“As soon as you speak outside the boundaries, as soon as you say things that are different than what the establishment is telling you to say, as soon as you do that the question of your patriotism arises. Emma Goldman said, “I love the country, but I don’t love the government.” To criticise the government-when you think the government is wrong-is the highest act of patriotism. And when somebody accuses you of not being patriotic because you don’t go along with whatever the government is doing, I think you ought to remind them about the declaration of independence. I mean, everybody praises the declaration of independence when it’s hung up on a classroom wall but not when people read it and understand it. But the declaration of independence says that governments are artificial creations. They are set up by the people to achieve certain objectives: the quality of all people in their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When a government becomes destructive of those aims, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. That is democratic doctrine. There are times when it becomes absolutely patriotic to become a dissenter.”—Howard Zinn in Artists In A Time Of War (via thelovelaws) (via fuckyeahradicalquotes) (via brave-slut) (via pluralisms)
“Eliminating slut-shaming and virgin-shaming requires, in the words of Alastor Moody, constant vigilance. It means questioning our own judgments about other people’s behavior and decisions, and being aware of how we’re speaking and acting when we talk about sex. Ultimately, it’s going to take time, and a good deal of cultural work, to break down the enormous power of the words and concepts of “slut” and “virgin.” But it’s work worth doing: Once it’s done, all of us, no matter how much or how little or what kind of sex we have, can finally be totally, utterly and completely shameless.”—“Slut Panel” postmortem: Shame, shame, go away - Feministing (via sexisnottheenemy) (via pluralisms)
i’ve been shitty about tumblr recently. i’ve been exhausted and working all the time. however i will say the following: life is awesome right now. some weird dude at work asked me to play his ex girlfriend in a movie he wrote (WTF?!) i am currently hanging out with will at my family’s beach house on the cape. my whole family is coming over tomorrow for my sister’s graduation party.
“There is no such thing as the perfect soul mate. If you meet someone and you think they’re perfect, you better run as fast as you can in the other direction, ‘cause your soul mate is the person that pushes your buttons, pisses you off on a regular basis, and makes you face your shit.”—Madonna (via cuntented) (via tigersmilk)
“If you have to take out a woman’s entire uterus or remove her entire fallopian tube, and there’s a fetus or a fertilized egg in there, that’s ok. But if a woman has an ectopic pregnancy that threatens to burst her fallopian tube — a pregnancy that will never result in a baby — you cannot, under Catholic doctrine, simply terminate the pregnancy. You have to remove the whole fallopian tube, so that the death of the embryo is merely incidental. It is possible, in many ectopic pregnancies, to remove the embryo without removing the tube. It’s preferable, in most cases, because it helps to preserve the woman’s fertility and, you know, doesn’t remove her entire fallopian tube unnecessarily. Catholic doctrine requires doing harm to the woman’s body if she wants to not die. Similarly, if a woman has uterine cancer, you can remove the whole uterus with the fetus in it so that the death of the fetus is incidental, but a doctor could not, for example, remove the fetus in order to operate and preserve the woman’s uterus. Some have even interpreted Catholic doctrine to say that you can’t be treated for cancer if you’re pregnant and the treatment would harm the fetus. Even if that harm is incidental.” read the rest HERE
i was never into religion as a kid but the thing that really killed it for me as being in CCD (it’s catholic religion classes before you make your confirmation) and i would ask questions about abortion and about different things that the Catholic church believed in. they would get so upset with me for asking questions and for having my own opinions. there would be 3-5 adults crowding around me (at 15) trying to tell me i was wrong but that i could still be saved if i agreed to whatever they thought and changed my views. then when my sister signed up for ccd they told her she only needed to do a year of it because they hated me so much. no kidding…
It seems to me that most Pro-Life people I know really aren’t Pro-Life at all. They are, rather, Anti-Sex. That is, the abortion debate is often just a cover to wage war on the sexual revolution and the Dawn of the Pill. What many Pro-Life people are angry about is the casual sexuality of our age, an era of “abortion on demand.” Pro-Life advocacy, then, is often (consciously or unconsciously) really a way to get sexually promiscuous people to face the “consequences” of sexual activity. The focus on life is often cover for Puritanical worries about sexuality in modern America.
Why do I draw this conclusion? Because most Pro-Life people I know are only Pro-Life in this one area, and only in this one area. They are not, generally speaking, consistently Pro-Life. For example, most Pro-Life people are…
…not Pro-Life when it comes to gun control.
…not Pro-Life when it comes to preemptive war.
…not Pro-Life when it comes to capital punishment.
…not Pro-Life when it comes to global malnourishment.
…not Pro-Life when it comes to universal health care.
…not Pro-Life when it comes to entitlement programs for the women and children of the working poor (to remove the economic incentives for abortion).
…not Pro-Life in promoting condom usage to prevent teenage pregnancy or AIDS in developing nations.
In short, the only thing many conservatives are Pro-Life about is, well, abortion. Which, incidentally, is the only thing on the list that’s about regulating sexual behavior.
“Feminism is not a dirty word. It does not mean you hate men, it does not mean you hate girls that have nice legs and a tan, and it does not mean you are a ‘bitch’ or ‘dyke’, it means you believe in equality.”—