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brutereason:

So, I’m quite sure that Stephen Colbert getting the Late Show now of all times is a total coincidence and has nothing to do with certain recent events. HOWEVER, I’d just like to point out that this pretty much skewers any point about how those mean anti-racist activists just RUIN WHITE MEN’S LIVES and get them all FIRED FROM THEIR JOBS.

Colbert’s doing better than ever. Suey Park’s getting violently vicious sexist/racist hate on the internet. Colbert gets his own show (after having already had his own show). Suey gets invited onto someone else’s show and called stupid right to her face BY THE HOST.

This is what a power differential looks like. This is why I will never stop LOLing at anyone who wrings their hands over how “unfair” these “attacks” on Colbert (or whoever the white dude du jour is) are.

binart:

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mothsexinspace:

ruingaraf:

themarchrabbit:

Seriously, it kills me when I see people hold scientists up as pinnacles of logic and reason.

Because one time the professor I was interning for got punched in the face by another professor, because mine got the funding, and told the other professor his theory was stupid.

This same professor told me to throw rocks to scare the “stupid fucking crabs” into moving so we could count them properly.

SCIENCE

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persephoneholly:

fandomsandconservativelogic:

By the way, the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health say that the birth control pill can prevent implantation.

Preventing implantation causes a brand new, rapidly developing, genetically distinct human being to die from exposure, starvation, and/or suffocation (the uterine lining he or she is trying to implant in provides oxygen, nutrition, and shelter to the developing embryo).

Whenever you say pregnancy begins, biology tells us human life and development begins at conception. Hormonal contraceptives can end human life before the mother even knows her child is there.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty wrong to hide from a woman that the drug she’s taking to prevent pregnancy could kill her unborn child without her knowledge.

Which means we need to stop hiding this behind definitions and jargon.

The birth control pill can kill a developing human blastocyst.

You know what else can ‘kill’ a microscopic cluster of rabidly dividing cells? The person’s own body. Yup! Sometimes, when the egg is fertilized, the uterine lining isn’t ready or the hormones aren’t right and the blastocyst is flushed out of the uterus, down the vagina and out into the toilet or tampon! Should we indite people for manslaughter because they didn’t implant?

If someone is on birth control, that probably means they don’t want to be pregnant.

The basis of society is economic. That basis is ripe for socialism in a double sense: modern technology has advanced to a point where it can assure a high standard of living to the nation and to all mankind; but the capitalist system, which has outlived itself, dooms the masses to ever-increasing poverty and suffering.

Leon Trotsky (1935)

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The only reason we’re still having “n-word” discussions is because white people refuse to take no for an answer.

protego-et-servio:

diesfordecember:

protego-et-servio:

diesfordecember:

I feel like asking me if I’m pro-choice or pro-life is a very black and white question in a continuum of reality. 

If you ask me about 5000 specific situations, I can give better answers to each than given a choice of two very general, almost arbitrary options.

Is “ask a better question” a choice?

"It’s up to the pregnant person" is a pro-choice answer for any situation where someone is contemplating, or choosing, abortion.

I want to stress “any situation.” This answer implies bodily autonomy of sorts regardless of the situation, which is an argument many pro-choice make and I agree with*. I feel like “It’s up to the pregnant person” is an offhand answer for the apathetic or less vocal pro-choicer. I believe no two situations are the same to provide such an answer. It’s difficult. I fall into the pro-choice category. But I do think there’s a gradient where I can see myself asking, for example later in pregnancy, “Would your doctor recommend abortion if you chose that option?” instead of responding with a “It’s up to you.”

I think people on both sides of the field should ask themselves about these situations and think carefully on them.

*within reasonable and logical, non-secular medical parameters evaluated by specialists

It’s not apathetic or “less vocal.”  It’s giving all the power to the pregnant person over their own body.

Even late-term abortions are completely up to the pregnant person.  While outsiders may be uncomfortable with someone getting a late-term abortion, only the pregnant person’s needs and wants matter in the decision.  

