religious victims

its my belief that feminist girls are the ones who have experienced every side of misogyny, who above all were forced to face what being socialized female did to them inside and out.

it is very easy to not be a feminist when your circumstances are such that you have not been made to acknowlege how women are forced into the sex caste, either because you agree with this or you have simply been lucky up until this point.

for feminists, all of it is impossible to ignore, because we have experienced so many compounding sides to what the world considers rightful treatment of females.

many of us are ex-religious AND rape victims AND are unable/have no desire to perform painful rituals to meet acceptible femininity standards AND abuse victims AND victims of male violence AND been blatantly deemed inferior to men AND deemed worth nothing because of our physical appearance AND been reduced to our biological, phallocentric “purpose” again and again and again.

a good hefty chunk of feminists are also black, asian, latino, native, another minority, mentally ill, physically disabled and/or lesbian which intersects and compounds upon the above treatment women receive in even more vicious and blatant ways.

women become feminists when they can no longer ignore that the world is exploiting and damaging and hating them because they are female. we’ve gotten the worst of it and we cannot sit back and let it continue. thats why i trust other feminists over nonfeminists.

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a buffer zone law that protects patients and staff at clinics in Massachusetts from anti-choice harassment and violence.

Across the country, extreme, often violent, anti-choice protesters physically block access to clinics and intimidate people exercising their constitutionally protected rights.  Learn more about this issue and the laws that exist to protect patients and their doctors.

Refugee Blues

Say this city has ten million souls,

Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:

Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.

Once we had a country and we thought it fair,

Look in the atlas and you’ll find it there:

We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.

In the village churchyard there grows an old yew,

Every spring it blossoms anew:

Old passports can’t do that, my dear, old passports can’t do that.

The consul banged the table and said,

“If you’ve got no passport you’re officially dead”:

But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive.

Went to a committee; they offered me a chair;

Asked me politely to return next year:

But where shall we go today, my dear, but where shall we go today?

Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said:

“If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread”:

He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me.

Though I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky;

It was Hitler over Europe, saying ‘They must die’:

O we were in his mind, my dear, O we were in his mind.

Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin,

Saw a door opened and a cat let in:

But they weren’t German Jews, my dear, but they weren’t German Jews.

Went down the harbor and stood upon the quay.

Saw the fish swimming as if they were free:

Only ten feet away, my dear, only ten feet away.

Walked through a wood, saw the birds in the trees;

They had no politicians and sang at their ease:

They weren’t the human race, my dear, they weren’t the human race.

Dreamed I saw a building with a thousand floors,

A thousand windows and a thousand doors:

Not one of them was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours.

Stood on a great plain in the falling snow;

Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro:

Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me.

Refugee Blues – W.H Auden , Holocaust Survivor – March 1939

Compiled by Hilda Schiff in Holocaust Poetry, 1995




I read from the news that last month saw the worst spike in hate crimes against refugees and Muslims in America and in Europe. People were beaten to death. Places of worship were burnt to the ground. 


I’m Asian. I live in Asia where we don’t really have to deal with the current surge in international refugee issues. My country doesn’t have to deal with terrorist attacks or with religious friction. So perhaps this is not my place.


However, I speak as a descendant of people who have been the victims of religious purges (1954, North Vietnam. The purges effectively rendered my country into an unofficially atheistic state) and those who have once fled a murderous regime by risking death on rickety fish board at seas (Boat people humanitarian crisis, 1975-1990. Estimated number of death: half a million). History repeats itself if we do not learn from the mistakes of the past. Regardless of your religious or political affiliation, human compassion is still a universal virtue that is absolutely vital to our species, and I hope that despite the bigotry, xenophobia, and the fear-mongering politics, that it will still win out at the end of the day.   

i really fucking hate religious people. Religion is always used to defend abuse. Like my mom, no matter what, says that no one but jesus is perfect, so you can never be blameless in any situation, and that bad things happen to people who did something bad against god. Like bad things that happen are god’s “revenge”. For example she said the people who died in vegas, though they didn’t do anything to the killer, they still deserved it and they had to have provoke god in to killing them. Like religion is always promoting the whole “no innocent victim” and “everyone is to blame because no one is perfect” thing. So to her, and most religious ppl tbh, both victim and perp should be punished, and the perp is to blame, the victim is always also at fault for what happened. 

anonymous asked:

It’s fine if you don’t believe in god but the whole “destroy religion” think is wildly ignorant and disrespectful to the Jews that played a big role in creating the anti fascist movement. Don’t forget about religious minorities that are victims of fascism please.

Hey Ivivy, I have to say that my english is not that good, so I am not able to say a lot about this topic.
But in my opinion religions are bad. I think you are right at the point that some religions and some situations (which are caused from religions) did good things or started movements which are pretty good today.
Nevertheless I am sure that religion is one big reason why many bad things happened and are still happening. I am too lazy to enumerate some examples but I think we all know enough examples to understand what I mean.
And in my opinion there is no god. God is an invention of the people. It is okay if you believe in god if it helps you. But for example churches are unnessecary bullshit and the power of religion is way too big!!
I am really frustrated because of my bad english, I wish I would be able to say what I think but I don’t know how. ^^

A War On Two Fronts | Part One

Summary: All he has to do is kill her. If the Demon Price can kill Princess Lucy Heartfilia, the war will be over and victory will be theirs. But he can’t do it. And she can’t quite bring herself to kill him either. 

Rating: M

Words: 1739

A/N: Now you may be asking yourself, Hannah why are you starting another AU when you already have 4 too many? Well fear not because I actually have a lot of this written already so all will be well. Chapters are short but hopefully updated regularly. Hope you like angst. Let me know what you think! I dedicate this to not-just-any-fangirl

The Choice

Screams filled his ears.

The once great capital of the Celestial Plains was falling, and all its citizens could do was watch. Watch as more of them fell prey to the flames.

“Find her,” His brother ordered, “I’ll take care of the queen.”

