hump day

Posted on March 15, 2011

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Look at these young people being active, organizing themselves, and taking a stand. it gave me chills.

Coming out is a concept initially used by the LGBT movement–and it may be our most powerful to date. Making ourselves visible, making ourselves known, is an incredible tool for change. Just as these young people risk it all by being public about their immigration status, queer folks risked their safety, livelihood and family by coming out as queer.

From Feministe, women lead in unpaid work. shocking, i know:

Women earn less than men for similar work, and also do more work for free. Around the world, women spend more time on childcare, cooking and cleaning — all for no pay — than men.

It’s been quite a week and Feministing does a great job of rounding up all the garbage (read: hate speech) we’ve been subjected to lately :

I am not one to pretend there’s ever been a “post-racial” US – I think these sorts of racist and ableist views are part of what this country was founded on and clearly they’ve persisted despite victories against slavery or government sanctioned eugenics. I will say, though, that it feels like the voices of hate are particularly emboldened to speak up publicly lately. And it makes sense in this current political context – when politicians run on anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-woman platforms and Fox News stirs up xenophobia on a daily basis I’m not surprised people feel comfortable, for example, shouting hate speech at a Muslim organization’s fundraiser.

Not only does it make one wonder what is wrong with people, but where are the countering voices?

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