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ianoshea:

People who buy a book, read the book, and then go out and buy another book are people I admire because I buy 12 books at once and 11 of them usually sit there unread for years.

When I was about 12 I purchased 13 books at a library sale, read one of them within the week and let the rest sit on my shelves. It’s now about 20 years later and there are still at least five of them that I have not read.

ilovecharts:

Whatever you do, do it thoughtfully.
Today, Jessica wonders why germaphobes hate water parks.

shego:

shout out to people who have seen you naked but you can still have regular conversations with

thewintersupersoldier:

People should be aware the image was taken from xkcd.com http://xkcd.com/481/

As a society, we’re not serious about ending violence against women. We pay great lip service to the idea, but we aren’t willing to interrogate the ways in which we have accepted gendered violence in our everyday lives.

We teach boys this general message about how they’re supposed to “respect women” while writing off all behavior that is blatantly disrespectful (and dangerous) toward women as “boys being boys.” It starts young, when every hair pull, pinch, slap, push, and shove boys exact on girls is written off because “boys will be boys” and that’s how they flirt. No, that’s how they hit girls. Any message to the contrary only further perpetuates the idea that all of this is OK.

Then they get older and any time they get into a physical altercation with a girl, we spend more time asking about how they were “provoked” than what they should have done instead of putting their hands on a girl.

Then they become adults and the police and lawyers and judges downplay the seriousness of their offenses. And they get to say “that’s not the person I am” or “I take full responsibility” and voila, they’re completely absolved.

Where the fuck is the respect?

Why teaching “respect” won’t end violence against women

It should be pretty obvious why this fails, right? If the reason you shouldn’t hurt people is because you should “respect” them, then the moment someone loses your respect, they become vulnerable to violence from you. Some losses of respect are legitimate (i.e. the person did something very bad and now you don’t respect them), some are not (i.e. the person violated gender norms and now you don’t respect them), but regardless of what they did, they don’t deserve violence.

And some people are never considered “respectable” at all, because we don’t consciously include them when we say things like “respect women.”

(via brutereason)

Read that commentary, yo.

Lady on the bus next to me: Tell me again- what are you not going to do in daycare today?
Little boy: I will not hit the teacher with a light saber.
Lady: And why are you not going to hit her with a light saber?
Boy: It is my toy, and my choice, but if I hit her with the light saber, I'm acting like a Sith.
Lady: Do you want to be a Sith?
Boy: No! I am Obi-Wan!
dewgonair:

lockrocksandcoke:

131-di:

veggiebaker:

therunscape:

Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

Everyone should know these things.

thanks to mainstream media and being unable to show breasts on TV, way too few people know about female signs of cardiac distress, and impending heart attacks. they only know about the “pain in the left arm” male symptom.

i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital
it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

Please, please, PLEASE, reblog this. i don’t know if I did save or called false alarm, with my boss’ life tonight. I felt I was being a bit paranoid, overreacting, but I told Mirage my thoughts and he, after reading over the article I showed him, immediately sprung into action and then shooed her off to the hospital. I don’t know if I did or not, but I knew she’d been super stressed. She’d off-handedly commented on her arm tingling and I asked her if she felt queasy on a hunch. I went to look at the symptoms and we went from there.

dewgonair:

lockrocksandcoke:

131-di:

veggiebaker:

therunscape:

Heart attacks symptoms are different for women. I recently learned this. 

Everyone should know these things.

thanks to mainstream media and being unable to show breasts on TV, way too few people know about female signs of cardiac distress, and impending heart attacks. they only know about the “pain in the left arm” male symptom.

i had all these symptoms once and they sent me right to hospital

it was scary bc i didnt know these were the symptoms for female heart issues

Please, please, PLEASE, reblog this. i don’t know if I did save or called false alarm, with my boss’ life tonight. I felt I was being a bit paranoid, overreacting, but I told Mirage my thoughts and he, after reading over the article I showed him, immediately sprung into action and then shooed her off to the hospital. I don’t know if I did or not, but I knew she’d been super stressed. She’d off-handedly commented on her arm tingling and I asked her if she felt queasy on a hunch. I went to look at the symptoms and we went from there.

