pro-choice-or-no-voice:

The Importance of Comprehensive Sexual Education:
"Research has identified highly effective sex education and HIV prevention programs that affect multiple behaviors and/or achieve positive health impacts. Behavioral outcomes have included delaying the initiation of sex as well as reducing the frequency of sex, the number of new partners, and the incidence of unprotected sex, and/or increasing the use of condoms and contraception among sexually active participants. Long-term impacts have included lower STI and/or pregnancy rates." [x]
We need to equip people with knowledge and resources to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle. By teaching comprehensive sex education we are allowing people to make informed decisions about their health and and personal lives. - Paige

The Basics (Anatomy and Biological functions): 
What is a vagina? 
What is a vulva? (Basic Anatomy inside links.)
What is the vagina’s biological function during sexual intercourse (specifically PIV sex)?
What is the uterus and what is it’s biological function?
What is a hymen and what are the different kinds of hymens? 
What is the purpose of a hymen?
Which hole does urine come out of and which hole does menstruation come out of?
Menstrual Cycle: 
What is a menstrual cycle?
 What is menstruation?
Why do we menstruate?
How to use pads, tampons, and menstrual cups.
What is ovulation?
Vaginal Hygiene:
The vagina, is in fact, designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions (discharge). But there are ways you can help maintain the cleanliness of your vagina (i.e. avoiding perfumed soaps and gently washing the vulva area, not the actual vagina.) Click the link for more information.
*Vaginal odors and discharge; what’s normal and what’s not?
What is douching?
What are Pap Smears?
"A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in people. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina."
When do I need a pap smear?
What are vaginal orgasms? Clitoral orgasms? G-Spot orgasms? How can you achieve an orgasm?
"A “vaginal orgasm” is the notion that [people] can have an orgasm through stimulation during intercourse or other vaginal penetration, entirely without clitoral stimulation. However, the vagina has few nerve endings, and therefore cannot create an orgasm on its own. Instead of thinking of the vagina and clitoris as separate entities, try thinking about them as a network of nerves and muscles."
"There’s some disagreement about the size of the G-spot; it may range from a quarter inch to a couple inches along the upper wall of your vagina, about an inch or two past your vaginal opening. Underneath it is highly sensitive tissue that, when touched the right way, triggers feelings of sexual happiness, explains Debby Herbenick, PhD."
Myths and facts about orgasms.
Tips on how to have an orgasm.
Having trouble reaching an orgasm? No worries, there is help! [x][x]
Female Genital Mutilation Information:
"Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
“The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.”
"Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths."
"FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women."

The Basics (Anatomy and Biological Functions):
What is a penis? 
What are testicles? (Basic Anatomy inside links.)
What is the penis’ biological function during sexual intercourse? (Specifically PIV sex.)
Examining your testicles for Testicular Cancer: How to.
Penile Hygiene:
"Gently wash the penis with warm water each day when you’re having a shower or bath. If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath."
"Gently washing your penis once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene. If you want to use soap, choose a mild or non-perfumed soap to reduce the risk of skin irritation."
What is an erection and ejaculation?
"An erection begins in the brain. Physical and/or mental stimulation cause nerves in the brain to send chemical messages to nerves in the penis telling the penile blood vessels to relax so that blood can flow freely into the penis. Once in the penis, high pressure traps the blood within both corpora cavernosa. This causes the penis to expand and sustain an erection."
"Ejaculation, the release of semen at climax, is triggered when a person reaches a critical level of excitement."
*Overcoming ejaculation problems.
Is ejaculation and having an orgasm the same thing?
What is semen and what does it do?
What is Erectile Dysfunction? Treatments.
What is circumcision & is it medically necessary?
"Circumcision is the removal of a simple fold of skin (the `foreskin’ or `prepuce’) that covers the head (glans) of the un-erect penis."
While there are benefits of being circumcised, it is not medically necessary.

The Basics:
What is masturbation and how do you do it?
Why do people masturbate?
Is masturbating normal and can it be harmful? (Short answer: Masturbation is normal, and no it is not harmful!)
WebMDs Masturbation FAQ.
The benefits of masturbation: [x] [x]
An Asexual’s Guide to Masturbation.

