Unfortunately, Green’s victim-blaming beliefs about sexual assault aren’t surprising, because they aren’t new. From celebrities who sing about supposed “blurred lines” to politicians like Todd Akin who use language like “legitimate rape” to lawyers like the one in Steubenville, Ohio, who claimed that a victim’s silence implies consent, it’s clear that Green’s comments are the rule rather than the exception in our cultural reality. They point to a profound misunderstanding at every level of society of what consent actually looks like.

Mic’s Elizabeth Plank in CeeLo Green’s Disgusting Comments Prove Rape Culture Is Alive and Well. (via futurejournalismproject)

humansofnewyork:

This woman spoke about how she had been visiting her sister in Juba when the fighting broke out, and had been unable to return home. To make matters worse, she had left her older children behind in her village, because she thought it would just be a short trip. She had not seen them in nearly a year. As I was interviewing her, she kept a very resigned, unsmiling, faraway look on her face, which can be seen in the previous post. But when we finished, my translator asked her what village she was from. When she told him, he pulled out his phone. “I’ve just been to your hometown on an aid mission,” he said, “I can show you photos.” As he scrolled through photos of her village, her expression suddenly changed.(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

humansofnewyork:

This woman spoke about how she had been visiting her sister in Juba when the fighting broke out, and had been unable to return home. To make matters worse, she had left her older children behind in her village, because she thought it would just be a short trip. She had not seen them in nearly a year. As I was interviewing her, she kept a very resigned, unsmiling, faraway look on her face, which can be seen in the previous post. But when we finished, my translator asked her what village she was from. When she told him, he pulled out his phone. “I’ve just been to your hometown on an aid mission,” he said, “I can show you photos.” As he scrolled through photos of her village, her expression suddenly changed.

(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

thatenglishmajorquestion:

"what are you going to do with a degree in english?" *compassionately puts a hand on your shoulder* "what is a degree in english going to do without you?”

I seriously wish I had thought of that answer about four years ago XD

newyorker:

The attention on Bárðarbunga has prompted a discussion of the relationship between volcanoes, melting glaciers, and climate change. Carolyn Kormann writes:

“[Iceland]’s volcanoes sit directly over a hot spot on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and have been depositing new layers of rock for millions of years. Scientists who have analyzed these layers have found that, beginning about ten thousand years ago, after the last ice age’s glaciers began to melt, Iceland’s volcanoes started erupting as much as fifty times more frequently. Lava flowed freely and ash fell abundantly for the next two thousand years.”

Above: Lava near Bárðarbunga on September 1st. Photograph by Eggert Johannesson/AP

newyorker:

The attention on Bárðarbunga has prompted a discussion of the relationship between volcanoes, melting glaciers, and climate change. Carolyn Kormann writes:

“[Iceland]’s volcanoes sit directly over a hot spot on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and have been depositing new layers of rock for millions of years. Scientists who have analyzed these layers have found that, beginning about ten thousand years ago, after the last ice age’s glaciers began to melt, Iceland’s volcanoes started erupting as much as fifty times more frequently. Lava flowed freely and ash fell abundantly for the next two thousand years.”

Above: Lava near Bárðarbunga on September 1st. Photograph by Eggert Johannesson/AP