Most girls are relentlessly told that we will be treated how we demand to be treated. If we want respect, we must respect ourselves.

This does three things. Firstly, it gets men off the hook for being held accountable for how they treat women. And secondly, it makes women feel that the mistreatment and sometimes outright violence they face due to their gender is primarily their fault. And thirdly, it positions women to be unable to speak out against sexism because we are made to believe any sexism we experience would not have happened if we had done something differently.

I cannot demand a man to respect me. No more than I can demand that anybody do anything. I can ask men to be nice to me. But chances are if I even have to ask he does not care to be nice. I can express displeasure when I’m not being respected. But that doesn’t solve the issue that I was disrespected in the first place.

I can choose to not deal with a man once he proves to be disrespectful and/or sexist. But even that does not solve the initial problem of the fact that I had to experience being disrespected in the first place.

As a young girl, I wish that instead of being told that I needed to demand respect from men that I had been told that when I am not respected by men that it’s his fault and not mine. But that would require that we quit having numerous arbitrary standards for what it means to be a “respectable” woman. It would mean that I am not judged as deserving violence based on how I speak, what I wear, what I do, and who I am.

ziggygnardust:

napalmwarfare:

jerryjamesstone:

http://cookingstoned.tv/blog/2014/02/food-that-magically-regrows-itself-from-kitchen-scraps/

Let’s face it, eating well is expensive… or it can be. Buying produce that is either organically (or biodynamically grown) is not cheap. But ingesting pesticide residue is anything but ideal.

Luckily, you can shave a few bucks off your grocery bill by growing a few of those staples from your diet. Best part, it is much easier than you think! You don’t need seeds or anything fancy. You can simply use kitchen scraps from your next meal. How great is that!

Everyone should honestly know this.

ba da bing

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silversarcasm:

[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaks at the GLAAD media awards, she says,

"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."]

femmeanddangerous:

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We integrated schools but never integrated the curriculum

Christopher Emdin (via yourpersonalcheerleader)

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daisyshanti:

‘This is not graphic or gory — but no less deplorable. Apparently, this is in Oregon. Each crate has a calf in it, removed from their mother one hour after they were born. The mother had enough time to clean up the birth, lick, smell and intially bond with the calf, before they were taken away to live in boxes. Death will ensue in approximately six weeks. Until then, here they remain, unable to move, so as to make their meat ‘tender.’ Then they become veal steaks. Please everyone, for the sake of all — go vegan.’  - Via Earthlings
This is horrific, people say they are against animal abuse but they just mean dogs and cats and pets…THIS IS animal abuse, each of these boxes contains a sentient, feeling calf, this is what their lives have been reduced to?! It’s heartbreaking :( Nothing justifies this ..
 

daisyshanti:

This is not graphic or gory — but no less deplorable. Apparently, this is in Oregon. Each crate has a calf in it, removed from their mother one hour after they were born. The mother had enough time to clean up the birth, lick, smell and intially bond with the calf, before they were taken away to live in boxes. Death will ensue in approximately six weeks. Until then, here they remain, unable to move, so as to make their meat ‘tender.’ Then they become veal steaks. Please everyone, for the sake of all — go vegan.’  - Via Earthlings

This is horrific, people say they are against animal abuse but they just mean dogs and cats and pets…THIS IS animal abuse, each of these boxes contains a sentient, feeling calf, this is what their lives have been reduced to?! It’s heartbreaking :( Nothing justifies this ..

 

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paperdemons:

It scares the living shit out of me that there are people out there who can empathize with a fetus but not a pregnant person.

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Equal Exchange and Fair Trade have brought a greater awareness to North American consumers who didn’t realize that (most) of the world’s cocoa comes from slave labor and child exploitation. However, I also ask how many of us really need certain things, even if they are fair trade. Do we really need cocoa? Do we really need all these other things that are more luxury than necessity? What does it mean that many of these regions in the world—that are so-called ex-colonies—may not even want to participate in commodifying their natural resources and their labor? Not everybody wants to be part of capitalism, whether it’s green or not.

Dr. Breeze Harper, “Divine Palate”  (via chickpeatramp)

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havocados:

thinkveganworld:

If animal cruelty can be a felony, why isn’t meat production a felony?  Cruelty to “food animals” is still cruelty to animals.

torture the neighbors cat for fun = felony

torture, kill, dismember, sell and distribute billions of mangled animal carcasses, deplete resources and poison people = get subsidies from the government

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thegirlwiththeloontattoo:

People say “phase” like impermanence means insignificance. Show me a permanent state of the self.

