Sometimes on nights like these i go back through my poetry or personal tag and i realize that i am a very decent poet. 

I’m proud of the way i use my words. 

escapedosmil:

My friends exist in the places between my reflection and the noose. Loosely they creep, in and out of dreams howling praise through harmonicas made from the teeth our parents took from us in exchange for the lies they told us as children. Imagination has no room to grow in a household who’s kings and queens display a digital babysitter in the window sill of the world. 

Go outside, children. Escape from the place where parents have given up on anything but the taste of mediocrity. Question the ‘because i said sos’ and the ‘go as your mothers’ because this is your time to grow. Don’t let yourself be broken down in the pitch black places we call sleep. Open your eyes and run away. Beg the world to beat some sense into you because at least the world has something to say other than ‘peachy’. 

Go outside, children. Your teachers are the monsters you should be fearing. They pour pestilence into your ear and teach you what to think but now how to think. They are the enemy. You learn through life and in life we take battle scars because it’s fucking hard out there sometimes. They didn’t teach us how to deal with the girl you love falling into someone else’s arms. They didn’t teach us how to deal with loving another boy, more than as just a friend. But at least now i know the square root of every number from 1 to 4000 because these are the things we really need, right? 

Go outside, children. Your brothers and sisters are not your enemy. You are a team in this fight for the light inside of you. They are the lightning that sets your forest ablaze and leaves the ground a place where bean stalks can carry you to where giants weep. Forgotten and misplaced. Your imagination is magic and your skinned knees are your armor. 

Go outside, children. Learn to be who you are without the benefit of other people. Grow into your own cliff of staggering height overlooking the tumultuous sea filled with dragons and mermaids. Swimming spiders and flying feet. Your imagination is out there. 

So go outside, children. Find yourself in the depths of the ocean or on the dark side of the moon. These are the places we’ll go when you step back from the system that keeps you locked into a chair for eight hours and bludgeons the ideas of your parents into you. You are better than them. You are better than me. Reach out your hand and take the moon into your palm. it is yours. Fly to the stars on wings made of popsicle sticks and the little balls of elmers you roll between your fingers. You are the future and the future is you. 

So go outside, children. Go outside. 

Damien Renaud- May 2014

shebegb:

Oh, Mr. Biden!

shebegb:

Oh, Mr. Biden!

(via beautyandbrews)

Today i had a very interesting thing happen. 

First, some pretext:

I work in an abortion clinic. It is my job to accompany the patient from beginning to end making sure they have the information they need to make an informed decision about their procedure. I test their blood, I dot the Is and cross the Ts and i do it all while doing my best to be cheerful and polite so their day might be a little easier. I do a very good job. I am excellent at patient care. I am informative, knowledgeable and kind.

Today, I spent part of my day with a pro-life woman who was visiting the clinic for an abortion. She was nice and polite but i could tell she was torn and defensive about her decision. It is not my job to judge people or why they have abortions. Personally, i don’t care if you have a dozen abortions in two years so long as it’s your choice.

Part of the conversation that i have with her is one on one making sure she has a support system in place, that she is firm and clear in her decision and that she has the resources she needs including counseling referrals, contraception, and emergency phone numbers. 

Part of this conversation is also important to make sure that she has not been forced to have an abortion. It is called a consent conversation. 

I asked her “Tell me a little about what brought you to your decision today.”

To which she responded “Well, i don’t personally believe in abortion but i think my situation is special. I have been sick to my stomach for weeks. I can’t eat or drink and i can’t take care of my other child.” 

Now, i really really wanted to be snarky about this. Instead I said “Well, i’m glad that you made your decision today and had the chance to consider all the options. It’s really fortunate that we live in a state where you have the opportunity to make this decision. Not all women in this country are that lucky.”

That’s when i saw the light switch on. I sat and watched as her perspective changed right in front of my face. What i think this person was lacking was the understanding that not everyone has the same experience or personal life. This woman, who later told me that she has been staunchly pro-life all her life, was finally considering the other side of the argument. That not all people live the life she does. She was pro-life till she was faced with a difficult and dangerous pregnancy, a son whom she could not take care of and a precarious financial situation that could not bear the weight of another child.

I saw someone transform from a person who had never considered why women get abortions to a person who understands why abortion access is so important.

THIS is why i do this work. I changed a life today. Not because i convinced her to have an abortion. Not because i tortured or forced her to change her mind. Because I shined the light on hundreds of thousands of women who choose to have an abortion every year, each of whom has a different story, different reason and different experience.

This is the culture of choice, folks. You can be personally opposed to abortion and never choose to have one. There is nothing wrong with that. But the second you shame or belittle someone who has chosen to plan for their personal or their families future by having an abortion you step into the realm of hatefulness and oppression.

If you don’t personally support abortion but you don’t care about what other do when it comes to that subject:

You’re pro choice. 

mediapathic:

nextyearsgirl:

This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:

The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.

According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.

When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.

