thehumanarkle:

theyoungturks:

Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees cited the Hobby Lobby decision to argue for their clients’ rights to perform prayers during Ramadan. However, the court argued that the detainees didn’t qualify as persons under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Wow.

RFRA should just be repealed.

alsodinosaur:

pinkhairandbubblegum:

sleeptightmoon:

nomorewaterthefirenexttime:

lilbijou:

zizino:

pussylipgloss:

artmesohard:

Many cancer patients can be overwhelmed with the physical and emotional difficulties of their disease, and the loss of their hair from chemotherapy treatment certainly doesn’t help. Henna Heals, a rich community of nearly 150 henna tattoo artists worldwide established by a team of 5 women in Canada, helps women with cancer feel confident and beautiful again by drawing elegant henna crowns on their bare heads:

The intricate patterns that the artists create with all-natural henna paste are a unique and empowering substitute to the hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair to chemotherapy. “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” claims Frances Darwin, the founder of Henna Heals. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”

The traditional South-Asian temporary tattoos, which are made with 100% natural home-made henna paste, last for around two weeks and have no harmful side-effects. Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and does belly painting for mother-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to compensate the cost of the henna crowns they make for cancer patients.

im not gonna be the person to say it 

I dont wanna be that person BUT….

Im gonna let someone else say it

…Okay then, I’ll do it.

Being physically or mentally ill does not give one a free pass to culturally appropriate. No person’s one moment of gratification is worth the stripping of humanity of literally one sixth of the earth.

And if you must indulge in the culture of others, particularly when it comes to Henna tattoos, why don’t you do it with people who are actually apart of that culture and not white girls with dreads???

This shit is exhausting. Being dressed up in a music video as a monk or geisha or something and acting goofy when you’re white is one thing but who honestly gives a fuck if you have some pretty artistic henna drawn on you, especially if its making people feel hopeful/better about themselves. I go to school with dozens of middle eastern Muslim girls and on certain days they’ll bring in their henna stuff and draw on anyone who wants one and they love doing it and the students love it and its all really cool and im sure some asshole on tumblr would call out one of those kids for posting a picture of their henna art if they were white for cultural appropriation. Pretty lame. Sorry if I wasnt politically correct when discussing the girls who do henna Im not sure about the correct terms

LET ME BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS. This is beautiful. Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation, but can imply a negative view towards acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture.

You see that little word….CAN. Henna (also usually known as Mehndi) is culturally appropriated when it is used at beach boardwalks for preteens getting there zodiac sings as a tramp stamp. Henna is a symbol for love, healing and protection which is what these lovely ladies promote. 

Henna also is thought to cures headache and is also known to calm the nerves and bring health and beauty to the person. It is also believed to destroy any evil eye and bring heath and joy to the wearer. These women are doing exactly that.

DO NOT think you are a good person by bashing women who want to feel beautiful again by properly using henna for a part of what it was traditioned for. Literally stop being awful.

The last two comments. Thank you. I have Indian friends who love sharing their culture with others. And as an Asian-American, I have to say how sick to death I am about people going apeshit over cultural appropriation. Most of what I see being attacked is actually white people who are appreciating and embracing other cultures, and it hurts me that other people want to deprive PoC of that recognition. By saying our culture should be kept separate, these cultural appropriation warriors are really just keeping ethnic cultures out of the spotlight and keeping them marginalized. It’s okay for everyone to dress like a white person and do white people things, but god forbid someone eats sushi or gets henna to promote love and healing at a time when they need it most. You cultural appropriation warriors make me sick, and you make me feel like my culture is something that should be kept at a distance, like at a zoo for all the white people to ogle at and say, “This isn’t what normal people wear or eat or do. This is only what ethnic people do, and we have to stay away from it. That’s respectful.” Well, it’s NOT respectful to prevent our cultures from being appreciated and shared. You are saying that we can adapt to your culture but to adopt our culture is so far removed from yours that it must remain separate and cannot become mainstream.

It is also unavoidable and entirely part of the natural interchange of human ideas. The only way you don’t get cultural cross pollination/contamination/appropriation is if there is no contact. Even authoritarian religious or governmental control systems can only slow the process down.

The idea that this can be stopped and should be is similarly recent as (and similarly unnatural as) copyright. Human culture doesn’t play by those rules. They’re both based on the highly dubious premise that somehow people can, and should, own ideas. Both concepts, when misapplied, warp or interactions with those ideas.

thepaperlady:

sexywexymarcy:

soulstooloud:

cuntfear:

ani-oppa-san:

ideklukey:

caitlinhill:

haveigonetoofar:

Don’t Be That Guy.

