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But you have friends.

(A long silence.)

You have a lot of friends.

What do you offer your friends to make them so supportive?

(A long silence.)

What do you offer your friends to make them so supportive?

(A long silence.)

What do you offer?

(Silence.)

— Sarah Kane, 4:48 Psychosis

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guardian:

Swiss photographer René Burri has died at the age of 81. Burri became an associate of Magnum in 1955 and travelled almost incessantly for the next two decades.

Here are two of his most famous photographs, which feature Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso.

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fun fact: no. nothing is fun. nothing is factual. life is uncertain and sad. good day.

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this shit is untenable lmao

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We have to say that this unabating “hormone testing hysteria” is not about fairness or having a “level playing field” for athletic competitors. It’s about transphobia spiked with no small amount of racism. There is a long tradition in women’s athletics – particularly women’s track and field – where black women as well as women with non-female conforming features, have been looked upon with consternation, derision, and in the end, persecution. In the late 1940s, an Olympic official, Norman Cox, said that in the case of women of African descent, “The International Olympic Committee should create a special category of competition for them — the unfairly advantaged ‘hermaphrodites’ who regularly defeated ‘normal women,’ those less skilled ‘child bearing’ types with ‘largish breasts, wide hips and knocked knees.” By 1964, “sex-testing”, which started as women athletes lining up naked for full-body inspections, had become Olympic protocol for all prospective women competitors.

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Dutee Chand is now confronting not just 21st century officials, but decades of backward scientific thought that belongs in history’s dustbin. Fear of non-gender conformity – transphobia - and racism are now Dutee Chand’s greatest opponents: opponents she provoked merely by saying that she wanted to run without having to go under the surgeon’s knife.

— Dave Zirin, Stop Surgical Violence Against Women Athletes—and Let Dutee Run!

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maybenotboring:

I wonder if obnoxious white nu-atheists know that “devil’s advocate” is literally a role in the sainthood process of the catholic church lmao

the other name for the Devil’s Advocate (whose role it is to doubt a candidate’s qualifications for canonization) is “Promoter of Faith” but nobody tell the atheist shits masturbating to Dawkins and Harris

posted on 21.10.14 For those of you who don’t know

debrides:

licoriceplease:

First/second/third world terminology refers to whether or not a country was allied with the US during the Cold War. First world = allied; second world = opposed; third world = neutral

It literally has nothing to do with how “developed” a country is

These terms are outdated and we need to stop using them

GOD, PLEASE.

that’s sort of an overly-simplistic perspective. the reason we still use first/third world is because it was assumed that nations not ‘sponsored’ by a superpower (either the US or the USSR) were more primitive (culturally and economically). they’re definitely problematic definitions, but it’s not like the association of “third world = underdeveloped” came out of nowhere, given the “development” was being done by major world powers.

honestly I subscribe to the argument put forward by, among others, Michael Parenti that we shouldn’t see the “third world” as “underdeveloped” but rather as “overexploited”

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I wonder if obnoxious white nu-atheists know that “devil’s advocate” is literally a role in the sainthood process of the catholic church lmao

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I’m fascinated by which memes have staying power, which don’t, and which pop back to life in little bursts. like I just remembered the “I liked [x] before it was cool” and how it morphed for a time into “I liked [x] before [y]”  before dying out

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