“9/11 was a severe tragedy that shook america to the core and was such a devastating event that ruined not only the lives of the 3,000 people who died, but all of their family and friends” and “9/11 isnt an excuse to attack or treat muslims like shit as the majority of those who are muslim believe in non violence and peace and the actions of a few awful people isnt an accurate depiction of a whole community that contains millions of people” are two mindsets that can exist at once.
red cross’s homophobia being trans inclusive is honest to god blowing me away
Hey, this gets thrown around a lot, and I want to clarify something about it, because the framing of this is entirely wrong. THE RED CROSS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAN ON GAY MEN DONATING BLOOD. The three-month deferral comes from an FDA Guidance for Industry that the Red Cross cannot go against without losing the ability to distribute blood products in the US. The ban is 100% coming from FDA.
The reason that the Red Cross’s policy is trans-inclusive is because FDA has never clarified their stance; the Red Cross and the AABB (the main industry body) take the correct position that of course trans men are men, therefore the ban applies to them. So to be clear, the homophobia comes from FDA, and the trans-inclusivity comes from the Red Cross.
In fact, the Red Cross was a huge reason the permanent ban was changed to 12 months, and then that was changed to 3 months. I was involved in a bunch of the meetings with FDA when they were discussing updating their policy, and at every turn the Red Cross pushed for the ban to be removed. In fact, AT THIS VERY MOMENT, the Red Cross is collaborating with two other blood banks on a study intended to provide evidence that the ban is scientifically nonsensical. Their study has a very real chance of finally convincing FDA to completely remove restrictions on queer men donating blood.
So please stop slandering the Red Cross! They’re on our side in this! Get mad at FDA!
algeria is really in the pits right now. we’re suffering from water shortages, COVID cases are at an all time high, and now we’re dealing with horrible fires across the kabyle region to the point where the fumes and heat has reached algiers. please donate to support the victims of the fire, most are elderly and find it difficult to evacuate as it’s a village and doesn’t have the same resources as a large town or city. keep us in your prayers.
people with speech impediments, vocal stims, tics, stutters, an obvious accent, who are mute (to any degree), who talk to themselves, or who have any other noticeable vocal traits, you’re all really cool and wonderful and I’m wishing u all an epic and poggers night
more people who’re included in this post: anyone who’s voice doesn’t “match” their gender, or doesn’t “match” the gender they get read as, anyone with disorganized speech, people who use a lot of “filler words”, or anyone who has a lisp. I hope you’re all having another epic and poggers night
also shout out to anyone with flat or monotone speech, “too” quiet speech, or “too” loud speech. y’all are poggers and deserve an epic night too
diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. For a while it wasn’t confirmed because it came as a shock and very hard to believe.
9 biopsy’s and a 3D mammogram later it was confirmed. Lobular stage 3 breast cancer. Plus it had spread to the lymph nodes. They call this metastatic.
So now she face up to 8 months of treatment starting with chemo. Then surgery. Then radiation.
After having AC once a fortnight (x 4),she have now moved into weekly Taxol infusions for 12 weeks.
Which is just the beginning of it all ;38 daily radiotherapy, Biopsy,CT scans, blood vessels check, Lymp node removal, mastectomy/Diep surgery (just to mention the most importants)are yet to be done.
We have a long way to go and also alot to spend. I’m her only child and she raised me as a single mom, I’m literally all she have. Family and friend have supported and are still supportive(big thanks to them). But the rate of support is not leveled with the rate of expenses at hand (support reduces as time goes by). This is why I’m seeking public support. Kindly Help in anyway you can.
I created a campaign to this course sometime ago but some family members saw it and was not pleased even though I got the permission from my mom. they think it’s showing the world how incapable they are. they forced me to close the campaign and request refund to donors. now the member has gone M.I.A for weeks now. they don’t even return texts .
bill gates is directly responsible for the delta variant lol
by preventing non western countries from producing generic versions of the covid vaccine and instead forcing these countries to fight over a limited amount of doses he allowed a large outbreak of the disease in india which mutated the virus to be especially virulent. its literally the gates variant.
