1. thebrainscoop:

    Only good things can come of this. 

    "Would you care for a date?"
    "You mean…. another data point?"
    "No, I… was thinking about dinner."
    "Joan, will you….
    "…be my co-author?" 
    "Oh, Meredith! Et al!" 

    (via burritosong)

  3. naokosattomi:

    Populaire, dir. Régis Roinsard (2012)

    (Source: ameliepoulaining, via burritosong)

  4. theroguefeminist:


    So when Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry bring black girls on stage, dance with them, acknowledge their figures- it’s offensive and appropriating. But, when Nicki Minaj makes an entire video focusing around black girl’s asses and asserts her power, reduces these women to objects and flaunts her authority it’s YAAASSSSS NICKI SERVE IT. Is that because she’s black? So it’s okay for people of the same race to dance with each other but someone who does not share the same levels of melanin enters the picture, they’re doing something wrong? …idgi 

    You’re completely ignoring context. In Lily Allen’s Hard out Here video, she literally says, “I don’t shake my ass cause I have a brain” as Black women shake their asses in her video. She is literally degrading the Black women who shake their asses in the media. The song also uses references to Black rappers (i.e. the title of the song referencing the rap song “Hard out Here for a Pimp” and her lyric “bragging ‘bout my cars or talking ‘bout my chains”), suggesting that Black rappers are more sexist than white male musicians (which isn’t true, there’s lots of sexism in all music genres) and also suggest the source of sexism in the music industry is Black people (Black male rappers and twerking Black female dancers).

    In contrast, Nicki Minaj is reclaiming a song (Baby Got Back) that was made by a Black male rapper who celebrated (but also objectified) Black female bodies. Throughout her song, Nicki raps like a man would, talking about her sexual conquests with men and the size of their dicks, almost as a way of doing to men what they have done to women (objectifying their dicks as Sir Mix A Lot objectified Black women’s asses and many other men objectify women’s vaginas). She also brags about her sexual prowess and stays in control and aggressive in the video (she goes as far as cutting a banana representing a dick and slapping Drake’s hand away—the video critiques the male gaze). The target of mockery and disparagement in Nicki’s video is men and the male gaze, and the video works to reclaim agency from it.

    In what way is Nicki asserting power over her dancers? In her video, she twerks along side her back up dancers and dances with them and interacts with them on the same level. She is just as scantily clad as they are. Lily Allen, however, stays fully covered in her video, does not dance provocatively, and thus contrasts her own pure and respectable femininity with the Black women, using their twerking and scantily clad bodies as an example of “bad” female sexuality and femininity—of women “objectifying themselves.” This is racist because it frames Black female sexuality as lesser than white femininity and antithetical to feminism.

    In summary: Nicki’s video is very much a celebration of female Black beauty and sexuality coming from a Black woman. Conversely, Lilly Allen’s is using Black women as props to frame them as a vile or bad form of sexuality or being too sexual to prop up her own feminism.

    So you might say, “what about Miley Cyrus? she twerks along side her Black background dancers too!” But here’s the problem: Miley Cyrus continually appropriates Black culture and also uses Black women as props. It does matter that these artists are white because in these cases the point of including the Black women is either to, in Lily Allen’s case, offset Black sexuality/femininity as too sexual or bad in comparison with her white femininity/feminism, or, in the case of Miley Cyrus, to get “street cred” and exotify her own sexuality by appropriating Black culture and using Black people as props to do so. See this analysis of Lily Allen’s Hard Out Here video and this analysis of Miley Cyrus by Black people who know a lot more about this than I do.

    I haven’t seen anything about Katy Perry using Black dancers. I’ve just seen criticisms of her appropriating AAVE and other PoC cultures. So I’m not sure why you brought her up, but maybe I just haven’t seen the videos in question.

    Either way, it’s not like white artists having a diverse cast of back up dancers is a bad thing automatically. Here is an example of a white artist using back up dancers of other races without objectifying them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ilh1ewceco (notice this artist tackles the same issue as Lily Allen—sexism/objectification in the media—without being misogynist and racist toward other women). But the examples of Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus ARE racist and Nicki Minaj’s video isn’t the same as theirs.

