and not just because i'm a liberal

Unpopular opinion time: A lot of the hate Ayn Rand gets is because she was a womyn. The shit she says about self interest actually is very similar to other theories men have put forward and it is very telling that that is the thing she is most hated for. The number of “Ayn Rand hates children” jokes I see is just gross because like, when does a man ever get that shit? She is called rude, unemotional, ugly, unloving and basically a failed womyn by leftist men. And this is obvious misogyny? A million men advocate for the free market and of course Ayn Rand is the one that is hated because she was a womyn who interrupts men in interviews and advocates self interest!

At the end of the day a womyn advocating self interest and relationships based not on self sacrifice but on what you want and get fulfillment from is terrifying to leftist men because…well, what would that actually mean for womyn?

OMGCP characters as things my mom has said to me
  • Bitty: It's 3:30 in the morning and you have a sociology report due tomorrow why are you making a cheesecake
  • Jack: Hey could you step away from your hyperfixation for a second and look at this shirt design?
  • Ransom: [as im huddled in a ball under my bed] Is this because of school, the future, moving out, or all of the above?
  • Holster: I'm banning Moana songs from this house and it's all your fault
  • Lardo: If you don't stop drawing on your arms ill tape your fingers together
  • Dex: Did you...did you kick the dishwasher and then fix it BETTER than before you broke it?? ((note: this was a total accident))
  • Nursey: You look like a lesbian hipster in a portland vegan bakery
  • Chowder: If you called me in here just too tell me how nice your friends are AGAIN i'm adopting you off
  • Whiskey: Stop pretending you're cool we all know you cried over the Homeward Bound movie
  • Tango: I'll answer all of your questions about technology back in my day in a second just please for the love of god let me take a bath
  • Ollie&Wicks: How long have you been in the house?? i haven't seen you in like 3 days
  • Ford: You'd be a great politician, you're good at ordering people around and have a face that makes people inherently trust you
  • Johnson: please stop making me think about if i'm real or not while i'm buying toilet paper
  • Kent: You're never gonna get a boyfriend, your only redeemable quality is that cats like you
  • NOTE - im very very gay and like girls a Lot but im still in the closet, which is why these seem so uncharacteristically Hetero™

“You would not believe your eyes…” 

I saw my first fireflies for the year, and it made me want to try and paint something :’>

being an antizionist jew and discussing it on this website is so fucking annoying lmfao bc on the one hand we have zionist jews screaming about how our “internalized antisemitism” etc and on the other and we have non-palestinian goyim who shut us out of any conversation the second we try to shed some light on WHY so many jews (in the west especially) are zionists so that we can perhaps approach them and get underneath all the brainwashing they likely grew up with, and gain their support for our cause

like golly gee i, a jew, sure do love getting shut out of conversations about jewish nationalism by goyim who have no stock in the issue whatsoever other than earning their Good Tumblr Leftist points so they can yell about how antisemitism doesn’t matter because #FREEPALESTINE and really have no clue what the hell they’re even talking about

it’s not hard to tell when someone considers themself an antizionist because they’re truly against nationalism and settler colonialism and are for the liberation of palestinians, and when they’re actually just antisemites or following what they think they should because tumblr says so…this issue is so complex and i’m tired of seeing people discuss it in such a reductive way lol 

when antizionist jews try to explain the reasons why there are so many zionist jews (mostly, brainwashing and antisemitism) LISTEN TO US!!!! tackling these issues is the first step to making an actual change. otherwise your “activism” is performative and helps absolutely nobody.

It’s not “insane” to hypothesise that homosexuality might have been hated before women were. Gender serves both to separate the sexes into a “natural” complementary dichotomy (by magnifying the biological differences between them and creating artificial ones), and to enshrine and justify male supremacy. Gender has both a “male / female = yin / yang” side and a “male / female = dominant / submissive” side. Gay men are oppressed by the first one (because the natural complementary yin / yang aspect posits homosexuality as inferior, less natural, less fitting, making less sense) and privileged by the second one, which posits their sex as superior. Bi/het women are oppressed by the second one (the dominant / submissive side) and privileged by the first one, which posits their sexuality as superior. Lesbians are oppressed by both.

