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Sex Industry Facts

fawnthefeminist:

Prevalence:

  • There are more women employed by the sex industry now than any other time in history
  • There are more strip clubs in the US than in any other nation in the world
  • Hollywood releases 11,000 adult movies per year - more than 20 times the mainstream movie…

The most fundamental tools of understanding; kindness, and compassion toward our bedside nurses & patients, is sometimes lost in the shuffle of administration’s concern to speed track medical and nursing care. What’s evident is that workers are expected to treat and street, juggle unsafe patient assignments - all the while covering breaks for fellow nurses, squeeze in time consuming in-services, while keeping one watchful eye on unstable patients, mentor new nurses without the proper supportive resources, and somehow provide high quality care. It comes as no surprise to any nurse, doctor, physician assistant, NP, LPN, or nursing assistant on the front line of care, when a colleague is exhausted to the point of burning out - yet administration sets unrealistic standards that seem to have neglected the most valuable components; the foundations of care and service. What’s needed, are perhaps leaders with a clear vision, an inherent character and courage to stand for what they know to be the right thing, the heart to follow through with what they profess, a solid understanding of the daily struggles of the workers on the front line, a caring and flexible mind that listens to the thoughts of those actually delivering the care, the kindness that recognizes some days it’s just not possible to be on point, the compassion of what it may potentially mean to be a patient or family caught in the middle of daily conflict, and a keen remembrance & respect of what it means to be a resident doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, bedside nurse, or nursing assistant. What will it take to remember this?

—Nurse X (via dancingnurse-ed)

(via premedmotivation)

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raaawrbin:

stirringwind:

raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.  

Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.

The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.

Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it. 

^^^^ YES

"They can’t kill us all"

Oh, God, they’re brave.

Make no mistake, when school administrators patrol hallways checking out the legs, arms, shoulders and skin of 10- and 11-year-old girls, and micromanaging their appearance, they are objectifying them and encouraging them to self-objectify in the same way that popular media or purity cultures do.

—Soraya Chemaly, School Dress Codes: The Funny-Not-Funny Video You Have to See (via joffi)

(Source: m.huffpost.com, via skeptikhaleesi)

womensliberationfront:

“Stigma never put its hands around my throat and tried to strangle me. It’s men who buy sex who do that. Stop shifting the blame.”- Rachel Moran, prostitution survivor and author of “Paid For”Prostitution is the intersection of Capitalism and white male supremacy.http://womensliberationfront.org/

womensliberationfront:

“Stigma never put its hands around my throat and tried to strangle me. It’s men who buy sex who do that. Stop shifting the blame.”
- Rachel Moran, prostitution survivor and author of “Paid For”

Prostitution is the intersection of Capitalism and white male supremacy.
http://womensliberationfront.org/

(via ragingnewborn)

Gaming culture was never anything but this weird, insular, xenophobic ghetto built around very toxic notions of masculinity and persecution complex. Games marketed at boys promoted and reinforced this hyper-machismo image, and gamers were seeking to embody it and so it went in an endless self-reinforcing circle. It is no accident that teenagers scream homophobic and gender slurs into their head-sets or brag about “raping” the opposing team in Call of Duty. It’s no accident that video game related message boards basically invented the “tits or gtfo” greeting. It is no accident that Anita Sarkesian could post feminist critiques of SF films, TV shows and novels without much harassment but the moment she started talking about video games, she instantly got death and rape threats. Because this community was not build around tolerance, acceptance of criticism or diversity. It was a fortress of solitude built by man-children to protect their toys from evil mainstream activists.