June112012
private-revolution:

spastasmagoria:

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women’s rights advocate, journalist, and speaker. She stands as one of our nation’s most uncompromising leaders and most ardent defenders of democracy. She was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862 and died in Chicago, Illinois 1931 at the age of sixty-nine. It was in Memphis where she first began to fight (literally) for racial and gender justice. In 1884 she was asked by the conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company to give up her seat on the train to a white man and ordered her into the smoking or “Jim Crow” car, which was already crowded with other passengers. Despite the 1875 Civil Rights Act banning discrimination on the basis of race, creed, or color, in theaters, hotels, transports, and other public accommodations, several railroad companies defied this congressional mandate and racially segregated its passengers. It is important to realize that her defiant act was before Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), the U.S. Supreme Court decision that established the fallacious doctrine of “separate but equal,” which constitutionalized racial segregation. Wells wrote in her autobiography:
I refused, saying that the forward car [closest to the locomotive] was a smoker, and as I was in the ladies’ car, I proposed to stay… [The conductor] tried to drag me out of the seat, but the moment he caught hold of my arm I fastened my teeth in the back of his hand. I had braced my feet against the seat in front and was holding to the back, and as he had already been badly bitten he didn’t try it again by himself. He went forward and got the baggageman and another man to help him and of course they succeeded in dragging me out.

And when she was speaking on one of her issues and people were like, CAN YOU NOT MENTION THE OTHER THING, instead of being afraid she would lose her venue for speaking on ANY topic, she was like… FUCK YOU I DO WHAT I WANT. 

She was a badass on so many levels and I do not use that term lightly, like she pretended to be 18 at the age of 16 to care for her newly orphaned siblings, she would travel to the South, even though there was a bounty on her head, to investigate lynchings and the failures of the justice system where black people where concerned. She traveled overseas and put American suffragists on blast for their racism, founded the first antilynching society with the full support of many of the upper echelon of the society. She called out black male leaders who told her to sit down and shut up time and again, especially after they pushed her out of the NAACP. Ida B. Wells-Barnett will forever be a badass. The End.

private-revolution:

spastasmagoria:

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women’s rights advocate, journalist, and speaker. She stands as one of our nation’s most uncompromising leaders and most ardent defenders of democracy. She was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862 and died in Chicago, Illinois 1931 at the age of sixty-nine.

It was in Memphis where she first began to fight (literally) for racial and gender justice. In 1884 she was asked by the conductor of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company to give up her seat on the train to a white man and ordered her into the smoking or “Jim Crow” car, which was already crowded with other passengers. Despite the 1875 Civil Rights Act banning discrimination on the basis of race, creed, or color, in theaters, hotels, transports, and other public accommodations, several railroad companies defied this congressional mandate and racially segregated its passengers. It is important to realize that her defiant act was before Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), the U.S. Supreme Court decision that established the fallacious doctrine of “separate but equal,” which constitutionalized racial segregation. Wells wrote in her autobiography:

I refused, saying that the forward car [closest to the locomotive] was a smoker, and as I was in the ladies’ car, I proposed to stay… [The conductor] tried to drag me out of the seat, but the moment he caught hold of my arm I fastened my teeth in the back of his hand. I had braced my feet against the seat in front and was holding to the back, and as he had already been badly bitten he didn’t try it again by himself. He went forward and got the baggageman and another man to help him and of course they succeeded in dragging me out.

And when she was speaking on one of her issues and people were like, CAN YOU NOT MENTION THE OTHER THING, instead of being afraid she would lose her venue for speaking on ANY topic, she was like… FUCK YOU I DO WHAT I WANT. 

She was a badass on so many levels and I do not use that term lightly, like she pretended to be 18 at the age of 16 to care for her newly orphaned siblings, she would travel to the South, even though there was a bounty on her head, to investigate lynchings and the failures of the justice system where black people where concerned. She traveled overseas and put American suffragists on blast for their racism, founded the first antilynching society with the full support of many of the upper echelon of the society. She called out black male leaders who told her to sit down and shut up time and again, especially after they pushed her out of the NAACP. Ida B. Wells-Barnett will forever be a badass. The End.

