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Because autism is so much worse than dying of the measles…

From The Beaverton: Child dying from measles just glad he isn’t autistic

TORONTO – Quarantined in his hospital room after contracting a fatal case of measles, little Timothy Bartlet told reporters how glad he was that his parents opted not to vaccinate for fear of giving him autism.

“Wow! It sure is hard to die painfully from a totally preventable disease, but I guess it’s better than having autism, a disease with which many have led rich, full lives,” said Timmy. “Although I know the medical consensus is that there is no connection between vaccines and autism, I’m sure my parents knew what they were doing.”

Continued Timmy: “I mean, Daddy knew I would get sick when I ate those five cookies. Clearly his medical knowledge is up to snuff.”

Bartlet, who says he used to enjoy Pokemon, soda, and being alive, tells everyone how great it is to be left totally defenseless against common childhood diseases from the 1940s. However, he’s quick to point out that his parents don’t deserve all the credit.

“It was my parents’ decision to not vaccinate me,” said Timmy, in between hacking coughs. “But they would never have done it without all the uninformed leaders in the community: dangerously uneducated homeopaths, and of course the constant, untrustworthy behaviour of Big Pharma that drives people away from effective medicine.”

“The real credit goes to you.”

Timmy went on to say that, since measles is highly contagious, his parents can soon take credit for the happy struggle of many of his classmates.

Is Sam Harris a white supermacist?

Ed Brayton discusses Sam Harris’ wrong position on Black Lives Matter, and why this kind of down-low white supremacism is so dangerous.

Now, on to this notion that “in 2017, all identity politics is detestable.” But why is this true in 2017 and not previously? Would he tell Martin Luther King that it was “the wrong move for African Americans to be organizing around the variable of race”? If not, what has changed? When a group of people is targeted for discrimination on the basis of their race, why should they not organize around that identity to protect themselves and one another? Indeed, what on earth is the alternative?

Is it wrong for the National Organization for Women to “organize around the variable of their gender”? Or for LGBT groups to do so? For that matter, does Harris think that American Atheists should disband rather than be “dangerous” and “divisive” by engaging in “identity politics”? If not, why not? What’s the difference? Why would it only be “retrograde” to organize around racial identity rather than gender, sexual orientation or religious belief or non-belief?

No, this is all folly. Let me make this clear: If a group is being attacked, denigrated, discriminated against or targeted because of their identity, be it racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, or whatever, they are not the ones engaging in identity politics. Those who are targeting them because of their identity are doing so and they not only should, they must organize together under the umbrella of the identity being attacked in order to push back against the forces of reaction and defend their rights, their equality, and in many cases their very humanity.

What I learned from camgirls

I used to have a bunch of camgirl mutuals (on an account I no longer use) and what I learned from them about the realities of being a camgirl couldn’t be farther from the glamorized image of the fun/happy camgirl who makes a living (or at least a hefty amount of spending money) by just showing off her body.

“Body positivity” that encourages women to take nude pictures and post sexual content online as proof of “feeling good” about their bodies has led to many young girls thinking being a camgirl would be fun. I’m thinking specifically of several 16-17 year old girls I’ve seen post about how they can’t wait to turn 18 so they can be a camgirl. Or women around 18-20 who post about wanting to start camming soon. It’s not the glamorous life you’ve been told it is.

Most of the camgirls I followed struggled with bills. Being a full-time camgirl was not enough. They were either in debt, or being supported by someone else. These were women of all different shapes and sizes; including thin white women with sharp noses (who would be considered the epitome of beauty by western beauty standards). So no, it’s not that these women weren’t “hot” enough.

