bebinn:

stfufauxminists:

Yeah fuck that person who thinks this isn’t intimidating for patients.
I do clinic escorting at a local clinic every weekend. We have a fence and the antis aren’t allowed on our property, luckily, but let me just tell you about my experience just today.
I had a woman ask me for my name multiple times. She knew I worked for the clinic because I wear an apron that says “clinic escort” on it. She kept telling me I didn’t “have” to work for an abortion clinic. This is part of a concerted effort on the part of anti-choicers to harass clinic workers into quitting their jobs. It’s actually called "And then there were none" and it’s pretty fucking disgusting.
When I walked up to a patient as she was getting out of her car (this is policy, we have to ask if the person has an appointment because the antis try to park on our property all the time), she got really scared at first because she thought I was one of the antis. She told me how relieved she was once she read my apron. This woman had an existing child that she mentioned to me as the antis were screaming over the fence about her “killing her baby”.
Another woman told me how she was worried I might be “with them” when I walked up, just because the knowledge of how anti-choicers harass people going into the clinic is so commonplace. She was also relieved to have me there. One of the anti-choicers yelled at her about killing her baby from over the fence. She burst into tears.
These people also yell at and harass the men that come into the clinics with either their partners or their family members. One woman kept yelling out to the men coming in to “protect [his] legacy”. 
This was all in one day. One day. I’ve had other experiences on other days when I’ve escorted that are just as bad or worse.
It’s not like these people stand there silently. They are actively yelling at folks and when they can, pursuing them. If an anti-choicer at my place of work can’t get to someone through the part of the fence that overlooks the parking lot, they will push their pamphlets through the parts of the fence that face the doors of the clinic. They are aggressive and totally insensitive to the feelings of any of the patients coming into the clinic.
I haven’t worked at this clinic long, but I have seen the emotional effects that these people have on patients coming into the clinic. So like yeah, in one picture it doesn’t appear that they’re harassing anyone, yelling, or threatening people. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. And either way, who wants people staring at them when they’re going in for a medical procedure? Or when you come out of one, and you’re still so groggy from anesthesia that you need one of the clinic nurses (or even myself or someone else in my kind of position!) to hold you up and put you in the car?
Anyone who thinks the people standing outside of clinics are not doing it with the intent to harass and bully is wrong, and patients deserve to be protected from this kind of bullshit. My clinic has a big fence and the patients that we serve still feel harassed and bullied. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people going into a clinic without that, like what is pictured.


Thank you for the work you do. Clinic escorts are so brave, and so needed.

bebinn:

stfufauxminists:

Yeah fuck that person who thinks this isn’t intimidating for patients.

I do clinic escorting at a local clinic every weekend. We have a fence and the antis aren’t allowed on our property, luckily, but let me just tell you about my experience just today.

  • I had a woman ask me for my name multiple times. She knew I worked for the clinic because I wear an apron that says “clinic escort” on it. She kept telling me I didn’t “have” to work for an abortion clinic. This is part of a concerted effort on the part of anti-choicers to harass clinic workers into quitting their jobs. It’s actually called "And then there were none" and it’s pretty fucking disgusting.
  • When I walked up to a patient as she was getting out of her car (this is policy, we have to ask if the person has an appointment because the antis try to park on our property all the time), she got really scared at first because she thought I was one of the antis. She told me how relieved she was once she read my apron. This woman had an existing child that she mentioned to me as the antis were screaming over the fence about her “killing her baby”.
  • Another woman told me how she was worried I might be “with them” when I walked up, just because the knowledge of how anti-choicers harass people going into the clinic is so commonplace. She was also relieved to have me there. One of the anti-choicers yelled at her about killing her baby from over the fence. She burst into tears.
  • These people also yell at and harass the men that come into the clinics with either their partners or their family members. One woman kept yelling out to the men coming in to “protect [his] legacy”. 

