☆Soon to be Neptune's Staircase☆

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

There Will Come Soft Rains

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

Ray Douglas Bradbury is one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers of all time and is accredited with bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.


Monday, August 16, 2021

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 1964 🎸


Before there was Johnny Cash, BB King, and Eric Clapton, there was 

Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 

The Godmother of rock n roll. 

    "In 1964, Roesetta was booked for the Folk Blues and Gospel Caravan tour in England. She played a famous gig in an abandoned railroad station that was broadcast nationwide by Granada television. It was a cold and rainy day, but Tharpe got out of a horse-drawn carriage like royalty, strode across the wet platform, picked up her electric guitar, plugged in, and played “Didn’t It Rain,” electrical-shock risk apparently be damned, soloing and singing her heart out in front of a crowd of young people. “I’m sure there are a lot of young English guys who picked up electric guitars after getting a look at her,” Dylan said." (Hermes, Will. Why Sister Rosetta Tharpe Belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. December 2017.) 


Sunday, July 11, 2021

Open to Interpretation.

Look at the stars and talk to us. We are listening. All Dreams are Real.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021

♛ God is a Woman. ♀︎

One of the most profound pieces of Feminist Art in modern history. 

This video made Beyoncé the most awarded artist in Video Music Awards history. 

Damn. Proud. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

If Anything Happens I Love You.

 An Elegy of Dreamlike Proportions.

Watch the full short film on Netflix. 


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

🌼 The Butterfly Effect 🦋

Everything you have ever done in life has led you to this moment. 
Everything is connected. 
You matter. 


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Sunday, April 11, 2021

🌿 5 Journaling Prompts to Ease you into Shadow Work 😇

Shadow work is a deep and complex practice that is difficult to do. However it is extremely beneficial and it deepens your understanding of yourself and your deeper motivations. 

Your shadow self is a psychological term for everything we can't see in ourselves, or your "darker side". It's where our primitive human emotions arise, such as rage, envy, greed, selfishness, desire, or striving for power. 

Its not an easy or fun experience to acknowledge your own unflattering or unfavorable parts of yourself, but necessary to mature into a better version of you. (If you want to learn more about Shadow Work I suggest reading this article by Scott Jeffrey. He really knows his stuff and can teach you everything you need to know about shadow work.) 

That all being said, these journaling prompts are easing you into shadow work very slowly. These are very much for shadow work beginners and anyone curious about where to start with journaling. Just make sure to approach these questions and answers with an open and curious mind. If you practice shadow work prompts everyday, you will start to see a positive change in yourself very quickly. 

Journaling is ~self care~ 


5 Journaling Prompts to Ease you into Shadow Work

  1. What does your ideal life look like in the next two months? 
    • How do you feel in this ideal life?
    • What does it smell like? Look like? Feel like? 
    • What makes it ideal? 
  1. Write down your ideal self.
    • How do they feel? 
    • What are they doing?
    • What is their surroundings?
    • Draw them. 
  1. Write a letter to your teenage self.
    • How would you treat the younger you? 
    • How do you feel about your younger self?  
Source: Canva
  1. Who do you idealize and place on a pedestal? 
    • What about them makes them special? 
    • What about them draws you to them?
Source: Refinery29.com

  1. Write
    • 3 Things you're grateful for
      • ✨Gratitude✨
    • 3 💞Affirmations💞
      • Such as...
      • "I believe in myself"
      • "I am worthy"
      • etc.
    • 3 💪🏼Goals 💪🏼
    • 3 🌱Manifestations 🌱
      • Go crazy with this, write down things you want that you may think are outside your reach. (spoiler, they're not) 
  • Do this daily and see how much your life changes. 🙏🏼😇

Source: canva

Good luck and Blessed Be 🔮

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

A Multitude of Drops.

"There is a natural order to this world and those who try to upend it do not fair well. 
This movement will never survive. 
If you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. 
At best you'll exist as pariah, to be spat on and beaten.
 At worst, lynched or crucified.
And for What?
For What?
 No matter what you do
 it will never amount to anything 
but a single drop in a limitless ocean."

Andrew Wallner 
 "What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

Black Lives Matter. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

🔮 A New Moon Ritual 🕯(March 2021 in Pisces 🐟)

The new moon marks the beginning of the lunar cycle. This is the best time to embark on new things, new beginnings, new relationships, long term goals, and intention setting. 

