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KarachiYWOCLC

Aspiring fiction writer, Queer POC Fembot, Ad freak, budding techie, Little Monster (Paws up! Born this way!), Korean Drama addict, "Nigerian Ninja", culturephile and queen of randomness.


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I just came from the movie theatre where I saw Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club. And I’ve gotta say, after the fiasco that was Temptation, I was pleasantly surprised. My advice is, don’t pay attention to the movie reviews and go see it for yourself. The reviews focus more on the technical film-buffy side of things. I mean, I can pick apart a Marvel movie in seconds, but that’s my thing. Plus it’s easier when there’s some kind of a reference material.

Anyhoo, enough blabbering. I’d like to …

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Until an hour ago I was unaware that yesterday, March 15, 2014, was intended to be “White Man March” as intended by one Kyle Hunt of Massachusetts. I am glad to report that it was an epic fail. Hopefully, it will remain that way.

This article from Salon summarizes the purpose of the march and shares a few hilarious tweets mocking the event. None of what these tweeters say is a lie. The entire notion of diversity equaling “white genocide” is absurd. This is most definitely a case where …

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I may not know much about Kalki Koechlin, but there are two things I know for sure.

  1. She cannot dance to save her life and it’s adorable. Exhibit A: “Balaam Pichkari” from Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani.
  2. She is fiercely outspoken when it comes to women’s rights.

The following video is a piece the bollywood actress performed at the India Today Conclave titled, “The Truths of Womanhood“. It touches on everything from gender roles in history, societal expectations of women, objectification and rape. Her monologue is poignant …

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While I am still basking in the ambience of the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D“, I would like to thank Marvel and everyone responsible for putting Lady Sif in ACTUAL, functional armor. Really, thank you. I’ll excuse the boobplate because it’s not as awful as it could be.

And speaking of costumes, here’s a fun version of bingo you can play at your next game night.

 

 

Click the image for a PDF version.

Source: OzzieScribbler

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While everyone’s gasping in shock, I would like to state that it is a well-known fact that Piers Morgan was never hugged as a child. And that is why he’s such an insensitive d*ckbag.

Jesse Williams spoke about the Michael Dunn trial and it was perfect. Seriously, I got chills from all the truth he was handing out.

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“…The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust…A crime is a crime for a reason. A crime has victims. A crime harms society. On

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I discovered that TED and TEDWomen have never featured a talk on abortion.

…When I asked around, the consensus was that the omission was simply an oversight. But it turns out TED is deliberately keeping abortion off the agenda. When asked for comment, TED content director and TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.”

“Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more

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I tried really hard to write a post about Beyonce’s Grammy performance and the whole “Eat the cake, Anna Mae” controversy, but as usual, I am too upset to actually put anything into words.

Beyonce frustrates me. Her fans’ insistence on refusing to critique her wrongs frustrates me. I agree she is talented. I agree that her body, and the bodies of other black women, are considered overly sexual in such performances in comparison to their white counterparts. I agree that her all female band is great and illuminates …

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Many of you might not be familiar with the reality show train wreck known as The Real L Word. It’s also created by Ilene Chaiken, which might explain its problematic nature. The entire series, reality show included, has a HUGE biphobia problem.

This article by Autostraddle discusses the issue, which is both internalized by a bisexual cast member and perpetuated by a few other lesbians. I find it so ironic that a community …

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I came across a post inspired by the #MarchForLife activity taking place and thought it would be nice to share. My focus is mainly on the article about pro-life women who had abortions that they “justified”. I cannot believe how delusional people are.

“My first encounter with this phenomenon came when I was doing a 2-week follow-up at a family planning clinic. The woman’s anti-choice values spoke indirectly through her expression and body language. She told me that she had been offended by the other women in the abortion

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Here’s a short video of me talking about what Roe vs. Wade means to me. I’d really love to hear back from other young people. It would help to dispute the rhetoric that we don’t care about the repro-justice movement anymore.

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My mother called me this morning to tell me to be careful. She told me not to admit my affiliation with the LGBTQ community to any of my countrymen for fear of what they might do to me upon my return. You see, my country, Nigeria, has taken it upon itself to pass a law that sentences anyone who is found to be LGBTQ, to 14 years in prison. There had been chatter about this law for a long time now, and now that it has finally been passed, …

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While I was a part of YWOCLC, our program manager Trina Scott, in addition to all the other wonderful things she taught us, always made sure that we knew the basic rules for condom use, and were always carrying some, if not for ourselves, then for others that might need them.

