I’m genuinely curious as to what a person who majors in gender studies puts in their resume. What are your qualifications?

- Best pasties at Amber Rose’s slutwalk.
- The least privileged person to graduate from Yale in 2017.
- Professionally fighting the cishet white supremacist capitalist patriarchy since I dyed my hair blue in 2012.
- Gold medalist at the oppression Olympics.
- Got told to “make [a white male] a sandwich” in 12th grade.
- Problem glasses big enough to spot a Trump supporter from 500 miles.
- Head of the Lena Dunham fanclub.

How do you “call out” well-meaning people who simply lack context and/or knowledge of a particular topic without putting them on the defensive? 

For all my abilities to easily write a scathing essay on why somebody on the internet is being an asshole, I don’t know how to tell people I interact with in real life that something they say, do, or like is actually harmful. 

  • I don’t know how to tell my best friend that her obsession with reality shows about drag queens is potentially offensive to a lot of trans women 
  • I don’t know how tell to the girl who shampooed my hair at the salon not to wear a kimono for Halloween
  • I don’t know how to tell my mother in-law not to say somebody might feel “gʎpped” because it’s not only derived from a slur, but also representative of a harmful ethnic stereotype (which I’m sure she doesn’t know)
  • I don’t know how to tell a woman daughter’s meandering travels as “living the gʎpsy lifestyle” 
  • I don’t know how to respond when people ask me ridiculous but well-intentioned questions about being Jewish, or how to reply when somebody I otherwise adore tells me they don’t like Indian food (which just makes me seethe inside)

How do I say “Your interests are harmful,” “Your idea is racist,” “Your language is offensive,” “Your comments are inappropriate and exhausting,” without putting somebody on the defensive and making things incredibly awkward? I know ultimately their feelings shouldn’t be as important as stopping the perpetuation of harmful concepts/words/etc., but it’s just not realistic to expect that we can always maintain our “call out” selves in all real-world situations, for a variety of reasons. I can write an essay on why I hate being wished a “Merry Christmas,” but then some person very sweetly, brightly says it to me, and my heart sinks because as much as I’m hurt and upset, I’ll also feel horrible if I make them feel bad.

So what do you do? How do you respond?

How do you fight the good fight when the last thing you want to do is start a fight? 

How Far Will North Dakota Go to Get This Pipeline?
The militarized response is escalating, Dakota Access construction is accelerating. To be clear: North Dakota is acting as trustee for the company, using what it considers the powers of state to make this project so.

The question is, how far will North Dakota go?

Is the state ready to arrest hundreds? Thousands? Tens of thousands? And then what? The illogical conclusion to that question is too terrible to think about.

You can’t have it both ways

If you want a character to be brown because “BROWN PEOPLE EXIST IN ___” then you have to accept that you can have a white character from a “brown” country too.

If you want a setting where the characters reflect the majority [ie: black people in africa], then you have to accept that stories set in “white” countries are going to have all/mostly white characters.

Either race doesn’t matter because its fiction, or it does because of accuracy. 

Decide what you want and stop being angry hypocrites when you don’t get your way.


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When Hillary asked me to be her running mate, what flashed through my mind was I’ve been in politics for 22 years; this is my ninth race. In all the previous eight races, I’ve been the guy with my name on the ballot, my name on the bumper sticker and the yard sign. And I’ve had all these strong women supporting me: campaign managers, Cabinet secretaries, agency heads; the voters that we get are more women than men.

And I remember thinking, “Wow, I’m going to have the chance now to not be the top of the ticket. I’m going to be a strong man supporting the first strong woman to be president of the United States.” And as important as it is to normalize that a woman can be president, it’s also important to normalize that strong men can support a woman as president.

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- Stringing Together Headlines; Painting a Bleak Portrait

- Waiting Eagerly for the Fall of White People

- Strange messages from the stars

I’ve never understood people who brag about being silent when it comes to controversial subjects.

