I have to debate with my class tomorrow as part of a graded assessment and I’m shitting bricks - my anxiety is so bad that, at the moment, standing up in front of people is difficult enough, without trying to persuade them to come around to my way of thinking and to answer their questions. I feel like I’m going to have a massive breakdown in front of my classmates… none of them know about my anxiety disorder. I’m so scared.
6:25 pm • 9 December 2013
My chain hits my chest
when I’m banging on the dashboard
my chain hits my chest
when I’m banging on the radio
suki zuky I’m coming in the Cherokee
gasoline there’s steam on the window screen
take it take it wheels bouncing like a trampoline
when I get to where I’m going
gonna have you trembling
“Suki, suki” means “drive, drive” in Arabic. In the music video Saudi Arabian women are driving and aren’t supposed to, so MIA’s saying “suki, suki”. They’re bad girls.
Further, سوقي (suuqii) is in the imperative singular feminine, in a form I think is Saudi colloquial — more formal would be اسوقي. So, it has an additional subtlety of telling a female to drive.
also the term “sooky sooky” has been a mainstay in r&b music and AAVE, so there’s maybe like this double meaning wordplay going on? cool!
still the best music video 2012-present
This is MY song. This song says EVERYTHING there is to get about me.
(Source: playthemusique, via theragingfeminist)
6:11 pm • 9 December 2013 • 32,198 notes
Anxiety is sky high tonight and I have a massive migraine. Can’t deal with running on empty anymore. I just want to go to sleep…
8:53 pm • 8 December 2013
||*spread misinformation about the effects of abortion*
||*lie about the developmental stages of the fetus*
||*shame people who have recreational sex*
||*stand outside clinics and harass people trying to get medical care*
||*call people who have had abortion sluts and murderers*
||*compare abortion to slavery, rape, and the Holocaust*
||OMG WHY DO PROCHOICERS TRY TO SILENCE US THIS IS BULLYING
7:53 pm • 8 December 2013 • 1,206 notes
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.” She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying…
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, in doctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.
— Soraya Chemaly, How We Teach Our Kids That Women Are Liars
(Source: sorayachemaly, via radicaldames)
6:03 pm • 8 December 2013 • 23,463 notes
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new.
5:55 pm • 8 December 2013 • 4 notes
pointe shoes at the Royal Opera House
Look at Darcy bussels!!!!!!!!!!! Love her
4:32 pm • 8 December 2013 • 815 notes
Drunk with my boyfriend’s dad, oh dear
7:30 pm • 7 December 2013 • 2 notes
Gonna stock up on all the KFC and chocolate brownie time I can get now before I need to get fit for comp. Our music is so fast this year that if I don’t go to the gym I won’t keep up. Determined to get into splits before first comp as well, let alone nationals. Need to stay focused…
7:11 pm • 6 December 2013