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there are teenagers who have unprotected sex but have a case for their iphone

just let that sink in

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Taurus zodiac facts.

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Taurus zodiac facts.

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Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimillion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

Sunitha Krishnan is galvanizing India’s battle against sexual slavery by uniting government, corporations and NGOs to end human trafficking.

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

more fucking power to you.

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"I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the fucking problem. I am tired of being mocked by hypocrites who think that a single lazy counterexample is sufficient to debunk the fifteen detailed examples they demanded I produce before they’d even accept my point as a hypothetical, let alone valid, argument. I am tired of assholes who think that playing Devil’s advocate about an issue alien to their experience but of deep personal significance to their interlocutor makes them both intellectually superior and more rationally objective on the specious basis that being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming)."

— Foz Meadows, “I Am So Very Tired” (via morecoffee)

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Walter Rodney.How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Make sure everyone reads it

Walter Rodney (March 23, 1942 to June 13, 1980) was a prominent Guyanese historian and political activist. Rodney’s most influential book was How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, published in 1972.

In it he described an Africa that had been consciously exploited by European imperialists, leading directly to the modern underdevelopment of most of the continent. The book became enormously influential as well as controversial.

Later years and Assassination

In 1974 Rodney returned to Guyana from Tanzania he was due to take a position as a professor at the University of Guyana however the Guyanese government prevented his appointment. He became increasingly active in politics, forming the Working People’s Alliance against the PNC government. In 1979 he was arrested and charged with arson after two government offices were burned.

In 1980, Rodney was killed by a bomb in his car while running for office in Guyanese elections. Rodney was survived by his wife, Pat, and three children. Walter’s brother, Donald, who was injured in the explosion, said that a sergeant in the Guyana Defence Force named Gregory Smith had planted the bomb that killed Rodney. Smith fled to French Guiana after the killing, where he died in 2002.

The book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, is now available online.

In this book Rodney presented a new way of thinking about Africa’s so-called “underdevelopment.” The question was “why are some areas of the world rich and others poor?” There have been reasons why many people are taught this—the common belief is that successful countries had better inventions, more adventurous explorers, greater natural resources, geographical advantages, better climate, less corruption, or just good fortune.

The implication was that the western nations mostly deserved their status as did the less successful ones. Africa’s underdevelopment was thus to a large extent Africa’s fault. Of course, a generous impulse might lead us to help those less fortunate to develop and share the goods of the world, maybe not to achieve full equality, but at least enough to meet their minimal needs.

Rodney challenges that entire view. He describes an Africa that is more developed than Europe in many ways except military conquest. When Europe fails to compete on even terms with Africa and Asia it turns to war and colonization to take by force what it cannot achieve through fair trade. Africa is then consciously exploited by European imperialists, leading directly to the modern underdevelopment of most of the continent. Thus, “underdeveloped” is an active verb, with an agent who does the underdeveloping; it’s not just a descriptive adjective.

Rodney’s thesis was highly influential. James M. Blaut’s works, The Colonizer’s Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History (Guilford, 1993) and 1492: The Debate on Colonialism, Eurocentrism, and History (Africa Research & Publications, 1993) extends the basic thesis, with more detailed economic analyses.

Other writers have criticized aspects of Rodney’s work, but the general idea seems even more salient in an era of neocolonialism. For example, Haiti today struggles under a crushing external debt. Nearly half of that was incurred under the Duvaliers, puppet dictators of the US. The Duvaliers stole the resources of the Haitian people, then assumed debts that oppress their children and grandchildren. Debt service, a burden essentially imposed by the US, makes economic growth nearly impossible. Yet commonplace accounts would say that “they” (the Haitian people) can’t manage finances, don’t know how to protect their natural resources, have a corrupt economy, lack creativity or initiative, or otherwise are to blame for their fate.

For many countries in Africa, for Haiti, and for other colonized areas, the forcible appropriating of indigenous human and natural resources means underdeveloping those areas. When we turn “underdevelop” into a past participle, “underdeveloped,” we make it easy to forget how that happened. Rodney puts it this way:

The question as to who, and what, is responsible for African underdevelopment can be answered at two levels. Firstly, the answer is that the operation of the imperialist system bears major responsibility for African economic retardation by draining African wealth and by making it impossible to develop more rapidly the resources of the continent. Secondly, one has to deal with those who manipulated the system and those who are either agents or unwitting accomplices of the said system. The capitalists of Western Europe were the ones who actively extended their exploitation from inside Europe to cover the whole of Africa. In recent times, they were joined, and to some extent replaced, by the capitalists from the United States; and for many years now even the workers of those metropolitan countries have benefited from the exploitation and underdevelopment of Africa. 

