Came for the squees, stayed for the analysis

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Since learning (and unlearning) is a lifelong process, when I inevitably say something that is ignorant, offensive, and/or incorrect in any way, please feel free to call me out on it. I will always apologize and always do my best to not repeat my mistakes.

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chantwalker:

A take on Sleeping Beauty/ Briar Rose for today’s sketch dailies theme!

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When you look at what constitutes ‘female privilege’ in the eyes of MRAs and MRAs-in-training, you see exactly how ignorant most of them are to real discrimination and fear. In the MRA handbook, female privilege is being able to speak to men without being considered predatory; it’s being able to decide whether or not to continue with a pregnancy (as opposed to having a child forced on you so that a scheming bitch can rob you blind for the next 18 years); it’s being able to have sex with a man and then later change your mind while accusing him of rape; it’s having the right to leave a marriage because the courts will favour you in a custody dispute; it’s receiving the ‘coveted status’ of being a rape survivor on a college campus and all the advantages that come with that.

With the exception of that last one, which is so despicably offensive that it’s almost impossible to believe it was not only printed in the Washington Post but that it was written by a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, all of these examples of ‘female privilege’ seem less indicative of a rising gynarchy poised to crush whimpering men with a gigantic, comfortably shod foot than they do just basic rights that women are entitled to have even though they prevent men from being able to behave exactly as they like.

Women don’t come to life the moment men approach us, and asking that men respect our space and not assume their presence is always or even ever welcome isn’t the equivalent of Stonewall. Similarly, until science can figure out how to make Ivan Reitman’s terrifying vision of the dystopian universe presented in seminal 90s movie ‘Junior’ a reality, it is not ‘female privilege’ for a woman to have the final say over whether or not she grows a fetus inside her for nine months before birthing it and then raising it. And while we’re at it, can we all agree that it’s a curious bit of cognitive dissonance to argue about paying for children you don’t want in one breath while ranting about how the legal system won’t give them to you in the other?

The idea that the fight for gender equality has swung ‘too far’ to the other side is simply ludicrous. One woman is still killed every week in Australia by her partner or ex-partner. The WHO estimates that 30 per cent of women worldwide who have been in a sexual relationship have experienced some form of violence within that partnership. The two issues most integral to that of women’s equality - that of reproductive autonomy and financial independence - are still not considered legally sacrosanct for the overwhelming majority of women in the world today.

And we’ve got men (and some women) complaining that feminism is subjugating men?

I’ll let you in on a little secret. The Feminist Mafia is trying to erode men’s rights, and we’ve had some success over the years. Like the right for a man to legally rape his wife. Destroyed that. Or the right of men to determine who rises to political leadership. We nailed that one too. Or how about the right that said women became the physical property of their husbands, husbands who then had the right to commit these women to mental asylums (and frequently did) as a means of securing a divorce, leaving him free to marry another (often younger) woman? Yep, got rid of that.

Peggy Orenstein’s 1994 text ‘Schoolgirls’ included an anecdote which observed that, for many men and boys, equality is perceived as a loss. And it technically is, because any time a disparate system of power is equalised, one side must surrender some privileges. Referring to ‘female privilege’ (particularly in a world where, in some places, it is considered a privilege that girls even be allowed to live) as some kind of nefarious threat to the psychic wellbeing of men isn’t just offensive, it’s also dangerous. It provides a focal point of blame for the frustrations of men who feel they’ve somehow been denied all that was promised to them, and it can have terrifying and often violent ramifications for the women in their lives.

Queen of the Frightbats, Clementine Ford, ‘A Lesson for Men’s Rights Activists on Real Oppression.’ 

I implore you to go and read the whole article.

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miscella:

glossylalia:

nom-chompsky:

nom-chompsky:

not-here-for-it:


time stands stillbeauty in all she is

Cap N Jones: UNIT and SHIELD secret lovers


nothing makes me as happy as people embracing this ship

reblogging again because this is the core foundations of this tumblr

This is a book in the Glossy Gospel.

