Retrograde Waters

Hello. I'm Rose, 20-something Nebraskan. If you want to know more feel free to ask, I'm not going to waste space here.
This is a personal blog that serves as a miscellaneous collection of things I find cute, cool, interesting, and enraging.
I know that all people are equal and deserve the same rights and respect, and I welcome everyone of all and any race, religion, nationality, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, romantic orientation, age, ability, anything else I may have forgotten (let me know!) and any combination or absence thereof. I do NOT welcome discrimination and bigotry. If *I* say or do anything that is offensive or insensitive, please tell me! I try to consider everyone/different perspectives and experiences when speaking, but I could always make a mistake, and educating myself is a constant process: I will be grateful rather than offended to have small-mindedness on my part pointed out. It's the only way I'll know to correct it.
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witchlingfumbles:

satsekhem:

An Unfortunate Journey

My girlfriend, business partner, and love, R has a son. When she come to live with me, she left him behind because it was supposed to be a temporary stay, that became the effort to bring a new life. As soon as it looked as if she would be putting down…

You know what to do, guys. Spread this shit like wildfire.

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sourcedumal:

thewhitemankilledthetruth:

sourcedumal:

hamburgerjack:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

nedahoyin:

I don’t know what most white people in this country feel but I can only include what they feel from the state of their institutions. James Baldwin on The Dick Cavett Show [X]

—giving the system a fiercely bloody read..

Which I have never seen!!!

And this is why we will never trust you.

The burden of proof is on White America.

James Baldwin speakin all the truth.

And White America STILL ain’t lived up to this so called ‘ideal’ that folks love to tout…

Talmbout ‘we all human’

Well lookin at statistics, you been treatin fellow humans POORLY.

Holy fuck all this truth. Look at it. Look at all this truth.

This is. This is all there is.

Nothing I’ve ever said or will ever say will ever sum it up better than this.

If you want America to be post-racial, you fucking prove it. Eliminate the ghetto. Eliminate educational disparities.

You fix everything that is wrong this country and then we can talk.

Exactly!

No more white washing

ALL the color blind casting for roles.

Fix the economic disparities

No more gentrification

No more stop and frisk

No more predatory loaning.

No more telling POC that what we face is insignificant.

Once that shit is fixed THEN MAYBE we can talk about trustin y’all.

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thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Ryan Andresen has been a Boy Scout for 12 years. Even after coming out as gay at 16, he stayed with the Scouts.
But now he’s been denied the chance to rise rank to Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America says its decision reflects its “Youth Leadership” policy statement:
In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.
Andresen is in shock, especially since he thought his Scoutmaster had his back:
He had been telling me all along that we’d get by the gay thing. It was by far the biggest goal of my life. It’s totally devastating.
Andresen and his mom have started an online petition to convince the Boy Scouts to change their mind. But it would need to happen quickly — he turns 18 in three days, which means his Eagle Scout eligibility is just about up.

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Ryan Andresen has been a Boy Scout for 12 years. Even after coming out as gay at 16, he stayed with the Scouts.

But now he’s been denied the chance to rise rank to Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scouts of America says its decision reflects its “Youth Leadership” policy statement:

In the unlikely event that an older boy were to hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position.

Andresen is in shock, especially since he thought his Scoutmaster had his back:

He had been telling me all along that we’d get by the gay thing. It was by far the biggest goal of my life. It’s totally devastating.

Andresen and his mom have started an online petition to convince the Boy Scouts to change their mind. But it would need to happen quickly — he turns 18 in three days, which means his Eagle Scout eligibility is just about up.

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golden-zephyr:

Rebloggable by Request

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It now costs to be blind in Massachusetts. The state’s approximately 35,000 blind and legally blind residents must now pay $10 annually for a certificate of blindness and $15 every four years for a blind identification card. Without the formerly-free documents, blind people cannot take advantage of tax abatements, affordable housing programs, health care services, transportation discounts and other benefits. … The fees originated in February, in Gov. Mitt Romney’s budget proposal for fiscal 2004.

Shaun Sutner, “Advocates Fight Fees For The Blind,” Telegram & Gazette, 8/5/03

Apparently he also proposed a fee for the “mentally retarded” but the state legislature rejected that bit.

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“Life handed you a shitty deal? Well guess what? I’m going to force you to pay for it.” - Mittens (not an actual quote just implied) 

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TYPICAL MITTENS

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golden-zephyr:

salaamlulu:

Hey guys..


Did you know that we should just “get over it” when people use ethnic slurs that are racist, but dont exactly “mean it” in a racist way?

Well yeah..

We should totally get over stuff like that!!!

/sarcasm

Yeah.

Like I should just get over the fact that my previous program director for my MA actively prevented me from publishing, presenting, teaching, and could possibly have ruined my chances at a PhD.

Because I am a “Gypsy”…

but racism doesn’t exist. It’s all in my head…

except he kept no written records, so it’s my dirty Gypsy words against his. 

… but he got a swanky new job and I’m the one who’s having to take 2 upper-level classes (because he screwed me over and told me I was good to graduate when I’m not, so I’m 2 weeks behind in the class I’m being put in), plus thesis hours, plus redoing all my research and rewriting my thesis all in 10 weeks (and work a job and be a wife and mother…)

But, no. Discrimination and racism doesn’t exist.

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random-nexus:

thecityhorse:

lady88:

It still shocks (and mostly just disappoints) me how SHOCKED people are when I tell them that it is 100% legal to be fired simply for being gay.

They look at me like I’m lying and say things like “nooooo, that can’t be right?”.

I have been fired twice (in Ohio) for being openly gay.

