Chemistry, North Dakota State University
The fact that I end every sentence with ‘idk’ is a really good reflection of my self esteem
"A very specific way some young women express a sense of incompetence is by claiming ignorance, not about something specific, but in general, by uttering the words, “I don’t know.” The phrase “I don’t know” may be used as a means of filling space, changing the subject, weakening an otherwise clear statement, or contradicting a specific claim of knowledge. Some discourse theorists have claimed that “I don’t know”, used in these ways, serves a politeness or social leveling function. By liberally peppering speech with these non-conventional uses of the phrase, a speaker mitigates against the possibility that she might seem arrogant, and she can hedge statements of fact so as not to appear positional or argumentative." —The Fabric of Internalized Sexism, Journal of Integrated Social Sciences (2009)
Oh. Well then. Shit.
Do you ever just like flex your foot wrong and it cramps and you’re just like this is it, this is how it ends
LIFE HACK if it ever does this just stand on it, put all your weight on that foot. i have no fucking clue how this works, but it happens to me all the time, and one time my dancer friend told me to just put all my weight on it, and now i always do that and it always works YOU’RE WELCOME.
English Literature, Cambridge
‘A different person in a different sort of world’: menace, desire and the landscape in 1939.
Sylvia Rae Rivera: Why she kicks ass
- She was an American transgender activist. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and helped found STAR (Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
- She was raised by her Venezuelan grandmother, who disapproved of her effeminate behavior, particularly after she began to wear makeup in fourth grade. As a result, she began living on the streets at the age of eleven, where she joined a community of drag queens.
- Her activism began during the Vietnam War, civil rights, and feminist movements and fully bloomed around the time of the Stonewall Riots. She often spoke of her presence within the Stonewall Inn the night of the riots. She also became involved in Puerto Rican and African American youth activism, particularly with the Young Lords and Black Panthers.
- At different times in her life, Sylvia Rivera battled substance abuse issues and lived on the streets. Her experiences made her more focused on advocacy for those who, in her view, the mainline community (and often the queer community) were leaving behind.
- In the last five years of her life Sylvia renewed her political activity, giving many speeches concerning the Stonewall Riots and the necessity for unity among transgender people to fight for their historic legacy as people in the forefront of the LGBT movement. She traveled to Italy for the Millennium March in 2000 where she was acclaimed as the Mother of all gay people.
- In early 2001, after a church service at the MCC referring to the Star announcing the birth of Jesus she decided to reinstate Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries as an active political organization. STAR fought for the New York City Transgender Rights Bill and for a trans-inclusive New York State Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act. Also STAR sponsored street pressures for justice for Amanda Milan, a transgender woman who was murdered in 2000.
- Sylvia also attacked the Human Rights Commission and the Empire State Pride Agenda as organizations which were standing in the way of transgender rights. On her death bed she met with Matt Foreman and Joe Grabarz of the Empire State Pride Agenda in order to negotiate trans inclusion in ESPA’s political structure and agenda.
- She refused to have the drag culture erased from the gay rights agenda by assimilationist gay leaders who were seeking to make the community look more attractive to the heterosexual majority. Rivera’s conflicts with mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups were emblematic of the mainstream gay rights movement’s strained relationship to transgender issues.
- She was an active member of the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and ministered through the Church’s food pantry, which provided food to the hungry. She remained a passionate advocate for queer youth, and MCC New York’s queer youth shelter is called Sylvia’s Place in her honour.
- Named in her honor (and established in 2002), the Sylvia Rivera Law Project is dedicated “to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence”.
- Rivera was banned from New York’s Gay & Lesbian Community Center for several years in the mid-nineties, because, on a cold winter’s night, she aggressively demanded that the Center take care of poor and homeless queer youth. "One of our main goals now is to destroy the Human Rights Campaign, because I’m tired of sitting on the back of the bumper. It’s not even the back of the bus anymore—it’s the back of the bumper. The bitch on wheels is back."
And she was bisexual, a fact that everyone always conveniently neglects!
