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wocinsolidarity:

Critics That ‘Orange is the New Black’ Can’t Win Over? The Formerly Incarcerated
“Orange is the New Black” had a big night at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
From E! Online:

The ladies of Orange Is the New Black walked away big winners tonight at the fourth annual 2014 Critics’ Choice TV Awards snagging Best Comedy Series, along with two more awards for Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kate Mulgrew) and Guest Performer in a Comedy (Uzo Aduba). Aduba thanked OITNB showrunner Jenji Kohan “for changing my life.”

But if there’s at least one group of critics that the show can’t win over, it’s the formerly incarcerated. Adam Dawson of the Washington City Paper sat down and watched the first four episodes of season two with Sarah K., a white former heroin addict who spent more than four years in a Maryland state prison for armed robbery. Sarah remarks that the show nails the racist imbalance in sentencing laws:

Alex convinces Piper to lie on the witness stand. Alex then tells the truth when it’s her turn to testify. She is then apparently freed.
I’ll totally believe that.
Why?
Oh, people turn on each other constantly. All the time. And not even for getting released, you know? They do it for getting their sentence reduced by a few months. Anyone who tells you there’s this honor code, or thinks that their homeboys won’t rat them out is in for a rude awakening. But I’ll tell you the most believable thing about this whole series is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money.
Why is that believable?
Because she’s white, rich, and blonde.
Does that make a difference?
I’m a white blonde girl who went out and willfully fucked up and committed armed robbery, and I got five years. There were tons of black girls in my prison who were holding onto a bag of dope for a couple of days, and they always seemed to get, like, 10 years. If you ever find yourself in prison and wonder why there’s tension between white and black, shit like that is probably one of the reasons.
That’s incredibly unfair.
It absolutely is. But that didn’t prevent me from moonwalking the fuck out of that place when the time came.

But other things, like the kitchen and the playful banter with guards, are totally unrealistic. You can read more of her review here. And as for cheering for the show, Sarah makes it clear: “Its prison, dude. There’s nothing to cheer about.” 

wocinsolidarity:


Critics That ‘Orange is the New Black’ Can’t Win Over? The Formerly Incarcerated

“Orange is the New Black” had a big night at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

From E! Online:

The ladies of Orange Is the New Black walked away big winners tonight at the fourth annual 2014 Critics’ Choice TV Awards snagging Best Comedy Series, along with two more awards for Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kate Mulgrew) and Guest Performer in a Comedy (Uzo Aduba). Aduba thanked OITNB showrunner Jenji Kohan “for changing my life.”

But if there’s at least one group of critics that the show can’t win over, it’s the formerly incarcerated. Adam Dawson of the Washington City Paper sat down and watched the first four episodes of season two with Sarah K., a white former heroin addict who spent more than four years in a Maryland state prison for armed robbery. Sarah remarks that the show nails the racist imbalance in sentencing laws:

Alex convinces Piper to lie on the witness stand. Alex then tells the truth when it’s her turn to testify. She is then apparently freed.

I’ll totally believe that.

Why?

Oh, people turn on each other constantly. All the time. And not even for getting released, you know? They do it for getting their sentence reduced by a few months. Anyone who tells you there’s this honor code, or thinks that their homeboys won’t rat them out is in for a rude awakening. But I’ll tell you the most believable thing about this whole series is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money.

Why is that believable?

Because she’s white, rich, and blonde.

Does that make a difference?

I’m a white blonde girl who went out and willfully fucked up and committed armed robbery, and I got five years. There were tons of black girls in my prison who were holding onto a bag of dope for a couple of days, and they always seemed to get, like, 10 years. If you ever find yourself in prison and wonder why there’s tension between white and black, shit like that is probably one of the reasons.

That’s incredibly unfair.

It absolutely is. But that didn’t prevent me from moonwalking the fuck out of that place when the time came.

But other things, like the kitchen and the playful banter with guards, are totally unrealistic. You can read more of her review here. And as for cheering for the show, Sarah makes it clear: “Its prison, dude. There’s nothing to cheer about.” 

(via the-goddamazon)

1 week ago

Survey on LGBTQ Latina immigrants from Latin America

A group of researchers at San Francisco State University are currently asking for support in a study dedicated to Latina Immigrant Queers. Latina/os are the biggest minority in the U.S.; there are a total of 11 million immigrants, and there is an on going debate about immigration, however, nothing has been done to fix our broken immigration system. Another present issue is LGBTQ rights, with inconsistent decisions between federal and state laws, it has created a nation wide confusion and this is taking a toll on our communities. Given these present issues we are in need of more studies dedicated to these unexplored communities.

