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windandsalt:

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#this is not an exaggeration okay #children do say this #children do wonder why they can’t find themselves in the media #don’t fucking tell me it doesn’t matter #it matters so much #children NEED to see themselves represented #or else they grow up feeling inferior and not worthy

No I have to reblog this again cus I am crying right now look at the dads face

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laureninlilly:

awwww-cute:

You’re not leaving me behind, right?

bwaaaaa I can’t
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laureninlilly:

awwww-cute:

You’re not leaving me behind, right?

bwaaaaa I can’t

lipsredasroses:

Snow White from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is strong. She is feminists favorite punching bag, right after Aurora but at least every once in awhile someone will come to Aurora’s defense. Snow (and Cinderella frankly) are seen as what is wrong with the Disney princesses. Snow likes cute animals, cooking, cleaning, and a useless prince. She befriends seven strange men who end up saving her in the end. Dude, the prince just comes and kisses her. She is stereotypically feminine. She doesn’t go fight for her country. She doesn’t prevent a war from breaking out. Girl is nice to every single person she meets, even the woman who tried to kill her. She felt bad that she scared the animals when they found her crying in the woods. She is kind hearted. She wants to help everyone she meets. Her looking out for others is what got her killed.
All of that does not make her weak. Sure, she is a bit naive but she lived a rather sheltered life. The queen had her locked away doing chores all day. When she found out the queen wanted her killed, instead of standing in the field looking at the huntsman, she fucking ran. She ran away to protect herself. She left an abusive home (she lived with the queen in her castle). When she met the dwarfs, she bargained with them so they wouldn’t kick her out. She ran that house. She put the dwarves and animals to work. She was very sweet but she was also the head bitch in charge. Even Grumpy didn’t try to backtalk her.
The fact she needed the dwarfs and animals to save her doesn’t make her weak. Saving yourself is more than just killing the enemy. It is about surviving, which Snow White did. She may not know how to throw a punch, shoot an arrow, or save her country; but that doesn’t make her weak. Not every woman can defeat their demons/enemies on their own. Some of them need help from their friends, which the dwarfs and animals were to Snow, to defeat their enemy and that doesn’t make them weak.
Also, girls who prefer Snow White to Merida are not weak or “too girly.” There is no such thing as being “too girly.” Not all girls are going to relate to Merida and that is okay. Not all girls are going to like Snow White. Some girls like both characters. There is nothing wrong with girls liking the classic Disney princesses. There is nothing wrong with girls preferring the newer princesses. What is a problem is when people try to deem what princesses are “good” or “bad.”
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lipsredasroses:

Snow White from Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is strong. She is feminists favorite punching bag, right after Aurora but at least every once in awhile someone will come to Aurora’s defense. Snow (and Cinderella frankly) are seen as what is wrong with the Disney princesses. Snow likes cute animals, cooking, cleaning, and a useless prince. She befriends seven strange men who end up saving her in the end. Dude, the prince just comes and kisses her. She is stereotypically feminine. She doesn’t go fight for her country. She doesn’t prevent a war from breaking out. Girl is nice to every single person she meets, even the woman who tried to kill her. She felt bad that she scared the animals when they found her crying in the woods. She is kind hearted. She wants to help everyone she meets. Her looking out for others is what got her killed.

All of that does not make her weak. Sure, she is a bit naive but she lived a rather sheltered life. The queen had her locked away doing chores all day. When she found out the queen wanted her killed, instead of standing in the field looking at the huntsman, she fucking ran. She ran away to protect herself. She left an abusive home (she lived with the queen in her castle). When she met the dwarfs, she bargained with them so they wouldn’t kick her out. She ran that house. She put the dwarves and animals to work. She was very sweet but she was also the head bitch in charge. Even Grumpy didn’t try to backtalk her.

The fact she needed the dwarfs and animals to save her doesn’t make her weak. Saving yourself is more than just killing the enemy. It is about surviving, which Snow White did. She may not know how to throw a punch, shoot an arrow, or save her country; but that doesn’t make her weak. Not every woman can defeat their demons/enemies on their own. Some of them need help from their friends, which the dwarfs and animals were to Snow, to defeat their enemy and that doesn’t make them weak.

Also, girls who prefer Snow White to Merida are not weak or “too girly.” There is no such thing as being “too girly.” Not all girls are going to relate to Merida and that is okay. Not all girls are going to like Snow White. Some girls like both characters. There is nothing wrong with girls liking the classic Disney princesses. There is nothing wrong with girls preferring the newer princesses. What is a problem is when people try to deem what princesses are “good” or “bad.”

billbezy:

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billbezy:

Zanzibar kids make their own toys.

sixpenceee:

I gathered a compilation of interesting facts from various books I’ve read:
It was previously thought that newborn babies weren’t conscious and couldn’t feel pain. So often circumcisions and surgery would be performed without any anesthesia. 
The popular theory with consciousness and fetuses is that the fetus is sedated in the womb. They are bathed in a fluid that contains natural anesthetics and sleep inducing chemicals. 
Locked in syndrome is when a person is completely aware but can’t move any part of their body except for their eyes. 
Using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), researchers have been able to induce hallucinations in people, such as making them think they have smelled burnt toast or moved their arm when they really haven’t
Psychosomatic is when a mental factor produces physical effects. The most bizarre, is pseudocyesis or when one starts to exhibits symptoms of pregnancy even though they really aren’t pregnant. 
The thalamus and prefrontal cortex of the brain are thought to be vital for consciousness
Your consciousness can only register one item at a time. Sure you can hold a baby and read a book at the same time, but usually one of the tasks will require less attention and be automatic (holding a baby). Think of it this way, you can’t read two books at the same time can you?
SOURCE: Most of these are from "Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts" by Stanislas Dehaene
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sixpenceee:

