Recording the Mess

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YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.

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"For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better" by Samantha Allen (via femfreq)

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If there are any psychology / sociology grad students looking for research projects, I bet it would be very easy to find a bunch of internet douchebags who would gladly spew their effed up world views onto your carefully designed surveys.

I would really like to know more about these people…whether they’re “otherwise nice guys” IRL, or whether they have no friends because everyone has figured out how much they suck, or whether they have a social group where it’s acceptable to be, like, a terrible person. 

That would be simple and useful research to do, and also probably pretty easy to get published. 

I personally often find myself assuming very specific things about people who leave these kinds of comments, but up to this point I’ve never seen anyone do any actual research on what sorts of people they are. My assumptions could be entirely incorrect…and, indeed, probably are (since, in my experience, an individuals assumptions about sociological phenomena have a very low chance of matching with the complicated reality of culture.)

If anyone does this…put me in the acknowledgements! 

(via thismoonneverbeams)

pzzaplease:

juodaanviinaa:

fuzzypigs:

claybabay:

NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE

NEED COLLEGE FOR JOB

NEED JOB FOR MONEY

WAHT

WHO THE FUCK DESIGNED THIS SYSTEM

NEED EXPERIENCE FOR JOB

NEED JOB TO GET EXPERIENCE

NEED CAR FOR JOB

NEED JOB FOR CAR

90% of my anxiety in a text post

latinorebels:

No explanation needed.

latinorebels:

No explanation needed.

Audience Participation: Fic-Writing Edition

cosmictuesdays:

Taken from someone else on another network, deemed too good not to use.

Ask me a question about one of my fics or series. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will tell you the honest-to-goodness answer (even on the progress/plans for next chapters of current series).

Don’t hold back. Whatever you ask, I’ll answer as truthfully and as completely as possible. You can also ask about my writing as a whole, if you like.

Anyone who complains about the service anywhere has never had a shitty job. Anyone who has had a shitty job and is not a sociopath does not complain about the service (up to a point) because they know that people are not being paid enough to do the basic aspects of their job, let alone go above and beyond. Nobody with a shitty job is earning enough to survive, so if the cashier didn’t smile at you, well maybe she’s a Bosnian refugee being paid just enough to show up or to forget 1/16 of her troubles but not both, and if the waiter took too long, maybe he’s the only one on tonight because the boss is too cheap to pay three people to do the work of three people, and if the cleaners didn’t get the gum off the carpet, maybe we fucking tried for like 45 minutes and then had to move on and it was your gum to begin with and our list of duties is long and we had to train ourselves and offering nonexistent 1950s-style how-may-I-suck-your-dick-today-sir levels of customer service is not what you get for minimum wage, you get what you goddamn pay for, so get mad at the boss or the company, but not the person not being paid to not act like you’re an entitled ass.

- Winston Rowntree (via thismoonneverbeams)

textsfromthetardis:

I am so sorry to bug you but I need your help. Please, just take one moment?

I know it’s not the place to ask this but I am crying  my eyes out writing this. I’m 17 and my teeth have made my life a living hell. I can’t look in the mirror anymore. I hate how I look to the point I don’t even have the confidence to even leave the house anymore. They are the reason I have depression and why I get bullied in school everyday.

 All I want to do is go to my Debs, what you would call Prom, smiling but can’t because I feel disgusted and awful about my teeth. I saved up money to get them fixed before but it took over 8 years to do so and that was with money that my dad left me after he died but I had to give the money to my Mom because she needed it to pay for my grandfather’s funeral and she didn’t have enough money to cover the costs.

When I smile now I worry that I’m disgusting someone and close my mouth right away.

 I cannot afford it as I am a full-time secondary school student with no medical card or insurance and my mother is a single widowed parent. I have gone to two different orthodontist and even with the payment plan my mother and I would not be able to afford it. I have put together a fundraiser to try and raise the money as a last resort.

All I want to do is smile for one night in pictures with family & friends and have a night to feel beautiful for once.

Here is the link for the fundraiser on my page:

http://rifftube.tumblr.com/post/53208641758/the-smile-project


If you could re-blog it, it would mean the absolute world to me and would be a great help in making my dream come true.

If you don’t want to re-blog it, I completely understand and I really am so sorry for bugging you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

Chloe

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thisshitfunny:

gang0fwolves:

aanubis:

modelingschool:

ozzyosborntodie:

acid-anarchism:

Anti Abortion protestors getting run over by a car when they try and block it’s path

Hahahaha

lmfaooooo imagine lying down in front of a car and then acting surprised when u get run over

LMAOOO

stupid ass people 

jacquez45:

doctorscienceknowsfandom:

lastofthetimeladies:

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

themidwifeisin:

Check in at TheMidwifeIsIn.tumblr.com if you have any other questions.

There is also the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone).  It can be taken up to 9 weeks (but is most effective up to 7 weeks and check the laws in your state). It is comparable to a miscarriage and after getting the intial dosage from your medical service provider, you take the rest at home and go through the process at home.

This is super important, valuable information that I think many people don’t know. Also, when you go to an abortion clinic (I at least know this is true for Planned Parenthood) there’s a counseling meeting where you discuss the alternatives with a doctor and sign a consent form saying that abortion is what you really want. A lot of people who oppose abortion will want to tell you that abortion clinics and reproductive health centers will try to convince you to have the abortion, but that’s just not true. (I mean, only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions. Family planning and community health centers like Planned Parenthood are often more concerned with prevention and awareness and other aspects of health. They’re more interested in helping you have options than they are in only giving you the one.)

Nor is it true that any medical center will throw the embryo away in a dumpster after the procedure. I’m sure none of you really thought that, but slander is a vicious thing that spreads and becomes true in the eyes of those who want to believe it because it fits into their agenda.

Additionally: know your rights. When I worked at Planned Parenthood, I learned that protesters are not allowed to be in front of the building or in the parking lot. They have to stay on the sidewalk, further away from the building. They are not supposed to try to convince you not to go into the building, nor can they physically block you from going in or follow you inside. You have to be let in by someone already in the building, which means that any appointment you have there - counseling, a check-up, a mammogram, an abortion, a testing - will be confidential and safe.

This is vital information everyone with a uterus+ovaries should know, whether you think you’ll ever need it or not. Even if you think “personally I would *never* have an abortion” — because there are too many things that you aren’t thinking about (rape, cancer, accidents, infections) that may turn abortion from “a choice for *other* women” to “literally life-saving for *me*.”

signal boost

Crap, I still have to finish that ficlet.

sixpenceee:

hailqueenelsa:

mypatronusisyou:

sixpenceee:

This entire town looks like this in Google maps.

I wonder what’s going on ? 

What town is this???

New Baltimore, New York

I posted this a while ago, but this is the exact locationDon’t be afraid to look around this hella creepy silent-hill looking place