If you’re looking for a charity to donate to, I’ve included links to the donation pages of the charities listed under each category. Most of these originally were posted as part of my 2016 holiday wishlist. Abuse and Sexual Assault 1in6 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence RAINN Animal Rights ASPCA Antisemitism ADL Capital Punishment National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Civil Liberties ACLU Disability Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund Environment/Science Clinton Foundation EarthJustice GreenPeace NRDC Union of Concerned Scientists Human Rights Human Rights Watch USA for UNHCR Women’s Refugee Commission Islamophobia CAIR Journalism ProPublica RSF LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign Lambda Legal SPLC Trevor Project Poverty Alabama Arise Clinton Foundation Racism Black Lives Matter Mexican American Legal Defense Fund NAACP and its Legal Defense Fund SPLC Reproductive Rights/Feminism Center for Reproductive Rights Clinton Foundation EMILY’s List Guttmacher NARAL National Abortion Federation National Organization for Women Planned Parenthood She Should Run Women’s Refugee Commission If you have any suggestions for this list, please let me know.

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This is a meme that I participate in every year on LiveJournal. Even if you get nothing, it’s still a fun meme because it allows us to be kids again and make Christmas lists. Let’s face it, that kind of dreaming and hope is fun. So here’s my wishlist this year. If you want to make one, leave me a link and I’ll post it here. THE ORIGINAL MEME: STEP ONE Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered… whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related (“I’d love a Snape/Hermione icon that’s just for me”) to medium (“I wish for _____ on DVD”) to really big (“All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV”). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want. If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) can get in touch with you. Your home address is not required! Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread. STEP TWO Surf around your friends list (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here’s the important part… You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf – to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not – it’s your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just… wish, and it might come true. Give and you might receive. You’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special. THE LIST I have listed more than 10 things. My list this year is a little different from past ones. I have always requested chocolate, but I developed an allergy to peanuts this last year, so I thought it might not be the best idea to request food anymore. I know it’s weird for me to mention this here. 1. Donate to any of these organizations: 1in6 ACLU, ADL, Alabama Arise, ASPCA, Black Lives Matter, CAIR, Center for Reproductive Rights, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, EarthJustice, EMILY’s List, GreenPeace, Guttmacher, Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, Lambda Legal, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, NAACP and its Legal Defense Fund, NARAL, National Abortion Federation, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Organization for Women, NRDC, Planned Parenthood, ProPublica, RAINN, RSF, She Should Run, SPLC, Trevor Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, USA for UNHCR, Women’s Refugee Commission I think that, given the current political/social climate, they’re going to need all of the support they can get. If you want to donate in your name, that’s fine. If you want to donate in my name, that’s fine. 2. A plush-style throw/blanket. I don’t really have any specific color or fandom requests on this.1 3. A subscription to a service like OwlCrate, InfinityCrate, or LootCrate. I have friends who subscribe to these services, and I’m always envious of them. 4. A Barkbox or LootCrate Pet subscription for Amy Pond (my dachshund/boss) because she’s my bestie. She’s not a miniature; she’s about 20 pounds. 5. Funko products featuring any of my fandoms. I have some Pop!, mugs, and a plush, and I think all of their stuff is awesome, so I’m not going to be picky about this. 6. Shot glasses. I don’t drink, I just collect them. 7. Tea pots. I also collect these. 8. Coffee Mugs. Yep, these too. I do drink coffee, though. 9. Makeup. Specifically NYX lip gloss. I’ve run out of some and broken the containers of others. I like all sorts of colors, but the browns don’t look very good on me. 10. Accessories. Hats, socks, scarves, headbands, purses, barettes, necklaces, bracelets. I absolutely need a wallet. Belts if they’re made for plus-size women. 11. Crafting and sewing stuff. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, sewing, jewelry making stuff, adult coloring books, colored pencils, markers, beads, fabric, safety pins. 12. Obligatory teddy bear/stuffed animal request. 13. Paypal/Square donations (email for that is personal[dot]janet[at]fuzzypinkslippers[dot]com) or donations to my GoFundMe, which will help for repairs needed on my house. There’s also my Patreon, where I’m always looking for patrons. 14. Gift cards from iTunes, Lane Bryant, Starbucks, Target, Torrid, & Zenni. 15. Anything from Amazon.com wishlist. It’s fine if it’s something that’s used or that you find somewhere else. Fandoms 2 Broke Girls, Angel/Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrowverse, Auburn, The Big Bang Theory, The Blacklist, Charmed, Dakota Johnson, Disney, Doctor Who, Friends, Game of Thrones, Glee, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter (esp. “my house” Hufflepuff), Hello Kitty, How to Get Away with Murder, Hunger Games, iZombie, Jamie Dornan, Jane the Virgin, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marvel, Once Upon a Time, Orphan Black, Outlander, Peanuts, Pretty Little Liars, Project Runway, Scream Queens, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stranger Things, Supernatural, Taylor Swift, True Blood, Twilight, UNC, Westworld Interests Crafts, fashion, reading, listening to music, singing, walking, cooking, hair, makeup, politics (progressive/liberal/left-wing), feminism, green living, cute stuff, photography Favorite colors pink, purple, baby blue, silver, red Contact If you need my address, email me at janet.main@fuzzypinkslippers.com There are two at Walmart that I adore. One is a stock image of London that’s black & white except for a red phone box. The other is a stock picture of Paris. But I would be just as happy with a solid color one. ↩

