march against racism

9 Reasons Why I Can’t Stand Modern-Day Feminists

1. They constantly victimize Women, and I find it insulting.
Treating women like victims instead of empowering them does nothing but hold them back. Many don’t feel disadvantaged as a woman and no one needs other women making them feel like a victim when they’re not.

2. They try to convince me that I’m a feminist when I tell them I’m not.
“Oh you’re not a feminist? So you don’t believe in equal rights for men and women?”
“No. That’s not what I said.”
“Well if you believe in equality, then you are a feminist.”
“But I’m not a feminist.”

3. They claim to want equality, but expect special treatment.

Feminists like to think men and women are the same, but freak out the second men start treating them like men and don’t pay for their meal on a date. Feminists want men to become feminized and sensitive, rather then masculating themselves for equality. Then they end up losing interest in these feminized men because deep down they’re biologically repulsed by them.


4. They trivialize rape by broadening it’s definition into the grounds of consensual sex.
Feminists claim drunk women can’t consent to sex, and if a woman has sex while while intoxicated and regrets her decision afterwards, she might as well consider herself raped. Feminists also refuse to acknowledge false rape accusations by women and female perpetrators of rape.

5. A lot of them are Marxist socialist vegans.
I don’t really have an issue with this at all, but has anyone else noticed this correlation? I find it peculiar.

6. They get offended too easily and make women look crazy.
Feminists make everyone walk on eggshells and are constantly awaiting the opportunity to show everyone how educated they are about the evil patriarchy and feminism in general. Anything negative said about women will be promptly used as a feminist’s platform to tell everyone how misogynistic and brainwashed they are.

7. Feminists fail to see the redundancy in the modern-day feminist movement.
The world’s most annoying feminists usually come from countries where women are not even disadvantaged. Countries where there are laws against rape, harassment and abuse.
But what about the gender pay gap? Well, That brings me to my next point…

8. Feminists refuse to acknowledge that the gender pay gap is the result of women’s choices, not sexism.
You’ve probably heard it a million times; women get paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. It’s been used time and time again when feminists talk about how women are still unequal in modern-day Western societies.
What they’re not telling you is that these wage gaps are not the result of gender discrimination, but the result of women’s choices.
Women are less likely to take dangerous, high-paying jobs and less likely to work in high-paying computer and engineering fields. Even in the same field, men are more likely to pursue specialized careers with higher levels of stress. Men are also more likely to pursue dangerous jobs that involve demanding physical labor, which generally pay more than less taxing jobs. Men also work an average of 9% more hours than women.

9. Feminists refuse to acknowledge that men and women are different.
Unless they’re talking about what evil rapists and murderers men are.
Neither gender is better than the other. Our differences work together in a beautiful symbiotic way, and feminism, for whatever reason, is essentially destroying that. Men and women have different priorities, we have different strengths and different weaknesses. There is nothing wrong with that, and the sooner feminists realize this, the better.

And yes I realize not all feminists are like this. But far to many are.

debunking the bullshit about France

Ok. I’m SO tired of this. Recently, I saw this kind of things a lot of times on Twitter : 

I think most of you are aware, but I must say it : this is a lie.

I REPEAT : THIS IS A PURE LIE.

Please, don’t just believe things like that. Please, don’t fall for fake scary news about what is happening everywhere in the world, without check it seriously.

First of all, THERE ISN’T NO-GO ZONES IN FRANCE. In 2015 when the Charlie Hebdo attack happened, Fox news said there were zones non-muslim people couldn’t even enter, and where this is a civil war. Of course this is a lie, and the map of this guy is like, totally random

I mean, really, absolutely random. 

THIS.
IS.
A LIE.

I’m so mad that this thing is still on the internet. Apparently, there are still people who believe this. I don’t even know how to say it : please don’t believe the bullshit only said to make you afraid…

What is actually currently happening in France : there are protest marchs in Paris against racism, and to support Théo, a young black man who has been raped by cops. (yep. disgusting. and people are angry, they march to protest. I mean, I don’t see anything wring with this. Pamela Geller talks about this in her article, but this has nothing in common with the “no-go zones” that don’t even exist.)


