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I'm a 28 year-old Instructor of Argument. It is my job to teach incoming college students that talking smack professionally is about having an opinion and backing it up. I teach young adults not only to have opinions, but to have a VOICE in their community and in the world at large. I inspire, I discourse, and I geek out.

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22nd April 2014

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cracked:

hereinidaho:

William’s face. Give me your baby, Prince William. You look tired. 

Don’t let New Parent Face happen to you (as often).

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22nd April 2014

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roachpatrol:

elementalsight:

gardnerhill:

madlori:

This scene was actually when I went from feeling more or less neutral on Joan to actively disliking her.

Because wow, that was patronizing.

I loved that scene in Elementary.

1) Firstly, because it immediately deconstructs the “hero throws and breaks something in frustration” cliche (Sherlock throwing a glass slide in HoB, anyone?) it might even be seen as a parody of that cliche.

2) Secondly, because the dynamic is different between a man and a woman than it would be between two women or two men, the visual of a man smashing something in a temper in front of a woman can be taken as threatening or borderline abusive. Joan Watson immediately shows that she is not intimidated by Holmes’ behavior.

3) Lastly? One of the running themes of Elementary is the deconstruction of Sherlock Holmes as the solitary, antisocial genius, and his becoming a member of a community. Holmes’ gifts are given their due respect, but no one in Elementary plays the game of Because Sherlock Holmes is a Bloody Genius He Can Do Whatever He Wants So There. When Sherlock goes after Moriarty (“M”), Captain Gregson suspends him. When Sherlock doesn’t want to talk about his addiction, Alfredo says “You’ve got to get over yourself.” And when Sherlock behaves like a spoiled child, Joan tells him “Use your words.”

You see Joan patronizing Sherlock. I see a member of Sherlock’s community teaching him how to behave like an adult member of that community.

Additionally, Watson’s done good work for a number of years as a sober companion, not a manchild enabler. It’s quite literally her job to deconstruct people’s shitty self-defeating habits and demonstrate that there are better ways to live your life. She’s not in the business of humoring anyone or playing along with their tantrums, she’s in the business of fixing them. And what she does works! It gets spelled out explicitely in the text of the show: Sherlock himself admits that what’s changed about him, for the better, is her. 

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22nd April 2014

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Bundy vs. the Minimum wage

gwydionmisha:

I see Republicans are out lauding a wealthy white tax cheat as “a real patriot” while out the other side of their mouth labeling the working poor who pay a forth of their income in taxes as “takers” not deserving of a living wage or health coverage.

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22nd April 2014

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queerqueerspawn:

107422:

107422:

this is a goddamn national travesty

also please note that lupita is also up for vote! please vote for both her and laverne!

If you care about Laverne Cox, Lupita Nyong’o, and Steve McQueen, and want people to stop rewarding mediocrity from people who pretty much inherited their positions (Benedict Cumberbatch, Lena Dunham, and Megan Ellison), then this is the list for you to provide some feedback.

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22nd April 2014

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invisiblelad:

thehidingcat:

stupidmiiverseposts:

There has only been five female characters comfirmed playable compared to fifteen male characters.

I’m amazed at those exact numbers because 33% is the point where men will start thinking there’s a majority of women in a group

 I’m not sexist but I’m going to complain passive agressivley about the mere inclusion of female characters. 

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22nd April 2014

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22nd April 2014

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afternoonsnoozebutton:

Have you seen the music video for Avril Lavigne’s new song, “Hello Kitty”? It’s horrible and stupid in the same way that Gwen Stefani’s shit was in 2004, and it was go-written by Chad Kroeger.

What are the lyrics like? 

[Chorus]
Kawaii
Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so pretty
Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so silly

Mina sako arigato! Kawaii! [x2]
Kawaii! [x4]
Meow.

It’s almost worth watching the video just to see the faces of all the Asian backup dancers who clearly want to kill themselves.

Wow, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

22nd April 2014

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stupidswampwitch:

masooood:

safeidgul:

Why can’t there be a male hooter’s equivalent where male servers are shirtless and highly sexualized for their bodies and looks

Male Strip clubs. You’re thinking of male strip clubs.

No. Not a male strip club. A strip club is a strip club. I want a place called Cahones where waiters wear Speedos and are forced to stuff if they don’t fill out their uniform well enough. I want them to giggle for my tips. I want it to be so normalised and engrained in our culture that women bring their daughters there for lunch (because whaaaaaat the wings are good! Geeze sensitive much?) where they’ll give playful little nudges like, “Wouldn’t mind if you dad had those. Heh heh heh.” that their daughters don’t even understand but will absorb and start to assume is just the normal way grown up women talk about grown up men. I want to playfully ask my waiter if I can have extra nuts on my salad and for him to swat my arm with an Oh, you because he knows if he doesn’t his manager will yell at him. I want other men to pretend to like going there so I think they’re cool. I want to go to Cahones during my lunch break at work and when I come back and tell the other women in the office where I went they chuckle slightly and the men around us suddenly feel self conscious and they don’t know why.

Let’s start this restaurant chain and eat there every week.

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22nd April 2014

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22nd April 2014

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NC deputy goes berserk, snatches phones from family after recording proves she ‘lied’ | The Raw Story →

invisiblelad:

A North Carolina officer was caught on video allegedly lying about a retired Marine combat instructor “being aggressive” in his own home, and then took the cell phones away from his family members who were trying to record the encounter.

Retired United States Marine combat instructor Carlos Jaramillo provided the blog Photography Is Not A Crimewith video of Onslow County Sheriff’s Deputy Natalie Barber responding to his home over the weekend over a dispute between neighbors.

At some point, Barber and Jaramillo began arguing about whether he was legally obligated to provide her with his identification. He offered her a government-issued Veterans Affair card, but the deputy insisted on seeing a driver’s license.

That’s when Jaramillo informed Barber that he was going to record the incident “for my safety.”

“For my safety, put the phone down!” Barber yells in the video. “I’m telling you to put the phone down!”

Barber can be seen grabbing the phone from Jaramillo. She then handcuffed Jaramillo, but refused to tell him why he was being detained.

When Jaramillo’s son tries to begin recording, Barber also takes his phone. But the son was able to record the remainder of the encounter from inside the house using his mother’s phone.

When Jaramillo’s son tries to begin recording, Barber also takes his phone. But the son was able to record the remainder of the encounter from inside the house using his mother’s phone.

When Jaramillo’s son tries to begin recording, Barber also takes his phone. But the son was able to record the remainder of the encounter from inside the house using his mother’s phone.

When Jaramillo’s son tries to begin recording, Barber also takes his phone. But the son was able to record the remainder of the encounter from inside the house using his mother’s phone.

When Jaramillo’s son tries to begin recording, Barber also takes his phone. But the son was able to record the remainder of the encounter from inside the house using his mother’s phone.

A second deputy eventually arrives to calm the situation.

Jaramillo was released from the handcuffs, and was not charged. Supervisors at the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department reportedly told Jaramillo that Barber acted appropriately because she feared for her life.

Both cell phones were returned to the families. Jaramillo argued that the recording proved Barber “lied” when she claimed that he was “being aggressive.”

Watch the video below from Photography Is Not A Crime, broadcast April 22, 2014.

Ever notice how huge of a catchall for questionable conduct “Officer X feared for his/her life” has become?

All on-duty police officers should be on camera.