female identified

anonymous asked:

Hi! Sorry if this is annoying but could you please link me to some post explaining Pidge being trans? I really like the theory but I'm kind of confused. If she was born a cis girl and she identifies as female doesn't that make her cis?? Is she non binary / a demigirl?? Sorry I've just been looking through your blog but I haven't found any posts to help me understand!!

alright dudelio here’s the deal - we don’t know if pidge was born a cis girl or not. they never specified that and i don’t think they will. literally everything about pidge says that she’s trans coded,, and lemme explain:

1. the scene were she cuts her hair before going to the garrison .. i fucking felt that man. i’m a trans boy (not a girl) so i’m not gonna try and compare my experiences to her but dammit if i didn’t feel some kinship with her
2. when they’re in the space mall and pidge didn’t know which bathroom to go into YOO that’s fucking trans culture right there. if my memory serves me right the ‘girls’ room had the sign colored pink and the ‘boys’ room was colored blue, almost a classic indicator for gender (however arbitrary) but she still couldn’t figure out which one to go into ?? and didn’t keith come out of the bathroom later ????? if keith could figure it out then how come .. pidge couldn’t when she’s one of the smartest characters in the show 🤔🤔🤔
3. she came out. she literally came out as a girl. goddammit.

of course .. it will never be explicitly stated (since voltron is a kids show) but it’s so heavily implied it’s hard to see pidge as anything other than a trans girl. she says 'i’m a girl’ many a times and it’s cannon king

Support women in STEM

Because they’ve advanced the success and growth of those fields for just as long as men, even when they weren’t afforded the opportunity, the recognition, or the grants. Onward:

Rosalind Franklin (July 25, 1920—April 16, 1958)

Originally posted by bhagatkapil

Rosalind Franklin was a chemist and, get this, X-ray crystallographer. As far as titles go, you can’t do much better than crystallographer. Her work in understanding the molecular structure of DNA laid the foundation for the discovery of the double helix. She also made significant contributions to understanding the structures of RNAs. And viruses. And coal. And graphite. Her work was not fully appreciated until after she passed away. Two teams of all-male scientists who used her work to discover great things later went on to win Nobel Prizes.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler (February 8, 1831—March 9, 1895)

Originally posted by pylonss

Rebecca Lee Crumpler spent most of her professional life being the first at things. She was the very first Black woman to become a physician in the United States. The first (and only) Black woman to graduate from New England Female Medical College. She authored Book of Medical Discourses, one of the very first medical books written by a Black person. Every obstacle she powered through was done in an effort to provide care for other people. Hero. 

Mary Anning (May 21, 1799—March 9, 1847)

Originally posted by rejectedprincesses

Mary Anning discovered the first full Ichthyosaur skeleton at 11,  the very first Plesiosaur at 22, and then opened up her own fossil store front a few years later. We repeat: She opened up her own fossil store. We could go on and on, but Rejected Princesses (@rejectedprincesses​) already did it best in this biographical comic. While you’re over there, check out their whole archive and the dozens and dozens of women’s life stories within.

Follow these too:

  • She Thought It: Crossing Bodies in Sciences and Arts (@shethoughtit​​) is a database dedicated to shedding light on women making strides in both science and the arts. A whole bunch of great things.
  • Lady Scientists of Tumblr (@scientific-women​​) promises everything you could ever want from a feminist science round-up blog: intersectionality and equal representation of all scientists who identify as female. Hell yeah.
  • Math Brain (@ihaveamathbrain​​) backs the novel idea that women are indeed capable of understanding math. Shocking. With the perfect amount of sarcasm, they tackle the idea some bozos have that women just don’t have the mind for mathematics.

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So, I had this thought after reading several stories about humans giving birth and not having eggs.  What if aliens do not have ‘family units’ the same way humans do, but instead raise children in more of a group setting.


Captain H'roll'ah was excited to have hired on not just 1 but 3 humans, all of whom were extremely qualified for space travel.  Even better, they were all from the same clan and so there would be no rivalry or refusal to work together because of old scores to settle.

“Captain! Three humans just came in a have taken over the dining area! WHAT SHOULD WE DO?!?” Ensign Khralhen was out of breath and panicked, but his species was notoriously afraid of humans after it became public knowledge how dangerous they were.  Not that his own was much better, but H'roll'ah knew that these humans should be here and it was probably near a meal time for them.  How could such an evolutionary advanced and apated species not figure out a way to avoid needing 3 or meals a day was beyond H'roll'ah.

