brazenchronicles:

Why is all of this shit still allowed to happen? How in 2014 are women still treated as second class citizens? One would think that we have proven our worth (not that we should have to) over and over again. Women are world leaders, women are war heroes, women make ground breaking advances in technology and science, women lead major corporations, women are supposed to be not only successful professionally but also domestically and there are millions of women world wide that manage to do both, and if nothing else women give fucking birth (if you don’t think that alone makes a woman worthy of respect I’d like you to go watch a birthing video right now). OH! And it’s not like these are all things that have just recently started happening; women have been proving their worth for pretty much all of human history. So what else are we supposed to do? What else do women have to conquer for the general populace of the world to regard us as human beings worthy of respect? Because, trust me, if you tell us what it is we will do it better than you ever thought it could be done.”

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I wrote a rather long rant about how women are hardly considered people in society and a simple way to start changing that because I think this is an issue that we actually need to address. 

 So there are a lot of things that get me hot and bothered, and not in the good way (though that would be much more fun to write about). Things such as people that say “checkings account” instead of “checking account” because I’m a bank teller and fuck you there is not an “s” at the end of that word. Then there are the people that treat servers (and general customer service providers) like “the help” and not like oh, I don’t know, actual goddamn people. And of course, the people that park their idiotically huge truck in two parking spaces because they think they are special. The list goes on and on and we could be here for days discussing the things that get me in a tizzy. However, I’m not here to waste your time (or quite frankly mine) because the number one thing that gets my panties in a twist is being reminded over and over again that I, as a woman, do not count as a fucking human being. 
 I can hear it all now: “Whoa! I totally think you are people so you just need to calm down missy!” If that is the thought you just had, thank you, I’m really glad that you feel that way; but sit down and shut your opinion box off for a moment and listen. 
 I have come to expect that at the very least once a week my eyes will be blessed with some new truly fantastic story reminding me (incase I came down with amnesia and forgot the past few thousand years of recorded human history) of how low the general populace ranks the lives and rights of women. Think I’m exaggerating? Here are some gems:
Jennifer Lawrence Is Not A Thing To Be Passed AroundBecause the fact that we have to be reminded that displaying women’s bodies without their consent is just wonderful.
Oklahoma Cop Charged with Sexual Assault of 8 Women Gets to Go Home Because when a white man harms women of color it’s not really a crime. 
15 Year Old Girl Forced to Wear Shame Suite For Breaking Dress Code Yes, god forbid a young girl show a wee bit of leg. That will simply distract young boys far too much for they cannot be expected to keep their hands and eyes to themselves. Boys will indeed be boys after all.
Twenty Days of Harassment and Racism as An american Apparel Employee It should be expected for women to not seek out self respect in the work place right?
College Student Carries Mattress to Protest Her Rapist Not Being SuspendedSilly women thinking that the men that hurt them should be punished.
Cee-Lo Thinks That if You Are Raped While Intoxicated You Had Best Remember Never mind that HE got said survivor intoxicated and then raped her, she should have been responsible and remembered. 
Years of Rape and Utter Contempt (of young girls) In Britain There aren’t words for this one. Just fuck everything. 
And those are only a few things that I found in maybe 10 minutes of scrolling through my Facebook news feed and doing a single Google search. It took me longer to pick the stories to share and put them in this then it did to find them. Mind you these are only very recent articles. After all, let’s not forget these other shining examples of where women have stood over the past year and a half alone: the Texas government saw fit to ensure that women no longer have access to safe abortions, effectively making a woman’s choice to abort not only difficult but dangerous; SCOTUS ruled in favor of the rights of a corporation over the rights of the women employed by it; when two rapists were convicted in Stuebenville Ohio the only thing the media could focus on was that the lives of two young men were ruined not the fact that they had committed a heinous crime against a fellow human and were being justly punished; and let us remember that on April 15th of this year, 273 school aged girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria by a terrorist  organization and are thought to have been forced into marriages and worse, 240 of these girls are still missing, and the help from the international community is weak at best seeing that there’s not much money to be made off of rescuing these young women. 

