I remembered that Simon said possums were not indigenous to New Zealand, that they had been brought here by somebody a long time ago, some European, and since there were no animals here that liked to kill possums, all those unkilled possums had fucked up the whole fucking ecosystem by eating plants, too many plants, by wanting so much, and now there were what? — ten or fifteen possums per person in New Zealand? Something fucked-up like that; and I imagined my dozen fucked-up possums gathered around me, a personal audience, and I wondered which things inside a person might be indigenous or nonindigenous, but it isn’t as easy to trace those kinds of things in a person as it is in a country. I wished that I could point to some colonizer and blame him for everything that was nonindigenous in me, whoever or whatever had fucked my ecosystem, had made me misunderstand myself,—but I couldn’t blame anyone for what was in me, because I am, like everyone, populated entirely by myself…
Catherine Lacey, Nobody Is Ever Missing
this book is ruling in a very major way
disabled children need to know that they’re worth more than being inspirational objects for abled adults
Here’s how this one goes: Some individuals are more predisposed to use the right sides of their brains, which are said to be more creatively inclined, whereas others are logical left-brainers. Maybe you were even saddled with a diagnosis of “right-brained” in elementary school and went on your whole life believing you were physiologically predisposed to be bad at math. Some people were Spock, some people were Bones, and that’s just the way it was. Guess what? It’s rubbish.
Unlike some of the myths that make their way into textbooks, this one is a credible area of study for neuroscientists. Many studies have investigated the phenomenon of brain lateralization, in which areas in the left or right hemisphere of the brain direct functions like language and visual processing. One study, published last year in the journal PLOS One, asked whether this led to some individuals using their right hemispheres more than their left, or the other way around. After imaging the brains of more than a thousand participants, they concluded that many individuals show pronounced lateralization, but it’s a localized phenomenon that can’t be generalized to the whole brain. That is, they found no evidence for creative right-brained or logical left-brained individuals, only asymmetry in small sub-networks within the brain. In fact, rather than a logical/creative duality, they found the left half of the brain handled tasks related to language and response to external stimuli, whereas the right handled more attention to external stimuli.
So if your teacher told you that you were a left-brainer and could never be an artist, you can safely forget it and paint all you like. But why would our brain split functions between its halves at all? Neuroscientists aren’t sure, but one hypothesis suggests it may give rise to different and therefore more agile approaches to processing things like language. At any rate, there’s no divide between the logical and the creative among us. Science has given us permission to be both, if we like.
when she says she doesn’t send nudes
when guys objectify women and expect them to send nudes
when someone asks you about your nuclear plans for russia
When Russia sends you nudes
In the dark of the ocean, some animals have evolved to use bioluminescence as a defense. In the animation above, an ostracod, one of the tiny crustaceans seen flitting near the top of the tank, has just been swallowed by a cardinal fish. When threatened, the ostracod ejects two chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, which, when combined, emit light. Because the glow would draw undesirable attention to the cardinal fish, it spits out the ostracod and the glowing liquid and flees. Check out the full video clip over at BBC News. Other crustaceans, including several species of shrimp, also spit out bioluminescent fluids defensively. (Image credit: BBC, source video; via @amyleerobinson)
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A dick with a 401k plan and retirement benefits.
Dick with a 850 credit score!
Disney vs. 7 early fairytales
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
We had to read The Book of Lost Things for school and it’s Grimm level crazy
Not only that, you’re skipping out a really important thing: the brother’s grimm got those tales from WOMEN, women were the ones who would tell these tales orally and the brother’s grimm took them, altered them to be sexist and never gave the women credit. You can read Clever Maids the Secret History The Grimm Fairytales for more info
reblogging for the excellent commentary