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There’s a great mammal in the ocean known as the 52-hertz whale. All year, he practices his love song for the female. Travels thousands of miles to find her. But when he finally gets the chance to serenade her, she doesn’t give him a call back. Why? His love ballad is sung at 52 hertz, a sonic signature one note higher than the lowest sound of a tuba. The average female hears at 10 to 15 hertz. So she never hears his song.

This lack of innovation – or blatant lack of interest – in paying and promoting the U.S. women’s national hockey team is confounding. This has been one of the country’s most successful national teams over the past two decades, never having left an Olympic Games without a medal, while also winning seven of the last nine world championships.

Yet the disrespect this team receives from the men who run USA Hockey is palpable. When the governing body unveiled the 2014 Olympic jerseys to be worn by the men’s and women’s teams, something was missing — mention of the Olympic gold medal won by the women. Written on the right sleeve were the years “1960” and “1980,” the two times the U.S. men have famously won the Olympic gold medal. Conspicuously absent was “1998,” the year the U.S. women won the Olympic gold medal.

To this day, USA Hockey continues to sell jerseys without “1998” on the sleeve.

anonymous asked:

As a third wave feminist, you fixing our already trashy ideology which we have already committed arson with for the past decade triggers me thoroughly. You clearly know nothing about what it means to be a feminist in spite of the fact that you have made several intelligently constructed, strong blogs on this topic all backed up by facts and science. You should check your privilege because most of us are immune to facts and civil debate and that triggers us. You are offensive in all aspects.

Haha your impression of a modern feminist/sjw was so convincing I almost barfed until I caught on. Kudos, you have delved deeply into the mind and logic of a feminist and now I bet you feel dirty and twisted as fuck. 

What I have parsed from reading into the Semple vs Kapoor situation beyond the “lol how salty” commentary;

  • Stuart Semple’s pigment line is something he’s been working on for a very long time
  • The exposure he’s gotten from the fight with Anish Kapoor has given him the capital necessary to get more of the products in the pigment line market-ready faster than he had been capable of in the past.
  • He’s not developing and stocking these product lines over the course of a day or two to be petty
  • Glitter made of crushed glass was fairly common in the UK until as recently as the 70′s
  • Semple’s glass glitter was not a response to Kapoor sticking his finger in the pink pigment, it was made that way because glass reflects more light than plastic glitter and remains transparent so as not to obscure the art on the canvas it’s applied to.
  • The glitter is something Semple has been working with an Industrial chemical company on for the past decade.
  • This whole thing isn’t “Petty” so much as an entertaining way of drumming up buzz for a pigment line he wants to see other artists to play with
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Startling new report shows just how terrible things still are for LGBTQ kids

  • A report released on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch reveals that despite the “positive trends” for LGBTQ rights this past decade things are still pretty horrible for lots of young LGBTQ people.
  • For some, just getting through the day is like, as one parent of a gender nonconforming student put it, “walking through a hailstorm” of hostility every school day.
  •  LGBTQ youth, according to the report, still “have disproportionately high rates of homelessness, physical and mental health concerns, and suicidality.” Read more
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I finally had time to do an updated Pokémon Games & Figures collection shoot today, so I do hope you all enjoy! I’ve been collecting and playing Pokémon since I was a little kid back in elementary school, so this is my collection throughout the past two decades. The last time I took photos was during Pokemon20, so I thought it would be cool to do another update post! I’ll be posting the full resolution photos of my collection up on my Flickr later this afternoon!

Gilmore Girls - AU: Rory/Jess and the prom date that never happened.

I feel like one thing the “queer is a slur” crowd overlooks...

…is that the word gay has been used so overwhelmingly as a pejorative, as a slur, that most children in the U.S. in the past several decades likely grew up learning “gay” as a word for bad, strange, or wrong before they fully understand that there are “gay” people, and that it’s not just a word with negative connotations.

Kids grow up hearing “That’s so gay!” said with such vehemence relating to topics that those same kids aren’t remotely educated about, and they just internalize that it’s bad. This is how you get elementary schoolers saying, “Mr. Hopkins gave us homework, he’s so gay,” and the same elementary schoolers grow up to be high schoolers and adults who say, “What? I don’t mean gay like gay people, I mean gay like stupid or bad.”