Rodney’s account of Africa, written 37 years ago, is still relevant for Africa today. But it extends to other international regions and even to communities within so-called “developed” countries. When we see, and label, communities as underdeveloped, low-resource, impoverished, disadvantaged, economically depressed, troubled, or marginalized, we follow the lead of the 1965 Moynihan report, which described a “tangle of pathology,” locating problems within the community with causes in the distant past.

We should ask not only how these communities compare to privileged ones, or even what useful things we might do to help them. We need to look first at the structures and mechanisms of power that caused these conditions in the first place, and now, continue to maintain them. This means turning from the conceit that underdevelopment just happens, that an appropriate and full response is to “give” to those less fortunate. It requires collaborative struggle in which all participants are willing to examine the roots of oppression and to engage in the practice of freedom..

Rodney traveled every corner of Africa with many of his activities being financed by leader Muammar Gaddafi who was assassinated by similar imperialist powers that were behind Rodney’s death.

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"Somebody says something to you that is rude or designed to hurt. Instead of going into unconscious reaction and negativity, such as attack, defense, or personal withdrawal, you let it pass right through you. Offer no resistance. It is as if there is nobody there to get hurt anymore. That is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable. You can still tell that person that his or her behavior is unacceptable, if that is what you choose to do. But that person no longer has the power to control your inner state. You are then in your power—not in someone else’s, nor are you run by your mind. Whether it is a car alarm, a rude person, a flood, an earthquake, or the loss of all your possessions, the resistance mechanism is the same."

Eckhart Tolle

Tolle, E. (1999). The power of now. Vancouver: Namaste Publishing.

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"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important."

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Words, man. Words.

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Taurus doesn’t intentionally play hard to get.  It really all starts with the initial attraction.  We’re not drawn to one specific thing; you just have to catch our eye.  Taurus can be drawn to your charm, your style, your mystery, your swagger, your smile.  From there—we’re hooked.  We’ll sit around fantasizing about you.  Going through the what if this and what if that.  Essentially, we’re seeing how well you’ll fit into our life.  Might I add, the less we see you, the more we want you.  When we do get to talk to you, we’re super titillating and charming.  Rightfully so, you take our flirtatiousness as a sign of interest.  We start to see each other more, things get serious and BAM—we suddenly don’t like you anymore.  It’s inexplicable. You’re left wondering “why?” This thing—this distance—we have a hard time explaining why it happens.  As we all know, Taurus loves security.  You like us but, what’s next?  Can we trust you?  Questions like this cause us to shut down.  Taurus likes things that are real.  Sure, it’s fun to flirt in the beginning, but you being overly affectionate is inauthentic.  We want you to get to know us for us.  We desire a real love, and more than likely, this love your giving for no reason is a sign of immaturity.  Yes, Taurus is not an easy catch, but we’re a worthy pursuit.  Needless to say, if you’re persistent and essentially prove that you’re in this for the right reasons, Taurus will open up entirely.  The truth is, Taurus is one big surprise—we will surprise you with our love.  You’ll come to realize that Taurus is the missing piece to your life that you never knew was missing.

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Taurus doesn’t intentionally play hard to get.  It really all starts with the initial attraction.  We’re not drawn to one specific thing; you just have to catch our eye.  Taurus can be drawn to your charm, your style, your mystery, your swagger, your smile.  From there—we’re hooked.  We’ll sit around fantasizing about you.  Going through the what if this and what if that.  Essentially, we’re seeing how well you’ll fit into our life.  Might I add, the less we see you, the more we want you.  When we do get to talk to you, we’re super titillating and charming.  Rightfully so, you take our flirtatiousness as a sign of interest.  We start to see each other more, things get serious and BAM—we suddenly don’t like you anymore.  It’s inexplicable. You’re left wondering “why?” This thing—this distance—we have a hard time explaining why it happens.  As we all know, Taurus loves security.  You like us but, what’s next?  Can we trust you?  Questions like this cause us to shut down.  Taurus likes things that are real.  Sure, it’s fun to flirt in the beginning, but you being overly affectionate is inauthentic.  We want you to get to know us for us.  We desire a real love, and more than likely, this love your giving for no reason is a sign of immaturity.  Yes, Taurus is not an easy catch, but we’re a worthy pursuit.  Needless to say, if you’re persistent and essentially prove that you’re in this for the right reasons, Taurus will open up entirely.  The truth is, Taurus is one big surprise—we will surprise you with our love.  You’ll come to realize that Taurus is the missing piece to your life that you never knew was missing.

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"Black women can’t conform. Everything about the black woman is defiant. Look at their hair. Growing upward. Defying gravity."

— Unknown  (via chocolatehighhh)

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