This is Monica Kichau, one of two owners of a coffee shop in Umeå, Sweden.
On the 14th of March, after a long day of work and dressed in a grey hoodie, she was locking up her business when a woman approached her and asked her what she was doing, and told her that she’d phoned the police. Minutes later the police arrived and accused her of trying to break into the coffee shop, and despite the fact that she could prove that she owned the place, that she knew everything worth knowing about it in terms of employee records and the like, the police officers still demanded to see her ID, a demand reminiscent of those made by police officers at the tram stations in Stockholm who are dead set on tracking down and catching illegal immigrants by targeting people who don’t look what’s considered “ethnically Swedish”.
Welcome to Sweden. We don’t have a problem with racism, or so the news claims.
I still don’t understand what’s so wrong about demanding to see an ID. Maybe only for us, people from post-communist countries it’s a natural thing to have an ID on us and show it immediately just to prove them wrong if they think there’s a problem?
Also, the woman maybe just saw a person in the hoodie struggling with the doorlock, would Monica Kichau be happy if there really was a thief and that woman did nothing?
How to handle a drunk girl passed out on your couch.
It’s really that simple
This should have a shit load of notes. On another note, her neck is gonna hurt in the morning.
omg super cute
“The first question any new parent asks… ‘Is it a boy or a girl?’ But what happens when doctors cannot answer that question?”
Watched a great film yesterday called Intersexion, about intersex people and the shit they have to deal with.
1 in 2000 people are born “intersex”, an umbrella term for a variety of medical conditions that - even now - are still treated crappily by the medical community… normally along the lines of “crap this kid looks different let’s slice and dice them until they look more normal regardless of the consequences”.
People are still nowadays told they’re broken, still told they need to be fixed, and still told they’re “nothing bcs [they’re] not a boy or a girl”
Some people are forced into “male” or “female” boxes with surgery/socialisation, and some people are lucky enough to escape the years of surgery and are just allowed to be who they are, no medical interventions
It’s a well heart-warming film though, lots of personal accounts from people you don’t generally hear from!
well if you insist
”A sweet-looking Japanese girl who, one day, decided to take self-portraits..of herself levitating. She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer. When she feels the moment strike, she presses the shutter button down and then, quite literally, “jumps” into place. What I love most about her shots is that they don’t feel forced. Natsumi has a way of making us feel as though she naturally levitates throughout life. When I asked her how others react to her jumping around Tokyo, here is a funny story that she shared. “One day, when I was jumping at a famous sightseeing spot in western Tokyo, workers at a souvenir shop were frightened by how I was jumping. They were whispering things like ‘Is the girl mentally ill’ and ‘Do we need to call the police?’ “So I stopped jumping and apologized to them by saying, ‘I am taking jumping photos for my wedding party’s slide show.’ Their faces turned bright red, and they said things like ‘Oh dear!’ and ‘Congratulations!’ and even ‘Keep jumping!’