Awaken-Enlighten: Power to all the People

Jul 30

"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

” — Libby Anne (via oatmeal47)

(Source: dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry, via she-could-combust)

fucking dumb fuck of a job market we’re in

I have insane hatred n jealous for people who parade around in their name brand products, expensive cars, expensive house/condo what have you knowing their asses aren’t about this struggle of student loans bills rent and day to day worries. fuck you very much.
how many of us actually get a job in the degree we got, or make more than expected at a low wage payin job.
i don’T look at statistics because it probably won’t show everyfuckinyoung person…but i doubt we’re all goin places
This lady started talkin bout walmart and how it negatively contributes to the world. south park anyone?
The old man shes talkin to brings up how easy it is to get a job.
in my head i think yes….a low wage paying job that barely covers rent not to mention student loans.

i am eternally dick fucked by student loans…the chance of me getting a job that pays for my life at my age and degree…
do people even know?

cutebmo said: white people CANNOT join hinduism. in order to practice hinduism, you have to be born Hindi.

youarenotdesi:

dorothyparkerwashere:

Huh? Erm, yeah okay let’s talk about this. Indian Hindu girl here with a depth of knowledge of Hinduism (philosophical and daily practice.) 

A) It’s HindU, not Hindi. Hindi is a language, and is not even the language of Hinduism, which is Sanskrit. (By this I mean the language the Vedas and other ancient texts are written in. In South India, prayers can be said in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu etc so it doesn’t mean you can’t pray in your language.) 

B) Technically, yes you can’t convert. There is a reason for this. It’s not cos we be mean. It’s cos in Hinduism there is a concept of Dharma, and part of that concept is the idea that everyone has a duty to do, a role to play. To convert someone, either forcibly or through preaching, is to take them away from their Dharma. When they come to a religion on their own, that is their Dharma. It is not up to us to preach to people about religion. That’s why Hinduism has no concept of proselytizing or conversion. There is no conversion process. 

Now you’re asking “what about all those White people who convert to Hinduism?” Okay, ISKCON, or Krishna Consciousness, is what most White people convert too. ISKCON tries to pass itself off as part of Hinduism because that gives it legitimacy (and Hindus being kinda whatever about what other people believe as long as you don’t kill us for it tend to just let it be). But ISKCON’s beliefs are not in line with what Hindus believe. ISKCON appeals to White people because of it’s exotification of Asian religion which is then mixed with Protestant culture. Hence, with ISKCON, you get concepts like going to heaven (which Hindus don’t believe in) and conversion. So yes White people can’t join Hinduism, but really it’s cos when you define it the way you do other religions no one can. 

C) Does this mean no matter how much you love Hinduism and believe in it you will never be Hindu cos u can’t convert? No, actually it does not. See, Hinduism is both practice and a way of life. Philosophically, a belief that we are all God or have the God particle in us, that all life forms are connected to Brahman or a universal energy, and that our actions or karma leads to rebirth is quite enough to be Hindu. The Vedas tell you the traditions and customs you need to live this life, but the Upanishads than make a philosophical critique of what has come before. The Upanishads understand that people need the rituals and the forms of god with human faces and characteristics because that is the God many of us can relate to and love, but God in its truest form is oneness inside all of us, that connects all of us, and when we realize this, we don’t need to see God in other forms because we see him (it) in us and everyone, all around us. 

You do not need to convert to realize this. You do not need to know a word of Sanskrit to realize this. You do not need to utter the mantras or sing to him (it) to realize this. Not being able to do all this doesn’t make you any less of a Hindu. You do not even need to necessarily identify as Hindu to be Hindu. (We’re perfectly okay with this. No issues at all. Your identity is yours and yours alone.) 

You do not need some priest, holy water and a conversion process for you to join some sect or group in order to understand and realize you are a part of God. You already are. How can you convert into something which is already you? 

And this is why you can’t convert to Hinduism. 

I actually really like this explanation.  Take special note of the ISKCON explanation - it’s spot on.

