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princess-neville:

girls being kept out of the sciences and pushed into the humanities; the humanities being valued less in our society than the sciences; and the humanities and sciences being looked at as stark opposites that couldn’t possibly be enjoyed for the same reasons are all problems that need to in some degree be tackled together 

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owlturdcomix:

Marvel should call any minute now.

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moosekleenex:

Maxi dresses.

LOOLLL

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Today, July 14th, is an extremely important day for students and girls around the world. Today is Malala Day, an internationally recognized day to celebrate Malala Yousafzai, the brilliant Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban at age 15 for campaigning relentlessly to promote compulsory public education for all girls in her birthplace, Mingora, a village in the Swat Valley. Malala learned the value of education from her father Ziauddin, an activist who spent years founding schools in areas that previously lacked educational opportunities and resources. Thus, when an extremist group attempted to take away her and her peers’ access to education, Ziauddin and Malala spoke out, and embarked on an extraordinary journey.

When the Taliban entered Swat, they immediately initiated a sort of war on information and education, twisting the words of the Quran and banning and burning DVDs, CDs, television and radio stations, music, books, and other items they deemed “un-Islamic.” They limited television and radio access to Taliban stations only, preaching across the airwaves that women should not be allowed to leave the house unaccompanied by a husband, let alone go to school. After Mullah Fazlullah, head of the Swat Taliban, declared on his radio show that all girls’ schools were required to shut down by January 15th of 2009, Malala decided to take action. Amidst constant school bombings and ongoing militant-based threats directed at fellow Swat activists, Malala began writing a blog under a pseudonym for BBC Urdu, in which she documented life under the Taliban, and fought to raise awareness of the dire situation the girls of Swat were facing. The blog gained global attention, and when Malala was shot by a militant on a schoolbus in 2012 (after attending school in defiance of the Taliban for several years), activists all across the world spoke up in support of her cause. Malala miraculously survived the assassination attempt, and was further inspired to continue her fight to achieve education for all children not just in the Swat Valley, but in every corner of the world. She was honored with Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, among other awards, and was the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

On this symbolic day, appropriately set on Malala’s 17th birthday, Malala is visiting the girls from the Chibok 234 who managed to escape the Boko Haram in Nigeria, as well as their families and the relatives of the girls who are still being held in captivity. Malala is meeting with these girls and parents in order to help raise awareness for their situation and the millions of other girls who lack the means to attend school or are banned from doing so. Malala is set to make a formal address today, and issued this statement beforehand: “Whether the schoolgirls still held in captivity by Boko Haram, to the school children caught in the crossfire of escalating violence in Gaza and Israel, to the 66 million girls today who can’t get the education that is their human right, my birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices so that those without a voice can be heard. We can be stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty. The road to education, peace and equality is long, but we will succeed if we walk it together.”

On this Malala Day, take time to appreciate the educational resources you have been provided with, and help raise awareness of those who are not so fortunate. One of the biggest ways you can help is to donate to the Malala Fund, a foundation dedicated to empowering girls to make their own change which has joined with other organizations to advocate for global education. Support Malala’s birthday wish, and help millions of children around the world gain the knowledge that is their human right, not a privilege that should be limited to a select few.

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spoopy-donut:

Azealia Banks, Grimes, Sky Ferreira, Charli XCX and Porcelain Black for ‘V’ Magazine - November 2012

They all look so fucking fabulous. 

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fotojournalismus:

Airstrikes in Gaza | July 2014

1. An Israeli activist carries a placard during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on July 9, 2014. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Reuters)

3. Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of members of Hamad family in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

4. Palestinians inspect the remains of a car which was hit in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 9, 2014. (Ashraf Amrah/Reuters)

5. Relatives of eight Palestinian members from al-Haj family, who medics said were killed in an early morning air strike that destroyed at least two homes, mourn during their funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

6. A picture taken in Gaza City on July 10, 2014 shows a damaged building after it was hit by an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. A Palestinian woman runs carrying a girl following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza city on July 9, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/Reuters)

8. Two boys stand near damage caused by Israeli warplanes in Gaza on July 10, 2014. (Yasser Qudih/NurPhoto/Corbis)

9. Israelis watch as smoke rises after air strikes across the border in northern Gaza on July 8, 2014. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)

10. A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a destroyed house the day after an Israeli strike in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

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However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.

Henry David Thoreau

Walden - Conclusion

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forthecatholicgirls:

[Ed. note: This post is a submission in a series of why one can be religious, or affiliated with a religious group, and still approve the use of contraception. To submit a post on this issue, go here.]

I’ve been raised Catholic my whole life. I was baptized and went to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to 8th grade, but myself and my family believe strongly in birth control. I myself am on the birth control pill Junel 1/20.
We believe that all women should have access to affordable (if not free) birth control. When my mother was 14 she had uterine cysts that she needed treatment for even though she was in no way sexually active. She needed various hormones to help go along with the treatment and prevent ovulation and periods. Even further than the medical applications of birth control, women should all have full control over their sex lives. If men were the ones to get pregnant then they would have FREE birth control at pharmacy. Even though people are of the same religion there can be varying degrees to which they believe and there are hundreds of ways to interpret something. Religious freedom is freedom for someone to say “look I don’t believe that birth control is moral. So I, myself, will not use it.” Religious freedom is not saying “I don’t believe in this so no one else should have it.” That’s just forcing your beliefs on someone else.