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  1. Yes more please I love that pie

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  3. nardzbarr:


    i will cosplay pretty ladies and i will cosplay scary men. i will cosplay scary ladies and i will cosplay pretty men. i will cosplay what i want and i will look fabulous.

    das rite. that is how you do it

    Hellllll yeah

  4. 28, 2月 2014 252 notes
  5. "What do you call someone who doesn't like the idea of abortion, but has no desire to impugn on others' rights? i.e "Don't like abortion? Fine, don't have one but don't try to impose your views on others""





    The greatest success of the pro-life movement has been to confuse people about what it means to actually be pro-life and convince people that simply being uncomfortable with the idea of abortion fits the description.

    It does NOT.


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  7. Done-ion Rings
  8. dannyandthebeej:

    Dan and Brian discuss how not to break up with a girl

    I have absolutely no idea why this is so funny to me

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  9. comic-chick:

    I feel like there is a really great story behind that rule and I would love to know it.

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  11. june2734:

    "With my heart full of gratitude for everything good in the world.
    I’ll put down my pen.”

    Satoshi Kon 1963 - 2010

    R.I.P and thank you for the masterpieces you left behind.

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  13. For those attending Ohayocon, there are some things you should know. »


    I have debated for a long time whether or not to take this case public, but since Ohayocon is right around the corner the time seems right. I will never be attending Ohayocon again because of how my friend was treated there last year, and I feel this isn’t something that should be swept under the…

    Wow. Suddenly I’m regretting my decision not to go to Ohayo a lot less…

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  15. "The perpetuation of the mythology that trans women deserve violence because we “deceive” straight men needs to be debunked and put to rest once and for all."
    — Laverne Cox, in a Huffington Post essay for Transgender Day of Remembrance (via janetmock)
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  17. How Ableism Creates the Idea of "Special" Needs, and Why It's Harmful »


    SRS: Yellow

    tw: ableism, ableist teacher


    I’m a disabled person, and I also work at the Disability Services Office at a college.

    Not very long ago, a professor rushed into our office flustered and angry because

    1. She had a blind student in her…

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  19. On Asian "accents" »


    It started when I was in kindergarten, and I was so proud I did not have to go to Bingo class, unlike my friends, because I could speak good English -

    although I had no idea what a yellow dog that could spell had anything to do with Chinese.

    (I figure out now that it was…

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  21. "So, yes, for the fucking love of God, movies matter. TV shows matter. Novels matter. They shape the lens through which you see the world. The very fact that you don’t think they matter, that even right now you’re still resisting the idea, is what makes all of this so dangerous to you — you watch movies so you can turn off your brain and let your guard down. But while your guard is down, you’re letting them jack directly into that part of your brain that creates your mythology. If you think about it, it’s an awesome responsibility on the part of the storyteller. And you’re comfortable handing that responsibility over to Michael Bay."

    5 Ways You Don’t Realize Movies Are Controlling Your Brain (via quantumstarlight)

    AKA Why Representation Matters.

    (via thebicker)

    This is probably one of the most important things you can read if you’re still asking yourself the questions:

    1. “Why does this blog need to exist?”

    2. “Why do people still think people of color were invented 100 years ago?”

    3. “Why are there so many just plain wrong ideas about the past in regard to racial diversity?”

    4. “Why are so many people so utterly convinced that there were no [insert marginalized group here] in history?”

    5. “Why do you even care? It’s just a movie/book/show!”

    (via medievalpoc)

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  23. wheeliewifee:


A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.
On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.
Via Mobility Van Videos by EJ Dulina

Reblogged this yesterday from a different source, but I think this photograph is more powerful.

I love this so much I’ll reblog it a million times!



    A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.

    On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.

    Via Mobility Van Videos by EJ Dulina

    Reblogged this yesterday from a different source, but I think this photograph is more powerful.

    I love this so much I’ll reblog it a million times!

