in my opinion crying in public is the most punk thing you can do. it challenges social norms and makes people uncomfortable…so punk
Some folks asked me to Tumblr yesterday’s DORK TOWER.
Consider it Tumblr’d!
BTW: The line “Boobs don’t work that way” in the comic is a nod to one of my favorite Tumblrs: http://boobsdontworkthatway.tumblr.com
Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional, judge rules
February 25, 2014
A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.
The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.
“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”
The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.
But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.
Federal Judge Wallace Tashima said the plaintiffs failed to show the law was too vague, broad or discriminatory, or that it violated students’ first amendment rights.
The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.
Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.
“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.
Angered that Mexican-American civil rights leader Dolores Huerta had said that “Republicans hate Latinos” in a speech to Tucson students, Horne sent Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, a Latina Republican, to give an alternate view. But the intellectual exercise turned confrontational when students, who said they were not allowed to ask Dugan questions, sealed their mouths with tape and walked out of the assembly room.
“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.
The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal (R) helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding — some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.
The decision drew national attention as administrators plucked Latino literature that once belonged to the curriculum from classrooms, explicitly banning seven titles from instruction.Anti-Xican@ racism from the bench. Support and save Xican@ and Latin@ Studies programs.
What is: Acquaintance Rape
Acquaintance Rape is occasionally referred to as Date rape however that term is misleading and can have victim blaming implications.
Acquaintance rape covers both forced sexual intercourse and things like digital rape- so long as it is done by a person that the survivor knows- even in passing.
It includes people in classes, roommates, friends, family-friends. It’s not about someone going on a date or being out clubbing and meeting the assailant there.
It is important to have the distinction not because acquaintance rape is easier to go through, but because there are different struggles that come with knowing your assailant.
There can be the issue of running into them at work or school, with them being in your social circle, with having to worry about them going to the same events.
There’s the added stress that comes from having friends/family know the assailant- because victim blaming often increases and the ‘But I know him- he would never do such a thing’ and the ‘but she’s such a sweet person! you must be exaggerating.’
that last paragraph.
When you drop food on a dirty floor….
this just made me very emotional
made the brilliant decision to watch this in a coffee shop in the middle of the day and there are totes tears streaming down my face as i silently cry while there are totally people sitting everywhere around me trying to pretend it isn’t happening but whatev bc omg LAVERNE YOU ALWAYS PULL AT THOSE <3STRINGS EVERY DAMN TIME i lubb you <3
oh my glob you guys, drama bomb!
'im a graphic design student' i whisper to myself, slapping glitter text on out-take shots of my lumpy space princess cosplay test.
OMG THAT WIG.
This is fantastic cosplay.
i just shed an actual tear of joy at the sight of this no lie
actual real life
this guy works with an erray of different races and cultures yet he’s not ashamed of the racist, sexist shit he spews. what makes matters much worst is that his girlfriend is the aunt of biracial children. for her to condone this is terrible. can i please get the news out about this guy? he does not deserve to work with the public
i just *love* when white guys claim/imply/make offensive pornography about black men raping white women…and then they rape us. the most of any demographic, to be exact (=white male). and yes, that DOES include black women. I fucking dare you to prove that ZERO black women were raped in 2008, that is a motherfucking joke. Black women are among the least respected, most sexualized individuals in American society and you’re going to fucking claim NONE of them got raped in an entire year?!?! that is the dumbest shit i’ve ever heard. i’ve seen some unlikely statistics before but this is just outlandish. Zero. Fucking twat.
And yeah, it’s not a racist statistic, it is a stupid, bullshit, meaningless onion-esque fail at statistics which is being cited by RACISTS LIKE YOURSELF. so yeah YOU blow it out your ass you fucking rapist. (and yes, if you spread ignorance about rape and top it off with racism/sexualization of minorities/your own stinky ignorance then uh yeah i am calling you a rapist until you present enough proof that you are not a rapist. bye)
Stop saying Women of Color when you mean Black Women
Stop saying Men of Color when you mean Black Men
Stop saying People of Color when you mean Black People
contrariwise, also know when you’re talking about POC and not only black people, because intersexn’s.
