“An atheist?! But you are so nice!”—The implication being that the only possible way to be a good/moral/nice person is to have a religion. This is often followed up by statements such as “Are you sure?” or “No, you can’t be, because you don’t behave like an atheist” or “Well, have you ever considered [insert person’s religious denomination here].” Makes me feel frustrated, misunderstood, unheard. (via microaggressions)
“After you strip off his makeup and clothes, biologically he’s still a man”.”—A girl in my gender studies class, responding to a question about the ‘supposed’ difference between sex and gender. I am in class after a night of two hours of sleep because I was trying to comfort my partner who was having incredibly bad dysphoria. I can’t say anything because I’m afraid I’ll start crying. (via microaggressions)
Once I spoke the language of the flowers, Once I understood each word the caterpillar said, Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings, And shared a conversation with the housefly in my bed. Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets, And joined the crying of each falling dying flake of snow, Once I spoke the language of the flowers… . How did it go? How did it go?
“The idea of the noble savage is that primitive things are better. So African drums are better than Beethoven. Which may have something to it, until you hear too much rap music, and then you think primitive things should be banned.”—My professor trying to make a joke in an undergrad political science class, in the middle of a lesson about how evolutionary psychology might prove that there actually are cognitive differences between the races and sexes. Made me feel powerless to speak up. (via microaggressions)
“Walk with me, hand in hand through the neon and styrofoam. Walk the razor blades and the broken hearts. Walk the fortune and the fortune hunted. Walk the chop suey bars and the tract of stars.
I know I am a fool, hoping dirt and glory are both a kind of luminous paint; the humiliations and exaltations that light us up. I see like a bug, everything too large, the pressure of infinity hammering at my head. But how else to live, vertical that I am, pressed down and pressing up simultaneously? I cannot assume you will understand me. It is just as likely that as I invent what I want to say, you will invent what you want to hear. Some story we must have. Stray words on crumpled paper. A weak signal into the outer space of each other.
The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”—
“Your mom and I will support you as long as you date women. It doesn’t even matter if she’s black, as long as it’s a woman.”—My parents found my homosexuality so abhorrent that “even a black woman” would be preferable. (via microaggressions)
“This was the kind of place that you take your mistress to”—A professor during a lecture reminiscing about a beautiful hotel where an important conference was held. Made me feel terribly alone in a room full of men who chuckled. (via microaggressions)
“As MSNBC and Telemundo reported recently, at least 15 state legislatures are considering Arizona-style immigration legislation. If passed, four of the five states with the largest Hispanic populations — California, Texas, Florida and Arizona — would also be the most inhospitable to them. As Fox News Latino recently reported, state legislatures are poised to break the record on the number of immigration measures and resolutions introduced this year, having already introduced 600 by the end of last month. For comparison, 1,400 were introduced in total last year, according to a report issued last month by the state legislatures’ group. A record number of those laws were enacted.”—
The Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed Islamist movement that until 18 days ago was considered Egypt’s only viable opposition, said it was merely a supporting player in the revolt.
“We participated with everyone else and did not lead this or raise Islamic slogans so that it can be the revolution of everyone,” said Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, a spokesman for the Brotherhood. “This is a revolution for all Egyptians; there is no room for a single group’s slogans, not the Brotherhood’s or anybody else.”
The Brotherhood has said it will not field a candidate for president or seek a parliamentary majority in the expected elections.
”—Egypt Sees New Era After Exit of Hosni Mubarak - The New York Times (via cuckooforcristiano)
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again. (I think I made you up inside my head.) The stars go waltzing out in blue and red, And arbitrary thickness gallops in. I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane. (I think I made you up inside my head.) God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade: Exit seraphim and Satan’s men: I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. I fancied you’d return the way you said, But I grew old and I forgot your name. (I think I made you up inside my head.) I should have loved a thunderbird instead; At least when spring comes they roar back again, I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. (I think I made you up inside my head.)
“The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.
Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress.”—Howard Zinn
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.”—George Orwell
“That’s the way it is. If you believe in something your very belief renders you unqualified to do it. Your earnestness will come across. Your passion will show. Your enthusiasm will make everyone nervous. And your naivety will irritate. Which means that you will become suspect. Which means you will be prone to disillusionment. Which means that you will not be able to sustain your belief in the face of all the piranha fish which nibble away at your idea and your faith, ‘till only the skeleton of your dream is left. Which means that you have to become a fanatic, a fool, a joke, an embarrassment. The world - which is to say the powers that be - would listen to your ardent ideas with a stiff smile on its face, then put up impossible obstacles, watch you finally give up your cherished idea, having mangled it beyond recognition, and after you slope away in profound discouragement it will take up your idea, dust it down, give it a new spin, and hand it over to someone who doesn’t believe in it at all.”—Ben Okri
“As Gail Collins quoted last week in “The Siege of Planned Parenthood“: “What is more fiscally responsible than denying any and all funding to Planned Parenthood of America?” demanded Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, the chief sponsor of a bill to bar the government from directing any money to any organization that provides abortion services. I’ll go ahead and assume Mr. Pence’s question is rhetorical, since it seems pretty fucking obvious that there are approximately a zillion more fiscally responsible things the government could do. In fact, in addition to the various other reasons I find this bill disgusting, it’s actually extremely fiscally irresponsible since the preventive care that makes up the vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s services actually *saves* money. According to Guttmacher Institute, for every $1 spent on family planning care, $4.02 is saved.”—Mike Pence Reaaaally Hates Planned Parenthood. And Women In General, Probably. | RHRealityCheck.org (via fuckyeahfeminists)
Well, that’s one way to win your extradition trial, Julian Assange. In what might be one of the more unlikely legal tactics out there, the WIkileaks founder’s defense team flew in former Swedish appellate court judge Brita Sundberg-Weitman to rip on…