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ami-angelwings:

badass-bharat-deafmuslimpunkstar:

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)

The Indian woman, Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, was the first Indian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, and also believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil.
The Japanese woman, Dr. Kei Okami, was the first Japanese woman to obtain a degree in Western Medicine.
The Syrian woman is Dr. Sabat Islambooly.  Her name is spelled incorrectly on that photograph. 
For those interested, here’s more information on other women of color who attended and graduated from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in the past, with a focus on the Japanese-American women they accepted during the US WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans.

ami-angelwings:

badass-bharat-deafmuslimpunkstar:

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)

The Indian woman, Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, was the first Indian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, and also believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil.

The Japanese woman, Dr. Kei Okami, was the first Japanese woman to obtain a degree in Western Medicine.

The Syrian woman is Dr. Sabat Islambooly.  Her name is spelled incorrectly on that photograph. 

For those interested, here’s more information on other women of color who attended and graduated from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in the past, with a focus on the Japanese-American women they accepted during the US WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans.

reinumiji:

webothlikeabe:

phrux:

adamsforthought:

dungeonsandpendragons:

Commonly confused medieval weapons, a powerpoint by me.

Now stop screwing them up, seriously, or I will put a medieval weapon in your head.

Tumblr is endearing me to being lectured at in Comic Sans

THIS is a WAR SCYTHE, a scythe actually used in combat. Notice it is not a useless piece of shit and is an actual functional weapon.

The only reason why death is pictured with a FARMING scythe is because he harvests souls.

you say that like you couldnt actually kill someone with a farming scythe which im willin to bet a lot of money that ur wrong

((Medieval glitter xD))

fullelven-manaaddict:

In case y’all weren’t aware this was happening…

huffelpoof:

colourfulpantsandarainbowhat:

WHY DO PEOPLE CALL IT FUCK, MARRY, KILL WHEN THEY COULD CALL IT BED, WED, BEHEAD

Or, as King Henry VIII likes to call it, a productive evening. 

stalinwasabasicbitch:

chescaleigh:

blackpowerisforblackmen:


Shanesha Taylor was arrested on March 20th by the Scottsdale Police for leaving her children ages 2 and 6 months in her car while she interviewed for a job. Ms. Taylor was homeless and could not access any child care. Her desperation to provide for herself and her children and her lack of options led her to take drastic measures in search of employment. Ms. Taylor needs support & help rather than incarceration and a criminal record that will surely decrease her chances to provide for her children in the future. We ask that Maricopa County use common-sense and provide support for Ms. Taylor and her children rather than punishment.
Shanesha Taylor is still in jail pending a $9,000 bond.

Help drop the child abuse charges against Shanesha Taylor by signing this petition at change.org. Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/bill-montgomery-drop-the-child-abuse-charges-against-shanesha-taylor?recruiter=13739587&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Don’t just reblog, make sure to sign! 

This highlights so perfectly the desperation of poor women (especially WOC) who are trying to provide for their families. This poor, poor lady. 

stalinwasabasicbitch:

chescaleigh:

blackpowerisforblackmen:

Shanesha Taylor was arrested on March 20th by the Scottsdale Police for leaving her children ages 2 and 6 months in her car while she interviewed for a job. Ms. Taylor was homeless and could not access any child care. Her desperation to provide for herself and her children and her lack of options led her to take drastic measures in search of employment. Ms. Taylor needs support & help rather than incarceration and a criminal record that will surely decrease her chances to provide for her children in the future. We ask that Maricopa County use common-sense and provide support for Ms. Taylor and her children rather than punishment.

Shanesha Taylor is still in jail pending a $9,000 bond.

Help drop the child abuse charges against Shanesha Taylor by signing this petition at change.org. Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/bill-montgomery-drop-the-child-abuse-charges-against-shanesha-taylor?recruiter=13739587&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Don’t just reblog, make sure to sign!

This highlights so perfectly the desperation of poor women (especially WOC) who are trying to provide for their families. This poor, poor lady. 

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

Just a Few Thoughts About Tumblr

ashelisms:

I’ve tossed all caution to the wind, and I’m very aware of how some people may perceive this somewhat unpopular opinion, but if any one of you like to be more aware of the existence of different perspectives in this world, you can read.

I will keep this short and sweet.

It’s very recent, but I can’t understand Tumblr’s sensitivity to things anymore? I still understand their causes, and their (mostly) good intentions, and I do advocate for further human rights and the dismantling of the view that anyone different than the desired is non-human. I’m after all, a female-identifying if in most matters agender, non-religious, demisexual poc person living in a third world asian country (I don’t view myself as labels but Tumblr requires them to validate an opinion, which is sad), with its own set of problems.

