I feel that it might be helpful to add that rape isn’t like the chicken pox, you don’t just get it once to get it over with, and often happens multiple times. This is an experience that you will be at risk for your entire life as a female, just for being female.
12-16 is still really young; really it isn’t a matter of if someone will exert their male privilege over you but when, and if you will survive. Even if a young girl gets through this experience relatively unscathed, or is part of the population that doesn’t experience harassment, it sets a precedent in the minds of girls and re enforces the message that sex is the only value they have.
If we ignore the evidence for the structural inequalities of sex, race, and class in prostitution and if we ignore the clear statements of women who tell us that they want to escape prostitution, then we end up in a postmodern neverland where liberal theory unanchored to material reality frames prostitution as a problem of sexual choice, workers’ rights or sex trafficking as an immigration problem. Prostitution is the international business of sexual exploitation. Describing the strategic focus on sex buyers, a Swedish detective said, “trafficking is a business, we try to destroy the market.” Yes.
Melissa Farley, “Prostitution, Liberalism, and Slavery”. (via nakazn)
Fatima Dyczynski was the founder of Xoterra Space and a fellow student of mine at the space systems engineering departement of Delft University of Technology. I did not know Fatima personally, but it was clear to all she was an ambitious woman with a bright future ahead. Her mission was to make a difference and make space personal.
Fatima was flying to Perth to meet her parents and take on a job at IBM. My thought and condolences go out to her family and friends. I wish them strength in these terrible days.
Let me give you thanks for your faithful paper on the lynch abomination now generally practiced against colored people in the South. There has been no word equal to it in convincing power. I have spoken, but my word is feeble in comparison. You give us what you know and testify from actual knowledge. You have dealt with the facts with cool, painstaking fidelity and left those naked and uncontradicted facts to speak for themselves.
Brave woman! you have done your people and mine a service which can neither be weighed nor measured. If American conscience were only half alive, if the American church and clergy were only half christianized, if American moral sensibility were not hardened by persistent infliction of outrage and crime against colored people, a scream of horror, shame and indignation would rise to Heaven wherever your pamphlet shall be read.
But alas! even crime has power to reproduce itself and create conditions favorable to its own existence. It sometimes seems we are deserted by earth and Heaven yet we must still think, speak and work, and trust in the power of a merciful God for final deliverance.
RIP Thomas Erdelyi who was the last surviving member of the original line up the Ramones. He wrote this and would produce several albums for the group after he left. He came across as a real sweet heart in the ‘End of the century’ documentary. I don’t even want think that the four people who played on this are now all gone
Washington, D.C. - At a news conference in Washington, DC on June 25th, it was revealed that African American physicians around the country are concerned about the health consequences of climate change that they are seeing in their patients, and want to see the medical community get more involved in responding to the problem. This is according to a new survey conducted by the National Medical Association (NMA) and George Mason University. Nearly nine out of ten (88%) of the physicians surveyed said that climate change is relevant to patient care, and nearly two-thirds (61%) indicated they believe that some of their own patients are already being harmed moderately or a great deal. The most common health effects of climate change that survey respondents observe in their patients are injuries from extreme weather events, such as floods, fires, and major snow storms (88%), and increases in the severity of chronic illnesses due to air pollution (87%).
Syreeta Wright also co-wrote this. In a radio documentary about Stevie Wonder’s career, she explained that the lyrics are about the importance of asking when a relationship ends, what you may have done to undermine the relationship rather than just blaming the other person. Stevie Wonder’s song ‘Blame it on the sun’ which was co-written by Stevie (music) and Syreeta (lyrics)after their marriage ended tackles the same theme and is just heartbreaking. Just found a version of the song by Syreeta herself!