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Throw back to my original body empowerment jam. Shoutout to my sis Jahra. 

"Art is a lie to which one gives the accent of truth." - Edgar Degas

"Art is a lie to which one gives the accent of truth." - Edgar Degas

Girls are not machines that you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.

Porphyria R’lyeh

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So much threatens women on a daily basis. A woman should be able to go to work, do her job, speak her mind, and communicate her ideas without being physically, psychologically, and emotionally threatened. That is a basic human right that is being taken away from Anita Sarkeesian and other female game creators/critics right now. 
Please read more about the massacre threat against her as well as the threats to Brianna Wu and Zoe Quinn here:
http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/14/6978809/utah-state-university-receives-shooting-threat-for-anita-sarkeesian-visit

So much threatens women on a daily basis. A woman should be able to go to work, do her job, speak her mind, and communicate her ideas without being physically, psychologically, and emotionally threatened. That is a basic human right that is being taken away from Anita Sarkeesian and other female game creators/critics right now. 

Please read more about the massacre threat against her as well as the threats to Brianna Wu and Zoe Quinn here:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/14/6978809/utah-state-university-receives-shooting-threat-for-anita-sarkeesian-visit

fuzzykitty01:

misandry-mermaid:

misandry-mermaid:

conceivethedream:

jessehimself:

 

Hero

What. Is. Her. Name.

Thanks to a follower for finding this: Her name is Venus Green.
From this article: 
In July 2009, Green’s grandson, Tallie, was shot and wounded. Tallie said he was shot at a convenience store, but police insisted it happened inside Green’s house and that the shooter was either Tallie or Green.
"Police kept questioning him. They wouldn’t let the ambulance attendant treat him," Green said. "So, I got up and said, ‘Sir, would you please let the attendants treat him? He’s in pain,’" Green said.
Green said the officer said to her, “Oh, you did it, come on, let’s go inside. I’ll prove where that blood is. You did it.”
Police wanted to go the basement, where Tallie lived, but Green refused on the basis that the police did not have a warrant.
"I said, ‘No, you don’t have a warrant. You don’t go down in my house like that. He wasn’t shot in here.’" Green said the officer replied, "I’m going to find that gun. I’m going to prove that you did it."
A struggle ensued between a male officer and Green.
"He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me," Green said.
An officer went into the basement and Green locked him inside.
"She locked the door, the basement door. She basically took matters into her own hands," Nilson said.
"This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it," Green said.
Green said she suffered a separated shoulder in the scuffle, and she sued the Police Department for assault and violations of her rights.
"I was once a block watcher, department head of a high school. (I’ve) been around education for over 50 years. (I’m a) law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been arrested, I paid my taxes, owned my home, my husband died 34 years ago. (I) raised my son and I have been brutally abused," Green said. "I feel like the Police Department needs to go back to school."


*all the applause*

fuzzykitty01:

misandry-mermaid:

misandry-mermaid:

conceivethedream:

jessehimself:

 

Hero

What. Is. Her. Name.

Thanks to a follower for finding this: Her name is Venus Green.

From this article:

In July 2009, Green’s grandson, Tallie, was shot and wounded. Tallie said he was shot at a convenience store, but police insisted it happened inside Green’s house and that the shooter was either Tallie or Green.

"Police kept questioning him. They wouldn’t let the ambulance attendant treat him," Green said. "So, I got up and said, ‘Sir, would you please let the attendants treat him? He’s in pain,’" Green said.

Green said the officer said to her, “Oh, you did it, come on, let’s go inside. I’ll prove where that blood is. You did it.”

Police wanted to go the basement, where Tallie lived, but Green refused on the basis that the police did not have a warrant.

"I said, ‘No, you don’t have a warrant. You don’t go down in my house like that. He wasn’t shot in here.’" Green said the officer replied, "I’m going to find that gun. I’m going to prove that you did it."

A struggle ensued between a male officer and Green.

"He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me," Green said.

An officer went into the basement and Green locked him inside.

"She locked the door, the basement door. She basically took matters into her own hands," Nilson said.

"This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it," Green said.

Green said she suffered a separated shoulder in the scuffle, and she sued the Police Department for assault and violations of her rights.

"I was once a block watcher, department head of a high school. (I’ve) been around education for over 50 years. (I’m a) law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been arrested, I paid my taxes, owned my home, my husband died 34 years ago. (I) raised my son and I have been brutally abused," Green said. "I feel like the Police Department needs to go back to school."

*all the applause*

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The Time I Peed On Julie

My sister and I have different versions
of our mutual favorite memories.
When we tell them together
we laugh identical silence,
each insist our own memory is more
pure. Redraw the police chalk.         
Promise our truths aren’t just the parts
of ourselves we can live with. Truth
 
is something we own and deny
in the pursuit of survival. She
and I have clung to the years of joy
we’ve had in the retelling.
The way we’ve made each other
stronger in the survival of our memories.
 
But what is her truth
when she thinks of the scissors
she threatened to cut off my hair with?
The time she wrapped her small hands
around my throat and choked?
The time she said,
I don’t want to be
your sister
anymore.


Carrie Rudzinski

© 2014 published in The Legendary

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. — Frederick Douglass 

One of my favorite performances of “In America” - recorded by All Def Digital at the 2014 Ink Slam festival at Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles.