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If a woman is sexually overt is she still feminist? It’s a question that…obviously for me, the answer is yes. But also in a larger sense, I’m not interested in policing feminism either. I have such a problem with the idea of people saying things like, ‘Oh she’s not feminist because of blah blah blah.’

Whoever says they’re feminist is bloody feminist. And I just feel like we live in a world where more people need to be saying it and we shouldn’t be looking to pull people out of the feminist party. And I think the reason I find myself reacting so strongly to questions of female sexuality is…there’s something very disturbing to me about the idea that a woman’s sexuality somehow is not hers. So when certain feminists who will say, it’s about the male gaze, it’s for the man, there a kind of a self-censoring about that that’s similar to what they’re fighting.

So as long as women have the choice…why shouldn’t women own their sexuality? Why shouldn’t a woman who does whatever with her sexuality identify as feminist?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Quote is from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Defends Beyoncé: ‘Whoever Says They’re Feminist is Bloody Feminist’ on Clutch Magazine, referring to Chimamanda’s defense of Beyoncé and feminism itself, especially for Black women. 

Some White women are using racism and unfortunately some fellow Black women are using the politics of respectability (which connects to performing acceptability for the White Gaze anyway) to determine who is feminist or not, where more than anything, sexuality is the rubric. Feminism is not a club where some women get to approve the membership of others, especially when this approval is based on the very same type of oppression that a feminist should seek to dismantle. This doesn’t make Beyoncé’s or even Chimamanda’s feminism perfect. But this right off the bat "X is not a feminist because they are Black or because they are not "respectable" thing is utter crap. Even Black female artists deemed “respectable” like Janelle Monáe reject the politics of respectability altogether and have womanist messages in their music. 

Owning sexuality means that presentation, experience, desire, and sexual orientation (including asexual as a sexual orientation) is acceptable to that person and expressed or not expressed however they choose. It is not one-sided where whatever is deemed “respectable” is “feminist” or whatever is overtly sexual only in response to what is deemed “respectable” is “feminist.” It is rejecting reacting to binaries and a clear anti-oppressive stance on sexuality.

Now, I know the quote itself appears ”generic" so many Whites will be eager to erase my commentary so that Chimamanda’s words can center White women since "women" is always read as "White." Of course doing so will once again prove my point about racism and feminism. Such is the irony. Race cannot be erased from intersectionality.

(via gradientlair)

04.16.14 ♥ 887

gradientlair:

 Janelle Monáe sings Rock Steady with Kimbra.

She’s epic. 

this is for one of my followers and real-life friend.

reblog… you know who you are!

04.16.14 ♥ 19243

Alabama

1. Pinson: International Keystone Knights of the KKK

2. Birmingham: Loyal White Knights of the KKK

3. Ashland: United Klans of America 

4. Red Bay: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Arkansas

5. Concord: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

6. Harrison: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

7. Little Rock: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

8. Vanndale: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

9. Harrison: Soldiers Of the Cross Training Institute; Knights Party Veterans League

Colorado

10. Eckert: Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

Florida

11. Fort Myers: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

12. Live Oak: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

13. Cape Coral: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

14. New Smyrna Beach: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

15. Christmas: Fort Christmas Knights Ku Klux Klan

Georgia

16. Rockledge: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

17. Brunswick: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

18. Rochelle: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

19. Byron: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

20. Ellijay: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

21. Blairsville: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

22. Young Harris: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

23. Newnan: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Iowa

24. Ames: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Illinois

25. Chicago: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

26. Eldorado: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

27. Lemont: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

28. Bloomington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Indiana

29. West College Corner: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

30. Elwood: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

31. Monroe City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

32. Kokomo: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

33. Scottsburg: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Kentucky

34. Munfordville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

35. Glens Fork: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

36. Corbin: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Louisiana

37. Slaughter: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

38. Walker: Dixie Rangers Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

39. Converse: Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Maryland

40. Baltimore: Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Michigan

41. Fraser: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

42. Beal City: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

43. Gladwin: Invisible Knights of the Fiery Cross

Missouri 

44. Potosi: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

45. Branson: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Mississippi

46. Petal: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

47. Brookhaven: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

48. Star: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

49: Jackson: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

50. Pearl: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

51. Meridian: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

52. Philadelphia: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

53. Bruce: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

54. Shannon: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

55. Lucedale: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

56. Dumas: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Montana

57. Great Falls: United Klans of America

North Carolina

58. Lenoir: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

59. Benson: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

60. Burlington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

61. Roanoke Rapids: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

62. Pelham: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

63. Eden: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

64. Charlotte: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

65. Durham: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

66. Kings Mountain: Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New Mexico

67. Silver City: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New York

68. Plattsburgh: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Ohio

69. Amelia: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

70. Cleveland: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

71. Dayton: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Mystic Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Oklahoma