Here’s a handy graphic to help remember the basics. If you’re an RA, you could print this out and put it up on your door. This works great for clinics too and other places where people can pick …

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Here is a series of images created by Tumblr user jamietheignorantamerican. It explains and discusses privilege, and explains why a person who isn’t racist can still benefit from institutionalized racism.

Here are some resources also curated by jamietheignorantamerican:

I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:

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Happy New Year Amplify Family! I hope that this year brings you all everything that you have been searching for.

I bring you an exhibit in the case study of male dominated society. A commercial for a women’s product that focuses more on a man.

 

 

This is not the first time it’s been done.

Usually it’s cutesy stuff like the Libra ads. A man who is clueless about “woman things” and uses them in the wrong way. This Summer’s Eve commercial however, literally turns the man into …

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“It’s a monumental over ask to expect women to be gentle with the egos of men who only feigned friendship in order to get laid.”  -  No One is Entitled to Sex: Why We Should Mock the Nice Guys of OkCupid 

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This video is for all the people who insist that there is such a thing as “reverse racism”. Racism is more complex than what a lot of people think it to be. Sure things like micro-agressions, appropriation, erasure and stereotyping exist, but it goes beyond all that to encompass pretty much every aspect of human life.

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When will people learn not to put ridiculous statements on Twitter?

In this edition of FAIL BLOG, the GOP recently shared this lie of an image via their Twitter account…

…and were met with the following response…

 

It’s so beautiful I could cry.…

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The termination of NBC’s The New Normal left a hole in our hearts as far as LGBTQ representation in the media, but no fear, a new show is here to save the day! Sean Hayes plays a single dad on the new show, Sean Saves the World. I was a little skeptical at first, but the humor quickly won me over. And now I wait eagerly for the next episode.

It’s definitely nowhere near as serious as TNN was in terms of tackling real life issues, but it’s …

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Just in case we were all unaware or had perhaps forgotten that a lot of men are insecure, little, princesses, here is a reminder. Traditional masculinity is so fragile that it is threatened by the mere notion of ingesting probiotics. It has happened comrades, there is yogurt for men now. Yes. Yogurt created and marketed specifically towards men. Excuse me while I throw my head back and laugh.

First it was the “AXE Shower Tool” because manly men couldn’t handle using a regular loofah. I mean, what’s more emasculating …

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The image above pretty much sums up the pro-life movement. Fetuses are more valuable than women in utero. And after they are born, the same people who professed to fight for its rights suddenly couldn’t care less.…

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I came across this and just had to share. It’s a list of examples of why racial stereotypes (“…thinking people of color are all like that”) are horrible, versus stereotypes about white people. I guess this stems from the standard response that most PoC get when they cite instances of racism. Y’know, instead of listening and taking notes we get, “But not all white people are like that though”. Uhhh, we’re not dumb. We know that; unlike some people.

Below is a list of stories curated by tumblr user(s) …

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“Of course, the ultimate moment of being Female in Public comes when a woman, deep in thought, is told by a strange man to SMILE. (And this happens only to women.) Gentlemen, let’s get this straight. There is no part of my body that belongs to you, not even my facial expression. Stop trying to stake out territory there, whether by legislation or verbal imperative. Plus, it never produces the desired effect.” - Laura Lippman in Female in Public

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Superheroines like the Black Widow, Wonder Woman, Storm and Jean Grey to fight other fictional villains who occasionally plague the human citizens of the world. But who will fight the infuriatingly realistic battles against misogyny, sexism and the like? Enter the Burka Avenger!

 

 

 

 

I came across this comic on Tumblr. As you can tell, it’s pretty terrific! The heroine’s name is Qahera and she goes around taking names and kicking the butts of those who dare to treat Muslim women as though they cannot speak …

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I mean, really?

The author of the post about Miley Cyrus is one Jincey Lumpkin, founder of Juicy Pink Box – “a lifestyle brand that entices all women to explore their lesbian fantasies” and sex columnist at HuffPo.

She has since written a blog post apologizing for her piece in which she entirely disregards the claims of appropriation and use of black women as props, choosing instead to focus on Miley’s right to express her sexuality. A standpoint which, from my point of view, is not really the …

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Last month, a Nigerian man proceeded to disgrace myself and other fellow countrymen by claiming that he had conducted an experiment on the morality of homosexuality using, wait for it, magnets. The outcome of the experiment was of course, that homosexuality was wrong because…well you know how magnets work right?

