate one as to the deeply disturbing high statistics of violence and death in the trans community, particularly if they are people of colour. Feminism is an ideology that focuses on the gendered and sexual structures of violence and injustices within our socio-political, religious, cultural, historical and economic systems- and this includes recognizing that people born with penises can also be marginalized and oppressed. To deny that trans women (as well as trans men to a different degree) experience vast injustices is to remain blind to one’s privileges and to deny the existence of other experiences beyond one’s personal reference point. Do trans women bring some of their previous lived experiences, or “male privileges” to their lives post transition? no doubt. But show me ONE feminist born as a woman who does not hold some limiting views and has managed to remove all internalized forms of oppression, misogyny and racism from their mind! as humans we are political agents who reflect our lived experiences and values, and to deny that trans people’s, especially trans women’s values, will fail to evolve as they start living as women; and will continue to fail to gain awareness of internalized misogyny or racism is to argue that no one is capable of change and evolving- which begs the question, why are we even feminists if we fail to accept that people can change and evolve as a basic tenant of our ideology! To say that a woman, who was born with a penis, can never understand gender and sexual oppression is short sighted. It is the same as arguing that white privileged women and feminists can never support, help and empathise with women of colour. In fact, I would argue that trans women by virtue of their lived experiences of oppression, violence, abuse and even threats or murder, are the PERFECT and natural allies of feminists! It is our collective marginalization of the feminine in us, and lived experiences of oppression that should unit us, not necessarily what we are born with anatomically. Transphobia and trans misogyny within feminist movements, to my way of thinking, is a reflection of failure to continue to challenge our internalized misogyny and limiting values. It is to limit our humanity and our inclusivity. It is to marginalize, to contribute to oppression and violences towards women who challenge the cis gendered norm.For me as a feminist, I will ALWAYS choose love. I will ALWAYS choose exclusivity and I will always believe that we are essentially good at heart as humans and that we are capable of immense empathy, consideration, love as well as the capacity to change and evolve. To deny trans women an inclusive space within feminism is to deny my own ideology, my own values, my own complex womanhood, and to dishonour the long and continuing process of feminist self-education and to blindly allow conservative, religiously based bigotry to clutch at my mind and my humanity. Never will I allow such complacency of myself!
Hawzhin Azeez

the-middle-eastern-feminist:

Marginalization as violence towards trans people is a failure to recognize the intersectionality of oppressions and inter-weaved layers of oppressive practices and structures. Failure to accept trans women is demonstrative of a failure to recognize complexities of oppressions, as well as narrow understanding of gender issues that falls within the boundaries of a slightly more broadened understanding of sex and gender. To include gay and queer people without accepting that trans people experience a vast array of other forms of oppression before, in between and after transitioning is a failure to empathize with deeply marginalized groups as well as to reject intersectionality; and fail to educate one as to the deeply disturbing high statistics of violence and death in the trans community, particularly if they are people of colour. Feminism is an ideology that focuses on the gendered and sexual structures of violence and injustices within our socio-political, religious, cultural, historical and economic systems- and this includes recognizing that people born with penises can also be marginalized and oppressed. To deny that trans women (as well as trans men to a different degree) experience vast injustices is to remain blind to one’s privileges and to deny the existence of other experiences beyond one’s personal reference point. 

Do trans women bring some of their previous lived experiences, or “male privileges” to their lives post transition? no doubt. But show me ONE feminist born as a woman who does not hold some limiting views and has managed to remove all internalized forms of oppression, misogyny and racism from their mind! as humans we are political agents who reflect our lived experiences and values, and to deny that trans people’s, especially trans women’s values, will fail to evolve as they start living as women; and will continue to fail to gain awareness of internalized misogyny or racism is to argue that no one is capable of change and evolving- which begs the question, why are we even feminists if we fail to accept that people can change and evolve as a basic tenant of our ideology! To say that a woman, who was born with a penis, can never understand gender and sexual oppression is short sighted. It is the same as arguing that white privileged women and feminists can never support, help and empathise with women of colour. In fact, I would argue that trans women by virtue of their lived experiences of oppression, violence, abuse and even threats or murder, are the PERFECT and natural allies of feminists! It is our collective marginalization of the feminine in us, and lived experiences of oppression that should unit us, not necessarily what we are born with anatomically. 

Transphobia and trans misogyny within feminist movements, to my way of thinking, is a reflection of failure to continue to challenge our internalized misogyny and limiting values. It is to limit our humanity and our inclusivity. It is to marginalize, to contribute to oppression and violences towards women who challenge the cis gendered norm.

For me as a feminist, I will ALWAYS choose love. I will ALWAYS choose exclusivity and I will always believe that we are essentially good at heart as humans and that we are capable of immense empathy, consideration, love as well as the capacity to change and evolve. To deny trans women an inclusive space within feminism is to deny my own ideology, my own values, my own complex womanhood, and to dishonour the long and continuing process of feminist self-education and to blindly allow conservative, religiously based bigotry to clutch at my mind and my humanity. Never will I allow such complacency of myself!

Hawzhin Azeez

— 17 hours ago with 17 notes
#feminism  #women of color  #trans inclusion  #trans women  #transgender  #transphobia  #trans men  #patriarchy  #Smash the patriarchy  #safe spaces  #misogny  #internalized misogyny  #Feminist Men 

kosovan:

rufflesnotdiets:

deadcantdraw:

There’s over 300 languages spoken in London

Less than half of the population is white british

There are large areas with little to no white population

so if your show is set in London and has an all white cast you’re not even being remotely accurate

See Also: New York

los angeles is only 40% white yet look at every single tv show in LA :/ 

(via teaandfeminism)

— 20 hours ago with 91860 notes
#representation  #media  #racism