At what point do you take girls out of school altogether because boys can’t handle it?

Parent of a female teen whose school banned leggings

"Expecting girls to be the gatekeepers of boys’ bad behavior is a slippery slope to placing more serious restrictions on women’s bodies, and lets boys off the hook at a time when they should be focusing on how to improve their own actions."

(Source: meetingsinthedesert)


“The brief was to portray Disney princesses enjoying a little tea party but they all had to be portrayed the same age as their respective movies (for example Snow White would be 75 years old, Aurora 53, Belle 21, Rapunzel 2 etc). ”
stablevertigo:


I would like to give Planned Parenthood and their Teen Council forum 10/10 stars

stablevertigo:

I would like to give Planned Parenthood and their Teen Council forum 10/10 stars

(Source: pixelgardens)

The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

Become a feminist.

The Problem is Not the Books, Saundra Mitchell 

(Source: becketted)

why does japanese have so many words that sound the same?

@Anonymous

julieyumi:

They’re there because their phonetic alphabet is limited to vowel sounds (a, i, u, e, o) and “n”.  Their light alphabet should shed light on why there are so many homonyms and why bare knowledge of kanji would make reading Japanese difficult to bear.

If there was no kanji (and there was only hiragana and katakana), one would have to rely entirely on context to know the right word the author used to write the sentence.  It’s not limited to Japanese though.  Many languages have more than two words that sound alike, too.


Jodhpur, India

Jodhpur, India

thelovelyseas:

Front view of manatee, head and back layered with barnacle-like crust by James A. Sugar

thelovelyseas:

Front view of manatee, head and back layered with barnacle-like crust by James A. Sugar