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I am a feminist because when I tell people I am an actress, they ask if I’ve slept with directors, because it is so inconceivable to them that as a woman I should receive a part based on my talent and not how good I am in bed.

I am a feminist because the boys that I live with think it is okay to tell me to wear a thong because my panty line makes them uncomfortable.
The day I dress for a man is the day I’m dressed for Heaven.

I am a feminist because when I wore a backless dress on New Year’s Eve, a man told me that it meant that I was “asking for it”, and the way he said it I knew he accepted it as a fact. I gave him the middle finger and glared at any man who leered at me that night.

I am a feminist because since the age of 12 I have been told that a boy’s education is more important than my own, through the classes missed because my shoulders are showing and my shorts length is distracting the boys.

I am a feminist because when I walk across campus, passing a group of boys 12 feet from my residence fills me with such terror that my feet speed up and tears burn at the corners of my eyes.

I am a feminist because the first thing I do when I see a man on the street is think of all possible escape routes and take an inventory of what I can use as a weapon.

I am a feminist because seeing a man stare at me through the bus window fills me with dread, not only from a fear of being attacked but because I know I will be told it was my fault for taking the bus alone.

I am a feminist because statistics say 1 in 5 woman are victims of sexual assault, and that means that at least one of my baby cousins, at least one of my best friends, will be or has been assaulted and that thought makes me physically ill.

I am a feminist because people still think it’s okay to ignore the problem, because the first response when I bring up the issue is “not all men”. No, not all men, but enough men that I can’t walk home alone. Every man I see is innocent or a potential rapist, and there is no in between.

I am a feminist because girls are still taught that if they don’t take protective measures, the rape is their fault, and boys are never taught that just because she is a woman, does not mean she is theirs to touch.

I am a feminist because feminism is about fighting for gender equality, for making the streets a safer place to be alone, for making the issue one that is discussed openly without anger.

I am a feminist, and if you have a problem with that, you can go home alone tonight.

For The Boys Who Won’t Date Feminists, M.M.A. (via osnesqueen)

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Atelier 8000 design cuboidal mountain hut for Slovakia

Designed as part of an architectural design competition, this mountain hut almost resembles a rubiks cube left lying in the snow. While still in an early design stage, if built the building would be constructed from birch and adorned with an outer skin of photovoltaic cells and aluminium. 

Inside, the interior spaces are open and clad almost entirely in wood. Slanted and irregular thanks to the lopsided positioning of the exterior, the three main floors are drowned in natural light and would house a snowmobile garage, ski storage and bathrooms, as well as a restaurant and recovery area. Due to its location, the building would have to rely upon sustainable technologies to function; in addition to the solar cells, the cube would feature on-site wastewater treatment, rainwater collection and a biofuel generator. 

See more at: Gizmag

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thisguyknowswhatimtalkingabout:

Remember when I blindly hated Russel Brand? I fucked up.

"They’re in a better position to judge than I am."

I think this is how most open minded people who value communication, connection, and are willing to learn from others think.

…Did… Did Russel Brand just explain how to react to being called out on something? 

Huh.

(Source: idontcareimjustinspired)

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This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 

Yup.

So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

One the worst moments in Family Guy history when it comes to Meg’s character and abuse is in the episode “Seahorse Seashell Party”.  During the episode a hurricane hits town and the entire family is shut in the house because of it.  After a while everybody starts to get frustrated and they all turn on Meg - pulling out all the usual insults and abuse she’s used to.

Meg finally hits her break point and snaps - telling the entire family off (save for Stewie and Brian who are doing their own subplot).  She calls out Chris, Peter, and Lois on their abuse bullying and all three of them end up realizing what terrible people they are end up turning on each other and treating each other the same way Meg was treated for years.

All three leave which leaves Meg and Brian alone in the living room.  Brian congratulates Meg for finally standing up for herself but after seeing how her family easily turned on each other she realizes that she HAS to be the one to be abused in the family because otherwise the entire family would crash and burn.  She apologizes to everybody and tells them that she was just taking out her own problems on them which leads to the entire family retuning to their abusive ways towards her.

She has no character past that and when she finally stood up for herself she decided that things were BETTER when she was being abused.  

Meg’s entire character SOLELY exists to be abused by the family.  She is nothing more than a punchline on the show and its fucking disgusting.

May sound silly, but as a kind Lisa Simpson was such a big empowerment for me. She’s smart, passionate, and refuses to comprise her own beliefs. There was one episode when Lisa was sad. She didn’t totally know why she was, she just was. In Attempt to help her Marge tells Lisa to just ‘fake it’ so people will like her. And when Marge sees the ultmite result of that she back tracks, telling Lisa that she needs to be who she is and feel how she feels and no matter what they(her family) will be there. This is something that we see on the Simpsons a lot. Dispute their distinction they love and care for each other deeply.

(Source: fyspringfield.com)

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