“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
Sara: English major/Gender and Sexuality Studies minor, working at a nonprofit that gets young women ready for and interested in running for office/maybe soon applying to grad school, writer, clarinetist.
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Really seriously flabbergasted and concerned about this.
i wonder if joanjettofarc has seen this
be still, my beating heart
From scratch pineapple upside down bundt cake. It’s a teensy bit divine.
It turned out perfectly even though I had to bake it in my toaster oven because my oven oven isn’t working again, ugh.
“It was actually a huge disappointment for me, when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, Thank God, someone in this family can truly represent my passions and beliefs.” - lena dunham
As if it weren’t depressing enough that Janeway / Red is super duper pro life, she’s also doing the voiceover for a movie about how the universe revolves around the earth. Not the sun. The earth. The planet we’re on right now.
I watched the trailer so you don’t have to. Here’s a summary: “Earth is the only planet that humans can live on! Don’t you think that MEANS something?!?!? Scientists disagree about lots of things, you know! Just seems suspicious that the earth is so special but we’re not the actual center of the universe ALLEGEDLY!!!111”
Its a Mocumentary. Its bogus.. its nice when one news place quotes another news place and neither check their facts….
Uh, no, it’s a real movie. Not a mockumentary. The movie hasn’t gotten much coverage, seeing as it’s not out yet (looks like it’s still in post-production), but here’s a Columbia prof talking about it, and here’s their extremely serious Facebook page. They have a very serious website as well, though I don’t want to link to it. (If you go looking for it, note that it has extremely loud auto-play music you can’t shut off.)
It does have some legit scientists in it, as you can see in the trailer. What most likely happened is they were interviewed for a documentary but didn’t realize it was about geocentrism. I don’t plan on seeing it, but I imagine the filmmaker edited what they said so that it sounds like they support his arguments about the universe revolving around the earth.
Watch this video from Cadillac. Note a few things (actor, white, rich guy, workaholic, typical cocky American, very unrealistic). This is not a parody video, they’re being completely serious.
I can’t explain it very well just please watch both of these videos okay Ford burns Cadillac so bad okay it’s so good.
"That’s the upside of giving a damn."
You better hope winter is coming, bitch. You’re gonna need it for that burn.
Ford fucking laying down the damn law.
Ha! Go Ford.
Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’
The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’
Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”
I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys." — The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets | Alternet (via becauseiamawoman)
Get ready to have your mind blown into a different time zone.
“MRAs reproduce the ideology of slavery with their conception of children as property; consequently, working to reproduce an environment that is conducive to Black marginality and suffering. Thus, MRAs push for the right to an abortion is a significant obstruction to the struggle for gender and racial equity.”
Marcus Lee wrote an amazing piece about how MRA efforts (like asserting abortion rights for fathers) manage to be both sexist and racist. Lee is a third-year student at Morehouse College and one of participants in RH Reality Check’s Young Writer’s Program.
(The article is great on its own; the enraged MRAs in the comments are just the icing on the cake.)
Oh my lord, the comments.
My two cents:
Many of the MRA comments claim that [cis]women having the only say in the carrying to term or termination of a pregnancy means that [cis]women can force [cis]men to unwillingly become parents, creating a situation of unequal parental rights.
Many comments do a great job of arguing against that asinine argument (I am particularly excited to have discovered the excellent argument that child support is not something that mothers have a right to but something that children have a right to), but there’s a problem with it that I didn’t see before I just couldn’t bear to read any more.
Decisions made before birth are not parental rights/decisions because there is no child to be the parent of. Deciding whether or not to continue a pregnancy is a medical decision about how a pregnant person wants to use their uterus (and the rest of their body along with it). The only person who gets to decide anything about that is the person with the uterus in question. Parenthood is once the baby is born and people have decided to raise it (which might not be the biological parents, SHOCKER).
As The Guardian points out, Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was the first senator to bring up the proposed Keystone XL pipeline—a major climate-related issue that the Obama administration is expected to make a decision on in the coming months.
"It would be very good thing if the president right now rejected the use of tar sands oil in the Keystone pipeline," Kaine said. "Why would we embrace tar sands oil and backslide to a dirtier tomorrow?"
Environmental advocates have been urging the administration to reject the 1,660-mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas, on the basis that it would increase the country’s contribution to climate change. Oil from the tar sands produces more emissions over its lifecycle than conventional oil.
In his big climate speech last summer, President Obama said that the pipeline should be approved only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” The State Department’s final environmental impact analysis did not find that the pipeline would, but another study recently questioned that analysis.
"I don’t want to bury my head in the tar sands," said Kaine.
—Kate Sheppard" — Kaine Is The First To Mention Keystone XL (via thepoliticalfreakshow)
I WOULD LIKE TO CLAIM THIS FOR ALL MY FELLOW VIRGINIAN DEMOCRATS.
