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The thing about Death Note is that it could have been good, if they had actually Americanized it instead of white washing it. I’ll explain the difference. 

Death Note is amazing, not just because of it’s interesting premise, art, and storytelling, but also because it asks audiences to ponder over various moral conundrums. Sure the larger questions of whether we can sacrifice the few for the greater good, and whether people/States have the right to take away the lives of other are fairly universal, but other shows, books, and mangas have asked the same questions. What makes Death Note so good is that it is deeply grounded in a specific place and political context. It is a commentary on early 2000s Japan. It is specific, yet understandable across many contexts. It asks old questions in new ways, and therefore gives us the opportunity for new answers. 

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young Native American girl found the Death Note. She’s 15 and pregnant, because Native American women are one of the most vulnerable groups to sexual assault in the United States. She knows who her rapist is. His name. His face. Because it is so rarely a stranger. She also knows the names and the faces of the congress member and representatives who are trying to push an anti-abortion bill that would even rule out an exception for rape. She knows the names and faces of every cop that laughed her out of the police station, and the doctors that asked her what she was wearing before refusing to do a rape kit. Imagine if this girl found the Death Note. 

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young Black boy found the Death Note. He’s been stopped and frisked for the second time that day, and his best friend was shot 16 times two years before because apparently, a wallet looks just like a gun. He knows the shooter’s name and face, the cop didn’t even get fired and that’s why he was able to frisk our protagonist today. He knows the names and faces of teachers who would rather send their students to juvie rather than detention, or even talk to them. He knows the names and faces of the preachers talk about uplifting the spirit while only caring about uplifting their bank accounts. Imagine if this boy found the Death Note. 

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young Filipina girl found the Death Note. She’s the only one in her family with papers. ICE raids are becoming more common, but the masks and the shields keep them nearly anonymous. Faceless men take her mother, then her brother, and finally her father. She doesn’t know their names and faces, but she’s had glimpses of ICE vehicle numbers and a knack for hacking. She knows the president, though, stoking anti-immigrant sentiments. Imagine if this girl found the Death Note.

Imagine if Death Note had actually been Americanized. Imagine a young white boy found the Death Note. And his name is Dylan Roof, Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Elliot Rodger, Jared Loughner, or Charles Manson. A Shinigami meets 4chan, MRAs, and the “alt-right”; death god meets god-complex meets white male supremacy. We don’t need to imagine what happens if these boys find the Death Note. We already know, but it would still make damn good television.

If instead, all we get is Light Turner, depoliticised and decontextualized, just another white face on another Japanese story, what is the point?

I wish we would stop calling certain bills/ideas conservative and start calling them bigoted. Don’t call bathroom bills conservative–call them transphobic. Don’t call adoption bills conservative–call them homophobic. Don’t call TRAP and other anti-abortion bills conservative–call them sexist. Don’t put discrimination on the same level of disagreeing about how big the Department of Commerce should be.

Vote Bernie Sanders why you should consider him for president

  • pushing for more taxes on the rich
  • favors equal pay for women
  • wants higher minimum wage
  • pro-choice
    • advocates for protecting the reproductive rights of women
    • has voted multiple times against anti-abortion policies
    • co-sponsored bill to ensure access to and funding for contraception
  • pro-gay rights
    • voted against constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman 
    • voted against banning same-sex marriage
  • wants to improve criminal justice system
    • voted yes on funding alternative sentencing instead of more prisons
    • reduce recidivism by giving offenders a second chance
    • voted yes on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment 
  • voted to legalize medical marijuana 
  • wants better education system
    • voted yes on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges
    • sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015
  • promotes conservation of the environment - prioritize green energy
  • loosening immigration 
    • make it easier to become citizens 
    • voted no on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment
    • voted no on more immigrant visas for skilled workers
  •  wants to expand Obamacare

i’m not going to “get over it,” i’m not going to “wait 4 years” and im CERTAINLY not going to “just give him a chance” because my morality is not determined by a show of rigged hands and i am not obligated to accept bigotry when the next person does.

