Take some time out of your day to give food/supplies to dogs/cats in shelters, with ONE click!!
1 - gives kibble to dogs in shelters with a single click
2 - gives 10 pieces of kibble to dogs in shelters, whether you get the question right or not
3 - gives 10 pieces of kibble to cats in shelters, whether you get the question right or not
4 - gives cat litter to cats in shelters with a single click
(Source: do-not-touch-my-food, via sparklesmovementnature)
Stanford researcher: Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture
This is fascinating. It is rare, in my experience, to see a research based academic address to socio-cultural influences on mental conditions/variances. Really, what is “mental illness” vs mental variances? A lot of it has to do with how we define normalcy and functionality… It also is dependent on what is considered culturally valuable in the human condition- aka useful / worthwhile / promotes social expectations. Is this “illness” all “in our head?” How much of it is rooted in what society teaches us to think? Now, in addition to considering mental health on a broader scope, put all of that through a trans lens and consider the system of gender identity disorders and gender pathology. Think about it.
3. Chalcopyrite with Quartz
4. Spessartine on Smoky Quartz
5. Fluorite stalactite
8. Rainbow Aura Quartz
10.. Burmese Tourmaline 8.15 ct
(Source: asylum-art, via sparklesmovementnature)
"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched."
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
What everyone needs to know about the word virgin written in one succinct quote. I have a long standing vendetta against how “virgin” is used as a tool for sex negative values and misogynistic shaming.
(Source: ynannarising, via transqueermediaexchange)
Trans Celebs Are Great; Trans Leaders Are Better - The Daily Beast
Glad someone in the published press is finally said this. The fact is that the primary mechanism for mass media trans visibility is still sensationalism. Mock and Cox address this consistently, but I am skeptical as to how many people actually understand. Before it starts, because I know it will, I’m not looking to get into a “something is better than nothing” discussion. It distracts from the real issues. It is easy for those of us with more privilege, trans or not, to say “be grateful to get something” when most trans people, globally, still have next to nothing. I believe it is possible to celebrate victories with the understanding that these victories are still not enough.
"It Is My Own Invention"
Elizabeth Hawes, 1937
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Le sigh. This gorgeous dress.
My first raspberries are in and they are delicious.
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"Come celebrate with me, that EVERYDAY something has tried to kill me and has failed". -Lucille Clifton Greetings, My name is Cherno Biko! After "coming out" last year on my 22nd birthday as trans/intersex, I quit my job at PNC Bank and began traveling the nation on the #MrsBikoWorldTour building…
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Lawyer: Connecticut can't handle transgender teens
A lawyer for a transgender girl detained at Connecticut’s detention center for juvenile boys said Monday the teenager should be removed from the custody of the state Department of Children and Families because the agency isn’t equipped to treat her or other children in similar situations.
I feel I can safely say that this is the case for the entire country. Unfortunately, this poor young woman has become a poster child for what many trans people experience every day. Human services are not prepared to meet the most basis needs of trans people, let alone significantly improve their lives. This isn’t just about a lack of trans cultural competency. It is about a larger system of poverty and oppression sired by a government that values big business money and violence-centered politics over human rights; by a society that values possessive individualism over community and social justice; and by a money-driven history of fucked up shit that requires way more than a rant-y tumblr post to address.
Since trans “issues” are so hot right now, maybe the human service industry / nonprofit industrial complex will break out of its learned helplessness and better address trans needs. The growing popularity of Trans identities needs to expand beyond tv stars, social media, and a few words added to policies. Media shifts and policy reform, while critical to the movement, don’t truly equal “change” until their intent seeps through bureaucratic systems and impacts the people on the street. The street is where the rubber of human service meets the road of NEED. It’s going to take more than a little tune up for our society to really change. I hope we are all ready to do the work and as for those who aren’t, I think we should follow this example in Connecticut: hold systems accountable for their incompetence and refuse to take less than we deserve.
(Source: radremedy, via transqueermediaexchange)
The Carolina Wren chicks are getting big! Now that their eyes are open I won’t get to peek into the nest anymore- I’ll have to wait for them to fly out. Fly baby birds, welcome to the sky!