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Braids, Children, and Community: 61below: jyuu-chan: something-in-the-way-she-knows: freakishfrollic: psalmsofraven: yokhakidfiasco: stacyfaheyart: Illustration about Native American boys who have to cut off their braids to follow school dress codes. And black people have the same issue when it comes to finding jobs/careers. ^^^^ yes but it ain’t about us right now this is actually really important and pardon me for doing the cliche reblogging with a caption thing but i want to talk about braids and just how significant they are to native people (and of course i can’t talk about every native tribe as there are very specific sects and i only really am coming from the perspective of seneca) hair is extremely important as it represents the walking of the Sacred Path as the physical extension of thought and self, and holy men, women and two-spirits are identified through specific styles of dress and even if not holy, the hair shows what a person has participated in, their feelings, their age, whether they are married or not, whether they are in mourning and their tribe my grandfather is seneca and he had to remove his braids at a very young age and it was an act of assimilation because his mother knew they had to try to be white in order to proceed and it’s a tool of oppression and humiliation to cut (or force to cut) a native american person’s hair for both religious and cultural preservationist reasons my mom is half-seneca and her choice for me to not cut my hair until i was 13 and for it to be worn in traditional manner was because of this and when i cut my hair then, i cut it off at the base of my head for also this reason; i was diagnosed with depression and was going through therapy, i wanted my hair and my treatment to signify that i was becoming a new, better person– eventually i started dying my hair but that is for separate reasons of colour symbolism and it’s still an important thing to me please do not invalidate the struggles of other POC, i understand that this happens and it’s horrific to not be able to wear your natural hair, these are also children whose culture and religion is being stripped away from them and they can’t even participate in something so important within their culture simply because of white patriarchal ideas of masculinity ^^THIS American Indian children (especially plains ndns) were forced to attend boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their own language and had to cut off their hair and choose a “white” name from the bible. If you refused, the teacher would often ridicule you by ignoring you anytime you attempted to speak or participate in class, to the point of saying offensive, false things about your people to rile you up enough that you gave in and picked a white name so the teacher would let you speak and tell the truth. (This is shown in bury my heart at wounded knee). In fact, it is hard to trace records before the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries bc the govt considered the way native peoples often have several different names that they go by in different context and by different people to be too annoying to record them in a census, another reason they were forced to choose white names. Being oppressed for your natural hair and the names you choose is a real thing other poc face and it’s wrong and it’s racist, but this specific post is about what it means to American Indians, and for them it was not only racist stereotyping, but forced assimilation and genocide of their cultures. dude holy shit being ridiculed for not assimilating was the least of your worries in a residential school. i know people who were forced to kneel on sharp rocks in a corner for speaking a single word in their native language some fun facts abt residential schools: • people who went to residential schools were abused physically, sexually, verbally, and emotionally. my mushum went through all of these until he turned 18 and was allowed to leave • boys were not allowed to wear their braids. period. the point of the residential schools was to ‘kill the indian in the child’ and you can google literal before-and-after images of students that the schools would distribute as a source of PRIDE • the government would experiment on the students, starving them to see how long they could go without food before it seriously affected them. officially, over 6,000 native children died in residential schools. our government admits the number was likely much higher • residential schools were literally hitler’s source of inspiration for concentration camps during world war II • where im working right now, there are people in their 30s who were forced to attend residential schools • the last residential school closed in 1996, one year after i was born, two hours away from where i live, twenty minutes from my family’s reserve native assimilation has been the goal from the very start Residential schools may have officially been shut down, but native kids are still disproportionately removed from their homes and while ICWA (the Indian Child Welfare Act) was designed with the intent of ensuring they’re still placed within their community, ICWA was just recently overturned in the courts, which means that these children are being overwhelmingly placed with white families. This hasn’t stopped. They’ve just gotten less overt about it.
