Freitag, 16. Dezember 2011

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I decided to move to Wordpress because of some of the additional features it provides. Fortunately, the whole interface is now available in English!
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Samstag, 3. Dezember 2011

[Transcript] Take action, Epilepsy: First Aid for Seizures


Above is a video called: Take epilepsy action video - First aid for seizures. Transcript starts after two more sentences. I will assign genders like they appear to be. It is possible that I will be wrong, especially because I use binaries here!

[Start transcript]
Woman who apparently wanted to get passport photos in a shopping mall: "These pictures are awful."
Second woman she is talking to: "They are not bad, don't worry."
Woman in the background: "Do you guys know some first aid? (?)
First woman: "What's that?"
Woman in the background: "Someone help us!"
(Both women rushing to the woman calling.)
Man: "Should we call 911?"
(Overlapping) Woman in the background: "Is there a first-aider?"
(Both women arrive at a group of people standing around a woman on the ground who has a seizure.)
One woman in the group: "Hey, put something in her mouth!"
Another woman in the group: "Should we call an ambulance?"
Man in the group: "Hold her down."
Man kneeling next to the woman lying on the ground, says, facing the camera: "Would you know what to do?"
Female voice-over: "We could all help someone who is having a seizure. During a tonic-clonic seizure, the person goes stiff, loses consciousness, falls to the floor and begins to jerk or convolves. They may look a little blue around their mouth from irregular breathing.
(Following word's also partly displayed on the screen.)

Don't panic. Just take the appropriate action. (Now also accompanied by video of the kneeling man performing the recommended steps.)
Assess the situation. Are they in danger of injuring themselves?
Remove all nearby objects that could cause injury. (Man removes woman's glasses and a rucksack.)

Cushion their head to protect them from head injury. (Man puts something that looks like a folded jacket under the woman's head.)

Check the time. If the seizure lasts longer than five minutes, you should call an ambulance. (Man looking on his watch.)

Look for a medical bracelet or ID card. It may give you information about the person's seizures and what to do. (Men checking the wallet and finding a card.)

Once the seizure is over, put them on their side in the recovery position. Stay with them and reassure them as they come round.(Woman has stopped jerking. Man takes the woman's right hand and puts it on her left cheek, with the back of the hand to the cheek. He takes her right leg, bends it and pulls her over so that she is lying on her left side, left arm stretched out, right hand under her head, left leg stretched out, right leg bent, preventing her body from rolling over. Finally he arranges her head in a way that it is bent backwards and checks if she breathes with his ear next to her mouth.)

Never restrain the person, put something in their mouth or try to give them food or drink.
(Woman waking up. During the next phrases, man stays with woman and talks to her while the group of people is walking away.)

It's not always necessary to call for medical assistance. Call an ambulance if:
You know it is a person's first seizure.
The seizure lasts for more than five minutes.
One seizure appears to follow another without the person gaining consciousness in between.
The person is injured.
You believe the person needs urgent medical attention."

(Contact information displayed for further information about epilepsy and first aid for seizures:) www.epilepsy.org.uk
Epilepsy Helpline on freephone: 0808 800 5050

(Woman wearing her glasses again, standing up.)

[End of video]

If you find mistakes or know a way to make this transcript more accessible and readable, please tell me.

Freitag, 25. November 2011

Links 11

Men are primitive, give them meat

Racebending in Avatar, The Last Airbender

The police and racism [German]

Fertilization is for everyone – except that they have to live in a heterosexual partnership [German]

"The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen"

"Facebook finally removes its pro-rape pages"

"Innocents In A Barbed Wire Cage: Little Black Children Of The Rhineland In Germany"

Taking part in SlutWalk [German]
[Klick on second article, cannot link directly]

Exotism in advertisement [German]

Ex-pornstar Sasha Grey reading to little children – the world's going to end!

Mittwoch, 16. November 2011

Links 10

"Men explain things to me"

How to ensure sexual consent

Men's rights activists and misandrists

Who occupied first. Know the facts.

Journalistic ableism [German]

The true purpose of clothing donations [German]

"The value of safe space"

Montag, 14. November 2011

[TW] You can stop rape: Step 1

In the following months, I will provide you with an easy step by step program how you can stop rape.

