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2017-06-24 12:32 pm

Post From Tumblr First sunset in two weeks, and it was a stunner. #mindthegap2017... - June 24, 2017

First sunset in two weeks, and it was a stunner. #mindthegap2017 (at Meadowdale Beach Park)

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2017-06-23 01:52 am

Post From Tumblr hansbekhart:I can’t believe DC

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I can’t believe DC hired their own Chris, dressed him up in a period war piece, called him Steve, put him in a plane, and blew him up to inspire a woman with a shield to save the world

I can.

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2017-06-23 01:52 am

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carudamon119:

ねこ‏
@shimamike0814

雨の日の小さな幸せ

imagine if a bodega cat did this to your timbs in nyc…what happens?

Those Timbs are forever blessed and you’re protected from any slips and falls during the snowy season

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2017-06-22 08:27 pm

Post From Tumblr This is not the "persecution of old men". This is the prosecution of rapists, and w

karadin:

Over the past year, an enormous, global cultural shift has begun to take place around issues of consent, rape and violence against women, and it’s a cultural shift for which our institutions are clearly vastly underprepared.

Some members of those institutions have responded with panicked self-justification. We didn’t know, we thought it was allowed, we weren’t there, we  didn’t see, they’re all lying sluts anyway and they should stop whinging and playing the victim. Take lawyer Barbara Hewson, who claimed in Spiked that the real problem is that child protection agencies are trying to profit from changing definitions of victimhood, and the real victims are the “old men” who are being unfairly scapegoated for a bit of jolly dressing-room lechery. I do not “support the persecution of old men”, as Hewson manipulatively puts it, but I absolutely support the prosecution of rapists, and you should, too.

Hewson’s article is part of a series of defences of high-profile rape defendants published at Spiked, a once-interesting magazine reduced to a sad, attention-seeking faux-leftist cult on a mission to whip up controversy by making libertarian reactionaries feel good about sexism. Its editor, Brendan O’Neill, is possibly the closest thing the British Left has to a professional rape apologist, and has no qualms about monetising misogyny in his Telegraph blog. I’m ashamed to admit that I once brought him a cup of coffee as an intern.

It’s always annoying arguing with Spiked. You know that that’s just what they want you to do, because they’re vicious trolls who seem to believe that compunction is something only the little people have. Hewson’s piece, however, in which she calls for the lowering of the age of consent and the imposition of a time-limit on rape complaints so that we can retroactively exonerate all of our dubious cultural heroes, has struck a nerve.

Hewson is far from only one to plead for tolerance on behalf of the intolerable. Men like Stuart Hall and Jimmy Savile lived in a different time, their detractors claim, a time when shoving your fists with impunity up the skirt of any passing schoolgirl was just the present you got for being born with a set of testicles. Said detractors often speak of this time with the same kitschy nostalgia usually reserved for the Village Green, toasted teacakes and casual racism: life was just easier back then, for some of us at least. Elderly rapists and abusers didn’t know what they were doing at the time, so how can they be blamed?

This defence, which is rather insulting to the significant and growing number of males who absolutely do respect women enough not to shove their hands and penises inside them without asking, is also wheeled out on behalf of the many men, young and old, who are suddenly being exposed as rapists and abusers despite never having heard of Jimmy Savile. “They didn’t know they were doing anything wrong.”

It’s the same defence used last month when two American high-schoolers in Steubenville, Ohio were convicted of raping an unconscious girl over several hours and capturing the evidence on cameraphones: these poor young men didn’t know they were committing a crime. Now their futures are ruined. Perhaps the girl in question should have kept her mouth shut? Perhaps all the countless thousands of victims of rape and abuse should do the same, now and for ever? Perhaps we should remember who the real victims are in this situation: grown men and their guilty erections, mercilessly victimised by wanton teenagers who continue to have the brazen temerity to actually exist in the world as more than acquiescent fuck-holes.

The fact that these men felt they were doing nothing wrong is precisely the problem. 

the fact that for generations, men of all ages have felt able to use and abuse the bodies of women and children for their own entertainment is the problem, and the fact that our culture legitimises this approach is a bigger problem.

