“If the history-deniers who doubt the fact of evolution are ignorant of biology, those who think the world began less than ten thousand years ago are worse than ignorant, they are deluded to the point of perversity. They are denying not only the facts of biology but those of physics, geology, cosmology, archaeology, history and chemistry as well.”—Richard Dawkins (via fuckyeahsexyatheists)
This post is for anyone that thinks if a woman gets pregnant that she should not have the choice to abort the pregnancy and that she should have to go through with the pregnancy and childbirth for the sake of the fetus growing inside her.
I am going to just ignore all of the complications that the 9 months of pregnancy can cause, the fact that giving birth can fucking kill you, and the drastic changes a woman’s body must undergo and focus on a issue that can be caused by natural childbirth that freaks me out.
Did you know that during a vaginal delivery the pressure put on the perineum may TEAR IT. Yeah, the area between a woman’s vagina and her anus may tear due simply to childbirth. Or if the baby’s head is too big the doctors might decide to give you an episiotomy. Don’t know what that is? Well, it is when they CUT the area between the vagina and anus. There are also different degrees of tearing some requiring stitches and some that can be so bad the woman might have gas and fecal incontinence that can last for months.
A woman’c cervix can also tear.
This is a problem for about half of women in childbirth.
Now I ask you, why do you think you have the right to decide whether or not someone is going to risk having their body rip open? Why do you get to decide that I should have to take the risk of having my most private of parts torn apart? How about you undergo a forced episiotomy and see how much fun that shit is?
Get the fuck away from my vagina.
As I learn more and more about pregnancy and birth, the less and less I ever want to go through with it 0____0
“I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they’re not that important. You know what’s important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don’t even know why he needs you?”—John Green (via katelizabeth)
Because there is no medical reason for “routine” circumcision of baby boys. No professional medical association in the United States or the rest of the world recommends routine neonatal circumcision. The American Medical Association calls it “non-therapeutic.” At no time in its 75 years has the American Academy of Pediatrics ever recommended infant circumcision.
Because the foreskin is not a birth defect. The foreskin is a normal, sensitive, functional part of the body. In infant boys, the foreskin is attached to the head of the penis (glans), protects it from urine, feces, and irritation, and keeps contaminants from entering the urinary tract. The foreskin also has an important role in sexual pleasure, due to its specialized, erogenous nerve endings and its natural gliding and lubricating functions.
Because you wouldn’t circumcise your baby girl. In the United States, girls of all ages are protected by federal and state laws from forced genital surgery, whether practiced in medical or non-medical settings, and regardless of the religious or cultural preferences of their parents. There is no ethical rationale for distinguishing between female and male genital alteration. If it is wrong to remove part of a baby girl’s healthy genitals, then it is wrong to do the same to those of a baby boy.
Because your baby does not want to be circumcised. Circumcision painfully and permanently alters a baby boy’s genitals, removing healthy, protective, functional tissue from the penis and exposing the child to unnecessary pain and medical risks –for no medical benefit. What do you think your baby boy would say if he could tell you?
Because removing part of a baby’s penis is painful, risky, and harmful. We know babies are sensitive to pain. Many circumcisions are performed with no analgesic, but even when pain control is employed, the pain is not eliminated. As with any surgery, complications can and do occur with circumcision. These include infection, abnormal bleeding, removal of too much skin, loss of all or part of the glans, urinary problems, and even death. All circumcisions result in the loss of the foreskin and its functions, and leave a penile scar.
Because times and attitudes have changed. The circumcision rate in the United States is now below 40% (and much lower in some parts of the country), down from 81% in 1981. More than 60% of all baby boys in the U.S. leave the hospital intact, as more and more parents realize that circumcision is unnecessary and wrong.
Because most medically advanced nations do not circumcise baby boys. People in Europe, Asia and Latin America are often appalled to hear that American doctors and hospitals remove part of a boy’s penis shortly after birth. Approximately 75% of the men in the world are not circumcised and remain intact throughout their lives.