“It is fine, Ensign Khralhen.  These are likely the Humans that I just signed on to the crew.  They are from the same clan, so they should work at peak efficiency,” the Captain answered, trying to put as much calm and soothing into his voice as possible, “Let us go introduce ourselves and welcome them so that the ‘pack-bonding’ can begin.”


“Greetings, I am Captain H'roll'ah and this is Ensign Khralhen, our cook.”

“Nice ta meetcha! Cook, huh? Guess we best buddy up to you right quick then!” said the male.  He was average height for a human and perhaps a little on the heavy side, but H'roll'ah knew that it was likely muscle not fat.  After all, this human and one of his female companions were security personnel.

“Always thinking with you stomach, Thomas.  How about you buddy up to the Captain, so that we do not get kicked off this boat? Hmm?” said the smaller female, later identified as Samantha or “Sam” for ease.  "Small" being used only in comparison because she did not have the bulk of her clanmates.  She must be the medical officer.  H'roll'ah was worried that she would be distant from her clanmates but her body language suggested extreme comfort and trust, above what H'roll'ah felt for his own clanmates of different castes.  The third human, Laura if the captain remembered correctly, remained silent but was constantly looking around, as if expecting an attack at any moment, not that strange considering all that H'roll'ah had hear about Earth.

“Well then, please tell me what times that the three of you eat, and I will prepare food for you then.  Also, please tell me any dietary restrictions you have so that you do not have any medical incidents,” Khralhen said, realizing that the humans could be bribed with food as easily as a Con'valix could be bribed with fruits.


(3 Months Later)

Captain H'roll'ah was surprised at how well the humans worked together.  He thought that they might exceed standard human operating efficiency by 10%, but regularly they were 20-25% better than the reported average.  They barely needed to vocalize to communicate, and they were able to remember each other’s needs and the needs of the crew extremely well.  Captain H'roll'ah decided to ask them how they did it, and if it was a clan trait, where he could hire more humans of clan “Walker.”

“Thomas clan Walker, do you have a few minutes to talk about personal matters?” The captain asked, assuming that Thomas would, since he was off shift and relaxing in the lounge.

“Sure thing, hoss.  What can I do for you?  And I hope this isn’t about my or Laura’s tattoo’s, because we had to settle a bet on that a few days ago,” Thomas answered easily.  He was a bit flippant for the captain’s taste, but his results were impeccable and the other humans followed his lead, which spoke volumes for the man.  

“I was hoping that you could explain how you and your clanmates have achieved such a high efficiency rate.  You perform well above average, even for clanmates who grew up together.”

“Clanmates? Oh, that’s right! Sam mentioned that your species, and most species on this ship raise their young in a group setting and the kids hatch from eggs, right?”

“That is correct, and please do not remind me that human females carry their young in their bodies like a parasite.  The last time Sam explained that, it was enough to make all of us wonder how humans have managed to reproduce at all.” H'roll'ah still shuddered when he thought of it, and Khralhen wasn’t able to cook for 3 days after Sam had explained human reproduction.

“Fair enough, I think we reproduce more by accident that anything else, but yeah.  Me, Laura, and Sam are not clanmates like you think,” Thomas chuckled and shook his head, “We are siblings.”

“I do not know this word,” H'roll'ah answered uneasily.  In his experience, an unknown term from a human meant that something painful, gross, horrifying, or all 3 was about to be revealed.

“Sam could explain it better, and having Laura here only seems fair…” Thomas trailed off as he reached for his comm.  "Hey, brats (again with the casual disrespect), can you both get up to the lounge? Captain wants to know about siblings.“ H'roll'ah was always surprised that Thomas clan Walker could be disrespectful when asking for others to do something.

“Sure, be right up,” Sam responded.  She was likely a floor up in the medical facilities and wanted to take a break.

“Grrhhrhhgg.” Laura clan Walker had been sleeping, then, and did not want to come.

“Thanks, ladies, you can both explain family better than me.”  Now the captain was worried again because there was a second new word being bandied around.


“So, captain, a family unit for humans is very small compared to yours of Ensign Khralhen’s,” Sam explained, “A family is usually made up of the mother and/or father or a surrogate who has assumed that role and the children.  It usually numbers no more than 4-7 individuals.”

“But…But…how do you grow or develop? And to place all that burden on only one or two adults, how do they do anything else?” spluttered K'roll'ah.  He was shocked to find out that humans in the region called ‘America’ did not have an open community.

