Return to the Stars

trixalla:

2ndhalfoflife:

phillypu:

Sometimes you just have to recharge.image

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It’s not that I don’t want to be with friends and chill. I love doing that! But sometimes I just need to have some alone time too!

an Introvert Infographic

One of the best explanations, hands down.

This fits with a hypothesis I read somewhere or other that introverts’ brains need more energy to processing faces.

By calling it the "female" body you alienate a lot of your potential audience, such as pre-op trans guys and nonbinary people with vaginas. Vagina =/= female. Gender is a social construct and is not dictated by biology. Sex is also a social construct. Look up the variations in chromosomes; there's more than just XX and XY. Genitals come in different shapes and sizes than just your standard penis and vagina. PLEASE research this if you want to be a body positivity activist.
Anonymous

biologyweeps:

know-your-body:

I don’t remember referring to it as the female body?
There really isn’t any way to be inclusive of EVERYONE. I do use menstruants in regards to period-havers, but in most cases, saying “people with vaginas” and “people with penises” would also exclude people of certain variations. I DO try my best to use “people with vaginas” and “people with penises”, but it’s important to realize that no term is perfect.

As well as this, I know of some transpeople that would prefer me to use the term “XX body” or “XY body”. That would also alienate intersex people. You seriously can’t please everyone.

Also, when I speak about birth control etc., I use the term “women” because damn, if cis-men gave birth, none of this would be an issue. The birth control issue is misogynist, not really transmisogynist - transmen ARE affected by it, but people aren’t actually intending to target transmen, just women.

Also, for the record, gender is most definitely a social construct, but sex is not. biologyweeps can explain this better than I can. Something about gametes and eggs and sperm or whatever. She is (was?) a biology major.

Note that I WILL refer to you as whatever sex you please - I realize that forms and papers often (incorrectly) use sex to refer to gender, which can cause dysphoria - but you’re bringing science into it, so yeah.

*deep sigh*

Female in this context is a MEDICAL TERM. You know how cancer can be both a zodiac sign and disease. Well if you’re talking about cancer in a medical setting you’re most likely talking about the disease. If you’re talking about ‘female’ on a blog about sex ed, you’re most likely working on the medical term of female.

Sex is not a social construct, sex is based (and defined by) the gametes produced by the individual. Small mobile gametes: male. Large immobile ones: female. That’s why we can define male and female for everything from hermaphroditic plants over animals that work via gene dose effects (drosophilia) or with different sex chromosomes (birds). The fact that we reproduce through nothing else but heterosexual reproduction (meaning we need two different kinds of gamete to reproduce) should show you that no, sex is not a social construct. Sex as defined in biology is also not tied to chromosomes. Once you got figured out what sort of gametes are produced, you usually add sex characteristics for a species. Primary ones are directly involved in reproduction normally. Secondary ones don’t have to be and can rage from boobs in humans to the plumage of birds. 

Gender is ALSO not a social construct. Gender is what your brain thinks your body is. In most cases body and brain agree and the person is cis. In the cases where it does not coincide, you get dysphoria, which is the medical symptom of transsexuality. You cannot change your gender because it’s inherent to your body and most likely caused by hormone washes during fetal development. Implying that gender is a social construct is a tactic often used to deny that trans people need to medically transition and indeed, ascertaining that gender is not inherent to the person implies that gender is a choice and that trans people could just chose to stop being trans. Do you really want to argue that way, anon?

GENDER ROLES are a social construct. The whole thing with color preferences and ‘girls are more empathic’ and ‘boys can’t be nurturing’ is for the most part bullshit.

Now onto the ‘penis is not male!’ in humans it is, based on the gamete definition you get additional organs considered male and female based on the production of said gametes. Your gender and your sex don’t have to coincide meaning that you can be very well a woman with a penis, your sex does not delegitimize your gender. However, unless you have fully transitioned, including bottom surgery, you will have to deal with the organs that come with being born biologically female. It’s not pleasant, it’s not fun, but it might be necessary and you will confuse the hell out of your doctor if you show up complaining about strong abdominal pain and never tell them that ovarian cysts might be a problem. That’s why medical forms have the ‘sex’ line somewhere on them. Again, that’s the ‘context of words’ issue I already talked about up there.

