I’m at the library, right. And there was this guy sitting in a corner table just staring into thin air and tapping the rhythm to some song on his ipod on the desk with a pencil. He looked upset.
And because I people watch all the time, I was looking over there when he sees something behind me and his eyes widen. But I thought he was looking at me so I sort of panic and do a weird apologetic face.
But then this other guy walks past me and stops in front of the other table and the other guy takes off his headphones and stands up and they’re both just STARING AT EACH OTHER WITH THIS FUCKING INTENSITY
the second guy goes up for the most epic brohug in the world and it lasts for like an entire minute
jesus fuck i feel like I just witnessed the beautiful ending to a romcom irl
“Among other arguments made during the hearing were that the parents couldn’t legally obtain a driver’s license to take the children to the 75 appointments they average in a month; they are unable to understand fully the children’s medication needs and their medical conditions; and they lack help to care for the children, especially if both work. The children’s appointments include visits to doctors’ offices and horse and speech therapy. In the end Blaylock sided with the state. “It is the sad truth that neither of these parents will ever be able to meet the extreme special needs of these five children on a day-to-day basis,” she said. “They certainly love their children, but the children have not resided with them for three years. Debbi has never resided with them. The children are in need of, and deserving of, a permanent home.” MOUNTING COSTS Because the children are U.S. citizens, they qualify for services including Medicaid, which in Georgia includes nonemergency medical transportation services and home health care, according to its website. The children also need special beds with padding at a cost of about $8,000 each, which the foster parents got through the state program Babies Can’t Wait. The foster parents receive about $7,500 monthly — $90,000 per year — to care for the five children. If they adopt all five children, they will continue to receive financial ass”—
birth parents have to work. they don’t make good money, they can’t afford a car…so TAKE THEIR CHILDREN AWAY.
*foster parents* (who want to adopt)—make $90,000 a YEAR *JUST TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE SAME KIDS*.
do you see that??? do you see what classism looks like as it plays out against immigrant communities? do you see how nativism and white supremacy plays out there? we won’t give “illegalz” that same $90,000 dollars to take care of their own kids. becuz they’re illegalz. they don’t get benefits for being here in the US.
but US citizens can take those children and raise them—and get $90,000 dollars a year.
This doesn’t even make sense. The parents aren’t abusive or neglectful. They simply don’t have the resources to take care of these children on their own, but rather than giving the resources to the parents, the children are placed in foster care and resources are given to the foster parents. This is absolutely the most absurd thing I’ve read all day.
OUT:You have this song, 'Ur So Gay,' which is a kiss-off to your ex-boyfriend. What's the story there?
Katy Perry:It stems from heartbreak, like most good songs. You know those relationships where it takes like nine months to dump someone? It was like that. I was home last winter, and my roommate and I were having dinner. I didn't have a chorus for the song, but I played her the verse. I said, 'I don't even know what to say. He's just so gay.' She's like, 'Why don't you just say that?' I said, 'Thank you, that's what I'm gonna say.' It's about guys with guy-liner that use flat irons.
OUT:Do you think he's actually gay?
Katy Perry:No, he's not.
OUT:So why's that the first adjective that popped into your mind?
Katy Perry:Umm' Well, it's just a saying. It's like calling someone a "biiitch.' You're like, 'Hey, biiitch!' It just felt appropriate.
OUT:Do you think the song will be offensive to your gay listeners?
Katy Perry:I think when everyone hears it, they'll laugh. It's very funny and positive and kitsch. It's what Barbra Streisand would be singing if she were my age, I'd hope. I'm getting good energy from it.
seriously. over a decade of work in the field, focusing on POC, creating and developing curriculums, implementing curriculums, evaluating them in non-traditional ways that reach/speak to POC, youth, ppl w/different abilities, etc. and they dont think i’m qualified to work with them.
this is not the first time white people in the field of sex/ology have made this decision about me and my work.
messages i get from these experiences:
-white people still dont care about POC
-white ppl in sex/ology think that everybody’s body is the same (boy are they wrong!)
-white people in this field are scared of POC sexologists like us b/c we WILL put them out of work
-white people in the field are not wanting to give up control to people who are more qualified than they are
i’m tired of working for white people. all 4 jobs i have i have 4 white supervisors (2 of the 4 are so rad though! i couldn’t ask for a stronger supervisor w/these 2. the other two are less than exceptional.)
and these 4 jobs only help me pay rent, not transportation, not meals, not entertainment, not con ed. just rent. that’s why i needed another job.
i have an interview next thurs for teaching a latino studies class at a college in bk. guess who my supervisor will be…..a white man!
When you look at the majority of transsexual, transvestite, and transgendered people who are attacked, raped or murdered, being a prostitute and being part of that specific social and cultural context seems to be a common denominator. So realizing that almost all trans victims of violence are prostitutes, you have to start asking serious questions about societal attitudes towards prostitution. You have to investigate how much such attitudes might contribute to—or perhaps even constitute the main determinant in—making trans prostitutes targets for hatred and attacks. And you also have to consider, in addition to transpobia, other factors such as race and misogyny.
Not only are most of the trans people murdered sex workers but they are nearly 100 percent male-to-female. Violence against these people, while not solely due, in my opinion, to transphobia, is surely a “gendered” form of violence. And that very crucial aspect is completely erased when people frame the issue as one of “violence against transgender people.” This is not an issue of “violence against transgender people” but an issue of violence against transsexual women and against male-to-female transvestites who are mostly prostitutes. And if I were to be a real pain in the ass, I would further insist that we start identifying such things as class and cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, age at time of transition, age at time of murder, and sexual orientation of the slain TS women and MTFs, because that would reveal exactly who is and who isn’t targeted in those crimes. So the fact that MTFs are the ones who are almost exclusively attacked and killed is something that needs to be pointed out. For every Brandon Teena, there are a thousand TS/TV prostitutes who were raped, stabbed, shot, strangled, beaten to death, burned alive, without ever having a single book, documentary, or fiction film produced about them.
Mirha-Soleil Ross, “Interview with Mirha-Soleil Ross” in Viviane Namaste’s Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions, and Imperialism. (via transfeminism
“A small church in Pike County, Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from most church activities “to promote greater unity among the church body.” Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville, who goes by the name Suzie, played the piano while Chikuni sang. Before stepping down as pastor in August, Thompson told Harville that her fiance could not sing at the church again. Harville is white and Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, is black. Last Sunday, church members voted 9-6 in favor of Thompson’s proposed ban. Others attending the church business meeting declined to take a stand on the issue.”—
Because that’s what Jesus would do, y’all. He totally would say “I can’t do interracial couples, so lets ban them from being a part of the community.” It says so in the book of Idiots. Chapter 17. Verse 4.
“The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.” -Scott Adams
I love how he almost comes out and says exactly what he actually means, which is, “Women are treated like children and disabled persons because they are incapable of doing things men can”. That’s patently false, and that’s why we’re all pissed that women are getting paid less to do the exact. Same. Things.
What an asshole. Dilbert was mediocre at best, you jackass!
is this for real? seriously, was this guy kidding or did he actually mean what he wrote? sometimes i forget that people like this actually exist… i’d say boycott dilbert, but i don’t know anyone who reads that crap to begin with.
He did that on this site too. His explanation seems to be, “No no, women talking about pay equality aren’t LIKE children asking for candy and disabled people striking out violently really, it’s just smart for men to smile and nod with all three of them”. Which I suppose, in a sense, is correct, in that it is more difficult for a man to examine his privilege and try to create change than it is to just float through life being a snarky, vaguely misogynist douchebag.