September 17, 2014



Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

 (Left to Right): Peter Buffett, Jimmie Briggs, Joe Ehrmann, Tony Porter,
 Dave Zirin and Moderator Eve Ensler.


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September 17, 2014
"I treat myself like I would my daughter. I brush her hair, wash her laundry, tuck her in goodnight. Most importantly, I feed her. I do not punish her. I do not berate her, leave tears staining her face. I do not leave her alone. I know she deserves more.
I know I deserve more."

— Michelle K., I Know I Deserve More (via cageofstars)

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September 17, 2014

Imagine this:

Feminist hackers break into the “private browsing session” internet history of major male sports stars, celebs, and politicians.

The hackers publish the men’s names next to the illegal, unusual or most-embarrassing websites along with number of visits, duration of visits, and any comments/chats they posted on those sites.

Reddit and 4Chan riot about the unfairness and invasion of privacy.

"But it was all online!" The hackers say. "They had to know someone could find it!!!"

What happens next?

Tons of people shaming those men for being trashy and stupid?Comments about “celebs should assume they don’t have privacy” show up in every discussion thread?

Probably not. Probably, the media outlets fall all over themselves to decry the awful indecency of this breach of trust.

Probably, fans set up GoFundMe accounts to pay for the counseling these men will need to undergo, and for the wages they may lose as a result of being exposed in this way.

Maybe the FBI shuts down the entire internet for ten days. Anyone who ever tagged anything #feminism is fined $20 and suspended from the Web for a month. And every online provider in the country is forced to pay billions of dollars in damages as part of a class-action lawsuit.

What do you want to bet?


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I don’t think this is true, actually. I think we have a completely unreasonable tolerance for outrage in our society right now. We tolerate all sorts of intolerable things. This would be a blip, because it’s not even as intolerable as the recent celebrity photo outrage.

What would turn out to be outrageous about this would not be that feminists would be targeted for retribution, but rather that whatever embarrassing stuff surfaced in this mass outing would be largely ignored.

Now, if some particular woman stood up and said “I did this,” I’m sure what’s been happening to Anita Sarkeesian would be duplicated for her. But I don’t think it would even be more intense, because the people engaging in this behavior are dick-scribblers. They are doing it for the same reason that they draw penises on their desks in school. They aren’t doing it because they have thought about this, and made a decision. They are doing it because they feel that their shoes have been peed on, and in reaction they need to pee back.

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September 17, 2014

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming.”

I find myself thinking about Yeats’ “rough beast” a lot of late. Yeats thought a shared apocalypse was nigh. But it seems to the beast comes for us one at a time.

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the first poem I ever loved.

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So rarely do we hear any but the second and final couplets. It’s interesting that this poem could as well be a description of our time as Yeats’. Perhaps there’s a lesson in there.

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September 16, 2014
"One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences."

— Anita Sarkeesian (Anita Sarkeesian shares the most radical thing you can do to support women online | The Verge)

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September 15, 2014

Junpei is done, not really happy with it, but hey, i’m not very good at drawing buff guys and i wouldnt know if i got it right or not (i know where its all wrong, actually)

Is that a torso or a face with a mustache?   Is that Voldemort?


Junpei is done, not really happy with it, but hey, i’m not very good at drawing buff guys and i wouldnt know if i got it right or not (i know where its all wrong, actually)

Is that a torso or a face with a mustache? Is that Voldemort?

September 12, 2014

Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not, because they are disturbing the adults and causing trouble. This attitude runs through the way people interact with children on every level, and yet, they seem surprised when it turns out that children have been struggling with serious medical problems, or they’ve been assaulted or abused.

The most common response is ‘well why didn’t the child say something?’ or ‘why didn’t the child talk to an adult?’ Adults constantly assure themselves that children know to go to a grownup when they are in trouble, and they even repeat that sentiment to children; you can always come to us, adults tell children, when you need help. Find a trusted adult, a teacher or a doctor or a police officer or a firefighter, and tell that adult what’s going on, and you’ll be helped, and everything will be all right.