My dissipating understanding arises from how awfully myopic and Western racism is viewed here. I’ve other issues but racism is my major point since I as a POC and a resident of an Asian country experience it, but not in ways anyone expects. I’ll explain later but hear me out on my opening sentence first:

I am uncomfortable with how racism is viewed here. As what Western advocates call an ‘oppressed’ minority, (as I mentioned before: not conforming to gender/sexual binary, no religion, being a woman, living in a ‘developing’ country), as one of the ‘minority’, a lot of you are consumed by your fantasies. The cause is right, good, and rooted in reality, but the way it’s being handled is ridiculous.

The popular view of racism on Tumblr is that racism = whiteness. Which is true in a lot of ways, especially in a white-majority country, but it is NOT the truth. Many of you forget that racism exists among POCs too. Oh dear god, how horrifying.

It must be strange to think that racism exists outside the white man’s head. It exists in the POC’s head too. And no, the POC’s racist target is NOT exclusively the whites, but other POC as well. That’s because racism transcends more than just who colonises who.

Berating the white person for racism is NEVER the only true fix-it all solution to racism. Ironically you’re putting power on the whites to fix what they apparently created for you. Which is kinda the opposite of what fighting racism is: giving power to EVERYONE to fix it.

Racism is just as powerful in a POC country. Any race can kill another race if the circumstances made it possible. Take for example, my country’s 13 May Incident, where some “POC Asian” Malays had a blood battle with “POC Asian” Chinese. This situation also turns Tumblr’s view on racism upside down because 1) white privilege NEVER existed in Malaysia since WWII  2) the Malays are a minority in Asia compared to the Chinese 3) the Malays apparently killed the Chinese by virtue of their race because the former thought the Chinese people were stealing economic opportunities and stealing ‘their’ country even though the previous oppressive system the Malays were in were created by our white colonists and upheld by the government in that time.

Yet look, this is a case of racism. Everyone in Malaysia knows this.

Since that event, the government tried to subvert this issue so that it will never happen again. You know how they did it? They just switched who got the oppression. Now it is everyone else but the government’s idea of ‘Malay’ who is devoid of the benefits of meritocracy, and it’s been like that for 40 + years.

Hello friends it’s racism again.

My whole gist here is that racism has no face, and ironically, no race. Racism is a concept inbred for centuries and its main cause is HUMAN FALLACY. It is not skin colour that creates racism, but hatred, greed, power, politics, egoism, insecuity, self-motivated manipulation: qualities that exist in all of us. Racism is nothing more than a political tactic which seeks to manipulate us into believing false ideas and making us believe that it’s natural or that’s how it’s always been. It turns us against each other. It’s plain old manipulation. Plain old manipulation from people in power.

The more accurate view of racism should be racism = people who perpetuate racism. And by people, though we recognise their race because for one thing it’s surface and also it’s part of the racism thing we all share, I mean, any soul. Strip away our skin and we are all similar-looking muscled beings who all die one day arguing about nothing at all. Racism is just not one group’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

So where does Tumblr’s weird sensitivity come up in this?
The obvious: DIE POC SCUM (always viewed as a white person even though it can be any other POC group directing this against another)

The other obvious: DIE WHITE PEOPLE SCUM (always viewed as a POC)
OR white people can only be racist


I’m annoyed by this hatred in Tumblr’s battle against racism. It’s unnecessary, it’s vapid, it’s unhelpful. It also shows poor understanding of the realities of racism, experienced in both Western and non-Western countries. The other thing is when someone unknowingly says a racist thing, whether or not they are racist, unaware of sensitivity, or just pitifully ignorant, a lot of people jump down on their throat flinging curses and insults but NOT educating the perpetrator on why their actions are harmful.

Interacting with people (with the wrong, sometimes harmful ideas) is very complex and needs to be viewed case-by-case. You must never accept crap that harms but at the same time you have to understand that you live in a world full of people with so many understandings and opinions about one topic. It can’t be helped that education has made us this way. It can’t be helped that the authorities made us this way.

Racism needs to be tackled from the top down rather than the ground up. Racism is first and foremost the poison of those people in power. And by focusing our energies on where it matters, the people in power, we can implement non-racist policies, non-racist education and finally a diverse government, where it can govern a non-racist community.

Further reading:
Orientalism (the main cause of racism)
The 13 May Incident (this explains further on Racism as a Political Tool in Real Life Events)Another
The New Economic Policy and Its Effect on Interracial Relation
(this is the Inverse Oppression I was talking about)

*this is all based on my experiences with racism, an experience very different than the default Western racism. I’m not invalidating anyone’s experience. I am just expanding on it. The world is bigger than the West.

*knowing Tumblr I may get ridiculous threats and messages all because someone decides to read a thing that is of almost no consequence to them whether or not they read it but hurts their ego anyway, so whatever. It is YOUR learning experience, not mine.