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January 27th, 2013

fuckyeahfeministartandliterature: Dorothy Iannone, The next…



fuckyeahfeministartandliterature:

Dorothy Iannone, The next great moment in history is ours, 1971.

January 27th, 2013

Calling all unclean spirits (including mine).



Calling all unclean spirits (including mine).

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January 27th, 2013

Black Feminist Remarks from the 2012 NYAAF Champion for Choice Awards

jasmineburnett:

I am honored and humbled to receive this award from NYAAF.  I receive it on behalf of the Black women and girls that contact you for resources for their abortions. I am disheartened by the lack of women of color present at this event tonight.

“I am a Black woman. Tall as a cypress. Strong beyond all definition. Still defying place, time and circumstance. Assailed. Impervious. Indestructible. Look on me and be renewed.” Mari Evans

 I am honored that the New York Abortion Access Fund has granted me this honor. I accept this award in firm solidarity with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. Poor women and young women and their families are going to suffer. If this closing moves forward in 6 weeks we are going to find the women in the South facing a major crisis in access and resources to abortion services. When Black women were 13x’s more likely to die from an illegal abortion than white women pre-Roe, I am terrified.  I know that women are desperate to make decisions and have the access to the resources we need to make decisions about our lives.

 

According to every statistic, disparity, social determinant and other quality of life measuring systems, it’s a miracle that I as a Black woman with an ancestral linkage to slavery in this country am even standing before you all holding any understanding of my dignity.  The fight for abortion rights and access from my vantage point is inextricably linked to racial and economic justice both within the organizations and among the individuals who do the work and the larger systemic issues of poverty and the rights that it takes away. Like the right to our privacy, lives, ability to space our children, and the right to be free of cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, I speak for the Black women and girls who want access to both our decisions and the resources to plan our family’s and to pay for our abortions.

 

I speak for Black women in the Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice movements when I say equal treatment and investment of resources in our work has to change to reflect the value and quality of our work, when many of us are making and are offered little to nothing to do this work.

 

We sacrifice many things to fight and be present for our very ability to be relevant and exist in a way that we define as respectful.  When the racist anti-choice billboards reared their ugly head it was traumatizing and heartbreaking to see black women’s decisions and access be used as a tool of propaganda to further the causes of patriarchal agendas. However ugly that campaign was and still is, it was through the strength of allyship and our collective movement that defeated the billboard campaign and shed light on how disrespectful and ridiculous it truly is.

 

The future of Black women’s activism on abortion is repealing HYDE at its 40th anniversary in 2016. How we build on the momentum of this moment will determine if we will allow poor women, women of color, young women, women in the military, immigrants and native women to be thrown under the bus, or if we are really the movement we say we are that is dedicated to equal access for ALL women. These next 3 years will determine if that is true.

 

Words that inspire my activism:

 “If you are deaf, dumb and blind to what’s happening in the world, you’re under no obligation to do anything. But if you know what’s happening and you don’t do anything but sit on your ass, then you’re nothing but a punk.” Assata Shakur

I hope I’m not in the company of punks. 

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I am so proud and honored to have Jasmine as a friend, and these words are just one reason why. They were powerful that night—may they have more power online. xoxoxo

January 27th, 2013

Have learned the name of my surgery is INTERNAL FIXATION so now I am 100% cool with it.

Have learned the name of my surgery is INTERNAL FIXATION so now I am 100% cool with it.

January 27th, 2013

"A woman who writes feels too much, those trances and portents! As if cycles and children and…"

“A woman who writes feels too much,
those trances and portents!
As if cycles and children and islands
weren’t enough; as if mourners and gossips
and vegetables were never enough.
She thinks she can warn the stars.
A writer is essentially a spy.
Dear love, I am that girl.”

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—Anne Sexton

Grandiose but true

January 27th, 2013

buttercakesandteacafe: cobbledstories: fearof-theunknown: Evid…



buttercakesandteacafe:

cobbledstories:

fearof-theunknown:

Evidence of time travel in Chinese tomb?

In December 2008, Chinese archaeologists allegedly removed the opening of a giant coffin within what was believed to be an undisturbed, 400-year old Si Qing tomb in Shangsi County.

As they removed the soil around the coffin, however, they were shocked and amazed to find this:

A small piece of metal shaped like a watch, with the time frozen at 10:06.

“Swiss” was engraved on the back.

what the

My god

It belongs to Benjamin Linus.

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January 27th, 2013

My dad’s only living sister & one of his brothers are…



My dad’s only living sister & one of his brothers are both dying. It’s so sad for his two surviving brothers. Eight kids: a lot of funerals.

This is (I think) from left: Donald, Joyce, Margaret, my dad.


There aren’t any pictures of the eight of them because they all bailed on my grandfather as soon as they were old enough and didn’t reunite until they were much older, and never reunited as a group.

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January 27th, 2013

Turns out Perrie Edwards is a witch, too.



Turns out Perrie Edwards is a witch, too.

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January 27th, 2013

"When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional,…"

“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty. The world teaches you that the way you exist in it is disgusting — you watch boys cringe backward in your dorm room when you talk about your period, blue water pretending to be blood in a maxi pad commercial. It is little things, and it is constant. In a food court in a mall, after you go to the gynecologist for the first time, you and your friend talk about how much it hurts, and over her shoulder you watch two boys your age turn to look at you and wrinkle their noses: the reality of your life is impolite to talk about. The world says that you don’t have a right to the space you occupy, any place with men in it is not yours, you and your body exist only as far as what men want to do with it. At fifteen, you find fifteen-year-old boys you have never met somehow believe you should bend your body to their will. At almost thirty, you find fifteen-year-old boys you have never met still somehow believe you should bend your body to their will. They are children. They are children.”

- Stevie Nicks (via sister-bell)
January 27th, 2013

If Fritz somehow beats Monster to my lap, she has this extraordinary process where first she looks a…

If Fritz somehow beats Monster to my lap, she has this extraordinary process where first she looks a bit shocked and wounded, then extremely irate, and then something in her walnut-sized brain clicks and it’s like he doesn’t exist. She will just climb on top of him as if he is not there and attempt to curl up and go to sleep, despite the fact that I am laughing and he is not a flat surface, or she will insinuate herself into the sliver of space between him and the rest of me until everyone is forced to accommodate her. It’s inspirational.