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Bad, Fucking, and God: Sexy Bible Quotes, Inspired by Some Birds my Friend saw Fucking Outside her House, ao3tagoftheday: oxymoronicromantic: ao3tagoftheday: [Image Description: Tags reading “sexy bible quotes, inspired by some birds my friend saw fucking outside her house”] The AO3 Tag of the Day is: This is one hell of a non-sequitor “On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 the Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?” 7 And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” …I don’t think it’s telling anyone that they’re doing activism wrong???? Anyways. Song of Songs is sexier. Ok! First off, thanks for putting the verses in; that makes my life easier! Second, Song of Songs is undoubtedly sexy, but the phrase “uncircumcised lips” is much sexier. Here’s why:“Uncircumcised lips” is a literal translation of the Hebrew, and scholars have spent millennia trying to figure out what the fuck it means. Because, like, it’s a weird fucking phrase, let’s be real. Actually, let’s all take a moment to imagine what that might physically look like. We deserve it.Anyway, back on topic. Most scholars have ended up interpreting it as saying that Moses has some kind of speech impediment. But that’s really a stretch. I mean, if that’s what was meant, why not say, “a man of broken speech” or something like that? No, I think the meaning of that phrase is a lot simpler.Circumcision is the sign of the Jewish covenant with G-d. In this period of the Bible, after G-d and Abraham made the covenant but before the Law was given at Mt. Sinai, circumcision was the single, defining thing that set the Jewish people apart from everyone else. So what does it mean to have uncircumcised lips? I submit that to speak with uncircumcised lips is to speak with a non-Jewish voice.But Moses is Jewish! Why would his voice not be? Because, Moses is unique among the Jewish people. He wasn’t raised as a slave. That’s what the Jewish people are in this period and have been for hundreds of years. They’re slaves. For generations, that slavery has defined and warped their culture. Moses has never been a slave and has never lived among his people who are. He may be Jewish, but his understanding of his people, and therefore his ability to speak for them, is non-existent.So G-d tells Moses to speak to Pharoah on behalf of the Jewish people and Moses says no. How will he speak for his people, advocate for them, demand their freedom, when he can’t speak with their voice? He can’t do it and he tells G-d no. No, I won’t speak for the slaves when I am free. It’s not my place.So what does G-d say? He says Moses is right. He tells Moses to give G-d’s message to Aaron, a man who has been a slave all his life, and let Aaron go to Pharoah and speak for the Jewish people. Because Aaron is of them, understands them, their pain, their oppression, in a way that Moses, a free man, can’t and never will. Aaron speaks with a truly Jewish voice, with circumcised lips, so he must be the one who speaks for the Jewish people.So basically, G-d tells Moses to speak over an oppressed group he isn’t a part of, Moses says “no that’s bad activism”, and G-d says “you’re right oppressed people should speak and direct their own fight against oppression.”In conclusion, sure, the Song of Songs is sexy, but have you ever tried telling G-d that he needs to work harder to prioritize marginalized voices?
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Being Alone, Animals, and Lgbt: this-tragic-affair Charities/organisations to avoid: PETA: They'd rather spend their money on publicity campaigns than on the animals in their care. PETA killed 73.8% of the animals in their care in 2015 (x) FCKH8: Is a for-profit company that exploits oppressed groups for money. They're also wildly uninformed, and spread misogyny, cissexism and bi/panphobia, as well as stealing their posts/designs (x) Autism Speaks: They spend most of their money on researching a way to eliminate autism, heighten the stigma against autism and don't have a single autistic person on their board (x) Please support other, better charities, and feel free to add any others you can think of to this paintedspectres Susan G. Komen for the Cure: CEO makes insane amounts of money, they deny a lot of requests for wigs/help with treatment/etc., and have attempted to sue other charities that use the color pink as part of their anti-breast cancer campaign. xx) prochoice-or-gtfo The Salvation Army: They promote the hatred of LGBT+ people, work with fundamentalist Christian groups to support conservative politics and rip off and exploit workers. (xxx) shitpost-senpai Wounded Warrior: They take money that should be spent on veterans and blow it on huge opulent parties for the company bigwigs. 26 million in 2014 alone wasted! x x) thefingerfuckingfemalefury Important reminder to NOT waste any money donating to these groups ayellowbirds Reblogging because of the added info about Wounded Warrior. arch4ngel A good way to know if a nonprofit you're donating to is allocating their money in the right way is to check out their Charity Navigator darkbookworm13 Signal boosting, the bell ringers are out in force, and this info is too important ayamccabre Depending on where you are, charity budgets may be public. There's a good chance you can find out exactly where the money is going fuck all these “charities”
