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She thinks about the woman who drove her kids into the lake and cried about it on national TV. What a terrible person, a horrible mother. But the snakes hiss, “Yessss.”
She’s barely gotten the toast buttered once John Junior starts up again…she carries him out to the pickup and puts him squish onto the seat and she leaves supper unfinished and she’s really going to do it this time because she just can’t take it anymore.
—  Medusa Song, Women Up On Blocks, by Mary Akers
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Kick-Ass Feminists #11: Tina & Grayson Haver Currin

Tina and Grayson Currin are a couple living in Raleigh, NC, who started Saturday Chores. Saturday Chores is a counter protest against the intrusive “pro life” protesting that happens far too often. It first started out as a way to distract the women entering the clinic from the invasive protesters. As attendance grew, some would hold up trifold signs to block out the people (mostly men) who yelled at women entering the clinic, others would escort these women into the clinic, and many of us would distract the protesters with our own arguments. Eventually, Saturday Chores gained worldwide popularity to the point where it could even be considered a movement. 

Now, Tina and Grayson have raised enough money for a protective fence around the property of the clinic which will help stop the harassment. 

Thank you, Tina and Grayson, for standing up for women. You are making a positive difference.

OH MY GOD. MY TEACHER AND THE TECH GUY JUST USED MY LAPTOP TO SEE IF THE SCHOOLS ‘WEB BLOCK’ WAS DOWN SO THEY GO “Don’t worry. This is for the students’ safety. We’re not doing this for our own enjoyment” THEN THEY TYPE IN ‘TOPLESS WOMEN’ AND IT’S LIKE “GUYS NO. I HAVE ZENMATE DOWNLOADED SO I CAN GO ON TUMBLR. NOTHING IS BLOCKED. NAKED WOMEN WILL COME UP!!!!” But it was too late. They had already hit enter.

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In the Block B MTV match up Japan show these are just some things I noted. not sure if they mean anything xD
1. Zico was giving the mixed interviewer Joann aegyo in between shooting the interview. xD It happens in the same episode that Kyung flirts with her.

2. During the actual interview, B Bomb was staring at her really hard throughout the vid - as was Kyung, I’m not surprised.


3. During the interview baby daddy Jaehyo talked to her the most and seemed really comfortable talking to her. :)


I’ll make some screenshots, as some people (including me) like visuals better. Plus I don’t have anything else to do today (ma day off). LMFAO sorry, not sorry.

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SAN FERMIN IN NUEVA ORLEANS & BASTILLE DAY - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

The “pope” stands high above the crowd on his scaffolding while explaining this is not just an imitation of El Encierro from Pamplona, Spain, but a “protest against normalcy.” At 8am sharp, the bulls are unleashed upon the city of New Orleans. The bulls are powerful women from area roller derby teams. Their attire ranges from papier-mâché bull heads to giant bull nose rings in septum piercings and fishnets to horns that extend five feet in either direction.

A horn blows and they are out. Their giant plastic bats pulsate, thwapping the streets of the Central Business District. Then thousands of runners—most of whom have had at least one sangria despite the early hour—rush by, trying to pass the bulls without getting their bottoms spanked.

As the blocks roll by, the excitement builds. People are sprinting, bulls are stopping to set up makeshift road blocks. A referee tells the women to keep rolling. Some runners pass triumphantly, only feeling the swoosh of air as the bat narrowly misses, and others yelp as the bat makes contact. One young girl cries in horror out after getting swatted repeatedly, “I’m already out! I’m done!” A man in a long flowing cape nearly tumbles, taken aback from the harder-than-anticipated hit. Another man gets tapped and instinctively puts back his hand, grabs and runs away with the bat. A group of bulls notice this and maneuver flawlessly to trap him, grab the bat and return it to its rightful owner without missing a beat.

The flurry of activity ends as quickly as it came. The rest of the day sees people spread throughout the city in traditional red and white garb.

Fittingly, as the city of New Orleans went back and forth from the French and Spanish at its beginning, ooh la las replace ole’s on the Spanish Plaza in the afternoon to celebrate Bastille Day. There are mimes and Napoleons, and a dog costume contest with awards for “most French looking” and “most Jules Verne themed.” One of the French judges, famous for having her New Orleans apartment filled with tributes to champagne, brings her own dog decked out in red, blue, and white. 

On Sunday, one of the favorite events is the waiter’s race. Men and women who bartend and wait in the city must carry a tray topped with a famous Sazerac cocktail, two croissants and more, while walking—never running—as fast as they can down four blocks in the French Quarter. A band leads the way while little French cars are parked along the route.

The festivities come to a close Monday as the Joan of Arc statue gets her wreath. And as this is New Orleans, despite the heat and humidity, one only has to wait a moment for the next festival to begin.

Editor’s note: The Running of the Bulls began in 2007 and occurs annually in July. Bastille Day festivities occur in the days leading up to July 14th and on the date itself.  

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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee and co-editor of THE AMERICAN GUIDE. A photographer living in Bristol, Tennessee, she enjoys photographing just about any event that includes loud noises and fast moving things. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. Follow her on Tumblr or on her website, TammyMercure.com.

“ There was once a day when black slave women that were put up on the auction block would have their blouses ripped open by their owners for prospective buyers to see the suppleness of their breasts. How interesting that now, although the auction block looks a bit different, women are ripping their own blouses open and selling themselves down the river. The raping and using of black women solely for sexual purposes during slavery ultimately led to the sexualization of black women in all forms of media. ” New Slaves.

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It’s been 5 years since I’ve been on the blocks at States and my previous best had been 3rd in 2009. My aim this year was Top-5-because-sash-and-blocks-but-actually-really-top-3-cos-perpetual-and-tiara-but-honestly-really-wanted-2nd-cos-personal-best. 

My goal was written and stuck beside my bed so it was the last thing I saw before I went to bed and first thing i saw when I woke up in the morning since I got back from NAN’s. I knew it was a goal that was possible if I worked hard and danced well on the day, but also knew it was by no means guaranteed - we may be a small state but our Senior Ladies section is full of talented, fierce dancers and the placings can go any way on any given day. 

So absolutely over the moon and grateful that I actually managed to achieve that 2nd place and be up on those blocks with such awesome women.