you can’t ALL play lawful evil rogues
Oh my god, I am keeping this quote.
The biggest shock of Paris’s spring-summer 2014 fashion shows came on the otherwise calm and gentle Nina Ricci catwalk, when two topless activists from protest group Femen crashed the podium.
Grabbing a startled model making her way down the catwalk, they screamed “fashion fascism,” with words decrying the sexualization of the modeling industry written in make-up. One had “Fashion dictaterror” scrawled on her naked torso, the other “Model don’t go to brothel.”
One British model, Liverpool-born Hollie-May Saker, was caught in the middle, with the protesters brushing against her lamé-and-lace skirt.
“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me….As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose,” Saker told the Echo. (Photo: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
So, to fight back against the sexualization of the modeling industry, these women assaulted a model and forcibly exposed her?
Protip: You’re not fighting a patriarchal system by assaulting women and exposing them against their will.
I have literally never heard of a positive thing done by Femen. Seriously. They need to stop. First the blatant Islamophobia, and now this? Really?
If your idea of feminism includes racist bullshit and attacking women who don’t conform to your exact image of a feminist, guess what? You’re a complete asshole and you’re misrepresenting feminism as a whole.
I *hate* Femen. Literally they are the reason feminism is viewed in a bad light. They’re the West Borough Baptist of feminism and I can’t stand it.
wasn’t it discovered earlier this year that FEMEN is run entirely by some rich israeli dude who required women to submit topless ‘audition’ photos before they can officially become a member
im pretty sure it’s not an actual feminist organization at all it’s really fucked up
white feminism bankrolled and controlled by old rich white dudes
Yo I’ve reblogged this before but the article linked above is so crazy important it’s not even funny.
Terrible, distressing, etc., but not crazy. Carrying on, though, fuck FEMEN. Wow. Horrible on all sides.
Miss Frizzle and Mary Poppins, Lady Time Lords.
I ship it to the moon.
The Teacher and The Nanny. The Magic School Bus is a TARDIS, and Mary’s bag is bigger on the inside. No one will ever convince me that this is not true. Oh, and I ship it.
For crying out loud, the Magic School Bus actually does travel through time and space, easily changes it’s form like a Chameleon Circuit, and is casually ALIVE in certain ways. It’s a friggin’ TARDIS in all but name!
Anyone who has ever said the doctor could not be a woman has literally never seen either of these characters in action.
I’m convinced The Nanny is the Doctor’s Mother.
These past few days, I’ve thought a lot about the trade-offs I make in terms of family. Family, for a loose and non-traditional definition thereof. Once, I was very dedicated to the idea of a solitary life. And it’s different now. But I remain, all the same, not all that good at maintaining bonds over time. It seems impossibly hard to devote the time and energy to creating enduring intimacy, either broadly or deeply. Most close friendships fade back. People come and go swiftly. And so do I. I think I need to find that space again where the idea of a solitary life was not a lonely one.
For me, I think it’s about feeling comfortable being solitary and not lonely (and not feeling like a loser for wanting to be alone and do things just for me) while still placing importance on my friendships and relationships and making sure, to the best of my ability, that I continue to nurture the relationships I continue to value. For me (for most people?), both my connections with others and my connections with myself play a huge part in my wellbeing, but I think I need (like it sounds like you do?) to have a solid grounding in myself in order to create and sustain meaningful relationships with others. And maybe vice versa? I’m not sure.
I think we’re musing about somewhat different things. It’s become a solitary two or three months now. I have more singular interests than I have free time for. There’s a curve to adjust but old habits become new habits again.
I’m contemplating the nature of family in the long-term. I distanced myself from a lot of long-standing personal relationships a fair while back now, and I don’t really lead the sort of life that cultivates more of them easily. Although I had the good fortune to grow up with one parent continuously as well as other significant family members, it doesn’t seem like close, stable ties with any particular set of people are in my future at the moment. And I don’t know how I feel about that. Friends are deeply important to me, but my friendships tend to be very cyclical. In the end, I continue to build a very independent life, and that involves a fair degree of distance.
Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
The oh-snappiest of Oh Snaps.