Simpler time, same relationship between a human and his pup.
I have had it up to *here*
… with the uncle who feels his favorite political conversation topics and stories of the good old days and opinions and one-up-manship complaints about how much a movie ticket costs and how older movies were sooo much better (we saw Catching Fire yesterday) and how awful taxes are and how obnoxious yuppies are… are important enough to just speak louder and over everyone else.
Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.
Always reblog(via thebicker)
I’ve reached season five of Merlin on Netflix. It’s the end of the beginning.
Four Musketeers rehearsing the various stages of drunkenness for The World’s End
I just got back from my birthday celebration, with a group of my friends. It was a great time, but during the course of the evening, I noticed a series of men staring at my friend L. She is tall, thin, and blond, with long hair and perfect lips. And tonight, I had the realization: you know, I’m pretty sure that no one has ever found me sexy.
"If Fonts Were Dogs"
Design Firm Creates a ‘Reading Net’ For Library-Loving Minors
Spain’s Playoffice, a child-centric design firm, created the “reading net" in an attempt to making reading more fun for kids. The "reading net" stretches across the length of a library room, and kids can play on it in between chapters.
This is all I would have wanted as a kid.
Things you do not have to feel guilty about
- Saying no sometimes
- Wanting to be alone sometimes
- Saying no to sex
- Saying yes to sex
- Not being sure about your life career
- Deciding to study instead of going out
- Getting rid of the toxic people in your life
- Ending a relationship that is hurting you
- Not liking the things everyone else likes
Tween Girls Ask The Internet If They’re Pretty or Ugly
“Am I Pretty or Ugly” is a social media phenomenon where tween girls post YouTube videos of themselves and ask viewers to tell them if they’re pretty or ugly. All of the videos have more or less the same “script;” the girls will say that some people tell them they’re pretty, and some people tell them they’re ugly, but they just want to know “the truth.” They then request that people leave a comment with their opinion on whether or not they’re attractive.
A global study conducted for Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign revealed that 90 percent of 15-to 17-year-old girls are dissatisfied with their physical appearance. 13 percent of them admit to having an eating disorder and nearly a quarter of them would consider plastic surgery.
So the fact that adolescent girls don’t like their bodies and they’re straight up asking the Internet whether or not they’re attractive is unfortunate — but not shocking.
In 1997, adolescent girls identified the mass media as their primary source for health and body image information — and that was before the Internet really took off.
Now in 2013, social media is becoming the preferred source of body image information for young girls, and they’re trusting Internet users to give them “the truth” about their appearance. This so-called “truth” is hurting them — with 68 percent of girls saying they’ve had negative experiences on social networking sites and 53 percent of them becoming unhappy with their bodies by age 13.
Tumblr blogs like “Fuck Yeah Thigh Gap” and “Bikini Bridge” urge women to look bony and frighteningly thin in order to be hot. And we can’t forget Thinspiration — where girls encourage each other to be anorexic or bulimic for the sake of “attractiveness.”
FJP: The ironic thing about girls turning to social media to determine whether or not they’re attractive is that most adolescent girls present false images of themselves on the Internet.
Seventy-four percent of girls agree that most girls their age use social media sites to make themselves look “cooler” than they are in real life, and forty-one percent of them admit that this describes them, according to a 2010 study by Girl Scouts.
If you take away the Instagram filters, Photoshop, creative camera angles, and the sweet Tumblr layouts, what do you have left? Normal tween girls with zits and cellulite, most likely.
If these girls are looking at Photoshopped images of one another all day long, their ideas of what’s physically achievable is going to be tragically skewed. Actresses and models still seem larger than life to a lot of young girls. But when tweens see their own friends looking impossibly good in their photos, the pressure to be pretty is far more intense. The “Am I Pretty or Ugly” YouTube videos are a clear indicator that the body image pressure levels for tween girls are officially in the danger zone. — Krissy
Terrifying, and so, so sad.
Yes, their “idea of what’s physically achievable is going to be tragically skewed.” But also, their ideas of what “beautiful” is. Makes me depressed to think that women can’t see the beauty in themselves because everything about the “self” in magazine photos and films has been altered digitally, or showcases celebrities who employ teams of people to keep them looking the way they seem on camera.
Anti-Redskins Stance by Costas on SNF Draws a Storm of Reactions
Strong reactions to Bob Costas’s commentary on Sunday Night Football about the Redskins name were all over Monday morning broadcasts and on social media, adding to what has become a larger debate about what is politically incorrect.
Yeah! You go, Bob Costas. Fellow Newhouse alum!