Step 1:

Don't use gendered slurs like "slut", "cunt", "bitch" or compare people to female body parts ("pussy") or accuse them of liking girly stuff in order to embarrass them. This is sexist and it perpetuates rape culture.

Looking Good, Doing Bad

So what is it that I don't like about female beauty standards nowadays, apart from the asinine assumption some people seem to hold that I "owe" them to be pleasing to their eyes because clearly, as a female, I don't have a personality or an agenda of my own, apart from getting someone to marry and then never ever leave the house again?

First, it steals valuable time.
What you could do: meet friends, educate yourself, enjoy your hobbies, basically do thinks you like.
What you do: get rid of every hair, except on your head. There, it must not look greasy because women are always squeaky clean. Take care of your nails, your awful body odors, ruin your vulva and vagina with perfumed lotions or vaginal douches, take care your clothes are clean and show what you got (or don't). Change them every day.
Don't look too androgynous or you'll get cat-called. Don't look too sexy or you'll get cat-called. Take care of those wrinkles – if they are not there yet, they will be soon and you'll get unfuckable. Take care of those pores. Well okay, every human being has them like everyone has a head, but if these photo-shopped models don't show any, you shouldn't either.
Put on some make-up but not too much. But, don't kid yourself, no matter what you do, people will comment on your appearance anyway because, basically, you'll never be good enough, if you were not born with a penis and have it to this day and make it clear for everyone by your virile behavior.
It works like: you spent all this time conforming to the patriarchy, but you are still female, so we will police you anyway.
You'll might think you'll spare the time and just do as you please? Wrong. Because, in this case, you are not conforming to gender stereotypes and trying to take advantage of male privilege although, clearly, you are not allowed to because: vagina.
And having an opinion and state it? Please, you are taking up space lady and this is forbidden. The guy next to you spreading his legs? Totally okay. You spreading your legs in a comfortable position? Disgusting! All the boys in your class distributing their stuff in a wide circle around them? Cool. Your stuff lying around you? Lady, don't you know how to keep your table clean and how rude is it anyway not to give your space up for others? The guy in the tram with his backpack on, right in your face? It's cool. No one's bothered, obviously. You with your backpack on? Eh, girl, what cha thinkin' you're doing there? Disturbing everyone around you, hitting people and generally demanding more space than where your body ends!?

Sooo, second. You cannot fight. It's as simple as that. What are you going to do with your pointy shoes, your tight skirt and your thin clothes that can't protect you from injuries? If you must run you have to kick of your shoes. If you must kick, you have to let your skirt rip.
But then again, from a very young age, you were told you should not ruin your clothes. And nowadays, you digested it so well that you feel uncomfortable to leave them behind, destroy them or make them dirty at all. Maybe you'll hesitate because you are worried that people will be able to see under your skirt.
Actually, you have to adjust your movements to your clothes all the time. There are places you can't go, big steps you can't make, maybe you are frightened to take the stairs or terrified someone could take a picture of your underwear. Because well, that's normal, right? We know it happens.

Nevertheless, let me tell you: it's not your fault. The society is fucked up, not you. If you want to wear "female" clothes, it's okay. If you want to wear "male" clothes, it's okay. If you like an ambivalent style, that's okay, too.
If you get cat-called, assaulted, leered at, called names, if you are treated patronizingly or downright abused: it's not your fault. It's not because of what you are, it's not because of what you wore, it's not because of what you did, it's not because of what you said.
It's because people that treat you that way never thought about what society is doing to us. They never reflected their privileges, they didn't manage to work through their childhood wounds and in the end, they didn't realize that you don't fucking mistreat and hurt other people, no matter what fucking happened to you.
You were there, they were there. They did something fucked up. This is not your responsibility.

Edit: I was partly inspired by "Beauty Bites Beast" written by Ellen Snortland. It's a good read although having issues with victim blaming.

Samstag, 12. November 2011

Links 09

"Why are women so critical of each other?"

