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While women live on average three years longer than men – and there are currently six million more women over the age of 65 than men – retired women have a median income that is 42% lower than retired men. In 2009, older women’s Social Security benefits were just 71% of older men’s benefits ($11,057 versus $15,557), and women age 65 and older had significantly lower annual retirement incomes than men ($21,500 versus $37,500). Incomes from women’s own public and private pensions were just 60% and 48% of men’s pension incomes, respectively.

And this is why I tell women to put away every spare penny & work from home whenever possible if they opt to have kids. My grandmother’s retirement income was less than 9,000 a year.

3. POC privilege is being able to use stereotypes against white people but claim racism when white people use them against you.

thegoddamazon:

lightspeedsound:

reverseracism:

Lol

white privilege is writing a completely incomprehensible post of sheer, unadulterated whining and then having it get reblogged as “profound” and “truthbombs.” 

also: WHAT THE FUCK I HAD TO READ THIS LIKE 3 TIMES. 

Yes, I love POC privilege. I love being viewed as a sexual object and nothing else. I love being stereotyped as less intelligent than normal people (read: white people). I love being taken with a grain of salt because of the color of my skin. I love being seen as a sexual threat to white women because Black women are supposedly notorious for being sex maniacs.

Yes, this privilege is awesome.

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mamamantis

i despise the term “social justice.”

bemusedlybespectacled:

mamamantis:

here’s why.

it makes the issue sound abstract.

it makes it sound like talking about oppression and inequality is a hobby. like something we do in our spare time for kicks but forget about completely when we’re not blogging.

there is nothing fucking abstract about these topics.

when i talk about the oppression of women, of the queer community, of PoC - that’s not me blowing hot air about academic topics that i view objectively. i am talking about shit that directly affects me every fucking day irl. i am talking about the inescapable truths that i face every day and they are sucky and dangerous and upsetting and scary and VERY, VERY REAL.

what you guys refer to as “social justice” with a smirk and a scoff are issues that shape and affect my fucking life. “social justice” does not stop when i get off tumblr for the night and go out with my friends or go to class or go to see a movie or watch tv. this isn’t about fucking blogging. it’s about discussing and fighting against a real, concrete system that is specifically engineered to make the world scary and dangerous for me and people like me.

there is absolutely nothing abstract about that.

THANK THE FUCKING LORD SOMEONE ACTUALLY SAID THIS.

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racismschool

Today, in ‘Post Racist’ America

racismschool:

Lawsuit claims black sacker, ban from Big Sandy grocery store violated customer’s rights (source)

BIG SANDY — A Hawkins man is claiming his civil rights and religious freedom were violated earlier this year when a black man sacked his groceries and a Big Sandy grocery store owner banned the customer from the business.

DeWitt R. Thomas filed a federal lawsuit in July against Keith Langston, owner of Two Rivers Grocery & Market.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Thomas entered the market on March 5 to buy food.

He stated in a nine-page, hand-written lawsuit that he told the grocery sacker, a black man, “Wait a minute, don’t touch my groceries. I can’t have someone negroidal touch my food. It’s against my creed.”

Thomas claimed the cashier was “perplexed” by his request and yelled at him to take his items and leave.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Thomas said, “It’s pretty simple. They treated me really bad because I told them it was against my creed.”

According to the lawsuit, Thomas went on to explain he meant a black person when he used the term “negroidal.”

The sacker, Aaron Menefee, said he thought Thomas was just kidding around.

“The first time he said it, I thought he was joking,” Menefee said. “Then he just kept repeating it.”

Menefee said once he realized Thomas was serious, he called for someone else to sack the groceries, at which time Menefee went to another part of the store.

“I didn’t feel physically threatened,” Menefee said. “I just felt verbally assaulted.”

Langston wasn’t in the store at the time, but his employees told him about the incident.

“I decided when I heard about what happened that I was going to file a criminal trespass against him,” Langston said. “I just had to wait for him to be present so he could sign it.”

When Thomas returned two days later, he noticed the same black man would be sacking his groceries, so he again requested the “Negro” not handle his groceries, according to the lawsuit.

This time, Langston was there. He called police to serve Thomas a criminal trespass warning. While waiting for the police, an employee locked the doors, and the lawsuit claims Thomas was “unlawfully restrained.”

