I had won tickets for yesterady’s Gymnastics Finals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and it was brilliant. I learned a couple of things as well: Apparently the English anthem is not God Save The Queen, people bring babies to events they really shouldn’t bring them to and don’t even have the common sense to bring ear protection for the wee ones, and if faced with men-women-men-women-men events it really becomes clear that there is an inherent sexism in the way men and women compete in gymnastics and the way they (have to) present themselves.
All that being said, it was the best.
Guys, this scene was written in the mid 90s.
There needs to be a phrase for “I acknowledge your apology and appreciate it but it does not make things better.” instead of just saying “It’s okay.” all the time.
I recognize the council has made an apology, but given that it is a stupid ass apology, I have elected to ignore it.
thank you director fury
Emily Greenhouse asks: Why do news reports still count the numbers of women and children killed in war zones? http://nyr.kr/1xAjgSO
“If we truly wish to identify the most helpless victims, we should count, alongside children, the infirm and the elderly. Instead, we tally the number of women and children killed, reflecting and perpetuating outdated ideas about women’s lives and women’s bodies.”
Photograph by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty
This image is one of the most powerful pro-choice images I’ve ever seen. When I saw it in the newspaper I immediately cut it out and hung it on my wall.
support birth control and women’s rights.
Obit of the Day: The Last Crew Member of the Enola Gay
The Enola Gay* was 31,000 feet above Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m. when it released its payload - “Little Boy,” the first atomic bomb. After dropping the bomb, the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets, turned the plane and headed back to base in the Mariana Islands.
The crew was told that they had 43 seconds to leave the area before the bomb detonated 1,890 feet in the air over the city of 350,000. Navigator Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk began counting in his head (“one one-thousand”, “two one-thousand”) and at 43 there was nothing. He and his crew mates thought it was dud.
Then the cabin filled with a bright light and the "plane jumped and made a sound like sheet metal snapping." Looking back he saw that Hiroshima was no longer visible, "The entire city was covered with smoke and dust and dirt. I describe it looking like a pot of black, boiling tar. You could see some fires burning on the edge of the city.”
Chosen as a military target housing several divisions of the Japanese army as well as serving as a key shipping port, an estimated 70-80,000 residents of Hiroshima were killed by the blast or resultant fires. Another 70,000 men, women, and children were injured. (Thousands later died of radiation poisoning or radiation-related illnesses.)
Three days later another plane dropped a second atomic bomb (“Fat Man”) on the city of Nagasaki. The Japanese surrendered that same day. (The official surrender occured on September 1, 1945.)
Mr. Van Kirk joined the Army Air Corps cadet program (a precursor to the U.S. Air Force Academy) just two months before the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor. Following his training, he was recruited by Colonel Tibbets as navigator, along with Major Thomas Ferebee as bombadier.
Together the threesome flew 58 missions during World War II. This included transporting General Dwight Eisenhower to Gibraltar in 1942 for the planning of the Allied invasion of North Africa.
Mr. Van Kirk was reassigned stateside as a training officer after mission 58 but Colonel Tibbets recalled him as part of the newly created 509th Composite Group. The group was formed to specifically handle the transport and delivery of the atomic bomb.
Mr. Van Kirk, and the 12-man crew of the Enola Gay, would train for six months before deing deployed to Hiroshima. The flight was nine hours from the base at Tinian on the Marianas and Mr. Van Kirk’s navigation (using a compass, map, and sextant) had them arrive at the target only 15 seconds behind schedule.
During his servince in the Army Air Corps Mr. Van Kirk reached the rank of major and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Silver Star. But he kept his most historic flight quiet, not even telling his children until they discovered newspaper clippings in his mother’s attic.
Following the war Mr. Van Kirk attended Bucknell University and worked as a chemical engineer at DuPont.
He did not regret dropping the bomb on Hiroshima. He, like many of his generation, believed that a coming land invasion of Japan by Allied forces would have killed many thousands more. “I honestly believe the use of the atomic bomb saved lives in the long run. There were a lot of lives saved. Most of the lives saved were Japanese.”
When asked about the moral implications of dropping the bomb, Mr. Van Kirk answered, “Where was the morality in the bombing of Coventry, or the bombing of Dresden, or the Bataan Death March, or the Rape of Nanking, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor? I believe that when you’re in a war, a nation must have the courage to do what it must to win the war with a minimum loss of lives.”
Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, who was retirement home neighbors with one of the last living crewman of the USS Missouri where the Japanese army officially surrendered, died on July 28, 2014 at the age of 93.
(Image of then-Captain Theodore Van Kirk, Colonel “Birdie” Tibbets, and Major Thomas Ferebee standing next to the Enola Gay in 1945 following their mission to Hiroshima. U.S. Air Force, via Agence France-Press — Getty Images, via The New York Times)
* The plane was named for the pilor, Colonel Paul Tibbets’ mother, Enola Gay.
