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Anonymous said: I think the issue with ogling women is that, sure, you can find someone attractive, and look: but looking isn't ogling. The only reason ogling as a thing happens is because of the patriarchy, and objectification. It's possible to essentially train yourself to not do it (I have). Finding something sexy isn't a problem, it's defining someone by that, that's an issue. It just takes a little practice (at least for me), and you can appreciate attractiveness without ogling.

I reblogged this because I felt it was a conversation worthy of having, and I am glad that you want to take part in it. 

I agree with you. There is a difference between looking and ogling. But where does one draw the line? Is there a time limit? Ten seconds? A minute? At one point does attraction become creepy?

It seems that the big issue here is that we as men don’t really have good guidelines for how to express our sexuality in a healthy and non-harmful way. We are bombarded with media images of men demeaning and objectifying women. We make a great first step when we decide that we don’t want to be like that, but where do we go from there? How do we embrace our sexuality in a way that lifts up women and equality?

The writer of this piece didn’t even talk about the next step. What if he wanted to approach that girl? How does he navigate that? 

I think a big part of feminism is going to have to be dealing with the issue of masculinity and the best way for it to be represented.

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kenobi-wan-obi:


swooshbitch:

sadgreymon:

litttlegremlin:

hipssway-lipslie:

everythingcanadian:

comradesthevoices:

behaxrant:

weshallcalloutcalloutstuck:

Boy of nine killed himself after he was ‘bullied for being white’ by an Asian gang at school. He was told by other pupils ‘all white people should be dead’ and he was forced to hide from the bullies in the playground at lunchtime.

Don’t you ever try to tell me there is no such thing as racism against white people. And don’t you dare fucking tell me it’s ‘reverse’ racism either.

And this was in the UK. He and his family are in their own country, their own homeland.

Try to tell me there is no such thing. TRY ME.

that’s one reason i get mad at these “white girls” jokes, it’s just the same

thAnk u for this post

omg its terrible what happened yes
but PLEASE DO NOT COMPARE THIS TO THE “WHITE GIRLS” JOKES YOU MAKE ME WANT TO MAKE MORE

THE DAILY MAIL apparently made this story up. they make countless stories up from scratch in order to make black people/south asians and muslims look bad

Look at how fast all of these white people used this fake article to enforce the idea of “racism against whites”. And even if the article was real, that STILL isn’t an example or indicator of “reverse racism”/ racism against whites/ whatever stupid bullshit you wanna call it in order to try and equate it to real racism. Racism is a completely different thing, racism is systematic, pervasive across many systems where the main goal is to stop the progression of black/brown people. One incident of discrimination or hate against a white person does not power up any systematic kind of oppression because they are the system of oppression. So desperate to downplay what we talking about that you resort to the daily mail? you tried it.


First of all, let’s all put on our critical thinking hats for just a second. We should not believe a story just because it appears on our dash. Likewise we should not believe that a story is false, just because someone says that a newspaper likes to make up things. This story is true. It has been confirmed by every major UK publication as well as a few other televised news sources. It took me about 35 seconds on Google to figure this out. We need to start investigating such things for ourselves before we believe any of it.

Secondly, a little boy died. A nine year old kid killed himself because of bullying. He was bullied because he was white. Does that technically qualify as racism? Yes and no. Racism exists on several levels. Sure, racism is systematic and works on a large scale to oppress a certain people group. But it also happens on an individual level, like the way we saw with this young child. 

Racism is hating someone based on their ethnicity or the color of their skin. That’s it. Small scale or large scale, this is the root of it.

Do people hate white people? Absolutely they do. Is it to the scale of white racism against brown or black people? Not even close. Does that ultimately matter? Not really, does it?

When we focus in on whether or not white people can be discriminated against, we miss the main point.

This is not about white privilege.

This is not about who the biggest offender of racism is.

This is about hate, and more importantly, this is a question of how do we stop it.

It is on us to transcend our own prejudices and racial identities. It is on us to prevent things like this from happening ever again.

kenobi-wan-obi:

swooshbitch:

sadgreymon:

litttlegremlin:

hipssway-lipslie:

everythingcanadian:

comradesthevoices:

behaxrant:

weshallcalloutcalloutstuck:

Boy of nine killed himself after he was ‘bullied for being white’ by an Asian gang at school. He was told by other pupils ‘all white people should be dead’ and he was forced to hide from the bullies in the playground at lunchtime.

Don’t you ever try to tell me there is no such thing as racism against white people. And don’t you dare fucking tell me it’s ‘reverse’ racism either.

And this was in the UK. He and his family are in their own country, their own homeland.