So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.

This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.

(Source: drunkonstephen, via nobody-but-mebody)

This gives me life

(Source: vanillish, via miss-love)

unfboy:

sherlock-awa-holmes:

Just to clarify 

Now is that so hard to understand?

unfboy:

sherlock-awa-holmes:

Just to clarify 

Now is that so hard to understand?

(via oh-snap-pro-choice)

What you fail to realize is that your political beliefs are a reflection of your character.

Anti-choice people are some of the most ignorant, hateful and misinformed people i have ever met. 

Do you want to know why your opponents don’t respect your opinions? 

Because they are not respectable. 

YOU are not respectable. 

Your ‘opinions’ represent 2000 years of misogyny and oppression.

Your lack of critical thinking and general disregard for fact are two very prominent reasons that you do not deserve the respect you think you’re entitled to. You’ve grown up thinking that everyone wants to hear your doctrine and your dogma.  That a christian view is the only view. 

You are so wrong. 

People all across this country are taking their own sexual health into their hands. They are making informed decisions about family planning and we are slowly working our way out of a cycle of poverty that your beliefs have created. 

All people deserve access to reproductive heath care and education. But you don’t care about all people. You care about fetuses. Your fetishization of fetuses and disregard for pregnant people is apparent in your propaganda, your speech and your movement. 

You cannot be a good person and be pro-life. Because inherent in all of your actions is the belief that women are not able to make decisions on their own.  This is two steps away from the belief that a woman’s place is in the kitchen, naked and pregnant. 

While the anti-choice movement is driven by anger the pro-choice movement is driven by righteous indignation that you would presume to tell someone else how to live their life. You are attacking while we are defending the rights of real, living, sentient human beings. 

YOU are on the wrong side of history.

YOU are the oppressor. 

YOU are the problem.

YOU are losing. 

"they did it on mythbusters"

— someone who’s about to win an argument (via literatechick)

(via samgirl18)

candxur:

I’ve been waiting for the sun to come and dry up all this rain,
but I’m caught out in the storm.

(via bodddah)

oh-snap-pro-choice:

raspberry-ragnarok:

There is nothing more terrifying to feminists than a conservative pro-life Christian woman.

We’re not scared of you, we pity you for having that much internalized misogyny.

-Lemon

What all abortion stories have in common

fightforhumanity1:

escapedosmil:

fightforhumanity1:

antiprolife:

howprolifeofyou:

fightforhumanity1:

what  I find  in  common  about  every  story  about  someone considering  abortion  is   that  they  were  having  vaginal  sex  when they  knew  they  didn’t want  or  could not  deal  with  being  pregnant  or  a baby. 

what about those who wanted to get pregnant but couldn’t continue with their pregnancy due to health reasons?

what about victims of rape and incest?

is having sex only for those who are well-off enough to be able to afford pregnancy, childbirth and possibly raising a child?

There’s nothing wrong with having sex, but this still isn’t representative of “all” abortion stories. Like howprolifeofyou said, wanted pregnancies can go wrong and people can become pregnant even if they didn’t consent to sex.

Those  women  weren’t  planning  on getting  an abortion. Women  who  get  abortions  to  save their life  wanted the  baby.  They  can’t  care for  their  child  if  they  are  dead.  Life saving  abortions   is  a sacrifice of  a child  so  its mother  can live  to have another  child  or  take  care of the  ones  she  already  have. Plus,  if  the mother  chooses to  she  can  sacrifice  herself  too  let the  baby  live. It is  not  the same situation  as  abortion  on demand.   Like I said  to  howprolifeofyou  rape victims  have  acess to powerful  emergency  contraception  by going to  the  hospital.

First of all, you seem to think that the only roll women have in life is to have children. 

It’s not. 

Women are not fucking brood mares. They are real human beings with aspirations and if they don’t want to be pregnant, they don’t have to be because the law of the land makes abortion legal. 

No, I never  said that  or  insinuated that . I have  only  explained  that   vaginal  sex is  the act of procreation  and  women  shouldn’t  kill their  children for  reason  their  are practical  and much  better solutions for. Women  may  have their  own  individuality  with  in  their  many different  personalities, but the  fact is  that  they  have  the  ability  to  have  a human life  grow inside  them. They  should  recognize this  and  act accordingly  so  they  end  up  in  a  desperate  situation  where   they  believe  killing their  child is  the only way. 

As  for  the law  it it is  subjective, and  the  opinions  of  goverment.  Killing  blacks  was  also  the  law  at one  time. Do you  believe  killing  black  people is  moral? since you  seem  to  think  killing  children  is  moral  and  you  believe  the  law  is  what  determines  morality.

We are really winning here at anti-choice bingo. 

Guess what, a fetus is not a child. So, you’re wrong there. 

I’m really questioning your ability to be having this conversation. Which seems to happen every time you post more ignorant blather on your blog. 

