I am so angry, I could kick something
I am a black woman. I am also a writer. Because I don’t see enough of myself in the stuff I read, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to describe black people that don’t refer to food, and that encompass the variety of our skin tones and hair textures.
I had an epiphany today. What words would I use to describe us if I weren’t comparing us to white people? What words would I use to compare us to each other?
OH HOT DAMN! → a font uh… rec post. or whatever you wanna call it.
Call for binding resources!
This is a call for binding resources, especially any resources that are specifically useful for
- fat and large-chested folks who bind
- people with back problems who bind
- people who may be binding long-term
This was prompted by a message I got, but I would also just love to have these resources compiled (for myself and others).
Reblog and add your resources!
I have none. But I’ll keep an eye on this because I am and will continue to be binding long-term and it’s actually causing me a significant amount of back and chest pain these days. Any of you guys got anything?
To my UK BASED Trans* followers.
If any of you are considering changing your name then please check out my ‘How to change your name for free’ Youtube video here.
If anyone chooses to do a free change of name and needs parchment paper and/or legal seals then I am happy to send you some free of charge.
Please leave a message in my Ask box if you are interested.
(Please reblog this if you feel its worthwhile… Thanks)
Here is a news roundup for Bahrain, Libya, and other countries for Monday, February 21. Also check out NewsFlick’s Middle East Situation Update: 21st Feb
- Live Blog - Bahrain | AJE
- Live Blog - Libya | AJE
- Live Blog - Libya | LibyaFeb17.com
- Middle East protests | Guardian
- Live blog - Libya | Telegraph
- EAWorldview Live Blog
- Live blog: Libya | CNN
- Blogs of War: Algeria, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen (realtime results from Twitter + AJE live stream)
- Mapping Pro-Democracy Protests in Libya | Google Maps
Gaddafi’s statement released on Libyan State TV [source]:
- “I am satisfied, because I was speaking in front of the youth in the Green Square tonight, but the rain came, praise to God, it bears well. I want to clarify for them that I am in Tripoli, not in Venezuela. Do not believe these channels. They are dogs. Goodbye.”
- What’s happening in Libya explained (updating regularly) | Mother Jones
- Adverts in Guinea and Nigeria for mercenaries, paying $2000/day, reports AlJazeera Arabic
- Two senior colonels defect after orders to bomb protesters in Tripoli, head to Malta | LA Times
- Warplanes and Troops Besiege Protesters in Libya’s Capital | NY Times
- Libya Protesters Set Fire to Government Buildings in Tripoli | Guardian
- Oil companies evacuate staff from Libya [source #2]
- UK revokes arms export licences to Libya | Guardian
- Wikileaks cables: a guide to Gaddafi’s ‘famously fractious’ family | Guardian
- Read the Libya Wikileaks documents in full | Telegraph
- Egyptian army announces border with Libya is open, sets up camp, hospitals at border to tend to the wounded (h/t soup)
- Al Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood opposition leader, issues a Fatiwa to kill Gaddafi
- How Qaddafi Lost Libya | New Yorker
- Libya’s Agony | ABC News
- Intervening in the Libyan Tragedy | Foreign Policy
- Among Libya’s Lobbyists | POLITICO
- Libyan Wild Card: The Qaddafi-Berlusconi Pact | Mother Jones
- Bahrain, Libya Debt Ratings Cut on Protests; Mideast Stocks Fall | Bloomberg
- Europe takes 74% of Libya’s oil (h/t dancingonembers)
- VIDEO: Libyan soldiers reportedly burned alive | CNN
- VIDEO: Libya Uprising | AJE
What Officials Say - Libya:
- The State Department releases a statement on the situation in Libya
- US is considering ‘all appropriate actions’ | Telegraph
- US State Dept urges non-essential staff evacuated from American embassy in Libya
- EU denounces Libya’s brutal suppression of protests | Guardian
- UN Sec. General Ban Ki Moon says he’s ‘outraged’ over attacks in Libya | PTI
- Ban Ki Moon spoke directly with Gaddafi, tells him ‘escalating violence must stop now.’ | LA Times
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the “vicious” response to the protests in Libya | Guardian
- Italian PM Berlusconi on Monday condemned violence by Libyan forces against civilians as “unacceptable” and said he was “alarmed” over the situation in the North African state. | Reuters
- Libyan Ambassador to UN Ibrahim Dabbashi refers to Libyan violence as ‘genocide’ | Global Arab Network
- Libya’s UN diplomats break with Qaddafi | NY Times
- Libyan ambassadors who have resigned: Arab League, India, China, Poland, Indonesia.
- Exiled opposition leader to return Tuesday | LA Times
- Gulf allies back Bahrain rulers with likely caveat: No big concessions | Canadian Press
- State Department cables detail US links to Bahrain | Washington Post
- Bahrain opposition prepares an agenda | UPI
- Dim View of U.S. Posture Toward Bahraini Shiites Is Described | NY Times
- S&P cuts Bahrain’s credit ratings amid unrest | Businessweek
- How a broken social contract sparked Bahrain protests | CS Monitor
- In Pearl Roundabout | New Yorker News Desk
- Bahrain cancels Grand Prix among unrest | NY Times
China, Yemen, Zimbabwe:
- Call for Protests Unnerves Beijing | WSJ
- China police show up en masse at hint of protest | LA Times
- Chinese lawyer beaten ahead of jasmine revolution protests | Guardian
- Yemen: Yemeni hackers break into Public Electricity Corporation | @Alaalsam
- Next move in Yemen? | New Yorker
- More violence in Yemen | Amnesty International (h/t caraobrien)
- Why Yemen’s youths are not bowing to government pressure, violence | CS Monitor
- Yemeni leader rejects demands | NY Times
- Yemeni MP says Saleh not learned Egyptian lesson | Reuters AlertNet
- Video: Yemeni students protest in renamed ‘Tahrir square’ | euronews
- Dozens arrested in Zimbabwe while watching reports of protests on Al-Jazeera and BBC, on suspicion of planning to oust Mugabe | NY Times
Other good reads:
- The revolution may be televised - but don’t expect the full story | Telegraph
- Lords of the Realm | Foreign Policy
- Mideast uprisings aren’t all cut from the same cloth | Washington Post
- Muslim Brotherhood faces prospect of democracy amid discord | Washington Post
- Why the US should engage the Muslim Brotherhood | The Atlantic
- Egypt Seeks Mubarak Assets Freeze | Washington Post
- Where could Colonel Muammar Gaddafi go if he were exiled? | Guardian
- Circle of Fire: Letter from Libya | Andrew Solomon, New Yorker (circa 2006)