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strangeasanjles:

weeptowaterthetrees:

#OWS, please help! #NCPD deliberately run over 13 boy on bicycle outside the Long Island #Hempstead food share today! #Police then try to cover up their crime, they confiscated cell phone memory cards, arrested the boy, are currently denyin
g him medical attention, a lawyer and were preventing his family from visiting him. Police also arrest LI #fnb volunteer who was trying to get the boy medical attention. #policebrutality http://instagr.am/p/Ppz8EkyUMr/
REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG! 

wooooooow

strangeasanjles:

weeptowaterthetrees:

#OWS, please help! #NCPD deliberately run over 13 boy on bicycle outside the Long Island #Hempstead food share today! #Police then try to cover up their crime, they confiscated cell phone memory cards, arrested the boy, are currently denyin

g him medical attention, a lawyer and were preventing his family from visiting him. Police also arrest LI #fnb volunteer who was trying to get the boy medical attention. #policebrutality http://instagr.am/p/Ppz8EkyUMr/

REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG!

wooooooow

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Diary Of A Sicko: pleeease repost this if you can. signal boost, anything. this isn't just my story, it's important.

grintoforever:

tonight i watched a documentary that made me realize i have spent far too long being far too quiet about something very serious. something i could be speaking out about and helping other people who are going through it right now. for too long i have been ashamed to admit that…

highcastle: look people

camdamage:

roarieyum:

I just want to reiterate, while we all as artists appreciate your reblogs and likes, we would also appreciate your respect as well. Just because I am naked on the internet doesn’t mean I want to sleep with you. You get a lot further as a person being respectful than not. I sincerely appreciate all of my followers and those who send me wonderful messages. Thank you.

hollisireland:

“seriously if you see my work and all you can say is you want to fuck the woman ive photographed, then you can fuck off. respect the women i photograph. respect my work. respect me.” -highcastle
More photographers (and hobbyists and guys-with-cameras) desperately need to adopt this attitude, and more men need to learn some respect and self-control. Yes, I’m naked on the internet; yes, you can clearly see my vulva in some of my photos; and yes, much of my work is of a sensuous nature. However, no, I don’t want to hear over and over how beautiful you find my labia; no, I don’t need your compliments to reassure my self-confidence; and no, you have no right to assume that you can speak to me about subjects concerning sex because I’m comfortable being nude.
highcastle:
don’t leave your fucking disgusting comments on any of my photographs. if you’re going to reblog it fine. if you’re going to like the image, fine. if you think its hot or whatever fine. but i don’t want to hear about it.
my work is sexual in nature for a reason. sometimes its raw and explicit and sometimes its supposed to shock you. sex is this amazing fucking thing and its beautiful and yes its sexy and dirty and even seedy sometimes, but this is still fucking art.
seriously if you see my work and all you can say is you want to fuck the woman ive photographed, then you can fuck off.
respect the women i photograph. respect my work. respect me.

this.  all this.  

naked among wolves: not all queer kids are "sassy."

punxpunxpunx:

lately i’ve noticed smart, helpful, resourceful, smart queer folks on tumblr receiving hate, criticism, and invalidation of their identity based on the claims that they aren’t “queer” enough.

well guess what, fuck bags? there’s no “standard” image that a queer person has to…

(Source: skullxcrusher)

thepriest:

Wilder was initially hesitant, but finally accepted the role under one condition:
When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself… but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.
When Stuart asked why, Wilder replied, “because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

thepriest:

Wilder was initially hesitant, but finally accepted the role under one condition:

When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself… but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.

When Stuart asked why, Wilder replied, “because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

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Hello world. It’s been a while.

kats-nipples:

mrsskywalkaa:


What they did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1995, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world. They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as they ran the world. We as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. Give ‘em hell, kids. 

Always reblog.

And again.

kats-nipples:

mrsskywalkaa:

What they did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1995, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world. They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as they ran the world. We as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. Give ‘em hell, kids. 

