If you put a bee in the freezer, it will get cold and fall asleep. After it’s asleep, put it in your mouth, but don’t eat it. Just let it sit there. It will get warm and wake up. Now you have a bee in your mouth.
“Don’t fool yourself. English isn’t inherently superior, or easier to learn, or more sonically pleasing. Its international usage comes from forceful assimilation and legacy of colonialistic injection. It isn’t a deed that one should take pride in.”—my uncle left this comment on his friend’s Facebook status, a white British man who was bragging about how easy it is to be a native English speaker when trekking to different nations. (via maarnayeri)
I’m thinking through how to do an old-fashioned Teach-In about the early AIDS epidemic here on our beloved Tumblr. (aka - what else you should know about that time that’s not in The Normal Heart.) michelet is in. anyone else want to help contribute sources/syllabus/expert knowledge? drop me an ask or leave a comment here.
if a character is queer don’t make them straight *clap clap* if a character is queer don’t make them straight *clap clap* if a character is queer then pls don’t make them disappear, so if a character is queer don’t make them straight *clap clap*
“We need labels because we do not want to be overridden by the default. And that includes labels for the default, instead of allowing people to insist that they are the norm and thus don’t need a label. Hence all the brouhaha over ‘cis,’ a term used to describe people who have a gender consistent with that assigned to them at birth. It’s perfectly reasonable to label those people, distinguishing them from trans people, who have genders that differ from those assigned to them at birth. Both groups of people need to be identified.”—We Need Labels, Because the Alternative is Disappearing | this ain’t livin’ (via feministlibrarian)
I really think you're taking the casting of the Maximoff twins way too personally. I'm sure Joss Whedon wasn't out to offend you when he made his decision. He wanted two young fresh up and coming actors who already had Hollywood acclaim and that is understandable.
hey pal, fuck you.
joss whedon probably wasn’t out to offend me personally, no, but guess what butterplum, he did anyway.
because i grew up in a neighbourhood where the other parents told their children they weren’t allowed to play with me because i was dirty and untrustworthy and a thief. because i had ethnic slurs hurled at me from my fellow students and other residents throughout the majority of my life. because the german word for gypsy was spraypainted onto our house wall 8 times throughout the years we lived there and, on one memorable occasion, keyed into my mum’s car. because my mum’s mother died in a russian concentration camp and no one would help her father raise his five daughters alone because everyone viewed him as waste, expendable. because my mother eventually had to fend for herself on the streets as an orphan when she was only 13 years old because she had literally no other choice. because she was mistreated in the orphanage she eventually went to, and because she was thrown out of three schools for “misconduct” that was really just profiling based on the fact that she had roma heritage. because even though she managed to leave that part of her life mostly behind and found a family and get a job, her sisters weren’t so lucky. one of them permanently ended up in a mental institution after being denied healthcare by the country she lived in due to her heritage and her psychosis grew unchecked until it evolved into fullblown schizophrenia. one of them killed herself. she hasn’t heard from the other two in years and isn’t even sure if they’re alive anymore. because 90% of roma people live in poverty. because 45% of those fall under extreme poverty with living conditions without water and electricity and basic things like food. (x)
so yes, i take it personally. because it is fucking personal. the maximoffs were literally the only representation of romani people i’ve encountered so far that weren’t either a stereotype or a criminal. the fact that they were allowed to be heroes and stand for positive ideals despite their background was revolutional for me when i first learned about them, because my entire life i’ve been made to feel that being roma is bad and disgusting.
it’s bad enough that wanda maximoff was already turned into an ableist joke and fridged twice in the comics.
and joss whedon looked at their background history and how hugely important it is for minorities and deemed it not important enough to be included. that’s especially horrible considering the fact that not only are roma people treated like scum everywhere, anti-semitism is still very much a constant threat to jewish people everywhere and anti-semitic hate crimes are on a rise.
the fact that joss whedon didn’t even waste one thought on the repercussions of his decision when he retconned the maximoff twins to be british is frankly disgusting and speaks volumes about the kind of person he is. and if you look at his decision and find absolutely nothing wrong with it, then it speaks volumes about the kind of person you are, too.
Go read his Letter from Birmingham Jail. MLK did not advocate people coddle those who benefit from their oppression. He has some pretty damning things to say about white people, ESPECIALLY white moderates who pulled tone argument bullshit.
"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
An example of this “new” KKK was purportedly revealed over Memorial Day weekend. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, best known as the “God Hates F*gs” sign holders, were doing their usual protests — this time outside of Arlington Cemetery as President Obama led the nation’s…
I read your Winter Soldier analysis, and I have a question : you say that "There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history." Please help a non-American understand what you meant? I mean I obviously see the Cold War reference in the movie, but from what you've written it seems like something more subtle *within* the Cold War... shit, I mean just "Cold War" seems too evident and I can't find the deeper meaning?
Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.
The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.
When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.
But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.
So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.
