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Jul 20 '14

Dear internet,

trailofdesire:

magpieandwhale:

trailofdesire:

emilysidhe:

ambienne:

Please give me all the advice you have on writing cover letters. Like, the closer you can get to literally just writing a cover letter for me, the better. Ok bye.

This is how I did the one for my librarian position.  I hope it helps.

Dear Person Hiring for this Job,

I am writing to ask you to consider me for X position.  This is a paragraph about why I want to do X position in general.  It includes at least one personal detail and at least one job skill I consider a particular strength.  It argues that I am passionate about this career.  It is not long.

I have had the opportunity to gain experience in this job by - paragraph about my work or study experience.  It should go from most recent experience back.  Include some details about your responsibilities/achievements in your most recent or most important positions.  If you have mostly study experience, give more detail about what exactly you studied.  If you shadowed people, mention that.  If your work experience is largely unrelated, try to shoehorn some of it in (e.g. I gained experience working with people by).  You can supplement with relevant hobbies.  (But if you do have recent, relevant work experience, you should largely be detailing that.  Only embroider the other stuff if you need to flesh it out.)  This should be the longest paragraph.

I hope you will consider allowing me to do X thing at your company.  This is a few sentences about why I want to work at your company in particular and what I think I could bring.  Try to mention at least one detail from the company website, so they know you visited it.  This is a short paragraph that parallels the first one.

Thank you very much for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Person You Would Be a Fool Not to At Least Interview

oh my god thank you this is relevant to current interests

Two other points, to challenge what’s being said above a little:

1) Remember that the person reading this cover letter wants to know how you can contribute to the company. Not how excited you are about the position: it’s all about what they gain. Try framing the whole thing in that sense — “You would gain my X awesome skill that would help you Y with your mission.” “Here’s why I’m awesome and a great fit for making your company go better.”

2) At the end, ask for the interview. “I am available at PHONE NUMBER at your convenience. I look forward to speaking with you about this great opportunity soon.” Maybe even say you’ll be following up at a specific time and date. Ask for the job. People respond to that, and it’s a good way to fake confidence until you make it. Ask for the job.

Okay, three points. People reading cover letters get SO BORED going through them. Think about starting off with a story that relates to why you’re interested in the job, or that demonstrates a skill or a strong interest that would make you a good candidate. Be memorable — people remember stories, even (maybe especially) very little ones.

*hoards advice*

Jul 16 '14
senioragentblue:

lazyscience:

fierceawakening:

poeticrican:

grrrls-fighting-back:

"My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share"
Michael is a friend, I’m asking that you all take the time to share this. He desperately needs a bone marrow donor and there is very limited number of African American donors. Without a donor Michael is going to die.
Michael was adopted and does not know his birth family. We know he has a half brother but have no information about him.
He does not specifically need an African American Donor but because of all of the things that factor into finding a match (blood type, dna tissue etc.) , someone of similar descent is more likely to be a closer match.
If anyone knows anything about Michael’s birth family or if you would like to see if you are a match, please privately message me. I can put you in touch with him and his caregivers directly!
We hope through spreading awareness we can either find his birth family whom he does not know or find a donor match. Michael lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. Please dont just like this or scroll past. Please share this! You could save his life!

BOOST. Its so hard for Black people to find donors.

Signal boost

http://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/Join-the-marrow-registry/ At this link there is information about what is entailed for possibly becoming a donor, your chances of actually being a donor for someone, and what it would require in terms of your time and effort. Not everyone is able to make the commitment and there’s nothing wrong with that - but if you can, you could literally be the difference between life and death for Michael and people like him especially if you are of African descent - that is the group that is right now least likely to have a donor match already available in the registry:


SIGNAL BOOST.

senioragentblue:

lazyscience:

fierceawakening:

poeticrican:

grrrls-fighting-back:

"My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share"

Michael is a friend, I’m asking that you all take the time to share this. He desperately needs a bone marrow donor and there is very limited number of African American donors. Without a donor Michael is going to die.

Michael was adopted and does not know his birth family. We know he has a half brother but have no information about him.

He does not specifically need an African American Donor but because of all of the things that factor into finding a match (blood type, dna tissue etc.) , someone of similar descent is more likely to be a closer match.

If anyone knows anything about Michael’s birth family or if you would like to see if you are a match, please privately message me. I can put you in touch with him and his caregivers directly!

We hope through spreading awareness we can either find his birth family whom he does not know or find a donor match. Michael lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. Please dont just like this or scroll past. Please share this! You could save his life!

