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“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.”

—   Sally Coulter (via timedoesnotexisthere)

(Source: tv-in-black-n-white, via excusedfromthis)

I’d like to break a real taboo at this point, and raise a few questions that the pro-sex people consistently evade. Where do these sadistic and masochistic fantasies come from? To borrow from Simone de Beauvoir, are they born or are they made? Are they really agents of our liberation? If we are aroused by them, does it automatically follow that we are empowered by them?

To begin to answer these questions, we have to look beyond the fantasies themselves to the culture in which they develop. It is not just coincidence that they imitate the violence men do to women and girls. Think about the implications for our sexuality of the following statistics: More than a third of us were sexually abused as children (Russell, 1984). For many of us, our first sexual experience was a sexual assault. Forty-four percent of us will be raped (Russell, 1984). The environment in which we learn about and experience our bodies and sexuality is a world not of sexual freedom but of sexual force. Is it any surprise that it is often force that we eroticize? Sadistic and masochistic fantasies may be part of our sexuality, but they are no more our freedom than the culture of misogyny and sexual violence that engendered them.

—   Dorchen Leidholdt, “When Women Defend Pornography” (via supergrls)

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firstsecondbooks:

theartofanimation:

Tony Cliff

Everything is better with these lovely posters!

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“These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. ‘Why is she humoring him?’ my friend asked me. ‘You would never do that.’ I was too embarrassed to say: ‘Because he looks scary’ and ‘I do it all the time.’

Women who have experienced this can recognize that placating these men is a rational choice, a form of self-defense to protect against setting off an aggressor. But to male bystanders, it often looks like a warm welcome, and that helps to shift blame in the public eye from the harasser and onto his target, who’s failed to respond with the type of masculine bravado that men more easily recognize.”

frida-dahlgren:

I don’t make a lot of comics, but when I do, it’s because whatever I have in min can’t be told with using only one illustration! (I nearly always do them in styles I’m not comfortable with as well, which always ends up with a lot of cursing and aching limbs.) This one was inspired by one of relative-pronouns beautiful prose about crows and calvados. Bigger version here!

frida-dahlgren:

I don’t make a lot of comics, but when I do, it’s because whatever I have in min can’t be told with using only one illustration! (I nearly always do them in styles I’m not comfortable with as well, which always ends up with a lot of cursing and aching limbs.) This one was inspired by one of relative-pronouns beautiful prose about crows and calvados. Bigger version here!

stardust-rain:

stardust-rain:

sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.

Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on: 

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Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%. 

Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.

If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe. 

  1.  they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
  2. party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
  3. worn Nazi symbols 
  4. supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.

There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand. 

They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better). 

In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.

They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology. 

29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M,  and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:

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This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.

In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU. 

Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.

People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP. 

But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract. 

Please spread this. 

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prokopetz:

prokopetz:

Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defense. For every other crime, we call that a confession.

I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.

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megazal:

Stockholms stadsbibliotek, Stockholm (via square(tea))
frida-dahlgren:

Every time I watch a new episode of Doctor Who (which has been ridiculously awful so far) I’m reminded of how much I loved the earlier seasons. The 9th (and also the 10th) Doctor will always be my favorite!

frida-dahlgren:

Every time I watch a new episode of Doctor Who (which has been ridiculously awful so far) I’m reminded of how much I loved the earlier seasons. The 9th (and also the 10th) Doctor will always be my favorite!

enchanted-dystopia:

-teesa-:

9.2.14

She is always spot on.

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Telling Lawrence that she should “own it” in the aftermath of this crime further perpetuates the dangerous idea that the only way for a woman to survive an invasion of privacy is to double down on the sexist voyeurism that led to these leaks in the first place. They want Lawrence to suck it up and smile for the camera, however retroactively. But a life-altering invasion of personal privacy is nothing like a trip on the steps at the Dolby Theatre. And Lawrence shouldn’t be expected to take this in stride.

While fans might think they are being supportive by telling Lawrence to “own it,” they are, in fact, sending the harmful message that women should never fight against the understanding that their bodies are public property. It is worth noting that, according to the 4Chan user who released the photos, Lawrence’s nudes were “being privately traded” for the digital currency Bitcoin in the days before the leak. If we ask Lawrence to laugh this incident off simply because she “looks good” in the photographs, we are asking her to passively accept a world in which women’s private images are treated like public commodities rather than personal property.

By taking a firm stand against the leak instead, Lawrence is sending a powerful message that challenges the status quo. Whether you are FHM’s “sexiest woman in the world” or you are a woman whose beauty would never be recognized by the Hollywood establishment, you have the right to be upset about a sex crime and to prosecute the parties responsible for it.

kikikurt:

cupofteaorgtfo:

Better get my shit packed for Hogwarts the train leaves tomorrow

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