“A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.”—
Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via fuckyeahbeatniks)
the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook.
I have this problem, and I MAKE notebooks. And yet I’m still a sucker for a pretty notebook.
I got unfollowed by two people who I previously liked very much because I dared criticize Joss Whedon and express reservations about how he’s going to handle Avengers 2.
If I unfollowed everyone who had a different opinion from mine, I wouldn’t be following anyone. Sorry to put a pinprick in your idea that Whedon is a wonderful progressive genius who is going to save us all.
Good riddance. There’s the door; don’t let it hit you in the ass on your way out.
I don’t understand this whole Joss Whedon worship thing. I loved Buffy in her high school years, began to scratch my head when she went to college, watched Angel because, well, it was there and I loved Lorne and Christian Kane. I loved Firefly until I started to think about it and certain language darts stuck in my skin, and other people said things that made me think (I try not to think about my junk entertainment, or pretty soon, I’ll have no entertainment left). Dollhouse made me very unhappy. Very. He promised no fallback to prostitution, and he fell back to prostitution, also rape and battery. I bailed. I watched Dr. Horrible for the fellows, couldn’t help but noticed my beloved Felicia Day was wispy and fridged.
And yes, the broken women speech was wonderful. Women also make great speeches about women all of the time. We can save ourselves, thank you very much.
Whedon is no longer a name that automatically puts my hand on the remote or in the theater. And if people unfriend you because you’re honest about what you think, then they’ve kinda missed the point of knowing your own mind. We aren’t supposed to be drones as feminists. We’re not supposed to be pre-teens squealing over the newest hot guy.
I adore Buffy, and still value lots of things about it. I enjoyed the heck out of Firefly, although I will not deny that it has its problems. And I made the mistake of rewatching Dr. Horrible a third time, and… Wow. For someone who made his name trying to flip the stereotype of the “damsel in distress” on it’s head - that thing is just FULL of tropey tropey tropeness, isn’t it? A love triangle, the “nice guy,” and the jerk, killing of a woman for emotional resonance. It was fun at the time, the music is catchy, and it was interesting to have a big name use the internet to release something, but the work itself was in no way groundbreaking.
So, hypothetically… if I could take a bunch of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and read books at Barnes and Noble all day… and then be able to display my knowledge and understanding of the subject on an equal, if not higher, level than a college student… then, hypothetically… why is everyone paying for college again?
(Answer: Because a college degree isn’t about education, it’s a class marker. If we cared about everyone being educated, we would accredit free online courses and allow people to achieve intellectual growth and success without going into debt. But that’s not what college is for. I mean, yeah in college you can travel and learn from amazing professors and start your own anything and have access to facilities and resources and money, yeah, college is all that. And I’m not discrediting anyone who loves college but… college, at the end of the day is a business. College is just one more big way to perpetuate the system. But I say f**k the system, man.) #FreeEducationForAll #LearnRadically
Oh, I have such very mixed feelings about my own college experiences. Going back to school this time ended with me finding probably the best mentors I could have, but yeah - I could do without the crushing debt and ridiculous bureaucracy.
growing up as a gifted and talented student made me ridiculously ashamed of being wrong. like being wrong about the littlest things makes me want to cry and hate myself and i turn back into the big baby i actually am.
I’m gonna be 33 and my mom still calls me to wonder why I haven’t cured cancer yet because I should have gone into medical science. The way this interacts with the actual fact that I’m developmentally/cognitively disabled and am reasonably successful in what I’ve thus far chosen to do doesn’t seem to occur to her. Like, literally my mother thinks I should have cured cancer because I was just *that gifted* as a child. :| :| :|
You get over it eventually. And you can just, like. Live.
Oh yes. The never ending fear of WHAT IF THEY WERE JUST WRONG AND I’M NOT SMART AT ALL!?
The tears of the people upset over our new female Thor gives me life and I’m not sorry.
It’s kind of hysterical to me because some of the comments are of the “Thor wasn’t a woman in the original myths so why the hell are you making him a woman?” variety. I’m legitimately having flashbacks to when the first Thor film came out and Heimdall was being played by Idris Elba. There were so many people who were getting all upset because Heimdall was said to be the “whitest of the gods” in the Eddas (and there’s actually debate over that translation, anyway), and apparently because of that, a black man shouldn’t be portraying Heimdall.
I just kind of want to take everyone who thinks like this and smack them upside the head. I mean, Marvel just used the original myths as a starting point and built from there. Marvel’s comics are not the Eddas, and people really need to stop trying to use the Eddas as justification for being upset over casting they don’t agree with.
It’s like Elementary all over again.
Thor is typically described as red-haired, but nobody complained he was blond in the comic/movies.
Thor is the husband of Sif, but nobody complained when that wasn’t the case.
Loki isn’t Odin’s adoptive son, but nobody complained about that.
YOU DON’T NEED TO STAY LOYAL TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL
(AS LONG AS EVERYONE REMAINS WHITE STRAIGHT AND MALE)
"6 Insane Sex Myths People Used to Teach as Facts"
including things like how westerners apparently thought that Chinese women who immigrated had sideways vaginas and that doctors attributed any number of problems to the fact that they believed women’s uteri could detach themselves when the woman was not pregnant and scamper around the woman’s innards like some sort of wayward jellyfish blob.
Hilarious, right? Can’t believe people used to think that! Oh, how naive they all were!
Which brings us to women-pee-out-of-their-vagina.
People back then kind of have an excuse for stupid notions, because a lot of the time there wasn’t the technology or research or scientific community to call them out on it in order to spread information that was actually factual.
