Shaving is really annoying.

Seriously - I wish I didn’t live in a culture where I have to shave in order to be normal. Armpits, I can understand. The bacteria grows and sticks to the hair, adding to the smell. But it should be men who shave there - most women don’t smell nearly as bad.

Shaving my legs is unnecessary and I don’t like it. My hairs are there so I can feel my surroundings more accurately, and it’s unnatural if I do shave. It also takes a boat load of time, since my legs are so long. I don’t get it that women become well-known if they don’t shave. IDGAF if you shave your legs and you’re a celebrity.

As for the crotch area, I don’t understand that either. Hair grows there and I don’t care if it looks strange. It should look healthy. Why would men want to have sex with a woman if she’s all hairless? That reminds me of prepubescence, and that should not be sexy.

blessingsincompany:

People who think that being so abstract and anti-everything is fucking cool, listen to me, you are a loser. I’m not even trying to hate, I just get so annoyed when I come across blogs of people who aren’t religious, or are atheists or whatever, being ANTI-RELIGION.

Just…

Tests.

Ugh.

I had two today and I’m just beginning to get used to intense testing.

Today I had to make up an AP test that I missed due to the PSAT and I hope I did better than the last test I took in that class. The question dealt with to what extent  the Articles of Confederation created an effective form of government. I probably just did okay.

I also had a test in Chinese. I was the first non-Asian person to turn my test in, which I’m pretty proud of (all the people in my lass that are at least decent at Chinese are in fact Chinese). I also think I did okay on that test, the grammar tripped me up a bit.

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napalm-in-the-morning:

Seeing 0 as the top answer makes me not want to live on this planet anymore.
How the fuck can people complain about grammar, when people don’t understand basic Mathematics and get this question wrong?
I want to shoot someone. 

But anything times zero is zero&#8230;

napalm-in-the-morning:

Seeing 0 as the top answer makes me not want to live on this planet anymore.

How the fuck can people complain about grammar, when people don’t understand basic Mathematics and get this question wrong?

I want to shoot someone. 

But anything times zero is zero…

stacksterslife:

I truly hope for a future that is progressive, evolved, intelligent and unified as his vision, but I fear for the destruction of our race. It seems so bleak, overpopulation, famine, the death of energy, the softening of our newer minds is all but upon us.

But you see things in the news and the…

bloodredorion:

I want to meet people who are interested in science. People who would like to have long conversations about it and who don’t get tired of it.

I can’t help but feel like, for the most part minus a few people, I’m surrounded by people who aren’t like me, and I wish all of you guys weren’t so spread out across the world.

This x 10^7

kaiyves:

ARRRRRGGGGHHH! I HATE this!

kaiyves:

ARRRRRGGGGHHH! I HATE this!

On the issue of white girls dressing up as Native Americans

Since I was little, I had been fascinated with Native (North and South) American cultures, as well as Ancient American ones (Inca, Maya). I loved the idea of living on the parched plains surrounded by mesas and learning about nature on my own. I dreamed of traveling to Machu Picchu. I also learned that children were treated with nothing but tenderness and kindness. I even tried to make my own arrowheads when I was little, and have a dream catcher hanging in my room right now.

If I ever dressed as a Native American, it would be because I admire the different cultures and wish to emulate them.

I fear, though, that pictures such as these:

are using Native American attire as a costume to dress up in like wearing the honorable headdress as a “cool hat” or something. A headdress is basically like a Purple Heart or Medal of Honor and is sort of disrespectful to wear it like you would a baseball cap.

A culture isn’t a costume you can dress up as. But I don’t think that everyone that does is trying to look like a pretty-little-white-girl-hipster. As I said above, I greatly admire Native American cultures. I find the style of clothing and bead patterns to be very attractive, but I fear that if I bought something like a key chain from Santa Fe or somewhere in the four-corners region that was Native American in appearance, I would immediately be labeled as an ignorant, privileged little white girl who is disrespectful of other cultures. Like having something “Indian” is cool and makes me different - a so-called “hipster”.

So, am I not supposed to reach out and experience different clothing styles, different cultures? Am I supposed to stick to the style in my local area? If we can say this, doesn’t it make sense to say that Native Americans should too stick to their traditional or local attire? To me, that seems horribly xenophobic and would eventually become very bland and tiresome, let alone create animosity between cultures. Appreciating other people’s cultures opens us to new experiences and broadens our horizons, along with making us more tolerant. I think a healthy amount of diversity within cultures makes a healthy society.

But ignorance of these cultures and the emotional weight certain parts have does nothing in the way of broadening people’s horizons or making them more accepting. So, if you’re planning on wearing something questionable that may stir something up, do some research on it. What was it used for in tribal life? How was it made? Who would have worn/used it? Is it appropriate for you to do so? Learning something new doesn’t push something old out of your brain, so study up. Become informed. “Wow” people with your expertise. Don’t wear it just “cuz it’s cool”; it probably has a lot of meaning to a big group of people and no one wants to come across as ignorant.

