living in a hypersexualized world is actually very spiritually exhausting and alienating
ppl my age who have children are like amazing idk i stay awake for twenty four hours and cry about the fact the sun came up and you are literally responsible for someone elses life
some chill positivity from a 1998 Sesame Street book about the letter F
How to Explain Amazon’s Kindle to Charles Dickens
As a student at Cardiff School of Art and Design, illustrator Rachel Walsh was asked to create a project that would explain something modern/internet-based to somebody who lived and died before 1900.
Walsh’s innovative idea was to take a large book and create 40 miniature books from its pages in order to explain the kindle to Dickens. The covers are recreations from real books and include Dicken’s own novels, his favourite childhood books, and some of the artist’s own.
the best advice i can give to anyone is to surround yourself with angry people.
i don’t mean angry people like the people who are constantly negative. i mean people who see an abused animal and scream at its owners. i mean people who react to catcalling with violent gestures and swears so foul satan would blush. i mean people who meet every challenge by saying “ain’t nobody got time for this shit” and barrelling in head-first. i mean people who refuse to let you feel bad about yourself.
at first they’ll seem abrasive and crude and maybe even mean. but they’ll start to rub off on you. you’ll soon be stopping yourself as you look in the mirror and start to think about how fat you are or how worthless you are, and the voice in your head that stops you sounds like the angry people in your life. and soon you won’t even start to think that way at all; you’ll just look in the mirror and mentally scream “i am a god damn empire” and 100% believe it. you’ll see oppression and wrong-doings around you and you’ll feel impassioned about stopping them. you’ll stand up to the people who once had the power over you to make you feel small and insignificant. and you might not necessarily outright act like one, but you’ll start to feel like an angry person and you’ll enjoy it.
After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.
Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.
This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating.
Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy
Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.
There are 3 men in my masters program class of 20 people. Even when we’re discussing things like sexism, the men completely dominate the conversation. I’ve started pointing it out to them, but it’s just so fucked up.