There are no large-scale empirical studies in the mental health field that explore the lives and needs of LGBTQ Latinas who have immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. Please help this group of researchers understand women’s experiences so that they can inform the mental health field about how to best support this important community! They are currently conducting a study that will explore Queer Latinas’ needs. The study consists of an online survey, which should take 15-20 minutes to complete and 12% of participants will be chosen (lottery) to receive a $25 debit visa card.
Links to the surveys:

English: https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7U743Lgqq9CyGnX

En Español: https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6LvwCDQerW5GS3j

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at San Francisco State University. Alison Cerezo, PhD is the principal investigator. This study has been funded by a small grant from the Williams Institute.

(Source: reclaimingthelatinatag)

Flower Crown Magazine is a new digital magazine for young intersectional feminists! We are about having fun but not at the expense of the marginalized. We believe in the power of choice but we believe in examining those choices as well. We believe in body positivity! We believe in sex positivity that doesn’t exclude asexuals. We believe in fighting for our sisters not just our cisters. And we most certainly do NOT believe in the silencing and erasure of women of color. We believe in self love. We are a lifestyle magazine with a socially conscious lean.
We are looking for:
Writers
Photographers
Artists
Graphic designers (especially those with experience in the making of digital magazines).
Selfies for our fashion/reader sections. (We will be featuring readers/followers in a special section where readers share photographs about their days. In addition, there will be a fashion section featuring the fashion of our readers.)
Please include your tumblr and twitter urls with submissions.
Submissions due July 20th!!
We will try to get back to submitters by July 26th!
Please email non-selfie submissions and regular contributor queriesto shanice@flowercrownmag.com.
All fashion/reader selfies must go to alisha@flowercrownmag.com
If you’d like to regularly contribute please include in your email:
A paragraph about yourself and your interest
A portfolio (if looking for photographer,artist, or design positions)
Two writing samples if looking to join as a writer.
Ideas about what you’d like to contribute each month in the magazine or to the tumblr.
Once again please include tumblr and twitter urls.
Our first issue is summer themed we’re looking for work pertaining to street harassment, colorism, summer friendship rituals, summer memories, body image, summer playlists, anything having to do with summer, etc.

Flower Crown Magazine is a new digital magazine for young intersectional feminists! We are about having fun but not at the expense of the marginalized. We believe in the power of choice but we believe in examining those choices as well. We believe in body positivity! We believe in sex positivity that doesn’t exclude asexuals. We believe in fighting for our sisters not just our cisters. And we most certainly do NOT believe in the silencing and erasure of women of color. We believe in self love. We are a lifestyle magazine with a socially conscious lean.

We are looking for:

  • Writers
  • Photographers
  • Artists
  • Graphic designers (especially those with experience in the making of digital magazines).
  • Selfies for our fashion/reader sections. (We will be featuring readers/followers in a special section where readers share photographs about their days. In addition, there will be a fashion section featuring the fashion of our readers.)

Please include your tumblr and twitter urls with submissions.

Submissions due July 20th!!

We will try to get back to submitters by July 26th!

Please email non-selfie submissions and regular contributor queriesto shanice@flowercrownmag.com.

All fashion/reader selfies must go to alisha@flowercrownmag.com

If you’d like to regularly contribute please include in your email:

  • A paragraph about yourself and your interest
  • A portfolio (if looking for photographer,artist, or design positions)
  • Two writing samples if looking to join as a writer.
  • Ideas about what you’d like to contribute each month in the magazine or to the tumblr.

Once again please include tumblr and twitter urls.

Our first issue is summer themed we’re looking for work pertaining to street harassment, colorism, summer friendship rituals, summer memories, body image, summer playlists, anything having to do with summer, etc.

A recent study from Duke University’s School of Medicine found that the available HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, don’t prevent the HPV infections common in black women. Gardasil and Cervarix protect against HPV 16, HPV 18, HPV 6 and HPV 11 — strains that are notorious for causing cervical cancers. The only problem? HPV 16 and 18 occur more in white women than black women, who tend to show HPV subtypes 33, 35, 58, and 68. So while white women might also not be protected from all strains by the HPV vaccine, they are certainly in a much safer position than black women.

“HPV 16 and 18 occur less frequently in African-Americans than in whites,” Dr. Cathrine Hoyo, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Duke University School of Medicine, told Health Day. Duke’s study looked at 600 abnormal pap smears and found that almost 86 percent of the women examined had detectable HPV. Yet, as Hoyo explained, “African-Americans had half the HPV 16 and 18 frequency as whites did.”

