If the point of the Big Bang Theory was to show that male nerds can be just as sexist as male jocks then well done I guess

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Reblog with the District that you would live in if Panem was real. I wanna see how far this actually goes lol
District 2

Someone help, I’m drowning. I’m right on the edge of a nation and I’m drowning

oooh just barely squeezing in 12



WTF happened that caused mountains to become submerged before low-lying areas?

Elevation is a hell of a drug:

That’s a map of North America 115 million years ago.

When the sea levels rise, prairies and great plains go under before mountains do.

wow this kind of poor planning is lowering my hopes for The Hunger Games (yep I still haven’t read it yet, but it’s looking likely that I will soon). Like ok the floodplain thing is really poor planning, but I can sorta see how it could happen, like, a writer not thinking enough about elevation just sitting by a map with a marker. But what’s really irritating me is how closely it also follows POLITICAL boundaries. There’s a flat slice up north. Is that the Great Wall,  is Jon Snow standing on it? Why is all of freakin’ Canada just “wilds”?

I lose respect for science fiction when it can’t deal with The Problem of Canada. Like Fahrenheit 451 is this dystopian future where ALL books are burned in the US. In Canada books are legal. The protagonist goes from being the cop that burns the books (a “fireman”) to realizing books are actually pretty awesome. He joins a roving band of hobos that become a “living library” by completely memorizing books verbatim, then burning them. INSTEAD OF SMUGGLING THEM INTO CANADA. OR IDK, FUCKING LIVING THERE.

It’s like people’s brains shut down when they try to imagine Canada in the future? (Either as future!Canada, or being taken over/merged into some other country, but still as like, a viable place populated with humans, that is possible to go to if one chooses.)

Also she managed to not as completely follow the political border with Mexico, but it’s still like, aside from these couple of feet over here, Mexico no longer exists. -_____- It’s all conveniently underwater. Even those mountains. I’m just kind of, uh. Seriously? Seriously?? You can set futuristic stuff in the US without making it this painfully US-centric. Like stuff can happen in future!US without making it explicitly that the world outside the US FELL OFF THE MAP.


Not sure if anyone has responded to this yet and I know this post is months old, but here goes:

As far as I am aware (since I haven’t checked for about 2 years), this (and any other Hunger Games/Panem maps) is fan-made.  Suzanne Collins never was that specific about her geography.  Without getting up and pulling the books from my shelf, I can say for sure that Panem is somewhere in North America, District 12 is in Appalachia, and The Capitol is near the Rockies.  Googling “Hunger Games map” brings up a slew of different results all based on different readers’ interpretations or imaginations.  (And of all the maps out there, yes, this one is most noteworthy for the convenient “but we still kept the border to Canada” part.)  So yeah, not a Collins thing.  Personally, I imagined District 12 as much smaller than depicted on that map.  Collins described all of that district’s population as being able to fit in the town square, and it only took a morning of travel for everyone to get there IIRC.  I don’t know about the sizes of the other districts.  Katniss herself wondered the logistics of gathering the larger districts’ populations in one area for the reapings, or even if it was done that way at all.  (Again, this is as far as I remember—I last reread the books a couple months ago.)

Now, if we are going to talk about weird geographical stuff that came straight from canon, there’s the idea that each district is….I don’t know, shoehorned into roles that seem grossly oversimplified.  Like, I don’t really know a whole lot about how this stuff works IRL.  But it always seemed…weird to me, that, “Here, here is the district where the ONLY thing they do is cattle!  And here is the district where they just do lumber!  And if you cross this arbitrary borderline, suddenly you are now a farmer!”  To be fair, Katniss’s district (coal mining) was varied enough on the inside—there were teachers, merchants, possibly craftsmen, Peeta’s family owned a bakery, and Katniss’s mom was a healer, in addition to many (probably the majority?) of District 12 citizens being coal miners.  And it’s made pretty clear that the Capitol absolutely does shoehorn the districts into caricatures of their industry, with the way that they dress up the Tributes before each Hunger Games.  But sometimes it felt like Collins was doing it too.  There’s one character introduced in the second book, who at one point we find out she can throw axes really well, and Katniss is all OH OF COURSE SHE’S GREAT WITH THROWING AXES BECAUSE DISTRICT 7 AND THEY DO TREES THERE.  This sort of thing always took me out of the story because I had to stop and roll my eyes…

TLDR: You don’t have to lower your expectations for The Hunger Games trilogy, at least when it comes to inclusion of non-US countries, because Collins was ambiguous about the geography.

