1. Being beaten in your own home with a metal pipe by a complete stranger and that stranger subsequently admitting his guilt in court, is no guarantee of him receiving a custodial sentence. Justice, Irish style.
2. Emergency contraception is available without prescription – but you can expect a healthy side-serving of shame for free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hLTg-L—7o
3. You can be president but you can’t be Taoiseach. Your ovaries would spontaneously combust, what with all that power and all them fellas from Brussels making eyes at you.
4. And don’t even think about having a woman present the world’s longest running talk show. We all know that being charming, asking celebrities questions and talking into a camera fit snugly in the shoe box marked ‘FOR DE MENS’. As for the radio – you’d probably be scared the big, bad mic might bite you. Not to mention all the buttons. What are they for?
5. When it comes to the past, the Emerald Isle has a severe case of what therapists call ‘avoidance issues’. Enough avoidance issues to paper the downstairs bathroom with, if you’re DIY inclined. Listen a ghrá, it would be great if the Ireland of yore was the type of compassionate, open society where Magdalene Laundries / mother and child homes/ symphysiotomy could never have happened. It would also be something if the Ireland of today didn’t continue to export its women to the UK under a veil of silence. But it did and it does. Why is it still so hard to do the right thing, in so far as we can, for the women who deserve it most?
6. Sometimes, at mass, the priest might ask you to pray for people who are on trial for sexual assault. Also, in court, a convicted sex attacker might bring up how their golf club membership was revoked as evidence of how hard things have been for them. For a moment, you’ll think to yourself ‘I’m on Craggy Island’ but you aren’t and it isn’t funny. It’s terrifying.
7. When the Irish state wins an award for ‘Political Empowerment’, after having two female presidents serve 21 years between them, the government sends a man to collect said award. (If you think I’m joking, I’m not. The link to the story is below, eager beavers.)
8. I once stood in line waiting to meet Mary Robinson. In front of me was a middle-aged woman and her teenage daughter. The woman took her daughter’s face in her hands and said, her voice breaking, ‘voting for Mary Robinson was the first time I voted for anything in my life. It was the first time I felt like it mattered.’
I had to look away because what that mother was saying was so huge and so emotional I felt like I might burst. Being burst, with mascara dribbling down my chin was, I guessed, not the best look for shaking hands with one of the greatest women Ireland has ever produced. It’s worth remembering what Mary Robinson said about how she won the presidency, ‘I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.’
Rock on, women of Ireland. ROCK ON because nothing will change unless we make it and we have to make it. God, do we have to.
Fuck me this place is a shithole(via lancrebitch)
This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.
This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.
How does hip-hop culture look when the volume is turned down, when the booty-poppin’ stops and the cash-money millionaires meet real life?
Commercial and editorial photographer Robyn Twomey wanted to get past the images of hyper-sexualized women in hip-hop videos. She got close to female emcees looking for images that don’t make it into the pages of rap magazines.
See more of her photos on KPCC’s AudioVision.
All lost in a book. Another image that will never make it into the mainstream media.
this is the best thing in the entire world
she should greet jane as if nothing happened and see how jane reacts
“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”
Yes, false rape accusations happen. Run the protocol anyway. I’ve heard that perhaps the military has the highest number of ‘em. True or not, RUN THE PROTOCOL ANYWAY. Because in 15 years of investigating rape accusations, I can count those that panned out as false on one hand. Meanwhile, the one time I almost skipped the protocol, the one time I almost didn’t believe a petty officer, because I was naive as an investigator and a young woman, because her commanding officer described her as “a party girl, always late, always out drinking, don’t bother with this one”, she turned out to be the victim of one of the most brutal assaults I’ve ever investigated. She shouldn’t have still been -alive-, let alone up and making the accusation. So let me repeat: five false accounts in fifteen years. And one time I almost failed a woman ‘cause of the bullshit way it’s normal to talk about us. Take your shipmates’ word, and then run the protocol. Every. Single. Time.