The Demon Prince nodded to his brother before he turned and made his way through the fire. The heat licked at his crimson scales, but no fire could burn him. With a flick of his pointed tail it rose into an even greater inferno, and he laughed as cracks appeared in the marble walls of the palace. Destruction came so easy to him.

He and his brother had come to the Celestial Plains with this very image in their minds: the white city in ruins. Queen Layla and her subjects were by far the biggest threat to their cause. If she had allied with the faeries, they would have lost the war.

They didn’t give her a chance.

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anonymous asked:

OK, so what's your deal? Why do have to hate on USM so much? No one is forcing you to watch it.

a) It killed Spectacular which was not only a great show but the BEST Spider-Man adaptation period


b) It is a bad show


c) It was the first time certain characters like Spider-Man 2099, Miles Morales, Agent Venom, Kaine and other characters graced the screen and it portrayed them utterly incorrectly.


d) It erased Mayday Parker by getting rid of her costume (which they WERE going to use at one point) and replacing her with a genderflipped Peter Parker. 


e) It is betrayal pornography to everything about Spider-Man. It’s not just that it is not enjoyable or screws a few things or a few characters up here and there, let alone in forgivable ways.


It so egregiously violates who Spider-Man himself is and his core concepts all the whilst delivering an incredibly pathetic, dumbed down show the content of which wouldn’t have held up as a good superhero show 20 years ago let alone now that it is fundamentally broken and needed to die by it’s first season.


People can enjoy it as much as they want. Good for them. But that doesn’t mean it deserves to exist as a creative entity or as a Spider-Man adaptation since it is so creatively bankrupt and so NOT Spider-Man, but rather Ben 10+webs.


I mean what do you say when teenage Spider-Man, who was partially CREATED to be independent and an outsider (you know like how a lot of teenagers in high school naturally feel) is saluting Nick Fury and joining S.H.I.E.L.D. 


What do you say when Spider-Man’s humour, which is SUPPOSED to be a way to throw off his enemies and alleviate his own fears and anxieties in battle, manifests itself as fourth wall breaking gags and chibi animations?


What do you say when Peter Parker isn’t a guilt/anxiety ridden teenager who walks around with the weight of the world on his shoulders and is instead a hyperactive goofball screwup totally stoked to have a spidercycle bruh!


What do you say when the son of the Green Goblin who’s emotional abuse/neglect by his father leads him on a path to self-destruction by following in the steps of his father in a fruitless attempt to finally with his post-humorous approval leads him not to become the Green Goblin but fucking VENOM!


What do you say when Aunt May, Peter’s elderly and unhealthy mother with a big heart who mollycoddles her nephew needlessly and whom Peter is constantly worrying about is going on dirt bike races and other outdoor YOLO exercise activities? 


What do you say when the Vulture who’s whol gimmick is that he’s an old man is a fucking mutated teenager?


What do you say when one of Spider-Man’s Big Bad’s, Doctor Octopus, who is a dark reflection of Peter due to his intellect, his relationship with his mother, his deep down altruism, and is incredibly dangerous because of his massive ego and his 4 metal arms he uses to kick Spider-Man’s ass is a greasy basement dwelling loser who needs at least two of those arms to just move around (hint: that means he’s LESS dangerous because 2 is less than 4).


What do you say when in the comics the most iconic images of Spider-Man as a teenager are these:

And in contrast to the tone and the deeper thematic/character ideas at play most people sum up USM with these:


And hey, lets not get into how they got Boston entirely wrong when they paid a visit there, how when they did they decided to depict the Salem Witch as an actual Witch when she was you know…and innocent victim of religious ignorance, and how they decided to yeah go ahead and adapt the Spider-Man/Wolverine body swap story from the comics, complete with 100+ year old adult man Wolverine hitting on underage teenage Mary Jane in the body of another underage teenager.


No, nobody is forcing me to watch it. 


That doesn’t mean I can’t hate it and it also doesn’t mean it’s existence and longevity is a stain upon Spider-Man.

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Religious Sisters Dress Up As Prostitutes To Rescue Trafficking Victims From Brothels
The low-key network of 1,100 sisters currently operates in 80 countries.

EXCERPT:

An army of religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said on Wednesday.

John Studzinski, an investment banker and philanthropist who chairs Talitha Kum, said the network of 1,100 sisters currently operates in about 80 countries but the demand for efforts to combat trafficking and slavery was rising globally.

THE POINTLESS LETTERS TOP EIGHTEEN “TERRIFYING PHRASES TO SEE SOMEONE ACTUALLY USE WHEN WRITING IN TO A NEWSPAPER TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING”

18: “I’d abolish all rights and rename them privileges.”

17: “Human rights law should be suspended when dealing with the nation’s security.”

16: “Those who think their privacy is more important than the safety of all of us worry me and I’m glad the government doesn’t listen to them.”

15: “When does free speech become sedition?”

14: “If you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide.”

13: “Unless action is taken to root out these fifth columnists the problem can only get worse.”

12: “I would want the state to employ numerous torture techniques, working shifts around the clock.”

11: “If a few terrorist suspects have to be held without trial, deprived of sleep and yes, even water-boarded, to protect the rest of us then so be it.”

10: “We should put armed soldiers on our streets.”

9. “It’s time we ended all this ‘civil liberties’ nonsense.”

8. “Torture is OK.”

7. “If you aren’t doing wrong then you haven’t got anything to worry about.”

6. “Anyone with nothing to hide should have their DNA taken.”

5. “Everyone who lives in our country should give a DNA sample.”

4. “Forget about civil rights, we are at war.”

3. “This country needs a military presence on its streets.”

2. “Anyone who opposes this has something to hide.”

1. “Perhaps Western Christendom needs to declare its very own holy crusade.”

Roundtable #2 : Polytheism and Paganism in the Face of Intolerance

Let’s face it: people who practice any sort of non-mainstream religion generally face difficulty and intolerance at some point in their lives. By friends, family, and even total strangers. It does vary by location - if you are living in a tolerant, neutral religious area or even one populated by mostly pagans, you may not have this same trouble.

