"The pacifist claim that we should all be martyrs, that suffering the
violence inflicted on us ennobles our cause, is incompatible with
feminism. Under patriarchy, women are socialized to endure their
sexual, cultural, and social subjugation to men. This subjugation is protected by violence against our bodies and minds. At the same time, people who do not conform to the gender binary are equally threatened with violence and disciplined to assimilate to gender norms. Non-violence leads to the conclusion that people should not form organized resistance against gendered violence, but suffer it nobly in the hopes of winning over the hearts and minds of (powerful) men to our cause. Placing the power to end gendered oppression in the hands of those who benefit from it presumes that patriarchal power can be surrendered by persuasion, which reinforces the thoroughly patriarchal definition of men as arbiters and masters. Listen: we will not wait for men to decide we are human enough not to be brutalized. We realize that we have the power to challenge patriarchy with our organized resistance, and that this resistance must embrace violence as an effective political, defensive tactic."
Abandoned ships in the Central Asian desert. via @chirubt
The Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size.
|me:||i like that
|me:||*looks at price tag*
|me:||i don't like that anymore
The oldest person alive was born on April 19, 1897, meaning that April 18th, 1897 was approximately the last time the Earth was inhabited by an entirely different set of people and if you don’t think that’s the realist shit ever then you can get right on outta town.
for every boy i have ever liked
not remembered you
I used to think of you
but, like the moon
you came in cycles
I kept your smile
in my dreams and
hoped to see it
all for me
You are now
never sent letter, the
cute 12-year-old’s phase
like the rest.
I keep you buried in my chest like
when I open myself
you are allowed to terminate toxic relationships
you are allowed to walk away from people who hurt you
you are allowed to be angry and selfish and unforgiving
you don’t owe anyone an explanation for taking care of yourself