What is sex?
People define “sex” in different ways. Some people believe that it only counts as sex if a penis goes into a vagina, but this isn’t true for everybody. There are lots of different ideas about what sex can be: Vaginal sex (penis-in-vagina intercourse), Oral sex (mouth-to-genital contact), Anal sex (penis-in-anus intercourse), Dry humping or genital rubbing, Fingering or hand jobs (hand-to-genital contact), and Masturbation.
What is oral sex?
What is anal sex?
Why do people have sex?
How to have safe sex.(STI and pregnancy prevention goes more in depth below!)
What is Consent and is it mandatory?
"Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic about having sex. In other words, that they give their full consent.” Consent is an enthusiastic, freely-given, uncoerced, sober, “yes”.
Consent is ALWAYS mandatory, whether you’re married, dating or just met.
What is sex without consent? Rape/Sexual Assault.
What is sexual assault? What is rape? (Resources below.)
Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention.
What do I do if I’ve been sexually assaulted?
Sexual assault prevention and awareness.
Resources for sexual assault victims: United States.
Resources for sexual assault victims: Canada.
Resources for sexual assault victims: United Kingdom.
More international resources.
More resources.
Is sex supposed to hurt the first time?
"While it’s common for [some] to feel pain or discomfort with sex, it’s not “normal” in that it has to happen or there isn’t an alternative. Sex is not supposed to hurt: it’s supposed to feel very good.” [Inside the link above, it does explain what to do to make sure sex is not painful.]
Are there benefits to having sex?
10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex.
Top 11 Benefits of Having Sex.
14 Unexpected Benefits of Having Sex.

What does MOGII mean?
Marginalized Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex. It’s a synonym for LGBTQIAP+ and is inclusive for people who don’t have or don’t want labels, rejects allies, and uses no reclaimed slurs.
What is a sexual orientation?
"Sexual orientation describes to whom a person is sexually attracted. Some people are attracted to people of a particular gender; others are attracted to more than one gender. Some are not attracted to anyone."
“Affectional orientation is a term that describes to whom a person is romantically attracted, acknowledging that for many people there are more components to attraction than just sexual desire.”
What is gender identity?
"The ways in which a person identifies and/or expresses their gender, including self-image, appearance, and embodiment of gender roles. One’s sex (e.g., male, female, intersex, etc.) is usually assigned at birth based on one’s physical biology. One’s gender (e.g., man, woman, genderqueer, etc.) is one’s internal sense of self and identity.”
Some gender identities.
Some more gender identities.
Genderqueer and Non Binary Identities.
Resources for most Gender Identities.(Resources for understanding gender identity, figuring out yours, how to come out to parents and friends, transitioning resources, local supports, and more!)
What is asexuality?
"Some people who identify as asexual do not experience sexual attraction to other people, while others experience sexual attraction but no desire to act on these attractions."
“Asexuality and Celibacy are not the same. Many people who are asexual live a celibate life, meaning that they do not engage in sex with others. But while Celibacy is a choice, asexuality is not.”
"Asexuality is not a dysfunction, and there is no need to find a "cause" or a "cure."" [x]
Are all people who identify as asexual sex repulsed? No!
Asexual Visibility and Education Network.
What does transgender mean? (Resources below!)
"Transgender – or trans – is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity or expression is different from those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth (e.g., the sex listed on their birth certificate)." [x]
"Transgender may be used to describe someone who was assigned female or male at birth, but later realizes that label doesn’t accurately reflect who they feel they are inside."
Resources for transgender people.
More resources for transgender people
Coming Out as Trans
All About Gender Therapy
Trans Health Matters: Trans Women
Trans Health Matters: Trans Men
Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges
What does intersex mean?
“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
How common is intersex?
Intersex Society of North America.
Resources for intersex people.

What are STIs, how do you get them, and what are the symptoms?
"A sexually transmissible infection (STI) is any infection or disease that can be passed from one person to another during sexual activity. Sexually transmissible infections include chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, scabies, pubic lice (crabs), hepatitis and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).”
Why do we call them STIs now and not STDs?
Everyone is at risk of obtaining an STI, but some are more at risk.
STIs that can be contracted through non-sexual contact.
How do you protect yourself from STIs?
Female / male condoms and dental dams.
Finger cots (finger condoms).
Post-exposure prophylaxis, is a short-term antiretroviral treatment to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection after potential exposure.
Know the signs and symptoms of an STI. If you notice a symptom that worries you, get checked out!
How do I get tested for STIs?
What treatments are out there for STIs?

