Spent the weekend in DC learning and growing with this year's @youngpeoplefor national summit trainers. In this toxic political climate, I've had some bad days where it's felt like my work isn't enough and I wasn't enough to move our country forward. It's been at times disheartening, heartbreaking. However, to spend the weekend building community with amazing activists and changemakers from all over our nation working towards a better tomorrow, a better now has rejuvenated my weathered soul. It is so beautiful to know that I am a tiny piece of a powerful collective of people who are ready to take action and shake shit up. #youngpeoplefor#activism#rejuvenation#communitycare#bethechange#resist
As a 31-year-old, single, fat, feminist, strong, independent, articulate woman in India, you can well imagine how hard it’d be to find me a ‘suitable’ match. I too have realized how often I use this introduction for myself, and how incredibly more often, I needn’t say much after.
The very act of finding a partner for the sake of marriage has appeared more than mildly absurd to me – coming from a critical belief that marriage is far from an achievement, and must not be evaluated as such. And neither is it a necessity to survive. It needs to be a choice, where equal minds, equal people choose to spend their life together.
However, it isn’t viewed as such in a patriarchy-infested culture like ours. The process that everyone around us chooses to resort to, in this quest of a match, is intriguing, demeaning and throws critical light on the deep running quest for patriarchal conformity.
The fact that a man, successful conventionally (ghar, naukri, gaadi idiom) has chosen to ‘evaluate’ me, it added to that list that would find me mildly successful. Why? Why does a male’s ‘interest’ in me, his gaze, dictate my success, by societal standards?
What about my job, my success, my package and my opinions? Do they amount to nothing? What is interesting is, that the ideas of success that conform to society standards are still acceptable when it comes to a woman. But strong opinions, are a testimony to the woman being headstrong, or in common parlance, difficult.
Conformity goes well beyond demeanour and ideas of success. It also seeps deep within in one’s own expectations of one’s life. It is expected that I will eventually be a mother. That I may choose otherwise, or that I have a choice to exercise doesn’t even register. Because my body must accept what is expected of it.
Read the entire piece on this woman's experience of arranged marriage by clicking on the link in bio.
Dozens of riders took to the streets of South Florida Monday for the annual “wheels up, guns down” ride, putting themselves and others at risk.
As day turned into night, riders continued speeding through the streets of Miami, popping wheelies and driving recklessly on their motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs.
Miami-Dade Police say that between January 13 and January 15 there were eight felony arrests, six misdemeanor arrests and three traffic arrests. They handed out 18 hazardous moving violations and eight non-hazardous. Additionally, four firearms were seized, three vehicles were impounded and 72 dirk bikes and ATVs were impounded.
“The problem is that they go through red lights, speed and create havoc and that’s something that’s unacceptable on our streets,” said Miami Dade Police Director Juan Perez.
Chopper 4 was over the riders as they made their way up NW 27th Avenue, narrowly missing cars and spotted them driving the wrong way on the Gratigny Expressway.
That’s where two dozen Miami-Dade police officers questioned eight men who were on mini-bikes just as dozens of other bikers flew by.
“We had motorcycles and ATVs traveling throughout the streets in a reckless manner, putting other people in danger among themselves,” said Alvaro Zabaleta with Miami-Dade Police. “One of them is in critical condition from an accident that occurred yesterday and of course this is something that could’ve been ultimately avoided.”
Tensions really heated up late in the afternoon near 199th Street and 10th Avenue when a Florida Highway Patrol officer pointed what looks to be a stun gun at two riders.
He pushed them over before ordering one to lay face down on the ground.
As he walked back to his own vehicle, a man on a dirt bike flies in and actually tries to kick the officer before eventually circling back around and kicking the officer’s car several times. #wheelsupgunsdown#bikesupgunsdown#miami#mlkday#atvs#dirtbikes#police#cops#arrests#motorcycles#impounded#violence#stungun#resist#paperchaserdotcom#florida#drmartinlutherkingjr#stunts#wheelie#meekmill#news#idgaf#fuckit#wemobbin#shutdown#youneedtocutit#donaldtrump#jamminjoe