of course bill gates wasnt the sole decision maker behind the vaccine patents, but hes the most visible and the most vocal. there were a lot of parts in the scheme but ultimately the decision to keep other countries from producing a generic vaccine was a deliberate choice to maintain a pharmaceutical monopoly which has had incredibly harmful ramifications
hi everyone, happy pride. please help an asian lesbian buy food to eat for the next few days. i really don’t know what else to do. a small amount, or even just a reblog, will really help me survive these tough times. here is my paypal. thank you so much
hello! i’m updating this from my sideblog because it has more followers and hopefully a wider reach. thank you again to everyone who reblogged/donated! as of 06/11/21 donations have been slow so i’d like to ask to please keep sharing so that i can buy basic necessities and pay rent. every reblog/dollar helps!
please help a lesbian woman of color survive. thank you!!
hey y’all i really hate to make this post, but i am a disabled trans parent in very dire need of financial assistance.
for some reason a debt was taken directly out of a paycheck deposited into my savings account right after an issue with my realtors pulling out our rent late. what little savings i had (including what i’ve managed to save for my son) have now been demolished by bills and overdraft fees.
i’m waiting for a settlement check to deposit in the next few weeks and would really appreciate any donations people could send my way to help me float until then.
we have next to no food or household essentials at this point and are living off of a credit card that is almost maxed out after having finally been paid off.
i am more than happy to offer tarot readings and small paintings in return, or for my more risqué followers, have a selection of premade content that i can offer in exchange <3
message me for paypal
please reblog & interact with this post so it gains traction, thank you.
ok so people are making fun of this but adding this with other anti-global warming tactics will work
This isn’t adding ice just for the sake of denial, it’s adding to the Earth’s albedo. This in turn actually makes the Earth’s climate cooler, and then more ice will be produced naturally because of this.
It isn’t a process we need to continue forever, in fact it’s one that needs to be calculated so that we don’t do it TOO MUCH. The only worry would be cooling down too much.
So yes, this is a good idea. It simply isn’t the only thing we should do because we still have gross pollution.
For the love of god do it . anything just do it. Give us hope.
Here’s the thing: Most environmental catastrophes humans have ever or are currently creating can be fixed. It’s not just a matter of “oh no, things are ruined, and maybe we can stop the degradation so that things don’t get any worse, but we’re stuck with how things are.” There are some things we can’t do, like bringing back extinct species. But there are a lot of other things we can definitely do, many of which are being done right now. The problem is that most of our willpower and effort is spent on bullshit tiny things that won’t solve the problem (individual recycling, etc.) and not on the large-scale things that can and will make a large-scale difference.
Ice caps are melting? Guess what! We know how to make ice. It’s not that hard. Designing mostly-automated robot ships to go to the poles and rebuild the ice caps is well within our current technical capabilities. We just need to fund it.
Deforestation on a massive scale? Destruction of other biomes? Guess what! We know how to plant trees. We know how to plant grasslands. We know how to take barren, lifeless land and turn it back into a viable biome. It’s not that hard. In a lot of cases, if there’s neighboring areas where that biome still exists, all you have to do is dump a few tons of biomass (plant clippings, food waste, etc.) on the barren land and stand back and wait. The biomass will provide nutrients and keep the topsoil from blowing away, and the plants and animals from the neighboring biome will move in. In two decades, even if you don’t do anything besides dumping the biomass on it, you won’t be able to tell what was the barren area and what was the still-existing biome.
Coral reefs dying? Now, coral reefs are a bit more fragile than most biomes, but guess what! We still know how to replant/rebuild them, and in fact are working on that in places affected by coral reef die-off! And we’re learning how to do it better every day.
Desertification? Guess what! We know how to turn desert back into green space. They’re doing it on a large scale in China and sub-Saharan Africa. There are several different techniques, none of which are even very technology-intensive. It takes money and time and labor, but it’s perfectly doable. We know this because we’ve done it.
Plastic in the ecosystem, particularly in the ocean? Guess what! There’s a lot of people working on this, both on “how to remove plastic from the ocean” and “how to reuse/recycle it more efficiently.” And the techniques are improving by leaps and bounds every year. This is a solvable problem. These are all solvable problems.
So if you’re crushed by the weight of the coming environmental catastrophe … don’t be. These are all solvable problems! We can stop things from getting worse, and we can fix the things we’ve broken. The issue is political, not practical.
On the political side, of course, is the need to tighten up environmental regulations across the globe. (What’s the statistic, that 90% of pollution is caused by 100 corporations?) And then of course, we need to fund these programs on a large enough scale.