Holiday Wishlist Meme 2016

Button Up: Trump, Consent, and Culture Donald Trump’s ridiculous claim that all polls show he won second debate with Hillary Clinton False: Ted Cruz claim that Hillary Clinton backs ‘unlimited abortion’ to moment of birth From Now On, Anal Fissures Will be Known as Trumps A Few Quick Questions for OkCupid’s Moderators If you care about the environment at all, why are you voting for Jill Stein in a swing state? I’m Afraid I’m Going to Have to Cancel Men Michelle Obama delivers the most powerful indictment yet of Trump’s misogyny An Open Letter to My Mother, Who “Might” Vote for Donald Trump Trump suggests women speaking out are too ugly for him to sexually assault Trump vs the GOP Understanding How the Manosphere Views Women Why the Green Party Has Destroyed Itself with Jill Stein Yom Kippur, Donald Trump, and Apologizing Like You Really Mean It

Hello, it’s me. Yes, I’m back on the last day of the Democratic National Convention to give the fifth list of reasons to oppose Donald Trump’s presidency and to oppose him in general. But if this list doesn’t convince you, maybe the previous four (1, 2, 3, 4) will. If that’s not enough, there will be another list of 21 reasons next time, and another the day after that, and the day after that…and so on until there are 2016 reasons to oppose Trump. 85. Trump supported Brexit. Donald Trump viewed Brexit as the British people taking control over their own country and borders, and putting their needs first, or so he suggested. Unfortunately, a man who somehow got a graduate degree from Wharton doesn’t seem to understand much about the economy. Apparently, business degrees don’t require that a person understand economics or global policy. Liam Fox, Trade Secretary for the United Kingdom, explained how woefully inaccurate Trump’s assumption that Brexit is all about focusing on Britain are, “In fact it was the reverse: In my view, it was about Britain becoming a much more outward-looking country.” He also saw Brexit as an opportunity to bilk money out of his supporters. Donald can’t ever miss an opportunity to do a little song and dance for a check from unsuspecting, innocent people. Sad. 86. …But he didn’t know how Scotland had voted in the EU Referendum. How does a man who was raised by a Scottish immigrant not know that one should never confuse the will of the English with the will of the Scottish? Scotland, along with Northern Ireland, voted to remain in the European Union, a decision that could dissolve the United part of the United Kingdom. It would officially change the way that Scotland and England have functioned for over four hundred years. If ever there was proof that total assimilation within a culture was a bad idea, it would be Donald Trump’s inept understanding of how Scotland fits in to the Brexit situation and into the United Kingdom in general. How do people judge this man to be competent enough to vote for? 87. Donald Trump claims that he broke the glass ceiling for women all by himself. I’ll repeat. Donald Trump claims that he broke the glass ceiling for women all by himself. He told Bill O’Reilly, noted White House slavery enthusiast, “Number one, I have great respect for women. I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women, more than anybody in the construction industry.” He also told O’Reilly, “My relationship I think is going to end up being very good with women.” I don’t even know where to begin. Taking credit for breaking the glass ceiling? Even if he’s succeeded in helping women in one industry, it is