Thomas said Langston broke the law the night he locked him in the store.

“We were closing, and I don’t know of a business that doesn’t lock their doors when they close. It keeps more people from coming in,” Langston said.

Thomas said he doesn’t understand why he had to deal with the same situation twice.

“My question is, why after I told them how I felt and that it was against my creed did this negroid try to impress himself upon me and try to handle my groceries again.” Thomas said.

Thomas said his religious beliefs are based on Vedism, which he said encompasses Hinduism.

“Vedism translates into knowledge. I am not this way because I am ignorant. Ignorance is the enemy,” he said.

Thomas said he has not broken any laws and was exercising his religious freedom and the rights he has been given.

“White people are to be protected under the civil rights law just as anyone else,” Thomas said. “It would be the same as if you asked that a congoid (a person from west/central Africa) not touch your food.”

Thomas’ based his claim that his civil rights were violated on that criminal trespass order. He also said Langston is wrong for trying to tell him who can touch his groceries and refusing to serve him.

“When I go through (a store) and buy groceries, those groceries become my property,” Thomas said.

Langston said he is not trying to tell Thomas what to believe or how to live, but his store is a privately owned business.

“He was banned because he was using racial slurs, but he has turned it into a religious thing,” Langston said.

Langston said Thomas would have been allowed to come back had he said he preferred to sack his own groceries.

“We have a few people who want to sack their own groceries, but it’s not for the same reasons DeWitt gave,” Langston said. “They do it because they just like to have their stuff bagged a certain way, certain groceries in certain bags.”

Thomas said he is going forward with his complaint because Langston has no right to stand against what he believes in.

“If he wants to stand in opposition of who I am, then we are going to go forward with this here thing,” Thomas said.

Langston said he wants the whole thing to just go away, but insists Thomas will never be able to come back into his store. He said Thomas told him he would drop the complaint if he dropped the criminal trespass.

“I’ve had several people say they would’ve touched a hell of a lot more than his groceries if they had been in line behind him,” Langston said.

racismschool

Laci Green Defenders: That’s Convenient

racismschool:

So much has been said about what did or didn’t happen with Laci Green. I would like to say that there is something about this situation that isn’t being discussed, that irritates me.

Before all this happened, people considered Lacie Green to be a PART of the Social Justice community. I have no idea if SHE did but I know that other’s did. Now, with a SINGLE TWEET, she is now not only not a part of it but somehow the victim of the sj community?

I need someone to explain to me, as slow as you possibly can, with the smallest words you can find…

WHY DOES IT TAKE ONE SINGLE COMMENT FOR THIS GIRL TO SEPARATE HERSELF FROM THE EVIL SJ’s? YET I SEE POC SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS EVERY SINGLE DAY AND EVERY SINGLE NIGHT THAT THEY ARE NOT SOCIAL JUSTICE BLOGS AND THEY ARE STILL GIVEN THIS LABEL AGAINST THEIR WILL? WHY ARE POC BEING NAMED AGAINST OUR WILL AND BEING BLAMED FOR THINGS THEY/WE HAD NO PART IN?

This is rhetorical of course. I already know the answer.

atheist-me

I’ve lost 30+ followers in the last couple days, I’m ready to go for broke.

holzmantweed:

atheistme:

The fundamental problem with your thesis is that you’ve bought into this bullshit notion of “sj bloggers.”  It’s a problem because you’ve allowed someone to tell you that while most bloggers can just blog like they’re blogging and act like they’re people with a full range of emotions, there’s this set of other bloggers who they’ve defined as being in a special category called “sj bloggers” and they have to live up to some made-up standard that you’ve bought into.  It is not merely coincidence that the people who get thrown into this box are people writing about how various social injustices impact their lives.  It is merely not an intellectual exercise for them.

Your second problem is that you think you’re some sort of ally, but absolutely nothing I said in the above post is something that people haven’t been saying for quite some time now and you’ve ignored them.  I know you’ve ignored them because the phrase “sj blogger” is still a part of your vocabulary despite post after post of people saying they aren’t “sj bloggers.”  If you hear it now that a cis white guy like me is saying it, that’s a strong indicator about who you do and don’t hear.

