naturepunk:

Apparently, in an attempt to paint Michael Brown as anything less than innocent, people have been spreading an image of an armed 17-year-old Joda Cain around the web and claiming that it’s Michael Brown.

Joda Cain is accused of murder in my home state of Oregon, and has literally jack shit to do with the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, Missouri. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE. Anyone using the above image as “proof” that Michael Brown “deserved” to be shot should be called out for defamation, and promptly thrown down a spiral staircase. 

The bottom photo is the real Michael Brown. He was called a “gentle giant” by friends and family. He was unarmed and innocent, and he was murdered by a police officer after being shot more than seven times at close range. Witnesses, including a friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, all agree that he was doing nothing deserving of such violent actions from the officer who gunned him down. 

merryweatherblue:

I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture. 

So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome. 

So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.

Today is my last day in my current position. It’s proving to be very bittersweet. Sure, the job put me on medication, but these people have kept me sane.

electradaddy:

And, when done in public, it’s an enormous heterosexual privilege. 

There’s not one gay person, if they’re being honest, that hasn’t worried about their physical safety or feared having slurs hurled at them if they choose to hold hands in public with their romantic interest.

With few exceptions, heterosexuals never have to think about the act of hand holding, wondering if they’ll be safe from harm or insults if they do clasp hands. 

Such a simple act that remains out of reach for many gay couples. So, don’t take your privilege for granted. 

h/t bumbleeebeees

electradaddy:

And, when done in public, it’s an enormous heterosexual privilege.

There’s not one gay person, if they’re being honest, that hasn’t worried about their physical safety or feared having slurs hurled at them if they choose to hold hands in public with their romantic interest.

With few exceptions, heterosexuals never have to think about the act of hand holding, wondering if they’ll be safe from harm or insults if they do clasp hands.

Such a simple act that remains out of reach for many gay couples. So, don’t take your privilege for granted.

h/t bumbleeebeees

Here’s a general rule. When an insult is directed at a woman, consider how it would have sounded directed at a man. If the result is ridiculous, then it’s probably sexist.

A Reason To Love

how2beadad:

Tonight, my son fell asleep next to me. I chose to ignore the pain in the world for an hour and disconnected myself from everything. Just listened to him breathe. There are parents out there who won’t get to hear their children breathe tonight, much less go to college or speak…