This was all in one day. One day. I’ve had other experiences on other days when I’ve escorted that are just as bad or worse.

It’s not like these people stand there silently. They are actively yelling at folks and when they can, pursuing them. If an anti-choicer at my place of work can’t get to someone through the part of the fence that overlooks the parking lot, they will push their pamphlets through the parts of the fence that face the doors of the clinic. They are aggressive and totally insensitive to the feelings of any of the patients coming into the clinic.

I haven’t worked at this clinic long, but I have seen the emotional effects that these people have on patients coming into the clinic. So like yeah, in one picture it doesn’t appear that they’re harassing anyone, yelling, or threatening people. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. And either way, who wants people staring at them when they’re going in for a medical procedure? Or when you come out of one, and you’re still so groggy from anesthesia that you need one of the clinic nurses (or even myself or someone else in my kind of position!) to hold you up and put you in the car?

Anyone who thinks the people standing outside of clinics are not doing it with the intent to harass and bully is wrong, and patients deserve to be protected from this kind of bullshit. My clinic has a big fence and the patients that we serve still feel harassed and bullied. I can’t imagine what it must be like for people going into a clinic without that, like what is pictured.

Thank you for the work you do. Clinic escorts are so brave, and so needed.

(via yunzi)

When your best friend’s mother dies
You adorn yourself in black
You hold their hand at her funeral
You cry for them
But you do not cry for yourself
When the service is over
You go into your home
Covered in family photos
Free of ghosts
You lock your tired arms around your mother
You kiss her hair
You whisper that you love her
You cherish that moment because one day that could all be gone

When your best friend gets raped by her step brother
You grit your teeth
You lock your arms through hers
As you walk her into the police station
You cry for her
But you do not cry for yourself
After the questions are done being asked
You return to the safety net of your sheets
You call your brother
Who moved two thousand miles away
You listen as he assures you
That he loves you very much
That he’d kill anyone who would lay a hand on you
You can rest easy

When awful things happen to those around you
That float on the surface of your existence
They are there
You can feel the pain filtering in through kinks in your armor
But you will not know the stinging of the blade through your collar bones
You are perched far enough away
That while your eyes can see it
They cannot know it

Your best friend’s mother died
They can now speak with authority on the pain of loss
You cannot
Your best friend was raped
They can now speak with authority on the agony of loss
You cannot

You are not, never will be, their voice
You, as inexperienced in these specific pains as you are, will not be the one to orchestrate moving speeches about the awfulness of these things.

Keep that in mind
When you, who wears whiteness like a badge of pride, speaks for anyone unlike you with the excuse ‘I have black friends’
Knowing and understanding are two explicitly different things
You, who has lived dipped in a dominant culture, should not, can not possibly understand the pain that pushes people of color to stand up to their oppressors.

When your best friend’s mother dies
You do not speak a eulogy for her
You let her take the stand
Even though she’s shaking and covered in sweat
You let her use her voice

This is how you can be an ally

I have black friends - j Marie © (via girl-violence)

(Source: jmarieproductions, via quirkygirlsclub)

insidiouschris:

i909:

sosuperawesome:

Inspired by Riusuke Fukahori, Keng Lye creates these artworks by applying layer upon layer of acrylic paint on clear resin.

*burns every art material*

Breath taking..

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greenlinechillin:

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staceythinx:

The Midnight Planétarium watch was a collaboration between Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan van der Klaauw. The watch is made of 396 separate parts and features the six closest planets orbiting the sun in real time (Uranus and Neptune were left out because you probably won’t live long enough to see either one complete a full orbit).

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ohyns:

i found this in another school cubicle. the next day it had been painted over 
"the ones you love become ghosts inside you,
and like this you keep them alive”

ohyns:

i found this in another school cubicle. the next day it had been painted over 

"the ones you love become ghosts inside you,

and like this you keep them alive”

(via -moonshine-)

(Source: ignitetheliight, via howdy7)