 

Go ahead and laugh. Feel free to tumble down from whatever surface you are currently sitting or reclining on. Laugh for me because all I could do when I read the article was put my hands on my …

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“But it’s 2013!” you say, “not the freakin’ suffrage movement. Women have the right to vote now. They don’t have to be housewives. We’re all equal now” 

Umm, no. If the truth wasn’t so sad I might actually laugh at the idiocy of that assumption. We are nowhere near equality. Have you failed to notice the attempts of grown, white men to keep women from making reproductive choices? Who was that douche who tweeted a link to wholesale hangers, asking women to go stock up? Y’know because …

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If you’re a cosplayer or con goer, you might know who Yaya Han is. She’s a costume designer who is known pretty well in the convention circuit. Recently, she became a cast member on the SyFy show, “Heroes of Cosplay”. Below are a photos of her cosplaying Fiora (League of Legends) and an art nouveau interpretation of Chun Li (Street Fighter) which is one of my personal favorites. As you can see, her work is amazing. I can’t imagine ever being able to perfect costumes the way she does.…

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The more I think about it, the more I realize that people in this world are seriously weird. We are constantly trying to police things that do not need policing – body sizes, vaginas, love, wombs etc. I really can’t get over  the fact that people get all het up about things that don’t even concern or affect them and then try to control it all by encouraging the government to trespass in people’s lives.

Why are you so concerned about who I choose to spend the rest of …

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“I love how anytime a black person points out anti-black racism, the issue always gets derailed to focus on racism towards whites. Yes, for far too long, black people have had the heel of their boots on the necks of white people. When will this reign of black terror end? Will white people ever be safe from black supremacy creeping into their lives daily? The microagressions must be driving them crazy. Think of the poor, white people!” - Atane Ofiaja (http://atane.tumblr.com)

If you’ve been keeping up with the discourse around …

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*Raucous laughter as tears stream down my face as I fall to the ground clutching my sides*

How am I supposed to take this person seriously? Not only is it inaccurate to assume that same-sex couples do not have sex while looking each other in the eye, but how is that any excuse for denying people the right to marriage?

 

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The “Snapshot” series is created and curated by yours truly. Through the use of imagery, this series aims to evoke seemingly obscure opinions on things that we would normally miss. Hopefully it encourages everyone who sees it to think harder about the things that surround us everyday.

Women have been screaming about job equality for the longest time and still nothing seems to change. There have been numerous debates about feminism for working class women – whether women can “have it all” or will eventually have to sacrifice their …

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Yay Iceland!

How do you protest the appearance of an anti-gay preacher? Reserve all the seats at his event and then don’t show up. What was he thinking going to a country where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2010?

“Why doesn’t feminist media treat immigration as an obvious feminist issue? Why doesn’t mainstream feminism seem to give a damn about undocumented women? Why aren’t more feminist organizations coming out in

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1. Mark Millar and Todd McFarlane: Ladies, Comics Aren’t For You

Prepare yourself for the RAGE.

 

2. Stephen Colbert exposes “The Gay Agenda” and wins so hard

Everybody knows that all we’re trying to do is take over the world, Pinky & the Brain style.

 

3. ‘Orange’ Creator Jenji Kohan: ‘Piper Was My Trojan Horse’

“In a lot of ways Piper was my Trojan Horse. You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, …

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The “Snapshot” series is created and curated by yours truly. Through the use of imagery, this series aims to evoke seemingly obscure opinions on things that we would normally miss. Hopefully it encourages everyone who sees it to think harder about the things that surround us everyday.

 

 

While it is true that the world is doing a slightly better job of manufacturing certain products and catering properly to the many-hued people who buy them, it is mind-blowing to think that at one point, there was only ONE …

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 1.   Must-See: Gabrielle Union’s Black Women in Hollywood Speech

“It’s easy to pretend ‘to be fierce and fearless because living your truth takes real courage. Real fearless and fierce women admit mistakes and they work to correct them. We stand up and we use our voices for things other than self promotion. We don’t stand by and let racism and sexism and homophobia run rapid on our watch. Real fearless and fierce women complement other women and we recognize and embrace that their shine in no way diminishes …

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I am no stranger to same-sex marriage debates. And even though marriage is not a priority for me (be it to the same or opposite sex) since I’m not sure I might ever want to, it’s very difficult to sit back and keep my mouth shut when the anti same-sex marriage crew start to mouth off.

