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micdotcom:

Powerful photos capture the student protests in Mexico barely anyone is talking about 

While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement gaining steam on the other side of the world.

The unfolding protests gripping Mexico began in the small town of Iguala, in the southwest region of Guerrero state, where the disappearance of 43 student teachers on the night of Sept. 26 has sparked outrage amid allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime.

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youcoalition:

Big movements start with individuals. When many people make small changes in their personal lives, we create a place that’s safer and better for everyone. The Safer Community Pledge is a simple step people can take to stand up against sexual violence and harassment. We hope that this pledge encourages us to make small changes in our personal lives, and that it encourages us to continue discussing this critical issue.
You can take the pledge by sharing this post on your favorite social media site. By sharing, you’re committing to the following:

I pledge that I will always prioritize consent. I understand that consent is the presence of an enthusiastic yes rather than the absence of a no; and that consent cannot be given when someone is asleep or physically or mentally incapacitated.


I pledge that I will respect my partner’s wishes, and that I will not pressure or coerce them into doing anything that makes them uncomfortable.


I pledge to stand with survivors of sexual abuse or harassment by showing them compassion and respect.


I pledge to never blame the victim for any abuse they’ve experienced. Sexual violence is never the victim’s fault.


I pledge to admit when I make mistakes, and to apologize for my actions. When someone tells me that I’ve said something sexist, victim-blaming, or otherwise offensive, I pledge to be open to their words.


I pledge to support conversations surrounding sexual abuse and harassment in a way that is respectful of my needs and the needs of those I am speaking with.


I pledge to create safer communities, both online and off.

After taking the pledge, we encourage all of you to let us know why you did so! We’ll be sharing responses publicly throughout the campaign. We hope this sparks discussion and shows how much support there is for positive change.
Join the discussion and join the movement! Pledge to make a safer community. 
#SaferCommunityPledge for a #HealthyYoutube

youcoalition:


Big movements start with individuals. When many people make small changes in their personal lives, we create a place that’s safer and better for everyone. The Safer Community Pledge is a simple step people can take to stand up against sexual violence and harassment. We hope that this pledge encourages us to make small changes in our personal lives, and that it encourages us to continue discussing this critical issue.

You can take the pledge by sharing this post on your favorite social media site. By sharing, you’re committing to the following:

  • I pledge that I will always prioritize consent. I understand that consent is the presence of an enthusiastic yes rather than the absence of a no; and that consent cannot be given when someone is asleep or physically or mentally incapacitated.

  • I pledge that I will respect my partner’s wishes, and that I will not pressure or coerce them into doing anything that makes them uncomfortable.

  • I pledge to stand with survivors of sexual abuse or harassment by showing them compassion and respect.

  • I pledge to never blame the victim for any abuse they’ve experienced. Sexual violence is never the victim’s fault.

  • I pledge to admit when I make mistakes, and to apologize for my actions. When someone tells me that I’ve said something sexist, victim-blaming, or otherwise offensive, I pledge to be open to their words.

  • I pledge to support conversations surrounding sexual abuse and harassment in a way that is respectful of my needs and the needs of those I am speaking with.

  • I pledge to create safer communities, both online and off.

After taking the pledge, we encourage all of you to let us know why you did so! We’ll be sharing responses publicly throughout the campaign. We hope this sparks discussion and shows how much support there is for positive change.

Join the discussion and join the movement! Pledge to make a safer community. 

#SaferCommunityPledge for a #HealthyYoutube
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TW: This is what misogyny looks like

sorayachemaly:

A lot is being written right now about online misogyny.  Just one day after Catherine Buni and I published The Unsafety Net, Brianna Wu, a vocal advocate for women and diversity in gaming and tech, had to leave her home with her family because of these threats below. Hearing or reading words like “harassment” doesn’t convey what  messages like this - in your inbox, tweets, on Facebook, Youtube comments, Anon messages -   say and do:

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Frequently, people question whether or not women face a distinct kind of harassment and hate, doubt that it’s more than a “nuisance.”   Inevitably, someone says, “men are harassed to.”  All of this conveniently ignores several things

1) this is class-based: most of the time men are not being harassed because they are men, but because of something they say or do,

2) abuse like this seeks to reproduce historic discrimination: ie. thousands of years of women’s subjugation and denial of rights, like the fact that women (unable to vote, work for pay, unable to own property, others being considered actual property), effectively belonged to white men in the US less than 150 years ago. Women competing as equals stress a lot of people out. 