Personally, I still struggle with this, even after practicing for about five years. I doubt it will ever get easier. I grew up in a Christian household - my mother was an intense religious influence over me. It made it difficult for me to ask questions of any kind, or even experience specific types of media. I felt suffocated. So when I started poking around for new religions, in high school, it made it very difficult for me to be open and trusting of everyone around me.
I had a breakdown when I finally confessed to my mother that I identified as pagan. She made snide remarks. She still does. They no longer bother me.
If you struggle with this, here are some things that helped me out.

  • No “One True Religion”; I tried to explain to her, calmly and earnestly, that there really is no way we can know for sure what will happen after we die. Everyone has to find their fit. Of course, she disagreed, but it helped.
  • Happiness; Most loved ones, despite how violent and cruel they can get, truly mean well. Because in their eyes, they want you to be happy, and their religion is what’s gonna do it. I explained to my mother that her faith made her happy - and that mine made me happy.
  • I Don’t Give a Fuck; At some point, you have to step back, and realize that their opinion of your religion does not make it invalid. It does not diminish your belief and it doesn’t destroy your work. If it is safe to not give a fuck, don’t give a fuck.

To anyone who may be struggling with this, I feel for you. I’d love to hear any methods that you used to be strong in the face of intolerance.

~terebinth

I’m lucky enough to have grown up with supportive parents in a town full of hippies and pagans not far from the even greater number of pagans in San Francisco, so the passive-aggressive bullshit I get from anti-pagan, fundamentalist Christian relatives is very much the minority.  When I do get bullshit from people, however, my reflex is usually passive-aggressiveness or sarcasm.  When I went to an interfaith event at a church and my grandmother said she hoped my going to church would help me, I told her that going to church always helps me because it reminds me of all the reasons I’m not a monotheist.  This is not, however, always a safe response, so YMMV.

It can help to calmly question someone back.  If someone says you’re going to Hell, for example, ask them why.  “Because you don’t believe in God.”  I believe in God; I just don’t believe he’s the only one.  “Because you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Christ*.” That’s true, but that’s because what matters to me is being the best person I can be and my own religion is what works for me as an individual, and I think what matters most isn’t your religion itself but what you use it for.  Or keep asking ‘why’ until they either talk themselves into a corner, come down to a fundamental concept that’s ultimately dependent on a belief or a fear rather than a fact, or you realize that you’re just beating your head against a brick wall.  (We actually have a tag about this.)

*I use Christianity as an example because that’s where I’ve personally gotten the most flak, but every religion has members who demonstrate the same bullshit.

- mountain hound

This is a really interesting topic because we can look at it from so many different perspectives. We tend to think of religious intolerance in the pagan and polytheistic communities as being pagans vs. non-pagans, most commonly Christians, especially for those who first join the community. Indeed, transitioning from being a member of the majority religion in most western countries to a minority religion that is often shunned can leave many people feeling scorned.

Intolerance isn’t limited to that, though. There are entire groups of pagans who are vehemently Islamophobic and anti-semitic. Christian witches who become a part of our communities often face insult and ostracization. And there is plenty of intolerance passing back and forth between different kinds of pagans/polytheists. It’s all too common in the community to find people who believe that the “old ways” (regardless of whether or not they were actually old) are the only way to be a pagan or polytheist.

From my own perspective, I can personally talk about the scorn I’ve received for being a Pop Culture Pagan. From being told that I’m an “insult to the community” to “making pagans look bad”, all the way down to people insulting my mental health and sending violent threats. In the past I’ve had to block tags, go on hiatus, and in one circumstance delete a devotional e-shrine in order to stop people from attacking me. All this came from other pagans who claimed to have been the victims of religious intolerance.

I mention all this not to minimize the feelings of those pagans or polytheists who have had their faith belittled by dominant religions, but as a reminder to remember how difficult it is to deal with, and to never put others in the situation you were put in. All these different communities overlap so much and we’re all here for similar reasons: to learn, to grow, and to practice in a safe, judgement-free space. It’s up to each of us to keep it that way, or to make it safe if it is not.

So, adding to the above list of ways to deal with religious intolerance, please consider the following:

  • You don’t owe anyone an explanation: If your intolerant family/friends/coworkers ask prying questions about your practice, you don’t need to tell them anything you aren’t comfortable sharing. You may even feel pressured to tell them but remember, it’s your faith. “It’s personal” or “I don’t want to talk about it” are good enough answers.
  • It’s okay to step away: If the intolerance you’re facing is coming from a meeting/club/online forum, it’s okay to put some space between yourself and this places. Those who care about you will understand the need for distance. You absolutely do not need to keep subjecting yourself to discomfort or worse because you feel obligated to maintain activity. Besides, a little distance does wonders for your perspective.
  • Half the time, intolerance is based on ignorance: You are under no obligation to educate every single person on the earth about your faith, but it has helped me massively in the past to remember that most of the rude comments and attacks I’ve received were due to ignorance on the subject. When I had the energy and willingness to try to explain the subject in greater detail, some people even apologized for their behavior! Like I said, it’s not your job to educate people, but it can help to remind yourself that it’s (usually) not personal.
  • It’s okay to hide for your safety: It sucks, I know. Nobody wants to hide or lie about something that means so much to them. But if you find yourself in a situation where revealing your practice will put you in danger, it’s okay to lie. Your Gods will not be mad at you, they will not punish you, and this phase will NOT last forever. You will be able to openly practice in your own home one day. But put your safety first.
  • When their opinions make you question your faith: At this point, it’s time for some you time. Well, you and your faith. You can either choose to take a brief break to sort out your own feelings, or you can dive in and learn more about your practice, your entities, and your life. Remind yourself how much this means to you. Which approach will be more beneficial really depends on you as a person.
  • And once more, sometimes there’s no point arguing: Sometimes you can only get so far with people before your throat (or fingers) are sore and you feel drained and disconnected from your faith. Try not to let it get that far if possible. Don’t argue with people who refuse to see your faith as valid. Sometimes, the best you can do is say/think “I’m right, you’re wrong, this conversation is over” and keep doing you.