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Anonymous asked: Despite how much humans have evolved, end of the day we are still animals and omnivores and we eat meat. That's the reality

okay

but i’m alive right now

after 5+ years of being vegan

but yeah, I know it’s really heartbreaking to see people actively choosing not to use, abuse, kill, and consume animals. 

adoptpets:

 Kentucky Senators ‘Snuck’ ‘Ag-Gag’ Into Animal Rights Bill Aimed to Stop Shelter Animals from Dying Painful Prolonged Deaths in Gas Chambers

Legislation in Kentucky that was designed to set euthanasia standards for shelter animals took an unexpected turn when it went to the state Senate, where critics claim lawmakers “snuck” in a new, controversial provision that could actually hamper animal abuse investigations.

Kentucky State Representative Joni Jenkins originally sponsored House Bill 222 in January to eliminate the use of gas as a means of euthanasia on animals in shelters.

“Kentucky gets such a terrible rating about the way we deal with our animals,” Jenkins told ABC News Wednesday. “House Bill 222 was an attempt to raise this up a little bit.”

But after the bill left Kentucky’s House of Representatives for the state Senate, the Senate Agriculture Committee added language that Jenkins said made the bill “much more complicated, and maybe even unconstitutional.”

The Senate committee had added a provision that would make it illegal to interfere with agricultural operations by “obtain[ing] access to an agricultural operation through misrepresentation,” or filming hidden camera footage of farm operations – making the bill the latest of the controversial so-called “ag-gag” legislation, according to critics. Such provisions have pitted animal activists and lobbyists for the agriculture industry against each other in state legislative battles across the nation.

“The purpose of the ag-gag bill is to prevent transparency,” Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States, told ABC News on Tuesday. “The way they try to get the bill through is that they sneak it through the middle of the night so they can go without any public debate.”

Many animal activist organizations have relied on hidden camera footage in the past to expose animal cruelty.

The animal rights group Mercy for Animals recorded abuse of cows at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho in 2012 that aired last year on ABC News’ “Nightline.” Three workers had criminal charges filed against them, with one pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty. Four workers at Wiese Brothers Farm in Wisconsin, a former supplier for DiGiorno’s Pizza, were charged for criminal animal cruelty after the release of another undercover video, also shot by Mercy for Animals. The men are scheduled to face trial later this year.

The Wiese Brothers Farm said in an e-mail that the company was unaware of the abuse and was “shocked and saddened to see a few of our employees not following our farm’s policies for proper animal care.” Top Bettencourt officials made similar statements in interviews with ABC News at the time of the first report.

Unlike ag-gag legislation passed in Iowa, Utah, and Idaho, where the bills were debated and passed on their own, in Kentucky the anti-hidden camera provision was attached to an existing, popular bill with seemingly unrelated content beyond a link to animals.

Shapiro said he believes the provisions were added in retaliation for undercover investigations that the Humane Society had conducted in Kentucky a few weeks prior. Representatives for Sen. Paul Hornback, the chair for the Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee, did not return requests for comment for this report.

“Weeks after the HSUS released a shocking cruelty expose in Kentucky, the meat industry is trying to blow the whistle on the whistle-blower,” Shapiro said.

Kentucky is the sixth state in 2014 to consider some form of regulation to prevent activists from going undercover inside farm facilities, alongside Arizona, New Hampshire, Indiana, Tennessee and Idaho. Idaho passed its bill in February, criminalizing unauthorized recording inside agricultural facilities.

“This is not the first time we have seen corporate agricultural interests try to slip an ag-gag provision into a bill at the eleventh hour, but it is especially disappointing that it was added to legislation designed to improve the welfare of animals in Kentucky,” said Daisy Freund, senior manager of Farm Animal Welfare for the ASPCA.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau supported the added provision, and said the “well-being of animals is and always will be of the utmost importance to Kentucky’s farmers.”

“The proper care of livestock and poultry goes hand-in-hand with a farmer’s livelihood, and none of our members condone animal cruelty of any form,” Kentucky Farm Bureau spokesperson Dan Smaldone said. “House Bill 222, and Kentucky Farm Bureau’s support of it, is aimed at preventing individuals from seeking employment on a farm through misrepresentation, and does not prevent law enforcement or governmental authorities from investigating accusations of animal cruelty. Kentucky has established Livestock Care Standards that provide guidelines for proper care of the Commonwealth’s farm animals, and we only support and encourage all farmers in this state to adhere to those standards at all times.”

The Kentucky bill is currently awaiting its third reading on the Senate floor, and faces several legislative hurdles before it can be approved in both houses.

Rep. Jenkins said she’d rather not see the bill be passed at all, the way it’s currently written.