BOOST. Its so hard for Black people to find donors.

Signal boost

http://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/Join-the-marrow-registry/ At this link there is information about what is entailed for possibly becoming a donor, your chances of actually being a donor for someone, and what it would require in terms of your time and effort. Not everyone is able to make the commitment and there’s nothing wrong with that - but if you can, you could literally be the difference between life and death for Michael and people like him especially if you are of African descent - that is the group that is right now least likely to have a donor match already available in the registry:

SIGNAL BOOST.

Jul 14 '14

writerforgondor:

fleurdulys:

lediableaquatre:

themindofshmell:

+fleurdulys:

also wow before cursing capitalism and telling yourself communism is better please ask yourself if your capitalist country made you wait hours in line just to get food or if you know what food rations mean because i do and my parents do or if you know how it’s like to do your homework having nothing but a candle as light because the electricity was rationed or if you know how it’s like to freeze in winter because the gas was cut… or if you know how it’s like to look at your neighbour or your friend or even your own relative and wonder if he or she works for Securitate and whether or not you can tell him a joke without being thrown in prison

also if you were very sad about bucky barnes’ fate in captain america 2 pls know that ‘reeducation’ and brainwashing actually happened and what you’ve seen in captain america is a trip to the park compared to what some people had to suffer

and before you tell me ‘but that’s not communism’ please tell me a country where communism actually worked and people didn’t die in prisons for speaking against it, weren’t forced to give up their fucking houses ( normal houses. the house where they were born and their parents were born) and intellectuals weren’t exiled or killed. please tell me a country where communism didn’t destroy people’s lives for speaking against it. oh you can’t, but in the meantime you can talk shit about capitalism all you like and no one’s throwing your ass in prison.

or people being afraid to speak in their own houses because they were afraid they might be listened through the telephone (which was compulsory to have), or  going to jail for life because the neighbour had a grudge on you and told the Securitate that you spoke against the system, or not being able to practice any religion, or not being allowed an abortion without having 4 births before, or living in horror orphanages if you were physically/mentally disabled or your parents didn’t want you, or being sent to jail/psychiatry hospital if you were gay ( because being gay was illegal) in order to be “re-educated”, or having to introduce something praising the communist party in any form of art you created, or not having acces to books, movies, TV, music, products  information from the West whatsoever, I mean the only place people could drink Pepsi in the country was Constanta, because there were foreign tourists there, and speaking of foreigners/minorities, the Securitate would ask ( ask haha) you to spy on your friends/colleagues/neighbours if they were Jewish,  Arabian or any other ethnicity/nationality.

And when we asked our history teacher why the people rioted against the system in 1989, do you know what he said?  He didn’t say “because they wanted freedom”, he said ” because they were starving”. 

Thinking about it,  simply being on Tumblr and talking to someone from the US and reblogging about female reproductive rights  and shipping Johnlock would have broken a shitload of communist laws, but go ahead, romanticize communism. 

  #this isn’t an opinion on communism ffs    #this is actual communist history    #this is our parents’ and our grandparents’ history  

#THIS is exactly what communists on this site fail to understand #you’re there from the top of your american views fighting capitalism and its evils #and capitalism has evils #and do not understand that when people talk about the horrors of communism they’re not talking like you are #they’re not talk about something that is abstract #they’re not talking about ideas #when people insist on the practical aspect of communism how it was enforced they’re talking about people who died who were tortured they’re talking about their families because it happened only 30 years ago #and if you dismiss that by saying that ‘that’s not real communism’ #you’re being not just ignorant but also a huge ass to those people you’re spitting in their face and in their suffering #Stop talking about idealism and abstractions when in the name of this ideology thousands were tortured and killed #stop speaking about ideals when people are trying to speak about what really happened

I had an idiot friend of mine who tried to convince me that Communism was a good thing and I felt ready to throw a history book at his face. He tried to convince me that communism economy were better and that it really wasn’t evil, that it was just an economic system. He also tried to tell me that economies under communism were better then capitalist countries. And. I cannot tell you how angry I was. 

Because. Yes. Communist economies have worked SO WELL. YEAH. 

Because, millions certainly didn’t “die” under communist regimes. nooo. 

I mean. You’d have to live under a rock not to understand how terrible communism is. 

