Hi. I'm 21, a writer and aspiring teacher from the Bay Area. Here you'll find fangirling, rambling, and assorted miscellanea.

My ever-expanding list of fandoms includes: Supernatural, Doctor Who (new and classic), The Avengers, The Hardy Boys, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Rat Patrol, Hogan's Heroes, The Monkees, The Whitest Kids U' Know, James Bond (books and movies), Starsky & Hutch, Dracula, Rooster Teeth, Welcome to Night Vale, The Expendables, and MST3K. Thank you kindly!

During the Progressive era, women were considered the “moral guardians” and protectors of the home. Female reformers used this ideology to argue that in order to protect the home, women should move into the public sphere where they could exercise their moral authority over issues such as public sanitation and education, which ultimately affected the home. In massive numbers, women joined volunteer organizations to work for reform in social, economic, and political problems.
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During the Progressive era, women were considered the “moral guardians” and protectors of the home. Female reformers used this ideology to argue that in order to protect the home, women should move into the public sphere where they could exercise their moral authority over issues such as public sanitation and education, which ultimately affected the home. In massive numbers, women joined volunteer organizations to work for reform in social, economic, and political problems.

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Members of the WCTU viewed alcohol as the underlying source of a long list of social ills and found common cause in securing women’s rights. Many had believed that alcohol was the source of all evil, and that it was the duty of women to eliminate all sorts of badness. Supporting prohibition was one way to succeed at this, as the cartoon above represents.
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Members of the WCTU viewed alcohol as the underlying source of a long list of social ills and found common cause in securing women’s rights. Many had believed that alcohol was the source of all evil, and that it was the duty of women to eliminate all sorts of badness. Supporting prohibition was one way to succeed at this, as the cartoon above represents.

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Frances Willard: Professional Temperance-Loving Badass

mondaymonkeylives:

You know how you look at a picture of someone like “the president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union” and she looks really forbidding but also boring?

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Frances Willard was a badass who made suffrage appealing to the average woman by telling them they could use their voting power to effect change for their own household.

She grew up in “the wilds” of Wisconsin in the 1850s.

When her father told her she was forbidden from horseback riding, she decided she would “just have to ride something” and trained a cow to wear a saddle.

She had no household skills and loved learning, saying “To come down to frying onions, when I’ve been away among the rings of Saturn, is a little too much!”

Someone gifted her a pistol, which she named Defiance: “It is a fine one. Everything between a quail and buffalo beware.”

Upon reaching her teenage years and having to put her hair up and wear long skirts:

"To her friends she often described how, when the deed was done, the hairpins in place, and the skirt really lengthened, she ran off, blinded with tears of rage, falling over her skirt as she ran, with her eighteen hairpins standing on end and pushing against her aching head, and made her way miserably to the cellar, where she lay for hours sobbing and crying and feeling as if all the joy of life were over for ever."

Frances Willard was a startling, awesome, INCREDIBLY HUMAN human.

Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014

It looks like I’m becoming angrier, but really I’m becoming more chill and self-assured, so I care less about sharing my opinions, whether or not people disagree.

Three dead in Kansas Jewish center shootings

ashkenazi-autie:

Three people were reported dead on Sunday in a possible anti-Semitic shooting attack at two buildings serving the Jewish community near Kansas City.

A gunman opened fired in the parking lot of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom retirement home, both in the Kansas City suburb.

"At around 1 p.m. today, Overland Park police received multiple calls regarding a shooting on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th Street. Additional calls were received by police of another shooting at the Village Shalom Retirement Community, 5500 W. 123rd," according to the Overland Park Police Department.

“Three victims are confirmed deceased. A person of interest has been taken into custody at this time,” the police spokesman said.

CNN reported that the deceased included a teenager and an elderly woman.

During the initial developing story, a spokeswoman for Overland Park Regional Medical Center said the hospital was treating a 14-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound and who was in critical condition.

The gunman fired toward a total of five people, three of whom were confirmed dead, authorities investigating the incident said at a press briefing.

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said it was too early to label the attacks as anything other than “vicious acts of violence.”

He stated that two males were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas and one female at the nearby Shalom Village retirement home.

