I'm Anna, a panromantic pansexual androgynous (mostly female, other days genderless - but I use "she" pronouns for simplicity) sophomore in high school. I'm a Christian. My parents say I'm liberal; I merely say I'm a human rights activist.
I am in the following fandoms: Les Misérables, Fahrenheit 451 (does it even have one?), Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Les Misérables; Monty Python, Les Misérables, Ferris Bueler's Day Off, The President's Analyst, Disney movies, and Les Misérables; Les Misérables, next to normal, Catch Me If You Can, and Wicked; Sherlock (BBC's version), Dr. Who (despite not watching it...), Graceland, and Criminal Minds.
Finally, Aaron Tveit is my celebrity crush, Enjolras is my literary crush/favorite character ever, and OTP of all OTPs ever to exist is e/R. (George Blagden approves this message.)
I did not make the portrait, by the way. It is by AL-lamp on deviantArt... who actually is here on Tumblr as Aladdin Lamp. *If you don't want this here, I'll take it down, I promise.*
BTW, the hashtag as the blog's name? It's a thing from my school's play.

 

sentientarboroform:

spiritsflame:

If whats happening in Ferguson was happening to an all white community, it would be called a dystopian novel

#and all actions against the police would be heroic and daring#and the plucky white protags would be encouraged to use violence to stop the injustice

bratkitty:

wsswatson:

nadiacomenencia:

oh FUCK OFF!!!!! i would gladly pay for both the dinners if it meant i get equal pay, and domestic violence rates decrease, and rape prevalence decreases, and im not catcalled on the fucking street.
of fucking course i like free food. but thats as a person, not a woman.
im not even gonna start about the second picture. there so much wrong with it

I’ll start with it.
Firstly, every feminist I’ve spoken to is opposed to the tradition of men paying for dinner, since one of the bases of feminism is opposition to traditional gender roles, both for men and women. Many of my female friends insist on splitting bills 50:50 (unless they’re taking their partner out for a treat or vice versa, obviously).
Secondly, it’s wildly inaccurate (not to mention cisnormative) to act as though men can carry 40 times the amount that women can, and if a woman could only carry 2lbs (aside from the fact that she’d probably not be a woman but actually a small child), I really don’t think she’d have gone into a career that requires physical labour.
Thirdly, we live in an increasingly intellectual society where physical labour is increasingly carried out by machinery, and the wage gap affects people in careers where they are doing exactly as much work as their male counterparts.
http://time.com/105292/gender-wage-gap/
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/07/gender-pay-gap-official-figures-disparity
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/document/index_en.htm#h2-7
I’d also like to acknowledge that plenty of feminists (female and male and non-binary alike) belong to the queer community, and do not date/do not exclusively date members of the opposite sex. It’s wildly inaccurate to say that all feminists support chivalry, a) because most don’t and b) because there are plenty of feminists (and women in general) who gain no benefit from it whatsoever on account of not commonly dating men.

It would appear the person who attempted to draw this was trying to depict construction workers in the second panel. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they have never actually done any job requiring physical labor before, or else they would know that a lot of those jobs have a lifting requirement to get hired on that you must meet regardless of gender. 
I work at a warehouse and I am required to lift 75 pounds along with my male counterparts. Still the majority of employees on my shift are female. In fact, I would say both men and women are pretty equally represented in management. 
I’ve been put in a lot more physical jobs within the warehouse over my male counterparts because I’ve proven that I can do the job reliably when others couldn’t be. Most of the time, I don’t even need to be asked. (It’s a warehouse that sells musical equipment and I pretty much spent my Saturday last weekend lifting and moving huge speaker cabinets. No, they are not light.)
A friend of mine who works there started at the same time as me and had transferred into what is probably the most physically intensive department in the warehouse. She is the only girl in that department. She is also more in shape than and can lift more than almost all of the guys there. 
Oh, little side note about my friend. When she first transferred over there, some of the guys would purposefully give her the hardest to maneuver rabbit jacks in the warehouse. (a piece of power equipment that you have to use your upper body to steer. There’s no power steering and some of them you really have to lean all of your body weight into). They did this specifically because she was a girl and I guess they wanted to show that she wasn’t as as good at it as them … or something. (One of the guys there told me this when helping out in my department one day. Why he chose to divulge this information is beyond me.) So the fact that she can not only keep up with, but actually run circles around those guys is pretty awesome. 
Also, here’s a little pro tip: If you specifically give women harder equipment to work with and enlist them in doing the heaviest lifting all the time to show they’re weaker, that’s called confirmation bias and you’re not actually proving anything. (I mean, other than the fact that you’re a giant man-baby who probably isn’t very good at his job to begin with.)
Tl;dr version: That second panel is sexist in a couple of different ways and women absolutely deserve equal pay. You can stop paying for my meals when I make the same amount as you for doing the same job.

bratkitty:

wsswatson:

nadiacomenencia:

oh FUCK OFF!!!!! i would gladly pay for both the dinners if it meant i get equal pay, and domestic violence rates decrease, and rape prevalence decreases, and im not catcalled on the fucking street.

of fucking course i like free food. but thats as a person, not a woman.

im not even gonna start about the second picture. there so much wrong with it

I’ll start with it.

