1. i want to do a semester in jerusalem but my parents are like “no, we don’t want you to die”

  2. trans-folx-fighting-eds:

    T-FFED Team members encourage you to join our Visibility Project for trans and gender non-conforming/non-binary folx struggling with ED issues!

    The ED treatment funding org Project Heal recently sponsored a photo exhibit entitled ‘The Many Faces of Eating Disorders,’ featuring the same archetype of mostly white, young, female, cis, able-bodied folx: http://www.refinery29.com/2014/06/70126/eating-disorder-recovery-photos#slide  We want to situate EDs firmly in a social justice context; demonstrating what eating disorders REALLY look like and who suffers (often in silence) when we look at the folx most likely to struggle and least likely to be able to afford/access culturally competent and relevant treatment.

    Let’s interrupt the total lack of marginalized community representation in ED media portrayal and draw attention to the epidemic of EDs in our trans and gender-variant communities, esp. low-income communities of color who cannot afford boutique recovery programs. Lack of representative research and access to affordable, gender-literate treatment does NOT eclipse the fact that we struggle disproportionately! Come join us in increasing visibility of EDs in our communities and in mainstream ED spheres! Find out more information and learn about how we’re working to transform the face of eating disorder recovery at www.transfolxfightingeds.org!

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  3. thesaddestmuffin:

    When my time comes around
    Lay me gently in the cold dark earth
    No grave can hold my body down
    I’ll crawl home to her

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  4. glowcloud:

    U know what would have changed my world growing up? A depiction of a gay character in children’s media as a fully fleshed out person and a positive role model

    U know what is and has always been perfectly useless? “Queer representation” in the form of throwaway gay jokes aimed at adult audiences. If you think that’s good enough for our youth then fuck you

    Reblogged from: adventuresofcesium
  5. notbecauseofvictories:

    okay so first read my post on the first inquisition and how in the 12th-13th centuries, the church figured out that it could most powerfully crush heresy if heresy was somehow against the interests of secular power (probably because kings and lords had the armies to make that shit happen.) Not that the church hadn’t been working to ally itself with secular power since the beginning—look at Clovis, or the other Germanic kings they converted—but in the first Inquisition they really cemented their relationship with the growing power of the nation-states.

    (It’s not by accident that it’s around this period that the papal tiara picks up the second and third circlet, symbolizing temporal power and power over kings.)

    But the thing about that alliance is that it worked in two directions. Just as the papacy could use its supremacy over all of Europe to call secular power to its side, secular power could also use the resources and mighty psychological weight of the church to further its own ends. And as the middle ages wears on, the distinction gets even blurrier, as powerful nobility maneuvers its way into powerful positions within the church.

    (This is what we call “the Renaissance”.)

    You’ve also got all these fucking monks and nuns running around Europe, the Franciscans and Dominicans being the most important orders. Now, while they nominally answered to the pope, that…didn’t always work out. While this is amazing in the kind of shit it let women get away with in a patriarchal age—medieval nuns are so awesome, you can’t even fathom it—it also meant that monks (cough Torquemada cough) away with a lot of stuff because the papacy or the head of the order hadn’t explicitly forbidden it.

    But our story really begins in 1478 in Spain. It’s been over two hundred years since the first tribunal of the Inquisition was created; Columbus is a mere twenty-year old sailor, with no idea that he’ll soon be cutting a bloody, diseased swathe through the New World. In one short year, Ferdinand and Isabella will win the war of succession, and turn their sights (and the newly united force of Castile and Aragon) on Granada, the last Iberian Muslim stronghold. 

    Antisemitism runs rampant through Spain, often inflamed by local Church authorities—calls of “Christ-killer” flare into widespread pogroms in the wake of every earthquake (Toledo) or wave social instability (Seville). Not granted the same legal status as their Christian neighbors and heavily taxed, many Jews converted (or were forcibly converted) in the 13th and 14th centuries. This gave birth to the conversos, the “new Christians.”

    But now—now as Isabella is trying to unify her new country and drive out the Muslim Almohads—she is receiving reports that among the conversos are Crypto-Jews, individuals professing Christianity in public but secretly still practicing Judaism. Panicked about the threat to their still-shaky rule, Ferdinand asks the pope to lend his support to an Inquisition in Castile. Well, “asked” is a nice way of phrasing it—actually, he threatened to withdraw his troops and leave Rome exposed to the Turks.

