What is psychology? If asked it can be thought to be the study of the human mind, an exploration of all that is possible and all that is impossible for a single human to accomplish. It can also be exploration of self, of self awareness and the infinite that is the thought process.
So what is psychology? It is not the ability to read the thoughts of others, to sense the underlying feelings of others and it is not the ability to talk someone out of any mental disorder. Rather it is to complete and change the understanding of any situation you are put it and self relate thus improving the situation.
"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." -Voltaire
Studying Clinical Psychology/ Autism at CUNY Queens College
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Some women looking for abortions are being misdirected to “clinics” that have no intention of providing them with such a service.
"Misconception," a short documentary from Vice News, looks at the phenomenon of “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) — organizations staffed by anti-abortion groups, usually religiously-based, that encourage women to follow through with their pregnancies, even if they have already decided to terminate.
Some crisis centers provide factually incorrect advice about the process of abortion and its aftermath, others use religious rhetoric to shame women for their choices. Many such centers receive government funding through federal grants or state programs. Vice estimates that in 2014, CPCs could now outnumber abortion clinics 5 to 1.
The film, produced by Allison Yarrow and Claire Ward, investigates the deceptive practices these “clinics” use. Misrepresenting themselves as abortion providers using manipulative tactics like engineering their pages to show up in online searches for “pregnancy symptoms” or situating themselves next to abortion clinics, CPCs reel women in under false pretenses. Often, as shown in the film, these clinics refuse to provide abortion pricing information over the phone, often only revealing that the procedure is not offered there after subjecting women to a “counseling session” and sonogram.
The idea for the documentary came from Yarrow’s field reporting for a Newsweek feature, "The Abortion War’s Special Ops," which follows anti-abortion activist Lila Rose and pro-abortion rights activist Katie Stack. Stack, who was herself referred to a crisis pregnancy center following an unplanned pregnancy, founded The Crisis Project, which investigates the “medical misinformation, emotional manipulation and religious doctrine” that CPCs commonly use.
In “Misconception,” host Fazeelat Aslam attends the pro-life March For Life in Washington D.C., meets with a young woman in Texas who found herself at a crisis pregnancy center after searching for access to an abortion, and goes undercover with Stack to another CPC. Posing as Stack’s aunt, Aslam films a counseling session in which Stack is advised against abortion.
"[Abortion] could never be safe, because it’s so totally unnatural," an anonymous "counselor" tells Stack and Aslam. "Your body is meant to keep that baby, not to have someone put an instrument in and rip it out."
The film also features hidden camera footage from Stack’s visits to other CPCs around the country, revealing some of the shocking things CPC workers have said to her.
"If people die due to an abortion, later on a lot of times they’re finding parts of the fetus in like the lungs or the heart," one "counselor" says. (Hint: this is not true.)
Yarrow believes that “honest, well-run” crisis pregnancy centers have their place, but that the misrepresentation of their mission is unacceptable.
"Centers should reveal up front that they do not offer abortion services and that their counseling is inspired by an anti-abortion position and religious morals," she told The Huffington Post in an email. "We are all entitled to our own positions on abortion, but I bet many people disagree with taxpayer-funded deception."
Stack and other anti-CPC activists are pushing for CPCs to disclose that they do not provide abortions, so that women directed to these places are fully aware of the resources available to them. Raising awareness of this issue is working: organizations like Google have taken a stand, removing deceptive ads for CPCs from their search results.
"The best way to combat crisis pregnancy center deception is to know where these centers are located in your own hometown, and to inform other men and women in your community where they are and what they do," Yarrow told HuffPost. "Insist that your legislators support bills that require centers to adhere to truth in advertising standards."
Watch the full film above, and find out more about The Crisis Project here.
"Crisis Pregnancy Centers" = hotbeds of deceptive medical information for the anti-choice movement.
H/T: Nina Bahadur at HuffPost Women
Michelle Rodriguez laying down truths
That third gif also sums up the reason why so many queer women in fiction get treated like shit and why we barely get acknowledged as existing at all
These pathetic excuses for writers have no idea how to write a woman who doesn’t want to fuck a man
A white civilian plowed his car through a group of peaceful protestors. When police responded they arrested a victim of the assault and not immediately the assaulter. Eventually the assaulter was arrested, but so were two other protestors. It took over 2 hours for the young boy to be transported to the hospital.
Wheres the justice?
Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2)
Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace
so I guess they decided to keep speaking about benghazi because they knew it would be relevant again eventually
"Immigrant rights activists organized the protest in response to the recent decisions by most Oregon sheriffs to stop honoring immigration officials’ requests to hold cleared inmates for deportation without a warrant or court order. Washington County was one of the first to change its immigration detainer policy last month. Activists said they wanted to ensure that Garrett complies with the new policy and let him know they won’t forget the deportations that have already taken place. ” - Andrea Castillo for The Oregonian
Photographer: Jose David Jacobo
Children are the future!
Resistance is still happening in Ferguson. Don’t forget it.
Wait why can't white people wear a bindi ?
Because contrary to popular belief, white people aren’t entitled to everyfuckinthang
OK SOME REALLY SERIOUS SHIT IS HAPPENING IN NORTH KOREA
According to South Korean newspapers, last week the North Korean government PUBLICLY EXECUTED 80 people in 7 cities for watching South Korean/Western shows, movies, and videos, “pornography,” or possessing a Bible.