    (via womanistgamergirl)

  5. apriki:


    (via depressednmoderatelywelldressed)


  6. "

    He is taking a course on Marxist ideology.
    He says, “The only real solution is to smash the system and start again.”
    His thumb is caressing the most bourgeois copy of the communist manifesto that I have ever seen,
    He bought it at Barnes and Noble for twenty-nine U.S. American dollars and ninety-nine cents,
    Its hard cover shows a dark man with a scarved face
    Waving a gigantic red flag against a fictional smoky background.
    The matte finish is fucking gorgeous.
    He wants to be congratulated for paying Harvard sixty thousand dollars
    To teach him that the system is unfair.
    He pulls his iPhone from his imported Marino wool jacket, and leaves.

    What people can’t possibly tell from the footage on TV
    Is that the water cannon feels like getting whipped with a burning switch.
    Where I come from, they fill it with sewer water and hope that they get you in the face with your mouth open
    So that the hepatitis will keep you in bed for the next protest.
    What you can’t tell from Harvard square,
    Is that when the tear gas bursts from nowhere to everywhere all at once,
    It scrapes your insides like barbed wire, sawing at your lungs.
    Tear gas is such a benign term for it,
    If you have never breathed it in you would think it was a nostalgic experience.
    What you can’t learn at Barnes and Noble,
    Is that when they rush you, survival is to run,
    I am never as fast as when the police are chasing me.
    I know what happens to women in the holding cells down there and yet…
    We still do it.

    I inherited my communist manifesto,
    It has no cover—
    Because my mother ripped it off when she hid it in the dust jacket of “Don Quixote”
    The day before the soldiers destroyed her apartment,
    Looking for subversive propaganda.
    She burned the cover, could not bring herself to burn the pages,
    Hoped to God the soldiers couldn’t read,
    They never found it.
    So she was not killed for it, but her body bore the scars of the torture chamber,
    For wanting her children to have a better life than she did,
    Don’t talk to me about revolution.

    I know what the price of smashing the system really is, my people already tried that.
    The price of uprise is paid in blood,
    And not Harvard blood.
    The blood that ran through the streets of Santiago,
    The blood thrown alive from Argentine helicopters into the Atlantic.

    It is easy to say “revolution” from the comfort of a New England library.

    It is easy to offer flesh to the cause,
    When it is not yours to give.


    Catalina Ferro, “Manifesto” (via dialecticsof)

    I feel like people do need to remember that there is a very real, very painful, very human element to the word “revolution”.

    (via nuanced-subversion)

    (Source: sincerely-the-end, via intosnarkness)


  7. imsoshive:

    CNN is doing a segment asking why young black people aren’t following the leadership of civil right’s leaders like jesse jackson & al sharpton. 


    (via depressednmoderatelywelldressed)

  8. airspaniel:


    Anon hate from the late 1800’s.

    What I love most about this is that this person was SO INCENSED at the recipient that they couldn’t even wait the days/weeks it would take for the mail to go through. No, they had to say “FUCK YOU” as soon as fucking possible and, AND, let the recipient that they were not done with the fuck you, nay, this was merely the first volley in what would undoubtably be a dressing down of Biblical proportions.

    (via depressednmoderatelywelldressed)


  9. "While toy libraries target younger children, libraries that offer video games draw teens. A librarian at the Houston Public Library tells NPR that offering game consoles and iPads “results in a 15% to 20% increase in the circulation of books.” The games themselves also seem to help struggling readers, with some reading text in video game format “that was up to eight grades above their reading level,” says Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
    Having gaming available at libraries has other advantages as well. It gives lower-income youth the chance to play games they may not be able to afford; offers teenagers a safe place; and helps teens understand that the library is a place where they can belong."

    The case for making libraries full of toys and games – Quartz (via infoneer-pulse)

    I have two friends who taught themselves to read by playing video games.

    What matters is that kids read and that they think reading is fun. It doesn’t matter as much what they’re reading. If they read regularly and enjoy reading, they’ll eventually read “worthwhile literature,” too, and they’ll have good enough reading skills to do it.

    (via neurodiversitysci)

    "A librarian at the Houston Public Library tells NPR that offering game consoles and iPads “results in a 15% to 20% increase in the circulation of books.” — excellent antidote to BLAH BLAH BOOKS ARE OBSOLETE LIBRARIES ONLY LEND VIDEO GAMES BLAH BLAH

    Ten years ago my province built a new library downtown with all the technological bells and whistles… and three million circulating volumes. There were twenty-metre lineups for library cards for the next six months. It’s now one of the busiest libraries in North America and the busiest library in the entire Francophonie.

    (via pomme-poire-peche)

    (via annakie)


  10. harlold:

    i’m genuinely concerned that no one will fall in love with me

    (Source: hottermelon, via gabethebabes)