~Wanderings

My father grew up very Christian. His Korean mom didn’t finish middle school, and she married fairly young to the white GI (his dad) and immigrated to the States. So when I started getting heavily interested in witchcraft and polytheism at 11 or so, he was very upset. It coincided with the moment I realized I saw no point in praying before meals to a God I had no connection to.

My mother was quite a bit more accepting, if skeptical, which is fine. She didn’t try to learn about what I was reading over and instead gave me my own space to experiment and grow. I didn’t dare make an altar however, as my father was abusive and hated any of our bedroom doors being closed. So I knew I wouldn’t be setting up a shrine nor altar. 

After my foray into getting my initiation ceremony in Korean shamanism, my mother remained a skeptic (she never really easily believed “supernatural” or metaphysical things) but she supports me and fully believes I was meant to be a 만신 after being vetted by multiple other 만신 who came to the same conclusion - that I was meant to be one.

I’m actually working on telling my father right now since I briefly mentioned needing to save up like 20k USD. I told him it was for my Korean shaman ceremony and he said to talk to him about it the next time I visit.

I am still trying to reconcile my openness regarding my path as a 만신. In Korea it would be a little easier only because it’s a plausible full time career there. Here in the USA, the temperament toward “shamans” are quite different and I would need to keep my day job here. Then in my spare time I would be helping the Korean diaspora community in K-town in my surrounding area.

On one hand, I know most Westerners will see my practice and notch it up to my being “foreign” even though I’m not. On the other, I can easily see many non-tolerant people hassle me. I don’t know how I feel about if anyone at my day job were to find out, for example. 

So I would take into account your presence - online and offline. If your IRL friend or family were to find your presence online, would you be in danger? Could they use this information to damage or harm you in any way? This is primarily what I think of.

 - trueriptide

I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t fit a specific category: my mother and father, while both stubborn and strong in their beliefs, don’t agree on everything. My mom is more open minded than my dad, so telling my mom I’m a Wiccan didn’t actually faze her much at all. In fact when she processed what that meant, she just asked me questions about it, genuinely interested in what I believed.

Not everyone is like my mom however. Granted Southern California is an open and accepting place to be, it’s still hard to be oneself when your self deviates from the norm.

Take, for example, the intolerable group of church goers that come harass students at my school. There are plenty of times that I’ve ignored them and continued on my way, but there are other times when the petty in me comes out and I just fuck with them. I asked one of them (proudly displaying a sign that read “All Gays Are Liars”) if he was willfully ignorant or just born with tunnel vision. At that point he called me “an unloved little girl who’s probably a lesbian because no man would ever love me.” I’m bisexual, but that’s beside the point.

He asked me what my religions was and it was at this point I told him I’m a Wiccan. I also told him that it’s not the religion that makes you a good person, it’s the way you live your life, and living your life harassing people who are gay is a waste of everyone’s time. He told me that a Gay Christian isn’t possible. I told him that a Gay Christian isn’t a problem, but a hateful one is. He told me that God would never love me because of the way I believe, and I told him that my Goddess always would.

They came back a few weeks later and some girl chucked his own bible at his head. 

Intolerance is everywhere and it hurts my heart everyday to see people go through such horrendous things, the sole purpose being that they’re different. But never let intolerance be the reason you stop being yourself.

- nocturnal wix

I grew up in a very Christian household.  My mother and her entire side of the family is Baptist (my mother later converted to Catholicism when she married my bio father). My biological father and his entire side of the family were Catholic. They are all very devout Christians and very One True Religion™ about it. I was forced to go to catholic school all the way until I started college. When I finally told them I wasn’t Christian they…well, they weren’t happy. I haven’t even told them that I’m Pagan yet. Though I did once tell them I was Buddhist back when I was practicing it after a few years and they were less than thrilled about the turn of events. But it’s not just Christians who can be intolerant about paganism - it’s other pagans as well. Back when I was a Norse Pagan I had other Heathens which I so lovingly refer to as the Dude-Brotruar tell me I was a bad heathen/couldn’t be heathen because of my sexuality, because of my gender alignment. We focus so much on the issues we get from Christians but it seems we largely overlook or ignore the issues Pagans are giving other pagans. 

Sparrow

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anonymous asked:

do you feel like because jews are viewed as white (even though there are jews of color and white jews aren't always considered white) that people tend to think of antisemitism as a non-issue? i feel like the SJ bloggers who criticize whiteness feel like supporting jews is supporting whiteness...when it isn't.

yes, definitely. it happens literally all the time. in fact, my few recent posts have been specifically referring to this post:

Plz don’t act like Jews R treated like shit like I don’t understand

Most yall are white now if anything your voices are always heard

Calm the fuck down

Acting like yall are still oppressed

this person actually said because “most” jews are white, jews as a whole are not oppressed. this is an extremely US-centric point of view and does not take a few different things into consideration: jews of color, jews who do not neatly fit into the white-poc dichotomy, or jews who live outside of america.

to say american jews don’t face antisemitism at all is pretty inaccurate. in 2013, of the 1,223 anti-religious hate crime victims, jews made up 60.3% of the victims. white american jews will not face racism in the way jews of color or other people of color will face, but they are still victims of antisemitic violence.

people also tend to diminish or ignore european antisemitism. according to the european union FRA 2013 report on antisemitic discrimination:

  • 66% of respondents consider antisemitism to be a problem across the EU Member States surveyed
  • 76% indicate that antisemitism has worsened over the past five years in the country where they live
  • 23% of the respondents said that they at least occasionally avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they would not feel safe there, or on the way there, as a Jew
  • 27% avoid certain places in their local area or neighbourhood at least occasionally because they would not feel safe there as a Jew
  • 33% experienced some form of antisemitic harassment in the five years before the survey, while 26% encountered such harassment in the 12 months before the survey
  • In the past 12 months, over half of all survey respondents (57%) heard or saw someone claiming that the Holocaust was a myth or that it had been exaggerated

it’s also important to remember that whiteness is constructed differently in europe. people who are considered white by american standards are not considered white by european standards. european jews have faced discrimination for centuries because they are not seen as white. european jews during the holocaust were definitely not considered white either (this is to dispel all those posts that say the holocaust is an example of oppression against white people).

