As a woman, I’ve slowly been written out of the phone world and the phone market. That extra “.2” inches of screen size on each upgrade simply means that I can no longer do what I enviously observe men do every day: Check messages one-handed while carrying groceries or a bag; type a quick note while on a moving bus or a train where I have to hold on not to fall.
I must put down everything in my hands and use my phone with both hands for everything.
There is no rule that says the screen size must get bigger with each upgrade in memory or capabilities, and yet it does. For most men, it’s just one small, added benefit. For many women, though it’s a reminder that the tech industry doesn’t always remember or count your existence.
Just so we are clear: I don’t want a pink phone, I don’t want “women’s applications” and I don’t want ruffles or hello kitty on my phone.
I merely want a design that acknowledges that women exist, and women often have smaller hands than men.
How did you come to realise you were agender? Because I've been thinking I might be (well maybe 'my brain keeps sucker punching my sense of myself as cis' is more accurate)
When I really think about it, it wasn’t so much realizing that I could be agender so much as realizing that the word “agender,” upon discovering it, described everything I already felt, if that makes any sense.
For my entire life, I’ve straddled the gender lines. I was a little girl who wanted gold high heels for Christmas and dressed like I was going to high court, yet I brawled with the boys during recess. I cut my hair short as soon as my age hit double digits, but painted my bedroom bright pink. I didn’t think twice about choosing to live as a boy named Alex for several years, and not a single member of my family seemed to think that was out of character. Even though I sang soprano in choir, my natural speaking voice was deeper and more gruff than most of the boys I went to school with.
I was just “me.” I felt a little weird when people referred to me as a girl, yet being labeled a boy just didn’t feel right, either. Yet, I was in the fortunate position of growing up in a diverse neighborhood with a very liberal family, so I didn’t have to push myself into any boxes before I was ready. I honestly just didn’t think about my gender for years.
It wasn’t until I read about the concept of “agender” a few years ago that I had an “aha” moment. It essentially described how I felt and how I had been living my life; it was the first time I had ever heard a person described that sounded like me.
The funny thing is: I think a lot more people fit into that term than they realize, because “agender” is essentially saying "my gender isn’t important to me, (but my lack of gender kind of is.*)" Obviously, we need better marketing. But like my upbringing, I want everyone to have the chance to suss out their own identities. There’s a huge myriad of ways to be human, after all.
My dad just said: at your age you’ll probably wanna try a lot of things. Boys, girls, being a girl, being a boy, being punk or goth or spunky. And im okay with that. As long as you don’t come home and tell me youre a republican
parents who care
As long as you don’t come home and tell me youre a republican
“Civil War succeeded because its themes felt important, because it seemed to raise hard and high questions and challenge heroes with ambiguity and realpolitik. In the end, though, it is a story about a dude in an all over body condom with wings on the head trying to punch a law but settling for punching a grown man who pretends to be a robot.”—fuckyeahblackwidow in an ask today (via capnromanoff)
“We do exist. I am a black woman who at one time wished to write comics. I know of other black women who are currently writing comics: Marguerite Abouet, Carol Burrell, Spike (C. Spike Trotman), Alitha Martinez, Ashley A. Woods, Regine Sawyer, Jennifer Crute, Starline Hodge, etc. You’ve likely not seen them at many conventions due to the minuscule budget that self-publishing provides, but they exist. Perhaps they are not in great numbers, but they exist and are doing everything financially possible to increase their visibility (websites, interviews, etc.). When established male creators at well-known publishers go on popular, high-traffic websites and state that black women who write or wish to write comics don’t exist it makes it harder for the black women writers that do exist to gain visibility. People will make no effort to seek them out. An offhand comment, even one that is well meaning, can have a negative impact and be demoralizing.”—Cheryl Lynn Eaton (via digital-femme)
If the Winter Soldier was responsible for the Kennedy assassination and Magneto tried to STOP the Kennedy assassination then that must mean somehow Magneto lost a fight to a guy wITH AN ENTirE ARm MADE OF METAL
That would make Magneto either an idiot or a lying bastard… now which is more plausible?
“Above anything else, stay true to yourself. Whether that means for you that you like to have blue hair, or you don’t like to drink, or you are attracted to the same sex, or you want to remove yourself from Facebook, or you’ve got 3 different kids from 3 different dads but you know you’re a really good mom, or you cry for a week because your turtle died. Whatever your truth is, stay true to yourself. But be a good person while you’re at it.”—
The wonderful Gillian Anderson speaks about feminism (above), wanting a role in the female-led Ghostbusters, and how she can eat more chicken nuggets than you. Yes, YOU.
“There’s a second interesting tidbit in all that “lesbians are more likely to be fat” business. As it turns out, queer girls (lesbians AND bisexuals) are ALSO more likely to NOT THINK they’re fat, even when their BMI puts them in one of the “overweight” categories. On the flip side, straight girls are more likely to think of themselves as fat even when they’re not. That’s right, “overweight” queer ladies tend to be less critical of their bodies than straight women. Researchers want to call this a problem of self-perception, but I have a different theory. It could be, perhaps, that queer girl culture doesn’t suffer the incessant, unreasonable pressure of the male gaze in the same way that straight girl culture does. After all, if you don’t have to concern yourself with attracting men as romantic partners, it’s considerable more reasonable to not give a fuck about their photoshopped-magazine-and-mainstream-pornography-fueled beauty standards, and you might be less likely to internalize that garbage.”—Lesbian Obesity Study Misses the Point: We Don’t Care If We’re Fat
1. Don’t try to piss quietly. Nobody in a public restroom thinks you’re knitting in your stall. They came to piss, just like you. And if you have to take a dump, do it. Get over your fear of public toilets. It’ll make life a lot easier.
