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kagesora:

chekhovandowl:

This is something that was bugging me a little bit so, as always, I’ve decided to make an infograph. 

Maybe other artists disagree, but when I ask for a request, it’s a fun game. You give me a suggestion and I build on it. It’s a team project. You don’t know what you’re going to get.

If your request takes longer than 3 sentences to describe, it’s not a request. It’s a commission. It’s something so specific, the artist will essentially be working for your specific scene for free.

And of course - DO NOT REQUEST THAT AN ARTIST DRAW YOU SOMETHING if you don’t see that they are specifically accepting requests.

People have been requesting free art from us our whole lives. We’ve had plenty of that. If we want to draw you free stuff, we’ll let ya know. Don’t just assume we have free time - just like you wouldn’t come up to a doctor at a grocery store and ask them to examine your twisted ankle.

Unless you’re a person who does that… in which case… don’t do that either.

I’d like to remind people that this goes for writing requests, too.

And if an artist or writer has a list of “what I do/don’t do” then please respect that.

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In the 1930s, men’s nipples were just as provocative, shameful and taboo as women’s are now, and men were protesting in much the same way. In 1930, four men went topless to Coney Island and were arrested. In 1935, a flash mob of topless men descended upon Atlantic City, 42 of whom were arrested. Men fought and they were heard, changing not only laws but social consciousness. And by 1936, men’s bare chests were accepted as the norm.

So why is it that 80 years later women can’t seem to achieve the same for their chests? Why can’t a mother proudly breastfeed her child in public without feeling sexualized? why is a 17-year-old girl being asked to leave her own prom because a group of fathers find her too provocative?

[…] I am not trying to argue for mandatory toplessness, or even bralessness. What I am arguing for is a woman’s right to choose how she represents her body — and to make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.

Scout Willis, in XOJane, on Instagram’s nudity policy and why she recently strolled the NYC streets topless. Solid essay all around. I found this piece particularly interesting because I’d never heard about the men’s nipples thing. (via batmansymbol)

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madamethursday:

dollsahoy:

yourcrystalgirl:

asian:

i just saw a woman pull food stamps out of her louis vuitton purse to pay for her groceries

but that’s none of my business

It was probably a fake.
Or an inheritance. Or a gift. I have a coach purse my auntie gave me but that means she’s the one with money, not me.

Or how about this: say she’s on food stamps and Medicaid. You have to keep a minimum amount in your bank account to keep qualifying for your health care (oh, and you’re also disabled, so that health care is important.) maybe she decided a designer purse would make a nice investment.

Maybe she bought herself a nice purse and then she lost her job and while she ‘s looking for a new one she, you know, kept carrying her purse to feel professional and look good at job interviews.

You don’t know her. You don’t know her story.

I’m sure the American public would rather have people in impoverished situations all get matching jumpsuits, a big red P embroidered on the back, and everyone would have to carry their keys and wallets and Chapstick in those thin throwaway plastic sacks you get buying your groceries in the dollar store. That way these people could be even MORE easily identified and discriminated against.

And remember, we’re living in an economy where a recently built WalMart had a higher rejection rate of applicants than Harvard University. That’s right. It’s easier to get admitted to Harvard than get a job at a brand new WalMart.

Judge not lest ye be judged.
And don’t be an asshole.

Um…food stamps, as an actual, physical bunch of stamps, don’t exist anymore.  It’s now EBT, which looks just like a debit card, unless you’re close enough to read it, or unless you’re familiar enough with them to recognize them from a distance.  According to Wikipedia, physical food stamps were phased out in the US in 2004. (And it’s not called the food stamp program anymore, either.)

Now, maybe you really did see this just happen, because maybe you’re not in the US, or maybe they were actually WIC vouchers, or maybe you’re a time traveller, in which case all of the previous comment applies.

All of this. God all of it is true. Not to mention that yes, thank you. I love (read: hate) how the people who so often complain loudest about food stamps don’t realize they aren’t even stamps anymore. Gee, I can see how informed they are on the situation if they’re repeating a meme from the Reagan administration. Just with a different object that people needing assistance don’t get to have. 

And yeah, OP, it ISN’T your business at all. I don’t care how many goddamn taxes you think you pay, it’s not your business. 

You need to think about the fact that you’d only make that post if you were working under the theory that there are some circumstances where people don’t deserve to buy food. You are saying that in this circumstance, a person who obviously needed EBT and/or WIC, which ever it was, shouldn’t get to buy food BECAUSE THEIR PURSE WAS TOO NICE FOR YOUR LIKING. A purse disqualifies them from getting help getting food. 

Really, OP? That’s where you’re at? That a goddamn accessory means a person shouldn’t get help to get BASIC SUSTENANCE? 

Not enough fuck you in the world.