72. Shawnee: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

73. Oklahoma City: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

74: Tulsa: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Pennsylvania

75. Beaver Falls: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

76. Oil City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

77. Friedens: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

78. Girardville: East Coast Knights Of The True Invisible Empire

South Carolina

79. Spartanburg: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

80. Abbeville: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Tennessee

81. Woodbury: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

82. Nashville: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

83. Shady Valley: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

84. Memphis: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

85. Johnson City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Texas

89. Pasadena: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

90. Cleveland: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

91. Dallas: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

92. New Braunfels: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

93. Beaumont: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

94. Abilene: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

95. Omaha: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

96. Houston: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

97. Bryan: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

98. Waco: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

99. Lone Oak: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

100. Greensville: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

101. Mt. Pleasant: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

102. Gatesville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

103. Livingston: Lone Wolf Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

104. Longview: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

105. Dallas: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

106. Dekalb: Crusader Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Virginia

107. Abingdon: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

108. Portsmouth: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

109. Staunton: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

West Virginia

110. Hurricane: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New Smyrna Beach?! 

Why am I surprised but not really?

04.16.14 ♥ 3900
fitnessinwonderland:

halfguardaroundtheworld:

0.o

The hair. And tattoos. 😍

LET ME GET A BODY LIKE HERS…
and a swag like hers too.
ah i wish i could dye my hair purple.
SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!

fitnessinwonderland:

halfguardaroundtheworld:

0.o

The hair. And tattoos. 😍

LET ME GET A BODY LIKE HERS…

and a swag like hers too.

ah i wish i could dye my hair purple.

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!

04.16.14 ♥ 1429

I FOUND A NEW WEBSERIES! it’s like sex and the city/girlfriends but an african version! 

04.15.14 ♥ 5

gehayi:

3ammicrosleeps:

kaiserlouis-philipv:

seraphknights:

cultureshift:

This is the Memorial to the Missing and contains over 50,000,000 pennies to represent the lives of each American child abandoned to abortion by a society and a culture that has embraced their destruction. We must prevent the need to add to this memorial. Take a stand. Get involved.

 ”How we treat the least of us defines us.”

"should I use this $500k to help struggling parents and pregnant people or should I put it in a glass box"

How much money have you wasted that could’ve gone to help struggling parents and pregnant women is the better question to ask.

Yeah if i was a struggling parent and I saw that “monument”, you know what I’d do? Break into that fucker and use the money to help my kid get a better life.

Clearly those “charitable” folks aren’t using it on kids that have actually been born.

A few facts that the OP neglected to mention.

a)  The glass box is on the grounds of the Mississippi Baptist Convention building—right across from the Mississippi state capitol. It was placed there deliberately to remind legislators that the Baptist Church—which is very powerful in the South—is staunchly anti-abortion.

b) This wasn’t created by regular people, charitable or otherwise. It was a deliberate and high-profile project of the Convention. Using the services of a construction company that worked free of charge, they erected the glass box in 2006, putting 47 MILLION pennies in it on the day that it opened, thus creating the illusion that many, many people had contributed.

c) Once $500K was collected—back in 2008, by the way, and the photo dates back to 2007—the money was then spent by the Convention, which invested it on a permanent endowment fund for anti-abortion causes, such as assisting with the operations of crisis pregnancy centers.

d) Almost all crisis pregnancy centers are church-sponsored and evangelical in nature.

e) Most crisis pregnancy centers have ties to evangelical maternity homes, adoption lawyers, and private adoption agencies. Any crisis that a woman coming to such a center might be facing would be irrelevant; for the purposes of the center and its affiliates, it is paramount that she have the baby. Babies, especially healthy white babies, are in high demand by would-be adoptive parents, and there is a very small supply.  There are horror stories about women who have been forced continue pregnancies and who have been forced to relinquish, most to evangelical families. Evangelical churches support and encourage this kind of thing. They figure that this way, they win twice over: they save lives AND they get to control how the next generation thinks. 

f) So, to recap.The Baptist Church underwrites the memorial (at least the first 47 million). The funds eventually go back to the Baptist Church, which invests them in businesses that will help produce more goods—babies—for other evangelical businesses, such as adoption agencies and adoption lawyers, AND that will create more religious and political support in the future.

This is NOT a memorial created by heartbroken people, OP. It’s big business. 

04.15.14 ♥ 154816

goodlooknout:

3 Things Nike’s Kaleidoscope Collection Has Taught Me About Myself

I am the definition of an on-and-off work out junkie. I love the feeling I get AFTER I work out but…

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04.04.14 ♥ 10
several more outfits like this in cute color combos and i am good to go!

several more outfits like this in cute color combos and i am good to go!