Plus, after checking quicly Pamela Geller’s page, I think she just tell lies after lies for the sake of islamophobia. But apparently, according to the comments, people actually believe her ?????

^ This one is made up out of nothing. lies again.

Please don’t fall for this.

Please, PLEASE, don’t fall for this shit.

(a last example and I stop. Sorry I only speak about France because it’s what I know best, since I live here…)

^nope

- An guy did try to attack soldiers with a machete. He was shot and apprehended.

- Tourists were “locked down” by the soldiers for security reasons, not because they were ostages or something.

- France isn’t on edge. People barely talked about this.

MEANWHILE, HE DIDN’T SPEAK ABOUT THE ACTUAL ATTACK IN QUEBEC, WHERE SIX MUSLIM PEOPLE DIED.


I hate reading comments in English on social media who believe all of this. I hate reading comments that either hate us, pity us, saying : “these countries host refugees and see how they are rewarded !!!”. Because it’s nothing like you think.

Yes, true, some refugees are taken care of, in a way ? And most of them are still living a nightmare here. I mean. In Paris, for example, authorities have forbidden people to give them anything to eat near the humanitarian center. They put rocks on the ground where they used to sleep. They confiscated their blankets.

Please, I’m begging here. I’m talking to all American people : stop falling for the bullshit they say about us to make you afraid. Please don’t believe we’re a generous contry for refugees (no). Please don’t make an example of us (or an excuse) to be cruel towards refugees. Please don’t use attacks that happened here to hate innocent muslim people.

And please. Stay informed. This is important.

Good luck in these tough time, America. 

The march against racism - 1983-2013

I’m glad to see many people walking together again this year ♥ 

“The first march began in the district of La Cayolle in Marseille, October 15, 1983. Only seventeen persons started the march (nine from Les Minguettes) in a virtual indifference. During the march, more and more marchers joined them. Arriving in the city of Salon-de-Provence, one single person welcomed the marchers, but when arriving in Lyon and Vénissieux during the 15th day (October 29), a thousand of people welcomed the group. At Grenoble, October 31, 1983, 32 persons constituted the permanent marchers’ group. The 36th day in Strasbourg, they are joined for one day by the Secretary of State delegated to family, to population and immigrants workers issues. The movement was growing more and more. When finally arriving in Paris, the march lasted exactly 50 days, and permanent marchers marched 1500 km. On December 3, 1983, the march ended with a demonstration in Paris, attended by more than 100,000 people. A delegation was received by the President of the French Republic François Mitterrand.”

Text from Wikipédia

anonymous asked:

Riz Ahmed is cancelled. Have you seen his instagram picture with actual trash can Lena Dunham?

Listen, not every celebrity is perfect. I am sure John Boyaga or Mark Hamill as innocent seeming as they are probably have done something problematic we do not know about [who knows, John could secretly ship F/innlo while Mark could have cheated on his wife with like Harrison Ford or something I dunno].

Now I am not excusing Lena Dunham. But someone taking a Photo with a problematic person doesn’t make them a Bad person. While yes, denying a person is bad is bad…. Let’s look at some of the things that Riz Ahmed had done you are overlooking due to a photo with a problematic trash can:

  • Marched the Woman’s March in London
  • Speaks out against Racism including the Islamophobia he faces
  • Covers the lack of Diversity in Media [again covering how is typecasted as a terrorist]
  • Was one of the many to be vocal over Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Comercial
  • Supports Enviormental Causes I believe.
  • Worries that he’s disappointing his mother [see the Riz Ahmed Googles Himself Video]

So just like we haven’t canceled Carrie Fisher for sleeping with a married man, and Harrison Ford being said Married Man yet, let’s not Cancel Riz for taking picture with a trash bag. People take pictures with human garbage all the time.

Ps: While I am a fan of Adam Driver….WHY ARENT YOU CANCELING HIM HE STARRED IN THE DAMN SHOW? If Riz doesn’t get a pass he shouldnt either.

USA. Mississippi. Hernando. Summer of 1966. Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot. Meredith was leading the March Against Fear to encourage African Americans to vote when he was shot. He completed the march from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi, after his wounds were treated. 