    So the year is 1478, and a Papal bull is issued, giving monarchs exclusive authority to name inquisitors for their kingdoms.

    Three years later, the first auto-de-fe is held in Castile. Six people suspected of being Jews are burned alive.

    Read More

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  6. [stills from bill and ted’s excellent adventure
    bill: now what?
    ted: philosophize with him!
    bill, to socrates: all we are is dust in the wind, dude.]

    Reblogged from: atimbalance
  7. i don’t want to be your vessel anymore. i don’t want to be your vessel anymore. i don’t want to be your vessel anymore.

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  8. One of the problems with the idea that America needs a “Conversation On Race” is that it presumes that “America” has something intelligent to say about race. All you need do is look at how American history is taught in this country to realize that that is basically impossible.

    I have had conversations with very well-educated people who, with a straight face, have told me that there are Black Confederates. If you ask a very well educated person how the GI Bill exacerbated the wealth gap, or how New Deal housing policy helped create the ghetto they very likely will not know. And they do not know, not because they are ignorant, stupid, or immoral, they do not know because they are part of country that has decided that “not knowing” is in its interest. There’s no room for any sort of serious conversation when the basic facts of history are not accessible. It would be like me demanding a conversation on Vichy France—en Français.

    The always on point Ta-Nehisi Coates. The quote is taken from a blogpost which points out how some of the problems found within the Brad Paisley/L.L. Cool J song, “Accidental Racist,” can be traced back to our lackluster history education. (via thirdgenerationexile)
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  9. flyartproductions:

Four tres two uno
Dancers practicing at the barre (1877), Edgar Degas / Fergalicious, Fergie feat. Will.i.am


    Four tres two uno

    Dancers practicing at the barre (1877), Edgar Degas / Fergalicious, Fergie feat. Will.i.am

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  10. Oldest depiction of female form shows that modern archaeologists are pornsick misogynists : Reclusive Leftist




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    Female figurine from the Hohle Fels cave near Stuttgart, about 35,000 years old. Interpreted as a pornographic pin-up.

    “The Earliest Pornography” says Science Now, describing the 35,000 year old ivory figurine that’s been dug up in a cave near Stuttgart. The tiny statuette is of a female with exaggerated breasts and vulva. According to Paul Mellars, one of the archaeologist twits who commented on the find for Nature, this makes the figurine “pornographic.” Nature is even titling its article, “Prehistoric Pin Up.” It’s the Venus of Willendorf double standard all over again. Ancient figures of naked pregnant women are interpreted by smirking male archaeologists as pornography, while equally sexualized images of men are assumed to depict gods or shamans. Or even hunters or warriors. Funny, huh?

    Consider: phallic images from the Paleolithic are at least 28,000 years old. Neolithic cultures all over the world seemed to have a thing for sculptures with enormous erect phalluses. Ancient civilizations were awash in images of male genitalia, from the Indian lingam to the Egyptian benben to the Greek herm. The Romans even painted phalluses on their doors and wore phallic charms around their necks.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPicIthyphallic figure from Lascaux, about 17,000 years old. Interpreted as a shaman.

    But nobody ever interprets this ancient phallic imagery as pornography. Instead, it’s understood to indicate reverence for male sexual potency. No one, for example, has ever suggested that the Lascaux cave dude was a pin-up; he’s assumed to be a shaman. The ithyphallic figurines from the Neolithic — and there are many — are interpreted as gods. And everyone knows that the phalluses of ancient India and Egypt and Greece and Rome represented awesome divine powers of fertility and protection. Yet an ancient figurine of a nude woman — a life-giving woman, with her vulva ready to bring forth a new human being, and her milk-filled breasts ready to nourish that being — is interpreted as pornography. Just something for a man to whack off to. It’s not as if there’s no other context in which to interpret the figure. After all, the European Paleolithic is chock full of pregnant-looking female statuettes that are quite similar to this one. By the time we get to the Neolithic, the naked pregnant female is enthroned with lions at her feet, and it’s clear that people are worshipping some kind of female god.