In some ways the political aspect is the hardest, but consider this: we are at a tipping point. Things are changing about the way politicians talk about climate change and ecological degradation. More ordinary people are concerned about this, which means more pressure on politicians. One of the ways that things are changing is that people–even conservatives–are starting to talk about “job opportunities in new green fields” and switching the conversation so that it’s not “rainforest vs. jobs” makes political action a lot more possible. And no, it’s not going to happen on its own, but it can happen.
This is a solvable problem.
I *needed* this. Climate change has had me feeling SO helpless, having a list of things that can actually potentially be done is beautiful
this website was made by actual palestinians. it debunks myths, answers faqs and it also explains the history of palestine in detail for those who want to learn more. spread this instead of spreading carrds!!!!
I’ve been seeing some WASP NEGATIVITY lately so just a reminder that insects are important and interesting whether you find them “cute” or not. Which btw wasps are cute actually but anyways… (also sorry for the US-centrism)
telling gay men that they are allowed to love each other freely, openly, and passionately will always be more important than reassuring insecure straight men that they can hug their bestie without being gay
the solution to men withholding love and affection from each other out of fear of being perceived as gay is to remove the stigma around being perceived as gay, not to “no homo” male affection
“a blemish seems like a referendum on who you are as a person.” holy sh…most cathartic article ever written.
Acne is inevitably a public affliction and in its gnarliest forms can breed shame and low-self-esteem as well as inflamed face nodes. When it’s angry enough, you can’t really hide it. At best, you can turn a red lump into a brown one, and fool people from far away. It makes you feel ugly—I should stop using second-person. It makes me feel ugly. It makes me feel like I’m dirty and I need to be scrubbed raw to be clean again.
Enter St. Ives.
Hatred breeds violence, self-hatred no less so. If the thing that makes you hate yourself is on your surface, it makes sense to try to scrub your surface away. “It’s like using sandpaper on your face,” one dermatologist said of the St. Ives scrub, in an interview with New York magazine, and I can say from experience it feels that way, too. “If it hurts, it must be working”: my longtime approach to acne treatment.
I’d buy the highest possible concentration of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and heap it on my blemishes, taking comfort in the burn. I’d leave the shower with my skin red and stinging from a fresh St. Ives assault and refuse to moisturize afterward, hoping the zits would crumble into dust and I could rebuild my desert face from the ground up. Then of course, there’s the old classic of popping, squeezing, scratching and picking at zits, willing to draw my own blood so long as I can remove the invaders.
This self-harming form of warfare is common, Chiu says: “From teenagers to adults, acne is an incredibly frustrating issue, and almost everyone’s first impulse to scrub, pick, and overdry the skin. This then can cause even more irritation, or even worse scarring and discoloration, which feeds into a cycle of worsening acne. Overdrying and irritating the skin sometimes confuses the oil glands and paradoxically makes them more active. ”
But the skincare industry itself perpetuates this practice through some of these products that promise purity through violence. Biore pore strips are essentially pieces of paper that you glue to your face and then rip off, yanking out your blackheads (and often taking your hair along with it). One of the slogans on the company’s product page is “Don’t be dirty”—feeding right into my old insecurity. Commercials for rough exfoliating scrubs tend to have a woman with already perfect-skin extolling the “deep-clean” and splashing her face with pure blue water. In this old St. Ives commercial I found on YouTube they just drop the bottle into some water, which is weird, and a girl says, “we’re not talking some deep spiritual cleansing—but almost.”
Elsewhere, you can find people claiming the pore strips made their pores larger, or irritated their skin. The subreddit r/SkincareAddiction holds particular vitriol for the St. Ives scrub, which some dermatologists say is so abrasive that it can cause small tears in the skin. The subreddit rejoiced in the announcement of Browning and Basile’s lawsuit, as Slate recently reported. It’s hard to find actual studies on the efficacy of specific products, but certainly St. Ives Apricot Scrub and its ilk perpetuate this idea that the best way to get the skin you want is to destroy the skin you have. They facilitate the worst impulses of the frustrated acne-sufferer declaring war on their skin.
