Posted 3 hours ago

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

Posted 3 hours ago

atomic-glitter:

Y’know, generally, when there’s an issue and I think that both sides are wrong, I stay out of it. I don’t agree with either position, so why would I put myself onto either side? They’ll tire each other out anyway - why would I want to insert myself and end up defending a position that I just said I don’t agree with, tiring myself out over something I’m not attached to and never going to be attached to? That makes sense, right?

So, why is it that every time I see an argument or some issue between a feminist and some prejudiced asshole, people always pop up out of the woodwork to say they don’t agree with either side, but then they go an align themselves with the asshole anyway? Like, what sense does that make? And it’s a consistent pattern with some people! I mean, if I didn’t like two people and they were constantly arguing, why would I get in the way to defend person B if I think they’re being as much of a douche bag as person A? Why would I constantly do that every time A and B were fighting? I must have some preference for B over A because there’s no other reason I would be constantly taking their side!

Posted 3 hours ago

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Posted 3 hours ago
The "you're making feminism negative" argument always blows my mind like wow I didn't realize feminism was a super fun happy girl's club and not you know... an absolute necessity that came from women experiencing unspeakable violence and being robbed of our rights as human beings?
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misandry-mermaid:

Nailed it.

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killbenedictcumberbatch:

daemutt:

teslaarmor:

walkingthenarrowway:

loldonthate:

fight the law within the law. know your rights and utilize them.

can this be everywhere in harlem, BX, and BK please? kthx.

Also, remember the magic words “I do not consent to ANY searches and or seizures”

As if this is gonna stop cops from killing black people lol

yeah this literally only works for white ppl
remember that video of the white guy sitting in his car and being like “i dont consent to being searched im not gonna lower my window” like if he was black they would have dragged his out the car and beaten him to death

killbenedictcumberbatch:

daemutt:

teslaarmor:

walkingthenarrowway:

loldonthate:

fight the law within the law. know your rights and utilize them.

can this be everywhere in harlem, BX, and BK please? kthx.

Also, remember the magic words “I do not consent to ANY searches and or seizures”

As if this is gonna stop cops from killing black people lol

yeah this literally only works for white ppl

remember that video of the white guy sitting in his car and being like “i dont consent to being searched im not gonna lower my window” like if he was black they would have dragged his out the car and beaten him to death

(Source: thinksquad)

Posted 4 hours ago

allerasphinx:

theblacksmithsdaughter:

note-a-bear:

popca:

lol good lord

Basically: white people ruin everything we can’t even have shit that is literally brown stay brown :|

here is a link to the actual article though.

His discovery prompted French botanist Jean Michel Claude Richard to claim that he had in fact taught Albius the technique years earlier, and some of the French press would later claim that Albius was white. (This journal article from 1900 acknowledges that Albius was a black slave, and also says his master had him study botany.) Albius was eventually freed when slavery was abolished in 1848, and he died in poverty. But the hand-pollinating technique he created is still used on vanilla plants today, which is one of the reasons why pure vanilla flavor is still so expensive.

but of course!

Posted 4 hours ago

kinkyturtle:

2damnfeisty:

thecroptopmovement:

Willow Smith’s crop top style.

That girl is going to slay the game in a few years, watch. She is going to be the new supermodel.

willow smith has been killin it since she was like 8, she’s so amazing

Posted 4 hours ago

andante-ace:

kitpocket:

airbrush clouds cause Im lazy

OH NO THAT’S REALLY CUTE

BEST

Posted 4 hours ago

kinomatika:

p33p:

PSA: If an artist charges you a flat rate for a commission, tipping is definitely a thing you can do to even out the price if you think they should be charging more. Or it could just be a favor for the artist. Either way, it is always greatly appreciated.

SECONDED SO HARD

Posted 4 hours ago

rs620:

"Being black is not a crime." South Sudanese and Eritrean refugees protest against prosecution in Tel Aviv, Israel 

Posted 4 hours ago

dutchbag:

tinyglowingtardis:

dutchbag:

Reminder that Eddie Izzard is not cis male and openly identifies as trans, I see that getting erased and forgotten a lot.

Reminder that there’s a huge difference between transgendered and transvestite. He likes to wear dresses and heels and make up, he doesn’t identify as a woman.

Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard says being transgender is a gift

Eddie Izzard, coming out and f-m genderspazzing.

Eddie Izzard on Atheism, Transgender, and “The Invisible Bloke Upstairs”

Eddie Izzard actively uses the word transgender as an identifier for themselves. Transvestite is indeed part of their identity but it is very important not to erase their identity as transgender as well.

 Eddie Izzard does not identify “fully” as female but that does not change anything.

Posted 5 hours ago

anatomicalart:

figsnstripes:

Link to Homestuck Design Contest Page

E-Mail What Pumpkin Link

What Pumpkin on twitter

Sources: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]

Hot Topic is known amongst artist groups as one of the worst offenders of art theft in U.S. retailers. I know artists are important to What Pumpkin, and I’d imagine multiple cases of art theft would be a very big deal. The most well-known of the cases were stolen fan art from independent artists, which is the same demographic the Design Contest was aimed to.  I’m an artist myself and I wouldn’t want to support a store that steals from my peers.

The people running Hot Topic have zero respect to artists and to copyright law. They’ve been ripping-off independent artists’ storefronts, and continue do so. The whole company really should have been shut down long ago.

If you support artists, independent, fan artist, or any kind, you should oppose Hot Topic and MSPA’s association with them!

Tell What Pumpkin to kick Hot Topic out of the Design contest RIGHT NOW.

We have so little time left to stop this please tell them that it is completely unacceptable to do any sort of business with petty art thieves.

Even if you don’t know what to say, or if you think it would compromise the contestants; It won’t. Just please voice your thoughts in anyway you can put them. Don’t let Hot Topic get a dime out of Homestuck.

And I might note that it’s worth keeping an eye out to make sure your own work in’t taken advantage of.

Posted 5 hours ago

thesuperfeyneednoshoes:

scattered-minutiae:

Summary of executive function and how impairments in EF can manifest in autistic individuals. Lots more details in the executive function series

Reblogging to read later.