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Lauryn Hill redoes "Black Rage"

Lauryn Hill has released a old sketch of her song “Black Rage” in honor of the people of Ferguson. Recorded in her living room, the song is set to the tune of “My Favorite Things.” Check out the lyrics after the jump.



Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person

Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens,

Black human packages tied up with strings,

Black rage can come from all these kinds of things.

Black rage is founded on blatant denial

Squeezed economics, subsistence survival,

Deafening silence and social control.

Black rage is founded on wounds in the soul!



When the dogs bite, when the beatings,

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad!



Black rage is founded: who fed us self hatred

Lies and abuse while we waited and waited?

Spiritual treason, this grid and its cages

Black rage was founded on these kinds of things.

Black rage is founded on draining and draining,

Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining.

Poisoning your water while they say it’s raining,

Then call you mad for complaining, complaining

Old time bureaucracy drugging the youth,

Black rage is founded on blocking the truth!

Murder and crime, compromise and distortion,

Sacrifice, sacrifice, who makes this fortune?

Greed, falsely called progress,

Such human contortion,

Black rage is founded on these kinds of things



So when the dog bites

And the ceilings

And I’m feeling mad,

I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad!



Free enterprise, is it myth or illusion?

Forcing you back into purposed confusion.

Black human trafficking or blood transfusion?

Black rage is founded on these kinds of things.

Victims of violence both psyche and body

Life out of context is living ungodly.

Politics, politics

Greed falsely called wealth

Black rage is founded on denial of self!

Black human packages tied in subsistence

Having to justify very existence

Try if you must but you can’t have my soul

Black rage is founded on ungodly control



So when the dog bites

And the beatings

And I’m feeling so sad

I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t feel so bad!

http://feministing.com/2014/08/21/lauryn-hill-dedicates-version-of-her-song-black-rage-to-ferguson/

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill dedicates version of her song “Black Rage” to Ferguson
Lauryn Hill has released a old sketch of her song “Black Rage” in honor of the people of Ferguson. Recorded in her living room, the song is set to the tune of “My Favorite Things.” Check out the lyrics after the jump.



Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person

Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens,

Black human packages tied up with strings,

Black rage can come from all these kinds of things.

Black rage is founded on blatant denial

Squeezed economics, subsistence survival,

Deafening silence and social control.

Black rage is founded on wounds in the soul!



When the dogs bite, when the beatings,

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad!



Black rage is founded: who fed us self hatred

Lies and abuse while we waited and waited?

Spiritual treason, this grid and its cages

Black rage was founded on these kinds of things.

Black rage is founded on draining and draining,

Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining.

Poisoning your water while they say it’s raining,

Then call you mad for complaining, complaining

Old time bureaucracy drugging the youth,

Black rage is founded on blocking the truth!

Murder and crime, compromise and distortion,

Sacrifice, sacrifice, who makes this fortune?

Greed, falsely called progress,

Such human contortion,

Black rage is founded on these kinds of things



So when the dog bites

And the ceilings

And I’m feeling mad,

I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t fear so bad!



Free enterprise, is it myth or illusion?

Forcing you back into purposed confusion.

Black human trafficking or blood transfusion?

Black rage is founded on these kinds of things.

Victims of violence both psyche and body

Life out of context is living ungodly.

Politics, politics

Greed falsely called wealth

Black rage is founded on denial of self!

Black human packages tied in subsistence

Having to justify very existence

Try if you must but you can’t have my soul

Black rage is founded on ungodly control



So when the dog bites

And the beatings

And I’m feeling so sad

I simply remember all these kinds of things and then I don’t feel so bad!

http://feministing.com/2014/08/21/lauryn-hill-dedicates-version-of-her-song-black-rage-to-ferguson/

Teen rejected as an organ donor — for being gay

There are no words to express how furious I am at this. I'm sitting at the kitchen table getting ready to go to work. I've worked on a transplant unit for ten years. When I arrived to work, I will interact with any number of pre and post transplant patients. Some of them are on dialysis and I will maybe perform that service a least dozen times for them before transplant. I get to know them. Some are in liver failure, and have a Goldilocks zone of their own-- can't be too well, can't be too sick. It's a long death.

I've seen the hollowed eyed, or falsely cheerful disappointed leave when, after called in, it's found the organ is not suitable for some reason.

This was a young man. In dying of the horror of being continually rejected, by donating he would have saved lives. That we still do this- this rejection--despite the incredible need, despite it would have giving, perhaps, some small solace to his loved ones by providing a small amount of meaning to his death, well let's just say I'm going to work and raising hell. As far as I knew we didn't reject donors for being Gay. We accept many "high risk" donors.

