“Young people in Europe and North America in particular, but increasingly throughout the world, are being psychologically prepared for useless jobs, trained in how to pretend to work, and then by various means shepherded into jobs that almost nobody really believes serve any meaningful purpose.”
There's a certain dominant media cauldron of white moderates who take fascist greivance at face value, launder it by stripping out the most blatant dogwhistles, and continue to amplify racist ideas using more palatable rhetoric.
If someone uncritically forms their worldview based on such media, learns to excise anti-black terms from their vocabulary one-by-one, but does nothing to change their media consumption habits...I'm not sure that person actually ends up less racist.
Abortion and Trans Lives
Now is a really good time to check up on your trans men, trans masc, and non-binary friends who are watching in real time as the phrase “women’s right to choose” erases their existence as a person with a uterus affected by this.
Now is also a really good time to check up on your trans women, trans femmes, and non-binary friends, because there’s lots of us who wish they could have kids, and fully support abortion rights, but are excluded in this conversation too.
Quannah Chasinghorse dressing to interpret the Gilded Age outside a Eurocentric lens: https://www.vogue.com/article/quannah-chasinghorse-met-gala-2022
Dentalium shell beads are classic, traditional, associated with wealth and opulence, and were being traded from the west coast to other parts of the continent in the 1800s (into Dakota by the 1860s): https://www.lakotatimes.com/articles/pankeska-pestola-dentalium-shell/
The choker section of Quannah's necklace is similar to the one worn in this photo from 1906.
climate change, suicide
Despite semi-viral birdsite nonsense, the barricades at the Supreme Court building did not go up within "minutes" of the Politico article, but instead were already put up after a scientist self-immolated on the steps to protest climate change.
(If you didn't know that happened, it's not your fault: his death made some headlines but somehow, even in "liberal" papers, you had to read deep into the article to find his motive.)
news, USpol, Roe v. Wade, background (maternal mortality, white supremacy)
A bit of context on likely societal impacts of forced childbirth. The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world, and unlike other wealthy countries, the rate is rising, not falling: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/health/maternal-mortality.html
"According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women’s health…The disproportionate toll on African Americans is the main reason the U.S. maternal mortality rate is so much higher than that of other affluent countries." Like many racial disparities, it cuts across educational and income levels, too: "A 2016 analysis of five years of data [from NYC hospitals] found that black college-educated mothers who gave birth in local hospitals were more likely to suffer severe complications of pregnancy or childbirth than white women who never graduated from high school." https://www.propublica.org/article/nothing-protects-black-women-from-dying-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth
For more background, see the rest of ProPublica's "Lost Mothers" series: https://www.propublica.org/series/lost-mothers
news, USpol, Roe v. Wade (-----)
"The [U.S.] Supreme Court [will vote] to strike down the landmark _Roe v. Wade_ decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO."
The *official* decision is not expected for another few months. Politico's source says 4 Republican-appointed judges are on board, the 3 Democratic-appointed ones opposed, and Roberts undecided.
While the outcome isn't surprising (the question was whether _Roe_ would be overturned outright, or chipped away like the Voting Rights Act), someone leaking the opinion to the press *is*; it indicates conflict behind the scenes.
Note to uterine-Americans: as anyone familiar with U.S. repro rights will tell you, the anti-choice movement's ultimate goal is banning birth control. Plan accordingly.
I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.
Jock Dad of Friend Camp.
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