I had a conversation/argument about this with an old acquaintance recently, and I finally realized something – I think I’m done arguing with people about the morality of same-sex marriage and the general …

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Period Kits are kind of popular nowadays. Not everyone is comfortable with walking down the street with tampons or pads in an almost see-through bag, or wants the hassle of having to run to the shops every month. In answer to that, there exist a few monthly services which deliver tampons, pads, candy and even herbal teas. Hello Flo has recently added a Period Starter kit for young girls. The kit contains pads, liners, tampons, reading material and a few …

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Does Robin Thicke’s latest music video for “Blurred Lines” make you uncomfortable? Whether it’s the explicit version or otherwise? Welcome to the club.

Here’s something to make you feel a lot better.

A Seattle-based “boylesque” group called Mod Carousel has remade the video using men as props instead of women. “It’s our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and does everyone a disservice,”

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Well Heaven forbid that an old black man should mourn the death of a black child. This woman got so angry about it, she climbed onto the stage and attacked him.

As one commenter aptly put it, “Let me guess, you guys are going to justify it by saying, “She was standing her ground! He looked suspicious and threatening?””.

Two Ugandan transgender activists, Cleo Quentaro and Kim Mukasatalk to the Mail …

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“Gay people exist. There’s nothing we can do in public policy that makes more of us or less of us exist. And you guys have been arguing for a generation that public policy ought to, essentially, demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist. But you don’t make any less of us exist. You just are arguing in favor of discrimination. And more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.” – Rachel Maddow, Meet the Press

Rachel Maddow for President anyone?…

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There is no other news right now, that could compare to the complete and utter failure to get justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.

And I am reminded once again that in this country, I am black before I am anything else.

 

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Former CNN (now Fox News) contributor Erick Erickson wants women everywhere to know that we should all stock up on hangers. Basically, abortion is now DIY since all the old, white men have refused to give us bodily autonomy. I’m so full of rage it brings tears to my eyes. There is so much injustice.

Also, how the hell is this man allowed to work for a news source? But then, it’s Fox news. And we all know Fox plays by a different set of rules than the rest …

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The video below is about a wonderful movement I found called Everyday Sexism. Started by Laura Bates after she experienced a crippling instant of sexual harassment, it aims to combat the WHOPPING LIE that we as a society, have achieved gender equality. Women are constantly dismissed and told that we are being too sensitive. If we are raped, of course we asked for it. If we want control over our bodies, we are sluts and murderers. If we want to be treated like actual human beings, then we are …

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Parents who had sent their kids to the Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Center were surprised to hear stories about an Underground Railroad reenactment which the parents were never informed about.

There are a few things a lot of people don’t know about the movie adaptations of superheroes and fictional characters…such as the fact that Khan from Star Trek, as much as JJ Abrams would like you to believe, is not white. Also, there is a black Green Lantern *GASP* “You …

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Here’s a video I found of a little girl’s dance routine featuring a mashup of Jay Karan Penda’vis’ “Who’s In Charge of the Girls?” and Shangela’s “Werqin Girl”.

One one hand, if I ever had a child, I’d want said fruit of my womb to come out of the womb with this much sass. One the other hand, Kaycee Rice, lil’ werqin’ girl over here, is only 10 years old.

The routine isn’t as bad as some others I’ve seen before, but still, it strikes me as …

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If you haven’t watched any videos by the rib-crackingly funny YouTube blogger Hart, you’re in for a treat. Hart is the “Lesbian lover from another mother, with boobs and a vagina. It’s all necessary.” Prepare thineself for the hilarity.

I came across this video entitled “Watermelon…” in which Hart explains why one’s love for women does not mean that one has to dress in the stereotyped fashion of feminity.

Do yourself a favor and follow Hart on…

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/hartgotbeats
TUMBLR: http://ihartbeat.tumblr.com
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/ihartbeat

Also, check out Hart’s music …

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Ogilvy & Mather Argentina recently created a campaign for Huggies with the aim of sharing the experience of pregnancy with fathers who usually do not experience a baby’s growth in utero the same way a woman does. It was sweet, until I noticed they used one word – “compensate”.

“Pregnancy was always about her. That’s why at Huggies, we did something to compensate fathers…”

Sorry fathers. We didn’t know you wanted to experience the joys of pregnancy too. I’m sure women everywhere have been chastened by this commercial, and …

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Sanaa Hamid, a student of photography at UCA Rochester, has created this amazing project which aims to create discussions about cultural appropriation. In this project, two people on either sides of the issue are photographed wearing a controversial item.

“This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate,

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If you haven\’t browsed the #safetytipsforwomen hashtag on Twitter, you probably should. It consists of sarcastic tweets for women, highlighting the fact that women\’s behavior is not the cause of rape, rather people are just horrible.

