“The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to ‘End Poverty in California’ I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.”—
“Regardless where you stand on immigration issues, a border fence, amnesty, etc., or on same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT citizens, how can you be in favor of making it easier to commit violence against LGBT or immigrant women? I cannot believe our national debate has come to this point – where we are singling out parts of the population and making them more vulnerable to violence.”—
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) criticized the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act saying the bill passed on Wednesday puts women’s lives in jeopardy because it excludes access to services for immigrant, LGBT and Native American women. (via nbclatino)
I mean, “singling out parts of the population and making them more vulnerable to violence” is what institutional oppression is - it’s just not always as visible as this.
“As people sit around, and theorize and debate about what should be a reasonable or common ground, the voices of the people who are most affected by this decision are lost. They aren’t represented in these dialogues. Their specific realities don’t count.”—An amazing interview with a late-term abortion provider, who takes on the politicized debate surrounding abortion. (via think-progress)
On Wednesday, November 7, Mitt Romney could wake up as the President-elect thanks to one man: Florida Governor Rick Scott. With little fanfare, Scott is undertaking an audacious plan to kick thousands of Floridians off the ballot just before this year’s elections. It’s a sloppy, chaotic and possibly illegal plan. But it just might work. […] Will history repeat itself in Florida this year? By one estimate, 7000 Florida voters were wrongfully removed from the voter rolls for the 2000 presidential election — 13 times George W. Bush’s margin of victory in that state after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the post-election recount. – Think Progress
“Time and space are finite in extent, but they don’t have any boundary or edge. They would be like the surface of the earth, but with two more dimensions.”—Stephen Hawking, Black Holes and Baby Universes (via the-star-stuff)
We stopped freaking out about the “Oh my god, women want to wear pants!” thing a really long time ago. Women wandered into the traditionally masculine realms of self-expression and ambition and now it’s just normal.
Not so with masculinity. It is still as rigid and well defended as ever, despite a few David Bowies or Johnny Depps in the mix. Just look at last year’s total freaking meltdown about a J. Crew catalog that carried a photo of a woman painting her young son’s toenails. Just look at the way the more delicate boys of the world are bullied by their classmates and accused of being gay. Just look at the gender imbalance in the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder in children, with gender disordered pre-pubescent boys outnumbering girls at a rate of up to 30 to 1. When a girl is boyish, or even claims she’d rather be a boy, it’s cute. She’s a tomboy. When a boy is girlish, wanting to wear dresses or try on some makeup, it’s a mental disorder and needs an immediate medical intervention.
“The claim that sex workers “sell our bodies” is not only logically absurd (I was a prostitute for years, but my body is still right here with me), but totally sexist because it is based on the notion that a woman’s sexuality is her entire worth. The belief behind this expression is that since a woman has nothing of value to offer except her sexuality, if she “sells” that she has “sold herself” and there is nothing left. The fact that anti-sex worker activists use this expression so often says a lot about them.”—Maggie McNeal Commenting on Chicago Tribune article (via thefumoblu)
“Yet soil is miraculous. It is where the dead are brought back to life. Here, in the thin earthy boundary between inanimate rock and the planet’s green carpet, lifeless minerals are weathered from stones or decomposed from organic debris. Plants and microscopic animals eat these dead particles and recast them as living matter. In the soil, matter recrosses the boundary between living and dead; and, as we have seen, boundaries-edges-are where the most interesting and important events occur.”—Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (via sleikas)
How are Kotarra and Sokka so tan for being born and raised in the South Pole? I mean, they’re the darkest people I’ve seen so far in the series but you’d think they would be paler than everyone else. o_o
This actually makes me want to cry.
They are not tan.
They are essentially the Inuit of the Avatar world.
It is not a tan it is the colour of their race.
Lol race has no color, yes, a certain pigmentation can be inherited but that pigmentation would be altered by sunlight after prolonged exposure/non-exposure to the sun. Should they live in the South Pole, it would make logical sense for their skin tones to have adapted to a lighter hue.
And my bad if the name’s spelled wrong. wiki’d it
Um, no. Kotara, Sokka, Korra, and the rest of the South Pole water-benders are essentially based off of the Inuit peoples, who do have a pigmented complexion.
And your point about sun exposure makes no biological sense. One’s skin color is determined by an array of over a dozen genes, and yes, sun exposure (or the lack therefore) may tint it towards slightly lighter or darker hues, but not to any significant extent. Some light skinned people can’t tan and some dark skinned people can’t get lighter. So on an individual basis, no, the water tribes should not be light skinned simply because they live in polar regions.
Now back to biology. Your point about skin lightening due to low sun levels in far northern (or far southern) regions is correct, but on a much larger scale of population and time. Because sunlight is necessary for Vitamin D production, having a lighter skin tone in areas with little sunlight is evolutionarily favorable because one has less sun-blocking melanin. For an entire population to undergo that kind of signficant change, that requires thousands upon thousands of years of evolutionary progress, and the chances of the necessary mutations occuring in the right people and places, and at the right times, is slim to none.
You also have to take into account the fact that sunlight isn’t the only determining factor here. The people in question could be getting their Vitamin D from some other source (biological or physical), nullifying the evolutionary favorability of a change in skin color. There could be a plethora of environmental factors, visible and invisible, that keep them relatively dark skinned.
Looking at the various people and cultures of the world, this high sunlight=dark skinned/ low sun= light skinned duality you’re purporting functions only the broadest of senses and falls apart pretty quickly. Pigmentation is much more complex than that.
The government of Nepal has announced that citizens will now have the option of designating “other” as their gender on an official ID, rather than stating “male” or “female.” The change will take effect in a few weeks.
LGBT activists in the nation welcomed the decision, which implements a ruling made by Nepal’s Supreme Court in 2007, reports wire service Deutsche Presse-Agentur. It will help transgender people as well as others who suffer discrimination because their appearance does not match the gender listed on their citizenship cards, they said.
“Our community feels we are finally being granted an identity by the state, and my friends have told me they feel proud about it,” said Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal’s first openly gay legislator.
Little steps like these are helping us break outside binaries. Good for Nepal.