In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.
In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.
Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.
In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.
Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice.
FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more."
A young man and a woman enjoy swimming in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. I want this.
I gotta wonder how contaminated that water is with sewage though.
Reader Andrea De la Torre from Chicago, IL shares his desk with us.
Here is my desk, the place where I dream and create. My favorite way to design is listening to jazz or house music. When I have an idea I write it on a post it note and stick it on the wall, it is filled with new project ideas, and goals. I am a graphic designer, so most of what I do at my desk is design. But one of my greatest passions in life is traveling, so I do a lot of my travel planning here too. I move a lot so I’ve been through a lot of desks, but every time I strive to create a space that feels organized, unique, and inspiring. It wouldn’t be my desk without my post its, my lamp, my vintage calendar, and some of my designs or photographs.
List of items:
Foldable chair with blue cushion from Ikea
Vintage Calendar from Guanajuato, Mexico
Black Desk Lamp from Office Max
Black Boxes from Ikea
#6 sign from Chicago blue line
Poster designed by me
Photograph on clip board taken by me
Set of rulers, angles and french curves designed by Sky White
It’s an ergonomic disaster but damn if it doesn’t look good
Anonymous said: What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
The first night in the trees
Falling to your death in the middle of the night because your unfinished tree house doesn’t have a railing
This indoor Japanese farm uses LED lights and hydroponics to produce lettuce 2.5 times faster, with just 1% of the water, when compared to an outdoor farm. When we think about factories, and what we decry as “factory farms,” we probably don’t think very highly of them as being a key component in the future of agriculture, but if we can take what factories do best, such as use technology to build efficient production lines, and pair that with what nature does best, which is growing biomass from light and water and minerals, then growing food in plant factories starts to make a lot of sense. (via This former semiconductor factory is now the world’s largest indoor farm, producing 10K heads of lettuce per day : TreeHugger)