1. saturdaychores:

    Saturday Chores #5, June 14, 2014

    Grayson and I were out of town for a few weeks to celebrate the occasion of our marriage, but when we returned, there were still lots of people and lots of signs.

    This marks the first (and probably only) time our slogan was approved by the others. I learned about how Jesus will come back and slay everyone who is a disbeliever, including Grayson and me. That doesn’t sound very nice but I did tell the guy that if he liked the sign he was welcome to stand beside me. He walked away. 

    This makes me so very very happy.

     
  2. exhijabifashion:

    All Mine— Leila’s Story

    While growing up in the United States, I was constantly bombarded by images of the “ideal” beauty: models and actresses, who were taller and thinner than me, with fair skin and delicate European features.  I was noticeably different; being a petite South Asian, with naturally tan skin and an “interesting” face, which many admitted was pretty, in an “exotic” way.  But I never saw anyone in movies or magazines who looked like me, so I began to question how attractive I really could be.

    I also often wondered how my life would have been different if I had just been like the majority of my classmates: White and Christian.  Though the latter was a loose term for most, really just indicating that they would have family over around Easter and Christmastime. I was jealous of all the fanfare surrounding their holidays, and I was jealous of their freedom.  The freedom to wear what they want, study and explore their interests, and date and marry whomever they choose. 

    While my parents are considered “moderate” Muslims, they are quite conservative next to the typical American parents.  They immigrated to the States from Pakistan, bringing along with them the religious and cultural norms they were raised with.  No drinking, smoking, consuming alcohol or pork was allowed, and they expected their children to behave accordingly, all while avoiding premarital sex and romantic relationships with non-Muslims. 

    As a woman however, there were a few more rules that I had to adhere to that didn’t apply to my brothers.  I wasn’t allowed to show my knees or shoulders in public or at home.  Tank tops, mini skirts, and bikinis were out of the question.  Lengthy dresses still had to be loose fitting and opaque.   Even in the privacy of my own room, and my own bed, I was expected to cover my arms and legs.  There was also no swimming in gym class, no dancing with boys, no sleepovers, no dating, and no kissing allowed.  As you can imagine, the rules made it extremely difficult to be accepted as a “normal” kid.

    For years, I have tried to fit in.  I have tried to pass as the All-American girl-next-door.  But I am not her.  And I will never be her.  Finally, I now realize that I don’t need to be.  My experiences have made me an interesting, unique, strong, and ambitious person.  I have value just as I am and I am beautiful just as I am.  And I will not censor myself for any man or god or society.

    One day, when I am financially able, I will leave my parents’ home and be free to wear whatever I want.  My body, my behavior, my relationships, my career, my marriage, and my future will be mine. ALL MINE.  

    Maybe I’ll be an actress or a model or a writer.  Maybe I’ll be on TV and in magazines and a little brown girl will see me and think to herself that she can do anything.

    I don’t know.  All I know is that the future will be mine, and I will do as I goddamn well please.

    Leila* is a 23-year-old closeted ex-Muslim living in the United States.  Her identity has been concealed given her personal circumstances.  Any resemblance to any persons, living or dead, is probably coincidental. 

    *- Name has been changed.

     
  3. shonilane:

    thatfriendlyblackguy:

    pussybow:

    same shit, different decade. 😒

    oh shit

    But, folks wanna act like this is new…

    (via hello-rossalyn)

     
  4. bettersupes:

    "Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You" is a small project where I draw superheroes based on the costumes of young girls.

    This original submission is The Curly Girlie!

    From the mother: “Her superhero is named The Curly Girlie. She uses her long curly hair to lasso the bad guys, and has laser vision.”

     
  5. Police. He’s doing it right.

     

  6. In other words, if we didn’t live in a rape culture in which all but the most “perfect victims” are doubted, you can bet your ass there wouldn’t be such a backlog. As Hargitay said, “To me, this is the clearest and most shocking demonstration of how we regard these crimes.”

     
  7. lifewithamohawk:

    fuckmetodubstep:

    The correct answer is………

    Fucking NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!

    This disturbs me

    (Source: bonitabreezy)

     

  8. "

    It is difficult to be sat on all day, every day, by some other creature, without forming an opinion on them.

    On the other hand, it is perfectly possible to sit all day, every day, on top of another creature and not have the slightest thought about them whatsoever.

    "
    — 

    Douglas Adams

    this quote was literally in my sociology book 

    (via marinashutup)

    (via brutereason)

     

  9. mysocalledqueerlife:

    [[[ from my art blog - ellieheart.tumblr.com]]]

    TW: Cissexism, being a young trans girl, body dysphoria

    image

    [accessibility: it is dark, probably in a cave. there are two girls, one much younger than other, sitting side by side. the older one, in a green dress, is hiding in fear. weak and hurt…

     
  10. lezbeyan:

    Femme Nation: A photo series by 16 year old Hailey Corrall to provoke a message about misogyny in our youth.

    (via brutereason)