Radfems believe that the two have always been intrinsically linked, that the only purpose of that first aspect is to justify and solidify the second aspect (i.e. the more separate and different the two sexes are, the easier it is to claim that one is superior to the other), or that the first aspect exists only because of the second one (i.e. the artificial differences between the two sexes exist because men avoid doing “women things” because they hate women). In other words, they downplay the aspect that privileges them by defining it as a mere auxiliary to the one that oppresses them. By that logic, anything that reinforces that first aspect only reinforces their oppression, not their privilege. It’s a particularly useful logic when they do or say things that reinforce it.
But, although it’s difficult today to separate the two as they have become so entangled and synergistic - it’s possible that they weren’t originally linked, that the complementary yin / yang aspect was conceived first (as e-h said, in the context of the early hetero creation myths, for example) and that the dominant / submissive aspect was added to it later. It’s possible that the concept of the male / female pairing as natural & superior, vs. male / male or female / female = unnatural & inferior, existed before “male = superior vs. female = inferior”.

After all, you don’t need to believe that men are superior to women in order to believe that heterosexuality is superior to homosexuality. Homophobic radfems keep proving it. Deep down, a lot of bihet radfems believe that homosexuality is less natural than heterosexuality. You see this mentality on tumblr constantly (”how dare you suggest bi/het women stop dating men” vs. “being in a lesbian relationship is a luxury” = how can you expect me to resist the overpowering urges of my deep-rooted natural hetero attraction vs. homosexuality is a shallow bourgeois indulgence) but also in those “feminist utopia” books written by 2nd-wavers in which lesbianism no longer has any reason to exist now that women are liberated from male domination.

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anonymous asked:

how do you describe the difference between being liberal and being leftist? i always get "oh so you're a liberal then?" when i say i'm a leftist, and i have a hard time articulating the difference :/ how do you define it/how do you present this to people who ask abt your views?

liberalism glorifies individual choices while believing government as it stands is the best entity for preserving them. they seek improvement of the system rather than a complete upheaval of it. because of their affinity for the individual, liberalism is a natural ally to capitalism and the “choices” it provides. it doesn’t view capitalism as an institution as much as just individuals either making good or bad choices.

leftism fundamentally views society as being comprised of classes and institutions. therefore, choices are not made in a vacuum because of the impact of institutions. leftism encourages the individual to become aware of their larger social position/class and to unify against oppression. rather than simply improving upon unjust systems, leftism believes in revolution.

  • Every article from every godforsaken mainstream "feminism" site: I just wanna talk about how getting my nails done today was the most Empowering™ feminist act ever and how doing my nails and makeup and things that most women feel pressured to do is actually a radical activist statement when I do it because having long nails is my social praxis (I totally know what that means) and I'm using this $60 waste of money to overthrow the patriarchy. Also I'm just gonna throw around a bunch of buzzwords like "intersectional" while using "q****" both as a verb and as a way to describe myself even though I'm a totally gender conforming woman who literally only dates men.
The Most Difficult Thing about the Lord of the Rings fandom

….is that it has such a crazy range of politics/beliefs.

On one hand you have the staunch conservatives and fundamentalist Catholics who see Lord of the Rings as nothing more than a Christian allegory….

….and way on the other side of the spectrum you’ve got your Bleeding-Heart Liberals who argue the Shire is a socialist paradise, pipe-weed is legal marijuana, Everyone is Gay,  and/or that LOTR blurs gender roles by praising men who act stereotypically “feminine” (men who are compassionate/emotionally open, men who don’t want to fight, men who are healers and caretakers, men who cry, men who write poetry about their feelings, men who openly talk about how much they love each other, etc.)