As for intersex people, the majority of them is not intersex due to chromosomal aberrations, but due to autosomal mutations you wouldn’t see in a karyotype anyways. Additionally, many intersex people STILL come with organs set one way or the other, at least on the outside, aside from the fact that they might have their own unique health concerns, such as the tendency of streak gonads to go down the way towards cancer. 

Additionally I trust know-your-body to be able to address specific issues as they come up, or find someone who can do it for them. Sometimes you might want to restrict a conversation to a topic. Any conversation can’t every conversation and in such cases it might be more reasonable to have a second conversation about this other, related topic, than to derail the existing conversation with unwieldy wording and yelling. 

On Pacific Rim - Gipsy Danger was named for the de Hallivand Gipsy Engine. I believe, however, that the creators have gone on record saying that they regret the name because it sounds far too like the slur g*psy. Some fans have taken to calling it "Lady Danger" or similar instead. Basically, most of the fandom and a lot of the people who made it agree that the name is crap. I'll say no more on the topic b/c I'm white.

yobaba:

I was born in the early 50′s, spent 8 years in the Air Force, and had the chance to raise two great kids and enjoy a prosperous America before the right wing tentacles grabbed two thirds of our government. I’ve watched this happen in my lifetime as have many of you. Please take a few minutes and…

(Click source to keep reading.)

Imagine if Clark Kent truly believed he didn’t have super powers.

He’d just go around accidentally pulling doors off their hinges, crushing people’s hands when he shook them, creating severe atmospheric disturbances when he went jogging at supersonic speed, etc. All of his friends plead with him to use his powers more responsibly, but he just tells them, “What super powers? I don’t have super powers. You all just need to exercise more, like I do,” and he just continues to destroy everything around him. That’s what you’re doing when you deny your privileges.

teenage-dustpan:

returntothestars:

teenage-dustpan:

fandomsandfeminism:

teenage-dustpan:

fandomsandfeminism:

teenage-dustpan:

teenage-dustpan:

Double Standards

teenage-dustpan:

How come when a guy sleeps around he’s consider ‘the man’ but a girls considered a slut?

How come when an ‘African American’…

My apologizes, I don’t have a degree in mathematics and science. I know enough, however, to understand that science has proofs and things that are just hypothesis that we believe today.

  1. Proofs are for alcohol and mathematics
  2. The big bang theory is not a hypothesis.

The point I’m trying to make is that not everything in science is proven, just like religion.

NOTHING is proven in science because that’s not how science or proof works. Mathematics is the only science that deals with proofs.

No matter how much more we learn about atoms, “atomic theory” will never be “proven” and renamed “atomic fact.” No one believes in atoms on faith. We believe atoms exist because there is verifiable evidence.

Don’t sit there and ask, “Well, how do we really KNOW anything?” and act like faith, which prides itself on a lack of evidence is in anyway comparable to the scientific process.

To those who don’t understand the difference between DC and Marvel,

braidfist:

DC:

image

Marvel:

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WITHIN THE SAME WEEK.

Proofs are for alcohol and mathematics.
Rational Wiki: Proofs (paraphrased)

teenage-dustpan:

fandomsandfeminism:

teenage-dustpan:

fandomsandfeminism:

teenage-dustpan:

teenage-dustpan:

Double Standards

teenage-dustpan:

How come when a guy sleeps around he’s consider ‘the man’ but a girls considered a slut?

How come when an ‘African American’…

My apologizes, I don’t have a degree in mathematics and science. I know enough, however, to understand that science has proofs and things that are just hypothesis that we believe today.

  1. Proofs are for alcohol and mathematics
  2. The big bang theory is not a hypothesis.

fandomsandfeminism:

teenage-dustpan:

fandomsandfeminism:

teenage-dustpan:

teenage-dustpan:

Double Standards

teenage-dustpan:

How come when a guy sleeps around he’s consider ‘the man’ but a girls considered a slut?

How come when an ‘African American’ uses a racial slur it’s okay but when a ‘Caucasian’ does it we have to get Fox News on the case?

How…

Not everything in science is proven. For example: the Big Bang is still hazy. Where did the matter that fueled it come from? What existed before that? How can something have existed forever with no beginning? Today theories are being proven and disproven and science is changing and there are so many unanswered questions. You cannot say you don’t need any faith to believe it.