many jews in america also have a conditional whiteness. in certain contexts, white jews are can be seen as either white or not white. white/white-passing jews have access to white privilege and white-passing privilege, but it really doesn’t work the same way in europe. this is NOT to say white/white-passing jews face racism in the same way as joc and poc, but to say that the whiteness of white jews depends on the context.

supporting jews is not supporting whiteness, as many jews do not benefit from whiteness or white supremacy. jews benefit from some systems of privilege, but it is not awarded by our jewishness (this is to say jewish privilege is not a real thing). jews have privilege based on skin color (since that is how race/ethnicity is often determined in the united states), but jews can easily be coded as jewish by certain features (hair, nose; which are stereotypically associated with jewishness), their name, or other indicators of jewishness (magen david, kippah), and thus can end up as victims of antisemitism.

antisemitism is something that really cannot be viewed through a US-centric point of view. global antisemitism is still an issue. it is not something of the past. american social justice bloggers need to quit applying american concepts to different parts of the world. they also need to think a bit more critically about these kinds of things.

anonymous asked:

I feel persecuted because people like you make fun of my beliefs?? And many politicians(including our current president) claim to be Christian, but then don't support Christian beliefs. We are the scapegoat for EVERYTHING. And yeah, you're right, what's going on with the Duggars is messed up, they shouldn't be protecting their son when he harmed their daughters, I am 100% against that. But they are extremists, not the norm!! You wouldn't use ISIS to represent Islam...

This ask is really, really sad. Everybody’s beliefs get made fun of and Christians definitely don’t catch the worst of it. Besides the only thing I’ve said recently that “makes fun” of Christianity is pointing out the vast amount of homophobia that consumes your “all loving” community. Which, by the way, isn’t “making fun”, it’s pointing out one of the many ugly poisons that taint your mainstream religious teachings. (And yes, I know, #NotAllChristains but unfortunately, most Christians).

You go to France right now and your ass would be fine and dandy but if you were a Hijab wearing Muslim woman in France you have the delightful risk of being jumped, beaten to the point where you’d suffer a miscarriage, and verbally berated. You’d have your religion targeted daily in a series of racist and offensive comics. You’d have your places of religious practices bombed and vandalized. 

What Christian Churches have been targeted daily and consistently and recently in America and not a third world country? And don’t even try to say that all the Black churches in South Carolina are victims of religious discrimination because we ALL know that shit is strictly about race and not religion.

Honestly, the fact that you can’t see how lucky- how privileged- you are to be a a member of Christianity, the most widely accepted religion world wide, a religion that 75% of the world belongs too, well then I hope your God blesses you with some better sense real soon. 

anonymous asked:

the best PM!

EEE um that is not an OTP! but thank you! I’m going with wheats and chell, because the alternative is terrifying.

  • who wakes the other one up with kisses

I’m sure Wheatley would love to, but Chell is the only one capable of actually getting up at an early hour without alarms/prodding/poking/being physically dragged out of bed. Wake her with something romantic, like Kisses is probably really high on his list of Things To Do To Hang On To The Lady, but inevitably he wakes up and it’s ten to nine and Chell has been gone for two hours, leaving him coffee and Edith’s alarm on its highest setting somewhere he can’t find it to turn it off (and Chell is VERY good at hiding things.)

  • who cooks for who

Chell, if she has time. Wheatley is a one-man kitchen apocalypse. He loves hi-tech ‘labour-saving’ kitchen gadgets but nobody else loves the fallout, the injuries and mess and yelling and attempted lawsuits against innocent culinary equipment firms.

  • who is the morning person/night person

They’re both night owls, but Chell is capable of running on a lot less sleep and she gets up early (she’s not exactly singing Annie on the tube at 6.30 in the morning but she’s perfectly functional.) Wheatley stays up half the night and then wakes up in a panic just before 9, which is technically when he’s supposed to get out and about and start on his boxes and other Prime Ministery things. He very, very rarely actually oversleeps, though- he wouldn’t dare, Caro would notice and there would be Repercussions.

  • who is the romantic one

Wheatley, or at least he’d like to believe he is. He has very fixed and somewhat old-fashioned views about what love and friendship are supposed to involve, and at his heart he is a hopeless romantic of the starstruck, mooning about, gooey-eyed variety. However he hasn’t actually had much opportunity to put any of his How To Romance notions into practice, and if he can fuck up through trying too hard or trying to be more impressive and swanky than he actually is, he will.

  • who is the top when it comes to sex

Chell. I imagine it would be like trying to direct the actions of a wacky waving inflatable tube man that you happen to be sharing a bed with, and you’re welcome for that mental image.

  • who would lead in ballroom dancing

Wheatley, because that is Traditional. But I doubt either of them can dance- Chell just has no interest in any kind of public spectacle, and Wheatley has the motor skills of a freshly-killed squid. If they had to I’m sure Wheatley would believe he was leading, but it would be Chell’s steering and quick footwork that would stop it turning into

  • who is the more cuddly one

Wheatley. He wouldn’t be HUGELY cuddly at first because he tends to be leery of pushing his luck, but he is clingy and generally starved of affectionate physical contact, so sometimes Chell probably feels like she is trying to fend off an overanxious octopus with attachment issues (see, who is the top)

  • who is the one to most likely pick the movie they watch

I think Wheatley would certainly try to control all movie picking and watching activities, because naturally he has wonderful taste in films, and Dave is an incredibly underrated movie. Chell would probably just go with it at first, because she wouldn’t really think it was that important what they watched, but she’d quickly tire of the deluge of saccharine unlikely-underdog-triumphs-against-all-odds flicks and start choosing films herself.

