Today a customer threatened to kill me for every green onion they found on their hashbrowns. Kill me, repeatedly, apparently by utilizing their ability to bring people back from the dead.



Photoville Continues

Today marks the start of the second weekend of Photoville, which takes place near Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City. See an exhibition of work by our core Reportage photographers on a wide array of topics, from the war in Syria to the Olympics in Sochi. Another highlight will be Saturday’s panel discussion about the work of late Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, whose work appears in a new book, Testament. Photographers Mario Tama and Todd Heisler will join Getty Images’ director of photography Sandy Ciric and Pancho Bernasconi, the vice president of Getty Images News, to discuss Chris’s life and legacy.

See more of the Photoville schedule on its website. It continues through Sunday.


Basic Ideas of Oppression


Hi. It’s AnUnusualVisitor again.

Lately, I’ve been seeing some things that have been making me feel slightly depressed. Things that I feel I can’t speak up against and be heard. To help improve my mood and, hopefully, educate people in some way, I have decided to give some basic ideas and create some diagrams concerning oppression. For the sake of this post, I’m going to use sexism, but you can probably apply these concepts to almost any form of oppression.

Also, keep in mind that oppression is a complicated thing that can be described in many ways. This is just a means of simplifying the concepts so that they’re easier to understand.

Here we go.

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"So let’s imagine you have a father and the father has a compatible kidney, and you have a child, an innocent child, who needs the kidney. Is the church ready to force the father to give the kidney, to save the child’s life?" she says, recounting her reply to the Vatican. "That the right to life of the child takes precedence over the right to self-determination to his own body, of the father? And that was my question I sent to Rome in 2009."

This woman is my new hero







Fitness magazines don’t help us get fit. Gazing at images of caricatured breasts, buttocks and biceps gives you the impression this is how a fit body should look, that every fit body needs to be shaped in the same vein. Fitness magazines use exactly these images to “inspire” women to look this way. Yet most of us can’t identify with what we are looking at because we don’t believe ordinary us could ever be them. 

[…] What are we teaching our young women who want desperately to believe that they too can be as ripped and shredded? They don’t realize what it takes to look so tight. They want to be there and harm themselves to reach an almost unattainable ideal. When will it be acceptable to lift heavy, building confidence and brainpower while strengthening your body, not concerning yourself with how cute your bottom looks in booty shorts?

[…] Being fit in a functional rather than sexual way means you are entirely capable of being powerful no matter what your height, bust size, shoe size or hair color. You are empowered from the depths of your DNA because you did the work, you earned your place and you walk confidently because of it. A functionally fit You welcomes all sizes, shapes and colors, your boobs and butt are incidental. What we really need to build in the gym is a sense of self and what we are capable of.

!!! But add boys/men


We’re talking about women right now. 

Or we can talk about everybody because there’s an unrealistic expectation for men as well as women

A word to everyone who reblogs posts with responses like the above:

If you actually cared about men’s issues, you wouldn’t tack them on as an afterthought to a woman’s conversation: You’d instead be actively engaging in dialogues that explore the nuances of men’s problems in society. You wouldn’t simply wait until a woman is speaking and then shout “Yeah, men too!” You’d talk about these things independently and give men the attention that they deserve as individuals, instead of waiting for a woman to do the work, shouldering her aside and then insisting that men be given a spot on the stage too. 

If you actually cared about women’s issues, you wouldn’t demand that they give up their space. You’d recognize that conversations by women and about women are perfectly valid. When a woman is talking about her personal experiences and the way social pressures have affected her life, you wouldn’t allow her to be interrupted or derailed. You wouldn’t actively talk over her or steal away attention, focusing on issues that are outside of her point, until the conversation drifts so far away that you aren’t even discussing women anymore. 

So both now and in the future, my answer here is going to remain the same: Can we talk about everyone?


We’re still talking about women right now. 



The General Of Kenya’s Mau Mau Uprising: Beyond Western Portrayals Of A Broken Africa


Among the most fertile land in Kenya lives a 92-year old man named Japhlet Thambu, whose tea farmhouse doors face towards the sacred Mount Kenya. Among these hills he is known as “The General” and from 1952 to 1960 he helped lead an uprising against British Colonial rule that came to be known as the Mau Mau Rebellion.

Mau Mau was a derogatory term used by the British to discredit the Kenya Land And Freedom Army, but in response the KLFA adopted this acronym, replacing its meaning with the words  “Mzungu Aende Ulaya, Mwafrika Apate Uhuru”. This translates into English as “Let the foreigner go back abroad, let the African regain independence”…read full article

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