July302014

Book Tag

I was tagged by sometimes-liz

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard…

  1. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
  2. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  3. Survivor by Chuck Palahnuik
  4. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  5. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  6. Protector of the Small Quarter by Tamora Pierce
  7. Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I tag: lazygirlsramblings, guldfiskn, droolylilprincess, atrafeathers, in-3ssence-divided, letters-intertwined, saladbard, one-more-reason, catchtheflames, the-satanic-leaf-tailed-gecko

5PM
“I lost respect when I learned of Gandhi’s body hatred and even more that he refused to have sex with his wife for the last thirty-eight years of their marriage (in fact he felt that people should have sex only three or four times in their lives) I lost even more [respect] when I found out that in order to test his commitment to celibacy, he had beautiful young women lie next to him naked through the night: evidently his wife - whom he described as looking like a ‘meek cow’ - was no longer desirable enough [to] be a solid test”

On Pacifism

-Derrick Jenson

(via fortalameda)

Yeah, Gandhi was an unbelievably selfish individual. My biggest reason for losing respect for him, though, was that he criticized the Jews for defending themselves against the Holocaust — he insisted that they should have committed public mass suicide in order to “shame” the Germans instead of fighting back.

(via freedominwickedness)

…. In order to shame the Germans?  WTF?  The Germans wouldn’t’ve been shamed - they’d’ve been thrilled to get their way so easily!

(via christinathena)

Gandhi’s exact words were: “But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.” He also wrote an open letter to the British people in 1940 telling them to surrender to the Axis even if it meant accepting genocide:

“I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. Let them take possession of your beautiful island, with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these but neither your souls, nor your minds. If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them.”

(via freedominwickedness)

he was also anti-black (lost all respect for him after reading how he treated sub-saharan africans).

http://www.trinicenter.com/WorldNews/ghandi4.htm

read this. everyone needs to know gandhi’s “true colors”. 

(via cynique)

finally

(via dumbthingswhitepplsay)

Ghandi was a pedophile, to boot.

(via bookishboi)

I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MY ENTIRE LIFE THANK YOU

I CANNOT FUCKING STAND THE WAY HE IS PORTRAYED 

HE WAS AN ABUSER WHO HIT HIS WIFE AND HIS DAUGHTERS ALSO

(via oliveseraphim)

i’ve reblogged this before but this version has even better commentary and sources so

(via fromonesurvivortoanother)

also he believed women shouldn’t fight off their rapists

(via teamfreewillxgraham)

His wife died from a treatable illness because he “didn’t believe in modern medicine”.

(via pancakesandplaid)

Yes and let’s not forget what he did to Bhagat Singh also.

(via whiteopinionsrwhiteopinions)

They do NOT teach you this in school

(via problackgirl)

its about time folks find out who the real gandhi is. He considered Blacks slave, inferior and dirty. He actually wanted the whites in south africa to continue apartheid as he compared Blacks to animals.

(via postracialcomments)

I knew a fair amount of this due to being pakistani (we are kind of…not huge gandhi fans) but some of this shocked even me.

(via jaythenerdkid)

#FUCKGANDHI (via whitegirlsaintshit)

Wow…. This is very eye-opening. So disappointing, smdh.

(via poeticallyhighdreams)

yeah the reason they do not teach you this in school is DELIBERATE. gandhi was ultimately an ally of the british and basically all oppressors everywhere, and an oppressor himself. he was born into high caste and spent his entire life benefitting off the backs of his own people. and fucking postcolonial india is still obsessed with him, GREATLY because of the mark the british left on academic curriculum and the overall culture.

they taught you to love gandhi because they wanted you to love your oppressor.

(via nisfi)

my heart broke when i learned the truth about Gandhi and taught me to be more critical.