What is pregnancy? When are you considered to be pregnant? How do you get pregnant?
To be pregnant is to have an embryo/fetus developing in your uterus. “A pregnancy is considered to be established only after implantation is complete.”
"When engaging in unprotected vaginal intercourse during which ejaculation of sperm occurs in the vagina. The sperm can then travel up through the cervix, into the uterus, and, if an egg is present, the sperm may fertilize it."
"It is also possible — but less likely — for a person to become pregnant through any kind of sex play in which semen, or ejaculate, comes in contact with the vulva. The sperm can travel through the moisture on the vulva into the vagina."
WebMD’s Online Pregnancy Center.
What to Expect: Pregnancy.
Pregnancy Resources.
What are my options if I get pregnant?
If you’re pregnant you have three options; parenting, adoption, and abortion.
Only you can decide what is right for you, definitely take some time to go over your options, but remember, the sooner you decide the more options you’ll have.
Resources for Decision Making and Low Income Parenting.
Abortion funds and Judicial Bypass.
How do you prevent pregnancy? (Check out birth control masterpost below.)

"Birth control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy."


Birth control is not a “one size fit’s all deal” there are all different kinds of birth control out there from hormonal to non hormonal, methods to medicines, and so on. The best way to figure out which birth control works best for you is by doing research and speaking with your doctor.

****Contraceptives Masterpost****^^ Lists many birth control options (and links you to more information about these options),  goes over emergency contraceptives and FAQs, birth control FAQs, options for people with allergies or personal preferences, and debunks myths about birth control.
Lubricants that should not be used on condoms.
Where can I obtain birth control/contraceptives?
Guide to getting privacy under parent’s health insurance.
10 Ways to save on Birth Control.

The 5 Steps of a Breast Self Exam: Checking for Breast Cancer.
Sex Ed for physically, emotionally, and mentally disabled youth.
Sex Ed for Youth with disability or chronic illness.
Advocates for Youth.

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

The Importance of Comprehensive Sexual Education:

"Research has identified highly effective sex education and HIV prevention programs that affect multiple behaviors and/or achieve positive health impacts. Behavioral outcomes have included delaying the initiation of sex as well as reducing the frequency of sex, the number of new partners, and the incidence of unprotected sex, and/or increasing the use of condoms and contraception among sexually active participants. Long-term impacts have included lower STI and/or pregnancy rates." [x]

We need to equip people with knowledge and resources to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle. By teaching comprehensive sex education we are allowing people to make informed decisions about their health and and personal lives. - Paige

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The Basics (Anatomy and Biological functions):

Menstrual Cycle:

Vaginal Hygiene:

  • The vagina, is in fact, designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions (discharge). But there are ways you can help maintain the cleanliness of your vagina (i.e. avoiding perfumed soaps and gently washing the vulva area, not the actual vagina.) Click the link for more information.
  • *Vaginal odors and discharge; what’s normal and what’s not?
  • What is douching?

What are Pap Smears?

  • "A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in people. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina."
  • When do I need a pap smear?

What are vaginal orgasms? Clitoral orgasms? G-Spot orgasms? How can you achieve an orgasm?

  • "A “vaginal orgasm” is the notion that [people] can have an orgasm through stimulation during intercourse or other vaginal penetration, entirely without clitoral stimulation. However, the vagina has few nerve endings, and therefore cannot create an orgasm on its own. Instead of thinking of the vagina and clitoris as separate entities, try thinking about them as a network of nerves and muscles."
  • "There’s some disagreement about the size of the G-spot; it may range from a quarter inch to a couple inches along the upper wall of your vagina, about an inch or two past your vaginal opening. Underneath it is highly sensitive tissue that, when touched the right way, triggers feelings of sexual happiness, explains Debby Herbenick, PhD."
  • Myths and facts about orgasms.
  • Tips on how to have an orgasm.
  • Having trouble reaching an orgasm? No worries, there is help! [x][x]

Female Genital Mutilation Information:

  • "Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.”
  • "Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths."
  • "FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women."

