1. 10:51 22nd Aug 2014

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    Reblogged from barbex

    Anonymous said: what about Gaza and Ferguson John? do they not deserve your respect? you're such a hypocrite, i's disgusting


    I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.

    Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.

    Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only  whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.

    I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.

    The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.

    I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”

    But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.

    At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.

    I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.

  2. 10:12 21st Aug 2014

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    Playing old games on modern hardware is amusing sometimes.

    Playing old games on modern hardware is amusing sometimes.

  3. 19:57 20th Aug 2014

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    Reblogged from leather-jacket-nepeta





    When spoken word artist Brenna Twohy tells you that she is an unabashed devotee of all things “Potterotica” — erotic fiction based in the magical universe of Harry Potter — your response probably shouldn’t be that her taste is “unrealistic.” 

    Watch her full monologue here. 

    (Source: National Poetry Slam uploaded by Button Poetry)

    I’m happy to be getting to the point where I don’t have to feel weird about enjoying fanfiction, or having written a bunch of it. Partly it’s that the fandom experience has become more broadly shared. Partly it’s that I stopped giving a shit.

    And as for why I like the porny sort of fanfiction, see above. She says it better.

    I like sex with context. I like sex when it involves fully fleshed out characters. I like the backstories. I like feeling like these people do other things when they aren’t having sex.

  4. 19:24

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  5. 17:49

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    Reblogged from mindofamaddock

    Tags: Fergusonracismsocial justice



    Going on right now in Ferguson: Police are raiding a church that has been stocked with medical supplies, food, and tear gas recovery kits for community members engaging in protests. This cannot be allowed to continue.

    Stand up, speak out. 

    This is real life. (x)

  6. 17:45

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    Reblogged from knightarcana






    July 28th, 2014: Out and about in New York City

    How problematic

    im gonna fuckin throw up

    Okay, okay calm down, people.

    While you are all losing your mind over ‘cultural appropriation” of an Indian dress, nobody actually consulted THE INDIANS. 

    In our country, if a foreigner wears an Indian saree, we actually appreciate it. It shows that the foreigner respects us enough to try our clothes. And the saree, mind you, is not a religious thing. Hindus can wear sarees, Muslims can wear sarees, Sikh’s can wear sarees, Jain’s can wear sarees and so on.

    Like Americans have short dresses, compare that with sarees. Going to a party? Saree. Going to temple? Saree, and so on.

    Some Indians wear it, some don’t. Some hate it and think its oppressing, some love embracing the unique style.

    Point is, don’t hate on her for wearing this. Don’t hate on anyone for wearing sarees or any variations of sarees. We love to see others embracing our culture. Why do you think we open our gates to allow everyone to practice yoga and find spiritual meaning?

    Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread.

    I did not know this. That is really interesting to find out. Thanks for the information.

    "Culture is not meant to be kept within four walls, it should be spread."

    (Source: ladyxgaga)

  7. 22:54 19th Aug 2014

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    Reblogged from mizzbiscuit


    "this is the internet, i can say whatever i want" is a super creepy and obvious way to say "when there are no obvious consequences for my actions i lack all empathy"

    (Source: womxxn)

  8. 22:17

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    Reblogged from astralfitz

    Tags: Star Trek



    Star Trek + Social Commentary (context in the captions)

    THIS is what the original Star Trek TV series and films were about. Not just about blowing up things in space and snazzy lens flares with a side order of casual sexism -.-‘.

    dude do you know how many people I have pissed off by saying the exact same thing?

    Not enough people.

    (Source: thevoyagereternals)

  9. 22:11

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    Reblogged from feather-in-my-cap-and-cheese

  10. 21:27

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    Reblogged from astralfitz

    Tags: Dragon Age IIDragon AgeBioWareEA


    Describe Dragon Age 2 in one sentence.