On one hand there are actual horrible White Supremacists who pretend LOTR is an allegory for the “white race destroying inferior races…”

 …and then there are people who point out that Tolkien himself was vocally anti-racism, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest Tolkien wrote many of his characters as POC and his fandom just assumed they were white, Peter Jackson was wrong to portray all the main characters as white, and/or though we acknowledge its deep inarguable flaws the entire point of the series is that people of different races should accept each other as equals

And it’s really difficult???? Because usually when you meet another person from a fandom you can kind of guess what their politics are??? Like if you know someone’s a fan of Steven Universe, you can be 99 percent sure that person supports LGBT rights

But with LOTR 

The person could be anything

and you just have no idea

anonymous asked:

Okay so I'm gay and I'm all for equality & do my best to be open minded & respectful, but sometimes I catch myself not being so. Like sometimes I struggle understanding trans rights, even though I'm gay?! And sometimes I fall victim to the thinking of conservatives. Like we accuse conservatives of being close minded for not supporting LGBT rights, when liberals don't accept conservative views Ike being pro life... I don't know I just think it's hypocritical of liberals..

Ok so, not gonna lie, reading this was not fun. That being said, I sorta have this rule where if someone asks me a question, even if it’s problematic, I try my best to just answer calmly, hoping that if you’re asking a question it’s because you’re open to new ideas that might hopefully replace your existing ones.

Soooooo lets get started.

1. One of the biggest hurdles for the trans community is in fact the gay community, you expressing some sort of surprise that you, presumably a gay man, can at times feel transphobic would probably not come as any surprise to an actual trans person who has to deal with this all the time. Probably definitely saddens them, but not exactly surprising. I mean, the gay community by and large can still be very hostile towards trans people and some gay people will even casually shit all over trans people as a way of engendering themselves to conservatives as the Cool Gay. “Sure, I’m gay, but I’m not one of those liberal hippy gays, I believe in a gender binary, look at me and how much we have in common!” The thing is, yes, being a cis gay person makes it sometimes very hard to exactly understand what the experiences of a trans person are. The notion of feeling uneasy about ones gender, which for most of us is an aspect of our identity we just take for granted and don’t think about, is probably very alien to most cis people, even gay ones. However, you don’t really need to have an intimate understanding of every issue to simply respect that persons ability to lead a life that they feel reflects their most authentic self. At the end of the day, even if you’re someone who can never understand specifically what it feels like not be comfortable with your own gender, you can still hopefully understand that it’s not really your business to regulate other people’s lives. Conservative arguments about gender revolve around bathrooms - essentially making it impossible for trans people to work in a public building or even go out because once they leave their house they don’t have a bathroom to use. Their reasoning is the safety of others, specifically women and children, which is insane because there’s never been a single instance of a trans person attacking anyone in a bathroom and this whole argument is rooted in the same kind of bigotry that led people to characterize gay men as pedophiles for fucking years. So, I’m not really sure what about the conservative argument makes sense to you, personally I don’t see what right people have to regulate the private personal decisions of other citizens.

2. Next, women’s reproductive rights. Ok, so, the big problem here is pretty obvious just by the way you phrased your question, which was that you seem to view women’s access to their own reproductive rights as like this abstract argument. Sorta like, what should our tax rate be? 30% or 25%…. lets debate the merits of both sides and find out. The thing is, reproductive rights aren’t abstract. They may seem that way to men, even gay men, because men have no concept of how essential these rights are for women since our government at no point has ever regulated our lives and our bodies in order to trap us within certain moral norms.