Firstly, every feminist I’ve spoken to is opposed to the tradition of men paying for dinner, since one of the bases of feminism is opposition to traditional gender roles, both for men and women. Many of my female friends insist on splitting bills 50:50 (unless they’re taking their partner out for a treat or vice versa, obviously).

Secondly, it’s wildly inaccurate (not to mention cisnormative) to act as though men can carry 40 times the amount that women can, and if a woman could only carry 2lbs (aside from the fact that she’d probably not be a woman but actually a small child), I really don’t think she’d have gone into a career that requires physical labour.

Thirdly, we live in an increasingly intellectual society where physical labour is increasingly carried out by machinery, and the wage gap affects people in careers where they are doing exactly as much work as their male counterparts.

http://time.com/105292/gender-wage-gap/

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/07/gender-pay-gap-official-figures-disparity

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/gender-equality/document/index_en.htm#h2-7

I’d also like to acknowledge that plenty of feminists (female and male and non-binary alike) belong to the queer community, and do not date/do not exclusively date members of the opposite sex. It’s wildly inaccurate to say that all feminists support chivalry, a) because most don’t and b) because there are plenty of feminists (and women in general) who gain no benefit from it whatsoever on account of not commonly dating men.

It would appear the person who attempted to draw this was trying to depict construction workers in the second panel. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess they have never actually done any job requiring physical labor before, or else they would know that a lot of those jobs have a lifting requirement to get hired on that you must meet regardless of gender. 

I work at a warehouse and I am required to lift 75 pounds along with my male counterparts. Still the majority of employees on my shift are female. In fact, I would say both men and women are pretty equally represented in management. 

I’ve been put in a lot more physical jobs within the warehouse over my male counterparts because I’ve proven that I can do the job reliably when others couldn’t be. Most of the time, I don’t even need to be asked. (It’s a warehouse that sells musical equipment and I pretty much spent my Saturday last weekend lifting and moving huge speaker cabinets. No, they are not light.)

A friend of mine who works there started at the same time as me and had transferred into what is probably the most physically intensive department in the warehouse. She is the only girl in that department. She is also more in shape than and can lift more than almost all of the guys there. 

Oh, little side note about my friend. When she first transferred over there, some of the guys would purposefully give her the hardest to maneuver rabbit jacks in the warehouse. (a piece of power equipment that you have to use your upper body to steer. There’s no power steering and some of them you really have to lean all of your body weight into). They did this specifically because she was a girl and I guess they wanted to show that she wasn’t as as good at it as them … or something. (One of the guys there told me this when helping out in my department one day. Why he chose to divulge this information is beyond me.) So the fact that she can not only keep up with, but actually run circles around those guys is pretty awesome. 

Also, here’s a little pro tip: If you specifically give women harder equipment to work with and enlist them in doing the heaviest lifting all the time to show they’re weaker, that’s called confirmation bias and you’re not actually proving anything. (I mean, other than the fact that you’re a giant man-baby who probably isn’t very good at his job to begin with.)

Tl;dr version: That second panel is sexist in a couple of different ways and women absolutely deserve equal pay. You can stop paying for my meals when I make the same amount as you for doing the same job.

(Source: the-seeds-we-sow)

White people: You have to wait for the facts before you talk about Ferguson!

Eyewitnesses: He was on his knees with his hands up.

Medical examiner: There was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, no sign of struggle, and there were entry wounds on the inside of his arms and the top of his head, implying he was on his knees with his hands up.

Convenience store owner and clerk: There was no robbery and we didn't call the cops.

Ferguson PD: Okay, we admit it, Wilson didn't know anything happened at the convenience store and we determined no crime was committed.

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White people: Nobody can say what happened! We still have to wait for the facts to come in!

collababortion:

kittydoom:

salon:

We dare you to say we don’t live in a rape culture.

