JESUS CHRIST AKA BEYONCE DO ONE TOUCH ME
No one’s gonna mention how amazing this is? Okay, I fucking will. This is the most feminist song I think I have ever heard in my life. It features a clip from a mixture of a couple different speeches by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche who is fucking flawless by the way and I recommend watching one of her TED talks if you want a quick impression.
The clip says, “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful otherwise because you would threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I’m expected to aspire to marriage. I’m expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Well marriage can be a good thing— It can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage when we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments— which I think can be a good thing— but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
Beyonce is literally proclaiming to the world that she’s feminist, and that she is here for herself. She isn’t a wife, she’s a woman who just happens to be married. This song is fucking beautiful, bye.
[Mary Poppins author P.L.] Travers was a feisty, stereotype-breaking bisexual — a single mom who adopted a baby in her 40s, studied Zen meditation in Kyoto, and was publishing erotica about her silky underwear 10 years before Walt had sketched his mouse. Now that’s a character worth slapping on-screen, instead of this stiff British stereotype determined to steal joy from future generations of children. With her longtime girlfriend and then-adult son erased, this frigid Travers seems like she may not even know how babies are made. Maybe Mary Poppins could sing her a song about it.
Why does it matter that Saving Mr. Banks sabotages its supposed heroine? Because in a Hollywood where men still pen 85 percent of all films, there’s something sour in a movie that roots against a woman who asserted her artistic control by asking to be a co-screenwriter. (Another battle she lost — Mary Poppins’ opening credits list Travers as merely a “consultant.”) Just as slimy is the sense that this film, made by a studio conglomerate in a Hollywood dominated by studio conglomerates, is tricking us into cheering for the corporation over the creator.
welp there goes my interest in the film
I was wondering, given the truth about Travers’ disgust with Disney, how Disney was even willing to make such a film.
Now I get it.
Never forget: Roe v. Wade wasn’t the beginning of abortion in America. It was the beginning of the end of illegal abortions. If you haven’t read this piece before, I highly recommend it.
Alberta Feretti S/S 2014, Milan Fashion Week
The Noisettes cover of The Killers When You Were Young.
Everyone remain calm.
Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin
Indeed, behavioral ecologists Alexander Wilson and Jens Krause of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin did not expect to find a mixed-species group when they set out to observe sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) some 15 to 20 kilometers off the island of Pico in the Azores in 2011. But when they got there, they found not only a group that included several whale calves, but also an adult male bottlenose dolphin ( Tursiops truncatus). Over the next 8 days, they observed the dolphin six more times while it nuzzled and rubbed members of the group (see slideshow). The sperm whales seemed to at least tolerate it; at times, they reciprocated. “It really looked like they had accepted the dolphin for whatever reason,” says Wilson, who was snorkeling nearby. “They were being very sociable.”
The researchers could be sure that the bottlenose dolphin was the same one each time because it had a rare spinal curvature that gave its back half an “S” shape. Although the dolphin seemed otherwise healthy, that probable birth defect could be the key to understanding its attachment to the sperm whale group. Very few predators stalk the Azorean waters, so they doubt that it needed the whales for protection. But they speculate that the malformation could have put the animal at a disadvantage among its own kind. Perhaps it couldn’t keep up with the other dolphins or had a low social status.
"Sometimes some individuals can be picked on," Wilson says. "It might be that this individual didn’t fit in, so to speak, with its original group." The dolphin was able to stay with the whales because they swim more slowly and always leave a "babysitter" near the surface with the calves while the other adults dive deep.
Everyone loves to joke about what a terrible Alpha Derek
wasis and that his places are crap, he loses every fight he gets in, etc.
But, like. I think it’s important to remember that his “score” really isn’t the point. The point is that he never gives up. No matter what, he keeps fighting.
And that’s why Derek Hale is my hero.
Derek was not a terrible alpha. He was just alone and helpless. What was his emissary doing? Helping everyone except Derek.
and Derek isn’t just dealing with all the shit that keeps coming at him over and over again one at a time since he became alpha. it’s on top of everything else. this guy’s suffering from trauma and ptsd, he’s also been shot, stabbed, slashed open, poisoned, dropped off a building, held captive, tortured physically and psychologically, taunted, nearly drowned, fucking impaled more than once. there’s a million more things i could list (remember when he was accused of murdering his sister? and then accused of being a murderer again and while running from the police hunters found him and they shot at him some more?). and this is after the death of his entire family twice over (three times now), which, you know, happened before this show even started. he’s constantly being used and put down. no one gives a shit and no one has ever apologized for the things they did. derek did some shitty stuff but so did everyone else. derek reacts to situations with the tools he has. here’s the thing though: no one will acknowledge what has happened to him and how this has affected who he is and how he acts, and that’s not really okay. bad stuff happens to everyone on this show but nothing is comparable.
this guy’s been scared out of his mind since he was sixteen(ish), he’s totally alone and he can’t even be left alone to try to heal. the guy who’s supposed to be giving him guidance, the only other person who has any connection to his family and might be able to help doesn’t give two shits about him (not peter, peter is another discussion entirely). so derek fights alone and makes decisions alone and he survives. like op said, this is not about the fucking score.
derek hale’s a hero because he keeps fighting when a big bad comes after him and anyone else. he also finds a way to get up, make his appearance be what he wants it to be (literally the only thing he has control over), feed himself, and look people in the eye. that’s why derek hale is my hero.
"Moreover, popular narratives about the end of [legally sanctioned black, U.S slavery] erase[s] the agency of black people themselves.
And, I suppose we can say that if Lincoln did not really free the slaves, he was shrewd enough to recognize that the only hope of winning the civil war resided in pre-aiding the opportunity for black people to fight for their own freedom.”