Because caring for and cleaning the foreskin is easy. A natural, intact penis requires no special care, beyond gentle washing while bathing. Later, when the foreskin can be retracted (something that often does not occur until adolescence), a boy can be taught to pull back his foreskin to wash his penis. Forcible retraction of the foreskin results in pain and injury, and should not be done. Read our Foreskin Care flyer for more information.
Because circumcision does not prevent HIV or other diseases. Over the years, the claims that circumcision prevents various diseases have repeatedly been proven to be exaggerated or outright fabrications. Most men in the United States are circumcised, but our STD rates are as high as or higher than those in countries where circumcision is rare.
Because children should be protected from permanent bodily alteration inflicted on them without their consent in the name of culture, religion, profit, or parental preference. Under accepted bioethical principles, parents can consent to surgery on behalf of a child only if it is necessary to protect the child’s life or health. “Routine” circumcision fails this test because it painfully and permanently removes a normal and healthy part of a boy’s penis, does not protect the child’s life or health, and in fact creates new risks. Removing the foreskin is no more justified than removing a finger or any other healthy body part.
Reblogging because I very much agree with the sentiment behind this post, even if some of the points are framed in quite an ethnocentric way.
An art student at my school, Western Kentucky University, is getting tons of national heat right now for her own backlash against a pro-life group. The group covered an entire set of bleachers with 4,000 crosses and from the art classroom windows you could see that it spelled out the word “LIFE.” They also targeted students walking by and asked them questions about abortion and had a board up that said, “How do you justify abortion?”
This went on for a full week. She, I and many others at my school felt voiceless and bombarded. She responded with an art piece for her class, which was covering the crosses in condoms. The university police did not interfere as it was a freedom of speech, but now my school administration is demanding a public apology from her and does not support her actions. She has so far refused to apologize, but nationally, there is no one on her side, especially since Fox News got involved.
Please read this blog post by a gender and women’s studies professor at WKU for more details and educated insight. Show support and show this student and my school that she does not owe an apology. We’re trying to make this viral enough to where we can get Rachel Maddow to pay attention and speak out about it. Help spread the word, reblog this post and let’s overtake the bigoted anti-choice voices that are attacking this student right now.
EDIT: There is now a petition that will be sent to the school. Please sign and spread this around!
“The status of atheists in America today is on a par with that of homosexuals fifty years ago.”
literally FUCK richard dawkins i literally hope he dies and i don’t care if you losers call me out for wishing death on…
In the context that this is taken in this thread this is definitely the wrong thing to say, atheists are persecuted on nowhere near the same level as gay people, not now not ever. HOWEVER, as with pretty much every Richard Dawkins quote it’s taken massively out of context, this sentence is the opening sentence to a paragraph about how likely it is for people to be elected into political office I can’t write it out in full because I don’t have time and I have work to do but basically it’s in specific reference to how likely people are being elected in political office, for example in the stats he uses in this paragraph (whether they’re legit or not is not the issue but assuming they are) 79% of people said they would vote someone who was homosexual into office, 49% of people said they would vote an atheist into power. Now I don’t know what this stat would have been 50 years ago, I imagine probably worse and the opening sentence is a sweeping over exaggerated sentence (typical of Dawkins and not the right thing to do). BUT Dawkins was never at any point suggesting Atheists are treated the same as gays were 50 years ago, merely (from actually reading the paragraph and what I can see) that from a Gallup poll, people are more likely to be voted in to office in America if they are gay than atheists, this is the context in which the word status is used. Still it wasn’t the right thing to write and I can see why if taken out of context it can be extremely offensive, but Dawkins is often under flack from people reading one sentence or the title of the book which is partly his own fault for exaggerating sentences and partly other peoples (not necessarily people in this thread) but for example being personally blamed for Thatcher being elected in Britain/right wing politicians using The Selfish Gene as defence for horrendous eugenics policies.