 Of course, that’s just the news making stuff, too. On the daily women are reminded that the general populace views them at the mercy of men. We are supposed to only exist for men to find pleasure in us - that is the message fed to us by television, magazines, shit on social media, and advertisements almost every waking moment of the day. There are more articles in women’s magazines that run along the lines of “110 New Ways to Make Him Happy” or “How to Look Sexy in Bed” than there ever are about the amazing things women are doing world wide to make this a better place to live, or ways to advance your career, or just anything that could lead to real genuine self-improvement. Despite the fact that there have been many studies conducted that prove that the images we are shown of the “bodies men really want” and the kind of content these things focus on are genuinely harmful to the female psyche nothing really changes. Then if we look beyond the media and into the way that we are socialized it’s even more terrifying because from the time that we are children women are taught that boys will be boys and that we should just take it. When a little boy bullies a little girl on a playground she’s told that he’s just doing it because he likes her and then we wonder why 20 years later that same little girl is in a dangerous abusive relationship. When was she taught that she had the right to not be hurt like that? You told her he did it because he liked her, you told her that boys will be boys and that she should just deal with it. And on the flip side of that the little boy was never taught that he shouldn’t do those things. When a young man is promiscuous it’s celebrated, he’s taught to be macho and to prove that he’s dominant, catcalling and making lewd comments are supported, he’s taught from a young age that the girl isn’t his equal, she’s his prize. 
 Why is all of this shit still allowed to happen? How in 2014 are women still treated as second class citizens? One would think that we have proven our worth (not that we should have to) over and over again. Women are world leaders, women are war heroes, women make ground breaking advances in technology and science, women lead major corporations, women are supposed to be not only successful professionally but also domestically and there are millions of women world wide that manage to do both, and if nothing else women give fucking birth (if you don’t think that alone makes a woman worthy of respect I’d like you to go watch a birthing video right now). OH! And it’s not like these are all things that have just recently started happening; women have been proving their worth for pretty much all of human history. So what else are we supposed to do? What else do women have to conquer for the general populace of the world to regard us as human beings worthy of respect? Because, trust me, if you tell us what it is we will do it better than you ever thought it could be done. 
 The catch, though, is that there seems to be nothing that we can do to prove our worth. We could save the world from utter disaster and there would still be those that would comment that it wasn’t good enough or that we should learn our place. Well I’m done with it. I think it’s high fucking time that we stop playing pretty, so to speak. We need to stop trying to fit the mold, we need to hold ourselves to the same base standards our male counterparts are held to and absolutely nothing more. Because the truth is that while men do have a lot to live up to, women have much of the same burden to bear in addition to many more requirements that are supposed to make us “good women”. So I say fuck the additional requirements, fuck the contradictions that we have to live up to daily. Contradictions like being assertive but only just so because we don’t want to be perceived as bitchy or bossy, having to be feminine but just enough because no one wants to be prissy, only speaking up enough to make it clear that we aren’t doormats because no one wants a push over, being one of the guys but not too much so because that would make you butch. Fuck all of it. 
 In her book “How To Be A Woman,” Caitlin Moran poses a question to us that should drive our daily expectations, “Are the men doing this as well?” That, my dear friends, is a question that we should never, ever be afraid to pose. Because the answer will most of the time be no, the men are not doing these things since they do not have to. I’m not saying that this whole thing is directly the fault of men. You don’t get to chose what sex you’re born with and if you happen to be a male (especially a white male) congrats because you just won the genetic lottery. And I know that there are some that will be like, “Please shut up you damn femi-nazi,” or some other load of shit like that. Just know that if you have those thoughts you are a part of this very pervasive issue. This whole “equality for all regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, etc.” thing only works if people like you can cease running your mouth for one second and listen to what those that deal with this (and other ridiculous) shit daily have to say about it. In this case it only changes when men stop perpetuating the cycle of hatred toward women (including, but not limited to catcalling, stealing nude photos, blackmailing with nude photos, understanding what consent is, etc.) and begin to make a scene along side of us about how ridiculous it is that women’s right’s are still an issue. 
 The thing that really gets me about all of this is that with the issue of treating women as people (as with the rights of most oppressed persons) is that if we win, everyone wins! If finally women and men are really and truly looked at as equals, men get to reap a shitload of benefits. The stigma of single fatherhood wouldn’t be an issue because we would no longer think that raising children is a woman’s job, male sexual assault victims would no longer face such a stigma because assault wouldn’t be viewed as something that only happens to women, men could stay at home and be homemakers without anyone giving a damn, and so on. None of these things seem like a downside and yet it seems that this will remain a pipe dream because there are still people out there that want to continue to push social progression back about 100 years. 
 The point of this really long rant is this: 

 Treating women like people is simple, if you wouldn’t treat a man in that manner (because it could be rude or demeaning) you shouldn’t treat women that way either. Women deserve to not have to live up to a shitload more requirements just to still be treated like trash. We deserve the right to our bodies and that covers who gets to see them nude, weather or not we carry a child in them, who has sex with them, who gets to comment on them, and in general anything that can possibly happen with a woman’s person she has the final say. A woman does not exist for a man just as a man does not exist for a woman. If we can embrace the idea that we all have the right to exist in total autonomy I truly think that then (since we will be caring more for ourselves too) we can care more for those around us. Because until we are all on the same level, we all lose. 

