1. whoneedsfeminism:

    "I need feminism because when I finally worked up the courage to tell my parents their gardener has been molesting me, they brushed it off with "just stay inside on Fridays - it’s only one day a week" and "good help is hard to find".

    I was 11.

    It had been going on for 4 years and continued for a further 6.

    It only stopped when I miscarried his baby and subsequently moved out.

    No one ever noticed the pregnancy or the bruises.

    I need feminism because I deserved protection.”

    I am a mother myself now, and I find it even harder to understand why they didn’t try to help me, and instead wilfully ignored what was going on right under their nose.  Every.  Single.  Week.

  2. guardian:

    Illegal drugs and prostitution contributed almost £10bn to the UK economy in 2009, according to newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics. Get the breakdown 

    (Source: theguardian.com)

  3. The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways
    Ryan Lawler, techcrunch.com

    Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered pan­els that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Bru­saw hope to accom­plish with their ongo­ing Solar Road­ways project,…

    (Source: smarterplanet)


  4. "It was F Scott Fitzgerald wrote that ‘whenever you feel like criticising anyone, remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had’. It is remembering those children let down by the old GCSE, and the culture of low expectations it epitomised, that drives our mission to give all pupils access to our shared literary heritage."
    — "No, we have not banned To Kill a Mockingbird," writes one MP in response to last week’s uproar over the new English literature GCSE. (via guardian)

    (Source: theguardian.com, via guardian)

  5. neurosciencestuff:

    The brain’s reaction to male odor shifts at puberty in children with gender dysphoria

    The brains of children with gender dysphoria react to androstadienone, a musky-smelling steroid produced by men, in a way typical of their biological sex, but after puberty according to their experienced gender, finds a study for the first time in the open-access journal Frontiers in Endocrinology.

    Around puberty, the testes of men start to produce androstadienone, a breakdown product of testosterone. Men release it in their sweat, especially from the armpits. Its only known function is to work like a pheromone: when women smell androstadienone, their mood tends to improve, their blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing go up, and they may become aroused.

    Previous studies have shown that, in heterosexual women, the brain region that responds most to androstadienone is the hypothalamus, which lies just above the brainstem and links the nervous system to the hormonal system. In men with gender dysphoria (formerly called gender identity disorder) – who are born as males, but behave as and identify with women, and want to change sex – the hypothalamus also reacts strongly to its odor. In contrast, the hypothalamus of heterosexual men hardly responds to it.

    Girls without gender dysphoria before puberty already show a stronger reaction in the hypothalamus to androstadienone than boys, finds a new study by Sarah Burke and colleagues from the VU University Medical Center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the University of Liège, Belgium.

    The researchers used neuroimaging to also show for the first time that in prepubescent children with gender dysphoria, the hypothalamus reacts to the smell of androstadienone in a way typical of their biological sex. Around puberty, its response shifts, and becomes typical of their experienced gender.

    The reaction to the smell of androstadienone in the hypothalamus of 154 children and adolescents, including girls and boys, both before (7 to 11-year-old) and after puberty (15 to 16-year-old), of whom 74 had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

    Results showed that the hypothalamus was more responsive to androstadienone in 7 to 11-year-old girls than in boys, both without gender dysphoria, although not yet as much as in adolescent girls. This means that the greater receptiveness of women to its odor already exists before puberty, either as an inborn difference or one that arises during early childhood.

    Before puberty, the hypothalamus of boys with gender dysphoria hardly reacted to the odor, just as in other boys. But this changed in the 15 to 16-year-olds: the hypothalamus of adolescent boys with gender dysphoria now lit up as much as in heterosexual women, while the other adolescent boys still did not show any reaction. Adolescent girls with gender dysphoria showed the same reaction to androstadienone in their hypothalamus as is typical for heterosexual men.

    These results suggest that as children with gender dysphoria grow up, their brain naturally undergoes a partial rewiring, to become more similar to the brain of the opposite sex – so corresponding to their experienced gender.


  6. "No, you’re not a citizen! No, you’re not! No, you’re not! You’re here on our borrowed time. So mind your f*cking business before I shut this whole f*cking place down. And I’ll take this place and then whoever owns it will f*cking kill you because they don’t care about you, OK? I’ll take this building. You’ll be dead and your family will be dead."

    Chicago Police Officer Gerald Di Pasquale, caught unawares on a surveillance camera while raiding a tanning salon which allegedly offered a sex act by a masseuse to an undercover officer. 

    He was speaking to the salon’s manager, 32-year-old Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek, who is, in fact, a naturalized American citizen from China. Klyzek, armed with this video, is now suing:

    When they arrived, the 5’2” and 110-pound manager does not appear to be especially cooperative, questioning police, arguing and pulling away. One officer yanks her from a hallway and into a corner, saying something that sounds like “You don’t listen very well,” the video shows.

    She screams, and the Sun-Times said officers claimed she scratched and bit them.

    However, the lawsuit claims an officer placed his hands over her nose and mouth, leaving her unable to breathe. In addition, the video shows a cop striking her in the head while she is on her knees, bent over and handcuffed. The lawsuit complains that she suffered “scratches and abrasions on her neck, bruising on her right forearm, an abrasion on her left elbow, bruising on both her thighs and an abrasion on her right knee.”

    (via hipsterlibertarian)


  7. "We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say ‘This is who I am.’ And more trans people are willing to tell their stories. More of us are living visibly and pursuing our dreams visibly, so people can say, ‘Oh yeah, I know someone who is trans.’ When people have points of reference that are humanizing, that demystifies difference."

  8. Meet the Ukrainian musicians soundtracking the unrest



    How have Ukrainian musicians responded to their country’s unrest? Some sang at the barricades in Kiev’s Maidan square, while others stayed silent

    "My role is as a singer," he says, "but if the Russians come, I will take up arms. Everyone will." Given his career as a purveyor of arty, intelligent pop, it’s a little like hearing Jarvis Cocker say he will be investing in a Kalashnikov. 

    Read more here

    Pictured: Dakh Daughters perform at Maidan square in Kiev. Photograph: Volodymyr Shuvayev

    (Source: theguardian.com)


  9. humanrightswatch:

    One of several horrible attacks on women that took place this week.

  10. whoneedsfeminism:

    We need feminism because people still don’t think we need feminism. If there are thousands and thousands of women who are constantly saying that we still need equality, how can you say we already have it?