i will not yield to the appointing of white supremacists, to a ban on muslims from a “free” country, to the notion that a man can freely lay claim to a woman’s body, to the declaration that mexican immigrants are thieves and rapists, to the mocking of the disabled, to sexism, to racism, to transphobia, to rape culture, to fascism, to hatred. a title changes nothing; makes him no less of a rapist, no less of a despicable person, no more deserving of my respect.

the healthcare, civil rights, climate change, and LGBT sections of the white house website were removed today. 46 anti-abortion bills are in front of state legislatures, the violence against women act is being repealed, planned parenthood is defunded, an entire country has lost affordable healthcare. this man has been in power for less than a day and already has blood on his hands, even were we not to count the blood spilled prior to today by his fascist followers.

i will not condemn protesters regardless of their method of protest. i refuse to value property over the voice of the oppressed. if a queer muslim girl wants to break a window because her country has said today in unison, “I WANT YOU DEAD,” i will hand her another brick.

i pledge opposition to the president of the united states of america, and to the electoral college and rigged election for which he stands; one nation, divided by bigotry, and led by rapists, nazis, and theocrats. :)
Texas lawmaker who introduced bill criminalizing abortion: Women should be more ‘personally responsible’ for sex
A Texas lawmaker who wants to criminalize abortion says he believes women ought to be “more personally responsible” for their sexual behavior. “Right now, it’s real easy,” Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, told the Texas Observer this week. “Right now, they don’t make it important to be personally

Someone needs to be personally responsible for Humpty Dumpty.

We have an anti that holds an ‘Ask to see your Ultrasound’ sign outside the clinic.  The clinic director passed us a note, wanting us to tell this anti that yes, many women do want to see the ultrasound, and we always let them if they want to.  They still continue with the abortion after looking at the ultrasound

From another escort.

This is a common trope in anti-choice lore.  If patients see the ultrasound, if patients see their babies, they will change their mind. 

They site number like “More than 90% of women change their mind about abortion after the ultrasound.”

This is false.

“ This latest study is much larger. Researchers analyzed 15,575 medical records from an urban abortion care provider in Los Angeles. Each patient seeking an abortion was asked how she felt about her choice: Those who made “clear and confident” replies were rated as having “high decision certainty,” while those who seemed sad, angry, or ambivalent were said to show “medium” or “low” decision certainty. (Only 7.4 percent of the women fell into the latter categories.) Patients underwent ultrasounds as part of the standard procedure, and 42.5 percent of them opted to see the images. Of those, 98.4 percent terminated their pregnancies; 99 percent of the women who did not look at the photographs ended their pregnancies. But here’s the thing: The women who viewed the sonograms and then backed out were all part of that 7.4 percent of women with low or medium decision certainty. Women who knew abortion was the right decision for them continued with the procedure whether they were shown the images or not. “

  “The main takeaway here is definitely that 98.4 percent of the women who saw their ultrasounds went on to get an abortion anyway.“ 

This doesn’t stop anti’s from saying it, but again, it is false. 

anonymous asked:

Ok so what did trump sign? Some people say it's an anti abortion bill and others are saying it's just a thing where people have to pay for abortions

“President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government funding.”

Here’s a biased cnn article-

Essentially the US taxpayers won’t be paying hundreds of millions of dollars towards foreign women’s family planning, birth control and abortions. I’m trying to understand why that was our responsibility in the first place, but I’m sure that’s just because I’m a evil patriarch.

“The United States spends about $600 million a year on international assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs, making it possible for 27 million women and couples to access contraceptive services and supplies.”

Another totally fair and balanced article from the Huffington post-

The good news is I’m sure that all of the people who are so pissed of about this can find a charity to donate to if they want to help women in 3rd world countries. I know it’s super xenophobic to say this but I personally don’t mind that more US tax payer money can be spent in the US. Crazy thought, I know.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry about the outcome of the election, Emma. I am sure that many people must feel a sense of betrayal towards a lot of their family/friends/neighbours etc who voted for Trump/third party, and are feeling lost and overwhelmed. I am not American so could you please tell me a bit about why Pence is so dangerous?

Ah, let’s see. Here are some fun facts about our next VP.