This picture won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1967.

Photograph: Jack Thornell

On This Day: June 15
  • 1215: King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta.
  • 1381: One of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt, Wat Tyler, is killed by Lord Mayor of London.
  • 1865: Anarchist Bernard Lazare born in Nîmes, France. He was an author, journalist, defender of Dreyfus. Collaborated on the journals Les entretiens politiques et littéraires and Temps nouveaux.
  • 1913: United States troops end Moro Uprising against US colonization in the Philippines, massacring 500.
  • 1917: The United States government arrested Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman. Charged with conspiring against the draft, they were convicted and sentenced to two years in prison with the possibility of deportation at the end of their term.
  • 1920: Three black circus workers lynched in Duluth, Minnesota after incorrect rumors they had raped a girl.
  • 1923: Kurt Gustav Wilckens dies in Buenos Aires. He was a militant German anarchist, known in Argentina for having avenged the massacre of hundreds of workers on strike in the repression unleashed by the Argentine government.
  • 1943: Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) founded in Chicago. Inspired by Gandhi, their goal full civil rights for African Americans.
  • 1944: In Saskatchewan the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, wins landslide election to become North America’s first socialist government.
  • 1947: CIO expels Fur and Leather Workers & American Communications Assn for “communist” activities during McCarthy era.
  • 1962: The SDS completes the Port Huron Statement.
  • 1966: James Meredith’s March Against Fear (against racism) arrives in Granada, Mississippi.
  • 1970: The US Supreme Court confirms conscientious objector protection on moral grounds.
  • 1975: Anti-fascist Kevin Gately killed during a protest against the National Front in Red Lion Square, London.
  • 1976: Soweto Uprising begins as school students lead protests against introduction of Afrikaans. Up to 700 are killed.
  • 1984: During the UK Miners’ Strike Joe Green crushed to death by a lorry on picket duty in West Yorkshire.
  • 2000: The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) staged a large demonstration on the lawn at Queen’s Park in Toronto, during which violent altercations took place between the demonstrators and security officials, police officers, and police horses.
  • 2001: Riots in Gothenburg, Sweden at EU Summit; three protestors shot by police, 1,130 arrests.
  • 2002: Jacky Toublet dies in Bobigny, France. He was an anarcho-syndicalist, militant, son of Julien Toublet, and director of the weekly Le Monde Libertaire.
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Women’s March on Washington. January 21st, 2017. Let this day go down in history as the day millions of women, men, and children around the world marched against racism and bigotry, and for fundamental human rights.

Because black lives matter, trans lives matter, muslim lives matter. Because immigrants are welcome here. Because climate change is not a hoax. Because it’s her body, her choice. Because women’s rights are human rights. Because he is NOT our president. Because love trumps hate. Because America is already great.

Because we’re fired up, ready to go.

It ain’t a liberation movement

Like most good liberals, I was totally on board with transgender “liberation.” After all, it’s the next civil rights struggle, right? I’ve marched against war, racism, for health care, for women’s and gay and lesbian rights.  In the 1980s, I surfed the Second Wave of feminism, loving who I chose, dressing as I chose, speaking my mind, and living the life of equality first wavers like Susan B. Anthony,Charlotte Gilman, and Emma Goldman fought so hard for. I was a two-time election worker on President Obama’s campaigns. In the past couple of years, I celebrated as homophobic laws toppled, state by state, and gay marriage morphed into mainstream reality. And until recently, I’ve had the unexamined, vague conviction that the “T” in LGBT was part of the same good trend: more inclusion for the marginalized.

But that has all changed. I’ve shifted from the cookie-cutter progressive vantage point I inhabited only a few months ago. It’s not a 180 turnaround. I believe in civil rights for all people, and I don’t think trans people should face job, housing, or other discrimination. But I no longer see transgenderism as a liberation movement. From where I now stand, I see it as a profound and fundamentally conservative undermining of the gains of the Second Wave of feminism. It’s the Third Wave, a tsunami of narcissism, of post-modernist relativism run amok…a hall of mirrors, wave upon wave of shiny, YouTube transition videos and Tumblr confessions… where subjective feelings and ideas always trump physical reality.

