This bit is in response to a lot of the reaction to Katie Williams’s piece on her experience at E3. It’s a must read and I encourage everyone to give it a look and see some of the comments.

We need to talk about victim blaming. It comes in many forms and appears very often whenever minorities…

"Just think what you’re asking of a person when you tell them to be an in-your-face revolutionary when they encounter multiple instances of sexism in just a day."



A few people have expressed that “they don’t want a game to cater to their sexuality, but to be a good game.”

First, I should mention that the team is made up of gamers and developers. We’ve played games. A lot of them. We’ve done smaller scale development in games, and we’re hiring people who…

Whoa sounds like a cool project.

Sociologists use the term “androcentrism” to refer to a new kind of sexism, one that replaces the favoring of men over women with the favoring of masculinity over femininity. According to the rules of androcentrism, men and women alike are rewarded, but only insofar as they are masculine (e.g., they play sports, drink whiskey, and are lawyers or surgeons w00t!). Meanwhile, men are punished for doing femininity and women… well, women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it.

Androcentrism: It’s Okay to Be a Boy, but Being a Girl… » Sociological Images

I think the ‘women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it’ bit sums up 90% of sexism in one sentence.

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In a nutshell.

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Androcentrism: Be a man even if you’re not male - or else.

Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons: it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted.
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My favourite Kickstarter video. Quite possibly of all time.  It’s from the genius mind of Neal Stephenson.

Years ago we divided the world. He was Neal #1. I was Neil #1. it was all easy. Then one day we had our photo taken with Neil Armstrong, who is the real deal Neil #1, and can be Neal #1 as well if he wants to be. It was very humbling for both of us.

Watch his video now.

You had me at “clang.”


Royal icing cookies for Mother’s Day (by semalo63)

So cute!


Royal icing cookies for Mother’s Day (by semalo63)

So cute!


Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Adorable! Want.


Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Adorable! Want.


Print it out! Give it to your physicians! Educating our doctors is one of the most important things that can be done for those with ME/CFS.


I do not know your son, my lady. But I could serve you, if you would have me. You have courage. Not battle courage, perhaps but…I don’t know…a kind of woman’s courage. And I think, when the time comes, you will not try and hold me back. Promise me that you will not hold me back from Stannis.

When the time comes, I will not hold you back.

Best scene in entire series? Maybe.

Also, GoT passes the Bechdel test.

I love that she’s older and has wrinkles but still portrayed as beautiful, desired by her husband, and powerful in her own right.

You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
Remember this:
One day you will be sick.

Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl 

This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion. 

 Here’s the link

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oh my gosh

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