16 years ago today, Britney Spears released her debut single “…Baby One More Time”. ”…Baby” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the chart two and a half months later for two consecutive weeks and it is Spears’s best-selling physical single in the US. ”…Baby One More Time” is also one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 9 million copies sold.
I really don’t GET the support some feminists have for famous women “coming out” (um) as feminists when these celebs bastardise the meaning of feminism in doing so. So WHAT if Taylor Swift announcing herself as a feminist makes young girls want to do the same? It really doesn’t matter…
“The surest sign of a successful rapper, for example, is his willingness to rap a verse over the anodyne pop song of a white starlet. She sings; he raps; she tries to dance; he stands behind her, looking impressed. If you squint it looks no different than that old tap dancer Bill Robinson clapping his hands and grinning as Shirley Temple dances in front of him. The black artist lends authenticity to the white star; the white star legitimizes the black artist. The music may have changed but the deep structure remains the same.”—- Zadie Smith “Creativity & Refusal” (via derica)
“A stab — no, a frantic machete swipe — at comedy that only date-rapists, racists and sociopaths could love, the persistently ugly “Not Cool” begins with rapid-fire gags about overweight, undersexed losers; coitus with vegetables; loose bowels, rivers of puke and slut-shaming. And the film finds a way to tumble downhill from there.”—
“Many inmates became seriously ill and even died of treatable diseases. One patient who repeatedly complained of intense pain and disorientation was allegedly mocked for “faking” his symptoms. He eventually died of lung cancer, which was not diagnosed until a few days before his death. Another prisoner died of AIDS-related pneumonia after prison staff ignored his requests for an HIV test. Others waited months for vital surgeries or prescriptions.
One sick inmate said he fell and was left on the floor for three to five hours. “I would just like to feel safe and not fall. That’s all,” he told one of the visiting doctors.”—Doctors Say Arizona Prisons Mocked Sick Inmates, Left Stroke Victims In Soiled Diapers For Weeks (via ghost-of-algren)
“There is little precedent for fat androgyny. Generally our androgynous icons are svelte and lacking in secondary sex characteristics. David Bowie, Tilda Swinton, Katherine Hepburn; these small-bodied, predominately white figures of androgyny have created an aesthetic with little room for deviation. This means that for those of us with bodies that do not conform to traditional standards of androgyny, we are often misread and misunderstood, even in queer spaces.”—
“And there is another American profession that has a significantly more alarming problem with domestic abuse. I’d urge everyone who believes in zero tolerance for NFL employees caught beating their wives or girlfriends to direct as much attention—or ideally, even more attention—at police officers who assault their partners. Several studies have found that the romantic partners of police officers suffer domestic abuse at rates significantly higher than the general population. And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help.”—Police Have a Much Bigger Domestic Abuse Problem Than the NFL (via azspot)
Woke up afraid of my own shadow. Like, genuinely afraid. Headed for the pawn shop to buy myself a switchblade. Someday something’s coming from way out beyond the stars to kill us while we stand here. It will store our brains in mason jars. And then the girl behind the counter, she asks me how I feel today. I feel like Lovecraft in Brooklyn.
Since Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in January, that vote has created more then 20 white marijuana millionaires who the Government has allowed to store their millions in U.S. Banks.
Keep in mind that there are more then 100,000 black and latino people who are in American prisons for the same simple possession and intend to sell marijuana.
BUT THEY MAKING WHITE BOYS MILLIONAIRES FOR COMMITTING THE SAME ACT!