Amazingly, not The Onion:

“[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”

I REPEAT: THIS IS NOT THE ONION

professional-professional asked
Would you like it in the vag or ass when I rape you?

combeferret:

a-man-n-progress:

rennskye:

misandry-mermaid:

At least now that I disabled Anonymous asks, your own face is attached to your pitiful hatemail.

image

And if you recognize this ugly mug, shoot me a name!

Thanks.

ETA: He’s been tracked down.

HIS NAME IS BRANDON BAYARD AND HE LIVES IN SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN.

Reblog the shit out of this so it shows up on every background search done by every guy trying to hire him ever.

REBLOGGING THIS ALWAYS, FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT

I CLICKED ON HIS URL AND HE HAS LES MISÉRABLES AS HIS HEADER

MOTHERFUCKING NIALL SHEEHY IS THERE

THIS IS DISGUSTING

linadivorceeofl:

lundsdotter:

The strongest ‘pound for pound’ muscle is the uterus: it weighs around 2 pounds but during childbirth can exert a downward force of 400 Newtons, which is one hundred times as strong as gravity and equivalent to the power in a fully extended modern longbow. 

Gentlemen.

Federal Appeals Court Judge: Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is ‘Based On Hate’

thepoliticalfreakshow:

There’s no subtle way to describe a federal appeals court’s reaction to an attorney for the state of Wisconsin’s effort to defend marriage discrimination on Tuesday. It was a bloodbath. Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, peppered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions asking him to offer a constitutionally sufficient justification for why his state denies equal marriage rights to gay couples. At one point, when the yellow light signaling that Samuelson was running out of time to make his argument turned out, Judge Ann Claire Williams warned him that approaching end of his scheduled time at the podium “won’t save you” from a continuing onslaught of questions.

In a particularly tense exchange, Samuelson attempted to defend Wisconsin’s law on the theory that it is rooted in tradition. That tactic did not turn out well for him:

Posner: What concrete factual arguments do you have against homosexual marriage?

Samuelson: Well, we have, uh, the Burkean argument, that it’s reasonable and rational to proceed slowly.

Posner: That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble! Look, they could have trotted out Edmund Burke in the Loving case. What’s the difference? [Note: Loving v. Virginia was a 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage] … There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites, and, actually, other interracial couples from marrying. It was a tradition. It got swept aside. Why is this tradition better?

Samuelson: The tradition is based on experience. And it’s the tradition of western culture.

Posner: What experience! It’s based on hate, isn’t it?

Samuelson: No, not at all, your honor.

Posner: You don’t think there’s a history of rather savage discrimination against homosexuals?

The Supreme Court, it should be noted, has long maintained that appeals to tradition are not sufficient reason to sustain a law absent some other justification. As the Court explained in 1970, “neither the antiquity of a practice nor the fact of steadfast legislative and judicial adherence to it through the centuries insulates it from constitutional attack.”

The third judge on the panel, Judge David Hamilton, also appeared skeptical of Samuelson’s arguments, at one point saying that the attorney was trying to justify discrimination based on a “reverse engineered theory.”

You can listen to the full oral argument here and the arguments in a companion case here.

Source: Ian Millhiser for ThinkProgress

combeferrigator:

Enjolras is more than just France

Combeferre is not just a wet blanket

  1. Courfeyrac is more than sex
  2. Feuilly is more than his love for Poland

Jean is not all flowers

Bahorel doesn’t just fight

  • Joly is a hypochondriac among other things

Bossuet is not just comedic relief

Grantaire is more than just his love for Enjolras

  • Marius is SMART

Eponine is not a weak girl chasing after a guy

PLEASE STOP REDUCING CHARACTERS TO BEING ONE-DIMENSIONAL


thanks

COSETTE IS NOT JUST A RANDOM RICH GIRL WHO STEALS MARIUS AWAY FROM COSETTE.

cedricdigory:

whenever i need a laugh i remember that if he hadn’t died james potter would have been dudley’s uncle. Picture James interacting with dudley. just do it, picture the scene

Man Says He Was Detained For 6 Hours Because Police Wouldn’t Watch The Video Proving Him Innocent [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism, White Privilege, Racial Profiling]

thepoliticalfreakshow:

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Man Says He Was Detained For 6 Hours Because Police Wouldn’t Watch The Video Proving Him Innocent

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Charles Belk

Charles Belk

CREDIT: Posted by Belk on Twitter

Police were looking for a bank robber when they arrested Charles Belk on Friday night. The profile of the suspect was tall, black, and bald. And so is Belk. They were both wearing green shirts. That’s all the information they had. And that’s all the information they deemed necessary to hold Belk for six hours late Friday night, according to the accounts of Belk and his lawyer.