The idea of op being, what? When finances get so bad that people need to get assistance to feed themselves, they should first sell all their belongings to stave it off for a month or two? OP, please go read the Sam Vimes school of finance.

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Sociologists

Person:
How many sociologists does it take to change a light bulb?
Sociologist:
One. Unless you need a ladder and then maybe two people which, according to Simmel, would be a dyad.
Person:
Person:
Sociologist:
I wonder how come that joke is so prevalent and continues to thrive in our society? What about its basic symbolism do we recognize? Is it the token symbol of technology that we embrace as society has become more and more divided by labour?
Person:
Person:
Person:
Sociologist:
Or perhaps it is some kind of jab at labour unions. Maybe the origin is from management versus union workers because unionized workers would be most likely the ones to change a light bulb and this is really a conflict perspective.
Person:
(walking away)
Sociologist:
(chasing after the person). This wouldn't even translate into places without the basic technology of electricity. Sapir-Whorf! Sapir-Whorf!
Person:
(running)
Sociologist:
Wait! Stop! Why are you running? Don't you want me to change the light bulb?

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canonicalmomentum:

deathpup:

what happens if u put a werewolf on the moon is a great question probably the best question ever asked

possibilities I can think of:

  • the werewolf goes into wolf form whenever they’re on the lit side of the moon.
    • Interpretation: sunlight interacts with moon rock to produce some kind of radiation that triggers werewolf transformation. Since werewolves can transform indoors, it seems this radiation can penetrate through thin walls, but since werewolves only transform at night, it seems it cannot penetrate too deeply into Earth. Since the transformation only takes place on a full moon, the radiation is probably much stronger in direction of the incident beam, much as lunar regolith is retroreflective for light.
    • Experiments: if you reflect a sunlight lamp off a piece of moon rock onto a volunteer werewolf, the werewolf will transform into wolf form (this may depend on the size of the rock). If volunteer werewolves stand at various levels of a deep mine, we can work out how effectively rock attenuates the transformation-trigger radiation. If a werewolf stays at the poles during summer, we would expect the werewolf will not transform since the Earth is always in the way during full moon.
    • Applications: if we understand the mechanism of the transformation-trigger radiation, and it is not rapidly attenuated by rock, we can use werewolf-transformation radiation for communication, e.g. with people inside caves. Werewolf-transformation radiation could be used as a geological imaging method. Suitable powerful attenuators could be identified build full moon bunkers, giving werewolves a safe place to be if they don’t want to transform during the full moon. Conversely, we can make devices to allow werewolves to transform whenever they feel like it.
  • the werewolf goes into wolf form whenever the moon is in the right area for there to be a full moon on Earth, regardless of where on the moon they stand.
    • Interpretation: either the werewolf has an internal clock (which possibly uses the full moon for calibration), or there’s some kind of signal transmitted from the Earth at full moon (but this seems unlikely since werewolves only transform at night).
    • Experiments: by flying a werewolf on a round trip in a relativistic rocket, we can potentially use relativistic time dilation to desynchronise the werewolf from the full moon cycle; we can also count the werewolf’s transformations during the voyage to distinguish the two hypotheses. Less expensively, if a werewolf is separated from moon rays, we might expect their internal clock to drift out of sync with the lunar cycle.
    • Applications: If the earth signal exists, similar to the above. If werewolves have internal clocks, I’m not sure - I’d anticipate werewolf clocks keep time less well than current clocks do…

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Illustrated Song Post: F**kin’ Perfect

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Song: Pink - F**kin’ Perfect

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Had a productive phase last week and decided to start this for Luka’s Brainbent. Of course, it was a struggle to finish it after the phase had passed, but with Thanksgiving, and then people giving Luka hassle, I really wanted to do it. 

So here it is. Thank you, Luka, for this amazing AU that so many people have now turned to for help. I, for one, think you’re doing awesome.

holeee shit. 

*queues this sucker up on the au with the swiftness and force of a deer getting hit by a mack truck*

first off, why haven’t i heard this song? i must remedy it.

and then. like. damn. D: i keep starting typing out “my favorite picture in this series is…” and deleting it when i think of another that’s even more awesome.

you should be doing brainbent from now on. you get me, dude. Mwah.

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ellenkushner:

presentreign:

Everyone IN NY should read this

Everyone who wants to come to NY should read this

Everyone should read this if you’re thinking about NY in any way, shape or form.

So true!

I keep trying to explain to out-of-towners (esp. in Times Square) that our sidewalks are like your superhighways:  they are a means of transit, not a place to suddenly stop and enjoy the view.  If you & I were both cars, you would just have stopped in the middle of the highway to look at a deer or something. And you know what happens then.

So, yeah, step off to the side first!!  That is, in fact, what parking meters, doorways & trashcans are for.

(Source: jessehimself)

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