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Montana GOP Chair Afraid Of Too Much Voting | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
*whistles* What the hell kind of reality are we living in?

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Here’s what politics looks like if you take out the men 

Out of the 22 people running for president in 2016, only two of them are women. Elle U.K. is confronting this imbalance directly through the magazine’s #MoreWomen campaign, launched on Oct. 1 to celebrate women’s global power. Their eye-opening launch video shows how easy it is to make full rooms seemingly sparse.

ig this might be due to being gay being a big part of my identity and sense of self but the idea of a fictional utopia where sexual orientation basically doesn’t exist and everyone just likes who they like is just very alienating to me. representation politics are very weird and flawed but if we’re going to get into the types of characters i identify with in media and who’ve had a long lasting positive impact on me, they aren’t ones who just so happen to be involved with other men without it being addressed whatsoever, they’re specifically and culturally gay and that’s a part of their character and narrative. the idea of losing that for this weird, theoretical, enlightened society where same gender sex or romance just happens by chance without ever being something important or specific just makes me feel very weird and sad.

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Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor
Ginella Massa filled in on Toronto’s CityNews 11pm broadcast and created a buzz after the broadcast ended

A Toronto television journalist is believed to be Canada’s first anchor to don a Muslim head scarf at one of the city’s major news broadcasters.

Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for CityNews’ 11pmbroadcast last week and created a buzz after the broadcast ended and she Tweeted, “That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think a woman in hijab has ever anchored a newscast in Canada.”

Massa, 29, said on Friday that she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing television news reporter in 2015 while reporting for CTV News in Kitchener, Ontario, a city west of Toronto. She moved back to Toronto, where she grew up, earlier this year to take a reporting job at CityNews.

Massa recognized the personal career strides she had made after stepping out of the anchor desk, but she said it took her editor to point out the larger significance.

“It wasn’t until my editor said, ‘Hey, great job! Was that a first for Canada? A woman in a hijab?’ And I said yes. And so I tweeted about it. As much as I knew it was important, I didn’t expect the reaction that I received. My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing for the last week,” Massa said.

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These photos of Ilhan Omar’s swearing-in ceremony shows exactly why representation matters

  • On Tuesday, Ilhan Omar made history in the United States in more ways than one when she was sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • She became the first female Muslim and Somali-American legislator.
  • Omar, who serves House District 60B in Minnesota, held the Quran during her swearing-in ceremony, becoming the second person to do so after Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
  • One photo, in particular, shows just how powerful this moment was and exactly why representation matters in the political system today. 
  • In this photo, Omar is seen standing tall — donning colorful accessories and her bright orange hijab — among a sea of white faces. 
  • This is a historic sight that doesn’t come too frequently for young women of color and Muslim Americans, especially in politics. Read more

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a visual representation of my inauguration day anxiety

Shoutout to Yuri!!! on Ice fans.

Hello from Russia, native country of Viktor Nikiforov :D

Recently, after the 8th episode I’ve seen a lot of speculation about politics in Russia towards LGBTQA+ representation, so I want to make a comment on it.

Yes, the representation is poor and we have this damn law. But in contrary to the popular opinion that anyone suffers here, it’s not entirely true. Let me explain.

Media and sport are different universes, there are different laws in them. In fact, there a lot of gay people in the media in Russia, but nobody talks about it. Because personal life is something intimate in general. It’s in our character: we are open for guests and anyone who’s interested in our culture, but don’t ask personal stuff - we’re pretty closed. It might become personal when it’s in your family - and then it depends on how well these people are educated. We have beautiful ballet dancers, talented singers and famous figure skaters.

This particular law is some vague ministrations just to cover some other nasty stuff, to change the subject from really important things like loss of money in building the arena for Football World Cup and shortage of budget for education.

People in big cities are mostly chill, they don’t really care who you love or who you sleep with. But yes, it can be inappropriate for children. When I say “it”, I mean any kissing pair. I hate couples in the subway. They usually don’t look where they stand and may be blocking the damn door. Also for any child kissing pair looks nasty.

But nobody tells you how to educate your child. Sure, they can recommend, they can close some options and tell long speeches, but you are the one who decides what’s better for you. I’m an ace. I don’t need their recognition. Nobody will make me marry someone.

Back to publicity: until you tell to the country on a gov.channel that you are gay, you will be fine. Yes, public coming out is under restriction. But the reason is not plain hate for gays - it’s religion thing. Orthodox church is slightly different than Catholic, for example. And Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is a government organization.

They rule like they please, they tell people shit and promise salvation. That’s why we kind of have a problem, when it comes to religion. That’s why we have this law - it’s useful for politics. Nothing more, nothing less. But guys, we live here, we try to look for each other no matter what.

