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Queer, cis, mid-twenties, Pākehā, New Zealander, Auckland.

A blog featuring stuff that makes me happy/full of rage/hopeful/sad/laugh my ass off.

Mostly what makes me full of rage is bigotry, so don't expect any of that here.
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Beyonce (Cover by chonthenomad)

gurt-squirt:

sounds like some serious final boss music

MOTHER OF DRAGONS

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lightspeedsound:

solaceames:

binghsien:

note-a-bear:

kaalashnikov:

cracked:

Dark Ages, Schmark Ages. The De-Textbook cuts through that and so much more fake-fact bullshit.

cloudy with a chance of witch burning

your periodic reminder that a good chunk of Europe basically shat the bed for a few centuries while everyone else kinda did their thing.

I am sorry I’m going to be that person.

This map is extremely inaccurate.

1) China was not going through business as usual China was going through the TANG DYNASTY i.e. the Golden Age of Chinese culture, which would lay down legal and social and poetic norms for the rest of Chinese history. The Tang is so influential that a lot of languages call Chinese people 唐人 (People from Tang.) (We call Chinese people “people from Qin” so.)

2) Japan is _first becoming literate_ during this time period (due to the influence of the Tang they adopt Chinese script), which is a BFD for poetry, religion, politics, society. Japanese court culture develops, which near the end of this period (11th century, around the time Europe enters “high middle ages”) will produce The Tale of Genji (by a totally awesome woman named Murasaki),widely regarded as the world’s first novel because of it’s deft use of irony and social commentary.

3) The southern part of Korea is experiencing the emergence of Unified Silla, a state that will last the entire period and will see the importation of Chinese and Indian buddhism, the construction of the first Confucian college in Korea, and so on.

4) In Mesoamerica, the Mayans are inventing astronomy, writing (the third and final independent invention of writing in human history), and a whole crapload of other stuff. This is the triumph of their culture.

5) The Umayyads in Spain are a massive center of technology, learning, and (comparative) religious toleration.

6) The Eastern Roman Empire, which spans both the green and yellow portions of your map, isn’t doing too badly either, bouncing back after losing territory to the Caliphate.

7) The Polynesians are colonizing the ENTIRE PACIFIC using amazing advanced navigation technology not rivaled until the INVENTION OF GPS.

8) I am not equipped to talk about Sub-Saharan Africa in detail (cue rant about how we never learn about subsaharan africa in the western educational system) but you can bet there are some major, amazing developments going on there too. I’d be shocked if there weren’t.

9) HOLY SHIT INDIA.

10) OMG SOUTH EAST ASIA. SOUTH. EAST. ASIA.

11) THEY WEREN’T BURNING WITCHES IN EUROPE DURING THE MIGRATION PERIOD (dark ages). Witch burning took off in the EARLY MODERN PERIOD, nearly 1000 years after this. Europe was going through some tough shit, which would leave them backwards compared to the rest of the world for 1000 years, but also there were some amazing things happening there, at least have the decency to be like “angry dudes with swords stabbing people” not WITCH BURNINGS FFS.

12) And ABSOLUTELY Islamic Caliphate was a totally amazing flowering of intellectual, artistic, and spiritual culture, a mixing pot between a thousand cultures and languages, and totally amazing. Don’t in any way want to diminish that in any way.

I’ve always winced when seeing the original picture, so thank you binghsien for that excellent commentary!

To add:

8) Around 1000 AD was a major wave of Bantu migration, carrying a new technology of advanced ironwork throughout Africa:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/2chapter4.shtml

THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENTARY I WAS WINCING SO MUCH.

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imallamaturkeyfish:

cognitivedissonance:

After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.

BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?

BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?

The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

This. Is. Not. OK.

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seananmcguire:

candycornpizza:

a-little-bi-furious:

absentlyabbie:

tosailuponthesea:

tomasthebreaker:

How about no? Queer characters are humans. Humans die. That’s like me saying “Don’t kill black or Hispanic characters because I’m black and Hispanic or because they’re black and hispanic”. Characters die. It sucks.

Yes, it does suck. Because representation of minority groups matters. When queer characters are consistently used to prop up straight leads and killed off to give their straight counter-parts angsty storylines, it is a problem.

And yes, it is actually very much like saying “don’t kill black or Latin@ characters.” Because those groups also suffer from issues of representation.

It’s not that queer characters should never ever die. It’s that we haven’t yet reached a point where that one queer character’s death (and it’s not just one) is incidental because there are so many other queer characters on the screen.

Shows like Orange is the New Black, Sleepy Hollow, How to Get Away with Murder, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine all have multiple POC in lead roles. But there is much further to go.

Stephanie Beatriz (who plays Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine) wrote about how she was shocked to even get the role because a Latina actress (Melissa Fumero who plays Amy Santiago) had already been cast. How messed up is that?

