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this dude posted a video of a woman who came up and started twerking and spraying him with a watergun while he was doing his aggressive anti-abortion harassment outside a clinic.  how is this not everywhere on tumblr, she is the greatest person i have ever seen.  the fact he posted it calling her an evil demon/racist murderer is tremendously lacking in self-awareness.  but note he had to disable the votes/comments.

asking him where the pro-lifers were when black young people are gunned down.  he has no real answer! the verbal abuse he sends toward her is genuinely harrowing, though, fair warning.

where is she? what is her name? how do i tell her how amazing and brave i think she is?


she had me at “stanky leg w/ da watergun”


"You can come out here and harass people so I can come out here and play with my watergun"

please i love you so much please, i love you

so i’m going to quickly put a trigger warning for emotional and verbal abuse if anyone has ever extensively dealt with/been raised in a fundamentalist right-wing environment 

first of all this woman is incredible and wonderful and beautiful and brave and i am so so so in love with her for taking a stand against these actual festering loads of human excrement

i really want to know her story

secondly, it is really fucked  up that this white man sees his emotionality as righteous/pure/valid and her emotionality as evil and literal demonic possession. i grew up surrounded by similar mindsets where any sort of female emotionality, especially black+female emotionality, was quickly met with charges of potential evil, of an illegitimate or flawed relationship with god, with too much worldly influence, with not enough devotion to one’s husband/pastor/father/prominent male figure. regardless of how real a woman’s concerns were, she was either respectable or possessed. so to see a white man (who has already positioned himself as righteous and–if you listen to him–truly thinks himself a crusader for purity) invade a black neighborhood and attack this black woman with charges of demonic possession, of wickedness, of murder, of racism–it is so so telling of the current racial climate in the us. and it’s so telling of how pervasive this white saviorism bullshit is.


Can we all agree that Avatar had one of the worst movie adaptations of all time.

Like where did these fucking blue people come from.  Why are they in space.  There’s not even any fucking bending.



What the generation gap looks like via Venmo

Earlier today, the staff over at Quartz was having a (hilarious) conversation about the new person-to-person payment app Venmo. It turns out the over 30 crowd in the office had a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea of an app where people share how they handle their finances (a traditionally touchy and private subject) — and the sub-30 crowd explained how their friends will even use the app to joke or brag about how they spend their money.

via Qz

heatherlandy 11:52 AM
omg, it’s not bad enough that i have to know that the girl i used to sit next to in social studies just took her 4-year-old to the dentist, now i have to know that one of you paid your roommate for the phone bill???
people, you are just GIVING your privacy away! about sensitive things like money! we all need to have a big talk soon…

The conversation is a modern glimpse into how millennials prioritize their privacy, their money, and their use of social media. All in all, the perspective on all three seems to be that our connection with them can be casual, and that nothing is really private anymore anyways.


Personally, as a sub-30 representative, maybe I trust Venmo too much with my bank account information, but the convenience of it trumps everything else (not to mention it’s more reliable, cheaper, faster, and more user-friendly than PayPal). How else would I pay back my roommate for last week’s Chinese takeout??

Images from Quartz: the editorial chat room (with +30s underlined and -30s not underlined for distinction), and a transaction from person to person for “Being my friend.” Select to enlarge.

I mean the sub-30 generation is the generation that has grown up not even being able to trust their own bank with their bank account information—think of all the data breaches that have occurred with millions of households having their information leaked by multinational financial institutions

why would an app be scarier than that? How is an app scarier than non-financial institutions like Target or Home Depot leaking your credit card data? obviously the same risks exist for the over-30 crowd, but the under-30 crowd is the one that was raised with the implicit, sort of passively-learned knowledge that it your information is not safe anywhere, whereas if you’re over 30 you have a stronger memory of your personal financial data and identity being safe if you took certain steps.

maybe it also ties into the notion that identity theft is something that’s dangerous if you’re looking to make big purchases on loans, and a larger percentage of under-30 people don’t see themselves as ever being in a position to buy a house so why bother.

in case anyone needed it, a rough population estimate of the states where marriage equality is a thing after the most recent Supreme Court ruling (including Oregon, although there’s something pending appeal in Oregon): about 163.5 million people using 2013 numbers

the US population using those same estimates is about 315 million, meaning  I think we’ve passed the halfway point population-wise


Obama Currently Being Chased In Background Of Secret Service Hearing


Rev Sekou kneeled between protesters and police and prayed, then was thrown into a police vehicle with blood smears all inside of it.



100 daddies

Not the turn I thought it was going to take.



100 daddies

Not the turn I thought it was going to take.



The issue with Fox’s misogyny toward female pilots is that it reinforces the very thing military women already deal with from male counterparts.

And veterans are speaking out.

Read an open letter to Fox about Eric Bolling’s “boobs on the ground” remark, written by U.S. military veterans from the Truman Nat’l Security project:

Before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

The less obvious implication of your remarks, however, is that by offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.

We issue an apology on your behalf to Major Al Mansouri knowing that anything your producers force you to say will be contrived and insincere. Major, we’re sincerely sorry for the rudeness; clearly, these boys don’t take your service seriously, but we and the rest of the American public do.

Disclosure: Lisa Reed is a Media Matters employee. 

Remember: To the pigs at Fox (and their masters Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes) - and every man who thinks like them - a woman could find the cure for cancer or be a war hero, and she’d still be the focus of 1960s-era jokes about how women are brainless sex toys.

tete-pownshend replied to your post: i can’t really put into words how baff…

unfortunately i was convinced into majoring in economics for this very reason. now i’m about to graduate and really wishing i had done something in the arts…ugh

i’m sorry. you really do need to have at least a friendly relationship with numbers and theory to enjoy economics, but maybe you could go back for a second degree someday? or something?