"this is awkward" yeah NOW it is since you just said that you dumb boring fuck
At about 5:00 that evening, they heard the hissing sound of a missile and instinctively bent their heads down. The missile slammed into the center of the room, blowing off the ceiling and roof, and shattering all the windows. The immense pressure from the impact cracked the walls of the attached house, as well as those of the neighboring houses. Our research team reviewed photographs that Faheem showed us, which he said showed the destruction to the home. Faheem, who stated that he was approximately ten footsteps away from the center of the hujra, suffered a fractured skull and received shrapnel wounds and burns all over the left side of his body and face. All others in the hujra-at least seven, but as many as 15 people-were killed.
In the moments after the strike, Faheem said he “could not think.” “I felt my brain stopped working and my heart was on fire,” stated Faheem. “My entire body was burning like crazy.” Faheem wanted to splash water on his face, but he could not find any. After a few minutes of confusion, he stumbled out of the gate of his hujra, where neighbors found him. They quickly gathered Faheem into a pickup truck and rushed him to a government hospital in Mir Ali, a ten-minute drive away, according to Faheem. Medics there bandaged his wounds and transferred him to another hospital in Bannu, the closest major city outside FATA, where doctors operated to remove shrapnel from his abdomen and repair damage to his leg, arm, and eyes. Following the surgery, Faheem was transferred to a private hospital in Peshawar, where he remained for at least 23 days. In the end, Faheem lost his left eye, which has since been replaced by an artificial one; he also lost his hearing in one ear as a result of damage to his eardrum. His vision in his right eye is still blurred, requiring ongoing treatment, and he now has only limited mobility.
Faheem’s cousin Ejaz Ahmad, who lives just a few kilometers away, did not attend the gathering in the hujra that evening, and was instead at a friend’s home. He discovered the next morning that his paternal uncle, Khush Dil Khan, in whose hardware store Ejaz worked, died in the strike. “The bodies were completely destroyed,” Ejaz stated. “All we could retrieve was the torso and upwards.”
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Later that year, Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I Was Trying To Be Funny But It Came Out as Really Mean: A 5-part documentary starring me.
I Was Trying To Be Loving And Supportive But I Probably Overstepped My Boundaries And Came Off as Creepy: a feature-length film with two sequels and a TV series adaption.
I Was Trying To Tell You I Relate To Your Difficult Situation But It Probably Sounded Like I Was Making It All About Me: a novel saga with several side book adaptions and a movie.
house arrest wouldn’t even be a punishment for me
Don’t name your daughter Sumayyah if you’re not willing to let her make sacrifices for her beliefs. Don’t name your daughter Aisha if you’re going to tell her she can’t learn and become a scholar. Don’t name your daughter Nusaybah if you don’t want her to fight tooth and nail for what she believes in. Don’t name your daughter Maryam if you don’t expect greatness of character from her. Don’t name your daughter Aasiya if you’re not willing to let her be a part of the fight against oppressors.
— Asmaa Hussein (via tmihijabi)
Masculine is not the new feminine.
I think the thing that frustrates me the most about the feminist movement is this assumption that the male stereotype is how women should model themselves. We know this doesn’t work. Medicine that views the male standard as “normal” actually does a huge disservice to women, as it views symptoms that differ from the male model as either an illness or insignificant.
Both sides of this coin are bad for women. On one hand you have menstruation itself being viewed as an illness (because it’s absent in men), so menstruating women who have iron deficiency anemia are misdiagnosed as being anemic because of their periods. On the other hand, you have women having heart attacks presenting themselves to doctors without the male-standard cardiac arrest symptoms, and therefore the doctors assume that they aren’t having a heart attack.
But that’s not the only stereotype being pushed.
- Women’s clothing has moved more and more towards the masculine stereotype, especially in regards to business attire. Pants are not superior to skirts - they’re just assumed to be superior because they embody the masculine stereotype.
- Getting rid of the -ess endings is not gender neutral (e.g. actor vs actress, waiter vs waitress) - it’s actually a silent acknowledgement that masculine is better by implying that masculine is the default.
- Women’s sexuality has increasingly been pushed more towards the masculine stereotype that promiscuity is better and even healthy. The reality is that blatant promiscuity is emotionally and physically damaging for both men and women.
- Women’s social behavior has also increasingly been pushed more towards the masculine stereotype. What is up with women smoking cigars and chugging beer? That’s not healthy for men and I really thought society would have grown up by now with these ridiculously expensive ways to slowly commit suicide over time, but now we’re applauding women for “breaking gender stereotypes” by lighting a Cuban? They’re not breaking anything except their own health- they’re just trading one stereotype for another.
It should be obvious that if the stereotypes about women are wrong, then the stereotypes about men are also wrong. So this whole notion that liberation for women means that they should follow societal rules for how men are expected to behave is, frankly, bullshit.
I’m not arguing that women should go back to their own gender stereotypes, as that is also oppressive. But if you think I’m going to fit myself into another set of rules that doesn’t fit me, you’re absolutely crazy.
For years mental health professionals taught people that they could be psychologically healthy without social support, that “unless you love yourself, no one else will love you.” Women were told that they didn’t need men, and vice versa. People without any relationships were believed to be as healthy as those who had many. These ideas contradict the fundamental biology of human species: we are social mammals and could never have survived without deeply interconnected and interdependent human contact. The truth is, you cannot love yourself unless you have been loved and are loved. The capacity to love cannot be built in isolation.
— Bruce D. Perry, M.D., The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook (via psychotherapy)