Always reblog.

And again.

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http://www.facebook.com/groups/250849478345131/

brat-grrrl:

yeahgrrrl:

thepeachtrees:

eyehatedann:

ajonesco:

hannahisawful:

horticultures:

So I just came across this group called “No Hairy Girls”
The description is as follows

We talk about everyone not in this group.
We love a nicely shaved women.
Can’t talk or take shit talking, get out.

The group admins are two people that I recently have been attacked by (suicide prevention fiasco)

This group is about me.

Do you know how I fucking feel right now?

wow what the actual fuck

Chazdyn Shackleton

and Jaycock Hanson,

from Aberdeen, Washington, eh?

Let’s make themmm famous this year. Get a few people to reblog this and let’s let any future employers see what sort of people they’re hiring when they Google their names.

i’m for that.

what kind of name is Chazdyn Shackleton  or Jaycock Hanson for that matter?

ughhh what is the big deal with body hair -_________- i literally hate like 99% of men. sorry not sorry.

How am I supposed to deal with a world where people who would literally inflict violence upon a woman who doesn’t shave?

So fucking pissed. Would kill.

^

(Source: riphorticultures)

twelvebats:

veganltw:

So why can’t I wear it? 

  • Headdresses promote stereotyping of Native cultures.
  • The image of a warbonnet and warpaint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood  and only bears minimal resemblance to traditional regalia of Plains tribes. It furthers the stereotype that Native peoples are one monolithic culture, when in fact there are 500+ distinct tribes with their own cultures. It also places Native people in the historic past, as something that cannot exist in modern society. We don’t walk around in ceremonial attire everyday, but we still exist and are still Native.
  • Headdresses, feathers, and warbonnets have deep spiritual significance.
    The wearing of feathers and warbonnets in Native communities is not a fashion choice. Eagle feathers are presented as symbols of honor and respect and have to be earned. Some communities give them to children when they become adults through special ceremonies, others present the feathers as a way of commemorating an act or event of deep significance. Warbonnets especially are reserved for respected figures of power. The other issue is that warbonnets are reserved for men in Native communities, and nearly all of these pictures show women sporting the headdresses. I can’t read it as an act of feminism or subverting the patriarchal society, it’s an act of utter disrespect for the origins of the practice. (see my post on sweatlodges for more on the misinterpretation of the role of women). This is just as bad as running around in a pope hat and a bikini, or a Sikh turban cause it’s “cute”.  
  • It’s just like wearing blackface.
    “Playing Indian” has a long history in the United States, all the way back to those original tea partiers in Boston, and in no way is it better than minstral shows or dressing up in blackface. You are pretending to be a race that you are not, and are drawing upon stereotypes to do so. Like my first point said, you’re collapsing distinct cultures, and in doing so, you’re asserting your power over them. Which leads me to the next issue.
  • There is a history of genocide and colonialism involved that continues today.
    By the sheer fact that you live in the United States you are benefiting from the history of genocide and continued colonialism of Native peoples. That land you’re standing on? Indian land. Taken illegally so your ancestor who came to the US could buy it and live off it, gaining valuable capital (both monetary and cultural) that passed down through the generations to you. Have I benefited as well, given I was raised in a white, suburban community? yes. absolutely. but by dismissing and minimizing the continued subordination and oppression of Natives in the US by donning your headdress, you are contributing to the culture of power that continues the cycle today.

But I don’t mean it in that way, I just think it’s cute!

  • Well hopefully I’ve illuminated that there’s more at play here than just a “cute” fashion choice. Sorry for taking away your ignorance defense. 

But I consider it honoring to Native Americans!

  • I think that this cartoon is a proper answer, but I’ll add that having a drunken girl wearing a headdress and a bikini dancing at an outdoor concert does not honor me. I remember reading somewhere that it was also “honoring the fine craftsmanship of Native Americans”. Those costume shop chicken feather headdresses aren’t honoring Native craftsmanship. And you will be very hard pressed to find a Native artist who is closely tied to their community making headdresses for sale. See the point about their sacredness and significance.