But yeah, lets break this down a little. Why are reproductive rights so important to conservative ideology? Well, it’s actually not the Christian thing, since Christianity was completely silent on abortion throughout history until we began entering the industrial era. Why the change? Well because the shift from a pre to a post-industrial economy meant having tons of children was not feasible for most people anymore. Prior to industrialization if you wanted to lead a successful life you had to have children, lots of them, because children tended the fields, brought in the harvest, fed your animals, and the fact that kids didn’t always reach adulthood meant you had extra for just in case. Moreover, the industrial revolution made it very hard for families to survive one just one partners income, especially if you had more than just a couple kids. So what happens? Two things - women start going to work to help their families and they also start having abortions with much greater frequency because they literally could not afford these kids anymore. Now, why is this such an issue? Well because society up until this point was heavily invested in the idea of female domesticity, which was essentially a religious fable created by men that said women were the moral center of every family, which is why it was their jobs to raise the children and also to guide their husbands moral decisions. However, the only way women could stay pure enough to maintain this role was by not leaving the house, the public sphere was an ugly immoral place where people had to sell their virtues to get ahead and it was thought that if women were allowed to enter that world then morality as a whole would decay. It’s all bullshit, of course, but it was a very effective way of giving women the illusion of agency and influence while still keeping them locked up in their home. Plus, the fact that women were forced to believe that they were the pillars of morality created a sense of duty for them to stay with their husbands and fulfill their role. POINT IS, ok, so now women are leaving their homes, how do we fix that? Oh, right, lets make it fucking impossible for women to work or have careers by taking away their agency to make decisions about their own lives. Like, oh, you don’t want this fourth baby because it’ll prevent you from being able to have a job and your family will suffer as a consequence? Too bad! Sucks to suck #awomansplace. All that said, did any anti-abortion regulations ever actually stop abortions? NO. Women were still having abortions, the only difference was that they were having them in alley ways and butcher shops. They were getting sick from an infection or a botched surgery and dying and for what?? To have the same sort of basic agency and free will to determine the circumstances of their lives that men have always had as a given and take for granted.

Reproductive rights is essential to every other aspect of a woman’s life. It determines what level of education they can get, what their income could be, what sort of personal freedom they’ll have to go on vacation, or date, or just have a night out with friends, and sometimes it even determines whether they’ll live or die. And that’s what conservatives want. They want to use women’s reproductive biology as a tool to subjugate them and make them less independent, it’s a way of exercising patriarchal control over women by making those women dependent on either a man or government assistance just to survive financially. So, yeah, the lives of women aren’t simply an abstract idea you toss around, debating the pros and cons of, as if it’s all the same.

Call it hypocritical if you want, but I think that’s an awful mischaracterization of things because at no point in time are liberals ever trying to control or regulate a private aspects of a conservatives life. I think liberal ideology is about being accepting of whatever personal choices people make as long as those choices don’t have a direct negative impact on another persons happiness or freedom. It doesn’t mean accept anything without question. If a person wants to impose control on another individual then no, we won’t accept that, because people should not get to build their political ideology based on their ability to exert control into other people’s lives.

ANYWAYS, this has been super long and it honestly doesn’t even cover half of the complexities of these issues so I hope you’ll do your own research and keep thinking about these topics while also remembering that as a cis male your ability to actually understand the experience of others is limited, but that doesn’t mean you can’t educate yourself and try to empathize with those that are different than yourself and imagine how you’d feel if you were trapped in their circumstances.

halcyonsynthesis  asked:

You seem to be a very strong supporter of the NDP. Can you recommend some Canadian politics blogs that you follow that are either unbiased or strong supporters of the other parties? I love your blog, I'm just looking to see things from other perspectives.

There are no unbiased blogs, because unbiased people do not exist. I do like the NDP a lot, but I do post about important things that every party does (such as the Liberals Bill C-16 which just passed in the Senate).

There is one other popular Canadian Politics blog @fycanadianpolitics (whom you should follow too), but they’re even more left leaning than my blog is. :P

If anyone has suggestions of other blogs that support other parties, let me know.

I unfollowed a young person recently(18 years old). What prompted it was this kink meme ao3 fight. I’m so freaked out by her attitude. She literally wrote a person who writes more then a sentence in response to her hateful post, she’s not reading it. She is constantly claiming that people who are participating in kinkmeme are “old women”. This kind of unwillingness to listen to the other side and actually educate herself and derision towards old women expressing sexually is frankly the scariest thing I have experienced on this site. 

It’s prime example of how close mindedness and bigotry can be liberal also. Just because you are not straight or white, it doesn’t mean you can’t be wrong and bigoted. I’m not straight, many women who participated in kink meme or are defending it are queer or POC or both. It’s scary to think that young people are so unwilling to listen or learn and are so dismissive of their elders.

For the anon who asked:

Could you please draw us more Bo-Katan? For example Bo-Katan and Depa? Because you-know-what didn’t happen and Satine has be taken to heal to Coruscant by Obi-Wan and now the Jedi Order is helping Mandalore, for example?

