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September 1st, 2012

“You can sincerely act in a way some times that’s more sincere than being…

“You can sincerely act in a way some times that’s more sincere than being yourself.”

I should credit this quote but it would be a distraction and I want to think about it.

September 1st, 2012

"People in the Third World are viewed as having too many children because they are ignorant and…"

“People in the Third World are viewed as having too many children because they are ignorant and irrational; they exercise no control over their sexuality, and “breed out of control.” However, in many Third World societies, having a large family is a completely rational strategy for survival. Children’s labor is a vital part of the family economy… quite early in life, children’s labor makes them an asset rather than a drain on family income. Also, because the vast majority of people in Third World countries do not have access to insurance, pension plans, and social security, having a large number of children insures that there will be someone to take care of or provide for the family, especially aging parents… As long as the vast majority of people in the Third World countries remain impoverished, uneducated, and unhealthy, the large family will provide the only real source of social security. Birth control programs will fail to reduce fertility rates, as they have in the past, when there is no motivation on the part of poor families to limit their size, unless coercive methods of population control are used.”

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Seeing beyond the numbers: The human cost of population control in brazil (via pursuingchastity)
I will say it again, its eugenics by another name, to campaign to limit poc having kids, blaming that for poverty, when they’re poor because they lack access to basic needs and having less kids only means less undesirables and even less resources. Most of the world resources are consumed by the white developed world minority w few children but we don’t go after them for gutting us poc, asking them to breed less. (via bad-dominicana)

Important!

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September 1st, 2012

freececemcdonald: No Justice When Women Fight Back Friday, 31…



freececemcdonald:

No Justice When Women Fight Back

Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00  By Victoria Law, Truthout | News Analysis

What do a nineteen-year-old lesbian from New Jersey, a 23-year-old trans woman in Minneapolis and a 31-year-old mother in Florida have in common? All three were attacked, all three fought back and all three were arrested. All three are currently in prison while their attackers remain free. Oh, yes, and all three are black women.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/11196-no-justice-when-women-fight-back

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September 1st, 2012

"Within the women’s movement, the connections among women of different backgrounds and sexual…"

“Within the women’s movement, the connections among women of different backgrounds and sexual orientations have been fragile, at best. I think this phenomenon is indicative of our failure to seriously
address ourselves to some very frightening questions: How have I internalized my own oppression? How have I oppressed?”

- Cherríe Moraga, La Güera (x)


Going through these questions over and over again and again. (via travelcoat)
September 1st, 2012

travelcoat replied to your post: When I got the grants, I was more excited that they were for…

travelcoat replied to your post: When I got the grants, I was more excited that they were for writers than I was about the fact I wasn’t going to be homeless.

Thank you for your writings on this. It’s been helpful for me cuz I was in the hospital earlier this year and I’ve been trying to understand how I had a relatively eased time of it while other people I know didn’t.

I’m sorry to hear about your illness—and I don’t think it’s ever easy for anyone! Let’s all keep talking xoxo.

September 1st, 2012

This came up when I was googling “cats skyping”…



This came up when I was googling “cats skyping” because we are going to set up a skype session for Fritz and the moonkitten, but I happen to know that this is not a video of cats skyping because the cats on the computer screen are from this video. THIS IS JUST BASIC CAT LADY KNOWLEDGE.

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September 1st, 2012

"Do you have any sense of right and wrong? Or does it all go west as soon as you sense the soft…"

“Do you have any sense of right and wrong? Or does it all go west as soon as you sense the soft allure of some marital thighs?”

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—Stephen Fry, Kingdom

You’ll never convince me that this isn’t how all British people talk all the time.

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September 1st, 2012

superseventies: Susan Dey and David Cassidy, 1971. I’d…



superseventies:

Susan Dey and David Cassidy, 1971.

I’d kill for that nose.

September 1st, 2012

When I got the grants, I was more excited that they were for writers than I was about the fact I wasn’t going to be homeless.

You had to send clips along with your financial statements. And the ladies on the phone were all, “We just want you to get better and start doing great work again!” which literally no one else said at any point. I got to have lunch with Stephen King which is still kind of a haze because I had to take so many painkillers and muscle relaxants to get there. He was nice.

I had no problem writing when I was suicidal and depressed, I didn’t have financial difficulties then—but that was in the 90s when publishing still paid writers, and I lived in LA and half my life was barter anyway. But more recently when I was sick (I’ll say “physically sick” although the division between mental and physical illness is dumb), I really couldn’t write. Too much pain, too much anxiety, and the industry got sick right when I did.

When I go to meetings, the language of recovery sometimes appeals to me as a way of making sense of how much work it is to stay alive (and how much work enablers are willing to do to help people stay sick). But I also know I had a laundry list of advantages. Despite all the friends I lost, the physical trauma, the financial peril, I was still so much better off than most. I’m trying to do some fundamental work to understand that, and to be more compassionate and less impatient,* and to try and bust the whole ugly system.

*And definitely not empathetic.