09 8 / 2013

bankuei:

Been thinking a bit about why you don’t hear that shit from real allies.

And that’s because, if you’re really doing the work?  You get to suffer lots and lots of pushback from the privileged group you’re a part of.  

You’ll pay a lot in terms of social status, losing friends, family relationships, work, whatever, because they’ll punish you for constantly calling out their privilege as well.

So much, that you, too, will believe all (men, white, straight, cis, able bodied, etc.) people ARE like that.

So no quicker way to out yourself as a false ally trying to police folks than spewing that shit out your lips.

(via justjasper)

09 8 / 2013

8 examples of why Steven Moffat is NOT a feminist

Gif 1: Fetishizing motherhood and reinforcing patriarchal binaries and hierarchies—So much wrong with this one. The Doctor argues that mothers are “more than female”—i.e., better than—those who are not. It plays into pernicious patriarchal myths that women aren’t really women until they’ve given birth, until they’ve had children. Not every woman wants children. Not every woman can have them (for a variety of reasons—including (duh) the fact that some women don’t have uteruses—they’ve had them removed, or they just have penises instead). It doesn’t make them in any way inferior to those who do.

Additionally, he asserts that women are better than men, which simply reverses the patriarchal binary and thus evinces a fundamental misunderstanding of what feminism is. Feminism holds that everyone is equal, members of every gender, not that one gender is better than all of the rest. That’s a patriarchal notion. Hierarchies are patriarchal—privileging certain groups of people over others. Communities where everyone is equal, valued, and respected are feminist.

Gif 2: Reinforcing patriarchal stereotypes of women as irrational, overly emotional beings, while men are, of course, the sane, rational ones, which is generally used to justify the notion that women should be denied positions of power. “It all makes sense to her”—i.e., women apparently have some strange sort of emotion-driven non-logic that is fundamentally different from that of men, and that compels them to want to seduce/marry men and then, like the flighty, irrational creatures they are, want to kill them on a whim. This moment is deeply and unforgivably misogynistic.

Gifs 3 and 4: Romanticizing stalking—Both these women, Kathy Nightingale and Madge Arwell, eventually married the men who were stalking them, which sends the message that stalking is normal, romantic, and acceptable. Also, what if Madge had said no to marrying a complete stranger who finds it acceptable to stalk young women who are walking home alone through fairly isolated woods? Would Reg really have kept stalking her—a complete stranger—until he coerced her into agreeing to marry him?

Gifs 5 and 6: Victim-blaming and contributing to rape culture—In Time, Rory drops a thermocoupling after looking up Amy’s skirt, and Amy, Rory, and the Doctor all place the blame on Amy for wearing a skirt rather than Rory, who apparently has zero self-control (also problematic), or the Doctor, who seems not to have entirely thought through the potential ramifications of having a glass floor. And in gif #4, from Space, the Doctor’s ultimate solution to the problem is to order Amy to change into more conservative trousers—i.e., policing a female body—rather than urging Rory to exhibit some self-control. Or altering the desktop theme so that the floor is no longer transparent. The fact that Amy immediately accepts the blame without attempting to argue for a moment is particularly sickening. Essentially, then, this entire skit contributes to rape culture.

Gifs 7 and 8: Demonizing women, which has been par for the course in patriarchy since biblical Eve was first vilified for biting the apple. The implication that River’s attractiveness is why she is “hell” is therefore fairly problematic, since it is rather explicitly harking back to those patriarchal myths, as is the Doctor’s tacit endorsement of the medieval monk’s fear of women. Why did he not correct or contest the monk’s rather terrified reaction at learning that the Doctor was conversing with—the horror!—a woman? A simple, “No. No. Don’t be silly. Women aren’t evil at all.” from the Doctor would have been enough. Also, back to gif 7, how exactly is River’s attractiveness at all related to her decision to save the Doctor’s life? Are they implying that it is because she is sexy that she is so dangerous, which is incredibly misogynistic? The Doctor and Churchill are objectifying and belittling her by speaking of her in such a way. River, like every other woman/being in the universe, deserves more respect. To be treated like a human being, not a piece of meat. If Rory had been the one inside that suit, would they be speaking of him so dismissively?

