April172014

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12PM
glaad:

Monica Jones, a transgender woman of color and activist living in Arizona, was arrested and found guilty by a judge of “manifesting prostitution” because authorities are targeting and profiling trans women. #StandWithMonica!

glaad:

Monica Jones, a transgender woman of color and activist living in Arizona, was arrested and found guilty by a judge of “manifesting prostitution” because authorities are targeting and profiling trans women. #StandWithMonica!

April152014
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The 25 most frequently used words in Tumblr-hosted theme names (omitting common words and numbers). 

unwrapping:

The 25 most frequently used words in Tumblr-hosted theme names (omitting common words and numbers). 

April112014
“The best way to stop homelessness is mindbogglingly simple: Give them homes.” Housing The Homeless Saves Money—Here’s The Research That Proves It (via fastcompany)

(via fastcompany)

12PM

The Next America: U.S. Age Pyramid Becomes a Rectangle

pewinternet:

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Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.

This data GIF tells one part of the story; take a look at the rest here, in a new Pew Research Center interactive data essay: The Next America

(via pewresearch)

2AM
April92014

todaysdocument:

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s concert on Easter Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. More than 75,000 people attended.

Originally, Anderson was scheduled to sing at Howard University, but when officials thought the crowds would be too large, they asked the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) if Anderson could sing in their auditorium at Constitution Hall.

However, in 1939, Washington, DC, was still a racially segregated city, and Constitution Hall had a “white-only” policy for its performers. The DAR declined.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned her membership from the organization in protest, surprising the nation (though not the black community) with her support.

Anderson’s manager Sol Hurok proposed that Anderson give an open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Harold Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior and past president of the Chicago NAACP, approved the idea immediately.

This iconic image shows Anderson singing to the 75,000 people gathered in Potomac Park on April 9, 1939. Image: National Archives Identifier 595378

via the U.S. National Archives on Facebook

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10AM

Help Code Switch write a poem!

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nprbooks:

Poetry month fun! Today at noon eastern, NPR’s Code Switch team will start building a poem — made out of lines tweeted by readers and listeners.

The topic? Race, culture and identity — the Code Switch beat.

The curator? Kima Jones 2013 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow and 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow.

Want to join in? Hop on twitter between noon and one and tweet your lines at @nprcodeswitch and @kima_jones. Use the hashtag #CSPoetry

(and check out our tumblr pals nprcodeswitch!

TODAY - at NOON - Tweet to the Code Switch Beat with #CSPoetry

10AM
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling 1865–1936, English writer and poet. (via oupacademic)
9AM

Anonymous asked: why are you a feminist???

scorsece:

because people are still asking that question

because women are payed less than men in approximately 99% of professions

because chris brown can still have a career after assaulting rihanna but miley cyrus takes her clothes off and there’s a huge scandal

because of this:

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because currently it is estimated ten million more girls are out of education than boys (x)

because we’re expected to be mature but hairless like a child, in control but not bossy, sexy but not slutty and definitely not a prude, intelligent but not opinionated, independent but reliant on men, natural but look like the girl in the magazine etc etc

because being called a girl, a pussy or a bitch is an insult

because when i told my mum i refused to get anything less than a’s in my exams she told me it wasn’t ladylike to be so cocky

because my brother and 90% of my male friends think girls who wear revealing clothing are asking for rape

because every person who identifies as female should be allowed to choose if they want to get married, have kids, have a career, go to uni etc etc without expectations

because tampons and sanitary pads are stupidly expensive

because some people reading this will have flinched at the fact i just said ‘tampon’

because there are men out there whose job it is to make young girls feel like absolute shit about themselves just so they can sell the next best beauty product

because female masturbation isn’t considered normal whilst men can talk about their own penises for hours on end

beCAUSE OF ARTICLES LIKE THIS

because feminists are still seen as crazy lesbians who dont shave and some still feel like they have to defend themselves by claiming theyre not any of those things when in fact if i want to be a passionate lady who likes other ladies and cant be bothered to shave my legs every twenty minutes then thats my choice and if i want to be someone who wears make up and shaves and goes out partying then thats my choice and if i want to be a combination of the two or anything in between then thats. my. choice.

because i believe anyone who identifies as female is fucking badass and deserves the same rights as every privileged stuck up old white man sitting around and making laws about our bodies

because how can you not be

^^BECAUSE HOW CAN YOU NOT BE??

Because what the heckfire is wrong with seeking equality between all genders, ethnic and cultural heritages, (and sexualities)?

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