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Interview With a Virgin: Maya | The Hairpin

Gorgeous difficult interview.

The line about making other people uncomfortable - that there is a cost to dealing with discomfort, and that people, especially women are expected to bear that cost - I think this should be acknowledged more. 

“It wasn’t a formal feminist education that introduced me to the corrosive effects of patriarchy. It was crying with HIV-infected widows in India and listening to the stories of abandoned wives and mothers in Bolivia. It was knowing that my friend Jackie had to get a body guard for the first Sunday in which she preached at her church. It was receiving desperate emails from women whose husbands and pastors told them that submitting to abuse was part of their God-ordained role and who had nowhere else to turn because their church would shame them if they stepped forward and reported the abuse. It was marriages that struggled to function as hierarchies, when both husband and wife longed for a partnership. It was being told that “vagina” was the same as a swear word, so I best not use it in my book. It was being told by people in the Christian publishing industry that I shouldn’t be writing a book about womanhood anyway because I’m not a mother. It was mega-church pastors who said that what the world really needs now is a more “masculine Christianity.””

(via Revealing more of North Korea - The Big Picture - Boston.com)
The emptiness of Pyongyang, and the careful expressions on almost everyone’s face. The photographs of the food shop and children are the most painful to me. Really good colour and framing to suggest intense staged shots with tiny painful details. 

(via Revealing more of North Korea - The Big Picture - Boston.com)

The emptiness of Pyongyang, and the careful expressions on almost everyone’s face. The photographs of the food shop and children are the most painful to me. Really good colour and framing to suggest intense staged shots with tiny painful details. 

Playdough is like blu-tack for babies. You can stick anything on them. 

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Pru’s new book!

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Dealing with inappropriate comments | The Christian Century

I had gone to visit the lovely man in the hospital every day. I knew his condition was terminal, and as his pastor, these moments were precious.

The nurse came in and I started to excuse myself. But the patient said, “Don’t leave.” Then turning to the nurse, he introduced me. “Betty, I want you to meet my girlfriend, Carol.”

I laughed, stretched out my hand to shake the nurse’s and said, “Actually, I’m the REVEREND Carol Howard Merritt, his PASTOR. You can call me Carol, but he is not allowed to call me ‘girlfriend.’” I gave him a stern sideways glance and shook my head.

Some practical advice - I especially like her note on anger which is often seen as a sin when it’s more neutral like fire.

(via Hello, tailor.: The Bletchley Circle) The fashion of the poor. People often forget that post-WWII, Britain stayed on rationing for years and years. Clothes were hard to come by and make-up even more so. 

(via Hello, tailor.: The Bletchley Circle) The fashion of the poor. People often forget that post-WWII, Britain stayed on rationing for years and years. Clothes were hard to come by and make-up even more so. 

currentboat:

ah, the rare and precious cat tree.

currentboat:

ah, the rare and precious cat tree.

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pickpocket:

OR COCAINE

pickpocket:

OR COCAINE

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criminallyinnocent:

 Love
criminallyinnocent:

(^_-)
nestofstraightlines:

I figured I might as well mark this inaugural post of my foray into Tumblr with something of tremendous stupidity. Thus!
Commander Sam Vimes is Ironhead (I was also considering Copperman or Stoneface).Captain Carrot Ironfounderson is Captain Ankh-Morpork And Its Supporting Rural Environs.Sergeant Detritus is The Incredible Splatter. It’s like a Hulk, only splattier.Sergeant Fred Colon is Wowhawk, expert marksman whose arrows seek out dragons’ voonerables even - no especially - if it’s a million-to-one shot.Captain Angua Von Uberwold is Blonde Wolf. She spends a lot of her time pissed off, not least because somehow ‘Blonde Wolf’ fails somehow to sound as sexy and mysterious as ‘Black Widow’ or ‘Scarlet Witch’.Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom is (sorry) Phwoar.They are brought together by the shadowy Havelock Vetinari, Agent of W.A.T.C.H. (probably) to protect the Disc from threats the like of which it has never - well, yet another cataclysmic threat, anyway.The background elements which are stock, and the Tower of Art belongs to Jack Saxon.

nestofstraightlines:

I figured I might as well mark this inaugural post of my foray into Tumblr with something of tremendous stupidity. Thus!

Commander Sam Vimes is Ironhead (I was also considering Copperman or Stoneface).

Captain Carrot Ironfounderson is Captain Ankh-Morpork And Its Supporting Rural Environs.

Sergeant Detritus is The Incredible Splatter. It’s like a Hulk, only splattier.

Sergeant Fred Colon is Wowhawk, expert marksman whose arrows seek out dragons’ voonerables even - no especially - if it’s a million-to-one shot.

Captain Angua Von Uberwold is Blonde Wolf. She spends a lot of her time pissed off, not least because somehow ‘Blonde Wolf’ fails somehow to sound as sexy and mysterious as ‘Black Widow’ or ‘Scarlet Witch’.

Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom is (sorry) Phwoar.

They are brought together by the shadowy Havelock Vetinari, Agent of W.A.T.C.H. (probably) to protect the Disc from threats the like of which it has never - well, yet another cataclysmic threat, anyway.


The background elements which are stock, and the Tower of Art belongs to Jack Saxon.

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La la la la lightbulb: digatisdi: When I was in preschool there was this really weird system...

digatisdi:

When I was in preschool there was this really weird system of time-out where they’d put you in this giant plastic bucket sort of like this one:

And the rule was you couldn’t leave the bucket for ten minutes.

In case you didn’t know, I was what the teachers referred to as a…