Great campaign! Great point!

signal boosting the shit out of this

you can never NOT reblog this

"Don’t be that guy" since all men are worried about when assaulting women is how it makes them look. Also why are campaigns like this always so shy with the use of the word "rape"

thats actually a really good point…

Reblogging for the last 2 comments.

It’s easier to think of yourself as at risk of being “That Guy” than it is to imagine you could be a rapist.  While indeed this could be blunter, it’s frankly more likely for people to take it seriously.  If you point tell someone “don’t be a rapist” they’re likely to brush it off, because of course they wouldn’t do that, don’t be so accusing.  If you say “don’t be that big a dick,” anyone can be a dick and generally no one wants to be. It may soften the blow, as it were, but it may actually get through to people without them reacting like they’re being accused.  I’m not saying it’s GOOD to coddle people and pretend like it’s  a lighter thing that it is, but if it works?

Just a thought.  While I do think it’s a valid criticism, I don’t think that invalidates the posters at all.

I would expect the format and language use opens these posters up to run in areas where harder language would be a barrier to them being used. In a public place (bus stop, train station, etc.) someone is bound to object ‘for the children’.

Meanwhile, owners of bars and clubs might be leery of putting up blatant anti-rape posters for fear that it will be taken as “there have been rapes here, please stop” and their venue will be perceived as being unsafe. 

rosalarian:

artifuss:

other-bronte:

ladiesagainsthumanity:

RUTH. BADER. GINSBERG. 

via @sethdmichaels

This just illustrates everything so perfectly. No one questions an all-male cast or Supreme Court or board meeting or anthology or whatever, but an entirely female one would somehow be “not representative” or “but why didn’t you just choose on merit not on gender PCness?” Forget all-female, even, put more than two women on there and people will start asking about “trying to fill a quota?”

SHOTS FIRED
RBG NOT TAKING SHIT FROM NOBODY

There are even more than nine ways to be a woman.

As long as they’re not corporatists then yeah, bring on the nine-woman Supreme Court.  

Have you ever stopped to think about American war culture?

nolegirl:

Have you ever stopped to think about how random Americas obsession with war is? We haven’t “won” a war since WWII, and that is only the second war we’ve actually won with an actual Army. Yet we make fun of the French for retreating in WWII, but we’ve retreated in Korea, WWI, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq. I don’t get it. Kinda makes me question why so many of our contrymen and women are dying for wars that don’t concern us and aren’t winnable :/

It’s like the US is in a giant pissing contest with itself, and we’re the ones who lose.

We were warned of the military-industrial complex, and we didn’t pay attention.

This isn’t an accident. We went straight from WWII into the Cold War. The readiness to go to war at a moments notice was politically and economically expedient at the time. Policy, propaganda, “talking points”, all of it was crafted for generations to ensure war-readiness so the Soviets could be opposed, and so trillions in taxpayer money could be funneled into weapons contractors. 

Politicians use war to keep power, taxpayer money flows to weapons manufacturers, weapons manufacturers buy politicians, more money flows to manufacturers and the cycle continues. Eventually the propaganda gets internalized, and the culture itself associates might and right. 

Meanwhile, military spending contributes toward strangling the social safety net, education and infrastructure. As things get worse, people begin to feel insecure and fearful, and war becomes appealing as a means of re-establishing a sense of control and even forms a kind of nostalgia, as people pine for past glories.

gomer21xx:

Where’s that GIF of the Nostalgia Critic screaming “NO!” from his Odd Life of Timothy Green review when I need it? >.<

IMPEACHMENT, NOW.

skepticalavenger:

asceticismisnotsacred:

People who are atheists and/or existentialists and aren’t mildly terrified 24/7 scare me.

Screw all the existential angst jokes… If you don’t have angst about the future of a world with less meaning than the word meaning itself, and you’re content without believing in anything, what the fuck are you doing that I’m not? Either tell me the secret or stay the hell away from me and stop sticking your dickish happiness in my face.

I guess I just don’t understand what there is to be terrified of, mildly or otherwise.  I was never really a believer, so I have trouble understanding the perspective of someone who had the “god” rug pulled out from under them, so to speak.  Life to me means pretty much exactly how much meaning I’ve ever chosen to give it.  I choose to give life a lot of meaning because I can’t imagine life…um…without it.