Because your post is based on that false premise, it’s entirely wrong — math errors work like that.  But I’m going to highlight some particularly wrong moments in the wrongness.  It’s an opportunity for you to live up to your assertion that you learn from your mistakes.

While I agree that people in the majority will never be able to fully understand what it’s like to be a minority, or what these people go through, that does not take away their capability to be empathetic, to educate themselves, and to speak out in support of those who need it.

You have confused speaking out in support of a thing and speaking as if one is an expert on a thing, or even has first hand knowledge of a thing.

The way to fix all of the ism’s and phobias in our society is not to yell and scream. You are never going to achieve equality by calling people names, making personal attacks, making baseless assumptions about another persons character, pointing fingers, or telling the person you are speaking with the world would be better off without them.

You just can’t advocate for equality that way. It’s not ever going to work.

You are misunderstanding the purpose of what you’re terming “yelling and screaming.”  It can only be described as an education attempt in the sense that burns educate about what happens when you touch a stove:  there may be some education but that was no one’s intent.  The intent is to enforce a boundary that has been violated, the violation of which causes immediate pain and threatens worse.

If you really want to address the problem of prejudices in society, you have to educate people.

As noted above, there is a kind of education going on here — it’s just not the primary goal.  When bad behavior elicits a strong and uncomfortable response, the actor is educated not to behave that way — refer back to hot stoves and burns.  Do you really think that these people going after Riley, Karnythia, etc. don’t know that they’re being racist?

You are NEVER going to get people to be willing to be open minded about your cause by making them feel attacked. That is basic human nature.

You have again confused an attempt to make someone open minded with an attempt to make someone stop behaving badly.

As much as the hivemind on tumblr would like you to think that the best think a majority person can do for minorities is to sit down and shut up, but I am here to tell you that is untrue, and absolutely unrealistic. The minorities NEED the majority to understand. They NEED the majority to speak up and advocate for equality.  The system is never going to change if the majority of the system thinks it’s fucking great. That is reality. And no matter how much that fucking sucks, we all need to learn how to make the best of it, and advocate for change.

This is all bullshit.  Utter bullshit, false and ahistorical from start to finish, every word.  History records nowhere, at no time a group in power changing because those in power achieved enlightenment and suddenly realized there was a better way than their prior brutality.  Groups in power change because they notice that their current brutality has backfired on them beyond their ability to endure or alter.

atheist-me

I’ve lost 30+ followers in the last couple days, I’m ready to go for broke.

atheistme:

I really want to write about why this trend of “sj bloggers” and the hive mind it’s created on tumblr irks me so much. I am going to write this post, and then I am going to try my best to wipe my hands of it, and go on talking about all things godless.

If at any point during this post you thing to yourself “god, this girl is a fucking moron” i would like to direct you to the unfollow button. If you are not willing to respect my thoughts on these issues, please see yourself out.

I’m going to be completely honest with you guys. I am a white girl, who comes from a place with a lot of privilege. My family came over to America from Armenia in the early 1900’s. When they got here they had absolutely nothing, all of their belongings were taken from them, but they managed to turn their lives around. They brought themselves up from nothing, and ended up being very successful. Their white skin is no doubt a factor in all that they were able to achieve. I am very proud of what my family members were able to accomplish in their lives, despite all the hardships they went through to get there, but that doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive to the fact that this isn’t an achievable reality for everyone. 

No one understands better than people like me what it is to come from a place of privilege. I am still, to this day, trying to unlearn prejudices I was raised to believe about society. Thats the truth. I don’t try to make excuses for it. But I am very aware of it. I keep an open mind. I actively try to educate myself. I learn from my mistakes and I move on. I am a better person than I was 3 years ago, and in 3 years I will be a better person than I am now.

There is a hivemind on tumblr that people who belong in the majority can’t understand what minorities go through, therefor, shouldn’t have an opinion or be willing to speak on the issue.

While I agree that people in the majority will never be able to fully understand what it’s like to be a minority, or what these people go through, that does not take away their capability to be empathetic, to educate themselves, and to speak out in support of those who need it.

