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And thank you to my wonderful photographer, Sate Jonetsu.

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Photo Credits: Sate Jonetsu

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The reason feminism is so important - and the reason we definitely “still need” it - is because of the conversation that this moment causes.  How can a woman so sexual claim to be so empowering?  How can she claim to be independent when she serves as a mother and a wife as well?  The problem with our misogynist society is that we are used to fitting genders into boxes, by defining them on the terms that our society deems appropriate - when the entire point of feminism is that women can be all this - we can be successful business moguls, powerful pop-culture icons, mothers, wives, and still be sexual beings - because our sexuality belongs to us.  It is Beyonce’s right to do with her body what she will, to embrace her sexuality - she does not need to hide it or pretend she doesn’t enjoy sex just because that’s what would fit our society’s mold of what a woman who is a feminist should be.
What makes feminism so hard for some people to understand is that there is no enemy.  Sure, there are some people in charge who operate in ways that are detrimental, but they are just as much a victim to the patriarchy as anyone else.  They, too, grew up in this misogynist society, and are having to deal with the repercussions of it.  The “Women Against Feminism” are just as much at risk for sexual assault as anyone else with a vagina.  The men in congress making laws about abortion and access to birth control are just as accustomed to their entitlement as the homeless man who wolf-whistles at me on my way to work every day.  But feminism is not a war, and we should not be trying to take anyone down.  It’s a conversation.  It’s a recognition of privilege and a movement to empower those without it.  It’s an attempt to check ourselves when we talk about what “real women” have, when we leave transgendered people or WOC out of the conversation, when we see a sexually desirable individual with the word “Feminist” behind her and have a hard time understanding that she is not parading her body around for our enjoyment, but for her own, because that is who that body belongs to.

The reason feminism is so important - and the reason we definitely “still need” it - is because of the conversation that this moment causes.  How can a woman so sexual claim to be so empowering?  How can she claim to be independent when she serves as a mother and a wife as well?  The problem with our misogynist society is that we are used to fitting genders into boxes, by defining them on the terms that our society deems appropriate - when the entire point of feminism is that women can be all this - we can be successful business moguls, powerful pop-culture icons, mothers, wives, and still be sexual beings - because our sexuality belongs to us.  It is Beyonce’s right to do with her body what she will, to embrace her sexuality - she does not need to hide it or pretend she doesn’t enjoy sex just because that’s what would fit our society’s mold of what a woman who is a feminist should be.

What makes feminism so hard for some people to understand is that there is no enemy.  Sure, there are some people in charge who operate in ways that are detrimental, but they are just as much a victim to the patriarchy as anyone else.  They, too, grew up in this misogynist society, and are having to deal with the repercussions of it.  The “Women Against Feminism” are just as much at risk for sexual assault as anyone else with a vagina.  The men in congress making laws about abortion and access to birth control are just as accustomed to their entitlement as the homeless man who wolf-whistles at me on my way to work every day.  But feminism is not a war, and we should not be trying to take anyone down.  It’s a conversation.  It’s a recognition of privilege and a movement to empower those without it.  It’s an attempt to check ourselves when we talk about what “real women” have, when we leave transgendered people or WOC out of the conversation, when we see a sexually desirable individual with the word “Feminist” behind her and have a hard time understanding that she is not parading her body around for our enjoyment, but for her own, because that is who that body belongs to.

"…ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day."

President Obama’s remarks on the beheading of journalist James Foley. (via thepoliticalnotebook)

(via phantomgaga)

mdthwomp:

Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.

(via sexualharassmenttraining)

"I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged."

: I am not Mike Brown.  (via fitle-tight)

(via staythatswhatimeanttosay)

Chris Evans on Captain America’s fighting style in The Winter Soldier (x)

In between the first Captain America movie and The Avengers, I had played the Captain America video game; and the way Cap moves in the video game, there’s a fluidity and it’s very acrobatic. It’s very aerial. He uses his environment, and it’s almost this beautiful, smooth dance, and when I first met with the [directors], I said, “Have you played the video game?” And I swear to God, they said: “You know what? We referenced the video game, too.” I said, “Good, good, we’re on the same page. But that means we need to incorporate a little bit more of an acrobatic approach to fighting.” And so we put myself in gymnastic classes, which is something I always wanted to do – kind of, anyway [laughs]. I mean, I wanted to go play on like, the balance beam, but it was more like tumbling, essentially. Parkour-style gymnastic stuff. Flipping, and spinning, and just kind of getting a sense of your body in the air. So we did about two months of that. We did two months, a few hours each day, and it was invaluable. It really lends itself to a lot of those fight scenes.

(Source: ericnorseman, via insteadof)

sandandglass:

crispy-tacos:

flogicallylawless:

If Fox thinks that a Muslim can’t write a book about Christianity

would they agree that men can’t write legislation about women?

EVERYBODY FREEZE.

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(via insteadof)

ISIS militants claim to have beheaded American photojournalist James Wright Foley in Syria.

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq.

Happy Birthdayish to my favorite being on this Earth, my baby boy Richard Parker, who keeps me from jumping out of the lifeboat through every storm and miraculously never eats me. Two years ago today we drove away together from the shelter in San Antonio, TX and he’s been improving my selfies ever since.

Happy Birthdayish to my favorite being on this Earth, my baby boy Richard Parker, who keeps me from jumping out of the lifeboat through every storm and miraculously never eats me. Two years ago today we drove away together from the shelter in San Antonio, TX and he’s been improving my selfies ever since.

#tbt to that time my lil bro and I held a motherfuckin’ lion

#tbt to that time my lil bro and I held a motherfuckin’ lion