  • Pence advocated for conversion therapy, a practice that seeks to “change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight.” (x)
  • In 2015, Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a bill that made it legal for business or religious institutions to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals by asserting their “religious freedom.” (x)
  • Pence wants Roe vs. Wade (the Supreme Court decision that protects abortion) to be “sent to the ash heap of history.” (x)
  • In Congress, Pence has repeatedly sponsored legislation to give “personhood” rights to fertilized eggs, which would ban all abortions and possibly some forms of contraception. (x)
  • In 2007, Pence was the first member of Congress to introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood - this set off a trend that continues to this day and has gutted access to contraception, STI screening, and other basic health services, as well as abortion. (x)
  • After Pence cut funding for a rural Planned Parenthood, which was the only HIV testing center in Scott County, Indiana, it was forced to close its doors in 2013 and two years later, that county became the epicenter of an HIV outbreak (x/x).
  • Pence sponsored other extreme anti-abortion bills while in Congress, including one that would have that would have allowed Catholic hospitals to deny abortion even to pregnant women who would die without it. (x/x)
  • Pence signed every bill restricting reproductive health in Indiana that crossed his desk. (x)
  • Pence agrees with Trump’s plan to profile immigrants. (x)
  • Pence issued a discriminatory order barring Syrian refugee settlements in Indiana, which a judge ruled “clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin.” (x)
  • In 2014, Pence suggested that climate change being man-made isn’t a “resolved issue” in science. He also said in 2009 that science is “mixed” on the issue of global warming. (x)
  • In 2014, Pence overturned an energy efficiency program enacted by his predecessor, despite that fact that the Indiana Public Utility Commission estimated the program would create more than 18,600 jobs. (x)
  • While in Congress, Pence voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases and voted in favor of opening the Atlantic to offshore oil drilling. (x)
  • Pence has worked to build opposition toward the minimum wage. (x)
  • Pence has passed legislation that supports mass incarceration. (x)
  • Pence enacted harsh sentences for drug offenses, despite the fact that Indiana legal groups opposed the legislation. (x)
  • Pence believes that more gun ownership makes communities safer. (x)

And this isn’t even everything, but it should give you a good idea of why people should be very frightened of Mike Pence. Trump is absolutely despicable, don’t get me wrong, but Pence has a long track record of successfully pushing awful, discriminatory, and regressive policies. He also just holds a lot of terrible views in general, so we definitely wouldn’t want him as our president either.

I still say we pass a law that says at the age of 13-14, boys take their semen samples whatever, have it in a sperm bank, and get vasectomies. Can you imagine how much shit would go down because of that? No one would ever pass that bill, and yet they want to pass one on women against having abortions even if it was because of a rape. Doesn’t that seem beyond unfair? We should all have equal rights, so this just feels ridiculous to me that some men of this country are taking away the right to have an abortion. I understand it’s considered murder, but it’s no mans choice what a lady should do because he did it to her in the first place. As one of my teachers say, conception starts at erection. If they want to fix that, they can use their collected sperm in a dish or can get a reversal of the vasectomy. OK I’m done. On with the day.

Wendy Davis – elected to the state Senate in 2008 – made waves last June when she stood for nearly 12 hours on the Senate floor to filibuster an anti-abortion bill that shut down multiple abortion clinics across Texas. Davis has been a huge supporter of abortion rights throughout her campaign for governor – she is the target of infamous nickname “Abortion Barbie.” Davis trails Attorney General Greg Abbott by eight points in a recent poll – the smallest gap in polling numbers so far  – and has been in par with fundraising totals. Davis’s campaign released its first TV attack ad this month against her Republican opponent. 

“I’m proud to be an elected official who has fought for issues that have a unique impact on women.”

- Wendy Davis #Women2014 

Here’s What “Legitimate Health Care” Looks Like

Yesterday’s Senate vote against defunding Planned Parenthood was a victory for women’s health and rights thanks to all those who #StandWithPP — but the fight is far from over. Anti-women’s health politicians have made it clear defunding Planned Parenthood health centers will be a top priority for the House when Congress returns from recess. The politicians behind it keep saying what Republican Whip John Cornyn said last week: that if Congress defunds Planned Parenthood, other providers “can absorb the legitimate health care needs of women.” LET’S GET A FEW THINGS STRAIGHT. Three things, in fact.

