October292013

gradientlair:

GIFs from Terisa Siagatonu & Rudy Francisco - “Sons” (National Poetry Slam 2013; they took 2nd place). Spoken word on rape culture. They spoke the truth!

DAMN

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October72013
August252013

4.5% of the men in the United States is an incredibly high number – that translates into over six million men.

If you added up every US citizen who was officially unemployed or looking for work in 2001, that would be less than the total number of rapists.

If you added up every US citizen who is Jewish, that would still be less than the total number of rapists.

If you added up every teenage boy who had any sort of job – an afterschool job, a summer job, working full-time after dropping out, including all of those – you’d still have over a million fewer people then the total number of rapists.

There are twice as many rapists in the USA as there are single mothers.

For every drunk driver who is in a fatal accident this year, there are over 500 rapists.

If you take every doctor and nurse in the United States; and you added them to every librarian, every cashier, every cop, every postal clerk, and every bank teller in the whole country; you still wouldn’t have as many people as the number of rapists in the United States.

(Think of that a second – think of how often, in your daily life, you’ve seen cops and cashiers and all those other folks. Odds are, you’ve run into rapists more often than that).

To paraphrase Tim Wise: In short, “only” 4.5% of the male population is a lot of people, so that even by the most optimistic assessment of how many men are rapists, there are literally millions out there who not only would but have raped a woman. When combined with those who are less vicious – those who haven’t raped, but would be willing to in the right circumstances, and those who would make excuses for why other men rape, it becomes clear just how real a widespread a problem rape and rape-supportive attitudes are among men today.

http://amptoons.com/blog/2004/05/05/how-many-men-are-rapists/

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HOLY CRAP. These are dark times, ladies. Dark times indeed.

Then again, when in this society has it ever been safe to be a woman?

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3AM

Fullmetal Alchemist, vol.11 back cover


yes
Fullmetal Alchemist, vol.11 back cover

yes

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2AM
jelenawoehr:

This is what racism looks like.
Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?”
Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.
Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?”
This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.
Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.
Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation.
The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.
One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell? 
I think I’d take the dog bite, personally. 
Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo. 
I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me. 

I completely understand the frustration you have, as I too think the edit is insane and immoral…but PLEASE don’t make this a generalization on America as a whole. This is assuming you mean The United States of America when you say “The Patriot Nation.” 
There are assholes in every country, from every walk of life. Don’t make this about how horrible America is based solely on the actions of the few.
I am no fan of the US myself, but keep in mind I would defend any nation being attacked this way.
The rest, however, I wholeheartedly agree with.

jelenawoehr:

This is what racism looks like.

Racism is the utter lack of compassion it takes to see a mother grieving for a boy and afraid for her own sons, and think, “Wow, that would be really easy to tweak in Photoshop to make her look stupid. Wouldn’t that be funny?”

Racism is dehumanizing. Racism robs this woman of her individuality, her humanity, and her gender. “And ain’t I a woman?” This mother ain’t a woman to “The Patriot Nation.” She’s an object to be ridiculed for mistakes she never made; mistakes, in fact, that someone intentionally added to a photo of her for the purpose of mocking her grief and fear.

Racism is someone in front of his computer whose face twists into the same mask of disgust we see in grainy old black and white films of the KKK burning schoolhouses and churches, and instead of a racial slur spilling from his curled-back lips, he sneers, “Sheeple,” or “Socialists,” or “Obamanation,” and he clicks “like” and “share” on this photo because there’s no little switch in his brain to say: “Is this right to do to a human being?” No. The filter turns off when his hate is triggered by this image. And the really scary thing is, that missing filter means he’s also missing the ability to honestly ask himself, “Am I responding this way because of this woman’s race?”

This is also what courage looks like, over there on the left.

Courage is a woman who knows damn good and well that there are people in the world who will use and abuse anything she does in the public eye to slander her, her community, and the sons on whose behalf she’s protesting.

Courage is a woman with her head held high holding a protest sign of her own making in front of a news camera. She is old enough to have three sons. Surely, she has experienced racism before. Surely, she was raised to “never ever forget [she] was born on parole,” and surely she knows that speaking for her sons means taking risks with her own image, her own safety, and her own reputation.

The cost of courage in nonviolent protest has changed. Those who march peacefully may no longer risk firehoses and police dogs’ bites (though they do risk being attacked with chemical weapons), but they now risk digital slander as impossible to remove from the Internet as unflattering photos of Beyonce.

One acute injury, one arrest, or a lifetime of being “the stupid woman with the misspelled sign” online when you KNOW damn well you can spell “sons” (and so can all of your sons, for that matter)? Dog bite, or teenage niece who gets on Facebook for the first time calling to ask why auntie doesn’t know how to spell?