Fill In These Things About You
Name: Gareth
Birthday: Not quite St. Patricks Day
Height: 167cm or 5'6" (give or take a bit due to slouching)
Eye color: Brown, with a bit of green I think.
Hair color: Ginger, darkening as the years go by.
A random fact about you: I was 25 before I dated at all
Favorite song: Was "Diamonds to Coal"
Favorite food: Chocolate
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite animal: KITTIES (answer stolen from JoJo)
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride.
Are you currently in a relationship?: Yes
Have you ever been high: No
Who was your last kiss?: My girlfriend
Anything you need to work on?: Chores? Work? Personally? Yes
Who ended your last relationship?: She did.
Are you friends with your ex?: I see a lot more of her family. But we seem to be on good enough terms
Do you prefer someone shorter or taller?: It doesn't matter. Although about the same height seems best
Dark hair or light hair?: I've been attracted to redheads since I started watching Buffy..
Smart or attractive?: Smart IS attractive
Is creativity attractive?: Yes. But not particularly important to my attraction.
Do you care how much money they have?: As long as she is keeping herself okay she has enough.
Your last phone call: I don't remember. I barely use my phone for calls
Your last text: Getting a work offer.
The last thing you ate: Sausages and mixed vegetables.
The last thing you drank: Water.
The last song you listened to: Something on Spotify.
The last book you read: Book 3 of the Hawklan Chronicles (in January), "The Waking of Orthlund"
The last movie you watched: "The Incredible Hulk"
What is your heritage?: Always lived in NZ, father is an English immigrant, mothers family has been here a few generations
Do you play any instruments?: Nope, but I can sit at a piano with simple sheet music and come close to playing
What are you pets’ names?: I don't have any.
Places you would like to visit: Melbourne to see my sister. Wherever BGG con is held. But I'm not going to be going to either place.
Your favorite color to wear: Black and blue. But I've diversified a little in more recent years.

winxhesters:

potato-tots:

secretlifeofageekygirl:

hugstyles:

why couldn’t i be born with an older brother who is my best friend and has hot friends that flirt with me and drives me places like mcdonalds when im sad and punches rude boys in the face for me.

My brother once sat on me and farted until I passed out

my brother duct taped me to a treadmill and turned it to the highest setting once

when I was four my brother locked me in a ferret cage for an hour on Christmas Eve

I feel like I should have won “brother of the year” after reading those comments.

guys: uh why do girls care so much about being skinny? it's so annoying
guys: ew fat chicks
guys: why do girls care so much about shopping and romance and nail polish lol so annoying
guys: ew crazy butch lesbian manly feminazis why can't they act more feminine lol
guys: why do girls wear makeup they look so much better without it
guys: oh i'm so sorry are you sick? tired? dying?
guys: haha girls suck at math/science/sports
guys: a girl who does math/science/sports? well? get back in the kitchen that shits not gonna get you a husband
guys: why are girls so sensitive when we look at their boobs or something c'mon with that top you're asking for it
guys: oh my god a gay guy just hit on me how fucking disgusting what a creeper doesn't he have any boundaries?

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be.  (via oliviacirce)

When I lose hope in the world, I remember this poem.

(via bookoisseur)

I’m really glad I read that.

(via selfesteampunk)

"No woman should ever have to go through that, and no woman strong enough to wear the mantle of ‘vicious bitch’ would ever put up with it."

If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.

Unknown (via thexpotent)

This hit me harder than I expected.

(via isarian450)

And when I photograph nothing?

Fill this in with stuff about you

bucrybarnes:

Where I’m from: I “grew up” in Gore and I have practically no memories before there.
Where I would like to live: Christchurch. I don’t really have many friends elsewhere.
Favourite food: Chocolate
Religion?: Failed Christian
Sexual orientation: Hetrosexual
Single/taken: Taken
Favourite book: The Warrior’s Apprentice - Lois McMaster Bujold
Eye colour: Brown
Favourite movie: The Princess Bride
Favourite TV show: Babylon 5
Favourite band/singer: Used to be The Lost Dogs, really don’t know now
Favourite day of the year: My birthday?
Favourite colour: Navy blue
If I have any pets: Not allowed them where I live, but I couldn’t take care of one anyway.
What I’m listening to right now: Sports Night (TV show)
Last movie I watched: The Incredible Hulk
What’s my ringtone?: I made it with the customiser
Favourite male character from a TV show: G’Kar? Data? MacGyver?
Favourite female character from a TV show: Ivonova? Kaylee? Sam Carter?
Favourite superhero: I never really read comics so I only really know those that got movies or TV shows.
Celebrity crush: If I was going to have one there’s a good chance it would be Natalie Dormer, there’s a tumblr obsession.