    Yet in the Science Now article, the archaeologist who found the figurine is talking about pornographic pin-ups: “I showed it to a male colleague, and his response was, ‘Nothing’s changed in 40,000 years.’” That sentence needs to be bronzed and hung up on a plaque somewhere, because you couldn’t ask for a better demonstration of the classic fallacy of reading the present into the past. The archaeologist assumes the artist who created the figurine was male; why? He assumes the motive was lust; why? Because that’s all he knows. To his mind, the image of a naked woman with big breasts and exposed vulva can only mean one thing: porn! Porn made by men, for men! And so he assumes, without questioning his assumptions, that the image must have meant the same thing 35,000 years ago. No other mental categories for “naked woman” are available to him. His mind is a closed box. This has been the central flaw of anthropology for as long there’s been anthropology. And even before: the English invaders of North America thought the Iroquois chiefs had concubines who accompanied them everywhere, because they had no other mental categories to account for well-dressed, important-looking women sitting in a council house. It’s the same fallacy that bedevils archaeologists who dig up male skeletons with fancy beads and conclude that the society was male dominant (because powerful people wear jewelry!), and at another site dig up female skeletons with fancy beads and conclude that this society, too, was male dominant (because women have to dress up as sex objects and trophy wives!). Male dominance is all they can imagine. And so no matter what they dig up, they interpret it to fit their mental model. It’s the fallacy that also drives evolutionary psychology, the central premise of which is that human beings in the African Pleistocene had exactly the same values, beliefs, prejudices, power struggles, goals, and needs as the middle-class white professors and students in a graduate psychology lab in modern-day Santa Barbara, California. And that these same factors are universal and unchanged and true for all time.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPicHohle Fels phallus, about 28,000 years old. Interpreted as a symbolic object and …flint knapper. Yes.

    That’s not science; it’s circular, self-serving propaganda. This little figurine from Hohle Fels, for example, is going to be used as “proof” that pornography is ancient and natural. I guarantee it. Having been interpreted by pornsick male archaeologists as pornography because that’s all they know, the statuette will now be trotted out by every ev psycho and male supremacist on the planet as “proof” that pornography is eternal, that male dominance is how it’s supposed to be, and that feminists are crazy so shut the fuck up. Look for it in Steven Pinker’s next book. ***

    P.S. My own completely speculative guess on the figurine is that it might be connected to childbirth rituals. Notice the engraved marks and slashes; that’s a motif that continues for thousands of years on these little female figurines. No one knows what they mean, but they meant something. They’re not just random cut marks. Someone put a great deal of work into this sculpture. Given that childbirth was incredibly risky for Paleolithic women, they must have prayed their hearts out for help and protection in that time. I can imagine an elder female shaman or artist carving this potent little figure, and propping it up somewhere as a focus for those prayers.

    On the other hand, it is possible that it has nothing to do with childbearing or sexual behavior at all. The breasts and vulva may simply indicate who the figure is: the female god. Think of how Christ is always depicted with a beard, which is a male sexual characteristic, even though Christ isn’t about male sexuality. The beard is just a marker. Or, given the figurine’s exaggerated breasts, it may have something to do with sustenance: milk, food, nourishment.

    The notion that some dude carved this thing to whack off to — when he was surrounded by women who probably weren’t wearing much in the way of clothes anyway — is laughable.

    Good lord I am so glad I took ancient art from a female professor.

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  11. jackcardiffs:

    Her (2013)
    Spike Jonze
    Cinematographer: Hoyte Van Hoytema

    "The heart’s not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love."

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  12. citra-lila:


    What would you do if you lost your beauty?

    How would you deal with the light?

    How would you feel if nobody chased you?

    What if it happened tonight?

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  13. onlyfitgirls:

Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 
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    Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 

    Shared of @natgeo  

    Reblogged from: onlyfitgirls
  14. derring-dont:

    If you mean Abrahamic, then say Abrahamic. If you mean Christian, say Christian.

    The term pretty much just exists to so that Christians can exclude Muslims while pretending that they care about Jews while also pretending that Judaism is just a quirky version of Christianity. I don’t think I’ve ever heard another Jew use the term “Judeo-Christian” in my entire life.

    Reblogged from: swanjolras
  15. I wouldn’t necessarily mind people not knowing I’m gay, but I don’t like being thought of as straight — in the same way that I don’t mind people not knowing I’m a writer, but it would be awkward if they assumed I was an extreme skateboarder, because that’s so far removed from the reality of my life. But there is no blank slate where orientation is concerned; we are straight until proven otherwise. And if you’ve never seen how dramatically a conversation can be derailed by a casual admission of homosexuality, let me tell you, it gets awkward.
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