AU in which Bo-Katan Kryze leads an army of Jedi ladies to liberate Mandalore, y/y?

get wrecked, Maul

anonymous asked:

I'm converting through reform because I believe in their mission and position on various aspects of Judaism (esp. the focus on social justice and the more liberal position thereof), but it does bother me a lot that Orthodox rabbis will never see me as a true Jew, or that the law of return doesn't apply to me. I don't even know where I'm going with this, I just think there really needs to be more dialogue on this issue between movements...

My wife converted Conservative. We had discussions about whether or not she wanted to convert Orthodox to be better recognized by more Jews but we ultimately decided against it for two reasons:

1. She disagreed with the role of women in Orthodox thought.

2. She didn’t want to have a dishonest relationship with G-d in order to please a set of standards she had no intention of living up to.

Your relationship with G-d is central to your Judaism. If you want to be a Reform Jew, be a Reform Jew. That’s all there is to it. If someone else has a problem with it, that’s their problem.

anonymous asked:

my mother just told me that If I married a woman tomorrow she wouldn't come to the wedding...She started a conversation about my brother's nail polish which turned into a conversation about queerness and how its wrong. I got mad and started arguing with her, she told me I am less christian that she is because I pick and choose what to believe out of Gods word, she is disappointed in my beliefs, and she can't believe I turned out so liberal. The whole thing gave me anxiety - I'm not-out-yet pan.

to put things into perspective - the government of the country i live in made a law against gay propaganda that just means “you are /not allowed/ to be openly anything but heterosexual in this country” which in turn means not even a slight chance of making same-sex marriages a thing over here at all so even if you wanted to marry the person you loved? well you wouldn’t be able to do that
and if a boy wore nail polish like your brother there would be a chance of him being beaten up in school/on the street/in an elevator/anywhere really…just for that. for a bit of paint on his nails.
and anxiety? anxiety doesn’t exist in russia, 99% of people you’d ask on the street wouldn’t understand the concept simply because we’re taught to just suck it up - depression is something to get over with, anxiety is imaginary and no one cares

so my mom wouldn’t even listen to me if I said anything about having romantic feelings for a person of the same sex as me - and not because she believes in god and whatever the bible says (or actually doesn’t say) about lgbtqia+ people - but because she is repeatedly told throughout her life that gay and trans people shouldn’t exist because they’re a mistake - so would she come to a wedding if it was even a thing over here? Hahahah no.

but then I still love her and I understand where this is coming from so I can’t blame her and I don’t want to argue about it all because it would hurt both of us. So I guess what I’m trying to say is in the end it’s up to you who you marry and love and it’s up to your mother to decide whether her beliefs are more important than her child. Arguing doesn’t really help but if there’s a chance that she might one day listen then just…talk to her. Calmly. Trying to understand where she’s coming from but also letting her see why it is important to you. Because who you are is important and whatever the circumstances I hope everyone gets a chance to be true to themselves.

anonymous asked:

Cliff, I'm really scared that I'll never have a job because I'm so obviously gay & trans. I've been trying to delete all my social media and sort of just try and pass as much as I can, but I don't know if that will be enough. I'd really appreciate your advice, what should I do? I'm at the point where I'm just considering detransitioning even thought that would just make be severely depressed and unhappy.

1. Where do you live?  If it’s an ultra-conservative area and you’re able to get out, by any means, do so.  Get to a state that’s green on this map or at least to a more liberal part of your state.

2. Have you been rejected from a lot of jobs, or are you afraid to apply?  If it’s the latter, you gotta try.  Just go in and be yourself and don’t apologize for it.  Unless things are so bad in your area that you feel physically unsafe, don’t assume you don’t have a chance without testing the waters.  There are more people than you might think willing to shrug and go “eh, as long as you do the job.”  (It’s not right, but: this may be more true for jobs “behind the scenes” than customer service work.)

3. Again, unless your physical safety is at risk: Don’t delete your social media.  Don’t try to pass as straight or as your assigned gender.  If you do that, you’ll always have a secret and always live in fear of being “caught.”  That’s something that a lot of LGBT people have had to live with over the years, but it’s awful and it should be a last resort.