As Bustle reported last summer, this disparity may be the reason that African-American women are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer…It’s upsetting that Gardasil leaves many black women without adequate protection against HPV and cervical cancer. Conflating the healthcare needs of white women with those of black women keeps us from accessing adequate treatment in multiple areas, and this is especially troubling when it comes to HPV. Had there been funding for a vaccine specifically designed for my black, female body, a shot that protects my body as well as it does white women, I might very well be HPV-free today.

What It’s Like to Have HPV: How the Vaccine Failed to Protect Me as a Black Woman, by Evette Dionne (via nitanahkohe)

(via wretchedoftheearth)

uwaaaah:

So, a little story.
At the company where I’m doing my internship, I’ve taken to drawing superheroes every day on the whiteboard of my cubicle. My co-intern, who sits right across from me, thought it was a fun idea, but never seemed to particularly care about the characters themselves.
Until I drew Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel. Suddenly she started asking me all about who she was, what her powers were, what her story was… I told her I’d bring in some comics about her so she could check it out. This photo is of her reading Ms. Marvel #4 (the only issue I had on me at the time), which she told me was the very first comic book she’d ever held in her hands before. And she really enjoyed it!
She asked me about other heroes, so I told her about Miles Morales/Spider-Man and she sounded really interested in him too. She explicitly told me, “I really like seeing a lot of more diverse, ethnic characters.”
In the weeks since, she’s asked me for more heroes and more comics. I’ve given her all the Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spider-Man and Blue Beetle comics I could gather, and now she’s always asking me for more details on the characters I draw every morning. Sometimes I turn around and see her googling superheroes at her desk to read more about them.
Let me remind you: this is someone who had zero interest in superheroes, and zero desire to learn more about them—and now she is eagerly reading and seeking out new material. All because of characters like Kamala Khan and Miles Morales.
I’ve got about five weeks left of work here. Let’s see how many more comics I can get her interested in during that time!

uwaaaah:

So, a little story.

At the company where I’m doing my internship, I’ve taken to drawing superheroes every day on the whiteboard of my cubicle. My co-intern, who sits right across from me, thought it was a fun idea, but never seemed to particularly care about the characters themselves.

Until I drew Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel. Suddenly she started asking me all about who she was, what her powers were, what her story was… I told her I’d bring in some comics about her so she could check it out. This photo is of her reading Ms. Marvel #4 (the only issue I had on me at the time), which she told me was the very first comic book she’d ever held in her hands before. And she really enjoyed it!

She asked me about other heroes, so I told her about Miles Morales/Spider-Man and she sounded really interested in him too. She explicitly told me, “I really like seeing a lot of more diverse, ethnic characters.”

In the weeks since, she’s asked me for more heroes and more comics. I’ve given her all the Ms. Marvel and Ultimate Spider-Man and Blue Beetle comics I could gather, and now she’s always asking me for more details on the characters I draw every morning. Sometimes I turn around and see her googling superheroes at her desk to read more about them.

Let me remind you: this is someone who had zero interest in superheroes, and zero desire to learn more about them—and now she is eagerly reading and seeking out new material. All because of characters like Kamala Khan and Miles Morales.

I’ve got about five weeks left of work here. Let’s see how many more comics I can get her interested in during that time!

(via thebigblackwolfe)

2 weeks ago

Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

(via bansheewhale)

(via bettychantel)

politicalsexkitten:

I’m really tired of constantly finding blogs fetishizing Asian women, porn blogs dehumanizing and categorizing “ethnic fetishes” and being  overtly sexualized. 
So I made an Asian women appreciation blog
This is was made for Asian women to openly submit personal photos without having a blog fetishize them. 
It’s a huge problem when even tagging anything with “asian” on tumblr automatically gives results like 
Asian girls
Adult asian
Thick asian
Asian babes
Asian women are beautiful and wonderful and utterly amazing. But we won’t be your cute little asian girl.

politicalsexkitten:

I’m really tired of constantly finding blogs fetishizing Asian women, porn blogs dehumanizing and categorizing “ethnic fetishes” and being  overtly sexualized. 

So I made an Asian women appreciation blog

This is was made for Asian women to openly submit personal photos without having a blog fetishize them. 

It’s a huge problem when even tagging anything with “asian” on tumblr automatically gives results like 

Asian girls

Adult asian

Thick asian

Asian babes

Asian women are beautiful and wonderful and utterly amazing. But we won’t be your cute little asian girl.

(via angrytaiwanesegirlsunited)

3 weeks ago