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Apparently, Bad, and Bitch: The Logical Indian Feb 23 at 2:30am S Seats in BMTC buses that are pink are reserved for women Even as the Metro reserved entry through two doors of the front coach for women, there is more good news for women commuters. BMTC buses with pink seats are here. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has begun operating a few buses with 13 pink-coloured seats - that have been reserved for womern Source: BangaloreMirror.com Image credits: Bangalore Mirror It's Easy Now: Men Can Stay Off Pink Seats Like comment Share <p><a href="http://antifeministphoenix.tumblr.com/post/171845145498/siryouarebeingmocked" class="tumblr_blog">antifeministphoenix</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://siryouarebeingmocked.tumblr.com/post/171844632200/antifeminism-proegalitarian-auntiewanda" class="tumblr_blog">siryouarebeingmocked</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://antifeminism-proegalitarian.tumblr.com/post/171800903199/auntiewanda-cumbler-tumbler" class="tumblr_blog">antifeminism-proegalitarian</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/171800528451/cumbler-tumbler-screamingsiren" class="tumblr_blog">auntiewanda</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://cumbler-tumbler.tumblr.com/post/171798760824/screamingsiren-auntiewanda-olidiavalree" class="tumblr_blog">cumbler-tumbler</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://screamingsiren.tumblr.com/post/171798498914/auntiewanda-olidiavalree" class="tumblr_blog">screamingsiren</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/171798108921/olidiavalree-the-defiant-pupil" class="tumblr_blog">auntiewanda</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://olidiavalree.tumblr.com/post/171797034679/the-defiant-pupil-auntiewanda" class="tumblr_blog">olidiavalree</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://the-defiant-pupil.tumblr.com/post/171796801053/auntiewanda-aneurysmsandanalogues" class="tumblr_blog">the-defiant-pupil</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/171796231621/aneurysmsandanalogues-loving-women-is-rad" class="tumblr_blog">auntiewanda</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://aneurysmsandanalogues.tumblr.com/post/171769682601/loving-women-is-rad-aura-pinkrose" class="tumblr_blog">aneurysmsandanalogues</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://loving-women-is-rad.tumblr.com/post/171763217105/aura-pinkrose-matt-ruins-your-shit" class="tumblr_blog">loving-women-is-rad</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://aura-pinkrose.tumblr.com/post/171743828564/matt-ruins-your-shit-siryouarebeingmocked" class="tumblr_blog">aura-pinkrose</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://matt-ruins-your-shit.tumblr.com/post/171742078151/siryouarebeingmocked-the-defiant-pupil" class="tumblr_blog">matt-ruins-your-shit</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://siryouarebeingmocked.tumblr.com/post/171741898725/the-defiant-pupil-truscum-grass" class="tumblr_blog">siryouarebeingmocked</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://the-defiant-pupil.tumblr.com/post/171710194058/truscum-grass-thatsyouthatshowdumbyousound" class="tumblr_blog">the-defiant-pupil</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://truscum-grass.tumblr.com/post/171710008701/thatsyouthatshowdumbyousound" class="tumblr_blog">truscum-grass</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://thatsyouthatshowdumbyousound.tumblr.com/post/171709381693/antifeminism-proegalitarian-i-feel-like-it" class="tumblr_blog">thatsyouthatshowdumbyousound</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://antifeminism-proegalitarian.tumblr.com/post/171704494999/i-feel-like-it-shouldnt-be-necessary-for-me-to" class="tumblr_blog">antifeminism-proegalitarian</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I feel like it shouldn’t be necessary for me to explain why this is a bad idea.</p></blockquote> <p style="">Men literally being forced to the back of the bus. Could the self-awareness be lower?<br/></p> </blockquote> <p>this reminds me of something almost everyone has learned in school</p> </blockquote> <p>…wow.</p> </blockquote> <p><i>A, ha, hush that fuss.</i></p> </blockquote> <p>“I’m sorry sir you can’t sit there that seat is for women.”<br/></p> <p>Try to move me then and see what happens bitch</p> </blockquote> <p>I mean all it takes is I identify as a woman and no one can say shit right </p> </blockquote> <p>You guys are all awful, do your research. <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/m5k1nScceUsv2ivnqwSPV-g">@matt-ruins-your-shit</a> especially fuck you - women have been raped to death on indian public transport.