The most memorable will be the one who really touched your heart, and the one (in many) whose day you brightened. You can’t be perfect, so just be the person you feel inside of you and you’ll find someone who appreciates it.
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
David Levithan - Supporting Gay Teen Literature (via cake-light)
Homosexuality is NEVER an issue of agreeing/disagreeing. It exists, period. Have you ever had Homosexuality walk up to you and say “how do you feel about the war in Iraq? I think it should stop,” “Yes, I agree with you, Homosexuality”/”No, i think it should continue, Homosexuality”
Also, gotta love a country that shits all over its own Constitution.
A lonely child, a dreamless child. Child without a purpose, who knows not where he comes from or which direction he should go. Child of parents he’s never met, will never meet, raised by wolves, parents who do not even want him.
Every day in school, invisible, no friends, no torment, no sun to warm his warmthless day. Lost and aimless, cold, unfeeling, undreaming, he is detached.
But everyone has something special, and when he finds his, the world will come crashing down.
No one disputes that an on-duty Irvine police officer got an erection and ejaculated on a motorist during an early-morning traffic stop in Laguna Beach. The female driver reported it, DNA testing confirmed it and officer David Alex Park finally admitted it.
When the case went to trial, however, defense attorney Al Stokke argued that Park wasn’t responsible for making sticky all over the woman’s sweater. He insisted that she made the married patrolman make the mess—after all, she was on her way home from work as a dancer at Captain Cream Cabaret.
“She got what she wanted,” said Stokke. “She’s an overtly sexual person.”
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This is enraging…. and people claim rape culture doesn’t exist.
I just don’t understand this verdict. How the hell can that jury think that squirting bodily fluids on another person without their consent is at all OK?
“But she’s a stripper blah blah victim-blaming blah.”
By that logic, it should be legal to throw fecal matter at sanitation workers. Or to throw blood and vomit at doctors and nurses. Being a sex worker doesn’t give everyone else the right to have sexual contact with you.
“She got what she wanted”
Awful. Just awful. Victim-blaming at its finest. I’m pretty sure you would get thrown the FUCK out of a strip club if you tapped a dancer in the shoulder and then jizzed on her. Unacceptable behavior under any circumstances.
“A jury of one woman and 11 men—many white and in their 50s or 60s—agreed with Stokke. On Feb. 2, after a half-day of deliberations, they found Park not guilty of three felony charges that he’d used his badge to win sexual favors during the December 2004 traffic stop.”
Wait, 1 woman and 11 older men???? How are 11 elderly men qualified to serve as this woman’s peers? Do they have boobs, vaginas, another 50 years left to live, or the experience of being jizzed upon by an officer of the law? I highly doubt it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve ever been in the cop’s situation, I’ll bet they’d rather high-five him for getting away with doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing in the strip clubs they must frequent after tepid dinner with their families. Not only is the cop at fault, but so is this court and everyone in it. What a wonderful country we live in.
On the first hand, duh. Of course people who live in the city have higher stress levels, and then everything else follows. It’s still an interesting article, and being from a small, laid-back suburb, I can see the difference. I stand out like a stoner in a city of barbies, because I can’t bring myself to care or be scared of anything.
Grateful for everything I have, to not have all the things I don’t, to know the people I do and the life I have lived.
For my parents, the pillars in my world, the strongest people I have ever met and could ever hope to meet, who raised two children and a costumed society, and kept their faces.
For my friends, who give me every opportunity I could ask for to become closer, for seeing through my weaknesses, and helping me discover my strengths. Who point them out me, who help me overcome them, who show me theirs.
For my job, the best opportunity anyone has ever considered giving me, for the best opportunity I have ever taken, the largest leap, the biggest risk, the most fulfilling learning experience one can imagine. Which taught me to be grateful for I have, for not having what I don’t, for knowing the people I know, and which taught me how to a better person in return.
It’s not Thanksgiving, but I can’t keep it in, my gratefulness.
You just need to meditate, on something, on anything. Even if it’s just a glass of water, staring at the ceiling, smelling the rain, the concrete, the wind. Lying on a yoga mat staring at the ceiling wondering what you’ll do after the session, for dinner, dessert, at night before you go to bed.
1. Your work may go unnoticed, but it is never unappreciated
2. The moment you work for a reward is the moment you need to reevaluate your reason for working
3. The only reward you need is knowing that you did a job well done, and that someone was helped.
You might like this and agree with it, but the next time you’re working/serving someone, honestly consider whether you embody it. When you stand outside the office for 2 hours guarding bags while your coworkers socialize, you have a lot of time to think.
There Is A Soul Consciously unconscious. God, body, and soul. Unravel your mind, let the truth be told. Don’t settle for limbo, this life is only a dime! your heart is not yet hole, and you’re leaving your soul behind. Touch your inside strength and don’t let go of it. No matter the length, I’m sure its unfolded. Sew up the seams and cast out the patches, because when it comes down to it there’s something to catch us.
Art: Camille Rose Garcia.
This is probably one of the most beautiful poems I’ve ever read
have you ever stopped and paid attention to a blueberry? the firm fruit inside a linen skin, so plump and spherical? the cobalt mottled gray blue of the granite statue skin and the weed-plant head? its marble-like smooth coldness as you roll it around your lips, over your teeth, onto your tongue? how it plops down to your uvula, the back of your tongue, ready for your esophagal peristalsis, only to be shoved, rejected away, condemned to the tip of your tongue, welcomed back for some more resting, waiting time, and to be caressed again by your taste buds tasting the tasteless granite skin, feels it’s refreshing breezy cool marbleness? it could play for hours in the waiting room, but it’s eager for the hallway, but there’s one more, another step between the waiting room and the hallway, a dangerous fun painful ending trip, one more step in the process, one that the mouth very enjoys but the blueberry fears as a dreaded necessary evil, one that the teeth too eager to bite, clamp down, are wanting to get done so quickly they don’t understand how to savor an experience, a bite, a flavor? is it ready for the trip, this one middle step to be smashed dentally releasing its ambrosia nectar and pulp, and tang, and sweet, and life and blood into the throat to be tasted, used as nourishment, devoured? and the tastes are tasted, the buds are satisfied, and the journey is over. stop paying attention. like you know you will, like we all know we always will.
