France has a union for bosses

curlmarx:

a union
for bosses
protecting the rights of the alienated, oppressed CEOs

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*dies of happiness*

*dies of happiness*

people that post pics of the LOVE statue and are like… “Philadelphia!  <3”

people that post pics of city hall and are like… “Philadelphia! <3”

People that post pics of the skyline, Pat’s, Geno’s, Rittenhouse Square, or the liberty bell… 

STOP.  Unless you’re a tourist, take a damn walk.

Today I spoke at one delegation at the IRS and then led one to a union hotel that is in contract negotiations. 

I never did a delegation before that. 

Kicking some serious ass. Got a voicemail from one of the committee people at the hotel, a strong organizer whom I really look up to, saying he was proud of me.  

so happy, and exhausted right now.

loladelphia:

I would like to send my sincere and heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of those affected by the incident that occurred last week in North Philadelphia in which three children who were helping their mother sell fruit to raise money for their church were killed by two men who had crashed a car they had just stolen.
All too often we get caught up in petty things in our lives and let them drag us down or upset us. I’m guilty of this as well. At this time, however, we as a city need to take a step back and think about those affected by this horrific event, and work as one city to provide them with love and support.
Rest in peace.

loladelphia:

I would like to send my sincere and heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of those affected by the incident that occurred last week in North Philadelphia in which three children who were helping their mother sell fruit to raise money for their church were killed by two men who had crashed a car they had just stolen.

All too often we get caught up in petty things in our lives and let them drag us down or upset us. I’m guilty of this as well. At this time, however, we as a city need to take a step back and think about those affected by this horrific event, and work as one city to provide them with love and support.

Rest in peace.

josh is fairly decent

kittenbeanie:

"bisexuals are greedy"

yes

but consider this:

corporation owners who’d pay their employees less than the minimum wage if they could

Tonight in Ramallah. July 24, 2014

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hellyesimthatgirl:

randomlancila:

brighteyescosplay:

geekygothgirl:

fatbodypolitics:

brigidkeely:

the-fly-agaric:

dragonsupremacy:

the-unpopular-opinions:

The opposite end of traditional “street harassment”: the girl who never gets cat called
In feminist spaces I see a lot of feminists complain about being street harassed. I read about it and I totally sympathize with their experiences, even though I have never experienced them myself. I am a female myself but am not conventionally attractive. I am not hideous but more or less a plain jane. On top of that I have ALWAYS valued comfort over style, so dressing feminine isn’t something I do on a regular basis. I wear a lot of loose jeans and T-shirts. But yeah, anyway, know that I am not trying to play “who has it harder” or anything but rather I am making this to share my experiences of getting the opposite end of the shit-covered stick that is street harassment that I don’t see being mentioned. I call it street dismissal.
When I say street dismissal I am talking about men who feel the need to subtly announce that unattractive women are not worthy of respect or acknowledgement because they are not a conventionally attractive female or their fellow man. 
Some examples I’ve personally experienced include:
Many guys at parties will arrive or leave, give all the men handshakes, give the attractive women hugs, but won’t even make eye contact with me. I am not a guy or a hot girl so I don’t exist.
I’ve been bumped into in public without an apology by men. I am not an attractive girl or your fellow man, so it makes sense for you to not even notice I am there.
One time I was walking behind a group of attractive women. A guy spotted us. Opened the door for the three women and shut the door in my face. I am not worthy of his time because I am not attractive.
I once was charged a cover on ladies night because I went out to the bar in my work uniform. (red shirt khaki pants)
Another time at a bar, I saw an open space to order a drink. The guy sitting next to me saw me, raised his eyebrows and turned the other way to make sure I don’t DARE try to talk to him. (Because I totally went there to hit on him and NOT get a drink right?)
I once went with my gay male friend to a straight guy’s house he knew. The first thing out of the straight guy’s mouth was “I was totally excited when you had a chick with you. Nevermind!” The whole night he offered my friend drinks and didn’t offer me a thing and seemed frustrated when I asked where the bathroom was. The only other thing he said that night was “Do you have any hot single friends that would come over here?”
Another time I went with a female friend of mine to get drinks. We met up with her guy friend. He ordered a round of beers for everyone except me. His excuse was “he didn’t know she was going to bring someone along and he is low on money” that was until his guy friend from high school showed up unexpectedly and he quickly bought him a drink.
These are just examples that have happened to me. So my question is are there any other “unattractive” girls out there that experience things similar to this? 
I just wanted to speak from the other perspective. We always hear the horror stories of sexism from the perspective of the women who are objectified by men in the sense of “oo I want that.” and not too many in the sense of “oo, ew DO NOT WANT.” 
This may seem like a big long rant that looks like “WAH PRETTY GIRLS GET THINGS AND I DON’T OH MY LIFE SUCKS” but I don’t mean to come off that way. Because I feel the need to mention that guys don’t do this just to get laid. This is where it’s important to bring up the fact that we are treated with less respect than other men. Men aren’t decent people to other men because they want to fuck them. They are decent to them because they see them as equals that deserve basic respect and acknowledgement. But we are women and to these men either you try to fuck them because they are hot or want them to go away. An unattractive woman has no purpose to him. 
Misogyny affects all women negatively. 

