Tip for all my student readers: if you’re too lazy to use a bibliography creator like NoodleBib or RefWorks, let Google generate your bibliography entries for you. All you have to do is google the article/book title in Google Scholar, click “cite” at the bottom of the search result, and copy either the MLA, APA, or Chicago cite into your word document.
“Steve Carell, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: How men would look if they had to pose in ads the way women are expected to.”
I work at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and every year we spend a significant amount of time around the summer raising money for this amazing camp.
Camp Sunshine is a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. Its a place to go where the family can spend a week having fun and doing activities together instead of focusing solely on the stress that comes with having a life threatening illness. Families have an opportunity to rebuild their relationships together, and meet other families facing similar challenges. Another distinctive component of Camp Sunshine is the medical facilities and professional staff that are available 24-hours a day to address the taxing physical needs of children with intrusive diseases.
The camp is run by volunteers, and its free of charge for the families who attend it, but they fully rely on donations to be able to send a family there. It costs about $2,000 to send each family to Camp Sunshine. My goal is to raise $2,000 so we can send a family!!! Two thousand dollars might sound big but I KNOW that its possible, and I KNOW I can do it with everyone’s help!!
Every single donation counts so don’t feel obligated to donate a big amount. If everybody reading this donated one dollar, I could potentially raise thousands of dollars!! Being diagnosed with cancer or any other terminal illnesses is truly a horrible thing and Camp Sunshine is a place for these children to go to just have fun… so please consider donating because all the money goes directly to making these kids happy!!! Lets do this!!
Even if you can’t donate, it would even just help to reblog it as a signal boost! This honestly means alot to me and I’m really determined to meet my goal cause I just really really wanna make these kids smile and just be happy for a week!!
And click the link at the top of the post to donate or just click here: http://www.gofundme.com/2s57t0
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
Rhode Island approves same-sex marriages
WPRI: Same-sex marriage will be legal in Rhode Island starting Aug. 1 after the state House of Representatives gave final approval to the legislation Thursday, thrilling supporters who’ve been pushing the issue for 16 years.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law at a ceremony on the South Steps of the State House Thursday evening, where he was joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, state lawmakers and advocates for same-sex marriage.
“Today a dream has come true,” state Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, who is openly gay, said to a standing ovation. “This moment is surreal. For us in Rhode Island, we have achieved an understanding about the human condition - that we all are one family and need to look out for each other.
More from WPRI here.
Photo: Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee/NBCNews
George Clooney’s response when asked why he will not seek political office.
The picture on the left shows an average sized woman with an average model. If models are supposed to be representative of the average person, why the discrepancy?
Evidence for a culture obsessed with thinness: 1. Average model meets criteria for anorexia 2. Twenty years ago the average model weighed 8% less than the average woman, today they weigh 23% less 3. Women are exposed to images of women who are much smaller than them constantly in magazines, on T.V. and on billboards, showing them that the “ideal” female is one much smaller than them.
This is what the school-to-prison pipeline looks like. This is how black youth criminalized.
- She was doing a science experiment
- She’s being charged as an ADULT
- She’s being charged with a FELONY
If this all goes the way the prosecution wants, this young woman will be LEGALLY discriminated against for the rest of her life. No voting, housing discrimination, employment discrimination (as if getting a job while black isn’t hard enough), etc. etc.
There is a petition up … spread the word.
Hey, remember this from yesterday? Go ahead and hit up the petition.
She’s sixteen and no one was hurt.Every fucking white sixteen year old boy I know does this out on the sidewalk, not even in classroom environment, and get off scot free. Sign people, if there’s one thing towns hate, its petitions and media attention.
white privilege radically changes the appearance of Tsarnaev bros
This is how brofiling actually works in real life. The Week Magazine ran with this image as their cover sketch.
Just so it is said, clearly and unambiguously: the Tsarnaev brothers are white guys. They are white. The FBI’s own wanted poster for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lists his race as “white”, but you would never know it from the cover image on The Week.
Hold up the cover to someone else, and ask them how many white people they can see on the cover. Chances are they will identify Gabby Giffords on the top left and the image of the Boston policemen (all white men) on the top right, but how about those two guys in the center? Nope, not a chance that anyone would say these caricatures look white.
Why? Because in addition to being white they are also “Muslim”, which is the current dehumanizing “Other” that whiteness has constructed as a sanctioned target for violence in US popular culture.
