“…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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"True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women.
And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.”
My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part." —

Lucy, When Worlds Collide: Fandom and Male Privilege.  (via subconciousevolution)

Also in a mixed-gender group, when women talk 25% of the time or less, it’s seen as being equally balanced. If women talk between 25% and 50% of the time, they are seen as “dominating the conversation.” One of the most mind-bending statistics I ever read in college.

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"Boys who grow up seeing themselves everywhere as powerful and central just by virtue of being boys, often white, are critically impaired in many ways. It’s a rude shock to many when things don’t turn out the way they were told they should. It seems reasonable to suggest media misrepresentations like these contribute, in boys, to a heightened inability to empathise with others, a greater propensity to peg ambition to intrinsic qualities instead of effort and a failure to understand why rules apply or why accountability is a thing. It should mean something to parents that the teenagers with the highest likelihood of sexually assaulting a peer and feel no responsibility for their actions are young white boys from higher-income families. The real boy crisis we should be talking about is entitlement and outdated notions of masculinity, both of which are persistently responsible for leaving boys confused and unprepared for contemporary adulthood." — Soraya Chemaly (via diveit)

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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

" —

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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I hate Larry Summers sooo much. He has learned nothing.

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Are you fucking kidding me? Did we all just wake up in 1938?

Really seriously flabbergasted and concerned about this.



Are you fucking kidding me? Did we all just wake up in 1938?

Really seriously flabbergasted and concerned about this.

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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.
Recipe here.

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.

Recipe here.



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



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‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth | The Raw Story 





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.

Now watch Ford’s response.

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.

Holy SHIT.

Ford fucking laying down the damn law.

Ha! Go Ford.

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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)

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77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True 

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“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)


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But I loved the library simply because it was a library. I love libraries. I like reading, but I love libraries. Being surrounded by books makes me feel safe, the way some people need trees or mountains around them to feel secure. Not me – nature’s not what I cling to. I cling to books. 


Quote from Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith. (via booksdirect)

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"Women are told it is unfeminine and gross to have muscles and to cultivate strength, which in turn leads them to actively avoid doing things that will build muscles and strength, which then makes them even less capable of doing things that require strength, which the critics then use as proof of women’s inherent physical frailty. And so the cycle continues…" — Women’s difficulty with pull-ups is about more than biology | Fit and Feminist  (via housewifeswag)

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.”

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