Perfect example of how patriarchy uses racism and classism to prevent solidarity and create division between women.
"to prevent solidarity and create division between women." Can not stress enough.
There’s no point to a guy yelling, “Hey sexy baby” at me out of the passenger window of a car as it speeds past. Even if I was into creepy misogynists and wanted to give him my number, I couldn’t. The car didn’t even slow down. But that’s okay, because he wasn’t actually hitting on me. The point wasn’t to proposition me or chat me up. The only point was to remind me, and all women, that our bodies are his to stare at, assess, comment on, even touch. “Hey sexy baby” is the first part of a sentence that finishes, “this is your daily message from the patriarchy, reminding you that your body is public property”.– My First Name Ain’t Baby: ‘Hey Baby’ and Street Harassment (via official-mens-frights-activist)
After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”
She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.
Read this article it’s really good. I want to read that book
This is sickening.
I went to a school like this when I was in grade six. My inhalers were locked up in the office, and I was having an attack. My memories are a bit foggy (I couldn’t breathe after all) but I recall my twin sister and somebody else wheeling me all the way to the office in a computer chair. Thankfully I was lucky and got my meds in time; I ended up off school for a week and a half recovering.
This shit is scary. Rescue inhalers should be on the person of the child who NEEDS them, and if they are too young then they should be with the caregiver. There is absolutely no excuse to keep RESCUE MEDICATIONS locked up away from the people who need them FAST.
That time the police didn’t even bother putting on something different than their magnum boots for their undercover jobs
contrasting how America once liked to imagine it’s law enforcement (‘Mayberry’ was apparently a fictional town in two old US TV sitcoms) with the oppressive and often deadly reality of today’s excessively militarized policing.
And in Mayberry the deputy had to carry his one bullet in his pocket because he couldn’t be trusted to not accidentally shoot someone (including his own foot). Maybe we should do that in more places?
How to tell that both halves of our politics system are working towards the same heinous goals.
1. What are they called?: The Left and the Right. That alone implies they are part of the same one. What are the two halves of your brain called? Right and Left hemispheres, do they work differently? yes. do they operate towards the same goals in with different approaches? yes.
2. Who was it that said a two-party system would be the fall of this country and to be avoided at all costs?: the Founding Fathers that established it. They explicitly said, whatever happens, do NOT let there be a two-party system, knowing that it would be no more than one party controlling both sides of the argument, that it would be the worst thing in all of american history. and it is.
3. Why is a two party system so awful for everyone that isn’t directly making millions off of it?: Here’s how it breaks down. A skilled con requires two sides. The perpetrator and the supposed hero. In a basic scenario it works like this.
Little boy with rocks - Perpetrator.
Window Salesman - Supposed Hero
The little boy goes around the area the window salesman provides services to, throwing rocks into windows and making himself a villain, when he’s done, he goes to the window salesman and tells him where he threw rocks and collects his fee.
The window salesman then goes around the city posting flyers about discounts on new window replacements that beat the competition in the area offering exclusive this and that and “free quotes”. He gets called from most of the places where windows were smashed. He goes out, gives free quotes he knows will get him business, and then after completing transactions he’s made he’ll have made anywhere from several hundreds to a few thousand dollars. He paid the boy maybe $100, so he netted a profit of several hundred to several thousands of dollars depending on the windows. Without the boy, he would not have gotten any of that business, without the window salesman, that boy wouldn’t have made a penny.
The way this translates in political terms is: “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” except with large sums of money and inciting political scandals to convince the voter that THIS year he’s voting for the party that will change what happened when the other party was in office. It will not. Why? Because while the head of state may not longer be of the previous party, now the legislature IS of that party. So nothing gets done, because one cancels out the other.
Welcome to modern politics, where if you don’t understand it, you’re probably not smart enough to be worth educating in the first place.