socialismartnature:

Why should women be the ones compelled to demonstrate patience, restraint, or whatever, in response to street harassment? If she wants to yell, “Fuck You!” really loud, then so be it. But to condescend to tell her that such a response is “inappropriate,” “unbecoming,” or “ineffective” to me betrays an utter failure to grasp the very nature of such experiences.

Preach!

Turkey’s prime minister is finding it hard to put Twitter back in the bottle

inerdoganswords:

LOL. Not sure what looks worse: Banning Twitter or failing to ban Twitter in your country.

O Erdogan, cok tatlisin ya.

inerdoganswords:

Via youranonnews
Anonymous RT from @theblogpirate: “Well that’s backfiring. The whole world is watching, Turkey.”

inerdoganswords:

Via youranonnews

Anonymous RT from @theblogpirate: “Well that’s backfiring. The whole world is watching, Turkey.”

Erdogan says Turkey may ban Facebook, YouTube over wiretaps

Damn. 

And the man is not bluffing. Recall, he’s banned YouTube before.

"A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned— this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard."

"A photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard College. Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned— this project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here. This place is ours. We, TOO, are Harvard."

Me when the word “promiscuous” came up in discussion on hookup culture

Me when the word “promiscuous” came up in discussion on hookup culture

sorayachemaly:

On a Random Day in the U.S. There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence
When I speak publicly about violence against women, this comparison, which you may have seen before, is the one that stops people in their tracks because while we can, culturally, understand the horror of war and the sacrifices of soldiers, we are disinclined to think of the terrorism of everyday domestic violence in our midst: The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq is 6,614. The number of women killed in the same period as the result of domestic violence in the U.S.: 11,766. That number of women killed is only slightly higher than the number of requests made, mainly from women, actively seeking help avoiding a situation where they night end up being killed EVERY DAY… and being turned down.
The facile response “Why doesn’t she just leave him?” ignores not only the real risk of death, but the cultural, social, economic and structural environment that people function in and is fundamentally based on the belief that the person being assaulted is in control of the situation or to blame for the violence. This question inverts the reality of domestic violence: “A pattern of behavior in an intimate or dating relationship that includes a range of abusive tactics which establish and maintain coercion and control of one partner over the other.”

Important and not discussed nearly enough.

sorayachemaly:

On a Random Day in the U.S. There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

When I speak publicly about violence against women, this comparison, which you may have seen before, is the one that stops people in their tracks because while we can, culturally, understand the horror of war and the sacrifices of soldiers, we are disinclined to think of the terrorism of everyday domestic violence in our midst: The number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq is 6,614. The number of women killed in the same period as the result of domestic violence in the U.S.: 11,766. That number of women killed is only slightly higher than the number of requests made, mainly from women, actively seeking help avoiding a situation where they night end up being killed EVERY DAY… and being turned down.

The facile response “Why doesn’t she just leave him?” ignores not only the real risk of death, but the cultural, social, economic and structural environment that people function in and is fundamentally based on the belief that the person being assaulted is in control of the situation or to blame for the violence. This question inverts the reality of domestic violence: “A pattern of behavior in an intimate or dating relationship that includes a range of abusive tactics which establish and maintain coercion and control of one partner over the other.”

Important and not discussed nearly enough.

Journalist Kicked Out Of Turkey, Allegedly For His Tweets

A former colleague of mine. This is very troubling. 

More:

Today’s Zaman’s Mahir Zeynalov leaves Turkey under deportation threat,” Today’s Zaman

Int’l press organizations rally behind deported Today’s Zaman journalist,” Today’s Zaman

Nothing like a little Friday throwback

(Thanks, Will!)

Over the last decade, Erdogan has made himself the most powerful prime minister in Turkey’s history, the most successful elected leader in the Middle East and the West’s great hope for the Muslim world. In the last year, however, a thoroughly different Erdogan has emerged: a symbol of authoritarianism, corruption and police brutality whose once-populist rhetoric has turned into thundering rage.