A Chicago man who discovered a trunk of rare papers formerly belonging to Harvard University’s first black graduate says he plans on burning them all if Harvard doesn’t stop lowballing him on the price. Rufus McDonald is not playing around: “I’ll roast and burn them,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Wanda Sykes: «Oh, I left it at home! Sorry.»
I’ve reblogged this before, but this time I actually have context/an anecdote to go with it.
So tonight, I went on my usual social group bicycle ride. Granted there’s usually a lot more guys than girls who show up, but no big deal, right?
Anyway, at one point, we’re exploring a particularly sketchy looking dark, remote area and one of the lads makes a joke about entering “rape alley.” I cringed rather hard, but instead of asking him why he thought that was funny, telling him that it bothered me or really saying anything useful, nothing. I may have even done the awkward nervous laugh. This particular friend is someone I generally respect and think well of, but I’m not sure how I feel now. I even resent myself for not saying anything in hindsight.
I’m a librarian. Teachable moments are supposed to be my thing, right? Still, I always hate feeling like I have to give the Rape Culture 101 or the Privilege 101 primer to people. Sometimes I just want to be one of the guys… except that makes me part of the problem.
In telling a female friend of mine about this incident, I even said that I was part of the problem because later in the evening I joked about how the first midnight ride I went on with the guys was to a remote location “riding after midnight with a bunch of guys I don’t even know to a remote location… SEEMS LEGIT.”
But, my female friend explained that while rape jokes are bad, jokes about rape culture usually highlight the issues behind rape culture. Hence my reblogging of the Wanda Sykes joke. The joke works because the idea that one needs to detach their genitalia in order to go for a jog safely is absurd. [The Sykes joke also highlights the problematic idea reinforced by society that female sexuality or women are objects/possessions/commodities to be stolen.] Likewise, it should be absurd for me to think that I would be in danger going on a social bike ride while trying to make new friends. Yet this highlights the problems that female-identifying people face every day. Being raped is a valid fear. And of course, I deal with things with inappropriate humor. Yet I still have uneasy feelings since I’m not entirely convinced that I behaved any better than my male friend did.
At any rate, my female friend gave me tips on how to handle things next time (should it happen again).
You can also just say, “Not cool dude. Seriously.”
and when he asks why be like, “What the fuck is wrong with you”if they want to start nitpicking then you can engage, if you don’t want to repeat the “what the fuck is wrong with you”it really does put most dudes on edgehave him explain it to you in detail why it’s funnymost people get about 5-10 words inand everyone is fucking disgusted with them"Well it’s funny because we could get raped." "What the fuck dude?
Malala Joya, like Malala Yousafzai, fought for the right of girls to go to school, teaching at secret underground schools during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Joya survived assassination attempts and was even elected to the Afghan Parliament back in 2005. She was then kicked out of her elected position and has been subjected to more threats and violence, forced now to live on the move, surrounded by bodyguards.
No Bush or Obama administration officials ever condemned her suspension from Parliament. In fact, last year, the US government refused to give her an entry visa for public speaking events, only relenting after a public pressure campaign demanded she be allowed to enter the United States.
In 2010, Time magazine included Malalai Joya in their “Top 100” list of the most influential people in the world, but then the write-up completely erased her anti-war, anti-NATO positions.
That is really the only way they know how to tell the story. For all the talk of “liberating women”, they actually prefer a one-dimensional image - they want victims, not empowered agents of their own liberation.
Derrick O’Keefe (via yourfriendlycomrade)
HISTORY MEME - six women: bessie coleman [4/6]
Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator, the first female pilot of African American descent, and the first person of African American descent to have an international pilot license. She was born in 1892 in Texas, the tenth of thirteen children, and in school showed herself to be a lover of reading and mathematics. She enrolled in what is now Langston College in Oklahoma, but was forced to return home due to lack of funds. At 23, she moved to Chicago, where she heard stories from returning World War I pilots about flying during the war. Due to her race and gender, however, despite herr interest in aviation, no American flight school or aviator would train her. Determined to become an aviator, Bessie went to France in 1920 and, a year later, earned her aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, becoming the first American of any gender to receive a license from that organization. She trained as a “barnstorming” stunt flier in order to make a living. Known as “Queen Bess,” she was well-known for her daredevil maneuvers, though her flamboyant style was often criticized by the press. Though offered a role in a film, when she learned that her first scene would show her in tattered clothes with a walking stick and pack, she walked off set rather than perpetuate the derogatory image of African Americans. In 1926, in preparation for an air show, her plane failed to pull out of a dive and began to spin, causing Bessie to be thrown from the plane, 2,000 miles above the ground, killing her instantly. She was 34 years old. (x)
the eyes. the eyes tell the story of the soul.
Allan G. Johnson (via wretchedoftheearth)
I think this sums up the state of things quite nicely.(via laura-in-libraryland)