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alegbra:

a few quick reminders:

- that thing you did that was kind of embarrassing and weird, everyone else forgot about that already

- you look fine today, if you can’t notice something on your face standing 6 feet from a mirror then nobody else will either

- if something is out of your control, do not let yourself or anyone else expect you to deal with it alone

- social lives can go through cycles sometimes, if you feel like your friends are all ignoring you for no reason they’re probably just busy with other things

- if you can’t stop thinking about someone or something, find something mentally occupying to do like reading a book or watching a movie. it won’t solve any serious problems but you will feel better

- nothing will always be easy, if you’re trying then that should be good enough for anyone. if it’s not then you’re talking with the wrong people

- never underestimate the importance of going to bed, if it’s dark outside and you feel bad just go to bed and deal with your problems the next day

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thepageofhopes:

kiango:

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glight1994:

icyarguments:

Because why go outside (gasp!) and get involved when you can just like and reblog posts from the comfort of your home.

Because sometimes you’re young, and can’t leave your area, or parents won’t let You get involved. so the only thing you can do is spread the message so someone who can help will see it. 

"Aaaand made a comic to make people feel bad about themselves, when I’m not doing anything either. Gee that was good use of my time." 

why are people starting to make comics on what they cant really saybecause they’re scared…but says it anyways in a drawing,they’re still gonna get backfire and messages on these dumbass shit,this is the same as that dumbass shark drawing

Also, note: online activism, while not as “active” as demonstrations and protests (do you have reliable transportation? Can you take time off from work? Are you physically or mentally able to make the trip and participate? Do you have the finances to be able to do this? are there an protests in your area?), there is now a GENERATION of kids being exposed to these discussions and theories about race and religion and sexuality and gender and ableism, that they were not hearing about previously.

We now have young girls openly celebrating each other and representations of themselves in media, when they’d be tearing each other apart just 10 years ago (Anyone remember mid-2000 fandom culture towards women? Remember “not like other girls”? I do. Shit was terrifying). We have PoC and trans people getting their voices heard when talking about their firsthand experiences.

Using the Internet as a medium, a BUNCH of kids and adults have learned new things about sociology that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.

All I am saying is, if it wasn’t for this website, I’d still be just as racist and transphobic and misogynistic and classist as I was when I was 13. I’d be a LOT worse. Don’t tell me that online activism doesn’t do anything. It teaches people and is readily accessible to most people and it encourages discussion. There’s always more that can be done, but don’t mark off online activism as lazy or unimportant.

5 bucks the person who made this comment does nothing even close to what they call ‘real activism’.

Filed under Welcome to Tumblr reblogging for the commentary

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lelaid:

braiker:

bethrevis:

US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.

Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”image

funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me. 

Funny that when they do this I only hear about it on tumblr, but when they try to limit guns and the second amendment it literally becomes a congressional uproar.

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Filed under Ferguson first amendment second amendment the varying degrees to which we protect these rights racism police brutality murder militarization of police

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can someone allistic please splain me a thing about tumblr

vastderp:

is there really an unwritten social protocol that essentially states that “you must ignore posts that mention you or discuss you, if the poster has not directly linked you to them”?

if so, what constitutes an invitation to reply to a post like that, if being mentioned alone is not enough?

i have for years been operating under the assumption that there is no such rule, but now i’m wondering if i am wrong.

I agree with the anon who used a locked room metaphor. The gossipers seem to think that you’re searching for their names and getting in their locked door. They think this because they don’t understand how Tumblr works.

It’s more like our ‘rooms’ have 2-3 doors and a bunch of open windows. Block blocks the person from view, by locking the door that looks out on the hall so they don’t see you walking by. That’s all it does. It doesn’t lock you out of their rooms. It doesn’t make their rooms a private, secured space. Between the tag function, the search function, and Tumblr’s tendency to share random posts under “here’s a post”, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy on this site, ever.

I think it’s a continuation of their “VD is a creepy old man harassing minors” defense. They’re implying that you are going to strange and unusual lengths to find and refute their complaints about you. They’re implying that you’re stalking them. If they just say it enough times…

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thepeoplesrecord:

Wacktivist devil: Ban breastfeeding in public, because it promotes ‘gay pride’August 19, 2014
A conservative activist in Ohio is attempting to ban female toplessness including breastfeeding, because it promotes “gay pride”.
Patrick Johnson, director of anti-abortion group Personhood Ohio, is urging for people to contact state lawmakers to call for a blanket ban on female nudity.
His church group, which frequently protests against strip clubs, was recently confronted with bad-ass counter-protesters in favor of the women’s right to choose what work they did.
He told ABC: “I think when we allow women to flaunt their sexuality to the public, flaunt their nudity to the public, it’s harmful to marriage.
“I am sick that women can legally bare their breasts to children and to married men against their will in Ohio.
“What they did was an offense to God, was an offense to the public morality, and the legislature should act to criminalize what they did.”
He added on Facebook: “The gay pride parade in Columbus is 500,000 strong – why? Because the women go topless. This is the only one where I’ve seen this level of nudity.
“[In] San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C, I have never seen the kind of public lewdness I have seen in Columbus, Ohio.”
“Please call or Email your state senator and state reps to urge them to ban public nudity.
The Aiken Area Progressive blog warns: “This is a no-exceptions ban that if enacted, will drop the number of states to 49 in which breastfeeding is legal, and, if enacted, this definitely will violate numerous Constitutional amendments.”
Source
An exemplary example of evil, internalized patriarchy. He actually thinks women’s breastfeeding is about assaulting him and other ‘innocent married men’. 
Personhood Ohio contact. 

I assume his rationalization here is “When I see boobies I get horny, which is coveting my neighbor’s wife, which is a sin. If I see boobies I’ll go to hell. :( I don’t need to control myself or take responsibilty for my actions, I just have to tell women it’s their responsibilty to hide me from the risk of temptation.”

thepeoplesrecord:

Wacktivist devil: Ban breastfeeding in public, because it promotes ‘gay pride’
August 19, 2014

A conservative activist in Ohio is attempting to ban female toplessness including breastfeeding, because it promotes “gay pride”.

Patrick Johnson, director of anti-abortion group Personhood Ohio, is urging for people to contact state lawmakers to call for a blanket ban on female nudity.

His church group, which frequently protests against strip clubs, was recently confronted with bad-ass counter-protesters in favor of the women’s right to choose what work they did.

He told ABC: “I think when we allow women to flaunt their sexuality to the public, flaunt their nudity to the public, it’s harmful to marriage.

“I am sick that women can legally bare their breasts to children and to married men against their will in Ohio.

“What they did was an offense to God, was an offense to the public morality, and the legislature should act to criminalize what they did.”

He added on Facebook: “The gay pride parade in Columbus is 500,000 strong – why? Because the women go topless. This is the only one where I’ve seen this level of nudity.

“[In] San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C, I have never seen the kind of public lewdness I have seen in Columbus, Ohio.”

“Please call or Email your state senator and state reps to urge them to ban public nudity.

The Aiken Area Progressive blog warns: “This is a no-exceptions ban that if enacted, will drop the number of states to 49 in which breastfeeding is legal, and, if enacted, this definitely will violate numerous Constitutional amendments.”

Source

An exemplary example of evil, internalized patriarchy. He actually thinks women’s breastfeeding is about assaulting him and other ‘innocent married men’. 

Personhood Ohio contact

I assume his rationalization here is “When I see boobies I get horny, which is coveting my neighbor’s wife, which is a sin. If I see boobies I’ll go to hell. :( I don’t need to control myself or take responsibilty for my actions, I just have to tell women it’s their responsibilty to hide me from the risk of temptation.”