A falling feeling

The Privateer.
40% fandom, 40% random, 20% personal.
I'm Cassandra, I'm 20, a Pitt student, hellasexual, and an unapologetic nerd. I'm occasionally a velociraptor, but usually a catbird. Young the Giant will be the death of me. Also,
Doctor Who, Veronica Mars, Buffy, Sleepy Hollow, Torchwood, Hannibal, Star Trek... just television. Everywhere. And music and movies.
I'm pursuing majors in history and communication, a minor in French language, and a certificate in اللغة العربية
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livvefast:

ditch-able-prom-date:

thetableistryingtoeatme:

Shout out to all the religious kids who keep their beliefs to themselves in the middle of science class.

shout out also to the atheists who don’t shit on everyone else’s beliefs “because science”

shout out to everyone who can accept science and religion coexisting

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the struggle is real sometimes

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xybutt:

tibets:

tibets:

here is a corner of a room that has a penis and balls

i have truly posted some things online

to the window
to the walls
to the corner dick and balls

doodleigh:

Basically.

For American media, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.

By comparison, consider how the U.S. media reported on related developments in India. When the Delhi High Court threw out an Indian law banning gay sex, American newspapers trumpeted the news. As the New York Times reported, “In a landmark ruling Thursday that could usher in an era of greater freedom for gay men and lesbians in India, New Delhi’s highest court decriminalized homosexuality. ” Plenty of other U.S. media outlets sounded off too.

But the heavy U.S. coverage of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision also fits into a pre-existing Western narrative of India. As the story goes, India is a growing democracy and a rising economic power. In that context, the story of the expansion of Indian equality easily resonates in the American mind. Not only is the U.S. simultaneously addressing similar challenges faced by gay and lesbian Americans, but there is a strong underlying belief that democracies perfect themselves over time through an expansion of liberty across society.

Unfortunately, Pakistan’s story of expanding equality for transgendered citizens doesn’t quite fit the pre-written American narrative. After all, Pakistan was supposed to be on the verge of becoming a “failed Islamic state.” How can the same country possibly have a Supreme Court that bars discrimination against a sexual minority?

You can imagine the cognitive fit that such a news story might induce in the mainstream U.S. media. How can an Islamic jurist advocate for transgender communities? Why weren’t there Pakistani riots when the decision came down?

None of this, of course, fits within the dominant U.S. narrative on Pakistan. First of all, transgender equality in Pakistan isn’t a security issue. Second, Muslim jurists and courts aren’t expected to advocate for the rights of sexual minorities. Third, it carries the subtle implication that U.S. support for Musharraf actually delayed the pursuit of equality for an aggrieved community.

No wonder the mainstream U.S. media couldn’t find space for this story. It just doesn’t fit.

Sanjeev Berry

Best part? This happened in 2009 but obviously it didn’t cater to the standard American comprehension of scary, evil Pakistan. Most of you are probably reading about this for the first time.

(via mehreenkasana)

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I put back on the little fat I lost
so I was thinking maybe I should cut back on the butter or the booze
*reaches for amaretto*

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benjaminskanklin:

a cool thing about being a history major is that you want to die on a daily basis because you have so many papers to write but at the same time you’re so excited about writing them

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glamaphonic:

moniquill:

No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.

This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.

Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and lives happily ever after because of it.

We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.

 #sometimes the family you start with isn’t a good one #but you can find your own #family is not absolute #blood is not absolute

i just really like those Glam party pictures because everyone looks so happy

and it was a truly fun night for me, everything rocked and everyone was friends

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theres-a-crack-in-my-blog:

Stop what you are doing and watch this.

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skunkbear:

The National Zoo has teamed up with the band Portugal. The Manto create an “endangered song" - a song "manufactured to go extinct unless it’s reproduced."

It currently exists on just 400 polycarbonate records — symbolizing the ~400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.  Those records will degrade every time they are played until the song can no longer be heard.

"The song will go extinct unless it’s digitally produced. The Sumatran tiger will go extinct unless we take action."

400 people have received records, and they plan to digitize and share the song (and their conservation message).  It’s a clever awareness campaign - and I’m looking forward to hearing the song!