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All speakers raise their pitch somewhat in public speaking to make themselves heard, but because most women’s voices are already higher-pitched than those of men, they have less leeway to raise their pitch before listeners start to perceive them as shrill and emotional. Women have been typically excluded from media positions as announcers and broadcasters because it was thought that their voices lacked authority. Women were therefore seen as unsuitable for conveying information about serious topics such as the news.
—  Language in Society: An Introduction to Sociolinguistics by Suzanne Romaine

Our last women’s history month post this month is also in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility on the voice actress Maddie Blaustein. Maddie was a major voice actor and creator in various industries, and if you grew up with anime, you’ve probably heard her voice at one time or another. Maddie was a transgender woman who worked for several companies.

Maddie was born in October 1960 in Long Island, New York. She was the second-oldest of five siblings, and was Jewish. She was born intersex and began transitioning later on in her life. She was a fairly well-known activist for transgender rights within the community. She has been credited with other names in work, including Madeline Blaustein and Kendra Bancroft

Maddie was perhaps most well known for her work as a voiceover actress, primarily in anime. She worked for family dubbing company 4kids, which was a New York-based company that dubbed anime for saturday morning cartoons. Perhaps her most famous role was that of the talking pokemon Meowth in the famous franchise, a role she carried for several seasons. She also portrayed Pokemon characters Lt. Surge and Bill, along with many minor characters. Other famous roles that she took on include that of Solomon Mutou (Yugi’s grandfather) in the anime Yu-Gi-Oh! and  Chef Kawasaki in the english dub of the anime Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

She voiced a large number of characters in her lifetime, one of her most recent roles being that of Satorious in Yugioh GX. She was arguably one of 4kids’ more famous voice actors, having at least one role in almost all of their properties. Some of the other 4Kids dubs she had a role in include Ultimate Muscle, One Piece, and Cubix. She acted in other things as well, including the characters Li Zhuzhen and Colonel Hyuga in the game Shadow Hearts. She also portrayed characters in Samurai Deeper Kyo and Slayers Try.In the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, she played the robot Omega in several games as well as the president in Shadow the Hedgehog

Maddie did often work outside of animation. She wrote and did art for several comics, including Static, Power Pachyderms, and Hardware. She was an active content developer for the game Second Life under the name Kendra Bancroft, and gained a good reputation for her skills as a 3D modeler. She was also the creative director for the Weekly World News for a time. Her brother Jeremy Blaustein is a translator and video game localizer. 

Maddie passed away in late 2008 from an untreated stomach virus. Memorials poured in from fans who grew up with her work all over the internet.

Her work in anime, comics, and voice acting is not forgotten and lives on with the people who grew up listening to her work. Her impact on the anime industry in the west has been felt by many, and her dedication to excellence as an artist and a person is not forgotten. 

For the first time ever this Women’s History Month, MuslimGirl.com is teaming up with dozens of partners to designate March 27 as #MuslimWomensDay. We’re calling on our allies to pass the mic to Muslim women by centering their voices and stories online.

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• Gay. The gayest to ever be gay in this gay world
• women of color !!
• Hayley’s voice is a goddamn angel call
• stretch marks !!!!
• fuckin aesthetic
• makes you wana cry and dance all at once
• bath water looks like tasty strawberry milk
• relatable as fuck


@AlmaharelThese women never met till today and practiced this song online. Show them some love. #Icantkeepquiet #WomensMarch #WomensMarchOnWashington

So AMAZING!!!!!!! They need to be heard!!!!!

P.S. Credit to MILCK and Alma Har'el and all the singers


From 19th century author Anna Julia Cooper, who saw the agency of black women as central to gaining equality in America, to actress and singer Zendaya, who urges all women to let their voices be heard, take a look at how a handful of black women have defined feminism for the past several centuries. Read more

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Hayley Kiyoko takes LGBTQ+ positivity to the next level. Like she gets it, she wants to show and be realistic about the feelings that LGBTQ+ people go through. She’s making a music career out of something positive, not what people think growing up LGBTQ+ is, it’s not what the media wants us to see, it’s not covered with a golden cape it’s real. Its believable and that’s why it connects and helps so many LGBT+ people who listen to her music. Without her music I defiantly wouldn’t have accepted myself, I’d never been able to explain how I felt before. Shes given us a voice. Even if no one else is listing it helps us LGBTQ+ girls and women connect. It makes us feel less alone and less down on ourselves. She gives queer women a voice and that’s why she’s so amazing and inspiring. She makes us feel safe in who we are and that’s pretty damn special and unique in an artist.

