lacigreen:

this graphic, while adorable and well intentioned, is confusing gender with gender identity.  i think that this distinction is important in order to really understand things like sexism, transgender, transphobia, and even intersex.gender is a set of ideals and expectations that society imposes upon people based on their perceived sex.  got a vagina (or do you look like you have one because of your high cheek bones or breasts or hips etc)?  then it’s pinkness and weakness and daintiness and dresses for you.  got a penis (or do you look like you have one because of your broad shoulders, flatter chest, and taller height)?  then it’s blue and rough and strong and active with short hair and pants for you.  
gender IS very much a stupid pink and blue binary that puts you into one of 2 boxes based on how other people perceive your sex.  that’s why you’ll hear feminists talk about how “gender is a social construct”.  gender is a social class created by people and imposed upon you beginning at birth —  and that’s part of why it’s bullshit.  gender is also bullshit because it exists to maintain a hierarchy that values men/maleness/masculinity over the “inferior” [social category] of women/femaleness/femininity.  enter sexism and sex-based oppression.  in case you were doubting that gender is a social category created by people, keep in mind that some societies have 3 or 4 or 5 genders.  (side note: gender should not be confused with sex, which refers to roughly defined categories of genitalia, hormonal levels, chromosomes, etc.  how we categorize someone’s sex is also a social construct.  for example, when a baby is born with ambiguous genitalia, parents will often arbitrarily choose the sex their baby resembles more.  the intersex child is thusly raised as either a boy or a girl.  and we’re back to gender again — a social construct based on perceived sex.)
i digress.  all of the above is the reason why gender identity is highly varied.  gender itself is not highly varied because it’s a binary social class.  the fact is, people do not fit into those two boxes.  our identities and understanding of ourselves is not 2 dimensional.  there are many personal, real, and valid ways to understand one’s own gender beyond the binary that society enforces.  our understanding of our own gender is shaped by biological and social factors (nature and nurture, for the psych nerds) and results in the self-concept that is gender identity.  despite this fluidity, society wants you to only have the gender identity it assigns to you: man or woman.  this compulsory gender identification system is the result of cissexism - or the belief that you must have a gender identity that matches your perceived sex.  and if you identify otherwise?  enter transphobia - or discriminatory treatment based on one’s gender identity.
transphobia may also be rooted in gender expression.  gender expression is how we choose to present ourselves to the world, in any combination of ways which are deemed feminine/masculine/androgynous by society.  those whose gender expression does not comply with what is deemed appropriate for their perceived sex have historically been subject to discrimination and violent attacks — especially those whose sex is perceived as “male”, but who are women and/or express their gender in a very feminine way.  this is the result of transphobia colliding with misogyny and is sometimes referred to as transmisogyny.
gender roles are moreso rooted in sexism than transphobia.  gender roles refer to the behaviors people are expected to have based on their perceived sex (roughly works out to male roles=dominant and active while female roles=submissive and passive).  
anyway
damn yall if it aint confusing as shit

This is perhaps the only thing I have ever read that TRULY helped me understand all of the distinctions involved between gender, gender identity, the associated problems when a society doesn’t accept the idea of multiple genders, et cetera.

lacigreen:

this graphic, while adorable and well intentioned, is confusing gender with gender identity.  i think that this distinction is important in order to really understand things like sexism, transgender, transphobia, and even intersex.

gender is a set of ideals and expectations that society imposes upon people based on their perceived sex.  got a vagina (or do you look like you have one because of your high cheek bones or breasts or hips etc)?  then it’s pinkness and weakness and daintiness and dresses for you.  got a penis (or do you look like you have one because of your broad shoulders, flatter chest, and taller height)?  then it’s blue and rough and strong and active with short hair and pants for you.  

gender IS very much a stupid pink and blue binary that puts you into one of 2 boxes based on how other people perceive your sex.  that’s why you’ll hear feminists talk about how “gender is a social construct”.  gender is a social class created by people and imposed upon you beginning at birth —  and that’s part of why it’s bullshit.  gender is also bullshit because it exists to maintain a hierarchy that values men/maleness/masculinity over the “inferior” [social category] of women/femaleness/femininity.  enter sexism and sex-based oppression.  in case you were doubting that gender is a social category created by people, keep in mind that some societies have 3 or 4 or 5 genders.  (side note: gender should not be confused with sex, which refers to roughly defined categories of genitalia, hormonal levels, chromosomes, etc.  how we categorize someone’s sex is also a social construct.  for example, when a baby is born with ambiguous genitalia, parents will often arbitrarily choose the sex their baby resembles more.  the intersex child is thusly raised as either a boy or a girl.  and we’re back to gender again — a social construct based on perceived sex.)