4. Are there any LGBT-owned businesses or organizations that you might want to apply at?  LGB doesn’t always mean trans-friendly, but it’s a good place to start.

5. There’s some more guidance and resources here (PDF link).

anonymous asked:

Hey, how did you go about joining that organization? I wanna find one near me but I'm unsure of how to find one. I tried Google but it's not what I imagined lol thank u

hm idk. i found out about the group im in through facebook because i saw they were having an open meeting and i really wanted to get involved in something and i just kept going to meetings after that bc i liked them. im not sure exactly how u could find what specific groups are near u cause theres some that are only in one city but a few groups across america are

democratic socialists of america (demsoc obviously)

party for socialism and liberation (marxist leninist)

socialist alternative (trotskyist- this is the one im in)

workers world party (theyre MLs too i think but theyre also really annoying so i wouldnt bother with them im just putting them here so u kno they exist)

international socialist organization (trotskyist)

industrial workers of the world (theyre like an anarchist [?] labour union)

also theres probably an antifa chapter near you so u can look into that too.. uh this is all the relevant groups i can think of at the moment. and all these organizations have their information/platform on their site along with a list of where theyre located so u can see if theyre near you. also maybe just try googling stuff like “socialist organization” + wherever u live? and like i said also talk to people holding banners/at tables for orgs. at protests

I made another thing! Had to do A LOT of guesswork with this one with the shadows and such, so they’re likely not even close to perfect. I just love this manga cap to bits and pieces and this is my sad way of trying to rectify how much Brotherhood watered it down. THERE IS SO MUCH TOUCHING IN THE MANGA. GOD HELP ME.

anonymous asked:

For the shipping thing: I'm a 26 year old, pansexual, polyamorous, Atheist woman. I'm sarcastic as fuck, intelligent, highly interested in science just for the fun of it, and an aspiring filmmaker. I am 5'8'', have hazel eyes, am overweight, but trying to get healthy, and look forward to whatever the future has in store. I also am a big voice for equality and a proud liberal, but I hate SJWs, because extremes like them only make the real fighters for equality seem as bad as the conservative nuts

I ship you with Burr! When you get pissed about sexism in the news he will sit you down, make you a cup of hot chocolate and put on your favorite movie to calm you down because he knows and understands why you’re so mad.

anonymous asked:

I love the girl squad, but I really hope we see Sana get some female Muslim friends this season. It matters, having friends that you can relate to in even the smallest ways. The thing with the pizza...I feel her pain of being the Token in the group and having the others just not get it because it's not something they've ever had to consciously think about. Damn, I'm glad this season is about Sana.

Yes! Exactly what I’m thinking. We know Sana doesn’t have any Muslim friends from school, which we know is because she’s a lot more liberal than them, and might be because of Jamilla and Sanas brother too. I hope she has some Muslim girl friends in the mosque, or maybe that will be a theme here, Sana being lonely? I feel for her, though I can never understand how it is to be a hijabi in Norway I think everyone can relate to feeling different. I’m looking forward to learning a lot about Islam and how it is to be Sana, because I have several Muslim friends and this will definitely give a great perspective.

And Norway is definitely one of the better places to live for everyone, but never doubt that there isn’t discrimination here as well.
last summer, me and a friend was going on the tram. When we walked up to the stop there was a middle aged white man talking to three hijabis and a boy presumably Muslim as well.
The girls were saying “we can wear the hijab if we want to, it’s our choice”
He said, and I’m not even exaggerating:
“I don’t mind that girls wear a hijab. It’s hotter when I rape her and rip it off.”

I had never witnessed anything like that in my life. My friend walked up to him, he was over a feet taller than her, and she started arguing with him.
“I pity you, I really really pity you. You think god loves you more than someone who wears a hijab? You’re a disgusting pig”
And he threw his fist into the air as he entered the tram
“I don’t need god to love me, I love me!”

Anyways, it’s a bit off topic. But yeah, I really really think this season is gonna be something Norway needs right now. Especially considering trump, and coincidentally the terrorist attack in Stockholm. Our politicians says we will be attacked within a year, and of course people blame Muslims.