When I saw the first line I thought this post was going to be a boohooing tale about someone who desperately wanted to get harassed by men for hotness validation, but it was nothing of the sort. This is important and we should definitely see this brought up more in conversations regarding men’s general attitudes toward and interactions with women.

I hear stories like this mostly from big women or women who used to be a lot bigger than they are now. A woman told me she was once straight up punched in the face, after the guy told her she was disgusting and fat, and he just walked on and laughed. And the saddest part is that she told me, a lot of women harrassed her as well :(
OP is right, women are not left alone or “ignored” just because men dont find them attractive. And as the OP says, ignoring someone can be done in a rude and aggressive way.

And some people get both.
I’m a super fat women and I both get harassed/streetcalled/rubbed up on in public, but I also get completely ignored.
One time super late at night I was on the train and a complete stranger, a man, came up to me and started screaming at me and demanding money. I was reading a book and he got in my face and physically slapped it out of my hands and onto the floor, yelling and threatening me and demanding money and calling me names/insulting me. I loudly stated that I didn’t know him and asked him to leave me alone. Nobody in the train car reacted. The only other woman there stared stonily ahead (I don’t blame her at all). Finally, a tall guy stood up and walked toward me… to sit next to the (slender, conventionally attractive woman) putting his body between her and the screaming guy assaulting me. Nobody addressed the screaming man threatening me. Nobody pushed the brightly lit blue call button to notify the conductor. I didn’t matter. The other (thinner, more conventionally attractive) woman who was (not yet) in the line of fire mattered more than I did.
I wound up scrambling off the train just before the doors closed at the next stop, even though it wasn’t my stop and I knew there’d be a 20+ minute wait for the next train. I really hoped the guy wouldn’t be able to follow me out. Part of the reason I didn’t stay on until my stop (which was the next one after) was because I didn’t want him to disembark with me and follow me home… something that’s happened before.
There are a lot of different ways to harass women. Both responding aggressively to their femininity/perceived sexual availability and also denying it,  devaluing them because they aren’t feminine enough. Both are harmful. Both just… chip away at the person, at the soul, at the worth of someone. It’s a constant slow eroding drip wearing us down.

Yes to all this. I’ve been sexually harassed, fat shamed and invisible depending on how someone decides how valuable I am to them. It cuts at you.

I think I’ve already reblogged this but I don’t care. It’s so important. It’s SO important. In our society, you either exist as an object to be fucked or you’re ignored or greeted with anger if you’re not deemed fuckable enough. And it’s perverse and disgusting and I am so tired of hearing these stories from women. We are more. Whether we’re thin or fat, conventionally attractive or plain, no matter what color we are, we deserve respect and we aren’t getting it, (and many times WOC get it worse than white women, which I think it’s important to remember) and it makes me so tired and so sad.

