Musings from the Soapbox

Sep 16

A British one penny coin from 1903 defaced by the Suffragettes

A British one penny coin from 1903 defaced by the Suffragettes

Sep 15

marfmellow:

a friendly reminder that I give side eye hard as fuck to white and white passing femmes that promote misandry like men of color especially BLACK MEN aren’t killed/degraded for having and desiring relationships with your privileged asses.

Sep 15

autisticfandomthings:

The sheer amount of energy, abilities, and organisation that you have to have to actually put into practice all these “rape prevention” things is impossible for a lot of people. Especially disabled people. 

People with physical disabilities may not be able to learn all this self-defense stuff. Actually that’s generally pretty expensive, and disabled people tend to be poor.

Lots of us don’t have the motor control or energy to use things like this new anti-date rape nail polish.

Autistic people sometimes can’t just tell when someone’s unsafe.

Lots of us don’t have the funds or organisation to do things like getting taxis all the time.

So, what? Are we supposed to be the collateral damage for when all the “good” women are sensible and do all the rape prevention things we can’t? Are we just supposed to accept that we get raped at rates that are at least twice that of non disabled people? That about 80% of developmentally disabled women get sexually abused?

Is it our fault if we can’t do these things because we’re disabled?

Rape prevention does worse than nothing for disabled people.

Why is this never brought up when feminists criticise “rape prevention” things?

Sep 14

Anonymous said: I just found out my friend's rape case was dismissed. It was on a party. She had witnesses, clothes, DNA, the police arrived, and everything. They know what happened, but the rapist is free. Because she had a bottle of mickey finn!! He lives near her, and once she bumped into him on the street. And this is in fucking "paradiseland" scandinavia. This is just one of the stories. Very few reported rapists here end up in prison. I just wanted to share this because I am so angry. My head is boiling.

Sep 12
sudeikat:

"When they don’t love you the way you want to, you mourn that for however long you need to. But then you get back up and you remind yourself. You are not a reflection of the people who can’t love you. You will love again. You will be loved again." - Caitlyn Siehl 

sudeikat:

"When they don’t love you the way you want to, you mourn that for however long you need to. But then you get back up and you remind yourself. You are not a reflection of the people who can’t love you. You will love again. You will be loved again." - Caitlyn Siehl 

Sep 12

zubat:

Okay but these are my favorite pictures!!!

Sep 09

quote I said to the sun, ‘Tell me about the big bang.’ The sun said, ‘it hurts to become.

— Andrea Gibson (via ashdonirwin)
Sep 09

quote When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation. But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him. Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.

Keith Boykin: Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People? (via clambistro)

Shit, neither does the first. As demonstrated by the reaction to protesters in Ferguson. 

(via be-blackstar)

Sep 09

fayedaniels:

hatzigsut:

very chilling topic on twitter right now. 

i have my own reasons for #WhyIStayed, and looking through this hashtag, i can see so many women and men who were lost, just as i was.

i stayed because it was the first time i felt important to anyone. he “loved” me. when he said he would die if i left him, i thought it passionate. when he started showing up unannounced at my house, because my friends told him my brother’s friends were over, i thought the jealousy was endearing.

then he tried to kill himself when i left town for two days. he was convinced that i would find someone else, in a town where i knew no one. i came back home, and promised i would never leave.

the manipulation and emotional abuse became physical—but only once. he slammed me against a wall after i made a joke about dumping him once i started college. i hid the bruises from my family, for weeks. that was the moment i decided to get out, no matter what happened. for some people, it only takes one time. others need more than one. and some people never make it out alive.

it is not always easy to “just leave.” it is a blessing if you are able to leave, with no consequences.

This.
People don’t know how hard it is.

Sep 09
elenamorelli:

{ are you ready? }

elenamorelli:

{ are you ready? }