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MY HEART.

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July 28th, 2014: Out and about in New York City

How problematic

im gonna fuckin throw up

Okay, okay calm down, people.

While you are all losing your mind over ‘cultural appropriation” of an Indian dress, nobody actually consulted THE INDIANS. 

In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it. It shows that the foreigner respects us enough to try our clothes. And the saree, mind you, is not a religious thing. Hindus can wear sarees, Muslims can wear sarees, Sikh’s can wear sarees, Jain’s can wear sarees and so on.

Like Americans have short dresses, compare that with sarees. Going to a party? Saree. Going to temple? Saree, and so on.

Some Indians wear it, some don’t. Some hate it and think its oppressing, some love embracing the unique style.

Point is, don’t hate on her for wearing this. Don’t hate on anyone for wearing sarees or any variations of sarees. We love to see others embracing our culture. Why do you think we open our gates to allow everyone to practice yoga and find spiritual meaning?

Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread.

I did not know this. That is really interesting to find out. Thanks for the information.

"Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread."

OMG FUCKING THANK YOU

Another Indian chick popping up to say that sorry, Gaga here is still hella problematic.

Sure, I don’t mind sharing my culture. As long as other people are willing to treat it with respect. 

Key words? With. Respect. 

Wear a beautiful traditional Kanchipuram or Benares or Kota silk sari, or even one of the newer Sabyasachi or Ritu Kumar ones? You go, baby, I am all for it, you look gorgeous.

This unholy mess of a blanket over harem pants, not so much. She looks like my Barbies used to, with random fabric wrapped around them. It’s sloppy. It’s not well thought out. It looks like it’s having an identity crisis.

But the fact that she’s wearing bad fashion doesn’t bother me (I do come from the land of Govinda, after all) the fact that she’s wearing traditional North Indian bridal jewellery is. The nose-ring with the chain that connects to her earring? The jewellery in her hair? The red sindoor mark on her forehead? The hairpiece and nose ring are traditionally worn by brides on their wedding days, and the sindoor by married women.

Lady Gaga isn’t married. She has absolutely no right to sindoor. And if she had a modicum of respect for the culture she bastardized her outfit from, she’d know better than to wear it. 

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July 28th, 2014: Out and about in New York City

How problematic

im gonna fuckin throw up

Okay, okay calm down, people.

While you are all losing your mind over ‘cultural appropriation” of an Indian dress, nobody actually consulted THE INDIANS. 

In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it. It shows that the foreigner respects us enough to try our clothes. And the saree, mind you, is not a religious thing. Hindus can wear sarees, Muslims can wear sarees, Sikh’s can wear sarees, Jain’s can wear sarees and so on.

Like Americans have short dresses, compare that with sarees. Going to a party? Saree. Going to temple? Saree, and so on.

Some Indians wear it, some don’t. Some hate it and think its oppressing, some love embracing the unique style.

Point is, don’t hate on her for wearing this. Don’t hate on anyone for wearing sarees or any variations of sarees. We love to see others embracing our culture. Why do you think we open our gates to allow everyone to practice yoga and fins spiritual meaning?

Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread.

I did not know this. That is really interesting to find out. Thanks for the information.

"Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread"

So much bullshit is thrown around on this at-times-ridiculous website. PLEASE pay attention when stuff as wonderful as that sentence is said.

no no no absolutely not

Firstly, what the hell kind of a sari is that?

It would be another thing if she wore this to respect Indian culture, to represent her Indian fans, in India, thats ‘cultural appreciation’. But no bitch is wearing her bullshit variation of a sari on the streets of New York. 

White colonials/settlers literally forced people all over the world out of their cultural attires in order to be more “civilized” now they demand to wear them only to turn them into cheap fashion statements. Sorry no. You can’t reclaim a culture you forcibly took from its people. 

Person above not only needs to fact-check their history but also learn about the current prejudices that are well alive today faced by people who choose to wear THEIR OWN traditional attire in other countries.

