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(madeleine, 16, armenian)you have always been golden
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ok i have a question about jewish history: are the vast majority of turkish jews the descendants of people who fled the inquisition? i know there’s been a jewish community in asia minor for thousands of years and that the vast majority are sephardic but i’m curious if sephardic means your family was necessarily from spain or if it refers to mediterranean jews and if so how many came from spain as a result of the inquisition
1:15 am • 31 July 2014
i’m sorry i know i struggle with this but…um…..stalin was a very bad person. and i know that’s like ussr shaming or whatever (that was sarcastic but you know what i mean) but communism and disliking a genocidal mass murderer are not mutually exclusive and i don’t understand at all why people like him
5:13 pm • 30 July 2014 • 19 notes
“Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.”
— Stuart Hall (via heteroglossia)
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2:27 am • 30 July 2014 • 826 notes
wow people are turning gaza into a joke now “reasons my cat is problematic: doesn’t understand the current conflict in palestine, is kind of an asshole” congratulations over 1,000 people are dead, many more are injured, hundreds of thousands are displaced, and you’re the scum of the earth
2:38 pm • 29 July 2014 • 144 notes
I have a lot of young girls who ask me how to deal with people with different or shitty politics or just discrimination in general and how to control their anger while getting their point across, and honestly all I can say is pick your battles. You’re gonna burn yourself out if you try to educate everybody. Sometimes (actually, a lot of the times) you just gotta nod and leave. For your own sake. You can’t save the whole world. Just go eat a cookie or something. Forget them.
2:26 pm • 29 July 2014 • 94 notes
so when i was still a baby feminist i really liked the video that woman made about eyeliner and red lipstick or whatever, i hope you know what i’m talking about—i thought it was empowering and cute and anyway i liked it because i didn’t know any better, and i said as much. i was promptly attacked by two women in their twenties—in graduate school!—who spent at least thirty minutes writing long-winded, incredibly aggressive essays in response to my apparent offense. i was fifteen and yes i was a liberal feminist but by no means was that warranted—attacking young feminists still in the process of learning and unlearning toxic behavior is completely counterproductive, and betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of feminism’s purpose. teenage girls grapple with misogyny just as their older counterparts do, but they are often even more incredibly ill-equipped to do so than the latter. direct your anger at men, direct your frustration at older women who don’t know what they’re talking about, but don’t take it out on teenage girls.
1:28 pm • 29 July 2014 • 39 notes
people who have the audacity to mention the PTSD that U.S. soldiers’ face as a result of their actions in Afghanistan but conveniently leave out the large number of Afghans that develop PTSD as a result of those actions.
Your fucking husband’s PTSD, brought about after he “accidentally” killed a little girl, will be treated in time and given all the attention. My family members will never be accorded that opportunity.
(Source: padarnaa1aat, via afghangry)
12:49 pm • 29 July 2014 • 4,987 notes
“But if we define terrorism as the use of violence against civilians for political objectives, then the US state is the world’s leading terrorist. The powers that be in global society and that control the global political discourse attach the label “terrorist” to violence that they do not approve of, and they attach the label of “freedom and democracy and security” to violence that they do approve of, or that they commit themselves. Moreover, increasingly “terrorism” is used to simply describe political dissent, so that legitimate social movements and political struggles against global capitalism become labeled as “terrorism” in order to justify their suppression.”
— William I. Robinson, professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara (via dzhoslibrarian)
(Source: priceofliberty, via afghangry)
2:33 am • 29 July 2014 • 320 notes
I think the reason tumblr hates men is because they expect them to be like those shitty fictional characters they see in anime and supernatural and shit. But then it turns out they are real fucking people who’s main priority is not making you happy and they just can’t handle the truth.
feminism is ridiculous because feminists’ expectations are too high. how would you react if you were asked not to rape, abuse, or kill women, oh wait, oh my god, mom can you come over here help me extract my head from my ass, mom please hurry
12:28 am • 29 July 2014 • 1,717 notes
“So far as we feel sympathy, we feel we are not accomplices to what caused the suffering. Our sympathy proclaims our innocence as well as our impotence. To that extent, it can be (for all our good intentions) an impertinent–if not inappropriate–response. To set aside the sympathy we extend to others beset by war and murderous politics for a reflection on how our privileges are located on the same map as their suffering, and may–in ways we might prefer not to imagine–be linked to their suffering, as the wealth as some may imply the destitution of others, is a task for which the painful, stirring images supply only an initial spark.”
— Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others (via vul-va)
12:22 am • 29 July 2014 • 155 notes