I’m not an existentialist.  I suppose I could argue that the world has no meaning outside of myself.  However, since I know of no way of ever actually BEING outside of myself, this strikes me as an irrelevant point.  The world has meaning because I choose to give it meaning and also because me and my loved ones live on it.  If the world didn’t exist, we’d be stuck out in space watching the moon go flying off before our eyes dry out and we die of asphyxiation.  So yeah, I kinda still want to have it around.

And as Good Reason News stated, there is certainly plenty to believe in.  I would add pizza to the list, but then I choose to add pizza to almost all lists whether it applies or not.

I hope that this helps and you don’t just see me as being dickishly happy.  I can try to be more unhappy if it makes you feel better.

In the mean time, have an awesome day,

~ Steve

To the OP’s point, I could just as easily remark that anyone who finds concepts I was able to tackle and get past at age 11 to be insurmountable towers of fear fills me with a great swell of pity.

Seriously, this stuff isn’t that hard to take in. 

And I hate to break it to the OP, but the only thing that differentiates “existentialists” from “not existentialists” is that the latter don’t realize they’re the former. 

There is no reason to think there’s any “meaning” inherent in anything, and all meaning and value is assigned by minds. Even if a god existed, this doesn’t change, because ultimately the validity of the meaning assigned by that being would only be propped up by either that being’s might, making it no different than an authoritarian government except in regard to scale, or by the authority granted it by lesser minds, which is a value judgement made by those minds and also an inherently existential choice. 

Yes, everything you hold dear you hold dear through a combination of animal instinct, social influence and your own decision-making. It is entirely subjective. If that is so divergent from your worldview that thinking about it prevents you from functioning then your worldview has left you woefully unprepared.

Would I rather be immortal than mortal? Probably, provided I had enough added-on traits to keep my clearly-evolved-with-mortality-as-a-reality-brain from snapping after a few thousand years. But I feel no more cheated by my own mortality than I do my inability to fly under my own power or summon gold coins from nothing with a flick of my wrist. The only difference is that most people are raised being told they have an immortal ghost inside them and very few are raised being told they can fly or conjure gold.

But, perhaps I can best sum all this up with a quote from the TV series Angel:

"If nothing we do matters, then the only thing that matters is what we do."

OK, that Barbie thing

dollsahoy:

dollsahoy:

Once again I’ve seen on my dash that…art project?  making claims about how horribly unrealistic Barbie is, with the smiling young lady standing next to a bizarrely-proportioned homunculus that claims to be how Barbie would look if life-size, and there’s text claiming unbelievable things about Barbie’s “real” proportions.

Y’know, these:

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Oh, where to start…well, let’s start with the weight issue.  The 110lb number comes, as the text admits, from 1965.  In 1965, Barbie was still  very much being marketed as a 16 year old ‘girl next door.’  Illustrations from the time portray the character as younger and less curvy than the actual doll, because, honestly, the doll’s shape was ‘borrowed’ from a German sexy novelty toy, and not custom-designed to represent a 16 year old girl.  So, tell me this—do you think it’s unreasonable for a 16 year old to weigh 110 lbs?  I sure hope not, because that’s what I weighed at that age.

Let’s look closer at those measurements.  We’ll start with the fact that Barbie is 1:6 scale—that means that for every inch Barbie has, it would be 6” in ‘real life.’  Using that information, I took this doll, which used the body that’s been standard for Barbie since 1999, so is most familiar with modern youth, and made some measurements:

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I won’t argue that, wow, those are some slender measurements, but…I don’t see anything like a 39” bust.  Even the older Barbie bodies, with their slightly larger breasts, measure in at a mere 5.5”, which that chart up there tells you is 33” (and she did have an 18” waist, but her hips are just under 5”, so, again, I have no idea what the ‘facts’ up there are based upon.)  And here’s the thing about those slim measurements—they’re not attempting to project an ideal of womaniness as much as to take into account the fact that, although the doll is 1:6, the cloth used for her clothes is still 1:1, which means they’ll add a lot of bulk to the clothed doll, making her look, oh, I dunno, maybe more like a ‘real’ person?

But I’m not done.

Let’s talk about that…thing…purporting to be a life-size representation of Barbie.

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Oh, yeah.  Nailed it.  Looks spot on.  I’m totally swayed by this.

And then I decided to do this

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I honestly thought about using a random stock photo of a woman, or maybe a picture of my short self, but this seemed more…poetic.