So whats the problem exactly? The problem is when Native Americans are beaten or arrested for wearing their native clothing, but when popstars and models (esp white) wear them its ‘trendy’. Or that Muslim men are called terrorists or dangerous straight to their face for wearing a Taqiyah. African people are insulted & be-littled for wearing head wraps. bindis and Indian dresses (or other South Asian dresses) for women are deemed inappropriate for the workplace but when Lady Gaga or Selena Gomez wear them its ’cute’, ‘quirky’ and ‘fashionable’. Muslim/Arab women constantly being told by non-muslims that they’re being oppressed for wearing burqas, abaya’s or hijabs. Or the Sikh men who are routinely harassed and mocked for wearing turbans. Here’s the thing, people who belong from the ethnicity are considered ‘dangerous’ or ‘obnoxious’ for wearing their ethnic clothes, they have a lower chance at getting employed, they’re discriminated against and yet when celebrities or white people who don’t belong from that culture wear them its suddenly all hip & fun. 

Things like cultural appropriation aren’t offensive to keep people from sharing their culture, but because of the racist power dynamics at play. 

*Air high-five to the poster above who gets it*.

Pretty sure that she’s re-designed a salwar kameez, using the dupatta as both a veil & a kameez: I don’t know what kind of sari ya’ll are wearing that comes with pants. 
And are we just not going to talk about the nose ring, tikka, & finger-bracelet?  Because up until the jewelry we have an outfit that’s inspired by Indian fashion but doesn’t directly steal from it.  However these are almost exclusively worn at weddings, specifically by the brides. 
I’m amazed she restrained herself from applying bridal mehndi.

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skyerana asks: If that person is still talking about honor killings and that sort of violence, most Western religions have that ingrained in them by extremists. It just might not be called honor killings.

Too true.

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This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet’s orbit on Wednesday — and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission’s success. 

The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women’s rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?” 

In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI’s The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO’s engineers are female.

This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is “why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve.” 

To read Chatterjee’s op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZ

Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

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blugghhhhh so like there’s this new girl in the collective and i want to do a free palestine event on campus this semester and she spoke up and was like “yeah i’m pro-israel and you should really…

" I’m no expert on Palestinian feminism but I know that there are basic needs that women are denied due to the subjugation of Palestine that the apartheid nationalism of Israel continue to perpetuate." 

No expert is an understatement! clearly u know nothing! women r better of under israeli law than under gaza/islamic/palestinian law. all the oppression is under the Muslims! really, go learn some facts. this is so annoying when ppl spread bullshit around without knowing what they’re talking about! so tiring.

You know, I literally provided you with facts, in the form of my own voice on the matter which is an amalgam of information I have synthesized and try to summarize, and in the form of different, more expansive critical analyses of the feminist perspective of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I take it you didn’t actually read these analyses I linked to and therefore have no bearing to judge where I received my information.

Furthermore, regarding oppression of women by Islam, Muslim women by and large will tell you that the issues lie not with Islam itself but by the wrongful institutionalization of it by leaders who are more concerned with power and dominance than by upholding Mohammad’s goals. Plus, even if Islam gravely oppresses women, forcing them to assimilate into an Israeli-mandated government without their consent is no better. It’s just expanding abhorrent colonialist values by forcing another form of religious government onto them. Nearly all women are oppressed by their society, it’s not unique to Muslim ones.

Give me a break, i`m a woman who lives in israel, i`m not opressed even a little, and also the muslim woman who live within israel, aren`t by any law in our country. They can spread lies all they want. It`s the truth. Israel left Gaza in 2005, for “peace”. We didnt get no peace, only pissed at by rockets that were fired from the very same places we left. But the poont is, u cant say it isnt islam. Something is bery wrong in thay religion to grow so many bad things and evil out of it?To compare the condition of a women under islam law to those who live in western socity is … i would call it a crime! Really, the differences are like night and day.
U know only 2 month ago, a brother and another family member murdered a 16 years old muslim girl, here in israel, for walking alone in the street. It is called honor killing, it isnt unusual among muslims, just google it. In a woman can walk alone in the street, there`s no law against it. Its their (islamic) sick laws, eithin themselves.

Read the articles I originally linked and then talk to me; they address the issues that you have reblogged.

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blugghhhhh so like there’s this new girl in the collective and i want to do a free palestine event on campus this semester and she spoke up and was like “yeah i’m pro-israel and you should really…

Israel is certainly not 100% equal when there are literally laws that prohibit non-Jews from certain rights and privileges in the country. It’s not equal to be systematically taking ownership of land where other people live and claim that it is their right to do it. It’s not equal when it is founded upon the annexation of territory where the agreed borders have been continuously violated by Israel. Though the physical presence of Israel has diminished, Israel still controls Gaza’s borders, airspace, infrastructure, power, trade, and its coast, which still makes it an occupier. Despite the violence both Hamas and Israel have committed, only Israel is being investigated for international crimes against humanity by the UN and other humanitarian orgs.

