1. "Re-member what is dark and ancient and divine within ourselves that it may aid our speaking, our dreaming, our way of life." - Audre Lorde

    Artwork by Tulane University students for Audre Lorde Week 2014.

     

  2. anagnori:

    Let’s clear up some terminology issues that I see a lot:

    • Asexuality is a sexual orientation, defined by not feeling sexual attraction to other people. It’s not a choice. Celibacy is a behavior pattern, defined by not having sex, and it is a choice.
    • sex-repulsed or sex-averse person finds some or all sex-related things unappealing, or even unpleasant, and might not want to participate in them. Being sex-repulsed is usually not a choice. It is not related to how a person believes other people should behave sexually.
    • Sex-negativity and sex-positivity are attitudes or ideas about how people in general should behave sexually. It is also possible to be neither sex-positive nor sex-negative.
    • Asexuality, celibacy and sex-repulsion are things that reflect someone’s private experiences of sexuality, and they do not imply anything about how that person believes other people should behave. A person with any or all of these traits could be sex-negative, sex-positive or neither.
    • It is possible to support sexual agency and freedom for other people without being sex-positive. Some people do this because they have qualms with parts of the sex-positive movement. So a person who doesn’t call themself sex-positive isn’t necessarily sex-negative.

    Also, bonus words!

    • Sex-indifferent means not repulsed by or averse to sexual things, whereas sex-neutral is more often used to mean someone who is neither sex-negative nor sex-positive.
    • Some people are sex-repulsed in some ways but sex-indifferent in other ways.
    • I don’t know of a common word for “likes having sex” but I use “sex-enjoying” for that. (I figure it’s useful to distinguish between asexual people who like having sex versus those who just don’t mind it.)

    (via ace-muslim)

     
  3. “‘Unlearning one’s own privilege’ was a phrase I used before I knew any of this. Unlearning ones own privilege is a narcissistic undertaking. I would now say, “learning to learn from below”. Forget about the other one. I mean, you can’t unlearn privilege.”

    Gayatri Spivak in Naked Punch almost 5 years ago now, where she will tear apart psychoanalytic bullshit.

     
  4. The thing with My Mad Fat Diary is it takes you back to things you wanted back in the 90s.

     
  5. sideentrance:

    Eid-ul-Adha prayers at the Toronto Unity Mosque in 2013. Photo submitted by El-Farouk Khaki

    Mixed congregation prayers - and a woman leading prayers! This is truly powerful to see.

     

  6. RESEARCH HELP - INTERVIEWS ON PAKISTAN, RELIGION, GLOBALIZATION

    Hello Tumblr,

    I’m doing my master’s thesis at Claremont School of Theology on Pakistan, globalization, feminism, and religion. If you are a woman between the ages of 18 and 24 and live in Pakistan (especially Karachi and Lahore), I would love to chat with you! The only other requirement is that you have Skype so we can chat for free!

    The interviews would take place within the next week.

    The interview would be fairly short (about a half hour to an hour) and would consist of your opinions on the topics listed above. Your opinions are important and cannot be valued enough. Many people attempt to speak for all women, and especially for Pakistani women on these very issues.

    If you are interested, please email me at: hafsa [dot] arain [@] gmail [dot] com. Also, you can get it touch we me on Tumblr: roohafsa [dot] tumblr [dot] com.

    (PLEASE SHARE WIDELY)

     

  7. Little Things

    1. The sound of thunder outside as you fall asleep in spring.

    2. Driving underneath the old post office on 290.

    3. Spotting my lost shoe at the Sheridan stop every morning.

    4. Seeing a folding chair on the road hold a parking spot in winter.

    5. How close and distant the city looks from Montrose Beach.

    6. Making pizza with my sister after work.

    7. Buying a new pair of gloves in November.

    8. Listening to podcasts on the bus and accidentally laughing out loud.

    9. Catching someone else accidentally laugh out loud on the bus.

    10. Knowing you don’t have any new memories in the city you love.

     
  8. ladybrun:

    kelleyboomerang:

    unsubstantiatedrumors:

    Hero.

    Most of you have probably already read this, but this is so, so important. I think it’s a damn shame that the name of the Aurora shooter or the marathon bombers is common knowledge but not the name of this brave young man.

    His father said that, “He made his mother cry, but he saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.”

    I can’t imagine such pure selflessness. I remember when I was 15, and I couldn’t have done something like this. I don’t think I’m even this selfless now.

    Young heroes like Aitzaz and Malala give me hope for Pakistan, and the world. They’re the change that we need. They’re the people who you should judge Islam by, not the extremists. I know I don’t have that many followers, but please, for anyone who reads this today, spare a moment to think about this young hero and his grieving family.

    This commentary is so offensive and I am so tired of seeing offensive commentary attached to this news story. Idiots who are not Pakistani need to shut their ignorant mouths about Malala and Aitazaz. they are not exceptional minorities in ~ barbaric and hostile Pakistan ~ they are representative of the majority of Pakistan’s children who are more brave, strong and educated than your media cares to show beyond the yelling dark skinned gunmen burning american flags. 

    Don’t talk about “these people give me hope for Pakistan” as though Pakistan is a hopeless terrorist wasteland. You know nothing about Pakistan. You need to erase your commentary and sit the fuck down. 

    (via ladybrun-deactivated20140111)

     

  9. She spent long stretches of her time reading books. Unknowingly, she had shared these glimpses of the worlds she had been in disguised as personal anecdote. She had thought they were memories.

     
  10. sometwine:

    Don’t worry ELLE, I want ahead and fixed your cover for you! (original)

    (via faineemae)