(source: canva)

Depending on where your rising is, this new moon will effect you in a certain house. Since my rising is Libra, this Pisces new moon falls in my 5th house. The house of pleasure, creativity, entertainment, fun and play. For me this new moon means to start a new creative endeavor. 

New Moon in the Houses
  1. House 1
    • This is a powerful placement. New moon in the first house means it's time to reinvent yourself. This cycle would be best to focus on changing habits, believing in yourself, and the importance of expressing yourself authentically. 
  2. House 2
    • The second house is all about the senses, financial matters, beauty and pleasure. Finances may be a focus for you in this cycle or prioritizing pleasure for pleasures sake. This is the perfect time to set some realistic financial goals. 
  3. House 3
    • New Moon in this house means it's time to learn something new and to prioritize daily tasks. The third house is all about communication and mental rapport. Stimulate your brain. Write letters, send emails, commit to completing daily tasks. You will be very mentally active and aware during this cycle. 
  4. House 4
    • The fourth house is all about home and family. During this cycle you can expect to more in touch with your feelings and inner voice. This cycle is beneficial to any home-centered activities. Even renovating, or reorganizing your space. 
  5. House 5
    • The 5th house is the house of fun and play. Creativity, passion and boldness can highlight this cycle for you. It's the perfect time to start a new creative endeavor and express yourself. Be Bold during this time.
  6. House 6
    • The 6th house rules over our health, routines, schedules, business, and the small details. Prioritize your health. Start a new workout routine or start eating healthier. Critical thinking and analyses is heightened during this cycle. 
  7. House 7
    • The 7th house is all about love, relationships, and pairings. Maintaining relationships or starting new ones are a priority during this cycle. This is a good time to make contacts. You may be more charming, gracious, or supportive. 
  8. House 8
    • The 8th house is a deeply complex house. Awareness of how others tick and your own internal motivations is heightened. Prioritize intimacy and deep sharing. This may be a good time to go over your finances. 
  9. House 9
    1. New moon in the 9th house means it's time to get out, travel and experience things out of the ordinary. This may not be travel in the literal sense of the word but looking inward and discovering new pieces of yourself. This is also the house of philosophy. A new perspective could be on the horizon or a new way of seeing the world. Embrace this. 
  10. House 10
    • The 10th house rules over social standing and your place in society. This house also has to do with career and progress. This is the perfect time to re-new or start a whole new career, business, or business plans. You can expect to focus on the elements of your career as well as elements of your public standing within your community. 
  11. House 11
    • New Moon in this house means its time to re-new your focus on making social connections with others. This can be in a professional and a personal sense. This time is more about your place within a group than it is about your own introspection. Focus on making new connections at this time or reinvigorating and nurturing the old ones. 
  12. House 12
    • The 12 house is a deeply complex and spiritual house. It is a difficult house to articulate in words. Your focus during this cycle will be of introspection and spiritual matters. This may be a time of withdrawal from social circles favoring and emphasis on soul-searching or "recharging" your spiritual batteries. 

This is the perfect time to set intentions for the next month. This period is all about new change so be looking towards new endeavors or changing old habits. Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac and is a complicated and complex sign. Try to turn your attention inwards, your thoughts shape your reality. 

  1. Create your sacred space. Light candles, arrange your crystals, ground yourself. 
    • Take the time to relax, take a bath maybe. 
  2. Journal off anything stressful thats been on your mind so you can start this new moon with a clean slate. 
  3. Set your intentions. Write down what you want to manifest. The clearer you are the better. (Write, "I intend for this cycle, then a bullet list of things you want, date it, and sign it at the bottom.
  4. Create your Mantra. Create a one sentence or so affirmation that supports your intentions that you can repeat to yourself in the mirror - every night before you go to bed. 
  5. Lay down and visualize that you already have what you have manifested. Notice what you look like, how you feel, what the energy is like. (Feeling is the key word here - you have to FEEL like you have/are whatever it is that you want. FEEL it.) 
  6. Give thanks to this past cycle and prepare your mind to whats to come

Good luck and Blessed Be 🔮

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Friday, March 12, 2021

😳 I Am Embarrassed to Admit That I Used to Care if Men Found Me Attractive 🤷🏼‍♀️

You should prioritize your appearance. For my whole life up until like a few months ago, appearance for me was something you did to impress other people and to appear attractive. Not for your own self expression. 