“It’s one of those things that you hear about, but never think it would happen to you,” Belk said in a Facebook post, highlighted by Crooks and Liars. Belk continues in the post:

Within seconds, I was detained and told to sit on the curb of the very busy street, during rush hour traffic.

Within minutes, I was surrounded by 6 police cars, handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb.

Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank.

Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” … “fitting the description.”

Belk is a well-connected film and television producer who was en route to an Emmy pre-party later that night. He notes that he “gets” the cops who cuffed him that night didn’t know he was an “award nominated and awarding winning business professional,” that he had been at “one of the finest hotels in their city,” just an hour earlier, and that he was a “well educated American citizen.” “What I don’t get………WHAT I DON”T GET,” he writes. “is, why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the “tall, bald headed, black male”… did not fit MY description.”

Once Belk was eventually permitted to make a phone call, he used his connections to find criminal defense lawyer Jaaye Person-Lynn, who left a wedding to come retrieve him late Friday night. When Person-Lynn got there, Belk was being held on $100,000 bail. Person-Lynn said he was there for an hour before he was able to see Belk. For 40 minutes, officers disputed that Belk had actually requested a lawyer and rejected requests to see him.

Person-Lynn said he had assumed before he arrived that for police to hold Belk that long, they must have had some sort of additional evidence that he committed the crime than his matching description. “I gave the cops the benefit of the doubt at that moment,” he said. “But unfortunately it didn’t end up that way.” It’s common knowledge among law enforcement that all cops have surveillance tapes. And they never even checked the tape until after Person-Lynn showed up to represent Belk. Once they watched the tape, it became immediately clear that the actual suspect didn’t look much like Belk and they released him.

It was midnight when Belk was finally released. But Person-Lynn said many other individuals who found themselves in Belk’s situation without his resources would likely have been detained at least until Monday, when a district attorney would have been able to ask him some questions and more defense lawyers were back at work.

Belk also imagined that his arrest could have been worse: he almost ran to his car to check his parking meter, but slowed to a walk when he received a text.

“[I]f it wasn’t for a text message that I was responding to, I would have actually been running up LaCienega Blvd when the first Beverly Hills Police Officer approached me. Running!” he wrote.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, another prominent black man, recounted a story of being stopped by police in another tony neighborhood, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., when he was running to get to a movie in time and police flashed their vehicle lights as they yelled “Where are you going? Hold it!”

“I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said last week in a visit to Ferguson, Missouri, where he recalled the stop again. Speaking of several other incidents in which he was pulled over the highway and had his car searched, he said, “I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”

In Belk’s case, Person-Lynn didn’t fault the officers for stopping Belk initially, given that he fit the description of what they were looking for. It’s the “overreaction” that followed — and it’s overreaction that he says is epidemic against black men.

“They need to do their due diligence in determining that I either am or am not the person they are looking for,” he said. “It’s worth a few minutes. Stand on the curb while they review the surveillance tape. I don’t think it should have lasted ten minutes. But six hours is ridiculous to take a man’s liberty away when it’s something so clear that he was not involved.” He added, “Whoever really did it got a six-hour lead.”

A representative for the Beverly Hills Police Department did not issue a planned statement before press time.

Source: Nicole Flatow for ThinkProgress

susiethemoderator:

inspirationcocoa:

You know what I hear in my head whenever people talk about Blue Ivy’s hair: “Beyoncé has all the money to make Blue look more white but she just let’s her walk around looking so black. Cause that’s essentially what your hatin’ asses are saying.

Im glad someone said it.

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Become a MEMBER and help to change the system for Lakota foster care children: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new
Breaking news about the over-drugging of foster care children! This is the first of a five part series, published in California’s Bay Area, on the impact of psychotropic drugs and their prevalence with foster care children. 

The Lakota People’s Law Project has known about this problem for quite sometime. It is the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken leg and, more often than not, psychiatric medication does more harm than good for these children who are already in a fragile state. Please click through to the following link to see the story in its entirety: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/

lakotapeopleslawproject:

Become a MEMBER and help to change the system for Lakota foster care children: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

Breaking news about the over-drugging of foster care children! This is the first of a five part series, published in California’s Bay Area, on the impact of psychotropic drugs and their prevalence with foster care children.

The Lakota People’s Law Project has known about this problem for quite sometime. It is the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken leg and, more often than not, psychiatric medication does more harm than good for these children who are already in a fragile state. Please click through to the following link to see the story in its entirety: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/