The way to fix all of the ism’s and phobias in our society is not to yell and scream. You are never going to achieve equality by calling people names, making personal attacks, making baseless assumptions about another persons character, pointing fingers, or telling the person you are speaking with the world would be better off without them.

You just can’t advocate for equality that way. It’s not ever going to work.

If you really want to address the problem of prejudices in society, you have to educate people. (note: I’m not talking about the best way to address prejudices in government and organizations, only the general thought of the population. Because really, that is the first step.) You are NEVER going to get people to be willing to be open minded about your cause by making them feel attacked. That is basic human nature. You are not going to show someone how to be a better person by yelling and prompting a defensive reaction. If you want to show someone how to be a better person, you have to be a better person. You have to show them what it’s like to be empathetic. You have to show them  why it’s important to care, and then show them what caring looks like. 

As much as the hivemind on tumblr would like you to think that the best think a majority person can do for minorities is to sit down and shut up, but I am here to tell you that is untrue, and absolutely unrealistic. The minorities NEED the majority to understand. They NEED the majority to speak up and advocate for equality.  The system is never going to change if the majority of the system thinks it’s fucking great. That is reality. And no matter how much that fucking sucks, we all need to learn how to make the best of it, and advocate for change.

Dialogue is probably the best way to combat the prejudices in our society, short of diversity education (which, should include dialogue anyways). Minorities and majorities need to sit down and talk. And it cannot be a one-sided conversation. We need to listen to each other. We need to bounce ideas off of each other. We need to learn and grow as a population together

Because at the end of the day there is no “minority” or “majority.” It doesn’t matter who is white or black, gay or straight, trans or cis, or anything inbetween, or anything else. We are all humans. We are all made of the same stuff. We’re all stuck on this planet together for a short time, and we should spend that time loving and caring about one another, rather than tearing each other apart.

Thank you for listening. And when I say listening, I mean reading. 

Love you guys. 

Read it all, bolded some of the worst bits & really it’s a giant ball of privileged fail that gave me White Liberal Bingo inside of five minutes. This whole post is what happens when someone thinks that marginalized people have to prove their humanity & play some variation of Mammy via allowing tone policing, accepting respectability politics, & smiling through dozens of macro & micro aggressions until maybe possibly the colorblind, genderblind, sexuality blind politics stop being as harmful as they’ve always been & people decide we’re worth having some kind of rights that they’re comfortable with even as they continue to position their bodies as normal & our bodies as having traits to be tolerated/ignored. Fuck you if you think this is a good post or a good approach. We’ve heard it all before & the outcome is always the same hence the part where we want marginalized voices to be centered. Also, if you can only think of people as minorities? You’re an asshole.

jalwhite

I’m starting to believe that “Social Justice Community”is just another code for uppity people of color.

jalwhite:

Some folks are impressed with how articulate we are —- until we start fixing our mouths to hold them accountable for something. They like our ‘fierceness’ and our ‘strength’ until we switch to a code that they aren’t so fluent in. Then it’s not so nice, right? Then they want to tell us that our style of speech discredits our message; they remind us that we’re expected to speak their language and make all of our content suited to their tastes - on their schedule.

Our white sisters
radical friends
should think
again.

Some folks are angry because they feel we have rejected them from our online communities and made certain spaces ‘uncomfortable’ for them’; they’re mad because they feel entitled —- to every space. Until the venom turns on them, they want to believe that it’s a free country and they can share their opinions anywhere and anytime because of free speech. They don’t concern themselves with whether or not they should. They don’t need to.

Our white sisters
radical friends
should think
again.

I was reading This Bridge Called My Back over the weekend and I started to think about how much has changed since the project was launched in the late 1970s. Our advancements and our setbacks and how some things just haven’t changed at all:

And when our white sisters
radical friends see us
in the flesh
not as a picture they own,
they are not quite sure
if
they like us as much.
We’re not as happy as we look
on
their
wall.

