is that they are like water
slowly and inexorably
sense of self
The Buddha reportedly made derogatory comments about women, but what must one make of the assumption of some Buddhist scholars, particularly monks, that the Buddha must actually have said it, since the canonical tradition says he did? The argument often advanced for this is that the Buddha in his wisdom, must have had ‘good reasons’ for making such remarks…May it not be equally probable that what is attributed to the Buddha is precisely what the male transmitters wanted to instill and reproduce from generation to generation? Critical thinkers must pose certain questions in this regard: what are the power effects of such ‘truths’ and how do they function to reproduce (rebirth) the inferior position of women? Whose interests are being served by the claim that iniquitous social systems mechanically repeat themselves, as if this is an act of god or nature? How do the reproductions of ‘sacred’ meanings contribute to the re-birthing of a particular social and domestic order?– “The Buddha’s Way to Human Liberation” by Nalin Swaris (via irresistible-revolution) Via Euglassia Watsonia
Yes, false rape accusations happen. Run the protocol anyway. I’ve heard that perhaps the military has the highest number of ‘em. True or not, RUN THE PROTOCOL ANYWAY. Because in 15 years of investigating rape accusations, I can count those that panned out as false on one hand. Meanwhile, the one time I almost skipped the protocol, the one time I almost didn’t believe a petty officer, because I was naive as an investigator and a young woman, because her commanding officer described her as “a party girl, always late, always out drinking, don’t bother with this one”, she turned out to be the victim of one of the most brutal assaults I’ve ever investigated. She shouldn’t have still been -alive-, let alone up and making the accusation. So let me repeat: five false accounts in fifteen years. And one time I almost failed a woman ‘cause of the bullshit way it’s normal to talk about us. Take your shipmates’ word, and then run the protocol. Every. Single. Time.– - JAG lawyer, speaking to my husband’s plant during Sexual Assault Prevention Month. (via circusbones) Via Big Barda's Black Baby Girl
★ Who is your favourite villain?
Via Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere
…only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via divine-despair) Via Searching for Knowledge
I decided I needed breakup songs for us and by us that won’t leave me all depressed, and after I made the playlist, I thought it would be a good idea to make it into a mixtape and share it. So, I present to you, “DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU: Twenty Songs about Getting Over and Getting Him The Fuck Out by Women of Color”
1. EXHALE (SHOOP SHOOP) - WHITNEY HOUSTON
2. BEST THING I NEVER HAD - BEYONCE
3. GOOD LUCK - LISA KEKAULA & BASEMENT JAXX
4. U GOT NERVE - AALIYAH
5. 3 STRIKES - KELLY PRICE
6. SURVIVOR - DESTINY’S CHILD
7. MY JOY - LEELA JAMES
8. FORGET - LIANNA LA HAVAS
9. SOMEBODY COME GET ME (ILLADELPHONICS LIVE REMIX) - MELANIE FIONA
10. IRREPLACEABLE - BEYONCE
11. SATURDAY NIGHT - NOISETTES
12. BREAKIN’ DISHES - RIHANNA
13. KARMA - ALICIA KEYS
14. GUINNESSES - ANGELIKA, 4IZE, AND MF DOOM
15. HIT ‘EM UP STYLE (OOPS!) - BLU CANTRELL
16. NO SCRUBS - TLC
17. GONNA BE FINE - MONICA
18. SHAKE IT OFF - MARIAH CAREY
19. ME, MYSELF & I - BEYONCE
20. YOU GOTTA BE - DES’REE
Hope you enjoy it!
LINK | (if it doesn’t work, send me a message and I’ll reupload it with no problem!)
yea, this? so gr8.
Via come fly with me
we’re terribly sorry, but you can’t put your disobedient child in the stowaway luggage, you’re just going to have to carry on your wayward son
can you imagine if I order a pizza from pizza hut, dominos, and papa johns and told them to be at my house by a certain time and they all came at the same time do you know how awkward that would be
Don’t say you’ll ‘treat a girl like a princess’ unless you’re prepared to follow up on that shit.
If I’m not living in a castle by the sea with diplomatic powers over a small country then you’re a bitch-ass liar.
Government Makes Rainwater Illegal
Yep, RAIN WATER IS ILLEGAL.
As bizarre as it sounds, I guess it really shouldn’t be a surprise. We have covered numerous stories of how the government has been chipping away at the rights of land. From survival gardens being seized to the land owners in California who are being forced back on to the grid, people’s rights as land owners are being shredded by local, state and federal governments.
