themidwifeisin:

Buy these posters and find more from the amazing Repeal Hyde Art Project!

They are so amazing and speak so many truths - when I have my own clinic I’m going to put all of them up on the walls.  So beautiful!

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Got my IUD placed today.

I took a preemptive dose of lorazepam and hydrocodone, and it was only mildly uncomfortable. That this isn’t standard for a procedure that is frequently extremely unpleasant, and for many people so painful that this safe, highly effective BC method is not even a viable option, is total bullshit.

It’s clearly the product of our counterproductive, racist, and violent war on drugs, with a healthy side of misogyny, because OF COURSE people who can get pregnant should suffer for anything that allows us control over our own bodies.

I’m lucky enough to have access to safe, appropriate drug options to make the procedure easy, even without direct cooperation from the providers involved. If I’d needed to convince someone to prescribe for this particular procedure, as a middle-class well-educated cis White woman, I probably could have succeeded. It infuriates me that mine is a special case.

"Sure, movements can be healing. But are they? Many, many broke folks, parents and/or disabled folks who have been forced out of movements would say no. What disability justice and healing justice talks about—and asks—is, are they really? Or are they set up in burnout models that destroy folks’s physical and spiritual health? And I think that a big part of what movements that I’m part of do to *make movements* that aren’t shitty, is to center disabled, working-class and poor, parenting, and femme of color genius. Burnout isn’t just about not having a deep enough analysis. It’s about movements that are deeply ableist and inaccessible."

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “for badass disability justice, working-class and poor lead models of sustainable hustling for liberation” (via queerandpresentdanger)

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For fat women, being stylish isn’t a luxury. It’s often a necessity to get hired, to get access to healthcare, to get treated like a human being.

Fat women have all kinds of narratives about sloppiness, laziness, dirtiness to overcome. Sometimes heels are a crucial part of looking “put together” in a way that sufficiently convinces people that we care about ourselves, that manages to counteract pervasive cultural narratives that fat people don’t care about ourselves. That we have “let ourselves go.”

Being “put together” is part of the way many of us convey to a judgmental world that we are worth caring about.

I get treated completely differently at a $20 hair salon if I’m dressed up or dressed down. Two totally different experiences. I get treated differently at the doctor’s office, and at the emergency room. I can’t go to the ER in sweatpants, because I’ll get shittier treatment. In an emergency, I have to worry if I am dressed up enough to prove that I deserve respect and care.

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Melissa McEwan: Fat Fashion (via tangerineadamantine)

This is so, so true, but I think it’s important to note that much of it is rooted in classism - the idea that poor people ARE fat, because of their laziness, while fatness happens to rich people but there’s still hope for them.

That’s not to say that fatphobia doesn’t happen to rich people, because it does - but it’s very much signifiers of wealth that make fat people (occasionally) “worthy” of respect. These are signifiers that lots of poor people can’t afford or get shamed for splurging on, and then judged, ignored, and marginalized when they don’t display them.

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lesighh:

blue-author:

invisiblelad:

A pair of Republican legislators in Wisconsin are circulating a draft of a bill that would allow a 7-day work week for the state’s workers. According to the Stephen Points Journalnewspaper, the two lawmakers are floating the bill on behalf of the state’s largest anti-union business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

The bill is a “slap in the face” to the state’s public labor unions, which lost most of their power when Gov. Scott Walker (R) stripped them of their ability to bargain collectively in 2011. It was proposed by state Sens. Glenn Grothman (R) of West Bend and Mark Born (R) of Beaver Dam.

“Even God said rest on the seventh day,” protested David Reardon, secretary-treasurer for Teamsters Local 662.“I would hate to see that Republican bill pass. Some employers would really take advantage of that.”

Republicans say that the bill will expand workers’ opportunities to make money by working unconventional hours. They promise that the 7-day work week will increase productivity in the state and stimulate revenue.

Opponents of the law say that employers would likely use the law as a means of erasing the weekend and forcing employees to work longer hours without rest.

Essentially, the Republican bill would strike down a current law that says all Wisconsin factories and retail stores must give workers at least 24 hours in a row off every seven days.

Conservatives say that workers will only have to forego their rest days if they volunteer, but the law’s opponents argue that businesses could create environments that are hostile to workers who insist on their rights. Workers who take their mandated rest days could be skipped over for promotion, denied privileges allowed to workers who work a 7-day week or could see sharp reductions in their schedules until they no longer have enough hours to make ends meet, financially.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce said that it conceived of the law when it noted that the federal government does not have a rule mandating that workers receive a certain number of hours off per work cycle.

Lawmakers Grothman and Born told reporters from the Journal that they had heard from a diverse array of businesses that support the 7-day work week, but when asked to provide examples, they were only able to provide the names of groups belonging to the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce network.

“Here’s an opportunity for folks to work together to get things done in a positive way for the employer and the employee,” Born said. “It just seems like a win all the way around.”

Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine told theJournalthat the new law would be “a slap in the face to ordinary working folks in Wisconsin.”

“Workers fought long and hard for a 40-hour work week and the weekend,” said Mason. “People deserve at least a day off a week. It’s a legal protection for a reason.”

