April 23, 2014

larrycoincidences:

do you ever have a plan for the day and suddenly it’s 4pm and you’ve achieved literally nothing 

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April 22, 2014
daisiesforprudence:

rubyreed:

A few of my favorite activities.

i like how they put capitalism in fun letters

daisiesforprudence:

rubyreed:

A few of my favorite activities.

i like how they put capitalism in fun letters

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April 21, 2014

black-australia:

lost-soul-in-paradise:

call-of-cthulhu:

sinidentidades:

 Australia’s history of racism towards Aboriginals is absolutely disgusting. 

Until the mid-60s, indigenous Australians came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an indigenous Australian meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.

To this day, Australia breaks every code of the Geneva Convention when it comes to indigenous Australians and their human rights. The “public housing” that the government has given them are one-bedroom shacks with no running water, no electricity and no gas, that entire families are forced to live in. These shacks are in communities in the outback, as far away from “civilised” society as possible. Out of sight, out of mind.

Indigenous Australians that live in the city are commonly forced to live in very dangerous and derelict areas that the government gives very little funding towards. Redfern in Sydney is a highly indigenous Australian populated suburb that is rife with crime, unemployment and horrendous living conditions. The government does next to nothing to help these people, either.

Whenever riots have broken out as a result of incredibly low morale, the police and the government are very quick to point all the blame at the indigenous Australians and say that they are the cause of their own problems, rather than looking at what the actual cause is.

Unemployment rates amongst indigenous Australians is astronomical. Crime rates are astronomical. Suicide rates are extremely high within the indigenous Australian community. Death from inadequate living conditions and inadequate health care is common. Brutality towards indigenous Australians is common.

The way many indigenous Australians are forced to live is equivalent to that of what one would expect from a third-world country. Indigenous Australians are considered by the UN to be one of the most horrendously marginalised groups in the world.

And how does the government amend all of this? With a national “Sorry Day”, where white people plant a hand in some designated area of soil as a token of their white guilt, and then continue going about their white privileged day.

On top of that, white people here commonly bitch and complain about how “good” indigenous Australians have it and how “thankful” they ought to be to the white man for improving their quality of life. Meanwhile, indigenous Australians have lost almost all sense of identity and culture because of white colonisation.

What is left of Aboriginal identity and culture has been nearly completely destroyed. And most people in this disgustingly privileged country do not give a single god damn fuck.

Australia is a disgusting country when it comes to racism. I am disgusted by my own country.

:(

Reblogging this again because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples seriously do not get enough coverage in the world media and it is much the same even in Australia. 

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I never wanted anyone else
Don’t want anyone else but you
I do adore
The hand that I’ve been dealt

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fuckyeahfelines:

Well… the box explicitly says it’s a box made for her, so Nina has the right to be in it.
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fuckyeahfelines:

Well… the box explicitly says it’s a box made for her, so Nina has the right to be in it.

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April 20, 2014
Act my age?
What the fuck is that, “act my age”?
What do I care how old I am?
The Ocean is old as fuck.
It will still drown your ass with vigor.
the greatest thing i have ever read (via jessicarabbrit)

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April 19, 2014
Do not try to be pretty. You weren’t meant to be pretty; you were meant to burn down the earth and graffiti the sky. Don’t let anyone ever simplify you to just “pretty.”
Things I Wish My Mother Had Taught Me | d.a.s   (via queenoakenshield)

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m—ag:

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This dynamic has, unfortunately, long been a staple of sitcoms. Nothing draws out a romantic relationship longer than a guy pursuing an uninterested woman with increasing desperation. Ross’ through-line of being creepy about Rachel continued unabated right through their relationship; Niles pined for Daphne so long even the dog got tired of it. And you don’t have to look far to find this dynamic currently airing. On The Mindy Project, male nurse Morgan casually harasses fellow nurse Tamra, clearly unwanted and occasionally flat-out delusional. (In the winter finale, he asks a doctor, “Every time I ask Tamra out, she says no. Do you think she has a crush on me?”) It passes largely without comment, and while the show’s general consensus is that Morgan’s an off-putting cog in the Shulman & Associates machine, it’s also not as though anyone’s made him knock it off […]