And some of them aren’t overt homophobes in any other way… but dang, you teach little kids that a word that describes a class of people means “bad” and “wrong” before they know those people exist, and that’s bound to shape the way they think about things, isn’t it?

And in contrast you get queer kids who start to put 2+2 together about what “gay” really means a little bit faster than the kids around them because they’re desperate for some information, some hints of meaning… but they’re also hearing the same lessons as everybody else, that gay=bad, gay=wrong, gay=undesirable, gay=something no one ones and no one should be, gay is the worst thing you can be.

In the small town I lived in and the school I went to, nobody ever hit me and called me queer. No one ever shouted “queer” from a moving car while I was walking home. No one ever threatened or inflicted violence on me with the word “queer” on their lips.

Gay, though? Yes. And variations on the f-slur, but gay itself was enough of an invective, enough of a pejorative, to the people flinging it.

“Gay” was the slur that cishet people threw at me as a form of violence, often in corollary with physical violence. “Queer” is a word that I learned online, from members of my community. My experience of the former word is as an attack, while the other was as a sanctuary and respite from that attack.

Now, I’m not a gay man, but a bisexual trans woman. I was still sorting that out at the time, but I doubt it would have made a difference to many of my tormenters if I’d been able to explain it properly.

So when “gay” is used as the happy-go-lucky umbrella for what I would personally call the queer community, gay with even its positive connotations strongly coded as male, I’m not just being misgendered/swept under a default label of male along with a lot of other women and non-binary folks, I’m being forced to accept a label that I never sought, one that is definitely used as a pejorative and a slur, and a slur that was specifically used as a weapon against me.

Both “gay” and “queer” have the same problematic histories and problematic presents. They have both been subject to reclamation efforts. To me, the difference is how those efforts are organized. 

“Gay” is an attempt to normalize, to assimilate, to take the elements of our community that are most palatable to the heteronormative homogeneous hegemony and emphasize them, making those elements even more palatable and altering or hiding the other elements of the community. 

“Gay” is like trying to get into an exclusive school that you fear is likely to reject you for prejudiced reasons, so you keep your nose clean, make sure you take all the right extracurriculars, polish your cover letter and personal essay, and try to make the right contacts with influential people on the inside… and if you have to hide some of your past activities, break ties with friends who are less presentable, and de-emphasize your family to make sure the admissions office doesn’t get the wrong idea about what you’d bring to their institution, well, it’ll be worth it, because that’s what you have to do get a, you know, fair shake.

“Queer” rejects that. Queer rejects homogeny, it does not demand that we sand down our rough edges or smooth out our contours. It does not seek to reshape ourselves or our community to fit ever-evolving standards designed to keep us out, but it challenges those standards.

If “gay” is trying to appeal to a bigoted admissions board by being smooth and shiny enough to slip in, “queer” is challenging the admissions board to accept or reject you on your own merits as you exist, and challenging the bigoted assumptions that underline the power structure as revealed by this. It’s bypassing the admissions board by creating your own infrastructure for sharing resources and information. 

I have a suspicion that a certain percentage of the intra-community backlash against the word “queer” is not because the negative connotations of the word hurt us as listeners, but rather that the radical connotations of the word hurt the effort to make the community acceptable to a presumed default “general audience”, to assimilate gayness into heteronormativity. 

I.e., it is less, “Queer makes people think it’s okay to bash us.” and more “Queer makes people think we’re not like them.”

Most people end posts in defense of the label “queer” and the umbrella term “queer community” by saying “I won’t call queer if they’re not comfortable with it,” and most of them get told, “BUT THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE DOING WHEN YOU SAY ‘QUEER COMMUNITY!”

I’ve never yet seen anybody talking about the gay community have to disclaim that they’re not using the word to people who view it as unreclaimed slur or who just plain find it too hurtful to have even given that discourse any thought.

I won’t call someone queer if they don’t think of themselves a queer. I will use queer as an umbrella term. If that’s not you, you can cheerfully include yourself out of it. 

And heck, I’m doing you a solid. If you didn’t have a queer community to point to, you wouldn’t have anyone you could point to when you want to clarify that you’re not like those people.

The Democrat’s respone to the “Fight For $15” is so typical to how they’ve operated for the past three decades.

Remember in the Primary when Sanders was calling for a living wage, $15/hr baseline, and the Clinton response after months of badgering was, “okay, $12 but no higher.” They’re already starting from a compromised position! You can’t win that way.

