Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Snippets: Cicadas

One of my favorite things in the world is to hear the sound of cicadas on a hot day. THAT feels like true summer to me.

Horrifying (TW for sexual assault) Victim blaming at its finest

Whoop, there it is


23 Emotions people feel, but can’t explain

When You Kill Ten Million Africans, You Aren't Called Hilter

Truth, from this classic film I will forever hold a torch for this movie, one of my all time favorites.

Awful and fucked up

In California of all places, prison doctors have sterilized over 150 women. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future.

The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”

Truth about people with anxiety

I think it’s because we haven’t addressed the deeper meaning of these “sorrys.” To me, they sound like tiny acts of revolt, expressions of frustration or anger at having to ask for what should be automatic. They are employed when a situation is so clearly not our fault that we think the apology will serve as a prompt for the person who should be apologizing.

It’s a Trojan horse for genuine annoyance, a tactic left over from centuries of having to couch basic demands in palatable packages in order to get what we want. All that exhausting maneuvering is the etiquette equivalent of a vestigial tail.

I hate it every time an unneeded apology slips out of my mouth. I know that my reasons go deeper than what is mentioned in the article; I apologize because of a learned habit growing up in an abusive home. If I apologized, I was less likely to be screamed at.


We can end police brutality and racism. It is possible. To do so the Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link partnered with protesters and street-level organizers to create a 15-point report, titled Building From the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing.

It includes all of the above steps as well as some other no brainers like obeying the 4th amendment and establishing a “use of force" standard.

Out in the Night Documentary

“In August of 2006, seven black lesbians from New Jersey were hanging out in the West Village of New York City when they were harassed and violently threatened by a man on the street. When they defended themselves, they were arrested and charged with attempted murder and gang assault. Four of the women — Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, Terrain Dandrige and Venice Brown — plead not guilty, knowing they were acting in self-defense. They were convicted and given senteces ranging from 3 to 11 years. Their case became a focal point for activism supporting the women and their case, and protesting the violence, racism, misogyny and homophobia of the legal system that systematically prosecutes women for trying to save their own lives. They became known as the New Jersey Four.” - read more on Autostraddle

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