Don’t you understand? This whole time we’ve been missing a key ingredient to getting her to behave!
When your eyes clear, you see the shiniest spirit you've ever squinted at.
The spirit presses itself close to your body and absorbs whatever's leaking out of your wounds. It's at once comforting and vaguely disgusting, but you're too worn out to protest.
Eh, I just do holes and leeches. If you want advice, I guess you could read one of those self-help scrolls... but they're all written by crackpots and weirdos.
----Crackpots and weirdos!? Count me in!
Whoever it is, he shall pay... um, or she.
Can there be more to Carl the diseased weasel than meets the eye? [Carl farts.] Well, there certainly can't be less!
What is it!? A spider!? Is something burning!? Is it on me!? I don't see it! Is it invisible!? Are invisible spiders crawling on me and burning!?
Yae, Lula's love still burns with the heat of one hundred suns, and Argon's love for Lula burns with the heat of... not... any... suns... at all.
Okay, so we'll skip to the girliest of girly things: manipulating boys.
Well, she's smart, and beautiful, and, uh, [chuckling] she says the funniest things, like, "I will conquer the world," and "Evil must triumph over good," you know, that kinda thing.
Oh, I see. Just 'cause she has a diabolical laugh, and commands legions of horrible zombies, and has "Evil Princess" embroidered on all of her hankies, you assume she's evil. That's so shallow!
Thinking quickly, Dave constructs a homemade megaphone using only some string, a squirrel, and a megaphone.
you'd be amazed how strong a tiny elderly lady can be when hallucinating that The Predator is real and she's starring in it -- one night when she got violent, it took four paramedics to wrestle her into the ambulance and take her to a special center with higher security."
Though I suppose it's encouraging to know that Nana's still healthy enough to throw a haymaker if need be.
Hoo-boy, are you poisoned. Are you ever. I mean, you're starting to think "Maybe someone should just put me out of my misery so I don't have to deal with all my liquified internal organs shooting out next time I take a dump." That's how bad you're poisoned.
Yes, Ned's depressing little life seems pointless, indeed. Until one fateful day, when a firey comet hits Ned's zipper! Seconds later, a secret experimental laser bombards the zipper with hyper-violet mercury rays! Then, it is doused with mysterious chemicals, stuck by the mystical powers of the Norse gods, bitten by a radioactive grasshopper, and taught the arcane apocolyptic of cloud men's mind by an inscrutable monk!
Ned: Wow! That hardly Ever happens!
*takes a second to verify my argument with google because i’m pretty sure i know what i’m talking about but i don’t wanna get dragged*
Herbert, what do you say we destroy the northern half of the continent, huh?
-I love a happy ending!
----Happy ending? They're gonna destroy half a continent!
-Yeah, but not the half we live in.
---- Good point.
As you pass through the Black Forest, you suddenly find your foot stuck in a thick, sticky spider web. As you struggle to free yourself, you hear a noise behind you that sounds like weeping.
You whirl to face a giant black widow -- a hideous monstrosity of a spider who just hasn't been the same since her husband was killed by a giant exterminator.
"And what could be more wholesome than the entire family working together as one...to break Fang's spirit and force her to stifle her true self?"
Tin Foil Immateria: This is a small sphere of the purified essence of tin foil. It's very shiny.
what if your phobias are based off how you died in a past life
This meshes with another belief in a scary way for me. You know that myth that says lovers who committed suicide together are reincarnated as twins?
My twin sister and I are both terrified of heights, specifically precipices.
What if I don’t complete the person that completes me?
Put a pancake on a girl’s head when she’s asleep to keep her warm and safe.
The quickest way to cure white boy thirst is to discuss race related topics with them.
Guaranteed your pussy will dry up faster than a drop of water on a hot stove.
don’t you hate it when you offer help and the other person says yes
well this social situation isn’t going the way i acted it out in the shower
--“put that down.”
