July 28, 2014
america-wakiewakie:

What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor | The Nation
Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, “What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?”
In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nation’s thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, “was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn meal, by the waste of human resources…. He called for better housing and better schools and better food distribution…. He held up a skimpy surplus food package and cited real-life cases of distress.” Kennedy saw people in need and used his power as president to address their crisis.
This week, the House Appropriations Committe released a draft of the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In it, $27 million is budgeted for a pilot program aimed at reducing child hunger in rural areas. “Sounds innocuous enough,” writes MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff, “except the $27 million program was actually the committee’s substitute for a White House proposal which would have allocated $30 million to child hunger across urban and rural areas.”
Resnikoff goes on to point out that this doesn’t mean children in urban areas will be completely left out of hunger reducing programs, as the “federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars on the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to low-income children when school is not in session and they don’t have access to free or reduced school lunch,” and that there are specific challenges that face rural areas with regards to food insecurity. However, “the House committee’s proposal is likely to help fewer people of color than the White House proposal. And while rural areas may be unique in terms of the challenges they face, they’re not where most of America’s hungry are concentrated.”
They’re also among the whitest. “The Appalachian region,” which is where this money would go,writes Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur, “is also more white (83.5 percent) than the United States overall (63.7 percent), according to the Appalachian Regional Commission—and much more so than urban areas, which have a disproportionately high share of minorities.”
It’s not that Kennedy or this current House subcommittee ever explicitly said “white hunger is more important than black hunger, white poverty is more important than black poverty.” But the seeming indifference toward black poverty, played out in their actions as elected officials, reflects the privileging of whiteness. It is indecent that any person go hungry, particularly in a country of such abundance. It is indecent to determine that some of those people are more worthy of our investment in their being fed than others. It is indecent to then pretend as if that’s not the case. All these indecencies add up to an injustice. We are a country that practices injustice as a way of life.
Yes, you can be poor and white and still benefit from white supremacy. That’s what privilege is.
(Photo Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking)

america-wakiewakie:

What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor | The Nation

Inevitably, when you talk about white privilege someone will ask the question, “What about poor white people? What privilege do they have?”

In January 1961, John F. Kennedy was inagurated as the nation’s thirty-fifth president. In February 1961, he signed an executive order for a pilot food stamp program, one based on the model previously used during the Great Depression. During his campaign, Kennedy had spent much time in West Virginia, and according to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen, “was appalled by the pitiful conditions he saw, by the children of poverty, by the families living on surplus lard and corn meal, by the waste of human resources…. He called for better housing and better schools and better food distribution…. He held up a skimpy surplus food package and cited real-life cases of distress.” Kennedy saw people in need and used his power as president to address their crisis.

This week, the House Appropriations Committe released a draft of the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In it, $27 million is budgeted for a pilot program aimed at reducing child hunger in rural areas. “Sounds innocuous enough,” writes MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff, “except the $27 million program was actually the committee’s substitute for a White House proposal which would have allocated $30 million to child hunger across urban and rural areas.”

Resnikoff goes on to point out that this doesn’t mean children in urban areas will be completely left out of hunger reducing programs, as the “federal government spends hundreds of millions of dollars on the Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to low-income children when school is not in session and they don’t have access to free or reduced school lunch,” and that there are specific challenges that face rural areas with regards to food insecurity. However, “the House committee’s proposal is likely to help fewer people of color than the White House proposal. And while rural areas may be unique in terms of the challenges they face, they’re not where most of America’s hungry are concentrated.”

They’re also among the whitest. “The Appalachian region,” which is where this money would go,writes Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur, “is also more white (83.5 percent) than the United States overall (63.7 percent), according to the Appalachian Regional Commission—and much more so than urban areas, which have a disproportionately high share of minorities.”

It’s not that Kennedy or this current House subcommittee ever explicitly said “white hunger is more important than black hunger, white poverty is more important than black poverty.” But the seeming indifference toward black poverty, played out in their actions as elected officials, reflects the privileging of whiteness. It is indecent that any person go hungry, particularly in a country of such abundance. It is indecent to determine that some of those people are more worthy of our investment in their being fed than others. It is indecent to then pretend as if that’s not the case. All these indecencies add up to an injustice. We are a country that practices injustice as a way of life.

Yes, you can be poor and white and still benefit from white supremacy. That’s what privilege is.