I have been asked:

  • to not wear my wedding ring
  • Not acknowledge my wife’s existence
  • To “just say you have a husband”
  • To just not answer “yes” when people ask if I’m married because “you’re not REALLY married”
  • To not bring my wife to the company FAMILY Christmas party
  • Let people just assume we’re sisters
  • Just make it easier on everyone and “just say you’re divorced”

These were not requests made from some Mom and Pop shop, I was a corporate executive for a large chain of high volume restaurants. My boss was the Director of Human Resources, and she would walk into my office and say the most ignorant things you can imagine.

People in America need to be educated on the reality that is life as a gay person in  this country.

It’s not all gay pride parades and appletinis. 

We need a leg to stand on.

We need people to wake up and educate themselves on the rights we are denied.

We need people…gay, straight, and in between, to open their eyes, stop ignoring what doesn’t directly effect them, and educate themselves.

^^ 

Signal Boost with a side of WTFF is wrong with this country?

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beestings-reedsreads:

Dear Homophobic and Transphobic Healthcare Providers,

When I first read this article, I was (to say the very least) appalled. Although, now that I reconsider it, I think that before the “appalled” and “disgusted” reactions came about, my initial reaction was one more of confusion than anything else. I mean, this couldn’t possibly be a real article that was written about something that happened in our society, right? We’re making so much progress with this whole ‘accepting different people’ thing, and our doctors and nurses are way ahead of the rest of us, aren’t they? I recall thinking that this must have been an outdated article that I was just now seeing, and checking the date only to find that it was posted a few days ago. The very concept that a person would be denied healthcare simply because his “biological body did not match his identification on the form” was just nauseating; it was upsetting not only for the “equality when?” side of things, but also because the fact that such an egregious error was able to occur in our medical facilities is just plain terrifying.

The first thing that I noticed about this was that the supposedly “professional” physician who initially found the tumor in Kallio claims that the reasoning behind his profound lack of professionalism was, as noted above, that he was flustered by the difference between the physical body and the identification on Kallio’s form. I have to just call bullshit on that. Why am I jumping so readily to this judgment? I’ll tell you: 1) Paperwork errors happen a lot. The first thing that the physician should have done was consult Kallio about his chosen identification and made sure that he indeed did mark the correct box (which is a stupid concept in and of itself, in my opinion, but that’s for a different post). 2) As a physician in the 2010s, you should certainly be prepared to come across transgendered individuals. It’s something in which the medical profession should be, and in many other cases is, well-versed. 3) The diagnosis was for breast cancer, which (Hello!) can be found in biological men. It’s not as if the physician found ovarian cancer in Kallio. If you’re going to be shocked by finding breast cancer in a man, you really need to hand in your prescription pad, right now!

The second thing that I notice is that this article was not written about just one solitary case. As it reports, this kind of malpractice (Let’s call it what it is, people!) is quite prominent. The chilling example they gave of Tyra Hunter’s experience was particularly unsettling; yet, I know that she was just one of many transgendered individuals who has faced such discrimination in our medical facilities today.

The article closes by pointing out that “the [Affordable Care Act] law stops short of requiring insurance coverage, but does require basic respect.” Words cannot express how disappointed I am that this sentence is valid enough to be written in a published article. The fact that our society is still able to deny people health insurance because they are transgendered is heartbreaking. Perhaps even more heartbreaking is the fact that we needed to write a law to gain basic respect for a group of people. Respect is not something that should need to be written down in legal terms. It’s not something that the judicial system should have to enforce. It’s not a legal right, it’s a human right. And, furthermore, it’s some thing that humans should give willingly; particularly in hospitals and clinics, in situations where the patient is quite literally putting their life in the hands of the medical professionals that work there.

So, to you doctors and nurses out there who think it’s totally okay to play the “they checked the wrong box” card when you screw up, please know that it’s really, really not. It’s not okay to deny health care to people because they confuse you. I know that they’re far deeper people than you are, and that they probably have a much better awareness of themselves and the world, but really they’re just people like you; it’s not that confusing. Trust me, you’ll figure it out! A good carpenter never blames their tools, a good physician never blames their paper-work, and a good person never blames their differences. If you’re going to deny someone healthcare just because you don’t think they identified themselves as the correct gender, then you really should lose yours license and be locked up far, far away from the rest of the world, because quite frankly we’re better off without you. Your behavior in cases like Kallio’s and Hunter’s makes me sick - but if it’s all the same to you, I’d rather get care from a doctor who understands what it is to be human, and not just what it means to be a biological man or woman.

Sincerely,

Bee

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If your ‘sincerely held beliefs’ make it impossible for you to dispense birth control, that means your beliefs prevent you from being a pharmacist – because that is part of the job. If your job training requires you to show empathy for people in crisis, but your beliefs prevent you from being empathetic, you are not qualified to hold the job you seek. You may not work in that field.

You may not be told you may not hold your beliefs, you may not be told you may not hold a particular job. You certainly can be told that your beliefs prevent you from effectively doing a job. That’s not discrimination. That’s logic.

Ok, people, look. You don’t want to clean up horse shit? Don’t take a job as a stable hand. If you’re privileged enough to have enough choice in your career that you can whine about your personal morality code, you can find another job.

You do NOT have the right to destroy other people’s lives just because YOU don’t agree with what they want or need. It is not your decision.

myplannedparenthood:

Forty-nine years after President John F. Kennedy signed the “Equal Pay Act,” women still earn 77 cents to a man’s dollar. According to ThinkProgress, “Over a lifetime, the pay gap adds up to more than $430,000 in lost wages for an individual on women.” Earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act — legislation that would have cracked down on wage discrimination and closed the wage gap. 

In recognition of the 23 cents women are devalued per hour, check out this 1974 PSA featuring Catwoman. If you were Catwoman, would you save Batman and Robin?

49 years since it was signed into law. 38 years since that PSA was released.

God bless America. TnT

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