Friday, September 12, 2014
Fall is almost here

Fall is almost here

Monday, September 8, 2014
Beautiful sky tonight

Beautiful sky tonight

View from my balcony #nofilter

View from my balcony #nofilter

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worldoflis:

girldwarf:

Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College

YAAAAEEESSSSSSS

You know what I like, and feel is so important? That he doesn’t say “Men thinks those are THEIR positions”. He says “We think those are OUR positions.”

As a male feminist, he still doesn’t exclude himself from the group of men.

(Source: exgynocraticgrrl)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

sopopapaija:

kiwialldaylong:

‘Serpentine’ by Mark Laita, Amazing Photographs Of Snakes With Gorgeous Graphic Patterns On Their Skin

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sievish:

supernatasha:

part-ofthecult:

Hogwarts Founders
» Idris Elba // Lucy Liu // Hrithik Roshan // Angel Coulby

While I do love that whoever made this did a good job matching actors to characters, the one issue I have is that Hogwarts is in England and what founded several centuries ago. I’m not saying that there wouldn’t have been blacks or asians in England at the time, but it’s still a historical inaccuracy to depict them as anything other than white Englishmen, since the culture of England at the time wouldn’t have had room for blacks and asians as anything other than slaves or traders.

Please don’t take this as me being racist, this is just me with a debilitating and incurable need for historical accuracy.

So let’s see. The Sorting claims it’s origins about a thousand or so years ago in it’s song, which implies the 1000s. JK Rowling described them as “medieval," which is about 500 to 1500, again agreeing with our 1000 date. So let’s work with that. We’ve got a pretty decent timeline to work with here. 

There have been black people in Scotland since “classical times,” and black moors present in James IV’s royal court in the 1500s, plus there’s St. Deiniol in Wales in the 500s, implying black people were also in the religious court instead of all just slaves and servants. Therefore, could a strong and fearless future-Gryffindor have ancestry native to the Isles? Hmmm.

Hannibal of Carthage was definitely not white (at least not in the modern sense). As a matter of fact, many Mediterranean descended people are mixed with Central Asians, South Asians, and North Africans so… But anyway, in 1555, black men were learning to be interpreters in London to help with trading in the Ghanian region. Here’s a coat of arms with black people on it dated 1616. Also, literally how do you not know about Dido Elizabeth Belle, an aristocratic lady of Scotland from the 1700s???

The Romani migrated out what is now modern day India and Pakistan in about the 1000s, so add in that they’re wizards who can fly and all that jazz, they could’ve easily gotten there within a year or two and settled in Scotland once they learned white people weren’t treating them very kindly. There you go, that’s how a South Asian Slytherin made it to Scotland just in time to found Hogwarts.

Here’s desi people of color from the Indian subcontinent, called Lascars, who had been sailing in Europe from as early as the 1400s, possibly earlier, still fitting that there could’ve been wizards in the British Isles about a hundred or so years earlier. Art from the 1600s showing brown men in turbans. Here’s an Indian man who in the 1700s ran a successful restaurant in England and taught white people to shampoo their hair lol.

Japanese emissaries came to Europe as early as 1584 and observed there were already Chinese and Japanese slaves among the overwhelmingly black slaves, something blamed on Christianity, which was part of the reason why Japan vehemently became isolated from that point.

Also about East Asia, Mongolian Genghis Khan made it to about Poland-ish in the 1200s, so it’s not a far bet to say the Chinese (who were also conquered by Khan on his way to Europe) could’ve found their way to Scotland around that time or a few hundred years earlier. Along with a smart cookie who would go on to be the founder of Ravenclaw.

Native Americans, of course, have been present in Europe for a while. In the 1500s, Manteo and Wanchese arrived in London. There’s evidence the Vikings and Indigenous Americans were friendly long before when Columbus blah blah, and there’s even evidence of Native Americans in Holland that’s like 2000 years old. Could a kind and loyal future Hufflepuff be one of those mixed race indigenous American-Africans?

ALSO considering the fact that Binns (the history professor at Hogwarts) specifically stated that witches and wizards were being persecuted and Hogwarts was built out of sight of Muggle eyes, it’s completely possible that POC came to Scotland and built the castle happily for other magical humans to have a safe place. Since HP universe is a fantasy anyway, read these article while you’re at it.

So yeah, I understand your implication that you don’t want to be racist or anything like that (bc being called racist is ofc so much worse than actually being ignorant), but POC were not just traders and slaves in the British Isles, they were a fuckton of other things your history books aren’t telling you (or trying to intentionally steer you away from). So me having an all-brown cast for a location in a dominantly-white place I’m sure is irking the fuck out of you, and that makes me so glad to see you confronted with that “incurable” need for historical accuracy you have.

And check out this rad blog: Racebending Harry Potter.

Also it’s a story about a magical community where cars fly and dragons protect banks underground, can ignoramus over here bend their brain to surmise that EVEN IF PoC didn’t exist in the British isles (they did ofc) in the year 1000 they might exist within the magical community?

dancing-betta:

calamityeggplant:

iloveherthatwomanin12b:

mamarenren:

She’s 50 years old
She’s older than both Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo.
and she does all her own stunts


AND she’s the voice of Mulan

Her name is Ming-Na Wen and she’s the best <3

Damn!

dancing-betta:

calamityeggplant:

iloveherthatwomanin12b:

mamarenren:

She’s 50 years old

She’s older than both Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo.

and she does all her own stunts

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AND she’s the voice of Mulan

Her name is Ming-Na Wen and she’s the best <3

Damn!

(Source: matureresponsibleadult)

"Trains have been the main source of transportation in Bollywood, since the beginning of time. They meet for the first time, or separate for the last time. A new story may unfold, while another just might end. Trains are unpredictable, as are your destinations…"

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bovington:

Rain.

bovington:

Rain.

at New Milford Village Green

at New Milford Village Green

Hanging on the tank  (at New Milford Village Green)

Hanging on the tank (at New Milford Village Green)

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Got my hair done today and I&#8217;m feeling 100% better about myself. I thought I would be traumatized trying to find someone new to trust with my hair; I had been with Annette for almost 10 years. Who knew that I&#8217;d find an awesome guy to do my hair and chat about fantasy football! #100happydays #toribshappydays #day34 #freshcut

Got my hair done today and I’m feeling 100% better about myself. I thought I would be traumatized trying to find someone new to trust with my hair; I had been with Annette for almost 10 years. Who knew that I’d find an awesome guy to do my hair and chat about fantasy football! #100happydays #toribshappydays #day34 #freshcut