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When George Takei Confronted Donald Trump About Same-Sex Marriage (VIDEO)

When George Takei Confronted Donald Trump About Same-Sex Marriage (VIDEO)

Star Trek’s (and Facebook phenomenon) George Takei has long been a pioneer in marriage equality. He’s been with his now husband for nearly three decades and he’s been openly gay since 2005. With his calm mannerisms and his infectious optimism and of course his fame, it’s not surprising that even a strident homophone would sit down to talk with Takei and express some very sensitive and personal…

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How is it that b and v are the same for Spanish speakers and different for English speakers? Who's right?

Both! Neither! Let me explain. 

The big thing we need to do here is distinguish between sounds and spelling. English speakers already know that their orthography is out to lunch, but Spanish has a reputation for having a logical, consistent, “phonetic”  spelling system. Most of the time, that’s true (English vowels use 5-6 symbols to stand for ~14 sounds, for example, whereas Spanish has 5 vowel symbols and 5 vowel sounds), but for b and v it’s actually the opposite. 

For the sake of clarity, I’m going to write “b” and “v” to refer to the letters in the conventional spellings of each language, and /b/ and /v/ to refer to the sounds as they’re represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). 

IPA uses /b/ to represent a bilabial stop - that’s a sound produced by fully closing (stopping up) the two lips (bilabial).  And it uses /v/ to represent a labiodental fricative - that’s a sound produced by letting a tiny amount of air escape between (fricative) the lip (labio-) and teeth (dental). (And yes, technically you could make an equally etymologically correct labiodental stop using the top lips and bottom teeth, but languages don’t tend to do this, presumably because it’s incredibly awkward.) 

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The only time people stop being racist and LBGTphobic is in sci fi/fantasy shows/books/games where they are racist to ALIENS AND ELVES AND DWARVES AND GENDERFLUID SQUID WOMEN WHO CAN GROW PENISES WHEN THEY SKEEP WITH WOMEN LIKE SHIT THOSE CREATIRS ARE REALISTS CAUSE THATS THE INLY WAY HUMANITYS SHIT FEST IS GONNA GO AWAY

Fun with homophonics

Today in my poetry workshop class, we had to pick one of two poems (one in Español, and the other in Gaelic) to translate homophonically into English. The original poem is called Nocturno De La Estatua by Xavier Villaurutia, none of which I understand, but this is what me and my partner in class came up with. Enjoy.

Sonar, sonar niche, call the escalator
The gritty statue is a bland queen
Core race of the state contracts all the grit
Contracts all the grit and lonely ecosystem
Contracts the ecosystem and encounter lonely morons
Procure hastiness, a moron’s token spaghetti
Haul in spaghetti, the statue is asinine
Say Carla, do the singers do sombreros?
Invest her lawn and serve orange juice
A caricature of Herman is impressive
It juggles fiction, does us dead.
You contract ashore the ocean vices sin, sin vices
Has Orwellian inception story, mortality is swine

anonymous asked:

I'm genuinely curious about what you think about ace lesbians? I came out as a lesbian in middle school. It's what I am. But I'm very indifferent to sex and (to a degree) romance. None of that is about men, how is it homophonic?

I don’t think asexuality is a valid identity.  By which I mean it doesn’t have a consistent definition and the descriptions of asexuality tend to be any of the following: 1) self-contradictory 2)descriptions of completely average “allosexual” feelings/ways of approaching sexuality (e.g. almost no one feels a rush of lust when they see an good looking person, very few people are comfortable with the number of casual sex partners or intense passionate relationships that TV characters have)  3)involve a hairsplitting way of thinking about intimate relationships so that anything anyone does could be included under the asexual umbrella is they wanted it to (e.g. defining “aesthetic attraction” as different from attraction or “wanting to have sex with someone” as different from sexual attraction or “romantic attraction” as a completely separate thing) 4)the way that the hairsplitting is done makes unethical, immoral and psychologically unhealthy approaches to sexuality seem innate:  For example, someone who consume a lot of porn and has no interest in sex with real people is more likely someone who has a problem with pornography and someone who feels a base sexual pull towards the same gender but only feels love in heterosexual relationships is probably dealing with some internalized homophobia, someone who wants to have the pleasurable sensations of sex but insists they feel no attraction to their partner is an asshole and someone who wants to endure sex in order to have intimacy is being harmed.

