so you’re telling me there’s an alien who regenerates into a completely random form, that he cannot control or determine himself, and who understandably could take millions of different appearances, but who all 13 times just turned into a different skinny white guy
“One young woman, who got in a heated argument with a men’s rights activist at a protest in Canada, was subsequently dubbed as “little red frothing fornication mouth” by AVFM and had all of her private contact information published by MRAs. She received hundreds of elaborate threats of violence. One anonymous commenter invited her to “enjoy being anally defiled.” Another gloated: “I would actually cum cutting that bitch’s throat.” Another outspoken feminist told me personally that she had to get the FBI and the state police involved when AVFM targeted her. Authorities found the threats she received so credible that they advised her to leave home for two weeks, taking her husband and young child with her. Increasingly, men’s rights activists target women offline as well. Last month, members of the organization Men’s Rights Edmonton hung large “wanted”-style posters of a professor all over the University of Alberta campus, calling her a bigot. Her crime? She was involved in the university’s anti-rape campaign.”
Some examples of how “men’s rights activists” are threatening and intimidating feminists. There is absolutely no justification for this kind of behavior, and I urge all anti-feminist men (and anti-feminist others) to at the very least not stoop to the level of threatening atrocities or publishing someone’s personal information. I may not agree with your points of contention when it comes to the feminist movement, but that will never cause me to harm you or your family. AVFM and similar MRA groups need to be stopped, for the safety of society as a whole.
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
Hey! Asking a question doesn’t make you sound stupid at all, it’s quite the contrary actually since you’re willing on learning. Okay I’ll explain it all to you. These [ 1 , 2 ] are the urban outfitters posts in question.
The pattern/style used on these clothing items that Urban Outfitters is selling is actually from a Palestinian solidarity scarf know as a Keffiyeh/Kuffiyeh/hatta. The pattern and scarf are universally recognized and worn amongst the Arab and Muslim world collectively, however it’s symbolic to the cause of Palestinian resistance. In the 1930s the Palestinians revolted against the British Mandate of Palestine and Zionist militias in Palestine, many of them had worn the scarf in order to hide their identity or show their support. Thus it had become a s symbol of resistance. To wear it meant that it was worn in solidarity. In the 1960s, the keffiyeh became even more recognized as a form of Palestinian solidarity when the leader of the PLO Yasser Arafat had worn it, amongst other Palestinian leaders and freedom fighters. Ranging from faceless stone throwers in the intifadas, to the female freedom fighter of the PFLP, Leila Khaled. As you can see there are years of history behind the Keffiyeh. Not only is it something that belongs to our culture, it’s also something we cling to culturally and symbolically in order to collectively resist our oppressors the settler colonial state of Israel and the illegal inhumane occupation.
There is certainly no monopoly on the Keffiyeh in terms of wearing it in the arab/muslim world, because it is worn for simply cultural/religious reasons alone by some people who wear it on their heads, but when worn around the neck it is usually a symbol of solidarity. Regardless, it is mainly well known in the middle east and mostly recognized as a Palestinian solidarity symbol. However it has been regularly bashed and labeled by western society as a “terrorist scarf” which insinuates that those who wear it (Palestinian supporters) are akin to supporting terrorism, which simply isn’t the case. We are given dirty looks when we wear these items and we are accused of spreading hatred or even being terrorists ourselves when we wear these scarves. Instead of recognizing that we wear those to support the Palestinians who were uprooted and expelled from their homes, and Palestinians that continue to struggle to this very day of apartheid, siege, blockade, and countless instances of human rights violations, we are simply vilified using one extreme word that our movement continuously suffers from ‘terrorist’. Western media has continuously labeled it as ‘violent’ and use words like Jihad, islamist, hamas, and terrorist to describe something that’s very important to us.