This is how white privilege works in media representations and everyday life: when the criminal suspects are demonstrably white men, seize upon any aspect of difference and magnify it such that they become Othered, non-white, and menacing. If it is too hard to do so, simply dismiss them as aberrations and isolated cases of insanity. This is also how white culture, specifically the process of whiteness in conjunction with white privilege, portrays several non-white identities, including those that are now considered white but at one time were decidedly not so. For example, see here for how the Irish were depicted as violent apes or lazy drunks in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
|—||Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist and educator (via howtodresswell)|
Jan Brewer Signs “No Shitty Inoperable Gun Left Behind” Into Law
It’s time someone addressed the real victims of America’s decline in traditional family values. I speak of our national shame: unwanted firearms. If Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer could, she’d adopt them all, no matter how broken. But she’s doing the next best thing: finding loving homes for orphaned hand-cannons.
The conservative governor—who’s bounced back nicely from those DUI hypocrisy allegations—signed a bill into law Monday that bans police in the state from destroying any firearms collected in gun buy-back programs. Rather, these poor unwanteds will have to be sold back to licensed dealers, so they can be placed in new homes with loving parents on the streets of Arizona.
That’s right—there will be no melting down of sawed-off shotguns, Saturday night specials, rusty target plinkers, busted BB guns, or the occasional rocket launcher and top-flight semi-auto pistol. Arizona fosters a culture of life—for its guns! (But not, incidentally, for orphaned cats and dogs.)
Having attended a few gun buy-backs myself, I can see some negatives to the plan: Not every weapon will find a nurturing home, since “60-80% of the guns turned in are CRAP, not worth the $100 bucks given,” as one pro-gun California comment-boarder notes. “Grandads [sic] rusted shotgun, that davis 25 auto you took apart and dont know how to reassemble.”
Online commenters being what they are, I must take issue with him: Junk guns probably constitute closer to 90 percent of the haul in most buy-backs I’ve seen. Gun-lovers, always looking to adopt a promising young specimen, tend to agree. But it’s a great way to get cash for that starter’s pistol you stole from the JV track coach during senior week!
And think of the plus side: For that lucky 10 percent of well-oiled, still-performing Colts and Rugers and AK knockoffs, they can find a motivated, cash-carrying daddy or a mommy (but probably a daddy) of their very own to baby these guns, to love them and clean them and put rounds through them, into targets on ranges. And maybe elsewhere.
Who are these daddies and mommies? You’ll never know, because Brewer signed another law Monday that “bars cities, towns and counties from collecting or maintaining any identifying information about a person who owns or sells a firearm.” Thanks, Aunt Jan!
[Image via AP]
Arizona is officially scarier than Texas to visit.
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
If women covering up their bodies worked, Afghanistan would have a lower rate of sexual assault than Polynesia. It doesn’t.
If not drinking alcohol worked, children would not be raped. They are.
If your advice to a woman to avoid rape is to be the most modestly dressed, soberest and first to go home, you may as well add “so the rapist will choose someone else”.
If your response to hearing a woman has been raped is “she didn’t have to go to that bar/nightclub/party” you are saying that you want bars, nightclubs and parties to have no women in them. Unless you want the women to show up, but wear kaftans and drink orange juice. Good luck selling either of those options to your friends.
Or you could just be honest and say that you don’t want less rape, you want (even) less prosecution of rapists.
Some statistics/facts concerning the prison industrial complex:
A quick editorial cartoon about the intersection of self-pity, entitlement, rape, territoriality, misogyny and fear of women. You see it all over the place online in the form of Men’s Rights Activists (of whom there are a few reasonable non-misogynists), Men Going Their Own Way, Pick Up Artists, and dudes touting the “Red Pill”, because The Matrix is a good movie. Look any of these up if you have the stomach for it. These are extreme examples, but watered-down forms of these ideas are everywhere.
In lurking their blogs and youtube channels for a while, I’ve noticed that beyond the standard patriarchal chauvinism there is this deep fear of women - what they will do to me, how they will reject me, how they will use me, how they are changing society in a way that does not favor me, how they are making men into something I don’t like, how they are making themselves into something I don’t like, that they won’t give me what I want, and that they won’t give me what I think is rightfully mine. This goes beyond fear of feminism- this is fear of women at its purest. And that, to quote a puppet, leads to anger and hate. It’s sad.
I am a feminist. I think there’s enough ice cream to go around, but it does mean those of us with 3 scoops might have to give one or two up. Also, The Matrix is a fun movie but probably not anything you should be basing a philosophy on.