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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.

as-howarth asked:

Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?

fishingboatproceeds:

zaielle:

fishingboatproceeds:

I guess I am both happy and sad.

I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.

But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.

Imagine a world where people only die if they know about death. 

(How quickly) would everyone become immortal? What do you think will happen? Will there come a point wherein everyone hides the the concept of death from a generation and the concept will die out? Can you even do that? You can’t teach any form of history, or even family trees, because every previous generation has died (what about pets and other animals? is it only human mortality that counts?). Infant mortality would drop to zero though. 

If people only can die if they know death exist, would anything change at all? 

And so a novel was born.

Patriarchy 101

1. Only bring up men’s issues as a way to derail a conversation about women’s issues.

2. Claim “reverse sexism” when it comes to women making inappropriate jokes about men, but say things like “it’s just a fucking joke” or “don’t be so uptight” when making sexist comments about women.

3. Ignore hundreds of years of history

4. Say things like, “I don’t put people into groups! I’m color blind!” In order to completely ignore the fact the the playing field is severely tipped in favor of certain groups.

5. Only look at situations on the surface and a superficial level (ie: maybe the fact men don’t report abuse is because they don’t want to be seen as weak, submissive….or, gasp, like a woman).

6. Completely justify using sexist language by stating, “it’s just a joke” or “I say this stuff with my buddies”.

7. Do everything you can to in some way blame a woman for her rape or assault while at the same time sympathizing with the rapist.

8. Post misogynistic, sexist, harassing videos, blogs, comments, etc and then when you catch heat just claim it was a “social experiment”

9. Use terms “like a girl….” to mean “like a fucking slow, stupid, inept, bitchy, second class human being.”

10. Completely don’t understand the concept of privilege and how being born white, male, heterosexual, and in a first world country basically means you’ve won the lottery on life without trying.

Feel free to add your own!

#whyIneedfeminism

heidioftheopera:

So I knew that today was going to be David Bowie Day (in Chicago in honor of David Bowie Is), so I had already been planning on wearing this shirt today, despite living in Massachusetts. Last night, however, I learned that today is also Bisexual Visibility Day and, while Bowie himself is not openly bisexual, I found it highly appropriate that my shirt is (sort of) the colors of the Bi Pride flag! So now I can celebrate two things near and dear to my heart! lol
Happy Bisexual Visibility Day and David Bowie Day, everyone!

My BFF :)
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heidioftheopera:

So I knew that today was going to be David Bowie Day (in Chicago in honor of David Bowie Is), so I had already been planning on wearing this shirt today, despite living in Massachusetts. Last night, however, I learned that today is also Bisexual Visibility Day and, while Bowie himself is not openly bisexual, I found it highly appropriate that my shirt is (sort of) the colors of the Bi Pride flag! So now I can celebrate two things near and dear to my heart! lol

Happy Bisexual Visibility Day and David Bowie Day, everyone!

My BFF :)

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