“Well, children who share 1 or both parents are called “siblings”, and they develop together.  The adults are called “parents”, and yeah, there is a definite loss of freedom involved.“

“So then, you three are…siblings?” H'roll'ah asked.

“Yes, Thomas is the oldest, and Laura is the youngest, with me in the middle,” answered Sam, “and our father bailed on us after Laura was 3 years old, so Tom became the ‘man of the house’ at 7 years old.”

THAT explained Thomas clan Walker’s attitude! Captain H'roll'ah realized that Thomas clan Walker had been in a command position and not had a commander from a young age!

“So that is why you both follow him? He is the new leader”

“Kind of, he is just the best at leading.  He knows what to do and does it well.” Laura answered, which was rare; she was the most quiet of the three.

“And the reason for your peak efficiency?” Captain H'roll'ah asked, determined to get an answer to his question.

“Well, we have known each other all our lives and spent most of those lives in close proximity to each other.  We just understand each other from the long familiarity and exposure.”

“Ah, the same way a pilot becomes better from being on the same ship, just with a person instead.”

“Exactly! And if you are interested in hiring others we are familiar with, we have some cousins, children of our parents’ siblings, who we know very well and want to get into space.”

“Then I will look them up, thank you for answering my questions." 

Humans were a strange species.  Instead of focusing on a large community, they developed close bonds with only a few people who share familial ties with them.  Captain H'roll'ah did hire the 'cousins’ and they worked out very well.  The human guidebook was updated to notify captains that humans sharing close blood ties have the potential to perform at higher than normal efficiency.  


Now somebody write a story about a captain hiring siblings who hate/cannot stand each other!

Okay this is a very half-formed thought and I’m not sure where I’m going with it yet, but the fact that the teen girls we’re meant to root for in so many Teen Girl Stories are the ones who are bad at or uncomfortable with performing femininity probably isn’t a coincidence.
And it’s mostly not because the people who create media about teen girls want to shatter gender roles; it’s more likely because even though femininity is the prescribed way for female-identified people to behave it’s also seen as something largely unpleasant.

Um. I’m going somewhere with this, maybe after I finish my homework. But I want to hang onto this thought.

My opinion on non-dysphoric trans people

As someone who deals with extreme dyphoria, I HATE the idea that you HAVE to be dysphoric to be trans.

What makes you trans isn’t your amount of suffering, the way you present yourself, your wish to transition/not to transition, your clothes, or your political standing.

If you identify as trans, you’re trans.

So many trans people say that genetalia does not define your gender, nor does the way you present. Yet they invalidate trans people who agree with that?

Not all trans people care about their bodies. They can feel okay with having a body that doesn’t suit their identity, because they know that their genetalia doesn’t change how they identify.

Dysphoric or not, if you identify as male, you’re male. If you identify as female, you’re female. If you identify as another gender, then you’re another gender.

As for non-dysphoric people “taking up trans resources”?? I don’t think they do.

Chances are they aren’t transitioning, so they sure aren’t taking up our options to take hormones or have surgery. They aren’t taking therapists away from us. They aren’t taking support away from us.


Sincerely, a heavily dysphoric trans guy who’s tired of other dysphoric trans people not taking their own words to heart.

I cannot stop thinking about the last ~15 minutes of Big Little Lies, and how it was about communication between women and deliberately cutting men out.  For one thing, it is almost completely silent– sound only returns at the request of the female detective, who is also the one who picked up on the inconsistencies (or rather consistencies) of their stories.  For another thing, major reveals happen without any dialogue at all.  We see Bonnie piecing together the danger oozing from Perry, we see Jane’s horror at discovering her rapist, and then we see Celeste and Madeline put the whole thing together.  Even Renata–the woman most excluded from their group– picks up that something’s wrong.

All without a single word.

It’s silly, but it reminded me of being in sixth grade.  The boys in our class noticed that the girls had a tendency to look at each other when one of them said something dumb, and pretty soon any sort of sideways-look between girls got a loud round of Mr. S they’re talking with their eyebrows again! accusations.  The boys were annoyed (playfully annoyed, but annoyed nonetheless) that the girls had figured out a way to talk in class without actually talking.  We told them they could do it too, but they all stubbornly insisted that wasn’t possible.

