They were raised to see each as “the other.” So they’re performing together?
Now I love slam poetry, and as Passover approaches and we celebrate our freedom I’d like to take a moment and think on this and reflect on if we truly are free when stereotypes and hatred blind and restrain us. It hits far too close to home for me to stay comfortable, and I urge you all to watch and think on the message in this video.
Hey folks; I’ve been trying to mess with the theme for a few days, to make it more user-friendly ( the text is problematic, says feedback) but either I’m incapable of understanding technical stuff, or the theme itself is being difficult.
In any case, how does the site look now?
(Also apologies for being absent for a while, my haemangioma flared up, so I’ve been stuck doing university things one handed.)
Have a good day!
Hey my name’s Reema and I’m a queer girl who’s also an atheist living in Qatar a country in the Arabian peninsula that mainly goes by the Sharia law currently, and in this country identifying as a queer atheist is punishable by death (see here and here ) what’s worse is my birthday is coming up soon and by Qatari law I am at the age of consent, and my family plans to forcefully make me marry one of my family members this year or the next one. I have told them many times that I am against that, but I can’t do much because by legal standards, they aren’t doing anything wrong.
My mother knows that I left islam and am against many of our traditions here but she still insists that this is the best way even if i don’t know what’s “best” for me now. I’m not allowed to work as well due to my mom thinking it’s unbecoming for a soon to be wife, so I can’t earn money here either.
I have opened a donation pool so I can afford a ticket to the US where I’ll be staying with my partner, and to pay for any necessary paperwork I’ll need to check once I’m there. I can’t disclose much about this situation because it might endanger me and my partner even more, but if you have any questions or tips (especially if you know a lot about LGBT rights for queer arabian women) or even a signal boost would be appreciated. PLEASE! Meeting a really close person to me and getting out of this dangerous and toxic environment is a matter of great importance to me!
We’re already in the process of finishing the current necessary paperworks for me to get there and are currently in contact with immigration attorneys. The main plan is, I’m traveling with my family to England soon and there won’t be much monitoring on me there, and a friend of ours is willing to help me and let me stay at his place in Belgium if the situation calls for it, our main goal is to get from either England or Belgium to US as fast as possible without my family catching me.
Here’s the donation pool link and there’s a button in my description box too at my page.
Again please, any of support counts even if it’s a penny, a signal boost or just any useful information, if you have any more questions, don’t be afraid to ask!
EDIT: I have edited the link which takes you to the donation site, tell me if it acts up again, also I have a donation button on my page incase that link keeps giving error.
EDIT2: Ok it’s just refusing to work.
I’ve edited the post.
All right the link just refuses to work so I’m probably doing something wrong I’m not sure ): please refer to my tumblr page the donation button there works perfectly!
Her name is Amani Terrell btw.
Los Angeles is known for many things: great weather, a laidback lifestyle, and Hollywood’s biggest stars. But for many who live in La La Land, the pressure to conform to a certain beauty standard can leave them feeling downright depressed.
"Snickers paired up with Aussie builders to call out empowering statements to unsuspecting members of the public."
In this video four builders yell at people (almost entirely women) from a building, stringing together big words in the attempt to make some kind of a cohesive statement, ultimately making the passers-by uncomfortable and aggravated. The fact that the ad starts off with “What happens when builders aren’t themselves?” implies that misogyny is a default setting, and that *masculinity* and sexism come hand in hand. The entire thing screams sexism, and demolishes any potential progressive value it could have had by enforcing the idea that (cis)men aren’t themselves when they’re intelligent, decent members of society, and that it ought to be promptly fixed with a snickers. Tumblr was quick to grab at the out of context gifs of one of the men hollering some incoherent babble, throwing in words like “equality” and “gender” in a grasp for some kind of feminist value. In reality, the statement makes practically no sense, and in context works completely against what unwitting, gullible bloggers thought it did. Overall a patronising, misogynistic, overused joke that promptly needs to be taken off television. Try harder next time, Snickers.
Ilima is a proud third-generation, Native Hawaiian resident of Waimanalo, Hawaii. A strong proponent of food sovereignty and sustainability, she is passionate about giving Pacific Island communities the tools, knowledge and skills they need to grow food in their backyards. Towards that goal, Ilima became a certified Master Gardener and an aquaponics expert and has spent the last four years teaching aquaponics throughout the Pacific. Ilima has raised nearly $400,000 for programs benefiting Pacific Islanders. Ilima holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii and is pursuing an M.S.W. at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. She co-founded Ho’oulu Pacific in the hopes that the organization will bring food sovereignty and holistic health to Waimanalo and other native communities throughout the Pacific and the world.”