The marketing of skincare products preys on vulnerability, even if not intentionally, promising that this new product is the one thing that will finally work, that your zits will be gone in time for prom, that your wrinkles will be less noticeable in four weeks. Without a lot of good information out there, it’s no wonder if I and others put our faith in these promises, and overdo it, thinking if it hurts, it must be working.
someone accused her of having kept a CHILD SLAVE in a trunk in her university dorm room when she was 19 and also leading a sex trafficking ring. the girl who made the accusation kept adding progressively more and more absurd stuff to the callout every few hours until it was this elaborate wattpad story about how mitski had war criminal parents who altered the internet to disguise her real identity and how the accuser was secretly an informant for the FBI when she was 14 and got pistol whipped in an FBI fight and just more and more stuff. mitski herself had to step in and say it wasn’t true. it was literally qanon conspiracy theory hoax tier shit.
the accuser later admitted to having made it up during a psychotic episode, and people found her reddit where months earlier, she had made numerous posts about how she regularly has episodes where she, for days, believes untrue things about being in the center of conspiracy theories. it later came out that she had never even met mitski, and was nowhere near the concert where she originally claimed said child slave abduction happened. but some people still believe it to this day and accuse anyone who points out how absolutely absurd the whole thing was of being celebrity worshippers who hate abuse victims. it’s nuts
Yesterday, Israel bombed one of the biggest bookshops in Gaza. The Samir Mansour bookshop was one of the few publishing houses in Gaza as well. I saw a video of the owner of the bookshop fighting tears and talking about how much this bookshop meant to him and how he used to skip meals to be able to save money to get this bookshop going. This bookshop was part of the Kahil building which had various stores and offices.
In another video that was circulating, a guy from Gaza was explaining why Israel targets these buildings and towers. Every day you hear about a building targeted and leveled. He explains that these towers have been the main destination for the youth of Gaza as they usually contain coffee shops, bookshops, restaurants, educational and learning centres. So by destroying them, Israel is destroying memories and any potential for communal relationships.
This is what we mean when we say Israel is not only committing a full blown genocide as we have been witnessing publicly for days now, with over 200 deaths in the span of a week (as of May 19, 2021), but also this other form of incremental genocide that has been ongoing for decades; even when Israel isn’t bombing Gaza on a daily basis, there has always been an effort to erase Palestinian history and culture, from appropriating tatreez and the Palestinian cuisine to destroying literary works.
Highly recommend watching The Great Book Robbery documentary for more on that as it goes into the details about Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian books during the Nakba.
Erasing culture is an essential component of settler-colonialism, and what Israel is targeting in Gaza right now is by no means coincidental or “accidental”.
can we please appreciate their t-shirt though holy
[ID: A photo of Mayor Owen Hurcum, a person with bright green hair. They are smiling and holding up a white mug with a rainbow symbol on it. They are in a black t-shirt that reads, in white letters, THEY/THEM/THE MAYOR]
This is a video of an Israeli filming one of the many hotel-like bomb shelters provided to them by the Israeli government that they can hide in anytime they want.
The 2 million Palestinians in Gaza who are getting bombed by Israel as I’m typing this (who also can’t leave Gaza due to Israel’s blockade) literally don’t have ONE single bomb shelter in the entire Gaza Strip, which is simultaneously considered by the UN to be both one of the most densely populated places and one of the most inhabitable places for humans in the world.
If any words like “both-sides,” or “conflict,” or “clashes” comes out of your mouth then fuck you.
Transcript: It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographic “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “Black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc… id. the Black and [Latine] and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” - I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on. So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards… it’s just being poor- but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.“ -comment left on the Racialious blog post "Sustainable Food and Privilege: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class) (via meggannn). END TS
my husband told me, after many years of being together, that when he was about 7 a teacher used to single him out for being disrespectful at school. Apparently his disrespectful offense was “smirking” too much???? So he got punished for smiling???? And eventually just trained himself to stop smiling so this teacher would leave him alone???? And that’s why he has such a stoic facial expression now and can’t smile for photographs.
I had to…..privately cry after hearing that one
It’s the only way men are able to discuss their issues because society taught them that they shouldn’t burden people with their issues or that their issues are meaningless or that their issues aren’t actually a thing. Sharing anecdotes with friends is one way of talking about it, because they feel comfortable enough to share. At the same time, they might just not know that the event was traumatic because it’s trauma y’all.
Take this to be your reminder that men experience trauma too and need a safe space to talk about it. Be that safe space for your friends who are men
I love the way that ediblesrex acts this journey too!