I am embarrassed to admit that I used to care if people found me attractive because who literally gives a fuck? I was not put on this earth to just be beautiful.

Keelin Moncrieff @kee_mon on Insta

I remember as a kid we were told to “just be yourself.” But at the same time weren’t allowed to express ourselves through our dress. We are told to not conform and “be ourselves” while simultaneously not being allowed to. It's fucked up. Now that I am older and wiser, and care much less about what other people think, (maybe its just a symptom of being older I dunno) but I don’t care if people find my clothing choices weird or if other people find me attractive. It could be cause I have a stellium in Aquarius but why don’t people bring out their weird side a little more? Damn.

Im not sure where Im really going with this but the moment I just decided to not care if people found me attractive I have been LIIIVVVING. I stopped shaving my legs (and hairy legs feels fucking amazing let me tell you), started wearing what I want to wear, and generally just not giving a fuck. My favorite outfit these dayz are my torn up overalls and crocs. AND I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on them. Probably cuz expressing yourself authentically makes you feel like a thousand bucks. 

Since I've been expressing myself how I want, I've attracted so many beautiful humans into my life that more strongly align with who I am as a person and Im just overall a happier, freer person.   

Your appearance is for YOU. and you should prioritize it. Spend time with people who you make you wanna show off your individuality. Theres nothing wrong with liking and going along with trends, but you can certainly create your own. Don't let the misogynists get you down. You can look literally anyway that you want to. 

Someone who really inspires my style is @Keelin Moncrieff. She even has videos on finding your own style. 10/10 very recommend. 

Everything she says in this I second ⤴👍🏼

Let's get a little weird. 

I wanna see what guys will do when we go back out into the real world and they realize we don't give A FUCK about them anymore 😂😂😂

Now I only care if women find me attractive 🤡

lol thats all byeeeee

This is basically a Kee Mon fan page at this point 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

🌱 How to Open Your Chakras as Explained in a Children's Show 🌱


Your body has energy. It flows inside of you much like a stream or river. The Chakras are pools of spiraling energy within our bodies. Life is messy and these pools can become blocked, blocking the energy flow within your body. Opening your chakras allows the energy to flow freely. This is not an easy or fun experience but necessary for you to feel a sense of connection with the universe, your own inner/higher self, and to achieve inner balance. 

            🔴 1st Chakra - Earth Chakra (Root)

Location: Base of the Spine

Dealing: It deals with survival and is blocked by fear. 

Ask Yourself: What are you most afraid of? Let the fears become clear to you. 

To Do: Surrender your fears. Let your fears flow down the creek. 

            🟠 2nd Chakra - Water Chakra (Sacral)

Location: Groin

Dealings: Deals with pleasure and is blocked by guilt. 

Ask Yourself: Look at ll the guilt which burdens your soul, what you blame yourself for. 

To Do: Surrender your guilt. Let the guilt flow down the creek. 


            🟡 3rd Chakra - Fire Chakra (Solar Plexus)

Location: Stomach

Dealing: Deals with willpower and is blocked by shame. 

Ask Yourself: What are you ashamed of, what are you biggest disappointments in yourself?

To Do: Accept and love all aspects of who you are, even your letdowns and disappointments; accept and love all aspects of who you are even you mistakes.  


            🟢 4th Chakra - Love Chakra (Heart)

Location: Heart

Dealing: Deals with love and is blocked by grief. 

To Do: Let all your grief out in front of you. Love is a form of energy and it swirls all around us. Let the pain flow. Release all your sadness and loss. 


            🔵 5th Chakra - Sound Chakra (Throat) 

Location: Throat

Dealing: Deals with truth and is blocked by lies, the ones we tell ourselves. 

To Do: You cannot lie about your own nature, you must accept who you are. Release the denials and the lies you tell yourself. 


            ⚪️6th Chakra - Light Chakra (Third Eye)

Location: Center of the forehead

Dealing: Deals with insight and is blocked by illusion

Ask Yourself: The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different, are actually one and the same. We are one people, but live divided. 

To Do: Release all illusion with yourself, everything is connected, collective. Open your mind, you will see that all the elements are one. It is just our consciousness. 