The thing is that children do that, and the adults don’t listen. Every time a child tells an adult about something and nothing happens, that child learns that adults are liars, and that they don’t provide the promised help. Children hold up their end of the deal by reporting, sometimes at great personal risk, and they get no concrete action in return. Sometimes, the very adult people tell a child to ‘trust’ is the least reliable person; the teacher is friends with the priest who is molesting a student, the firefighter plays pool with the father who is beating a child, they don’t want to cause a scene.

Or children are accused of lying for attention because they accused the wrong person. They’re told they must be mistaken about what happened, unclear on the specifics, because there’s no way what they’re saying could be true, so and so isn’t that kind of person. A mother would never do that. He’s a respected member of the community! In their haste to close their ears to the child’s voice, adults make sure the child’s experience is utterly denied and debunked. Couldn’t be, can’t be, won’t be. The child knows not to say such things in the future, because no one is listening, because people will actively tell the child to be quiet.

Children are also told that they aren’t experiencing what they’re actually experiencing, or they’re being fussy about nothing. A child reports a pain in her leg after gym class, and she’s told to quit whining. Four months later, everyone is shocked when her metastatic bone cancer becomes unavoidably apparent. Had someone listened to her in the first place when she reported the original bone pain and said it felt different that usual, she would have been evaluated sooner. A child tells a teacher he has trouble seeing the blackboard, and the teacher dismisses it, so the child is never referred for glasses; the child struggles with math until high school, when someone finally acknowledges there’s a problem.

This attitude, that children shouldn’t be believed, puts the burden of proof on children, rather than assuming that there might be something to their statements. Some people seem to think that actually listening to children would result in a generation of hopelessly spoiled brats who know they can say anything for attention, but would that actually be the case? That assumption is rooted in the idea that children are not trustworthy, and cannot be respected. I’m having trouble understanding why adults should be viewed as inherently trustworthy and respectable, especially in light of the way we treat children.


Children Talk But No One Listens – this ain’t livin’ (via unsungtale)

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September 11, 2014

rhiannon42 said: I just finished the Winter Long (tore through it in 3-4 hours because I could not stop reading), and oh, thank you so much. Thank you for answering questions and raising new ones, thanking you make me gasp in fear and laugh so hard that I startled my cat, often within a few pages of each other. Thank you for another 300-odd pages in this world and with these wonderful characters.


I am really, really glad that people enjoyed it.  The delay between “finishing the book” and “the book comes out and people get it” can mean that I am very uncertain and nervous when the book comes out.  So messages like this are a great relief.  Thank you.

Yay, Toby.  <3

Oh. No. Do not worry. Really, do not. It totally lived up to my expectations, which were high. I really enjoyed it. The first scene with the Luidaeg (now played in my mind by Natalie Dormer) made me want to reach into the book and hug her. Probably a fatal impulse, but since I am not a bibliomancer it wasn’t a problem, since I couldn’t act on it.

September 10, 2014

Does anyone else lie in bed at 2:30am filled with the crippling fear that they’re never going to accomplish anything in life and fail miserably or is that just me

I used to, but eventually I figured out that it doesn’t matter. The point of life is not to accomplish something. You can make that your goal if you want to, but it’s optional, and isn’t likely to bring you happiness. If you want to be happy, make being happy your goal in life. And then learn how to do it. Don’t screw around. People have been doing it since ancient times. It’s not a mystery. The Stoics knew how to do it. The Buddhists know how to do it. The Sufis too, and some Christians and some Jewish sects. If you want to be happy, you can definitely find out how.

And then of course, in the process of learning how to become happy, you may also accidentally accomplish something.

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September 10, 2014
"You cannot plough a field by
turning it over in your mind."

— Author Unknown (via maxkirin)

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