From the most excellent movie version of Little Women, in which Marmee nails it: “…young girls are no different from boys in their need for exertion. Feminine weakness and fainting spells are the direct result of confining young girls to the house, bent over their needlework and restrictive corsets.”
Belle will be released in the US on May 2.
Why did you decide to go the route of the Austenesque romance to tell her story?
In so many ways, it’s a romantic love story and it’s a paternal love story as well. It’s as much about her and [her surrogate father] Lord Mansfield, and also the fact that her biological father loved her as well.
It was much more practical in those days, if you had an illegitimate child of color, you could bring them into the household but had to keep them in the servant’s quarters, and have them work with servants where they’d be safe but wouldn’t be a full part of the family. The fact that her father decided that he didn’t want her to be brought up that way and brought her to his uncle [Lord Mansfield] and said, “Love her as I would had I been here,” was important to me.
When I did the research, it surprised me how many people had left Dido money in their will — Lord Mansfield left her money in his will [and] Lady Mary, Lord Mansfield’s sister, also left Dido in her will. The reality of it, then, was that so many people clearly [and] on paper showed their love for Dido that I thought it would have been disingenuous for me to tell a story purely about her suffering and a story that wasn’t about her love.
She had great love. That she married John Davinier, that she was able to baptize all of her children with him in the same church that they married in, I found that that was very romantic and beautiful.
I also wanted to understand, or communicate to the audience, what kind of men would love Dido during this period. Lord Mansfield, who adopted her, and also John [her husband] — what would make them so brave and so courageous enough to be able to love this woman of color during that period?
If I’m honest, I wanted to show a woman of color being loved. We don’t see it that often. I wanted to change the conversation a little bit, change the dialogue a little bit — we are loved, [and] we can be loved. Dido was valuable enough to be loved, she was worthy of being loved, and she was loved. Her challenge was showing people the right way to love her in the way that she needed to be. MORE
Switching gears a bit, how did you make that transition from acting to directing?
I had been writing and producing for quite a while in British television. I wanted to circle my screenplays around some of the things that we’ve discussed — race, gender, and class — and I wasn’t sure that TV was the right place for me to do it.
I had written my first script, A Way of Life — which, thankfully, went on to do quite well critically, and won me a BAFTA and lots of other international awards — and I was very protective of it.
One day, one of my funders at the BFI called me in and said, “Hey. I know you would really like to produce this movie, and that’s all very well, but actually we’d love you to direct it.” I sort of shrunk back into the sofa and said, “No, no. That’s not something I can do. I’m a writer. What I do is write, and this is the best thing I’ve ever written to date, and I don’t want to be the person who ruins it by trying to direct it. This movie is my baby and I’m not going to kill it!”
They were very adamant and said, “Look. You’re not going to kill your movie. We’ll send you to film school for a month” — like a month of film school, what’s that? — “And we’re going to give you some money so that you can shoot a pilot of the movie. We want you do a couple of scenes so you get used to getting behind the camera then we want you to go off and make a movie.”
It took about a month to convince me, to get the courage to accept the offer. Off I went to film school and had one-to-one training with cinematographers, other directors, and editors — I literally had one to one time with all of the heads of department that you’ve have on a real movie, then I went off and shot a pilot. Then I thought, “Wow, I really like this.” Being able to create the characters and then see it through, it felt like, this is what I was born for.MORE
Awesome article on the upcoming film based on the life story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a real noblewoman who lived in 1700s Scotland.
For fat women, being stylish isn’t a luxury. It’s often a necessity to get hired, to get access to healthcare, to get treated like a human being.
Fat women have all kinds of narratives about sloppiness, laziness, dirtiness to overcome. Sometimes heels are a crucial part of looking ‘put together’ in a way that sufficiently convinces people that we care about ourselves, that manages to counteract pervasive cultural narratives that fat people don’t care about ourselves. That we have ‘let ourselves go.’
Being ‘put together’ is part of the way many of us convey to a judgmental world that we are worth caring about.
I get treated completely differently at a $20 hair salon if I’m dressed up or dressed down. Two totally different experiences. I get treated differently at the doctor’s office, and at the emergency room. I can’t go to the ER in sweatpants, because I’ll get shittier treatment. In an emergency, I have to worry if I am dressed up enough to prove that I deserve respect and care." —
This resonates so much with me. I get treated completely differently when I have my makeup on and am wearing nice clothes, versus when I’m causal and no makeup. And no, this isn’t the same thing for thin people, because for the few years I was average sized (60 lbs less than now) I could get away with looking casual or wearing sweatpants and still be treated normally. Fat women have to put in SO much extra effort to just be on the same playing field in society. And that is wrong.
One of the reasons why I don’t think men should be in the feminist movement