So there are a lot of things that get me hot and bothered, and not in the good way (though that would be much more fun to write about). Things such as people that say “checkings account” instead of “checking account” because I’m a bank teller and fuck you there is not an “s” at the end of that word. Then there are the people that treat servers (and general customer service providers) like “the help” and not like oh, I don’t know, actual goddamn people. And of course, the people that park their idiotically huge truck in two parking spaces because they think they are special. The list goes on and on and we could be here for days discussing the things that get me in a tizzy. However, I’m not here to waste your time (or quite frankly mine) because the number one thing that gets my panties in a twist is being reminded over and over again that I, as a woman, do not count as a fucking human being. 

I can hear it all now: “Whoa! I totally think you are people so you just need to calm down missy!” If that is the thought you just had, thank you, I’m really glad that you feel that way; but sit down and shut your opinion box off for a moment and listen. 

I have come to expect that at the very least once a week my eyes will be blessed with some new truly fantastic story reminding me (incase I came down with amnesia and forgot the past few thousand years of recorded human history) of how low the general populace ranks the lives and rights of women. Think I’m exaggerating? Here are some gems:

And those are only a few things that I found in maybe 10 minutes of scrolling through my Facebook news feed and doing a single Google search. It took me longer to pick the stories to share and put them in this then it did to find them. Mind you these are only very recent articles. After all, let’s not forget these other shining examples of where women have stood over the past year and a half alone: the Texas government saw fit to ensure that women no longer have access to safe abortions, effectively making a woman’s choice to abort not only difficult but dangerous; SCOTUS ruled in favor of the rights of a corporation over the rights of the women employed by it; when two rapists were convicted in Stuebenville Ohio the only thing the media could focus on was that the lives of two young men were ruined not the fact that they had committed a heinous crime against a fellow human and were being justly punished; and let us remember that on April 15th of this year, 273 school aged girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria by a terrorist  organization and are thought to have been forced into marriages and worse, 240 of these girls are still missing, and the help from the international community is weak at best seeing that there’s not much money to be made off of rescuing these young women. 

Of course, that’s just the news making stuff, too. On the daily women are reminded that the general populace views them at the mercy of men. We are supposed to only exist for men to find pleasure in us - that is the message fed to us by television, magazines, shit on social media, and advertisements almost every waking moment of the day. There are more articles in women’s magazines that run along the lines of “110 New Ways to Make Him Happy” or “How to Look Sexy in Bed” than there ever are about the amazing things women are doing world wide to make this a better place to live, or ways to advance your career, or just anything that could lead to real genuine self-improvement. Despite the fact that there have been many studies conducted that prove that the images we are shown of the “bodies men really want” and the kind of content these things focus on are genuinely harmful to the female psyche nothing really changes. Then if we look beyond the media and into the way that we are socialized it’s even more terrifying because from the time that we are children women are taught that boys will be boys and that we should just take it. When a little boy bullies a little girl on a playground she’s told that he’s just doing it because he likes her and then we wonder why 20 years later that same little girl is in a dangerous abusive relationship. When was she taught that she had the right to not be hurt like that? You told her he did it because he liked her, you told her that boys will be boys and that she should just deal with it. And on the flip side of that the little boy was never taught that he shouldn’t do those things. When a young man is promiscuous it’s celebrated, he’s taught to be macho and to prove that he’s dominant, catcalling and making lewd comments are supported, he’s taught from a young age that the girl isn’t his equal, she’s his prize. 

Why is all of this shit still allowed to happen? How in 2014 are women still treated as second class citizens? One would think that we have proven our worth (not that we should have to) over and over again. Women are world leaders, women are war heroes, women make ground breaking advances in technology and science, women lead major corporations, women are supposed to be not only successful professionally but also domestically and there are millions of women world wide that manage to do both, and if nothing else women give fucking birth (if you don’t think that alone makes a woman worthy of respect I’d like you to go watch a birthing video right now). OH! And it’s not like these are all things that have just recently started happening; women have been proving their worth for pretty much all of human history. So what else are we supposed to do? What else do women have to conquer for the general populace of the world to regard us as human beings worthy of respect? Because, trust me, if you tell us what it is we will do it better than you ever thought it could be done. 