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I’m not saying there aren’t problems with Barbie (I don’t have the knowledge to argue with the shoe size claim, but, like the slender build, the reasons for the design of Barbie’s feet has to do with physical limitations of dressing something so small, especially when that something was designed with the technology of the 1950s.)  But, the problems that Barbie does have?  Aren’t any of those addressed by that project.

(Seemed like a good time to bring this back.)

The ‘real world Barbie’ proportions always seemed off to me but I never really examined why. This is a great breakdown of it. 

bragd:

jo-robsbanks:

thinksquad:

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/controversial-anti-homeless-spikes-prevent-homeless-sleeping-doorways/624292/

http://www.travelandpositiveliving.com/2014/04/whats-purpose-of-concrete-spikes-under.html

http://www.ministryoftofu.com/2012/07/photos-guangzhou-sets-concrete-spikes-under-bridges-to-drive-away-homeless-people/

http://stsnext20.org/vignettes/2014/03/26/when-parisian-benches-have-politics-street-furniture-and-the-strategies-of-spatial-exclusion/

http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/photo-rue/2009/11/26/empecher-les-sdf-de-sasseoir-la-ville-ne-manque-pas-didees

http://www.morbleu.com/le-tiers-exclu-iv-des-dispositifs-architecturaux-anti-sdf/1547124430_1854ccee23_o/

http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/catalog/issue-43-walls/do-not-remain/

http://www.bogoboo.com/bizarre-park-bench-spikes/

What the actual fuck?? You have to pay to sit on a bench in public. The fuck. That’s creepy as hell.

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?

We see here the logical result of the dehumanization of the homeless and poor. City streets turned into pain-inducing traps, with no place to sit, no place to stop. Ledges and curbs covered in metal and concrete spikes that will not just deter loitering but will present a hazard to any citizen passing by and create a harsh, unwelcoming, fearful landscape.

Tactics created to deter skateboarders (because how dare children and teens play outside in a way that adults find annoying) are now being turned upon the most vulnerable in society. 

Profit and convenience have overwhelmed all other factors of the social contract. If the powers that be do not abide the social contract, then those at the bottom are under no obligation to follow it either. These things should be ripped up, torn down and smashed apart and re-seeded in the homes of people who ordered their construction. 

ponchos-in-my-vagina:

teeveedinner:

thedeathmerchant:

Best headline.

finally and accurate headline!

murderous tantrum

Whuff. This is the definition of double-edged sword.
Yeah, it is an accurate headline for once. Unfortunately, it&#8217;s coming from infowars, Alex Jones&#8217; conspiracy hive/paranoia mil. The thrust of the article is that no matter what gun laws you have, this will happen, and is a pro-gun piece. Any accuracy in the headline exists only to serve this point of view.
Another report on the shooting from Infowars includes the following:

Considering the fondness various secret societies have for rituals (e.g., ritual sacrifice of children, as in The Hunger Games), and also their fondness for numbers and codes, consider this number: 23.
David Attias’ 2001 vehicular slaughter in Santa Barbara occurred on February 23, 2001.
The official release date of the firstHunger Gamesfilm in the US was March 23, 2012.
Elliot Rodger’s rampage in Santa Barbara took place on May 23, 2014.

If you visit, keep your adblocker on.  This site has claimed that the Boston Marathan bombing was a false-flag operation, they do not deserve your ad revenue.

ponchos-in-my-vagina:

teeveedinner:

thedeathmerchant:

Best headline.

finally and accurate headline!

murderous tantrum

Whuff. This is the definition of double-edged sword.

Yeah, it is an accurate headline for once. Unfortunately, it’s coming from infowars, Alex Jones’ conspiracy hive/paranoia mil. The thrust of the article is that no matter what gun laws you have, this will happen, and is a pro-gun piece. Any accuracy in the headline exists only to serve this point of view.

Another report on the shooting from Infowars includes the following:

Considering the fondness various secret societies have for rituals (e.g., ritual sacrifice of children, as in The Hunger Games), and also their fondness for numbers and codes, consider this number: 23.

David Attias’ 2001 vehicular slaughter in Santa Barbara occurred on February 23, 2001.

The official release date of the firstHunger Gamesfilm in the US was March 23, 2012.

Elliot Rodger’s rampage in Santa Barbara took place on May 23, 2014.

If you visit, keep your adblocker on.  This site has claimed that the Boston Marathan bombing was a false-flag operation, they do not deserve your ad revenue.