not his place to say that he broke the glass ceiling. I guess if he was asked who gave women the right to vote, he’d claim he wrote the 19th Amendment and got it ratified on his own. I bet he’d even claim he was up in Seneca Falls. He might as well. He is taking credit for the achievement of women and of the hardwork put into giving full-fledged equal opportunities and rights to people regardless of sex or gender, even though he fails to pay women the same as men on his campaign. He is asserting his privilege to deny women the ability to say that they earned their position and that they fought for it. To quote the great philosopher and ethicist Taylor Swift, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there will be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work…you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there. That will be the greatest moment.” 88. Trump called pregnancies of employees an inconvenience for business. Yes, he actually said, “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business” on video. So there’s proof that he feels this way. To summarize: the pro-life party is now being represented by a man who once called pregnancy an inconvience for business; and he said this after he began identifying as pro-life. 89. Trump has called Elizabeth Warren ineffective. To Trump, ineffective means that Elizabeth Warren pisses him off and doesn’t put up with his bullshit. He’s said she is the least productive Senator, that she gets nothing done, that she is weak. Elizabeth Warren should channel Mean Girls character Regina George and ask Donald, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” Because, clearly, he is. 90. Donald Trump insulted Warren by saying she has a big mouth. Apparently, Trump thinks that women who stand up to his childish behavior are worthy of scorn and deserve to be silenced for it. He’s even said that he wants to shut her up. Way to go, GOP! You’ve nominated a man wanting to silence women. Classy stuff, if you’re in the 1950’s. 91. Trump accused Hillary of only being popular because of the “woman card” and not for any other reason. In yet another example of Trump being an misogynist, he decided that Hillary was somehow getting more support because she’s a woman. He said, in a news conference at Trump Tower in April, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.” He claims a former United States Senator and Secretary of State is unqualified. You know, unlike a “businessman” who has never […]

2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #85-105

With a closing sentence like that and pictures of these particular1 gingers, I’m anticipating fanfic. Do not disappoint me, internet. via Tumblr & Buzzfeed2 Damian Lewis and Karen Gillan if you aren’t familiar with them. ↩The post was about a “scientist” claiming that gingers were going to go extinct because of global warming, or as I like to call it ginger-phobic bullshit. ↩

I’m anticipating fanfic.

salon: Ronald Reagan pretty much ruined everything for millennials. #education #school #student loans #politics #ronald reagan #oh the shit that got talked about this man in my social work classes #he was the shittiest #yeah bush sucked massively but reagan… the gop compares the man to jesus #he’s basically a total what would jesus NOT do #because he gave no fucks about the poor or the sick or anyone who breathes #which is every-fucking-one btw #this was a shitty man #and he doesn’t deserve praise #he deserves scorn and hatred and full-on rage #because he sucked #a lot via Tumblr

