"Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society of being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex." Valerie Solanas, S.C.U.M. Manifesto, 1968
On April 10th, 7PM, I’ll discuss VALERIE SOLANAS: the defiant life of the woman who wrote SCUM (and shot Andy Warhol) with author Breanne Fahs at Bluestockings bookstore. 172 Allen Street, NYC.
UPS, one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics companies, has decided to fire 250 workers who staged a 90-minute protest in February. The protest was organized after a long-time employee was fired over an hours dispute.
Twenty of the workers were notified of their dismissal on Monday. The remaining 230 were told they would be fired as soon as replacements are trained.
The workers, who are based in Queens, N.Y., walked off the job when Jairo Reyes, a 24-year company veteran and union activist, got in a dispute with the company over the number of hours senior staff could work, according to the New York Daily News.
Reyes was fired on February 14 — “that was my Valentine’s Day gift from UPS,” Reyes told the Queens Courrier — and the ensuing protest occurred February 26.
A UPS spokesperson confirmed the firing to the Huffington Post, referring to the protest as “an unauthorized work stoppage.”
i became a radical feminist because it has a logical explanation of what gender is/why it exists beyond faith based identity politics
…it isn’t just pimps, johns, or gangs who are doing the trafficking. Increasingly, it can be the girls’ own family members and relatives, and it’s taking place in aboriginal communities, or in towns and cities, across the country.
According to the Canadian justice system’s definition, human trafficking usually happens because of force, threats, or coercion. However, a national human-trafficking task force is seeking to change the legal definition: “The traffickers have changed in how they are recruiting, luring, and controlling women,” says Diane Redsky, project director of the Human Trafficking Task Force at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Redsky is also from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in western Ontario. She says these days, indigenous women who are trafficked don’t necessarily fear for their safety, nor are fear tactics always used. “The trafficking of indigenous women and girls is conducted very differently,” says Redsky. “The victims are ‘trauma-bonding’ with their traffickers.” Redsky says “trauma bonding” is less like fear and more like a strong sense of loyalty: “Traffickers are becoming fathers and husbands to their victims,” explains Redsky.
“There’s a tight bond, especially for younger children and teens—the pimping out—there’s a strong family connection there,” says Helen Roos. Roos is the principle researcher behind a report released earlier this year on sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory. The report was prepared on behalf of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or learning disabilities are also at risk of being pimped out to bring in money or material goods for the family, says Roos.
Roos says poverty can be a big factor in the sexual exploitation of children by family members or friends. And the children are getting younger and younger. Her research revealed that at the community level, girls as young as 10 or 11 years old are being pimped out. “The demand is seeking younger and younger girls—that’s an extreme sexual fetish,” says Roos.
For their research, the Canadian Women’s Foundation met with more than 250 organizations and 160 survivors of sexual exploitation between 2013 and 2014. It’s part a $2 million dollar strategy to address human trafficking. The foundation is also developing recommendations and an anti-trafficking strategy for the federal government. But they also know they need to move fast.
“What we know about human trafficking in Canada is that traffickers will gain financially more for an underage girl than they will for an adult woman,“ says Redsky. When they hit their early 20s, girls are not considered as valuable to traffickers anymore, and those who remain in the industry face serious risks as well. “By the time they’re 40, they’re dying,” says Redsky. “Our bodies are not meant to have sex with 10 to 15 men a day, 7 days a week.” Roos says kids are being numbed to the sexual exploitation—but she also says the sexual exploitation is beginning to span generations.
Currently drawing up recommendations to present to the Canadian Department of Justice to seek changes in the legislation, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is also designing an anti-trafficking strategy. “There will be a role for everyone, including government, nonprofit organizations, funding sources, including the foundation,” says Redsky. “Everyone will have a role in Canada.”
how is he even still allowed to be on tv
Lindsay Lohan has starred in more than 27 movies, appeared in 8 different TV-shows, hosted Saturday Night Live five times, been nominated for 44 awards and won 22 of them. What has Perez done in his years of “fame”? Talked shit about celebrities online.
The absolute WORST fucking part is the reason lindsay lohan’s career is viewed as “just being lindsay lohan” because shitty people like perez hilton were the one’s who thrived and continued to spread gossip and harass stars like Lohan and tons more (ya know, Kesha). They drive them so far into a hole that their professional lives are forgotten about and it is sick.
i observe men in silence, how they leave plates on dining room tables, how they slam doors, how they take up whole couch with legs sprawled and lounging arms, how they do not filter speech, too confident, too loud. voices always violent, everything a war.
It’s all yaoi
everything is yaoi
the world is yaoi
What, they’re both in love with the same girl and are enemies?
TW: Rape, corrective rape, homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia.
…I’m willing to murder anyone who agrees with this bullshit rapist fucktrumpet.
who fucking said this