She wanted me to walk out to her car with her to get her phone charger because she didn’t want to walk around in a dark parking lot by herself, and personally I don’t blame her. That lot isn’t lit very well, and it backs up to a forest. So yes, people, rape culture is a thing. Women are scared, and it’s not fair. Instead of training women to be terrified and holding them accountable for something someone else does to them, work to create a culture where blame is properly placed. Fear of being raped is not natural; it’s not something women should expect and it’s not “just part of being a woman.” If one half of your society feels like it has to constantly be on the look-out, then there’s something wrong. Teach boys and men that it’s not okay to treat women like objects. It is not a compliment, and it is not appreciated.
fucking TV and movies make it seem like all women sleep in their underwears all the time I guess? I’d never sleep in a bra.
…except when someone is staying over at my house or vice versa and there’s a chance I’ll see them before I have a chance to get properly dressed
I used to wear a bra to bed as soon as I started wearing bras. Little 13-year-old me was too embarrassed to go to a sleepover or even walk around the house without a bra, because I thought everyone could see my nipples and laugh at me. Fuck. I don’t wear a bra OR undies to bed any more.
White privilege isn’t something you get because of a certain percentage of a certain ethnicity in your DNA. It’s something given to you because your skin is light. That’s it. The lighter your skin is, the more privilege you get. So yeah, white Jewish people have white privilege. How else do you explain how they’re the only marginalized class whose genocide is consistently characterized as it should be, which is as a nearly unimaginable tragedy? Have you ever heard one person justify the holocaust by saying “oh, that’s just how people thought back then,” or “you have to consider the historical context?” Nope. Whiteness is why the Holocaust is respected as the tragedy it is, why it’s illegal in some countries to speak about the Holocaust in a way deemed disrespectful, why when someone even mentions the word “holocaust” on tumblr, everyone calls them an antisemite, but everyone and their mom appropriates slavery and the civil rights movement to serve their own political purposes.
It’s not antisemetic to point out that white Jews have white privilege. All white people have white privilege.
Reblogging because this is a reason I’d never considered when explaining why the Holocaust is taken so much more seriously than, say, the genocide in Rwanda. You are a wise man, Dion, a wise man. Thank you :)
“Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive simpletons.”—
Behind The Meme of the Day: British teen Heidi Crowter’s toddler face was immortalized as “I can count to potato” girl in 2009, when her photo was “stolen from a website for a parents’ support group” for children with Down syndrome. Heidi, now 16, and her family were unaware of her Internet fame until last fall; Heidi, to no one’s surprise, is “very upset.”
Now Heidi’s mom, Liz, and a small army of friends are lashing out against sites like Facebook, where the image has been used to mock not only Heidi, but disabled people in general.
“These trolls are cowardly, nasty people who should be punished for the damage they are doing to people with their comments,” Liz said this week. “Heidi has told me she is very upset by the sites and she turns her head away when we have them on the computer screen.”
And how has the Internet responded? By creating a new meme, naturally.
Not going to reblog the ableist and mean picture that was attached to this, even it’s just for example.
Have you seen the comments on the reddit thread attached to the “new meme”? And how they’re all obsessed with how this meme is becoming a turf war for 4chan and 9gag instead of, I don’t know, the fact that a REAL LIVE HUMAN BEING is being used as a joke just because she was born different.
The internet is a cesspool of ignorant, cold-hearted bullies, and my heartfelt condolences go out to Heidi and her family. Also I love Heidi’s hair. It’s pretty fierce.
“If you truly wanted something; you really, REALLY wanted it… would you consider writing a letter to Santa? You know, to ask him to bring it to you as a gift for Christmas? Can you imagine yourself, writing the words and folding the paper and putting it into an envelope and writing the delivery address as Santa Claus, North Pole and then mailing it? Would you EVER do something like this? You know… in a “moment of weakness.” Just in case. This is exactly how I personally feel about prayer.”—
“In Sex in Education (1873), Harvard professor Edward Clarke predicted that if women went to college, their brains would grow bigger and heavier, and their wombs would atrophy. In a masterpiece of faulty social science, his evidence for this preposterous claim was that college-educated women had fewer children than non-college-educated women.”—Kimmel, Antifeminism (via pussy-envy)