(via black-culture)

April242012
February272012

Intersectionality is not optional. It is not something you can take off and put back on again at will, when you feel like it. An intersectional lens should inform any critical evaluation of a subject, because these connections are key to understanding the web of oppression that weighs down on us all. These interconnections, too, are very weblike in their nature, because when you tweak one string, all the rest vibrate with it. There is no way to separate these things out from each other.

People complain that people keep dragging ‘side issues’ into ‘their movement’ and they don’t understand that these issues are the movement. Because a movement that commits oppression in the name of liberation is not a good movement, to put it bluntly. We are more vocal about these issues because we have learned the cost of shutting up, because we constantly have to remind people, because the minute we stop, everything returns to the way it was, the status quo is reestablished, and the real structural and institutional problems that create inequality go, once again, uninterrogated.

This is all connected. To misquote Patrick Henry for a moment, give me intersectionality, or give me death. This is not hyperbole: The current system, as it stands, is killing me. It is killing my people. It is killing the people I work in solidarity with. It is killing you. If you do not give me intersectionality, if you will not commit to being intersectional in your deeds, your thinking, your doing, all the time, no matter how you identify your politics, you are killing me.

Intersectionality Is Not Optional (via satifice)

“Intersectionality is not optional.” There should be shirts that say these. I’ll SPECIFICALLY wear them to my womens studies classes

(via newwavefeminism)

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February202012
newwavefeminism:

racemash:

dreams-from-my-father:

aphoticoccurrences:

unapologetically-black:

pennilessambition:

this makes my blood boil

But we were the savages… They mock, destroy, murder, steal, conquer, rape, pillage, and don’t try to understand… But we, and all other indigenous/melanated people, WE were/are the savages. Yeah, right.

ugh. i don’t even think i want to know what’s happening…

I can’t!! Right now, this just too much for me! From the attire of this man - I use this world lightly here - , you can tell this picture was taken fairly recently (and not 200 years ago)!
Thanx for bringing ‘civilization’ !

=/ 

jarring picture of the day

newwavefeminism:

racemash:

dreams-from-my-father:

aphoticoccurrences:

unapologetically-black:

pennilessambition:

this makes my blood boil

But we were the savages… They mock, destroy, murder, steal, conquer, rape, pillage, and don’t try to understand… But we, and all other indigenous/melanated people, WE were/are the savages. Yeah, right.

ugh. i don’t even think i want to know what’s happening…

I can’t!! Right now, this just too much for me! From the attire of this man - I use this world lightly here - , you can tell this picture was taken fairly recently (and not 200 years ago)!

Thanx for bringing ‘civilization’ !

=/ 

jarring picture of the day

(Source: questcequecestqueca)

February112012
6PM
“Although most boys figure out how to bring themselves to orgasm by age thirteen, half of girls don’t have their first orgasms until their late teens, twenties, or beyond. Teenage girls widely agree that they get the message loud and clear that masturbation is something boys do, but girls don’t, can’t, or shouldn’t. The cultural focus on intercourse tells young women to expect they’ll begin to experience sexual pleasure once they have sex with a man (whether or not they’re even interested in sex with men). Nearly all teen boys, on the other hand, experience sexual pleasure long before they get their hands—or other body parts—into a partner’s pants. Despite the massive advances in women’s equality, young women’s sexuality is stuck in a surprising paradox. Young women are sold provocative clothes but aren’t taught where to find their own clitoris. Many girls give their boyfriends oral sex, but are too uncomfortable with their own bodies to allow the guys to return the favor. It’s still a radical act to say that women need and deserve access to information about their own sexual pleasure—not just about the risks and negative consequences of sex.” Dorian Solot, I Love Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide. (via feministhistorian)

(Source: lipsredasroses, via fuckyeahfeminists)

6PM
afrikanwomen:

