i’ve been down in the dumps since yesterday. i feel like absolute shit. i tried to take a nap earlier, but all i did was cry instead.
When it comes to froyo, I go all out.
yogurtland and fallin in love were my favorite parts of my last year of school/living in nyc.
a good post
An Afghan boy holds his baby brother in the old section of Herat. – Photo by AFP.
4/4 illustrations for “The Pink Pyramid Scheme”, about Mary Kay cosmetics. The article is well-written and conveys the creeping sense of manipulation involved in this sales trap without condemning the women who fall into it.
For some reason it inspired this image of a giant, sunken goddess. Pretty happy with how this turned out! Thanks to Luc Desmarchelier for the amazing assignment.
Process shots here: [x]
Accompanying spot illustrations here: [x]
i find my cosmic insignificance reassuring
the stars don’t fucking care who i am or what i do
i owe the universe nothing
i exist on my own terms
#when existentialism becomes comforting rather than horrifying
Two weeks ago a man in France was arrested for raping his daughter. She’d gone to her school counselor and then the police, but they needed “hard evidence.” So, she videotaped her next assault. Her father was eventually arrested. His attorney explained, “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.” Because, really, even despite her seeking help, her testimony, her bravery in setting up a webcam to film her father raping her, you really can’t believe what the girl says, can you?
Everyone “knows” this. Even children.
Three years ago, in fly-on-the-wall fashion of parent drivers everywhere, I listened while a 14-year-old girl in the back seat of my car described how angry she was that her parents had stopped allowing her to walk home alone just because a girl in her neighborhood “claimed she was raped.” When I asked her if there was any reason to think the girl’s story was not true, she said, “Girls lie about rape all the time.”
She didn’t know the person, she just assumed she was lying.
No one says, “You can’t trust women,” but distrust them we do. College students surveyed revealed that they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape, despite wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies that show the incident of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range, pretty much the same as false claims for other crimes. As late as 2003, people jokingly (wink, wink) referred to Philadelphia’s sex crimes unit as “the lying bitch unit.” If an 11-year-old girl told an adult that her father took out a Craigslist ad to find someone to beat and rape her while he watched, as recently actually occurred, what do you think the response would be? Would she need to provide a videotape after the fact?
It goes way beyond sexual assault as well. That’s just the most likely and obvious demonstration of “women are born to lie” myths. Women’s credibility is questioned in the workplace, in courts, by law enforcement, indoctors’ offices, and in our political system. People don’t trust women to be bosses, or pilots, or employees. Pakistan’s controversial Hudood Ordinance still requires a female rape victim to procure four male witnesses to her rape or risk prosecution for adultery. In August, a survey of managers in the United States revealed that they overwhelmingly distrust women who request flextime. It’s notable, of course, that women are trusted to be mothers—the largest pool of undervalued, unpaid, economically crucial labor.
Pop culture and art are just the cherry on the top of the icing on a huge cake. The United States is among the most religious of all countries in the industrialized world. So, while some people wring their hands over hip hop, I’m more worried about how men like Rick Santorum and Ken Cuccinelli explain to their daughters why they can’t be priests. I know that there is hip hop that exceeds the bounds of taste and is sodden with misogyny. But, people seem to think that those manifestations of hatred are outside of the mainstream when, in reality, it’s just more of the same set to great beats. Hip hop has nothing on religious misogyny and its political expression.
An entire political party’s “social policy” agenda is being pursued under a rubric that insists women need “permission slips” and “waiting periods.” The recent shutdown? Conservatives holding the country hostage because they want to add anti-abortion “conscience clause” language to legislation. Whose consciences are we talking about? All the morally incompetent and untrustworthy men who need abortions?
It’s no exaggeration to say that distrust of women is the driving force of the “social issues” agenda of the Republican Party. From food stamps and “legitimate rape,” to violence against women and immigration policy. “We need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it,” explained the man who penned Arizona’s immigration law. “Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.” I could do this ad infinitum.
1. Hajimir Ahmad
Seventy-six year old village elder, Hajimir Ahmad, donated his own land to build two girls’ schools in Sangbast, Afghanistan. He says he could not educate his daughters, but it’s not too late for his granddaughters. x
2. Sultan Mohammad Yusufzai
Religious leader, Sultan Mohammad Yusufzai, along with other local community members, spent three months convincing a father to cancel the wedding of a 10-year old girl in Herat.
“The main reason for child marriage is poverty and that forces parents to agree to early marriage. The second reason is low awareness amongst families about Islamic principles and international human rights,” says Sultan Mohammad Yusufzai x
3. Mullah Azizullah
Students pass by Mullah Aziz Ullah, a local religious leader, at Sorya High School in West Kabul. The Mullah has three daughters who all attend school along with his two sons. ” I want the best for all of my children not just the boys” says Mullah Aziz x
4. Mullah (name unknown)
A mullah with his son. He has been trained on maternal health and now helps to persuade the villagers to take health care for mothers and pregnant women more seriously. Tirin Kot, Uruzgan, August 2012. x
This is not a photograph of lovers, this is a 400 year old marble statue of Pluto and Proserpina
Do not forget that it is also a depiction of a mythological rape, thoughtfully sculpted to show Pluto’s aggression and violence against Proserpina.
My parents told me I could be whatever I wanted to be when I grew up … They didn’t tell me if I wasn’t straight they’d kick me out on the streets though.That’s what I fear about my parents doing…
Here are some resources:
- PFLAG (International)
- Hetrick Martin Institute (NYC)
- The Ali Forney Center (NYC)
- Albert Kennedy Trust– UK
- Diversity Role Models–UK
- Rainbow Rooms – UK
- Push Project – UK
- BLAH LGBT Youth – Norfolk, UK
- LGBT Youth Northwest – UK
- LGBT Youth – Scotland
- LGBT Cymru Helpline – Wales, UK
- Covenant House – Latin America
- Dream Bridge Exchange – Toronto
- Michael Causer Foundation – Liverpool
- Camden LGBT Forum – London
- LGBT Jigsaw – London
- Twenty 10 – Australia
- Youth Project – Nova Scotia
- Minus 18 Youth – Australia
- Misc. Youth – Calgary
- LGBT Ungdom – Denmark
- Rainbow Youth – New Zealand
- Youth Line – Ontario
Resources for anyone who might need them.
Remembering the unvarnished truth of Mandela’s words means refusing to let anybody sanitize his legacy. As the United States attempts to piggyback on Mandela’s revolutionary spirit, never forget that it was the CIA who helped jail him for 28 years. His sentiments toward our imperialist government reflect what our government remorselessly tries to keep we citizens from seeing, that indeed ”…the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like" regardless of who we harm in the process.
Here are a few more quotes we are unlikely to see in the mainstream press:
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers."