Breaking news: Not only women get pregnant! Not only women have periods! Not only women take birth control! Stop excluding and offending thousands and thousands of people when you could change a single word from “woman” to “person”! It is easy for you and means the world to someone else!
“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
― Adrienne Rich, who was born on this day in 1929
Lindt Logic: How the Autistic Community United with Humor in the Face of Ignorance and Dismissal
On March 10, 2015 Lindt Chocolate
posted a tweet from Autism Speaks (@autismspeaks) on their US Twitter
account (@Lindt_Chocolate) that they would be hosting their 6th
annual Gold Bunny Celebrity auction in support of the organization.
Autism Speaks has received criticism from primarily Autistic
activists as well as some non-Autistic allies for its rhetoric
regarding Autism and its allocation of its funds in the ten years of
For the most part, Autism Speaks has been silent towards its
protesters, an irony when their motto proclaims that “It’s time to
One method of protesting the
organization is contacting corporations who sponsor it and informing
them of the actions the organization has taken. Most sponsors have
taken to ignoring the boycotts entirely, but Lindt decided to take an
odd turn; they technically responded to some of the protesters, but
showed that they clearly were not aware of the content of their
Both messages are identical, aside from
the Twitter handles of the persons involved: That Lindt Chocolate
“(Thanks us) for (our) perspective” and that we should “contact
Autism Speaks with questions.” This demonstrates a lack of
attention to the protests in question, as the people who were
contacting Lindt were not asking questions about Autism Speaks itself
but were either asking why Lindt supports them or explaining that
because Lindt supports them that they would no longer be purchasing
their products. Contacting Autism Speaks would do nothing to resolve
either of those points. I myself demonstrated the audacity of
shifting the responsibility to the organization being sponsored in
one of my responses:
The fact that Lindt showed ignorance,
willing or not, to the parties in question shows, to me at least,
that they are not truly compassionate or attentive towards the
autistic populace, and merely seek a mutually beneficial commercial
relationship with Autism Speaks for a tax break and public relations
purposes, as the organization still has a large public footprint as
an organization related to autism.
This is a major problem with corporate
sponsorship: Very rarely do corporations demonstrate any kind of
ethical analysis when donating to charitable organizations. If the
organization has a high profile and is tax-deductible, that is all
that is needed for the corporation to donate to it, no matter where
the money goes or the actual message the organization sends. And in
the case of Autism Speaks, the organizations donating to it ignore
the very voices of the people the organization claims to represent.
In reponse to Lindt’s absurdity in
their response to the autistic protests, I revived a tag called
#LindtLogic and purposed it for humorful demonstrations of the meaning of
Lindt’s response. After a while, another autistic commenter joined in.
“But that organization is really bad because-”
“Then you should contact them, not me. I don’t know or care where my money goes.”
— Cass (@nappeapproves) March 11, 2015
“Why are you paying for that person’s gas? They’re trying to run me over with their car!” “Talk to them about it.” #LindtLogic
— Cisco Buitron (@AskCisco) March 11, 2015
The fact that the autistic community
has rallied together in support of each other and against
organizations that seek to speak for them rather than with them is an
amazing phenomenon, and I hope to see it continue in the future.
Literally everything I want to be. She is on the list of most influential teens, at only 14 is the new face of transgender activism. If you haven’t bought her book, reconsider (the most heartwarming 10 dollars you’ll ever spend):
This girl is incredible in every way. She is probably my biggest role model, and gives me hope that I might inspire somebody as much as she has, and all of you can do the same. Here is a link to her instagram, and here is a link to her facebook business page.
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“The complaints we hear today about “slacktivism” are identical to an earlier generation of complaints about “armchair activism.” Where today we hear that actions performed via the Internet are too simple to make a difference, in the 1970s we heard that actions performed via the mail or the telephone were too simple to make a difference.”
"The notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone could live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are the first ones to give up their souls, their freedom. Your desire that it be that way will enslave you and make your life vacuous." ― Cormac McCarthy, who was born on this day in 1933
The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage.
Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups.
“It used to be that when media wore PRESS emblazoned on their vest, or PRESS or MEDIA was on their vehicle, it gave them a degree of protection” because reporters were seen as independent civilians telling the story of the conflict, Pruitt said.
“But guess what: That labeling now is more likely to make them a target,” he said in a speech at Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
I am so gay, because 1 of 12 trans people will be murdered. I am so gay, because the same systems that say gay people are less than and need to conform and abide by what the systems says is normal is the same system that promotes police brutality and discrimination. But, most importantly, I am so gay because I had such loving resources that provided me with so much strength, like my parents, that it would be selfish and wrong not to share that with the people that do not have them yet.
In this powerful talk, Thomas Lloyd talks about taking pride in owning his identity and the strength that stems from that ownership. He talks with admiration about a movement that learnt that changing a community is much easier and much less damaging than changing one’s own identity. In his journey he has learnt to walk in solidarity with not only those he identifies with but also other marginalized groups in society.