“It was noncontroversial. I don’t think many people were ever against it. To take a simple bill and make it something much more complicated, and maybe even unconstitutional, is certainly disturbing,” she said. “I would hope it just dies.”

adoptpets: Here is a list & contact info for all 11 members on the Kentucky Senate Ag Committee. Please contact at least the Chair, Paul Hornback, and Vice-Chair, Sara Beth Gregory, and let them know that you disapprove of them adding unconstitutional provisions to a law that was just meant to stop the excruciating deaths of shelter animals by gas chambers. Here is a video of dogs and puppies dying by gas. They are jammed one on top of another and several try to escape. As the gas is turned on, they yelp and cry out in pain. Also, tell them that ag-gag laws deny freedom of speech guaranteed under the Constitution and if farm animals were being treated right and not abused by farmers as they claim, then the farmers wouldn’t be so afraid of undercover investigations. In fact the agriculture committee should welcome these investigations as it provides free oversight without any expense to the tax payers.

1. Senator Paul Hornback (R) [Chair]

Mailing Address 
6102 Cropper Rd
Shelbyville KY 40065 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 203
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 648 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 2. Senator Sara Beth Gregory (R)[Vice-Chair]

Mailing Address 
PO Box 1835
Monticello KY 42633 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 209
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Home: (606) 348-9767
Home: (606) 348-3459 (fax)
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 673 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: sara.gregory@lrc.ky.gov

 3. Senator Walter Blevins Jr. (D)

Mailing Address 
115 Hill N Dale
Morehead KY 40351
 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 255
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Work: (606) 743-1200
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 793 
Home: (606) 743-1212
Home: (606) 743-1214 (fax)
 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 4. Senator Carroll Gibson (R)

Mailing Address 
PO Box 506
Leitchfield KY 42755 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 228
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Home: (270) 230-5866
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 644 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 5. Senator David P. Givens (R)

Mailing Address 
PO Box 12
Greensburg KY 42743 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 209
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 624 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

6. Senator Stan Humphries (R)

Mailing Address 
763 Sinking Fork Rd
Cadiz KY 42211 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 209
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Home: (270) 522-0195
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 870 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 7. Senator Dennis Parrett (D)

Mailing Address 
731 Thomas Rd
Elizabethtown KY 42701 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 255
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Home: (270) 765-4565
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 645 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 8. Senator Dorsey Ridley (D)

Mailing Address 
4030 Hidden Creek Dr
Henderson KY 42420 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 255
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Home: (270) 826-5402
Work: (270) 869-0505
Work: (270) 869-0340 (fax)
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 655 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 9. Senator Damon Thayer (R) [Majority Floor Leader]

Mailing Address 
102 Grayson Way
Georgetown KY 40324 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 242
Frankfort KY 40601

700 Capitol Ave
Capitol Room 319
Frankfort KY 40601
 

Phone Number(s) 
Annex: (502) 564-2450
Capitol: (502) 564-2450
 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: click here 

 10. Senator Robin L. Webb (D)

Mailing Address 
404 W Main St
Grayson KY 41143 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 229
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Home: (606) 474-5380
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 676 

Email Address(es) 
Annex: Robin.Webb@lrc.ky.gov 

 11. Senator Whitney Westerfield (R)

Mailing Address 
700 South Main Street
PO Box 1107

Hopkinsville KY 42241 

Frankfort Address(es) 
702 Capitol Ave
Annex Room 214
Frankfort KY 40601 

Phone Number(s) 
Work: (270) 885-7671
Annex: (502) 564-8100 Ext. 622 

Email Address(es) 

Annex: click here 

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helixala:

  • never
  • ever
  • EVER
  • NEVER smoke anything around an animal especially small ones because their respiratory systems are really really sensitive and any amount of secondhand smoke can seriously injure them
  • please please please don’t subject your animals to that
  • they love and trust you please don’t hurt them with your habits

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dysperdis:

friendly reminder that trans people who choose not to update their gender on facebook to include their trans identity are still trans.

friendly reminder that trans people are not “lying” or “deceiving” anyone by selecting “female” or “male” without any qualifiers.

friendly reminder that trans people do not owe anyone a public declaration of their gender or trans-ness.

friendly reminder that trans people’s safety and wellbeing is always the first priority. 

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fauxcyborg:

it really is amazing how college campuses don’t feel overwhelmingly ashamed of their complicity in protecting rapists - failing to expel rapists, failing to streamline the reporting process, failing to provide resources for student survivors.

just amazing how plagiarizing from wikipedia and underage drinking in dorms are more of an ethical and moral concern. 

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bl4zn-ivyskies:

Navajo Code Talkers.

bl4zn-ivyskies:

Navajo Code Talkers.

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