If you believe slaves were a part of the past, you are deeply mistaken. According to an investigation by CNN, Human beings are being bought and sold in Libya. An actual modern-day slave auction is taking place where slavers, also referred to as "merchandise", are being auctioned off for $300-400.

Slavery is still alive and well, people. The human trafficking crisis in Africa needs way more attention. Africans are being sold like slaves and there has yet to be outrage in the western world. Women are used as sex slaves and sold over and over and over again. Black African migrants whom are trying to reach Europe from Libya, are captured and sold to the highest bidder. So far, slave auctions have been reported in nine different Libyan cities.

There are literally numerous videos of Africans being sold to Arabs. Mainstream media is simply afraid of talking about it in fear of offending a certain religion. Figures. There is no surprise here, the racist anti-blackness found in parts of North Africa and the Middle East, is not a coincidence. Human lives are not merchandise.

What the actual fuck is wrong with humanity?


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Rape culture is encouraging male sexual aggression. Rape culture is regarding violence as sexy and sexuality as violent. Rape culture is treating rape as a compliment, as the unbridled passion stirred in a healthy man by a beautiful woman, making irresistible the urge to rip open her bodice or slam her against a wall, or a wrought-iron fence, or a car hood, or pull her by her hair, or shove her onto a bed, or any one of a million other images of fight-fucking in movies and television shows and on the covers of romance novels that convey violent urges are inextricably linked with (straight) sexuality.

Rape culture is rape being used as a weapon, a tool of war and genocide and oppression. Rape culture is rape being used as a corrective to "cure" queer women. Rape culture is a militarized culture and "the natural product of all wars, everywhere, at all times, in all forms."

Rape culture is 1 in 33 men being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Rape culture is encouraging men to use the language of rape to establish dominance over one another ("I'll make you my bitch"). Rape culture is making rape a ubiquitous part of male-exclusive bonding. Rape culture is ignoring the cavernous need for men's prison reform in part because the threat of being raped in prison is considered an acceptable deterrent to committing crime, and the threat only works if actual men are actually being raped.

Rape culture is 1 in 6 women being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Rape culture is not even talking about the reality that many women are sexually assaulted multiple times in their lives. Rape culture is the way in which the constant threat of sexual assault affects women's daily movements. Rape culture is telling girls and women to be careful about what you wear, how you wear it, how you carry yourself, where you walk, when you walk there, with whom you walk, whom you trust, what you do, where you do it, with whom you do it, what you drink, how much you drink, whether you make eye contact, if you're alone, if you're with a stranger, if you're in a group, if you're in a group of strangers, if it's dark, if the area is unfamiliar, if you're carrying something, how you carry it, what kind of shoes you're wearing in case you have to run, what kind of purse you carry, what jewelry you wear, what time it is, what street it is, what environment it is, how many people you sleep with, what kind of people you sleep with, who your friends are, to whom you give your number, who's around when the delivery guy comes, to get an apartment where you can see who's at the door before they can see you, to check before you open the door to the delivery guy, to own a dog or a dog-sound-making machine, to get a roommate, to take self-defense, to always be alert always pay attention always watch your back always be aware of your surroundings and never let your guard down for a moment lest you be sexually assaulted and if you are and didn't follow all the rules it's your fault.

Rape culture is victim-blaming. Rape culture is a judge blaming a child for her own rape. Rape culture is a minister blaming his child victims. Rape culture is accusing a child of enjoying being held hostage, raped, and tortured. Rape culture is spending enormous amounts of time finding any reason at all that a victim can be blamed for hir own rape.

Rape culture is tasking victims with the burden of rape prevention. Rape culture is encouraging women to take self-defense as though that is the only solution required to preventing rape. Rape culture is admonishing women to "learn common sense" or "be more responsible" or "be aware of barroom risks" or "avoid these places" or "don't dress this way," and failing to admonish men to not rape.

Rape culture is boys under 10 years old knowing how to rape.