i digress.  all of the above is the reason why gender identity is highly varied.  gender itself is not highly varied because it’s a binary social class.  the fact is, people do not fit into those two boxes.  our identities and understanding of ourselves is not 2 dimensional.  there are many personal, real, and valid ways to understand one’s own gender beyond the binary that society enforces.  our understanding of our own gender is shaped by biological and social factors (nature and nurture, for the psych nerds) and results in the self-concept that is gender identity.  despite this fluidity, society wants you to only have the gender identity it assigns to you: man or woman.  this compulsory gender identification system is the result of cissexism - or the belief that you must have a gender identity that matches your perceived sex.  and if you identify otherwise?  enter transphobia - or discriminatory treatment based on one’s gender identity.

transphobia may also be rooted in gender expression.  gender expression is how we choose to present ourselves to the world, in any combination of ways which are deemed feminine/masculine/androgynous by society.  those whose gender expression does not comply with what is deemed appropriate for their perceived sex have historically been subject to discrimination and violent attacks — especially those whose sex is perceived as “male”, but who are women and/or express their gender in a very feminine way.  this is the result of transphobia colliding with misogyny and is sometimes referred to as transmisogyny.

gender roles are moreso rooted in sexism than transphobia.  gender roles refer to the behaviors people are expected to have based on their perceived sex (roughly works out to male roles=dominant and active while female roles=submissive and passive).  

anyway

damn yall if it aint confusing as shit

This is perhaps the only thing I have ever read that TRULY helped me understand all of the distinctions involved between gender, gender identity, the associated problems when a society doesn’t accept the idea of multiple genders, et cetera.

fozmeadows:

scienceofsarcasm:

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.

(via winchesterlicious)

I just realized that when I’m at work, I practice my port de bras as I walk down the hallway, my relevé as I sit at my desk, my foot positions, plies, tendus, or rond de jambes as I stand in empty elevators, and throughout the day I count my music in eights and consider the different tempos instead of just listening to it. I haven’t been in a ballet class in years.

Revelation of the day: I am a dance nerd.

spell your name with fictional characters

Katara

Alice

Cousin Itt

Indiana Jones

Eilonwy

(via redrushman)

koweeda:

I DON’T DO BOYS a playlist dedicated to queer lady love ♥ lots of lesbian songs + female covers + no male pronouns!

senorita - chloe howl | marsh king’s daughter - eisley | lovesong - adele | little numbers - boy | sometime around midnight - virginia speidel | i don’t do boys - elektra | i wouldn’t mind - he is we | heard it on the radio - the bird and the bee | teenage dirtbag - b. p. valenzuela | dont’cha - the internet | girls - daisy clark | do i wanna know? - ms mr | bonfires - blue foundation | valentine - kina grannis | i’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance - kate nash | gravity - sara bareilles | come on petunia - the blow | boomerang - lucy schwartz | i kissed a girl - nathalia g | kind - eisley | glass vase cello case - tattle tale | merry happy - kate nash | ocean avenue - lauren lowther | 1901 - birdy | only straight girls wear dresses - cwa

[ LISTEN ]

koweeda:

I DON’T DO BOYS a playlist dedicated to queer lady love ♥ lots of lesbian songs + female covers + no male pronouns!

senorita - chloe howl | marsh king’s daughter - eisley | lovesong - adele | little numbers - boy | sometime around midnight - virginia speidel | i don’t do boys - elektra | i wouldn’t mind - he is we | heard it on the radio - the bird and the bee | teenage dirtbag - b. p. valenzuela | dont’cha - the internet | girls - daisy clark | do i wanna know? - ms mr | bonfires - blue foundation | valentine - kina grannis | i’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance - kate nash | gravity - sara bareilles | come on petunia - the blow | boomerang - lucy schwartz | i kissed a girl - nathalia g | kind - eisley | glass vase cello case - tattle tale | merry happy - kate nash | ocean avenue - lauren lowther | 1901 - birdy | only straight girls wear dresses - cwa

LISTEN ]

(via winchesterlicious)

libutron:

Brown Pricklenape
Acanthosaura lepidogaster (Agamidae) is a striking agamid lizard that occurs in Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and northern Thailand, through Lao PDR to Viet Nam and south to Cambodia. It also occurs in the southern Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guangix, Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan.
Acanthosaura lepidogaster is commonly referred as Brown Pricklenape,  and Scale-bellied Tree Lizard. 
These lizards are arboreal and are usually restricted to evergreen forests, often near streams.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Thomas Calame
Locality: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

It’s beautiful and called a Pricklenape, what more could you want?!

libutron:

Brown Pricklenape

Acanthosaura lepidogaster (Agamidae) is a striking agamid lizard that occurs in Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and northern Thailand, through Lao PDR to Viet Nam and south to Cambodia. It also occurs in the southern Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Guangix, Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan.