The catch, though, is that there seems to be nothing that we can do to prove our worth. We could save the world from utter disaster and there would still be those that would comment that it wasn’t good enough or that we should learn our place. Well I’m done with it. I think it’s high fucking time that we stop playing pretty, so to speak. We need to stop trying to fit the mold, we need to hold ourselves to the same base standards our male counterparts are held to and absolutely nothing more. Because the truth is that while men do have a lot to live up to, women have much of the same burden to bear in addition to many more requirements that are supposed to make us “good women”. So I say fuck the additional requirements, fuck the contradictions that we have to live up to daily. Contradictions like being assertive but only just so because we don’t want to be perceived as bitchy or bossy, having to be feminine but just enough because no one wants to be prissy, only speaking up enough to make it clear that we aren’t doormats because no one wants a push over, being one of the guys but not too much so because that would make you butch. Fuck all of it. 

In her book “How To Be A Woman,” Caitlin Moran poses a question to us that should drive our daily expectations, “Are the men doing this as well?” That, my dear friends, is a question that we should never, ever be afraid to pose. Because the answer will most of the time be no, the men are not doing these things since they do not have to. I’m not saying that this whole thing is directly the fault of men. You don’t get to chose what sex you’re born with and if you happen to be a male (especially a white male) congrats because you just won the genetic lottery. And I know that there are some that will be like, “Please shut up you damn femi-nazi,” or some other load of shit like that. Just know that if you have those thoughts you are a part of this very pervasive issue. This whole “equality for all regardless of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, etc.” thing only works if people like you can cease running your mouth for one second and listen to what those that deal with this (and other ridiculous) shit daily have to say about it. In this case it only changes when men stop perpetuating the cycle of hatred toward women (including, but not limited to catcalling, stealing nude photos, blackmailing with nude photos, understanding what consent is, etc.) and begin to make a scene along side of us about how ridiculous it is that women’s right’s are still an issue. 

The thing that really gets me about all of this is that with the issue of treating women as people (as with the rights of most oppressed persons) is that if we win, everyone wins! If finally women and men are really and truly looked at as equals, men get to reap a shitload of benefits. The stigma of single fatherhood wouldn’t be an issue because we would no longer think that raising children is a woman’s job, male sexual assault victims would no longer face such a stigma because assault wouldn’t be viewed as something that only happens to women, men could stay at home and be homemakers without anyone giving a damn, and so on. None of these things seem like a downside and yet it seems that this will remain a pipe dream because there are still people out there that want to continue to push social progression back about 100 years. 

The point of this really long rant is this: 

Treating women like people is simple, if you wouldn’t treat a man in that manner (because it could be rude or demeaning) you shouldn’t treat women that way either. Women deserve to not have to live up to a shitload more requirements just to still be treated like trash. We deserve the right to our bodies and that covers who gets to see them nude, weather or not we carry a child in them, who has sex with them, who gets to comment on them, and in general anything that can possibly happen with a woman’s person she has the final say. A woman does not exist for a man just as a man does not exist for a woman. If we can embrace the idea that we all have the right to exist in total autonomy I truly think that then (since we will be caring more for ourselves too) we can care more for those around us. Because until we are all on the same level, we all lose. 

Why is all of this shit still allowed to happen? How in 2014 are women still treated as second class citizens? One would think that we have proven our worth (not that we should have to) over and over again. Women are world leaders, women are war heroes, women make ground breaking advances in technology and science, women lead major corporations, women are supposed to be not only successful professionally but also domestically and there are millions of women world wide that manage to do both, and if nothing else women give fucking birth (if you don’t think that alone makes a woman worthy of respect I’d like you to go watch a birthing video right now). OH! And it’s not like these are all things that have just recently started happening; women have been proving their worth for pretty much all of human history. So what else are we supposed to do? What else do women have to conquer for the general populace of the world to regard us as human beings worthy of respect? Because, trust me, if you tell us what it is we will do it better than you ever thought it could be done.”

Read the rest of the piece at The Brazen Chronicles.

posted 8: 06 pm on Sunday, September 7, 2014 with 3 notes

fyeaowls:

LGBT Americans for Obama

BABY DON’T CRY

My heart is breaking in the best way right now. 

gaywrites:

Religion: you’re doing it right. 