Try to tell me there is no such thing. TRY ME.

that’s one reason i get mad at these “white girls” jokes, it’s just the same

thAnk u for this post

omg its terrible what happened yes

but PLEASE DO NOT COMPARE THIS TO THE “WHITE GIRLS” JOKES YOU MAKE ME WANT TO MAKE MORE

THE DAILY MAIL apparently made this story up. they make countless stories up from scratch in order to make black people/south asians and muslims look bad

Look at how fast all of these white people used this fake article to enforce the idea of “racism against whites”. And even if the article was real, that STILL isn’t an example or indicator of “reverse racism”/ racism against whites/ whatever stupid bullshit you wanna call it in order to try and equate it to real racism. Racism is a completely different thing, racism is systematic, pervasive across many systems where the main goal is to stop the progression of black/brown people. One incident of discrimination or hate against a white person does not power up any systematic kind of oppression because they are the system of oppression. So desperate to downplay what we talking about that you resort to the daily mail? you tried it.

First of all, let’s all put on our critical thinking hats for just a second. We should not believe a story just because it appears on our dash. Likewise we should not believe that a story is false, just because someone says that a newspaper likes to make up things. This story is true. It has been confirmed by every major UK publication as well as a few other televised news sources. It took me about 35 seconds on Google to figure this out. We need to start investigating such things for ourselves before we believe any of it.

Secondly, a little boy died. A nine year old kid killed himself because of bullying. He was bullied because he was white. Does that technically qualify as racism? Yes and no. Racism exists on several levels. Sure, racism is systematic and works on a large scale to oppress a certain people group. But it also happens on an individual level, like the way we saw with this young child. 

Racism is hating someone based on their ethnicity or the color of their skin. That’s it. Small scale or large scale, this is the root of it.

Do people hate white people? Absolutely they do. Is it to the scale of white racism against brown or black people? Not even close. Does that ultimately matter? Not really, does it?

When we focus in on whether or not white people can be discriminated against, we miss the main point.

This is not about white privilege.

This is not about who the biggest offender of racism is.

This is about hate, and more importantly, this is a question of how do we stop it.

It is on us to transcend our own prejudices and racial identities. It is on us to prevent things like this from happening ever again.

(via picatso)

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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.

—Oscar WIlde.

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Anonymous said: I'd say there are a few advantages to examining fringe groups: especially if you can get a believer to say why their doctrine is false. Then it's just a matter of tweaking what they say to apply to the believer's views, almost always possible, and mention that those fringe groups are just as devout. Usually at least gets them thinking.

Oh, absolutely. But that’s not the same as claiming that the fringe group represents the whole. That’s what I am urging us to avoid doing.

Several years ago (and maybe still today) a lot of people claimed that pornography was unhealthy because Jeffrey Dahmer consumed a lot of porn and then killed a lot of people. Now, pornography may or may not be unhealthy, but that won’t be proven just by looking at the outliers alone. Likewise, if you want to argue that a belief system is untrue or unfounded, you would be better to examine and critique the beliefs of the majority than to assume that everyone is the same as those on the fringe.

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Anonymous said: The nazis identified them selves with the catholic church.

I wouldn’t go that far. The Nazis used a lot of Catholic symbolism and occasionally referenced the church in their propaganda, but that is not the same as “identifying” themselves as Catholic. In fact, Hitler was pretty anti-Christian and had intentions to remove the institution from Germany after the war was over had he won. If anything, more Germans at the time identified as protestant than anything else.

The point it seems you were trying to get at though was that the Nazis were not Atheists, and with that I’ll concede you were right. I picked them as an example because they are so often used—incorrectly, as we have just noted—by Christians as an example of Atheism gone amok. However, I probably should have used Stalin as an example to better make my point.

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goddamntoothbrush:

xojesusxo:

The Nazis were not Atheists

True

and the Westboro Baptist Church are not Christians.

False.

Those are hate groups who are in no way representative of any particular belief besides prejudice.

If you want to discuss religious issues than let’s discuss them with reason.

Demonizing each other gets us nowhere.

You’re employing a No True Scotsman fallacy. The WBC is just as Christian as the Catholic Church and Mr. Rogers.

Perhaps you’re right. I suppose it depends on what the definition of the word “Christian” actually means. And I’m totally willing to discuss what that definition is with you (and anyone else). I think it would be fun to have a bunch of us Atheists and Agnostics discuss just what makes a Christian a Christian.

My main point here though is that both sides of this issue look to the extremes on the other side and say, “Look! See how destructive and horrible they are? This is why their belief system is bogus, and etc.” I think when we do that we miss the point and value of these types of discussions.

The Westboro Baptist Church isn’t the reason why Christianity is bogus. Christianity is bogus because it isn’t true. Our discussions would be more productive and effective if we just focus on the concepts and leave those off in the fringes alone.

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The Nazis were not Atheists and the Westboro Baptist Church are not Christians.

Those are hate groups who are in no way representative of any particular belief besides prejudice.

If you want to discuss religious issues than let’s discuss them with reason.

Demonizing each other gets us nowhere.

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Did you know today was Easter?

It’s okay that you didn’t.

Without Google overtly displaying it on their homepage, there was just no way for any of us to celebrate the day or even be made aware of it.

Horrible, horrible Google.

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"Why would anyone want to celebrate the day they died? Sounds dead depressing to me…"-Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Happy death day, Jesus.