Acknowledging that there are still areas of inquiry is not the same as faith. We know the big bang happened. We still have more questions about it. No faith is involved in saying that we still have questions.

Maybe you should touch up on your definition of faith.

Faith: 1. To trust, confide in
2. Anything believed
3. Complete trust, confidence, or reliance.

To believe in anything you need to have faith. Nothing is certain.

I don’t have “complete trust” in science. I understand how the scientific process works and how the scientific community functions. I understand that current scientific knowledge is not perfect, and that scientific understanding is constantly being tested, revised, and built upon. The foundation of science is skepticism, not faith.  It is through DOUBT that our body of knowledge grows in science, not in faith in the status quo. That’s the whole point. 

It is a fundamentally different structure of knowledge than religion is. This is not a difficult concept, friend. 

Anyone talking about matter “fueling” the big bang has no business arguing about the philosophy of science.

beeandpuppycat:

Deckard in Apron and Jammies
From this fall’s episode premiere.

beeandpuppycat:

Deckard in Apron and Jammies

From this fall’s episode premiere.

sagansense:

asapscience:

Nike iss commemorating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar walk with these *out of this world* Air Max Lunar 90s (had to). BUZZ ALDRIN, GET ON THIS, HYPEBEAST.Available July 20 for $145USD here.

Please. Want. Now.

I would never stop moonwalking. 

sagansense:

asapscience:

Nike iss commemorating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar walk with these *out of this world* Air Max Lunar 90s (had to). BUZZ ALDRIN, GET ON THIS, HYPEBEAST.

Available July 20 for $145USD here.

Please. Want. Now.

I would never stop moonwalking. 

fandomsandfeminism:

greekgodsforsocialjustice:

humanslothking:

If feminists ever do achieve their goal of desexualising boobs and the female anatomy, I’m wondering how this is going to have an impact on certain women. For instance, I guess models and sex workers will be made redundant, no more getting free drinks at the bar, no more…

How do they even plan to desexualize boobs? Like how are you going to force males and lesbians to stop being aroused by them? Do they just think by walking around with thier boobs out in public that magically they are no longer sexualized and everyone who is aroused by them no longer is?

-Prometheus

Here’s the thing though: breasts AREN’T sexualized in all cultures and in all points through time. This isn’t some innate facet of human nature. It’s a cultural norm, and those CAN shift with time. There are MANY cultures where breasts are no more sexualized that kneecaps. 

Breasts are no more sexual than nipples that aren’t on breasts. They are just a part of anatomy. And yes, you can think they are attractive, just like you can find someone’s lips or nose or collarbone attractive, but they aren’t somehow inherently sexual. They aren’t sex organs. 

So yes, emphasizing these parts of our bodies as normal non-sexual features is important. This mainly plays out in laws and mores surrounding public breastfeeding and double standards in public indecency laws. 

"I interviewed a young anthropologist working with women in Mali, a country in Africa where women go around with bare breasts. They’re always feeding their babies. And when she told them that in our culture men are fascinated with breasts there was an instant of shock. The women burst out laughing. They laughed so hard, they fell on the floor. They said, ‘You mean, men act like babies?’ "

-Carolyn Latteier, Breasts, the women’s perspective on an American obsession (X)

fandomsandfeminism:

humanslothking:

If feminists ever do achieve their goal of desexualising boobs and the female anatomy, I’m wondering how this is going to have an impact on certain women who benefit on it. For instance, I guess models and sex workers will be made redundant, no more getting free drinks at the bar, no more getting attention on the internet (particularly cosplayers) who’ll no longer claim fame from horny nerds despite not being unique or interesting in any sort of way. 

You know that not all sex workers, models, and cosplayers have breasts right? And that you can be attractive without breasts? 

And honestly, truly, no longer being objectified and dehumanized and shamed for our anatomy is worth paying for a beer at the bar. The fact that you don’t understand this is pretty telling. 

I like how he literally reduces models and sex workers to a pair of breasts; as if their would suddenly be no demand for either if that one specific part of there body was no longer sexualized: men would suddenly no longer want to pay for sex, and companies would stop wanting attractive people to model their products for them. Boobs being sexy are the only reason those things happen.