50 years ago, America’s biggest employer was General Motors, where workers made the modern equivalent of $50 dollars an hour. Today, America’s biggest employer is Walmart, where the average wage is $8 dollars an hour. Which means you can share a room in a transient hotel with a drifter who cuts his toenails with a machete.

And Walmart released their annual report this month, and in it was the fact that most of what Walmart sells is food. And most of their customers need food stamps to pay for it. Meanwhile, Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, 500 miles away from the nearest person who ever would want to look at art.

And she said about it, “For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.” How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?

Take the case of Belle Knox. She’s the Duke University freshman who was recently outed as a porn star. But she doesn’t have the typical porn star biography… No, she’s a level-headed articulate 18-year-old majoring in women’s studies.

So people are saying, why the porn? Because Duke costs $61 grand a year! Since 1980, college tuition has increased 600% above the inflation rate. I’m surprised they’re not all doing porn. …

This is what the Paul Ryans of the world don’t understand — that this is not a country of lazy people and good people, so much as it is a country of rich people and desperate people.

Do you know how much Americans owe in student loans?
$1.3 trillion dollars.

We’re going to have to sell a lot of ass to pay that tab.

Bill Maher on the vanishing middle class (via kateoplis)

(via kateoplis)

ilanawexler:

Broad City S01E08 | Ilana looking fly in her tux requested by wewillfloweragain

kateoplis:

"Racism and sexism are intertwined and must be fought together."

“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.”

“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”

“We’ll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.” 

“The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us.” 

Happy 80th, Gloria.

“I don’t buy that Willow never loved anyone before Tara, but I absolutely buy that she never loved anyone the way she loved Tara. And I find it totally plausible that discovering that kind of love would make her reluctant to return to the kind she’d had before… I know it’s popular to depict sexual orientation as something inherent and immutable – you’re born gay, or straight, or bisexual, and that’s what you’re stuck with forever – but I don’t think it’s that simple, at least not for everyone.”

Lindsay King-Miller, "Our Willow, Ourselves"

An analysis of Willow’s sexual fluidity? Yes, please!

This piece made me think about how I am consistently frustrated by the misguided “born-this-way” movement’s simplification of sexuality in an effort to gain straight acceptance. It’s the reason I hate Macklemore’s “Same Love.” It just makes me feel more misunderstood and alienated. The idea that we should be accepted because we are “born this way” is wrong and offensive to me. It doesn’t matter why we are queer — we deserve rights and respect because we are human. 

“To me, this place represents magic, hope, beginnings, adulthood, freedom, triumph, and tacos.”
— Lena Dunham on Austin, SXSW Keynote 2014 (via flavorwireaustinist)