Aderonke’s family was killed and she was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death in Nigeria – because she’s a lesbian. She fled to safety in the UK.
Now, they’re trying to send her back into danger. Aderonke, like dozens of other LGBT asylum-seekers, is stuck in a process that the UK government has already admitted humiliates and abuses them. It doesn’t work or protect anyone.
But, if thousands of us speak out right now, we could get the Home Office to take the next step and halt the deportations. Will you sign the petition to Home Office Secretary Theresa May now?
9:36 pm • 16 April 2014 • 2 notes
“I can sympathize with Ken Kesey who once said that he stopped writing because he was tired of being a seismograph—an instrument that measures rumblings from a great distance. He said he wanted to be a lightning rod.”
— Tom Wolfe (via theparisreview)
8:13 pm • 15 April 2014 • 899 notes
“Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, often claims that to know a culture, you must eat their food. I’ve eaten Vietnamese food my whole life, but there’s still so much that I don’t understand about my family and the place we came from. I don’t know why we can be so reticent, yet so emotional; why Catholicism, the invaders’ religion, still has such a hold on them; why we laugh so hard even at times when there’s not much to laugh about. After endless plates of com bi, banh xeo, and cha gio, I still don’t know what my grandmother thinks about when she prays.”
— Soleil Vy Ho, Craving the Other (via rubato)
(Source: soleilho, via arabellesicardi)
11:04 pm • 14 April 2014 • 440 notes
“Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are always male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.
And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.”
re: feministing - for women, heart attacks look different
Things I did not know, but should.
This is a post that might save a life.
My mom worked for 25 years as an ER nurse and is convinced that a lot of women die simply because folks only know heart attack symptoms that occur in males.
3:39 pm • 4 April 2014 • 147,917 notes
giving trans women roles to cis men
- robs trans women actors (who can’t get cis women roles) and gives those roles to cis men who already have an enormous amount of roles and opportunities
- reinforces the false idea that trans woman are somehow equivalent or analagous to cis men in costume
like really thats all there is to it. theres nothing you can say that justifies this practice
(Source: promblematic, via thatfeministqueer)
3:48 am • 4 April 2014 • 19,410 notes
“Fat people have the right to exist in fat bodies regardless of how we got fat, what being fat means, or if we could be thin through some means – however easy or difficult. There are no other valid opinions on this – we have the right to exist without shaming, bullying or stigmatization, period.”
Ragen Chastain -
3:09 am • 4 April 2014 • 21,542 notes
[Image description: a series of tweets by @lexcanroar that say the following:
1. “can we stop acting like the internet is this whole other niche place that doesn’t apply to the real world, please. it IS the real world.”
2. “conversations, debates, discussions, arguments, jokes, social movements - they aren’t any less ‘real’ because they’re created/exist online”
3. “online discussion has its differences, but it is not lesser. discourse IS totally ‘real’ when it’s online. that’s how the world works now.”
4. “the internet is not in any way separate from public discourse or social interaction. the internet IS now those things.”]
(Source: feminizt, via thatfeministqueer)
3:07 am • 4 April 2014 • 8,317 notes
"I’ve got a whole stack of books in my cart. Most of them are advance copies. I know a place where they get thrown out."
“How many books have you read?”
“So why are you homeless?”
“I’ve tried to work a job a bunch of times. But then I get sad, and then I get high, and things fall apart.”
3:03 am • 4 April 2014 • 45,663 notes