arcticmunkeez:

*goes a few hours without internet access* wow i’m so healthy and wild i could live in the woods


genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: Buildings peeking up above the clouds

genderoftheday:

Today’s Gender of the day is: Buildings peeking up above the clouds


I really gotta unsubscribe from all that destiel fic why the fuck did I do that. I mean that shit was actually pretty cool but I truly overestimated my patience for spn as a whole.


melkior:

send hELP


theartofanimation:

FFOART


floozys:

a thrilling story of hope, heartache and success 


youdontevenguns:

bluesargently:

youdontevenguns:

bluesargently:

the argument of “guns will protect women from rape” is like a person who plows a hole in the wall instead of going through the door. like great. you’re here. but did you really have to do that.

… Ok?

But meanwhile in reality women with guns have prevented their own rapes…

Not what I’m saying at all. What I mean is that I feel the argument for simply arming women with guns is not the be all and end all solution to this.
Sure, it has helped and will continue to stop people in certain occasions. But rape doesn’t fit into a one-size-fits-all pocket.

Nobody is saying arming women is the one and only solution to the massive problem of rape. Anyone that is saying that should be promptly dismissed from any serious discussion. What we are saying is that rape will continue to happen regardless  of any efforts to combat it and it can’t be ignored, and women need a means of protection against rape. The most effective tool for defending one’s life is a gun. That really can’t be debated.

.It can happen in almost any situation which is entirely terrifying.

But guns are also a last resort. If a woman is attacked by someone she knows, it would seem that she has a better chance of fending them off with non-lethal means, just my gut instinct there. That’s not to say that a persistent aggressive sexual assault by a loved one doesn’t merit deadly force. I would not judge or blame a woman who killed her husband to prevent him from raping her, or a woman attacked by a coworker, or any number of situations one could think up.


But to say basically clutching a firearm all the time and instilling more paranoia and fear into women and continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim on them is a disservice. .

I have never met a single person who was paranoid or afraid all the time because they were carrying a firearm. Everyone I know who carries, which does include one lady around my age (23), has trained and is comfortable with their weapon, and recognizes it’s power and the consequences that come with using it. You’re attempting to assess the mindset of someone who has taken the conscious steps to arm themselves, which in almost every state in America requires a training course to qualify for concealed carry. You can’t possibly speak for every woman, let alone any woman who carries a gun, as I reasonably suspect you have never carried a gun yourself. How could you know what goes through the mind of a woman who is armed?

continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim

This is what I don’t get about people on tumblr. I hear this all the time with regards to rape discussions. Every. single. person. on. earth. is responsible for their own well-being. You are responsible for ensuring you are not victimized. If the responsibility doesn’t fall on you to protect yourself who will? You can’t just glide through life expecting that nothing bad will ever happen to you. Ever hear the expression bad shit happens to good people? At some point you’re going to have to look out for yourself. Encouraging women to learn self defense, firearms, and avoiding high-risk areas and scenarios is NOT the same thing as victim blaming.


What we really need to start doing is focusing on how we can stop the issue itself not pushing more guns into people’s hands.

That will literally never happen. As long as there is life on this planet, rape will continue to occur. We may be able to cut down on the rates or frequency of rape, but it will never be eradicated. That’s a utopian pipe dream. As far as “pushing more guns into people’s hands”, nobody is pushing anything. Never once have I heard of someone being forced to buy a gun and train with it. People make the decision to arm themselves based on their surroundings and perceived dangers. Those people who take up arms with good intentions - meaning to protect themselves or their families, hunt, target shoot, etc - are not the people you should be worrying about in the first place, and statistically they are approx 98% of all the people who own guns as far as we can tell.


But maybe I lack the understanding of that cling-to-your-guns culture.

Yes, you do.

I don’t live in a society that values guns that much. No one here just walks around with a gun in their pockets or whatever. Hell, the only people I’ve seen carrying guns are cops.

But if gun control and anti-gun sentiments were enough, your cops wouldn’t need guns, now would they?

They have that mentality in the UK too, and they’re so swaddled that this actually occurs:

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I’d rather live in a place where I can sufficiently defend my life than a place where I can’t be trusted with plastic cutlery.

My problem with the idea is that it derails the conversation. It continually pushes that it is simply a woman’s responsibility to protect herself from rape and if she does get raped it must clearly be her fault. she must have done something wrong. Which is awful logic that’s literally pushed by society.