            🟣 7th Chakra - Thought Chakra (Crown)

Location: Crown of the head

Dealing: It deals with pure cosmic energy and is blocked by earthly attachments. You will have complete control of your awareness, actions, and thoughts. 

Ask Yourself: What attaches you to this world? 

To Do: Let all the attachments go. Let them flow down the river forgotten. Release all your earthly attachments and let go of all you learned to love. Surrender yourself and release all earthly attachments. Realize that letting go does not mean it truly disappears. You are then able to connect to your perfect, or "higher" self. 

The Key to attaining enlightenment is to realize that you are everything and nothing all at the same time, and that you are not separate from anything or anyone. Having attachments is the thing that maintains the illusion of separation. 

Attachments don't have to come in the form of people or material possessions; they could also be in the form of beliefs, and the most common belief that most people are attached to is that they are a "self," separate from everything in their experience. If you can let go of that one, the others will fall like a house of cards. 


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

📻 ✨ Road Trip ⛰ 🚍 - Playlist

can i get a hell yeah

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Monday, March 1, 2021

"The Type" by Sarah Kay

"You are a woman,
 skin and bones. 
Veins and nerves. 
Hair and sweat. 
You are not made of metaphors." 

"Everybody needs a place, it shouldn't be inside of someone else."


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Final Speech from The Great Dictator

"He didn't always speak, but when he did.. he made the greatest speech of all time."

This movie got Charlie Chaplin banned from the United States. 
I guess they don't like it when people start talking about “greed”.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

🤦🏼‍♀️ Pressuring Women into Shaving their Body Hair Makes NO Sense 🤦🏼‍♀️

 Howdy yall, I've had a little something on my mind and just wanted to write a little somthin on it. It makes absolutely NO sense for there to be societal pressure on women to shave their body hair. And to be clear, if you wanna shave your body hair thats cool, do whatever you want its your body. My issue is specifically with the societal pressure to conform to a made up standard without even knowing why we're doing it. 

As soon as my leg hair started growing I was taught to shave it off. But no one ever told me why, or why this is something only women do. Why are we just following along to these weird trends without ever interrogating its premise? Let's question shit a bit more shall we? Because now that I am older and wiser, shaving off your body hair makes absolutely no sense. 

Societal pressure can go ahead and fuck right off. 

We have eyelashes, nose hair, ear hair, and pubic hair to protect from harmful bacteria. Our body hair is there for the same purpose. Your pubic hair is there to stop dirt, oil, and bacteria from entering your vag. You need your pubic hair. People who shave their pubic hair regularly are more at risk for getting UTIs, vaginitis, yeast infections, folliculitis, boils, abscesses, HPV, herpes, syphilis, and HIV. You go through puberty for a REASON. You have your body hair for a REASON. Why was I never taught that and only to just shave it off? That's a little fucked up if you ask me. 

Back in the day women didn't give a fffuuuuuuuuuuck about their body hair. It wasn't until about 1915 that women's underarms were targeted by razor companies and current fashion trends. Then in the 20s women's legs were the target by razor companies. Then a razor company in the 50's starting coming up with a ton of BULLSHIT about shaving in order to profit. We were tricked into shaving our body hair (and putting our bodies at more risk for illness) because of capitalism. Some companies just wanted more money so now you have to shave your body hair and buy their products. ???? That makes no fucking sense. 

These companies also made claims that women having body hair is "unnatural." That's weird, then why does it grow there naturally? 

The idea of body hair being "unhygienic" is a myth that is left over from the days when people didn't regularly bathe and pubic lice was a huge problem. We obviously don't have that problem today. Also, if having your body hair was really that "unhygienic" then why is it never said to men? This is only said to women. Are all of the men who don't shave their legs or armpits unclean? Of course not, so why would the women be? And if you really thought that having hair is that "unhygienic" then you might as well shave your head, eyelashes, and eyebrows. 

(Adidas ad)

Also why do men expect women to be hairless? Were you expecting a child? Adult humans have body hair, it's a sign of adulthood. Why do people find hairless prepubescent-looking bodies sexually attractive? It's fucking sick. Only ADULTS have pubic hair and you know who doesn't? Children. Normalizing hairless vags is normalizing pedophile behavior and pedophile desire.

