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Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

Both by Dan Bagan

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As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously? Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?

I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it.

But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened? Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?

Aman Ali

I am going to reblog this quote every year. 

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The rape joke is that you were seventeen,
the legal age of consent in your home state.
The rape joke is that you took him to church.
The rape joke is that your grandmother trusted
you and left you alone with him because
he said that he would get you home safely.
The rape joke is that, against your better judgement,
you went down to the amphitheater with him, alone.
It was dark but he had a kind smile and you
trusted everyone until they gave you a reason not to.

The rape joke is that he knew you were four years
clean and used drugs to get what he wanted.
The rape joke is that he complimented you during.
The rape joke is that it lasted for three hours,
all the while you lay beneath him
on that picnic table, entirely conscious and aware.
You could feel, see and hear everything but
you couldn’t move. You tried to scream but you couldn’t.

The rape joke is that he kissed your tears away.
The rape joke is that he held your hand,
as you sat in silence, in the back of a taxi.

The rape joke is that he texted you when he got home,
making sure that you “keep this between us
and don’t tell anyone about anything.”
The rape joke is that you muffled your cries for an hour,
not wanting to wake anyone in the house.
The rape joke is that you called your grandmother
and apologized over and over, as if you were to blame.

The rape joke is that at the hospital you were
guilted into having a rape kit done, but come to find out
the doctor didn’t log anything. All your evidence is gone.

The rape joke is that once the police arrived they asked
“What had you been wearing?”
“Are you sure you didn’t give consent earlier?”
“You’re aware that it’s just going to be he said/she said, right?”
“In this state you’re over the age to give consent.”
“Did he drug you or did you do drugs and regret it?”
The rape joke is that it’s illegal to have sex
with someone under the influence but the police
seem to have misplaced your toxicology report
from that night. There’s no proof drugs were ever involved.

The rape joke is that the police have already had
their interview with him, but its been 70 days
since the assault and they won’t even return your calls.
The rape joke is that you have to have therapy
4-5 times a week and now are on 6 different
medications, but the nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks
and thoughts of wanting to kill yourself
still won’t go away. You’re scarred.
The rape joke is that you deeply crave touch
but flinch when someone even walks too close to you.

The rape joke is that 1 in 6 American women
have been a victim of an attempted or completed
rape in her lifetime. Each year, there are about
237,868 victims of sexual assault.

The rape joke is that once you told your family what
had happened they began to confess things as well.
The rape joke is that your sister was raped by
her ex-boyfriend and your mother was gang raped at 15 
and raped again by her boss at 19, giving birth to you as a result.
The rape joke is that, like many cases, neither was reported.

The rape joke is that you’re forced to keep
what happened to you a secret because if you don’t
you’re looked at as the one who did something wrong.
The rape joke is that you have to go on
with your life, feeling disgusted with your own existence.
The rape joke is that you must suffer in silence.
You’ve become the rape joke.

Become the Rape Joke

Inspired by Lora Mathis’s poem “the Rape Joke" and "Rape Joke" by Patricia Lockwood.

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The rape joke is that you were eight.
The rape joke is that at the time,
you didn’t know people had sex to express love.
The rape joke is that the only other person
who’d seen you naked was your mom.
The rape joke is that he called you ‘beautiful’ first.
The rape joke is that he held your hands together
and told you to ‘try harder’ when you struggled.
The rape joke is that you believed him
when he told you were overreacting.
The rape joke is that your grandma
called him a nice boy and asked him to stay for dinner.
The rape joke is that he winked at you
when you apologized to your parents for not coming
downstairs the first time you were called.
The rape joke is that his friends
high-fived him for “getting some.”
The rape joke is that you still don’t feel like
you’ve regrown the pieces he stole.
The rape joke is that he was conceived when his
dad slapped himself into his snoring mother.
The rape joke is that her friends told her
she was lucky someone wanted her.
The rape joke is that each year in the United States,
32,000 other women’s bellies
ripen with life against their will.
The rape joke is that he never learned
to touch without scarring.
The rape joke is that your classmate thinks
‘have you seen what asses look like in yoga pants?’
is an argument.
The rape joke is your new boyfriend kissing
you and telling you he ‘raped’ his math test.
The rape joke is that ‘Why are girls so scared of rape? Y’all should feel pride that a guy risked his life in jail just to fuck you’
is a popular Tweet right now.
The rape joke is that you wake up to
the memory of him laughing,
“now that wasn’t so bad, was it?”
The rape joke is that it’s been twelve years and
you still quiver when someone touches you.
The rape joke is that he hasn’t stopped laughing.
The rape joke is that you forgot how to.
The Rape Joke | Lora Mathis
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robertoluongo:

in grade 8 i did a power point presentation on “whooping cough” and my opening slide was a photo of whoopi goldberg coughing and i was the only person who laughed at it and i couldnt start the presentation for like five minutes because i was laughing too hard at my own joke

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