The money was not fast nor easy. The ones who were remotely successful had to purchase professional lighting. They had either a separate room in their homes set up and decorated for camming, or they’d make their bed their studio. They had to buy lots of lingerie and sexy costumes. Guys aren’t interested in seeing the same nude woman (or woman in the same 2 sets of lingerie she owns) over and over. They want to know that you’re spending money and effort to please them. Camgirls would have to regularly post on multiple social media accounts (most had at least 3, including Tumblr and Twitter). They’d post their cam schedules for the week/month. They’d make several posts in the hours leading up to their cam show, advertising that they’re about to go live, complete with teaser pics. This was all in the hopes that men would see the posts and be enticed enough to pay to see their show, or order videos. The men were lazy and entitled. They wouldn’t do research to find the *perfect* woman they wanted to see, they’d order women up like delivery. You’ve gotta keep making posts, every hour on the hour, if you want men to see you and notice you. It also requires being on-call, constantly. They don’t care what you’re doing or where you are, you’d better be ready to immediately engage in cyber sex or respond with glee to their sexual harassment. Many men would demand women send them pics immediately as well (whether or not these guys would pay for that is another story). That was the point; they wanted these women to be their virtual sex dolls, women they could control from miles away, for free or dirt cheap. Oh, you’re out shopping/at work/at a friend’s house? They’d tell you they don’t give a fuck, you better send them a picture of you pouting while spreading your labia like the insatiable slut you are, right now, or they’re never buying any content from you ever again. Many camgirls would try to do it quickly (while noone’s looking or noone’s in the room), or sneak off to the bathroom to do it so they could appease these guys, and hope they buy from them in the future. Many would say that’s not good enough, they don’t want an exposed picture from the safety of a bathroom. They want you to spread your legs or expose a breast where you might get caught. They wanted these women to be in danger of being caught exposing themselves, and they wanted the fantasy of the insatiable slut who was so money hungry and wanted dick that she didn’t care, and would do anything to please him. (That was another thing, camgirls were regularly posited as money grubbing gold diggers for asking for anything for their content. The men expected it for free.)

This gets to the hosting sites. Even if you had enough money for your own site, who’s gonna find it? Who’s gonna know about it? It’s better to use a well known site that men go to for camgirls. Most cam girls would use cam girl hosting sites which would act as pimps. The one that gave women the highest percentage of revenue I could find at the time was one that kept 60% of the profits from every sale. These sites were always designed for the benefit of the men, not the camgirls. It would be “against the rules” to show full nudity in preview panels (you have to pay to go into a camgirl’s “room”) but the sites would do nothing about camgirls who did show full nudity for free. Why is a guy gonna pay to get into your room, when another girl is doing it for free? That’s another thing. Samples. It was a constant struggle, with camgirls trying to convince men to pay for their services, and men trying to convince camgirls to do it for free. They’d harass women for “samples” (i.e. free shows/videos/photo sets) before paying. Many men would pose as promoters or pretend to have camsites of their own, and demand you send them free content for “exposure”. Some men would promise to pay for services after receiving them, under the guise of not wanting to be ripped off…and then never pay. A camgirl had done a custom show for a John through a camsite, and he complained to the camsite that he never received the show (despite it happening live on their servers). The camgirl was required to give him a full refund, or be permanently banned from the camsite. It was also “against the rules” for Johns to record cam shows, but they did it all the time. They’d record the shows, upload them to their own sites, and profit off of these women without giving them a penny. There was no recourse. Being exploited and having videos and pictures of your nude body in sex acts resold was just “part of the job”.

Men would dissect every part of you. They’d talk about how parts were too big, too small, not the perfect color, not wet enough, not narrow enough, not wide enough, etc. and camgirls would be told by others to “not take it personally”. How are you not supposed to take it personally when it’s every crevice of your body being scrutinized? As though you are somehow detached from your body?

Camgirls would speak glowingly of men who bought them “gifts” (although these gifts weren’t usually free, they’d be in lieu of payment for a custom video or camshow). The men who did seem to buy camgirls “gifts” would be regular customers. So after paying $5 a pop for 10 videos that involved penetration in every orifice, giving you a couple bucks in your camshow room while you moaned about how much you wanted his dick, and sending you sexually harassing emails for months (that you’re obligated to be nice about if you want to keep him as a customer), he decided to be generous and buy you a $20 Lush item from your Amazon wishlist. Big whoop. And yes, camgirls would be forced to sell their vids/pics/shows for dirt cheap. Men were consuming them like products, and as products, they wanted the most value for the least amount of money. Again, why would he pay you $50 when there are hundreds of other camgirls he can buy content from for $5? Camgirls would often offer “rewards” for gifts (like a custom vid/pic set), and men would come out of the woodwork to double dip. Declaring that they’d treated the woman and “gifted” her money already – the money they spent buying content previously. After paying $5 for that full-length video, he’s now demanding free custom content as a reward…for “treating” you with that $5. Those guys didn’t see it as paying for a service. They felt entitled to these women’s bodies for free, and viewed any money they paid as overly generous donations that they should be further rewarded for.