Jul 29

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dear awesome white people that i think are awesome cos we can talk about white privelege

Thank you.
you get a big fuckin thank you…it’s nice to know that my/our anger does not pertain to all white people but that there are those of you out there with whom i can say fuck white privelege…but nothin is done over set in stone the war aint nowhere near over cos ya counterparts got alotta shit on their plates. you can help with that. dare you regress from that…i take my thank you back.
just sayin it is one step…bringing it out to an official forum discussions coffee shop life what have you
Make them fucking angry instead of fhe brown people…do so…
and fucking thank you

because what the fuck white people

We’re in my friends car on the way home at a stoplight. she points to 3 white guys and goes
“WHAT THE FUCK. SEE SEE! THEY ARE ALL WEARING THE SAME THING. I FUCKING HATE IT. THEY ARE ALL WEARIN FUCKIN KHAKIS AND T SHIRTS. AND THE TWO ARE WEARIN THE SAME SHOES!” Well thats wear i misplaces my anger!
“AND THIS FUCKIN LADY. SHES WEARIN THE SAME DAMN THING THEY ARE! SHE’S A FUCKIN WOMAN. THAT SHIT LOOKS SO PLAIN!” the sad truth is…well its true. ever since high school and on i have seen no differentiation. but yet we get funny looks for our basic but yet STILL interestingly stylish and expressive clothing…FOR A LOT CHEAPER.
GUESE GUESE THERE’S NO FUCKIN REASON WHY YOU FEEL THE NEED TO PAY $20 OR MORE FOR A FUCKING T SHIRT THAT BOB JOE ROB MICHAEL ALEX ELIZABETH MELISSA JANE MARY BECKY are fuckin wearing. Dear white privelege…you aren’t special. you’re a fuckin pain in the ass…and you have the audacity to look alike fuck you very much.

no one likes fucking bleeding cunts…or so we’re told

Imagine if you just began your period as a kid youngin whathaveyou…and your parents all the women in your life threw you a party welcoming this newness to your cunt. gifts cake chocolate teas and all one needs to help usher in this new found bleeding.
i think that would’ve been fucking awesome.
But us cunt ladies…women fems we are shy sometimes scared to discuss our cunt business. its as if its a nastyfuckin secret that no one wants to fuckin say out loud instead we do so in whispers.
“Do you have a pad?” she asks queitly.
well fuck just say it out loud! excclaim to the world that it is your time!
bein on the rag. menses is like rebuilding yourseld emotionall mentally physically and afterwards its allll better.
Our bleeding are cunts are fuckin beautiful n have fuckin power.

And men are scared fuckin shitless of it all. for good reasons our roller coaster ride of emotions scare them to fuckin hiheaven. we’re sorry we’re not pregnant and our uterus has cycles and cramp til we fuckin can’t move.
sympathy assholes
sympathy.

satea:

Arundhati Roy

satea:

Arundhati Roy

(via awumaway)

“Whenever you’re going through a bad day just remember, your track record for getting through bad days, so far, is 100%; and that’s pretty damn good.” — My amazing friend (via pain-is-temporary-keep-fighting)

(Source: , via she-could-combust)

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Anonymous said: honestly curious, why does it offend you?

perfectlyerik:

i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism. 

all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out. 

here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer: 

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from top to left to right:

KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔,APPLE 蘋果,ONION 洋蔥,GRAPE 葡萄,CHAIR 椅子,TOMATO 番茄

traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.

it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.” 

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lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english. 

she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english. 

just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries. 

let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.

this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day. 

if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?

i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay. 

i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media. 

as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world. 

feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality. 

reallywonderwoman:

it’s fascinating to me that when i tell people i go to a women’s college, the questions they ask me about the experience all pertain to men (are they allowed to visit? do you hate them?), as if it is so wild and unfathomable that an academic and social environment could be focused on anything other than men.

(via awumaway)

Jul 28

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