This is what I was raised to view the Christian religion as. 

gaywrites:

Religion: you’re doing it right. 

This is what I was raised to view the Christian religion as. 

captainchristoph:

Kid’s damn good… But his message is even better. 

This is great right? The Vice President and The President feel that Same Sex Marriage should be recognized and fully legal! Woohoo! Victory!

Except I really don’t feel like it is. It’s an election year a politician coming out and saying that they support something radical isn’t a new thing. I am not saying this to dumb down his statement, his even saying it will lose him as many voters as it may gain so that’s a big thing; he did take a risk and I commend him for it. I just feel like the timing is too spot on, too typical. I don’t feel like we won anything because words are just that, words. Without any action behind them what does it matter? He has been so back and forth on the issue… I just don’t know how I feel. 

posted 8: 49 pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 with 6 notes
posted 10: 00 am on Sunday, January 22, 2012 with 512,072 notes
Preach. 

Preach. 

posted 12: 01 pm on Monday, August 29, 2011 with 9,083 notes
Those damn dirty homosexuals wanting rights; unacceptable. (If the sarcasm is lost on you I feel badly for you) 

Those damn dirty homosexuals wanting rights; unacceptable. 
(If the sarcasm is lost on you I feel badly for you) 

posted 4: 01 pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 with 267 notes
hand-in-pocket:

tothosethatilove:

sporkthepanda:

thedailywhat:

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Republican presidential nomination hopeful Michele Bachmann is the first candidate to sign the “pro-marriage” pledge of conservative Christian group The Family Leader. 
According to the Des Moines Register, those who sign “The Marriage Vow” [pdf] agree “to personal fidelity to his or her spouse, the appointment of ‘faithful constitutionalists’ as judges, opposition to any redefinition of marriage, and prompt reform of uneconomic and anti-marriage aspects of welfare policy, tax policy and divorce law.” 
The vow also affirms the signee’s belief that homosexuality is a public health risk and a choice, and on par with polygamy and polyandry. 
Worse still is the vow’s shocking suggestion that children born into African-American families under slavery were better off than they are today because they were “more likely to be raised by [their] mother and father in a two-parent household.” 
And, finally, for good measure, candidates who sign the pledge must also make a point of rejecting Sharia law. 
A spokesman for Rep. Ron Paul has expressed reservations on behalf of the congressman, while Tim Pawlenty’s spokesman said the former Minnesota governor was reviewing the document. Most of the other candidates refused to comment on their plans; only Jon Huntsman has stated (through an aide) that he will not sign the pledge as he “never signs any pledges.” Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats — who was state chair of Mike Huckabee’s Republican presidential campaign in 2008 — said his organization will only support candidates who sign the pledge. 
(NB: It should be noted that the controversial passage in the pledge that refers to the “protection” of women and children from “all forms of pornography” may not be a call for the outright banning of porn as some assert, but is certainly worth questioning.)
[dmr / tp / wonkette / mediaite / photo: politico.] 
Related: Bachmann compared same-sex marriage to Pearl Harbor in 2004.

and so it begins…

FUCK this stupid bitch

This is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels. In related news, I LOVE that all these artists are telling her to stop using their music in her campaign.

"If I could kill one person with my mind it would be you." That pretty much sums it up (well really there are more but they aren’t all making an attempt at becoming the leader of the country that I live in). This woman lives on planet ignorant. Besides this article google her and read some of the other absolutely ignorant things she has to say. Like this lovely gem:
 

hand-in-pocket:

tothosethatilove:

sporkthepanda:

thedailywhat:

This Is Important, You Should Know About It of the Day: Republican presidential nomination hopeful Michele Bachmann is the first candidate to sign the “pro-marriage” pledge of conservative Christian group The Family Leader.

According to the Des Moines Register, those who sign “The Marriage Vow” [pdf] agree “to personal fidelity to his or her spouse, the appointment of ‘faithful constitutionalists’ as judges, opposition to any redefinition of marriage, and prompt reform of uneconomic and anti-marriage aspects of welfare policy, tax policy and divorce law.”

The vow also affirms the signee’s belief that homosexuality is a public health risk and a choice, and on par with polygamy and polyandry.

Worse still is the vow’s shocking suggestion that children born into African-American families under slavery were better off than they are today because they were “more likely to be raised by [their] mother and father in a two-parent household.”