Men didn’t want to see lots of different dynamic women in sexual situations. What they wanted was a fantasy. Regardless of how a camgirl started out, most would eventually gravitate toward the fantasy persona that sells – the happy insatiable woman who craved dick constantly, from any and every man. That’s what got them more views and responses on social media, because that’s what men wanted to see. Another “part of the job” was regular sexual harassment from men and dick pics. Whenever a camgirl would complain, she’d be told that it was “part of the job” and if she didn’t like it, she didn’t belong in the industry. Being a camgirl meant being a ragdoll for men to use and abuse, even though they couldn’t touch you. You weren’t a person. If you wanted them to throw some money your way, you had to dehumanize yourself into a dick crazed nymphomaniac who enjoyed rape threats.

Mild sex or normal masturbation didn’t get much attention. You had to be creative. Do weird and degrading things. Men seemed to like when camgirls would do a “show” together, especially if they looked incredibly uncomfortable. I remember one camgirl in particular getting lots of attention from men after she had injured her vagina during a show. They loved it. They loved that she had internally hurt herself for the pleasure of the men watching.

Men wanted to consume these women. All of them. Their entire lives. While the Johns would be communicating from anonymous accounts (or accounts with male profile pictures that were most likely not them), the camgirl was completely exposed (no pun intended). They’d demand to know more information, and camgirls would go to extreme lengths to try to keep the rest of their lives private (where they live, their friends, who they’re in a relationship with, etc). They were all trying to toe the dangerous line of men who were infatuated enough with their sexuality to give them money, but not infatuated enough to stalk them. Many had stalkers, endured violent threats, and men would threaten to send video and pictures of their shows to friends and family. They got off to “exposing” these women as “filthy sluts”, knowing that she would be the only one facing scrutiny, not him.

A camgirl got a bunch of backlash from Johns and unfollows once she made a post about having sex…that wasn’t on camera. They hated that she had sex for her own pleasure, off camera. They wanted the entirety of her sexuality to be a performance. For them. She said she couldn’t wait to save enough money so that she could delete all her profiles and her camgirl persona would no longer exist.

Did you know med students may perform unconsensual pelvic exams while you’re under?

Some articles and videos on the subject:
Conversations We Shouldn’t Still Be Having: Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia
At Your Cervix

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal on: Faith Healing, Simulationism, Vacuous “Ultra-rational” Ideologies.



From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (1, 2, 3).

The Onion on: politician’s outdated beliefs.

From The Onion: Archaeologists Discover Fully Intact 17th-Century Belief System In Ohio Congressman

COLUMBUS, OH—Marveling at how well preserved the archaic opinions were, a team of archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution announced Thursday the discovery of a fully intact 17th-century belief system in Ohio congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH). “It’s just extraordinary to come across a perspective that dates back to the the mid-1600s and shows absolutely no signs of decay,” said Dr. Claire Goedde, explaining that while it’s not uncommon to encounter partial remains of convictions from that era, it’s exceedingly rare to recover a specimen this pristine. “All the 400-year-old viewpoints remain almost completely untouched, from religion’s place in society to the rights of women to the attitude toward science. I can only imagine the insights this single sample will provide as to how people who lived centuries ago saw the world around them.” Goedde added, however, that the congressman’s belief system was fragile even in near-perfect condition and could deteriorate rapidly if examined too much.

What does actual female power mean?

Actual female power:

RESOURCES – having everything you need for survival and socializing without ever having to depend on men, having a secure place to live, source of nourishment and heat without ever having to consider marriage, sex work, or any kind of catering to men in order to establish mere survival on this planet.