*sadly smooths collar back down*
do you think in the 1700s there were people who were like nah man Mozart’s a total sellout I only listen to peasants beating things with sticks it’s way more authentic
So the thing about “ethics in gaming journalism” is that for 24 years gamers supported a magazine put out by Nintendo that reviewed Nintendo products
I'm not really interested in critiquing games based on social issues. Not because I think it's bullshit, or because gaming is some sacred space that needs to be immune to college-freshman-caliber criticism. Since Just Cause 2, the only thing I really want to know about a game is whether or not I can surf a jumbo jet into a confused and terrified rice farmer, so 2,000 words about Minecraft's portrayal of sexual politics isn't super relevant to me. That's why I threaten to rape the authors and try to trick police into shooting them in their own living rooms.
Oh wait, no. I just don't read the whole article.
That's way easier.
Don't worry, I'm not getting into the whole Gamergate thing. Especially since it's like three months late, and all the dead horses we've been beating have long since decayed into nutrient-rich soil. There are now pretty purple flowers growing where the horse corpses once lay -- so let us frolic through them, you and I.
I just don't understand why gamers get so upset when people talk about social issues in video games. I get why they may disagree, or find it uninteresting, or not buy the argument -- but that's not what happens. Nothing triggers gamer rage like somebody in a scarf trying to analyze Donkey Kong's imperialist undertones.
You know what else gets that kind of criticism?
Fuckin' everything! Movies, literature, music -- critics have always analyzed media and discussed its influence on society.
So what if some of it is bullshit? For a college course, I once wrote an essay about the role Perfect Strangers played in the first Gulf War (Cousin Larry's apartment is clearly a thinly disguised analogue for Kuwait) and nobody tried to SWAT me. If anything, gamers should think it's awesome that games are finally getting this treatment. It means they're being taken seriously as a medium.
Most games -- like most books, movies, and albums -- aren't high art, but some absolutely are and need to be discussed as such. If that means some 24-year-old white dude with one-third of a haircut finds it sexist that Bayonetta has to suck off the Cosmic Phalluspire to beat the end boss, oh well. That's just a consequence of the fact that we, as a culture, are finally accepting enough of gaming to be kind of snotty about it.
Gaming has risen to the cultural relevance of black-and-white Swedish films and obscure indie bands with too much whistling.
If hot middle-aged women not being appreciated by the average middle-aged men in their lives need to feel good about themselves they should just walk into a room full of 15 to 25-year-old queer girls and see their reaction
i’m sorry but prince charming must have been blind as hell if he had to identify cinderella by using a glass slipper and not the fact that he spent an entire night looking her straight in the face…
I can’t wait till AI tech reaches the point of sass.
“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
therapist:why do you laugh when you say anything negative about yourself
me:cos honestly its hilarious how incompetent i am
is it too much to ask for a book who has a serial killer as a main character but he’s so ridiculously normal and ordinary that you don’t know he’s the killer until the last sentence of the book?
I have a soft spot for parental figures who don’t want to admit they’re parental figures.
"I am not a father," he says as he is followed by a horde of children.
last year a big group of girls in my class were all talking and this one girl was like “im bisexual” and all the girls like stared at her and then the girl goes “dont worry im only attracted to pretty girls” and i was like did she just burn every girl in here i think she did
I honestly love drunk girls so much, last night I was at a party and a girl started crying because she loved my hair
---One time in college, I had a fight with my boyfriend and was sitting outside crying, and a drunk girl came over and gave me a leaf to make me feel better.
shoutout to me for still not having my driver’s license
saving the ozone layer one anxiety at a time
RIGHT so when I started my sociology course in college, my teacher stated us off with
‘well I guess we have to do icebreakers. i’m Jon, and I fear bears. why do I fear bears? because bears can run at 30 miles per hour and Chester Zoo is 30 miles away. that means a bear can be outside this door in an hour. why would a bear be here? because they can smell fear and I fear them.’
if you read in a frog paper “specimen was released in the field immediately after capture” chances are very good that what it actually means is
“i dropped the damn frog and despite the fact that we fell all over each other no one could recapture it”
I hate to say it, but as the chosen one destined to save the world, I’d actually think more than two boys would be interested in me.
how can i communicate to wild bunnies that i am their ally
Funny how so many people assume superman could easily defeat batman based on the fact that he only has money, technology, brains, and no superpowers.
But superman’s long time arch nemesis is lex luthor. A man who only has money, technology, brains and no superpowers.