Leigh Hofheimer at canyouralate.org (run by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence) posted this. She was inspired by ridiculous violence prevention tips targeted at victims, like they are the problem and not the attacker.

Ten rape prevention tips:

1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks.

2. When you see a woman walking

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As a follow up, to my post about CPCs in Louisville, here are a few tips about distinguishing CPCs from real clinics.

Crisis pregnancy centers, or pregnancy resource centers, disguise themselves as medical facilities, but usually have no licensed doctors, nurses or counselors. They often appear under “Abortion Alternatives,” and may have names similar to abortion clinics nearby in order to confuse patients into entering their buildings instead of the real clinics.

Once you enter a CPC, their mission is to prevent you from getting an abortion at any

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Just in case women didn’t have enough to deal with Repro-Justice wise, there are also fake abortion clinics to contend with in addition to pro-life hecklers.

I’ve always known about CPCs (Crisis Pregnacy Centers), but I never knew just how horrible they could be until now.

There have been reports of a couple of fake clinics in downtown Louisville, KY. These clinics are right next to a genuine one – EMW Women’s Surgical Center on Market street.

Tumblr user thisgingerisback reports, “…this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole

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Is it really 2013? Is it though? Is it?

People of different races can get married yeah? Same-sex couples can get married in some places too no? So why can’t people handle a simple Cheerios commercial featuring a bi-racial family.

It’s a 31-second spot featuring a little girl who asks her mum if it’s true that Cheerios are beneficial to heart health. Cut to her father, who wakes up on the couch with a pile of Cheerios on his chest because kids are so cute innit? Silly girl, Cheerios …

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There are three things you must know before you read this post:

  1. I am not a Trekkie.
  2. I only just saw the first Star Trek movie from 2009 this last weekend. I felt like I needed to in order to watch the sequel.
  3. I LOVE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!!! And he is my only motivation for going to see “Star Trek: Into Darkess”.

Now, as much as I love Benedict, his portrayal of Khan Noonien Singh is QUITE problematic. Here’s the thing, Khan is “…a genetically engineered superhuman Sikh from …

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Because there are actually sensible people on this planet who know that the responsibility of pregnancy does not fall solely on the shoulders of girls and women, the campaign above exists. The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Office of Adolescent and School Health has launched a great campaign about teenage pregnancy. The campaign features images of pregnant lads, reminding people that there is always another party involved. Because in today’s society, people are quick to shame the young women, forgetting that they couldn’t possibly have gotten pregnant all on …

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Just when you thought it was safe again (Yeah right. When is it ever?), a club in Glasgow decided to install a two-way mirror in its bathrooms, making it easy for men to spy on women without the other party’s knowledge. For what purpose exactly? I don’t know. When you figure it out, let me in on the grand plan.

 

When confronted, the skeevy mcskeevs of The Shimmy nightclub claimed that the mirror was, “a design feature created as a bit of fun, an interactive feature which we

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Today when I heard that Angelina Jolie had recently undergone a double masectomy, I just KNEW that somewhere on teh interwebs, there were some really dumb men completely missing the point and making ignorant comments about her.

Angelina made her decision after doctors told her she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer, and a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer. Her mother died of cancer at 56 and she decided she would rather begin to minimize the risk than have her children have to deal with her …

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My name is Karachi and I am here to share with you the wondrously-baffling gospel of Tyler Perry. Ladies, Mr. Perry would like you to know that if you cheat on your God-fearing, hardworking, high school sweetheart husband, you WILL feel the wrath of the almighty. This wrath will come in the form of HIV, which will be transmitted by the most evil man ever – the HIV-positive, craptastic, psycho of a man whom no woman would fall for…unless of course she was a character in a Tyler …

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So far, I have refrained from blogging about the Boston Marathon bombings lest I explode into a ball of fire from the rage I feel. It’s always interesting to see the way that mainstream media latches onto stories about tragedy. Before it’s all over, the story has been told one million different ways, with everybody and their mother having been invited to weigh in. I kid you not, last Friday, every time I tuned the radio to NPR, someone was spouting some kind of analysis or the other. It’s …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Netherlands on Monday to promote the growing economic ties between the two countries. Apparently, the Netherlands has replaced Germany as Russia’s #1 trading partner in Europe, and the second largest globally after China.

In response to Russia’s pending anti-gay legislation which would make public events and dissemination of information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000, the city of Amsterdam put rainbow flags up all over the city. The city also put up …

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I found a photo of a woman holding up a placard asking for greater coverage of a suspected murder. In Valdosta, GA, 17 year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead in a pile of mats at his high school. The photo I found on Facebook however, tells a different story.