Thinking back on that, it strikes me how much of female communication is nonverbal, largely because it has to be.  Women are socialized not to make a fuss, to be quiet, to not take up too much unnecessary space.  This pressure (along with the emphasis on the importance of women taking care of feelings and emotions) creates a quiet sub-language, a code that is not exactly hard to break unless you insist on seeing women as other.  It’s in the look women share when a man catcalls one of us on the street, when we shift to make space for a woman to sit down on the bus because there’s a guy standing just a little too close to her.  This isn’t some innate ability unique to ciswomen– and again, the code is not at all hard to crack unless you are convinced that women are inherently unknowable– but rather a form of communication female-identified people developed to protect each other.

I saw way too many reviewers say that they didn’t buy Bonnie knowing Perry was dangerous without having her book backstory to inform her (where she’s apparently a child of an abusive father), or arguing that Celeste and Madeline just knowing Perry was Jane’s rapist was a bridge too far, but to me, that was the most organic moment of the series.  Not because women have natural intuition about these things, but because nonverbal communication is a skill women have developed to protect themselves and each other from men like Perry and so having them communicate without ever speaking a word was incredibly powerful.  Without the audience ever once hearing them, these women instantly banded together to protect one of their own– and it was one of their own who noticed.  The male detective basically throws his hands up and writes them off as unknowable, but the female detective is the one who knows the code and thus she’s the one with questions.

Even the last scene was a silent, female-centric haven.  The bad guy is gone but the good guys aren’t there either, relegated to mere sidekicks in a story about female friendship and love.  The audience is left out of their circle too, unable to hear their conversations but able to see their compassion for one another.  They’re talking without words, but we still know what they’re saying.

Understanding Concepts in Witchcraft

Originally posted by thepumpkinqueenn

  • Not every witch is wiccan or believes in the threefold law
  • Wicca is not the only religion that has witchcraft
  • Some witches curse and some witches don’t, if they do curse how about we don’t shame them or insist that they will bring accidentally curse themselves or that bad luck will come back around
  • Some witches use materials like blood, bones, or decaying or rotting items but it’s their craft so they are free to do so
  • There’s no right way to practice your craft
  • You do not need an expensive, fancy grimoire or book of shadows, using a binder/notebook or an online grimoire is okay
  • It’s okay to take a break from magick or witchcraft if needed
  • Low budget witchcraft is a things so you don’t need to buy expensive tools to be a “real witch”
  • There are no qualifications to be a “real witch”, if you practice witchcraft boom you’re a real witch.
  • You don’t have to be in a coven
  • Witches can be male, female, or anything they identify as. Witches can also be mentally ill, disabled, POC, or LGBT+
  • Just because a spell doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it won’t work for everyone else
  • It’s okay to write spells you’ll never use
  • Stop telling other witches how to practice their craft, simply mind your business and worry about your craft
  • Pop culture spells, bath magick, or emoji spells are totally valid forms of magick stop telling people other wise
  • Not all witches are able to perform spells or rituals but you guise are still valid witches

okay so I just feel the need to say why Brooklyn nine nine is the best show so strap yourselves in it’s gon be long 

 * first off, hella diverse cast 

 * and no “token” characters there just for the sake of diversity, each character has very different personalities from each other and represent the actual population

 * despite totally different personalities they are all really good friends and care about each other so much- each character’s relationship is different and I find that beautiful 


 * amy santiago is never played off as “just Jake’s love interest/girlfriend” she has all her own plots and stories and is amazing and strong and the best

* healthy communication in amy and jakes relationship !!! making sure it doesn’t stop them from doing their job to the best of both their abilities !!! 

* Terry is a very macho “man’s” man but isn’t afraid to show his feelings and it’s real nice to see them show how being emotional doesn’t make you a weak man 

* the solidarity between the girls because we gotta stick together 

* “I met god” “what does she look like?” “Ethnically ambiguous" 

* constantly calling out the world for all it’s shit (homophobia, racism, gun laws, corruptness of the police, sexism, I cOULD GO ON) 

* and now the reason I decided to make this now: THEY JUST MADE A WHOLE EPISODE ABOUT HOW BULLSHIT RACIAL PROFILING IS 

* a show about cops still managed to find a way to talk about it bc they know it’s an important issue and did it in such an incredible way 

* showed two sides of dealing with the situation, holts plan and terrys, and neither were ideal, both would have backlash for Terry more than the dickhead who stopped him tbh

* and showing Jake doing hella suspicious shit and not getting stopped 


* (but this time with a whole ep not just mentions bless) 

* also Jake and amy having to explain it all to Terry’s kids was v upsetting to see how scared they were at first that this would happen just because they were born as they were 