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The Basics (Anatomy and Biological Functions):

Penile Hygiene:

  • "Gently wash the penis with warm water each day when you’re having a shower or bath. If you have a foreskin, pull it back gently and wash underneath."
  • "Gently washing your penis once a day with warm water is sufficient to maintain good hygiene. If you want to use soap, choose a mild or non-perfumed soap to reduce the risk of skin irritation."

What is an erection and ejaculation?

What is circumcision & is it medically necessary?

  • "Circumcision is the removal of a simple fold of skin (the `foreskin’ or `prepuce’) that covers the head (glans) of the un-erect penis."
  • While there are benefits of being circumcised, it is not medically necessary.

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The Basics:

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What is sex?

  • People define “sex” in different ways. Some people believe that it only counts as sex if a penis goes into a vagina, but this isn’t true for everybody. There are lots of different ideas about what sex can be: Vaginal sex (penis-in-vagina intercourse), Oral sex (mouth-to-genital contact), Anal sex (penis-in-anus intercourse), Dry humping or genital rubbing, Fingering or hand jobs (hand-to-genital contact), and Masturbation.
  • What is oral sex?
  • What is anal sex?
  • Why do people have sex?
  • How to have safe sex.
    (STI and pregnancy prevention goes more in depth below!)

What is Consent and is it mandatory?

  • "Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic about having sex. In other words, that they give their full consent.” Consent is an enthusiastic, freely-given, uncoerced, sober, “yes”.
  • Consent is ALWAYS mandatory, whether you’re married, dating or just met.
  • What is sex without consent? Rape/Sexual Assault.

What is sexual assault? What is rape? (Resources below.)

Is sex supposed to hurt the first time?

  • "While it’s common for [some] to feel pain or discomfort with sex, it’s not “normal” in that it has to happen or there isn’t an alternative. Sex is not supposed to hurt: it’s supposed to feel very good.”
    [Inside the link above, it does explain what to do to make sure sex is not painful.]

Are there benefits to having sex?

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What does MOGII mean?

  • Marginalized Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex.
    It’s a synonym for LGBTQIAP+ and is inclusive for people who don’t have or don’t want labels, rejects allies, and uses no reclaimed slurs.

What is a sexual orientation?

  • "Sexual orientation describes to whom a person is sexually attracted. Some people are attracted to people of a particular gender; others are attracted to more than one gender. Some are not attracted to anyone."
  • Affectional orientation is a term that describes to whom a person is romantically attracted, acknowledging that for many people there are more components to attraction than just sexual desire.”

What is gender identity?

  • "The ways in which a person identifies and/or expresses their gender, including self-image, appearance, and embodiment of gender roles. One’s sex (e.g., male, female, intersex, etc.) is usually assigned at birth based on one’s physical biology. One’s gender (e.g., man, woman, genderqueer, etc.) is one’s internal sense of self and identity.”
  • Some gender identities.
  • Some more gender identities.
  • Genderqueer and Non Binary Identities.
  • Resources for most Gender Identities.
    (Resources for understanding gender identity, figuring out yours, how to come out to parents and friends, transitioning resources, local supports, and more!)

What is asexuality?

  • "Some people who identify as asexual do not experience sexual attraction to other people, while others experience sexual attraction but no desire to act on these attractions."
  • Asexuality and Celibacy are not the same. Many people who are asexual live a celibate life, meaning that they do not engage in sex with others. But while Celibacy is a choice, asexuality is not.”
  • "Asexuality is not a dysfunction, and there is no need to find a "cause" or a "cure."" [x]
  • Are all people who identify as asexual sex repulsed? No!
  • Asexual Visibility and Education Network.

What does transgender mean? (Resources below!)

What does intersex mean?

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What are STIs, how do you get them, and what are the symptoms?

How do you protect yourself from STIs?

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What is pregnancy? When are you considered to be pregnant? How do you get pregnant?