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the ones he left behind. My heart is broken, again, for a stranger.


Alexander “A.J.” Betts’ family says he was rejected in life for being gay. And in death, he was rejected for the same reason.

As KCCI News first reported earlier this week, the Iowa teen died in July of 2013 after “years of bullying” for being gay. After he attempted suicide in his family’s Pleasant Hill home, he was briefly put on life support to repair his organs so they’d be acceptable for transplant. His last moments were in service of others. Months before his death, he’d decided to become a donor.

Speaking a year later to local reporter Shaina Humphries, Betts’ mother, Sheryl Moore, shared a letter thanking the family for Betts’ gifts – his right kidney to a 49-year-old woman, his left to an 11-year-old boy, his liver and lungs to others. “I was very happy to hear that a 14-year-old boy got his heart,” she said. “He would have really liked that.”

But because of inane, outdated FDA regulations going back to the earliest years of the AIDS crisis, Betts’ eyes were deemed ineligible for donation. The FDA refuses to let men who’ve had sexual contact with other men donate blood or donate tissue because they’re considered a high risk. In March, the family of Rohn Neugebauer, a 48-year-old man who’d raised thousands for the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, was told by the same organization that he was declined from donating “lungs, kidneys, or other potentially lifesaving body parts” after his sudden death of a heart attack — because of his orientation.

When she had a similar conversation about her son, Moore told the donor network, “My response was something to the effect of ‘No, he’d never had a boyfriend. I’d never even known of him going on a date. But then I was like, I don’t know. He was 16 years old.” And with that admission, the network said it had to assume he’d been sexually active, and so his eyes and tissue were rejected. She says, “My initial feeling was very angry because I didn’t understand why my 16 year-old son’s eyes couldn’t be donated just because he was gay.”


http://www.salon.com/2014/08/15/teen_rejected_as_an_organ_donor_for_being_gay/

Indian Prime Minister Uses Biggest Speech Of The Year To Slam Rape Culture

In the biggest speech of the year, and his first major address, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi chose to speak at length about the scourge of rape and violence against women, breaking a long silence on the matter and raising the issue to major prominence.
Modi swept to office in June after the largest election in history, which saw his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win big over the long-ruling Indian National Congress. Modi’s electoral victory came just days before a horrific gang rape in the Uttar Pradesh saw two young girls murdered and left hanging from a mango tree for their village to find. The violent incident was just the latest in a string that have earned international headlines and placed a spotlight on the fact that in India “every 60 minutes two women are raped” as a 2012 United Nations-linked report found.

Though large-scale protests were mobilized — and local officials often commented to disastrous effect — the newly installed government had remained mostly silent on the matter of rape culture throughout the country. Modi changed that with his speech on Friday, India’s independence day, given without script or notes.
In speaking out, Modi challenged citizens and government alike to change the way that rape is thought about. “Today as we hear about the incidents of rapes, our head hangs in shame,” he said in his wide-ranging address. “I want to ask parents when your daughter turns 10 or 12 years old, you ask, ‘Where are you going? When will you return?’ Do the parents dare to ask their sons, ‘Where are you going? Why are you going? Who are your friends?’ After all, the rapist is also someone’s son. If only parents decide to put as many restrictions on their sons as they do on their own daughters.”


http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/08/15/3471675/modi-rape-culture-speech/

Indian Prime Minister Uses Biggest Speech Of The Year To Slam Rape Culture

Wow.

In the biggest speech of the year, and his first major address, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi chose to speak at length about the scourge of rape and violence against women, breaking a long silence on the matter and raising the issue to major prominence.
Modi swept to office in June after the largest election in history, which saw his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win big over the long-ruling Indian National Congress. Modi’s electoral victory came just days before a horrific gang rape in the Uttar Pradesh saw two young girls murdered and left hanging from a mango tree for their village to find. The violent incident was just the latest in a string that have earned international headlines and placed a spotlight on the fact that in India “every 60 minutes two women are raped” as a 2012 United Nations-linked report found.