Accompanying text reads, “His name is Kendrick Kj Johnson he was beaten to death at his High School here in Valdosta Ga the police is covering up his story by saying there was no foul play but clearly you

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Tomorrow is the first ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. Why is it important you ask? Here’s why

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April is Autism Awareness Month, and although most of us would like to think that organizations like Autism Speaks are doing autistic people a world of good, it turns out that may not be true. I came across a post on Tumblr, written by an autistic individual, who finds fault with the way that Autism Speaks portrays the people it is supposedly advocating for.

April, as you might know, is Autism Awareness month. If you want to help, I’d urge you to follow Autism Acceptance Day, check

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“Put molly all in her champagne, she aint even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she aint even know it,”

These are some of the lyrics to a new Rick Ross song titled, “You Don’t Even Know It”. What’s “molly” you ask? Well that isn’t the focus here. The focus is the fact that Ross is endorsing date rape. Between the Steubenville trials, current trends in abortion rights and this, it’s like women woke up one morning to an alternate, utterly sh*tty universe, and things …

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Just when you start to forget what about what a messed up world we live in, someone out there decides to do s0mething that makes you wonder just what kind of people exist on this planet. Remember two years ago when Dutch Magazine Jackie wrote an article about copying Rihanna’s style, in which they called her the ultimate “ni**a b*tch” with a “ghetto *ss”? Well the Dutch are at it again.

This time, the racism is courtesy of PowNed, a Dutch broadcaster on the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system. I …

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The ‘Harlem Shake’ phenomenon seems to be the new ‘Gangnam Style’. Everyone and their Gran is making one. We’ve seen the college versions, office versions, and others. Everyone tries to make theirs a little more creative. So far my favorites are the ‘Slender Shake’ and the DramaFever version. But I digress.

You know when everyone’s carrying on and having fun then someone comes and ruins it all? Y’know, the party pooper. We have a ‘Harlem Shake’ party pooper. The shake, albeit completely different from the original hip-hop version, …

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The comic below has been circulating on Tumblr for a few days. It appeared on my dashboard so many times and I reblogged it because I felt that Malala’s story should be shared. But then, there came posts indicating that the comic was perhaps a danger to Malala’s life, and that she herself had requested not to be the face of empowerment for Muslim women.

You can read the rest of the comic here

Even though Malala survived the shooting and is in recovery, there is still much fear; …

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“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem

Today, International Women’s Day, let us remember  women and girls around the world who are not as free as some of us are. Being a foreign national, I can speak on this lack of freedom. Although I was born in to modern times, decades after it was thought a waste to educate the girl child, in my culture, …

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Refusing to learn how to pronounce Quvenzhané’s name says, pointedly, you are not worth the effort.  The problem is not that she has an unpronounceable name, because she doesn’t.  The problem is that white Hollywood, from Ryan Seacrest and his homies to the AP reporter who decided to call her “Annie” rather than her real name, doesn’t deem her as important as, say, Renee Zellweger, or Zach Galifianakis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have names that are difficult to pronounce–

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In January, Maryland lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. When I received a call from Equality Maryland urging me to take action, I was shocked because I had no idea that this was going on. In my opinion, such rights are a given. But I guess that’s not the case at all if a person can be turned away from housing or a job for being transgender.

Maryland is apparently one of the 21 states and D.C. that have …

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Yesterday I came upon a story that warmed the cockles of my heart. Phi Beta Tau, an Emerson College fraternity, banded together to raise money for a transitioning brother. The money will go towards top surgery for Donnie Collins’ FTM transition. Collins, a sophomore, came out as transgender at the age of 17, after a harrowing experience in an all-girls dorm at boarding school.

Having been barred from using his mother’s insurance, with only trans-exclusionary insurance from his college, Donnie’s options were running out. So what did his wonderful …

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In other words, what have you been doing with YOUR life? Kidding! I feel like this happened just in time for International Women’s Day (March 8th people!).

Park Geun-Hye is now the first female president of Asia’s fourth-largest economy. And let me tell you, she hit the ground running. She has already called on North Korea to “abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay”.

“North Korea’s recent nuclear test is a challenge to the survival and future of the Korean people, and there should be no mistake that the biggest …

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  1. What America Hasn’t Learned 70 Years After Japanese Internment (Colorlines) – February 17th marked “the 70th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans who lived along the West Coast. The order came after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In the wake of the attack, Japanese-Americans were immediately cast as a threat too dangerous to be allowed to live freely.”
  2. a hijabi can…be a figure skater (Hijabican) – the first-ever hijabi figure skater.
  3. A Conversation With

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I have ABSOLUTELY NO WORDS – well some words – for the enormous loogie hocked in the faces of ethnic minorities in the form of the SI Swimsuit Edition.

