… the socialization of boys regarding masculinity is often at the expense of women. I came to realize that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women (or gay men). We teach boys that girls and women are “less than” and that leads to violence by some and silence by many. It’s important for men to stand up to not only stop men’s violence against women but, to teach young men a broader definition of masculinity that includes being empathetic, loving and non-violent.
Don McPherson, former NFL quarterback, feminist and educator (via seraphmachine)
There’s not much wrong with the world that can’t be explained by this.
All of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? Why are we doing this?
President Obama on Guantanamo Bay (via squashed)
Right, cool, neat but that little piece of legislation Obama signed last year, called the NDAA of 2012, makes closing GITMO nearly impossible. Obama also wants the detainees to be force-fed to prevent them from dying, which, as we’ve discussed before, isn’t his decision to make and isn’t humane. His solution is to close Guantanamo and move the detainees deemed “too dangerous” to maximum security prisons within the continental U.S. and hold them without trial. That’s one of the unjust treatments the detainees are protesting with their hunger strike. There’s a list of 46 detainees who will never be tried or released from GITMO.