“Ask ten adults to define a slut and you’ll hear things like: a woman who has sex with lots of men; a women who sleeps around; a woman who has casual sex; a woman who flaunts her body. They’ll probably also use words like loose, easy, trashy, cheap and desperate. Someone might say: a woman who has the sexual appetites of a man. No one will say: a mythical creature dreamt up by people who are jealous of or threatened by female sexual expression.”—Emily Maguire- Princesses & Pornstars (via missrockmeup)
“Doctors in emergency rooms have no right to refuse to provide medical care to someone who overdosed on heroin, even though heroin is illegal and many people are morally opposed to its recreational use. They have to care for drunk drivers, even though driving drunk is both illegal and a pretty universally assy thing to do. Why, then, should a hospital be forced to bend over backwards to accommodate people’s religious beliefs surrounding abortion, a legal medical procedure protected by the Constitution?”—
Erin Gloria Ryan, “Nurses Fight For Their Right To Refuse Women Care”, Jezebel.
My boyfriend is really against buying diamonds because of how much trouble they cause globally (see conflict diamonds.) He says that if he were to propose to me, it wouldn’t be with any kind of precious stone. So of course all I can picture is him giving me one of those flower rings I used to make when I was a kid.
But here is a website with eco-friendly and conflict-free jewelry. They use recycled gold, silver and platinum and the diamonds are from Canada.
Reggie Clemons is a 33 year-old African-American man sentenced to death in Missouri after an unfair trial biased in favor of execution. Reggie’s case is filled with many injustices, including police brutality, gross prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective defense counsel. Reggie was sentenced to death for the 1991 rape and murder of two young women, who drowned after plunging from the Chain of the Rocks Bridge into the Mississippi River. At the time of his arrest, Reggie was a teenager with no criminal history, living with his family in suburban St. Louis and studying to become a mechanic. He was among a group of four youths (all teens except one) who encountered the victims and their cousin, Thomas Cummins, on the Chain of the Rocks Bridge. Even though prosecutors conceded that Reggie neither pushed the women nor planned the crime, he was convicted on the theory that he was an accomplice.
On April 7-8, 1991, Reggie and co-defendants Antonio Richardson, Marlin Grayand Daniel Winfrey were arrested for the murder of the Kerry sisters. The police traced a flashlight found on the bridge to 16 year-old Antonio Richardson. After initial denials, the police obtained a statement from Richardson in which he implicated himself and three other local youths: Daniel Winfrey, Marlin Gray and Reggie. Cummins was subsequently released from police custody. Two police detectives picked up Reggie, without a warrant, at his home in suburban St. Louisand took him to police headquarters for questioning. Although Reggie asked for an attorney, he was denied one. Instead, Reggie was subjected to several hours of threats and police beatings. He was slapped, punched in the head, choked and beaten about the chest. As a result of these beatings, Reggie’s face became visibly swollen. After five hours of violent interrogation, Reggie made a coerced statement in which headmitted to the rapes but pushing the girls off the bridge. He was subsequently arrested and charged with rape and murder, although the rape charges were dismissed. At his arraignment, a state judge saw that Reggie was injured and sent him to the hospital.
Instead, they were charged with a capital crime and ultimately sentenced to death.
They’re systematically killing us and it rarely ever grabs media attention. When will we stand up and say no fucking more?
The mainstream media is ripe with oversexualized images of women of color, and policy often stigmatized and shames this same group of people. Women of color and poor women are blamed for their inability to keep their legs closed and for having too many children. For marginalized groups of women, sex is not linked to pleasure and freedom; it is demonized and used as an example of all the ways in which these women lack self-control. As a result, a lot of conversation around sexual freedom discount the experience of people of color, failing to take into account how much sexual freedom is assumed to hinge on a woman’s privilege—be it because of her race, economic status, or social standing.
Of course, not all women of color are sexualized in the same way. For example, while black women are considered lascivious, always consenting and out of control, Latina[s] are considered exotic or overly sensual and Asian women are considered childish and prude. These particular stereotypes are reinforced through popular culture and pornography (just Google respectively “Asian women,” “black women,” or “Latina women” and then “women” and see what comes up). The common thread here is that nonwhite women’s sexuality is seen as outside the norm of white heterosexuality. It’s therefore something to uniquely desired, manipulated, exploited or controlled. Within this rather toxic climate, being a woman of color who’s in touch with her sexuality is an act of resistance. Pushing past the negative media depictions and still finding a healthy, healing, erotic, and functional sexuality is no small feat.
I have often felt trapped between discourses of sexuality. If I’m overtly sexual, I’m a threat to what it means to be a good, pious South Asian lady and to the white norms of sexuality. As a result, when I am sexual, I am confronting my ethnic community and the norms of white sexuality. Finding a more authentic sexuality that’s just me means pushing past what is considered the appropriate way for me to be sexual based on my race, ethnicity, and gender. This has meant a lot of experimentation, sometimes playing up how “bad” I am or being tremendously secretive about my sexual transgressions (well, clearly not after this book). And it meant sifting through partners and figuring out which ones are a little too obsessed with my being Indian.”
”—Samhita Mukhopadhyay’s Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life
While this isn’t a new topic, our country is STILL fucking up when it comes to sex education.
Or perhaps this issue really bothers me because I grew up in the south where they were MILITANT with their abstinence only education… Every single year we were told to take our virginity and keep it locked in a “special box” or some weird shit…
from the article:
The battle over sex education, however, isn’t about what’s safe or healthy for children. It’s about what’s comfortable for seriously sexually repressed adults. In the War on Sex, it’s the children who are the victims. The welfare of our children is being sacrificed so that religious fanatics to inject their beliefs into the structure of our government. The safety of our children is being sacrificed so that adults can feel better about themselves. It should be, of course, the other way around.
The battle over sex education is the battle over childhood and adolescent sexuality. Our government, controlled by corporations and their right-wing authoritarian pawns, has set a clear, tragic, and dangerous challenge: Preventing young people from having sexual experiences and ignoring their health needs as they do.
They’re forcing kids to join them in an unholy crusade to deny sexuality— in the process creating a toxic synergy of teaching kids to fear sexual feelings, while adults fear sexual information. They’ve put kids on the frontlines of the War on Sex as shields and demanding they patrol a toxic landscape of a cultural conflict.
And they’re doing this with your money. Anti-sex educators were awarded more than $200 million in funding in 2006 alone, in every state in the nation. Abstinence-only-until-marriage has been taught in more than half of American public schools and most private schools. Probably in your kid’s school.
This is a reliable site with some straight statistics on homelessness in the United States. I recently prepared a presentation on this topic, though most of it was done on French websites because it was for my French class. If you happen to know French, check out “La Monde” it has an article on homelessness. I would submit my presentation, but it’s in all French.
• Chapter I will provide some historical highlights regarding African-American survivors and mentalhealth treatment in America.
• Chapter II will explore the themes shared in the oral histories collected in this initial phase of the project and provide a guide to collection oral history in your community.
• Chapter III will provide strategies for using history projects as a tool for personal and community healing and social change.
• Chapter IV will include resources to assist you in starting your own history project
I didn’t know what to expect from this guide but I was surprised to see it go in depth about scientific racism, colored hospitals, psychiatric oppression in the ways that it did. Aside from the important stories included in the guide, this guide does a great job of getting the reader up to speed on the topic of POCs strained relationship with the medical community.