Isis Nyongo is the Vice President and Managing Director of InMobi,  the largest independent mobile advertising network in the world.
She joined InMobi in February 2011 to lead business expansion in Africa. With over nine years of business development, marketing and sales experience, Isis is responsible for the overall growth on the continent.
Isis joins InMobi from Google where she led the company’s business development efforts in Africa. She specialized in mobile partnerships and developed Google’s content strategy to bring more African content online. She brings extensive media and tech experience to InMobi and drove the launch of MTV Networks in Africa where she was responsible for commercial relationships including distribution and sales. She developed the marketing strategy for Kenya’s first online recruitment service, MyJobsEye and holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Business School where she was president of the Africa Business Club. Isis has been named as one of the ‘Top 40 Women under 40’ in Kenya and is frequently featured by the Africa media including, Al Jazeera, BBC, Nation Newspaper, NTV, Standard Newspaper and UP Magazine amongst others.

afrikanwomen:

Isis Nyongo is the Vice President and Managing Director of InMobi,  the largest independent mobile advertising network in the world.

She joined InMobi in February 2011 to lead business expansion in Africa. With over nine years of business development, marketing and sales experience, Isis is responsible for the overall growth on the continent.

Isis joins InMobi from Google where she led the company’s business development efforts in Africa. She specialized in mobile partnerships and developed Google’s content strategy to bring more African content online. She brings extensive media and tech experience to InMobi and drove the launch of MTV Networks in Africa where she was responsible for commercial relationships including distribution and sales. She developed the marketing strategy for Kenya’s first online recruitment service, MyJobsEye and holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Business School where she was president of the Africa Business Club. Isis has been named as one of the ‘Top 40 Women under 40’ in Kenya and is frequently featured by the Africa media including, Al Jazeera, BBC, Nation Newspaper, NTV, Standard Newspaper and UP Magazine amongst others.

6PM
feministhistorian:

inothernews:

So there are segments of the population that don’t want contraceptives covered under certain health plans but don’t worry, we’ll make sure a battery-powered dick vacuum is covered by BOTH private insurance AND taxpayer-funded Medicare. A fucking DICK. VACUUM.

Making sure men can get an erection is more important than making sure women can control their fertility. 

feministhistorian:

inothernews:

So there are segments of the population that don’t want contraceptives covered under certain health plans but don’t worry, we’ll make sure a battery-powered dick vacuum is covered by BOTH private insurance AND taxpayer-funded Medicare. A fucking DICK. VACUUM.

Making sure men can get an erection is more important than making sure women can control their fertility. 

(via lipsredasroses)

5PM
feministhistorian:

feministblackboard:

The text is worth reading:

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN. PRE-PROGRAMMED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.
As you read this, women across America are reading something very  different: an advertisement (fig. 1) scientifically formulated to  enhance their perception of men who drink Molson. The ad shown below,  currently running in Cosmopolitan magazine, is a perfectly tuned  combination of words and images designed by trained professionals.   Women who are exposed to it experience a very positive feeling.  A  feeling which they will later project directly onto you. Triggering the  process is as simple as ordering a Molson Canadian (fig. 2). … Extravagent dinners.  Subtitled movies. Floral arrangements tied  together with little pieces of hay. It gets old.  And it gets expensive,  depleting funds that could go to a new set of of 20-inch rims. But  thanks to the miracle of Twin Advertising Technology, you can achieve  success without putting in any time or effort. So drop the bouquet and  pick up a Molson Canadian…

The second ad, then, portrays men as lazy, shallow jerks who are just  trying to get laid (not soft and sensitive at all).  And it portrays  women as stupid and manipulable.

Wow, this is disgusting.

feministhistorian:

feministblackboard:

The text is worth reading:

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN.
PRE-PROGRAMMED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

As you read this, women across America are reading something very different: an advertisement (fig. 1) scientifically formulated to enhance their perception of men who drink Molson. The ad shown below, currently running in Cosmopolitan magazine, is a perfectly tuned combination of words and images designed by trained professionals.  Women who are exposed to it experience a very positive feeling.  A feeling which they will later project directly onto you. Triggering the process is as simple as ordering a Molson Canadian (fig. 2).

Extravagent dinners.  Subtitled movies. Floral arrangements tied together with little pieces of hay. It gets old.  And it gets expensive, depleting funds that could go to a new set of of 20-inch rims. But thanks to the miracle of Twin Advertising Technology, you can achieve success without putting in any time or effort. So drop the bouquet and pick up a Molson Canadian…

The second ad, then, portrays men as lazy, shallow jerks who are just trying to get laid (not soft and sensitive at all).  And it portrays women as stupid and manipulable.