This needs to be spread. The worst I’ve been harassed is also the most difficult to understand: I was not even a block away from my workplace walking at 8am in the frigid Midwest in a long, black puffy coat with black tights and boots and a man in a car driving opens his window to yell “NICE PUSSY.” I only caught the tail end so I pretended it didn’t happen until he purposefully made a u-turn to pass by me to scream it AGAIN. Thankfully he didn’t stop to continue but seriously, he couldn’t see anything (certainly not my vagina) and I was still nothing but an object. I’ve taken to wearing my headphones walking back and forth from work (no more than a few blocks). Harassment in all forms is degrading and makes one feel like their personal safety is compromised. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories

Wow I’m having a lot of feelings about this post and I’m really glad that it showed up on my dash. I’ve been catcalled and harassed, certainly. But by and large I’ve been ignored in similar ways as described above. I remember an incident when I was at an event specifically for bbws, and it was my first time and the only person I could think of to go with was my not fat, conventionally attractive friend. No one talked to me the entire night but everyone was ALL OVER my friend (which was heartbreaking because it was a bbw event and I thought it was FINALLY a place where I wouldn’t feel like the ugliest person in the room) Specifically, at one point in the night, some dude came up behind me, put his arms around me, popped his head over my shoulder, AND STARTED TALKING TO MY FRIEND. Did not even acknowledge me or the fact that he was touching me, I was literally just a prop, an obstacle to use to get closer to my friend.It’s difficult to process and unpack incidents like this because would I rather be harassed? No. I certainly don’t wish to be violated or catcalled. But sometimes it makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me because of how little it happens. It’s nice to be reminded that it’s two sides of the same coin and that my experiences are just as valid.

While I’ve experienced my fair share of harassment, I definitely can’t forget shit like the time that I took my cousin dancing and freaky, muscle-bound Marine dude, who kept trying to get her to dance with him, was trying to pass me off to “wing-man” (who, of course, couldn’t have made it any more obvious how much he didn’t want to get stuck with me).
When my cousin still didn’t want to dance with him, he stood behind me, put his arms around shoulders, and literally threw me four or five feet to the right.
He almost smashed me face-first into a steel-slab wall, the only reason I didn’t end up breaking my nose (and probably my front teeth as well) was because a bouncer, who had been watching the whole thing, literally jumped in and caught me before I hit the wall.
From my own personal experience I could not have been more shocked that another person actually stepped in. Not only did he stop me from getting hurt (aside from the bruises left on my shoulders from the creep-Marine), but then as soon as he made sure I was okay, he got all up in the asshole’s face, screaming at him to “get the fuck out” of the club and asking him, “what the fuck is wrong with you, man?”
After he made the two guys leave, he kept apologizing to me and my cousin and asked if we needed a cab or anything. We just took the bus home, because the night was already ruined, but it was a nice surprise to have someone actually care.

hellyesimthatgirl:

randomlancila:

brighteyescosplay:

geekygothgirl:

fatbodypolitics:

brigidkeely:

the-fly-agaric:

dragonsupremacy:

the-unpopular-opinions:

The opposite end of traditional “street harassment”: the girl who never gets cat called

In feminist spaces I see a lot of feminists complain about being street harassed. I read about it and I totally sympathize with their experiences, even though I have never experienced them myself. I am a female myself but am not conventionally attractive. I am not hideous but more or less a plain jane. On top of that I have ALWAYS valued comfort over style, so dressing feminine isn’t something I do on a regular basis. I wear a lot of loose jeans and T-shirts. But yeah, anyway, know that I am not trying to play “who has it harder” or anything but rather I am making this to share my experiences of getting the opposite end of the shit-covered stick that is street harassment that I don’t see being mentioned. I call it street dismissal.

When I say street dismissal I am talking about men who feel the need to subtly announce that unattractive women are not worthy of respect or acknowledgement because they are not a conventionally attractive female or their fellow man. 

Some examples I’ve personally experienced include:

