This is my baba romza! She is currently 106 years old. She has lived through the great depression, two world wars, being separated from her family, emigrating to a country where she didn’t speak the language, cancer (twice), and she still jokes around, smiles, and prays every day. The only people I have ever heard her speak ill of are sarah palin and my godfather’s ex wife. She goes to bed at the same time every night so she can watch Rachel Maddow and went to the polls in 2008 to vote for Obama. She is the most beautiful human I have ever known, she inspires me more than anyone and I cry almost every time I even think about her because I miss her constantly. There’s not really a point to this, I just miss her and I love this picture so much and I just thought I would share it. 

This is my baba romza! She is currently 106 years old. She has lived through the great depression, two world wars, being separated from her family, emigrating to a country where she didn’t speak the language, cancer (twice), and she still jokes around, smiles, and prays every day. The only people I have ever heard her speak ill of are sarah palin and my godfather’s ex wife. She goes to bed at the same time every night so she can watch Rachel Maddow and went to the polls in 2008 to vote for Obama. She is the most beautiful human I have ever known, she inspires me more than anyone and I cry almost every time I even think about her because I miss her constantly. There’s not really a point to this, I just miss her and I love this picture so much and I just thought I would share it. 

the more I write about why creating a youth development major is different from an education major, the more I realize that the public school system is so broken I don’t know if I believe it can ever be fixed. I value teachers and the concept of public education so highly but I am so incredibly discouraged by the public value people place on educating youth and the politicized curriculum being forced on teachers and students. 

badveganwolf

Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

PBS: Language as Prejudice - Myth #6: Women Talk Too Much (via misandry-mermaid)

Every EVERY women’s studies class I’ve been in has had this problem and failed to address it. 

(via iamayoungfeminist)

justice4mikebrown

When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation.

But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him.

Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people.

Keith Boykin, "Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People?" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

True, anyone who’s been paying attention knows this. The only time you can get gun control passed in this country is when politicians start seeing POC walking around freely with guns.

(via questionall)

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tamorapierce:

socialnetworkhell:

"Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.

This is a very good point.