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Nina Simone (1933-2003) is one of the most recognizable voices in jazz – a famous and prestigious singer, songwriter, and pianist, earning the nickname “High Priestess of Soul”. She was also active in the civil rights movement in the United States.

Despite a well-received audition at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she was ultimately rejected, an incident which she blamed on racial prejudice. She gained popularity by singing and playing piano in bars, and was soon recording both studio and live albums. She routinely included messages in support of civil rights in her performances.

theantifade  asked:

Hey what was the movie you just reblogged the series of gifs from? About the non intersectional suffragette movement

Hi, it’s from Iron Jawed Angels, an HBO TV movie.

Readers, we’re referring to this post

Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Katja von Garnier. The film stars Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O'Connor as activist Lucy Burns, Julia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt.

The film focuses on the American women’s suffrage movement during the 1910s, and follows women’s suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective nonviolent strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote. The film was released in the United States on February 15, 2004.”

Feminist and lesbian politician Kathleen Wynne visited a Canadian mosque to show that we should embrace Islam and we are all equal.. She was made to sit in the back corner away from the men as Islam teaches that a woman praying infront of a man makes the man’s prayer invalid. The woman, even with every piece of her skin and her body shape forced to be hidden, is a distraction to the men and must be separated. This is all under the assumption she has permission from her husband to leave the house first, of course. 

Wynne must also have forgotten the part while she was giving her speech about equality, where if she visited any of the main 13 Muslim countries, she would legally be killed for being a lesbian and a further 3 would arrest her. 

But Muslims outside of these countries don’t hold these views, right? They hold our equal western values, right? Well a 2007 survey of British Muslims showed that 61% believe homosexuality should be illegal, with up to 71% of young British Muslims holding this belief. A later Gallup poll in 2009 showed that none of the 500 British Muslims polled believed homosexuality to be “morally acceptable”. This compared with 35% of the 1001 French Muslims polled that did. According to a 2012 poll, 51% of the Turks in Germany, who account for nearly two thirds of the total Muslim population in Germany, believe that homosexuality is an illness.

Another YouGov poll for Muslim students was conducted across 12 universities in the United Kingdom and it found 40% support the introduction of sharia into British law. A third support the notion of a worldwide Islamic state based on sharia law. 40% feel it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to mix freely. A quarter have little or no respect for homosexuals and that men and women aren’t equals. While 32% of them said that killing in the name of their religion was acceptable. 

And these American kids complain about a cake not being baked and having to leave their mini skirts out of the classrooms. Oh the cruel, primitive western white oppression. 

You don’t need birth control, you want birth control. It isn’t a needed to not get pregnant, you just want to have sex.

If you’re going to try to say, “I need it to not get pregnant,” Then I’m going to reply, “Then only true way not to get pregnant is not having sex, since contraception fails.”

If it’d alright for someone to tell a man, don’t have sex, then it’d alright to tell a women to. You don’t need the pill to not get pregnant, you want it, you don’t need to have sex, you want to.

Don’t even pull the, but it helps with my period line. I’m a girl, and I’ve survived through my periods without it, and you still don’t need it, and it actually messes with the reproductive system, which is why the male pill was stopped.

You don’t need those pills, you want them.

Heroes. All of them.

“ Strong Female Character ”

That identifier has come to mean so much in today’s world of books, movies and television shows.

Although the word ‘strong’ generally refers to physical strength, a strong female character isn’t restricted by it.

I believe that this label is basically given to girls that are human beings.

And what do I mean by this?  Females have been depicted to be one-dimensional, static and subdued for so damn long that they became the norm of depicting women. And then, when female characters that smashed these stereotypes came along, we labelled them ‘strong’. Are they? Yes, undoubtedly. Because these strong female characters represent actual women and girls. Hell, because they represent actual human beings. They are ‘strong’ because females are strong.

But what does that strength look like? It looks like the three million people who organized and attended the Women’s Marches worldwide. It looks like anyone and everyone. Because we are all strong.

Strong female characters are those who find strength in their weaknesses, perfection in their flaws, courage in their fear, intelligence in their stupidity, happiness in their sadness and beauty in their imperfections. They are selfless and selfish, kind and crude, loving and vengeful, quiet and boisterous, shy and vulgar, organized and unorganized, friendly and malicious, confident and stubborn, sassy and callous. They might love kids and hate kids. They might not want to have kids.

They are not limited to what society tells them they can or should be. They make their own choices to act and live however the hell they want.

They are actual humans. Nothing more and nothing less.

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Woman Work

I’ve got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I’ve got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
‘Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You’re all that I can call my own.