People really do need to stop thinking commuism is some amazing and great thing. Because its not. Its evil and its ugly and many, many lives have been lost due to it

Jul 13 '14
henchkobun21:

With all the Batgirl fanart going around right now, it seems like a very important time to post some art of Oracle.
The state of women’s costumes in comics is terrible, the new Batgirl costume is nice. 
But there was a price, it was incredibly high, and people need to remember that.  DC wants people to forget that they’ve virtually removed people with disabilities from their little world. They want fans to forget that there were readers with disabilities literally begging the company not to take away their representation, and DC ignored them. So it’s up to us to make sure people remember.
This piece was penciled by Jackson Guice and colored by Tom Smith.

henchkobun21:

With all the Batgirl fanart going around right now, it seems like a very important time to post some art of Oracle.

The state of women’s costumes in comics is terrible, the new Batgirl costume is nice. 

But there was a price, it was incredibly high, and people need to remember that.  DC wants people to forget that they’ve virtually removed people with disabilities from their little world. They want fans to forget that there were readers with disabilities literally begging the company not to take away their representation, and DC ignored them. So it’s up to us to make sure people remember.

This piece was penciled by Jackson Guice and colored by Tom Smith.

Mar 12 '14

strongblackbrotha:

Yes I did reblog this 6 times. Your lucky if this isn’t on your dash everyday.

(Source: owning-my-truth)

Mar 3 '14
msfuckthefuture:

I know Lupita is a big achievement. But I want to tell you how much Alfonso Cuarón’s win means to us latinamericans. It’s because of this. Because racism also goes this way.

msfuckthefuture:

I know Lupita is a big achievement. But I want to tell you how much Alfonso Cuarón’s win means to us latinamericans. It’s because of this. Because racism also goes this way.

Oct 15 '13

This woman honestly humbles me. And I use the word woman and not girl, even though she is several years younger than I am, because she’s seen and lived through things that I, and most of us, can scarcely imagine. She’s literally almost died for her cause, been shot in the head, and yet she isn’t giving up, isn’t trying to hide, and even more amazingly than that, she hasn’t let it make her a bitter or cruel person. I just… I don’t have words for how admirable she is.

And I highly suggest you all watch the full interview:

The Daily Show: Extended Interview: Malala Yousafzai

(Source: stupidfuckingquestions)

Sep 1 '13
Apr 29 '13
thecrowtheyfear:

rarely-pure-never-simple:

thecornercoffeeshoppe:

hickshannary:

small-and-misunderstood:

Saw this somewhere else and felt the need to post it cause no one else ever really tells you this stuff

My mom never really noticed. She noticed when she was breast feeding my little brother and blood started coming out instead of milk. 

My mom said she felt and saw a little lump in the shower. She was lucky enough she found it at stage 2

My mom had a mammogram. The radiologist thought the spots were just regular calcium deposits. 
Turns out it was triple negative breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nods. Mastectomy, radiation and chemo saved her life.
This could SAVE a life.

All of this. My mother always got her mammogram screenings and even got ultrasounds but it wasn’t noticed until it had reached stage 2. Mastectomy, and now she’s in chemo, with radiation and pills coming after that. Don’t fuck around with breast cancer, just don’t.

thecrowtheyfear:

rarely-pure-never-simple:

thecornercoffeeshoppe:

hickshannary:

small-and-misunderstood:

Saw this somewhere else and felt the need to post it cause no one else ever really tells you this stuff

My mom never really noticed. She noticed when she was breast feeding my little brother and blood started coming out instead of milk. 

My mom said she felt and saw a little lump in the shower. She was lucky enough she found it at stage 2

My mom had a mammogram. The radiologist thought the spots were just regular calcium deposits. 

Turns out it was triple negative breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nods. Mastectomy, radiation and chemo saved her life.

This could SAVE a life.

All of this. My mother always got her mammogram screenings and even got ultrasounds but it wasn’t noticed until it had reached stage 2. Mastectomy, and now she’s in chemo, with radiation and pills coming after that. Don’t fuck around with breast cancer, just don’t.

Apr 11 '13

Bisexuality Explained From a Bisexual’s Point of View

helenawaynehuntress:

Inspired by a post I saw on katebishophawkeye’s blog.

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Jan 21 '13

foreverjoyous:

1stepclosertobeingacrazycatlady:

ashleeta:

thelingerieaddict:

I cannot believe Curvy Kate’s audacity to outright steal the work of a high school student for some insipid marketing message.

Shame on you, Curvy Kate. Shame on you.

Via: The Curvy Kate Facebook Page

Original image via: Rosea Posey

SIGNAL BOOST RIP THEM A NEW ONE TUMBLR!