* AND mentions of transphobia and telling the twins it’s okay if they don’t identify as female, what other show would 

 this ain’t even everything it was just getting v long BASICALLY no show is as woke as brooklyn nine nine, it’s hella funny too with great plots and ships too if that’s what you look for and everyone should watch and @ fox if you don’t renew I will fight it is better than all other shows

  • @preternaural-aura asked: I wanna see what age groups are exclusionist and in what ways are they queer/lgbt and if within exclusionists if different age groups are queer/lgbt in different ways (so if older exclusionists are terfs) and i cant remember if it was in the survey but it would be cool to know how involved in local communities exclusionists are (all of this versus inclusionists)

Sorry about the weird publishing style. Trying to answer the ask directly kept posting an empty block or just utterly crashing my page. I think tumblr doesn’t care for the amount of maths I’m doing.

So, first off, here is a link to a table of the complete age data for the questions “Do you identify as an exclusionist” and “do you identify as an inclusionist.”

The image above is a pie chart of the following data.

For those explicitly identifying as exclusionists

  • 3.1% are under 15 years old
  • 24.6% are 15-16 years old
  • 30.8% are 17-18 years old
  • 20% are 19-20 years old
  • 15.4% are 21-25 years old
  • 4.6% are 26-30 years old
  • 1.5% are 46-50 years old (Note: only one respondent identifies as exclusionist and is 46-50 years of age).

58.5% of those identifying as exclusionists are 18 years or younger. 6.1% are over 25 years of age. The single largest age group is 17-18 years old.

The image above is a pie chart of the following information:

Among those explicitly identifying as inclusionists, the following ages were listed:

  • 4.7% are under 15 years of age
  • 15.7% are 15-16 years of age
  • 19.2 are 17-18 years of age
  • 19.3 are 19-20 years of age
  • 26.8 are 21-25 years of age
  • 10.2 are 26-30 years of age
  • 2.7% are 31-35 years of age
  • 0.6% are 36-40 years of age
  • 0.2% are 41-45 years of age
  • 0.2% are 46-50 years of age
  • 0.1% 51-55 years of age
  • 0.2% 56-60 years of age

39.6% of inclusionist respondents are 18 years old or younger. 14.2% are older than 25 years. The single largest age group was 21-25 years old.

Overall, inclusionist identifying respondents had a wider range of ages with a more even spread over several age groups, and tended to be older than those identifying as exclusionists. 

The above image is a bar chart (vertical) displaying the absolute values (rather than percentages) of inclusionist and exclusionist identifying respondents based on age.

  • Under 15
    • Inclusionists: 66
    • Exclusionists: 2
  • 15-16
    • Inclusionists: 223
    • Exclusionists: 16
  • 17-18
    • Inclusionists: 272
    • Exclusionists: 20
  • 19-20
    • Inclusionists: 274
    • Exclusionists: 13
  • 21-25
    • Inclusionists: 380
    • Exclusionists: 10
  • 26-30
    • Inclusionists: 145
    • Exclusionists: 3
  • 31-35
    • Inclusionists: 38 
    • No exclusionists in this age range
  • 36-40
    • Inclusionists: 9 
    • No exclusionists in this age range
  • 41-45
    • Inclusionists: 3 
    • No exclusionists in this age range
  • 46-50
    • Inclusionists: 3
    • Exclusionists: 1
  • 51-55
    • Inclusionists: 1 
    • No exclusionists in this age range
  • 56-60
    • Inclusionists: 3
    • No exclusionists in this age range

I will make up a complete demographics table for inclusionist-identifying and exclusionist-identifying a little later on, since there is apparently a very high demand for one. For the time being, let’s look at those who identify as radical feminists, and those who hold opinions on gender identity that overlap with the prevailing opinions of radical feminists.

  • Those identifying as radical feminists also identified as exclusionists 129.3% more often than the general response pool, at 9.4% vs 4.1%.

  • Those identifying as sex work critical also identified as exclusionists 231.7% more often than the general response pool, at 13.6%.

  • Those identifying as kink critical also identified as exclusionists 153.5% more often than the general response pool, at 10.4%.

  • Those who believe trans women are not biologically female identify as exclusionists 63.4% more often than the general response pool, at 6.7%.

  • Those who believe nonbinary people are not biologically nonbinary identify as exclusionists 82.9% more often than the general response pool, at 7.5%.