  • who is the one who would pay for dates

Chell. Wheatley would be incredibly indignant and resistant because what’s the good of being the Prime Minister if you can’t even pay for dates and again, it’s Traditional. He really isn’t very good at articulating the fact that he just wants to make Chell feel special and he’s worried that he’s not very good at it. But their relationship is supposed to be a secret, and that’s risky enough without involving an extremely visible twit who inevitably tries to use a credit card in his real name to pay for things.

  • who is the one who would initiate a quicky during classes

Chell really isn’t so dumb that she’d risk getting caught for the sake of a clandestine moment in a stock cupboard. Wheatley has bad associations with stock cupboards. HOWEVER Whitehall has got to be full of promising little hideaways and I have to admit I kind of love the idea of Chell being like we have ten minutes lets go. Also the idea of Wheatley twelve minutes later sitting in a V. Important Meeting with the sort of expression you usually see on people who have just had a transcendent religious experience, or earthquake victims.

anonymous asked:

Hello! Do you know if any scientific/academic research on aromanticism/the aromantic spectrum exists?

Hello!
I will be honest, a casual academic search brings up little on aromantic, let alone the aromantic spectrum. It is sometimes mentioned as a side note in the very little amount of asexual academic literature that exists. But hey, I’m an English Literature graduate - wtf was my degree if not how to find obscure and rare articles?

This is one of those incredibly long and detailed posts so I’m just going to be able to link it if anyone else ever asks about this topic again.


I understand that a lot of people will not care to read a collection of vaguely-aromantic-related posts, so what I want to do at the start of this is encourage anyone who wants to participate in studies about aromanticism to do so.

First of all, Megan has recently advertised for participants in a survey on  Asexuality and Aromantic Awareness. You do not have to identify as ace/aro to participate. Also, they don’t use the current aromantic flag… It appears to be more about information than anything else…
http://castielsangelicdescent.tumblr.com/post/113056946534/please-help-me
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Also another study was brought to my attention via the Aromantic group on Facebook:

Her email is: sdore96@yahoo.com
I am conducting thesis research about aromantic and aro-spectrum people. I hope to find common experiences or experiences that are different for each person as a way to help others better understand aromantic people. If you would like to participate, and are over 18 years old, I am doing interviews over Skype. If you send me a message, I will give you my Skype screen name and we can set up a time to conduct the interview. I will not include your name in my thesis, but I will be comparing answers from different interviews. I plan to present and talk about this research. While names won’t be used, if you aren’t comfortable with people listening to your experiences, please don’t feel pressured to participate. Thank you!

Shelby has also agreed to do interviews over FB messenger when someone asked in the group. This is their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/shelby.dore.31?fref=ufi
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So onto the pre-existing research!
Just like any lazy student, the first thing I did was go straight to Google Scholar. If I didn’t include quote marks, the search results were crowded with phrases such as “a romantic”. Irritatingly, despite the term “a-romantic” being used frequently in discourse about aromanticism, the term “a-romantic” seemed to cause the “-” to be ignored and only produced “a romantic” results.

Here is what I found:
https://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?q=%22aromantic%22&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5

Aromantic is present in a study done during Asexual Awareness Week, and an area potentially covering Arospec:
http://www.asexualawarenessweek.com/census/SiggyAnalysis-AAWCensus.pdf
Of the respondents to the study, 16% were Aromantic and 29% identified as other which may have included Arospec but not necessarily, as many people could have been using more specific -romantic words which were not monoromantic (Polyromantic was not included, for example.)

We know from this that only 31% of the Aromantics (On the Acespectrum) felt themselves to be part of the LGBT community. My major issue with this publication is that it is essentially a display of results rather than anything ‘academic’. It does not tell the reader how the questions were chosen or with what purpose, it does not discuss the methodology and it does not draw any conclusions. But we don’t have a lot to go on here, I mean, the research wasn’t even aimed at us anyway.

Again, we are mentioned in Methodological Issues for Studying Asexuality, Hinderliter. This article is quite frequently referenced in asexual literature that discusses romantic orientation.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10508-009-9502-x?LI=true
I don’t have access to the article, but the section that was highlighted reads:
…There were participants who were not asexual (perhaps, more appropriately, aromantic) in one of the first two interviews who were asexual in one or more of the subsequent interviews, highlighting the issue of fluidity…

http://www.academia.edu/9352569/A_validated_measure_of_no_sexual_attraction_The_Asexuality_Identification_Scale
A validated measure of no sexual attraction: The Asexuality Identification Scale - Morag Yule

“More colloquially, there are pervasive stereotypes that assume all asexual individuals are aromantic (i.e., that theydon’t experience romantic attraction—described as “a feeling thatcauses people to desire a romantic relationship with a specificother person” (Asexuality Visibility and Education Network [AVEN] Wiki, 2013), female, afraid of sex, highly religious, disabled, victims of sexual trauma, or as making a conscious choice to be asexual (e.g., celibacy) (Neth, 2011; NextStepCake,2011; Sloan, 2006; Walters & Geddie, 2006). There is also strong evidence of bias and discrimination against asexual individuals(MacInnis & Hodson, 2012). How asexuality is conceptualized, therefore, has profound clinical, academic, and sociocultural implications.”

We’re well aware of the stereotypes that conflate aromantics and asexuals, so it’s nice to have it mentioned in academic discourse. Not that it seems like anyone feels the need to consider studying aromantic allosexuals (hmph) or even aromantics as their own focus group.

http://qmss.columbia.edu/storage/McClave%20Caroline.pdf
Asexuality as a Spectrum: A National Probability Sample Comparison to the Sexual Community in the UK - Caroline McClave
“Other aspects of orientation were unavailable with the data in this study, such as the idea that one could be romantically attracted to another person or not, as poised by Diamond (2003), also cited as a limitation by Aicken et al. (2013). Prause and Graham (2007), found that a small portion of their study accepted the term of asexuality, but self-identified in terms of a romantic orientation. In addition, without asking about romantic orientations we cannot compare romantic asexual people to a-romantic asexual people as Hinderliter (Hinderliter, 2009) does with data from the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN).”

