sometimes i think that i am not so stereotypical of an american
and then i remember that i consider the coke freestyle machine one of the greatest modern inventions
i mean look at this thing
over 100 choices, computerized mixing, one spout, touch screen, ice dispenser
have u ever seen anything so wondrous and beautiful??
just to be clear - a woman who created a hashtag meant to convey the message “no, not all may be sexual aggressors but yes, all women have experienced sexism to some degree” shut down her account after repeated harassment. she wasn’t generalizing men. she wasn’t making broad, sweeping statements that people claim are the problem with women’s movements. she was only opening a conversation centered around personal stories. what is anyone supposed to take from this except that many people are simply not interested in hearing these stories at all, as sugarcoated as they may be, as tactfully they may be put? not without redirecting the conversation to focus away from women, at any rate.
Are you fucking kidding me? I hate everyone.
I hate when people people say ‘god you’re the one bringing that up all that social justice all the time shut up and enjoy it’ whenever criticizing a piece of media
Like don’t you get it?
How are people supposed to enjoy something that is racist and sexist and homophobic?
why are we always required to ‘enjoy’ the problematic aspects of something?
girls, who were bullied most of their life and gain confidence at one point, should be feared most because they dont take anyone’s shit no longer and they will destroy you if you think otherwise
Maybe when you were a child your father always shook down the wasp nest
or took to it with a bat until it exploded into Northern Lights.
And most people assumed it would always be your father doing that,
were never able to see how your mother already was:
sending beacons of light out into the world through her stomach
after her body had already taken so much beating like the nest itself.
Maybe as you grew up you learned women are born with all the eggs
they’ll ever have, and maybe when the doctor said you weren’t able
to have children, you thought for just a split second
you’d cracked the eggs too hard when having sex,
that all the yolk had splattered down like the remains of a tiny bird,
and if you just prayed hard enough to whomever it is some women pray to
they’d give you more that you could balance better next time.
Maybe the rain, even at its most ferocious pressure,
makes your skin feel safer than any man’s touch ever did or ever will.
Maybe the rain has a body you’d feel comfortable in.
And maybe the stone fruits, peaches and apricots and cherries, make you wistful
that your heart is so soft and ripe and ruined so easily
in just a few seconds when someone else wanders in.
But shhh, shhh. You do have a will of stone.
You have beauty and resolve like a mountain wall.
You are going to last longer than you know.
Maybe you can finally think of yourself as the sea
instead of the shore:
For the sea always rises up, time and time again,
no matter how many times the whale
threatens to spill it over.
Sikandra - Akbar’s Tomb Agra, India
it’s the 8th month
I cracked the code
October is the 10th month though
It was originally the 8th month but then Julius fucking Caesar decided to add in July and August after himself and his nephew Augustus
we should totally just stab caesar
You would think that teenagers would be the rudest customers when really it’s mostly old, middle-aged people.
problematic shit that martin freeman has said that people refuse to fucking look at:
- “When I moved up here this woman I know said, ‘Ooh! There are a lot of whiteys up there’, and I said, ‘I love white people; I’ve no problem with them at all. The idea was that I was going to complain because there weren’t enough blues dances out here; not enough ragga around. But I’m not bothered by it.”
- “Multiculturalism hasn’t and doesn’t help, because rightly or wrongly it polarises people so much. Racism is one thing and I don’t agree with that in any form but noticing that there are differences is normal and fine and to be encouraged.”
- “We’ve reached a state now where it’s, ‘You shouldn’t notice. Why are you noticing he’s got a bomb and has a beard and is Muslim and wants to kill your family?”
- “There is no country in the world like this. If all of a sudden all the traffic wardens in Ghana were Welsh, they’d really notice and might not love it. We give ourselves a hard time in this country in a sort of mea culpa way. But if we were that racist, people wouldn’t come. Very simple.”
- "I really liked hip-hop until the gangsta rap took over. I come from a time when not every rap record was ‘[n-word]’ this and ‘[n-worda]’ that; an earlier socially and morally conscious hip-hop sensibility, when it was, ‘Don’t call people [n-word]’. But now it’s [n-word], [n-word], [n-word] and it’s not funny or interesting politically, artistically or socially. I really don’t like it.” (Note that he didn’t say “n-word”, he said the actual word itself).
- “The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more p**fs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you. But no one is out. It’s not so bad here, but in Hollywood? Jesus Christ. Why don’t they just admit it? No one cares if they’re gay or not. I certainly don’t.”
- “I met Lucy Liu at the Emmy’s who was charming, but very ugly. She’s a dog, come on, she’s a very unattractive woman.”
- “Standing outside a location trailer is Martin Freeman. He is notably not wearing the safety helmets that are mandatory for everyone else on set, and is in the middle of explaining to one of the Sherlock runners – who is wearing her safety helmet – just why this is.
