RE: Christy Mack

spearmintblonde:

My mum used to work with battered women & victims of domestic violence, she once told me that legally (this was in NSW, Australia) none of the counsellors or other staff members were allowed to suggest to these women that they leave their abusers. Why not? Because often, leaving can make things so much worse for these women and that’s when they and their children end up dead/beaten to the point that Christy Mack was beaten to.

Instead, my mother, my staunch feminist mother who could kill any man with one look, had to listen to these victims tell their stories knowing that she was not able to tell them to run. The official policy was to teach these women how to make an ‘escape kit’, an inconspicuous bag containing spare keys, enough cash to get them somewhere safe, a spare phone if they had the financial means to acquire one, a change of clothes, etc. The official policy was to teach these women how to escape from their own homes if they or their children were being directly threatened in that moment; how to take off flyscreens to quietly climb out of windows, etc.

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but this was the legal policy in my mother’s line of work. I cannot stress enough, that it was illegal to tell these women to leave their abusers, because that would put their lives in worse danger than before.

Christy Mack escaped from her trained MMA fighter ex boyfriend as he was trying to find a knife to use to kill her. With broken ribs, a ruptured liver, broken eye sockets and knife wounds all over her body, Christy Mack ran down the street, knocking on multiple doors until someone who could help her answered her pleas. 

I am disgusted and amazed at the comments I have seen today; not only have I seen comments blaming her because of her place in the sex industry; not only have I seen comments blaming her for being involved with an MMA fighter at all; not only have I seen slut shaming in the form of ignorant young men accusing her of cheating on Koppenhaver; I have seen extremely sheltered and privileged young women blaming Mack for her continued involvement with Koppenhaver. I have seen girls make snide, scathing comments calling Mack ‘dumb’ for allowing her abuser access to her location, her phone number, keys to her house, etc. 

All I see, when I read these accusations, is a smart young woman doing exactly what she had to do to stay alive. 

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how hard Christy Mack fought for her life, and actually made it out of there. I doubt I could break out of my own home undetected with broken ribs and eyes punched shut; if it were me I’d be dead. An incredibly resilient, powerful young woman is still alive right now against all odds. I wouldn’t be, and to be honest, you probably wouldn’t either. Let’s commend her for that.

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poignantperfume:

So everyone is using Robin Williams’ death to raise consciousness about depression, but I would like to clarify that Robin WIlliams was not just an individual suffering from depression; he was an individual suffering from Biopolar Disorder. And if we could do some more consciousness raising about that, it would be great. Robin Williams didn’t just suffer one bout of depression. It was not just a few months of depression triggered by a traumatic event. It was a cycle of manic depression that circled around him day in and day out throughout his entire life. If he takes the medication to curb the depression and suicide ideation, he loses the manic highs that were likely the roots of much of his genius we so loved him for.
So yes, it is important to talk about depression, but it’s also important to talk about how simply talking about it isn’t always the solution. The mind is something far more complicated and our existences are circumstantial and it just isn’t always that easy.

ethiopienne:

Flier being distributed at the protest in Ferguson. Text reads as follows:
Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael BrownOUR DEMANDS:
The officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be IMMEDIATELY identified.
The same officer should be immediately fired and charged with murder.
The Ferguson Police Department “Protocol Handbook” be distributed throughout the Ferguson community.
The racial composition of the Ferguson Police Department should reflect the racial demographics of the community.
Upcoming Action Items:
Keep calling the Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for Michael Brown at 314-522-3100
On Tuesday August 12th join us in front of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s office located at 100 South Central Avenue, Clayton Missouri 63105
Supporting organizations:Tasheed Youth Organization, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Moorish Science Temple, Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression, Nation of Islam - Mosque 28, Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) and more to follow!

ethiopienne:

Flier being distributed at the protest in Ferguson. Text reads as follows:

Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael Brown

OUR DEMANDS:

  1. The officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be IMMEDIATELY identified.
  2. The same officer should be immediately fired and charged with murder.
  3. The Ferguson Police Department “Protocol Handbook” be distributed throughout the Ferguson community.
  4. The racial composition of the Ferguson Police Department should reflect the racial demographics of the community.

Upcoming Action Items:

  • Keep calling the Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for Michael Brown at 314-522-3100
  • On Tuesday August 12th join us in front of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s office located at 100 South Central Avenue, Clayton Missouri 63105

Supporting organizations:
Tasheed Youth Organization, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Moorish Science Temple, Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression, Nation of Islam - Mosque 28, Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) and more to follow!

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wilderskin:

Supermodel Karlie Kloss was photoshopped to look less thin for a Numero campaign. There are so many things wrong with this.  Models are forced to be incredibly thin to fit a certain aesthetic, but when they do, they’re so emaciated that they have to be photoshopped to not look sick.

Robin Hardy, a former creative director at Vogue, has commented on the practice of photoshopping to cover up the aesthetic and health costs of extreme thinness:
“At the time, when we pored over the raw images, creating the appearance of smooth flesh over protruding ribs, softening the look of collarbones that stuck out like coat hangers, adding curves to flat bottoms and cleavage to pigeon chests, we felt we were doing the right thing…
But now, I wonder. Because for all our retouching, it was still clear to the reader that these women were very, very thin. But, hey, they still looked great!
They had 22-inch waists (those were never made bigger), but they also had breasts and great skin. They had teeny tiny ankles and thin thighs, but they still had luscious hair and full cheeks.
Thanks to retouching, our readers… never saw the horrible, hungry downside of skinny. That these underweight girls didn’t look glamorous in the flesh. Their skeletal bodies, dull, thinning hair, spots and dark circles under their eyes were magicked away by technology, leaving only the allure of coltish limbs and Bambi eyes.”

This is a tough reality, that shouldn’t even exist

fight-0ff-yourdem0ns:

htmlwings:

wilderskin:

Supermodel Karlie Kloss was photoshopped to look less thin for a Numero campaign. There are so many things wrong with this.  Models are forced to be incredibly thin to fit a certain aesthetic, but when they do, they’re so emaciated that they have to be photoshopped to not look sick.

Robin Hardy, a former creative director at Vogue, has commented on the practice of photoshopping to cover up the aesthetic and health costs of extreme thinness:

At the time, when we pored over the raw images, creating the appearance of smooth flesh over protruding ribs, softening the look of collarbones that stuck out like coat hangers, adding curves to flat bottoms and cleavage to pigeon chests, we felt we were doing the right thing…

But now, I wonder. Because for all our retouching, it was still clear to the reader that these women were very, very thin. But, hey, they still looked great!

They had 22-inch waists (those were never made bigger), but they also had breasts and great skin. They had teeny tiny ankles and thin thighs, but they still had luscious hair and full cheeks.

Thanks to retouching, our readers… never saw the horrible, hungry downside of skinny. That these underweight girls didn’t look glamorous in the flesh. Their skeletal bodies, dull, thinning hair, spots and dark circles under their eyes were magicked away by technology, leaving only the allure of coltish limbs and Bambi eyes.”

This is a tough reality, that shouldn’t even exist

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