And, finally, for good measure, candidates who sign the pledge must also make a point of rejecting Sharia law.

A spokesman for Rep. Ron Paul has expressed reservations on behalf of the congressman, while Tim Pawlenty’s spokesman said the former Minnesota governor was reviewing the document. Most of the other candidates refused to comment on their plans; only Jon Huntsman has stated (through an aide) that he will not sign the pledge as he “never signs any pledges.” Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats — who was state chair of Mike Huckabee’s Republican presidential campaign in 2008 — said his organization will only support candidates who sign the pledge.

(NB: It should be noted that the controversial passage in the pledge that refers to the “protection” of women and children from “all forms of pornography” may not be a call for the outright banning of porn as some assert, but is certainly worth questioning.)

[dmr / tp / wonkette / mediaite / photo: politico.]

Related: Bachmann compared same-sex marriage to Pearl Harbor in 2004.

and so it begins…

FUCK this stupid bitch

This is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels. In related news, I LOVE that all these artists are telling her to stop using their music in her campaign.

"If I could kill one person with my mind it would be you." That pretty much sums it up (well really there are more but they aren’t all making an attempt at becoming the leader of the country that I live in). This woman lives on planet ignorant. Besides this article google her and read some of the other absolutely ignorant things she has to say. 
Like this lovely gem:

 

aboutaseven:

Love Is Love.

aboutaseven:

Love Is Love.

posted 2: 05 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2011 with 96,439 notes

First off let me say that Rise Against is a band I don’t feel like I hear enough about. They have a good mix of strong lyrics that are often politically/cause driven but in a way that doesn’t make the music seem pretentious, strong musical styling, and overall a great message. 

My point of posting this song is not to go on about how I love this band; however it is about how much I admire the song Make It Stop (September’s Children).

When I first listened to it I wasn’t paying a lot of attention and passed right over it. It wasn’t until this Monday (after having the album for about two weeks) that I really listened to it while I was working out. I caught the end of the song and realized that there was something more to it and restarted it. It took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes at the line:

"And too much blood has flown from the wrists,
Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.
Who will rise to stop the blood?”

The song is so powerful; imploring that we stop the hate and abuse toward the LGBT community in general but especially the children. 

My biggest hope is that one day we will all be equals no matter race, gender, religion, nationality, waist size, or who our heart tells us to love. Love is one of the most beautiful gifts that we are given as humans and the fact that some people can take something that is so wonderful and turn it into scathing hate that drives people; hell children that have not had the chance to truly live their lives; to end their lives makes me physically sick.  

Listen to this song. Take in the message that it sends. Stay strong, do not give up, and join me in hoping and actively fighting to, “make it stop.” 

"Make It Stop (September’s Children)" 

Woah, woah.

Bang bang go the coffin nails, like a breath exhaled,
Then gone forever.
It seems just like yesterday, how did I miss the red flags raised?
 


Think back to the days we laughed.
We braved these bitter storms together.
Brought to his knees he cried,
But on his feet he died.

What God would damn a heart?
And what God drove us apart?
What god could…
 

Make it stop,
Let this end.
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It’s come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing,
Woah, woah.

Bang bang from the closet walls,
The schoolhouse halls,
The shotgun’s loaded.
Push me and I’ll push back.
I’m done asking, I demand.

From a nation under God,
I feel it’s love like a cattle prod.
Born free, but still they hate me. 
Born me, no I can’t change.

It’s always darkest just before the dawn.
So stay awake with me, let’s prove them wrong.

Make it stop.
Let this end,
Eighteen years pushed to the ledge.
It’s come to this,
A weightless step.
On the way down singing,
Woah, woah.

The cold river washed him away,
But how could we forget.
The gatherings hold candles, but not their tongues. 

And too much blood has flown from the wrists,
Of the children shamed for those they chose to kiss.
Who will rise to stop the blood?

We’re calling for,
Insisting on, a different beat, yeah.
A brand new song.

Whoa, whoa [x3]
(Tyler Clementi, age 18.
Billy Lucas, age 15.
Harrison Chase Brown, age 15
Cody J. Barker, age 17
Seth Walsh, age 13.)

Make it stop,
Let this end.
This life chose me, I’m not lost in sin.
And proud, I stand, of who I am,
I plan to go on living.

Make it stop, 
let this end,
all these years pushed to the ledge,
but proud I stand, of who I am, 
I plan to go on living.
 

© THEME