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missyay:

nazerine:

excessivecompulsive:

nazerine:

the anti vaccination movement basically consists of random people with no knowledge of medicine going “I can medicine better than doctors” and it would be hilarious if it wasn’t literally killing people

you dont need vaccines, I havent had any and Im still doing great

wow, what a compelling argument. you’ve got me

in other news, i am still alive therefore death must be a myth

Actually, a lot of no-vaccinators do a lot of research before making that decision, and it isn’t just a whim. If it were, they would give in by about the third time a medical professional asks about vaccinating, much less the dozens of other times it’s somewhat forcefully pushed. If you’re accusing others of knowing nothing about a subject, maybe you should know something about it. There are plenty of reasons not to vaccinate, and when it’s done right, it’s safe.

(via alteredsilence)

thatswhatmaryjanesaid:

When you feel you have lost everything, you still have
  • books
  • unexpected kindness in strangers
  • the rest of the world to travel
  • languages to learn
  • animals to take care of
  • volunteer work to do
  • the power of a good night’s rest
  • the changing of seasons
  • infinite things to learn
  • billions of people to meet and possibly love
  • billions of people who might love you back

Needed this today

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moshing-for-our-maker:

My advice to any Christian, old or new, would be to never let people become more important than God in your life.

(via savedbymercyandgrace)

My best friend is leaving for Air Force basic training Monday and I don’t know what to do with myself. I have so many feelings. I’m gonna miss him so much, and I really wish I could do more for him now, because I know he’s worried about it. :/

ftnd-blog:

The “Pornification” Of Society
For those of you who watched the TV show Friends back in the day, you’ll remember the episode when Chandler and Joey stumble upon free porn on their TV. They comically spend all of their free time watching it and refuse to turn off the TV for fear of losing the signal to the free porn. 
Watching that episode now, it seems kind of sad and pathetic. Little did Joey and Chandler know that they were putting the spotlight on a growing problem in society. But at the time it wasn’t a huge issue and got a laugh when it premiered back in the late 90’s. 
Unfortunately, the normalization of porn, the “pornification” of our media, has grown exponentially since then.
We are so surrounded by this pornification in today’s popular culture that it’s hard to even recognize what we are actually hearing or seeing. If you look at the most popular shows on television, the most popular songs on iTunes, and the most popular movies in theaters, you’ll find content and subject matter that if you applied to reality, you would never mess with it.
It’s so crazy to think that things that were once totally unheard of, are now widely accepted, embraced, created, and promoted on social media daily.
Here’s an interesting example of that:
You know the old 70’s TV show The Brady Bunch, right? In several episodes of the show, the Brady’s are shown getting ready in their bathroom, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, etc. Normal right? But one thing was always noticeably missing from the bathroom: 
A toilet. 
Yes, it was a toilet-less bathroom. The reason? The network that aired The Brady Bunch censored the show by not allowing it to show a toilet on their popularly televised program. It was seen as inappropriate. Tacky. In bad taste.
Now fast forward to today. 
The things that are now commonplace on regular daytime television would make Mr. and Mrs. Brady’s heads explode. 
The problem here lies in the blurring of the lines between entertainment in the media and pornography. Porn is bleeding into every single aspect of our lives, contributing to the objectification of the human body, rape culture, and basic desensitization to sexual material. 
When we are all surrounded by this pornification in society, it’s easy to get lost in it and find it hard to see what it really means. This societal shift warps ideas and perceptions, such as the idea that women are here to please men, and that the human body is an object, separate from thoughts, emotions, and feelings a person may have.
Porn culture is becoming an living and breathing issue. According to the website Stop Porn Culture, studies show that after men view porn, they are more likely to have decreased empathy for rape victims (not cool), believe that a woman who dresses provocatively deserves to be raped, have anger at women who flirt but don’t have sex (similar to the recent disturbing Santa Barbara shooting), and report increased interest in coercing partners into unwanted sex acts. 
Wow.
This gray area that’s been created in the mainstream media is totally and completely widespread. Stop Porn Culture's website asks us to consider these problems: “While mainstream pop culture grows increasingly pornographic, the pornography industry produces hardcore material that is both more overtly cruel toward women and more widely accepted than ever. Have you ever tried to talk about this issue, only to be told that you’re a prude, or that pornography is liberating? What will happen now that the first generation of men raised on Internet porn is making its way into adulthood?”
Good point. And scary thought.
After reading our recent blog post on Fifty Shades of Grey, you’re probably all aware that the trailer release of the upcoming movie has already made massive waves. Many are outraged with the graphic sexual material in the books and the upcoming film. Dawn Hawkins of Porn Harms said that while some Americans may not realize it, bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are a huge part of mainstream pornography. And they have been for quite a while.
Knowing that, it’s pretty mind blowing to think that this movie is ironically most highly anticipated by women, the same gender as the recipient of all the violent and disturbing sexual acts in the book.
Pornographic media and entertainment is a massive step backwards for equality due to the fact that in almost all porn, men are portrayed as dominant and women submissive, treating humans as nothing more than discardable objects to be acted upon. 
As pornography influences everyday media and the objectification of humans, especially women, it only gets stronger and contributes to not just porn culture, but rape culture as well. 
We are smarter than that. We don’t need to accept the pornification of our society.
Be better than porn culture. 
Be smarter. Be cooler. 
Don’t be pornified.

ftnd-blog:

The “Pornification” Of Society

For those of you who watched the TV show Friends back in the day, you’ll remember the episode when Chandler and Joey stumble upon free porn on their TV. They comically spend all of their free time watching it and refuse to turn off the TV for fear of losing the signal to the free porn.