04.04.14 ♥ 13

Gynecology Invented Through The Torture of Black Women

In the 19th century, the father of modern gynecology, J. Marion Sims, conducted his research experiments on enslaved Black women. Sims performed the invasive and torturous procedures without anesthesia. J. Marion Sims’ justification for choosing not to anesthetize his test subjects was that he did not believe Black women felt pain at all. In an 1857 lecture, he stated that it was “not painful enough to justify the trouble”.

The Tuskegee Experiment

The Tuskegee Institute and the Public Health Service began a study of the natural progression of syphilis involving 600 Black men (399 with syphilis, 201 uninfected) in 1932. The infected men involved in the study were never made aware of their condition upon diagnosis and believed they were being treated for “bad blood”. In exchange for their participation, the men received free medical examinations and burial insurance. They were never treated for the disease. These trials went on until 1972 when the study was exposed by The Associated Press. The remaining victims and their family members won a $10,000,000 reparations settlement which guaranteed them lifetime health coverage and burial insurance.

The Pellagra Incident
Pellagra is an ailment commonly caused by a lack of niacin (vitamin B-13) in the human diet. The symptoms include skin lesions, sunlight sensitivity, dementia and ends in death. At the turn of the twentieth century, millions of people in the United States died from this disease. Scientists claimed that the cause of the disease was a toxin found in corn. In 1915, the U.S. Surgeon General ordered government funded experiments on Black prisoners afflicted with pellagra. Poor diet and niacin deficiency was found to be the cause. However, these life-saving findings were not released to the public until 1935 because the majority of Pellagra-induced deaths affected Black communities.

The Ebb Cade Experiment

In 1945, African-American Ebb Cade, a 53-year-old truck driver, was secretly injected with plutonium, the substance used to make nuclear bombs. After breaking several of his bones in automotible accident, he was rushed to the emergency room. Unbeknownst to Ebb Cade, he was in the care of doctors that were also U.S. Atomic Agency employees. For six months, he was held in the hospital under the belief that they were treating his injuries. During that time, he was injected with more than 40 times the amount of plutonium an average person is exposed to in a lifetime. The doctors and researchers collected bone samples and extracted 15 teeth to monitor the effects of his exposure. Ebb Cade grew suspicious of his broken-bone treatments and escaped from the hospital. Unfortunately, Cade suffered from the brutal effects of intense radiation until he died from heart failure eight years later at the age of 61.

Weaponized Mosquito Experiment

In the early 1950′s, the United States government conducted an experiment to see if mosquitoes could be weaponized. The CIA and the U.S. military released nearly a half million mosquitoes carrying  yellow fever and dengue fever viruses into several Black communities in Florida. In the predominantly Black community of Avon Park, dozens of Black people became ill, eight dying as a result of this government-issued mosquito attack.

Infants Injected With Test Drugs In Los Angeles

In June 1990, more than 1500 six-month old Black and Hispanic babies in Los Angeles were given what seemed to be a standard measles vaccination. The parents were not told that this particular vaccine, Edmonston Zagreb measles vaccine (EZ), was still in its research phase and not approved by the FDA. The EZ vaccine already had a reputation in Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Haiti, triggering an increased death rate among infant girls, most not living past the age of two. The Center for Disease Control would later confess that the infants were injected with an experimental vaccination without their parent’s knowledge. Presently, it is believed that many of these families are still unaware that their babies were used as guinea pigs.

The Toxic Sludge Experiment of Baltimore and St. Louis

In the year 2000, Federally funded researchers from John Hopkins University, the EPA, HUD, The Kennedy Krieger Institute and Department of Agriculture spread sludge from a sewage treatment plant on the lawns of nine low-income families, and a vacant lot in Baltimore and East St. Louis.  The families and residents were told the sludge was safe and not informed about the toxic mixture of human and industrial waste the sludge contained. The research was conducted to see if the toxic waste absorbed into the water supply could effectively reduce lead levels in children.

Children Forcibly Vaccinated in Chad

In December 2012, at least 500 children in Gouro, Chad were forcibly given the MenAfriVac during school resulting in dangerous side effects including convulsions, and paralysis. Parents were not notified of any plans to vaccination their children at school and parental consent was never requested. The forced vaccinations were part of an aggressive healthcare initiative sponsored by several internationally revered organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

03.30.14 ♥ 7493

thebestofbothworldz:

"Annie can’t be black! She’s supposed to have red hair and freckles!"

the little girl on the end is telling everybody this…. she is shouting it because it’s so obviously!

they really should have picked a red headed black girl for anne though… would have been hella cute.

03.30.14 ♥ 29348