“We need a fresh idea for the shoot”, said the head honcho. “I know! We’ll use people of color as PROPS! I am so going to win an award for this.”

How about we clap you in irons and pelt tomatoes at you?

 

JUST…

WHAT

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IS

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THIS?

As usual, there are people who think that labeling these photos as …

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  1. Ten Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Transition – Annika Penelope, a Trans Issues contributor at Autostraddle, writes a personal essay about some of the things she has experienced during her MTF transition.
  2. Al Roker Slams ‘Small Minded Idiot’ for Insulting Melissa McCarthy – Film critic Rex Reed wrote an irrelevant review of “Identity Thief”, choosing to be sizeist instead of providing an actual review. It’s so rude no one can believe he thought he’d get away with putting all that vitriol out in public

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Flex your femininity with a colour collection that’s fearless, elegant and strong. Strike a powerful pose, stand out, redefine the notion of beauty – and do it with strength too irresistible to ignore.

Kudos to M.A.C for its Strength campaign, a statement against the conventional, stereotypical definitions of beauty and feminity. The model is Jelena Abbou, a Serbian bodybuilder. Compared to all the images we see of “beautiful” women in the media, this is refreshing. Usually, women as fit as she is are considered mannish and not at all …

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In the days leading up to the Superbowl, automobile manufacturer Volkswagen released its gameday spot. The commercial depicted a white man going about his business at work. But wait! It’s not THAT simple, he was speaking patois. Or at least what can be deemed as patois while blurring the lines between linguistics and accentual comprehension. New York Times columnist Charles Blow has compared it to blackface in audio form and I wholeheartedly agree.

So far, most of the people I’ve talked to and almost all the comments I’ve …

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Due to a number of factors including my laziness, lack of interest and a lack of mastery of the art of tv show recaps, this is my first post about American Horror Story: Asylum. If you haven’t seen any of the seasons, put that at the top of your to-do list. It will BLOW. YOUR. MIND. Most things that fall into the horror category don’t scare me unless they are about twisted humans of the “Human Centipede”/”A Serbian Film” variety. That stuff makes me want to build a colony …

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Let’s take a look at a bunch of racist people, doing their best to cancel out the kind of progress that Volvo tried to make when they put Jeremy Lin in a commercial for one of their cars shall we?

 

*sigh*…

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I was riding in a car headed towards Philly a couple weeks ago, when I saw a pro-life billboard. On it, there was a baby with a speech bubble above its head which read, “What about my choice?”

The situation struck me as a little funny, given that babies in utero can’t talk, let alone fetuses. The pro-life movement constantly uses visual imagery to try to win people over and I wonder if they would be as successful without said imagery. They use words like “murder” and “extermination”,painting women …

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Once in a while I listen to music by an artist who is so well-rounded that I can’t help but write a post about him/her. This time, that artist is Macklemore. I came across his video for “Thrift Shop” on one of the rare occasions when I just so happened to tune in to MTV. “Thrift Shop” is basically a song about shopping at thrift shops. It’s catchy, has a nice beat to it, and is kinda funny in some places (“…Draped in a leopard mink, girls standin’

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I just wanted to share something I found this morning. Tumblr user Soycrates, created this awesome dialogue between an LGBT person and a bigot claiming that gay marriage was bad because it exposed little kids to sex way too early.

Them: I don’t think kids should be exposed to gay relationships.
You: Why not?
Them: It’s introducing children to sexuality! They’re too young for that!
You: So when a prince and princess kiss in a Disney movie, are they introduced to sexuality? When the prince and the princess

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Axe body spray is like that one person we all know who just goes around saying really dumb stuff. It’s either stories about angels falling from heaven or even ghosts haunting a man because he has that glorified toilet water on. Yes, why don’t we all portray women like dim-witted sheep who blindly follow scent-covered shepherds. Because that’s the only way to sell body spray.

This time, DDB Latina Puerto Rico, an advertising agency, decided to be a little more sexist. The commercial, which you can watch here, …

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Good Afternoon and welcome to Irony News International!

Today, we shall be discussing the decision made by the government to ban the Church of England and the Church of Wales from performing same-sex marriages.

But wait! Hold your horses. Other religious institutions will be allowed to opt-in, but due to strong opposition from the Church of England and of course, ye olde Roman Catholics, same-sex marriages will be illegal in those churches.