Some people hold off on getting an abortion thanks to denial, money issues, needing time off work, fear of abortion stigma, and just figuring out how to get an abortion the nearest clinic (which could be 500+ miles away.)  Here’s a good article about late-term abortions and the need behind them. 

A non-biased doctor, in a country where abortion is legal throughout the whole pregnancy for any reason, would do what the pregnant person wants, because the pregnant person has entire authority over their body.

owning-my-truth:

stormraven24:

atomic-glitter:

baritonepats:

owning-my-truth:

I live a 30 minute drive from here and this is an utter and complete tragedy. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families and I am hoping that they all recover fully from this terrifying act.

I am wondering, though, about the elephant in the room: white male violence.

With each tragedy and incident of mass violence perpetrated at the hands of white men, these discussions come up, although white progressives usually subsume them under discussions about gun control (which is also necessary, but let us not forget that white men also have disproportionate gun ownership in this country over other racial and gender groups). The Newton massacre was yet another reminder of this, and now again, today:

White boy walks into school (or other public institution), and goes on a rampage wounding or killing dozens in the process.

Why is this not surprising anymore? Well the facts:

70% of mass killings in the U.S. since 1982 have been by white men

Check out this timeline of mass shootings in the U.S. to see for yourself.

Many of us POC and black folks in particular wax long about this, but what if the statistics were reversed and 70% of mass killings in the U.S. were being committed by black men rather than white men? How would that not spark a national conversation about black male violence and also be used to pathologize black men as (even more) criminal and violent?

But at the same time, it’s so clear that the ways in which whiteness and maleness operates is by conferring invisibility on the subject. It allows us to give these boys and men the benefit of the doubt, when we would never do the same for a POC. It allows us to be willfully obtuse about the need for us to address male violence across all racial lines (due to patriarchy)  and specifically white male violence and their internalized desire to control their environments and surroundings, leading to these incidents of mass violence (due to white supremacist patriarchy). 

We would think that in a country where violence and genocide perpetrated by white men has been with us since 1492, that this wouldn’t be a conversation that we could somehow “miss.” You would think that with incident after incident of mass violence, that we would try to address the larger systems of domination (white supremacist capitalist patriarchy) which these boys and men have internalized, rather than deflecting immediately into an ableist discussion of their mental health. Addressing these systems of domination is an act of love and empathy for all people, them included, to create a society of love, compassion and mutual respect, where mass acts of violence like this are a thing of the past.

But, no, this is America. What do you expect?

Again my heart goes out to the victims and their families and I wish you all a speedy recovery in this difficult time. 

Also addressing a related issue that always goes unquestioned in the wake of these tragedies is why it is only these acts of violence in upper-middle class neighborhoods that are marked as tragedies, when dispossessed communities of color are visited daily by the violence of the state and a racist capitalist misogynist anti-queer society.

As my African American Studies professor noted, the media and these communities always say “Why us? This isn’t supposed to happen here”, with the obvious implication that such violence should only happen “there”.

So, how long until people start blaming mental illness and his childhood on what he did as opposed to calling him a thug like they would a Black person regardless of if they were the offender or the victim?

I was just wondering about last point and it seems it’s happened already. Things like this are always tragic and should NEVER happen period. But I’ve noticed that whenever it’s a white boy/man that does something like this they always become “a victim of their mental illness/poor childhood”. Yet whenever it’s a non-white person that almost NEVER gets thrown out there. As soon as someone with high melanin content does something like this the first questions aren’t about how he might have been abused or what’s going on in his head, but “did he have a criminal past? did he hang out with the wrong crowd? has he ever even thought about smoking weed?” and other such things.

The disproportion between treatment of different races and the instinct to pass blame off on mental illness or an abusive past rather than blaming the person is astonishing.

^^ To all of the above additional commentary. Thank you all for adding on to this discussion. This is so important and you nailed it on the head.

If an entire community affected by the eminent domain wants to fight government seizure of their land, why don’t they just pool their money together and buy a really good lawyer?

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