I’m just wearing it because it’s “ironic”!

  • I’m all for irony. Finger mustaches, PBR, kanye glasses, old timey facial hair, 80’s spandex—fine, funny, a bit over-played, but ironic, I guess. Appropriating someone’s culture and cavorting around town in your skinny jeans with a feathered headdress, moccasins, and turquoise jewelry in an attempt to be ‘counterculture’? Not ironic. If you’re okay with being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism, or don’t mind perpetuating the stereotypes that we as Native people have been fighting against for just as long, by all means, go for it. But by embracing the current tribal trends you aren’t asserting yourself as an individual, you are situating yourself in a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples in the US. And really, if everyone is doing it, doesn’t that take away from the irony? am I missing the point on the irony? maybe. how is this even ironic? I’m starting to confuse myself. but it’s still not a defense.

Stop getting so defensive, it’s seriously just fashion!

  • Did you read anything I just wrote? It’s not “just” fashion. There is a lot more at play here. This is a matter of power and who has the right to represent my culture. (I also enjoy asking myself questions that elicit snarky answers.) 

What about the bigger issues in Indian Country? Poverty, suicide rates, lack of resources, disease, etc? Aren’t those more important that hipster headdresses?

  • Yes, absolutely. But, I’ll paraphrase Jess Yee in this post, and say these are very real issues and challenges in our communities, but when the only images of Natives that Americans see are incorrect, and place Natives in the historic past, it erases our current presence, and makes it impossible for the current issues to exist in the collective American consciousness. Our cultures and lives are something that only exist in movies or in the past, not today. So it’s a cycle, and in order to break that cycle, we need to question and interrogate the stereotypes and images that erase our current presence—while we simultaneously tackle the pressing issues in Indian Country. They’re closely linked, and at least this is a place to start.   

Well then, Miss Cultural Appropriation Police, what CAN I wear?

  • If you choose to wear something Native, buy it from a Native. There are federal laws that protect Native artists and craftspeople who make genuine jewelry, art, etc. (see info here about The Indian Arts and Crafts Act). Anything you buy should have a label that says “Indian made” or “Native made”. Talk to the artist. find out where they’re from. Be diligent. Don’t go out in a full “costume”. It’s ok to have on some beaded earrings or a turquoise ring, but don’t march down the street wearing a feather, with loaded on jewelry, and a ribbon shirt. Ask yourself: if you ran into a Native person, would you feel embarrassed or feel the need to justify yourself? As commenter Bree pointed out, it’s ok to own a shirt with kimono sleeves, but you wouldn’t go out wearing full kabuki makeup to a bar. Just take a minute to question your sartorial choices before you go out.       

…and an editorial comment:  I should also note that I have absolutely nothing against hipsters. In fact, some would argue I have hipster-leaning tendencies. In my former San Francisco life, had been known to have a drink or two in the clouds of smoke outside at Zeitgeist, and enjoyed shopping on Haight street. I enjoy drinking PBR out of the can when I go to the dive bars near my apartment where I throw darts and talk about sticking it to ‘The Man’. I own several fringed hipster scarves, more than one pair of ironic fake ray-ban wayfarers, and two plaid button downs. I’m also not trying to stereotype and say that all hipsters do/wear the above, just like not every hipster thinks it’s cool to wear a headdress. So, I don’t hate hipsters, I hate ignorance and cultural appropriation. There is a difference. Just thought I should clear that up.