LGBTQ+ representation is arguably even worse. In fact, the only show I can think of that is currently on air that has more than one main queer character is Orange is the New Black. (Correct me if I’m wrong. Please.) And bisexual characters are even rarer than gay & lesbian characters. Not to mention the bisexual erasure that happens, when a character who has previously had feelings-for-or-relationships-with people of one gender, begins to have feelings-for-or-a-relationship-with someone of another gender, and is declared to have “become” gay without even acknowledging the possibility that their sexuality is more fluid than that. (Willow “gay now” Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ramona “it was just a phase” Flowers from Scott Pilgrim both spring to mind.)

GLAAD in their Hollywood survey pointed out “that studios seemed ‘reluctant’ to include LGBT characters in comic book adaptations and action franchises" in particular. Hmm.

On Agents of SHIELD, we had two in-charge, incredible, fierce lesbian agents who were both killed off for shock value & possibly Hunter’s angst, who weren’t even given the screen time to establish their sexualities or relationship.

On Arrow, we had a kick-ass, powerful, inspiring, bisexual hero who was literally thrown away in the garbage to further Oliver’s angst and to fuel Laurel’s evolution into Black Canary.

I say again, STOP KILLING QUEER CHARACTERS.

ALLLLLLL OF THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^

Also let’s not forget that Black Canary explicitly was not labeled bisexual because the writers and producers "really wanted to approach it like not be salacious, and be sensitive, and be realistic."

“‘studios seemed ‘reluctant’ to include LGBT characters in comic book adaptations and action franchises’ in particular.”

what the ever loving FUCK

If killing one queer character/character of color/character who is a positive representation of their religion/etc. means literally reducing the number of available characters by 10% or more (usually more), THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AN OPTION FOR THE CHOPPING BLOCK.

Hold up now for one wee second

Hartley is queer?

Not only did they introduce another badass female character played by LUCY FLAWLESS and kill her off in the first ep, but she was supposed to be gay?

I AM SO MAD.

SOOOOOOOOOOOO MAAAAAAAAD.

The only reason I’m not getting myself a flamethrower is a small hope that Hartley will be back somehow, because a) why would they manage to get Lucy Lawless only to kill her off in one episode and b) apparently she was still ‘filming’ AoS around election time and that doesn’t seem likely if she’s not in it anymore. 

STILL MAD THOUGH.

STILL MAD ABOUT HARTLEY, STILL MAD ABOUT HAND. 

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About That Life (10.13.14): Cornel West once again displays why he is such a respected and revered figure in liberation politics. Thank you for continuing to inspire my generation by leading from the front. #staywoke #boutthatlife

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chirotus:

constant-instigator:

ermefinedining:

This map should be included in every history book.

Oh wow! I’ve been wanting this for ages!

This needs to be in every history book along with a map showing where those nations have been pushed to now.

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Protesters occupy St. Louis University.

Early morning, Monday, October 13th

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ratchetengineer:

Photo Highlights from Ferguson October “Weekend of Resistance”

Quote from J. Myles
“Real talk- I did this for a weekend. These ppl here have been doing this every damn day. I’m exhausted over here wondering how ppl can handle the mental and physical strain. They are legit fighting for mike brown and the systematic racism we face as a ppl. [We], whoever all need to support them because this fight is for all of us. No way around that fact. “

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iwriteaboutfeminism:

Group one occupies Manchester and Boyle for their “They think it’s a game” civil disobedience action.

Early morning, Monday, October 13th

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brownglucose:

tvsand16s:

Cornel West arrested in Ferguson (10/13/14). That’s how they’re feeling out there. Wow. 

Respect

brownglucose:

tvsand16s:

Cornel West arrested in Ferguson (10/13/14). That’s how they’re feeling out there. Wow. 

Respect

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MY NAME IS CAITLIN LASOCIALISTA LASTNAME ONE WHO WOKE UP AT TOO EARLY AN HOUR WHO ARRIVED EARLY ONLY TO BE ABANDONED AND BETRAYED AND I SHALL HAVE MY VENGENCE IN THIS LIFE OR THE NEXT

imallamaturkeyfish:

busterscary:

Can we all agree that Avatar had one of the worst movie adaptations of all time.

Like where did these fucking blue people come from.  Why are they in space.  There’s not even any fucking bending.

I have no opinion about Avatar, but this was all I could think:

I came into uni an hour early so that my presentation partner and I could go over things one more time, because HE’S so neurotic about it and now it’s after 10 past and he’s still not here.

If I had access to my gif library right now there would be some good ones here let me tell you

picklemethis:

bonobochick:

beben-eleben:

Meet Garfi, The World’s Angriest Cat

If the owner still has both eyes, the cat isn’t that angry. 

:P

Ron Swanson, embodied by a cat.

I know how this cat feels

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