The Democrat quoted is right about the concept of weekends and 8 hour shifts. It wasn’t very long ago labor organizers had to fight tooth and nail to get this block of rest called the weekend we live for. 

I hate the word “productivity” in business/economic news.

Because it sounds so positive, right? It sounds so good. During the worst of the Great Recession, we heard all the time that productivity was up, so it couldn’t be all bad news, right?

"Productivity" in this sense is a measure of how much blood is being wrung from a stone. When fewer people have jobs but they’re doing the work to cover the gap from all the jobs that have been destroyed and they’re not getting paid more, of course worker productivity is up. Everyone who still has a job is working that much harder to keep it, and to cover the gaps left by downsizing.

Increases in productivity could be positive when they result from improving technology and workplace conditions that make jobs easier… but even then, as long as we have no concept of shared prosperity, the benefits will float to the top and the hours saved will be filled up with more work.

As long as we don’t have a concept of shared prosperity, though, we should all run very fast from anything that promises to increase “productivity”. What that word means is that fewer of us will be employed to do more work, for the same or less money.

Wisconsin is just the worst.

Everything I read about Grothman makes me think he might actually be as evil as Walker.  This fucking state.

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queenitsy:

lesighh:

kwillder:

bonefromthevoid:

hoaxzine:

verbalprivilege:

fromonesurvivortoanother:

ood:

BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them

This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.

Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall.  The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.

wow.


never forget

queer politics aren’t all hrc t-shirts and shiny lobbying. So many people have already forgotten this extremely recent history.

Seriously, if you don’t know about ACT UP I highly recommend doing some research. In addition to Beyond Stonewall, there’s also United in Anger; it’s streaming for awhile here, but unfortunately it’s only available to stream in the US. 

I have such mixed feelings about ACT UP. On the one hand, I’ve found the group to be fascinating, instrumental, innovative/daring, and inspiring - so much so that I’ve written at least two papers about it. On the other, ACT UP very much represented mainstream gay rights/AIDS activism at the time (and to this day) - largely, white, gay men whose fight often came pointedly distance from or at the expense of other marginalized groups who were suffering from HIV/AIDS oftentimes to greater degrees.

Definitely an activist group, and honestly a time period, worth some in-depth research. Between the mid-to-late 70s and early 90s was such a rich era in modern history. 

Another excellent documentary is How to Survive a Plague, which has news footage from the 80s and early 90s along with interviews with long-term survivors, and it gets into how ACT UP also branched off into TAG (Treatment Action Group, the research/policy wonks who came at the FDA with other methods). 

(It still doesn’t get into the extreme whiteness of ACT UP, though. Arrg, I swear I’ve read an article about that somewhere but hell if I can find it now. Found it! Robert Vazquez-Pacheco on Race, ACT UP and Why Older HIV/AIDS Leaders Need to Pass the Torch.)

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When you say that one racist, homophobic asshat speaks for all of rural America, you’re insulting rural America. Because he definitely doesn’t speak for us. Sure, he speaks for a specific segment of rural (AND URBAN) America: that of racist, homophobic asshats.

But to suggest that these traits are native (and confined to) rural areas is offensive, as is the suggestion that they’re specifically Southern in nature, because, believe me, Yankees have their share of racist homophobic asshats too. May I introduce you to one Ann Coulter, born in New York City and raised on the East Coast?

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— s.e. smith, ‘Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Isn’t Racist And Homophobic Because He’s Rural, So Stop Bashing Rural America,’ xoJane (via se-smith)

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auburn-autumn-skies:

firelorcl:

the-doctors-rose:

getoffmybloghoe:

CAN I GET A HELL YEAH!??

*teacher voice* i dont know, can you?

*sighs* “MAY I get a hell yeah?”

*teacher voice* you should have gotten a hell yeah during the break before class started

*frustrated groan* But I didn’t NEED a hell yeah during the break

When I was in high school, a guy in my “computers” (read: how to format various types of letters) class asked the teacher, “Can I go to the bathroom?”

"MAY I go to bathroom."

(sigh) “May I go to the bathroom?”

"MAY I go to the bathroom PLEASE."

"…how ‘bout I just piss in the trash can then?"

She sent him to the office. Even at 15 with a lot of super classist socialization surrounding language and grammar in particular, I remember thinking what a totally abusive asshole you had to be to get your kicks denying people who were forced to submit to your authority the basic right to have HUMAN BODIES.

I hope someday, someone pooped in her car.

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We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. We say you don’t fight capitalism with no black capitalism; you fight capitalism with socialism.

We ain’t gonna fight no reactionary pigs who run up and down the street being reactionary; we’re gonna organize and dedicate ourselves to revolutionary political power and teach ourselves the specific needs of resisting the power structure, arm ourselves, and we’re gonna fight reactionary pigs with INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION. That’s what it has to be. The people have to have the power: it belongs to the people.