Tattoo artists are in a unique position to stop a disturbing trend — pimps using the art of tattooing to abuse and control women and girls. But now, after being urged by more than 2,000 Change.org members, the National Tattoo Association has invited anti-trafficking organization Polaris…
THIS! YES!!! This is the kind if innovation we need!! YES! <3
Tattoos are powerful, and when in the wrong hands, can cause a lot of destruction. This is a great idea
I have a problem with people using “f***ot,” whether they’re queer, straight, supportive, or homophobic. That doesn’t make me a crusaider, though. I mean, if you were one of my female friends, how would you feel about me throwing around the words “bitch” and “cunt” all the time, referencing you, without asking you whether it makes you uncomfortable?
Isn’t it common sense? Some people just don’t think. Please, feel free to offer your opinion, especially if you disagree. I’m open to discourse.
I’m writing this on the R train as it rattles slowly along toward Brooklyn. I’m headed to pick up my 6-month-old daughter. I’m writing because I’m still reeling from what occurred on the Times Square subway platform a few moments ago. I was walking to the end of the station as I always do. I saw a…
People really do need to stand up for themselves more often, like she did. As flattering as it may be to get whistled at on the street, it’s not okay for people to do it to you.
Before you start spouting off through your self-righteous mouth about how the undeveloped, and most likely endangered, life that is inside someone you’ve never even met is something that needs to be nurtured and birthed….read this. And pick up a textbook.
Why isn’t this illegal yet?! Since life begins at conception, abortion is murder as it is the act of taking human life. No civilized society allows someone to intentionally harm or take the life of another human without punishment, and abortion is no different. Adoption is an amazing alternative…
Wait, wait! Slow down! I feel like I’ve been clobbered about the head. Every sentence…I can’t find one single correct sentence. Whoof.
Abortion is not legally murder. An embryo/fetus is not legally a person, and there is no “malice aforethought.” That’s a whole ‘nother can of worms you can find answers to elsewhere on this and other blogs.
No civilized society allows someone to intentionally harm or take the life of another human without punishment…
Capital punishment, whether it’s performed or sanctioned by the state, happens in a lot of “civilized societies,” whatever that means (ethnocentrism, anyone?).
Adoption is an amazing alternative to abortion and gives you the same result.
No, it doesn’t. Adoption is an alternative to parenthood, not pregnancy. Adoption can also be traumatic even to those who don’t want to keep the baby. Try reading The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler for a different perspective.
And with 1.5 million American families wanting to adopt a child, there is no such thing as an unwanted child.
It would be nice if the world was as rosy and beautiful as those who romanticize pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing would like to believe. That’s really all I have to say about that.
An abortion can result in medical complications later in life; the risk of ectopic pregnancies doubles, and the chance of a miscarriage and pelvic inflammatory disease also increases.
Citation needed. Abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures out there. That is, when it’s legal, regulated, and safe.
In the case of rape and incest, proper medical care can ensure that a woman will not get pregnant.
“I know nothing about rape and incest, how it happens, victims’ reactions to and difficulties they face in acknowledging, reporting, and accessing care for their assaults.”
Abortion only punishes the unborn child who committed no crime; instead, it is the man who should be punished.
Ah, perfect world. Rape is one of, if not the most underreported violent crime (check the sources), at least in the United States. Roughly a third of all rape victimsdevelop PTSD; meanwhile, an embryo/fetus feels and knows nothing until late into the second trimester, at the earliest (this is still being studied). If a traumatized rape victim is found to be pregnant, and wishes to end the pregnancy, isn’t it punishing the victim to prevent that?
Abortion shouldn’t be used as another form of contraception.
You’re right, because that would be completely illogical. Contraception prevents conception. You probably meant birth control, in which case I would disagree. I think abortion rates should be going down (and we all know how that happens!), but it is just as valid, if not more complex, than other forms of birth control.
Now for the women who demand complete control of their body, control your freaking urges, we all got ‘em honey, or I don’t know use contraception!
Hear that, poor people? Hear that, married couples who don’t want children? Hear that, people whose lives would be endangered by pregnancy? You just lost your right to have sex.
Contraception is not a 100% guarantee, even with perfect use. With imperfect use, its effectiveness decreases. Again, education and access (meaning low-cost contraception within, say, walking distance, as well as a cooperative partner) is key.
Those who choose abortions are often minors or young women with insufficient life experience to understand fully what they are doing.
Many have lifelong regrets afterwards (see link below).
I’ve already found one story at that link in which a girl was told by her mother she needed to get an abortion. That’s not choice. That’s also obviously an anti-abortion website. Whose stories do you think you’re going to hear from them?
It’s normal to feel a range of emotions after an abortion, and these generally depend on the person’s mental state before an abortion, obstacles encountered getting the abortion, support from their family and friends, the environment in which they live, and other factors. The APA has a report (PDF) from 2008 reviewing studies.
As the commercial says, “Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable.”
Rape doesn’t exist! Neither does peer and societal pressure! Contraception always works! Hurray!
1. Thank you and good job getting through that entire text. Power to you.
2. Anti-abortionists seem to have a lot of trouble….being educated in things?
Seriously, y’all, don’t argue a point you don’t know for sure.