Yuuri is a sportsman, he’s a competitor. He feels in Russia as an alien because he doesn’t know anyone here. I don’t think even Victor ever thought about his representation or what fans could think of him: he goes with the flow, he’s willing to do whatever he wants. But yes, it can guarantee him problems. But not because his country, but because his colleagues.

There was a story about Johnny Weir, remember? I love him, he’s just so amazing and charismatic. But his career was doomed after he came out. They will let you skate, but they won’t let you win. It’s how sports work, it’s prejudged. But people who watch it – they aren’t. They came to cheer their favorite teams and sportsmen. They (usually) don’t care about anything else. And this is what important.

Because love wins. Always.

From Russia with love, Nadine.

A Basic Reminder

When someone says something like:

“Hey, there is this issue that negatively affects me for x, y, or z reasons.”

The incorrect response is:

“But I am not part of this problem!” Or, “But my partner/brother/sister/mom/uncle/cousin/crush/friend and I have never see that happen in that way.”

The correct response is:

“I am sorry you have had to deal with that, how can I help?”

Somewhere Inbetween #10 (12/11/16)- Its the new math… or rather the old math in a new skin.

BTW if you want to see Queer pocs on film go see “Moonlight” and “The Handmaiden” (the handmaidens is foreign film and that why I did put it in the comic since is not a mainstream hollywood film.)

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Paul Ryan’s latest Instagram post reveals a major problem with political representation

On Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan snapped a selfie with a large — and largely homogenous — pool of Capitol Hill interns and posted it to Instagram. In light of the picture’s racial makeup, his caption struck many users as somewhat tone deaf. Unfortunately, the photo reflects the very white reality of Capitol Hill.

Hallelujah. Trump & Gorillaz...

As you all know, the new Gorillaz single is not receiving much of a positive reaction from the audience. Hallelujah Money covers a topic that everyone has been tired of hearing about. Politics.

The representation in the video is so…immense. Let me show you the few things that I have found.

Animal Farm is a book and animated movie that covers inequality in such a simple form that even children can catch on to. This pig that is seen in the video is Napoleon. He puts all of the farm animals to hard labor, as his fellow pigs bask in the worldly goods. He is a terrible dictator.

“Fantastic Planet” can be seen for a split second in the video. It is a French animated film about these…blue fish people that take humans in as pets, and treats them like animals.

Let’s get this out of the way. Yeah, that spongebob clip scared the shit out of me and it felt out of place didn’t it? 

It was suppose to.

When we think of spongebob, we think of a child. Innocent and sweet. (And annoying) The three second clip practically summed up the whole video. Spongebob is the representation of the Americans that do not support Trump. 

Regardless, I do have to say this. I. Am. Tried. Of. Politics. 

Other things to note is: 

A trump puppet shadow that quickly takes the head of 2D.

Benjamin can be seen in one scene, hiding behind the book he is holding after the song mentions ‘power’ in a spine chilling way towards the end. He quickly stops cowering when the rainbow and birds backdrop is used.

One last thing..

This is the Trump tower elevator.

Opening scene to video:

This political cartoon is a representation of what it means to be Black in America. Black parents have to teach their children how to behave and interact with law enforcement, in hopes that their child makes it home safely. Black children are over-criminalized based on their appearance , and therefore discriminated  against in a system that was build to prevent blacks from becoming equal. 

~Mariah Knight

i also think this new trend of neo-victorian purity culture in fandom that ridicules people for shipping “bad” ships and attacks writers whose fics have “problematic” content is subtly tied to fandom’s new visibility and conditional mainstream acceptance. because of twitter and the increasing celebrity and showrunner interaction with fans, and because representation politics have somehow melded with respectability politics, there’s this push to “cleanse” ourselves of weird, freaky, disturbing, embarrassing content and present ourselves to the world as just “normal” people who love tv shows and books. because if they see we’re normal and cool, they’ll listen to us right? they’ll respect our demands right? they’ll give us our ships right? nope! instead we’re experiencing a massive dearth in fandom creativity because people are only invested in supporting and uplifting canon ships and canon stories, and instead of looking to ourselves for creativity and representation we’re depending on showrunners who’ve never had our best interests at heart. and honestly eff that. i don’t care about being seen as “normal”. i’m a weirdo! i’m a freak! fandom is weird and freaky and i’m okay with that! in fact, there’s power in that. we don’t need some stamp of approval from showrunners and celebrities, and we certainly don’t need to justify why we write or desire certain content in our fics. be weird! be freaky! be embarrassing! own it! it’s the only thing that’s truly ours.

The beauty of the system, however, is that such dissent and inconvenient information are kept within bounds and at the margins, so that while their presence shows that the system is not monolithic, they are not large enough to interfere unduly with the domination of the official agenda.
—  Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media