It’s fairly obvious that Moffat likes to think of himself as a feminist. But anyone who is capable of writing the above moments (and each and every one is from episodes he wrote himself) clearly does not have a good grasp of what feminism is. Perhaps he should have done his research.

(Source: timelordsandladies, via ladycanuck)

09 8 / 2013

cockchomp:

what the actual fuck if cats aren’t born on drugs then i don’t even know

cockchomp:

what the actual fuck if cats aren’t born on drugs then i don’t even know

(Source: annabellehector, via justjasper)

09 8 / 2013

"

Autism isn’t something a person has, or a “shell” that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person—and if it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with.

This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.

Therefore, when parents say,

I wish my child did not have autism,
what they’re really saying is,
I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.
Read that again. This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure. This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.

"

Jim Sinclair “Don’t Mourn For Us”  (via crashingthatmode)

Oh, hey, I needed this tonight.

(via goldenheartedrose)

(via justjasper)

09 8 / 2013

ghostlytricksterr:

Glass Barrier


My glass barrier hides my pain so that no one has to deal with it, and is almost impossible to break. Of course, it cracks and my emotions spill out some times, but only a few have completely shattered it and saw who I really am. Thank you to all who have done so, you have no idea how much I love you all

(Source: ohcaptaiinmycaptaiin, via justjasper)

09 8 / 2013

cupcakesandbrimstone:

i think there should be a biological setting for ‘i dont want kids why do i need to ovulate/menstruate’ and then your period just ollies out for a while

like ‘ok bro i accept your life choices call me if you want a baby’

(via fangirld)

09 8 / 2013

09 8 / 2013

"In what appears to have been a gesture of goodwill gone haywire, McDonald’s recently teamed up with Visa to create a financial planning site for its low-pay workforce. Unfortunately, whoever wrote the thing seems to have been literally incapable of imagining of how a fast food employee could survive on a minimum wage income."

Jordan Weissman, on McDonald’s embarrassing and deeply telling financial planning guide for its employees. (via theatlantic)

If ever we needed the perfect illustration of how disconnected executives are from minimum-wage workers…

(via bemusedlybespectacled)

(via justjasper)

09 8 / 2013

whatevachild:

“abortion is selfish”

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“you shouldnt get an abortion because some couples cant have-“

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“if your pregnant after rape you should see the positive side of-“

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“even if you cant afford a child theres always a way to make it work-“

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“consider it a blessing and-“

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“your baby inside you loves you and you should-“

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“if the husband still wants the baby the woman should go ahead and-“

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“if you didnt want to be pregnant than why did you have sex-“

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(Source: moistchunkyslurp, via xoziva)

09 8 / 2013

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

Sources:
Star Trek (2009) Bechdel Test
Star Trek Into Darkness Bechdel Test
Interview with Gene Roddenberry
Star Trek (2009) Budget
Star Trek Into Darkness Budget

Because I’ve been thinking about all of this a lot lately, and I decided I should probably channel that thought into something.

(via ladycanuck)

09 8 / 2013

weirdvintage:

These Tekonsha, Michigan farm boys presumably raided their mothers’ and sisters’ closets for this portrait, c. 1870s (via)

weirdvintage:

These Tekonsha, Michigan farm boys presumably raided their mothers’ and sisters’ closets for this portrait, c. 1870s (via)

(via weirdvintage)

09 8 / 2013

0ceanatic:

Does anyone else have a plastic bag full of plastic bags in their house, or is that just me?

(Source: thotliner, via thefilmisfading)

09 8 / 2013

maestrander:

celiabasto:

100% ART

LIES AND SLANDER

(Source: unicorn-meat-is-too-mainstream, via leelinschin)

08 8 / 2013

alsywalsy:

You realise, of course, that I spelled ‘realize’ the American way by accident? (Part 2/2)

(via leelinschin)

08 8 / 2013

thelionandthellama:

whenever i see men aggressively arguing against abortion a wave of pure rage and hatred washes over me

because it’s not your body

it’s not you who has to face 9 months of pregnancy

it’s not you who has to give birth

it’s not you who has to possibly say goodbye to a baby that grew inside of you for nearly a year in case you have no way of taking care of it on your own

it’s not your fucking place to decide anything

(via imreallynotthatinteresting)