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fozmeadows:

scienceofsarcasm:

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.




ridesabike:

Elaine Stritch rests her bike, reads a note, almost causes a riot.      
NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)

ridesabike:

Elaine Stritch rests her bike, reads a note, almost causes a riot.      

NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)


atlasflames:

jillyfishfillet:

it’s 2014 why do boys still think girls like the smell of axe

idk bout u but i love the smell of an axe in my hands. smells like wood polish and cold iron. smells like power and fear. 


04:30 pm, reblogged from Rabble by padaviya132 notes

bigbardafree:

if someone ever tells you “but I don’t think of you as ______ I think of you as a person” what they are really saying is “I don’t consider _______ people”


psa: this has been a bad week

madamedechevre:

for the world at large. among many other things:

-the massacre of Palestinian people by Israelis, just now briefly on hold for a 12-hour ceasefire

-the Canadian government has said that “Relieving poverty is charitable, preventing it is not" and is cracking down* on charities.

-the Canadian government is also wasting their time and money on making sure a small charity ~that promotes international freedom of expression and defends writers of social/political criticism~ get audited to ensure that they don’t actually spend much money on political activism

-don’t forget that even u.s. citizens can be killed by their governments without due process

*ironic voice


Goodall is now 41 weeks pregnant and has told her lawyers she is terrified to enter a hospital. Given this and the weight of medical evidence in Goodall’s favor regarding the safety of the delivery she wanted to have, it is unclear whether the hospital or the courts are considering “best medical judgment” and in whose interest they are a


hotdadcalendar:

I’m actually concerned for boys who complain about how different girls look without makeup. Like did you think eyeshadow permanently alters a girls eyelid? Are you frightened when people change clothes




madamedechevre:

this beautiful man is Glenn Burke. he is the inventor of the high-five. he was a charismatic athlete who left professional baseball because of the rampant homophobia he faced there. he spent time in san francisco’s gay scene during the 80’s and was a “cult icon”. toward the end of his life, he was homeless, drug-addicted, and poor. he contracted aids late in life, and eventually died of it, but not before he could tell a reporter:
“I had a nice life. Being black and gay made me tougher. You had to be tough to make it. Yeah, I’m proud of what I did.”

madamedechevre:

this beautiful man is Glenn Burke. he is the inventor of the high-five. he was a charismatic athlete who left professional baseball because of the rampant homophobia he faced there. he spent time in san francisco’s gay scene during the 80’s and was a “cult icon”. toward the end of his life, he was homeless, drug-addicted, and poor. he contracted aids late in life, and eventually died of it, but not before he could tell a reporter:

“I had a nice life. Being black and gay made me tougher. You had to be tough to make it. Yeah, I’m proud of what I did.”


04:30 pm, reblogged from cohosh by padaviya650 notes

Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings.
Jack Graham, in Stephen Moffat - A Case For The Prosecution, a guest post on Philip Sandifer’s blog (via linnealurks)




my-ear-trumpet:

ladyattercop:

"A Fair Acrobat Soundly Thrashes A Man" (1898). He threatened her father; she "boxed [him] well about the head." -via Bob Nicholson

https://twitter.com/DigiVictorian/status/487610512830521344

my-ear-trumpet:

ladyattercop:

"A Fair Acrobat Soundly Thrashes A Man" (1898). He threatened her father; she "boxed [him] well about the head." -via Bob Nicholson

https://twitter.com/DigiVictorian/status/487610512830521344


Canadian Teen Gets Abstinence-Only Education Class Cancelled

Canadian high school student Emily Dawson has a lot to celebrate this month. She and her mother, Kathy Dawson, filed a human-rights complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission last year after Emily completed a mandatory abstinence-only workshop that slut-shamed students and used scare tactics to enforce abstinence. Two weeks ago, the Edmonton Public School Board announced that Pregnancy Care Centre, the anti-choice, conservative Christian group that hosted the workshops, would not be invited back into Edmonton’s schools.

In 2013, Emily raised concern over the first day’s abstinence lessons and attempted to seek exemption from the second day, but she was told that she had to attend and pass the class in order to graduate. Her mother, a single parent, decided to sit in on the second day and was horrified by what she observed. The woman giving the lectures, Kathy said, ” … really ridiculed single-parent families, she made it sound like they all give birth to juvenile delinquents.”

Even after deciding not to invite the group back, the Edmonton Public School Board superintendentreleased a troubling statement countering the Dawsons’ claims:

When I became aware of the concerns about this class, I took immediate steps to look into the Pregnancy Care Centre’s presentation on sex ed. I had staff members, one of whom was a registered nurse, attend and observe the presentation unannounced. They found that the presentation met our standards and expectations on every level—information was presented in a scientifically sound way and students were observed to be comfortable in sharing their thoughts and feelings.

That does not match the Dawsons’ descriptions. The Edmonton Journal reported:

The Dawsons’ complaints allege the presenter taught students that 60 percent of boys carry the HPV sexually transmitted infection under their fingernails, that gonorrhea can kill you in three days [and] that girls should dress modestly to avoid inflaming boys.

Additionally, when one of Emily’s lesbian classmates asked about the consequences of engaging in non-heterosexual intercourse, she was told by the woman leading the course:

We’re not here to talk about that.

