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Awaken in Light.: I think people are missing the point here




Our experiences as POC are different because we aren’t white, because we aren’t the majority. A Pagans of Color blog would be there to above all educate non-POCs about the very real struggles we have faced by being POCs in the pagan community.

I don’t know why so many people are making this out…

I appreciate you explaining the point calmy and maturely instead of

“XD HAHAHA LOOLLLL stuped wites can’t have any opinion gods”

Thank you, I understand now because of your post and I agree that a blog purely for POC would help educate non-colored pagans on colored pagan struggles. Hopefully it would be run by someone collected and not as immature to shame an entire race for the monstrosities of the past, but to actually give POC a safe space to express themselves. 

PoC will run it as we see fit, not subject to your, or any White person’s, approval.

Why do they think a safe space for POC = a place for non POC to be educated? Can you explain that to me? Because all I hear is entitled bigot & that’s really annoying.

Why, just last week, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said that marriage has meant just [one man and one woman] for over five thousand years.


Time to break out your Bible, Mr. Perkins! Abraham had two wives, Sarah and her handmaiden Hagar. King Solomon had 700 wives, plus 300 concubines and slaves. Jacob, the patriarch who gives Israel its name, had two wives and two concubines. In a humanist vein, Exodus 21:10 warns that when men take additional wives, they must still provide for their previous one. (Exodus 21:16 adds that if a man seduces a virgin and has sex with her, he has to marry her, too.)

But that’s not all. In biblical society, when you conquered another city, tribe, or nation, the victorious men would “win” their defeated foes’ wives as part of the spoils. It also commanded levirate marriage, the system wherein, if a man died, his younger brother would have to marry his widow and produce heirs with her who would be considered the older brother’s descendants. Now that’s traditional marriage!

Traditional Marriage: One Man, Many Women, Some Girls, Some Slaves | Sexuality/Gender | Religion Dispatches (via dendroica)

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The problem with today’s racism is: nobody ever actually admits to being a racist.


Once, racism was men in hoods burning a cross on your lawn. It was separate entrances and separate water fountains and the back of the bus, and if people didn’t know their place it was okay to remind them who’s in charge. The great thing about those folks was: at least you knew where you stood. A man with a noose has clear intentions, about as easy to spot as a harvest moon on a clear autumn night. In a best case scenario, with a bit of discretion, you could avoid these people entirely. In a worst case scenario, you could at least defend yourself.

If overt racism is a noose, institutionalized racism is carbon monoxide: just as lethal but more pervasive and far harder to detect.

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What has Obama done for LGBT Americans?

There’s still a LOT of stuff left to do, but damn we did get a lot of stuff done.



What has Obama done for LGBT Americans?

There’s still a LOT of stuff left to do, but damn we did get a lot of stuff done.

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College won't give lesbian a job interview




A college in Texas is being sued for refusing to interview a candidate for a teaching position because administrators discovered she is gay. 

Jacqueline Gill is a Ph.D. student and a former high school teacher who was hired as a temporary instructor in 2009 at Tarrant County College. She was told at the time that temporary teachers generally transition to permanent positions. 

Though Gill was generally considered a talented and dedicated teacher, she was falsely accused of “flirting with girls in class,” a rumor spread by a student in retaliation after Gill punished the student for academic dishonesty.

The department chair told her that the school “does not like homosexuals.” Towards the end of her contract, she was not allowed to interview for a permanent teaching position. Now she’s suing the school, being co-represented by Lambda Legal and another attorney.

“I’m a good teacher and I work hard,” Gill said in a statement Thursday. “But none of that mattered once Eric Devlin suspected that I’m a lesbian. While I have never hidden my sexual orientation, neither have I ever told anyone on campus that I am gay. My partner and I have been together for over 12 years and we’re both Texas natives. Finding a job these days is hard enough — no one should have to go through something like this.”

I can’t believe this. 

Tarrant County is generally conservative as hell so this doesn’t surprise me. This incident also happened in Tarrant County a little over 2 years ago.