We do not have that excuse today.
Yes, I heard that, greyface in sunglasses in the second row.
"well we don’t teach ridiculous stuff like that!"
Spoiler Alert: We totally do.
Stuff like the complete erasure of parts of female anatomy, publicly taught and widespread misinformation about others and the fact that I learned more about my own body with 15 minutes on Wikipedia than I did in two mandatory Health classes and a Medical Anatomy class.
Send your arguments at me, believe me, they don’t hold water.
"The clitoris doesn’t have anything to do with reproduction!"
Sex Ed covers more than just reproduction. Every time they sent me home with a little paper for your parent/guardian to sign, they said they would be talking about anatomy as well as reproduction.
"Well, female anatomy is a lot more complicated…"
Doesn’t that mean they should spend more time covering it rather than skipping over the parts they deem ‘unnecessary’? Even in my Medical Anatomy class when we had the diagrams to label, despite there being a clitoris in the diagram, there wasn’t a lil line to write down what it was.
"Maybe they didn’t think it was appropriate to talk about for high school."
How dare they.
Get the pitchforks and burn the witch.
"They don’t talk about male pleasure either!"
I heard aaaaalll about what happens when a dude is aroused and orgasms with the erections and ejaculations and all that nonsense.
Girl orgasms are apparently not a thing. And, depending on the class, neither was female arousal.
(Which I find decidedly disturbing, as a side note.)
"Female orgasms aren’t a part of reproduction either."
BUT IT IS A SIMPLE PHYSICAL REACTION THAT SHOULD BE TAUGHT IF ONLY FOR SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL ACCURACY.
"Fine. The clitoris is controversial. That hardly covers the entire spectrum of female sexuality having misinformation and crap."
Apparently you didn’t read the part up above about how I did not learn what happens when a woman is aroused or orgasms in three years of classes that are supposed to teach me about this thing.
"If it took you 15 minutes on Wikipedia to figure stuff out, why are you so mad? That’s hardly a waste of time."
Because I deserve to know about my own body, and when schools teach Sex Ed in any form, they are taking on the responsibility of teaching me that.
And yet, I learned absolutely nothing useful.
That’s a problem.
"Okay, okay. They don’t talk about female sexual reactions, and that’s kinda sexist."
You know what else is kinda sexist? Telling men that sex is great and women that it’s going to hurt and suck and also you’ll get pregnant and die.
What am I talking about, you say?
The hymen. You know, the thing that covers a woman’s vaginal opening and breaks and there’s blood and that’s how you can tell if your girlfriend is lying about whether or not you’re her first.
Well guess what, buddy-boy, you dumped that girl for no reason because that’s not actually what a hymen is and you’re also a jerk.
The hymen is a flexible membrane that partially covers the vaginal opening (usually in a sort of crescent shape when they are but a wee lass) and did you notice the word up there? ‘Flexible’? Do you know what that means? It means that if a woman is sufficiently aroused, it prolly ain’t gonna break. (wow do you think this myth has anything to do with the lack of knowledge we’re taught about female arousal???)
I mean dude you can shove a baby outta that thing and it returns to its original shape, you can’t tell if a woman is a virgin or not by the state of her hymen anyways. They can tear during exercise n stuff as well but there is literally not much of a reason why sex should be painful for girls and why you call it “popping the cherry”
OH WAIT MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE DUDES LIKE TO THINK THAT THEIR DICK HAS MAGICAL POWERS THAT FOREVER CHANGES A WOMAN’S LIFE AND SHE’S NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER YOU WRECKED THAT TIGHT LIL HOLE.
Well, fun fact, if she’s tight that means you kind of suck balls at the whole sex thing.
This isn’t just a matter of some people making a mistake about how women urinate. This is part of a long history of the suppression of female sexuality to the point that when you get a damn diagram of the vulva, apparently they don’t mark where the urethra is because man we don’t want to spend too much time talking about ladyparts frick who knows what’s hiding down there…
“The reason women are turning you down for casual sex seems to be that, for one thing, a lot of you are calling them sluts afterward. Also, a lot of you aren’t bothering to try to be good in bed.”—Terri Conley, professor of psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan ( link )
Nestlé backed up that statement with this ruthless move at the World Water Forum.
Across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources.
Nestlé’s Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with “The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.”
Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. It’s time we took a stand for public water sources.
Tell Nestlé that we have a right to water. Stop locking up our resources!
At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé successfully lobbied to stop water from being declared a universal right — declaring open hunting season on our local water resources by the multinational corporations looking to control them. For Nestlé, this means billions of dollars in profits. For us, it means paying up to 2,000 percent more for drinking water because it comes from a plastic bottle.
Now, in countries around the world, Nestlé is promoting bottled water as a status symbol. As it pumps out fresh water at high volume, water tables lower and local wells become degraded. Safe water becomes a privilege only affordable for the wealthy.
In our story, clean water is a resource that should be available to all. It should be something we look after for the public good, to keep safe for generations, not something we pump out by billions of gallons to fuel short-term private profits. Nestlé thinks our opinion is “extreme”, but we have to make a stand for public resources. Please join us today in telling Nestlé that it’s not “extreme” to treat water like a public right.
Tell Nestlé to start treating water like a public right, not a source for private profits!
I have been trying to avoid Nestle products. They do/did REALLY unethical marketing of their baby formula, stuff that undermines breastfeeding and puts vulnerable women at risk. (Women without reliable access to clean healthy water sources to mix formula. They really are like super villains.)
“Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’, believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’.”—Terry Pratchett (via beornwulf)