People sometimes say that we will know feminism has done its job when half the CEOs are women. That’s not feminism; to quote Catharine MacKinnon, it’s liberalism applied to women. Feminism will have won not when a few women get an equal piece of the oppression pie, served up in our sister’s sweat, but when all dominating hierarchies - including economic ones - are dismantled.

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took an interview in PR and all I could think about was this and related concepts 

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aaannndd we’re done. with three out of four finals. 3/4. ain’t bad.

to do this week:

  • sign lease
  • make smitten kitchen’s chocolate banana bread srsly that blog is a godsend
  • watch gilmore girls
  • lie in bed and think about life for a while
  • contemplate final paper
  • write final paper
  • pick up all my checks lol
  • talk to french department
  • drink iced coffee
  • pack for OH/DC/MA
  • board plane
  • see cornfields
  • see sister
  • drive through pennsylvania 
  • watch more gilmore girls
  • envy my friends in PR like ugh y’all know we don’t do fun spring breaks at this school
  • sleep

wherever this is, I want to be there right now

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waiting to hear back on two decent interviews. if i don’t get one of those jobs, well, I’m running very low on options.


Selections from ‘Rituals’, by Noorann Matties

Forced to examine ourselves in ways many normally avoid, Rituals as a project sought to capture the moment in which we our lives become devoid of distraction and we become intimately aware of ourselves. By photographing people’s personal beauty rituals I attempted to capture this awareness, this intimacy that occurs only when one is forced to examine their own body, the most basic thing that is theirs, and build upon it.

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beautiful series. so pleased to be associated with this fantastic group of ladies doing badass things on the reg. so pleased to see how wide our web as grown. 

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Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …

After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …

At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal. (via crutie)

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Protests by Eritrean and Sudanese refugees at the Holot Prison:

Eritrean and Sudanese Refugees held a 2 day Protest on from 2/17-2/18 at the Holot “Open” Prison in Southern Israel.

The Holot Detention Center is one of several detention centers Israel has opened specifically to imprison Asylum Seekers referred to as “Infiltrators” by The State of Israel. Most if not all of those imprisoned are Eritrean or Sudanese.

The 4th photo in this photoset shows some of those who are currently being held in Holot joining in the protests from behind the prison gates. Protestors spent the night on the grounds outside the prison to be ready for day 2 of the protests. 

The protestors are demanding that Holot and other prisons like it be shut down, those being held and all Asylum Seekers have their applications processed and that their human rights be observed and respected.

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keeping tabs on this issue and having very mixed feelings about possibly going to Israel this summer and the very complex web of religion, violence, politics, nation, and identity that I’m trying to study. 

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the booty don’t lie

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Anonymous asked: This question is maybe going to sound a bit sexist...but it is honestly and genuinely not, its a question of curiosity, not condemnation. As a guy, I am curious to know why for females, self-esteem and personal value seem so inextricably related to body image - particularly weight. Secondly these, admittedly unfair, homogenizing, unrealistic (but also, potentially completely negligible) standards of beauty, do you believe they are perpetuated mainly by males or females?


Firstly, let’s get one things straight, you don’t get to decide when things are sexist. Sexism/racism/homophobia/the whole gang are not perpetrated only (or even largely) by the willing. It’s ingrained and the fact that you’re interested in assigning blame for the creation of gender and the issues that it has created for women is because you have been inundated in a sexist society since birth. And that's not a condemnation; I'm sure you're a swell, curious guy.

Your first question: “Why for females, self-esteem and personal value seem so inextricably related to body image - particularly weight.”
Because that is how society assigns value to us.

Your second question: “These, admitted unfair, homogenizing, unrealistic (but also, potentially completely negligible) standards of beauty, do you believe they are perpetuated mainly by males or females?”
It’s perpetuated mainly by those in charge, who are mainly…inexplicably…male.

Listen here you little jag, it doesn’t matter how many adjectives you use: I’m not going to reassure you with “oh, women tear each other down, women need to be nicer, women are too jealous/superficial/etc, women’s magazines!, blah blah blah” and anyone who does is probably trying to sell you something.

Women are fixated on their bodies because that is what men valued and continue to value about them and men are pretty much in charge of the entire world right now and have been since globalization. You’re acting like women should just be as self-realized as enlightened you; women should just stop caring how much they weigh! It’s so simple! Just wake up and choose not to. Silly women. That’s not an option nutknob because society will continue to commodify women’s bodies and it won’t make an exception for the special snowflake that loves her thighs.

whitegirlblog takes us all to school.

I want to emphasize that this is a complex issue and that it’s silly to think that “loving yourself” is just like a switch we can flip on. Like oh hey sexist/damaging standards are sexist/damaging so imma just love myself and ignore societal standards.

Well yes, that first acknowledgement is important. But self-love, self-respect, and self-care are hard, arduous, long, and ongoing processes. I have to decide MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY that I’m going to like my appearance (with or without makeup, with or without a hot outfit, no matter who I see or who sees me), and value my thoughts, and respond in healthy ways, and take care of my whole self. We all have to do this every single day. Men and non-women included. So, like, yeah to excuse ALL of that as just “you have to just fuck the haters and love your thighs” really obfuscates the process. And we should talk about all of this more and more healthily. 

Mitchell vs. Travis ›

My most important byline to date, I think. I spent a couple weeks reporting with my friend and co-writer on one of the most important and interesting Chicago races for March 18th.

Take a look, especially if you’re Chicago-based. Also, vote. 


"I don’t mean to preach, but Jesus Christ helped me kick my crack cocaine habit, then blessed me with a window cleaning business."

You gotta respect that.

Lupita Nyong’o, Micaela Erlanger and Michelle Dockery photographed by Mary Rozzi for the Hollywood Reporter

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Some Ramen and Tacos Al Pastor I drew for a promo piece!

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there’s that tick.

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