So I don’t think there’s any such thing as “ ace lesbians”

But there are an always have been people of all sexualities who are not especially interested in sex.  And lesbians who are not  interested in sex have always been a visible part of the lesbian community.  Now some of this visibility could be because of homophobic stereotype but it’s also possible that women in same-sex relationships have historically felt freer than woman in hetero relationships to have exactly the amount that they want to have, which for some of them is little to none. 

I also think that one of the reasons asexuality has such flunctating contradictory definitions is that many of the people who cling to the identity label are really young, and are probably just not ready for sex, which is completely healthy and normal!  But it means that someone who had to adopt that label to justify themselves in a sex obsessed, misogynist culture when she was 16 or 17 can end up in a weird place when she is 19 or 21 or 25 and feels differently about her sexuality, or she’s no longer in high school and her relationship options are better.    And I worry that declaring only a tiny group of people who claim this exact label as being the only ones with a get-out-sexual-pressure-free card is really harmful (especially for kids who feel uncomfortable with sexual messages because they are gay).  No one should feel like they have to have any kind of sex or any kind of intimate relationship if they don’t want do and there is no amount of sex or number of relationships or level of intimacy that is “normal”

Maybe you’ll find a woman who you are not indifferent to, maybe you won’t, but there’s no magical amount of women you have to fuck in order to count as a lesbian. 

Re: /post/122841459348/ (AKA. Jurassic World Dino-Slur)

The entire deal about the supposed use of a slur in the movie is that the dinosaur in question, Pachycephalosaurus, has a very long name. To avoid having to say the name every time, they abbreviated it to Pachy, which turns out to be a homophone for a slur referring to Pakistani people in the UK. It’s a completely normal thing to abbreviate animal species or assign them “pet names,” both in the real world, as well as the world of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World books, movies, and games. Some examples of other species that have been abbreviated in the movies (also called Code Names) are:

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex - T-Rex, Rex, also referred to as Rexie/Rexy (by Billy Yoder in the Jurassic Park PS3 game)
  • Compsognathus - Compy
  • Velociraptor - Raptor
  • Corythosaurus - Cory
  • Parasaurolophis - Parasaur/Para
  • Stegosaurus - Stego
  • Triceratops - Trike
  • and the list really goes on.

It’s really no different from modern zookeepers, pet owners, etc. abbreviating animal names in this manner. Most often, it’s the first part of the name or a variant that’s used, but there are some (like Raptor mentioned above) that use the latter part of the name. Here’s a few I can think of off of the top of my head:

  • Rhinoceros - Rhino
  • Hippopotamus - Hippo
  • Rottweiler - Rottie
  • Crocodile - Croc
  • Alligator - Gator
  • Bearded Dragon - Beardie

I can get why some people find it concerning, but I really feel like the ones who got upset might not have known what the dinosaur’s full name is, or even how it is spelled. Like the post I linked to mentioned, it’s highly likely that Americans didn’t know of this particular slur’s existence. I know I didn’t. I immediately associated the word “Pachy” with Pachycephalosaurus, one of my personal dinos to draw.

I feel like most people who saw the movie were big fans of the series in general, as well as dinosaurs (Or, like my 81 year old grandmother, got invited to go. Don’t worry- she ended up loving it and said she’d definitely see it again!), and get where the abbreviation came from. I think there are actually more dinosaurs in the series with these “Code Names” than without, actually! 

Yanno it makes me really sad because legalizing gay marriage has been such a good thing and people are so happy yet homophones piss all over everything

it makes me really mad

like there’s the rainbow filter for facebook profile pictures and that’s gr8 

and people are countering it by adding a cross to their profile picture

like

no

are you

i

fucking shit is it so difficult to just not be an asshole???

like???

what a concept?

LITERALLY NO ONE IS HURTING YOU BY BEING LGBTA

im sorry i jsut

let them be oh my goD HOW IS THAT HARD? JUST GO ABOUT YOUR LIFE

FUCK

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Jūban Inari Jinja (十番稲荷 神社) has two famous frog statues. According to legend, a frog appeared out of a pond called Gama-ike (がま池) during the great Bunsei Fire of 1821 and started spouting water from his mouth. This killed the flames and protected the area, and the frog was immortalized at Jūban Inari.