He confirmed that police had a white male in his 70s in custody for questioning. He added that the man was unknown to police until today.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City said on Facebook that no shooting had occurred inside its campus, and it had released home all the participants of its programming.
Overland Park, the second biggest city in Kansas, is a short drive away from the state’s main Jewish concentration in Kansas City.

According to Kansas’s KSHB 41 Action News, police were holding one suspect in custody, who was reported as yelling “heil Hitler” as he was being detained.

The entire JCC campus was locked down.

One witness was quoted by KSHB 41 Action News as saying that a man, presumably the shooter, had aimed a gun at him before shooting the windows of his vehicle.

US Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were helping local authorities investigate the two shootings, CNN cited FBI spokesman Joel Sealer as saying.

The JCC of Greater Kansas City announced that it would be closed on Monday.

“We will post more information following a debriefing at the Overland Park Police Command Center and a 5:00 pm press conference, which will be carried live,” the JCC said on Facebook.

The Jerusalem Post was unable to reach the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City for further comment.

The shooting comes only weeks after the Anti-Defamation League released a report describing an increase in physical assaults against Jews despite an overall 19 percent decrease of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.

In its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL reported that there 751 incidents in 41 states and Washington, DC — among the lowest number since 1979, when the ADL began collecting data. The number of incidents has been steadily declining for the past decade.
I am asking for my followers, Jewish and non-Jewish, to spread this like wildfire. Antisemitism isn’t often discussed in social justice circles, but I need y’all to know that hate crimes are committed against us. So far, I have only been seeing this circulate among Jews on Tumblr, but I want it to go farther than that.
I want this to lead to a larger discussion about antisemitism. I don’t want it to be derailed merely as a discussion about gun control. I don’t want people asking if the shooter had mental illness. I want people to acknowledge that the shooter is a blatant antisemite. I want people to know why we often have cop cars parked outside our synagogues. I want people to know why we are still afraid.
"Better hurry, it takes Jesus 4.5 seconds to get to earth."

WKUK (via nnilled)

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I was tagged by radarsteddybear. Thanks

RULES

Answer all the questions the person who tagged you wrote. Make 11 new ones and tag 11 people. Tell them actually that you tagged them.

1. What is the most obscure song on your iPod (or mp3 player or computer or whatever your music listening tool of choice is)? Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra “What Wouldn’t I Do for that Man?” a ’20s cover of a song written for a woman by a male vocalist for copyright reasons. Boss

2.If you could live in any fictional universe, which would you live in? The wizarding world.

3. If you could live in any era which era would you live in and what would you do there? Honestly, I really like it here and now. I mean, we’re living in probably the best time in human history, in terms of technology, quality of life, health, lack of violence. 

4.What is your earliest memory? At four, picking up my baby brother from the hospital and giving him a kiss. :)

5. What is your favorite memory? Probably graduating from the partial hospitalization program for my bipolar, basically being mentally healthy for the first time in my life.

6. If you could become an expert in one thing, what would that thing be? Accounting. It’s boring, but I just think it would make life so much easier.

7. What or who do you think about before you fall asleep? I listen to MST3K while I fall asleep, because my mind races too much otherwise.

8. What is one thing that makes you feel uncomfortable? Not knowing whether to help someone or if they’d rather be left alone. Like when someone’s crying in public.

9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Oh, I’ve thought about this so much. Definitely teleportation, with the ability to carry something with me to a certain weight limit and while I’m concentrating on it, so I can carry other people with me (y’know, while I’m rescuing people from burning buildings), without bringing chunks of ground or the building itself with me.

10. If you could do one crazy thing without consequences, what would it be? I honestly don’t know. It would be cool to be able to donate a lung and kidney and other organs without medical drawbacks.

11.What is the craziest dream you ever had? I don’t remember my dreams well, which is a shame since what I remember of them is pretty crazy. I do recall one really extensive, terrifying zombie apocalypse dream.

1. What’s the story behind your username?

2. You can go back in time to any point in history, anywhere in the world, but only once and only for 30 minutes. Where and when do you go and what do you do?