    (出典: proletarianpekingese)

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    22, 12月 2013 14422 notes
  25. freedominwickedness:





    A video made for the Museum of Cluny, and its “The Sword: Uses, Myths and Symbols” exhibit. It tries to dispel some of the beliefs that are still prevalent today about the weight and mobility of fighters in plate armor and show some of the techniques used in combat against armored opponents

    I’m always pleased to see videos like this. It’s as if people won’t believe unless they’re shown (and there are always some who go “ah, yes, well, in aluminium stage armour it’s easy.”)

    Well, the Museum Cluny video, like the Royal Armoury demo team, uses real steel armour: those two pictures at the start show the originals; the video uses reproductions because no curator will let someone take two exhibits from his museum and roll them around on flagstones. Mike Loades in the UK has been doing similar armour demonstrations for years, as has Tobias Capwell of the Wallace Collection. Eventually the old “clunky, immobile, in with a wrench, out with a can-opener” image of plate armour will go away – but I won’t hold my breath. (That shade of purple isn’t a good complexion anyway…)

    Even the faster demonstrations of these combat techniques are still dialled back to about half speed. Try to visualise how much quicker and more brutal this would be if the two fighters meant business, when the first rule was Do It To Him As Quickly As Possible Before He Does It To You.

    Writer and swordsman Guy Windsor writes about doing motion-capture work for a computer game; his completely authentic techniques couldn’t be used because they were so small, fast and economical. The game needed big swashing movements because the real thing looked unrealistic, too insignificant to be effective…

    You won’t see a “killing fight” (full speed, full power, full intent) recreated very often, either on documentaries or in museum exhibitions, because it’s very, very dangerous for (when you think about it) obvious reasons. These techniques from 600-year-old fight manuals were how men in armour maimed and killed other men in armour - and since they’re the original material, not a re-interpretation after 600 years of being diluted down to sport-safe levels, the techniques will still maim and kill men in armour. Even a blunt “safe” sword is pointed enough (first demo on the video, 1:54-59) to go into a helmet’s eye-slot and through the skull inside…

    But if you’re lucky enough to see a full-speed demo between fighters in real armour using wasters (wooden practice swords), be prepared to pick your jaw up from the floor. It is awesome. And also as scary as hell.

    Comments on comments:

    "Pretty much proof positive that the people who claim that skimpy female fantasy armor is for increased maneuverability don’t know what they’re talking about."

    They know exactly what they’re talking about. They want to see T&A on fantasy game and book covers, and since they don’t have the balls to be honest about it, this is their excuse.

    It amazes me that the old saws about Western armour and techniques are still going about, because surely two minutes’ thought would let you know that of course knights had to be able to get up off the ground…  Europeans were wearing armour for centuries, why wouldn’t they develop techniques of fighting in it?

    It’s easier to laugh (do the same people laugh about samurai?) and repeat what “everyone knows about armour" than it is to waste that two minutes thought. Thinking might reveal something to mess with set opinions, and that would be annoying…

    Biggest pet peeve: People commenting on the weight and shape of armour restricting mobility…

    As before - “everybody knows" that European armour is massive and clunky because that’s what "everybody knows.” God forbid they should ever apply the “if it was so useless then why was it used" logic to anything. Because then they might realise that what "everybody knows" is wrong.

    I’m going off to (not) hold my breath for a while… :-P

    I saw this video in the fascinating special exhibit at Cluny last time we were in Paris. So pleased to be able to have it on tap, because it was most excellent.

    There goes the last concern I had about not shoehorning in more penalties for armor in A Wilder World.

    The only realistic “penalty” for armor is sheer cost — in strictly realistic terms, only the very richest nobles could afford full plate armor. Armor of that quality isn’t just “masterwork”, it’s masterwork worth more money than even a minor noble would see in a lifetime.

    Full plate is basically, “the king, the king’s elite guard, top nobles, and maybe a handful of their most elite”. Anyone lesser than that is wearing half-plate at best; half-plate is much less expensive because it doesn’t require the total custom fitting that full plate does.