Take the Steubenville case. Plenty of people turned on a girl who was sexually assaulted while she was knocked out. Said it was her fault for being in that situation.  

In this culture, people are more likely to take the side of the rapist. Because most of the time rapists are people the victim knows. They’re not always the man lurking in the shadows. Rapists could be anyone. The chances are that you’ve met one. That’s the scary thing. 

I’m not against women wanting to own a gun, or even using one. I just don’t think this is the solution to anything. 

"That will literally never happen. As long as there is life on this planet, rape will continue to occur. We may be able to cut down on the rates or frequency of rape, but it will never be eradicated. That’s a utopian pipe dream."

So you’re kinda coming off across as there’s no point in trying. that we shouldn’t try and stop this as best as we can. I like to believe we have the ability to change. Maybe we can’t end it entirely, but I want to eradicate this culture that people are continually excusing.

 And I think the fundemental thing here you don’t get is that women walk around in fear of this almost constantly. Maybe it’s not always concious, but pretty much every woman you’ll ever meet will have a story about a time they got attacked or felt like they were going to be. 

I mean yeah, people should be responsible for thier own safety. But this culture of victim blaming is excusing the perpetrator and making out like they had no fucking control. 

Also, women are always trying to defend themselves and maybe a gun would be the last line of defence and provide some reassurance and possible safety. But it won’t change the fact that these people exist. 

What we need to do is stop resorting to guns. To start fucking trying to fix this broken culture and stop running to excuses. I want to see a much more concious effort from men especially to put an end to this culture. Because that’s how this whole culture was created and I’m damn sick of people pushing the defence rhetoric when what we need to do is start adressing the real problem.


cerebralzero asked:

I am little confused by the analogy you used in your gun control post. I couldn't figure how that related to simply allowing women to carry firearms for self defense. Are you saying you are against women being allowed to have firearms?

well, imagine the place the door leads to is the space where sexual violence has ended. 

And the part about smashing a hole in the wall is the idea that guns are the solution. It kinda works yeah, and it could hold, but you could also use a door (the focus on why this a problem. to think about it in wider terms than just “gotta stop the bad guys”).

I’m not against women being allowed to use firearms. I’m just opposed to the idea that women having guns will stop sexual violence and it’s the solution to this problem. Because it’s not. 

I mean I feel like the arument just derails the conversation and doesn’t focus enough on the fact that it’s this sexism and rape culture created and perpetuated by men. Women are already trying to defend themselves, but there’s this thing I see about men not wanting to take responsibility for their part in creating the problem.

I mean I’m not saying all men are rapist, but then thing is that they, as an overall thing, perpetuate the culture and sexist ideas that make people not take the problem seriously (victim blaming, etc).

Arming women with guns to prevent rape isn’t the solution. It might stop attacks, but guns can’t destroy the culture. That’s what I’m talking about.  


"If you’re going to decipher a hidden code from a complex set of different mazes, I’m pretty sure you need a girl’s brain running the show.”


australian-government:

Australia is such a nice country if you overlook our corrupt government and how racist australians are and the hot weather and the dangerous animals and the huge insects that live there


beaconhillspxck:

teen wolf meme » eight scenes [1/8]: "Part of you is doing something."


http://youdontevenguns.tumblr.com/post/92434416617/bluesargently-the-argument-of-guns-will

youdontevenguns:

bluesargently:

the argument of “guns will protect women from rape” is like a person who plows a hole in the wall instead of going through the door. like great. you’re here. but did you really have to do that.

… Ok?

But meanwhile in reality women with guns have prevented their own rapes…

Not what I’m saying at all. What I mean is that I feel the arugement for simply arming women with guns is not the be all and end all solution to this.
Sure, it has helped and will continue to stop people in certain occasions. But rape doesn’t fit into a one-size-fits-all pocket.
It can happen in almost any situation which is entirely terrifying.
But to say basically clutching a firearm all the time and instilling more paranoia and fear into women and continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim on them is a disservice.
What we really need to start doing is focusing on how we can stop the issue itself not pushing more guns into people’s hands.
But maybe I lack the understanding of that cling-to-your-guns culture. I don’t live in a society that values guns that much. No one here just walks around with a gun in their pockets or whatever. Hell, the only people I’ve seen carrying guns are cops.