1. jerakeenc:

    Why are there no alpha/omega fic where the alphas court the omegas by dancing or singing or building beautiful nests or whatever, and the omegas get to choose?

    I want courtship displays, fandom. I want puffed up chests and feathers in their hair.

  2. aaltje-in-wonderland:

    —Netflix would be by far the best dating site. “Here are 9 other singles in your area who have also watched Breaking Bad for 12 straight hours”

  3. I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

    When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

    Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

    Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

    …My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

    So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

    — 

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

    "What’s up with chicks and science?"

    Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

    (via magnius159)

    This was beautiful

    (via tallestsilver)

  4. terriwindling:

From an article on fantasy literature for children by Lloyd Alexander (The Horn Book magazine, 1968):
"All art, by definition of the word, is fantasy in the largest sense. The most uncompromisingly (shall I say sordidly?) naturalistic novel is still a manipulation of reality. Fantasy, too, is a manipulation, a re-shaping of reality. There is no essential conflict or contradiction between literary realism and literary fantasy, no more than between science and humanism. Technical details aside, most of the things you can say about fantasy also apply to realism. I suppose you might define realism as fantasy pretending to be true; and fantasy as reality pretending to be a dream.
"Of course, for practical reasons — and librarians and teachers understand these better than anyone — we are obliged to catagorize and separate. Like it or not, we become specialists. The best we can do is make sure we are not nearsighted specialists. We can always keep in the back of our minds the idea that whatever our specialty, it is still an integral part of the whole. Literature for children is not quiet backwater, but a current of the mainstream."
More quotes about fantasy can be found here today, on Myth & Moor.

    terriwindling:

    From an article on fantasy literature for children by Lloyd Alexander (The Horn Book magazine, 1968):

    "All art, by definition of the word, is fantasy in the largest sense. The most uncompromisingly (shall I say sordidly?) naturalistic novel is still a manipulation of reality. Fantasy, too, is a manipulation, a re-shaping of reality. There is no essential conflict or contradiction between literary realism and literary fantasy, no more than between science and humanism. Technical details aside, most of the things you can say about fantasy also apply to realism. I suppose you might define realism as fantasy pretending to be true; and fantasy as reality pretending to be a dream.

    "Of course, for practical reasons — and librarians and teachers understand these better than anyone — we are obliged to catagorize and separate. Like it or not, we become specialists. The best we can do is make sure we are not nearsighted specialists. We can always keep in the back of our minds the idea that whatever our specialty, it is still an integral part of the whole. Literature for children is not quiet backwater, but a current of the mainstream."

    More quotes about fantasy can be found here today, on Myth & Moor.

  5. Things you learn when beginning most languages: Colors, numbers, "hi my name is"
    Things you learn when beginning Latin: war, manliness, four words for "death"

  6. leupagus:

    regonym replied to your post:Oh also
    TRUEFAX, that bit was really good for me <3

    Right? Just like - IDK, his righteous anger as much as his superstrength busting through all that drywall, so great.

    I think this is the first movie where Steve has seemed really explicitly nonhuman - in First Avenger it was all about the transformation, and he did some cool moves but they still seemed like things that the other Howling Commandoes could’ve done. We saw none of his thaw-out, so although that’s pretty awesome and not something a norm could do, it wasn’t all that impressive b/c it happened off sceen. And then in the Avengers he was around so many other supermuscled white dudes that nothing he was doing seemed particularly HOLY SHIT.

    But in this movie he does things that are explicitly not human - diving without a parachute, surviving (and shielding Natasha from) a ballistic missile strike, crashing literally through walls and doors and windows, the whole fucking first scene with Sam (and how much did I love that through that whole 30-second montage Sam figured out who it was, went through awe into irritation then to competitive frustration and landed on bemused amusement because Sam is the fucking best), falling out of a whatever-story window through glass windows ONTO A CEMENT FLOOR, etc etc etc. He’s shown to be not just faster and stronger or better - he’s shown to be different, to be fundamentally alien to almost every other human being on the planet. And that was just so incredibly awesome and kind of what I’ve been waiting for in terms of characterization, because this Steve, the one who gets so bored with superclassified hostage-retrieval missions that he takes a break mid-rescue to beat up a Frenchie pirate who called him names - this Steve is the one that I find the most interesting and dangerous and unpredictable. Because weirdly, this is the closest Steve’s been to being himself pre-serum since the franchise started - the little guy from Brooklyn who didn’t know when to walk away from a fight.

    In short: UGH STEVE.

  7. rrrowr:

    dancys:

    Captain America: the Winter Soldier - The Falcon [x]

    #SAM WAS SO GREAT LET ME LIST SOME OF THE WAYS #fearlessly chatting with captain america; treating steve like a human being #recognizing something in steve that speaks to having a hard time adjusting to his situation #and bringing it up in a way that doesn’t put steve on the defensive or make it sound like something not perfectly normal #inviting him to a ptsd meeting without making it seem like he thinks steve needs therapy #or that therapy is something to be ashamed about needing #just so casual and so fucking cool #Sam will be your legs before you realize you can’t stand anymore #and he’ll never ever make that about him (via queenklu)

  8. How to tell how much of a Marvel fan the people in the movie theater are: →

    hogwartshoney:

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    supergleefuldoctorwolflock:

    Stage 1: Those who leave as soon as the movie ends

    Stage 2: Those who know to stay until the credits for the extra scene

    Stage 3: Those…

  9. When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.

    — Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)

  10. formosusiniquis:

    Captain America was so unrealistic. You honestly expect me to believe they put the flash drive in the right direction on the first try every time.