It’s good to know that map was fan-made! (whoops I still need to read these tho god I’m so slow)

Regarding the specific areas doing different things, well, this is talking about books I haven’t read, but I think that may fit with the setting? Basically…okay. Henry Ford started the whole assembly line thing—prior to that, you needed skilled labor in manufacturing, someone who knew how to make all or most of the parts and put them together. Ford’s way, you could quickly train a person to do only one thing, and devalue their labor because they were easy to replace. This model has expanded with globalization, where certain things are only done in certain places. I looked into some of this stuff when concerned about companies outsourcing to places with laxer labor laws so they could exploit their workers, and found that certain things, such as many electronic parts, are ONLY made in a few countries, sometimes only in one country. And to some extent this is also happening in other ways, for example agricultural areas that monocrop corn even though that’s terrible for the soil, because in that time and place, corn is what you grow.

In the long run what this does is create dependency. If your area only grows one type of food, you rely on importing for other goods—different kinds of food, textiles, lumber, metals, coal. And as I understand it, in The Hunger Games everything is ruled by an elite upper class that is like a few million times wealthier than anyone on the bottom, with an extreme and unbridgeable class gap (oh wait did I say The Hunger Games I meant real life) which can then sell all those goods to each other at a premium because they can’t produce it themselves.

It’s a common capitalist trick to make people rely on a pay service for something they already had, then remove access to their original resource. This is why when colonizing native peoples, one of the first things the colonizers try to destroy is access to their food supply, so they can sell them food. They may also shame them for their clothes or make wearing traditional clothes illegal, to force them to buy clothes from them too. Not only does this demoralize a population, humiliate them and separate them from their culture, but it forces dependence on their conquerors. There are less extreme, but very common examples, like making baby formula ubiquitous rather than something used when breast milk wasn’t an option, or selling people bottled water (and then fracking to make their previously perfectly fine tapwater now questionable).

So basically what you’re describing in The Hunger Games sounds like an extreme example of commodification, globalization and the assembly line on a large scale, and not at all improbable for how an elite, abusive group would structure society given the power to do so. It’s profitable, it’s easy to control, and it forces dependence.

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ekki-neitt asked: How are the black panthers different from the KKK? Publicly shouting that we need to kill cracker babies is somehow okay because the group is black? Do you realize how fucking dumb you sound?








When was the last time the Black panthers Lynched anyone?

When’s the last time the Black Panthers burned crosses in someone’s yard?

When’s the last time the Black Panthers completely destroyed white towns for fear of their prosperity?

Have the panthers ever burned down any white schools to keep white people “in their place”?

Are these white folks serious?! Please, please…do yourselves a favor and earn some citations on this country’s history. The Black Panthers were NOT like the Klu Klux Klan. Their objective was not to go around and terrorize and murder white people. The KKK however, was definitely a reactionary terrorist/extremist group. The Klan emerged during “The Nadir” (the lowest point) in 1877, after poor and disenfranchised whites stomped out Reconstruction and Blacks ultimately lost their civil rights. White people losing their mobility in this country was the core reason for terrorizing African Americans, but after that bullshit, 15 reels, massive 3-hour long movie “The Birth of a Nation" was released in 1915, now all of a sudden, Black people became barraged with this false image of themselves as threatening, violent, and barbaric, particularly to white women in society (The New Negro Crime) which ultimately led to hundred of thousands of lynchings and murders of Blacks in America. The Klan had one objective, to exterminate Black people. They spurred false rhetoric, hate, and violence…that’s it!

The Black Panthers was a revolutionary socialist organization that started in the mid-1960’s in Oakland, CA aiming to PROTECT the Black community. They were against police brutality, imperialism, capitalism or anything they felt was detrimental to Black Americans. They wanted Black people to fend for themselves, that’s why they carried guns, and they used them cautiously. They helped the sick, the poor, single mothers and their children, they even implemented a free ambulance and breakfast program in the community, yet they’re like the KKK?! Their goals were simple: quality education, housing, employment, and civil rights.They were not a violent group and neither was Malcolm X, contrary to popular opinion, they just believed in their right to self defense.The bottom line is, The Black Panther Party was a mobilization by African Americans, and people of the African descent across the world to break down institutionalized oppression by any means necessary. And FYI, many whites supported like Marlon Brando, and others.

*Don’t disrespect my people and Blackness!




I love the dialogue that whitepeoplesaidwhat starts.

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okay but can we stop having discussions about abortion accessibility that go like “IF MEN COULD GET PREGNANT…” because men can and do get pregnant

get ur cissexist shit out of here

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Lol Black ppl start reading manga and listening to alternative rock in middle school and suddenly we’re all equal, no goodbye

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I ain’t never been with no white man. There were a couple white men who wanted to take me out, but I’d never go no where with them. I was always afraid that if we got into an argument he was gonna call me a nigger and then I’d have to kill him.

