“Walk through your local grocery store these days and you’ll see the words “all natural” emblazoned on a variety of food packages. The label is lucrative, for sure, but in discussing the natural label few have remarked on what’s really at stake — the natural ingredients and the companies themselves. If you take a look at some of the favorite organic and natural food brands, you’ll see they’re owned by some of the largest conventional companies in the world. Coca-Cola owns Odwalla and Honest Tea. PepsiCo. owns Naked Juice. General Mills owns Lara Bar. Natural and organic food acquisitions aside, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and General Mills all opposed California’s GMO Proposition 37 that would require GMO food labeling. Today, some of those companies touting an all-natural list of grains and sugars can be seen changing the ingredients in their natural food products as the natural foods’ distribution channels are pushed to larger and larger markets. Recently, in a class action consumer-fraud lawsuit, Kashi agreed it would stop using “all natural” and “nothing artificial” for its line of cereal products, which, according to plaintiffs, contained unnatural ingredients like pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate and soy oil processed with hexane, a byproduct of gasoline refining in its line.”—The Corporate Takeover of ‘All Natural’ Food | Alternet (via bookoisseur)
You ever have those moments where, just out of nowhere, you’re hit with a rock-hard Halloween boner? You are suddenly consumed with desire for pumpkin spice flavored everything, orange and black decorations everywhere you look, skulls, pumpkins, spiderwebs, spooky music, movies like Hocus Pocus and Trick R Treat, stripey stockings on the cheap, weak-ass little fog machines, ect. even though it’s the middle of goddamn June?
“It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie…The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.”—Claudia Gray (via holisticsexualhealth)
“I don’t want to go so far as to say that only a white writer would think to have Sam Wilson become Captain America, because that’s not the case. I do, however, think that only a writer who isn’t trying hard enough would come up with that already-been-done story. More important, I think only a writer caught up in existing racial ideologies would think it is a good idea that a black man assumes the identity of a white man, as if that is the pinnacle of identity.
Let me be clear, so there is no misunderstanding, any writer working in comics could have come up with the idea of Falcon taking over for Captain America. It is a no-brainer. What is troubling to me—and is something that I’ve talked about before—is that in his forty-plus year history, Falcon has no truly defining story. Even the best Falcon stories are either mediocre or forgettable, and now, after all this time, the character gets to do something memorable by taking over the job of a white guy. This is the real reason why Marvel’s Diversity & Representation 2014 initiative is such a joke. It is all superficial (not to mention temporary), and it only perpetuates the notion that in order for people of color and women to achieve greatness, they must literally fill the shoes of a white man. Gimme a break.”—David Walker at BadAzzMofo (via the fray newsletter )
okay seriously if you’re in a relationship or even a friendship and you find yourself spending more time crying out of sadness or arguing with them, leave them. i don’t care if they’re a modern day aphrodite/adonis or a gift bestowed upon you by the gods. toxic people are dangerous and i highly advise cutting them out of your life and finding someone who makes you laugh until you snort your drink out your nose instead.
hey!! if you’re feeling bad you should take some time for yourself. Is something holding you back??
aww thank you, I appreciate it! I’ve been giving myself a lot of alone time and had made plans with some friends that I haven’t seen in weeks and just didn’t want to cancel on them. But luckily it’s working out ok and I actually needed the company~ we got boba tea and we’re gonna watch 21 Jump Street ^ u ^
it’s okay to have days when you want to be alone! No need to feel bad about it, and those who complain about you needing Me-time are assholes :D
thanks julie!! I’ve been hermitting for a few weeks now and I’d made plans with some friends that I don’t see often and felt bad about canceling. But I went ahead and hung out with them and it’s really nice and I feel a bit better now. ^ u ^
Not all women are the owners of a uterus, and not all owners of a uterus are women. A transgender man—that is, a man who was assigned female at birth—may very well have a uterus, may become pregnant, and may very well need the same access to reproductive health options as your average cisgender woman. The same can be said for non-binary individuals who were assigned female at birth. As people who don’t identify as a woman or a man (though they may identify themselves as both, neither, or a combination of the two), some may feel that this language erases their identity or leaves them out. Yes, these people may have a uterus—but it’s not a “lady part.”
While there’s little doubt that women make up the largest segment of uterus-owning individuals, this name further ostracizes oft-overlooked members of society like trans men and non-binary individuals who were assigned female at birth. To exclude them in this, an organization aimed at educating the public on the issue of reproductive health, would seem to negate the organization’s stated goals by erasing identities and perpetuating the already stressful and exclusionary culture these individuals are forced to inhabit.
[A]ll nationalism is not inherently bad (see ethnic nationalism), but when connected to the State, as it was in Nazi Germany and is in Zionist Israel, it propagates an irrational sense of superiority over other peoples and ways of life insofar that it is willing to use war and genocide — and all the dehumanization therein — to gain hegemony. [Zionism]… falls victim to the same pitfalls of any other nationalist tendencies which root themselves in the hierarchy of the State, that is, the willingness to use war and genocide — and all the dehumanization therein — to maintain hegemony. This is because it is the transformation of ethnic nationalism into nation-state nationalism, or the inseparability of the two.
We see the ramifications of this in Israel’s deliberate, systematized, state-sanctioned murder of Palestinians.
Okay, so I’ve seen quite a few people reprinting artwork from people that stated they’d rather not have their art reposted anywhere. A lot of artist don’t really state that in their profile, which is why asking for permission is really important. So please, if you cannot speak Japanese, use this really helpful guideto ask for permission first. Some of the artist who told me that they don’t want their art reposted anywhere, due to one reason or another:
ぐさり(キヅナツキ) (sskz_gsr on Twitter) (seriously, their art is reposted on Tumblr a lot, one photoset with Bokuto/Akaashi has over 1k notes, the artist complained about it on Twitter and has a message in English on their pixiv profile, have some fucking respect)
**if the art from pixiv is not on artist’s tumblr it’s their choice and doesn’t mean you can update art from their pixiv yourself; it’s their choice what they share and you should respect it)
※Please, if you see someone reposting from anyone from the list, don’t reblog it. If there isn’t the artist’s name in the picture, but instead some symbol, word ‘source’ or just the link, please click on it and make sure it’s not one of the artists mentioned above. It’s really disrespectful and rude to repost art from people who don’t want it to be reposted.
※Always, always ask permission. Even if you see that someone has a permission to reprint from someone, doesn’t mean you can do the same. The artist might want to message you at any time and ask you to take the art off after all. Which is why it’s very important to ask for permission yourself.
※I’ll try to update the list whenever I find more artists that refuse reposting of their art
※If you know anyone else, please feel free to add them to the list, or just message me and I’ll do it instead!
Thank you very much for your attention!
Reblogging my own post because I added a few more. If you know anyone else, feel free to add them, or contact me and I’ll do it instead. Please respect the artist’s wishes.