"If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness."
A phrase that was carved on the walls of Mauthausen Concentration camp cell during WWII by a Jewish prisoner
#controversial post of the month alert
Since this quote didn’t include a name, I don’t know how they can claim it was said by a Jewish prisoner. It could have just as easily been said by an atheist or agnostic POW, political prisoner, homosexual, etc… I think it’s courageous for someone of faith to keep their faith during a time of tragedy. But with that said, I think it’s just as courageous or even more courageous for someone to not have faith/lose faith and face the reality of the situation while knowing the probable outcome of a tragedy such as the one above. I’ve never been able to understand the “it’s all part God’s plan approach” to explaining unimaginable tragedies. I like to think it’s just an irrational statement only made by people early on in their coping process, but it’s not in many cases. If a God does exist and genocide, rape, murder, and kidnapping are part of his plan, then he has a lot explaining to do. If a God does exist and genocide, rape, murder, and kidnapping are not part of his plan, then that does not make him an “all-powerful” God. So then what is he, she, or it? I will never make the claim that there isn’t a God, but the more I learn (through evidence) about this planet and the universe, I find it highly unlikely.
(Source: notclarissa, via murphykd)
"Both race and racism are profoundly historical. Thus if we discard biological and thus essentialist notions of “race” as fallacious, it would be erroneous to assume that we can also willfully extricate ourselves from histories of race and racism. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we continue to inhabit these histories, which help to constitute our social and psychic worlds."
Cost Of Birth Control Higher In Some Low-Income Neighborhoods Than In Wealthy Ones
Researchers focused on the price of seven commonly-used contraceptives — including various forms of the pill as well as transvaginal options like the ring. They cross-referenced the price information across various counties with median household incomes from the 2010 census.
Nearly every prescription contraceptive was more expensive in low-income zip codes, the researchers found.
In most cases, price differed by just a few dollars. For two of the contraceptives, the cost was significantly less in the wealthiest zip codes.
Researchers said they don’t know the reason for the price discrepancies. Certain neighborhoods may not have a large, chain pharmacy that offers lower prices and runs specials, Zite speculated.
“There is other research that has shown that a lot of needs for health, like fruits and vegetables, are more expensive in lower-income neighborhoods,” Zite added.
uh oh is this going to start another fight that healthy food isn’t actually expensive and poor people just dont try hard enough to eat well because “duh my family eats sooo many veggies with little money, so everyone is able to do it!”
wut? people are systemically kept in poverty?!
but but american dream and upward mobility and and…. bootstraps!
(Source: The Huffington Post, via stfuconservatives)
"There have been 694 proposed abortion restriction provisions in the first three months of 2013 alone."
"I shouldn’t be the superhero’s girlfriend, I should be the superhero."
In case anyone wants a copy of the flyers I made and have been putting up around Boise, here you go!
[An image with text cut out individually from a white piece of paper over a black lace background. The text reads: consent is…/voluntary/sober/enthusiastic/verbal/non-coerced/continual/active/honest/lack of consent = rape]
(Source: ladyandrist, via slutwalkdc)
From the designer:
My Facebook and G+ newsfeeds have been filled with pink and red lately, so it seemed important to point out to the queer and allied in my life that Human Rights Campaign actually has a track record of promoting some rights at the expense of others. Being a fairly rough-and-tumble sort of cisgender queer man, I waded in.
It’s frankly unconscionable; transgender rights are integral to queer liberation, and moreover transfolks are our sisters and brothers, have shed the same blood, sweat, and tears in horrifying numbers for the same goals. The fact that names like Virginia Prince and Sylvia Rae Rivera aren’t as prominent in our histories as Harvey Milk says, I think, all it needs to about the need for some pink and purple soul-searching. Go forth and introspect.
Visually, too, I think the HRC equality logo leaves a bit to be desired, but I made minimal changes. The colors are based on the transgender pride flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999, the most widely used of several designs and to my eye, the most pleasing.
(Source: truthisweirder, via feministcontent)
"The SAT is a scam. It has been around for 50 years. It has never measured anything. And it continues to measure nothing. And the whole game is that everybody who does well on it, is so delighted by their good fortune that they don’t want to attack it. And they are the people in charge. Because of course, the way you get to be in charge is by having high test scores. So it’s this terrific kind of rolling scam that every so often, somebody sort of looks and says—well, you know, does it measure intelligence? No. Does it predict college grades? No. Does it tell you how much you learned in high school? No. Does it predict life happiness or life success in any measure? No. It’s measuring nothing."