In recent years the Keffiyeh has gained a lot of attention in the fashion world, it became worldwide phenomenon for many people to wear it. It was sold all over the world mainly being imported from China and people were wearing it for ‘fashion’ as opposed to recognizing it for the symbol it carries, and the struggles it has been through. Often when Muslims and Arabs express their solidarity by wearing a keffiyeh we are berated and denounced as violent people, but when westerners wear it they are simply chic, hipster, and edgy, and even fashion forward. Most don’t even know what it means and can easily discard it when it’s not in season anymore while we live with it our entire lives. The worst part of all of this is that this sudden popularity of the scarf had not benefited Palestinians in any way. There is literally only one Keffiyeh factory left in Palestine located in Hebron (Khalil) known as the ‘Herbawi factory’ and they made no profit off of this whatsoever. They struggle to stay open while most stores purchase their keffiyehs from china at a cheap price and re-sell it at a huge percentage markup. It’s a slap in the face to actual Palestinian Keffiyeh makers who are struggling to keep their business alive. They sell it at a much lower price and are the original makers of this item, yet they are being outsold by stores who do not care about the Palestinian resistance, and often even criticize it. It would be an abomination to attempt to sell this shirt for $115 in Palestine, they will ask you if it’s laced with gold. $115 is equal to over 400 Palestinian shekels when a scarf is usually sold for around 20 shekels or less making it simply 5 dollars. But although the price is much more fair on the Palestinian end, and its original, they are the ones struggling to survive meanwhile companies that do not care about the Palestinian cause, and often donate to Israel that continuously kills Palestinians and violates their human rights are profiting off of something that is important to us, while we get nothing.
This cultural appropriation angered me especially as a Palestinian when the whole keffieyah phenomena was occurring. At first I was excited because I was younger and I actually believed people wanted to know the meaning of what they were wearing. I thought many people would be introduced to the Palestinian side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and side with the Palestinians and use the Keffiyeh to raise awareness. I was wrong of course. It was simply another fashion trend wich people followed because It was in style. It felt like a mockery to see my solidarity staple donned around the necks of so many people who didn’t even acknowledge the Palestinian struggle. The sentimental value was being ripped to shreds when every store carried it in different styles and colors.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against cultural exchange or allowing non-palestinians to show solidarity. If you’re familiar with the conflict and are in solidarity with the Palestinians you have every right to buy it, wear it, and flaunt it. I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with any people of any race, nationality, or ethnicity wearing anything representing Palestine as long as you support the Palestinian cause. I would also heavily suggest that you try your hardest to purchase these things from companies that actually benefit Palestinians and the Palestinian cause. It’s not cultural appropriation it’s a symbol of resistance if you wear it the right way. And I would encourage all of you to signify your support physically through such items as long as your stance is to support Palestinians. Wear the keffiyeh and a Palestinian bracelet in your everyday wardrobe if you’re prepared to answer questions about it If you’re doing it because you stand with palestine If you’re doing it because you care And if you truly support palestine and want to raise awareness.
Most, if not all palestinians I know including myself have no objection to anyone representing Palestine as long as they know what they’re representing and they believe in it. I actually love it when people wear things to represent Palestine because it keeps the country alive and keeps people informed. I always get really happy when I see non-palestinians, non-arabs, and Non-muslims wearing things to represent Palestine because it means our message is spreading and I find it to be pretty awesome :)
I think it’s completely fine and actually encouraged to wear a keffiyeh but only if you support the Palestinian cause and understand it and also purchase it from an actual Palestinian to benefit Palestine and not just any random online store, so it could actually go to benefiting Palestinians as opposed to putting them out of business. If you’re interested in supporting us, check out these sites.
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
“There’s too much hurt involved in trusting addicts. You start to compare yourself to the inanimate vice of their choice. If your father, or mother, or best friend knows how much they hurt you every time they drink, or snort, or inject their drug, but they continue to do it anyway and rip your heart into pieces, you can’t help but believe that they must love that drug more than they love you. And if your love is valued below that of a substance, it’s easy to start to feel pretty goddamn worthless.”
— From Who Rescued Who?, an essay from my collection Asleep at the Controls. (via dionthesocialist)
THIS INSTRUMENT IS CALLED THE KALIMBA. THIS IS FATE.
this is the best kalimba playing i’ve ever seen EVER
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT A KALIMBA LOOKED LIKE UNTIL JUST THIS SECOND IM BLOWN AWAY
I had one of these growing up and I was such shit at it I literally have never heard one used for anything other than plonky, labored renditions of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in my living room. This is gorgeous.