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animalstalkinginallcaps:

BECAUSE, ROGER! BECAUSE THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ‘FEMALE PRIVILEGE’ IN THIS SOCIETY! WHAT YOU’RE THINKING OF IS WHAT WE CALL ‘BENEVOLENT SEXISM’ BECAUSE IT EXISTS ONLY WITHIN THE ESTABLISHED FRAMEWORK OF AN ALREADY CORRUPT PATRIARCHAL SYSTEM. BEING REWARDED FOR NOT SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT IS NOT THE SAME THING. THE EXISTENCE OF A REWARD ISN’T PROOF OF PRIVILEGE BUT RATHER A MEANS FOR THE GREATER NARRATIVE OF SEXISM TO PERPETUATE ITSELF BY OFFERING CRUMBS FROM A LARGER MEAL. INSTITUTIONAL POWER IS STILL WHAT YOUR GENDER HOLDS OVER US IN ALL ASPECTS OF DAILY LIFE, AND UNTIL THOSE WALLS ARE LEVELED THE THINGS YOU SEE AS THE ‘BENEFITS’ OF BEING A WOMAN ARE ONLY FEATHERED SHACKLES!
SO I SHOULDN’T HOLD THE DOOR OPEN FOR YOU, IS WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.
YES! NO! I DON’T KNOW!

animalstalkinginallcaps:

BECAUSE, ROGER! BECAUSE THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ‘FEMALE PRIVILEGE’ IN THIS SOCIETY! WHAT YOU’RE THINKING OF IS WHAT WE CALL ‘BENEVOLENT SEXISM’ BECAUSE IT EXISTS ONLY WITHIN THE ESTABLISHED FRAMEWORK OF AN ALREADY CORRUPT PATRIARCHAL SYSTEM. BEING REWARDED FOR NOT SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT IS NOT THE SAME THING. THE EXISTENCE OF A REWARD ISN’T PROOF OF PRIVILEGE BUT RATHER A MEANS FOR THE GREATER NARRATIVE OF SEXISM TO PERPETUATE ITSELF BY OFFERING CRUMBS FROM A LARGER MEAL. INSTITUTIONAL POWER IS STILL WHAT YOUR GENDER HOLDS OVER US IN ALL ASPECTS OF DAILY LIFE, AND UNTIL THOSE WALLS ARE LEVELED THE THINGS YOU SEE AS THE ‘BENEFITS’ OF BEING A WOMAN ARE ONLY FEATHERED SHACKLES!

SO I SHOULDN’T HOLD THE DOOR OPEN FOR YOU, IS WHAT YOU’RE SAYING.

YES! NO! I DON’T KNOW!


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Race and gender restrictions shaped marriage during eras of race and gender inequality, but such restrictions were never part of the historical core of the institution of marriage. Today, gender is not relevant to the state in determining spouses obligations to each other and to their dependents. Relative gender composition aside, same-sex couples are situated identically to opposite-sex couples in terms of their ability to perform the rights and obligations of marriage under California law. Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals
Judge Vaughn Walker

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Education in Afghanistan

"An unbalanced focus on weapons alone is often counterproductive, creating a nationalist backlash against foreign "invaders." Over all, education has a rather better record than military power in neutralizing foreign extremism….

Aid groups show that it is quite possible to run schools so long as there is respectful consultation with tribal elders and buy-in from them… [Greg] Mortenson lamented to me that for the cost of just 246 soldiers posted for one year, America could pay for a higher education plan for all Afghanistan. That would help build an Afghan economy, civil society and future — all for one-quarter of 1 percent of our military spending in Afghanistan this year.

The latest uproar over Pakistani hand-holding with the Afghan Taliban underscores that billions of dollars in U.S. military aid just doesn’t buy the loyalty it used to. In contrast, education can actually transform a nation. That’s one reason Bangladesh is calmer than Pakistan, Oman is less threatening than Yemen.”

-NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/opinion/29kristof.html?_r=1&src=twr

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This is what my future husband will look like. Say hello to Mrs. Kortajarena

This is what my future husband will look like. Say hello to Mrs. Kortajarena

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It was the best of times, but it was also, arguably, the worst of those very same times, at the same time.
Gawker commenter Jeremy Peter Green on what would constitute the worst sentence in literature. Giggled at that for a bit. 

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I try really hard not to think about how people perceive me, because that’s a trap. I’d still be walking around in a leather jacket with an earring making sure that I have a cigarette hanging out of my mouth at all times if I was really wrapped up in that. That’s the road to madness and suicide, and I just never felt compelled to play by those or really any rules. Things have been working out really well for me in that I’ve been able to get away with doing whatever the hell I want. Not giving a shit has been a good business model in the past, and it’s a business model that I plan to stick with in the future.
Anthony Bourdain (via somuchsass)

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After traversing a sheer vertical climb (the last peg of a five mile hike), Alex and I finally tackled Buckskin Pass and enjoyed the truly spectacular views at the very peak of the mountain (pictured above). We slid down the snow and continued to tumble down the five mile return to Maroon Lake. With sore knees and feet, we collapsed into the car and returned home. Later on in the evening we were rewarded with delicious tapas and a spanking new episode of True Blood. 
Today we’re taking it easy — sleeping in and heading into town to stroll — although, another (easy) hike may still be in the cards. 
More after the jump. 

After traversing a sheer vertical climb (the last peg of a five mile hike), Alex and I finally tackled Buckskin Pass and enjoyed the truly spectacular views at the very peak of the mountain (pictured above). We slid down the snow and continued to tumble down the five mile return to Maroon Lake. With sore knees and feet, we collapsed into the car and returned home. Later on in the evening we were rewarded with delicious tapas and a spanking new episode of True Blood. 

Today we’re taking it easy — sleeping in and heading into town to stroll — although, another (easy) hike may still be in the cards. 

More after the jump. 

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