#you know this some real shit cause if you’re in the rain for like five minutes in jane austen you get all sick #and have to be ‘bedridden’ and ‘fussed over’ #so he went out after her in the regency equivalent of a shootout just to be like #’I LOVE YOU BUT YOUR FAMILY IS POOR AND EMBARRASSING’
so, it’s a show? it’s a lifestyle. it’s a religion.
September 22nd, 1994 - FRIENDS pilot airs
“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it.”
This might be the most influential quote of the whole series.
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office.—timemachineyeah (via ask-pauli-amorous)
Emma Watson represents the UN, in her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, in Uruguay where she was campaigning for a higher representation of women in politics.
I think my favorite thing about this generation is how seriously everyone takes their Hogwarts house.
Happy Birthday Hermione!
most classic novels are classics because they were written by old white men for other white men. so, like, don’t ever feel bad for not reading them
I can go on forever but… looks…
Don’t forget the freaking Tales of Genji written by a woman and the “world’s first novel”
Tumblr: fighting sexism by…completely erasing accomplishments of women writers
This actually really irritates me, and LET ME TELL YOU WHY. *climbs onto soapbox*
Women have actually ALWAYS been the main writers and readers of novels. When the modern novel was all shiny and new in the late 18th century, it was seen as totally frivolous and ridiculous precisely because women were the ones reading them. Northanger Abbey has a whole (polite, Jane Austen-esque) tirade about this, because novels were seen of as unrealistic and stupid and dangerous to fragile female minds.
The novel only became an acceptable, even academic thing when MEN began reading and writing them. And although many many women wrote novels in the 19th century, the vast vast majority of authors whose books became longterm “classics” were men. The Brontes are listed here, but they had to use male pseudonyms to be taken seriously — and once it got out that Emily Bronte was a woman, Wuthering Heights stopped being taking seriously as a psychological horror, and was dismissed as a romance.
You can pull out a list of Classic Authors Who Were Female, but the number of female writers in the canon is minuscule compared to the number of male writers. And this is despite the fact that most 19th century authors were women. Not only that, but like today, a huge number of BESTSELLERS were written by women. Where are those bestsellers now? Well, most of them are forgotten, because they were just silly, frivolous things written by and for women.
Female writers and readers have been dismissed since the novel as we recognize it today was invented. They were hugely successful writers and massive readers in the 18th century, and they were mocked and dismissed for their work and tastes, while male writers and readers (when they emerged) were lauded. And now it’s the 21st century, and women are still the majority of readers as well as the majority of people in publishing, and their work and tastes are STILL mocked and dismissed, while male writers and readers are respected and praised.
This is not a case of Tumblr “erasing women writers.” This is a case of women writers being erased through history, to the point that most people don’t even know how significant they were. They are erased to the point that most people have read hardly any classic books that were not written by men, despite the fact that women wrote most of the books.
And people think that the western literary canon was NOT dictated entirely by rich white men? Please.
Ahem. *climbs off soapbox*
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.—Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)