Poetry Excerpts: Jo Carrillo’s “And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You,” published in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 2nd ed., 1983.

deliciouskaek

i’m gonna say some uncomfortable shit

deliciouskaek:

thewaronbutthurt:

deliciouskaek:

so listen up

white folks, for real

when PoC are talking about their shared experiences, when we find a minute to laugh and joke about shit that is real for us, shit that happens to us, black, brown, and otherwise, and particularly to exclusion of the experiences of white folks

IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU

it is about us creating a space where we have none, thanks you your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents, and so on and so forth. 

it is about us trying to just be human amongst ourselves without having to measure up to white standards all the fucking time

and every now and then, if you’re being addressed*, it’s because the shit has gotten so serious someone felt like they should fucking tell you about it

so why not just shut up

and listen

and if that’s too hard, and you feel like whiteness is in jeopardy, like you need to defend it

log out of tumblr (and please, by all means, burn your computer)

and turn on your TV

or pick up a magazine

or a book

or a newspaper

and revel in the glaring whiteness all around you

because you have that fucking option

and please let me repeat myself

EVERYTHING WE DO IS NOT ABOUT YOU

and does not need to include you

your opinion is neither desired nor required

so for once

FOR ONCE

shut. the fuck. up.

*and if you feel like you need to tell us you don’t act like that, then you are one of the folks who really needed to read this.

You are a fucking idiot.

Instead of looking for “space,” why not just actually fight for your rights instead? This ain’t about whether whites should have a right to opinion or not. This ain’t about whether or not white people should be included in your movement or not. It’s about actually making a difference. Instead of trying too hard to “avoid white people,” why not do something?

It’s ironic how you try to act like a beacon of anti-discrimination when we all know you’re just fapping to Marvel Comics and other TV shows. Most of you people (and I mean most) are nothing but US-centric first world shills whose main focus is spreading the US definition of anti-racism.

Don’t you dare pretend to be against racism because all you’re doing is just sitting in your comfortable home whining about how much your life sucks when you could be doing something about it.

I’m as anti-white privilege/anti-whiteness as every anti-racist activist is, but the only difference is, I don’t pay lip service. Slacktivists.

ahahahahaha

ahahahah 

hahaha

ha

WHOOOOOO

i needed that. 

thank you.

but seriously, how you gon’ come to my post and tell me what i’m talking about?

how you gon’ talk all that shit and don’t even know what i do when i’m offline.

how you gon’ sit there and run ya mouth like you know something about me when you don’t know me from Adam

how you gon’ fix your fingers to type some shit about there’s only one way to fight racism and discrimination and if it ain’t your way it don’t work

how you gon’ type some shit about DO SOMETHING when your ass could be out there RIGHT NOW doing something instead of talking to me?

fuck alla dat

and fuck you too

chile BYE

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nottodaymegatron

remember when steampunk wasn’t just shitty goth kids who wear brown

moniquill:

sylviasybil:

moniquill:

People who say this are outing themselves as having 0% involvement in the scene.

When was the last time you went to a con? With panels?

Your pretentious hispter elitism isn’t wanted here, we’re too busy being wildly fucking enthusiastic about all the awesome shit we made, how awesome we all look, and how the sociological ramifications of the events 19th century (colonialism, industrialization, social activist movements, deconstruction of previous governing systems, mas communications, just to name a few) share our world today and into the future.

But you wouldn’t know that’s happening if you were too busy pretending to be aloof and cool to be involved.

“how the sociological ramifications of the events 19th century (colonialism, industrialization, social activist movements, deconstruction of previous governing systems, mas communications, just to name a few) share our world today and into the future.”

Ok, either full steampunk cons are way better than steampunk tracks at sci-fi cons, or your region is better than mine, or something

Because when I went to a steampunk panel at a sci fi con last year (and I don’t remember the panelists’ names but I do remember that at least two of them had been doing steampunk for years) the panelists were full squee about how awesome the 1800’s were

And when I raised my hand from the audience and asked what about slavery and colonialism and stuff

I got blown off with some hasty nonsense about preserving the best and losing the rest

Which really gave me a bad impression of “professional” steampunk

But I guess it’s good it’s not like that everywhere?

You DO very much have to find the right steampunks.

Anyone who claims to be the singular voice of steampunk or to be ‘professionally steampunk’ is a lying liar, do not listen to them ::coughGDFalkstenandEvelynKrietecough::

Here, have some resources:

http://beyondvictoriana.com/

http://silver-goggles.blogspot.com

http://anachro-anarcho.blogspot.com/

http://www.steampunkmagazine.com/

http://doctorfantastiques.com/