Acanthosaura lepidogaster is commonly referred as Brown Pricklenape,  and Scale-bellied Tree Lizard. 

These lizards are arboreal and are usually restricted to evergreen forests, often near streams.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Thomas Calame

Locality: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

It’s beautiful and called a Pricklenape, what more could you want?!

(via koryos)

Harry Potter Character Asks

  • Harry Potter: Tell us about a scar on your body
  • Hermione Granger: What is your favorite book, how many times have you read it, and why do you love it?
  • Ron Weasley: Something you're afraid of?
  • Luna Lovegood: One thing that makes you different from everyone else.
  • Fred Weasley: Can you do any magic tricks? What is the best one you can do? If you can't do any, what's the best one you've seen?
  • George Weasley: What is the best prank you've ever played on someone?
  • Neville Longbottom: Tell us an embarrassing story.
  • Narcissa Malfoy: Do you have a good relationship with your family? Who are you closest to?
  • Voldemort: If you were to create a Horcrux(s), what would it be and why?
  • Bellatrix Lestrange: Have you ever loved someone who could never love you back?
  • Ginny Weasley: Have you ever been in love with an unexpected person?
  • Hedwig: If you went to Hogwarts, what kind of pet would you bring? (ex: cat, owl, rat, frog)
  • Draco Malfoy: Is it better to be feared or to be loved?
  • Rubeus Hagrid: What is your favorite mystical creature?
  • Dolores Umbridge: Make a list of rules that your family (or whoever you choose) would have to follow if you made the rules.
  • Lucius Malfoy: What is your most prized possession?
  • Molly Weasley: What is the proudest moment of your life?
  • Dobby: Who are you most loyal to?
  • Sirius Black: Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn't do?
  • Argus Filch: What's the worst job you've ever had?
  • Dudley Dursley: How many presents do you usually receive on your birthday?
  • Peter Pettigrew: Are you a leader or a follower?
  • Cedric Diggory: Have you ever had a near death experience?
  • Albus Dumbledore: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome in your life?
  • Minerva McGonagall: What is your favorite spell?
  • Severus Snape: Are you a trustworthy person?
  • Remus Lupin: If you transform into any one animal or creature, which one would it be?
  • Uncle Vernon: What is your favorite day of the week?
  • Mad Eye Moody: Who is the bravest person you know?
  • Arthur Weasley: What do you think is the best "muggle" invention?
  • Professor Sprout: What is your favourite class that is offered at Hogwarts?
  • Nymphadora Tonks: If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?
  • Moaning Mertile: What is something that always makes you cry?
  • James Potter: Would you risk your life to save someone you truly love?
  • Lily Potter: What color eyes do you have?
  • Professor Trelawney: Have you ever dreamt something was going to happen and then it happened?
  • Mr. Ollivander: What would your wand look like?
  • Lavender Brown: Who is the last person who texted and have you ever had a crush on them?
  • Cho Chang: If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?
  • Aunt Petunia: What is your favorite flower?
harryfloorcorn:

HOW WILL I DIE?

I’m sorry, but…
"STRANGLED BY MY EXISTENCE."
It’s like the most melodramatic thing I’ve ever seen, AKA me between approximately 12 and 17 years old.

harryfloorcorn:

HOW WILL I DIE?

I’m sorry, but…

"STRANGLED BY MY EXISTENCE."

It’s like the most melodramatic thing I’ve ever seen, AKA me between approximately 12 and 17 years old.

(via hows-your-custard)

bethrevis:

you could kill a man in any of these dresses, and pretty sure no jury would convict you. those are killing-men dresses, that’s what i’m saying

Damn that model is wearing the HELL out of those dresses. Just look at the details of each one - her arms, the expression in her face, the way she uses her stature! Each pose is just perfect and conveys just the right feeling for the outfit and I mean DAMN I AM OVERWHELMED AT THE DRAMA IN THIS PHOTOSET.

(via artisticwitchcraft)

screamingcrawfish:

thegestianpoet:

a nice photoset of lucy liu looking like a queen and jonny lee miller looking like a dingus

accurate summary of the show too tbh

She just looks 100% done with him in every shot. “This - this is who I work with.” I imagine that this is them both as actors, and as characters.

(via hungry-feminist)