  • Many guys at parties will arrive or leave, give all the men handshakes, give the attractive women hugs, but won’t even make eye contact with me. I am not a guy or a hot girl so I don’t exist.
  • I’ve been bumped into in public without an apology by men. I am not an attractive girl or your fellow man, so it makes sense for you to not even notice I am there.
  • One time I was walking behind a group of attractive women. A guy spotted us. Opened the door for the three women and shut the door in my face. I am not worthy of his time because I am not attractive.
  • I once was charged a cover on ladies night because I went out to the bar in my work uniform. (red shirt khaki pants)
  • Another time at a bar, I saw an open space to order a drink. The guy sitting next to me saw me, raised his eyebrows and turned the other way to make sure I don’t DARE try to talk to him. (Because I totally went there to hit on him and NOT get a drink right?)
  • I once went with my gay male friend to a straight guy’s house he knew. The first thing out of the straight guy’s mouth was “I was totally excited when you had a chick with you. Nevermind!” The whole night he offered my friend drinks and didn’t offer me a thing and seemed frustrated when I asked where the bathroom was. The only other thing he said that night was “Do you have any hot single friends that would come over here?”
  • Another time I went with a female friend of mine to get drinks. We met up with her guy friend. He ordered a round of beers for everyone except me. His excuse was “he didn’t know she was going to bring someone along and he is low on money” that was until his guy friend from high school showed up unexpectedly and he quickly bought him a drink.

These are just examples that have happened to me. So my question is are there any other “unattractive” girls out there that experience things similar to this? 

I just wanted to speak from the other perspective. We always hear the horror stories of sexism from the perspective of the women who are objectified by men in the sense of “oo I want that.” and not too many in the sense of “oo, ew DO NOT WANT.” 

This may seem like a big long rant that looks like “WAH PRETTY GIRLS GET THINGS AND I DON’T OH MY LIFE SUCKS” but I don’t mean to come off that way. Because I feel the need to mention that guys don’t do this just to get laid. This is where it’s important to bring up the fact that we are treated with less respect than other men. Men aren’t decent people to other men because they want to fuck them. They are decent to them because they see them as equals that deserve basic respect and acknowledgement. But we are women and to these men either you try to fuck them because they are hot or want them to go away. An unattractive woman has no purpose to him. 

Misogyny affects all women negatively. 

When I saw the first line I thought this post was going to be a boohooing tale about someone who desperately wanted to get harassed by men for hotness validation, but it was nothing of the sort. This is important and we should definitely see this brought up more in conversations regarding men’s general attitudes toward and interactions with women.

I hear stories like this mostly from big women or women who used to be a lot bigger than they are now. A woman told me she was once straight up punched in the face, after the guy told her she was disgusting and fat, and he just walked on and laughed. And the saddest part is that she told me, a lot of women harrassed her as well :(

OP is right, women are not left alone or “ignored” just because men dont find them attractive. And as the OP says, ignoring someone can be done in a rude and aggressive way.

And some people get both.

I’m a super fat women and I both get harassed/streetcalled/rubbed up on in public, but I also get completely ignored.

One time super late at night I was on the train and a complete stranger, a man, came up to me and started screaming at me and demanding money. I was reading a book and he got in my face and physically slapped it out of my hands and onto the floor, yelling and threatening me and demanding money and calling me names/insulting me. I loudly stated that I didn’t know him and asked him to leave me alone. Nobody in the train car reacted. The only other woman there stared stonily ahead (I don’t blame her at all). Finally, a tall guy stood up and walked toward me… to sit next to the (slender, conventionally attractive woman) putting his body between her and the screaming guy assaulting me. Nobody addressed the screaming man threatening me. Nobody pushed the brightly lit blue call button to notify the conductor. I didn’t matter. The other (thinner, more conventionally attractive) woman who was (not yet) in the line of fire mattered more than I did.

I wound up scrambling off the train just before the doors closed at the next stop, even though it wasn’t my stop and I knew there’d be a 20+ minute wait for the next train. I really hoped the guy wouldn’t be able to follow me out. Part of the reason I didn’t stay on until my stop (which was the next one after) was because I didn’t want him to disembark with me and follow me home… something that’s happened before.

There are a lot of different ways to harass women. Both responding aggressively to their femininity/perceived sexual availability and also denying it,  devaluing them because they aren’t feminine enough. Both are harmful. Both just… chip away at the person, at the soul, at the worth of someone. It’s a constant slow eroding drip wearing us down.

Yes to all this. I’ve been sexually harassed, fat shamed and invisible depending on how someone decides how valuable I am to them. It cuts at you.

I think I’ve already reblogged this but I don’t care. It’s so important. It’s SO important. In our society, you either exist as an object to be fucked or you’re ignored or greeted with anger if you’re not deemed fuckable enough. And it’s perverse and disgusting and I am so tired of hearing these stories from women. We are more. Whether we’re thin or fat, conventionally attractive or plain, no matter what color we are, we deserve respect and we aren’t getting it, (and many times WOC get it worse than white women, which I think it’s important to remember) and it makes me so tired and so sad.

