Material World

jaclcfrost:

"why do you like floral prints so much" because i’m not a person. secretly i’m just a mass of bees. trying to blend in with humans. unable to let go of my love of flowers

Ever since the 2004 decision of the Australian High Court in the Al-Kateb case, human rights advocates have worried that the Australian government can keep asylum seekers in detention indefinitely. Yesterday the Court for the first time spelled out the constitutional limits to mandatory immigration detention.

Immigration detention is lawful in three circumstances only:

  1.  if the government is considering whether to allow a person to apply for a visa;
  2. if the government is considering a person’s application for a visa; or
  3. if the government is deporting someone. Crucially, the Court also held that detention even on these grounds is unlawful unless “necessary and incidental” for those purposes.

Refugee lawyer Joyce Chia has an excellent summary of the Court’s decision in The Guardian.

What the government can’t do is detain a person purely to deter other asylum seekers, or while the government waits for the Senate to pass legislation reintroducing Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs).

theladybadass:

Archers at Harlem’s YWCA (1940)

theladybadass:

Archers at Harlem’s YWCA (1940)

Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.
Wangechi Mutu (via latentpowers)

fridacashflow:Flower baby

papermagazine:

Madison Square Park gets a knitted makeover from artist Orly Genger.

papermagazine:

Madison Square Park gets a knitted makeover from artist Orly Genger.

intlwomenshealth:

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Access to the internet has been a boon to activists all over the world. Save the internet!

Still unsure what this means for non-USA users, but precedent setting for markets as well as laws so…

jewishlumberjack:

My lovely bride @shes_delicate_ getting her feet wet, dabbling in mosaic type wood pieces. I’m excited to see where she takes it.

jewishlumberjack:

My lovely bride @shes_delicate_ getting her feet wet, dabbling in mosaic type wood pieces. I’m excited to see where she takes it.

Traumatic events destroy the sustaining bonds between individual and community. Those who have survived learn that their sense of self, of worth, of humanity, depends upon a feeling of connection to others. The solidarity of a group provides the strongest protection against terror and despair, and the strongest antidote to traumatic experience. Trauma isolates; the group re-creates a sense of belonging. Trauma shames and stigmatizes; the group bears witness and affirms. Trauma degrades the victim; the group exalts her. Trauma dehumanizes the victim; the group restores her humanity.

Repeatedly in the testimony of survivors there comes a moment when a sense of connection is restored by another person’s unaffected display of generosity. Something in herself that the victim believes to be irretrievably destroyed—faith, decency, courage—is reawakened by an example of common altruism. Mirrored in the actions of others, the survivor recognizes and reclaims a lost part of herself. At that moment, the survivor begins to rejoin the human commonality.
Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to political terror (via disabledbyculture)

huffingtonpost:

Columbia University Student Will Drag Her Mattress Around Campus Until Her Rapist Is Gone

"I think the act of carrying something that is normally found in our bedroom out into the light is supposed to mirror the way I’ve talked to the media and talked to different news channels, etc," Emma continues in the full video which you can watch here. 

blackfemalepresident:

ppl who silence western women by saying "youre complaining about being called a bitch/bossy?? women in poor countries are being TORTURED!! what do you have to complain about?!" dont actually care about the women being actually tortured in these poor countries they literally just want you to shut up

wasbella102:

 Jonathan Harris Studio Glass Ltd.

wasbella102:

Jonathan Harris Studio Glass Ltd.

thepeoplesrecord:

Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of 2014 – or perhaps we should call it The Great Celebrity Naked Photo Leak of August 2014, given that this happens so often that there won’t be only one this year – is meant to remind women of their place. Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.