1. nativeamericannews:

    Tribes take role in major railroad safety upgrades across nation

    Tribes across the nation are taking part in a major railroad safety project that will impact Americans everywhere.
    Positive Train Control (PTC) is a massive project to install upgrades along 60,000 miles of railroad tracks. Tribes will be involved in the deployment of about 20,000 telecommunication poles and wayside structures across the U.S.

    (Source: indianz.com)

     


  2. I don’t know what asshole invented the idea that teenage girls are the cause for all evil, but I really hope that person never has to raise one. I don’t want him to see her dissolve in his fingers as society tells her to eat less, be thinner, be the damsel in distress, be something for a man to fix, be different but not too different, be special but never ever a special snowflake - I don’t want him to watch as she realizes that no matter what she loves, she’ll be made fun of for it. She can simply like her coffee from Starbucks and suddenly she’s vapid and thinks herself poetic. She’ll want to play video games but be called a fake nerd, particularly if she poses in any remotely flirtatious way because for some reason despite the entire community playing games with poorly dressed women they still hate it when a real girl wears less clothing, she will be seen as trespassing in a specifically male space - but when she falls in love with a female-based television show for children, she’ll watch as men step on themselves to sexualize it. If she wants old-fashion romance she’s seen as being naive but at the same time is told to keep herself ‘pure’ for some dude that might not hurt her. If she admits to being anything, she makes herself a target. She will be told her worth is based on how much a man values her. She might love to cook but she’ll hate being asked to stay in the kitchen, she might love to read but get told she’s too introverted by half the population and ‘not that special’ by the other. If she loves to go out and party, she’s ‘just another college co-ed,’ if she loves to spend her friday nights watching anime, she’s a shut-in. God forbid she be proud of something: the words “I’m different from other girls” are a death sentence because we live in a society that doesn’t want to see women like that, a society that doesn’t like the idea maybe we all are actually different and not carbon copies of each other, maybe we all would like to feel unique and loved and worth knowing - maybe the real problem is that she will be raised to believe being a girl means silicone and photoshop and dying as a way to move forwards a plot - and she doesn’t want to be seen as that. When she says “I’m not like other girls,” she means she’s not like the girls she sees on tv, these invented two-dimensional creatures that say one line and then get chased down by monsters.

    She can try all she likes. She’ll be shut down at every single fucking turn. What she doesn’t know is that they’re getting her ready for when she’s grown up because she’ll be so used to being stepped on she’ll just give up. Why respect women when you don’t even respect little girls?

    And when she is burning up, when she mentions that her insides are volcanoes and her skin is too thin to contain them: she will be told she is hysterical, that she’s doing it for attention.

    I don’t want him to watch as she shuts down, as she learns to live as a paradox, I don’t want him to see her rip herself to shreds in order to be perfect, I don’t want him to realize that there’s no way she’ll get help because she’s only doing what she’s told.

    — 

    Teenage girls aren’t the downfall of society, society is the downfall of teenage girls. /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)

    Damn right.

    (via tamorapierce)

    (via louroe)

     


  3. Anonymous said: size matters or the performance?

    ohgoddammitrachelle:

    My boyfriend has a good size, a good girth and a great performance. it’s nice and all, but we also have chemistry and a deep bond. also all of our orgasms are simultaneous. I’d say what matters the most is love.  

     

  4. We must unite! 

    (via lastrealindians)

     


  5. I’m starting to understand the real failings of multi-cultural education growing up in K-12 schools. We gave everyone access to the “fun” parts of culture. Let’s sing the dreidel song! Now we understand the Jewish experience. Let’s talk about segregation. Wasn’t that wrong. Aren’t we glad it’s over? Let’s take turns reading parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech. We had access to the easy stuff without having to really examine the hard stuff. And we were giving easy access to things that aren’t “ours” and shouldn’t be “ours.” So you can’t just pick up the “fun” stuff and put it into your party theme or Facebook pictures. I’m using simple terms like fun because that’s how multiculturalism was given to us as children. And while it may have served a purpose at the time, it gave us too much access to claim things that aren’t ours.
    I honestly, honestly think that is some of the reasons why the race parties are such a horrible fad on college campuses. They are carrying on what we did in elementary school. Let’s make culture a party! Everyone bring your cultural food and put on a costume! The racism is present and good percentage of the participants are really expressing deep rooted racism. But some truly don’t want to “understand why it’s wrong” when they are re-enacting what we used to do with culture in elementary schools. Culture was supposed to be fun. “I don’t understand why you are mad now? I thought culture was a party!” Party’s over kids. Put down the head-dress.
    — Brian Henry (via theteej)

    Ugh I LOVE this!!!

