Today is all about our fellow gray-ace fam. We will be answering all gray ace related questions and posting gray related things. Through out the day you will be seeing lovely black and white photos with the tag Simplygrayscale to celebrate all of our gray aces.
Myself and a collective of beautiful and creative women are starting a submission-based intersectional mental health zine! It’s called ‘NOT MYSELF’.
You are not your mental illness, what makes you YOU is your strength, self-love and ability to tend to yourself and work through personal struggles.
We would love your art, doodles, words or anything intersectional and mental-health related. We all have different ways of tending to our mental health, and a representation of an individual's’ experience can really help out others going through something similar. We want to create an open, non-judgemental and safe space for people to share their thoughts through various mediums. We want it to be a representation of what comes out of a night where we’re all sitting around drinking wine, eating pizza and sharing our stories. We’re keeping the criteria for submissions very ambiguous, because mental-health is a far-reaching topic and everyone's’ experiences vary greatly. The only criteria we have is that it seeks to inspire, empower and touch others. And it can help you as well! Writing or drawing about your thoughts or personal struggle relating to mental health is often romanticised as being therapeutic, as if these thoughts or troubles fly off the paper and then disappear. But for us, it’s about acknowledgement. Having it down on paper makes it permanent and easier for us to get our heads around. It’s kind of like a nod and a smile towards it. It’s like, okay, this is something that’s happening and now we can look after ourselves and figure out what we need to do to get better.
We don’t want to romanticise mental health in any way and maintain that it serious and needs constant attention for some individuals.
Before this, historians could only link 22 of the presidents to King John. Professional genealogists had only traced the male family lines, but
was able to link all but one of the presidents together using both male and female ancestry.
People actually expect me to believe that if you throw a group of only one sex inside a fucking maze with no memories, no social, cultural or religious discourses forced upon them, no outside influences of any kind for years and years with only each other to grow close too, trust, survive with, protect, build with, bond with etc.
That eVERY SINGLE ONE WOULD END UP STRAIGHT??????!??!!
There’s a famous old anecdote about Charlemagne that’s been used for ages to explain how interconnected we are among our biological pasts. It has been said that everyone of European ancestry is related to Charlemagne, the great King of the Franks, born in 742 AD. If you’re European, you’re royalty. How is that possible?
I’ll tell you another tidbit first: Not only do all Europeans share Charlemagne as an ancestor, they share everyone alive at the same time as Charlemagne as an ancestor. Everyone who had kids, anyway. Let me explain:
Everyone alive has two biological parents. They each have two parents themselves, for a total of four grandparents. For x number of generations that you travel back in time, you have 2^x direct grandparents of increasing separation. Extrapolate that back to Charlie’s time, and you’d need 1 trillion grandparents to cover all your ancestral bases. Michael from Vsauce did a video about it. Since that’s far more people than have ever been alive, we need to engage some incest to solve the problem. Not banjo-applesauce incest, just a bit of redrawing our family trees into family webs.
Somewhere, far enough back in the web of grandparents, we will find a person whose lines connect to every single person who comes after them. That zig-zagged trail of shared genetic history ends surprisingly recently (for Euros, again): A common European ancestor around 1400 AD. Go a bit farther, and we find a common Earthling ancestor around 3,000 BC. It’s neat stuff. But it’s all based in mathematical models, not real genetic data.
Until now. USC and UC Davis researchers Peter Ralph and Graham Coop have surveyed the genomes of 2,257 Europeans in order to put some real data behind those models. Because of the random shuffling of chromosome fragments that created your father’s sperm and your mother’s egg, you, your siblings and your cousins all share varying chunks of DNA. People who are more closely related share more of these chunks. Depending on how many chunks are shared between two people, we can calculate their approximate relation to each other. Using 2 million shared sequences and a lot of math, they proved the mathematical models correct. Turkish people are more related to other Turks than to someone from Portugal, but they are related enough that, not only do they share one common ancestor a few hundred years ago, but they share every ancestor if you go back a mere thousand years. The models guessed that a long time ago, but now we have the data to prove it.It’s likely that these patterns extend to other regions of Earth, although the numbers might be slightly (but not that) different.
Next time someone in your neck of the ethnic woods points out a famous relative or claims blue-blood descent, remind them that they aren’t so special. All street-sweepers are royalty, all nobles are peasants, and we are all Kings and Queens.
I don’t think that people listen to sad music when being sad just for the sake of feeling worse. I believe it’s just a natural, unconscious response that we have: our brain trying to find something external that matches what we feel inside.