me when I find a new obsession
Some flowers blooming in my garden. Unfortunately, my camera is ten years old and I can’t afford a new one, so they are very poor quality, but I tried. Wish they looked as pretty here as they do it person!
'oh gross it's dark chocolate i hate dark chocolate'
give it to me
Many victims of sexual assault do not report these crimes to family, school officials or police, and a new report on the normalization of sexual violence among young girls and women offers several insights into why this is; it also functions as a pretty harrowing primer on rape culture and its consequences.
Researchers at Marquette University analyzed forensic interviews with 100 young people between the ages of 3 and 17, many of whom spoke candidly about their daily experiences of sexual violence and harassment.
According to sociologist Heather Hlavka, many of the young people she interviewed viewed these incidents as a normal part of life. One interview subject told researchers, “They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s okay, I mean … I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.”
According to a release on the report, there are several reasons why young women do not come forward about the abuse they experience, including a belief that men “can’t help it” and a fear of being labeled a “whore”:
- Girls believe the myth that men can’t help it. The girls interviewed described men as unable to control their sexual desires, often framing men as the sexual aggressors and women as the gatekeepers of sexual activity. They perceived everyday harassment and abuse as normal male behavior, and as something to endure, ignore, or maneuver around.
- Many of the girls said that they didn’t report the incident because they didn’t want to make a “big deal” of their experiences. They doubted if anything outside of forcible heterosexual intercourse counted as an offense or rape.
- Lack of reporting may be linked to trust in authority figures. According to Hlavka, the girls seem to have internalized their position in a male-dominated, sexual context and likely assumed authority figures would also view them as “bad girls” who prompted the assault.
- Hlavka found that girls don’t support other girls when they report sexual violence. The young women expressed fear that they would be labeled as a “whore” or “slut,” or accused of exaggeration or lying by both authority figures and their peers, decreasing their likelihood of reporting sexual abuse.
They’ve also seen various media takes and possible religious messages that present various versions of coercion and sexual assault being permissible.
This is glorious and even thought it doesn’t fit in the range of all the paranormal, I MUST share
It works like this: You tell Kitestring that you’re in a dangerous place or situation, and give it a time frame of when to check in on you. If you don’t reply back when it checks your status, it’ll alert your emergency contacts with a custom message you set up.
It doesn’t require you to touch anything (like bSafe) or shake your phone (like Nirbhaya) to send the distress signal. Kitestring is smarter, because it doesn’t need an action to alert people, it needs inaction.
reblogging because this is seriously amazing.
Prepare yourselves appropriately, because this is happening.
Batgirl is getting a relaunch by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Freakin’ Tarr. You know, your actual favourite artist who drew the Bosozoku Sailor Scouts? SHE’S DRAWING BATGIRL. I’ll calm down… eventually?!
My new style inspo for F/W 2014.
But seriously, I need Barbara’s new utility belt.
P.S. Congratulations, Cameron, Brenden, & Babs! ♡♡♡
omg perf costume design
I’m very sad that Gail is leaving the book, but this does look pretty great. Fingers crossed!
if you don’t think wonder woman is feminist I’m not sure you know very much about wonder woman
(re: this for anyone confused)
see this article via The Mary Sue
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This is by Jonathan McIntosh, the producer for Tropes vs Women in Video Games. It contains these two very important points:
- If I choose to point out sexism in gaming, my observations will not be seen as self-serving, and will therefore be perceived as more credible and worthy of respect than those of my female counterparts, even if they are saying the exact same thing.
- Because it was created by a straight white male, this checklist will likely be taken more seriously than if it had been written by virtually any female gamer.
A lot of people who have been involved with social justice and/or Tumblr for a while will already be on board with the idea that it’s really important to share the voices of those affected by oppression and demand that they be heard, rather than spreading the voices of privilege, who then (consciously or unconsciously) try and dominate the conversation, because they are used to being heard.
Women (both trans and cis, and genderqueer and anyone who identifies as a woman in some form) have said all this and more before. And I was inclined to move on by without reblogging as a result. But I think those last two points are so important. They are the points that mark this out as someone who is engaging in the effort to deconstruct his privilege with sincere effort.
Because they concede that they are saying something that has been said by other people before. They tell you that if you’re listening to him instead, you should have been listening to the women first.
Listen. Listen a lot. And absorb. Then speak. And when you do, concede that you do so with an awareness that you are not an authority. You are on the outside looking in. Speak because you know others will listen to you where they would not to a woman, and do so in a way that seeks to highlight and critique that impulse in your audience.