themarriageofadeadblogsing: janers: themarriageofadeadblogsing: janers: themarriageofadeadblogsing: crustyriotgrrl: seaponies: doomantia: crustyriotgrrl: doomantia: posting photos from the oil spill. it’s breaking my heart. ):AND PS – IF YOU AREN’T VEGAN, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT to bitch about the oil spill and how sad it is, dog fights, wearing fur or leather, issues involving animals or environment, etc., etc. sorry, you just don’t. it’s just like “ohhh… Ok, I’m sorry, whoever you are that just showed up on my dashboard, this isn’t about you, this is general rage but dude, fuck you. I’m an omnivore because that’s what I can afford to do. I’m happy for you that you have the opportunity to make progressive decisions about your diet but at this point in my life I don’t have that luxury. And being vegan is not the ONLY WAY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ISSUE. It’s just what YOU are doing. Have you ever fostered a pit bull that had been rescued from a fighting ring, helped resocialize him when he was so terrified of anything that moved that he wouldn’t have a kennel? I have this crazy feeling that you haven’t, so fuck you and don’t tell me I have no right to say I care.  okay, i’m with you on the fact that your status as an omnivore does not equate to you being heartless about this oil spill. my only issue is the belief that somehow we vegans have the “luxury” of not eating meat. a gallon of milk costs more than a gallon of gas. a single pound of meat can run you upwards of $6. today i bought three pounds of carrots for $1.99. for me, being vegan means saving money, not paying more. I feel that. Most of what I eat is rice and beans, seriously, but if the most readily available and cheap thing for me to eat is a cheeseburger, I’m HUNGRY and I’m going to eat it. And I just feel like a lot of vegan people that I, personally, have met, have been privileged jerks eating morningstar fake bacon and tofutti cuties and lecturing me on what a bad person I am. I eat what is available for me to eat. I know not all vegans are like that, I really do, but those types tend to be particularly vocal. yo vegan here. vegans of the world: you have to be really careful when you talk like this because we really do have privilege that a shitload of people on this planet do not have. and just because they don’t have it or don’t want it doesn’t mean they can’t be caring people. saying that vegan foods are cheaper than lots of other things doesn’t really mean a damn thing to most people. you can give someone a carrot but that doesn’t mean they know what to do with it. it’s more than what something costs. it’s a whole system of things going on that cannot be easily budged by listing the prices of things. while being vegan saves you money, and it personally saves me money, for others it would be a waste of money because they wouldn’t know how to cook with that food. we have to talk about access, food sustainability, education, etc. so just a little fyi on my opinion. thank you for raising this issue, i wish i would have thought to touch upon it beforehand. education about nutrition and cooking skills are vital for people who don’t/can’t eat animal products – i only really became a vegan when i learned a substantial amount about putting meals together and feeding myself. i wish there was a forum for people to get more involved when it comes to cooking for themselves! I’m glad someone else brought this up. When I read your first reply I wanted to point some stuff out, but felt like a whiney little bitch doing so. But yeah, money isn’t the only thing one can’t afford, though it does play a part. Sure I can pick up 3 pounds of carrots for £2, but man cannot live by carrot alone. There are other, tertiary products which are a little more expensive (such as soy milk or supplements) and much, much harder to find. That’s more than a trip round to my local corner shop. It may not sound like much to someone who is deeply into it, but it’s time and effort that I’m not willing to spend, just to feel a little better about myself. As part of the sweet deal of working in a bar I get one free meal a day. It took me 6 months of constantly getting angry (and on occasions actually shouting at the chefs) to get them to understand that being a Vegetarian means no meat AT ALL. If it was once alive, I don’t eat it. I still have to explain it to the chefs now, like the other day when I had a really lovely vegetable soup, which I later found out was made with Chicken stock. Becoming a vegan means I would no longer get any food in work. I’m also fairly sure my health would not survive the transition to a full vegan diet. It already takes me longer to get over cuts and scrapes and bruises (which are a fairly regular occurence when you carry kegs for a living) and over the winter months I have a pretty much perminant cold. There are also lifestyle choices that go with being Vegan that go beyond just giving up dairy. A Veggie friend of mine decided to go the whole hog (hurrr) and was hospitalised within 10 days. Though she gave up dairy, she didn’t stop drinking (her drinking was by no means excessive for a college student by the way). As a result of not having any dairy, she just ate through her stomach lining. She was given the choice of either having dairy or giving up alcohol. As much of a cliche as it […]

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