Rape culture is the narrative that sex workers can't be raped. Rape culture is the assertion that wives can't be raped. Rape culture is the contention that only nice girls can be raped.

Rape culture is refusing to acknowledge that the only thing that the victim of every rapist shares in common is bad fucking luck. Rape culture is refusing to acknowledge that the only thing a person can do to avoid being raped is never be in the same room as a rapist. Rape culture is avoiding talking about what an absurdly unreasonable expectation that is, since rapists don't announce themselves or wear signs or glow purple.

Rape culture is people meant to protect you raping you instead—like parents, teachers, doctors, ministers, cops, soldiers, self-defense instructors.

Rape culture is a ruling that says women cannot withdraw consent once sex commences.

Rape culture is a collective understanding about classifications of rapists: The "normal" rapist (whose crime is most likely to be dismissed with a "boys will be boys" sort of jocular apologia) is the man who forces himself on attractive women, women his age in fine health and form, whose crime is disturbingly understandable to his male defenders. The "real sickos" are the men who go after children, old ladies, the disabled, accident victims languishing in comas—the sort of people who can't fight back, whose rape is difficult to imagine as titillating, unlike the rape of "pretty girls," so easily cast in a fight-fuck fantasy of squealing and squirming and eventual relenting to the "flattery" of being raped.

Rape culture is hospitals that won't do rape kits, disbelieving law enforcement, unmotivated prosecutors, hostile judges, victim-blaming juries, and paltry sentencing.

Rape culture is treating 13-year-old girls like trophies for men regarded as great artists.

Rape culture is a convicted rapist getting a standing ovation at Cannes, a cameo in a hit movie, and a career resurgence in which he can joke about how he hates seeing people get hurt.

Rape culture is blurred lines between persistence and coercion. Rape culture is treating diminished capacity to consent as the natural path to sexual activity.

Rape culture is rape jokes. Rape culture is rape jokes on t-shirts, rape jokes in college newspapers, rape jokes in soldiers' home videos, rape jokes on the radio, rape jokes on news broadcasts, rape jokes in magazines, rape jokes in viral videos, rape jokes in promotions for children's movies, rape jokes on Page Six (and again!), rape jokes on the funny pages, rape jokes on TV shows, rape jokes on the campaign trail, rape jokes on Halloween...

Rape culture is the myriad ways in which rape is tacitly and overtly abetted and encouraged having saturated every corner of our culture so thoroughly that people can't easily wrap their heads around what the rape culture actually is.

That's hardly everything. It's merely the tip of an unfathomable iceberg.

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Another day. Another case.

A couple of 10 year old girls in Sweden were threatened to be raped and threatened to death by boys in school. Can you imagine? TEN YEAR OLDS. One of the girls was even punched in the face and held to the wall by these boys in her school. And what does the principal of the school do? Blame it on "boys will be boys".

For how long can this go on? What children do, is a reflection of what they see adults do, and we have completely lost the sense of responsibility. And as per usual, the perpetrators are always protected in the first place. The parents demanded the principal to kick the boys out before the girls come back, but according to her skewed perception of reality, an "apology" from them sufficed. The boys are left in school and the girls are at home.

I will repeat, they were 10 years old. One of the boys threatened them and said that he was going to fuck them and their parents. Do people fail to fucking realize that this is where it begins - this is where rape culture begins. And this silent fucking culture among the rulers is a disgrace. You can no longer rationalize such a behavior set by principal or leader for that matter. This principal is an exemplary example of a ruler who stands for a culture that keeps the perpetrators back, and not the victims. And as long as such authority has this kind of view the abuse and harassment will forever continue.

We can not progress as a society if our leaders keep dismissing sexual assaults. There is an insane amount of violence and threats in school, and it is about fucking time that someone acts vigorously. Because boys will NOT be boys, when little girls are threatened with RAPE and DEATH. They will be held accountable.