This was the entire Obama administration.

The Republicans have done the opposite masterfully. They start at a position, the Democrats cave, and they move their demand even further to the right, AND THEN THE DEMOCRATS CAVE AGAIN! It was how the Healthcare bill went down, it’s how tax and spending policy went down, it’s how every piece of legislation under Obama went down.

I’ve so had enough of it. You can’t win anything if you show your opponent your compromised position before you even start.

In 2012, the last year of recorded data, developing countries received a total of $1.3tn, including all aid, investment, and income from abroad. But that same year some $3.3tn flowed out of them. In other words, developing countries sent $2tn more to the rest of the world than they received. If we look at all years since 1980, these net outflows add up to an eye-popping total of $16.3tn – that’s how much money has been drained out of the global south over the past few decades. To get a sense for the scale of this, $16.3tn is roughly the GDP of the United States. What this means is that the usual development narrative has it backwards. Aid is effectively flowing in reverse. Rich countries aren’t developing poor countries; poor countries are developing rich ones.
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Google Earth updates time-lapse feature to highlight  climate change 

  • Google Earth Timelapse just got a makeover and it is showing users exactly how humans are slowly, but steadily, killing the planet.
  • With the upgrade — additional data from the past and more high-resolution images from two new satellites were added to the interactive — the new and improved zoomable video shows how Earth’s landscape has changed from 1984 to 2016
  • It also spotlights the effects of climate change in several parts of the world over the past three decades.
  • But will this make a difference? Read more

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The thing is, the truth is, I fear what Trump represents, but I don’t trust him to get anything significant done.

The one I fear most is Pence. Pence knows what he’s doing. Pence is deceptively respectable. I firmly believe that in a Trump presidency, Trump is just going to be the face while Pence works in the background, and that Pence will have a real shot at presidency himself. Which would mean, essentially, a maximum potential of sixteen years of Mike Pence running the country. Sixteen years of severe homophobia, severe transphobia, severe racism, of unsafe and illegal abortion, of more republican economics that have already taken us out by the knees in the past couple decades, of environmental negligence, of poor health care.

I feel honest Dread.

meeting taylor is not about posting it on your social media for likes or bragging to your friends that you spoke to someone famous

it is about looking the woman who has impacted your life in such a significant and consequential way over the past decade directly in the eyes and thanking her for everything

Attack on Titan vs Attacking Titan

So in the English side of the fandom appearantly no one talk about the fact that Eren’s type of Titan is literally named “Shingeki no Kyojin” (The Attacking Titan)?

Like, this is canonically the name of the series and it only now discovered that it actually has deeper meaning and the rest of the world outside Japan has been using a mistranslation of this title for the past half-decade?

Like, no one wonder about what Isayama might’ve think about when he see his manga being dubbed, get toys, spin-off, live action, go into Marvel world, get made into video games and shipped off to the Westerner world all under a mistranslation of what he actually intented? He was probably like: “Woah, all these time and all these people never get the right idea! Only me know better! I’m pratically deceiving the world right now!”

For references, this is the list of the 9 type of shifter titan (not my translation):

> 超大型巨人 (Chō ōgata Kyojin): Colossal Titan
> 鎧の巨人 (Yoroi no Kyojin): Armored Titan
> 女型の巨人 (Megata no Kyojin): Female Titan
> 踊る巨人 (Odoru Kyojin): Dancing Titan (unofficial)
> 獣の巨人 (Kemono no Kyojin): Beast Titan
> 始祖の巨人 (Shiso no Kyojin): Progenitor Titan

> 進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyojin): Attacking Titan

it’s extremely weird to think about how i’ll be turning 25 this year and that i’ve been on this website since i was 18……. my blog is 7 years old already what is this

why am i getting so old why is time going by so fast wHY IS IT THAT I’M ONLY 5 YEARS AWAY FROM TURNING 30?????

andy griffith show fandom, grab your sheriff badges

hawaii five-0 fandom, grab your ascots

dick van dyke show fandom, grab your dicks

the munsters fandom, grab your grandpa munsters

taxi fandom, grab your taxis

M*A*S*H fandom, grab your potatoes

bonanza fandom, grab your crotch in an Old Western Manly Manner

perry mason fandom, grab your legal documents

happy days fandom, grab on nostalgically to a certain decade within america’s past