(via my-little-underground)

Okay, so while I think it’s important to know the context before passing judgements on events and the actions of individuals, I’m not sure I see the point of “LETS ALL HATE ON GHANDI NOW!” It’s very interesting and it certainly motivates people to be more critical consumers of media content- but Ghandi’s (admittedly horrifying) faults don’t change the fact that he did many good deeds and his name has been used to spread positive ideas and encourage positive social changes. 

So Hitler was a monster, but he was also demonised, and Ghandi is presented as some kind of saint- I think what’s truly fascinating about all this is the fact that both of these highly famous and infamous men, were just human. Men. People like others. With strange personal views and values, that agree and disagree with the values of others. Hitler wasn’t wholly ‘evil’ and Ghandi wasn’t wholly ‘good’. We’re only so horrified by the truth about Ghandi because we all thought he was somehow above human faults, weaknesses, cruelties and selfishness. 

Really, the people with the most extremist views and methods of action are almost always going to be less than exemplary in some ways. I’m not saying we have to forgive  him for it- but I don’t think it deserves the horrified outburst Tumblr is giving it. 

(via droolylilprincess)

ghandi 

July272014

So I’ve been scouting reading glasses, and I found some red ones!image

So I’m channeling Kuriyama-san…

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July262014
“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”

Gary Provost (via tuongexists)

Holy crap, what just happened there… (via cyrusgabriel)

Words, man. Words.

(via bookoisseur)

(Source: qmsd, via mediumrad)

11AM
Sakura, where the fuck did you get a guitar? Oh. Wait. Who ARE you?

Sakura, where the fuck did you get a guitar? Oh. Wait. Who ARE you?

(Source: theperfectcell, via im-not-daredevil)

July252014
ravenclawslibrary:

bookworldau:

We’re all too familiar with this.

That is the single greatest moment of panic I’ve ever experienced.

ravenclawslibrary:

bookworldau:

We’re all too familiar with this.

That is the single greatest moment of panic I’ve ever experienced.

(Source: bookworldau, via sometimes-liz)

July242014

"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

Libby Anne (via newwavenova)

(Source: dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry, via theboywolf)

July232014
“I remember reading this book on mythology—like, the mythropes in writing—and it blew my mind that all of that mythology is basically men writing about men and great myths for men, of which there are so many. And then there are only a handful of myths about women and they’re also written by men, so you start to realize that so much of storytelling has been lost in male perspective and you’re either Persephone—innocent, naive, and kidnapped by Hades into the underworld and has to be rescued; or you’re like Athena—unapproachable, vicious and there’s no gradient. And for me, it’s an amazing thing to begin to think about what it means to tell feminine mythology because it needs to be invented, it doesn’t exist; and also, what does inherently feminine storytelling and structure look like?” Brit Marling for Violet Magazine
Interview here starting pg. 202 (via pambeesly)

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10AM

saladbard:

melodic999:

letters-intertwined:

buzzfeed:

A look into the experiences of bisexual women who happened to fall in love with men

Graphics by Chris Ritter

Reblogging this again because it’s so important.

BOOM.

It’s such a strange issue. I’ve been told that I’m ‘intolerant’ for being bisexual and not pansexual- but considering I’ve never met a trans-person, to my knowledge, I don’t know if I’m attracted to them or not? Also that’s like calling a man intolerant for being straight (which is not uncommon, there is so much hate for straight white cis-men, despite the fact that unavoidable and unconscious complicity doesn’t mean they are bad intolerant people) or a gay woman intolerant towards men simply because she’s not attracted to them. They may be intolerant in some way, but it has nothing to do with their sexual orientation. 

The main thing about social justice is asking the world to stop making gender, sexuality, and race based assumptions.

Calling a bisexual ‘confused’, ‘greedy’ or ‘indecisive’ is making an erroneous and offensive assumption. I am not confused about my sexuality. You’re confused about my category/label/identification and I don’t give a fuck. Your problem, not mine.

