Crystal Moon Pride Undercut
I later realized it probably would have turned out better if I had used a sponge stamp to apply the bleach and dye, rather than brushing it on by hand, but the nice thing about undercuts is that in a month it will be time to shave it off and try again anyway.
Fox News host Jessie Waters’s insane “Beyoncé Voters” definition.
Look at this smug little shit-face.
WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN
It’s barely coded racism. Beyoncé = black women here, which I guess he doesn’t realize is like the biggest compliment anyone could hope for. I mean, I would probably actually cry if someone were to earnestly compare me to BEYONCÉ.
CAN YOU CRACK THIS CODE???
I’m pretty sure Beyoncé does not depend on the government either. I guess Beyoncé voters could be people who would vote for Beyoncé, but that is literally everyone.
Donate five bucks to planned parenthood and I’ll send you a comic for free. Seriously.
ymirphile said: Maybe I don't understand the law that well, but what about the religious freedom of the people who work for those businesses? Isn't the company enforcing their rules over what get covered pushing their religion on their employees?
That’s what the ruling did. It decided that the business can decide to withhold medicine to their employees (HBC, IUDs, Plan B, etc) on the basis that the business owners' religious convictions are more important than the desires of their employees to control whether or not they get pregnant. Many of those people are gonna be from religions that are 100% okay with birth control. Their religious freedom is moot in the face of what corporations want. The people who work for those businesses are absolutely the ones getting screwed over.
The thing about employer-provided health benefits are that they’re essentially part of your payment. The business takes some money out of your paycheck and pools it together with the other employees and gives you health insurance from that. Sometimes the business pays for part of it, too, but that’s also essentially a form of payment to you, hence why they’re called benefits. They’re meant to be an incentive for people to work for you. But a business deciding that you don’t get access to certain medications (and seriously, people, birth control is a necessary medication for so many people for so many reasons!) is them deciding for you how your money should be spent. It’s not their money. It’s meant to be part of your wages.
Now, I actually think it’s a little strange how, for so many people, our health insurance is determined by where we work, to the point where the system kind of revolves around it, and it’s only very recently that there were any other realistic options for people who can’t get benefits from their employer. Me, for example. I’m self employed for the most part, working part time at a tiny local business that doesn’t offer me benefits. Before Obamacare, I had no health insurance. I much prefer having something independent (though my boss is a pretty liberal woman who I doubt would deny me birth control.) I don’t really think our bosses should be in control of our health. It’s weird and illogical. But so long as that’s how the system works for most people, then employers have to be fair to everyone. Denying people birth control is absolutely sex discrimination, rooted in misogyny and religious bigotry.
Ikeda Riyoko — Oniisama e
So I read all of Oniisama E this afternoon (it is only 17 chapters long), and now I need a clock tower for crying like this.
If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.
TRIGGER WARNING …
So, by now you have all heard of 22 year old Elliot Rodger who went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, a community in Santa Barbara, California. One Friday night, Elliot shot and killed 7 people, including himself, close to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.
Prior to his violent shooting rampage, Elliot recorded a video titled, Day of Retribution in which he states, “college is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I’ve had to rot in in loneliness, it’s not fair.” and “you girls have never been attracted to me, I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it”.
About a month ago, after seeing some of Elliot’s YouTube videos, his family contacted authorities. Law Enforcement interviewed Elliot and said they found him to be a ‘perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human’ and took no further action.
Now we have media outlets labeling Elliot as a “mad man”, “spoiled brat”, “misunderstood”, “good human” etc and continuing to file this mass murder under mental health.
Understand that no one is saying that he did not suffer from mental illness, I’m sure he does. But we CANNOT ignore the fact that this mass killing was rooted in his hate of women (misogyny) and inability to properly deal with rejection. There is much to unpack about this incident, how it was handled and how it will be portrayed in the media, but for now I’ll post some tweets from those of us responding to the shooting on twitter.
For more info about the shooting: http://bit.ly/1mjerdo
Elliot Rodgers, Day of Retribution video: http://youtu.be/FWWGtee14pA
Elliot was also racist: http://bit.ly/1h0BniC
Three more bodies found at Elliot’s apartment: http://bit.ly/RnzYWP
Elliot Rodgers 140 page manifesto, My Twisted World: http://bit.ly/1nGaWwX
I’m very nearly hesitant to reblog this. This is no more grisly than some of the other mass killings with a purpose that have happened recently, but this…it is really fucking disturbing because the guy’s reasons are right there. We don’t have to ask why or read into it. And they are awful.
How can anyone claim there isn’t a cultural issue with misogyny and sexism against women when something like this happens? How can anyone say that there isn’t a racist and prejudiced imbalance against the perception and characterization of minorities when this white boy gets called “misunderstood” and so many lament that they would have never thought of him as doing something like this, when black offenders or even victims like Trayvon Martin get combed with a fine toothed comb about any “thug-like” or delinquent behaviour that may answer why he deserved such a fate or why everyone saw it coming? How can anyone say there isn’t something deeply wrong with our culture of entitlement and how it develops young (white) men into creatures with the capacity to take or destroy what they want?
This really saddens and sickens me.
I wasn’t online when the #YesAllWomen trend started on Twitter. Of course I have stories for it but now I am hesitant to share them, seeing how much attention it has garnered. I still think it is important to read some of the stories on it, or at least some of the highlights here. Finally, Jess Fink also wrote an essay about her personal experience that is worth your time.
Whenever there is a shooting incident, few things frustrate me more than discussions about the shooter’s mental health. Yes, mental health care in the US needs a lot of improvement. But that’s going to be a much longer and harder process than reducing access to guns or even changing the culture of male entitlement, misogyny, and sexism. Furthermore, even under ideal health care situations, you can be in treatment for a long, long time and still see little or no relief from mental illness, so it’s not a guarantee to improve anyone’s safety.
Also, one of the biggest difficulties in mental health care is that people do not seek treatment early enough (if at all). Partially this is because regular mental health screenings are not a common practice, but largely it is because of the remaining stigma against having a mental illness. People seem to generally be aware of this problem, but how do we expect to reduce the stigma against mental illness if the only time we have a national conversation about it is after a shooting?
Bee and PuppyCat #1 First Printing Is Sold Out
Congratulations, Natasha, Garrett, Britt, Madeleine, Shannon, and all the great folks at BOOM! Studios.
A second printing is in the works (see the above cover by Leslie Hung). It will hit stores on June 25, a week after the release of #2.
And a big thank you to all the fans who purchased one.