“Ultimately, most things that are offensive are also lazy and unoriginal; because you can’t reach that point of view by looking at the world honestly…You reach that point of view by taking short cuts and by just sort of repeating what someone else told you.”
— Joseph Fink
Writer from Welcome To Night Vale discussing writing on Citizen Radio 865 (via podquotes)
9:22 pm • 6 November 2013 • 18,223 notes
“I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.
5:26 pm • 1 November 2013 • 38,317 notes
in things that make more sense than literally anything else: the honey boo boo family dressed up as the kardashians for halloween
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3:35 pm • 1 November 2013 • 9,439 notes
"I do not hate men, Sub-mariner. I merely know I’m as good as they are.”
FEMINISM: a definition
3:22 pm • 1 November 2013 • 88,467 notes
“Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver.”
— Countess Markievicz, 19th century Irish revolutionary, dispensing eternally relevant fashion advice (via caterinasforzas)
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9:13 pm • 30 October 2013 • 68,546 notes
portland problems: rogue sous chefs trespassing on your property and stealing your produce
8:10 pm • 27 October 2013 • 422 notes
I think we as a society have underrated Winona Ryder
3:45 pm • 26 October 2013 • 4 notes
“I want to read about women of all ages, in love. I want to read about black girls meeting their soul mates while they chase their degrees, Asian women falling in love with long lost friends, redheads lusting over Latinas. I want ethnically diverse vampires and sorority girls, and Western landscapes, and sea adventures. I wanted the heroine of the story to meet the girl of her dreams while battling an evil queen. I want to read about interracial relationships, BDSM scenarios, happy families, strippers, and of course, women of the plusser size :), so that’s what I choose to write.”
Rebekah Weatherspoon (2012 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event: Rebekah Weatherspoon on Better Off Red)
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4:33 pm • 24 October 2013 • 2,796 notes
people who think conversations about serious issues of rights and isms are just a fun debate activity and that peoples opinions on those things dont say anything about them are scary
11:54 pm • 23 October 2013 • 440 notes
What's the Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation?
(Related: “Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation?” and “Wanting To Be Indian”) Jarune Uwujaren explains that there needs to be some element of mutual understanding, equality, and respect …
A pretty good piece on cultural appropriation.
7:29 pm • 16 October 2013
“The feminist movement likes to think of itself as being anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia. And I do think that most feminists believe in these ideas in theory; unfortunately, many of them have a harder time putting these concepts into practice. There’s a tendency to ignore or even silence queer women, trans* women and women of colour, and while I don’t think that this silencing is intentional, exactly, I do think that many people, even those working within the feminist movement, don’t want to address this problem or even acknowledge that it happens.
Here’s the thing: when someone from an oppressed group speaks up, you listen. You shut your mouth and you listen. You don’t tell them that we’re all women, here, and the issues that we’re working to resolve are issues that affect all women. You don’t discount their lived experiences by countering with your own examples of being oppressed as a white woman. And finally, you most fucking do not pretend that sexism experienced by women of colour or queer women or trans women is exactly the same as what you’ve experienced. Because it’s not; it’s worse. Get off your high horse, acknowledge your privilege, and let someone else have the microphone for a while. Feminism isn’t an egalitarian movement if it’s only promoting the rights of white, educated, middle-class women.”
— 10 Signs that Feminism May Not Be For You | The Outlier Collective (via albinwonderland)
4:03 pm • 15 October 2013 • 11,758 notes
“By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, [Penn State archaeologist Dean] Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female. “There has been a male bias in the literature for a long time,” said Snow… . “People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things, and why.”
Archeologists find that humanity’s first artists were female. Complement with 100 ideas that changed art and an illustrated celebration of women artists who changed culture. (via explore-blog)
A reminder that the sciences are far from objective, logical entities divorced from social constructs, biases, and favoritism.
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3:57 pm • 15 October 2013 • 2,897 notes
do you ever cook something in the microwave but it’s still really cold in the middle and you just keep eating it instead of heating it longer because life is pointless and entropy is unavoidable and the universe is filled with callous and casual destruction
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9:02 am • 13 October 2013 • 292,063 notes
I gotta up my GIS game if this is my competition
3:03 pm • 11 October 2013 • 57,770 notes