WAY more notes please

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tslillykat:

whenafteranswers:

And another <3
http://www.redbubble.com/people/no1fanmcr/works/8704918-some-women-have-penises

Rebloging this again cause it only has like 180 notes but the “Men have Vagina’s” has almost 1,700 notes. WTF??  What about us girls?
Please Love & Support ALL trans people! Us girls matter too & we get a lot more hate & hate crimes against us, so please remember, all of us struggle.
p.s. This is NOT a stab at trans men, I LOVE & RESPECT TRANS MEN & have rebloged the other one myself. 
Just pointing out the deference in the way people treat & support us.  
Thanks, I love you ALL! <3

tslillykat:

whenafteranswers:

And another <3

http://www.redbubble.com/people/no1fanmcr/works/8704918-some-women-have-penises

Rebloging this again cause it only has like 180 notes but the “Men have Vagina’s” has almost 1,700 notes. WTF??  What about us girls?

Please Love & Support ALL trans people! Us girls matter too & we get a lot more hate & hate crimes against us, so please remember, all of us struggle.

p.s. This is NOT a stab at trans men, I LOVE & RESPECT TRANS MEN & have rebloged the other one myself.

Just pointing out the deference in the way people treat & support us.  

Thanks, I love you ALL! <3

(Source: fencepostturtle, via brat-grrrl)

brat-grrrl:

quoilecanard:

veganash:

Boycott Heineken, they sponsor dog fights. Also watch out for the other brands they brew. 

What in the absolute fuck is this? So much rage and disgust right now.

What the fuck???

brat-grrrl:

quoilecanard:

veganash:

Boycott Heineken, they sponsor dog fights. Also watch out for the other brands they brew. 

What in the absolute fuck is this? So much rage and disgust right now.

What the fuck???

(Source: empatheticvegan)

ihopericksantorum:

eleventhbandit:

ihopericksantorum:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “It’s raining, and he’s just walking around looking about.” The man tried to explain where he was. “Now he’s coming towards me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him. Yup, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is…These assholes, they always get away.”
After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, “Shit he’s running,” and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.
“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: “Yep.”
“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher warned.
Several minutes later, according to other callers to 911 in the neighborhood, Zimmerman and Martin got into a wrestling match on the ground. One of the pair could be heard screaming for help. Then a single shot rang out, and Martin lay dead.

How the fuck is he not convicted yet?

Florida has this weird “stand your ground” law that permits a person to use deadly force if he or she feels “threatened.” It’s pretty weird for a country that likes to tout itself as a Christian nation put into effect something like this. What happened to turn the other cheek? Please don’t overlook this; any reblog would help spread more awareness and divulge further information regarding this tearful tragedy. Stuff like this happens too much and too often to go unnoticed, but when we’re given the opportunity to galvanize the masses with headlines like this, we’re making the first step in the right direction. Thank-you.

ihopericksantorum:

eleventhbandit:

ihopericksantorum:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “It’s raining, and he’s just walking around looking about.” The man tried to explain where he was. “Now he’s coming towards me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him. Yup, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is…These assholes, they always get away.”

After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, “Shit he’s running,” and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.

“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: “Yep.”

“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher warned.

Several minutes later, according to other callers to 911 in the neighborhood, Zimmerman and Martin got into a wrestling match on the ground. One of the pair could be heard screaming for help. Then a single shot rang out, and Martin lay dead.

How the fuck is he not convicted yet?

Florida has this weird “stand your ground” law that permits a person to use deadly force if he or she feels “threatened.” It’s pretty weird for a country that likes to tout itself as a Christian nation put into effect something like this. What happened to turn the other cheek?

Please don’t overlook this; any reblog would help spread more awareness and divulge further information regarding this tearful tragedy. Stuff like this happens too much and too often to go unnoticed, but when we’re given the opportunity to galvanize the masses with headlines like this, we’re making the first step in the right direction.

Thank-you.