In contrast, those groups identified as inclusionist:

  • Radical feminism: 13.9% less often
  • Sex work critical: 18.8% less often
  • Kink critical: 12.1% less often
  • Bioessentialism re trans women: 7.7% less often
  • Bioessentialism re nonbinary people: 7.5% less often

Overall, there is a very distinct tendency for those who either identify as radical feminists or hold popular radical feminist beliefs, to identify as exclusionist more frequently, and identify as inclusionist less frequently, than is the case in the general response pool.

And finally, this survey did not collect information on the definition of abuse, or for local community engagement, which have both been highly requested, and will likely appear in subsequent surveys.

HB2796 specifically is about protecting “female spaces” from “males who identify as females” so we’ll see how long it is until terfs support this republican bill

Inside Harry Styles’ Intimate First Solo Tour

Music director Tom Hull reveals how the One Direction star is launching a new phase of his career with help from a versatile live band

Just a half hour before doors open for Harry Styles’ first show of his debut solo tour, San Francisco’s Masonic is completely empty. Band and crew members are buzzing backstage, including Styles himself, not yet wearing the snazzy Gucci suit he would be seen sporting onstage just hours later.

Outside, more than 3,000 fans wait to see the 23-year-old perform in one of the smallest venues they may ever catch him in. They’re decked out in a variety of homemade merchandise as well as florals and pinks, a tribute to the singer’s fashion and album aesthetic.

“It’s funny because as this tour’s approached, I’ve been so nervous,” Styles’ music director and producer Tom Hull, known professionally as Kid Harpoon, tells Rolling Stonebackstage while clutching a chalice of wine and wearing a pin that reads “Muna Has Possibly Talked to Harry Styles,” given out for free by opening band Muna at their merch table.

Until this tour, Hull’s work with other artists had been primarily in the studio, producing and co-writing for artists like Haim, Florence and the Machine and Shakira. He had been introduced to Styles through a mutual friend and ended up working on the songs “Sweet Creature” and “Carolina.” Thanks to their musical chemistry, Styles ended up asking Hull to help him put together a live show to perfectly embody the rootsy, rock-tinged sound of his self-titled album.

“I’ve gone into it not knowing what I’m doing [and] learning on the job,” he admits. “We’re all sort of approaching it with a fresh perspective because we haven’t done it before, but it [has us] keeping with what the record’s about.”

To help translate Styles’ solo sound, the first goal was to get a traditional band together. Guitarist Mitch Rowland had been plucked from a pizza shop where he formerly worked to become a session musician for the album and has joined Styles’ touring band as well.

“Mitch has never really toured like this before,” Hull says. “He’s learning on the road as he goes.”

Joining Rowland are keyboardist Clare Uchima, bassist Alex Predergast and drummer Sarah Jones, all of whom had made their debut with Styles during the televised and small club performances around the release of his album. The band began to feel settled long before the tour launched, but Hull sees their relationship becoming further cemented with this trek.

“Bands become true bands on tour,” he explains. “Fans bought tickets [for this tour] before the album had come out, and the band wants to play to them. The idea is to cut our chops on this tour and get really good. Then next year, he’s got an arena tour.”

Still, on the first two nights, the band already felt like a cohesive unit. The first show perfectly bridged Styles’ past and present, demonstrating that he’s a star capable of holding his own outside of his boy band. Amidst the folk-y ballads and rousing rockers, he covered One Direction classics like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Stockholm Syndrome” as well as one of his lesser-known writing credits: an Ariana Grande piano ballad titled “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart,” off the vocal diva’s 2014 album My Everything. “Honestly, I didn’t know he had written it,” Hull notes.

Styles has released just 10 songs under his own name, but the vast amount of material he had from his pre-solo career helped to fill out the set. “When the Strokes first came out, their album was 35 minutes long and they had to do Talking Heads songs to fill out the set,” he adds. “It’s quite good to be able to do [Harry’s] record and have other songs in the set because he’s written so much music with [and outside of] One Direction. We’re presenting it in a way that sort of reflects the record and where he’s at now, which feels unique to Harry.”

In the months leading up to the tour launch in San Francisco, Hull, Styles and good friends of the latter sat around and began to formulate a vision. “It was like ‘Why don’t we do this? That would be fun,’” Hull describes of the process. “The thing that’s incredible about Harry that I don’t think people realize as much yet is that he drives it all. It’s very much his taste. He’s very musical; he plays guitar, plays piano and writes songs. He loves music.”