But still, no wearing headdresses. Just no.

I hope I got my point across. This has been bugging me for quite some time.

astrotastic:

We’re learning about the Spanish-American war in my US history class

and when my teacher was talking about Dewey’s taking of Manila, she said “nearly 400 Spaniards were killed or wounded but there wasn’t a single loss of an American life”

and everyone looked really impressed,…

…meaning that 0 casualties or injuries is successful. I guess that was a little ambiguous.

I’ve lost 30+ followers in the last couple days, I’m ready to go for broke.

project-argus:

religiousragings:

atheistme:

I really want to write about why this trend of “sj bloggers” and the hive mind it’s created on tumblr irks me so much. I am going to write this post, and then I am going to try my best to wipe my hands of it, and go on talking about all things godless.

If at any point during this post you thing to yourself “god, this girl is a fucking moron” i would like to direct you to the unfollow button. If you are not willing to respect my thoughts on these issues, please see yourself out.

I’m going to be completely honest with you guys. I am a white girl, who comes from a place with a lot of privilege. My family came over to America from Armenia in the early 1900’s. When they got here they had absolutely nothing, all of their belongings were taken from them, but they managed to turn their lives around. They brought themselves up from nothing, and ended up being very successful. Their white skin is no doubt a factor in all that they were able to achieve. I am very proud of what my family members were able to accomplish in their lives, despite all the hardships they went through to get there, but that doesn’t mean that I’m insensitive to the fact that this isn’t an achievable reality for everyone. 

No one understands better than people like me what it is to come from a place of privilege. I am still, to this day, trying to unlearn prejudices I was raised to believe about society. Thats the truth. I don’t try to make excuses for it. But I am very aware of it. I keep an open mind. I actively try to educate myself. I learn from my mistakes and I move on. I am a better person than I was 3 years ago, and in 3 years I will be a better person than I am now.

There is a hivemind on tumblr that people who belong in the majority can’t understand what minorities go through, therefor, shouldn’t have an opinion or be willing to speak on the issue.

While I agree that people in the majority will never be able to fully understand what it’s like to be a minority, or what these people go through, that does not take away their capability to be empathetic, to educate themselves, and to speak out in support of those who need it.

The way to fix all of the ism’s and phobias in our society is not to yell and scream. You are never going to achieve equality by calling people names, making personal attacks, making baseless assumptions about another persons character, pointing fingers, or telling the person you are speaking with the world would be better off without them.

You just can’t advocate for equality that way. It’s not ever going to work.

If you really want to address the problem of prejudices in society, you have to educate people. (note: I’m not talking about the best way to address prejudices in government and organizations, only the general thought of the population. Because really, that is the first step.) You are NEVER going to get people to be willing to be open minded about your cause by making them feel attacked. That is basic human nature. You are not going to show someone how to be a better person by yelling and prompting a defensive reaction. If you want to show someone how to be a better person, you have to be a better person. You have to show them what it’s like to be empathetic. You have to show them  why it’s important to care, and then show them what caring looks like. 

As much as the hivemind on tumblr would like you to think that the best think a majority person can do for minorities is to sit down and shut up, but I am here to tell you that is untrue, and absolutely unrealistic. The minorities NEED the majority to understand. They NEED the majority to speak up and advocate for equality.  The system is never going to change if the majority of the system thinks it’s fucking great. That is reality. And no matter how much that fucking sucks, we all need to learn how to make the best of it, and advocate for change.

Dialogue is probably the best way to combat the prejudices in our society, short of diversity education (which, should include dialogue anyways). Minorities and majorities need to sit down and talk. And it cannot be a one-sided conversation. We need to listen to each other. We need to bounce ideas off of each other. We need to learn and grow as a population together

Because at the end of the day there is no “minority” or “majority.” It doesn’t matter who is white or black, gay or straight, trans or cis, or anything inbetween, or anything else. We are all humans. We are all made of the same stuff. We’re all stuck on this planet together for a short time, and we should spend that time loving and caring about one another, rather than tearing each other apart.

Thank you for listening. And when I say listening, I mean reading. 

Love you guys. 

This! ^^^

Signal boost!  AtheistMe is awesome!

A sigh of relief.  We’re all in this together.

Yay!

I was gonna let this slide …

jtotheizzoe:

… but I just can’t.

If you aren’t in punching vicinity of a kitten or baby, read this CNN LightYears blog entry/article on the Curiosity landing. Except that it isn’t really about the landing. It’s about inventing dangerous drama instead of embracing inspiration. And I’m not gonna let that happen on my watch.

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