freemindfreebody:

efixroy:

I did this scarification piece over the course of a few years, on my oldest friend @didyeh ! We started it in Melbourne, Australia, did a few sessions in Montreal and finished it back home in Quebec city. It covers a good part of his back as well. He is one of the raddest person I know and is also one tough sob! #scarification #scar #empirebodypiercing @empirebodypiercing (at Empire Body Piercing)


Lovely!

freemindfreebody:

efixroy:

I did this scarification piece over the course of a few years, on my oldest friend @didyeh ! We started it in Melbourne, Australia, did a few sessions in Montreal and finished it back home in Quebec city. It covers a good part of his back as well. He is one of the raddest person I know and is also one tough sob!
#scarification #scar #empirebodypiercing @empirebodypiercing (at Empire Body Piercing)

Lovely!

WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?

Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.

Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.

…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.

“Annie (a pseudonym) is a Chinese-American, straight, female university professor. While she was in graduate school, she found it difficult to receive medical treatment due to the perceived psychiatric condition of simply being Asian and female: “I went to a doctor at the university because I had recurring abdominal pain. The doctor listened to my description, but rather than doing a physical exam, he explained to me that it was normal for Asian women to be anxious and stressed out, and anxiety was probably causing my abdominal pain.” But surprisingly, the doctor didn’t treat the anxiety either. He just said there was nothing he could do.”
“Human beings took our animal need for palatable food … and turned it into chocolate souffles with salted caramel cream. We took our ability to co-operate as a social species … and turned it into craft circles and bowling leagues and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took our capacity to make and use tools … and turned it into the Apollo moon landing. We took our uniquely precise ability to communicate through language … and turned it into King Lear.

None of these things are necessary for survival and reproduction. That is exactly what makes them so splendid. When we take our basic evolutionary wiring and transform it into something far beyond any prosaic matters of survival and reproduction … that’s when humanity is at its best. That’s when we show ourselves to be capable of creating meaning and joy, for ourselves and for one another. That’s when we’re most uniquely human.

And the same is true for sex. Human beings have a deep, hard-wired urge to replicate our DNA, instilled in us by millions of years of evolution. And we’ve turned it into an intense and delightful form of communication, intimacy, creativity, community, personal expression, transcendence, joy, pleasure, and love. Regardless of whether any DNA gets replicated in the process.

Why should we see this as sinful? What makes this any different from chocolate souffles and King Lear?”
“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”
— "The Thing Is," Ellen Bass

Be kind to yourself. Stop telling yourself that whatever you are struggling with “should” be easy. If something is hard for you, it is hard for you. There are probably Reasons, though those may just be how you are wired. Acknowledge these things. When you finish something hard, be proud! Celebrate a little.

And really, just stop saying “should” to yourself about your thoughts and feelings in any context. You feel how you feel. The things in your head are the things in your head. You can’t change either directly through sheer force of will. You can only change what you do. Stop beating yourself up for who and what you are right now–it isn’t productive. Focus on moving forward.

“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.

If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via bakcwadrs)

a couple of other quotes from the article i really like:

According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace

and

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?” “Why should workers feel as if they aren’t working when they are?” In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.

(via mercy-misrule)

I’ve reblogged this before but it will never stop speaking to my soul.

(via whineandbeer)

Fooling exploited people into thinking everything is just the way it should be is one of the most disturbing things about capitalism.

(via latinagabi)

Reblogging this so hard rn.

(via useyourwordsasher)

b-binaohan:

banditblossom:

jsyk, only 2.9% of the population in Canada is black, and yet black Canadians makes 80% of prisons and are mostly likely to get mistreated in them

tell me again racism doesn’t exist Canada. (: 

Slight correction from the article:

Blacks make up nearly one in 10 of the 15,000 inmates in Canada’s federal prisons, where they have a second-class status, according to a report from Howard Sapers, ombudsman for federal inmates.

Blacks account for 2.9 per cent of Canada’s population, and their federal prison numbers have jumped 80 per cent in a decade. Explanations for the rising numbers range from a lack of fathers to systemic racism – class-action lawsuits have been filed in Toronto and nearby Peel Region over alleged racial profiling by police – to poverty and unemployment

So they make up 10% of the prison population but only 2.9% of the Canadian population and their incarceration rates have increased by 80% in the last decade.

Still ridiculously disproportionate. And, as noted by the 80% increase, this is a problem only getting worse.

Another fact: Black people in canada also receive about 30% of racially motivated hate crimes.

b-binaohan:

banditblossom:

jsyk, only 2.9% of the population in Canada is black, and yet black Canadians makes 80% of prisons and are mostly likely to get mistreated in them

tell me again racism doesn’t exist Canada. (: 

Slight correction from the article:

Blacks make up nearly one in 10 of the 15,000 inmates in Canada’s federal prisons, where they have a second-class status, according to a report from Howard Sapers, ombudsman for federal inmates.

Blacks account for 2.9 per cent of Canada’s population, and their federal prison numbers have jumped 80 per cent in a decade. Explanations for the rising numbers range from a lack of fathers to systemic racism – class-action lawsuits have been filed in Toronto and nearby Peel Region over alleged racial profiling by police – to poverty and unemployment

So they make up 10% of the prison population but only 2.9% of the Canadian population and their incarceration rates have increased by 80% in the last decade.

Still ridiculously disproportionate. And, as noted by the 80% increase, this is a problem only getting worse.

Another fact: Black people in canada also receive about 30% of racially motivated hate crimes.

casualblessings:

May you find relief from the bad memories of your past that make you feel unworthy

neutrois:

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hamburgerking:

hamburgerking:

Okie dokie 

so over the years ive noticed that lesbian, gay, bi, trans, ace, pan, queer etc etc people all have a different definition for their identities and i find that so cool

so i really want to do this things for my gsa where i have posters all over the school each with different identities on them and a bunch of definitions by people who actually identify as them

so i thought it would be cool if you guys would send me messages telling me what you identify as and give me your own little definition 

also if you are maybe more than one say you are bigender and ace please give me separate defintions for both

i will totally post all of the posters on here too for everyone to see !

so if you would like to help me out you can send you definition to me here http://hamburgerking.tumblr.com/ask

or maybe if you are straight and cis or just dont want to do it you can reblog this around for me so others can see

thank you!!!

hey i only got about 5 and most of them are pansexual definitions so please send one if you havent or reblog it!!

scor