I go by Smrf or Saraya. 24. Archaeology major, linguistics minor. Demisexual heteroflexibleromantic. Pretty fucking white. Culturally Jewish, religiously polytheistic.  Interested in peace, love, and oreos.
  • mediapathic:

    nextyearsgirl:

    This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:

    The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.

    According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.

    When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.

    So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.

    This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.

    (Source: drunkonstephen, via ethevagabond)

  • baruchobramowitz:

    "Hello Professor,

    I am doing my best to make this email sound adult. I have rewritten it sixteen, wait… seventeen, times. I am requesting assistance.

    Thank you,
    Student”

    "Student,

    ok

    -bill”

    (via gabi-13-rose)

  • asheathes:

    WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: NEW ZEALAND

    The New Zealand Academy of Spellcraft is situated in an undetectable location in the bush lands of South Island so incredibly difficult to find due to its surroundings’ constant changes in appearance that even repeat visitors often have trouble finding the school. Muggleborn students are raging fanatics of the All Blacks, and they have slowly converted the rest of the student population who used to thumb their nose at the mention of rugby. However, quidditch remains immensely popular, with students often sneaking out under the cover of night to play matches in the dark because it is “more challenging, and therefore, more fun,” despite the drastic increase in the number of injuries and dents in trees due to rogue bludgers growing slightly panicked in the dark. The school prides itself on its large and prestigious herbology department; international witches and wizards often take on extended environmental studies at the academy, so students are always on the lookout for lost foreigners stumbling around. When students graduate, they are presented with Pounamu ornaments that are embedded into the handles of their wands as a reminder for them to always be at peace with their surroundings.
  • Hi Eva, I just found your blog & find your postings very interesting & informative. I've been trying to better understand the realities of sex work & I'm finding many people posting about human & worker rights, harm reduction, trafficking etc. What are your thoughts about these issues or activism in general in your work? What are your thoughts about conditions where you work? How do these issues play out in your work? Thanks, Dan

    askasexworker:

    I finally found something relevant to say to this that isn’t an essay.

    Here is something I wrote in response to comments on a documentary on trafficking and exploitation regarding how current sex workers often find it difficult to discuss the dark side of the industry:


    I don’t think any of us deny the dark side of the industry, we’re just practical in our approach to solutions. I am no less horrified and disgusted by trafficking and coercion and terrible work conditions as a sex worker than as a member of the general public. I just know that decriminalization is the most effective approach to reducing harm across both the sex industry and the sex trade.

    I also think it’s very easy to be confused by the cause of horrific and distressing conditions in developing countries (in particular). The cause of most of the situations involving conditions like that is poverty, not sex work (or exploitation.) Sex work is a result, not the cause. And the causes of trafficking and child abuse are greed, crime and poverty, not the existence of the sex industry.

    I think it’s difficult for sex workers who are working in good conditions to talk about it because some people (and particularly the people listening to us) are confused about cause and effect.

    I watched American Escort last night which is very biased against the sex industry in America. But it was funny because it painted a very clear argument for decriminalisation without ever mentioning it. They talked to former sex workers who’s problem was not the work itself but the violence they’d experienced with a lack of recourse, and the main negative issue they focused on was pimps.

    They even clearly described the situation where agencies and girls all end up in the fucked up circle of confusion and openings for abuse and ignorance because they all have to pretend the girls are dancers. They blamed the agencies for being greedy and not caring about the girls; the vice squad are focusing on the agencies instead of the people actually committing the violence or the system creating the opportunities for it. That was so clearly not the problem.


    I wasn’t including child sex work in the category of ‘sex work’ as it’s not, it’s abuse.

    But decriminalization improves the ability of law enforcement to deal with underground organisations and organized crime. It also stops resources being consumed by fucking vice squads jailing consenting hookers instead of investigating real crime.


    The biggest difference that can be made is removing the opportunities for middlemen to exploit people, especially children. In a criminal system, or in a system where legal work is difficult for immigrants etc, you are just opening the door for pimps and coercive brothel owners, debt bondage and situations that involve elements of trafficking and slavery.

  • thepunkrocker:

    thescentofsouls:

    I’ll respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect my existence.

    THIS PHRASE SHOULD BE WRITTEN EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD 

    (via gabi-13-rose)

  • imnotamisandristbut:

    I’m not a misandrist, but a few quick questions:

    If men can’t even make their own sandwiches, why are they allowed to make bills in congress?

    If men can’t control their own sexual urges, why are they allowed to control nations?

    If a woman’s legs/shoulders are enough to distract a man, how can we trust them to stay focused on things like open heart surgery or judging a murder trial?

    Again not a misandrist, some of my best friends are guys and i’m even dating one.

    (via gabi-13-rose)

  • anonymously send me your opinion about me and I will post it without replying

    leavetooneat:

    do this i am horrible and pretty much always desperate for attention

    (Source: blank, via swanjolraven)

  • renirabbit:

    fearliath:

    do-i-smell-watermelon:

    the bend

    image

    and slap

    image

    I don’t even watch Star Trek but that is the most graceful bitchslap I have ever seen.

    this is amazing

    (via thegeekykinkevent)

  • princesachicana:

    ……anyways *grabs own titty*

    (Source: gothchicana, via gabi-13-rose)

  • mysoulisinorbit:

    jemmasimmns:

    please don’t make people with depression feel guilty for their lack of interest in things or their inability to motivate themselves please and thank you goodbye 

    on that note, please don’t make people with anxiety feel guilty about their inability to do tasks you deem simple and literally call them children and tell them to grow up because of it

    (Source: katiebiishop, via hauntedwingss)