Asexuality: A Mixed-Methods Approach - Lori A. Brotto
“The desire for a romantic relationship was not universal in our sample. Some indicated that they desired neither sexual nor romantic interactions. Among those who did desire a romantic relationship, they defined those relationships according to romantic as opposed to sexual attractions (e.g., hetero-romantic instead of hetero-sexual).

Everyone’s definition of sexual activity is somewhat different but I mean asexual people just aren’t interested in intercourse and there are all different levels of how far they’ll go…there are some asexuals who are aromantic and they don’t want anyone to touch them and they hate being touched at all….in asexuality there is the same types of romances there is with sexuality.  There’s aromantic, heteroromantic, biromantic, and homoromantic and their sexualities could differ and what they desire could differ. It just depends on the person. (Participant 1)”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2893352/
Coming to an Asexual Identity: Negotiating Identity, Negotiating Desire - Kristin S. Scherrer (CW: Q-SLUR)

The Romantic Dimension
The complications of asexual identity were illustrated when participants were asked how they describe their sexuality. Thirteen people abstained from this question and the remaining eighty-eight described themselves as asexual. However, as illustrated by Dora, most participants used additional language to describe their asexuality. Two main categories emerged that further describe asexual identity: romantic identity and aromantic identity.
In this sample, eleven participants described themselves as aromantic while twenty-five described themselves as romantically oriented. Like the issue of masturbation, I did not know to include questions regarding romantic identity, however, as this data suggests, this theme emerged as important for many participants. For Mark, his romantic identity, “means [that] I separate the romance feeling from the sexual aspect.” For Mark, as well as others, there is a difference between sexual and romantic identities. Alice, a twenty-two year old white woman, describes her identity as, “Asexual. (And aromantic, i.e. no ‘romance drive’, no desire to find a partner).” For Alice, as well as others, claiming a romantic identity is descriptive of a person’s interest in being in a partnership.

This distinction between romantic and aromantic orientation is most obvious when participants are describing their ideal relationships. Self identified aromantic asexual individuals tend to describe their ideal relationships as primarily friendship-like. Kisha, a twenty year old white woman said, “I like having a few close friends that I feel comfortable around.” Another self-identified aromantic asexual, Susan, a nineteen year old white female, describes her ideal relationship as similar to a current friendship.

I’ve already got a friendship that feels a lot like my ideal relationship. We have a ton of common interests, so we don’t need to plan out what we do. I just go and hang out at her house for the day and everyday activities (like watching TV) are about 5 times as fun as they would be if I was doing them myself. We laugh, we think the same way, we never fight or cause any burdens to each other… That’s all I want, just great friendships. I don’t need attraction or anything physical.

As Susan’s statement illustrates, another common feature of ideal relationships for aromantic asexual individuals is the lack of interest in “anything physical.” Alex, a nineteen year old white male and self identified aromantic asexual, comments, “an ideal relationship for me is a close friendship, where we can be accountable to each other. No kissing, hugging, or anything else. Just a mental and emotional relationship.”

While aromantic ideal relationships are characterized by friendship and lack of physical contact, this is different from the ways that self identified romantic asexual individuals describe their ideal relationships…

…In contrast to the aromantic asexual individuals […]these examples indicate an interest in physical intimacy. Also unlike the ideal relationships of aromantic asexual individuals, romantic asexual individuals describe primarily monogamous, dyadic relationships similar to many sexual relationships.
While a romantic dimension might be a relatively unique axis of sexuality, asexual individuals in this survey also described their sexual identity in relation to the gender of their partner(s). Twenty three participants indicated some type of queer identity and twenty-eight indicated a heterosexual or straight gender identity. None of the self identified aromantic asexual individuals indicated gender as important in relationships, in contrast to those who identify as romantic, where all but one described the gender of their partner(s) as important to their sexual identity.

Another article done by Scherrer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892980/
What Asexuality Contributes to the Same-Sex Marriage Discussion - Kristin S. Scherrer

[on the topic of same-gender marriage policy making]
"Policy makers should ask, how can policies be inclusive to those who are disinterested in forming dyadic intimate relationships? Or, how can policy support intimate, non-sexual relationships? Same-sex marriage’s singular focus on lesbian and gay dyadic, committed couples re-marginalizes the experiences of other sexual minorities, such as asexual, polyamorous, or aromantic individuals. How can relationship recognition policy be inclusive of multiple types of relationships?”

http://cj.chasin.ca/Chasin_2011_theoretical_issues_asexality_unproofed_manuscript.pdf
Theoretical Issues in the Study of Asexuality - CJ. DeLuzio Chasin

“Specifically, for people who experience both romantic and sexual attraction, how do these experiences relate and when do they differ? Might some people systematically experience same-gender attractions of one kind (e.g., romantic) and other-gender attractions of another (e.g., sexual) as Diamond (2003) suggested? Might researchers discover a population of aromantic sexual people hitherto misunderstood? What happens when romantic desire is considered separately from sexual desire? Theorizing about asexuality will prove productive for exploring sexuality more generally.”
Damn straight it will. Someone tell Chasin about the allosexual phrase pls.

TL;DR:
Romantic orientation isn’t really discussed unless sexual orientation comes first. Aromantics are normally assumed to be a subset of asexuals. Arospec is even less visible. I am depressed by this research. Carry on.

[Vagg]

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On the left, the terrorists involved in the September 11th attacks on America.

On the right, a Sikh man, with a Turban and beard, who is also a model, actor and an incredibly talented jewellery designer, who goes by the name of Waris Ahluwalia.

Since 9/11, Sikhs like Waris, and myself have been victim of religious and racial hate crime because of the way they and I look. 

We have been mistaken to be muslim extremists. 

What I don’t get though…..the men that hijacked the planes and flew them into buildings, killing so many people….look nothing like Waris…they look nothing like a Sikh man…they have no turban…they have no beard (a couple of them have creepy moustaches though).

What I am trying to say is…when you see a man with a Turban and beard…he is 99.9% going to be a Sikh man, most probably originally from India…not an extremist terrorist from the middle east who calls himself a muslim (because you cannot be a muslim and a terrorist at the same time).

