"The lobby is still able to keep roughly $3 billion in U.S. aid to Israel flowing each year; it can still prevent U.S. presidents from putting meaningful pressure on Israel; and it can still get the U.S. to wield its veto whenever a resolution criticizing Israel’s actions is floated in the U.N. Security Council."
Anonymous asked: What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Classic Movie Moments by Alice X. Zhang
The Art of Daniel R. Horne
Daniel R. Horne has been making art professionally for the past thirty one years.
From paperback covers and children’s books to gallery paintings and one of a kind art dolls, Daniel’s art is in many private collections from Hong Kong to New York City.
Daniel’s art has been featured in many of the genre’s leading magazines and has been honored to have his painting: ARCADIA on the cover of : SPECTRUM the best of fantastic art., The covers for MONSTERS FROM THE VAULT, SCREEM MAGAZINE and a fine interview in make up artist magazine.
Daniel’s classic monster paintings are in the collection of DAVID and JAN HAFT, GUILLERMO DEL TORO, RICK BAKER, GREG NICOTERO .
No matter the medium, Daniel gives each and every one of his creations life and a history.
that’s a *scans* *beep* $2 hairdo
Japanese girls receiving shooting training during school in the 1930s.
Elements of Sex Trafficking
Act: Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons;
Means: Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim;
Purpose: Prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, or slavery.
- From the 2000 UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, ratified by 154 countries. (x)
[Highlighted elements of sex trafficking in the porn industry connect with the examples Lubben gives in this specific gifset, other elements do occur in the porn industry as well].
"The federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines the crime of human trafficking as:
A. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or
B. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” - (x)
… [P]ersons are trafficked into the international sex trade, often by force, fraud, or coercion. The sex industry has rapidly expanded over the past several decades. It involves sexual exploitation of persons, predominantly women and girls, involving activities related to prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and other commercial sexual services. The low status of women in many parts of the world has contributed to a burgeoning of the trafficking industry. -
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA). TVPA combats trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude. It has been reauthorized three times since its initial passage: (x)
THAT IS RAPE
We need to be talking about this and we need to be making sex work safe. No one should be made to feel like this treatment is okay.
The adorable and unlikely friendship between a fox and a dog that’s being turned into a children’s fairytale book
Photographer Torgeir Berge
Climate change is pulling the sea ice out from under polar bears’ feet, forcing them to swim longer distances to find food and habitat. Long-distance swimming puts polar bears at risk of drowning due to fatigue or rough seas.
After thinking long and hard of a way to boost morale among IDF soldiers engaged in combat, a new Facebook page is attempting to bring a fresh and uplifting meaning to the words “Gaza Strip.”
Over the past few days, dozens of women have begun posting racy photos of themselves online, with messages in support of Israel’s troops inscribed across their scantily clad bodies.
The Facebook page, titled “Standing With the IDF – Maintaining a Protective Edge” (in a rough translation from the Hebrew), was created Wednesday night and has already gained over a thousand likes.
The page’s creator, Gavriel Beyo, explained that it was his sincere concern for the soldiers’ morale that motivated him to embark on the unusual campaign.
“We have two bountiful resources in Israel that are impossible to compete with, Israeli minds and the most beautiful women in the world,” Beyo explained in a post on Facebook
“We also have a military front so… why not combine the two?” he added.
“Besides, what chance does Hamas have in the face of our women?”
Beyo stated that the responses to his endeavor were overwhelmingly positive, with many troops expressing to him their great joy over the images.
“Think of these pictures any time it gets hard (in any way…),” Beyo advised the soldiers.
“Remember what you’re fighting for and what is waiting for you back home.”
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.
(h/t to arkkon)
This is unbelievable omfg
I don’t think there are words to describe how fucking disgusting these people are.
do you guys have any better ideas on how to help those risking their lives for others?? beauty seems like a pretty great way to go, as long as the person is consenting. it’s not your body, don’t get butt hurt if they show it. if you don’t wish to see it, do something about it in a mature fashion.
Are you blogging from under a rock?? That is not the issue whatsoever. ffs.