(via learnblog)

The creative struggle ;)

The creative struggle ;)

strangeasanjles:

weeptowaterthetrees:

#OWS, please help! #NCPD deliberately run over 13 boy on bicycle outside the Long Island #Hempstead food share today! #Police then try to cover up their crime, they confiscated cell phone memory cards, arrested the boy, are currently denyin
g him medical attention, a lawyer and were preventing his family from visiting him. Police also arrest LI #fnb volunteer who was trying to get the boy medical attention. #policebrutality http://instagr.am/p/Ppz8EkyUMr/
REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG! 

wooooooow

strangeasanjles:

weeptowaterthetrees:

#OWS, please help! #NCPD deliberately run over 13 boy on bicycle outside the Long Island #Hempstead food share today! #Police then try to cover up their crime, they confiscated cell phone memory cards, arrested the boy, are currently denyin

g him medical attention, a lawyer and were preventing his family from visiting him. Police also arrest LI #fnb volunteer who was trying to get the boy medical attention. #policebrutality http://instagr.am/p/Ppz8EkyUMr/

REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG! REBLOG!

wooooooow

(via bitterxyouth)

Diary Of A Sicko: pleeease repost this if you can. signal boost, anything. this isn't just my story, it's important.

grintoforever:

tonight i watched a documentary that made me realize i have spent far too long being far too quiet about something very serious. something i could be speaking out about and helping other people who are going through it right now. for too long i have been ashamed to admit that…

highcastle: look people

camdamage:

roarieyum:

I just want to reiterate, while we all as artists appreciate your reblogs and likes, we would also appreciate your respect as well. Just because I am naked on the internet doesn’t mean I want to sleep with you. You get a lot further as a person being respectful than not. I sincerely appreciate all of my followers and those who send me wonderful messages. Thank you.

hollisireland:

“seriously if you see my work and all you can say is you want to fuck the woman ive photographed, then you can fuck off. respect the women i photograph. respect my work. respect me.” -highcastle
More photographers (and hobbyists and guys-with-cameras) desperately need to adopt this attitude, and more men need to learn some respect and self-control. Yes, I’m naked on the internet; yes, you can clearly see my vulva in some of my photos; and yes, much of my work is of a sensuous nature. However, no, I don’t want to hear over and over how beautiful you find my labia; no, I don’t need your compliments to reassure my self-confidence; and no, you have no right to assume that you can speak to me about subjects concerning sex because I’m comfortable being nude.
highcastle:
don’t leave your fucking disgusting comments on any of my photographs. if you’re going to reblog it fine. if you’re going to like the image, fine. if you think its hot or whatever fine. but i don’t want to hear about it.
my work is sexual in nature for a reason. sometimes its raw and explicit and sometimes its supposed to shock you. sex is this amazing fucking thing and its beautiful and yes its sexy and dirty and even seedy sometimes, but this is still fucking art.
seriously if you see my work and all you can say is you want to fuck the woman ive photographed, then you can fuck off.
respect the women i photograph. respect my work. respect me.

this.  all this.  

naked among wolves: not all queer kids are "sassy."

punxpunxpunx:

lately i’ve noticed smart, helpful, resourceful, smart queer folks on tumblr receiving hate, criticism, and invalidation of their identity based on the claims that they aren’t “queer” enough.

well guess what, fuck bags? there’s no “standard” image that a queer person has to…

(Source: skullxcrusher)

thepriest:

Wilder was initially hesitant, but finally accepted the role under one condition:
When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself… but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.
When Stuart asked why, Wilder replied, “because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

thepriest:

Wilder was initially hesitant, but finally accepted the role under one condition:

When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp. After the crowd sees Willy Wonka is a cripple, they all whisper to themselves and then become deathly quiet. As I walk toward them, my cane sinks into one of the cobblestones I’m walking on and stands straight up, by itself… but I keep on walking, until I realize that I no longer have my cane. I start to fall forward, and just before I hit the ground, I do a beautiful forward somersault and bounce back up, to great applause.

When Stuart asked why, Wilder replied, “because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”

(via chiefqueef420)

Hello world. It’s been a while.

(Source: briawesome, via chiefqueef420)

kats-nipples:

mrsskywalkaa:


What they did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1995, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world. They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as they ran the world. We as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. Give ‘em hell, kids. 

Always reblog.