For centuries, men in positions of power were untouchable, while women and children were anything but. One simply could not call a man like Jimmy Savile or Stuart Hall to account for his actions and expect to be taken seriously. One could not accuse a popular football player of rape and expect justice.  These things went on, but they went on in silence, with the complicity and of quiet armies of flunkies and facilitators.

The reason that these “old men” are being prosecuted – sorry, “persecuted” – right now is simple. They are being prosecuted because their victims are finally coming forward, and their victims are finally coming forward because society has reached a tipping point when it comes to rape culture.

Rape culture, for those who still require an explanation, is the cultural tolerance of rape and sexual assault. It’s the idea that people who are raped must have in some way provoked it, and I know from experience that it can take years for victims to understand that it is men’s responsibility not to rape. It’s an old prejudice, embedded in our institutions, in our police forces and judiciary systems, in political parties and in public organisations like the BBC. It also infects the tabloid and broadsheet press, who have changed their tune in recent weeks only because the process of consciousness-raising is panic-inducing, and there’s nothing the media loves more than a good panic.

Right now, though, things are changing, and men and boys and those who love and respect men and boys are going to have to shift the way they think about rape, abuse and harrassment – fast. The most important attitude change is going to take place not among abusers, but among the far larger contingent who simply stand by and let it happen. Among the people who have been taught, or learned from hard experience, that these things are simply part of the tissue of power in this society, perhaps not strictly moral, but not worth taking the risk of speaking out about. They’re only women, after all, and they were probably asking for it.

For many, many generations, women and children were told: don’t let yourself get raped, and if you do, for god’s sake don’t whinge about it. Don’t act like a slut. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t ever assume for a second that you have the same right as a man to exist in public or private space without fear of assault and humiliation. That message is slowly, finally, starting to change, so that instead, we’re telling men and boys: do not rape. Do not grope, assault, bully or hurt women, children or anyone over whom you have temporary power. Doing so will no longer increase your social status. If you do it anyway, you will find yourself publicly shamed and possibly up on criminal charges. This is the age of the internet, and nobody forgets.

Confronting structural violence is intensely painful. It’s like squeezing out an enormous splinter you hadn’t realised was there. The pain comes, in large part, from the understanding that you yourself might be implicated by virtue of easy ignorance; that you yourself might have stood by while evil went on; that people you know and trust and respect might very well have done terrible things simply because they thought they were allowed to. Questioning the morality of slave-owning was, until comparatively recently in human history, a minority position. It would be crass and simplistic to equate rape culture with slavery even if there weren’t complex historical links between the two. There is one important similarity, however, and that’s in the reaction when dominant, oppressive cultures finally wake up to the idea that evil on an immense scale has been taking place right in front of them.

Sometimes that reaction is shocked disbelief, frantic apology, self-blame; more often it is angry, even violent. There is no rage, after all, quite like the desperate rage of those who refuse to acknowledge their own bigotry.

This is going to hurt, I’m afraid. An enormous, panic-inducing cultural change is underway, and before it is over, more men and boys will be accused of and prosecuted for rape and assault. We will see more beloved cultural icons contaminated by revelations past transgressions, more young men who thought it was alright to taking advantage of their female friends slapped with convictions that will follow them around forever.

We are going to have to face up to the idea that men and boys we know and respect, men and boys who may be decent, ordinary citizens, friends and relatives and colleagues and bosses, have been complicit in a culture that sees women as less than human and hurts and humiliates them with impunity. It’s not just a handful of monsters. Rape culture has pushed itself into every part of our society, and if we truly want to change it, we will have to look at ourselves and those we love in a new and painful way. This is something we are going to have to sit with, and accept, and not shrink from, because right now we all need to decide what side of history we want to be on.

Laurie Penny

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2017-06-22 08:27 pm

Post From Tumblr "The hours between 12am and 6am have

“The hours between 12am and 6am
have a funny habit of making you feel
like you’re either on top of the world,
or under it.”
- Beau Taplin, “The Hours Between”
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2017-06-21 11:40 pm

Post From Tumblr copperbadge: wandererriha: eti-mun: leradny: incaseyouart: ev... - June 21, 2017 at

copperbadge:

wandererriha:

eti-mun:

leradny:

incaseyouart:

everydaylouie:

pigeon bakery

WHAT THE HECK THIS IS THE CUTEST THING EVER LOOK HOW FAT THE LITTLE BIRB IS

i scrolled down eight thousand pages to find this again

@lightning-cross @sai-shou

@copperbadge

Wow, after I punched him that pigeon really turned his life around :D

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2017-06-21 11:40 pm

Post From Tumblr bluefall-returns: rosalui: guys

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rosalui:

guys i’ve found my new reaction image for literally every fucking piece of news that comes out of this godforsaken administration

agreed.