I think I’d take the dog bite, personally.

Showing my work: The racist photoshopped image was found on Facebook. Use of FotoForensics validated my assumption (based on jpeg artifacts) it had been resaved repeatedly. A Google reverse image search using the photoshopped image revealed the original. I used SnagIt to create the side by side comparison here. To his credit, the friend who first shared the fake version retracted it and declared it “despicable” after being shown the original photo.

I obviously do not own the original, but I grant any and all permission to use the above comparison image for purposes related to rescuing this anonymous woman’s reputation from racist attempts to depict her in unflattering and false ways via sharing of a “meme” anywhere, in perpetuity. As an additional sidenote, if anyone knows the woman depicted, please give her a hug from me.

I completely understand the frustration you have, as I too think the edit is insane and immoral…but PLEASE don’t make this a generalization on America as a whole. This is assuming you mean The United States of America when you say “The Patriot Nation.” 

There are assholes in every country, from every walk of life. Don’t make this about how horrible America is based solely on the actions of the few.

I am no fan of the US myself, but keep in mind I would defend any nation being attacked this way.

The rest, however, I wholeheartedly agree with.

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August162013
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May132013
May112013

I LOVE JANE EYRE

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May82013

feng-huang:

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So…. today’s the birthday of one of my biggest inspirations ever.

Hiromu Arakawa. The author of one of my most beloved stories. The creator of some of my more-than-favorite characters. The person who, with her amazing storytelling skills, gorgeous art, and incredible talents in ripping my heart off my chest and still leaving me totally okay with it, managed to change my life in a certain way.

I’m not lying when I put her on the same level as J. K. Rowling. Yes, different stories, different objectives, but both of them changed a lot of things to me. Thanks to them and their stories, I started writing my own. And, about Arakawa specifically, no story EVER (book, game, anime, you name it) touched me so much.

So this is my small tribute to her. and even though I know she’ll never read it, I need to say it. Hiromu Arakawa inspired me to write, and did it through the most beautiful manga ever. You introduced me to characters of all ways. Short-tempered as Edward or Mei, kind and thoughtful as Alphonse or Winry, wise and protective like Hughes and Izumi. Riza showed me that, just because you’re supposed to be a tool and bow to someone else’s wishes, you’re more than that - and there’s always something bigger to fight for. Roy showed me that you can make mistakes, but as long as you’re willing to fix them and work for that, you’ll be fine.

And family. All of them showed it, in different ways. But in the end, the lesson is the same: family are the ones you love and love you back, and as long as you keep it in mind, you won’t get lost.

I know it sounds stupid, childish. But I can’t really explain why Fullmetal Alchemist is so special to me. And, maybe, somewhere out there shares this same vision, who knows?

Well, it seems I already missed the point. so that’s it.

A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS HIROMU ARAKAWA. AND THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.

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May42013

teal-deer:

mandycreates:

kethera:

coconutcoconutcoconut:

youneedmeoryourenothing:

#actors who are actually their character

the greatest casting ever.

Even better when you think about how Dan got a place for himself in NY to continue his career, Emma went to a school in USA, and Rupert bought a fucking ice cream truck.

Follow your dreams Rupert

I didn’t know this. So I looked it up and - HE ACTUALLY DID.image

‘I keep my van well stocked. It’s got a proper machine that dispenses Mr Whippy ice cream and I buy my lollies wholesale – 50 for a tenner – so I never run short.

I’m not allowed to sell my merchandise. I’d need a licence for that. ‘I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.”

It makes it even better that he just GIVES the icecream away. [Source]

rupert is the hero we all deserve 

you go man with your truck 

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April292013
n8yager:

A twitter user theorizes that the children from Ponyo grew up to be the baker couple from Kiki’s Delivery Service.

O^O

n8yager:

A twitter user theorizes that the children from Ponyo grew up to be the baker couple from Kiki’s Delivery Service.

O^O

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April282013

suigenic:

hey reblog this if you post this stuff n ill follow you because i need more peeps to follow

  • homestuck
  • chobits
  • witty text posts and stuff i guess
  • katawa shoujo

Disabilitygirls.tumblr.com

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3PM

the-winchester-initiative:

shinysherlock:

pickled-johnlock:

what do you say when someone asks what you’re doing and you’re reading homosexual fanfiction based off of a book written 150 years ago

Tell them you’re reading a transformative work based on late Victorian literature that questions traditional views of gender and sexuality.

That was fucking beautiful

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