The bisexual vs pansexual tension is a weird one. People who describe themselves as pansexual rather than bisexual because they are attracted to transmen and transwomen as well as men and women are actually being transphobic: transmen are men and transwomen are women, having a sexuality that you define as “attracted to both men and women” does not exclude binary trans people. The deeper issue here is that if you define bisexuality as attraction to both men and women, you ARE excluding people who fall outside the gender binary, who identify as neither man nor woman. So the idea is that if you don’t want to exclude nonbinary and intersex people from your sexual preference you should identify as pansexual rather than bisexual.

However, many people nowadays in the bisexual community do not define bisexuality as “I am attracted to men and women” but “I am attracted to my own gender and other genders.” So the “bi” refers to same and different rather than same and opposite. So now, sometimes people who identify as bisexual will be attacked for being exclusionary  and will respond with accusations of biphobia.

Personally I like the term Queer, because it’s all encompassing and vague, and most sexualities can’t fit into a convenient box. I’m attracted to  cis men, trans men, trans women, cis women, and nonbinary people. But my attraction t each group follows a different pattern, just like my attraction to different individuals follows a different pattern. I have romantic attraction, aesthetic attraction and sexual attraction in very different levels in the spectrum of gender in each group. Bisexual and Pansexual feel, to me, too much like they imply equal weight to each group I’m attracted to. So it feels weird to identify myself that way. Plus the whole thing is made more complicated by my own gender identity. I don’t identify as male deep down even if I still use the pronouns and don’t tend to talk about it. So even if I was only attracted to women I would still feel queer.

While you raise excellent points, I think the notion is a little trickier than that. A lot of people take sexuality to mean what kind of bodies they are attracted to, peen or vageen, or maybe in between? Which is of course a personal decision- and so while I know I am attracted to men with male bodies, and women with female bodies, I simply don’t know if I would be attracted to a woman with a male body or a man with a female body, or any other gender/sex combination or identification. I don’t want to make the presumption that I would and identify incorrectly with a group in that way. So is it transphobic to acknowledge the difference in transgender bodies? Obviously it can be done very insensitively, but I don’t think it’s transphobic in principle. 

As for identifying as queer, it’s great that it’s a term that allows you to feel comfortable in your identification, but personally it’s too vague for me. I don’t like to run the risk of implying things about myself that may not be true. To be honest, having identified as a bisexual woman in a relationship with a cis man, means I often feel like I’m intruding to identify with the LGBT community at all. I know intellectually that this is not the case, but part of me feels like the term ‘queer’ has connotations that my ‘gayness’ can’t live up to. And since I’m not sure what other gender/sex I might be attracted to ‘bisexual’ has always felt like a good fit. To be honest, I find the notion that identifying as any sexuality may be translated into any kind of phobia to be incredibly strange and hypocritically intolerant. Isn’t one of the main assumptions of the LGBT movement the idea that people cannot help who they are attracted to- nor should they be persecuted for how they identify? 

July222014

letters-intertwined:

buzzfeed:

A look into the experiences of bisexual women who happened to fall in love with men

Graphics by Chris Ritter

Reblogging this again because it’s so important.

BOOM.

It’s such a strange issue. I’ve been told that I’m ‘intolerant’ for being bisexual and not pansexual- but considering I’ve never met a trans-person, to my knowledge, I don’t know if I’m attracted to them or not? Also that’s like calling a man intolerant for being straight (which is not uncommon, there is so much hate for straight white cis-men, despite the fact that unavoidable and unconscious complicity doesn’t mean they are bad intolerant people) or a gay woman intolerant towards men simply because she’s not attracted to them. They may be intolerant in some way, but it has nothing to do with their sexual orientation. 

The main thing about social justice is asking the world to stop making gender, sexuality, and race based assumptions.

Calling a bisexual ‘confused’, ‘greedy’ or ‘indecisive’ is making an erroneous and offensive assumption. I am not confused about my sexuality. You’re confused about my category/label/identification and I don’t give a fuck. Your problem, not mine.

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