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2017-06-20 01:40 am

Post From Tumblr 1hellofashotabooty-fujoshi: i-am-myself-this-is-me: sexpositivep... - June 19, 2017

1hellofashotabooty-fujoshi:

i-am-myself-this-is-me:

sexpositivepunk:

ragingdarcy:

hey-assbutt-its-a-parade:

finndicate:

vjezze:

Amsterdam is turning rainbow for a visit of the Russian president Putin. The council of the city of Amsterdam has decided to hang out the gay pride flag on all council owned buildings and offices, in protest to Russia’s new anti-gay law.

there’s several of these as well;

pretty sure Amsterdam is now the sass capital of the world

amsterdamn

Really though it was great 

It’s one of those moments in which I do love my country

IM SO PROUD 

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2017-06-19 09:40 pm

Post From Tumblr theactualcluegirl: magicandstardust:

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magicandstardust:

halalbarbie:

halalbarbie:

if someone says “degenerate” there is a 93% chance they are a neo-nazi 

neo-nazi buzzwords:

referring to minorities as a dehumanised collective (i.e “the blacks” instead of “black people”, “the jews” instead of “jewish people”, “the gays”, “the illegals” etc. etc.)

“cuck” “normie” “liberal snowflake”

“deus vult my friends”

“Is he /our guy/ ?” or any variation of the /our guy/ meme

“red-pill” or “alt-right” (in regards to someone’s political stance)

holocaust denial in any way shape or form (from flat out it didn’t happen to any kind of attempt to minimise/normalise the crimes of the nazis through spreading false facts or making jokes about it)

using the concept of triggers in a comedic way  

talking about “alpha” and “beta” males

“anti-racism = anti-white” / “this is anti-white propaganda” / “white pride worldwide” 

“multiculturalism = white genocide”

“islamization of america/europe”, “eurabia”

glorious (when applied to a political figure or nation)

14/88, “the 14 words”, or any variation of them

symbols: the celtic cross, the two lightning bolts side to side, obviously the swastika and all of its variations (here is a link to the anti-defamation league’s comprehensive guide to identifying hate symbols)

“im a race realist”

talking about cultural marxism as if it’s an actual thing 

“preserving the future for white children” (anything that evokes images of white children being in need of saving from the imagined threat of white genocide)

“why are only white countries asked to be multi-cultural” ignoring the overwhelming presence of white people in the americas, oceania and south africa 

citing false statistics about difference in IQ amongst ethnic groups

neo-nazis are currently on a campaign to rebrand and repackage themselves to win over more mainstream support. this has resulted in the emergence of the “alt-right” as a legitimate political body, to push back against neo-nazism we have to identify it where we see it. if you see someone online using any of the terminology listed above there is a good chance that they are part of the burgeoning group of white supremacist who are using online platforms and cloaked language to disperse their hatred to a wider audience. be aware and be vigilant. 

side note: incase the neo-nazis on this site co-opt this post and turn it into a “tag urself” of some sort im gonna pre-emptively say, with all my heart, i hope you choke 

Take notes, punch a Nazi.

The celtic cross? seriously? Ok, I need to kill some guys over this one, because they do not fucking GET to take that as their symbol!

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2017-06-15 03:48 pm

Post From Tumblr copperbadge: thedashinghoodlum: crss-a: waffle butt ham... - June 15, 2017 at 08:41

copperbadge:

thedashinghoodlum:

crss-a:

waffle butt

ham ass

Crossword patootie. 

Net ball butt.

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2017-06-15 06:18 am

Post From Tumblr Still has the best sleeping face in the business. #stfuparents... - June 14, 2017 a

Still has the best sleeping face in the business. #stfuparents #xanderat11 #kiddo #mindthegap2017 (at Puyallup, Washington)

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2017-06-13 02:08 pm

Post From Tumblr katswenski: My website – My

katswenski:

My website – My Facebook page – See me on Webtooon!

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