Apparently people’s attitudes and conformance are changing SO THIS IS HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO SUPPRESS DISOBEDIENCE
They allegedly herded 10,000 innocent civilians into a stadium where they were FORCED TO WATCH THE EXECUTIONS BY MACHINE GUN FIRE
THIS IS HONESTLY SOME HUNGER GAMES SHIT HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE RIGHT NOW
The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is being investigated by the school, its national organization and campus police after accusations that female guests who attended a Sept. 12 party were marked with color-coded…
I hope these guys get sent away and also banned from any university.
This is our generation’s call to action.
If a man is preying on a woman who has had too much to drink, it is her responsibility to stop him and her fault if she can’t? No, it’s on us.
That is the message President Obama and Joe Biden are sending today with the launch of their new sexual assault prevention campaign “It’s On Us.”
The campaign, which already has the support of student leaders from 200 colleges across the United States, includes a pledge of a ”personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault” as well as “a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.”
Coming on the heels of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, as well as disturbing research suggesting 1 in 5 female college students will be a victim of rape, this new campaign is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its commitment to eradicating sexual violence on campus.
Part of the White House’s campaign includes arming students with helpful information and resources that advises them on how to recognize a potential sexual assault situation and how to prevent it. The goal is to provide men and women with the knowledge and power to act before it’s too late. Too often, Americans frame sexual assault as a women’s issue, limiting what can be accomplished and putting an unnecessary burden on the shoulders of victims. Only when we see safety as everyone’s responsibility will we be able to effectively tackle the rape epidemic across colleges and universities.
The campaign is backed by celebrities like Kerry Washington and Jon Hamm, some professional athletes and organizations like Tumblr and Viacom.
Indeed, according to a statement released by the White House, the PSA is set to play at a number of college football games on Saturday. Officials are hoping to send a powerful message to all students, but with a particular emphasis on the role of men in tackling rape culture.
At a press conference Friday morning, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the specific details of the campaign. They hope to build a model of intervention for young people to become active bystanders.
Although they are target ting all college students, they are placing a particular focus on men’s responsibility to prevent rape. President Obama stressed the importance of raising men as allies. ”It’s not just on the parents of young women to caution them. It is on the parents of young men to teach them respect for women. And it’s on grown men to set an example and be clear about what it means to be a man,” he told a crowd of politicians, activists and journalists.
President Obama also addressed men directly. “The truth is, it’s not just okay to intervene, it is your responsibility. It is your responsibility to speak your mind. It is your responsibility to tell your buddy when he’s messing up. It is your responsibility to set the right tone when you’re talking about women, even when women aren’t around — maybe especially when they’re not around.” the President said as the room erupted in applause.— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous)September 19, 2014The message regarding sexual prevention was sent loud and clear, now we’ll just have to wait to see if college students can turn those words into action.
Image Credit (all) It’s On Us
The bodies of two Tampa teenagers were discovered Thursday morning on a roadside in Duval County.Angelia Mangum, 19, and Tjhisha Ball, 18, were found about 1 a.m., according to law enforcement. A witness told Jacksonville news station WJAX the teenagers were bound with zip ties and lying on top of one another."Two witnesses were driving by and they saw bodies and they called 911," Sgt. T.K. Waters told news station WJXT.Officers were dispatched to Sisson Drive, near the intersection of Main Street North and Clark Road.Investigators suspect foul play and are trying to determine the causes of death."They were in an area where they would have been noticed, so I think it was fairly recently since they’d been left there,” Waters also told WJXT.A medical examiner has taken the bodies to determine the cause of death."I just don’t understand what happened," Ball’s sister, Crystal Moore, said.According to Moore, both women had been living in the Jacksonville area off and on for approximately a year and a half."I feel like sometimes that I failed," Ball’s mother, Jerlean Moore, said. "What could I have done? What could I have taught her better? It hurts…it really hurts."It’s a pain that’s only worsened by the fact that no one has been caught.
Pulled from the article:
"Mangum had two outstanding warrants on charges of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, according to law enforcement. Ball was arrested in April for having no valid driver’s license.
Ball’s family still lives in Tampa. They spoke with ABC Action News extensively Thursday night about the two victims.
They say the two women were inseparable best friends.
"I just don’t understand what happened," Ball’s sister, Crystal Moore, said.
According to Moore, both women had been living in the Jacksonville area off and on for approximately a year and a half. The family said they had been working there as exotic dancers.”
I think it’s really showing that this article brings up their histories with law enforcement as if there is any indication that it was in any way a contributing factors to their death BUT also brings up that the two were working in exotics dance while failing to note that dancers face violence from clients all the time. A good example of how even dead black women can only be sexualized criminals in much of mainstream media. Recycling a ctrope is racist, but it’s also just shoddy journalism. Though obviously black women don’t deserve to be discussed according to basic rules of decency as applies to journalism. Then we’d be too much like real human subjects!
I also strongly suspect that this may have been another case (there have been several lately though I don’t know enough to say whether this is one) of a targeted homophobic/lesbophobic murder and that “inseparable best friends” is a euphamism used by the parents to refer to that. Tying two dead women together looks like an intentional grouping/punishment, much like handcuffing them together.