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Reblogged from utterlybanal  124,359 notes

"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

By Libby Anne (via ammaasante)

Yup.

(via Self Sufficient Mountain Living.: When the balloon goes up, there won’t be any Amish survivors.) I was organizing the magazines at work the other day and saw this. I guess survivalist and prepper folk are kinda reaching. Also, shunning made the cover. It’s not like if their weird fantasy came true and the world was a lawless Mad Max type wasteland filled with looser morality and the opportunity to kill a bunch of people came up that they would suddenly be kinda ‘Amish’. Also, that guy looks like an Ultimate fighting kind of dude. He’s the most dissatisfied Amish guy ever. Here’s the wikipedia article on Ordnung, so save yourself $7.95.

(via Self Sufficient Mountain Living.: When the balloon goes up, there won’t be any Amish survivors.) I was organizing the magazines at work the other day and saw this. I guess survivalist and prepper folk are kinda reaching. Also, shunning made the cover. It’s not like if their weird fantasy came true and the world was a lawless Mad Max type wasteland filled with looser morality and the opportunity to kill a bunch of people came up that they would suddenly be kinda ‘Amish’. Also, that guy looks like an Ultimate fighting kind of dude. He’s the most dissatisfied Amish guy ever. Here’s the wikipedia article on Ordnung, so save yourself $7.95.

Reblogged from misskusakabe  62,733 notes

I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.

"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally."

Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?

"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness, But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb."

By Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via nimoyed)