A friend of mine shared this post on Twitter today about something one of her friend’s witnessed in NYC last night, and I felt it was important for us to post it on here - as a way of both getting the word out and seeing if anyone has any way of helping the situation (blogging, writing an article, knowledge of a missing person, etc.) Please share if you can - there has to be something we can do to help. It is possible to get in touch with the original source - please first email it to email@example.com and we will forward it to her.
Jesus fucking Christ.
Jesus fucking Christ.
Jesus FUCKING Christ.
Ta-Nehisi Coates went on a Twitter rant about slavery and it was glorious.
I love how she almost drops it until she smells it and that flashbulb memory hits.
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real … Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.
This whole bit is made all the funnier by knowing that all of the guards were just random extras who weren’t told what was going to happen only that they weren’t allowed laugh at any cost as they wouldn’t be payed if they did.
Punishments and rewards do not work to create nurturing, loving people who care about the needs of others. They actually create people who seek approval, removing them from their internal compass of their own *goodness.* Forced obedience to an authority is narcissism at its finest, hence the tactics one uses to control breed narcissists.
I want my children to be motivated by internal values, self love and caring about the needs of others - not controlled by fear of external threats of punishment, bringing the focus on them and them only. If you want self-focused children who are slowly conditioned to not care about how their behavior affect others, reward and punish them.
- Dayna Martin (via thinksquad)
Sherlockian Watchalongs: August Schedule
It’s all-request Holmesian creature feature month!
Here’s the deal: If you like Sherlock Holmes and you’re reading this post, you’re welcome to join us in The Giant Chat of Sumatra to watch and chat with us. We don’t take anything too seriously, so you don’t need to be a Holmes scholar or budding cinematographer. Just find a copy of the episode or movie we’re watching, and come make some goofy internet friends.
Wednesday, August 6, 8:30 pm US Eastern time (convert time)
Sherlock Holmes (1954 TV series)
We’ll watch The Case of the Diamond Tooth and a chatter’s choice episode. (Available free & legally from Archive.org.)
Friday, August 8, 4:00 pm US Eastern time
The Great Game anniversary watchalong (info here)
Wednesday, August 13, 8:30 pm US Eastern time (convert time)
Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri
A reluctant young detective gets help from a cat named Holmes. And sometimes that cat looks like Matsuko Deluxe instead. Just go with it. (This series is in Japanese. We’ll watch whatever streaming version is working well that evening to get the English subtitles, but if you can understand the original or would prefer other subtitles feel free to bring your own copy.)
Wednesday, August 20, 8:30 pm US Eastern time (convert time)
Granada Holmes: Silver Blaze
Holmes and Watson take on the case of a missing racehorse and its murdered trainer. (Available from Amazon in the US.)
Wednesday, August 27, 8:30 pm US Eastern time (convert time)
The Asylum’s Sherlock Holmes (2010)
I love Sherlock Holmes, dinosaurs, and robots. Combining all three seems like it should be a good idea. Spoiler: IT IS NOT. (Available on Netflix in the US, though note Netflix lists the release date as 2009.)