2. Masturbate. Masturbate a lot. Talk about it with your friends. You’ve got the right to make yourself feel good and brag about it just like all the boys with extra large kleenex packages on their desks.
3. If you want the large fries, get the large fries. Hunger and appetite are nothing to be ashamed of, just human. Don’t ever feel guilty for eating in front of others. You need to nourish your body to stay alive. We all do.
4. Laugh as loud as you have to, no matter if you snort or gasp or literally scream.
5. Fart when you have to.
6. Always remember you weren’t born to visually please others. Forget the phrase “what if they think it’s ugly”. If you think it’s lovely, it is lovely. You wanna wear it, wear it!
7. Speak your mind! You can learn to do so without insulting others or shoving your opinion down other people’s throats.
“Oh, but things will change. We’re at that horrible stage now. See, in the early days there were just geeks, and everything was just cool and groovy ‘cause a lot of me is a geek too, so I can dig that, I don’t have a problem with that. And ten years from now everybody will be hardwired so the IT community will just be a reflection of the broader community, and that will be fine. It will be more multicultural, it will be fifty percent women and it won’t be quite so masturbatory and loud and ignorant. But right now we got the worst period, where the IT community is basically a lot of American college kids with free access and no brain.”— Andrew Eldritch in an interview in 1998.
“The joke behind Squirrel Girl, created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko, is that she’s an unlikely hero who looks sort of ridiculous in her furry mammal costume, yet somehow she proves unbeatable against every dangerous villain or crazed maniac she meets. One may wonder if the gimmick has the sticking power to support an ongoing series, but it’s worked pretty well for Batman for the last 75 years.”—
“According to a report from Variety that just popped up online, Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to join the cast of in Captain America 3 for an adaptation of the “Civil War” storyline. Featuring the introduction of the Superhero Registration Act that forces all superheroes to essentially become government employees, the film pits RDJ’s pro-registration Stark against Chris Evans’ anti-registration Steve Rogers. Given Captain America: the Winter Soldier’s existence as basically Avengers 1.5, it’s also perhaps fair to assume that the introduction of the SRA will come as a result of Age of Ultron, which most rumors point to being Tony’s “fault” thus giving him a very plausible reason for signing up to work with the government to protect us all against the dangers of superheroes.”—Robert Downey Jr. Joining the Cast of “Captain America 3″ for “Civil War” Adaptation
YOU KNOW HOW WE ALL LOVED CAP 2 AND WERE EAGERLY AWAITING NEWS OF CAP 3…
"AS LONG AS WE GET A GOOD CAP 3 I AM FINE!" I said. "I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE REST AS LONG AS STEVE’S STORY ARC IS GOOD!" I said. "MARVEL’S GOING TO HELL BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE CAP 3!" I said. OH. HOW. VERY. NAIVE. I. WAS.
This is so fucking dumb. Get ready for Avengers 3: Iron Man, Ant-Man, and Dr. Strange! The movie we have dreamed about for years! AWESOME. AWESOME. We could, of course, have had a movie about Steve and Bucky (and other stuff obviously, but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN), but no, no, instead we will have MORE FUCKING IRON MAN, BECAUSE THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED. MORE TONY STARK. TONY STARK IN EVERYTHING.
Maybe they figured out that a Bucky-centric movie would be appealing to The Wimminfolk and were like, WELL WE HAD BETTER NOT DO THAT THEN, or more likely, just were not thinking about us at all and therefore did not actually consider the fact that THE MOVIE MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA FINANCIALLY ON TOP OF CREATIVELY.
Somewhere, the Russo Brothers and Chris Evans are getting fucking blitzed. Sorry, dudes. Sorry.
I asked my 9 year old cousin Emma if she wanted to be on the phone with me when she watched DW tonight. She’s only allowed to stay up late when DW is on - it’s on an hour later here in Denmark, timezones yo. (she has watched all episodes in the past year and I introduced her yay!)
But her response broke my heart:
"No. He’s making fun of Clara. She’s not fat, mom says. He’s not nice. I don’t like it anymore."
Her mom then told me Emma had asked her if ‘she was big and had big hips? And if the Doctor wouldn’t like her either?’
Her mom said, “but the Doctor loves Clara!”
she then simply responded, “no, that’s not how you treat friends. I would be told off in school if I did that.”
and that’s basically all I have to say. My almost 9 year old’s biggest hero has made her feel fat. Please, Moffat, can’t you write one single episode without making sexist jokes. Please. Please.
FOR FUCK’S SAKE, MOFFAT.
(I feel reminded of that scene in My Mad Fat Diary where Rae’s therapist asks her how/when/why her eight-year-old self went from thinking she was fabulous to thinking she was fat and worthless.)
We found that, upon exposure to sexist humor, men higher in sexism discriminated against women by allocating larger funding cuts to a women’s organization than they did to other organizations.
We also found that, in the presence of sexist humor, participants believed the other participants would approve of the funding cuts to women’s organizations. We believe this shows that humorous disparagement creates the perception of a shared standard of tolerance of discrimination that may guide behavior when people believe others feel the same way.
The research indicates that people should be aware of the prevalence of disparaging humor in popular culture, and that the guise of benign amusement or “it’s just a joke” gives it the potential to be a powerful and widespread force that can legitimize prejudice in our society
Thomas E. Ford, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University (via baebees)