I’m sorry to say it, but I like the ad more, mostly because it isn’t saying that you are a whore for wearing a short skirt. And doesn’t “asking for it” totally go against the whole anti-rape campaign that has taken over Tumblr. Granted I might be saying all this only because I can’t seem to find a cute skirt that would cover even the “flirty” part of my legs. Even my long ass “prudish” skirts ride up to a “cheeky” level.

Actually, I took the student’s work as a way to say that this kind of labeling is wrong. Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought the point of the project was to portray how people tend to view women by the length of the skirt they where.

Also, the AD still includes the word “prudish” which upsets me. I personally usually where skirts at that length.

^ I agree. I feel like the original was purposely calling attention to how stupid this way of thinking is, that we draw arbitrary lines about people’s skirt lengths and slap judgmental labels on them because of it. (And this is coming from someone who embraces religious modesty law.) In fact, if you click on the link to the original (above), the artist says exactly that:

"Working on this project really made me examine my own opinions, preconceptions and prejudices about “slutty” women and women who choose to cover all of their skin alike. I used to assume that all women who wore Hijabs were being oppressed, slut-shame, and look down on and judge any woman who didn’t express her sexuality in a way that found appropriate.

I’d like to think I’m more open now.”

The ad, on the other hand, feels like it’s just taking these labels at face value. Which is not only plagiarism, it’s completely missing the point of the original piece. They purposely removed that ‘offensive’ labels (“whore”, “slut”, “asking for it”), and in doing so, they managed to erase the original meaning, being that the image is supposed to MAKE YOU THINK about these labels. Not ENDORSE them.

As for the fact that you wear skirts at the “prudish” length, Joy, so do I - and what of it? Calling women “prudes” (BTW, the term originally came from Old French, and meant “a good, virtuous woman” - it comes from the same root as ‘proud’) is just shaming us for not giving men what they feel they’re ‘entitled’ to. It’s as meaningless and offensive as telling a woman she’s “asking for it” if she wears a skirt that’s too short. Terms like ‘prude’ and ‘slut’ are flipsides of the same coin - the idea that a woman whose choices about sexuality don’t conform to some narrow standard needs to be shamed for it. And no matter where you fall on the “modesty” spectrum, that’s something we need to fight against. ALL women are deserving of respect.

Dec 20 '12

bluepeets:

writeswrongs:

Hi, just your local Mayan here reminding you the world isn’t ending tomorrow.  

Also, that Mayans still exist.

And finally, that we have a language that is still spoken, and written, and that our science and other studies have developed with time and we’re not some stone age group of savages carving shit into rocks for all eternity just so some iztacchuatl will find it and tell us white jesus is gonna end the world when our calender stops working for her.

gringos impitzoyos.

:)

Nov 2 '12
heydontworrybehappy:

anto1404:


This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you get when you stand up to a man who beats his young girlfriend in public. Not the black eye, not the broken nose, but the sense of being a fucking great human being.
Earlier today while I was waiting for the bus I witnessed a man walk up to his girlfriend, who couldn’t have been older than 18, kick her handbag, spit on her and scream in her face that she was a cunt. He walked back into the bus shelter after telling her she was worthless and pathetic and kicking her in the gut then as she tried to follow he turned around to grab her. I got in between them and told him that he should never EVER spit on a woman, hit her or talk to her in that way. He laughed in my face and said he would “fuck me up”. I looked him square in the eye and told him that I was not afraid of him. He proceeded to scream obscenities at her as I took her away from him, then he shouted to me that he could walk round the corner to get people to kill me. Feeling defiant, I said “go on, I dare you, there’re plenty of people around to witness it.” The prick then walked right up to me and head butted me in the nose. I am now sporting a swollen face and the beginnings of a black eye but the police took swabs from my nose to get his DNA and they know exactly who he is. Cunt’s going down for assault. Motherfuckers don’t treat women like that and get away with it. I feel heroic.


That’s right bitches. Women deserve respect. 

