in my eyes, the world is magic

heidiweinburg:

egoting:

Some pictures from the rally today at Columbia. So much wonderful support for my sister and I! Emma and I are truly grateful to everyone who came, and everyone who was there in spirit.

This honestly makes me so emotional.

pajamaben:

"Billy where is your homework?"

"im sorry Ms. Klein my dog- *sees dog in the window make a throat cutting motion* -gone cat ate it”

halftheskymovement:

Columbia University students led a demonstration last Friday in support of Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia senior who pledges to carry a mattress around campus until her alleged rapist is no longer permitted to be a student at the school. The protest, which condemned Columbia’s handling of sexual violence on campus, saw roughly 50 other survivors of sexual violence speak out — several for the first time. 

A coalition of student groups also delivered a letter to Columbia administration proposing reforms that will improve the university’s response to sexual assault on campus. Their demands include ongoing programming on consent education and a release of the data on how students convicted of sexual violence on campus were punished.  

Read more via Huffington Post

ugh yes.

tmirai:

soundlyawake:

melissaannandthecool:

Just a reminder

wait…that’s…real?

Yep. A real thing. And one of their reasons was, essentially, because they don’t want employers -not- hiring women because they fear lawsuits from not paying them fair wages.
Can’t make that up.

tmirai:

soundlyawake:

melissaannandthecool:

Just a reminder

wait…that’s…real?

Yep. A real thing. And one of their reasons was, essentially, because they don’t want employers -not- hiring women because they fear lawsuits from not paying them fair wages.

Can’t make that up.

Unfortunately, the micro-aggression of street harassment takes a different kind of detox than, say, free radicals. The repetitive trauma of being out in the world as a person who isn’t considered to be an actual person (i.e.: women, people of color, queers, folks with disabilities, poor folks, fat folks, etc.) works its way into muscles (tense shoulders, stiffened backs, tightened jaws) and patterns of being (taking different routes home, constantly checking surroundings, etc). Studies have linked the trauma of walking around in the world as a sexualized body to that of combat PTSD faced by soldiers returning from action. Flawed though it may be, the United States has a system for aiding those in the military who suffer from PTSD, but currently has no institutional strata for sufferers of sexualized violence, which street harassment falls under. Fighting back isn’t always a safe option, nor an option for everyone, so the often radical-seeming idea of self-care is what is currently available to us.
All of this is typical girl-fear. Once you realize that The Exorcist is, essentially, the story of a 12-year-old who starts cussing, masturbating, and disobeying her mother—in other words, going through puberty—it becomes apparent to the feminist-minded viewer why two adult men are called in to slap her around for much of the third act. People are convinced that something spooky is going on with girls; that, once they reach a certain age, they lose their adorable innocence and start tapping into something powerful and forbidden. Little girls are sugar and spice, but women are just plain scary. And the moment a girl becomes a woman is the moment you fear her most. Which explains why the culture keeps telling this story.

Rookie, The Season of the Witch

For readings on the correlation in horror between puberty and the monstrous, see:

(via bluntlyblue)

ugh yes.

daggerpen:

monicalewinsky1996:

Trigger warning: Breakfast

Holy shit.

last week was the worst. this week has been the best.

even with a disgusting sinus infection.

this week has been wonderful :) 

well this week was the worst