Disliking hip-hop doesn’t make you a racist any more than liking hip-hop makes you not a racist, and I’m sure there are plenty of Stormfront enthusiasts with Rick Ross in their iTunes. If you don’t like Jay-Z because you just don’t like the way he sounds, or you’re sick of his cloying ubiquity, or you wish he’d talk about something other than where he’s from for five seconds—hey, I’m not mad, I don’t like Bruce Springsteen for the same reasons. But if you don’t like rap music—a genre that contains multitudes—because of a self-satisfied moralism, or because you’re scared of it, or because you wish those people would stop talking about their problems and get out of your television and radio and kids’ bedrooms: well.

And I’m not just talking about the American right, I’m talking about all the well-meaning white folks who’ve told me how they want to like Lil Wayne but lo, the misogyny, the violence, the drugs. But, but, I’ll say: Bob Dylan aced misogyny; the Rolling Stones sang about violence; the Velvet Underground knew their way around some drugs. Yeeeah, but it’s different, they’ll say, elongating that “yeah” with conspiratorial inflection: you know what I mean. Yeah, I know exactly what you mean.

Rap music doesn’t get unarmed kids shot to death, “it’s different” does. “It’s different” infuses “these assholes always get away” and gives solace to people who hear that sound bite and nod their empty heads in agreement. “It’s different” is the same logic that suggests a teenager’s skin color combined with the music he listened to means he had it coming, and it’s the same logic that lets a bunch of people feign outrage over a teenager’s use of the n-word to describe himself when they’re really just outraged that he beat them to the punch.

“It’s different” makes me shake with anger because it turns music into a dog-whistle to justify the murder of a kid who doesn’t seem all that “different” from me was when I was his age, not that different at all. I liked Skittles and hoodies and weed, too. And yeah, I’m white and never worried about getting shot for any of it, which is only the most loathsome excuse for not identifying with someone that I can possibly think of.

autieblesam:

[Image is a poster explaining briefly the origin and meaning of green, yellow, and red interaction signal badges, referred to above as Color Communication Badges.]

deducecanoe:

justsjwthings:

oldamongdreams:

greencarnations:

CAN WE DO THESE AT CONS

SECONDED.

if youre not autistic or suffer from an actual disorder, dont use these. its not cute.

er… you know a lot of autistic people go to conventions, right? And people with social anxiety disorders and panic disorders? Shit if I could get away with using this at work I would. 

Hello there, justsjwthings.

I would like to introduce myself.  I refer to myself as Sam Thomas, though my legal name and how a lot of people know me is Matthew.  I am officially diagnosed autistic.

Over one week in June 2013 (last summer), I was in Washington, DC for an autism conference called the Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) summer leadership program run by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network for autistic college students.

If you have any question as to the truth of this, I would like to direct your attention to this YouTube video that ASAN produced promoting the above-mentioned conference.  I appear as the first person in the video and you can find more images of my face on my blog.

At this conference, not only did we use these communication badges pictured above, but we actually had the opportunity to meet Jim Sinclair, the inventor of these badges.

During the part of the conference in which Jim Sinclair gave us a history of Autism Network International (ANI)—which they were a co-founder of—they talked to us about the establishment of this particular piece of assistive technology.  Basically, it was a simple idea that seemed to fit a need and quickly became very popular among many autistic spaces for it’s practicality and ease of use.

The conference it originated from is called Autreat and is held annually by ANI. This is an autism conference that accepts Autistics and Cousins (ACs)—that is, anyone diagnosed or otherwise self-identifying with any disorder autistic or similar that may share a number of autistic traits.

There was a need.  The need was met.  This is how we can safely assume most technology either emerges or becomes popular.

We also talked about something called Universal Design and the Curb-Cutter Effect.  The Curb-Cutter Effect is when something to fit a specific need is found to create convenience in a broader area than intended.  Curb cuts allowing for wheelchair accessibility to sidewalks proved to also be convenient to anyone who may have trouble with steps or even simply a mother with a baby stroller or maybe a child with a wagon.  This is a desirable outcome with disability rights advocacy as creating convenience for non-disabled people often makes the assistive technology easier to advocate for.

In this sense, these colored communication badges could serve that Curb-Cutter effect.  Not only would this be perfectly acceptable for non-disabled people to use for convenience, but would also help to increase their effectiveness and convenience for those of us who need them.  Here are a few examples:

  • Increased popularity makes the colored communication badges more easily recognizable to the general public, making them as effective outside the above-mentioned autism conferences as inside.
  • Increase in demand would create increase in supply and availability, likely making these available to pretty much anyone and even being included with, say, the name tags you are required to wear at most cons.
  • In addition to these helping people recognize the communication state of the wearer, the wearer will be able to recognize whom they can feel more comfortable to approach.
  • Increased popularity would make these badges more acceptable for public use and less alienating to those who would wear them frequently.

This is not something that we are completely incapable of surviving without; this is something that was convenient and made our lives a lot easier.  If that can be easily shared with the general public, then what purpose does it serve not to share it?

Thank you for reading.

(via impulsiveingenue)

compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).
compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.
All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).

compoundchem:

A bit of a detour into neuroscience today with a look at the chemical structures of some of the major neurotransmitters in the brain. Inspired in part by this post on the chemicals related to various emotions.

All available to download as free A3 PDFs at the bottom of the accompanying post (http://wp.me/p4aPLT-6C).

(via scientificillustration)

The chickens are far too interested in this project

corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.
corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.
corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.
corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.
corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.
corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.
corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.

corrupter-of-words:

smith-q-and-a:

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

these are fantastic!  i’m so excited to see femmepowered and open gates MHC create a similar campaign at mount holyoke.  i know both colleges are worried (to varying degrees) about reactions from alumnae, but this alumna supports you—and trans women’s inclusion—100%.

(via commiekinkshamer)

primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!
primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!
I’ll be giving away
a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
"kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.
And now the fun part, the RULES.
you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)
The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!

primadonna-grrrl:

I’m doing a little giveaway and its all about the ladies!

I’ll be giving away

  • a t-shirt in your choice of Crush the Patriarchy, Cats Against Cat Calls or Riots Not Diets print (all of which go up to at least a size 2xl)
  • your choice of five buttons from Modern Girl Blitz
  • your choice of jewellery from AddieLeDawn
  • friendship bracelet made in the colours of your choice made by yours truly
  • "kandi bracelets" or whatever the fuck you want to call them with whatever colour scheme and words you want
  • and best of all CANDYYY. who doesnt love candy, cmon.

And now the fun part, the RULES.

  • you don’t have to follow me but if you are, then you’ll get something extra
  • only reblogs count and you may reblog as many times as you want but please be mindful of your followers
  • obviously giveaway blogs dont count (do ppl even need to say this anymore??)

The winner will be randomly selected on April 30th and I’m willing to ship worldwide. I think that’s it. Have fun and crush the patriarchy!!

(via horrorproportions)

Happy Easter! (If left to their own devices Chris & David keep the chicken’s fed, but do not collect eggs)

transhousingnetwork:

Hi my name is Phillis and I’m a 23 year old queer trans woman. I need at least a floor to crash on sometime in the next couple weeks, for a couple weeks to a month or so depending on what happens with my employment and financial situations. I can provide my own air bed…