Apr 16

gewohnheitstier:

femininity and mainstream sex appeal have never been mine to weaponize

when you talk about those things, remember that many of us don’t even have access to them

Apr 16
appalachianseawitch:

oncebittentwiceborn:

doing the thing.
work in progress.

YISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Holy cats I am so excited for this!!!

I would like to buy this patch. preferably is shirt form.

appalachianseawitch:

oncebittentwiceborn:

doing the thing.

work in progress.

YISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Holy cats I am so excited for this!!!

I would like to buy this patch. preferably is shirt form.

Apr 16
Apr 16

anogoodrabblerouser:

disquietingtruths:

universalequalityisinevitable:

Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!

1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace

Got it.

Apr 16
Apr 16

indianilluminati:

Happy British Muslims! #HappyDay

Apr 16

Protection Bottle for the Home

lodgewitch:

Gather the following items:

A dark glass bottle, enough old nails and pins to half fill the bottle, enough red wine or vinegar* to almost fill the bottle and 2-3 springs of fresh rosemary**

  • Working in a dim light (I prefer working with a few tea lights), rinse the bottle under a tap
  • Place the nails and pins in the bottle, bending them to fit if you need to
  • Add the rosemary and then enough wine/vinegar to cover the nails and pins and seal the bottle tightly
  • Shake the bottle nine times, chanting this as you do so: “protect my home from any harm, from malice, spite and danger… protect those within with this charm, from false friend and unwelcome stranger”
  • You can now either bury it in front of your house as close to the front door as possible or place it inside your home high up and out of sight


*It doesn’t have to be expensive wine and this works well if the wine has soured slightly. Alternatively regular vinegar, red wine vinegar or cider vinegar are acceptable.
**Dried rosemary is also fine to use here - 2-3 teaspoons.

Apr 16

My S.O.

thisisthinprivilege:

When I was in college I had to do a major paper on any topic I wished. Of all the topics available I picked weight bias in the healthcare industry. 

My paper and my research were impeccable. In fact I got an award for most thought provoking paper and classmates complimented me extensively.

The only reason this happened is because I’m a Damn toothpick. The only reason my paper and presentation were well received was because I’m small.

But I wrote the paper and did the presentation because of my husband. Because he weighed over 300 pounds. I wrote the paper because his self confidence is awful. I wrote the paper because his Damn boss made fun of his weight. I did the paper and presentation because he is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. 

He’s fantastic at his job. Received over 5 merit raises. He knows his department, he knows his employees. His area only runs at max efficiency because of him. 

His boss has no right. People have no right to make blanket misstatements about a person based on their weight.

Thanks for this. I hope to one day convince my husband to not be ashamed of himself. I know this blog helps me toward that goal.

Thin privilege is doing a research paper on weight bias and being taken seriously.

Seriously. I don’t follow this blog so that I can hear from thin womyn that fat phobia exists. If your fat husband wants to submit that’s great, but it sucks that thin people are so much a part of this page. You get the rest of the fucking world; could you not take up so much space here?

Apr 16
justamerplwithabox:

vivelafat:

prokopetz:

officialdeadparrot:

grellholmes:

elsajeni:

gunslingerannie:

justtkeepcalmm:

dean-and-his-pie:

fororchestra:

musicalmelody:

Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it” 
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect. 

To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.

I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…

Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.

Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.

One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[stifled giggling]
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.

This is the best band post 
Everyone else go home

Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this

which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,

that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that

Who does that?

This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.

Julius IdontgivaFucik

More like Julius Fuckit

justamerplwithabox:

vivelafat:

prokopetz:

officialdeadparrot:

grellholmes:

elsajeni:

gunslingerannie:

justtkeepcalmm:

dean-and-his-pie:

fororchestra:

musicalmelody:

Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it” 

Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect. 

To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.

On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.

I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…

Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.

The lengths we go for music.

Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.

One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”

And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:

[stifled giggling]

[reeeeeeally deep breath]

[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]

The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.

In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”

FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.

This is the best band post 

Everyone else go home

Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this

image

which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,

image

that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that

Who does that?

This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.

Julius IdontgivaFucik

More like Julius Fuckit

Apr 15

Anonymous asked: The point is, we can't please everyone and you and I are both going to offend SOMEONE with what we do and say. It's inevitable. The point that you make that white people can't belly dance is just ridiculous. Seeing as this dance came from Spain, Egypt, India, Turkey, Morocco and various western countries, it's impossible for anyone to claim it as JUST theirs and no one else is allowed to do it. It's culturally diverse and is something that I (a mixed person) have studied extensively for years

[con’t: Might’ve typed “Western” instead of “Eastern,” apologies.]

Yeah it’s definitely true that that white North American culture is rife with oppressive elements and that being concious of that is sometimes all we can do. In this case though people who claim belly dancing as an important cultural practise have said (and the previous example was just one of many) that they feel uncomfortable and offended by white people (let’s be honest though, it’s mostly womyn) practising this dance form and that’s really all I need to know that it’s cultural appropriation for white womyn to belly dance. The complex history of who belly dancing belongs to doesn’t really matter in this instance because it definitely doesn’t belong to western white womyn.

Apr 15
nerd-punker:

ungovernablesf:

KKK member burning alive.

lol

nerd-punker:

ungovernablesf:

KKK member burning alive.

lol

Apr 15

Anonymous asked: You do realize that people from the Middle East are Caucasian (white)? Belly dancing is a non-religious dance style from all over the Middle East/the world and it's not from a closed culture. It's fine for white people to belly dance as long as they are being respectful for the style and people that are watching the performance. It is meant to be a fairly modest dance. No open legs or palms facing the audience because that's disrespectful.

Wow. So first of all, Caucasians are a specific group of people from a specific place. They are not white.

Secondly here’s a resource for you:

http://www.salon.com/2014/0/04/why_i_cant_stand_white_belly_dancers/

White folks who belly dance, even if it’s to encourage a healthier relationship with their bodies, are participating in cultural appropriation.

Apr 15

asexual-not-a-sexual:

Shout out to all the people who can’t dress in clothes they want because stores don’t cater to their size or gender, making shopping a miserable and emotionally draining experience.

Apr 15

Anonymous asked: I recently bought a clothing item from a seller in India (for belly dancing) and they sent me a little sheet of bindi's. Can I not wear them? I'm asking you because I feel comfortable coming to you with questions regarding something that might be cultural appropriation. Last thing I want is to look ignorant or offensive, that'd never be my intention. I respect all cultures.

natural-magics:

it’s not my culture and I’m a white person, therefore it’s not my place to give you permission to wear a bindi. my personal opinion, however, is that it’s not a good idea and it’s a disrespectful thing to do. I don’t think a bindi should be a fashion accessory, given its cultural and religious history and significance.

If you’re white it’s also not okay for you to be belly dancing.

Apr 14

Well at least I’m not the one who fucked up this time