We have to understand very clearly that there’s a man in our community called a capitalist. Sometimes he’s black and sometimes he’s white. But that man has to be driven out of our community, because anybody who comes into the community to make profit off the people by exploiting them can be defined as a capitalist. And we don’t care how many programs they have, how long a dashiki they have. Because political power does not flow from the sleeve of a dashiki; political power flows from the barrel of a gun. It flows from the barrel of a gun!

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— Fred Hampton, Power Anywhere There’s People. Fred Hampton was murdered by the FBI while sleeping in his apartment on this day (December 4) in 1969. He was 21. (via tombomp)

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hikergirl:

A take down of juice cleanses. There’s talk of eating disorders in here for those of you that may want to avoid that.

But juice cleanses accomplish exactly none of their physiological or medical objectives; they fetishize a weird, obsessive relationship with food, and they are part of a social shift that reduces health (mental, physical, and, sure, spiritual) to a sign of status. They’re annoying as hell.

(via Juice cleanses: Not healthy, not virtuous, just expensive.)

hikergirl:

A take down of juice cleanses. There’s talk of eating disorders in here for those of you that may want to avoid that.

But juice cleanses accomplish exactly none of their physiological or medical objectives; they fetishize a weird, obsessive relationship with food, and they are part of a social shift that reduces health (mental, physical, and, sure, spiritual) to a sign of status. They’re annoying as hell.

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"Forced sterilization has always targeted people considered the least valuable in our society,” Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body, told me in a phone interview. “In the early 20th Century, that meant white immigrants, by the mid-20th century, that meant poor women, black and Puerto Rican women, and other women of color whose bodies were not seen as fit to be protected by the state."

Forced Sterilizations and the Future of the Women’s Movement (via notime4yourshit)

this is why i teach Dorothy Roberts’ book (Killing the Black Body) alongside Andrea Smith’s (Conquest)—these sterilizations are part of a much larger story of genocide in both African-American and Native communities. i think it’s notable that one of the physicians responsible for the unapproved sterilizations of woman inmates in California prisons told the press (in response to a question about the $147, 460 he charged for the procedures), “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money…compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.” The presumption that the predominately brown & black women in California’s prison system (a) don’t want future children and are poor parents (b) are hypersexual animals incapable of utilizing more temporary birth control measures should they elect to do so (c) are going to go on and be welfare queens and ‘leeches on the government’ (rather than human beings who face discrimination in the workplace due to their race, gender, & criminal record, who also deal with inadequate childcare and rehabilitation resources) is totally dehumanizing. 

i also push people to think of the term “forced sterilization” beyond the realm of strictly tubal ligation, and put this in context of histories of environmental racism. for example, in the 1970s the US Forest Service sprayed herbicides on some Native communities in Northern California, with the full knowledge that these chemicals are toxic and cause reproductive failure; when spontaneous miscarriages continued for years, Native activists tried to hold the USFS accountable and demand they stop spraying—the USFS responded by saying that the miscarriages *must* be due to widespread drug addiction, not their chemicals. the US government KNEW their actions were causing miscarriages and fertility issues in Native communities, and continued this practice for years—how is that not forced sterilization too?

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"When poor folks are talking about things like sale codes at Target, or a certain brand and color of underwear at Walmart that is not the time to explain to us why it’s bad to shop at that place and that you buy organic, ethically sourced panties made by vegans by the light of the full moon on tuesday and that they are ONLY 50 dollars and it’s such a good thing to do. Keep that out of the conversation. You’re just going to piss us off."

— I wrote about the intersection of class and fat fashion. I gave some pointers for those who are not poor and talking to poor folks about fat fashion. And gave a lil update. Go forth. Enjoy. (via nudiemuse)

fuckyeahfeminists:

An improvement on the NYC Teen Mom ads.

fuckyeahfeminists:

An improvement on the NYC Teen Mom ads.

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Generally, overzealous law enforcement delivers its heaviest blows on communities of color and poorer folks. Unfettered and often racist police forces come down hard on specific neighborhoods, and sometimes, in the event of New York City, appear to just stop every Black and Hispanic person they see and pat them down. The imprison-at-all-costs mentality has made Oklahoma in particular famous for having the highest female incarceration rate in the entire world.

This kind of self-destructive zeal usually remains below the surface, something very real in some communities, but not those the popular press particularly cares about. In the past few days, however, an exception has emerged. The high-profile suicide of the computer programmer and internet activist Aaron Swartz — committed it appears in response government prosecutors threatening 50 years of imprisonment for downloading millions of JSTOR articles — has even the Wall Street Journal writing pieces about prosecutorial overreach.

Of course when someone of Swartz’s status faces unconscionable levels of prosecutorial grandstanding, the resulting life-devastating consequences become national news. That’s how things go. It deserves pointing out however that unbelievably harmful police, prison, and justice system mistreatment are everyday realities for certain segments of the US population, generally those less able to capture top stories in the country’s best newspapers. Jamie Lynn Russell was one such person, and unless things dramatically change, we can expect many more victims to come.

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— Matt Bruenig, Overzealous Law Enforcement Kills (via ok4rj)

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"People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism."

— Boyce Watkins, “The World Cries for Newtown’s Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies” (via lavenderlabia)

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