Shoutout to all the artists on Tumblr who work on something for weeks and only get 4 notes
Shoutout to all the artists on Youtube who do amazing speedpaints and, if they’re lucky, will get 500 views
Shoutout to all underappreciated artists who do amazing work and receive no recognition
Sure we got forests and a lot of freshwater, but we’re too busy clear-cutting and polluting for TAR SANDS, FUCK YEAH! to enjoy them.
Sure you won’t die from being unable to afford healthcare, but if you need a prescription and are above a certain income (or the drug is too new for your province to consider subsidising) you are shit out of luck or paying thousands out of pocket for drugs you need to live (nice free healthcare, huh?) Ex: My parents have paid between 300-$1000 a month for my brother’s medications. He has schizophrenia. Currently, if the government of Ontario didn’t cover his medication or they lived in another province that refused to cover the cost they would be paying somewhere in the region of $2K per month. And they are retired. And the primary caretakers of their adult son and secondary caretakers of 2 elderly grandmothers with stroke and arthritis related illnesses. If you need me to spell it out for you: some of the sickest and most at risk people are not getting the medical care they need to survive and thrive.
Sure we got the “Truth and Reconciliation Act” or whatever they’re calling that bullshit to help those abused and hurt in residential schools, but we still can’t honour the treaties to save our lives, we still aren’t providing adequate funding for treatment related to the centuries of government abuse (it still counts even before we were called Canada, IMO) we still aren’t protecting aboriginal women and children from violence, rape, murder, sexual trafficking.
Canada ain’t shit. And if you don’t get that, then you’re head is up your ass and you need to GTFO or work to make it better.
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Yes, for many women being Middle Eastern and a feminist is a death sentence. However, this has not stopped MANY brave women and men for fighting for gender equality in the region. There are now more shelters, women’s groups and organizations than ever before in the region- which to me is a sign of hope and that we CAN envision a society where people are not judged based on their gender, sexuality or aspirations; no matter the barriers or obstacles in our way.
For me, as a Middle Eastern woman living in the West, this means that I have an obligation and a moral duty to speak about the issues that occur, especially to women and members of LGBTQAI+ communities in the region. As someone who has experienced many of the negative aspects of gender inequality in the region and who now lives in a safe space, it is beyond important that I speak about, highlight and uncover some of the taboo and deeply hidden aspects of Middle Eastern cultures and social settings. Everyday women die because of honour or messed up cultural and religious values. And STILL many people, especially women, risk their lives to speak about these issues in the hope of changing the culture. If they can brave the immense amounts of violence and abuse in their way than surely I can, in the safety on my privileged sphere, also take some time to help and continue the conversation.
I think we also fail to see that feminism is not an exclusively Western invention. That MANY non Western cultures and civilizations have had feminist waves, feminist scholars, feminist activists and icons. If you are aware of Middle Eastern and Asian history you could easy find a number of powerful feminists. So the idea of a Middle Eastern feminist is not so much an anomaly. Further, people in different parts of the Middle East are incredibly enlightened, educated, informed, humane, feminist and egalitarian. It just so happens that there are too many corrupt elites, Islamists and domination of key natural resources so that the liberal aspects of society are often heavily repressed. I think it is also important that we do not ALWAYS equate the Middle East with religious fundamentalism as the region is by no means homogeneous in culture, in religion, in history, in political and economic development. There is much diversity.
Finally, I think your blog name is rather sad and offensive to a large portion of humanity. Only the privileged deny the rights of others to live as they want. Only a deeply colonized mind wilfully ignores the intersectionality of oppressions and gleefully contributes to their reproduction.