Analysis of the mythical bootstraps college student

About Amanda Knox and people's ability to read (her) facial expressions

"If anything makes women hate men it's patriarchy"

[Trigger Warning] Eva Ionesco about having to be a nude model as a child [German]

The impressive history of US-American feminist blogs and US-American feminism

Freitag, 11. November 2011

16 Quote of the Week 45

In other words, from a very young age, we are taught The Relationship Hierarchy. Which is something like: blood ties and marriage ties trump other sorts of ties. Sexual relationships trump non sexual relationships. You have only one partner, who shall be your sexual partner and your lawfully-wedded spouse, and no other partners, and they trump all other relationships. Marriages that produce children trump non-procreating relationships, but Thou Shalt Not Be A Single Parent. “Family” and “Friends” are distinctive sets of people, and “Family” trumps “Friends”. “Friends” should mean only people of the same sex, but otherwise, same sex friends trump other-sex friends. You shall be emotionally intimate only with same-sex friends, unless you are a man, and then Thou Shalt Not Have Emotions. (Please note that I think these are social norms, rather than things I agree with — in fact I strongly oppose many of these ideas).

[Mit anderen Worten wird uns von einem sehr jungen Alter an die Beziehungs-Hierarchie beigebracht. Die etwa so aussieht: Blut- und Ehebande übertrumpfen andere Arten von Banden. Sexuelle Beziehungen übertrumpfen andere Arten von Beziehungen. Man hat nur eine_n Partner_in, ki dein_e Sexualpartner_ in und dein_e rechtmäßig angetraute_r Ehepartner_in sein sollte und keine weiteren Partner_innen und diese Beziehung übertrumpft alle anderen Beziehungen. Ehen, die Kinder hervorbringen, übertrumpfen alle nicht-fortpflanzenden Beziehungen, aber Du Darfst Nicht Alleinerziehend Sein! "Familie" und "Freund_innen" sind voneinander getrennte Menschengruppen und "Familie" übertrumpft "Freund_innen". "Freund_innen" sollte nur Menschen des eigenen Geschlechts einschließen, ansonsten übertrumpfen gleich-geschlechtliche Freund_innen anders-geschlechtliche. Man soll nur mit gleich-geschlechtlichen Freund_innen emotional intim sein, es sei denn, du bist ein Mann, dann Sollst Du Keine Gefühle Haben.]
irrationalpoint at modusdopens

Sonntag, 6. November 2011

15 Quote of the Week 44

All those White guys at the top? They totally worked their asses off and if you work hard enough you can get there, too! (Except you won’t, it’s in the fine print. Sucks to be you!)

[All die weißen Männer an der Spitze? Die haben total hart gearbeitet und wenn du selbst hart genug arbeitest, kannst du es auch dahin schaffen! (Außer, dass du es nicht wirst, steht im Kleingedruckten. Es ist scheiße, du zu sein!)]
Sabrina on The hathor legacy

White Privilege

(1) To be considered "normal", "one of us" and "belonging here" in western countries.
(2) Not being asked where you really are from.
(3) Not having to see people wear your culture's ceremonial clothes/items / play religious instruments / perform religious practices in general as part of their free time activities or -worse- as a "joke".
(4) Not being called "overreacting" or "oversensitive" when you point out and insist that something is racist.
(5) People expect to be able to and try to pronounce your name correctly.
(6) People don't fucking mess with your hair.
(7) Not being asked extremely personal and inappropriate questions by strangers about "your culture".
(8) Not being told "For one of them you are really nice / exception to the rule".
(9) As a woman, not having to clarify for strangers that you are actually not totally oppressed.
(10) Not being excluded from certain activities / withheld certain food items because of people's assumptions about what you are allowed to do/eat because of "your" culture or "your" religion.
(11) Not having to explain why you eat pork / drink alcohol / ... although "you are not allowed to".
(12) Not having to see people on Halloween dress themselves up as someone who supposedly belongs to your culture in a repulsive, stereotypical way .
(13) Not being talked to in strange, grammatically-wrong half sentences, ignoring your language level or whether you are actually talking in your mother tongue.
(14) Not being targeted for checks by police / in public transport solely because of your skin color.
(15) Not being asked to explain "your" culture to all and everyone.
(16) As a woman, not being labeled as totally prude/slutty because of your supposed origin.
(17) As a man, not being labeled as sexually aggressive / a sexual predator by default.
(18) Not facing income inequalities / less chances to get a job at all based on your skin color.
(19) Not facing the impossible task to explain (and be heard) why cultural appropriation is awful.
(20) Not having to talk to "surprised" people because "You don't act like all the people from * do."

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