Please, I suggest you just read the articles that I originally posted which again, can much better and more completely discuss feminism in the Palestine-Israel conflict better than I can at this moment. Again, colonization is inherently a feminist issue because of the socio-economic impact it has on women that is inherently different than how it affects men. Israeli women may certainly their own issues, but Feminism shouldn’t give deference to women in an occupier nation over the women in the occupied one.

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blugghhhhh so like there’s this new girl in the collective and i want to do a free palestine event on campus this semester and she spoke up and was like “yeah i’m pro-israel and you should really…

" I’m no expert on Palestinian feminism but I know that there are basic needs that women are denied due to the subjugation of Palestine that the apartheid nationalism of Israel continue to perpetuate." 

No expert is an understatement! clearly u know nothing! women r better of under israeli law than under gaza/islamic/palestinian law. all the oppression is under the Muslims! really, go learn some facts. this is so annoying when ppl spread bullshit around without knowing what they’re talking about! so tiring.

You know, I literally provided you with facts, in the form of my own voice on the matter which is an amalgam of information I have synthesized and try to summarize, and in the form of different, more expansive critical analyses of the feminist perspective of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I take it you didn’t actually read these analyses I linked to and therefore have no bearing to judge where I received my information.

Furthermore, regarding oppression of women by Islam, Muslim women by and large will tell you that the issues lie not with Islam itself but by the wrongful institutionalization of it by leaders who are more concerned with power and dominance than by upholding Mohammad’s goals. Plus, even if Islam gravely oppresses women, forcing them to assimilate into an Israeli-mandated government without their consent is no better. It’s just expanding abhorrent colonialist values by forcing another form of religious government onto them. Nearly all women are oppressed by their society, it’s not unique to Muslim ones.

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blugghhhhh so like there’s this new girl in the collective and i want to do a free palestine event on campus this semester and she spoke up and was like “yeah i’m pro-israel and you should really make sure you check your facts before you do that” and another new girl said “i’m not sure if we want to associate the name of the collective with something like this”

a) check my facts?????? what the fuck

b) people are literally dying, this is a literal human rights violation, this is exactly what the feminist collective needs to speak up against

No fuck you don’t you dare try to associate a feminist group on your campus with one opinion of the Gaza conflict.

That’s disgusting. This situation isn’t as black and white as you fucking idiots would like to think. Associating a feminist group on your campus like that is damaging to A LOT of people. Want a Palestine group? Create a separate one.

who the fuck are you????? lmao go away

The Free Palestine movement is a feminist issue!!!! Like there are so many reasons why this is a feminist issue. long-live-israel, there are many reasons why the Free Palestine movement should be considered a feminist issue.  I’m no expert on Palestinian feminism but I know that there are basic needs that women are denied due to the subjugation of Palestine that the apartheid nationalism of Israel continue to perpetuate.

First of all, with the occupation of Palestine by Israel as being inherently colonial, women are a greater target in several different spheres that the occupation affects. Colonialism in any form is inherently anti-feminist because it impacts every aspect of women’s life while living under colonialism. Women in Palestine have lost, either to death or imprisonment, their husbands and male family members who are often the source of their economic, social, and sexual well-being, and their children, who women are the primary caretakers of. Women who are pregnant in Palestine are often unable to get adequate healthcare and have poorer means of giving birth because safe hospitals are often at great distances from each other and can be blocked by Israeli checkpoints, increasing a woman’s chance of miscarrying or other health problems. Rates of illness amongst women and children in Palestine are among the highest in the region, much of it going back to inadequate healthcare caused by different elements of the occupation of Israel. Plus, a far disproportionate portion of poor women in the region are Palestinian, reflecting a serious economic disparity among Israeli and Palestinian women, and in extension, men.

