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Why it's so important that Feminism is called Feminism

  With all of the recent posts about “menism”, I was thinking about how it might’ve been better if they had called Feminists, genderists. Since the principles of feminism are in fact based simply on gender equality, there might be less fuss if the title didn’t focus simply on the feminine aspect. But then I realized this is exactly why Feminism needs to be called Feminism; the fact that people believe, because the word is rooted in femininity deems it less worthy of their time and respect. The fact that the idea of feminism is fought against, simply because it begins with “fem” illustrates society’s blatant disrespect and lack of equality towards women. I want to live in a world where an idea isn’t rejected simply because it’s literary roots are based in femininity. 

Old Man

Softly slowly gently breathing
a subtle meditative dream
the cool morning breezes
of late September
the only stirring
the only sound
silent rhythm in and out
peace be still be still be still
on the precipice of a greater
awakening
this sorrowful suffering world
I’d liberate
the lost would find their guiding light
someone must set the children free
then upon arising from my respite
I found an old and lonely man
and inside I heard a child’s plea
old man your dreams are noble indeed
but it seems I’ve one question
you cannot answer
I’m lost, shattered and afraid
and who old man shall rescue me

also i'm really sick of social justice t-shirt and poster making companies using really borderline generic designs

take this image by Liberation Ink for their Assata Shakur t-shirt

i’m sorry, but there’s nothing about this design to remotely suggest that this is Assata and not just a woman with an Afro

there’s nothing unique about her features or presentation to convince me that she’s Assata

its like, i get the economy behind designing like this 

its an image that’s easy enough to mass transfer onto many t-shirts without very little effort

but if we’re going to make “liberation” or “revolutionary”/”social justice” t-shirts

can they be revolutionary in the sense that the graphic design is a celebration of our natural features, reclaimed beauty, and a shifting aesthetic politic that decolonizes itself?

Ink for a good cause

My tattoo artist did an amazing thing today: She did small tattoos for anyone who’d come in and donate 50€ to an organization to rescue dogs from a killing station. I got this wolf on my arm, the first part of my arm sleeve. If you like the design, check out Agentotter s art :)

Here are the dogs we did this for:

And this is my new tattoo:

Viet Unity repping Liberation Ink!


Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Viet Unity has had several formations in the last decade. Currently in a re-formation stage, Viet Unity identifies as a grassroots Vietnamese collective. We are involved in projects supporting those affected by British Petroleum’s disastrous oil spill and organizing with our brothers and sisters across the United States.

We believe in self-determination of peoples in the Vietnamese Diaspora, and stand in solidarity with peoples’ struggles for self-determination all over the world.

We believe in power for the people, meaning that all stakeholders have equal voice and decision-making power.