-Steve Rogers was raised by an Irish-catholic single mom in New York in the Depression era -Steve Rogers grew up with a ton of disabilities -Steve Rogers had an apartment in an incredibly gay section of New York -Steve Rogers was a fine arts student -Steve Rogers completely missed the Red Scare, McCarthyism, the Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, etc. -Steve Rogers was written by two Jewish guys -Steve Rogers had a gay best friend and did not consider his love to be any less valid or less real -Steve Rogers worked with Japanese-American and black soldiers in, again, the Second World War -Steve Rogers was just in a movie about how utterly fucked up the military-industrial complex is Basically if your Steve Rogers is a conservative commie-hating uberChristian who would be at home in a racist southern church, you’re doing something wrong.
Ok so I'm too embarrassed to ask this and reveal myself but I am curious about how to NOT misgender a person? I don't ever want to make anyone uncomfortable or ashamed, or be disrespectful towards someone. I have no idea what pronouns to use towards someone I have just met. I really don't know much about these types of things but want to learn.
Don’t gender people you’ve just met. Dont gender someone based on physical appearance or presentation. Never assume someone’s pronouns
They/them/theirs pronouns are okay to use until you know someone’s pronouns. The moment someone tells you their pronouns, if they’re not they/them/theirs, use the pronouns they tell you to use right away. And if their pronouns are they/them/theirs, continue to use those
ASK. If you’re away from a large group of people just say “hey what pronouns do you want me to use for you”. sometimes cis people will give you weird looks for this. Just do it anyway b/c how the hell would you know if they didnt tell you?
ALWAYS USE THE PRONOUNS THAT THE PERSON TOLD YOU TO USE FOR THEM. If you mess us, apologize, correct yourself, and move on. Dont make it about you and dont drag on the apology.
Why can’t there be a male hooter’s equivalent where male servers are shirtless and highly sexualized for their bodies and looks
Male Strip clubs. You’re thinking of male strip clubs.
No. Not a male strip club. A strip club is a strip club. I want a place called Cahones where waiters wear Speedos and are forced to stuff if they don’t fill out their uniform well enough. I want them to giggle for my tips. I want it to be so normalised and engrained in our culture that women bring their daughters there for lunch (because whaaaaaat the wings are good! Geeze sensitive much?) where they’ll give playful little nudges like, “Wouldn’t mind if you dad had those. Heh heh heh.” that their daughters don’t even understand but will absorb and start to assume is just the normal way grown up women talk about grown up men. I want to playfully ask my waiter if I can have extra nuts on my salad and for him to swat my arm with an Oh, you because he knows if he doesn’t his manager will yell at him. I want other men to pretend to like going there so I think they’re cool. I want to go to Cahones during my lunch break at work and when I come back and tell the other women in the office where I went they chuckle slightly and the men around us suddenly feel self conscious and they don’t know why.
internet celebrity culture has the power to grant essentially any person a direct position of power and influence over young and impressionable people, with no filter in between.
it can be taken advantage of on a whim with little friction, both actively by people who actively plan and endeavor to take advantage of people, as well as passively by people whose intentions may be less overtly sinister but who show reckless and irresponsible negligence toward understanding and policing their own actions.
if you do or have ever had any place in internet celebrity culture, it is a necessity that you fully understand the implications of it. it is your responsibility not only to hold others in your circles and community accountable for their actions, but to look inward and understand how it affects you and how to detect and address warning signs in yourself before anyone else has to.
this has gotten to the point where everyone in these communities needs to be engaged personally in the conversation, both internally and externally. the level of tolerance for this shit by community figures needs to drop off the map and the conversation needs to be visible.
i literally don’t care if people make fun of the bands i listen to because i don’t pretend to have good taste in music <_<
yeah letting go of the whole “the music i like is superior” thing was a big part of my personal growth. thinking that was probably always a defense mechanism anyway
i’m very cognizant of the whole “taste is subjective” thing (though some taste is really, really questionable). plus yeah, being a music snob is no fun (plus it’s almost always used as a smokescreen to hide stuff like racism anyways)
I used to be terrified that I had horrible taste in music so much that I never told anybody in high school about the bands I liked. It was a bittersweet experience when I found out, like a year ago, that basically all my friends also loved Motion City Soundtrack and Panic! At The Disco.
I took my girlfriend to an improv show the other night and during intermission we were passionately arguing over whether half a 5 Hour Energy shot would give you 2.5 hours of energy or 5 hours of half-assed energy so we turned around to ask the opinions of the three people behind us and one of them said “Are all your arguments like this because we heard you in the lobby earlier fighting over the right way to pronounce ‘egg’?”
ive seen a couple posts like “all these text posts about people wanting platonic friend dates, its called hanging out with your friends go outside omg”
but like in my experience 95 percent of friendships never go far past the “hanging out in your room playing games and making fart jokes” phase
most people tend to opt out when shit starts getting emotionally deep
excuse me for wanting a close personal connection and feeling like there can be friendships that are deep and close without the ever present worry-trope of “more than friends” looming in the background