“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
Sara: English major/Gender and Sexuality Studies minor, working at a nonprofit that gets young women ready for and interested in running for office/maybe soon applying to grad school, writer, clarinetist.
I post and reblog: things I think are pretty, things that intrigue me, things I'm a fan of, and things I care about.
Common themes include: books, writing, movies, more books, cozy beds, breakfasts, Doctor Who, Sherlock, feminist issues, and occasional pieces of my life.
So, this happened…
No. No. No. No. No.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), leading with what he apparently thinks is his most compelling argument against opponent Elizabeth Warren in a TV debate Thursday night. (via motherjones)
So, there is legitimate fishiness to her claim, but, uh…that’s just not how it works. People can totally end up generally looking like any of the various heritages in their background, even if each parent is a different full-whatever, and she’s certainly not even claiming that, so…
What the hell?
WHAT IS THIS HOW DID WE MISS WE CAN’T EVEN.
…isn’t that SUPER MEGA ILLEGAL?
Mitt Romney, apologizing for leading his prep school classmates in an assault on a student they thought was gay. Did we say “apologizing”? Maybe that’s not the right word. (via motherjones)
Yeah, let’s not elect someone who thought it was a great idea to bully someone over perceived sexual orientation and/or hairstyle.
First the character limit, now making it more difficult to browse our tags? Yes, on my blog, I usually just type in the tag I’m looking for by hand, but on other people’s blogs, I click as I stalk. I’m not going to bother typing in other people’s tags by hand. Dammit, Karp, look at your life, look at your website-running choices. Stop fucking with our tags.
THIS THIS THIS.
I’m really displeased. I know that this isn’t really their intended purpose, but people (including me) use tags to add bits that aren’t central, or that we don’t want to have dominate the post, or that people who don’t care can skip but followers we interact with more might read, and sometimes the tags end up being on the long side. AND SO WHAT? Why can’t they be what we want them to be?
In a rare moment of honesty, Rick Santorum calls Latino voters “illegal voters.”
In related news, unemployment dropped by 50% when the Democratic Party hired 5 million oppo researchers to sift through all these juicy GOP debate soundbites.
MJ’s full roundup of debate inanity is here; check it out:
What the hell about being a citizen (who are the only ones who can vote, of course) makes one “illegal”? Oh, right: if they’re Latin@.
Also, I’m so tired of the use of “illegal” to describe people at all. It’s dehumanizing: how is a person not legal?
“‘The fact that millionaires can put hundreds of thousands of dollars into a local election and essentially deprive people of their rights, in many ways, and mess with their school system,’ he says. ‘It seems to us one of the strongest examples of the really incredible way money takes away our democracy.’”
This is getting kind of irritating.
Aww look, Alex Holzbach doesn’t believe in privilege! Probably that’s because privilege believes in HIM!
For those who didn’t see my post last night, Alex Holzbach, anti abortion activist, on record as being against even Plan B, imperialist wannabe who would like to take his stances to the rest of the world, promoter of hate speech against women, who advocates that people who get abortions should be jailed regardless of circumstance, who goes as far as misappropriating and misusing the idea of “genocide” to promote his agenda, misogynist and master of rhetoric violence, is one of the curators of the Tumblr political tag. This is a person that Tumblr has considered suitable to filter the content we are allowed to see when we browse the Politics tag. A guy who actively works to undermine the rights of people who are in possession of a uterus. A guy who actively works to determine what we are allowed and what we are not allowed to do with our bodies. A guy who doesn’t even believe in a basic political concept like “privilege”.
Why should you care about this? Because this is a matter of giving a space and a public platform to someone who pro-actively works to oppress people. This is hate politics. Tumblr is telling us that this person is worthy of filtering topics for us and being an authority on our behalf. His being one of the editors of the Tumblr Politics section is a de facto validation and endorsement of his position. They are saying “Here, this is what you should see every day”.
I say No. We are already told in media, in press, in numerous blogs, in everyday political discourse, that we shouldn’t have the right to make decisions about our bodies. We are consistently told that our rights are negotiable and interchangeable tokens to be used for political advancements. Tumblr should know better than to give a platform to someone who wishes for our further oppression.
What can you do about it? Write about it. Write a post (or reblog one from someone else) and tag it with the word “Politics”. Or write directly to Tumblr and express your concern. People who promote Hate Politics should not be allowed to curate and dictate the content we are allowed to see, content that actively works to undermine our rights.
I do not wish (nor hope) to change Mr. Holzbach’s mind on the subject. I do, however, expect Tumblr not to endorse him by giving him a prominent platform to further promote his ideology.
I keep reblogging these because this shit actually makes sense.
Hopefully, if enough people realize how ridiculous this is, tumblr will do something about it!!!
I LOVE the way redlightpolitics is going about this, btw
“While pregnant with my first child, my great Aunt Myrtle told me that if I wanted to have ‘boy children’ I should douche with Tide… yes, Tide—the laundry detergent.”
When MJ’s (expecting) editorial coordinator Jen Phillips asked readers to share the weirdest pregnancy advice they’d ever gotten, they brought the wood. And the Tide. Read more here: Readers’ Weirdest Pregnancy Advice
DEAR GOD NO.