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"The purpose of understanding your privilege isn’t to make you feel something. Not guilt, not shame, not anything else. It’s to help you understand that you have a set of things you take for granted that other people don’t have, so that you can change the way you act."

- tacit: Some thoughts on privilege: Look, it isn’t about your guilt. (via brutereason)

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hel-looks:

Jussi, 20
“I’m wearing a self-made leather vest, a vintage knit, my brother’s old jeans and shoes from Dinsko.
At the moment I like big pullovers, leather, studs and extraordinary prints. Givenchy is my favourite but anything can inspire me.”
16 November 2013, Aleksanterinkatu

urbanplannerholic:

Real-Life Instagram Turns A City Into An Indictment Of Our Distracted Photo Culture

Artist Bruno Ribeiro thinks we spend too much time taking photos with our phones. So he created an analog version of Instagram and placed it near London landmarks. Surprise: people took out their phones to capture the moment.

Walking down certain London streets, you’ll run into “Real Life Instagram”: an analog version of the app made of cardboard and cellophane and stuck to a post or wall to frame an interesting view.

The artist behind the project, Bruno Ribeiro, explains that he was inspired to create it both as a tribute to Instagram and a reminder that it’s worthwhile to occasionally leave your phone in your pocket.

“I’m a huge fan of Instagram—both the app itself and also the way it changes our habits,” Ribiero says. “It brought photography to our daily life, not just when we’re on vacation. It made us more observant of details—things we haven’t seen before, and it made us learn more about photography in general.”

On the other hand, he says, Instagram is just another way that we stay tethered to our phones, and he wants to help push people to disconnect. “I’m from a pre-Internet generation,” he says. “I’m 35 years old—I’m kind of an old guy. I think the obsession with being connected 24/7 is kind of weird. I’ve been living abroad for a long time, so I see technology bringing people who are physically far away closer, but it’s simultaneously pushing people away from their own neighbors.”

The project, he hopes, will help people take a moment to notice things about the city. “I want to say, look at this amazing cathedral you’re missing because you’re checking your email,” Ribiero says. “But I also want to bring a little joy to people’s lives—it’s not that I want to be very serious and make a statement. I don’t want to preach. If people are commuting and see these on a lamppost or a wall, and they smile, for me, it works.”

(via humanscalecities)

How Feminism Hurts Men

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The immorality of college admissions

Bike Snob NYC: Shafted Again.

In response to “Is it O.K. to Kill Cyclists?" originally published in the New York Times:

 ”Everybody’s a little right?”  You should be starting to get a little bit uncomfortable at this point.  Drivers are “a little right” to be “furious at cyclists for clogging roads?”  Do me a favor: tonight, at the peak of the evening rush, please head out to the BQE or the LIE or the 405 or your favorite local clogged automotive artery and find me the cyclists who are responsible for that particular clusterfuck.  In fact, find me any situation (outside of annual charity rides or actual protests such as Critical Mass, which are statistically insignificant) in which cyclists are delaying motorists by more than a handful of seconds.  Even the hated Sunday group rides that cause suburban motorists to lose their shit because a bunch of Freds are taking up the road really don’t cause them any appreciable delay.  All it means is that a driver has to go 20mph instead of 30mph for a minute or two—but of course every second counts when you’re headed to the shopping center for those bagels […]

It’s impossible, and in fact downright stupid, to “obey the letter of the law” on your bicycle when you find yourself in a situation where the streets and the laws are designed specifically for cars, which describes most of the United States.  Moreover, it’s gone way, way past the point where cyclists should need to prove to the very people who are fucking us (that’s drivers and police officers) that we “deserve respect.”  We deserve respect for being human, and it ends there.  Yet we’re supposed to be good little boy scouts and girl scouts—even when it’s more dangerous for us to do so—to prove we’re deserving of not being killed?  That’s just stupid and insulting.

hel-looks:

Ilmo, 31
“I bought the Tiger suit because of the colour. The shirt I had made in Thailand, the hat is United Nude, shoes Camper and the bag Freitag.
I like suits, casual, individual style and mixing old with new.”
19 June 2013, Hietalahdenranta
hel-looks:

Mandi, 19
“I bought a Mirkka Metsola jacket like this. Then it got stolen on a tram. And I bought another similar one, because I liked it so much.
The trousers are by H&M and shoes by Jeffrey Campbell.”
26 September 2013, Aleksanterinkatu

16 People On Things They Couldn't Believe About America Until They Moved [There]

Here’s a good one:

Sport obsession. In downtown Toronto where I live (I believe this still counts for North America) everyone runs; or rides a bike; or skates; or makes yoga in the park; Public tennis courts and pools are full all summer long, not mentioning fitness clubs. Downtowners are crazy for health and fitness in the positive sense and are generally in the good shape. However, the farther from downtown you get, the bigger people get. In suburbs you barely notice anyone walking.
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Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?

Coming Out as Biracial

feministepiphanies:

A few months ago, I not-so-subtly asserted myself as biracial while having dinner with a new coworker. “I’m a Capricorn,” she’d said. “Yeah…my mom’s black,” I responded (not verbatim, but the exchange was similar). Whoa. What? Immediately after I injected that part of my identity into the conversation, I had a come-to-Jesus moment. What was I doing? Did I always do this when I met new people?

The answer, if you’re wondering, is yes.” […]

It’s witnessing one of the most exciting conversations about race since the civil rights movement, and wondering whether you’re the white voice that should shut up and listen, or the black voice that should speak out, or the mixed voice that should ???.

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ursulatheseabitchh:

So I made this thing and I’m pretty proud of it, haha.

(via fearlessfeminism)

The Logic of Stupid Poor People