Wednesday, April 16, 2014
think-progress:

Permanently.

YEAHH North Dakota!!

think-progress:

Permanently.

YEAHH North Dakota!!

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.

In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.

I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.

Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.

And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.

Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.

Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.

Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.

Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.

Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.

That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.

The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.

Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.

As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I always roll my eyes when Evan tells me the dinners I make don’t have enough protein. They almost always include quinoa, black beans, or chickpeas. And I gnosh on pb ALL DA TIME.

I always roll my eyes when Evan tells me the dinners I make don’t have enough protein. They almost always include quinoa, black beans, or chickpeas. And I gnosh on pb ALL DA TIME.

(Source: project-raw)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Switched my SYE!!!

So pumped. Originally taking: 
FALL 2014 ENG 450, SYE: Jane Austen, Our Contemporary ————————————————————————— ————————————————————————— Clueless, Bridget Jones’s Diary, From Prada to Nada: these are only a few of the films inspired by Jane Austen’s novels. What is it about Austen and her works that intrigues us? How is it that a woman who died in 1817 continues to influence our culture? And to what extent are we actually reading-or misreading-her novels? In this senior seminar, we will explore these questions first by returning to Austen’s novels and situating them in their historical context. We will then consider recent films and novels inspired by Austen and her works, trying to determine what they mean for us.

Not too bad, but also not INCREDIBLY interesting to me. Now I’m in:

ENG 450 02, SYE: Writing, Rapping, Performing: Memoir in 21st Century America

We’ll read, view and hear and analyze a variety of contemporary American autobiographical narratives and examine the evolution of this form, considering how contemporary meanings of “the self” have fundamentally changed the genre. In addition to literary prose narratives, we’ll read/hear/view some contested forms of autobiography including some cinematic autobiographies; classic rap and hip hop narratives. You’ll write (and perhaps also perform) your own narrative, or should you choose to research the contemporary memoir, you may do that as well. The culminating assignment of the seminar may be a research essay or a written memoir. Your memoir may take the form of prose narrative or poetry. If you choose to write your own memoir, you must have had the introductory course in the genre in which you choose to write your story.

SAY WHATTT Hell yeah. I love writing about myself. That’s why I’m a creative writing major.

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014
i-never-shut-up:

I will keep you safe

Today this girl that I REALLY don’t like went on a rant about not liking pitbulls because her dog was ‘attacked’ by one when she left her dog off the leash in a public space, right after I talked about my pitbull coming up to school next weekend. I responded by telling her pitbull terriers were nanny dogs in the 1800’s because they are such loyal dogs. Maybe if you kept your literally mentally handicapped dog on a leash he wouldn’t get into fights he couldn’t win. Just sayin.

i-never-shut-up:

I will keep you safe

Today this girl that I REALLY don’t like went on a rant about not liking pitbulls because her dog was ‘attacked’ by one when she left her dog off the leash in a public space, right after I talked about my pitbull coming up to school next weekend. I responded by telling her pitbull terriers were nanny dogs in the 1800’s because they are such loyal dogs. Maybe if you kept your literally mentally handicapped dog on a leash he wouldn’t get into fights he couldn’t win. Just sayin.

She looks so smug, like she’s saying something revolutionary. Guess what Miley, that’s old news.

featherandarrow:

yes

Ugh V.

(Source: literaryheroine)

It’s ok you know,
to be carried now and then,
strength too needs a rest.
Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson (via tylerknott)

rosiesays:

Oppression is cooking being “women’s work,” while the overwhelming majority of top restaurant chefs are male.

Oppression is fashion being a “silly girl thing,” while the top earning designers and CEOs in fashion are male.

Oppression is reducing women to consumers profiting a male system, even in fields that we supposedly dominate.

(Source: regular-snowflake)

**Rich white male probs. 

**Rich white male probs. 

Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self-activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, their cynicism, their differentiation through hierarchy, their alienation, their reliance on others to do things for them and the degree to which they can therefore be manipulated by others – even by those allegedly acting on their behalf. Solidarity, As We See It/Don’t See It (via dirtysquatter)
Change isn’t easy.

Change isn’t easy.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
When I was younger, I often felt like my weaknesses were highlighted. Now I have a hard time highlighting my own strengths, and the strengths of others. I need to remind myself of this on the daily so I don’t lose friends. But srsly.

When I was younger, I often felt like my weaknesses were highlighted. Now I have a hard time highlighting my own strengths, and the strengths of others. I need to remind myself of this on the daily so I don’t lose friends. But srsly.

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