in winged words

[i sing of times transshifting]

folkmessiah:

getting spoken to as if i’m straight by straight people who assume everyone is straight, subsequently feeling like the world’s most useless and irritated secret agent

(via infierceways)

You may think it’s unfair that we have to counteract and adjust ourselves for the ill behavior of other men. You know what? You’re right. It is unfair. Is that the fault of women? Or is it the fault of the men who act abysmally and make the rest of us look bad? If issues of fairness bother you, get mad at the men who make you and your actions appear questionable.

Because when it comes to assessing a man, whatever one man is capable of, a woman must presume you are capable of. Unfortunately, that means all men must be judged by our worst example. If you think that sort of stereotyping is bullshit, how do you treat a snake you come across in the wild?

…You treat it like a snake, right? Well, that’s not stereotyping, that’s acknowledging an animal for what it’s capable of doing and the harm it can inflict. Simple rules of the jungle, man. Since you are a man, women must treat you as such.

The completely reasonable and understandable fear of men is your responsibility. You didn’t create it. But you also didn’t build the freeways either. Some of the things you inherit from society are cool and some of them are rape culture.

A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture

This whole article should be required reading for every man, complete with actual tips on what men can do to combat rape culture. 

(via theashleyclements)

(via wildestranger)

idiopathicsmile:

feuillyed:

it’s like a modern au hair/les mis crossover
god somebody fucking take me to dallas already.

I keep thinking about this, not just because O holy god do I want to see Les Mis performed like this (although: O HOLY GOD DO I), but also that sign in the back there, “CLEAN WATER FOR ALL!” is literally something Americans are fighting for, right now, today, in Detroit. (It’s kind of striking how often, when you really look at something, the compassionate response is also genuinely the most practical one. Like, dang, you know what is probably not going to help a low-income family focus on catching up with their water bill? Depriving them of water!)
Anyway, the Detroit Water Brigade is doing awesome work, and they’ve set up an ingenuous “wedding registry” on Amazon where anyone on the internet can donate water and supplies to the many, many people affected by the shutoff. If you’ve got a few extra bucks and you can’t make it to Dallas but you still feel like sticking it to the man somehow, something to keep in mind!

idiopathicsmile:

feuillyed:

it’s like a modern au hair/les mis crossover

god somebody fucking take me to dallas already.

I keep thinking about this, not just because O holy god do I want to see Les Mis performed like this (although: O HOLY GOD DO I), but also that sign in the back there, “CLEAN WATER FOR ALL!” is literally something Americans are fighting for, right now, today, in Detroit. (It’s kind of striking how often, when you really look at something, the compassionate response is also genuinely the most practical one. Like, dang, you know what is probably not going to help a low-income family focus on catching up with their water bill? Depriving them of water!)

Anyway, the Detroit Water Brigade is doing awesome work, and they’ve set up an ingenuous “wedding registry” on Amazon where anyone on the internet can donate water and supplies to the many, many people affected by the shutoff. If you’ve got a few extra bucks and you can’t make it to Dallas but you still feel like sticking it to the man somehow, something to keep in mind!

(via soemily)

idontactuallylikethissite asked: Okay but in that picture of the original copy of Les Mis that you reblogged, the lady is touching the manuscript with her bare hands??! Isn't that going to ruin the paper? This is really bothering me! I've seen the video of them handling the book in Melbourne and they all touch it with their /bare hands/!!

kerrypolka:

pilferingapples:

I KNOOOOW

I’ve seen that in so many ~history!~shows and I haaaate iiiiiit

WHY DO PEOPLE DO THAT
But I cannot make it STOP
so I try to just focus on the Cool Thing? But AUGH YES, I am with you on this!

White gloves are actually worse for old documents than bare hands

"Let’s begin with the main point: you do not need to wear white gloves to handle historical documents.  If your hands are so dirty that they require gloves, go wash them.  This will get rid of the excess oils on your hands that are the villain in this scenario.  If your hands are wet, dry them.

But it’s not only that you do not need white gloves when handling old documents or book.  You should not wear them.  The problem with the white glove myth is that it fights against the very thing it is supposed to ensure – the safety of the historical treasure.  Would you find it easier to read a book wearing white cloth gloves?  It removes any dexterity required when handling older paper.  You are more likely to rip the document or bend it while wearing gloves of any sort. Moreover, white gloves are more likely to sop up sweat and other oils that can then be transferred to the document.  And the small fibers can be left behind and filed away with the document.”

(I blame “National Treasure” etc. for the white gloves myth!)

And with old books, the oils on your hands are actually good for the bindings - they help keep them supple.

Pamela Dean's "Tam Lin" and the Pleasures of Reading

To me, Tam Lin’s most interesting move is to foreground the rewards of a life spent reading. Eighteenth-century satire and Elizabethan verse and Greek lyric poetry are immediately relevant to and influential upon the characters’ lives and thoughts. It’s taken for granted that Chaucer is just as entertaining and enlivening as Heinlein, that murder mysteries and pot boilers deserve serious critical consideration too, and, above all, that difficult texts reward the effort it takes to engage with them. Tam Lin takes fiction so seriously that when the Fairy Queen turns out to be real, no one seems all that surprised. After all, why wouldn’t the stories be true?

(Source: rewil, via soemily)