anonymous asked:

Hi cunt women are lesser animals,with usually smaller brains, less neurons, and less synapses. That's why women rely more on instinct and emotion, rather than logic or reason. That also explains women's relative lack of intellectual accomplishments or invention over the past 3,000 years (and more). Your gender's main contributions have been singing, giving birth, cooking and cleaning, Nearly everything women have accomplished is with help from men or from a group of men. Women deserve no rights

Hi dickhead I’m feeling petty this morning so I’m gonna eviscerate this swill part by part. It seems like the concept of basic science confuses you. I’ll start by citing this article for you and provide some choice quotes. It used a heavily peer-reviewed study and the methodology was completely sound (i read the whole goddamn original work and several of its external citations).

“On average, for example, men tend to have a larger amygdala, a region associated with emotion. Such differences are small and highly influenced by the environment, yet they have still been used to paint a binary picture of the human brain,“

“Depending on whether the researchers looked at gray matter, white matter, or the diffusion tensor imaging data, between 23% and 53% of brains contained a mix of regions that fell on the male-end and female-end of the spectrum. Very few of the brains—between 0% and 8%—contained all male or all female structures.” 

A list of early inventions by women (it includes elevated rail-lines, Kevlar, and the submarine telescope! the lack of patents taken out by women early on is actually because men made it illegal for a woman to hold a patent in her name until the early 1900s. those darn men, always inhibiting progress)

 A detailed list of several well-known contemporary female scholars

Here’s Wikipedia’s list of Muslim women who made significant intellectual achievements

A list of 30 Black women who made history

A detailed history of Asian women’s contributions

Notable Native American women from the past 350 years

Here’s TWO articles on the contributions of trans women in contemporary culture (the first one also includes nonbinary people, just a heads up. It seemed more relevant than many of the others tho)

You know what fuck you here’s 50 more women who did important shit

Wikipedia’s history of lesbian literature (which lists a lot of books and authors)

Tbh I do agree with you on the singing being a main contribution, just because women have nicer voices (in my opinion) and are much more likely to use their songwriting expertise to push activist and progressive agendas.

Maybe don’t come into my inbox with this shit when you don’t know what you’re talking about? Put away the 18th century medical book and take a chill pill.

Guess Miley Outgrew her J's

So Miley had to step away from hip hop?

“I’m in the club high off purp with my shades on..” MILEY?

Miley, “ I don’t listen to that kind of music.” When people inquired about the references in Party in the USA. Only to find herself twerkin in a frog suit with black women behind her years later, Miley?

Miley, who was propelled forward and profited off the appropriation of hip hop culture and her relationship with a black producer, Miley?

Did she return her J’s (I’m asking for the culture.)

Girl cop a squat on your wrecking ball and swing the fuck out my face….you were never apart of this. You used hip hop culture to progress your, “ I’m just trying to be me… agenda” on the backs of black and brown women who are still shamed for the very things you were applauded for. All while those women continue TIRELESSLY FIGHTING THE MISOGYNY PRESENT NOT JUST IN THE WORLD, BUT IN THE HIP HOP CULTURE THEY LOVE.

You couldn’t “step away” fast enough, cause it was all good when you were getting pulled on stage to twerk and collecting your check….

I support anyone that is willing to speak out against misogyny. But I’m sick of these fair weather white feminist and their endless parade of bullshit. Quick to condemn hip hop but have nothing to say about the misogyny present in country music. Quick to claim feminism while dismissing scores of black and brown women who’s voices and concerns they actively attempt to invalidate.

Now to address another matter.

Can we STOP giving out passes to the cookout so prematurely….

I marched for so many reasons. I mean, I am a Cuban-American bisexual woman, so at the end of the day, I was all of the things that were being resisted. I marched for reproductive health, I marched for the LGBTQ community, I marched for myself, I marched for my family, I marched for friends, I marched for women in general. I feel like there is such a power to our voice and such a power within ourselves that we have yet to fully reach the potential of, and I just thought it was so important. I knew that I wanted to be at the capital. This was a historic moment that I needed to be part of, because I am so incredibly passionate about every single one. I marched for planned parenthood, I marched for the sake of people understanding that their rights are important and that they’re valuable, and that they are valuable. And that no matter who you are or where you come from, or what gender, race, religion, whatever the fuck label you put on yourself, or they’ve put on you, you matter and your voice is important.
—  Lauren Jauregui on why she participated in the Women’s March on Washington