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When a Vassar girl takes a shine to another, she straightway enters upon a regular course of bouquet sendings, interspersed with tinted notes, mysterious packages of “Ridley’s Mixed Candies,” locks of hair perhaps, and many other tender tokens, until at last the object of her attentions is captured, the two women become inseparable, and the aggressor is considered by her circle of acquaintances as — smashed.
This 1893 report from the Yale student newspaper is part of the long history of romantic friendship (via explore-blog)

And he distrusted the kind of person who’d take one look at another man and say in a lordly voice to his companion, ‘Ah, my dear sir, I can tell you nothing except that he is a left-handed stonemason who has spent some years in the merchant navy and has recently fallen on hard times,’ and the unroll a lot of supercilious commentary and calluses and stance and the state of a man’s boots, when exact the same comments could apply to a man who was wearing his old clothes because he’d been doing a spot of home bricklaying for a new barbecue pit, and had been tattooed once when he was drunk and seventeen* and in fact got seasick on a wet pavement. What arrogance! What an insult to the rich and chaotic variety of the human experience!

It was the same with more static evidence. The footprints in the flowerbed were probably in the real world left by the window-cleaner. The scream in the night was quite likely a man getting out of bed and stepping sharply on an upturned hairbrush.

The real world was far too real to leave neat little hints. It was full of too many things. It wasn’t by eliminating the impossible that you got at the truth, however improbable; it was by the much harder process of eliminating the possibilities. You worked away, patiently asking questions and looking hard at things. You walked and talked, and in your heart you just hoped like hell that some bugger’s nerve’d crack and he’d give himself up.

Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett

I am enjoying Sherlock immensely, particularly the Deducing Bits, but I can’t help but think of this bit in Feet of Clay the entire time.  I don’t think Vimes and Sherlock would get along very well at all. (via venivicivetinari)
Take boots, for example. [Vimes] earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms (via rascalbot)

Street Harassment and Facebook and Orthodox Religion.

allofthefeelings:

feministmedia:

Shame on Humans Of New York. Supporting street harassment behind religion. HONY has told 91,367 people that if you are a powerful religious man, we can forget that you propositioned a kind young woman to be your escort for the night. FUCK YOU HUMANS OF NEW YORK. Last night the usually fantastic photography blog posted this photo

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The caption to the photo read: “This one is very serious, guys:

I came upon these two on the sidewalk. They were having a conversation. “Excuse me,” I said, addressing the girl: “I’m sorry to interrupt, but is there anyway I can take your photo?”

“Why would you want my photo?” she asked.

“Because you look beautiful,” I said. And she did. She was Sudanese. There is a very distinct beauty among people from the Sudan, and she was filled up with it. Suddenly the man cut in: 

“I was just telling her she was beautiful,” he said. 

Naively, I assumed I had just walked up on one stranger giving a compliment to another. I wanted to capture the moment. “Let me take your photograph together,” I said. The man seemed reluctant, he started smiling nervously and inching away. But the girl called him back. 

“Come take a picture with me,” she said. Encouraged by her attention, he returned. She put her arm around him, and I took the photo.

As I examined the photos on my camera, the man started whispering to the girl. She answered him in a loud voice: “I told you! I’m not that kind of girl.” She seemed agitated now. Finally sensing that I had misread the situation, I stepped between them. The man began hurrying down the sidewalk.

When the man left, the girl’s demeanor changed completely. She seemed shaken. Her eyes were tearing up. “He just offered me five hundred dollars to go out with him,” she said. “And then when I said ‘no,’ he offered me one thousand. Why does this always happen to me?”

“It happens a lot?” I asked.

“All the time,” she said. “I’m sorry I’m getting emotional. I just can’t go out of my house without this kind of thing happening. I have a son. I’m a mother. I would never degrade myself like that. I just don’t understand why this keeps happening.”

“Do you mind if I tell this story?” I asked.

“Please,” she said. “Tell it.”

Let’s hope this man, and all men, realize the emotional damage they are inflicting on the women they try to buy. In the meantime, feel free to SHARE.*

*With this man being an Orthodox Jew, I hope that all long-time followers of HONY would by now have realized the high respect I hold for the Orthodox Jewish community as a whole.”


And do you know what Humans Of New York did today? They removed the photograph from their Facebook page, which has over 90,000 subscribers. Because of uproar from what appeared to be men of the Orthodox Community. HONY has now posted two other photos of two Orthodox male students at Yeshiva University. The first caption reads “Are you Humans of New York?”

"I am. Did you by chance see last night’s post?"

"I did."

"Your thoughts?"

"There’s deviance in every religion. Simple as that."

UPDATE: The original post has been removed out of respect for the man’s family. After 1,000 comments, I believe the discussion had run it’s course.”

and the second photo reads “This young man also recognized me while I was touring Yeshiva. We too entered into a discussion about last night’s post. I asked him to send me a letter with his thoughts. I’d like to preface his letter by saying that I personally remain very confident about my assessment of yesterday’s situation. However, Simon’s letter contains great wisdom:

Dear HONY,

I figured our paths would cross serendipitously. I’ve been thinking a lot about the picture you posted last night of an Orthodox Jewish man propositioning a Sudanese woman.