“I’m a big fish, you see, love,” he says, sipping at his tea. “I’m… Johnny Big Bollocks. And you’re… you’re… what’s that stuff whales eat? Krill. You’re krill. Location krill. Krill wears a helmet.” ”
- "He makes a comment about Una Stubbs that it would be inappropriate to repeat in The Times. (“I’ve been flirting with Una,” he concludes, after the bad story. “Well, it’s actually sexual aggression, but I often find the line between the two quite blurry.”"
martin freeman is not this sweet man that tries to be an ass. martin freeman is an asshole that tries to cover that up by being sweet to people who make him money.
Plus the lovely ones about rape from that Hobbit interview. This man is trash, basically.
Okay well your professor lied to you.
Actually there were so many Black British at that time that Elizabeth I tried to blame the realms ills on them and have them all deported. Twice. She failed, probably because you can’t deport your own citizens very well under most circumstances. It’s actually a pretty pivotal point in English history.
An open le[tt]re to the L[ord] Maiour of London and th’alermen his brethren, And to all other Maiours, Sheryfes, &c. Her Ma[jes]tieunderstanding that there are of late divers Blackmoores brought into the Realme, of which kinde of people there are all ready here to manie,consideringe howe God hath blessed this land w[i]th great increase of people of our owne Nation as anie Countrie in the world, wherof manie for want of Service and meanes to sett them on worck fall to Idlenesse and to great extremytie; Her Ma[jesty’]s pleasure therefore ys, that those kinde of people should be sent forthe of the lande. And for that purpose there ys direction given to this bearer Edwarde Banes to take of those Blackmoores that in this last voyage under Sir Thomas Baskervile, were brought into this Realme to the nomber of Tenn, to be Transported by him out of the Realme. Wherein wee Req[uire] you to be aydinge & Assysting unto him as he shall have occacion, and thereof not to faile.
Elizabeth I tried to use Black British as scapegoats for some of the problems in English society during the Elizabethan Era, problems that led to the passing of the famous Poor Laws in 1597 and 1601.
But while Elizabeth may have enjoyed being entertained by Black people, in the 1590s she also issued proclamations against them. In 1596 she wrote to the lord mayors of major cities noting that there were ‘of late divers blackmoores brought into this realm, of which kind of people there are already here to manie…’. She ordered that ‘those kinde of people should be sente forth of the land’.
Elizabeth made an arrangement for a merchant, Casper van Senden, to deport Black people from England in 1596. The aim seems to have been to exchange them for (or perhaps to sell them to obtain funds to buy) English prisoners held by England’s Catholic enemies Spain and Portugal.
No doubt van Senden intended to sell these people. But this was not to be, because masters* of Black workers - who had not been offered compensation - refused to let them go. In 1601, Elizabeth issued a further proclamation expressing her ‘discontentment by the numbers of blackamores which are crept into this realm…’ and again licensing van Senden to deport Black people. It is doubtful whether this second proclamation was any more successful than the first.Why this sudden, urgent desire to expel members of England’s Black population? It was more than a commercial transaction pursued by the queen. In the 16th century, the ruling classes became increasingly concerned about poverty and vagrancy, as the feudal system- which, in theory, had kept everyone in their place - finally broke down. They feared disorder and social breakdown and, blaming the poor, brought in poor laws to try to deal with the problem
As you can see, Black people were a pretty important and pivotal part of English society at the time. Basically, the Queen tried to convince the people that they had to “give up” their cobbler’s apprentices and weavers and other various other workingpeople (the Black musicians in the court were of course exempt from the deportations) to the crown, on the basis that they were “vagrants” and “mostly infidels”. This was not only a wild exaggeration (most were Christian with working class jobs like ya do), but it’s not a very compelling reason to frigging report your next-door neighbor Bill the Mason to immigration. Because then who’s going to do your masonry?
So anyways, the Poor Laws had to be passed, because you can’t deport your citizens/workforce and no one would cooperate with something like that.
And it’s not like those people went anywhere. They’re still there. They were there before that! Some had been there since like, the 4th frigging century when that was part of the Roman Empire!
Also check the tag for England here. Plenty more on lots of different people of color in England throughout many eras.
oh my god how is this something i never learned about in three separate elizabethan era-focused classes??? (no need to answer; i know how)
Like, I thought my capacity to be disappointed in history education was full, but I guess not.
Seriously, the next time someone sends a message about how this is stuff “everyone knows” remind me to link this.
And yet, we are still sold the idea that Britain was mostly white until the end of the Empire
No more excuses. No more silence. No more violence. No more.
In his project ‘Spirit Photographs—Wireless Spectre’, Newcastle University student Luis Hernan used long exposure photography to bring WiFi signals to life, resulting in a photo series of colorful light trails.
Swear to god, some guys are terrified that girls are faking common interests to impress them and act really hostile towards anyone they even SUSPECT of doing such a thing
but then they turn around and fake a whole friendship in the hopes of getting sex out of girls, and get mad at them when it doesn’t work
and they super do not see the irony in that
Putting on makeup is such a spiritual experience I watch myself go from a 3 to a 9 right in front of my mirror I love it
no, if you are putting on makeup, I don’t care who you are or what you look like, you go from about a 10 to 1
keep talking shit you gonna go from a basic ass 2 to a 6-feet-under