Master Architect Constructs Most Structurally Innovative Pile Of Dirty Dishes To Date
Videogame protagonists being like: Dedicated young man with no characteristics.
my dad plays badminton with other dads and I told him to start a club called ‘dadminton’ and he let out the most fatherly chortle
Reblog this if you'd hang out with your internet friends if you ever met them in real life.
REBLOG IF YOU WOULD MEET THEM AT THE AIRPORT GATE AND RUN AT EACH OTHER IN SLOW MOTION, ARMS WIDE OPEN WHILE “AT LAST” PLAYS OVER THE PA SYSTEM
When high school teachers tell you, “In college they don’t let you have a notecard, you have to memorize everything,” or “teachers throw away your homework if you don’t put your name on it and they DON’T accept late work.” It’s all bullshit. It’s all fucking bullshit.
High School does an efficient job of making your absolutely terrified of college, while not preparing you whatsoever for college.
Me: *Flirts with someone*
Them: *Flirts back*
Me: Oh shit, I never thought I would get this far. What am I supposed to do now?
We can’t have hydrogen blimps because there’s a very strong chance that a car with a sparkler taped on it will dukes of hazard style ramp up into it and destroy everything
I finally understand
This is a handful of soft feathers from the legendary Phonics. With the advent of instant messaging, the great bird is said to have spontaneously combusted. Legend tells that the Phonics will one day be reborn, and that the rivers will run red with the blood of those who cannot spell.
the best kind of comedy is flagrant lies and nonsense, delivered deadpan and seriously
One time my roommate’s boyfriend tried to break up with her and she literally said “not today, Greg.” And that’s the story of how they’re still together after 3 years.
He was trained in the ancient art of.......walking.
a girl i go to university with goes to house parties once everyones drunk and takes toilet paper so she never had to buy her own
So if you've got bare arms, use them to bear arms, and then you'll be armed for bear.
You investigate the map, and notice a smaller, less confusing map in one of the margins. You follow that map to the eastern shore of the Kingdom, where you encounter a kindly sailor who explains the rest of the map to you.
Mark Twain believed humans are the only evil creatures in existence because of our sense of right and wrong. Nothing a tiger does is immoral because it has no moral sense. Our moral sense curses us with the ability to choose evil, a trait wholly unique to humanity. Mark Twain really fucked me up.
i kinda wanna rebel against society but i also kinda wanna take a nap
---- everything gets so much better after you realize that idleness is strongly discouraged by capitalism, so you can now do both at the same time
this was the most affirming thing i’ve read in my life
Stop devaluing the intelligence of people based off of how well they speak English.
"I take full responsibility for Dumbledore’s Army. They’ve proven that children are, in complete accuracy, more useful than the government." - Order of the Phoenix
person:do you have a tumblr
me:yes but tell me which of my traits led you to that conclusion so i can eliminate it
okay so my grandma had this friend and he was late to everything, but he didn’t really mind, as he would always joke around and say 'oh well, as long as i'm not late to my own funeral'.
he recently passed away and last week at his funeral, everyone was in the church waiting for it to begin. they waited for more than 30 minutes past the set time and then came the news:
the hearse had gotten stuck in traffic. the hearse with his body in it.
he was late to his own fucking funeral.
every rich asshole i went to high school with: i took a semester off to travel around europe
life is too short not to see the sights!
spend your money on experiences and not things!
school will be there when you get back!
me: thats nice…. i cant even justify the expense of buying bandaids right now but thats nice
Why does everyone have to have ‘support’. Be who you are and to hell with anyone who doesn’t like it
----Why? Because you don’t live in this planet alone, that’s why.