Something has gone wrong. Very wrong. I’ve been asleep for 20 years, but now I’m waking up…because my own teenage daughter is being churned and tossed in this very turbulent sea.

When my daughter announced to me that she is transgender a few months ago, my initial reaction was basically positive—even though she had never before expressed an inkling of any such identity. In fact, she had always talked about how glad she was to be a girl. I’d raised her to feel that, like me, she could dress, act, or be anything she wanted to be and until very recently, that’s exactly what she did.

The change was abrupt. She admitted to binge-watching triumphant and ecstatic FTM transition videos for days on end. She started using jargon like “genderqueer.” But despite this turnaround, despite misgivings, I made an appointment with a gender therapist, ruminating on what it would mean to welcome a son into the erstwhile form of a daughter.

A researcher and scientist by profession and by avocation, I dived deeply into the Internet and medical literature on FTMs. And the more I read, talked, and emailed (and I delved a lot), the weaker my kneejerk-liberal “trans ally” position became.

I learned that everything I had taken for granted about women’s liberation has changed. A dislike of pink and traditionally (think: 1950s norms) female activities and interests now means a girl, a teen, is “actually” a boy.  Instead of acceptance if a girl wears denim and button-down shirts, that’s called by the archaic term “cross dressing” and the girl is pressured to “transition.” Gender role conformity is more rigid than ever, which is the great irony of transgenderism. Girls who used to find their home as “butch” lesbians don’t have anyone to identify with or look up to anymore. Women’s or lesbian bookstores, discussion groups, bars seem to have vanished from the face of the earth. Everything has been subsumed under the “queer” label.  And while nearly all FTMs start out as lesbians, they disavow it after beginning “transition.” They were never really lesbians, after all. They are really just crossdressers who yearn to be male.

And when it comes to “transition,” the holy grail, the magic elixir, is testosterone. It would be one thing if “T” could be used experimentally, then abandoned, with only temporary and reversible changes to the mind and body. Then you could say: Why not? Give it a try. But even a few weeks on “T” usually results in forever-thickened vocal cords, forever-thickened body and facial hair, and—by some accounts I’ve read—even brain changes that are hard to undo.  If a girl or woman transitions and changes her mind, she will forever live in a modified, androgen-altered body, whether she likes it later or not. Sterility is another risk. And many FTMs on long term hormone treatment are plagued by chronic infections, heart trouble, high blood pressure, premature aging.

That the frontal lobes of teenagers’ brains are not fully developed is now settled science, no more controversial than gravity or evolution.  We now know that executive function–judgment, impulse control, planning, and self monitoring skills–don’t reach maturity in young people until at least the age of 25. Yet the medical and psychological professions are allowing—no, they are pushing—surgical and pharmaceutical transition as the “answer” for teens who are questioning their identities. There’s a huge cognitive dissonance here: If adolescence is a time of limited executive function, how on earth can we be encouraging, let alone celebrating, such life-changing decisions being made by teen (and much younger) people?

How can it be that surgery and testosterone are now seen as the only viable solution to the feeling that a female doesn’t fit conventional gender stereotypes? What happened to: women can be anything they want to be? Shave your legs, don’t, cut your hair, don’t….love who you want, work on cars, have a child, don’t….that’s liberation as I’ve always understood it. But Second Wave feminism is considered stodgy and old fashioned now. Despite its fundamentally liberating message to women.

A 4th Wave of Feminism. We need it. We need it NOW.

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Raleigh, North Carolina: At least 80,000 people join in the massive Moral March against racism, for jobs, voting rights and social justice, February 8, 2014.

Photos by Jason Bowers, Theo Luebke and Nancy Brown

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Raleigh, North Carolina: At least 80,000 people join in the massive Moral March against racism, for jobs, voting rights and social justice, February 8, 2014.

