Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to reblog it in solidarity.
Guys please reblog this, it won’t ruin your blog, this is importantThank you Tilda
we risk almost nothing here… i hope she gets to see when it breaks 100.000+ notes!
Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.
This is probably the best, non-judgmental description of fan fiction I’ve ever heard of in main stream media.
sometimes i think fanfic, is a modern version of the oral tradition, it’s democratic participatory storytelling, and it doesn’t come from one central authority, and fic writers borrow tropes and headcanons from one another
Exactly! I’ve tried to explain about the element of oral tradition many times - people not into fanfics don’t get it, but it is obvious to me.
It is all fake, of course; the figures in the popular arts are falsely represented; the real women in glossy magazines are actually pinched in and propped up to make them appear firmer and more slender and more boyish than nature allows a full-grown woman to be. As a result we are more and more directing the desires of men to something which does not exist – making the role of the eye in sexuality more and more important, and at the same time making its demands more and more impossible.
Boys imitate what they see. If what they see is emotional distance, guardedness, and coldness between men they will grow up to imitate that behavior…What do boys learn when they do not see men with close friendships, where there are no visible models of intimacy in a man’s life beyond his spouse?
- Kindlon and Thompson, Raising Cain
"The poses, facial expressions, and body language of the men below will strike the modern viewer as very gay indeed. But it is crucial to understand that you cannot view these photographs through the prism of our modern culture and current conception of homosexuality. The term ‘homosexuality’ was in fact not coined until 1869, and before that time, the strict dichotomy between ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ did not yet exist. Attraction to, and sexual activity with other men was thought of as something you did, not something you were. It was a behavior — accepted by some cultures and considered sinful by others. […]
“Whether the men below were gay in the way our current culture understands that idea, or in the way that they themselves understood it, is unknowable. What we do know is that the men would not have thought their poses and body language had anything at all to do with that question. What you see in the photographs was common, not rare; the photos are not about sexuality, but intimacy.”
Source: Bosom Buddies: A Photo History of Male Affection, by Brett & Kate McKay
do you ever put on music in your room or whatever and sing along
then you walk out, still singing and come back in and it lines up with the song and you feel like a god
Do you ever drive your car, randomly sing a song, whilst singing decide to turn on radio AND IT SINGS ALONG? God indeed!!! Happened to me once.
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS NEAT THING OKAY?
Just to preface this, I don’t know if anyone else has posted this, so if you have, I’m sorry! I’m posting for anybody with any anxiety, stress, want to cool down from a rough day, or just need background noise to function!
This is a really neat site because you have more than one noise to choose from to listen to. If rain isn’t really your thing, they have crackling fire and breaking waves, and it’s just really relaxing. And you know what’s the coolest part about each noise? You can change the levels. You can slide and switch levels around to have the perfect amount of thunder, or light rain, or crackles in your fire, or foamy sea goodness! Each noise (to my knowledge) has 10 sliders for different sounds within said noise, so you can mix and listen for as long as you need! And if you don’t feel like mixing it yourself, there’s a neat button called “Animate” which allows the noise to evolve and change itself, so it gives it a little flavor.
It even has some that are specifically catering to mental health and sound therapy.
But really, I encourage everyone to at least try it out, it’s just super neat and it calms me down and serves as a nice low noise in the background if I need it for sleep or working on homework.
You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.
— Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
One of the best articles I’ve read all year. Here’s the link