For Hull, working with Styles has disproven a common misconception of the pop megastar, one who is governed by his producers and label. Instead, the director paints a picture of a huge music nerd, one who is particularly passionate about classic rock and country, getting to explore his taste on his own terms.

“That was the hard thing, I think, in [One Direction] before,” he adds. “You’ve got a bunch of lads who all have different tastes in music and have their own personalities. Obviously it’s clear they’ve all done something different [as solo artists].”

Styles has been eager to share his tastes with Hull and the rest of the group. “He’s turning me on to music I’ve never even heard of from like 1978, and he’s texting people in the band 'Have you heard this? Have you heard that?” Hull says says, noting that on days off they go to guitar shops, looking at gear and “really geeky stuff.”

“For someone where he’s at, he just absolutely adores it, and it’s inspiring for everyone underneath.”

The next night in Los Angeles, the crowd is even more energetic as they filter into the Greek through the trees and hills of Griffith Park. A few glitches cropped up at the San Francisco gig — run-of-the-mill sound problems and a less expected fire alarm triggered by the theatrical smoke used during Muna’s set. For the Los Angeles show, the band feels even stronger and more focused.

“There was a bit of uncertainty, but I think everyone’s really happy and buzzing,” Hull updates from the Greek’s VIP section. That night, they were up against the added pressure that comes with a celebrity- and legend-filled audience, featuring everyone from Emma Roberts to Mick Fleetwood and Styles’ former groupmate Niall Horan. “You want to keep improving and getting it better. It feels like the first gig still.”

Even though he would perform a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in front of Fleetwood himself, Styles was even looser at the Greek, dropping in cheekier ad libs and at one point halting “Kiwi,” the closer of the main set before his encore, to tease the troves of primarily female-identifying fans by highlighting the “I’m having your baby” line from the chorus. According to Hull, Styles was already prepared to start changing up the set list by night two, something the entire team collectively decided against as they were just starting out. (In Nashville the following weekend, however, they replaced the cover of “Stockholm Syndrome” with a rendition of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” the first of many possibly new covers to be introduced on the road.)

The cover of One Direction’s most memorable hit “What Makes You Beautiful” remains the most surprising element of the show, especially since young solo artists typically tend to distance themselves from their pop pasts on the road to a more “mature” sound.

“At first, he was definitely cautiously up for it,” Hull says of the decision-making process. “I feel like those [One Direction] songs are brilliantly written songs, and obviously it was a moment where we had a conversation. Beyoncé does Destiny’s Child songs, so we were like 'Let’s do some of the songs that people will all know and everyone will love.’”

Styles’ band made sure to adapt the tune to fit the flow of the show. Uchima suggested a “Ray Charles–y vibe” for the keys, while drummer Jones added a “Motown-y beat” during rehearsals, and the group continued tinkering until they found the perfect balance of old and new.

“We all have so much respect for what put him here,” Hull adds, emphasizing Styles’ own desire to not fully let go of his past. “It’s an important part of it. You can’t underestimate his fans.”

Imagine a world in which:

-Suppression of stimming is illegal.

-Autism $peaks is finally labelled as a hate group.

-Therapies focus on ways to cope instead of ways to change ourselves.

-Autism Parents ™ don’t exist.

-Autistic voices are seen just as valid as the voices of scientists who study autism.

-We can headcanon characters as autistic and allistics don’t lose their shit over it.

-We’re not used as inspiration p*rn. 

-Violence towards autistics is labelled as a hate crime. 

-Killing autistics is not okay in the slightest/the killer doesn’t get off scot-free/it’s not called a mercy killing/the murder is actually reported on the news.

-No one spreads the rhetoric that vaccines cause autism and everyone’s reasons for not being vaccinated aren’t related to autism. 

-Us autistics aren’t treated like china dolls or psychopaths. 

-There is more canon and more accurate representation in mainstream media, especially for female-identifying people. 

-Us autistics aren’t infantilized.

-Accidental ableism is a learning moment for allistics and they learn from the mistake.

-Deliberate ableism is considered a hate crime. 

-ABA Therapy is illegal. 

-No one wants us autistics dead.

-No one invalidates our gender/sexuality. 

-We’re not desexualized by the media.

-We’re not used as free labor.

-We feel like we can apply for a job and NOT have to worry about being taken advantage of.

-No one is looking into finding a cure.

-Us autistics aren’t denied basic human rights.