Photos by Nancy Brown and Ajamu Dillahunt

So this happened today in Cologne. There was a demonstration against the “Islamisation of the West”, and everyone was so pissed off that they put out the lights on all important buildings, even the cathedral. In the end it was 500 racists against more than 2000 people demonstrating against their demonstration, and those 500 people decided to just stop and go home. I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me. 

Also, since this is Cologne, there were tons of rainbow flags and tons of LGBTQAI+ organisations marching against racism. Awesome.

Commercialising Stereotypes: Bollywood’s movie on Mary Kom

A biopic named ‘Mary Kom’ based on Mary Kom’s life is slated to release in the fall of this year 2014. The first major promotional campaign kicked off this week with its poster showing a chiseled shaped Priyanka Chopra in an avator wearing the looks of Mary Kom. The movie is from the house of Viacom18 and has the likes of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. As expected the movie’s poster has received a tremendous positive response from Bollywood fraternity and its fans. The entertainment news is buoyed by this response and seems less bothered to look into how people from the northeastern region of India, reacts or to be precise from Manipur where Mary Kom comes from.

The Bollywood actor representing Mary Kom is a north Indian Punjabi whose identity, culture and race are different from the tribal community in which Mary Kom hails from. Bridging this gap has Priyanka Chopra undergone a complete makeover- from wearing prosthetic eye lids to spoken language.The hegemony of Bollywood in upholding its tradition till date tilts towards upper caste, class and the hindi speaking culture barring few movies. The manner in which Priyanka Chopra appropriates and represents Mary Kom and her tribal identity is identifiable with lowest form of racism. She wore prosthetic eyelids to yield the desired look of Mary Kom, and this is no different from the controversy of white actor portraying the role of black man in Hollywood. It is interesting that perpetuation of stereotypes is made possible by having the need to have one appropriate the other when the other’s existence is meted with varying forms of regional politics to national politics and most importantly racism. The struggle of the other’s existence is a different issue but not completely deviated from this issue. By appropriating their identity, Priyanka Chopra not only propagates racism; she has also taken away their struggle to be counted as an equal citizen of India and misrepresenting their identity.

Arguments in favour of Mary Kom’s movie say that Priyanka Chopra’s portrayal will give more promotion to the greatness of Mary Kom and extra focus on Manipur and its adjoining states. Experiences of biopic movie especially commercial movie reside in promoting the movie to be successful and the context of success means making more money. Who eventually benefits out of it, are the actors and the people behind the movie, it hardly favours the person the movie is based upon. The intention of the movie at this point remains murky and it seems to suggest that it is aimed to cater to the masses for entertainment; educating people about the story of Mary Kom and the condition of her hometown intersecting her life has little to do with the concerns of the movie makers. Resorting to the latter is perceived as a risk to their movie’s success and so is the casting of Manipuri actress to portray Mary Kom. They care less about the idea of casting Manipuri who could actually nuanced the role of Mary Kom from her accent to physical feature. Also this is a golden chance for Bollywood to tap Manipuri actress in their industry and could perhaps be seen as a step to embrace northeastern region in the mainstream industry. Moreover if the movie’s dialogue is in Mary Kom’s mother tongue the production house will press the panic button as the main audience target for Bollywood movie is Hindi speaking audience. Sadly the reality has its reason to maintain the gap of northeastern region from the rest of India and decided to perpetuate stereotypes.

The movie will clearly receive success and acclaim from audiences, critics and others all at the cost of misrepresenting and misappropriating Mary Kom and the tribal community she belongs to. The social media will continue to applaud for the movie bollywood is  offering and the netizens will continue to calm the naysayers with their condescending approach that it is only a movie and will only accentuate more popularity to Mary Kom. They also informed us with an excuse that a movie named Bhaag Milkha Bhaag exists and the tradition of Farhan Akhtar portraying the role of Milkha Singh should continue (the context is different and by no means it can be equated to other context). They will also continue to hold candle light march against racism and propagates the message on their minds that we are all one and we belong to one race- which race will be considered is not a ‘rocket science’ thing to conclude with. A Manipuri actress to portray the role of Saina Nehwal could be a poetic justice to this propagation of racism in Bollywood industry. To which they may hound ‘reverse racism’ by trumping the ‘resistance’.