*A* I’ve never considered this before but oh my gosh yes! 
Also: 
Steve Rogers, man out of time, artist, soldier, Captain, had faced better days. He tried not to dwell in his memories but sometimes he couldn’t help aching for home. The meager meals his mother cooked, the icy winds that seeped into their apartment, batting balls with Bucky.
God. He missed Bucky most of all. 
Heck, he even missed the rats. The rats in Brooklyn at-least were friendlier than the ones in the trenches.
"Are you okay?" A young woman’s voice called out and startled Steve out of his trance. He caught of glimpse of the trailings of a white coat through the gaps of his fingers. Great, another doctor trying to help. He knew he should be more polite but he couldn’t, not today.
"I’m fine. Thank you but I’m okay" he bit out. 
"Really? ‘Cause when I see a grown man curled up on bench at four in the morning ‘okay’ is not the first word that comes to mind."
Steve sighed “Ma’am, I appreciate that you’re trying to help. I really do, but I’ll be okay. The world is just catching up on me. I just need some time, alone.” Quieter, so quiet he didn’t realize it slipped, “You wouldn’t understand.”
Steve heard the crunch of gravel but it came closer, instead of walking away. He lifted his head from his hands when the woman sat beside and laid a hand on his shoulder. He found himself looking into deep brown eyes. They bored into his, determined and unflinching.
She gave a secretive smile, “Try me.”

miscella:

glossylalia:

nom-chompsky:

nom-chompsky:

not-here-for-it:

time stands still
beauty in all she is

Cap N Jones: UNIT and SHIELD secret lovers

image

nothing makes me as happy as people embracing this ship

reblogging again because this is the core foundations of this tumblr

This is a book in the Glossy Gospel.

*A* I’ve never considered this before but oh my gosh yes! 

Also: 

Steve Rogers, man out of time, artist, soldier, Captain, had faced better days. He tried not to dwell in his memories but sometimes he couldn’t help aching for home. The meager meals his mother cooked, the icy winds that seeped into their apartment, batting balls with Bucky.

God. He missed Bucky most of all. 

Heck, he even missed the rats. The rats in Brooklyn at-least were friendlier than the ones in the trenches.

"Are you okay?" A young woman’s voice called out and startled Steve out of his trance. He caught of glimpse of the trailings of a white coat through the gaps of his fingers. Great, another doctor trying to help. He knew he should be more polite but he couldn’t, not today.

"I’m fine. Thank you but I’m okay" he bit out. 

"Really? ‘Cause when I see a grown man curled up on bench at four in the morning ‘okay’ is not the first word that comes to mind."

Steve sighed “Ma’am, I appreciate that you’re trying to help. I really do, but I’ll be okay. The world is just catching up on me. I just need some time, alone.” Quieter, so quiet he didn’t realize it slipped, “You wouldn’t understand.”

Steve heard the crunch of gravel but it came closer, instead of walking away. He lifted his head from his hands when the woman sat beside and laid a hand on his shoulder. He found himself looking into deep brown eyes. They bored into his, determined and unflinching.

She gave a secretive smile, “Try me.”

hrhprincewilliam:

i like to imagine that when raoul retires from the own, almost everyone is super pumped because they’re like “we’re gonna get kel right? kel’s gonna be the new knight commander” since she squired with them and has ridden with them on missions. but the conservatives protest and so the king (jon or roald) appoints, like, quinden. and the king’s own just riots. like, they’ll obey orders and such, but they pull pranks constantly, talk about how great kel is as a leader, raoul pointedly refers to quinden as “knight commander not-kel” whenever they’re together. quinden lasts two years before resigning and the king just says “we tried” and passes it on to kel

and the entire time kel is just staring incredulously like “really guys. really.”

kitthekiwi:

Slowly evolving headcannon: When Neville became a Professor, he was still super intimidated by Professor McGonagall. Until they went out for staff drinks. The situation allowed them both to loosen up enough to quietly talk about the horrors of what happened in Neville’s 7th year.

#I broship it #Neville looks like McGonagall just told him the dirtiest joke #drinking buddies

geekinthebreeze:

monstrousmusings:

geekinthebreeze:

monstrousmusings:

geekinthebreeze:

monstrousmusings:

And really just want a series of books following the rest of her life because I love her and she is amazing. So since it will be foreeever before we get more of her in the books I am going to headcanon her future!