Though large-scale protests were mobilized — and local officials often commented to disastrous effect — the newly installed government had remained mostly silent on the matter of rape culture throughout the country. Modi changed that with his speech on Friday, India’s independence day, given without script or notes.
In speaking out, Modi challenged citizens and government alike to change the way that rape is thought about. “Today as we hear about the incidents of rapes, our head hangs in shame,” he said in his wide-ranging address. “I want to ask parents when your daughter turns 10 or 12 years old, you ask, ‘Where are you going? When will you return?’ Do the parents dare to ask their sons, ‘Where are you going? Why are you going? Who are your friends?’ After all, the rapist is also someone’s son. If only parents decide to put as many restrictions on their sons as they do on their own daughters.”


http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/08/15/3471675/modi-rape-culture-speech/

Why We Should ALL Be Pissed Over The Misogynistic Tampon Tweet Shit Storm (NSFW)

Anyone who mistakenly believes that misogyny is a thing of the past—or harbors any misguided convictions that we in the Western world live in a gender equal society—should take a minute to check out the unbelievably vile, shocking and disgusting comments on New York-based journalist Jessica Valenti’s Twitter feed.

Valenti unwittingly unleashed an insane, angry, nasty and stuck in the 1970s’ stylie (one would think) misogynistic-to-the-Nth-degree, social media shit storm over the weekend after sending— what the vast majority of the sane world would view as—a totally innocuous tweet about feminine hygiene products.

Yeah, really.

“Twitter friends: Anyone know a country where tampons are free or somehow subsidized?” the Guardian columnist pondered Friday via her (PERSONAL) Twitter account.

How very dare she!!!!

Seriously… how VERY DARE she?!!!!

Who does this woman think she is?!!! To post such a vile missive on her personal twitter feed! Outrageous… disgusting… unforgivable…. Whore. Bitch. Cunt!!!

I mean, let’s face it—this radical feminist is literally RAMMING her crazed, insane agenda down our throats, isn’t she?

I mean, let’s face it, she tweeted this poison…this unspeakable poison… from her own personal twitter account!!!

Thankfully, there were trolls aplenty out there in good old Twitter-verse to back up this obviously TOTALLY SANE AND JUSTIFIABLE sense of outrage we are all feeling right now over Valenti’s unspeakable actions—and to quickly put this (and I quote from a selection of responses) gaping vagina, whore, loud mouth feminist, FIRMLY in her place.convictions that we in the Western world live in a gender equal society—should take a minute to check out the unbelievably vile, shocking and disgusting comments on New York-based journalist Jessica Valenti’s Twitter feed.

http://popdust.com/2014/08/12/free-tampons-tweet-fight-misogyny-jessica-valenti-gender-inequality/

Man Violently Attacked for Standing Up for Women Being Catcalled

A man is in the hospital after he was attacked for defending a group of women who were being harassed on the street, according to police.

The 39-year-old Texas man (whose name has not been released) was visiting Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square on Saturday night. Police said the man observed a car of men pull up to a group of women. Via NBC Philadelphia:

The men inside the Nissan began taunting and catcalling the women, according to investigators, prompting the victim to get involved.

"The male victim took offense to something that the guys were saying to the girls and said 'hey, watch what you're saying,'" said Philadelphia Police Captain George Fuchs.

Police say one of the men inside the Nissan then got out of the car and punched the victim once in the head. The man was knocked unconscious after he fell and struck his head on the concrete.

Police say the suspect's Nissan had Delaware tags. They are currently looking through surveillance video to see if they can find the license plate number.
The man is in stable condition at a local hospital. "This is a tragic, tragic story," Captain Fuchs said. "Here's a guy trying to stick up for these girls and he gets victimized."

Good to know that there are men who are so irrationally fixated on their need to publicly demean and shame women they are willing to beat the shit out of anyone who gets in their way or dares call it into question. Great. Add another layer of fear to all the reasons why I hate catcalling.

http://jezebel.com/man-violently-attacked-for-standing-up-for-women-being-1620564085

23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies (NSFW)



“The graphic novel is a man’s world, by and large,” wrote Charles McGrath in a New York Times Magazine cover story in 2004. He was right — in a way. Most successful graphic artists and writers were men, and the comic’s industry was and remains exceedingly male-dominated. From R. Crumb, one of the most celebrated comics artists of all time, and his often violent depiction of women, rendered as grotesque, over-accentuated commodities, to the hypersexualized, bra-breaking breasts and quivering thighs of superhero comics, most female bodies in graphic form are enough to make Barbie look realistic.
So what happens when women draw their own bodies in a medium that has represented them so poorly? While graphic books published by men each year still outnumber those by women, the exclusionary landscape of American comics has been called into question. From blockbuster successes like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, to rising indie artists and vibrant online communities, female cartoonists are producing some of the most exciting work in the genre. Here, 23 successful graphic artists share their illustrations and discuss how women are reshaping a form that has marginalized them nearly since its inception.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristenradtke/draw-naked

The reader's editor on… the online abuse that follows any article on women's issues

It was one of the more striking remarks of last week, even though it was born out of the recognition of an unpleasant theme that runs through the web. Charlie Leadbeater, a former adviser to the Labour government on the internet, was interviewed for the Guardian in connection with his report, A Better Web, for the Nominet Trust. What he sees as the pervasive misogyny of the web is an example of how the democratising potential of the internet has not been fulfilled.

