So I’m not going to have a lot of time to be on Tumblr while I’m in Japan, so if we usually chat/keep in touch, just know that I may be MIA for a while. :)
“Don’t you know that slavery was outlawed?”
“No,” the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons.”
I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people."
"Even women who continue to work full-time after becoming mothers are at an economic disadvantage. Women experience a motherhood wage penalty that cannot be explained by work experience, education, and other factors that are typically associated with one’s earnings. When researchers take into account differences related to earnings such as job experience, educational attainment, and previous part-time employment, they find that mothers receive a 4% wage penalty for the first child and a 12% penalty for each additional child.
Why should mothers earn less, even after differences in work histories and educational attainment are taken into account? Research suggests that mothers earn less because the stereotypes associated with motherhood cause them to be perceived as less capable in the workplace and less worthy of raises and promotions. Good mothers are considered to be nurturing, always available for their children, willing to place their children’s welfare above their own, and continually directing their time and attention to their children. Although research shows that employed mothers are no less committed to their work than are other employees, they suffer economic losses because of the expectation that mothers cannot be fully committed to both work and family.
In other words, their performance, contributions, and effort are less favorably perceived simply because the role of mother is viewed as incompatible with the role of the ideal worker (in which one is expected to be available at all times for work). In her book Opting Out?, sociologist Pamela Stone reveals that many women are “pushed” out when they are given less challenging work or fewer opportunities because of the perception that having children rendered them less committed to career advancement or made them “flight risks.”
In contrast, fatherhood is typically perceived as increasing a man’s commitment to work because his family responsibilities indicate he will be more devoted to work in order to fulfill his duties as a “good provider.” In fact, in contrast to the motherhood wage penalty, research indicates men’s wages increase by 9% with the birth of their first child. Moreover, in comparison to childless men, fathers are viewed as more committed to their work and are offered higher starting salaries."
The harassment has led to tumblr not being fun for me anymore. Congrats. You win. My emotional health is compromised. I hope you’re proud.
I’m so so sorry people are being such asshats. I think you’re lovely, and I appreciate the videos/posts/etc you make. I hope that you get some positive energy in your life to combat all the bullshit that’s been sent your way.
So, re: more important things than fighting biphobic lesbians (and biphobic bisexuals) online. I was wondering - why don’t more of us Bi Tumblr bloggers write about the terrible statistics that I’ve been making memes about? I’d really like to read everyone’s takes on why these things happen. I know I’m definitely not the only one who has guesses, and I hope I’m not the only one interested in these subjects.
IDK. I don’t feel entirely qualified to write about this. I’m not a survivor, so writing about sexual assault would be appropriative. I was bullied in school, but that was years before even I knew that I was bi (ETA: just noticed the graphic is about online bullying, oops. I could try to gather my thoughts about that.) And re: suicide, my ups and downs with depression feel relatively unconnected to my bisexuality? I could be wrong, but that’s how I experience it.
So I feel like it would be wrong of me to write about these things. Would love to read what others have to say, though.
I could write about many of them, as I’ve had personal experiences with many of the topics covered (sadly). However, I’m in Japan for six weeks on study abroad, so it’ll probably be a while before I get to it!
I especially have one story where I was sexually harassed/assaulted because of my bi identity that I can share.
Great graphics/memes, by the way! :)