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Jul 29 2014
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panicatthedisco:

Hello, Cleveland! Our show tomorrow will be streaming LIVE on Yahoo Screen 9:30pm ET don’t miss a thing. #YahooLive 

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Jul 27 2014
Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
— John Huston Finley (via aquoteadaykeepsthemonstersaway)

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Jul 26 2014
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hercules:

The truth behind the legend. Dwayne Johnson is HERCULES, in theaters July 25th. 

Just got back from this. It was fun.

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Jul 25 2014

Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner attend HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ panel and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego

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Jul 24 2014

greenbergsays:

Do you know what fandom has done for me?

Fandom made me feel normal. Fandom taught me about myself, taught me sexuality and gender and taught me that I don’t have to listen to people when they tell me I’m too harsh on men or that my expectations are too high. It gave me people to talk to when I felt alone and it gave me a voice when I thought I didn’t have one.

But more than anything, fandom has given me fanfiction.

I’ve been writing fic since I was twelve. I wasn’t any good in the beginning - none of us are - but fanfiction and the constant feedback helped me to realize the pitfalls of my writing, the tactics I fell back on again and again.

Fanfiction taught me how to develop a world. It taught me how to develop characters as individuals, it taught me about character flaws and character strengths, and about motive and emotion and so many other things.

Fanfiction has given me a expansive vocabulary that surprises most people.

Fanfiction has allowed me to explore sexuality and gender and kinks to my heart’s desire and all without ever having to face the judgmental looks of the real world. Because I am a female and a female shouldn’t have these thoughts or urges, a “proper female” should not know about the things I know about.

You know what else fandom and fanfiction has done? It told me otherwise. It told me that I was beautiful and perfect just the way I am. I don’t need to change and I don’t need to be ashamed and anyone who makes me feel like that is an asshole.

You might not think I’m a good writer and that’s okay. On my worst days, I’d agree with you. But in my bones, I know I was born to do this one thing. I was born to write and fanfiction continues to help me develop this skill into something I can hopefully call my career one day.

Fandom is the breeding ground for the next generation of authors and screenwriters and fanfiction is the tool we use to get better.

So don’t you dare mock fandom and don’t you dare mock fanfiction because it is so much more important than your shitty television show will ever be.

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Jul 23 2014

Today was sand, hard wood and a big hole in the ground! Painted Desert, Petrified Forest & the Meteor Crater. De is the one that took the super awesome stone cock and balls photo. She didn’t even do it on purpose. So hilarious. Good day.

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Jul 21 2014

Today we went to the Arboretum at Flagstaff. I had to explain what an arboretum even was to this one guy, and after fumbling around a bit I finally came up with “It’s like a zoo for plants.” Which, it is. It even has an airborne raptors show. Which was super fun. Then we went to the Riordan Mansion which was an interesting view into the past. The last photo is from out back of the house.

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Jul 20 2014

Today we rode the Arizona Snowbowl Skyride. Fanfuckingtastic view, nice chill air, really fucking bright sun.

Then we headed back toward town and stopped at the Museum of Northern Arizona. It’s a private, non-profit, museum that also funds science research. The docent that led the highlights tour was really enthusiastic and it was great to listen to her. It was also really nice to hear someone discuss the reality of the history of the Earth (and life on it) without putting in qualifiers to avoid offending dumbasses. I didn’t take many photos there, I was too busy looking. They had lots of Native art, both ancient and modern. Really amazing.

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Jul 19 2014
You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.
— Eliezer Yudkowsky (via abundance-mine)

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I’m glad to see you’re having a good time. Tell you know who that she’s not allowed to trip and fall — especially over the edge of the Grand Canyon.

*giggles* We’re both being VERY careful. No watching the scenery while we walk. If we want to look at something we have to stand still first. :D

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Yesterday we went to Sunset Volcano Crater park, saw lots of really awesome geology and flora and looked at Native ruins. After that we went over to Grand Canyon, had lunch, during which time a bee tried to kill himself in our grape jelly jar. I scooped him out and that’s him above trying to get all the jelly off him. We didn’t do all of the south side of Grand Canyon because we took so long along the way that it was nearly dusk by the time we got to one of the exits.

All in all, an awesome day.

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lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

They should both be added to our lexicon. Angritter is when your angry-bitter but are holding it in, gritting your teeth. Bangry is when you’re so fucking pissed you are banging the keyboard when you type.

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Jul 18 2014
Power feminism is just another scam in which women get to play patriarchs and pretend that the power we seek and gain liberates us.

bell hooks

Let’s talk about this quote for a second.

I remember I attended a college lecture about what feminism means in America and how imperial politics and economic gaps between the West and East render what women want and consider pivotal to their feminism as conflicting and even antagonistic to each other.

My feminism, first and foremost, will always be anti-imperialism.

Imperial politics are dangerous and the very essence of narcissism. Imperial politics demonstrated within a feminist frame usually goes as follows: the most privileged women, ie. those who have access to technology, representation, occupy a particular media-friendly image or ideology and have access to those in higher slots in society are allotted platforms to speak about their experiences as women and without question, this gets presumptuously labelled “women’s experiences”. Being that women who are globally bestowed the highest tier are usually allowed such room to speak, their minimal struggles are then homogenized as the quintessential female experience and misogyny is wholeheartedly announced a tangible issue that can be easily eradicated out of modern Western society.

Its no accident that women of color, women in occupied regions and those who face mass political or economic repression and their words which don’t satisfy neoliberal, imperialist gaze are deemed anti-progressive, race baiters, backwards, terrorist apologists, etc. Our complex, multi-faceted struggles within a white supremacist empire tap into too many accepted status quos for the average American moderate. It forces those who legitimize the war on terror and view racism as an entity of the past to confront their own unsightly prejudices and the systematic brutality their nations enacts on various global societies, as well as within its borders. Its easier to find (and fabricate) any reason to demonize the likes of Trayvon Martin and his family for his own tragic demise or deem young Yemeni children necessary collateral damage for “the greater good” than to examine what other oppressions beyond misogyny exist that unquestionably burden the lives of otherized communities, including and especially the women in said communities.

Power feminism expects women to unanimously rejoice in the presidential election of Hillary Clinton, while her administration carries out the same murderous policies as her predecessors. Power feminism labels any legitimate criticism of influential women as inherent egregious misogyny. Power feminism devalues the loss of women’s lives abroad, while infantizling their independent resistance and stripping their agency by shamelessly declaring intervention as saving them. Power feminism within an imperialistic frame needs the hyper-demonization of otherized communities to justify its occupation. Power feminism can be even more dangerous than ruthless misogyny because of its insidious nature and lack of culpability.

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Jul 17 2014

Today we took a very long and leisurely scenic drive. The photos here are all from the scenic outlook just north of Jerome.

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acupofteaandmore:

if i ever misgender you or use slang (bro, man, gurl, dude) that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable please tell me because your gender identity and comfort is more important than any word i may use to refer to you

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