I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.
when you shower on a friday night and you feel all that school coming off of you
the most important thing to know about the plot of hamlet is that it’s so convoluted that the main character is kidnapped by pirates and it’s not even really a major plot point
A friend isn’t your friend until they defend you in your absence.
night is just earths shadow falling on you
when i get a new obsession i consider it my civic duty to drag as many people down with me as i possibly can
if you shame girls about their breast size i will push you into traffic
"Who’s flat now?"
today my therapist told me that a panic attack consumes about the same amount of energy as running a marathon and suddenly my lack of energy doesn’t seem so strange
think of life as theatre.
setting your clothes out before bed? think of setting a costume for a quick change. got a big speech tomorrow? think of it as your solo or monologue. having a conversation? think of running lines.
if you screw up—no one knows, for its your show. for all they know, its supposed to go that way. no one is going to judge you. give em the ol razzle dazzle. you got this.
its often better to admit ignorance than to believe something which might be wrong.
lets all agree that going up stairs on all fours is actually the best experience of the whole earth
i am just very uncomfortable with the way i am perceived like there’s a disconnect between my actual identity and the identity ppl assume i have and it makes me uncomfortable and stressed out
i hate teachers who dont let u go to the bathroom because “too many people went already” like yea but none of those people were me and our bladders arent connected so just because they peed already doesnt mean i dont have to pee anymore
How much do you think having adult women play teenagers in television shows contributes to the sexualization of young girls?
when your child comes to you and says “this is something that makes me uncomfortable and unhappy and makes me not want to spend time with you” and you respond with a 20 minute speech that boils down to “deal with it because life sucks” you have no respect for your child and you need to change your parenting tactics
I get why a lot of people hate the whole princess culture aimed at little girls. There’s a hell of a lot of toxic bullshit in there.
But when I was a tiny princess, my dad used to be my royal advisor. He would come to me, and over tea we would discuss the problems of the kingdom. He would tell me that new people wanted to move to the kingdom, and ask me what we should do. Or he would tell me that the teddybears and the dolls were fighting over the enchanted forest, and ask me what to do. Basically, he took the trappings of the princess culture, and used it as a tool to teach me about leadership, civic responsibility, and compassion.
So if you have a little princess around, consider helping her figure out how to run her kingdom. There’s no sense in telling a kid they can’t be a leader, or that they can’t wear sparkles while they do it.
why do i keep laughing at the thought of female!spiderman…(spidergirl? spiderwoman?) getting caught without her mask on and the dude who catches her just goes on a rant about ‘fake geek girls’ and how ‘that costume isn’t even accurate oh my god’ and ‘comic-con was last week’ and her secret identity is saved because some dudebro in a batman t-shirt thinks he’s hot shit
He tilts his beret to a jauntier angle.
Columbusing : the act of “discovering” something by white people that non-white people have known about for years, and yet still taking the credit for discovering it anyways.
Real news is supposed to let people know what the powerful are up to so that power doesn’t become corrupt. But what happens when the powerful own the news.
I don’t dislike learning, I dislike how we are taught.
You know what’s funny? Teachers who are proud of the fact no one passes their class. Why are they so smug that so many kids fail???? A classroom’s grades reflect on a teachers ability to teach??? You??? Suck at your job?????
I can’t express how upset it makes me that shyness in women is sexualized, anger in women is sexualized, ignorance/ lack of intelligence is sexualized, intelligence is sexualized- being a woman is being sexualized for everything you feel or do. And yet, if you’re a sexual woman, you’re demonized
he pair were religious Baptists, but no more devout than the average townsperson. They weren't activists or members of a hate group -- just purely casual advocates for genocide.
clothes offenderman would probably design
-fleece nip up
-tripple deep v-necks
-shirt made out of duct tape
-tops made out of tubing
-triple wide scoopneck
Perhaps one of the most disruptive obstacles when it comes to discussing men's violence against women is the insistence on viewing it as a series of unrelated coincidences rather than part of a continuum. Generally speaking, our society struggles to wrap its head around the idea of mundane barbarism. People speak instead of Evil Monsters, insisting that the vast majority of people are good and decent and that it's not fair to behave as if benign badness walks among us.
The Not-All-Men crew seem infinitely less offended by the troubling statistics around men's violence against women than they are about the potential 'discrimination' against men that might happen when women talk about it.
The truth about evil is that it is almost always perversely banal. With the exception of a handful of cases in which genuine pathology is present, the majority of perpetrators of crime are outwardly normal. They have families, social circles and often employment. Indeed, it's their fundamental ordinariness that makes their crimes so abhorrent and hard to understand.
I do not know of any publicised crimes in which groups of women target individual men to rape them, torture them and then finally murder them. This is not a thing that women do.