I am utterly disgusted. This is absolutely absurd. This principal is giving them a signal that teaches these boys that this behavior is OK!
You were telling me that rape culture doesn't exist? You were telling me that I'm overreacting? Okay, so while you were busy getting offended over my posts, 10 year old fuckers are already threatening and harassing girls with rape. So...how about f u c k y o u.

Ponder on this: 10 year old boys are threatening girls with rape, what do you think they will do in 10 years?
Actually, strike that, what will they do in 5< years?

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Here's to all the men who have made the world a better place.

Prime time for men to talk about the struggles they face, instead of whining and derailing the subject on my posts. Here's to you!


Men: you can talk about years of harm done by patriarchy, bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer, examine suicide rates, show support for LGBT, fatherhood, issues affecting men of color, trans, gay etc. Male victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The biggest problem facing men isn’t feminism, it’s men. If you don’t want to be a part of the solution then shut the fuck up.



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Yet another astonishing surprise by the "President" of the United States.

It was reported that The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to bring trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States. Essentially, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014.

Who in their right mind would want to shoot such an intelligent, empathetic animal as an elephant is beyond me. But then again, the world is fucked up as it is, so who's surprised?
However, he tweeted, "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts”. I guess the public pressure was just too much and he rescinded this and reinstated the ban on elephant trophies. At least for now.

Elephants are still on the endangered list, largely due to the ivory trade and habitat loss. I can't even comprehend that humans are the reason for the elephant population declining. They are incredible, intelligent creatures and they don’t deserve this at all. No animal does.

In other words, you have to be a pretty shitty human being to even think about hunting elephants.

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Wait...does anyone recall people protesting the Keystone pipeline...or? Oh right, the police was shooting at these people, correct?

On another note, listen to indigenous folks.

Keystone pipeline was shut down after large oil spill. Surprise, surprise. Over 200,000 gallons of oil have leaked from the keystone pipeline in South Dakota. Don't you just love how we are destroying this planet every...single...second...Now try to envision 200,000 gallons of toxic-as-fuck contents being spilled out in South Dakota.

So now, it only further proves how risky the XL project is. CNN reports that, "This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, Walsh said. The leak comes just days before Nebraska officials announce a decision on whether the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, a sister project, can move forward."

    Leaks always happen. This might just be the best "we told you so" moment.

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    It's disturbing.

    Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was the inspiration for this new Barbie, and apparently it's thought to be “empowering” for young girls. A barbie that is required to dress modestly and discreetly.

    A barbie with a hijab is supposed to be empowering? Who plays with barbies? Kids.
    Are kids in any way capable of understanding religion and what it truly entails? No.
    So when a muslim kid is presented with a hijab barbie, apart from anything else influencing her, she will come to think of the hijab as something normal.

    The hijab fosters oppression. There are always muslim women who proudly proclaim that it is their choice, but the funny thing is that most of them live in the west, but imagine being a woman under Sharia. Muslim women in the west have the freedom of the west, the laws of the west, to actually choose. But far too many women in many parts of the world do not have this choice. By indoctrinating little girls that wearing a hijab is the right thing to do is poisoning them.

    It is simple to say let the woman choose what they want to do, but how often is the choice theirs? And how do we know for sure?
    Since a woman's hair is considered sexually arousing, by covering her hair, the woman is essentially taking on the responsibility that she is the cause of a man's sexual thoughts and actions. The idea that a woman in the 21st century has to cover her hair so men aren't aroused is sick and distorted, and that's as far as the history of hijab goes.

    The most troubling for me, is the millions of women who do not have a choice. It is a slap in the face to the women who suffer under the hijab. It's not empowering in any way, especially not for kids.
    Bottom line, it's not important what I believe, but what is being taught about the hijab and to romanticize the headscarf is very dangerous.