"Despite the hardships that I have encountered, the most important thing to realize is that invisibility is not an acceptable solution to oppression." - Sylvia Rivera (The Queens in Exile).
#sherlock’s face in the last gif though #it’s as if he’d said #’no john’ #’this isn’t how the things would’ve gone my way’ #’this is your way’ #’always and only your way’ #’you always wanted family’ #’you chose her’ #’now you have what you wanted’ #’now it has to be this way’ #’because you’ve already made your choice’ #’and i accept it’ #’but please don’t say this is my way’
A loaf of bread made in the first century AD, which was discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius. The markings visible on the top are made from a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to use in order to mark the source of the loaves, and to prevent fraud. (via Ridiculously Interesting)
(sigh) I’ve seen these before, but this one’s particularly beautiful.
I feel like I’m supposed to be marveling over the fact that this is a loaf of bread that’s been preserved for thousands of years, and don’t get me wrong, that’s hella cool. But honestly, I’m mostly struck by the unexpected news that “bread fraud” was apparently once a serious concern.
Let me tell you about the fake cronuts that are showing up on craigslist.
Bread fraud = stuff like using sawdust or dirt instead of flour. It was pretty damn common, and is but one of the things that makes me to laugh like a hyena when the ignorant start talking about the “pure, wholesome” food of days of yore.
In mediaeval London, and I presume other cities, where people were pretty much dependant on bakeries and other cookery-establishments for their food (because a: not enough room in your place of living, most likely, and b: large risk of burning it down), bread fraud could get your ear nailed to a piece of wood for first offence. Among other things, the inevitable scar left by yanking your ear off would warn future customers that you’d once been found guilty of this. Similar punishments were handed out for putting bad stuff in the ale that was the other part of the city-dweller’s daily fare.
In medieval England, in fact, bread fraud was such a problem that housewives would make their own bread dough, and bring that to the baker just for baking (rather than having a hot oven in their house). And then they STILL had to worry that the baker would steal their dough and replace it with crappy stuff.
Still waiting for that ancient rome + bakery + white collar crime AU.
Political Science, University of Chicago
"Mulan is sexist because in “Honor to Us All" the women say that men like woman who work fast pace and have a tiny waist."
Clearly you didn’t pay attention because if those assumptions weren’t stated there would have been nothing for Mulan to prove wrong in the movie.
“Mulan is sexist because in order to get something done she had to dress as a man.”
That was the mindset in China during that time. That’s the hard truth. Live with it.
although I agree that you can’t take the first song as indicative of anything, that second thing is not the “hard truth,” that is western bias. Although the original tale, being told often orally, exists in many forms, the general story is that Mulan voluntarily reveals herself as a woman, and unlike in Disney’s version- constructed in the modern US- she is not shamed to leave the army.
Naturally, this leads Mulan to voluntarily reveal herself as a woman to her comrades. Actually, nonchalantly is nearer the mark. After the war, she invites her soldier buddies back to her home village, and then disappears into the house to greet her parents and put some slap on. Her soldiers march in after her and happen to notice she is suddenly female.
Instead of baring their swords, shouting about dishonour and threatening to rend her into tiny pieces, they gasp and shout with elation, saying this is the greatest miracle of all time and pretty much slapping each other on the back in wonder. Then they go home.
So, in a play that was actually written in medieval China, and includes misogynistic anachronisms such as foot-binding, the Chinese army are totally okay with the fact that Mulan is a woman. Whereas in the Disney version, Mulan would have otherwise faced death, and loses all of her heroic kudos in the time it takes to flutter her eyelids.source x
Truth is not hard, it is multifaceted. Just because Disney says a thing is so, does not mean the story is exactly how it historically occurred, or that it is representative of all ancient China. They rewrote history and a prized cultural narrative to be more comfortable with the biases their audience held. Women in all cultures have experienced oppressions in various forms. But sometimes the white centric western bias is to paint ALL non-European historic cultures as open-shut completely misogynistic when there is great nuance in their treatments.