Check out the Ho’oulu Pacific website here:
This organization is amazing! They’re helping to put the power of food back into the hands of Pacific Islanders, growing and eating food from their homelands and not so dependent on imported foods. They’ve worked in America Samoa and Hawai’i and produce 40 different types of fish, fruits and vegetables!
When trans women of color take over the world, Lexi Adsit will be to blame. This recent SF State graduate is currently co-organizing the first International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering for the upcoming Allied Media Conference. In this interview, she discusses her background as a student organized or the Queer Yo’ Mind Conference, and her research on trans women of color affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Audio here. Transcription here.
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The perfect eyeroll.
Context: George Brandis (the attorney general attempting to strike down sections of the Racial Discrimination Act with the argument “people have the right to be bigots”) spends this discussion baiting Marcia Langton (one of Australia’s foremost Aboriginal scholars) with inflammatory statements.
And Andrew Bolt isn’t a racist, but…: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-25/andrew-bolt-isnt-a-racist-but/5344286/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
Alice Nkom, the foremost legal advocate for the LGBT community in the west-central African nation of Cameroon, was honored by Amnesty International for working for LGBT rights despite repeated threats of death and imprisonment.
It’s Supergirl: 5-year-old Queens prodigy can speak seven languages, play six instruments
BY ERICA PEARSON / DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Seven languages. Six musical instruments. Two types of dance and two sports. It all adds up to one busy little Queens girl.
Five-year-old Mabou Loiseau’s parents spend $1,500 a week on tutors and lessons - and she spends seven hours a day in some type of instruction, with Sundays off.
She grew up speaking French, Creole and English, but her immigrant parents didn’t want to stop there. She’s also learning Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian.
"Russian is my most favorite. I just hear something, and if I don’t understand I say, ‘What does that mean?’ and they’ll tell me," said Mabou, whose Laurelton house is plastered with flashcards in different languages.
She can sing her ABCs in Spanish, count in Mandarin, read fairytales in Russian, and already has an ambitious list of career goals.
"I want to be a firefighter, and I want to be a doctor, and I want to be a dancer, and I want to be a princess," Mabou said with a smile, sitting shyly on her mom’s lap. "And I want to be an actor, and I want to be a musician, and I want to be a singer, and I want to be a veterinarian, and I want to be a mom."
Mabou has her own dance studio with a mirrored wall where she learns tap and ballet. Her mom recently got rid of the kitchen table to make room for a full-size drum set. She’s also learning to play the harp, clarinet, violin, guitar and piano. When she’s not taking ice-skating or swimming lessons.
"All the sacrifices in the world for her," said her mom, Esther Loiseau, a piano teacher who taught French at an American school before leaving Haiti for Queens 15 years ago. "Furniture is not important. Education is."
Loiseau, 47, said friends and neighbors were initially shocked that she was starting Mabou on such a regimen so early - instead of just letting her be a kid.
"But I make sure I leave enough time for her to play," Loiseau said. "All she knows is learning. What becomes fun for someone is what they know."
Loiseau tells the tutors to play with Mabou, speaking in their native language, for half of the lesson. They spend the other half reading, writing and practicing vocabulary.
She said a sure way to make the opinionated only child behave is to threaten to cancel one of her lessons - especially Russian.
"It’s a great experience for me, honestly. A lot of even adult people can’t understand what she does," said Rogneda Elagina, 24, Mabou’s Russian tutor. "We like to read together … we started with the alphabet and connecting letters, and now she can read real folklore."
Mabou’s dad works 16 hours a day as a parking attendant in Manhattan to pay for everything, and the Loiseaus have also started hosting other students for classes at their house.
The proud parents homeschool Mabou but found out last week that she scored in the 99th percentile on the city test for gifted and talented schools.
"Honestly, I just want to open doors for my daughter," said Loiseau. "She is really my princess."
This is great
I want to congratulate my beautiful crush Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on winning the US National Book Critics Circle award.
(Books flight to Nigeria. All she has to do is blink at me one time and that will be the sign I need.)
The Armory Show wasn’t the only big event in 1913 - it was also the year that suffragists marched on Washington to demand women’s right to vote. In light of that centennial anniversary, which is being celebrated this weekend, and the kickoff of Women’s History Month, it seemed like a good time to present you with this declaration from Nancy Spero.
With all the change happening in the world right now, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the things happening on our planet. Unfortunately, due to the fact that traditional media is more or less highly selective in the types of stories that air, and the information shared, this can be super difficult.
Basically, if anyone would like to take this opportunity to share their favourite kickass ladies who are involved with sharing information about the world, leave a comment and reblog this post!
*Personally, I’ll start this off by suggesting you check out Rania Khalek!
Have a good day folks!