3. Who was your first crush?

4. Would you rather fight a puma or an alligator? Give reasons.

5. What’s your favorite part of your physical appearance?

6. What’s your go-to song when you’re feeling down?

7. What’s your favorite book and why?

8. What figure from history do you most admire?

9. Where (figuratively) do you want to be in five years?

10. What are you optimistic about?

Tagged: barnes-and-noblet, a-tundra-toadstool, thisisaslongas, forthegothicheroine, professor-perfect31, allied-hero, cogito-ergo-dumb,  rexbosworth, kylebishop

"Heterophobia"? Seriously? You're starting to reblog things that keep invalidating opressed groups feelings. "Oh being angry at a group that benefits from your oppression wont stop your oppression" is basically ehat these messages say. They wouldn't be so angry if we didnt have such an awful system set up to shit all over people who dont fit a certain norm.

newvagabond:

You keep showing a huge misunderstanding about what these kinds of posts actually mean and I’m kinda disappointed now. Like when you said that comic criticizing the bad kinds of SJW’s was “discrediting movements” when in reality it was: 

Criticizing way a lot of kids around here go about movements precisely by showing that they shout to the heavens and proclaim themselves to be loving and anti-bullying and all about helping spread awareness think that it’s okay to unleash horrific judgmental bullying-sprees on people who aren’t affected by the things they are, just simply for not being gay, transgender, not fat, and for having light skin, etc.

THAT is what that post I reblogged was about. It’s not saying “you’re not allowed to feel anger towards the groups of people that oppressed you”, it’s saying “running around being deliberately and actively hateful and nasty and bullying towards these people BASED ONLY on their status AS a privileged member (being straight and white for example) is NOT HOW WE MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE.”

They’re not saying don’t be angry. We’re all angry. That’s why we’re fighting so hard. We have every right to be angry! I’m angry!

The point of posts like that is it’s NOT okay to OPPRESS RIGHT BACK. It isn’t. You can’t justify it. If you really think it’s okay to be nasty to people for any reason like that then whoa, huge red flag, nope, not okay. You are justifying the thing you’re trying to end.

And if we’re all fighting so hard to END oppression, end bullying, end hate—how in the hell can you actually justify being actively nasty towards these people with the sole intent of hurting them?

That’s like an immature movie villain: YOU HURT ME SO I’LL HURT YOU RIGHT BACK instead of actually trying to fix the system in place that ALLOWS PEOPLE TO HURT THEM by doing what they can to spread awareness and make a positive change. 

If someone is mean and nasty to me, it doesn’t make it okay for me to be mean and nasty back to them just because I’m angry. Sure, I might feel that deep inside and want to hurt them back but that doesn’t solve anything. Sure, I can be angry. I can stomp my foot, I can be sassy in my response, I can say they’re crapping their diaper, but I would NEVER, EVER BULLY them or be HATEFUL towards them.

That would solve jack fucking shit and would make me—guess what? An asshole.

My anger does not equal active hate and if you have an issue separating those two things then that’s a serious You Problem. It’s a problem a lot of kiddos around here don’t seem to understand! 

So many people have been nasty to me my whole life. I had my head literally held under water by my friends in true bullying fashion. I never did anything nasty back. All I did was tell adults and make them aware of the problem so that it would stop. Me pulling on their hair and forcing their heads underwater as well would be completely unjustifiable. No matter how awful they were to me.

I don’t like to make things public like this but this is a serious issue a lot of Bad SJW’s around here are not understanding, they keep justifying bullying in the name of justice and it makes no goddamn sense.

You cannot bully in the name of justice, you cannot oppress in the name of justice, that solves nothing and people who believe that are the exact reason these movements have a hard time being taken seriously. 

wyndamwesley:

savagedamsel:

  • liking a piece of media does not automatically mean you think it is perfect or agree with its creators
  • even if you are not openly critical of it
  • because you don’t HAVE to be openly critical of it
  • there is an enormous difference between being an apologist for something and wanting to dwell on the good parts of a thing you like because it makes you happy, please stop conflating these two things
  • not talking about the flaws of a thing does not mean you do not recognize the flaws of a thing
  • nobody has to apologize for liking what they like and nobody should be shamed for liking a thing
  • your fave is problematic too
  • also
  • you are not a better person than someone just because your favorite piece of media is less problematic than theirs
  • you aren’t

 

Also sometimes I think that a piece of media I like isn’t problematic, whether people disagree or not, and I’ll defend it. Just because someone, even a lot of people, think something is problematic, doesn’t make it so.

 
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