This needs to be spread. The worst I’ve been harassed is also the most difficult to understand: I was not even a block away from my workplace walking at 8am in the frigid Midwest in a long, black puffy coat with black tights and boots and a man in a car driving opens his window to yell “NICE PUSSY.” I only caught the tail end so I pretended it didn’t happen until he purposefully made a u-turn to pass by me to scream it AGAIN. Thankfully he didn’t stop to continue but seriously, he couldn’t see anything (certainly not my vagina) and I was still nothing but an object. I’ve taken to wearing my headphones walking back and forth from work (no more than a few blocks). Harassment in all forms is degrading and makes one feel like their personal safety is compromised. Thank you everyone for sharing your stories

Wow I’m having a lot of feelings about this post and I’m really glad that it showed up on my dash. I’ve been catcalled and harassed, certainly. But by and large I’ve been ignored in similar ways as described above. I remember an incident when I was at an event specifically for bbws, and it was my first time and the only person I could think of to go with was my not fat, conventionally attractive friend. No one talked to me the entire night but everyone was ALL OVER my friend (which was heartbreaking because it was a bbw event and I thought it was FINALLY a place where I wouldn’t feel like the ugliest person in the room) Specifically, at one point in the night, some dude came up behind me, put his arms around me, popped his head over my shoulder, AND STARTED TALKING TO MY FRIEND. Did not even acknowledge me or the fact that he was touching me, I was literally just a prop, an obstacle to use to get closer to my friend.

It’s difficult to process and unpack incidents like this because would I rather be harassed? No. I certainly don’t wish to be violated or catcalled. But sometimes it makes me feel like there’s something wrong with me because of how little it happens. It’s nice to be reminded that it’s two sides of the same coin and that my experiences are just as valid.

While I’ve experienced my fair share of harassment, I definitely can’t forget shit like the time that I took my cousin dancing and freaky, muscle-bound Marine dude, who kept trying to get her to dance with him, was trying to pass me off to “wing-man” (who, of course, couldn’t have made it any more obvious how much he didn’t want to get stuck with me).

When my cousin still didn’t want to dance with him, he stood behind me, put his arms around shoulders, and literally threw me four or five feet to the right.

He almost smashed me face-first into a steel-slab wall, the only reason I didn’t end up breaking my nose (and probably my front teeth as well) was because a bouncer, who had been watching the whole thing, literally jumped in and caught me before I hit the wall.

From my own personal experience I could not have been more shocked that another person actually stepped in. Not only did he stop me from getting hurt (aside from the bruises left on my shoulders from the creep-Marine), but then as soon as he made sure I was okay, he got all up in the asshole’s face, screaming at him to “get the fuck out” of the club and asking him, “what the fuck is wrong with you, man?”

After he made the two guys leave, he kept apologizing to me and my cousin and asked if we needed a cab or anything. We just took the bus home, because the night was already ruined, but it was a nice surprise to have someone actually care.

vul-va:

The United States gives 8.5 million dollars per day in military aid to Israel so anyone who still thinks America isn’t involved “per se” can eat my ass. The financial collaboration coming from the United States is exactly what funds and allows the illegal and genocidal Israeli occupation of Palestine. 

(via daniellemertina)

But the state of Israel was not created for the salvation of the Jews; it was created for the salvation of Western interests. This is what is becoming clear (I must say it was always clear to me). The Palestinians have been paying for the British colonial policy of ‘divide and rule’ and for Europe’s guilty Christian conscience for more than thirty years…The collapse of the Shah not only revealed the depth of pious Carter’s concern for ‘human rights,’ it also revealed who supplied oil to Israel, and to whom Israel supplied arms. It happened to be, to spell it out, white South Africa. — James Baldwin (via redplebeian)

(via mansplainedmarxist)

omfg this environmental canvasser came to my door… his hair and beard were a complete rat’s nest and I could smell him 4 feet away.  also his little shpiel was terrible and since he didn’t ask me any questions I didn’t say anything and he just got progressively quieter and more timid! so awkward!

boring rant about street harassment under the cut

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