Other relevant Obit of the Day posts:
Nathan Safferstein - Autographed the atomic bomb
Senji Yamaguchi - Survivor of the Nagasaki bomb who became a voice for disarmament
Please watch this.
British journalist Jon Snow sums up the crisis in Gaza in three minutes.
He explains what he saw and the reality of the situation.
instead of watching the 50 Shades trailer, why not just make awkward eye contact with a total stranger at the grocery store for a solid 2 minutes and 34 seconds? you get the same skin-crawling, uncomfortable feeling but without the shitty writing, terrible acting and massive dose of rape culture
We are launching our Ask an Editor blog series in August!
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
50 Shades of Abuse Flyer - Canada
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Okay. I understood all the flack Twilight got for being an abusive relationship. Because it was and it was being read by a very young and impressionable audience. But ffs, 50 Shades is an ADULT NOVEL. Iit is about a BDSM couple. Which - newsflash - do exist. It is a completely consensual form of dominate/submissive sex play. The whole concept of domestic violence and abuse is that one side exerts control over an unwilling victim. I don’t recall Anastasia, or whatever she’s called, protesting to Christian’s form of sex. If I remember correctly, she quite enjoyed it! So before you condemn a work of romanticizedfiction, actually consider it’s audience and remember that they are mature and capable enough to know the difference between reality and fiction.
so i guess you didn’t read the parts where he coerces her and the part where he continues after she has used her safeword and acts like a fucking creep whenever they aren’t having sex
it is the worst possible introduction to BDSM i could imagine
i know my shit okay
im hoping the people defending this book are 1. never getting into BDSM 2. not currently into BDSM 3. havent read the book bc i dont want to believe anyone is that fucking stupid
knowledge on you right now.
Wanna know the BDSM mantra? Safe, sane, consensual.
So let me explain why this book was devoid of all three of these things.
Safe - In the first few chapters of the novel, Christian Grey tracks Ana’s cell phone to find her at a club. Takes her home when she’s drunk, changes her when she’s so intoxicated she doesn’t remember him doing so,and informs her he will be keeping tabs on her for her own benefit. This is not the behaviour of a respectable Dominant. This is the behaviour of a power hungry, abusive asshole who really can’t take no for an answer.
Sane - One of the most important parts of BDSM is aftercare. Scenes can be extremely traumatizing and intense for the submissive. Aftercare is anything from petting to cuddling to holding to sweet talking, whatever degree of gentleness a bottom would need to pull them out of “subspace”. How does Christian provide aftercare? He submits Ana to a traumatizing first time spanking experience AND THEN FUCKING LEAVES. AND GETS MAD THAT SHE DIDN’T TELL HIM SHE WAS UPSET. He’s the one who should fucking know better! That, again, is not the act of a responsible Dominant. It’s the act of a selfish abuser.
Consensual - Did I mention he undressed her when she was belligerently drunk? Tracked her phone to locate her? He also buys her a new car despite her saying no countless times. Now, consent is important for any kind of sexual activity at all. Consent means informed, consent means enthusiastic. Informed, enthusiastic consent. This is crucial in a BDSM setting. Scenes can be extremely intense, especially for the bottom. What is Christian’s form of obtaining consent? Handing Ana a fucking contract highlighting all the things he wants to do her asshole and asking her to sign it. She was a virgin (Don’t even get me fucking started.) who had never before been exposed to BDSM. Entering in that kind of relationship takes a gargantuan amount of trust and knowledge so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Not reading a list of kinks on a piece of paper and signing your rights to say no away. Christian didn’t offer her resources, he didn’t offer her information. He gave her an ultimatum. That is not the sort of consent a responsible Dom/me would seek from their submissive.
Fuck. This. book. It’s written in a shitty way, it’s a terrible example of a BDSM relationship (ask anybody already involved in the lifestyle and watch them go blue in the face just thinking about it), which is already faced with enough prejudice and misunderstand, and it romanticizes and glorifies abuse.
And this post is going into my bookmarks, because it is beautiful.
What scares me most is the fact that people, misinformed and ignorant people, will now try to enter the community/find play partners with the dangerous ideas of what BDSM is. They won’t respect a sub, they won’t listen.
And that can seriously hurt people. People can DIE.
I came across this article on the film adaptation and apart from all the stuff about making two versions, the last sentence kills me:
‘The first part of the trilogy is now set to hit the big screen until February 13 2015, suggesting Universal hopes it will be a Valentine’s date movie.’
Because nothing spells romance like watching an abusive relationship being glorified on the big screen.