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» How to Not Be an Oppressive Jerk: A Lesson on “Political Correctness”

socialjusticekoolaid:

My #FergusonOctober fam out wilin’. Civil disobenience can be fun too. #PumpkinRiot for all.  A++  #staywoke #cackling #nojusticenopeace

abortstigma:

the full article is so worth the read
#abortstigma

-Asha

infamousnspooky:

first “basic is a misogynistic slur against women” now “fuckboy is a slur against trans and gay men” yall just need to admit you hate black people and stop trying to warp our slang to make it seem like we hate everyone

voguedissent:

fuckyeahchinesefashion:

彝族 ethnic yi chinese. “彝族支系繁多,各地服饰差异大,服饰区别近百种,琳琅满目,各具特色。妇女一般上身穿镶边或绣花的大襟右衽上衣,戴黑色包头、耳环,领口别有银排花。彝族男子多穿黑色窄袖且镶有花边的右开襟上衣,下着多褶宽脚长裤。头顶留有约三寸长的头发一绺,汉语称为“天菩萨”,彝语称为“子尔”。(The Yi have a broad range of approximately a hundred differences between their dress across different regions, each fashioned in dazzling and unique ways. Generally women wear embroidered trimmed shirts that clasps on the right side, black head wraps, earrings, a line of silver flower pins at the collar, Yi men wear black tight sleeves and embroidered right-side opening tops, with pleated wide leg trousers. On the headwear is an approximately three inches long lock of hair, which in mandarin is “Heavenly Bodhisattva,” or in Yi language, is called “zi-er”)

the reason for those ~100 differences is because they’re actually several different ethnic minority groups that have been arbitrarily smushed together.

when Mao came into power, he sent sociologists out into the field to get a number of how many ethnicities there were in China. they came back with a number that was in the 200-300s. Mao decided that was too much, hence why we now have the 55/56 number for Chinese ethnicities.

rainfelt:

stfueverything:

libertarianloki:

Thus, the logic of the feminist argument to “Teach men not to rape” is revealed.

Yes because it’s such a radical notion to expect rapists to control themselves.

Uh, we do tell thieves not to rob, though. We actually spend a lot of energy teaching kids that stealing is wrong. We keep trying to teach them it’s wrong through their teens and adult years.

And when someone gets robbed? Cops don’t ask them if their front door was locked. They don’t ask them if they invited the thief into their house and maybe said the thief was free to take things before changing their mind the next day. And this is true even though sometimes people do get robbed by folks they invite in under false pretenses.

Cops and lawyers and judges don’t work together to make people who get robbed feel like shit for not installing extra security systems or putting bars on their windows. They don’t use people’s former history of inviting neighbors in and letting them borrow stuff to argue that they had no right to expect someone to respect their property. The media doesn’t talk about how the thief’s promising life was ruined by their victim’s decision to prosecute.

Your metaphor is bad and you should feel bad.

“If you think women are crazy you’ve never had a dude go from hitting on you to literally threatening to kill you in the time it takes you to say “no thanks.”” —

Kendra Wells (via belle-de-nuit)

Well this is fucking surreal

(via lampfaced)

medievalpoc:

sanssouciavecmoi:

medievalpoc:

kaitlinsaysrawr:

medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.

from the infographic:

Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

  • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
  • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
  • 0% of protagonists are women of color
  • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
  • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

Wait a mother fucking second. Don’t start this argument with a science fiction fan. In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction. Because scifi can be anywhere from It’s Alive to Star Wars to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Science fiction deals with race in a way any film in today’s standards can’t even touch.
Star Trek had the first biracial kiss.
Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height. Lando owned the millennium falcon before Han!
Firefly the first mate is an African American female!

You can not speak of science fiction without speaking of how ground breaking it can be in the space genre. So don’t think a chart means you truly know the facts when it seems you believe you can lump over a thousand different movies into one genre of just science fiction.

Boo ya.

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I could say a lot of things here. I could try to explain to you what a “percentage” is, and how listing 5 casting decisions you consider ‘enough’ diversity don’t make much, if any, impact on the overall numbers. Especially ones from forty plus years ago.

I could point out that you’re talking about TV shows as well, which aren’t a part of what this chart ^^ is measuring, which is the Top 100 Domestic Grossing Sci Fi and Fantasy Films, which is clearly states at the top.