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    What keeps me up at night...also keeps me going. I'm not exactly sure when I started getting so involved with feministic issues and what it really entailed. But it was around the same time when the documentary 'India's daughter' was released in 2015. After watching that horrific documentary, other "suggestions" kept popping up and I watched them all. It ranged from sexual assault, bullying, rape cases, poverty and so much more that was relevant... but not so much acknowledged - at least not in my "circle".

    I started doing more research and looked deeper into why society allowed this kind of treatment of women, especially in third world countries and how prevalent it actually was. It bothered me. It made me furious. I wanted to cry but I also wanted to laugh at the fact that this ill treatment of women is still not taken seriously. It still hasn't changed. So when I first saw 'India's daughter', I knew I had to do something. Even if that something meant writing about it on social media, informing my "circle" of friends, family, whatever it might be.

    I, having been raised in a loving family with a roof over my head and food on my table for the past 23 years, owe it to the girls. To the girls who haven't had a roof, or food, or a family, education, love, healthcare, basic human fundamental rights - I owe it to them. Even by doing something so simple as writing(though it's hard writing about feminism) about the issues in the world, I feel like I am doing what I can right now - until the day comes when I can do even more.

    The whole mindset regarding assault needs to be changed, so when a heinous act is committed, people will know that it's an assault to women. The mindset has to become such that you insult women. No one has the right to another persons body. It is their consent to give, not yours. You do not have the power to allocate someone else's consent. It is a violation. This brutality dehumanizes girls. But tolerance and acceptance of it is worse - and these violent actions are sanctioned by misogyny.

    I watched this documentary 2 years ago and I still have trouble sleeping because of it. It was more than heartbreaking to watch. It left me feeling disgusted, outraged and sick to my stomach. Originally, I wanted to post what they did to her, how they violated, degraded and literally tore her apart. But I can't. The thought of writing down every single thing that they did to her makes me nauseous.

    This is the world we live in. Rape culture is not restricted to third world countries. It happens everywhere. Misogyny takes many forms. You're not helping the slightest by comparing countries and proclaiming that feminism should only exist where you are not.



    Please do yourself a favor and watch India's Daughter.


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    Imagine having your head so far up your own ass you think that being a feminist is a bad thing.

    The hate and anger from women is aimed at the patriarchy, it is aimed at the macho culture, against rape culture. In its essence, feminism is about criticizing the patriarchal roots of society. It is about female liberation from male dominance. Feminism is a movement that challenges male dominance and oppressive institutions. Feminism was never about “women are perfect and men are trash”. Obviously, some men and women think feminists are man haters. So they take a step back and disconnect themselves from it. Their hatred of feminism is deeply rooted in misogyny. But anyone with half a brain can acknowledge that this so called "hate" is a response to the endless suffering women endure.

    Men are afraid that the goal of feminism is to treat men the way they treat us. That would suck, wouldn't it? But the difference is that while women are writing hashtags, men are out there killing women.
    Am I guilty of saying "all men", yes. Am I guilty of calling men trash, yes.

    I know that all men are not inherently dangerous or trash. I understand what you mean by “not all men” — and I do agree with you. My father, boyfriend and friends are amazing and kind human beings. But, the difference is that they do not deem it necessary to say “not all men” and derail every single message from the main point. Men have the potential to be dangerous and when we are walking home alone at night, every single man is a threat. You have to understand that these violent behaviors have been normalized in our society, which is why all men are deemed dangerous in the eyes of feminism. So by using the phrase “not all men” – you’re not only derailing the subject, you’re enforcing the patriarchy. If you’re not actively fighting patriarchy you are a part of the problem.

    I am not complaining at the inadequacies of men for no reason. So before you come at me with your hurt feelings, take a moment and ask yourself, what the fuck are you doing to change that?

    Women are harassed, assaulted, raped, killed and when they seek help they are ignored and belittled. I generalize men because far too many men are the problem. And not enough men are actively committed towards the solution. Feminism is for and about everyone.

    And to the men who can't wrap their head around why we're so deeply distrustful, remember this:
    women have been raped by far nicer men than you.

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