So don’t be scared. Come up to us, smile at us, don’t run away from us when we get on the train…dont be scared when you see us board the same plane as you.

We are super friendly people. 

We don’t eat meat (we LOVE animals and nature), we serve FREE vegetarian food to EVERYONE in our Sikh temples, and EVERYONE is welcome! We believe that there is only ONE God, the same God every religion follows, because we believe we are all the same. We don’t believe in converting other people or imposing our beliefs onto others. We LOVE music, Sikhs have an incredible wealth of knowledge when it comes to Indian classical music.

Also some of us dress awesome (like Waris…and I would like to think I have a good sense of style too…)


Anyway…thanks for reading this!

If you want to learn more about our religion, I would personally suggest to Youtube ‘Basics of Sikhi’ .

Bye! =) x

Screaming Skulls - 

Said to haunt several places in England, screaming skulls are disembodied skulls that are emotionally attached to the area they haunt. Most screaming skulls belong to victims of religious persecution during the 16th century. Other screaming skulls are from people who lost their heads in various violent ways, such as murder. 

People who become  screaming skulls share a common wish, which is to be buried within the walls of the house otherwise their spirit will never rest in peace. When their wishes are ignored and they are given a grave burial, their spirit protests with unexplained happenings and strange noises, such as bangs, crashes and moans. Usually the family makes the connection between the strange happenings and ignoring their loved one’s request so they dig up their body and place their skull in the house. This stops the noises and strange occurrences.

Trouble ensues any time someone tries to remove the skull from the house. This makes the skull scream and causes the spirit to lash out with poltergeist activity. People have taken drastic measures to silence a screaming skull, such as throwing the skull into a moat or a lake. They have also tried to break them up, burn them or bury them in quicklime but nothing works. Sometimes a skull will simply frighten whoever takes it by reappearing in its original spot. More often, the skull will take its revenge by bringing the person who took it some type of bad luck, even death to them or a relative. Violent storms may destroy property, crops might fail and cattle may die if the skull is not put back in the house. 

Faust {demonAU}

concordiaxincipit

Obe shut the door to his small apartment with a slam, not that he ment to, it’s just that closing a door with your foot is extremely hard to do. In his hands were groceries to replace the already rotton foods in his small fridge and the keys to the front door.

He waddled over to the dinner table he had set up and dumped the groceries on it, then he proceed to kick off his large work shoes {slightly worn out tennis shoes} with a tired groan. It was time for the tedious process of cleaning out his fridge and making himself dinner.

Although what really happened was that Obe threw away anything that wasn’t canned or a form of juice. Then he simply popped some instant food in the microwave, snatched it out with a grumble and plopped down on the couch. Turning on the tv to view the news.

The news was filled with nothing but murders as of late and some had said it was thanks to a group of religious fanatics. Obe had immediately filed that as complete and utter bull, and wished that they would just find the murderer instead of accusing some shadowy religious group. The last victim had been in this area and he would be damned if he was selected next.

At least things were quiet within his own home– or apartment.

Victim Culture Documentary Cancelled for 2015

Cruelteafree was wrong about the timing for the honest and open discussion about Victim Culture that we developed.

The expose documentary we developed on:
-the three cycles of victim culture;
-the failures and successes of victim services;
-the responsibility on the victim to avoid becoming a victimizer;
-the reasons that public opinion has committed to blaming the victims for their suffering;
-identifying how rapists, racists, homophobes and religious dogma seek to victimize innocent people while hiding in plain sight;
seems to be beyond what audiences are ready for.  

We’ve lost huge numbers of followers, and have been receiving hate mail.

The irony that cruelteafree has been shunned by the tumblr community for attempting a documentary about how society shuns victims is not lost on our creative director.
(They have since submitted their resignation as creative director.) 

Cruelteafree is a humble, independent group of artists that need the support of our audience.  If we were so targeted for attempting such a media project, then it is clear to see why the mainstream media has avoided this subject.

Cruelteafree is sorry to anyone who is not a racist, homophobe, rapist or who uses religious dogma to victimize.

Most of all we are heartbroken that we can’t go forward and create a voice for the many people that actually wanted this documentary to get made. Our goal is to find a way to create this project in the future, it just isn’t likely to happen this year.

Thanks to those of you who have shown your support!

isis are undoubtedly evil and unislamic people but they didn’t just pop up out of nowhere and we have to understand how otherwise peaceful people are being brainwashed into joining isis. obviously propaganda plays a part but in the uk, british muslims are one of the most deprived groups in england, scotland, wales and northern ireland. islamophobic attacks are up by 70% in england this year. we have created a society where people in ethnic and religious minorities are among the poorest in our countries and victims of religious hatred so it is no wonder people are becoming disillusioned and turning to extremism. if the west really is committed to stopping isis, start with one of the root causes.

as women or feminine presenting people we’re expected to take situations and things that have historically oppressed us and somehow flip it around and call those things empowering, we’re supposed to adapt to the mindset of men and present ourselves in that way while also reminding men that “all this isn’t for them” when ?? it kind of is since they’re the ones who started it???? they’re the ones who set the curve, they’re the ones who set all these expectations into motion. 

and while that’s okay, while it’s okay to wear short skirts and makeup and whatever else and feel like we do these things to make ourselves happy we really have to realize that thinking this way and refusing to be critical of these things is a very individualistic way of looking at feminism and being a feminist because it’s not intersectional, individual feminism forgets women of color because while white women can wear whatever they want and participate in “slut walks” women of color can’t do the same things without not only facing gendered oppression and violence but at the same time also facing racial oppression and violence, saying “porn is okay” because you know 2 or 3 porn stars that claim to have had a great time within the industry means you’re forgetting millions of women forced into human trafficking and sex work, this type of feminism also forgets disabled women, trans women, religious women, and victims of sexual assault to just name a few. 

we need to think critically about where these things we call “empowering” come from, we have to think about the root of these issues, we have to remember all women and how the same systems we support have oppressed and continue to oppress women and i know it’s hard because it really is so confusing but individual based feminism really isn’t helping anyone.