Kim Katrin Crosby (via xuron)
Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013, where quote is from.
Important. Especially the phrase “dual genocides.” Because clearly using Black bodies as tools to rebuild stolen and settled land from Native people who are dehumanized and killed via genocide as rationalized by the State makes the relationship between dehumanized stolen bodies without structural power on stolen land a different one from White bodies with structural power occupying land that is not theirs.
Don’t use alcohol to excuse men of violence
[image reads]: School is a Prison and damages our kids by Peter Gray from Salon.com
"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.
Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.
They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”
Public schooling, at least in America, was started around the time of the Industrial Revolution, and was a preparation for factory work when kids got old enough. That’s why the hours are as long as they are and every public school seems to run on the same shitty system that only provides bare minimum education. It taught basic literacy and work ethics to children who could then grow up and be decent employees. The school system wasn’t designed for learning and teaching, it was designed as job preparation.
I had so much trouble reading this because it takes me back to highschool and elementary school and I found myself staring at the ceiling for twenty minutes trying not to cry.
School killed my urge to learn, read, explore, and whatever self-confidence I had as a blissfully ignorant child.
The worst part of this to me is that these problems -aren’t- unsolvable. They aren’t at all! Other countries have already experimented with alternative forms of teaching for young children and highschoolers with great success! Look at Finland for fuck’s sake!
It’s not an unsolvable issue! People are just too fucking lazy to try and FIX IT.
don’t ask a lot of questions, don’t prove the teacher wrong, don’t deconstruct the oppressive assumptions in the documents, don’t self-educate
This is the most important thing in the entire world.
So I just got back last night from a brony convention in San Francisco. I was working a booth for a vendor friend, and let me tell you what happened:
We met a little girl who was there with her family. She…
“For three weekends, 47 Dachshunds, more commonly known as Sausage Dogs, will attempt to solve the world’s Human Rights issues.”
this was so fucking important
"And they still accomplished more than the actual U.N."
With the caveat that I have not seen the original video, I’m going to say it is, in fact, flawed. The misogyny and xenophobia that sometimes gets mixed up in the pro-vax sentiments is problematic.
I 100% support vaccination, and I think the people propagating and profiting on the anti-vax movement need to be stopped.
But people aren’t wrong to be suspicious of governments, and foreigners especially aren’t wrong to be suspicious of our motives. Less than 70 years ago American researchers were denying black men with syphilis care so we could study them. A few hundred years ago we gave the native peoples of our country blankets with the express purpose of destroying them. So maybe we need to step back and consider that the people in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan have totally legitimate reasons to distrust us.
And similarly, as perfectly demonstrated in this .gif, we like to portray anti-vaxxers as these “nut job mummy bloggers” when they are, in fact, moms who are suspicious of a government which they have no reason to believe has their best interests at heart. These are liberal parents as well as conservative ones, and as anybody can tell from the constant spying, denial of women’s medical care, and constant attempts to break up families via the foster care system, it maybe makes sense not to trust the maaaagical government to make the right decisions for your kid.
The response to the anti-vax movement needs to be about education, from family doctors and pediatricians, from informed church leaders, from information broadcast on TV, and from kids taught about vaccination in school. The solution to marginalized populations trying to protect their kids from a legitimately scary government should not be shaming them. I don’t trust the government about vaccines; I trust epidemiologists, but not everyone is privileged enough to grow up with easy access to that information, and those people deserve knowledge, not shaming from more white guys in business suits who obviously always know better then idiot mothers about what is best for kids.
Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.
Me: are these skinny jeans men’s or women’s?
Me: *sticks hands in pockets*
Me: and we have the answer
STOP EVERYTHING YOURE DOING RIGHT NOW AND WATCH THIS VIDEO
I KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING ATTACK ON TITAN RELATED BUT THIS OMFG IM CRYING