    (via tashabilities)

     


  6. m-e-s-t-i-z-a:

    Im also starting to revisit places in dreams and in my dream ill remember the previous time I was there
    Ill even remember where everything is

    This happens to me too! Since I was 5 years old! I know entire cities that only exist in my mind and I’m the only person I know who’s had this experience.

    (via hiphopandinsubordination)

     


  7. umistakeme-forstraight:

    Don’t shame the girls who sent pictures of themselves half-naked to their significant others as a way to express eroticism which is healthy and natural… give the people hell who think it’s okay to destroy someone’s trust and distribute those images simply for entertainment purposes. 

    (Source: umistakeme-forstraight, via metztlixochitl)

     

  8. youngblackandvegan:

    notesonascandal:

    yagazieemezi:

    zebablah:

    peroxides:

    jackanthfern:

    cheyennecheyenne:

    caliphorniaqueen:

    queennubian:

    AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    so very important

    *sucks teeth*

    This is cute but please
    Don’t trash another black woman and her artistry to praise another
    Both nicki and Lupita are positive and talented role models

    RESPECTABILITY POLITICS!!!
    FUCK EVERYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS CUTE. 
    HOW YOU GONNA THROW NICKI IN THE BIN???
    THEY ARE BOTH VERY IMPORTANT.

    this is ridiculous, saddening, and even a little disturbing. yes, lupita is fabulous but can we NOT put her on this pedestal of perfection, a pedestal that respectability politics play SUCH large role in to begin with? can we understand that just because lupita is beautiful, poised, articulate, and educated it does not make her “better than” women who are not? these things do make her wonderful, and they are certainly (and unfortunately) a big part of why hollywood has chosen to embrace her, but they are not the totality of her being and one day she might fuck. in fact she WILL fuck up. so let’s just all calm down and not use our excitement over what her success means as an excuse to put down other black women who may not fit the perfect mold she slides into so well.

    The above.

    TThe cartoonist quoted Lupita but ignored the whole fuck outta her words.

    TThis is why I don’t like people. This is the work of an #AshyLarry

    because Nicki has dreams too. and hers are valid. and throwing her in the trash completely missed the significance of the powerful moment when Lupita won

    (Source: sarahbkamsin)

     

  9. magnacarterholygrail:

    let’s make this happen

    (via quilolo)

     


  10. Anonymous said: I'm black and I like Jennifer Lawrence more than Lupita...12 years a slave isn't even that good of a movie like slavery was forever ago, let's get over it as a people

    20daysofjune:

     


  11. I tripped on stage when I was a stripper. Does that make me cute like JLaw?

     


  12. Does being vegan make you more emotional, because ever since I committed, I cry over every sad thing I see? Also, I’m super horny, but I’m mostly asking about the crying…

     


  13. Marriage equality will, in time, fundamentally destroy “traditional marriage,” and I, for one, will dance on its grave.

    It’s not a terribly difficult conclusion to draw.

    As same-sex couples marry, they will be forced to re-imagine many tenets of your “traditional marriage.” In doing so, they will face a series of complicated questions:

    Should one of us change our last name? And if so, who?

    Should we have kids? Do we want to have kids? How do we want to have kids? Whose last name do our kids take?

    How about housework, work-work, childcare? How do we assign these roles equitably? How do we cultivate a partnership that honors each of our professional and personal ambitions?

    As questions continually arise, heterosexual couples will take notice — and be forced to address how much “traditional marriage” is built on gender roles and perpetuates a nauseating inequality that has no place in 2014.

     


  14. What was the name of the corporation paying A’s minions? Weren’t there bank statements is Ezra’s lair in Racenswood? How did he get those??

     


  15. Men and women are misogynistic for different reasons: men to marginalize women, and women to ingratiate themselves with the men trying to marginalize them. Neither one is justifiable, but one is oppressive and the other is a (bad) strategy to deal with that oppression. One thus sees that if the men who are misogynists weren’t, the women who are misogynists wouldn’t have any reason to be. Ergo, exhorting women to stop being misogynists so that men will stop gets it precisely backwards.
    — 

    http://www.shakesville.com/2010/01/feminism-101.html (via pomegranateblood)

    Yep.

    - Mod D.

    (via fuckingrapeculture)

    Radfems take fucking note

    (via vegan-techie)

    the exact same goes for white supremacy and internalized racism. we are not equal contributors.

    (via blackfeminism)

    (via dynastylnoire)