Three things: Standing Rock, buyerarchy, feminism this year

Ko au te awa.  Ko te awa ko au :  I am the river and the river is me.  (Māori proverb from Whānganui).  Elated for, grateful to, and in awe of Standing Rock in their victory this week.  What won this victory at Standing Rock? The answer is indisputable. In great numbers, people put their bodies in the way to declare and defend their rights. In so doing, they revealed what legal rights are: not just idle promises, not just nice things to have, but the material guarantee of safe drinking water and community self-determination.  Here.  Check out the film at the bottom of the page too.

I love this Buyerarchy of Needs.

Feminism in 2016.  My favourite, from Aziz Ansari: If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ ‘Oh, so you’re a dermatologist?’ ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.’

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