I could try and interpret the, uh, sentence: “In the genre of science fiction you have to spread it much boarder than just science fiction.” as meaning analyzing genres beyond Science Fiction, like Fantasy, which is included in the chart. Once again, big block letters “& FANTASY” at the top of the chart. Not only that, if you want to “spread it boarder”, the article already has that covered:

This is not an isolated incident, but a wide reaching societal problem.

Read more Diversity Gap studies on:

The Academy Awards

The Tony Awards

The Emmy Awards

The children’s book industry

The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List

US politics

But the real gist of what you are saying is that I or anyone who criticizes the SFF genre for lacking racial diversity isn’t a real fan, and that we should be satisfied with whatever bit parts (Lando and Ewoks?? Are you kidding??) and token representation actors of color are cast in.

If you ask me, “real fans” of the genre believe that it is capable of better, and can survive and thrive on our critical consumption of it. If the sciences exist because of inquiry, research, and analysis, why wouldn’t science fiction do the same? After all, if something is to become a reality, it must first be imagined.

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They tried to use Firefly, a show that uses an entire culture as a backdrop for a space drama and two characters with the surname Tam who are not Chinese, to tell people that we should be grateful for scraps from Joss Whedon, who is not actually a feminist writer or producer. Who are they kidding?

1. I am a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity

2. I agree with this so hard it needs an onomatopoeia

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And that’s how you consume media critically.

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism bc “pepper spray” should not be on my back to school list!

Focusing Tips

talesfromthechickpea:

I mainly put this together for a friend, but then I had a couple of people asking me how to focus/how I focus, so here, enjoy a list.

  • Timer. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Do the task until the timer dings. Set the timer for 5 minutes, do something fun/a different task. Repeat. The timer and the different tasks helps me to get stuff done while still pleasing my hyperactive brain.
  • Doodling. It may seem counterproductive, but sometimes I like to keep a pad of paper and pen next to my computer so I can doodle for a minute here and there while writing/researching. 
  • Music. This might just be a me thing, but listening to music really loudly (like painfully loudly at first) helps me to block out all other excess noise/stimuli and be able to focus on the task at hand. Warning: you might want to pick one song and put it on repeat because music on shuffle just makes me sing along. 
  • Stop Trying. This is the hardest to convince yourself of, but if you’re trying to work and you can’t get it together, stop trying. Put your computer down, walk away, go do the dishes or something. Come back in 20 minutes and try again. I only advise doing this after you’ve been unsuccessful in focusing for 1+ hours. Sometimes it takes me an hour or so to get my head in the right space and if I interrupt its process, I’m stuck starting over. 
  • Stim Toy: Keep a stim toy on hand and take time out of work to play with it. This might help you relieve stress while working and help keep you from getting distracted. 
  • Lists: Make lists of everything. Write out a time table. Give yourself from 1:30-2:30 to complete a project. I know time management can be difficult, but try to estimate an appropriate amount of time for a project. Give yourself more than you need. Extra time turns into relaxing time if you finish early—just set a timer to remind you to get back to work.
  • Think it Write it. When you think of something you have to do, even in the middle of another task, don’t get up to do it—write it down instead and make a list. I always think of other stuff I have to do just before I can finally settle in and focus on my work. Then, when you finish the task in front of you, you have a ready to go To Do list. 

Got any other focusing tips? Please reblog and add them!

silversarcasm:

if you had to drop out of a class you are not a failure

if you had to take time off school you are not a failure

if you had to leave school for good you are not a failure

your worth is not determined by academia and this goes doubly so for disabled people and others for whom school is set against them

“Don’t talk to the media. Don’t talk to the police. We will handle it.” — NFL wives have revealed just how bad the league is when it comes to domestic abuse.

theopaquemindpalace:

tbskyen:

See that lady in the chair up there? Long story short: she’s more awesome than you, she’s more awesome than me, she’s more awesome than fried bacon Nutella, and she is more awesome than Florence Nightingale.

That lady is Mary Seacole, and this is a

Mary Seacole Appreciation Post

When the Crimean War broke out, Mary Seacole signed up as a nurse. Unfortunately, she was the daughter of a Scotsman and a Jamaican free woman in the Victorian British Empire, which meant she was treated with the kind of respect we reserve for shoplifters and murderers.
Well, actually, we still allow murderers and shoplifters to vote, so scratch that and let’s just say fuck Westminster and everyone in it in the 19th century. Except John Stuart Mill, John Stuart Mill was alright, but only because of Harriet Taylor.

