1. "My response to the ‘I am not a feminist’ internet phenomenon….

    First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

    But here is what I think you should know.

    You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

    You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

    You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

    You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (it is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

    In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

    In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.

    — Libby Anne (via dillondean)

    (Source: dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry, via sabelmouse)

    Tagged #this #feminism
  4. giveashitaboutnature:

    Trees are awesome!

    (via climate-changing)

  6. The smaller islands of the Pacific are our siblings and cousins.  Our size compared to Europe, US or China is irrelevant.  Our size in comparison to these smaller nations, so often overlooked by so much of the rest of the world, is what matters.  They need us to not only do what we can - & we can - but to raise our voice in their cause.

    From the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand:

    Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is everywhere at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum. John Key cannot hide behind the flawed logic of ‘NZ is too small to effect change’ when Pacific Leaders are explicitly calling NZ out for his lack of action.

    Our plan will carbon neutrality for New Zealand, cut taxes for business and put money back into households - but also help the Pacific. greens.org.nz/climateplan ‪#‎Green2014‬


  7. It is truly terrifying that these people cling to the ideological creed of profit, even while global temperatures rise; ice caps melt; seas acidify; mounting numbers of plants & animals tumble toward extinction; weather becomes more extreme - in all directions; forests shrink & deserts grow; rising numbers of people are, or are threatened with displacement; and food production is threatened.

    That’s not pragmatic.  It’s not sound, sensible governance. It’s dangerous.

  8. smartgirlsattheparty:

    "When I started playing Detective Olivia Benson, I began to get a lot of letters from viewers. I had gotten fan mail before, but these letters were different. They were coming from individuals who were disclosing histories of violence and abuse - a lot of them for the first time. I knew I had to do something, so I trained to become a rape crisis counselor, I joined Boards, I got involved. I was proud to be on a show that was brave enough to go into territory that no one was talking about, but I also knew I wanted to do more and play a larger role to help survivors heal and reclaim their lives. In 2004 I created the Joyful Heart Foundation with the mission to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light on the darkness surrounding these issues. I’m very proud to report that since we began, we’ve provided direct services to over 5,400 people, and that we’re determined to change the conversation about violence and abuse.”

    - Mariska Hargitay

    (Source: mulders, via quasiflexuralthrusting)


  9. Imagine this: Someone moves into your neighborhood and, every 10 seconds, fires off an airgun that’s louder than a jet engine…

    And it goes on for weeks or months at a time. It’s painful and debilitating, so loud that some of your neighbors go deaf, others die.

    If you’re a whale, dolphin or sea turtle living off the Atlantic Coast, the Obama administration has just made that nightmare a reality.

    Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opened up offshore waters from Delaware to Florida to oil and gas exploration. I’m sure that’s good news for the oil and gas industry (which already gets more than $4 billion in tax credits and subsidies from the U.S. government) but thousands of marine animals will pay a very terrible price.

    (Source: rhamphotheca, via dakotapuma)

  10. Piha.