“People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
— Assata Shakur | Assata: An Autobiography (via sinidentidades)
11:56 pm • 5 November 2013 • 860 notes
I have to say procrastinating studying for the gre has been great for working on my SOP.
9:56 pm • 4 November 2013
“It’s amazing that in 1969 we as a society managed to put a man on the moon and yet we still can’t get a wheelchair user from one railway station to another nearly 50 years later. You have to come to the conclusion that it is a lack of will to create a more accessible world, not lack of technology or design skills.”
— Tony Heaton, English sculptor and wheelchair user. (via indizombie)
8:51 pm • 3 November 2013 • 8,649 notes
“The Wire’s exploration of sociological themes is truly exceptional. Indeed I do not hesitate to say that it has done more to enhance our understandings of the challenges of urban life and urban inequality than any other media event or scholarly publication, including studies by social scientists…The Wire develops morally complex characters on each side of the law, and with its scrupulous exploration of the inner workings of various institutions, including drug-dealing gangs, the police, politicians, unions, public schools, and the print media, viewers become aware that individuals’ decisions and behaviour are often shaped by-and indeed limited by-social, political, and economic forces beyond their control.”
Professor William Julius Wilson, Harvard University Seminar about The Wire, 4th April 2008. (via socio-logic)
Damn, do I need to watch the Wire now?
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12:30 am • 3 November 2013 • 41 notes
“People are dying from over thinking. They fill their brains with harsh thoughts and it brings the body down too. Chances are no one thinks as bad about you than you.”
— Unknown (via hinekosama)
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1:46 am • 2 November 2013 • 26,373 notes
“The witch hunts of Europe were largely a process of undermining the authority and destroying the expertise, of European women. In 1511, the English Parliament passed an act directed against ‘common artificers, as smythes, weavers and women who attempt great cures and things of great difficulties: in the witch they partly use sorcerye and witch-craft’ (Shiva 1989). By the sixteenth century, women in Europe were totally excluded from the practice of medicine and healing because ‘wise women’ ran the risk of being declared witches.”
— Vandana Shiva, “Women: The Custodians” (2004)
(Source: souague, via feministsociology)
1:46 am • 2 November 2013 • 1,331 notes
Men who want to flirt with women have to realize: Women live in a state of continual vigilance about sexual safety. It’s like having a mild case of hay fever that never goes away. It’s not debilitating. You’re not weak. You’re not afraid. You just suck it up and get on with your life. It’s nothing that’s going to stop you from making discoveries, or climbing mountains, or falling in love. Sometimes you can almost forget about it. It doesn’t mean it’s not there, subtly sucking your energy. You learn to avoid situations that make it worse and seek out conditions that make it better.
If a female stranger is wary around you, it is not because she suspects you are a rapist, or that all men are rapists. It’s because a general level of circumspection is what vigilance requires. Don’t take it personally.
If this frustrates you, try to remember that women are blamed for lapsed vigilance. If a woman does get raped, everyone rushes to see where she let her guard down. Was she drinking? Was she alone? Was she wearing a short skirt? Did she go to a strange man’s room for coffee at 4am?
A woman must be seen to be vigilant as well as be vigilant. If she is deemed insufficiently vigilant, she will be at least partly blamed for any sexual violence that befalls her. If she’s regarded as downright reckless, that “evidence” can be used to completely exonerate her rapist. If it comes down to a he said/she said dispute over whether sex was consensual, as so many rape cases do, the dispute becomes a referendum on whether the woman seems like the sort of reckless person who would have sex with a stranger.
If a woman does go back to a strange man’s hotel room at 4am, even if she only wants a coffee and conversation, she’s more or less given him the power to rape her. No jury is going to believe she went up there for anything but sex. So, don’t be surprised if a stranger reacts badly to that suggestion.
Attention, Space Cadets: Do Not Proposition Women in the Elevator (via transformfeminism)
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11:37 pm • 1 November 2013 • 40,037 notes
“Self-impersonation is a concept I owe to Doniger, and I shall use it throughout the rest of this chapter. While we are accustomed to understanding ‘impersonation’ as meaning fraudulently or otherwise assuming the characteristics of another person, I am using it here to mean a process by which we assume characteristics we claim as our own. Through this process, we become (social) persons through performing our selves. From this perspective, asking who is behind the mask, or investigating the gap between semblance and substance, is not the issue. Rather, what we need to consider is what underwrites a contemporary concern with ‘authenticity’ in the first place. Not, then, how we can be authentic, but what we mean by authentic, why it is desirable, and what follows from a splitting of behaviours, acts and identities into ‘authentic’ and ‘inauthentic’.”
— Steph Lawler - Identity: Sociological Perspectives (via sociolab)
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4:17 pm • 31 October 2013 • 20 notes
Of course my brain is like - wait, how was being a research assistant helpful? How did that prepare me for grad school again?? Blanking.
12:53 am • 31 October 2013