Melanie Gillman - pigeonbits.tumblr.com
Helping out exasperated women and educating dudes and jerks.
parents who vaccinate their children without their consent are terrible parents, no exceptions.
parents who let their children die of completely preventable diseases because they think 8 year olds are capable of making their own medical decisions are terrible parents. no exceptions
and who allow their children to expose immunocompromised people who CAN’T get vaccinated to these diseases are super shitty. no exceptions
Children can not consent. Vaccination saves lives. Responsible parenting includes proper medical care including vaccination whenever possible. No. Exceptions.
This bullshit is so fucking disingenuous, too, because I am willing to fucking bet they’re not going to make an argument against any other life-saving procedure done to a child on the grounds that children can’t give meaningful consent to medical procedures. You never see antivaxxers arguing that kids shouldn’t receive organ transplants or chemotherapy, etc.
Any person who uses consent to try to hide that the anti-vaxxers are actually just howling ableists who fearmonger and spread lies particularly about autism are terrible people. No exceptions.
I don’t see people like you giving a shit about the right of other people to consent to be in the same room with a kid who isn’t vaccinated, especially people who could get terribly ill or even die if they’re immunocompromised or just very young or very old.
Don’t see the OP giving a shit about their right to consent to being placed in danger.
who the FUCK told society that depression and awkwardness is cute and adorable
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
Christian Nestell Bovee (via thetraveleralone)
Sex offenders minimize their number of victims. Speaking with 99 male sex offenders, court records showed 136 victims between them, but later during treatment, they eventually confessed to 959 victims between them.
huh weird so rapists are, like, lying about the number of people they’ve raped but all we can focus on are those damn hypothetical lying women who lied about being assaulted? lying liars lying all the time damn women lying. there’s a bigger lie in our midst, it would seem
HEY LOOK ITS ALMOST AS IF ABUSERS ARE A TERRIBLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR ABUSE MINDBLOWING
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the stereotype that women talk more than men is infinitely amusing to me because men are literally incapable of shutting the fuck up
i hope this post gets popular enough that i hurt a man’s feelings
It’s not a stereotype it’s a proven fact you femanazi piece of shit.
lmao there it is
You wanna talk proven facts? This shit’s been done, son: researcher Dale Spencer in Australia used audio and video tape to independently evaluate who talked the most in mixed-gender university classroom discussions. Regardless of the gender ratio of the students, whether the instructor was deliberately trying to encourage female participation or not, men always talked more—whether the metric was minutes of talking or number of words spoken.
Moreover, men literally have no clue how much they talk. When Spencer asked students to evaluate their perception of who talked more in a given discussion, women were pretty accurate; but men perceived the discussion as being “equal” when women talked only 15% of the time, and the discussion as being dominated by women if they talked only 30% of the time.
Spencer’s conclusion, if I may parahprase: you only think we talk too much because you’d rather we were silent.
Don’t fuck with me, asshole, I’m a scientist.
For women, Disney princesses introduce us to our roles before sex is in the picture, and pornography and mainstream media finish off that death of authentic sexuality usually before we have even had our first sexual encounter with a male. We know how to arch our backs, moan like porn stars, and bat our eyes often before puberty. We know which restrictive, revealing, and often debilitating clothing to strap on to strut our stuff with a face painted by make-up while we are still in elementary school, and we begin this ritualized, inauthentic routine as soon as we hit high school. We are explicitly defined by the culture as the class of people that the other class of people will eventually penetrate, and our worth is rated by how much that other class wants to penetrate us.
If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.
For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”
All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.
Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?
Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.
JESUS JUST GOT SO MUCH MORE BADASS REMEMBER THIS NEXT TIME SOME WHITE CHRISTIAN TELLS YOU TO BE NICE “LIKE CHRIST” REMEMBER THEY’RE ASKING YOU TO BE LIKE THE MIDDLE EASTERN JEW WHO IS TELLING YOU TO BE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE.
Your regular reminder that ‘Christlike behaviour’ includes this kind of thing, plus trashing tables in synagogue because of the evils of capitalism.
right-wing conservatives call themselves “Christians”?!
One really pernicious aspect of pop theories of gender (e.g. queer theory) is how they rotate the gender hierarchy to appear horizontal. With this rhetorical/pictorial sleight of hand, the oppressive power relation between men and women is not depicted as a hierarchy but rather as a neutral flat line, a ‘spectrum’, as if gender is just a ‘level playing field’ and not at all the imposed roles of oppressor and oppressed.
Being a radical is not fun. Losing friends is not fun.
I don’t pretend that I’m never an asshole. Sometimes I can be thick-headed about my beliefs and that costs me friends too. And I miss those friends. I miss being able to go along with them in supporting the dominant culture, because it’s easy. That says a lot about how liberal activism really isn’t activism, I think. If you’re not challenging someone around you, if you’re not at odds with people at least on occasion, you are not advocating anything new.
I do not miss thinking I was an activist when I was really just supporting the dominant culture and calling it my choice. I miss my friends, but not enough to place social comfort over what I think is important.
I like how butch women throw this huge giant wrench in to popular trans discourse and none of them seem to want to address all the static and glitching they cause their theory
they just kind of fumble and repeat sloganesque lines without giving actual explanation, like they’re just sputtering “error error error” but with more queer buzzwords in thereLol! Perfect analysis.