OH before I go to bed I should convey to you all the weirdest fact I learned today
I learned that when a caterpillar is metamorphosing into a butterfly within the cocoon, it is not, as I previously assumed, slowly growing wings and little antennae and whatever else. If we open a cocoon, apparently what we find is that the caterpillar has actually dissolved into a shapeless goo, from which the butterfly will be formed.
From which the butterfly is formed.
You can, of course, go the philosophical route with this: are they, then, the same creature, pre- and post- this complete reconstitution of the self? If the very brain, the nervous system, has been completely reassembled, how do we identify this as in any way the same?
So here’s the kicker.
Apparently one scientist figured he’d test this out by training a bunch of caterpillars to react negatively to a specific scent, which they would normally not react negatively to. This was all done prior to the cocoon stage.
And these butterflies. These post-goo, completely remade selves? They reacted negatively to the scent, too.
trans folks should not be just a footnote in feminist classes (or anywhere.) You don’t get to spend one or two class periods talking about transgender issues and then go right back to using language that erases the existence of transgender people as soon as you’re done.
there’s 15 year olds on this website who already know they’re asexual that is incredible just incredible when I was 15 all I knew was that I was broken and that something was clearly wrong with me. say what you want about tumblr but I think we can agree that spreading knowledge about alternative sexualities is something done really well here and to the benefit of so many.
Today, a Japanese trans woman was chased off of Tumblr for calling out people in regards of Chihiro’s situation in dan gan ron pa. She explained cultural situation in japan, and why it doesn’t make sense for Chihiro to be trans (all while not even touching headcanon, as she respected people’s view). She got called many slurs, got told to kill herself simply for the fact she could not stand the fact you people only applied americentric points of view onto japanese culture (and character) and decided to call you out on your harmful behaviour towards japanese culture
all she did was protect her culture and stand of lgtb+ people in japan
and it was NOT done by “big bad cishets” by the way
it’s so amusing how offended people get when you’re comfortable with yourself. it’s been so great over the past few months watching people love themselves more. i love selfies and nudes and i love when girls call themselves queens and act like they’re the hottest thing on the planet and if anyone calls you self centered or pretentious blow them the biggest kiss and carry on.
“While evolutionary psychology suggests that women pass on casual sex due to an inherent lack of sexual desire, Conley says there’s an entirely different reason. She posits that women say “thanks, but no thanks” for fear of being judged. She also says that women have serious reservations about whether a one-night stand would be enjoyable with a new partner. She tries to explain to men, “The reason women are turning you down for casual sex seems to be that, for one thing, a lot of you are calling them sluts afterward.” Also, “A lot of you aren’t bothering to try to be good in bed.” Preach.”—
autistic girls, especially black autistic girls, are misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed because of the focus on white cis boys and how they present as autistic
disabled girls and women often have their consent violated, both in medical procedures and otherwise, our bodies and minds are often not considered are own and we are dismissed as not having the capacity to make our own decisions
on top of that many disabled girls are seen as delusional and their speaking out about the abuse they have face, by whatever communication method, is often seen as them making things up and over reacting
many disabled women are fetishised and seen as an outrageous ‘thing’ to fuck, but are not seen as human
disabled girls, especially physically disabled girls, do not live up to ideas of beauty in our society and often have extreme self esteem issues
disabled women and girls face more shit than you could ever know and I need you to understand
"Misandry" may be the most efficient word in the English language. In just one word it condenses the self-denying assholery of "I’m not a racist, but …" with the misogyny of "All women are bitches," throwing in a free persecution-complex bonus, because it’s not like the user was going anywhere. Our previous codeword for "biggest asshole on the planet" took two words because Donald Trump has a first name.
If you think hot women have it easy because everyone wants to have sex at them, you’re both wrong and also the reason you’re wrong. Most people don’t base their quality of life around how hard it is to get laid, because they actually do get laid, and it isn’t that hard to do. Being a straight male is tremendous fun and sexuality’s lowest difficulty setting: You know what you want and everyone else in your demographic will praise you for being able to do it. No one else on the spectrum of sexual orientation can say that. If women hate you for cursing about how stupid “bitches” are, it’s not because you’re the victim of an anti-male conspiracy: It’s because you’re you.
this is what happens when “be nice all the time” culture ruminates and festers and becomes “lets bigots be bigots”
racists ARE NOT NICE. TRANSPHOBES ARE NOT NICE. they are people who would rather people die and suffer than acknowledge their humanity. it’s after a certain point when you REALLY need to examine this. No matter how rude I am. No matter how hateful I am. I am still better than a bigot
I WILL FORCE MY HUMANITY ON EVERYONE. I WILL EXIST OPENLY AND FORCE MY OPPRESSORS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM A HUMAN BEING.