And again.

kats-nipples:

mrsskywalkaa:

What they did not want you to ever find out is that your generation, the generation born between 1980-1995, actually outnumbers the Baby Boomers. They knew that if you ever turned your eye towards political reform, you could change the world. They tried to keep you sated on vapid television shows and vapid music. They cut off your education and fed you brain candy. They took away your music and gave you Top Ten pop stations. They cut off your art and replaced it with endless reality shows for you to plug into, hoping you would sit quietly by as they ran the world. We as a society are only as strong as our weakest link. Give ‘em hell, kids. 

Always reblog.

And again.

(Source: katedanley, via brat-grrrl)

http://www.facebook.com/groups/250849478345131/

brat-grrrl:

yeahgrrrl:

thepeachtrees:

eyehatedann:

ajonesco:

hannahisawful:

horticultures:

So I just came across this group called “No Hairy Girls”
The description is as follows

We talk about everyone not in this group.
We love a nicely shaved women.
Can’t talk or take shit talking, get out.

The group admins are two people that I recently have been attacked by (suicide prevention fiasco)

This group is about me.

Do you know how I fucking feel right now?

wow what the actual fuck

Chazdyn Shackleton

and Jaycock Hanson,

from Aberdeen, Washington, eh?

Let’s make themmm famous this year. Get a few people to reblog this and let’s let any future employers see what sort of people they’re hiring when they Google their names.

i’m for that.

what kind of name is Chazdyn Shackleton  or Jaycock Hanson for that matter?

ughhh what is the big deal with body hair -_________- i literally hate like 99% of men. sorry not sorry.

How am I supposed to deal with a world where people who would literally inflict violence upon a woman who doesn’t shave?

So fucking pissed. Would kill.

^

(Source: riphorticultures)

twelvebats:

veganltw:

So why can’t I wear it? 

  • Headdresses promote stereotyping of Native cultures.
  • The image of a warbonnet and warpaint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood  and only bears minimal resemblance to traditional regalia of Plains tribes. It furthers the stereotype that Native peoples are one monolithic culture, when in fact there are 500+ distinct tribes with their own cultures. It also places Native people in the historic past, as something that cannot exist in modern society. We don’t walk around in ceremonial attire everyday, but we still exist and are still Native.
  • Headdresses, feathers, and warbonnets have deep spiritual significance.
    The wearing of feathers and warbonnets in Native communities is not a fashion choice. Eagle feathers are presented as symbols of honor and respect and have to be earned. Some communities give them to children when they become adults through special ceremonies, others present the feathers as a way of commemorating an act or event of deep significance. Warbonnets especially are reserved for respected figures of power. The other issue is that warbonnets are reserved for men in Native communities, and nearly all of these pictures show women sporting the headdresses. I can’t read it as an act of feminism or subverting the patriarchal society, it’s an act of utter disrespect for the origins of the practice. (see my post on sweatlodges for more on the misinterpretation of the role of women). This is just as bad as running around in a pope hat and a bikini, or a Sikh turban cause it’s “cute”.  
  • It’s just like wearing blackface.
    “Playing Indian” has a long history in the United States, all the way back to those original tea partiers in Boston, and in no way is it better than minstral shows or dressing up in blackface. You are pretending to be a race that you are not, and are drawing upon stereotypes to do so. Like my first point said, you’re collapsing distinct cultures, and in doing so, you’re asserting your power over them. Which leads me to the next issue.
  • There is a history of genocide and colonialism involved that continues today.
    By the sheer fact that you live in the United States you are benefiting from the history of genocide and continued colonialism of Native peoples. That land you’re standing on? Indian land. Taken illegally so your ancestor who came to the US could buy it and live off it, gaining valuable capital (both monetary and cultural) that passed down through the generations to you. Have I benefited as well, given I was raised in a white, suburban community? yes. absolutely. but by dismissing and minimizing the continued subordination and oppression of Natives in the US by donning your headdress, you are contributing to the culture of power that continues the cycle today.

But I don’t mean it in that way, I just think it’s cute!