What bullshit. It’s funny though (not like haha but you know) how the asshole could have kept his mouth shut and not said anything and got away with the discrimination much easier. People have to get real robust with their hate and legally put themselves in a jam when they forget their positions. I hope she gets what she deserves!


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Let me tell you some things.

I used to investigate child abuse and neglect. I can tell you how to stop the vast majority of abortion in the world.

First, make knowledge and access to contraception widely available. Start teaching kids before they hit puberty. Teach them about domestic violence and coercion, and teach them not to coerce and rape. Create a strong, loving community where women and girls feel safe and supported in times of need. Because guess what? They aren’t. You know what happens to babies born under such circumstances? They get hurt, unnecessarily. They get sick, unnecessarily. They get removed from parents who love them but who are unprepared for the burden of a child. Resources? Honey, we try. There aren’t enough resources anywhere. There are waiting lists, and promises, and maybes. If the government itself can’t hook people up, what makes you think an impoverished single mom can handle it?

Abolish poverty. Do you have any idea how much childcare costs? Daycare can cost as much or more than monthly rent. They may be inadequately staffed. Getting a private nanny is a nice idea, but they don’t come cheap either. Relatives? Do they own a car? Does the bus run at the right times? Do they have jobs of their own they need to work just to keep the lights on? Are they going to stick around until you get off you convenience store shift at 4 AM? Do they have criminal histories that will make them unsuitable as caregivers when CPS pokes around? You gonna pay for that? Who’s going to pay for that?

End rape. I know your type errs on the side of blaming the woman, but I’ve seen little girls who’ve barely gotten their periods pregnant because somebody thought raping preteens was an awesome idea. You want to put a child through that? Or someone with a mental or physical inability for whom pregnancy would be frightening, painful or even life-threatening? I’ve seen nonverbal kids who had their feet sliced up by caregivers for no fucking reason at all, you think sexual abuse doesn’t happen either?

You say there’s lots of couples who want to adopt. Kiddo, what they want to adopt are healthy white babies, preferably untainted by the wombs and genetics of women with alcohol or drug dependencies. I’ve seen the kids they don’t want, who almost no one wants. You people focus only on the happy pink babies, the gigglers, the ones who grow and grow with no trouble. Those are not the kids who linger in foster care. Those are certainly not the older kids and teenagers who age out of foster care and then are thrown out in the streets, usually with an array of medical and mental health issues. Are they too old to count?

And yeah, I’ve seen the babies, little hand-sized things barely clinging to life. There’s no glory, no wonder there. There is no wonder in a pregnant woman with five dollars to her name, so deep in depression you wonder if she’ll be alive in a week. Therapy costs money. Medicine costs money. Food, clothes, electricity cost money. Government assistance is a pittance; poverty drives women and girls into situations where they are forced to rely on people who abuse them to survive. (I’ve been up in more hospitals than I can count.)

In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician. I ain’t never seen them sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days. I don’t see them fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview her about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth, when they truly do become independent organisms. And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!

Aphids give birth, girl. It’s no miracle. You want to speak for the weak? Get off your high horse and get your hands dirty helping the poor, the isolated, the ill and mentally ill women and mothers and their children who already breathe the dirty air. You are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, for children. You don’t have a flea’s comprehension of injustice. You are not doing shit for life until you get in there and fight that darkness. Until you understand that abortion is salvation in a world like ours. Does that sound too hard? Do you really think suffering post-birth is more permissible, less worthy of outrage?

“Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.

STFU, Conservatives: When I say I’m pro-life…

This is perfect.

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And I mean, I believe in stuff like this. 

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Well, this made me tear up this morning.

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Realest thing to ever grace my dash

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Chile Bye: Dana Goldstein: HBO's Gloria Steinem Doc Glosses over Race, and Fails to Assess the Second Wave's Legacy


Though there are interviews in Gloria about how upper-middle class, straight feminists came to embrace lesbian rights and economic justice for poor women, there is no explicit discussion of an equally enduring and arguably more fraught issue: the relationship between feminism and struggles for…