Mary Seacole wants to go help out soldiers fighting for the government, the government gives her a big fat middle finger. What does Mary Seacole do? She says “fuck that noise” and goes to the Crimean Peninsula by her goddamn self.  When she gets to the war, she goes to see Florence Nightingale: “Hey, Florence, I want to make people stop dying.” Nightingale says, “no, you’re not white enough and you’ll probably run a brothel or something” and sends her off. So what does Mary Seacole do? She builds a hotel.
And I don’t mean, “she buys a shack someone left behind,” no, she builds a hotel, out of wood and iron scraps, on a motherfreaken battlefield, with the help of a few locals who aren’t dead yet. Take a couple of seconds to realize just how much of a badass you have to be to pull that off.

So, she’s got a hotel for British soldiers, all is fine and dandy, right? She’s safely away from the front-line serving tea to officers in her lovely little inn, right? Wrong! Every morning she makes like a gallon of food, loads it on donkeys and goes TOWARDS the explosions, because a bit of murderous artillery isn’t gonna stop  her being awesome. She spends basically the ENTIRE war getting shot at, bringing food to soldiers and dealing with bullet-wounds. And because she’s NOT a nurse or a British doctor, she understands that it’s a really good idea to wash her hands when dealing with sick people, and that keeping wounds clean is the no. 1 way of not putting ten tons of infection in them. Hell, while she’s out on the battlefield anyway, she even heals the ENEMY soldiers because a little bit of war isn’t a good enough reason to make her stop being the badassest lady for twelve million miles around.

Over where Nightingale is messing around, basically if you weren’t infected when you got in, you were GONNA be once you’d been there a while. Soldiers are croaking left and right and all around because they’re stuffed wall to wall and no-one knows how to spell the word “hygiene” yet. Not Nightingale’s fault, really, so much as all the stupid male doctors who didn’t understand how to listen to really smart Hungarians. You got shot in the Crimean, you wanted to go see Seacole. Cholera, yellow fever, dysentery? Seacole’s got your back. Hungry? Seacole makes, like, the BEST rice-pudding.

I want you to understand that when the Crimean War breaks out, Seacole is 48 years old. This at a time when people had a serious tendency to die before they were 30. It’s basically the equivalent of a 70-year old going to Afghanistan to help topple the Taliban!
And then, after the war is over, not only is she one of the last people to go home, she’s also dirt poor because she spent all her money buying food and medicine for the soldiers and when the war was over she had to sell it to the freaken Russians just to get the creditors off her back. Poor and outliving like 80% of the general population ALREADY, she goes home to live another 25 years, as if she had yet to prove how much tougher she was than absolutely everybody else alive on the planet.

She’s impoverished, old and living in a society that mostly hates her for reflecting slightly less sunlight than they do, so what does she spend her time doing? Raising funds for charity. Like, obviously! Then, in 1857, the Indian Rebellion breaks out and people start dying again. At this point Seacole has spent over 3 years in war and poverty, basically having a footrace with Death, but the first damn thing she does is try and go to India to help people out. It takes the freaken Secretary of War to get her to stay home.

In 1881, Seacole dies at 76, and for the next 100 years, all anyone can talk about is how awesome Florence Nightingale was. It’s not until now in the 21st freaken century that anyone is particularly bothering to remember the single most awesome Scottish-Jamaican super-nurse ever, or include her in textbooks and history-classes. My point is this: let’s remember her on Tumblr.

"I have witnessed her devotion and her courage … and I trust that England will never forget one who has nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead."—William Howard Russel, one of the first modern war-correspondents. 

Because how can I NOT reblog such awesome history?

loveacceptautistics:

#AccessibleHalloween! Share your own tips with us and read more here:

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Costumes and “dressing up” should be FUN for your children. If it is not fun, or causes them distress, don’t force them to do it. Makeup, masks that restrict vision and cause confusion, itchy costumes are no fun when they put your sensory system on high alert. If your child doesn’t want to wear a costume, that’s okay. If you see a child out trick or treating who is not wearing a costume, that’s okay too.

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