  • To be pregnant is to have an embryo/fetus developing in your uterus. “A pregnancy is considered to be established only after implantation is complete.”
  • "When engaging in unprotected vaginal intercourse during which ejaculation of sperm occurs in the vagina. The sperm can then travel up through the cervix, into the uterus, and, if an egg is present, the sperm may fertilize it."
  • "It is also possible — but less likely — for a person to become pregnant through any kind of sex play in which semen, or ejaculate, comes in contact with the vulva. The sperm can travel through the moisture on the vulva into the vagina."
  • WebMD’s Online Pregnancy Center.
  • What to Expect: Pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy Resources.

What are my options if I get pregnant?

How do you prevent pregnancy? (Check out birth control masterpost below.)

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humanrightswatch:



“Serafina,” like many transgender women in Malaysia, has been arrested and sexually assaulted by state religious department officials for wearing women’s clothing.


© 2014 Javad Tizmaghz for Human Rights Watch



Malaysia: End Arrests of Transgender Women

humanrightswatch:

“Serafina,” like many transgender women in Malaysia, has been arrested and sexually assaulted by state religious department officials for wearing women’s clothing.

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"Power feminism is just another scam in which women get to play patriarchs and pretend that the power we seek and gain liberates us."

bell hooks

Let’s talk about this quote for a second.

I remember I attended a college lecture about what feminism means in America and how imperial politics and economic gaps between the West and East render what women want and consider pivotal to their feminism as conflicting and even antagonistic to each other.

My feminism, first and foremost, will always be anti-imperialism.

Imperial politics are dangerous and the very essence of narcissism. Imperial politics demonstrated within a feminist frame usually goes as follows: the most privileged women, ie. those who have access to technology, representation, occupy a particular media-friendly image or ideology and have access to those in higher slots in society are allotted platforms to speak about their experiences as women and without question, this gets presumptuously labelled “women’s experiences”. Being that women who are globally bestowed the highest tier are usually allowed such room to speak, their minimal struggles are then homogenized as the quintessential female experience and misogyny is wholeheartedly announced a tangible issue that can be easily eradicated out of modern Western society.

Its no accident that women of color, women in occupied regions and those who face mass political or economic repression and their words which don’t satisfy neoliberal, imperialist gaze are deemed anti-progressive, race baiters, backwards, terrorist apologists, etc. Our complex, multi-faceted struggles within a white supremacist empire tap into too many accepted status quos for the average American moderate. It forces those who legitimize the war on terror and view racism as an entity of the past to confront their own unsightly prejudices and the systematic brutality their nations enacts on various global societies, as well as within its borders. Its easier to find (and fabricate) any reason to demonize the likes of Trayvon Martin and his family for his own tragic demise or deem young Yemeni children necessary collateral damage for “the greater good” than to examine what other oppressions beyond misogyny exist that unquestionably burden the lives of otherized communities, including and especially the women in said communities.

Power feminism expects women to unanimously rejoice in the presidential election of Hillary Clinton, while her administration carries out the same murderous policies as her predecessors. Power feminism labels any legitimate criticism of influential women as inherent egregious misogyny. Power feminism devalues the loss of women’s lives abroad, while infantizling their independent resistance and stripping their agency by shamelessly declaring intervention as saving them. Power feminism within an imperialistic frame needs the hyper-demonization of otherized communities to justify its occupation. Power feminism can be even more dangerous than ruthless misogyny because of its insidious nature and lack of culpability.

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THIS POST IS GOLDEN (via wocinsolidarity)

LOOK AT THIS FLY ASS BITCH!!! YOHANNA IS THE TRUTH!!!!

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Rambling on about identity

tariqk:

I had this conversation with a few people I know (and like) on the Internet, and basically it revolved around this two ideas:

  • That there is a historical reason why the Malays (as defined by the Malaysian Constitution Malays, not the anthropological definition) have this sort of insecurity ingrained in their culture, and quite a lot of the bigoted shit that comes out of it stems from this insecurity.
  • The definition of “Malay” is so loose and ill-defined that it’s got to be a social construct! Where did it come from?

Well, basically…

Okay, these two ideas have basically sat in my head and I’ve pushed them around, so I might as well dump ‘em here and see what happens to ‘em.

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witchhboy:

"Stop the Devaluation of Feminized Jobs" - Lillian Cuda.
This piece is a commissioned t-shirt and sticker design for MisogynistShaming. I’m excited to see the final garment. If you’re interested in a commissioned piece, please email me at lilyterese@hotmail.com

witchhboy:

"Stop the Devaluation of Feminized Jobs" - Lillian Cuda.

