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Historically in Native communities, formalized Western education was used as a tool of cultural genocide, a tool of assimilation. With the whole government-run boarding school system—a system that my own grandmother and my aunties went through as well—where the professed model was to kill the Indian and save the man. For so many decades and generations, this idea of going off to school meant losing your Native culture. It meant that part of you was forcibly erased. You weren’t allowed to speak your language. You weren’t allowed to practice your culture. That is a legacy that occurred up until the 1960s and ’70s, so this isn’t ancient history…[we are re-framing] this idea—going to college is not about losing your identity as a Native person. It’s a way for you to give back to your community. It’s a way for you to build up your nation. It’s a way for to gain the skills and knowledge that your nation needs.
Adrienne Keene, in How is the Native College Experience Different? (via nitanahkohe)
indahkematian:

Still have a bit to go before I love it. Gotta get a t-shirt for sleeves, have to do the green sailor cap thing, I need to get spirit gum or something to attach my tiara to my face, do the super sailor bow strands for the back bow, and a couple other smaller details like hemming. This has been the most thought inducing cosplay to put together, but I’m extremely happy where I’ve gotten so far :D
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indahkematian:

Still have a bit to go before I love it. Gotta get a t-shirt for sleeves, have to do the green sailor cap thing, I need to get spirit gum or something to attach my tiara to my face, do the super sailor bow strands for the back bow, and a couple other smaller details like hemming. This has been the most thought inducing cosplay to put together, but I’m extremely happy where I’ve gotten so far :D
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indahkematian:

Still have a bit to go before I love it. 
Gotta get a t-shirt for sleeves, have to do the green sailor cap thing, I need to get spirit gum or something to attach my tiara to my face, do the super sailor bow strands for the back bow, and a couple other smaller details like hemming. This has been the most thought inducing cosplay to put together, but I’m extremely happy where I’ve gotten so far :D

Stop Patriarchy was recently asked to remove all anti-pornography messages from a table we had at a Vagina Monologues production, in the name of “sex positivity.” Activists with Stop Patriarchy said, you know that there’s a war on women when the state can keep sex education out of the schools and abolish abortion, while a curious ten-year-old can type “sex” into Google and watch a woman eat shit. This is what we are exposing, and we should all fight it. Porn has nothing to do with sex, and it’s not “positive” in its effects—it does nothing to encourage real intimacy, it makes rape and the absence of consent sexy in the minds of many, and the industry itself continues to intersect with sex trafficking and generally treat women like garbage. The event organizer went on to say that there were women involved in the event who create “feminist pornography.” Stop Patriarchy said that we need a movement for women’s liberation, fighting for a world without a multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry, where women’s bodies are not objects up for sale: not through sex slavery, not in strip clubs, not in porn, no matter who is getting the profit. A world where slavery is rejected not sexualized, and a woman is more than an orifice and receptacle to stuff things into or pump stuff out of.

This is where the connection between the social origins and the social consequences of individual desires must be grasped. Not all theories that seem on the surface to be in opposition to harmful and oppressive tradition actually reflect the kind of world that is possible: a world without slavery in any form. On the contrary, the defining of sex as “whatever you want it to be” when what people want is being shaped by a patriarchal system, is in itself a stamp of approval on the intolerable conditions women face in the world as it is.

Room to Breathe: Breaking the Chains, Unleashing the Imagination, and Taking Responsibility for a World Without Patriarchy from

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there goes my like of the vagina monologues. wow.

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