My grandma in the car.

I love her so much.

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Bless this grandma.

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John Mulaney | The Salt & Pepper Diner



This is one of the best pieces of comedy that I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. I love this. I have been looking for this online for awhile.

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Might I just point out that Mercutio got stabbed in the gut and, instead of seeking medical help, stood up and made a pun about it then died.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerinas Chyrstyn Fentry and Ingrid Silva instructing Charlie Reese behind the scenes.

Love it

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On Math and Cosplay



Drafting and sewing are technical skills. Seamstresses are engineers of fabrics. Seamstresses can turn 2D shapes into 3D objects and vice versa and can visualize this. The other day I watched Christine draft our Sailor Scout skirts on paper and translate it to a draft in fabric in one shot, and while it took her an hour or two, it was all math and angles and technical skills that you just cannot figure out without a good foundation in math (or at least some serious prodigious visualization skills.) Anyone can modify an existing pattern, but when you’re making these weird-crazy anime-video-game-whatever designs, you’re sometimes making things that were not designed with real life production in mind. That’s mind boggling to me!

Most seamstresses are women. Women who were told growing up that boys are naturally better at math than girls. It’s a hugely loaded topic wrapped up in ideas about gender and performance anxieties and self-fulfilling prophesies, but I see that same attitude floating around on tumblr sometimes.

Anyway. I tell you this because this morning, despite having made a zillion pleated skirts before, I had a moment where I fumbled with math for fabric allowance + pleat size + pattern and thought, “Man, I’ve fucked this all up. I’ve totally screwed it up. I better redo this.” Fortunately, I did this before I cut the fabric, so no harm was done, but then I muddled something up again, this time on the fabric itself. Sigh. I had to rip out a line of stitches three times and redo the pleating a number of times before I finally got it right. I went back and double-checked my numbers, and sure enough: I hadn’t been accurate enough, so everything got jumbled.

And I thought, “I’m so fucking terrible at math.”

And then I thought, “I’m working on what I remember from high school when I graduated six years ago, and what little I’ve actually practiced since then.”

It’s not at all that I’m terrible at math: it’s that I’ve never really put my mind to learning it, probably because at some point it stopped being presented as puzzles/challenges and started being presented as tedious number work. I also had a few teachers along the way who made me feel bad when I struggled. I also fell back on that horrible old “girl aren’t as good as boys at math” adage as an excuse. I floundered in math, got lousy marks, and often caught onto concepts two weeks after the test. 

But the problem there isn’t that I’m any less capable of math or somehow wired to be bad at it. I think I have the same potential as most people do. The problem is that I use this “it’s okay to be bad at math because [excuse here]” as a crutch instead of challenging myself to transcend that. I should be challenging myself instead of just “winging it” and ending up with wonky pleats because I’m too lazy to figure out the math to make it perfect.

I know it’s cool to act like you hate math or play up how bad you are at math, but to be a good seamstress you’re gonna have to face your fears and learn to work with it. Some people I have told this in the past have freaked out in a “but I’m baaaad at that” sort of way, and hey, I’ve said that so many times in my own lifetime, but you have to look at is as a life skill and a way to improve your cosplay.

Math is a great skill for a seamstress to have. If nothing else, it’ll prevent you from staring in confusion at your skirt trying to figure out how to turn 94” of fabric into an evenly pleated skirt with zipper.

- Jenn

An area I would like to cover should I wade back into my thesis subject matter: sexism and perceived ability in cosplay. Drafting is an exacting skill, and the small fluctuations can throw off a piece, especially when dealing with pieces that require pleats, matching plaids and stripes, and applique. So much of the criticism I heard from non-cosplayers is “they’re just playing around in costumes, it can’t be that hard.” Ha. Hahaha. And yet, the same criticism is not heard about tailors. The seamstress/tailor gender divide is clear in the connotations surrounding the words, and it reflects itself in the cosplay community. When my male friend gets the “Best Tailoring” technical award for his suit, it makes me wonder if the same wording would be used had he been female.

Drafting, and the math to make it happen, are skills that need to be practiced. That said, I saw the progress shots for the Sailor Scout skirts and I am blown away by how gorgeous and precise the draft was. Brava Christine, that takes hella skill.

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This is how you handle getting your privileged called out. 

Not “reverse racism!” Not “heterophobe!” and all those other dynamics that don’t exist. Just recognition. Recognition of privilege (and hopefully continuous self-checking) 


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