This piece is a commissioned t-shirt and sticker design for MisogynistShaming. I’m excited to see the final garment. If you’re interested in a commissioned piece, please email me at lilyterese@hotmail.com

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Selfies

malaysianfeminist:

     Isn’t it embarrassing that as a site dedicated towards feminism, I still have to broach about selfies? It may not be a huge deal elsewhere but in Malaysia, selfies are something that is actually taken seriously. Just a few weeks ago I saw a discussion between a news anchor and an ustaz concerning selfies on a malay tv channel.

     Why did I decided to write this post? Yesterday, a motivational speaker came to my school in order to motivate us(duh) for SPM. He talked about social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and you get it. Then he started talking about selfies among Malaysian girls. This is what he said.

     ‘Perempuan yang suka ambik selfies ni memang perempuan murahan yang ketagih like’. PEREMPUAN YANG AMBIK SELFIES NI MEMANG PEREMPUAN MURAHAN. PEREMPUAN MURAHAN. MURAHAN. Which translates to girls who take selfies are whores that crave likes.

     Needless to say, I was pissed. I don’t take selfies but I don’t detest girls who do. Calling a girl a whore is one thing. But calling a girl a whore just for taking a selfie is a bit stupid and sexist don’t you think? What about boys? Are they going to be excused as usual? I mean, boys are holy beings after all right?

     Sad thing is, it’s not just him that have that way of thinking. I have seen enough photos on fb posted by my ’religious’ friends that says girls should never post their photos online. Not even if they are fully covering their aurat. I bet these people have never heard that muslim men should lower their gaze when confronting a woman who is not his mahram.

     Not sorry for the rant. See ya 

Yours truly, Nur. 

Patriarchs hate women and girls who love themselves so much they want to take pictures of themselves. Confident women cannot be cowed, so you have to pull them down by calling them whores for loving themselves. 

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Tags: selfies sexism

mindscalpel:

Dear Tumblrites,
Please help #TeamLarika raise funds for The Royal Star and Garter Homes charity. To commemorate 100 Years since World War I, Lara Sharp and Sarika Dewan will be trekking 75km across the Battlefields of Ypres to raise money for The Royal Star and Garter. The RSG have been supporting ex-service men and women who have been severely disabled from the battlefields. They have now established specialist respite homes that provide speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and dementia care for the elderly. They hope to expand and build more of these in the future with our support.
Let’s make #TeamLarika go viral and help them meet the target amount for The Royal Star and Garter! Only forty days to go until they achieve their goal!
Here’s the link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=LOSGEHTS&isTeam=true

mindscalpel:

Dear Tumblrites,

Please help #TeamLarika raise funds for The Royal Star and Garter Homes charity. To commemorate 100 Years since World War I, Lara Sharp and Sarika Dewan will be trekking 75km across the Battlefields of Ypres to raise money for The Royal Star and Garter. The RSG have been supporting ex-service men and women who have been severely disabled from the battlefields. They have now established specialist respite homes that provide speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and dementia care for the elderly. They hope to expand and build more of these in the future with our support.

Let’s make #TeamLarika go viral and help them meet the target amount for The Royal Star and Garter! Only forty days to go until they achieve their goal!

Here’s the link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=LOSGEHTS&isTeam=true

witchblues:

Under the cloak of philanthropy, American foundations have worked in close liaison with US state department and US academic institutes, on the one hand, and with governments and academic worlds of third world countries, on the other hand, with the objective of spreading US capitalist ideology, through “cultural and intellectual penetration.” This ongoing and self-serving exercise, geared to long range planning, backed by billions of dollars, has been nothing short of thought-surveillance and thought manipulation of the vulnerable poor of the world.

The stated objectives of these philanthropies were to eradicate poverty, improve living standards and aid economic development in third world countries. In every one of these projects they failed miserably to improve living standards. However they succeeded admirably in their unstated objectives which were to create elite networks of knowledge in poor countries that would support “American policies, foreign and economic, ranging from liberalism in the 1950’s to neo-liberalism in the 21st century.”