</p> <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/01/indian-bus-rape-five-suspects-charged-murder">https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/01/indian-bus-rape-five-suspects-charged-murder</a><br/></p> <p><a href="https://yourstory.com/2016/08/public-transport-sexual-harassment/">https://yourstory.com/2016/08/public-transport-sexual-harassment/</a><br/></p> <p><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11327271/Nepal-Women-only-bus-service-launched-to-combat-sexual-assaults.html">https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11327271/Nepal-Women-only-bus-service-launched-to-combat-sexual-assaults.html</a><br/></p> <p>It’s to combat sexual assault which is a serious fucking problem on their public transport. Acting like this is anything like segragation is racist as hell.</p> </blockquote> <p>A girl was literally raped to death om a bus in India and the men PULLED HER INSIDES OUT. But sitting in the back of the bus is oppression for these men I guess.</p> </blockquote> <p>I don’t think <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mFx4DK1a0fGaqlaif5GfihA">@antifeminism-proegalitarian</a>, @<a href="http://thatsyouthatshowdumbyousound.tumblr.com/post/171709381693">t</a>hatsyouthatshowdumbyousound,  <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/meaDg5xUXpklqAkW321uuBw">@truscum-grass</a>, <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/mUIrzfT0-XgoUS9zo50onFA">@the-defiant-pupil</a>, <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/m8HmCiE0PGuGgJ6cZBfpQsw">@siryouarebeingmocked</a>, and <a class="tumblelog" href="https://tmblr.co/m5k1nScceUsv2ivnqwSPV-g">@matt-ruins-your-shit</a> took the two seconds to realize this is in India and not the west.</p> <p>But hey why does context matter when you can whine that men are the most oppressedest in the world because a company tries to do something,<i> anything</i>, to prevent the proliferation of violent rape in their country. </p> </blockquote> <p>Uh yeah, actually at least I did, but hey why does knowing about anything before you speak about it matter when you can just make assumptions about a bunch of people so you yourself can whine and go off on a self-righteous little rant about strangers that’s not even accurate but just an overblown exaggeration?</p> <p>Anyway, guess what, dude? This isn’t fire - you can’t fight sexism with more sexism. It’ll just create more problems down the road, kind of like what we have in the west now. Then again, India already has that problem considering the fact that when they tried to make their rape laws gender neutral, feminists fought successfully fought against it and so the status quo remains where it’s still not legally possible for a woman to rape a man. </p> <p>And no, this isn’t me trying to claim “men are the most oppressed in the world”. There’s better solutions to societal problems than adding more inequality.</p> <p>P.S. Did you like…just go through the notes looking for anyone who just reblogged it at all? Because as far as I remember, I don’t believe I actually said anything either time I reblogged this post. If you did then that just adds a whole new level of sad to this. If not, my bad memory strikes again but this is still sad.</p> </blockquote> <p>This entire thing is stupid. This is one of the many reasons why we can’t move forward. Because there’s always that one person who does extreme shit like this and make a bad impression for everyone else. We don’t need pink seats, we don’t need to put men in blue seats in the back of a bus. We’re all equals here, which should mean all of the seats are open to anyone. This is seriously stupid.</p> </blockquote> <p><b>Extreme</b>: seats reserved for women to give them some modicum of protection from sexual assault and rape.</p> <p><b>Not Extreme</b>: sexual assault and rape. </p> <p>Apparently.</p> <p>In what universe are women equal in India? </p> </blockquote> <p>Women in India are brutalized on public transport regularly, and there are several cases of gang rape that took place on buses that made worldwide news. This obviously isn’t addressing the structural problem of rape, but if it helps even one woman it’s worth it. Fuck those saying this is “sexist”. Maybe if those men didn’t rape then they wouldn’t have to have this.</p> </blockquote> <p>That guy is a fucking idiot. Does he really think that separating men and women is sexism against men? WHY? HOW?<br/></p> </blockquote> <p><b>Women</b>: Men have brutalized us for centuries and not even our public life is safe from violent rape and murder at their hands.</p> <p><b>Bus Company</b>: We’ll put a slight restriction on men to help you prevent that.</p> <p><b>Men</b>: That’s <i>unfair! </i>What about equality!</p> </blockquote> <p>The POINT IS THIS IS GOING TO SOLVE ANYTHING</p> <p>Youre a retard please get off tumblr </p> </blockquote> <p>So segregating bus seats was a big problem when it was done under Jim Crow, but a “slight restriction” when Indian officials do it by gender to protect women. </p> <p>Got it.</p> </blockquote> <p>If the men really want to gang rape a woman to death how will pink bus seats stop that? What’s stopping these horrible rapist from just crossing other and grabbing her? “Oh no she’s in the pink seats we can’t rape her” like really? teach you bus driver’s to give a shit, put guards on the buses or give women better ways to defined themselves but how will pink seats really help?<br/></p> </blockquote> <p>That’s my thing^ like I get that rape is a serious problem on Indian busses but I’m not sure how pink seats are going to deter rapists</p>
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