Did you know Cleopatra was known for her long, luxurious, pubic hair? She used to keep her pubic hair brushed and oiled. Wayyyy back in the day rich people were the only people who were allowed to not shave their pubic hair. Cleopatra was flexing that she didn't have any lice and could afford to keep her hair. Just sayin. 

Are you a woman that has body hair? And have you ever been asked, how does your boyfriend feel about you not shaving? Has anyone ever asked you how you feel about your boyfriend not shaving? This is some fucked up societal double standards. Shaving doesn't mean that you're "more hygienic," its a personal preference. Hair actually keeps you cleaner. 

Let people live. Why is choosing to keep your body hair controversial? I don't get why everyone has to control other people's actions that don't effect them. Im tired of these double standards and the pressure placed on women constantly that has no merit. Do shit for YOU. Stop letting other people control what you do. Get your shit together sis, we're focusing on our-fuckin-selves from now on. 

PS. If you "need" to change yourself for a man to like you. You don't want him. 
The egg don't chase the sperm bitch, never chase a man. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

songs to do drugs to ✌🏼

Lets have an Olympics where 
the athletes can take as many drugs as they want.
 Like fuck it, lets see how high humans can really jump 🤷🏼‍♀️


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Did You Wanna See Me Broken?

 You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don't you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I've got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Still I Rise
By Maya Angelou

Monday, January 18, 2021

💄6 Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands 🌱

 If you're going down the path of trying to be as sustainable and minimalistic as possible, you may have noticed that there is a serious lack in sustainable makeup out there. That trend however, is changing with more and more people becoming conscious consumers with a strong focus in sustainability creating a larger market for eco-friendly beauty brands. The thing is, most sustainable makeup brands aren't widely available in local stores and/or consumers may not be aware of that these companies exist in the first place. The fact is, not that many people can name even 3 sustainable beauty brands. This is something I would like to change. Making this type of information more widely available will hopefully help shift buyers into putting their money into more sustainable businesses. 

...and more sustainable businesses = a healthier planet  - (and it puts pressure on larger companies to implement more sustainable business practices thus helping the planet even more) 

The Redwood Forest California

💄6 Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands 🌱

  • Lush Cosmetics
    • This is probably the brand you think of when it comes to sustainable beauty products and while I do wanna focus on lesser-known eco-friendly brands, I couldn't just pass up Lush Cosmetics. They have almost every beauty product you could want and it's in sustainable packaging. From foundation to shampoo bars they have everything you need. 
    • I personally cannot live without their Toner "Breath of Fresh Air" it feels sooooo good and refreshing especially on hot days. (#notspons but I wish it was 😔😒)
  • Native
    • Again probably a more popular sustainable beauty brand but I had to include them because they just switched to completely plastic free for all of their deodorants!
    • They also have beauty supplies such as body wash, toothpaste, and bar soap. They are most widely known for their deodorants and are cruelty free and use clean ingredients. 
    • Native is also a partner for 1% for the planet. This means that 1% percent of their products gives back to environmental non profits so you're also doing a little bit of giving back when you use Native Deoderant. 
  • Bésame Cosmetics
    • Bésame is a fairly new company on my radar. They are committed to sustainable practices and safe ingredients. They offer a variety of refillable and low waste products including (my favorite) refillable mascara that comes in a tin. I dunno about yall but finding a zero waste alternative to mascara has been incredibly difficult and Bésame Cosmetics is one of the only eco-friendly beauty brands that Im aware of that offers it. 
    •  Every Bésame product is gluten, paraben, mineral-oil, phthalates, formaldehyde, and cruelty-free.

(Bésame Cosmetics) 

  • The Humble Co. 
    • Founded in 2013 by dentist Noel Abdayem, The Humble Co is a Swedish company that sells personal care products with the environment in mind. All designed by dentists and with an eco-friendly design they sell bamboo toothbrushes, natural chewing gum, toothpaste, cotton swabs, and dentil floss. 
  • Wicked Soaps Co. 
    • Wicked Soaps Co. is a small, woman-owned, skincare company. I have personally used many of their products on my sensitive-ass skin and can STRONGLY recommend their Hyaluronic Moon Paste. This shit works soooo well, I can go to bed with acne and wake up with GLOWING skin. I cannot recommend enough. 
    • Their products are all hand-made in small batches in reusable packaging. Not to mention they have clean, locally sourced ingredients. 
    • Their products range from lip balm, to lotions, to salt scrubs. 
  • Elate Beauty
    • Elate beauty is a Vegan and cruelty free cosmetics company. They offer, eye shadow pallets, lipsticks, face powder, foundation, beauty tools, etc. Everything you need to BEAT your face to the Gods. Along with a strong focus on ethics and global impact, they really care about the earth and the people on it. 