How interesting to see that a church whose shining moment in history is being King Henry VIII’s …

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Looking for a comic to read but tired of all the heterosexual characters and overall lack of le sexy times, emotional angst and slice-of-life realness? Look no further! Khaoscomix has your answer.

I’m an avid comic reader, and as much as I love me some Ultimate Avengers, New X-Men, and Cyanide & Happiness, sometimes I just want to read something I can sink my teeth into. I did a quick search online for queer comics and most online users vouched for Khaoscomix. I began to read, and I. Was. …

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In today’s news about innovation, here’s an awesome post I found on Tumblr today. The poster Jane, came up with the most interesting way to come out to one’s parents that I’ve ever heard of.

So I’ve been planning since summer to come out to my parents over thanksgiving break (it gives them a month-long grace period, and then home for the holidays). I figure that I won’t be able to explain it all too well, so I made em a booklet.

I shared this with a few friends

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Oh you hate the word “Queer” because you think it’s meaningless and an identity for posers? Let me tell you exactly what I think about that.

Mind Your Ps & Qs- Mac and PC.mp4 from Karachi [MyNameisHachi] on Vimeo.…

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In the awesome section today of nerd news today, here is a post I found on Tumblr, critiquing the less than realistic posing on the cover issue of Amazing Spider-Man #601 by J Scott Campbell. I’ve seen a lot of threads discussing the rampant sexualization of  female comic characters and superheroes through posing and costuming, but I really like this one because there are men joining in on the conversation. My Spider senses are tingling and I can sense some people telling me to go natter about something else.

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Stop FGM

Blow up all the balloons! Pour the bubbly! Women FINALLY have the beginnings of protection against female genital mutilation.

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee has voted unanimously to enact a global ban against female circumcision. The committee has instructed all 193 UN member states to take direct action by enacting legislation and leading education campaigns for both young women and men in order to penalize violators and protect women and girls from mutilation as a recognized form of violence.

“FGM is an indictment of us all …

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Remember back in 2011 when a fetus “testified” in court in order to pass the “Heartbeat Bill” ? The bill, if passed would have required the abortion provider (whom the pro-life tools call “abortionists” smh) to check for a heart beat, inform the mother of said heartbeat if one is found, therefore preventing the abortion from taking place – the tightest and most absurd abortion restriction ever. Ohio’s Republican House passed the bill, while the house tabled it.

Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus seemingly came to his …

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In today’s disturbing news, a man in Oregon had his daughter pose with a car he was trying to sell on ebay, in hopes of boosting the sales. It sounds pretty harmless when it’s phrased that way. “Awwww she’s helping her Daddy sell stuff!” NOPE. Wait until you see the snaps.

 

Yup. That’s his daughter. The dad in question, one mister Ridley, told Adfreak that he often uses “sexy photos” of his daughter and her friends in advertising for his products, in order to move business along …

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The first time I ever read about Metrosexuality I was in high school. A popular modern women’s magazine in Nigeria discussed the topic on the very last page of one month’s issue, pointing out that metrosexuality was simply a case where men developed better grooming habits and dressed more sharply. From my perspective, the western concept of metrosexuality has slowly shifted to become the norm. Well, not completely. There are still those people who insist on classifying others by the way that they dress. Fashion still plays a big …

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Up until last week Tuesday, this is where I resided. I don’t think I have ever had so many feelings during an election. Mostly, I was cross as a bag of weasels. Boy! Was I mad! I couldn’t believe that there were ACTUALLY people out there who supported Romney. And not just that, but also the fact that the race was such a close one. There was so much at stake and as much as I joked about packing my bags and heading home to Nigeria if Romney won, …

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First off, I love “The New Normal”; partially because it’s gay TV (duh!) and also because it does what “Husbands” the web-series attempted/is attempting to do – to put gay people on TV and make that a normative experience. For those of you who don’t know about this show, it’s about the intersected lives of a gay, un-married couple and young, single mother who fled her old life, taking with her, an eight-year old daughter called Shania. The couple Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) audition for …

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone comes along and totally blows your mind. By this I mean the now non-functioning "Save the Boobies!" October campaign run by porn-streaming site, "Pornhub". The site promised to donate one cent for every 30 clicks on videos featuring adjectivally specific descriptions of breasts e.g. "big jugs", "small jugs" (Oy vey!). One cent though?

The Komen foundation has ordered the site to stop using its name in the campaign because it doesn’t intend to take any of the money generated. One …