ABOVE: Exhibit A.
#4. Depression Just Means Being Sad
Some people end up with an anger trigger that the Hulk would consider extreme. That’s because one way to feel better about yourself is to make other people feel like shit, so a nice bout of telling your neighbor’s kid that his finger paintings look like they were done by a quadriplegic chimpanzee can be just the thing to pick you up. Sure, you’re still depressed, but at least you’re not a stupid idiot that can’t even paint a simple kitty cat. This is especially problematic, because friends and family will be less enthusiastic about reaching out to someone who might bite their hand off.
Cracked, I love you. I am madly, head-over-heels in love with you.
Run away with us
new fave article ever
Project for my Social Psych class last semester. This poster series was created to 1) challenge these internalized stereotypes by bringing them to the viewer’s attention and 2) expand the range of role models by including a diverse group of women. Each poster follows the same basic pattern: a woman who has demonstrated her competency in a particular area refutes the stereotype that appears above her in the form of “Girls can’t …”. While the posters target girls ranging from children to young adults, I expect the message would also cause people outside that demographic to question their own beliefs about women and power. I designed each aspect of the posters with several principles of social psychology in mind:
Peripheral route: When operating under the peripheral route, we judge persuasive appeal based on superficial characteristics such as attractiveness and credibility. I placed an attractive image of each woman over a black background, and the colors I chose complement each other well. I hand-lettered the main text to give each poster a sense of artistry, using an easy-to-read, official looking font as the basis for my work. Additionally, the women themselves are relatively well known. Their accomplishments, listed in the short blurb at the bottom of each poster, are impressive as well as irrefutable.
Relevance: We are more likely to be persuaded when we can relate the argument back to ourselves. These posters rely on the availability heuristic (since these stereotypes are readily available and common in society, media, and our own experiences) to establish an immediate relevancy. The statement at the top is attention grabbing by its controversial nature alone. However, it is also relevant to multiple groups, including but not limited to: 1) people who identify as girls, 2) people who have an opinion about girls, and 3) people who participate in the activity listed. I tried to include a wide range of activities (e.g., science, math, business, leadership, politics, athletics) and a diverse group of women (e.g., time period, nationality, ethnic background, age, area of expertise) to widen the range and appeal of the posters. The use of the term “we” also serves to compound the relevancy effect towards the main target audience by establishing in-group membership.
Central route: Because of the blatant use of stereotypes and the establishment of relevancy, the viewer now has a motivation to pay attention. Keeping the poster visually simple and limiting the biographical information helps by minimizing distractions. The QR code in the corner gives the viewer the means to access more information, if desired. Ideally, each QR code would link to the affiliated website (the URL would also be listed), but for now they link to relevant Wikipedia page.
Reactance and negative potency: Because we are less likely to change our minds when we feel like someone is trying to persuade us, I avoided mentioning the groups who held these stereotypes, so as not to alienate them, and did not use American political figures. I also did not attempt to convince girls to be more like the women portrayed. Additionally, because negative things are more potent than their positive counterparts, these posters run the risk of reinforcing the stereotype (“Girl’s can’t X”) rather than the counterargument (“Except we can”) or counterexample (the woman and her accomplishments). To minimize this, I placed the counterargument phrase in a speech bubble, portraying the woman as having a voice and worthy of our attention. I made the counterargument larger than any of the other text and placed it near the negative statement to provide an obvious, strong response. In some posters, the woman’s statement even breaks up the stereotype. I also colored the speech bubble and counterargument phrase, highlighting its difference from the preceding text as well as subtly raising its credibility through the color gold.
Attitude Inoculation: By exposing people to these stereotypes and providing notable counterexamples, these posters can potentially ‘vaccinate’ against the ubiquitous and persuasive sexism in our society. Viewers could then use the provided information to make their own credible and persuasive appeals against the stereotypes.