  • Well hopefully I’ve illuminated that there’s more at play here than just a “cute” fashion choice. Sorry for taking away your ignorance defense. 

But I consider it honoring to Native Americans!

  • I think that this cartoon is a proper answer, but I’ll add that having a drunken girl wearing a headdress and a bikini dancing at an outdoor concert does not honor me. I remember reading somewhere that it was also “honoring the fine craftsmanship of Native Americans”. Those costume shop chicken feather headdresses aren’t honoring Native craftsmanship. And you will be very hard pressed to find a Native artist who is closely tied to their community making headdresses for sale. See the point about their sacredness and significance.

I’m just wearing it because it’s “ironic”!

  • I’m all for irony. Finger mustaches, PBR, kanye glasses, old timey facial hair, 80’s spandex—fine, funny, a bit over-played, but ironic, I guess. Appropriating someone’s culture and cavorting around town in your skinny jeans with a feathered headdress, moccasins, and turquoise jewelry in an attempt to be ‘counterculture’? Not ironic. If you’re okay with being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism, or don’t mind perpetuating the stereotypes that we as Native people have been fighting against for just as long, by all means, go for it. But by embracing the current tribal trends you aren’t asserting yourself as an individual, you are situating yourself in a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples in the US. And really, if everyone is doing it, doesn’t that take away from the irony? am I missing the point on the irony? maybe. how is this even ironic? I’m starting to confuse myself. but it’s still not a defense.

Stop getting so defensive, it’s seriously just fashion!

  • Did you read anything I just wrote? It’s not “just” fashion. There is a lot more at play here. This is a matter of power and who has the right to represent my culture. (I also enjoy asking myself questions that elicit snarky answers.) 

What about the bigger issues in Indian Country? Poverty, suicide rates, lack of resources, disease, etc? Aren’t those more important that hipster headdresses?

  • Yes, absolutely. But, I’ll paraphrase Jess Yee in this post, and say these are very real issues and challenges in our communities, but when the only images of Natives that Americans see are incorrect, and place Natives in the historic past, it erases our current presence, and makes it impossible for the current issues to exist in the collective American consciousness. Our cultures and lives are something that only exist in movies or in the past, not today. So it’s a cycle, and in order to break that cycle, we need to question and interrogate the stereotypes and images that erase our current presence—while we simultaneously tackle the pressing issues in Indian Country. They’re closely linked, and at least this is a place to start.   

Well then, Miss Cultural Appropriation Police, what CAN I wear?

  • If you choose to wear something Native, buy it from a Native. There are federal laws that protect Native artists and craftspeople who make genuine jewelry, art, etc. (see info here about The Indian Arts and Crafts Act). Anything you buy should have a label that says “Indian made” or “Native made”. Talk to the artist. find out where they’re from. Be diligent. Don’t go out in a full “costume”. It’s ok to have on some beaded earrings or a turquoise ring, but don’t march down the street wearing a feather, with loaded on jewelry, and a ribbon shirt. Ask yourself: if you ran into a Native person, would you feel embarrassed or feel the need to justify yourself? As commenter Bree pointed out, it’s ok to own a shirt with kimono sleeves, but you wouldn’t go out wearing full kabuki makeup to a bar. Just take a minute to question your sartorial choices before you go out.       

…and an editorial comment:  I should also note that I have absolutely nothing against hipsters. In fact, some would argue I have hipster-leaning tendencies. In my former San Francisco life, had been known to have a drink or two in the clouds of smoke outside at Zeitgeist, and enjoyed shopping on Haight street. I enjoy drinking PBR out of the can when I go to the dive bars near my apartment where I throw darts and talk about sticking it to ‘The Man’. I own several fringed hipster scarves, more than one pair of ironic fake ray-ban wayfarers, and two plaid button downs. I’m also not trying to stereotype and say that all hipsters do/wear the above, just like not every hipster thinks it’s cool to wear a headdress. So, I don’t hate hipsters, I hate ignorance and cultural appropriation. There is a difference. Just thought I should clear that up.

