one of my favorite ledger artists created a piece honoring two of my biggest role models! this is called ‘Winona LaDuke and Faith Spotted Eagle Make a Stand,’ and it’s by Pepion Ledger Art. love it! happy earth day folks, remember our responsibility to be mindful stewards of the land we come from is a full-time job!


one of my favorite ledger artists created a piece honoring two of my biggest role models! this is called ‘Winona LaDuke and Faith Spotted Eagle Make a Stand,’ and it’s by Pepion Ledger Art. love it! happy earth day folks, remember our responsibility to be mindful stewards of the land we come from is a full-time job!

10 Poverty Myths, Busted | Mother Jones


1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

If I look up “carrot” in the dictionary, most people will acknowledge I do not know all there is to know about carrots and if I truly want to understand carrots, I should probably pick up a horticultural text book. We know that legal and medical terms are going to be, at best, simplistically represented and know we need to find a lawyer or a doctor if we want to know more. Anyone deciding to base their argument on, say, a philosophical concept or term using the dictionary is going to be laughed at at best, or automatically lose whatever argument they’re trying to make at least.

Yet the minute we move into a social justice framework, the ultimate authority changes. We don’t need lived experience, we don’t need experts who have examined centuries of social disparities and discrimination, we don’t need societal context. We don’t need sociology or history – no, we have THE DICTIONARY! That ultimate tome of oracular insight, the last word on any debate!

It’s patently ridiculous and you can see that by applying it to any other field of knowledge. But the privileged will continually trot out simplistic, twitter-style dictionary definitions as if they are the last word and the ultimate authority. No-one would drag out the dictionary to debate science with a scientist. But they’re more than willing to trot out a dictionary definition of racism over any sociological analysis. A dictionary is not the ultimate authority - they’re a rough guide for you to discover the simple meaning of words you’ve never heard before – not an ultimate definition of what the word means and all its contexts.


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For all the clueless whiteys out there.

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I don’t think the dictionary should be trotted out in most arguments. We see it on both sides of most discussions and it’s annoying as hell.

Tempting though. For some reason.

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It’s 1am so I’m sorry for the people who won’t see this. But if you want confidence and don’t know how to get it, a really good way is to be confident in other people. When you walk into Starbucks, think, “damn, that barista’s hair is da bomb!” Or when you go to school, think, “my teacher is rocking that skirt!” When you start seeing everyone as being beautiful, at some point you realize that you’re everyone too.

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Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.

(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).

Jessica Rey - The Evolution of the Swim Suit

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How can this many people be mad about white people having dreadlocks it’s a fucking hairstyle, it’s literally the same as someone of afro-Caribbean descent straightening their hair.

How can people make such ignorant false equivalences?

If black people were the dominant group and told white people for several hundred years that their natural hair texture was ugly, unacceptable, unnatural, and unattractive, maybe then black people straightening their hair would be the same as a a white person getting dreads.

Until then, kindly shut the fuck up. Go google Eurocentric beauty standards and educate yourself. 

In the case of dreadlocks, firstly many white people have unkempt, dirty, smelly, matted hair that they attempt to pass of as dreads, reinforcing the misconception and stereotype that unkempt, unbrushed hair will dread (with white people’s hair textures it actually forms matts, not dreads). This is a primary part of the reason that black people experience racism, discrimination and are fired/expelled from their workplace/education, because it is wrongly assumed that dreads are unsanitary. In the very unlikely scenario that they do maintain their dreads, reinforcing the association of dreadlocks with protest, deviance, drug use, counterculture movements, etc reinforce negative associations and stereotypes. So those are two very easily understandable ways that appropriating dreadlocks harms.

Additionally, people who try to say that dreads are hairstyle from ‘cavemen’ times or say it is a human universal are both reinforcing the first misconception (that unkempt hair is the same as dreadlocks) and are also homogenizing and generalizing distinct cultural traditions which not only look different from each other but they have their own entirely distinct contextual meaning. 

It is a false equivalence to compare it to braids/plaits, pigtails and other hairstyles because wearing those type of hairstyles doesn’t get anyone fired, expelled, discriminated against, etc.

So again, kindly shut the fuck up. 

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I thought cultural appropriation was taking things from foreign cultures and pretending it was your creation. What’s all this about not doing things that aren’t in your culture at all?

That’s not what appropriation is. That’s just how willfully ignorant people who want to justify their misrepresentation and decontextualization try to define it. 

Cultural appropriation is the misrepresentation and/or decontextualization of traditions from marginalized cultures by individuals in relatively privileged groups. It’s a concept from the social sciences, particularly anthropology, is researched quite extensively and specifically describes the involvement of a harmful/exploitative colonialist/imperialist racist power imbalance. It reinforces stereotypes, Eurocentric beauty standards, racist colonial/imperial power dynamics, and in many cases can be a form of visual/symbolic dehumanization and is a step in committing genocide against a group of people. It applies to everything from mundane every day traditions to sacred and spiritual ones.

And no, it doesn’t apply to popular media (tv shows, movies, music, literature, etc) or food as long as you don’t become a fetishizing weaboo-like asshole about it. 


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