We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “that’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you were afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly. “But,” I continued, “as a young woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.” The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.
—  Homophobia: the fear that another man will treat you like you treat women.
Andrew Sullivan

anonymous asked:

Anon, Benedict is incredibly sexy without his voice. The way he carries himself, his general charisma, and not to mention how immensely talented he is. Also, have you seen that smile? That smile lights up my entire day no matter how shitty life can be for me in that moment. If that's not sexy, then I don't know what is.

anonymous asked:

anti-vax propoganda is also ableist in the way in which it prioritizes the opinions/feelings of able-bodied people over the safety that herd immunity provides for immuno-compromised people who can't safely be immunized.