Like, do you want a medal?
You want me to praise you for staying silent and not using your voice when it’s needed?
You want praise for consenting with the oppressor?
You want praise for “being above it all”???
Sorry to break it to you, but all you are is cowardly.

Afraid someone is gonna get mad at you and it might start an argument?
Let’s see, I’m pretty sure the equality and lives of these oppressed groups are way more important than your feelings.

Being silent is nothing to brag about.

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I don’t normally say that? but everyone is talking (shaming people) about how the Congressional elections are SO IMPORTANT - but nobody is educating folks on how to go about it.


Step 1:  OpenSecrets.org

Step 2: House.gov

Step 3: ontheissues.org


What if you do your homework and find that all of your reps are terrible? what then?

Well? Run for office! Why the hell not? Because at the end of the day you - even without any political experience? you might just be overqualified.

Hello, guys. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but in my beloved, you’d think civilised, beautiful country, located in central Europe, Poland, the basic human rights are about to be taken away from women. Why is that? The Polish government, inspired mainly by the Catholic Church (that has definitely too much power in Poland), has created an anti-abortion project. For now, abortion in Poland is legal in case of rape or if the mother’s/child’s life is in danger. If the anti-abortion project comes through (which is very likely) the situation of Polish women will change dramatically:

- aborting a pregnancy that has started because of rape will no longer be legal (3 months to 5 years of prison for the mother and the doctor),

- aborting a pregnancy that endangers the mother’s life will no longer be legal (3 months to 5 years of prison for the mother and the doctor),

- aborting a pregnancy in case of a fatal disease of the fetus will no longer be legal (3 months to 5 years of prison for the mother and the doctor),

- the project says that whoever puts the woman in a situation of a probable miscarriage could be charged of 3 years in prison, which in practice means that some of the medical exams (like the prental exam which helps to indicate if the fetus is healthy) could not be available because of the doctors being afraid of going to prison,

- it all also means that men could get easily away with rape, since the women would be afraid of going to the police in case they got pregnant and didn’t want to give birth to the rapist’s child (which they will now be forced to do),

- also, on the side of this project, the Catholic Church wants to make in vitro even less available for families struggling to have children, since apparently “it’s basically just killing unconcieved babies” (?? fuck logic),

- what’s more, they’ve recently withdrawn chemical contraception for women from the pharmacies (things like spermicidal gels, liquids, creams, vaginal suppositories) cause they’re apparently “dangerous for women’s health”, so now the only contraception available without a prescription are condoms,

- don’t even get me started with the level of sexual education in Poland which is basically non-existent. Recently, just this week, a 12 year old girl gave birth to a child. A 12-yr old!! She had sex (they said it was consensual, but who fucking even believes this shit) with a 29 year old man. The doctors said she didn’t even know what was going on during the labour, she of course had to have C-section because her body was obviously not ready to have a baby at such young age. There are so many cases like this.

- all of this is supposed to “help” with the demographic decline and to “encourage” people to have more kids. Let me tell you something - if anything this encourges me to is to not have babies  a t    a l l.

Let me also show you some of the social media responses of “pro-life” activists and give you a glimpse of what kind of shit Polish women have to deal with:

“If the pregnancy started because of rape, the only victim is the child that can lose its life.”

“If abortion is such a dramatic decision to make, it’ll be better to not let women make it. To ban abortion.”

“Womanhood is all about being in service of life. Women/female MPs who are against life, contradict their own womanhood.”

“All of these women screaming that “their belly, their choice” [should know] that the life in their bellies belongs only to the child. Selfish women, assassins like during Holocaust. You just lend your body to give new life. You should be happy you were not killed. There should be no abortion.”

“Abortion is barbaric (…) and it will be remembered as equally bad as genocide and gas chambers.”

I found these in 5 minutes. Women are treated with no respect, they’re believed to be stupid and not fit to make decisions about their own bodies. Men leading our country (most of them are very religious) want to decide about what we should do with our bodies. Please, help us. Spread the word. We are trying to fight this, but we’re in the minority… The world needs to know!!


Guys, if you wanna help, there’s a petition to sign!!