In the latest abuse of power, a man in Oregon has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for collecting rainwater on his own land. Gary Harrington was convicted of nine misdemeanor crimes for filling his three man-made reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff. The state of Oregon claims the water that fell from the sky, is owned by them and the Medford Water Commission.
As unreal as it may sound, at least 9 states have made it illegal to collect rainwater on your own land. Utah, Oregon, Colorado and a number of other states have passed rainwater laws that either limit or all out ban the collection of rainwater.
Fuck what the government says.now it owns rainwater ? Wow looking forward to the day of Reckoning for this one .
This reminds me of a similar situation back in Bolivia in 2000, and resulted in major riots and a mass movement to protest against the corporate ownership of water. When a private foreign company came to Bolivia, they seized control of local water sources and increased taxes that most Bolivians could not afford to pay, so then Bolivians built their own water wells to collect RAINWATER, which were then seized by the foreign corporation!
Nobody should stand by and allow this to happen… but the U.S media doesn’t care, they won’t talk about it, and people will remain clueless.
and right now we have a bit of a water shortage in oregon.
i will say this: the fire to react to each and every little thing cools as i age, but nothing has begun to inflame me like the way corporations and judges are snakily inserting themselves into a paradise convened by humans with mother earth; rights which can NEVER truly be superseded by another human, no matter how many paid guns they have, no matter how many corrupt pens in motion. nobody has the rights to tell you that you can not grow food on the soil that supports you. no corporation owns the seeds of this planet. nobody has the right to command you not drink water from the heavens. these are men with puny hearts and dull minds to even dream so far beyond their own power and position.this would be devastating for Haitians…..but then i know this could happen… some renewable technology would not be allowed here because the US gov said so… and powerful interest said so. the world upside down..
Why on earth is it illegal? Do y’all have a problem with dengue or malaria or something? (That is the case in Malaysia anyway; that’s why ppl who collect rainwater are also responsible for making sure mosquitoes don’t breed in it, otherwise you get a fine.)
bcuz esp in cali, there are massive water shortages. and there’s all sorts of politics with water sources being redirected and cut off and damned etc—this is why the Great Lakes (which surround Michigan) are under such fucking pressure right now—cuz fresh water that is not polluted to the point of undrinkability is THE resource—it’s been called the modern gold rush. all those places out west in the US where you see major cities and green grass and even farms? a huge population of them were built/grown on *desert* using water that was damned or redirected or whatever.
so lots of these cities/farms/etc rely on keeping their streams/rivers/damns/etc plentiful from rainwater—either the rainwater that goes into the river directly or that gets directed into the water through groundwater. if *every*body starts collecting their own rainwater? then guess who can’t keep their lawns green in a desert? or water their industrial farm’s monocrop?
In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.– The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (via franstar) Via second star to the left.
If we’re going to talk feminism, let’s discuss this scene from A Different World. As much as Whitley set her sights on marrying a man, especially one with money, she set the record straight in this scene. She wasn’t about to put any man above herself especially one that planned to mistreat and abuse her.
ETA: “I always have someone. Her name is Whitley.”
i stopped watching by this point, who is the girl in the bright orange? cuz i love her!!!!!
(although i do think that i would’ve hit home a LOT harder about how it is the woman’s decision what happens in abuse/violence situations—i do think it’s beautiful and necessary to point out, as this clip does, that it takes an *entire community* of support for a woman to have the *resources* (not just “courage” people always act like it takes ‘courage’ but forget the resources part) to leave an abuser.
and sometimes those resources are groups of friends willing to take up dust pans and brooms to help.
the girl in the orange is Lena (Jada) but i didn’t like her in this episode because she made fun of her being abuse (and it honestly wasn’t really called out for how problematic that was)
Interestingly, Kadeem (Dwayne) wrote and directed this episode.
wow, that’s good to know—cuz while i have problems with her “do what i say” attitude in the clip, i attributed that to the the episode format and the quick solutions that always come in PSAs type episodes and it just being the overall attitude at the time (and still today, really) that it’s just expected that a woman should leave no matter what.
but that helps to contextualize the clip for me—and the other thing i never really thought was “answered” was the little speech the boyfriend makes about how he learned that what happens between a couple is between them, and ESP that whole al sharpton POV where he’s all “i was arrested for trying to help out!” thing—if you are going to let an abuser justify himself like that, then you should DEF. allow the space for a response.
but i did like that her friends were all with her and willing to do battle for her—but if it comes with mocking and bullying her into doing what they want her to—not so great…
Via illegal plum pudding
omg someone be the gatito cuz my back is always in knots.
Lol I need this too. So awesome
This is the essence of “swerve”.
I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
“that question didn’t even make sense.”
Via nappylikeyopappy: a mini manifesto