FIRST OF ALL: The leaders of the defunding efforts have a long history of restricting women’s health.  

Politicians like Sen. Cornyn do NOT get to decide what is legitimate when it comes to women’s health. Sen. Cornyn is the same guy who inserted an extreme anti-abortion restriction in a bill intended to give justice to the people forced into modern-day slavery. And the records of fellow politicians pushing for a Planned Parenthood defund? They’re just as bad if not worse.

Take, for instance, Sen. Joni Ernst. She’s the one who proposed the bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. She’s ALSO the same person who:

  • Voted to defund Planned Parenthood in Iowa
  • Co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment
  • Applauded the Hobby Lobby ruling, and
  • Walked away mid-question when asked what Iowa women would do if Planned Parenthood got defunded

So, let’s all agree that they are not the authority on women’s health care.

SECONDLY: Sens. Ernst and Cornyn are consistently conflating abortion services with federal funding.

Yes, abortion represents three percent of the services Planned Parenthood health centers provide. But federal tax dollars don’t fund abortion, except under very rare circumstances. The vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding comes from reimbursement for visits to get preventive health care — like birth control, well-woman exams, and lifesaving STI and cancer screenings. Here’s just a snapshot of what Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses do with the help of government funding:

The bill Congress is voting on today would block patients who rely on public programs from this type of care, and have a devastating effect on ALL types of Planned Parenthood services.

THE THIRD THING YOU NEED TO KNOW: Other providers cannot “absorb” Planned Parenthood’s 2.7 million yearly patients like these politicians claim.

It’s a myth that other providers can fill the gap that defunding Planned Parenthood would leave. It’s simply not feasible to hand off the 2.7 million patients Planned Parenthood sees annually. No wonder American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin called the defunding “ludicrous.”

Why is it so difficult to transfer millions patients and government dollars? Because Planned Parenthood health centers serve an outsized role in meeting the family planning needs for those who rely on federally funded health programs. Planned Parenthood is the only source of family planning services in some areas — more than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas. From ending up in the emergency room to going without care altogether, people would seriously struggle to access quality reproductive health care without Planned Parenthood. So while Planned Parenthood health centers represent 10 percent of all publicly funded family planning centers, they serve 36 percent of all clients who obtain care from that network. And while Planned Parenthood comprises 13 percent of Title X clinics, they serve 37 percent of clients. 

What’s more, America has a reproductive health care provider shortage: Planned Parenthood provides high-quality reproductive health care to Medicaid patients at a time when a majority of Medicaid programs don’t have enough providers, including specialty providers like ob/gyns. Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid patients can’t simply see someone else because in many places there likely isn’t someone else.

Sen. Cornyn, of all people should know better… Here’s what happened when states prevented Planned Parenthood health centers from serving those who rely on publicly funded health programs:

  • In Texas, after the state cut Planned Parenthood health centers out of its family planning program for low-income women, the program served far fewer women. In fact, 54 percent fewer patients received care.
  • In Indiana, blocking Planned Parenthood from providing health care led to an unprecedented HIV outbreak.
  • In Tennessee, similar legislation passed affecting the distribution of funding for Title X, the nation’s family planning program. That move resulted in decreasing the number of Title X patients seen from 700-800 at Planned Parenthood to about 50 per month at a faith-based provider.
2013 On Tumblr

So throughout the year I have been recording every significant thing that happened on tumblr (to my knowledge, but then again, I am only one person) and since it’s New Year’s Eve I thought I should post it.

Let me just say, 2013 has been a jam-packed year.

  • 1st January: New Year Celebrations.
  • 7th January: Little Baby Ackles is announced.
  • 9th January: People’s Choice Awards.
  • 21st January: The Sherlock Fandom emerges as Arwel Wyn Jones starts to tweet pictures of the set.
  • 22nd January: NTA’s- Colin Morgan wins an award for Merlin and Martin Freeman and Bradley James pull the best disapproving faces when Downton Abbey wins!

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