Madame Thursday

SUCH AN INTERESTING MONSTER


Reclaiming the word fat was the most empowering step in my progress. I stopped using it for insult or degradation and instead replaced it with truth, because the truth is that I am fat, and that’s ok. So now when someone calls me fat, I agree, whereas before I would get embarrassed and emotional.
Beth Ditto of Gossip  (via grasstomyknees)

Female job applicants with children are 44 percent less likely to be hired for a job than are childless women with similar qualifications. Fathers, by contrast, are 19 percent MORE likely to be hired than are comparably qualified men without children.
— "Getting a Job: Is there a Motherhood Penalty?" American Journal of Sociology, 2007 (via checkprivilege)

Can anyone recommend any good novels or stories about three (or more) people falling in love with each other mutually? Not a love triangle (or at least it doesn’t end that way), but three people (or more) who end up in a committed relationship with each other by the end of the story? 

I just…I can’t do another love triangle. If there was never another trite, so-boring-only-the-patriarchy-could-love-it love triangle written again in this century, civilization might be better for it. We know that people in committed, faithful, happy relationships with more than two folks is totally a thing in real life, so why not in literature?

Bonus points for it being speculative (SF/F)!


[Image: A picture of a very small rounded white box with two phone jack ports in it and another small port that’s a tiny slit.]
heisenburger:

micdotcom:

For $50, this tiny box will keep everything you do online anonymous

From National Security Agency spying to governments blocking portions of the Internet in times of unrest, recent controversies have demonstrated just how little freedom we actually have online
But what if there were a way to stay hidden 24/7 on the Internet, free from detection and censorship?
Meet this new Kickstarter project, anonabox | Follow @micdotcom


THIS IS INSECURE. DO NOT BACK THIS. The hardware is an off-the-shelf alibaba product that’s $20 a unit. The box’s root password has been easily cracked. The wireless SSHD is the same for every box, allowing one owner to easily attack other owners of the box. Worse still, it’s being marketed to protestors, journalists and whilsteblowers as a secure device, when actually it’s pea-brained configuration of tor that in some ways makes it easier to attack than if you were connected to a public wireless network. The creator of this device has lied about every stage of it’s inception and purpose.Wired did a good writeup of the discoveries here: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/anonabox-backlash/

[Image: A picture of a very small rounded white box with two phone jack ports in it and another small port that’s a tiny slit.]

heisenburger:

micdotcom:

For $50, this tiny box will keep everything you do online anonymous

From National Security Agency spying to governments blocking portions of the Internet in times of unrest, recent controversies have demonstrated just how little freedom we actually have online

But what if there were a way to stay hidden 24/7 on the Internet, free from detection and censorship?

Meet this new Kickstarter project, anonabox | Follow @micdotcom

THIS IS INSECURE. DO NOT BACK THIS. The hardware is an off-the-shelf alibaba product that’s $20 a unit. The box’s root password has been easily cracked. The wireless SSHD is the same for every box, allowing one owner to easily attack other owners of the box. Worse still, it’s being marketed to protestors, journalists and whilsteblowers as a secure device, when actually it’s pea-brained configuration of tor that in some ways makes it easier to attack than if you were connected to a public wireless network. The creator of this device has lied about every stage of it’s inception and purpose.

Wired did a good writeup of the discoveries here: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/anonabox-backlash/


Real talk, real quick-

tainopunk:

nitroglycerin-trucks:

tainopunk:

Mental disorders do not magically appear with a paper diagnosis

If you are undiagnosed you could still have a mental disorder

The disorder does not disappear because there is a lack of diagnosis

Most mentally ill and or disabled people who have existed were not diagnosed.

Reblogged for that TRUTH


lowoncliches:

peoplemask:

theunitofcaring:

saying “you are a burden on society” is just such a weird framing of priorities

It’s like saying “wow, think how much better gas mileage your car would get if you weren’t sitting in it” or “think how dry that umbrella would be if you weren’t holding it in between you and the rainstorm”.

the things we create? they’re for us. they are meant to carry us. they are meant to protect us. we are meant to hold them up to keep us dry. 

Society is so much more burdened by the people who say that and prevent the creation of humane accommodation for people with disabilities than the actual disabilities.

Not just on a “those people are assholes” level, but on an actual fiscal level. We are wasting money and time and resources because if we provided better and proper services for people it is cheaper to keep people healthy (to whatever level is possible for a given individual) than it is to pay for emergency services once someone is having a crisis because they were unable to access proper care and resources.

Also when my friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses AREN’T fighting insurance to get coverage of the treatments they need, we’re all happier and they have the energy to do some cool shit. (Or they just feel better than they would otherwise, but that’s better for us all than the alternative.)

All the this.

Never mind that people who say this can never actually show me who’s life is made worse by the actual people they’re hating rather than mismanagement of resources by a larger entity (the government, health care system, etc). Nor has anyone yet been able to show me how their life is worse off for taking care of people who need care.

More to the point, why the fuck shouldn’t someone be a burden to society? Why shouldn’t someone be difficult? Why shouldn’t someone refuse to hide that things aren’t working very well. Why is that person obligated to assume the burden of making sure society keeps going without realizing how awfu the problem is?


President Tyler’s Grandson on Being Alive →


[Image: a tweet from Keith Calder that reads: “Twenty-Something White Man Heroically Agrees to Take Devil’s Advocate Position On Controversial Issue That Doesn’t Affect Him”]

[Image: a tweet from Keith Calder that reads: “Twenty-Something White Man Heroically Agrees to Take Devil’s Advocate Position On Controversial Issue That Doesn’t Affect Him”]


[Image: a tweet from southern belle hooks that reads: “Everybody in St. Louis getting arrested except Darren Wilson”]

[Image: a tweet from southern belle hooks that reads: “Everybody in St. Louis getting arrested except Darren Wilson”]



[Image: A big bright green arrow pointing to the top left corner. The text reads: “This person believes that mental health is as important as physical health”. Below is a bright green ribbon with the text: “High Anxieties.org”]

[Image: A big bright green arrow pointing to the top left corner. The text reads: “This person believes that mental health is as important as physical health”. Below is a bright green ribbon with the text: “High Anxieties.org”]


ofhounds:

things girls do that i love:

  • become active primarily at night
  • have soft, thin, waxy black wings
  • use echolocation to find prey
  • eat over a thousand bugs in one hour
  • live in large groups in dark damp caves
  • go into torpor (regulated hypothermia that can last several months) in order to survive harsh long winters
  • some of them drink blood which fucking rules



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