Here’s what i think:

I think you were raised in a conservative christian household and your parents never took the time to teach you about critical thinking. You swallowed whole their indoctrination and dogma because you felt alone and disenfranchised. 

Now, you’ve found a platform to spew your misinformed opinions all over the place and shame people who are taking their personal sexual health into their own hands. You can’t stand to see women thinking for themselves. 

Just like the rest of your ignorant, hateful, dogmatic, bigoted ilk you live a boring life and keep your anti-choice propaganda to yourself until you get home from your shitty job and sit down at the computer. You know that the anti-choice movement is dying. You know your beliefs are antiquated. You people are dying off and you see it happen. You’re afraid that one day, abortion access will be unfettered and you wont be able to stigmatize anyone because YOU will be stigmatized. YOU will be ostracized for your actions and your beliefs. You will be shamed for being who you are and believing what you believe. 

That day is coming and i can’t wait to see it. 

What all abortion stories have in common

fightforhumanity1:

escapedosmil:

escapedosmil:

fightforhumanity1:

antiprolife:

howprolifeofyou:

fightforhumanity1:

what  I find  in  common  about  every  story  about  someone considering  abortion  is   that  they  were  having  vaginal  sex  when they  knew  they  didn’t want  or  could not  deal  with  being  pregnant  or  a baby. 

what about those who wanted to get pregnant but couldn’t continue with their pregnancy due to health reasons?

what about victims of rape and incest?

is having sex only for those who are well-off enough to be able to afford pregnancy, childbirth and possibly raising a child?

There’s nothing wrong with having sex, but this still isn’t representative of “all” abortion stories. Like howprolifeofyou said, wanted pregnancies can go wrong and people can become pregnant even if they didn’t consent to sex.

Those  women  weren’t  planning  on getting  an abortion. Women  who  get  abortions  to  save their life  wanted the  baby.  They  can’t  care for  their  child  if  they  are  dead.  Life saving  abortions   is  a sacrifice of  a child  so  its mother  can live  to have another  child  or  take  care of the  ones  she  already  have. Plus,  if  the mother  chooses to  she  can  sacrifice  herself  too  let the  baby  live. It is  not  the same situation  as  abortion  on demand.   Like I said  to  howprolifeofyou  rape victims  have  acess to powerful  emergency  contraception  by going to  the  hospital.

First of all, you seem to think that the only roll women have in life is to have children. 

It’s not. 

Women are not fucking brood mares. They are real human beings with aspirations and if they don’t want to be pregnant, they don’t have to be because the law of the land makes abortion legal. 

Also, i don’t know what stories you hear but i literally listen to a dozen individual abortion stories a day and almost all of them were using some form of birth control. 

People are taking active steps to prevent unintended pregnancies. 

Having an abortion because their BC didn’t work is the next responsible step. 

Last  time  I  checked  deliberately  crashing  your  car with your  seat belt  on   is  still  a  irresponsible. Just like  having  sex  when  you  aren’t  willing  or able to  deal  with  the  responsibility  of  a  baby   is  irresponsible.  The  act of  preventing doesn’t  negate the irresponsible  act .  Having  sex  will  always  be  attempt  to  make  a baby ,  preventing  that  baby  is  the  act  of  trying  to  stack the  odds  in  your  favor.  It is  like  betting  on  both  fighter  in  a  boxing match .  While  the  act  of  trying to  prevent  the baby  can  be seen  a responsible,  it is  still  relevant  that  you  are  procreating  when don’t  want the  results  of  procreation. If  one  is  looking  for  pleasure  from sex  they  can  always  do  anal  , oral , or  use  sex toys. 

Having  abortion  is  not  responsible  in  any  sense. Abortion (on demand) is  the  act of  killing  a baby for  personal  gain. It is  the  same  if you  killed  your  wife  so  you  could  travel more for your  job.  In  that  situation   the  responsible  thing   is  to  divorce your  wife. In the  case of abortion you made  a  human  being  when you  were  not  willing to take care of  it, then  killing it.  What part  of abortion  is   responsible other than  taking  birth control? Is it  the active participation  in  making a baby  you  don’t  want, or killing  it  so you  are  not inconvenienced by your  child  living ?

Your logic is flawed because guess what, abortion is the responsible decision. If you’re not ready to drive a car, you don’t drive a car. See how that works? if you’re not ready to be a parent, then you don’t have to be a parent. 

Something else you fail to realize is just because you have a boring sex life because of your beliefs, no one else needs to. 

People do not believe the things you do and the act of having sex has no effect on your life. Just like if someone has an abortion it has no effect on your life. 

And by the way, i will not have douche canoes like you dictating to me what i can and cannot do in the bed room. If my partner and i want to have vaginal sex, we will have vaginal sex. And if my partner becomes pregnant and we decide that it isn’t the time or that she doesn’t want to be pregnant, we will have an abortion. 

There is literally nothing you can do to stop it. 

The majority of Americans agree with me. 

Roe V. Wade has been the law of the land for more than 40 years.