  • Following the Scanran War she was put in charge of forming and running a new group… by Jonathan. They would be  responsible for responding to and dealing with humanitarian issues like refugees, helping with natural disasters etc. More specialized then sending in soldiers like the King’s Own to help. They are sent to other countries that are willing in times of need as an olive branch of peace.
  • As she gains experience with the lance she goes on to become undisputed champion in the tournament circuits starting in her late 20s.
  • Goes on to command the King’s Own following Raoul’s retirement.To good of military commander to not be tapped for command as such.
  • Takes on the first girl squire she can. Whenever she is in Corus she is actively involved in girl squire and pages training as she can be with tips, encouragement, etc. Works with Alanna on this.
  • At some point takes on a trans girl squire (I need trans girls in everything). Having Kel as her knight master gives the girl the opportunity to finally start presenting as a girl, while Kel does not put up with anyone giving her any shit.
  • In her later years she is tapped to be the new Training Master for Knights to be.
  • While she has relationships, she never is interested in marrying or having kids. Names Tobe and his family as her heirs of any titles and lands she is granted as reward for her service.

I love everything about this.  I like the idea of Kel being either asexual (but she probably isn’t, given the making out and arousal with Cleon) or aromantic, because her knighthood is more important to her.  

YES to the helping of other girl pages and squires.  YES to taking over the King’s Own, because she’d be wasted anywhere else.  

Also, more taking on people who need to be cared for, like Tobe, and helping them become successes, like Lalasa.  Getting more lovely clothes from Lalasa and Tian, and celebrating with them when they adopt a child from Tian’s relations, whose parents couldn’t take care of for whatever reason.  

Laughing with Yuki about Neal and how high-strung and dramatic he is expecting his first child.  Being sure to hang out with Owen whenever they’re in the same area, and offering him a position in the Own when he gets his knighthood.  

Kel setting fashion trends whenever she goes to events because of Lalasa’ outfits.

I feel like she would also be working on destroying a lot of class barriers and social mobility barriers. As much as she can within the setting.

As much as she can be aware of, anyway.  Lalasa had her reasons for not wanting to report Vinson when he assaulted her, and Kel just couldn’t see them until Lalasa pointed them out to her.  Kel’s a noble, and sometimes it’s hard for nobles to see how things are for commoners, no matter how awesome and aware they try to be.  

Hopefully she’s the kind of person that people feel safe to approach and confide in.

That is part of why I headcanon a trans girl page coming out to her, because she feels safe telling Kel. Kel starts including her as much as she can with girl pages related stuff without outing her to anyone she isn’t comfortable with. And then upon becoming Kel’s squire, when she is getting ready to start living as a girl, Kel gives her an entire Lalasa made wardrobe of formal, every day, and training clothes that she can wear.

Anyone that gives her cute squire and trouble, can meet Kel on the jousting field.

Crap I need to write this as a fic.

YES YES YOU DO IMMEDIATELY. As soon as I read the bit about Kel giving her a Lalasa wardrobe I melted. It’s almost like when Kel was a page and squire, and Alanna was secretly outfitting her for knighthood. Kel can be secretly (from the public) outfitting her squire for womanhood!

That would be so lovely.

starfleetbabe:

colors are messy but i didnt want to post it in greyscale

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holligenet:

daftwithoneshoe:

askmeifimadalek:

Can we take a moment

The founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, four of the greatest wizards and witches of all time …

… and they decided to have a school song that goes like,"Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts…"

I am now picturing Helga, Rowena, Salazar, and Godric all sitting around a table going “well, fuck, what rhymes with hogwarts”

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tartsplace:

Tortall ladies! Added Maura because she’s getting her own book!

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boywonder-sunnah-swag:

findingallah:

standwithpalestine:


An Israeli academic has claimed that raping wives and mothers of Palestinian Hamas militants is the only thing that could deter further terrorist attacks.
The remarks by renowned Middle East scholar Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University were made three weeks ago after the grim discovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, but the recording was published online (in Hebrew) on Monday.
"The only thing that could deter a suicide bomber is knowing that if caught, his sister or his mother would be raped," said Kedar on Israel Radio Bet.
"It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East," he continued. "You have to understand the culture in which we live. The only thing that deters [Hamas leaders] is a threat to the connection between their heads and their shoulders."
To the shocked radio presenter who said that “we cannot take such steps, of course”, Kedar replied:
"I’m not talking about what we should or shouldn’t do. I’m talking about the facts. The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped. That’s all. That’s the only thing that will bring him back home, in order to preserve his sister’s honor."
Kedar served for 25 years in the military intelligence, where he specialised in Islamic groups. He is currently a researcher at the right-wing Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies of Bar Ilan but previously worked for a shadowy organisation, the Israel Academia Monitor, which fights left-leaning academic professors.
(Full article at International Business Times.)

