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girl—w0rld:

Feminism is the greatest gift I have ever given myself.

It has given me a greater understanding of who I am and has helped me to unlearn (or begin unlearning) harmful behaviours and thoughts, whether in regards to myself or others. It has helped me to nurture the compassion and kindness I already felt and turn it in to something productive and useful; something that has the power to make positive change, even if that change is just something as small as correcting someone’s use of language or challenging somebody’s damaging thought process.

It has opened my eyes to the things I didn’t see because of my privileges and helped me to step back to allow others to speak when it is not my place to speak for them and to be there to support those who ask for my help. It has taught me that words can be tools of oppression or they can be tools of liberation and that I should make the effort to know the difference. Feminism has made me headstrong and given me a voice. Through feminism I have given myself the permission to say NO and to make selfish choices should I need to for my wellbeing.

It has taught me that vanity is far from the worst trait a person can have and that low self-esteem is a tool used by those who seek to manipulate. It has taught me that there are infinite ways to be beautiful but that beauty is non-essential, that it is not owed in exchange for space in society. It has shown me good people in the world and it has shown me bad. It’s shown me that ‘bad’ can mean simply uneducated and unintentionally harmful or that it can mean blatantly ignorant and purposefully damaging. It has taught me to be patient with those willing to learn and to disregard the people who would stand, screaming and stamping their feet, in my way. It has given me a community and, in it, some of the best people I’ve ever met.

Most of all, it has given me something I feel proud to believe in every single day.

Things got super deep earlier.
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stuartsometimes:

"what do you want to do after college?"
"ideally, dismantle the power structure of current society"

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3 weeks ago

fauxcyborg:

it really is amazing how college campuses don’t feel overwhelmingly ashamed of their complicity in protecting rapists - failing to expel rapists, failing to streamline the reporting process, failing to provide resources for student survivors.

just amazing how plagiarizing from wikipedia and underage drinking in dorms are more of an ethical and moral concern. 

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Congratulations to Kyle and Richie who married in a midnight ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall last night! I wish them a very long, healthy and happy life together.


Photo credit: Ian Michael Spooner (linked via click through)
Equal Marriage is FINALLY legal in England as of TODAY.

Congratulations to all those who can now marry the love of their life.

I’m just sorry it’s so late.

3 weeks ago
Kris: Dying to Live

Synopsis:

'When Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with aggressive, terminal breast cancer at the age of 23, she decided to channel her fear and anger into changing the way young women, the medical profession and the rest of the planet see and treat breast cancer in young women. This film is about the sheer strength, passion and indomitable spirit of Kris Hallenga as she battles her illness and tirelessly promotes her charity CoppaFeel! - an energetic and fearless awareness-raising campaign dedicated to making sure other young women and their doctors are made more aware of the risks. Kris Hallenga is an inspirational young woman on a very personal mission. This is the film of her life-enhancing fight against cancer and her life-saving campaign to battle public ignorance.'


This woman is incredible. I have absolutely no words.

3 weeks ago
Trigger Warnings!

I’ve had a lot of new followers recently so I feel like it’s time to ask if any of you have specific trigger warnings you would prefer I used?
Please let me know, even if you only do so anonymously.

I always trigger warn for potentially harmful things but would hate to miss something and cause anyone harm or distress unintentionally.

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poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:


The name “Half and Halves” is derived from the same term used to describe Punjabi-Mexican individuals, typically offspring of Punjabi fathers and Mexican mothers. In the early 1900s, several hundred Punjabis immigrated as farmers to central California and came in contact with the communities of Mexican laborers. In addition to the commonality of family values, spicy-hot food, and zesty song and dance, what drew these communities together was that they were uniformly discriminated against by white society. Legislature forbidding Punjabi men from bringing wives from India and anti-miscegenation laws, which prohibited whites from marrying brown or black people, seeded familial liaisons between Punjabis and Mexicans. Not understanding what race these individuals belonged to, county clerks would simply write “brown” on marriage certificates for Punjabis and Mexicans, and thus began the integration of these two communites.

read more about the punjabi-mexican community here and here.
In San Francisco last year, a man stabbed a woman in the face and arm after she didn’t respond positively to his sexually harassing her on the street.

In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.

In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.

Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.

In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.

Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice.

FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more.
- Street Harassment: Is a Man Running Over a 14-Year Old Girl for Refusing Sex Serious Enough? | Soraya Chemaly  (via mooncrumbs)

(Source: brutereason, via yoursnarkyvalentine)

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