When I was a teenager, I was very critical of feminism too. I was a white girl, about to grow up into a world of white privilege, and I didn’t see the point. Then, the workplace discrimination started happening, then the sexual harassment, then the assaults, then the catcalls, then the condescension from men who weren’t as smart or accomplished as me, the sports coach who was too friendly, the male mentor with other intentions, the drunk male friend who won’t leave the room after the party so you can sleep, the car horns blaring, the groping: it all started happening at about the age of fifteen. I started realising that there was a large portion of the population to whom I was as good as chattel: I was an object to be acted upon.
I also started realising that I’ve been a female misogynist my whole life, and had a lot of unlearning to do too. Change starts with eliminating the noxious parts of yourself you have internalised during socialisation in a misogynistic culture. Feminism isn’t just about stopping the abuse of women by men, it’s about stopping the abuse we do to ourselves and others by genuinely beginning to believe we deserve to be treated as less than human.
(Source: hyggehaven, via sorayachemaly)
Edmonton, 1983 - Silkscreen by Raymond Biesinger
“Imagine Edmonton in July 1983. The Oilers are warming up for what will become their first Stanley Cup-winning season. The paint on West Edmonton Mall is still wet. The City of Champions is ready to host the prestigious summer Universiade. It’s an Edmonton of a different era — one that can be difficult to imagine for those of us who weren’t around then. But now, thanks to illustrator Raymond Biesinger, everyone can see what the cityscape looked like at that time.”
Stunning Ocean Scene Inside an Opal
Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. The internal structure of precious opal makes it diffract light and can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from clear to almost any combination of colors. Of these hues, the reds against black are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. They vary from opaque to transparent. Because of its amorphous character it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike the other crystalline forms of silica which are classed as minerals. They generally occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, but are most commonly found in limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl and basalt. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world’s supply.
This particular opal is highly unique. When viewed from different angles, the internal composition changes as do the reflected colors. Known as Opal Butte opal, the beautiful gem is owned by Inna Gem, a company that buys and sells opals. When the light hits this opal it looks like an underwater scene from the ocean.
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Tumbling over the past year and a half has made me see the problems of gender roles that exist in media, but sometimes it gets to the point where I over analyze every single piece of television or film that I come across. (However this in no way means that I think feminist media criticism is wrong, or should be avoided!) Mostly I just over think everything.