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  27. http://feministdisney.tumblr.com/post/70804648009/lozateazer-feministdisney »






    I was at the Disney store today looking for toys for my niece and right as I walked in I heard a black mother say “They have one Tiana doll. They have

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  29. medievalpoc:

    The Sa’wkele, The Ku-Ku, The Boqta, The Henin: How the Mongol Occupation of Europe Changed European Women’s Fashion Forever

    One of the most immediately recognizable symbols of the European Middle Ages is the towering, often conical or cylindrical, women’s headdresses popular throughout Europe in the 15th century. To this day, the tall, often veil-decorated “Princess Hat” is immediately known even to American children as a sign of feminine stature, nobility, and elegance. Tiny, cheap versions of this hat are sold to women and little girls by the millions at Renaissance Faires, theme parks, costume shops, and carnivals all over the United States. They look something like this:


    In just about every American imagination, nothing is more essentially European than the elaborate, gravity-defying tall headdress or henin worn by the noblest women of history. Indeed, the European Henin is synonymous to many Americans as a visual symbol of frail feminity, “Faire Maydens”, milky complexions and delicate white women who must be protected by knights, preferably in shining armor.


    (psst. notice people of color in this miniature from Boccaccio’s The Fall of Princes: more on that in later posts)

    But what if I told you the heads this historical hat truly belongs on are not only those of women of color, but unrivaled Warrior Queens who ruled a vast empire, went to war with infant sons strapped to their backs, and commanded armies of tens of thousands?


    There is something that not even doctorate-holding Western Medievalists and Medieval Fashion experts will tell you, and may not even be aware of: The Henin did not spring out of nothingness to adorn the heads of European noblewomen.

    The European Henin is modeled directly after the willow-withe and felt Boqta (Ku-Ku) of Mongolian Queens, which could reach over five to seven feet in height.


    Mongolian women’s boqta also had a special role: because men and women’s clothing were more or less exactly the same in design, appearance and function, reflecting thousands of years of more or less equal rights between the genders, the women’s tall headdresses served to differentiate men and women from a distance.

    Mongolian equestrian culture influenced fashion as well as martial technology: the headdresses would have been even more impressive on horseback. The higher a woman’s position, the taller, richer, and more elaborately decorated the headdress.

    The important cultural role of the headdress is elaborated upon in Weatherford’s Secret History of the Mongol Queens, in this portion about the warrior Queen Maduhai as she prepares to lead her soldiers to war:

    The chronicles all agree that she fixed her hair to accommodate her quiver. The hairstyle of noble married women of that era precluded fighting or any other manual endeavor. She removed the headdress of peace and put on her helmet for war.

    By taking off her queenly headdress, known as the boqta, she removed virtually the only piece of clothing that separated a man from a woman. The boqta ranks as one of the most ostentatious headdresses of history, but it had been highly treasured by noble Mongol women since the founding of the empire.* The head structure of willow branches, covered with green felt, rose in a narrow column three to four feet high, gradually changing from a round base to a square top…The higher the rank, the more elaborate the boqta, and as a queen, Mandhui would have worn a highly elaborate one. A variety of decorative items such as peacock or mallard feathers adorned the top with a loose attachment that kept them upright but allowed them to flutter high above the woman’s head.

    The contraption struck many foreign visitors as odd**, but the Mongol Empire had enjoyed such prestige that medieval women of Europe imitated it with the hennin, a large cone-shaped headdress that sat towards the back of the head rather than rising straight up from it as among the Mongols. With no good source of peacock feathers, European noblewomen generally substituted gauzy streamers flowing in the wind at the top.

    * The ebook preview is truncated. I happen to own the book and have typed out the rest of the passage from hard copy.

    ** This statement reflects the bias of the author (Weatherford)-foreign visitors found the boqta overwhelmingly impressive statements of wealth. For primary source description contemporaneous with women in the boqta (c. the 1200s), keep reading below the cut!


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