But let’s be real. I doubt we’re gonna get half of the items on this list to become a reality. NTs don’t really seem to give a shit about what we want/need.

A former “Not Like Other Girls” person’s perspective.

I know the cool thing to do is to shit on people who say things like “I’m not like other girls, but you have to remember that usually, “I’m not like other girls” starts with other girls saying “You’re not like us.”

You don’t have to encourage it, but please try for some compassion. The people who say this aren’t saying it because they hate women or whatever SJ-flavored excuse the population of Tumblr is using to justify their harassment this week. 

They’re doing it because when you’ve been kicked around and bullied and abused all your life, sometimes you have to take the things people hate about you and turn them into a source of pride instead of a source of shame. 

And when you’re repeatedly ostracized and told that you’re unlovable, defective, weird, and a billion other things because your personality and your interests don’t match the dominant perspective of those around you, you have two choices:

1) you can blend in, try to be what they want, and lose a little bit of yourself in the process, or

2) you can stand up, put your hands on your hips, and say “You know what, you’re right. I’m NOTHING like you, and after the way you’ve treated me, I wouldn’t want to be.”

Of course, there are more than two choices. But for this post, please assume the mindset of a 13-17 year old person-assumed-to-be-a-girl, who has been majorly fucked over by the people who are supposed to be their peer group. They’re only going to see those two choices.

In addition– and I can’t believe I forgot to mention this until the end, honestly, because this is really a pretty common thing– “Not Like Other Girls” people are often not girls at all, and don’t have any other way of expressing that.

What I’m trying to say here is that in many cases, “not like other girls” is a REACTION to cruelty, that sometimes manifests as cruelty itself. But this reaction only gets stronger when it’s attacked. So, the logical solution is to STOP ATTACKING IT. “Not Like Other Girls” kids deserve kindness and support. They deserve to be reassured that they don’t have to be feminine or even identify as female if they don’t want to, and that you won’t ostracize them for it like everyone else has done.

‘The Diviners’ Author Libba Bray has some thoughts on this all-female ‘Lord of the Flies’ remake
This week, news broke that an all-female remake of Lord of the Flies may be the works at Warner Bros. Audiences responded vocally on Twitter, and many noted that there were plenty of all-female nod…

Wednesday night, Twitter came to my door with a take-out bag of “No Thanks” marked: Two Dudes decide to make an all-female version of Lord of the Flies.

And I sighed heavily and thought, “Oh. Really?”

Because I’m fairly certain I wrote a book like that in 2011. It’s a satire called Beauty Queens, and it follows a group of girls — teen beauty contestants in this case — who are stranded on an island and thus removed from the patriarchal rules that shape their daily lives. It imagines the sort of world they would begin to build. (Spoiler: It does not involve the chant, “Kill the Pig.” But it might involve Napalm hair remover.) It was written partially as a cheeky rejoinder to LoTF, which is a required high school text, among many other required texts written by white men, and which has much to say about toxic masculinity and imperialism. But BQ was also written as an honest, searching inquiry into/exploration and examination of what it is to grow up female/female-identified in a male-dominated world. A world in which we do not make the rules. A world in which it often feels as if we will never get to share in making the rules.

I thought it might be valuable to talk about Hollywood and women and getting sh– made — or not, because the backstory of Beauty Queens’ ride through Hollywood seems to be indicative of the industry’s long-running problem with women and women’s projects.

Read more: Hollywood’s Woman Problem, by Libba Bray

Also, I highly recommend reading Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens. I listened to the audiobook, and it was entertaining, thought-provoking, snarky, and laugh-out-loud funny. That is the movie that they should be making.

ah im following the national dva association/전디협 right now and they’re organizing an all woman ow tournament (even the commentators will be all female!!)

and they specifically said anyone who self-identifies as female should join and that the tournament is not limited to cis women only and it’s so great that they explicitly stated their inclusivity i love this 전디협 is so pure

Today is International Day of the Girl

Day of the Girl-US is an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action. We are outraged by the neglect and devaluation of female-identifying youth. We are committed to examining these issues within an intersectional framework, the inclusion of girls’ voices in the movement for social justice, and grassroots activism - and thus we advocate, educate, and organize.


“Us ladies of the DCTV world, we started to get together… to connect, to talk about the unique challenges we face as women, and anyone who identifies as female. And we realized how importante and helpful that is, so we wanted to extend that circle with you guys… which is why we created SHE THORITY! It is a positive space to share our experiences and things we’ve learned along the way… because we women support each other.”