Yet all around the world, it appears to be a thing that is certainly done by men to women (and sometimes to other men). In discussing violence, it's dangerous to argue that there are particular crimes we would never or could never do and that therefore we mustn't talk about the potential risk of each and every one of us perpetrating them. Because the truth is, we're all capable of terrifying activity. I would like to think that I could never kill someone, but who's to say if that's true or not? The conditions we live in and under will always exert influence over our behaviour. And the existence of patriarchy and gender inequality is a direct cause of the broad spectrum of violence against women, not an unrelated outlier to it.
If someone ever says that a woman deserved to be raped because of what they were wearing?
That’s basically like admitting that they would willfully attack and rape a prostitute for being a sex worker.
Or in other words, it’s basically like admitting that given the chance, they personally would be a rapist, or at least actively believe that there are a large number of women who deserve to be raped.
Seriously, never use this excuse ever, and if someone you know does, then for petes sake call them out on it.
People have a knack of really over simplifying feminism like “feminism: the radical notion that women are people” or “feminism is literally just believing in equality” like… no its not its so much more complex than that ask any dingus if they think women and men should be equal they’ll probably say yeah but their actions and thoughts probably majorly contradict that so quit acting like anyones a feminist if they vaguely believe women are ok humans
I think this is why so many feminists are skeptical of men who identify as feminists and push their way into feminist spaces without invitation. Because it’s easy as fuck for them to say “I’m a feminist because I believe women are people!” but still cling on to their male privilege, defend their rapist friends, use misogynistic language, make sexist jokes, invalidate women’s stories and experiences, etc.
When the definition is oversimplified, it’s too easy to as a man to call yourself a feminist and use that title to defend your complete lack of doing nothing about it.
Here’s the thing about being pro choice that people don’t get…
You don’t have to morally agree with abortion to be pro choice. That’s why it’s not called pro abortion. It’s an understanding that you can’t make that choice for someone else and they have full control over that not you. It’s pro I’m not the boss of everyone else.
How schools kill creativity:
Student: Wow! I got the right answer to that math problem using a different method that makes much more sense to me!
Math teacher: Wrong. Do it the way I taught you.
"Well on weekends, I date complete assholes."
Almost 20 percent of kids in foster care identify as LGBT, according to a Los Angeles study. That's twice the LGBT rate of the overall country. And the number is likely higher -- foster kids have a pretty good incentive to stay closeted, since each is twice as likely to experience mistreatment as a straight kid and three times as likely to wind up in the hospital. An estimated 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and they're seven times as likely as straight homeless youth to turn to sex work. And it's not just because hobos are irresistibly sexy regardless of gender -- most of them came out and were disowned. When Ron was kicked out, he had his car, his clothes, and about 20 bucks. With school closing down for the summer, he was very much set to be homeless. Instead, he moved in with an older man who lived in Virginia.
they say that there's nothing more important than family. And it's true that your family can be the greatest thing in the world, but they could also just be a bunch of jerks who unfortunately share some of the same twisty bits of DNA as you.
it’s weird how straight boys will find out that a girl is bisexual and then think that girl wants to fuck them with another girl. And if they find out a guy is gay they think that guy wants to fuck them.
No one wants to have sex with you. You are not cute. At all.
(Response to people who refuse to use modern medicine due to Christian religious reasons)
I know you don’t believe in modern medicine, but you do believe in the power of prayer, and through the years, when there was disease or infection, people of good faith would pray to god for a cure. Then isn’t it possible that penicillin, vaccines, and antibiotics are all actually answered prayers? And isn’t it possible that the amazing men and women of medicine who brought about these miracles could be instruments of god’s answers to our prayers?
“No Homo” god said as he put a man’s g-spot up his ass.
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.”
You know how 1st world feminists get told that they don’t need feminism? They’re told that they should be glad they’re not “really oppressed” like the women in 3rd world countries. That things could always be worse?
You know what my mother tells me? She says I don’t need feminism because I should be glad I’m born in an urban city of Pakistan. She says, at least I wasn’t born in a rural area where girls are married off to men twice their age. That things could always be worse.
And our house maid, Shabana, who was married to her uncle at 15 and, at 18, has 2 children, she doesn’t even know what feminism is. She was told by her father that she should be glad her husband doesn’t beat her and hasn’t thrown tehzaab (acid) at her. That things could always be worse.
