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atomicdomme:

a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.

Something like that anyway

Jul 4
Hmm, but maybe there is actually a female mind, only she wasn’t the owner of a very pure example of one. It looks like she was actually a bit of a mixture there. That’s kind of the whole problem really, the members of the hybrid classes get to create and define the reality of those at the more dimorphic ends of the spectrum, and no one individual can really understand or speak for the inner experience of another. Are most feminists really very feminine?

Hmm, but maybe there is actually a female mind, only she wasn’t the owner of a very pure example of one. It looks like she was actually a bit of a mixture there.

That’s kind of the whole problem really, the members of the hybrid classes get to create and define the reality of those at the more dimorphic ends of the spectrum, and no one individual can really understand or speak for the inner experience of another.

Are most feminists really very feminine?

the-lexi-con:

In which case, you fail by default.

I just adore JK Rowling. Forever and ever.

Hmm, seems a somewhat familiar situation somehow.

(Source: gioantonellis)

the-lexi-con:

In which case, you fail by default.

I just adore JK Rowling. Forever and ever.

Hmm

(Source: gioantonellis)

I think the first touring show I saw was Me and My Girl. I just remember the show ending and me thinking, Oh my gosh. I want to do that. I want to do that.

Gosh, I love Sutton Foster

(Source: ariml)

Jun 4

sherlocksflataffect:

Images are Maya Angelou, an elderly Black woman, speaking to the camera.

Captions are:

"Take up the battle.Take it up. It’s yours. This is your life. This is your world"

"I will be leaving it long before you under the ordinary set of circumstances"

"you make your own choices. You can decide life isn’t worth living."

"And that would be the worst thing you can do. How do you know?"

"so far? Try it. See. So pick it up"
"Pick up the battle and make it a better world. Just where you are."

"and it can be better. And it must be better."

"but it is up to us".

This!

(Source: peakintheshadow)

http://ineverthoughtasinglething.tumblr.com/post/86984438659/i-was-thinking-this-really-is-like-going-through

ineverthoughtasinglething:

I was thinking, this really is like going through puberty again. I’m confused, I have no idea who I am or what’s going on, I’m discovering my sexuality, and I’m kinda scared and unsure.

This really is hard. Harder than I expected, and I’m not even full-time yet. Just dealing with myself is…

Hmm, bit of a bumpy ride ahead. Or maybe that parts actually behind me now.

May 7
Hmm yes, that does sound quite familia.

Hmm yes, that does sound quite familia.

May 7

the hunchback of notre dame/tangled parallels

Yep, it’s the same thing.

I keep you, teach you, feed you, dress you. I who look upon you without fear. How can I protect you boy unless you always stay in here? Away in here.

(Source: curiouserandccuriouser)

May 1

“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.

“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”

Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.

She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.

“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime.

“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”

Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.

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Men and Women Do Not Have Different Brains, Claims Neuroscientist (via thegendercritic)

Thumbs up.

I’ve always found it so weird how people confuse “biological” with “hard-coded”. They tend to think that if you detect a difference between two brains, or a statistically significant difference between male and female brains, then that must mean those people are hard-coded to be different. In other words, they seem to conceive brain activity as a cause for thoughts rather than thoughts themselves. Claiming that women are better at multitasking because the brain areas associated with multitasking flare up more often is pretty much the definition of a tautology. It doesn’t actually say anything about the origin of those differences, if there are any differences at all.

This reminds me of an event with Simon Baron-Cohen that I attended soon after moving to Cambridge. The dude’s so dishonest. It’s infuriating. (via rairun)

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Oh GOD yes. Thank you. I have been saying this since I was a kid, but so many people just go ‘SCIENCE!’ and that’s it. If you’re doing science properly then you need to accept that it involves ANALYSIS and analysis of empirical data regarding something as monstrously complicated as the brain is open to so much bias in interpretation.

The things I learned about cognitive science when I was studying the computational theory of mind for my undergrad (and this is several years ago, now, mind). Let me tell you: the brain is a gigantic, interconnected learnign mechanism. The ways it finds to recover from injury involve startling abilities to co-opt modules that are typically devoted to one role in order to use it for another. It shows incredible adaptability. And, as the quote says, evidence from environmental training (like cab drivers with the Knowledge) shows that size and activity in specific areas can be heavily influenced by environmental pressures. You seriously think there’s something in there that girls have and boys don’t that makes them like Barbies and pink and shoes and romance innately? That is, in a way more than boys.

Even going to the broader generalisations (although a lot of people really do believe it about shoes and pink - literally those specific things, you can proper weird out people from highly-gender-normative backgrounds by suggesting otherwise, they get angry when presented with historical evidence of pink being for boys and men wearing high-heels) about multi-tasking and more highly developed social abilities… I mean, first off, the differences in studies about multi-tasking vs spatial awareness are greatly exaggreated. But even if we accept that evidence at face value, the idea that it tells us anything about some basic, hard-wried brain, which not only exists prior to socialisation, but that continues to dominate with its factory settings even after this incredible learning machine hits the world…

It’s naive, it’s prejudiced, and it’s nonesense. [/rant]

(Note: this is not to say that there are no ‘factory settings’ there are some clear developemental stages that children go through and there are dedicated ‘modules’ that seem to have consistent correspondence across brain activity. However, those modules are very flexible and often brain activity for different tasks overlap a number of different areas. The brain’s adaptability learning capacity, and developmental flexibility, are far more striking.

(via rhube)

Wow. So just what is the cause of Gender Dysphoria then? If all brains start out exactly the same, why would anyone ever feel like they were living in the wrong body or role? Why would there ever be boys that seem incredibly drawn to pink and dolls and things even though their parents try desperately to beat it out of them?
These things can’t just continue to be argued both ways at once by different identity groups forever, one side or the other must actually be right.