Am I the only one who has an issue with this?
Okay. You stood up to that guy. That was good, and brave. That is not the problem here.
The problem is: Why are you so happy about it?
You just witnessed a woman be horribly hurt by someone she is in a close relationship with (I don’t know how you know that she was his girlfriend, and not, say, his ex, but I’ll assume you had some definite way of knowing this and operate under that presumption). You intervened, but even assuming that there really will be legal repercussions for this (which is by no means certain), it will presumably happen again (and the woman was still hurt, even though you stepped in). Her boyfriend may even take out his anger over what happened with you on her later on. You’ve become aware of someone who is in a nightmare situation, and yet you are smiling and happy about it. Why? Because you feel heroic.
You are making this about yourself, when it should be about her.
And I get it, I really do. You did something great, you were strong and courageous and stood up for honorable ideals, and you feel good about it. I understand that. It’s only natural.
But the question is: What is your focus going to be? It seems to me that your focus here is not “I just saw a horrific act of abuse, and I am horrified and disgusted by it, and I feel terrible about what this poor woman went through and in all likelihood will continue to go through”, and more “I fought back against this abuse, and I am awesome”. And you know what? What you did was awesome. But that’s not the point. The point is, why are you focusing on how great you feel about what you did, and not on the feelings of the victim in this situation - the person whose feelings, one would think, matter most of all?
How did this woman feel about any of this? Did she thank you for what you did, afterwards? Did she say anything to you? Or to the boyfriend? Did she have any thoughts or feelings about this at all? One would have to assume that she did, but I’d never know it, because your post doesn’t mention it at all. She’s barely present in your story. It’s all about you and her boyfriend. And I realize that that’s probably because she wasn’t saying much, and you don’t know what was going on in her head, but surely this is what really matters in the scenario? Did you stay with her afterwards and make sure she was alright? Did anyone? Where did she even go after this? We’ll never know, because apparently that just wasn’t what was important to you here.
Maybe I’m wrong, here. But don’t you think it’s just a tad insensitive to be quite so smiley and happy, when you’ve just seen someone so horrifically hurt? If she comes back in three months and she’s out of the abusive relationship and much happier because of your help, then sure, I can see happiness as the correct response here. But right afterwards? When she’s, as far as one can tell, still in the abusive relationship? Are you being empathetic towards her feelings, or are you only focusing on yours?
I know what it looks like I’m seeing, and I don’t like it.

heydontworrybehappy:

anto1404:

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you get when you stand up to a man who beats his young girlfriend in public. Not the black eye, not the broken nose, but the sense of being a fucking great human being.

Earlier today while I was waiting for the bus I witnessed a man walk up to his girlfriend, who couldn’t have been older than 18, kick her handbag, spit on her and scream in her face that she was a cunt. He walked back into the bus shelter after telling her she was worthless and pathetic and kicking her in the gut then as she tried to follow he turned around to grab her. I got in between them and told him that he should never EVER spit on a woman, hit her or talk to her in that way. He laughed in my face and said he would “fuck me up”. I looked him square in the eye and told him that I was not afraid of him. He proceeded to scream obscenities at her as I took her away from him, then he shouted to me that he could walk round the corner to get people to kill me. Feeling defiant, I said “go on, I dare you, there’re plenty of people around to witness it.” The prick then walked right up to me and head butted me in the nose. I am now sporting a swollen face and the beginnings of a black eye but the police took swabs from my nose to get his DNA and they know exactly who he is. Cunt’s going down for assault. Motherfuckers don’t treat women like that and get away with it. I feel heroic.

That’s right bitches. Women deserve respect. 

Am I the only one who has an issue with this?

Okay. You stood up to that guy. That was good, and brave. That is not the problem here.

The problem is: Why are you so happy about it?

You just witnessed a woman be horribly hurt by someone she is in a close relationship with (I don’t know how you know that she was his girlfriend, and not, say, his ex, but I’ll assume you had some definite way of knowing this and operate under that presumption). You intervened, but even assuming that there really will be legal repercussions for this (which is by no means certain), it will presumably happen again (and the woman was still hurt, even though you stepped in). Her boyfriend may even take out his anger over what happened with you on her later on. You’ve become aware of someone who is in a nightmare situation, and yet you are smiling and happy about it. Why? Because you feel heroic.

You are making this about yourself, when it should be about her.

And I get it, I really do. You did something great, you were strong and courageous and stood up for honorable ideals, and you feel good about it. I understand that. It’s only natural.

But the question is: What is your focus going to be? It seems to me that your focus here is not “I just saw a horrific act of abuse, and I am horrified and disgusted by it, and I feel terrible about what this poor woman went through and in all likelihood will continue to go through”, and more “I fought back against this abuse, and I am awesome”. And you know what? What you did was awesome. But that’s not the point. The point is, why are you focusing on how great you feel about what you did, and not on the feelings of the victim in this situation - the person whose feelings, one would think, matter most of all?