Am I the only one seeing a very disturbing pattern here?
Antifeminists should stop acting like they give a fuck about women in the developing world. They don’t give a fuck that women are victims of acid attacks, they just want a reason to belittle the problems of women in their own goddamn country.
If they really cared about women, they would start with their own culture and attitude. Instead they utilize other women’s experiences to make the bullshit “it could always be worse!” argument.
Who cares about victims of acid attacks? Feminists do.
"My boyfriend/girlfriend won’t let me"
What was that?
How lovely congratulations on your 3rd parental guardian”
Do you consider yourself morally superior to the people who used to burn witches (and in fact, still do)? I would certainly hope so -- these people are kidnapping innocent men and women and executing them based on a ridiculous superstition. They represent the absolute worst of what we're talking about in this article.
But what if, in some surprising turn of events, it turned out that witches were not only real, but that everything said about them was true? That they do in fact have dark magical powers they use to torture and murder people en masse, including spreading diseases and starvation? And that, since they're magical, the only way to stop them is to kill them? I mean, you cheered when Voldemort died, right?
This, then, is where you realize that you're not necessarily more tolerant than the witch hunters -- you just don't share their belief in witches. Your moral code may in fact be exactly the same as theirs -- you just disagree on that particular fact. And facts can be right or wrong, but they can't be moral or immoral.
Now look at pretty much every single political debate. Both liberals and conservatives agree on the moral principle that government tyranny is bad. They simply disagree on the factual issue of whether or not Obamacare is an example of government tyranny. Which means that in most cases, it's not that your side is moral and theirs is immoral, but that you are simply working from different factual conclusions. It really does ruin the whole good vs. evil narrative that gets us out of bed in the morning.
Now, in order to preserve the good vs. evil narrative, here is where we say that the other side is simply lying about what they believe. The witch hunters didn't really believe in witches; they just wanted an excuse to mutilate women. Conservatives don't really think Obamacare is tyranny; they just want an excuse to keep poor people sick. Liberals don't really think sexism and racism are rampant; they just like to throw out accusations to shut down debate.
This is no doubt true in some cases, but what both sides want to believe is that their enemy, behind closed doors, admits they're evil. Yet, studies to find out whether red or blue is the most moral always show a tie. Ask the subjects to list the moral values they consider important, and you get roughly the same list -- minimizing harm, ensuring fairness, being loyal, respecting authority, preserving purity of body and mind. If they differ, it's only in that the two groups prioritize them differently, but just barely. As we mentioned in No. 4, we don't actually disagree on whether feminism is good or bad -- we are each using totally different definitions of the word.
If you want an everyday example of this, just think of that one friend of yours who seems to have no filter or tact at all -- he's overly blunt with his opinions, ruining moods wherever he goes. It's not that he's immoral; it's that he's prioritizing one moral value (honesty) over another (minimizing emotional harm). And it becomes even harder to hate him when you realize that he's actually making brave moral choices every day -- he may have made a gut-wrenching decision to say your shirt looks like something a bear would shit after eating a clown, specifically because he saw it as the "right" thing to do.
Ask a few people you know what one feature in a person's personality is just a deal-breaker for them -- what trait is single grossest turn-off in a potential friend or mate. What you will find is that their "worst thing a person can be" trait is almost always something they themselves don't struggle with. Go on a bodybuilding forum and listen to them talk about fat lazy "slugs" -- to them, anyone who isn't a bodybuilder must, by definition, be morally inferior. Go on a wealth management forum and listen to them talk about the poor -- clearly they're impoverished because they're so weak and immoral, and unable to control their impulses. Masculine dudebros can't stand "pussies."
In every case, they are careful to define as life's mortal sin the one they're in no danger of committing themselves. This is why racism and misogyny are so appealing -- if life's worst sin is acting like a black person or a woman, well, you're safe just by being a white male. In other words, you set your moral code so that you'll land on the right side of things with minimal effort. You can think of this as your Default Moral Setting, and it's largely determined by where you were born, how you were raised, and what group of friends you fell in with.
if you want to see it in action, imagine you and your mother/wife/girlfriend go to a foreign country. Upon entry, they demand that all of the women remove their shirts and bras so that they can be photographed, for identification purposes. You would think this was disgusting and misogynist, that they secretly just want to see some bare boobs, that they are a weird and backward culture.