Here are some actual articles on why Palestine is a feminist issue, including some by actual Palestinian women, who would be able to explain it better than I:

http://criticallegalthinking.com/2014/05/13/belief-palestine-feminist-issue/

http://thefeministwire.com/2012/01/why-the-question-of-palestine-is-a-feminist-concern/

http://criticallegalthinking.com/2014/05/13/palestinian-feminist-critique-physics-power-feminists-thought-practice/

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I hear this tweet, but athletes are actually very commonly exploited by colleges and universities. Though a college may give an athlete tens of thousands of dollars in their full ride, the athletes actually give colleges literally millions of dollars in the form of labor. So a college is able to easily afford full scholarships for athletes because those athletes will easily make up that loss through tickets, merchandising, TV appearances, and even the use of their likenesses in video games. However, even though those athletes are a driving force in the profits of universities, according to the NCAA, the universities are not allowed to pay those students at all in any form other than tuition, room, and board. They’re not even allowed to give them food. So you see lots of college athletes who end up being very poor throughout their tenure as athletes because they are pretty much not allowed to get paid for anything, and because of their commitment to a sports team, they can’t even afford the time to get a job because it would interfere with their college athleticism. So, even though these young people have their names, likenesses, and bodies being used as huge profit for colleges, they’re not even getting paid enough to guarantee that they have food to eat at the end of the day.

Regarding the “2.5 GPA” thing, that’s actually often a consequence of the college athlete deal itself rather than a marker of the student. Universities incentiveize athletes doing poorly in school in order to focus on their athleticism. It’s certainly possible for athletes to train, practice, play for several hours in the day, often leading to physical exhaustion, and still be able to get a 4.0, but it’s extremely difficult. Colleges in general don’t prioritize the education of a college athlete because again, profit is why athletes are there in the first place. So actual learning in colleges are often put on the back burner because the athletes know, and the colleges know, that they’re there to play sports and not get good grades.

So, although I understand that it’s hard to swallow how athletes often get preferential treatment, it’s important to acknowledge that the athletes are still being exploited.

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LGBT Violence in Philadelphia

Okay so in Philadelphia there has recently been a huge incident in which a group of people beat a gay male couple in what is regarded as the “gayberhood,” or the LGBT-friendly neighborhood. These men were beaten to the point where they needed to be hospitalized, but they are both definitely going to survive and heal.Thankfully with the help of social media, many of the assailants have been identified, and through public pressure of social media, some have turned themselves in. I hope they go to jail and I hope the two victims recover, of course.

Now, through this horrible incident people have discovered - or at least acknowledged - that Pennsylvania is a state that doesn’t currently cover sexual orientation as part of its hate crime laws. With this revelation, there have been petitions, social media uproar, and conversation about trying to get the Pennsylvania state government to have sexual orientation in the hate crimes law. I went to college in Philadelphia so tons and tons of people have been posting articles on Facebook and having conversations about violence against gay people, which is definitely important. All of that seems totally great and I’m very happy that this conversation is happening.

However, I’ve been very silent on the whole thing on Facebook and with my Philadelphia friends because, obviously as a gay person, violence motivated by sexual orientation is often on my mind. Firstly, the fact that this is only coming up after an extreme act of violence is already heartbreaking. However, what really gets to me is that this discussion of implementing new laws to protect the LGBT community is only happening when the act of violence is done against two cis white gay men.

On the surface, perhaps it just seems absolutely superfluous an observation since I’m sure this act of violence will be able to create positive change, at least for cis queers, since there has been little discussion of also including gender identity under the hate crime law. But as a recent citizen of Philadelphia for the past four years, who lived in the gayberhood and has witnessed or heard of several acts of violence, either verbal or physical against many queer POC, transgender people, and many transwomen of color, it doesn’t sit well with me that non-white and non-cis queer people have had to endure violence without the calls for legislation for these two white cis men, even though they are far more at ask of violence than white cis men are. How can I be 100% comfortable with legislative changes when there is this pit in my stomach that is telling me it’s only happening because members the most privileged group in our community happened to be the victims in this case?

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The Limited Collaborates with Kerry Washington to Produce Olivia Pope-inspired Clothing Collection.

If you’re a fan of Scandal or if you’ve coveting the flawless professionally chic style of Kerry Washington’s “fierce and fabulous” fictional character Olivia Pope, thanks to this new collection by retail brand The Limited, you’ll soon be able to shop and style yourself in her likeness.

In just a few days, September 23rd to be exact, the 78-piece range designed in collaboration with Washington will be available for purchase and has a seemingly affordable price range. Pieces are priced between $49 to $250.

Watch a promo video for the collection here.

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