Watching that episode now, it seems kind of sad and pathetic. Little did Joey and Chandler know that they were putting the spotlight on a growing problem in society. But at the time it wasn’t a huge issue and got a laugh when it premiered back in the late 90’s.

Unfortunately, the normalization of porn, the “pornification” of our media, has grown exponentially since then.

We are so surrounded by this pornification in today’s popular culture that it’s hard to even recognize what we are actually hearing or seeing. If you look at the most popular shows on television, the most popular songs on iTunes, and the most popular movies in theaters, you’ll find content and subject matter that if you applied to reality, you would never mess with it.

It’s so crazy to think that things that were once totally unheard of, are now widely accepted, embraced, created, and promoted on social media daily.

Here’s an interesting example of that:

You know the old 70’s TV show The Brady Bunch, right? In several episodes of the show, the Brady’s are shown getting ready in their bathroom, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, etc. Normal right? But one thing was always noticeably missing from the bathroom:

A toilet.

Yes, it was a toilet-less bathroom. The reason? The network that aired The Brady Bunch censored the show by not allowing it to show a toilet on their popularly televised program. It was seen as inappropriate. Tacky. In bad taste.

Now fast forward to today.

The things that are now commonplace on regular daytime television would make Mr. and Mrs. Brady’s heads explode.

The problem here lies in the blurring of the lines between entertainment in the media and pornography. Porn is bleeding into every single aspect of our lives, contributing to the objectification of the human body, rape culture, and basic desensitization to sexual material.

When we are all surrounded by this pornification in society, it’s easy to get lost in it and find it hard to see what it really means. This societal shift warps ideas and perceptions, such as the idea that women are here to please men, and that the human body is an object, separate from thoughts, emotions, and feelings a person may have.

Porn culture is becoming an living and breathing issue. According to the website Stop Porn Culture, studies show that after men view porn, they are more likely to have decreased empathy for rape victims (not cool), believe that a woman who dresses provocatively deserves to be raped, have anger at women who flirt but don’t have sex (similar to the recent disturbing Santa Barbara shooting), and report increased interest in coercing partners into unwanted sex acts.

Wow.

This gray area that’s been created in the mainstream media is totally and completely widespread. Stop Porn Culture's website asks us to consider these problems: “While mainstream pop culture grows increasingly pornographic, the pornography industry produces hardcore material that is both more overtly cruel toward women and more widely accepted than ever. Have you ever tried to talk about this issue, only to be told that you’re a prude, or that pornography is liberating? What will happen now that the first generation of men raised on Internet porn is making its way into adulthood?

Good point. And scary thought.

After reading our recent blog post on Fifty Shades of Grey, you’re probably all aware that the trailer release of the upcoming movie has already made massive waves. Many are outraged with the graphic sexual material in the books and the upcoming film. Dawn Hawkins of Porn Harms said that while some Americans may not realize it, bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are a huge part of mainstream pornography. And they have been for quite a while.

Knowing that, it’s pretty mind blowing to think that this movie is ironically most highly anticipated by women, the same gender as the recipient of all the violent and disturbing sexual acts in the book.

Pornographic media and entertainment is a massive step backwards for equality due to the fact that in almost all porn, men are portrayed as dominant and women submissive, treating humans as nothing more than discardable objects to be acted upon.

As pornography influences everyday media and the objectification of humans, especially women, it only gets stronger and contributes to not just porn culture, but rape culture as well.

We are smarter than that. We don’t need to accept the pornification of our society.

Be better than porn culture.

Be smarter. Be cooler.

Don’t be pornified.

(via savedbymercyandgrace)

appalachianmountaingirl:

builtonfaults:

supah-tropicana:

inkmurder:

Skinny

I love this more than words could ever describe.

Perfect

This is exactly what happened to me when I was having gallbladder problems and food allergies. Everyone raved about how I had a great skinny body, but I felt sick and miserable. I’m finally on the road to recovery and almost at my original 114 lbs weight.

(via picnicandsweets)

Christ will never be cool. Terrifying, life-changing, shocking, and iconoclastic, but never cool. Jesus is not my homeboy. The Gospel will always be relevant but never trendy.
Jon Foreman (via godmoves)

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thebrownskingirl:

You are so used to your features, you don’t know how beautiful you look to a stranger.

(via recoveryisbeautiful)

Made to encourage you, wherever you're at in your life right now.