And yet, when Muslim women raise this exact objection when they're required to remove their head coverings for ID photos, we say their culture is the primitive, misogynist one. See, because your arbitrary rules about how much of a woman's body should be covered in public are just logical, common sense; theirs are the result of crazy superstition. In reality, both of you are just reacting to your Default Moral Setting, as if it was an absolute truth handed down at the creation of the universe. That other people have different defaults -- and believe in them just as strongly -- is almost impossible to comprehend.
Admit it: You're secretly sure that if you'd been a white man in the Jim Crow South, you'd have been one of the non-racist ones. You'd have been one of the young Germans who didn't get sucked in by Hitler. When imagining ourselves transported to another time and place, we always assume our Default Moral Setting will somehow travel with us, because we can't conceive of a life without it. It is the one thing that makes it almost impossible for us to truly understand one another.
And when you try to get someone to actually deviate from her default, well, that's when every other item on this list assembles itself into a single Voltron to oppose you. You're asking her to A) abandon what has worked for her so far, B) let those evil bastards on the other side win, C) betray her friends, and D) embrace (what she sees as) immorality. Many people would literally rather die.
I got into an argument today with someone who is a landlord, and they were outraged, outraged, to find that their evicted tenants owned an Xbox 360. Never mind that the console was ten years old and worth perhaps $50 on Craigslist, they were outraged that their evicted tenants did not sell it, along with the very clothes on their back, to pay their back rent. I tried to explain to him that when you are $1800 in back rent, $50 isn’t even a dent in that debt. Why bother? Why bother selling that $50 item if it isn’t going to get you any less evicted? If it’s not going to save you, you’ll hold on to it. Money becomes meaningless when you’ll never have enough to hold onto. You just let it flow like water through your hands. It’s all gone anyways, no matter what you do. It was gone before it ever touched you.
The other day I got very mad at someone because their justification of why a family didn’t deserve their council house was because they had decorated the front of their house with xmas lights. DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE TO LIVE WITH NO SMALL PLEASURES AT ALL?!?!? DO YOU REALLY?!?!#um
this topic makes me fucking furious#i will do a murder immediately#don’t#not
only are small pleasures necessary to keep from SPIRALING INTO DEPRESSION WHEN YOU ARE POOR but they are STATUS MARKERS#you
NEED a fucking phone to get a job#you
need a fucking SMARTPHONE to be accepted as a normal person#you
need nice clothes to be treated like you’re worth something#especially
if you’re a poor poc#everyone
about this if you haven’t before#smashes
a vase#fuck capitalism
it’s pretty fucking obvious that men only want to invest in breast cancer research to further degrade, objectify, and jerk off to body parts they already feel 100% entitled to. that’s what is at stake for them.
what about the women whose “tatas” weren’t saved? how must they feel being surrounded by awareness ads that focus more on keeping women’s sexy-sexy-titties-to-continue-titillating-the-males than saving real life human beings and helping survivors?
If anyone’s wondering, those posts came from here. It’s a forum for breast cancer support. Give it a read, and you’ll see how many women are outright abandoned by their husbands, sometimes after being married for decades, because their “tatas” couldn’t be saved.
This culture of “save the tatas” even goes as far as the doctor’s offices themselves. Most doctors request that the husband be present during surgical consultations, as though he has an equal say in the patient-professional discussion.
If the woman is single, as was my case, doctors have actually recommended postponing surgery until she finds a relationship, because “it could be nearly impossible to find someone who accepts it [your unnatural tatas] in years to come”.
I’m 15 months post-mastectomy, and the date I had this past week was the first time since then that a guy hadn’t reacted negatively to my scars. The relief was so overwhelming that I was fighting back tears. When I told him —essentially warning him that my body wasn’t what he must be expecting — I felt so guilty; it seemed to have the same weight and shame as telling someone I had some sort of an incurable STI or a felony record.
I shouldn’t have felt that way. I should not be ashamed of choosing to live.