You say radical feminists don’t want you, as someone who identifies as transgender, to exist. This is a non-truth and a non-argument. Radical feminists don’t want gender to exist. Gender is not equivalent to human life. Gender is what immiserates human life; specifically, the lives of women.
You say that, as someone who “feels like a woman” and “presents like a woman”, you are harassed and threatened on the street. I’m sorry. Nobody should have to endure that. But let’s be clear: the men who do this—we all know who the perpetrators are—either think you are a woman (and therefore want sex) or think you are a man who looks too much like a woman (and therefore want to punish you for defying the hierarchy).
I strive to never downplay or deny the cruelty faced by any human being. The cruelty you endure and the cruelty that any transgender-identifying person endures is wrong and should be fought tooth and nail. That you experience cruelty, however, does not make you a woman.
Radical feminists are on the front-lines of the fight for human rights and against injustice. They are striving to abolish one of the world’s most powerful institutions. They are striving to live in a world where human beings can just be human beings, regardless of how we like to dress or talk or act.
— http://abolishmasculinity.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/radical-beyond-pronouns-on-gender-zombies-dgr-and-feminism/ (via evilfeminist)
"It’s funny, the stereotypes we given. Lazy, as if we ain’t build an entire country on our backs. Thieves, as if we wasn’t stolen from our home. Hateful, as if we was the ones that murder for dark skin. Selfish, as if we took over another people’s country and claimed they land as our own. Funny, how them stereotypes so perfectly describe the ones who done doomed us all."
— My grandmother, talking to my brother who was recently called, “nothing but a black thug” for daring to wear a hoodie in the rain. (via asiaraymonet)
"Poverty is a punishment for the crime of living."
— Sarah Kendzior (via thegildedcentury)
Inmates to strike in Alabama, declare prison is “running a slave empire”
Breaking: Reached in his cell, Free Alabama Movement leader tells Salon inmates will refuse work to end free labor
Inmates at an Alabama prison plan to stage a work stoppage this weekend and hope to spur an escalating strike wave, a leader of the effort told Salon in a Thursday phone call from his jail cell.
“We decided that the only weapon or strategy … that we have is our…
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The 13th Amendment
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
How can slavery be “abolished” if there’s an exception?
[The United States is an oligarchy, not a democracy.] …[F]indings provide support for two theories of governance: economic elite domination and biased pluralism. The first is pretty straightforward and states that the ultra-wealthy wield all the power in a given system, though some argue that this system still allows elites in corporations and the government to become powerful as well. Here, power does not necessarily derive from wealth, but those in power almost invariably come from the upper class. Biased pluralism on the other hand argues that the entire system is a mess and interest groups ruled by elites are fighting for dominance of the political process. Also, because of their vast wealth of resources, interest groups of large business tend to dominate a lot of the discourse. America, the findings indicate, tends towards either of these much more than anything close to what we call “democracy.”
In either case, the result is the same: Big corporations, the ultra-wealthy and special interests with a lot of money and power essentially make all of the decisions. Citizens wield little to no political power.
— Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic (via america-wakiewakie)