(Reblogged from noxiousarcana)
I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high.

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”

Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.

And guys don’t understand why she was upset.

Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.

(via nosuchthingasfiction)

(Reblogged from apihtawikosisan)
(Reblogged from faineemae)


*Oct. 2012- 3rd EDIT*

For all people who are considering painting their face as Dia de los Muertos skulls on HALLOWEEN, please reconsider!

Dia de los Muertos is a sacred tradition and holiday that traces back to our indigenous roots. Halloween on the other hand is different and is celebrated in different ways here in the U.S. that is no where near in relation to Dia de los Muertos. Painting your face then can be offensive for several reasons:

-It is offensive to the people who actually celebrate it.If you decide to paint your face in this way without fully understanding the meaning of Dia de Los Muertos and do not participate in it, then you might be practicing a form of ignorance and oppression. Cultural appropriation has been used enough in U.S. Halloween celebrations. Look at all the “Native American,” “Indian,” “Geisha,” “Mexican,” costumes. Just because your skull make up is new and “prettier,” it doesn’t mean its any less racist or ignorant.

-“But what if I’m just inspired…” “It’s just a cute fashion…” - again, it is really problematic when a part of someone’s culture gets stripped down to a commodity and fashionable statement. Especially by those who do not participate in the holiday or even bother to try. I personally am not against non-Latin@/Chican@ folks being invited into Dia de los Muertos events, but its completely different from someone who is simply browsing for costume ideas and decides to take this “look.” This celebration is not something you can buy and decorate with because of the fashion, it has collective and historical significance to the identities of many people.

It’s not my place to tell you what Dia de los Muertos means. It’s also not my responsibility to teach you about cultural appropriation. Just look it up. If you feel entitled to dress up however you want on halloween, think about any erasure, oppression, racism, white privilege that might be going on. Think about your intentions and what this means to you. Of course most people who are thinking of doing this do not mean to offend, but in the end it does.

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Notes and Questions:

-HERE is an updated post on where my objective point of view comes from.

-I deleted the photo I originally posted - 1) Because I did not originally look up the creator of the photo that I used and did not give credit nor did I look up the photographer’s intentions in the first place 2) Because people are deleting my text and posting up the photo alone - However I was able to actually find a few pictures of Day of the Dead “costumes” that are on sale online for 54.99! How interesting and my new pic is one of them ^

-Also, I do not attempt to speak for ALL Chican@s/Latin@s. There is no one representative for such a large group of people.

-Please for those who disagree with my point of view, please note that I am merely asking for a reexamination of your intentions-I am not assuming that all people who paint their faces are ignorant because I know some face painting on Halloween can be viewed differently in various communities. I encourage questions and open discussions.

-In my original post, I previously believed that it was dangerous to wear calavera masks on halloween if you are living in a community where not too many pple celebrate Dia de los Muertos. (Mainly because others who are uneducated about the holiday may mistake the calavera mask as a halloween costume.) But after Noemi (aka AutoHistoria Mestiza) wrote this as a response: “in no way shape or form will I educate someone else on why I chose /how I celebrate dia de los muertos so if and when they see calaveras on myself/person/ clothes/ tattoos/ art I don’t care how they read it.”  I have to say that I whole-heartedly agree with her :) 

-If you would like to see the original unedited post, I do have it saved on file. This post will be continually updated/edited.

(Reblogged from aprilseye)

Anonymous asked: Yo, saying "The South will rise again" is pretty fucking racist, right? I mean, we all know why they rose in the first place, and none of us are buying that "states' rights" bullshit. Do those dumbfucks think if they rise again they'll get to have slaves again?


Ironically, it’s those racists who feel the need to say “The South will rise again” who are ensuring that it never will.

(Reblogged from yoisthisracist)



Source. This is a real thing. It’s happening.

HIV Has Been Cured in a Child for the First Time

HIV Cure: New Drug ‘Vacc-4x’ May Become First Functional Cure Against the Virus

The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not

This is HUGE news, and of course no one is talking about it because it is not a part of popular culture. For the first time in the history of the world, there is a possible preventative cure for one of the most deadliest viral diseases to have entered the human gene pool. There is hope for those who have been diagnosed with a disease that may have given them only 20 or so years to live. This breakthrough in the science/pharmaceutical community means that other viral diseases and genetic mutations that were once incurable are now on the table for complete eradication. I’m absolutely seething that no one is talking about this on the news 24/7, but instead talking about Miley Cyrus or the biggest videos on Vine.

(Source: itstonybetch)

(Reblogged from checkprivilege)
Trigger warnings don’t make people “oversensitive.” They acknowledge that there is a lot of garbage in the world that causes people lasting harm. If for no other reason, I defend my use of content notes on the basis that to fail to use them is to abet the damnable lie that everything’s pretty much okay for everyone, and people who have been harmed are outliers.
(Reblogged from forgetpolitics)
“If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.

If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.

Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.

The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.”

Kim Katrin Crosby, Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013 (via onsicksadworld)

(Source: biggreenmicroaggressions)

(Reblogged from howtodrinkabeercompletely)



my guide to sexual consent is uppity up!  let’s talk about:

✔ why consent is rly rly hella important
✔ how to ask for consent
✔ what consent looks like
✔ consent when you’re drunk


Consent isn’t just hot; it’s also mandatory.

Just because someone doesn’t say no doesn’t mean they’re saying yes.

Consent culture: where all the sex that is had is sex that is wanted!

(Reblogged from womenaresociety)


I was at a Two-Spirit conference [Born This Way; Edmonton, AB; 2012] where I witnessed Jessica Danforth tell Chrystos that she would read this poem every time the social worker came to her foster home.

(Reblogged from apihtawikosisan)