How did this woman feel about any of this? Did she thank you for what you did, afterwards? Did she say anything to you? Or to the boyfriend? Did she have any thoughts or feelings about this at all? One would have to assume that she did, but I’d never know it, because your post doesn’t mention it at all. She’s barely present in your story. It’s all about you and her boyfriend. And I realize that that’s probably because she wasn’t saying much, and you don’t know what was going on in her head, but surely this is what really matters in the scenario? Did you stay with her afterwards and make sure she was alright? Did anyone? Where did she even go after this? We’ll never know, because apparently that just wasn’t what was important to you here.

Maybe I’m wrong, here. But don’t you think it’s just a tad insensitive to be quite so smiley and happy, when you’ve just seen someone so horrifically hurt? If she comes back in three months and she’s out of the abusive relationship and much happier because of your help, then sure, I can see happiness as the correct response here. But right afterwards? When she’s, as far as one can tell, still in the abusive relationship? Are you being empathetic towards her feelings, or are you only focusing on yours?

I know what it looks like I’m seeing, and I don’t like it.

(Source: rememberyourbones)

Sep 9 '12

If I mistake you for a white person because of the way you talk to me or the manner in which you engage in discourse on race/racism…

nahchillhomebro:

monkeysaurus:

nahchillhomebro:

darkjez:

it says a lot more about you than it does me, trust. 

Pretty sure all it does is prove that one truly does make an ass out of his/herself when they assume.

what attributes make one a “white” person in the first place? What attributes make one “black”? And more so…. you know what? There are just too many things wrong with this post, I can’t even attempt to address it all…..

Karla I love you.

I really don’t understand how people can not understand how racist it is to talk this way.

Essentially… you’re saying you want to spread positivity about POC, but you want to define what it means to be a POC. It’s not up to every member of a certain race to define what that means to them, it’s only up to you to define.

You want POC’s voices to be heard, but only POC who happen to share your exact opinion.

I’m sorry, no. That is ridiculous. It is one thing to tell someone who’s white that they can’t understand an issue like a POC can because of privilege; but if you use the same argument on a POC just because you don’t like their opinion, all you are doing is silencing that POC. Which is enough of a problem already. That POC’s opinion is just as valid as yours.

The idea of condemning POC for being “too white” is just as problematic as condemning women/feminists for being traditionally feminine. You are trying to dictate what it means to be a woman/POC to someone who should have just as much right to define that for his or herself as you do.

If you truly want to overcome discrimination and oppression, you have to allow minorities to speak for themselves - and that means every member of the minority. Not just the ones who have the opinion you think is the “right” one.

Sep 9 '12

Interested in Romani “Gypsy” culture? Read all of this first!

thearcanetheory:

namastelulu:

(This was taken from my page over at thisisnotgypsy.tumblr.com. I have not been a good admin over there, because, frankly I am tired of explaining. When I become untired, I may begin posting again. I have to remember that it is not my job to educate anyone..but I do try, and it is exhausting.)

First and foremost: THE WORD “GYPSY” IS AN ETHNIC SLUR. It is a pejorative. It is an exonym that is hurtful and offensive. You need to accept this, period.

We are NOT your halloween costume.
We are NOT your flowy skirt.
We are NOT your fashion sense.
We are NOT your wanderlust.
We are NOT “boho.”

Gypsy is not fashion
Gypsy is not traveling
Gypsy is not a headband
or a costume
or boho
or a long skirt

Gypsy is a hurtful ethnic slur used to refer to the Romani people.

We are a real people, with traditions, culture, and colorful heritage that spans centuries.

Suggested Reading/Interested in Romani culture?

I decided it might be a good idea to put up a suggested reading list here. If youre interested in Romani culture, I highly suggest you read the following:

Dear Tattoo Artists (from this Tumblr)

“Gypsy” and Bohemian fashion. (from gadjedile.tumblr.com)

From gypsyappropriations.blogspot.com:
What its like to be a Gypsy: Crash Course
The Truth About Gypsy Life
The problem with the word Gypsy
…and pretty much every other article on this blog!

Im sorry, but no you cannot, and never will you be. by biggadjeworld.tumblr.com

The Pariah Syndrome by Ian Hancock

Roma Persecution in Europe from Amnesty International

Wikipedias entry on Anti-Ziganism (anti Gypsy sentiment)

Aj-Rromale, a Tumblr Blog

(in the tags I have included some words in which I often see “Gypsy” grouped with in hopes of spreading knowledge to people who group these words together)

FUCKING THIS^^^^^

Seriously, everyone. Read this. This is so, so important.

(Source: helloimlulu)