You have a microphone that now reaches beyond the humans of New York. You can speak to the humans of the world, using your art as a medium for good, for awareness, for change. It’s a task that requires nuance. Nobility is a slippery slope, and often, in our quest to do justice,

we rush to false judgment. To be virtuous, it seems we must be patient. We must be incredulous even about our own suppositions—especially about our own suppositions—in order to do right by others.

It’s a foundational imperative in the Jewish tradition of dan lekaf zechut—judging another favorably—or refraining from judging another unfavorably in the absence of proper evidence.

UPDATE: The original post has been removed out of respect for the man’s family. After 1,000 comments, I believe the discussion had run it’s course.”

Hmm… many of the comments on these read along the lines of “Good job Brandon [the HONY photographer] for respecting the man’s family and taking the photo down” “Right decision HONY” “How we do know the woman’s telling the truth? HEARSAY!”

To which I say ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Seriously, you’re joking right? She asked to have her story told. I don’t give a flying fuck if this man is the fucking President of the United States, if he propositions a woman for being an escort (and I’m just going to assume and escort for sex) after she said NO once he needs to be called out. And to say “I believe the discussion had run it’s course” is perpetuating that sexual harassment is okay. A commenter placed the question ‘would this photo have been removed if the racial roles had been reversed or if the woman had been white?’ “My question is whether or not a similar picture to “last night’s” would have been deleted or generated the same level of concern for the man’s reputation, community had the man in question had been Hispanic, Muslim or African-American?”

A comment summed up this photo “Again, another woman was silenced. To spare that man his embarrassment at being a hypocrite. A shame.” I hope everyone will reblog this to show that you cannot silence an idea and you cannot like this woman believes “ If you don’t like something - you can ignore it, delete it, unsubscribe - or just LEAVE.”

Yes, let’s just sweep racism, sexism, prejudice, and harassment right under the  rug right? WRONG.

Also interestingly enough before I had even finished writing this I was going to reblog the original tumblr post from the Humans Of New York tumblr and it had been removed.

Shame on Humans Of New York.

What do you think?

I am more disgusted than I can say at Jews who think that “respecting the man’s family” is more important than respecting that woman’s rights getting her story out.

Silence that protects the offender is never more important than words that protect the offended. That’s one of the things my Judaism has taught me.

amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
Enter here.

Go ooooooon. It’s calling to you!

the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  
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amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
Enter here.

Go ooooooon. It’s calling to you!

the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  
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amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
Enter here.

Go ooooooon. It’s calling to you!

the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  
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amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
Enter here.

Go ooooooon. It’s calling to you!

the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  
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amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
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Go ooooooon. It’s calling to you!

the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  
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amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)
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the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  
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amiekaufman:

meaganspooner:

If you didn’t win the previous Goodreads contest to win an advance reader copy of This Shattered World, never fear—there’s another one live now! But this one will most likely be the last contest on Goodreads for TSW, so be sure to enter. (And yes, it’s open internationally, so go forth and win stuff!)

Enter here.

Go ooooooon. It’s calling to you!

the first one was SO GOOD.  go enter, and read it regardless!  

comicsalliance:

STEEL YOURSELF FOR MATT FRACTION & CHRISTIAN WARD’S ‘ODY-C’ WITH THIS PROLOGUE THAT WILL NOT BE IN THE COMIC

By Matt D. Wilson

When it was announced back in January, we knew three things about ODY-C, the new Image series by writer Matt Fraction and artist Christian Ward: It was a retelling of The Odyssey, would take place in space, and the characters would all be gender-swapped.

What wasn’t as clear was just how trippy and brutal it would be, but if the five-page prologue Ward posted to his Tumblr last week is indicative of what the whole series will be like, those are the words to describe it.

Ward was sure to note that these pages won’t appear in the first issue of ODY-C, so get a good look at the prologue — with its positively luminous color palette, sometimes unorthodox panel layouts, and one big scene of someone getting sliced in two with a sword — now.

READ THE PROLOGUE AT COMICS ALLIANCE

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burntlikethesun:

loremipsumfandom:

fauxkaren:

quantumblog:

trying-to-resonate-concrete:

Dear STFU-Moffat and associates,

From now on, I insist you describe Steven Moffat as “Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat.” Just to make sure you’re being fair.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is a queerbaiting hack

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat’s writing features sexism and overly complicated plots that don’t really make any sense.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat has characters needlessly tell the viewer information that he should be showing them.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is incapable of creating real emotional stakes in his stories.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat calls teenage mother a ‘slut’ in DVD commentary

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat says bisexuals are too busy having sex to watch television, and therefore don’t need representing.

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat thinks asexuals are too boring to write about. 

Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat thinks the only important people in London are white people and enjoys racist, sexist tropes.

*sips tea*

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