People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.
—  Jason Read

Fred McQuire and George Martinez were together for 45 years before getting married in California this summer. When Martinez passed away in August, McQuire wasn’t eligible for social security and veterans benefits because their home state of Arizona bans marriage equality.

In order for benefits to be received, a death certificate must be issued listing the surviving spouse — so McQuire sued the state for one. And this week, US District Judge John Sedwick ruled that Arizona must recognize them as married. The decision only applies to this couple, and does not legalize marriage equality in Arizona. 

McQuire said in a statement via Lambda Legal, ‘I’m ecstatic and so grateful that my marriage to George is recognized. My birthday is next week and this is the best birthday present I could have ever hoped for. This is the highest honor that we could offer George and his memory—he would be so proud. Even though this ruling is for George and me, I hope this is going to help other families, too. No one else should have to deal with the pain and humiliation of not being able to take care of something as simple and sensitive as a death certificate for their spouse.’ 

Sending him all the love in the world. Congratulations on a well-deserved victory. 

anonymous said:

Making fun of male problems but crying over the word bossy, focusing on women in video games instead of women in third world countries, telling others to check their privilege while on their iPhones & laptops & tablets, using gay people as a crutch for their movement, avoiding female-on-male abuse, saying that men can't be raped, using female celebrities to raise feminist propaganda, false rape claims, censoring everything, putting down egalitarians.

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The thing I have noticed about headlines in North America is that no matter someone’s status of residency or citizenship, the way a POC is identified usually depends on what they did to be in the news. If someone does a good deed they immediately become “California man” or “Alberta woman” but the moment someone commits a crime or an act of violence or hate, then they are suddenly identified by religion and ethnic origin (e.g. “Muslim man” or “Indian woman”) because Western media only wants to take claim of its non-white citizens when it’s convenient for them.

I am a feminist.

I am a feminist. 

Being a feminist does not mean that I hate men. 
I love men, and I believe in equal rights for men and women.

Being a feminist does not mean that I want to replace the patriarchy with a matriarchy.
I hate the patriarchy, but what I want is men and women working together in mutual respect of one another.

I am not a “mean, hairy, lesbian.”
I’m a relatively nice, not-so-hairy, bisexual. <— which has nothing to do with my being a feminist…
If you’re a mean, hairy, lesbian, good for you. You just do you. 

As with all institutions, feminism has it’s extremists who try to fight hate with hate, but feminism isn’t about hate.

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