South East Asia was a rich source of mineral resources, being a storehouse of most of the world’s rubber, tin, tungsten, among other things, and an important market for finished goods. It was also seen ‘as significant to American security as the Panama and Suez Canals’. Equally significantly the ‘growing influence of both communism and neutralism or independence’ were perceived as threats to the US. Ford foundation’s interests in Asian studies was specifically fired by two profound developments: the successful communist revolution in China in 1949, and the outbreak of the Korean war in 1950.

Indonesia’s communist political leadership that had roots in villages was seen as a direct threat to the interests of the Ford foundation. Ford commissioned a survey of Asian studies and spent $52 million from 1951-61. In 1954 Ford started the Modern Indonesia Project (MIP) at Cornell University. The original name of the project was “Techniques of Soviet indoctrination and control in Indonesia.” Parmar details how by 1964 MIP had mobilised a ‘strategically based academic and political elite that was increasingly frustrated with the Indonesian government’s non-aligned, independent, anti-western and pro-left orientation’. A Left wing magazine in 1970 wrote that Ford, Rockefeller and the American state “consciously used its Indonesian programme to train anti-Sukarno economists and social scientists, cadre of leaders who would run Indonesia once Sukarno got out. Large grants had been provided to US universities, chiefly Berkeley, Yale and Cornell and to University of Indonesia (UI) for fellowships to Indonesian scholars to study at US universities. By the early 1960s, of the two dozen Ford scholars 22 had returned to join UI filling key positions and influencing other universities as well as the Indonesian state. Suharto was one of them. After the 1985 US backed military coup a pro-US military elite was installed. Sukarno was replaced with the CIA Ford scholar Suharto. The rest is history. The project to shift Indonesia out of the socialist/Soviet block, economically, politically, ideologically and militarily, into the western world, was complete. Its cost: one million Leftist Indonesians were massacred, one and a half million were imprisoned and the Indonesian Communist party was annihilated. In Ford’s own triumphant internal report the massacre of one million Indonesian communists did not even warrant a foot note, though Ford admits to the death of half a million, in another communication.

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2014/0622_pd/thought-surveillancemanipulation

Anonymous said: How come u guys stop posting? Come on! We need the power of feminism here ;)

The power of feminism isn’t just in posting in one Tumblr ;) Two of us have been in grad school, one had to deal with job transitioning, lagi satu ade anak, so we’ve been busy surviving our lives while living as feminist as possible. 

Most of us have grown up having experienced some form of racism in our beloved country Malaysia. I should know; I’m ‘Indian’. It doesn’t help that I have a ‘hangus‘ skin from spending way too much time under the sun with my camera. Here, I would like say my piece with a focus on the Chinese community.

Only the government had my best interest by reminding me of my roots when I filled out forms. Let’s see, I’m definitely not Melayu even though I grew up listening to quotes of the Qu’ran from my father and celebrate Hari Raya each year with my uncle. I read and loved all the Malay pantuns and folk stories. I’m not even Cina even if I understood Cantonese better than Tamil, grew up watching Chinese films and TVB dramas and looked forward to Chinese New Year. That leaves me with ‘India’ or ‘Lain-lain’.

In primary school I was taught to be ashamed and offended with the word ‘keling‘. I’m not sure how it started really but children only imitate and they must have learned the usage of the word from their elders or friends.

With the Chinese it was always about a superior race and with the Malays it was religion. I remember being pulled to a corner during recess by a group of Malay boys. They grouped around me and started convincing me that if I don’t accept Islam then I will go to hell. Not being able to enjoy sweet sour pork would’ve been hell enough for me so I had to pass.

In secondary school things were a bit different. Growing up, my best friends were Chinese and I never found an incentive to identify myself as an Indian.

I don’t speak Tamil at home and my extended family is peppered with mixed marriages. I grew up living a very colourful life, never needing to remind myself that one culture or the other didn’t belong to me.

I missed out on all the glorious Tamil action films and million-episode dramas on TV and instead religiously followed National Geographic and X-Files. The truth is out there I believed.

Reading Tamil took me an hour to get through a single paragraph and even then, I had no idea what the paragraph actually said. I grew up reading English classics, fairy tales, Malay folk stories from the shelves of books at home. I’m blind without my glasses as a result, but I believe vision is more powerful than sight.

Read the rest of this excellent call-out of anti-Indian racism