It's a ninja life

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“Don’t Be Such a Lesbian” explores lesbian stereotypes

What does a lesbian look like? Piercings? Tattoos? Short hair? Some of us, sure, but somehow the singular stereotype of all gay women being a masculine woman persists.

A new short film called Don’t Be Such a Lesbian explores the myths of lesbianism, as hosted and created by British presenter/actor Jana Dowling. Interestingly, the women of the UK that are interviewed are not able to name many other out lesbians on their television other than Clare Balding. They need their own Ellen DeGeneres, and they need her now.

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BBC Music presents “God Only Knows.”

Line by line breakdown

BBC Concert Orchestra
Martin James Bartlett - celeste
Pharrell Williams – I may not always love you
Emeli Sandé - But as long as there are stars above you
Elton John – You never need to doubt it
Lorde – I’ll make you so sure about it
Chris Martin – God only knows what I’d be without you
Brian Wilson - If you should ever leave me
Florence Welch – Well life would still go on believe me
Kylie Minogue – The world could show nothing to me
Stevie Wonder – So what good would living do me
Eliza Carthy - God only knows what I’d be without you
Nicola Benedetti - violin
Jools Holland - piano
Brian May – electric guitar
Jake Bugg – lalalala
Katie Derham - violin
Tees Valley Youth Choir – God only knows
Alison Balsom – piccolo trumpet
One Direction - God only knows what I’d be without you
Jaz Dhami - God only knows what I’d be without you
Paloma Faith - God only knows what I’d be without you
Chrissie Hynde – God only knows
Jamie Cullum - God only knows what I’d be without you
Baaba Maal – God only knows
Danielle de Niese - God only knows what I’d be without you
Dave Grohl - God only knows
Sam Smith - God only knows what I’d be without you
Brian Wilson - God only knows what I’d be without you

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So, my original goal was to portray a society that genuinely did not care about gender. Using a single pronoun for everyone was just one part of that, but the more I played with it, the more interesting the effect was. Ultimately, of course, using “she” for everyone doesn’t actually convey gender neutrality, and I realized that pretty quickly. But I think if I’d chosen to use a gender neutral pronoun—e, or sie, or zie, or any of the others—it would have produced an interesting effect, but it would have lost the way that “she” automatically goes straight to the reader’s perceptions. No, that’s not the best way to say it. I mean, the very long familiarity long-time English speakers have with the pronouns “he” and “she” means that we react to them without actually thinking much about it. We don’t stop to ask ourselves what they mean, they just go right in and trigger a particular set of associations, almost automatically, unconsciously. By using “she” for everyone, I get (for many, but of course not all readers) the effect, once those associations are triggered, of undermining or questioning them, in a very basic way, a sort of… experiential way. It’s one thing to tell someone about the masculine default, and have them understand the idea. It’s another thing to actually demonstrate how it works on your reader. But it only works (for the readers it worked for, because of course it didn’t work for everyone) because we parse those pronouns so thoughtlessly.

The various gender neutral pronouns don’t have that long familiarity for most of us. The effect I mention above, which quite a few readers have explicitly commented on and appreciated, would have been lost if I’d used one of them. It was a trade-off, I think. I can’t blame folks who wish I’d used a gender neutral pronoun instead, of course, and I’m hoping to see those pronouns used more so that they become more generally familiar. I’m seeing singular “they” for known people (instead of the nebulous “don’t know who this might actually be” use of singular they) used well in short fiction lately, and I’ve been really happy to see it. But myself, for this particular project, I think the effect that I got, at least with a sizable number of readers, was worth the trade-off.

So, in some ways I succeeded. In other ways I didn’t. But the result was interesting and gave a lot of people something to think about and discuss, and I’m glad of that.

Ann Leckie on the use of “she” in Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword (via hightechzombie)

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#I will never stop loving her face here #It’s like she knows she just acted like a dork in front of her future wife

The worst part is Myka’s face matches perfectly. In the second gif she looks like she’s indeed thinking ‘my future wife is a fucking dork’.

#really? #bc I read the second gif as like #wow #I’m going to fuck that dork tonIGHT

I love these tags XD

This post was what got me to actually watch Warehouse 13, because I thought they were actually married later in the series. I was not part of Tumblr at the time and did not understand the language.

I came into this ship thinking it was going to end well.

I was lured into the angst by our captains’ wonderful acting that actually allowed me to think it happened.

(Source: fuckyeahpikacha, via tulipsandsake)

Filed under Bering and Wells this post represents perfection and it's back on my dash and that's good

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This year I will sleep more and cry more.
I will learn how to listen to my body,
How to feed her when she’s hungry
And not when she is bored, or lonely.
This year is about putting away apologies—
Shaking the old dust out of my bones,
Getting rid of people and places
That have stopped feeling like home.
This year is about the deep kind of soul searching
Reserved for brooding men in classic literature.
This year is for falling in love with all the ways
I am able to feel.
My world is vibrant and alive
And to numb myself would be to waste this body
To waste this breath.
Somewhere, billions of years ago,
A star died to put the marrow in my bones
And I ought to make good use of that.
I am the result of ten million factors all
Working against me ever coming into existence
And I am here anyway.
How could I forget that the same skin
That houses all my anxieties also holds
The same kind of rain that fills oceans?
I have a small lightning storm brewing
In the barrel of my ribs,
How could I forget that?
This year, I will be kind to my body,
Because she has always been kind to me.
Because she has entire orchestras beneath her fingernails,
And after so many years,
She deserves a good audience.
I am too young to feel so old.
This is the year I change that.
This Year, by Ashe Vernon (via latenightcornerstore)

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I’ve been told
that people in the army
do more by 7:00 am
than I do
in an entire day

but if I wake
at 6:59 am
and turn to you
to trace the outline of your lips
with mine
I will have done enough
and killed no one
in the process.

Shane Koyczan, “6:59 AM” (via larmoyante)

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