Im sure Ill find more eco-friendly beauty brands in the future to add on to this list but I feel that this is a good start. Feel free to comment if you know of any good companies I could look into. I am always down to learn about more eco-friendly businesses. 

ALSO I should note, that the most sustainable option you have is to use up the products you already have instead of just throwing it out and replacing it with a sustainable option. 

Let me repeat. 


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Saturday, January 2, 2021

🙅🏼For the LOVE of GOD STOP using Instagram (& Facebook) 🙅🏼

 Instagram is trying to be the worst app possible, and they're winning. 

About 5 years ago our economy became data driven. In America this means that you no longer have any real privacy whenever you access the internet. 

Instagram recently updated their terms of use. This new TOU basically gives them free reign to do whatever they want. They can check your call logs, go through your contact list, and use your cameras (which they refer to as their cameras btw) and your messages. These are extremely loosely defined terms in a terms of service. They can lock your account if your username sounds like anything like a domain name - which is a far reaching clause that can impact almost anyone if your username sounds like a name of a website. 

When you use Instagram you acknowledge that you can never sue them and that they can do whatever they want with your pictures.

Instagram and Facebook have been data mining people for years. They record and track your personal information, then use and sell that personal information to third parties without your knowledge or consent. Basically they're data mining your information, to sell that information, to give you better ads, to sell you shit, (and manipulate you), but also at the same time they're getting rid of likes to "promote mental health" ??? Like Instagram gives a fuck. 

Mark Zuckerberg giving congressional Testimony in 2018
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This new terms of use update (that went into effect Dec. 20th) also sucks for content creators. These new terms means that, Instagram doesn't own your content, but they have all the same rights as the original creator. So when you post something to Instagram you can no longer sell that media with an exclusive license because you would be violating that license. (You cannot sell your images under and exclusive license because you are not longer the only one with exclusive rights to your work). They also reserve the right to sell your content to a third party without compensating you. 

So if you run a photography page on Insta you no longer have exclusive rights to those images. Instagram now has the same rights as you and can sell it without notifying you, or compensating you. 

Also Instagram stores your photos after its deleted (just like Facebook), for up to 6 months. Instagram is great for offering your content exposure but it comes at a price. 

So what can you do about this? 

  1. Delete your account. When you delete your account with Instagram, the license you give Instagram will end. (and you now have exclusive rights to your work again). 
  2. If you don't wanna delete your account you can, Opt out of Arbitration and preserve your right to a jury trial if you ever wanted to sue Instagram.
  3. Revoke Instagram's access to your microphone and camera. 
  4. Artists, Put Watermarks on all of your Work that you post to Instagram. 
    • This will make it harder for them to try and resell your work to a third party. 
  5. Log Off while you're not using it. 
    • When you leave FB or Instagram logged in it's running the background and tracking your data. 
  6. Turn Off Background App Refresh. This will turn off the apps "running in the background." Turning this off will also help save battery life and data. 
  7. Turn Off Your Location
  8. Turn Off Activity Status on Facebook on Instagram
    • Go to Settings>Privacy and Security>Activity Status
  9. Control Who Can See Your Content
    • There are a lot of privacy settings you should go through and become familiar with so you can control who is seeing what you post
  10. Do NOT use Messenger - or What's App to send messages 
    • Facebook has hired several hundred people to LISTEN to Messenger recordings. Signal is a good replacement for both Messenger and What's App. Your information and messages are encrypted. 

or go through and update all of your privacy settings 

If you feel so inclined you can VOTE for candidates that give a fuck about data privacy or call/email/etc to get their attention. If the Zuckerberg testimony taught you anything, its that our politicians don't know DICK about internet privacy and its kind of a huge violation of our privacy rights to just not do anything about it. 

Lets EAT the RICH and SPIT them OUT

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