At which point do you say ‘enough is enough’ and speak out against your hard earned tax dollars being sent to/your leaders supporting this country?
Ethnic cleansing, targeting civilians, ambulances, hospitals, harvesting organs of dead Palestinians without consent, forced sterilisation of Ethiopians, land grab, apartheid wall, illegal settlements, and now incitement to rape - is it time to wake up, world?

What the hell

Everyone is always speaking out on rape culture and how much we need to stop rape from happening. I would like to see this also added to the protests.
Let’s see if y’all can signal boost this and make it big…
Because at the moment, there’s only a handful of people actually protesting this. The rest of you are only worried about yourselves…

"It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East […] I’m not talking about what we should or shouldn’t do. I’m talking about the facts.”
*vomits*

boywonder-sunnah-swag:

findingallah:

standwithpalestine:

An Israeli academic has claimed that raping wives and mothers of Palestinian Hamas militants is the only thing that could deter further terrorist attacks.

The remarks by renowned Middle East scholar Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University were made three weeks ago after the grim discovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, but the recording was published online (in Hebrew) on Monday.

"The only thing that could deter a suicide bomber is knowing that if caught, his sister or his mother would be raped," said Kedar on Israel Radio Bet.

"It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East," he continued. "You have to understand the culture in which we live. The only thing that deters [Hamas leaders] is a threat to the connection between their heads and their shoulders."

To the shocked radio presenter who said that “we cannot take such steps, of course”, Kedar replied:

"I’m not talking about what we should or shouldn’t do. I’m talking about the facts. The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped. That’s all. That’s the only thing that will bring him back home, in order to preserve his sister’s honor."

Kedar served for 25 years in the military intelligence, where he specialised in Islamic groups. He is currently a researcher at the right-wing Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies of Bar Ilan but previously worked for a shadowy organisation, the Israel Academia Monitor, which fights left-leaning academic professors.

(Full article at International Business Times.)

At which point do you say ‘enough is enough’ and speak out against your hard earned tax dollars being sent to/your leaders supporting this country?

Ethnic cleansing, targeting civilians, ambulances, hospitals, harvesting organs of dead Palestinians without consent, forced sterilisation of Ethiopians, land grab, apartheid wall, illegal settlements, and now incitement to rape - is it time to wake up, world?

What the hell

Everyone is always speaking out on rape culture and how much we need to stop rape from happening. I would like to see this also added to the protests.

Let’s see if y’all can signal boost this and make it big…

Because at the moment, there’s only a handful of people actually protesting this. The rest of you are only worried about yourselves…

"It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East […] I’m not talking about what we should or shouldn’t do. I’m talking about the facts.”

*vomits*

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pocketphyl:

brainy-isthenew-sexy:

not-a-comedian:



I’M NOT EVEN IN THIS FANDOM BUT HERE’S A PRESENT TO MY FOLLOWERS WHO ARE

HOW ARE YOU NOT IN THE LOTR FANDOM

pocketphyl:

brainy-isthenew-sexy:

not-a-comedian:

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I’M NOT EVEN IN THIS FANDOM BUT HERE’S A PRESENT TO MY FOLLOWERS WHO ARE

HOW ARE YOU NOT IN THE LOTR FANDOM

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Fake film: At Sixes And Sevens

Lupita Nyong’o, Tatiana Maslany, Zoe Saldana, Emily Blunt, Lyndie Greenwood, Natalie Dormer

Trained together in the academy six women become the unstoppable force that’s needed to take down the country’s biggest threats and keep the people safe even if no one will ever know but them.

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acceber74:

neogenesis85:

The problem with nu!uhura isnt that she’s ‘replacing Bones in the original triumvirate’

The problem with nu!uhura isn’t her being ‘unprofessional’

The problem with nu!uhura isn’t that she’s only ‘Spock’s love interest’

The only problem I’ve seen is fandoms misogyny and racism and the good ol’ boy nostalgic idealism of TOS

Oh, and the rampant gaslighting of the aforementioned acts when it comes to her under the guise of ‘concern’ with better character development

But whatever. Keep on keeping on

^^^^^^^

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