Wow, this is disgusting.

(Source: feminist-blackboard, via lipsredasroses)

February92012
latimes:

Sterilized by North Carolina, she felt raped once more: Elaine Riddick was only 14 when the state decided that she was not capable of mothering children and quietly cauterized her fallopian tubes. The $50,000 now offered to her only makes her angrier.
This is one of the most disturbing stories we’ve ever read.

Between 1929 and 1974, nearly 7,600 people were sterilized under orders from North Carolina’s Eugenics Board. Nearly 85% were women or girls, some as young as 10. The state estimates that 1,500 to 2,000 of the victims are still alive.
The board’s declared goal was to purify the state’s population by weeding out the mentally ill, diseased, feebleminded and others deemed undesirable.
In a 1950 pamphlet, the Human Betterment League of North Carolina said the board was protecting “the children of future generations and the community at large,” adding that “you wouldn’t expect a moron to run a train or a feebleminded woman to teach school.”
The pamphlet went on: “It is not barnyard castration!”

Photo: Elaine Riddick, 57, listens as Dr. Laura Gerald, unseen, chairwoman of the Governor’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force, announces on Jan. 10 the panel’s recommendation of a $50,000 payment to each victim. The meeting was held in Raleigh, N.C. Credit: Shawn Rocco, Raleigh News & Observer

latimes:

Sterilized by North Carolina, she felt raped once more: Elaine Riddick was only 14 when the state decided that she was not capable of mothering children and quietly cauterized her fallopian tubes. The $50,000 now offered to her only makes her angrier.

This is one of the most disturbing stories we’ve ever read.

Between 1929 and 1974, nearly 7,600 people were sterilized under orders from North Carolina’s Eugenics Board. Nearly 85% were women or girls, some as young as 10. The state estimates that 1,500 to 2,000 of the victims are still alive.

The board’s declared goal was to purify the state’s population by weeding out the mentally ill, diseased, feebleminded and others deemed undesirable.

In a 1950 pamphlet, the Human Betterment League of North Carolina said the board was protecting “the children of future generations and the community at large,” adding that “you wouldn’t expect a moron to run a train or a feebleminded woman to teach school.”

The pamphlet went on: “It is not barnyard castration!”

Photo: Elaine Riddick, 57, listens as Dr. Laura Gerald, unseen, chairwoman of the Governor’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force, announces on Jan. 10 the panel’s recommendation of a $50,000 payment to each victim. The meeting was held in Raleigh, N.C. Credit: Shawn Rocco, Raleigh News & Observer

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

2AM

theafrosistuh:

thehuskybro:

geekscoutcookies:

inmyhead16:

“What Brigham Young University students know about Black People.”

HOLY. SHIT. 

(not surprised though. ) Thats all im saying. Thats it. Nothing else. Yall can have this one.

 I hope that no one is suprised by this.  Hell, I ain’t even mad at the Brigham Young kids, they are just an small example of what’s going on in America as a whole.  When the only black people you see are the ones that are either in music videos, TV shows and/or the movies and, most frequently, on the nightly news, usually acting a damn fool or doing something “newsworthy” and by “newsworthy” I mean criminal, not shocked at all that, for a lot of Americans, they really don’t know the majority of Black America at all.

You should get to know me, doe.  I’m cool and cute.  Thank you.

^^^ For real……

(Source: manif3stlove, via manif3stlove)

12AM

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We are the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance of Spelman College where we actively combat, critique, interrogate and speak out against all forms of oppression that marginalize, dehumanize and homogenize women of color. With our BLACK FEMINIST POLITICS, we strive to RADICALIZE our campuses in the AUC and throughout the surrounding communities. 

We are about empowerment for all.
We are about dismantling the power structures that disenable us from being and living as we choose.
We are about demolishing patriarchy as it is entangled in every aspect of our lives.
We reject imperialism, militarism, fascism, white supremacy, sexism, heteronormity, homophobia, Christocentrism, racism, classism, elitism, ageism, ableism and all other violations and violences against humanity.

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