Amarni Prive Haute Couture Fall 2012
This fan arrangement of “The Hanging Tree” from Hunger Games is great.
ALSO I’d never made the connection before that in Catching Fire Peeta and Katniss make the promise to meet back up at that tree by midnight. SO. There’s that and now I’m freaked out and sad.
OpenSky jet-powered glider inspired by Japanese anime
In the Japanese animated film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the protagonist explores a post-apocalyptic world riding on a jet-powered glider called a Möwe (also called a mehve in English). When the movie was first released in 1984, a vehicle like that seemed like it could only exist in science fiction, but today one artist is determined to make it a reality. Kazuhiko Hachiya has spent the past decade designing and testing his own single-person glider and recently unveiled a full-sized model with a working jet engine.
Women aged 15-44 are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined.
Feminist talk at Students For Liberty’s 2013 Austin Regional Conference and why feminism is not outdated (via cuntcastle)
& some women - women of color, trans women, disabled women, poor women - are MUCH more likely to experience violence than white/cis/abled/class privileged women (and marginalized women have less recourse in the legal system to have anything done about the violence done to them.)
All women exist in a culture with a specter of violence surrounding them at every turn, but let’s not let aggregate level statistics allow us to believe that we face equal risks.
but no no, feminism is no longer relevant, amirite?
I’ve no reason not to believe this, but I’d still like to see a source.
It’s a figure released by the UN in 2007. (x)
*disclaimer* I am definitely not talking to anyone here but this is in second person because good god I need this off my chest *end disclaimer*:
When I bring up a issue in which I am specifically discussing women, and you try to hijack the conversation by stating that it’s not a women’s issue but a people’s issue and you are a man, you are no longer welcome in that conversation.
You are appropriating female space.*
And no, the physical location of that space does not matter, whether it’s in a living room or a Facebook post or the floor of the Senate. What, do you think that a “women’s spaces” is some special magical place, like, buildings where only women are allowed and in which only women are part of the conversation? No. And what would be the point of that, when we need everyone involved in these conversations if we want to change things for the better?
What it means is, I have made an effort to create a safe-space for issues affecting women - spaces of which there are all too few, because there are always assholes like you waiting in the wings to turn the spotlight back on men. You are making my spaces unsafe and you are attempting to lessen the value of what I am saying by undermining my premise that gender violence is real.
Also? You don’t get to have it both ways.
You don’t get to say things like, “Yeah, I don’t mean to, but when women are talking in movies, I just tune them out" and "I stand by what I said when I screamed in your face that weak women think they can do whatever they want." You don’t get to use clear, specific verbiage that relegates "the female" to the role of a lesser sex - and then, in the next breath, say "I don’t like the idea that our problems are about gender - they are about people."
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t explicitly espouse essentialist, misogynistic attitudes - that you excuse on the basis of "biology" - and then tell me that there is no such thing as misogyny, no such thing as prejudice against certain genders, no such thing as problems that affect women more heavily than they do men.
And if you would like to discuss phenomena of power and oppression and kidnapping and violence, and you don’t understand that there are gendered problems in the world and that these are among them, I have no interest in further conversation with you. Specifically in regards to these discussions but also pretty much in regards to everything.
If you come at me from a default position of assuming that the struggles I and other women face are imaginary, you’re an extra large asshole with a side order of oblivious dickweed and you don’t deserve my time. I wish I didn’t even care enough about your ignorant ass to have to write out this message. But unfortunately, I do. I do - I need to get this shit out of my soul because I have come across too many people like you. I am hurt, and angry, and your ignorance and denial are legitimately frightening to me.
*If, of course, you’re in that space to highlight my how my specific points affect various kinds of women and how we should keep that in mind, I’m more than cool with that. But since you are too blind to reality to accept that gendered problems exist in the first place, I really don’t think you’re going to be smart enough to bring in nuances of color and creed and class that would actually enhance the discussion rather than derail it as your interruptions do.
TL;DR: GTFO of my space my head my broken heart you insignificant piece of ignorant shit