While the Dawsons’ allegations have not yet been verified, any class that involves, as Emily described, “basically shaming the girls and making them gatekeepers and meanwhile making it sound like the boys [have] no impulse control” clearly should not be required for graduation, or even permitted in schools. While these types of classes are ubiquitous in American schools, there have been several recent cases where students have reported and publicized these classes’ inaccuracies and harmful messages.

For example, a Tennessee high school student made national headlines after recording a school assembly that contained factually incorrect statements about sex. During the hour-long presentation,

[Instructors] told students that all medical textbooks confirm that life begins at conception, there’s a new STD spreading around the country that’s worse than AIDS, contracting STDs will leave women infertile and having sexual relations with eight different partners is the equivalent of drinking a whole classroom’s spit.

Additionally, a high school student in West Virginia filed an injunction against her principal last year for hosting a sex-shaming and (again) factually incorrect abstinence assembly. The story went viral after it was revealed that the principal threatened to call the student’s intended college, Wellesley, to try and convince them to withdraw their offer of admission. In response, Wellesley tweeted that they were excited to welcome the student.

Perhaps the actions of Emily Dawson and these American students signal a new student-led movement against ignorant and inaccurate sex education. It’s high time for only the real facts of life to be taught in schools.

11:30 am, by padaviya5 notes

Everything Elliot did is perfectly justified. … I am the next Elliot Rodger and guess what I’ll do the right thing this time.

I’ll make sure I only kill women

Police stop Elliot Rodger copycat at University of Washington (via policymic)

For people saying that the Elliot Rodgers thing was a completely isolated and one time thing

(via kraken-of-the-sea)

The first shooter wasn’t white (but yes, he was a white supremacist) and y’all talked about was white male violence

This shooter isn’t white and y’all can’t even front like he is this time

Please stop giving men of color a pass for perpetuating violence against women

Please stop acting like only “crazy white boys” have guns

This shit is just gonna keep happening and we cannot ignore it

(via blacksupervillain)

(Source: micdotcom)



Salvadoran Feminists Push Debate on El Salvador’s Stringent Abortion Ban

Salvadoran feminist and women’s organizations are waging an international campaign demanding a pardon for the 17 women currently incarcerated in El Salvador for abortion, in hopes of challenging the country’s harsh anti-abortion laws and beginning to change the anti-choice views held by the vast majority of Salvadoran society.

Each of the 17 women in question was arrested while seeking hospital care for pregnancy complications when medical staff notified the police on suspicion that the women had intentionally interrupted their pregnancies. All women were impoverished, with low education levels; none received proper forensic examinations, nor were they subject to due process before being sentenced to between 12-40 years in prison. Feminist groups argue that the 17 women’s treatment violates myriad international treaties ratified by El Salvador, a country with some of the most stringent abortion laws in the Western Hemisphere, where interrupting a pregnancy is illegal with absolutely no exceptions. Multiple UN agencies have condemned and recommend changes to the laws, which disproportionately affect impoverished and working class women, while wealthy women can seek reproductive care freely abroad or in private hospitals and clinics.

All three branches of government are required to approve a pardon, a particular challenge in a country where the ultra-conservative political Right and the extreme Opus Dei sect of the Catholic Church still exercise enormous power. On April 1, pro-choice groups presented a petition for pardon to the Human Rights Commission of the National Legislative Assembly. As Salvadoran law requires, the Commission notified the Supreme Court on July 10, which now has until August 9 to issue a decision as to whether or not the Assembly can proceed; the petition then requires a simple majority vote in the Assembly before it can finally pass to the Executive branch, where the President must either approve or veto the request for pardon.

The previous and present leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) administrations have made extraordinary strides in promoting and protecting women’s rights and participation. Still, the legislature’s Human Rights Commission is presided over by a legislator from the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) party, and just last year, the conservative Supreme Court denied a young woman, given the pseudonym “Beatriz,” a life-saving therapeutic abortion after the Director of the National Forensics Institute, a member of Opus Dei, recommended against the procedure. The Funes administration was the first to take on the controversial topic of modest loosening of abortion prohibitions; former Minister of Health Dr. Isabel Rodriguez advocated for a therapeutic abortion for Beatriz and, after it was denied, approved a pre-term cesarean at the last minute, saving the young woman’s life. In addition, Julia Evelyn Martinez, former director of the Salvadoran Institute for Women’s Development (ISDEMU), signed an international commitment to review the country’s abortion laws. An ensuing media controversy, however, resulted in Martinez being forced to step down from her position, revealing the weight of the staunch opposition to abortion in the majority public opinion.

Unsurprisingly, El Salvador’s right-wing parties have vehemently opposed pardons for the 17 women. As in the past, the FMLN has not taken a public position on the issue, likely out of fear of alienating socially conservative supporters, though some party leaders have expressed public support for the women. Strong organizing from the women’s movement has pushed the debate forward over the last year, rallying significant international attention. Nevertheless, the topic remains taboo in much of Salvadoran society, and the organized women’s movement has a long struggle ahead to shift public opinion and forge openings toward reproductive justice in El Salvador.

11:30 am, by padaviya