micdotcom

policymic:

36 men show us what real male activists look like

Ultimately, the #YesAllWomen rallying cry reached more than 1 million tweets in the days since the tragedy, outlasting even Kim Kardashian’s wedding on Sunday. But women are not the only ones frustrated by our society’s institutionalized misogyny. So many men, too, reported feeling disgusted by the attitudes of the shooter and his alleged peers, the “men’s rights activists” that not only influenced Rodger, but publicly predicted more violence if men aren’t given what they want.

Men deserve their own space to talk back to these “activists.” Here is just a small part of that response, but you can find more responses or post your own on the hashtag #AllMenCan, because all men can have respect for women without ever becoming less of a man.

Read more | Follow policymic

gaywrites

gaywrites:

The Houston City Council yesterday passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure banning anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Previously, Houston was the only major city in the United States that didn’t offer these protections. 

The ordinance broadly bans discrimination — on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — as well as on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military states, religion, disability, genetic information, or pregnancy.

Parker and proponents of the measure say it will allow the city to address and investigate discrimination claims in the areas of housing, public accommodations, and employment — with exemptions for religious employers and employers with fewer than 50 employees. Churches and religious institutions are exempt, but businesses are not, Parker emphasized during the testimony.

I can be your HERO, baby. 

micdotcom

policymic:

What Jose Mujica did before becoming the “world’s most humble president”

"They stole food trucks and then distributed the goods in the slums," said Brum. "They attacked government facilities like the national Naval Academy … and without firing a shot, stole every gun, every vehicle in there, and left some smart propaganda banners."

Mujica was eventually captured in 1972, spent 14 years in prison, was shot by police six times and escaped twice. He also spent more than a decade in solitary confinement, often in a hole in the ground. He went more than a year without bathing and spoke to frogs and insects to maintain his sanity.

Read more | Follow policymic

minuiko
rkirkman:

tarteauxfraises:

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)



Nancy Wake has been a hero of mine for ages, a phenomenal woman

NancyWake

rkirkman:

tarteauxfraises:

kendrajbean:

In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

Nancy Wake has been a hero of mine for ages, a phenomenal woman

NancyWake