Rape isn’t about uncontrollable sexual desire. You only have to listen in on a Call of Duty game to see that. When that kid crows, “I raped you!”, he’s not calling the other guy sexy; he’s saying he defeated him, dominated him, humiliated him. That’s what rape is about, and that should scare you.
gonna reblog this till I stop tumbling
This is also why we should encourage all people to feel confident in their sexuality, because if we allow sexual feelings to humiliate and dominate people’s psyches, especially little boys who are more likely to be socialised into acting for social dominance, they’re far more likely to respond by “retaliating” when something they don’t understand makes them horny.
Hello Internet Friends and Acquaintances!If we’ve spoken for more than ten minutes over the past decade, I’ve probably mentioned 826NYC and/or the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. They’re celebrating their tenth year of providing free educational programs and cape testing to folks in the five boroughs, and I’ve volunteered for them for very close to that entire time. You can check out our site for more information about all of the programs: drop-in homework help, creative writing workshops, field trips and publishing projects produced in conjunction with local schools, and even an annual student-made film festival (on August 26th, naturally) where kids get to see their efforts on the big screen at BAM. All of these programs are 100% free for the students and their families, which means that periodically we have to bust out the proverbial-or-literal donation bucket. I’ve never pushed this on my friends and acquaintances because come on, I am a product of public schools and state universities, and I don’t think I’ve even met a hedge fund manager. But this year they’re trying out something called $826 for 826 and how could I turn down participating in something with such a symmetrical hook?Beyond all of the great stuff 826 does that I listed above — and it is great stuff, I’ve worked on all of it — I thought I would share one of the most incredible things I’ve ever witnessed in the confines of volunteering at 826NYC.
It was after drop-in tutoring and two kids around ten years old hadn’t yet been fetched by their parents. One was an 826 lifer who’s been involved with countless workshops and projects. The other was dragged in sporadically by his parents for maybe a year before his sullen eye-rolling brought an end to the experiment. Maybe it’s not important which was which.
The first kid mentions his hopes of getting a dog for his birthday. Or maybe a cat. Definitely a pet. He would LOVE a pet and turns to the second to ask if he has any pets. Second Kid says no, and when pressed on the issue explains because his mother is allergic to dogs.
The first kid is gobstruck. “WHAT? She’s allergic to DOGS? I’m sorry, but that is STUPID. Dogs are awesome. What kind of messed up person would be ALLERGIC to something so awesome? I don’t know man, your mom is DUMB.”
Second kid has absolutely no response to this, and looks at me pleadingly. I attempt to intervene: “Look First Kid, being allergic to dogs has nothing to do with liking dogs. My mother loves all animals, but she’s allergic to cats and a lot of dogs. She can’t help it, it’s just something that happens.”
First kid is deep in thought. “So like you’re born with allergies?”
"Exactly!"First kid pauses, and busts out an incredible turn of phrase: “Look, what I am about to say MAY BE CONSIDERED CONTROVERSIAL. But I should NOT GET IN TROUBLE FOR IT.” The exact phrasing has obviously stuck with me to this day, and given the gesticulation accompanying I imagine he picked this up from a comedian or something. I still don’t know. For the first time I’m somewhat concerned about being left alone with minors, but I let him continue.
"There are people in our community who are… I don’t want to say the word… it’s like when a boy likes a boy or a girl likes a girl."
"You mean people who are gay?"
"YES! Now… I know that being G-A-Y isn’t a big deal, it’s just how some people are born, and it’s not weird, and no one should ever make fun of them for it. I shouldn’t get in trouble for saying this!"
"You haven’t said anything that will get you in trouble, First Kid. And if you’re just stating a fact it’s okay to say gay."
"I don’t want to get in trouble. But like… Second Kid’s mom was just BORN allergic to dogs?"
"Okay, so being allergic to dogs is the same thing as being gay?"
"I mean… yes?"
"Second Kid, I’m sorry I made fun of your Mom for being allergic to dogs. It’s just like she’s gay or something, she’s not stupid."
Second kid begrudgingly accepted the apology, and seconds later his mother came in to pick him up. First kid felt a little bad for being prejudiced against allergic people, but I told him he’s fine. And he is.Beyond watching sullen eight year olds who hate homework growing into high-achieving teenagers who will patiently walk a second grader they barely know through multiplication even if it interrupts their own studies, beyond watching kids discover their hidden love of acting, poetry, claymation, or fashion design, beyond even getting to walk through A SECRET PASSAGE HIDDEN BEHIND A BOOKSHELF multiple times a week, this is why I volunteer at 826NYC and want it to continue to flourish. It’s a safe space for people to ask questions, explore topics, and learn tolerance for people with dog allergies.If you can, please donate whatever amount you feel appropriate to support 826NYC. And regardless, if you are ever in the need of a cape and are in Brooklyn, I can hook you up.
MINERS SHOT DOWN
Director: Rehad Desai
In August 2012, mineworkers at one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages.
Six days later the police used live ammunition to suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.
Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, “Miners Shot Down” follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
What emerges is collusion at the top,spiraling violence, police brutality and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre.
South Africa will never be the same again.
The full documentary can be viewed for free this weekend. Tomorrow it will be two years since 34 miners were murdered by the police in order to protect imperialist interest. Many families lost their sole breadwinners, men who worked thousands of kilometres away from their home, executed for demanding living wages.
On the film’s website there is a bank account you can donate to if you want to help out the families of the slain miners. PLEASE DO THIS IF YOU CAN! They are living in absolute poverty.
Capitalism kills. Remember Marikana.
Amazon: as much as I like the show, I’m not really sure a Tarzan ripoff fits into the Showa Riders. So no Amazon
Tackle: female (course I’d make her a Rider. Also, a small benefit of removing Amazon is it doesn’t throw off the numbering too much)
ZX’s Sister: mebbe SHE could be a replacement for Mikage Eisuke, then become a rider. I’d keep the tiger cyborg thing too! Female, but I might make her trans (!)
Black & RX: female
Well, you could have Amazon be somebody who was from there, went to study some related science and then came back to help.
course I’d make her a Rider
Aint you generous