(Photo Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking)

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July 28, 2014

timeimmemorial:

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

— Cicero, 106 BC - 43 BC  

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July 27, 2014

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July 27, 2014

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July 26, 2014
FOR REAL. I can’t even look at my Vine feed because it’s disgusting how people resort to sexism or racism as HUMOR. It’s not a cheap shot, it’s just ugly, degrading, stupid and telling of this society. Maybe we’re ready to talk about race, but it’s unnerving to see 10 - 12 year olds “copy” older viners’ humor…

FOR REAL. I can’t even look at my Vine feed because it’s disgusting how people resort to sexism or racism as HUMOR. It’s not a cheap shot, it’s just ugly, degrading, stupid and telling of this society. Maybe we’re ready to talk about race, but it’s unnerving to see 10 - 12 year olds “copy” older viners’ humor…

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July 26, 2014

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July 26, 2014
androphilia:

Israeli War: a Mix of Sex, Lust and Death | Tikun-Olam-תיקון עולם
By Richard Silverstein
July 25, 2014
Israeli women have added a new bizarre twist to Operation Protective Edge.  They’ve pledged their bodies in explicit photos published on Facebook to the soldiers fighting on behalf of the homeland.  Add this to the Israeli calls to sexually brutalize Palestinian mothers and calls in Israeli social media to figuratively rape Gaza and you have a heady mix of sex, violence and death.
The pictures Israeli women displayed on Facebook remind me of the German World War II images of pure Aryan maidens waiting to mate with their Teutonic male counterparts and produce exemplary Aryan children.  It smacked of the Nazi purity of race doctrine.  To be sure, the Israeli women aren’t proclaiming their racial superiority.  But they’re certainly offering their bodies on the altar of Israeli patriotism.
What’s missing is any hint of the death these boys they purport to love are raining down on Gaza.  These images reinforce the life force (sex); but deny the death that the enemy faces at the hands of these IDF Adonises.  They also deny the death that faces IDF troops themselves, 33 of whom have died.  The nexus between sex, lust, and death is very strong in these images.
I suppose you could argue that the Facebook images are versions of the pin-up girl photos circulated to U.S. troops during World War II to remind them of the girls they left behind.  But in those pictures, the models never offered their bodies so explicitly and never seemed to be bartering their bodies on behalf of the war effort.
Another bizarre characteristic of the images is that very few display the faces of the women pictured.  They either display breasts, crotch or the behind.  Which leaves you with the eerie feeling that once the troops return they won’t be enjoying sex with women, but only with parts of their bodies.  This goes to the dysfunctional nature of relations between the sexes in Israeli society.  But that’s a different subject entirely.

androphilia:

Israeli War: a Mix of Sex, Lust and Death | Tikun-Olam-תיקון עולם

By Richard Silverstein

July 25, 2014

Israeli women have added a new bizarre twist to Operation Protective Edge.  They’ve pledged their bodies in explicit photos published on Facebook to the soldiers fighting on behalf of the homeland.  Add this to the Israeli calls to sexually brutalize Palestinian mothers and calls in Israeli social media to figuratively rape Gaza and you have a heady mix of sex, violence and death.

The pictures Israeli women displayed on Facebook remind me of the German World War II images of pure Aryan maidens waiting to mate with their Teutonic male counterparts and produce exemplary Aryan children.  It smacked of the Nazi purity of race doctrine.  To be sure, the Israeli women aren’t proclaiming their racial superiority.  But they’re certainly offering their bodies on the altar of Israeli patriotism.

What’s missing is any hint of the death these boys they purport to love are raining down on Gaza.  These images reinforce the life force (sex); but deny the death that the enemy faces at the hands of these IDF Adonises.  They also deny the death that faces IDF troops themselves, 33 of whom have died.  The nexus between sex, lust, and death is very strong in these images.

I suppose you could argue that the Facebook images are versions of the pin-up girl photos circulated to U.S. troops during World War II to remind them of the girls they left behind.  But in those pictures, the models never offered their bodies so explicitly and never seemed to be bartering their bodies on behalf of the war effort.

Another bizarre characteristic of the images is that very few display the faces of the women pictured.  They either display breasts, crotch or the behind.  Which leaves you with the eerie feeling that once the troops return they won’t be enjoying sex with women, but only with parts of their bodies.  This goes to the dysfunctional nature of relations between the sexes in Israeli society.  But that’s a different subject entirely.

July 26, 2014
historicaltimes:

Vesta Tilley, Victorian-era male impersonator, London, late 19th century
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Vesta Tilley, Victorian-era male impersonator, London, late 19th century

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July 26, 2014

benissimamente:

ultima sera a noci. panino da marino. 

I want to go to there

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July 25, 2014
ridesabike:

Elaine Stritch rests her bike, reads a note, almost causes a riot.      
NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)

ridesabike:

Elaine Stritch rests her bike, reads a note, almost causes a riot.      

NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)

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