Will it make them uncomfortable? Probably. Too bad I don’t fucking care. Their discomfort does not trump my humanity. So fuck being nice. I will make these fuckers fully aware of the effects of their behavior, in the most immediate and devastating way imaginable.
When they taught you ‘opinions can’t be wrong’ in grade school, they lied to you. Your opinion is not infallible, it is not exempt from criticism or backlash, and it most certainly isn’t always right just because it’s your opinion.
I was thinking yesterday about fandom gatekeepers and straight white fanboys with chips on their shoulders and how much they suck, and while as female fans it’s immensely satisfying to lay the smack down with proof of our nerd cred, I think it’s important to also emphasise that it’s okay to be a ‘casual fan.’
It’s okay to have only seen the Marvel movies and not read the comics. It’s okay to have not seen every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s okay to not have memorised entire scenes worth of dialogue from Star Wars. It’s okay to not know every single detail from 50+ years worth of Captain America continuity.
It’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to ask questions, and it’s okay to walk into a comics store after having seen a cool superhero movie and not know where to start (and by the way, older fans, screaming ‘just google it!’ at a new fan when a new fan asks a basic question is a) rude, b) not actually helpful considering the state of a lot of wikipedia entries).
Everyone was a new fan once. Just because someone is newer to a fandom than you are doesn’t mean they’re less worthy of being treated with respect and courtesy. It’s a fucking fandom, not the Free Masons.
we live in a world where six year olds can jam out to blurred lines, a song about rape, and their parents think they’re the cutest little shits in the world, yet, parents are worried about telling little Jimmy why Sandra has two Dads.
Constantly disappointed in slim friends who label themselves humorously as “fat” or “obese” after eating one meal. Not only is it incredibly fatphobic, but it makes eating a toxic activity for fat friends to participate in around you.
oppressors paint famous radicals as soft pacifists because they know quiet rebellion (read: quiet acceptance of the system) won’t get us anywhere. if you manage to convince someone that their hero was peaceful and kind even in the face of oppression, you manage to squash rebellion before it can rise up.
“of course you don’t fight fire with fire, but you do fight it by suffocating it, drowning it, or stomping it out. you dont stop fire by just standing there and asking it nicely “please dont burn my neighborhood down””—(via tigerthevampirequeen)
“This was about ten years ago but I still think about it to this day. A close friend of mine tried to hide her pregnancy for a long time, as if it would just go away. I finally convinced her to see someone. She went to a place called CareNet, a place we had seen advertisements for in a local paper. It promised a free pregnancy test, sonograms, and reproductive option counseling. She was wooden by the time she went and was most likely completely separated from her pregnancy. So despite the propaganda videos, the pamphlets, and pressure from the center’s staff, she decided she wanted to have an abortion. They told her that there was a week-long waiting period that she had to go through to be sure she really wanted it. She went back a week later still set on having the procedure. The receptionist said, “I’m sorry, I seem to have lost record of your appointment. Come back in four days when the doctor will be here next.” When she went back in four days, they told her the doctor was sick. I told her it seemed sketchy and that she should go to a Planned Parenthood clinic. The nearest one was 45 miles away. Because of her work schedule, she was only able to go five days after that. When she arrived at the clinic they told her she was 17 weeks along. In our state you can only have an abortion up to 16 weeks unless it’s an emergency … She was forced to carry to term and give the baby up for adoption.”—
This is what Crisis Pregnancy Centers do. Their agenda is to prevent as many people as possible from having abortions by any means necessary. They do not care about your health, wishes, or well-being. All they care about is taking away your reproductive choices. They are usually religiously affiliated, deeply misogynistic, and they will lie to you. They do not want to help you. They want to control you.
"i’m not a feminist i just support equality" is 99% of the time code for "i support everyone shutting the fuck up about oppressive systems for the illusion of peace so i don’t have to feel guilty about my benefit from them and my reluctance to effect changes that begin with me"