"I'd love to create something like the 'Mary Beard Prize for women online' to support people who are supporting women to be able to use the internet safely," he said in the article, which was published on 8 August.

A great idea and one that would win support from many editors at the Guardian who see the amount of the moderators' time spent weeding out either off-topic or offensive comments in threads attached to any article loosely related to feminism or women's issues.

As one moderator told me:"There seems to be a huge backlash against the Guardian's increasing coverage of feminist issues, from more frivolous pieces (body hair, sunbathing topless, anything to do with Beyoncé) to pieces on domestic violence, FGM etc. WATM (what about the men) is now something we look out for on any piece about women as standard."

Alex Needham, acting network editor, raised the issue at the Guardian's morning conference following an article by Hadley Freeman on 5 August about the arguments for and against women shaving their body hair.

He told me in an email: "On any article by Laura Bates or Jessica Valenti, or most recently this piece by Hadley, the first 15 or 20 comments always say 'not this again, Guardian, where are the men? We face this kind of problem, so cover that instead.' Because the comments are off-topic they're then removed, which leads to cries of censorship and the claim that the Guardian is sexist – that the problems of white working-class males (who these commenters say are the real victims in society) are ignored."

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/10/readers-editor-online-abuse-women-issues

So I went to a reunion

This is going to be hard to write, and may be long-- But bear with me.

30 years ago a movie was made about the street kids in Seattle. It was entitled "Streetwise"

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streetwise_(1984_film)

Now my time on the street predates that movie by a couple of years. I had children early and was into worse things at the time the movie was made. But my heart was there. My teenage years were there, my innocence was lost there. My sense of how unfair the world could be was there. My feminism was born there. My passion for Gay rights was born there. I knew people in that documentary. I lost almost every one I knew, way too young. The women mentioned who was stabbed? I know her brothers to this day.

I knew (still do) plenty of prostitutes, mostly male but many female. I know what happens on the street and although the clean up centers are much nicer, there seems to to be more resources for those who want help--heroin and meth are more common-- I don't that see much has changed.

What drives a child to the street? That's the first question, kind of like "what drives a person to prostitution?" The first question has a variety of answers, the most common one being abuse of some sort. In the case of prostitution-- it's demand, and a kind of desperate supply, it could be an economic choice, it could be coercion or forced, but the bottom line is male sexual entitlement

My oldest daughters father was turning tricks at 13. It didn't occur to me until years later, that paid or not-- he had been raped by pedophiles. Same thing with a 12 year old named Angie. She was tough, but pulling tricks at 12 is rape. Those are by no means the only examples. Tip on a very deep iceberg actually.

So, the surviving adults from streetwise--not many had been in the documentary, but ALL had been on the street living the life at the time. One woman in particular began gathering the survivors-- I'll tell you right now I didn't think there were any.

We, the ones that lived, here we are, a middle aged group having a fucking picnic, a barbecue, a meeting. 30 year old resentments were buried and there was a lot of laughter. A lot of "remember when" sentences 'Retired' prostitutes and pimps, thieves, people who had done serious time in prison, success 'I made it through all that shit' stories (I'm one of those)

But there were ghosts. So many ghosts-- HIV was called "the Gay disease" when it was called anything-- in the '70's we didn't know anything about it-- just rumors. Then the dying started. And it didn't stop-- not for years.

At the picnic I kept turning my head, hoping to see particular faces, although I knew it was futile. It wasn't just AIDs, it was murder and suicide, and horrible accidents. Serial killers.

Ghosts.

So it was profound and profane at the same time-- it was beautiful.

Don't let anyone tell you prostitution is a fully informed adult choice. It rarely is. It starts young, far too young. It's fed by sickness, and 'I deserve this' need.

We, the survivors are fully aware how lucky we are. We plan on meeting again next year. It's the only 'high school' reunion I'll ever experience. (since I went to a number of high school and was kicked out of one or two-- never did finish-- got my GED) Funny that, I mentioned it in just that way, and so many agreed.

Thanks for listening you guys--I didn't go into particulars-- some of them in my past are ugly indeed but it's something I needed to say. And this is the best place I know for this right here and right now.

And for our stalkers: no I'm not "damaged" I'm a fully-formed self actualized women, in healthy relationships, just one who realizes her past can be useful for others to hear. The damage and the pain are far less than the ghosts of my past. Healing is a incredibly powerful experience.
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