Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by your cat
I don’t have a source on this, but I saw it at Reddit.
I AM SO TIRED OF SEEING THIS DAMN THING ABOUT ARKANSAS BANNING BODY MODIFICATION ALL OVER FACEBOOK.
NUMBER ONE, it is in ONE state. NOT THE US SENATE.
Two, it is not telling you what tatttoos and mods you can or cannot have!!
Three! Seriously, people. Do some damn research before…
I don’t like sports, but the Bearcats are my new favorite team.
This guy is perfect.
THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING OH MY GOD
I will always reblog The Bearcats and their lack of a media agent.
This will never not be funny.
Are they bat-jousting?
THE GREATEST OF SPORTS :D
Molly!! This is a baseball something, and it reminds me of you!
Badly injured rhino whose horn was taken after it was darted by poachers.
why doesnt this have more notes.
The look on the doctors face says it all.
Why doesn’t the country give a bloody shit?
Right so this is exactly what is bad about the Internet; pictures flying around with captions that are entirely unsourced. I do not know the origin of this picture, but here’s three things that are wrong with this post:
1) Rhinos are not targeted by the ivory trade.
Ivory is a material derived from dentin; a calcified tissue that is found in teeth, under the enamel. ELEPHANTS are regularly poached for the ivory trade, as their tusks are 95% dentin and grow to be quite large. Hippos, narwhals, walruses, and mammoths also grow dentin-rich tusks and are targeted by the ivory trade, although to a lesser degree than elephants.
Rhinos are not, because the horn of a rhino is not a tooth, and thus contains no dentin whatsoever. It is a horn. It is made entirely of keratin, the protein that makes up hair and fingernails. Rhinos ARE poached for their horns, however, which is ground up into a powder and used for “medicinal” purposes.
Terrible, no doubt, as all poaching is, but not at all related to the ivory trade.
2) You seem to not understand what poaching means.
Poaching refers to the illegal hunting, killing, or capturing of a wild animal. Usually when we talk about poaching (nowadays; historically it usually meant like, a peasant hunting animals on the king’s land to feed his family, but that’s not so much an issue anymore), it is in reference to animals like rhinos or elephants, who are killed for a specific part of their body that has a high black-market demand.
This kind of poaching is bad! Killing animals en masse to gather comparatively small amounts of resources causes a dramatic decrease in the populations of these animals, leading to species endangerment.
You will notice that this rhino is still alive. This is most likely because this rhino’s horn was probably NOT removed by poachers, but by rhino conservationists. Dehorning is a process by which a rhino is sedated and its horn is removed, thus lowering the chance of that rhino being poached. The effectiveness of this practice is debatable, but it is at heart an attempt to SAVE THE LIFE of this rhino.
Yes, this picture looks absolutely gruesome. And like I said, I don’t know the actual origin; this might be a rhino that survived a poaching attempt (although the only other appearance of this picture that I could actually find was a page in Portuguese that talked about dehorning).
But rhino-poaching is not bad because it results in bloody hornless rhinos. Rhino-poaching is bad because it leads to DEAD rhinos.
This article ignores the obvious harder than anything I’ve ever seen. Look at a collection of a child’s artwork; what is the most common thing drawn? A picture of themselves. Look throughout history, what do you figure is the most common piece of art commissioned? I don’t have any data on this, but I’m pretty confident portraits would win out. What’s on most Christmas cards? Family portraits.
We as a species are obsessed with creating things in our own image, and always have been. Maybe it’s a way of proving that we exist, of placing something in the world to indicate that we are here. It is the most logical thing in the world that, given a society of people who carry around cameras everywhere they go, that a huge number of the pictures taken would be pictures of themselves. And it’s also completely logical, given the huge presence of social media and how often we’re encouraged to SHARE SHARE SHARE online, that a huge number of those pictures would end up posted (semi-)publicly.
Yes, the majority of habitual selfie-sharers are young women. This I am almost positive has to do with the fact that the majority of habitual social-media users are ALSO young women. Yes, lots of people use social media in lots of forms, but who do you see most making 20 Facebook updates in an afternoon? Teen girls. Just like teen girls did when I was a teen girl, on AIM away messages. Dudes or adults (if they even had AIM) would have like, one away message up for three days. Girls would change it every five minutes with painstakingly formatted song lyrics. And that had nothing to do with our faces.
Maybe it has more to do with the fact that when women are told to take up less space, to be quiet and compliant, that they will take up the space they are denied in real life on the internet, they will say what they want in a venue that is less likely to silence them. Maybe guys don’t NEED online recognition as much as young girls do, because they’re already recognized in the actual real-life culture we live in (not to mention, men tend to be less “chatty” in all arenas - at least in part because they’re told that sharing their feelings is dumb and for girls, so they had better be very careful how much they talk and about what). And I am so not down with depriving girls of the freedom to take up whatever space they can.
You share the hell out of your selfies and whatever the fuck else, adolescent girls, because you are told more than enough that nothing you share is worth listening to. And unless the world changes very much and very quickly, you probably won’t stop hearing that nothing you share is worth listening to. You’ll hear it in higher education, in job interviews, in workplaces, when you’re passed over in favor of men. You’ll hear it in relationships with jerks (because you’ll probably have at least one, we all have to learn) when you’re told you’re being a “nag” for talking about things that are important to you, for repeating yourself when you’re blatantly ignored. And I am not about to extend that silencing to social media.
I am also calling permanent BULLSHIT on anyone that ever says the phrase “_______ is NOT empowering.” Fuck you forever, everyone to feel empowered by any goddamn thing I choose and you have NO right to tell me I’m wrong for feeling good about myself, for any reason at all. (With the possible exception of if I am actually hurting other people by doing it - then you can probably tell me I shouldn’t feel good about myself for that.)
I’ll tell you what isn’t empowering, and that’s policing the way other people live their lives whenever they deviate from whatever you personally think they should be doing. That is small and petty and sad, and you will be consistently disappointed when you find that other people are not you, and many of them think your way is just as wrong.
This selfie debate has been had so many goddamn times - about wearing lipstick and high heels, about the color pink, about being a mother. Can we please remember that feminism should be about how there is no right way to be a woman? Cultural standards aren’t always bad inherently - they’re bad because we’re told that’s all we can be. Which is exactly what you’re doing, Jezebel. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.
P.S. This is the same reason why I hate when people whine about girls “fishing for compliments.” Maybe it’s not because all girls are vapid and self-obsessed. Maybe it has something to do with how constantly they’ve been told that their natural state is disgusting and inferior and if they do not keep a strict regimen of self-maintenance they will be repulsive and unworthy of human interaction. And that’s a lot of work and a lot of pressure and so can you blame someone for wanting reassurance that they’re not really the swamp beast they’re always told they’re in danger of becoming?
I was waiting for someone to GIF-ify Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tribute to Carl Sagan and how we make an impact on others from this week’s episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart, but I guess I gotta do everything myself! :)
I want this on a poster. Someone should make it into a poster.
Ettore Sottsass, for Poltronova, 1970