PS: You often see frog statues at shrines and temples because frog in Japanese is 蛙 (kaeru), which is a homophone for 返る (kaeru, to return). Whether you want to return to your home town or you want love, money, success, lost items or your own lost youth to come back to you, ask a frog.

What I’ve Learned From “TD High”  *WARNING: SPOILERS*
  • Gwen’s life is a mess
  • Gwen’s mom’s name is Martha? And she’s still in love with her husband that left her??
  • Gwen and Shawn are related??
  • JASMINE AND LASHAWNA ARE RELATED??
  • Everyone runs off either crying and/or screaming
  • Everyone is gay
  • Everyone is considered a slut and/or a whore
  •  Popularity is everything
  • Lashawna is a bad hairdresser
  •  NEVER TRUST TEENAGERS WITH CARS. AT ALL.
  • Amy is a baby killer
  • You can be prom king and queen as a junior in high school
  •  You can go to jail for a couple days just for murder, but for selling drugs it’s a few weeks
  • Even as a goth girl you can still get pretty attractive popular guys
  • The biggest insult you can get it about your split ends
  • Heather is a homophone
  • Noah’s gay ass never shows up on time
  •  SAMY IS PURE EVIL EVEN THOUGH SHE’S SUPPOSE TO BE THE NICE TWIN??
  • Literally everyone dies
  • Everyone is in love with everyone
  • High school students can work as a nurse or doctor in the hospital??
  • Everyone is a cheater
  • plottwistsplottwistsplottwists
  • School buses just randomly explode
  • Heather only cares about popularity and clothes ((that was a given though))
  • Because you’re a female, you automatically get blamed for being a murderer
  • Shawn is the only brother ((and sibling)) of Gwen and he dies
  • Mal only kills females
  • Brick is a dick to homosexuals, but later comes out as one
  • Dakota is a loser even though she has paparazzi all around??
  • Dakota is pretty desperate
  • Scott is a fucking idiot
  • Noah is an emo gay lunatic
  • MARTHA IS SUCH A BADASS OMG
  •  NoahxLightning forever fuck Rodney
  • Lashawna is gay for Gwen and writes pretty emotional poems
  • Ridonculus Univercity is in both Canada((I’m guessing)) and Italy and is looking for artists
  • Gwen would drop the opportunity to go to Italy just to be with her dick boyfriend that doesn’t even remember her
  • You can get out of going to jail by showing the cops a suicide letter
  • You can learn how to steal a phone from a back packet in jail
  • You can hook up with murderers in jail
  • The best way to commit suicide is running in front of your crush’s car and getting ran over
  • The second best is swallowing pills and calling everyone about it to make them feel bad
  • Everyone hates everyone
  • Heather thinks Gwen is cool???
  • Lightening is bi??
  • There is a King and Queen of Graduation Day
  •  When you get hit in the head with a pole, you gain your memory back
  •  You can elope on a plane to Italy
  • Grammar doesn’t matter
  • Plot development doesn’t matter
  • Character development doesn’t matter
  • I’ve never been so attached to a series
  • I’ve never cried so hard in my life
  •  I want to attend TD High in the fall
  •  Please make Ridonculus Univercity series pls

SOME WORDS ARE PRONOUNCED THE SAME, BUT SPELLED DIFFERENTLY AND HAVE DIFFERENT MEANINGS.

THEY ARE CALLED HOMOPHONES.

FAIR” IS APPROPRIATED JUSTICE IN SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES. OR AN UNBIASED STATE OF AFFAIRS.

A FAIR TRIAL.
A FAIR MATCH.
A FAIR GAME.

IT CAN ALSO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH APPEARANCE.

FAIR COMPLEXION.
FAIR HAIR.

FARE” PERTAINS TO A STATE OF BEING OR EXISTING.
IT IS ALSO CURRENCY PAYED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

BUS FARE.
HOW DO YOU FARE.

THIS HAS BEEN A CAPSLOCK PSA.