WAY more notes please

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tslillykat:

whenafteranswers:

And another &lt;3
http://www.redbubble.com/people/no1fanmcr/works/8704918-some-women-have-penises

Rebloging this again cause it only has like 180 notes but the “Men have Vagina’s” has almost 1,700 notes. WTF??  What about us girls?
Please Love &amp; Support ALL trans people! Us girls matter too &amp; we get a lot more hate &amp; hate crimes against us, so please remember, all of us struggle.
p.s. This is NOT a stab at trans men, I LOVE &amp; RESPECT TRANS MEN &amp; have rebloged the other one myself. 
Just pointing out the deference in the way people treat &amp; support us.  
Thanks, I love you ALL! &lt;3

tslillykat:

whenafteranswers:

And another <3

http://www.redbubble.com/people/no1fanmcr/works/8704918-some-women-have-penises

Rebloging this again cause it only has like 180 notes but the “Men have Vagina’s” has almost 1,700 notes. WTF??  What about us girls?

Please Love & Support ALL trans people! Us girls matter too & we get a lot more hate & hate crimes against us, so please remember, all of us struggle.

p.s. This is NOT a stab at trans men, I LOVE & RESPECT TRANS MEN & have rebloged the other one myself.

Just pointing out the deference in the way people treat & support us.  

Thanks, I love you ALL! <3

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brat-grrrl:

quoilecanard:

veganash:

Boycott Heineken, they sponsor dog fights. Also watch out for the other brands they brew. 

What in the absolute fuck is this? So much rage and disgust right now.

What the fuck???

brat-grrrl:

quoilecanard:

veganash:

Boycott Heineken, they sponsor dog fights. Also watch out for the other brands they brew. 

What in the absolute fuck is this? So much rage and disgust right now.

What the fuck???

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ihopericksantorum:

eleventhbandit:

ihopericksantorum:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “It’s raining, and he’s just walking around looking about.” The man tried to explain where he was. “Now he’s coming towards me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him. Yup, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is…These assholes, they always get away.”
After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, “Shit he’s running,” and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.
“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: “Yep.”
“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher warned.
Several minutes later, according to other callers to 911 in the neighborhood, Zimmerman and Martin got into a wrestling match on the ground. One of the pair could be heard screaming for help. Then a single shot rang out, and Martin lay dead.

How the fuck is he not convicted yet?

Florida has this weird “stand your ground” law that permits a person to use deadly force if he or she feels “threatened.” It’s pretty weird for a country that likes to tout itself as a Christian nation put into effect something like this. What happened to turn the other cheek? Please don’t overlook this; any reblog would help spread more awareness and divulge further information regarding this tearful tragedy. Stuff like this happens too much and too often to go unnoticed, but when we’re given the opportunity to galvanize the masses with headlines like this, we’re making the first step in the right direction. Thank-you.

ihopericksantorum:

eleventhbandit:

ihopericksantorum:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “It’s raining, and he’s just walking around looking about.” The man tried to explain where he was. “Now he’s coming towards me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him. Yup, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is…These assholes, they always get away.”

After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, “Shit he’s running,” and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.

“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: “Yep.”

“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher warned.

Several minutes later, according to other callers to 911 in the neighborhood, Zimmerman and Martin got into a wrestling match on the ground. One of the pair could be heard screaming for help. Then a single shot rang out, and Martin lay dead.

How the fuck is he not convicted yet?

Florida has this weird “stand your ground” law that permits a person to use deadly force if he or she feels “threatened.” It’s pretty weird for a country that likes to tout itself as a Christian nation put into effect something like this. What happened to turn the other cheek?

Please don’t overlook this; any reblog would help spread more awareness and divulge further information regarding this tearful tragedy. Stuff like this happens too much and too often to go unnoticed, but when we’re given the opportunity to galvanize the masses with headlines like this, we’re making the first step in the right direction.

Thank-you.

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