3) violence online is inseparable from the violence that women live with everyday: rape, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and other generally-speaking, male perpetrated crimes. I know.

4) the “harassment” is actually a violation of women’s civil rights and criminal.

Wu sadly joins a very long list. It takes bravery and exacts real personal and professional tolls for a woman to continue to publicly engage while being assaulted like this.  Ask Kathy Sierra, who had to abandon her work and public life for 10 years. She recently wrote: “A particularly robust troll-crafted hot button meme today is that some women are out to destroy video games (shoutout to #gamergaters). Another is that they are taking jobs from men. Men who are, I mean obviously, more deserving. “If women/minorities/any oppressed group are given special treatment,  

Please, don’t tolerate bullshit excuses for hate. 

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violent-buddhist:

Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.

Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being Rex advised against listening to it while driving.

The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

my muscles stopped functioning 

I was so relieved this wasn’t a trick. Very soothing.

THIS IS IT, GUYS. This is the song I listen to when I’m feel a panic attack coming on or can’t sleep because of my anxiety. It has helped me more times than I can say.

  • Plays: 2252097
readformentalhealthweek:

READ FOR MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
Last year on my book blog I did a post on #ReadForMentalHealthWeek. The aim was not only to highlight the week, but also to raise awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma that surrounds it, and encourage everyone to take care of themselves. I thought it would be a good idea to do it again this year and hopefully make it bigger and better!
There are numerous books out there that deal with mental health/illness and social/emotional issues. (You can find examples here) They can educate us and help us understand particular issues, including ways to handle them. Some us may even relate to them. For whatever reason, reading books that feature these themes and issues are invaluable. Books have a wonderful way of bringing people together so what I’m proposing is that, like last year, we read at least one book that deals with mental health during the week. Not only that but we should be there for each other, take care of our own mental health, and do whatever we can to remain aware of these issues - and not just for Mental Health Week but always.
Here’s what you can do to help:
Reblog this post and spread the word!
Pick a book to read that deals with mental health/illness and social/emotional issues. If you’re not sure which book to read, you can find recommendations HERE
Post about that book throughout Mental Health Week, which is during the second week of October, and tag your posts with #ReadForMentalHealthWeek. Post quotes, pictures, art, reviews, rambles and anything you like across social media
If you feel comfortable doing so, share your own experiences with mental health. So many of us have experienced it ourselves or know someone who has. You can create a post or share anonymously here
Follow this tumblog for more information on Read For Mental Health Week. I will be sharing your posts and book recommendations.
Take care of yourself! Do what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it
Thank you for reading and supporting this. Look out for more posts about on this blog and in the #ReadForMentalHealthWeek tag!

readformentalhealthweek:

READ FOR MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

Last year on my book blog I did a post on #ReadForMentalHealthWeek. The aim was not only to highlight the week, but also to raise awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma that surrounds it, and encourage everyone to take care of themselves. I thought it would be a good idea to do it again this year and hopefully make it bigger and better!

There are numerous books out there that deal with mental health/illness and social/emotional issues. (You can find examples here) They can educate us and help us understand particular issues, including ways to handle them. Some us may even relate to them. For whatever reason, reading books that feature these themes and issues are invaluable. Books have a wonderful way of bringing people together so what I’m proposing is that, like last year, we read at least one book that deals with mental health during the week. Not only that but we should be there for each other, take care of our own mental health, and do whatever we can to remain aware of these issues - and not just for Mental Health Week but always.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Reblog this post and spread the word!
  • Pick a book to read that deals with mental health/illness and social/emotional issues. If you’re not sure which book to read, you can find recommendations HERE
  • Post about that book throughout Mental Health Week, which is during the second week of October, and tag your posts with #ReadForMentalHealthWeek. Post quotes, pictures, art, reviews, rambles and anything you like across social media
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, share your own experiences with mental health. So many of us have experienced it ourselves or know someone who has. You can create a post or share anonymously here
  • Follow this tumblog for more information on Read For Mental Health Week. I will be sharing your posts and book recommendations.
  • Take care of yourself! Do what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it

Thank you for reading and supporting this. Look out for more posts about on this blog and in the #ReadForMentalHealthWeek tag!