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

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While bias has been experimentally demonstrated, it’s hard to study in the real world: Just as it’s hard to isolate a single environmental pollutant’s effect on human health, it’s been near impossible to isolate gender as a variable in the real world and watch how it affects a person’s day-to-day experience.

Until now. Trans people are bringing entirely new ways of approaching the discussion. Because trans people are now staying in the same careers (and sometimes the very same jobs) after they change genders, they are uniquely qualified to discuss the difference between how men and women experience the workplace. Their experience is as close to the scientific method as we can get: By isolating and manipulating gender as a variable and holding all other variables—skill, career, personality, talent—constant, these individuals reveal exactly the way one’s outward appearance of gender affects day-to-day interactions. If we truly want to understand women at work, we should listen carefully to trans men and trans women: They can tell us more about gender in the workplace than just about anyone.

—  Interesting New Republic article revisits the question NPR’s Shankar Vedantam posed in his excellent meditation on our hidden biases by looking at how transgendered people are uniquely positioned to know what it’s like both to swim with the current and to struggle against it. 

Senate Republicans rejected a measure written by Senate Democrats aimed at bridging differences in pay between men and women. The Paycheck Fairness Act fell short 52-40, failing to clear a 60-vote procedural vote hurdle on Monday evening, the third time the measure has failed since spring of 2012. That might be the last vote this year on Democrats’…

Are you fucking kidding me?

The same GOP that ELEVEN DAYS AGO tweeted this?

Then ELEVEN DAYS LATER unanimously voted against an equal pay law?

Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me.

Do they think that our memory is less than a week and a half long?  Are they that arrogant?

She's everywhere

She hangs around my neck in the necklace I wear,

Whose words spell out love.

She lingers on my lips,

In the smile I get when I think of her.

Her smell clings to my skin,

Since in sleep it soaks through the shirt she gave me.

Her smile rests in my cheeks,

Since I cannot think of her without smiling as well.

She’s in every song I sing,

Since love and her name became synonymous.

She’s in every word I write,

Because a write must get their inspiration from somewhere.

She is my inspiration. She is my rock.

There’s something in her voice that tastes like addiction,

And I’ll never be able to get enough.

She’s mine and I promise you that,

As long as she does not give up on me…

Forever with her is where I will continue to aim to be.

anonymous said:

When asked about Ferguson, you said that you weren't there so you didn't know exactly what was going on but there were a few blogs on tumblr, and across the internet, that chronicled the events in Ferguson through a live stream. The thing is, if you really cared about justice and equality, like you said you did, you would have done everything you could to stay abreast on the situation. I don't think you're as big of an advocate for equality as you say you are.

I guess I’m more of an advocate for salvation, education, morality, and righteousness than for equality. Equality is important, but I’d rather spend time on evangelism, teaching, and devotion than wading through news articles that have conflicting stories and political biases.

I’ll pray for the situation, as well as pray for those who God is using to bring about His will in that area, but honestly God has called me to make a difference in my own city. I’m not saying that I can’t make a difference in Ferguson, or in the lives of the people connected with the situation. With God’s help I could.

I’m saying that’s not my difference to make right now. Maybe that’s yours though. Maybe this passion you have for the people and for the unrest is given to you by God as fuel for the impact you’re going to make. If so, may God bless you in your efforts. 

On Notice: It is Time Scott Lively and Robert Oscar Lopez End the Export of Hate

Do you know the truth about Scott Lively? He might be running for governor of Massachusetts, but he’s also an active force behind the spread of the anti-LGBT movement worldwide. #EndtheHate

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Robert Oscar Lopez might seem like a harmless English professor, but in reality he has traveled around the world advocating against LGBT rights and is a rising star on the international anti-LGBT scene.

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Learn the truth about Scott Lively and Robert Oscar Lopez here:
http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/on-notice-it-is-time-scott-lively-and-robert-oscar-lopez-end-the-export-of #EndtheHate

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