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buzzfeed apparently only just realised that there are languages other than english

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Okay, I already have the dress for my future wedding and I’m very set on it. BUT HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THIS ONE D:

And THIS ONE TOO. I’m dyin’.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

I was tagged by goldenoutcry!

I…definitely need to read more. But I’m more or less satisfied with my list, I think. Some of these touched me at an earlier point in my life, and though in those cases I’m not necessarily in the same headspace, I still appreciate what they did for me then.

  1. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  3. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  4. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way, Walter Wink
  5. God’s Final Victory: A Comparative Philosophical Case for Universalism, Erin Reitan & John Kronen
  6. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
  7. Harry Potter (series), J.K. Rowling obviously
  8. The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
  9. Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl
  10. Calvin and Hobbes (all of it), Bill Watterson

I tag breylee, thevintagesparrow, kendelgoonis, byrnese, crackerjackson, amandavanvels, eviestormzand, sandraandra, invisiblebee, zeump, and endless-diamond-sky!


Even little kids have a wage gap

  • Boys, on average, spend two fewer hours doing household chores per week than girls do (they play two hours more).
  • If they live in households where children are compensated for doing chores, boys make and save more money.  
  • A 2009 study conducted by University of Michigan economists found a two-hour gender disparity in responsibilities per week in a study of 3,000 kids.
  • 75 percent of girls had chores, while just 65 percent of boys do
  • This disparity in chores and free time continues into adulthood all over the world.   According to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), men “report spending more time in activities counted as leisure than women. Gender differences in leisure time are wide across OECD countries.”
  • Year after year, studies repeatedly confirm these patterns.
  • The problems women face with unequal pay and housework duties actually start in childhood.
  • The fact that boys’ chores appear to be more profitable makes the childhood chore gap even more disturbing. Turns out, parents tend to value the work that boys do more. 
  • Gender stereotypes dictate these patterns. 
  • men who grow up with sisters do less housework than their spouses and are also significantly more socially conservative.

See entire article, Salon 8/15/13.

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“ If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also ”

Matt 5:39

This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.   

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THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you. 

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I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.

For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”

All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.

Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?

Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.

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YO READ THIS PDF. It really expands on these ideas, and totally changed how I view…a lot of things, actually. Good stuff.

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So you can’t like Cersei Lannister as a character because she’s an evil bitch, but it’s okay to love Loki and Walter White?


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Have reblogged before. Would reblog again.

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Chris’s parents are watching Dead Poets Society downstairs. I would join, but a) I’ve never seen it and I want to start from the beginning and b) let’s be real, no one wants to see me ugly cry.

Your analysis of Moffat's character reversal is SPOT on. I understand why people might not like the games he plays (personally I love that stuff), but when it's used as fuel for saying he writes female characters irresponsibly, I shake my head. Clara, the impossible girl, so mystical & special? The whole series was set up to show the Doctor's fallacy, question the 'Doctor as a hero' role (as RTD did w Time Lord Victorious), and give power to choice. Looking forward to seeing you on my dash!

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Thank you! Yes, it bothers me that people judge these characters and their storylines based on an incomplete picture which doesn’t include the conclusion. It’s just… odd, in a way. People are well within their right to dislike Clara and/or her storyline, but without realising it’s a subversion, there’s just vital information missing.


i love how no matter how badly you fuck up benadryl cumquat’s name everyone on here still knows who ur talking about

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