AUTONOMY – full control over your own body. Not ever having to be touched against your will, or have another person control any part of your body, especially your reproductive abilities, deciding on your own and for your own benefit what happens with your body, knowing what’s good for your body and exact risks you take if you’re willing to subject it to pregnancy, sex, or any other condition, not ever taking a bigger risk than you feel safe taking.

COMMUNITY – Bonding, sharing, belonging, participating, being protected by a community of women with the same interests, same experiences, and same goals as you have, knowing that all or most of your experiences are common and normal in society you live in, receiving support, validation and help in all of your issues, knowing that no matter what happens, women will have your back, as you have theirs, standing united against threats that hit us as a whole.

KNOWLEDGE – receiving the formidable knowledge women of history have created and achieved on this planet, knowing that women created everything and everyone, knowing the role your sex has played on this planet was vital and immeasurable, knowing your history, knowing what we had to fight for and what we still have to fight for, having a conscious mind about the endless achievements and labour women preformed, as well as the endless violence and crimes committed against our sex, and the danger we’re put in from day to day.

PHYSICAL STRENGTH – our bodies are created strong, and the stronger we get, the more chance we achieve for physical safety, having the ability to beat the crap out of anyone who tries to assault you is a real power, looking too physically intimidating to even be attacked is a real, big asset, not being threatened physically by men is a luxury most women don’t have due to social pressure to keep our bodies small and fragile, so aiming for body as strong as possible is a real power, and it’s a power men don’t want us to have.

AGENCY – acting in favour of your own interests, knowing what those interests are and knowing how to take action that will bring you to your goals, never wasting time on representing the interests of a group that works against you, never wasting your energy, labour or time on those who see you as less than a human, fighting for all that you know you deserve, and know you can get, never letting someone else speak for you or decide for you, never putting your human rights on hold for the sake of other’s goals.

SAFETY – this is a power we have to fight for the most. Safety from psychological and emotional terror society enforces onto us in order to change our bodies, to give up on our strength, looks, bodily autonomy, confidence, freedom. Safety from falling into traps men have created in order to exploit us, safety from our bodies being sold, safety from abusive marriage, safety from physical violence, sexual violence, safety from having our autonomy taken away from us, from the credit of our intelligence and our labour and our creations taken from us, safety from having to spend our entire lives catering to predators in mere hope they will spare us the pain they’re inflicting on any woman who isn’t doing what she’s being told. We deserve to be protected from all of it. We deserve to have full lives without the epidemic of psychological, physical and sexual violence ever touching our lives, much less dictating them.

Note that men already have all of these, it’s given to them by default, resources are available for them in much greater quantity, autonomy of their body is achieved, they receive plenty of validation and community from their male peers, male authority, and male directed media, their stories and achievements are over-represented in every single history course, their physical strength is celebrated and they’re encouraged to get as strong as possible, they wouldn’t dream of representing anyone’s interests but their own, and they’re safe from a big chunk of emotional, psychological and sexual terror women are going thru every single moment of their life, even if other men still from a physical threat to some of them.

WE HAVE RIGHT TO RESOURCES AS WELL. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO OUR BODIES. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMMUNITY. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO OUR HISTORY. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CELEBRATE OUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT FREELY FOR OUR OWN INTERESTS. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAFETY FROM ABUSE. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE LIBERATED FROM SOCIETY THAT WOULD TAKE ALL OF THIS FROM US.

Men know that men are vile and disgusting.

This whole thread is worth reading.

men have such profound cognitive dissonance when it comes to rape. like when I was young my dad didn’t want me hanging out with guys because knew “what teenage boys are like” and didn’t trust them with me, but he’s a conservative who thinks feminists are crazy because “not all men” are bad.

men will call women paranoid and resent us for treating men as if they might become dangerous, but if we do get hurt, they’ll turn around and blame us for being stupid and naive.

like, if I don’t go home with a guy because he might be dangerous, I’m sexist and unfairly generalizing men as violent. if I do go and something happens, it’s my fault putting myself in a dangerous position. men know that they are a danger to us, but they don’t want us to know—except their daughters.