Of course, plenty of good comedy features exaggeration of everyday ills—making light of the tragedy of life is the reason comedy exists. But dismissing the creeper dynamic when a guy won’t leave a woman alone downplays an often-dangerous real-life situation in a way that falling over a bunch of times in a yoga class doesn’t. And things played as textually creepy on Mad Men or Law & Order are being played for laughs in sitcoms with almost no change of context, except one: Sitcoms pretend there are no consequences for the woman being pursued. In most sitcoms, there’s an acknowledged comfort zone that allows us to enjoy what might be uncomfortable in something more realistic: We know these heroes are essentially harmless. The objects of their affection can turn them down a hundred times, and the gentleman will go right on as he has before, until sweeps week forces them into a locked closet together or makes them pretend to be married. She’s never punished at work for turning down the advances of a lovelorn superior. She’s never in danger of the behavior escalating into violence. Everything’s fine. It’s funny. (Also funny: Boyle’s behavior so far this season hits every single bullet point for the Romantic Stalker on this list of warning signs from the Network for Surviving Stalking.)

And that’s the problem: A generation of romantic comedies rewarding men for diligently pursuing a woman until she caves has normalized a behavior that has direct and unwelcome corollaries in real life. In an era when we’re having open conversations about representation and sensitivity in comedy, the shtick of a guy who won’t take no for an answer has lost any charm it once held. It’s become either a romantic signpost to set up a long-term romantic dynamic (which it shouldn’t), or it’s shorthand to denote a clueless creep while rarely taking him to task for it.

- Genevieve Valentine, “The Full Boyle: Guys who don’t hear “no” just aren’t funny anymore

I read this piece from the A.V. Club about Brooklyn Nine-Nine and was strongly reminded of the conversation we had in August about the way Doctor Who has romanticized and normalized stalking in several episodes. Though the situations are in many ways different, both are part of a broader narrative that normalizes (or, in Doctor Who's case, romanticizes) creepy, aggressive behaviors by men pursuing women. 

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I’m so fucking done with the “persistent romance” trope. “Well, he just likes her so much!” Right, okay, maybe if he likes her so much he should try fucking respecting her wishes and not being a creeper — but wait, I forgot, the fact that he wants to bone her is so much more important than the fact that she’s not interested. Because hey, eventually she’ll be interested, because a woman’s desires aren’t as important as the fact that she is desired. The part of her journey that’s important is the path that takes her to what the guy wanted all along.

And you know what, in addition to the fact that it trivializes something that’s a huge fucking problem for women — or many things, stalking in particular but rape culture in general, because no is never allowed to mean no, is it? no always means “coy” or “try again later,” no becomes a lock that you have to pick because you cannot stand the idea that a door may not be open to you, because you deserve to get through that door because you want it so much, because you have been so patient; and even more generally patriarchy, because women’s desires and development are unimportant when a man is there, wanting things — in addition to all that bullshit, it’s also just narratively really fucking obnoxious. Boring, too.

Think about it. What do you want in a long-form narrative? A gradual process of development and change, right? Things shifting organically to take the story in new and interesting directions so you’re not just repeating the same shit over and over again, because we live in a post-Cheers world and our sitcoms have serialized elements. There’s continuity. We can’t get away with Gilligan trying to leave the island every damn episode.

But with “entitled asshole pining lead dude pursues woman until she caves” has an obvious endpoint, and that’s the “she caves” part. That’s not development and change. That’s “the same thing happens until it has happened for long enough and a different thing happens.” And once that’s happened… what, game over? Boop boop boop, he’s won, pinball in the hole? So she has to keep resisting, otherwise there’s nothing there, which means that neither of them are allowed to grow organically in the way that everyone fucking does over the course of ten years. “I pine. You say no.” Their relationships with other people never lead them forward so much as lead them back, in a really unhealthy way.

"Get the fuck over yourself and leave her alone, you piece of human mold, she’s NOT INTERESTED."

Also “eventually she caves” is like the shittiest character progression ever. But, honestly, what can you expect from a trope that treats its female characters as simultaneously an obstacle and a prize?

You know what’s an interesting process of development and change? Two people who grow, and over the process of growing realise that they may or may not be well-suited to each other. Or, a person being in love with someone who isn’t interested, and then learning how to move the fuck on. And you know what, maybe down the road, they’ll both reevaluate and realise that they’re meant to be, but I’ll believe and appreciate that moment one hell of a lot more if they’ve actually respected each others’ fucking boundaries in the meantime.

The stories we see matter.

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April 18, 2014
so-hockey-eh:

For peskyhockey  - Datsyuk’s insane between the legs drag pass to himself to set up his goal!

so-hockey-eh:

For peskyhockey  - Datsyuk’s insane between the legs drag pass to himself to set up his goal!

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