I gathered a compilation of interesting facts from various books I’ve read:

  1. It was previously thought that newborn babies weren’t conscious and couldn’t feel pain. So often circumcisions and surgery would be performed without any anesthesia. 
  2. The popular theory with consciousness and fetuses is that the fetus is sedated in the womb. They are bathed in a fluid that contains natural anesthetics and sleep inducing chemicals. 
  3. Locked in syndrome is when a person is completely aware but can’t move any part of their body except for their eyes. 
  4. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), researchers have been able to induce hallucinations in people, such as making them think they have smelled burnt toast or moved their arm when they really haven’t
  5. Psychosomatic is when a mental factor produces physical effects. The most bizarre, is pseudocyesis or when one starts to exhibits symptoms of pregnancy even though they really aren’t pregnant. 
  6. The thalamus and prefrontal cortex of the brain are thought to be vital for consciousness
  7. Your consciousness can only register one item at a time. Sure you can hold a baby and read a book at the same time, but usually one of the tasks will require less attention and be automatic (holding a baby). Think of it this way, you can’t read two books at the same time can you?

SOURCE: Most of these are from "Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts" by Stanislas Dehaene

Hope you learned something!

Anti-Catholic bashing and bigotry

You can answer this publicly if you wish too.

An acquaintance of mine is reading ‘Far from Rome, Near to God’. I read one of the testimonies. It totally distorted and twisted the Catholic Church and its teaching, so much so, that I wanted to throw up. I know this person is reading it and…

heckyeahcarmelites:

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heckyeahcarmelites:

Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Sacramento playing in the snow

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zombie-spiders:

royals-and-quotes:

Vintage Medieval Weddings Dresses

I love these so much

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tastefullyoffensive:

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tastefullyoffensive:

[ikilldinosaurs]

I’ve been looking out the window for eighteen years, dreaming about what it would feel like when those lights rise in the sky.

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ftnd-blog:

Fifty Shades of Grey: Why We’re Not Cool With It And Why You Shouldn’t Be Either
Recently, the official trailer for the upcoming film based on the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey was released. One day and almost 7 million views later, the trailer, and the book-turned-movie in general, is the hot topic of conversation all across the nation.
Some people are raving about it.
"Can’t wait for Fifty Shades of Grey," said one Twitter user.


"Idk about you but I’m pumped for Fifty Shades of Grey and I don’t care who knows it…" read another. 
And finally, one girl tweeted, “I advise every boy to watch fifty shades of grey, not for the story line but for the skills Christian Grey carries.”
Wow.
And that’s the fan base of Fifty Shades of Grey. Then there’s other people, like us, who aren’t stoked at all because of what the story teaches and represents.


The mission of Fight the New Drug is to show people how harmful porn really is, in all of its forms. That being said, books and literature can most definitely be pornographic. Especially books like Fifty Shades of Grey that contain a high amount of highly explicit and graphic sexual content.


42% of male students and 20% of women said they regularly read romance novels, sexually explicit magazines, or regularly visited sexually explicit websites or chat rooms. Literature like Fifty Shades of Grey is referred to as erotica and can be just as harmful in warping ideas about sex and intimacy as pornographic videos and images are.

If you’re not totally familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey, here’s a quick rundown of why we are not cool with it. The storyline of the book, and now the upcoming big budget film, is entirely about a cold and sadistic millionaire and his seduction of a young, innocent girl into a world of sadomasochistic sexual perversion. Now, if you don’t know what sadomasochism is, (commonly referred to as S&M), that’s good. We’re glad. But to help you understand just how sick this story is, we’ll tell you. It’s basically extreme acts of violence and abuse for sexual pleasure. Gross right? Yeah.
Even worse, that IS the story. There’s really no plot. There’s really no big surprise or big ending. It is just an entire book, and soon an entire movie, about a controlling and domineering man and his sick sexual relationship with an unsuspecting girl.


That’s the story of the book/film. But even worse than what it’s about, is what it teaches. What Fifty Shades of Grey promotes and comes across as giving acceptance to is definitely not okay.
Still need more info?  No problem.


It’s a popular opinion that the merit of any work, whether it be a book, painting, song, or film, relies on what it teaches. So in order to truly highlight Fifty Shades of Grey, we decided to come out with a nice little list of things that can be learned from this story.


1. If you’re good looking, rich, and successful, you can develop a violent sexual appetite and people will be okay with it.
Christian Grey, the main character in the book, is an incredibly wealthy and good looking guy. He has a mansion, flies around in a helicopter, and is the heartthrob of all the women he meets. Now, something tells us that if the main character was a slimy, homeless, ex-convict with a scraggly beard and missing teeth, people wouldn’t find this story arousing at all, but see it for the gross and deviant story that it is. Why are people so accepting of this dark and disturbing story just because the male character is supposed to be attractive and desirable?


2. Sex is completely for pleasure and all love/romance should be removed from the situation.
In the story, Christian makes women sign contracts that prevent them from ever speaking about what Christian does to them and completely gives him permission to do whatever he wants to them physically. Sound like a love story you want to read? Yeah, us neither.


3. Girls: If you hang around long enough and put up with a guy’s “issues”, eventually he might love you and change.
Anastasia, the main female character in the book, is a shy, reserved, and insecure student. She is even a virgin when she meets Christian. Throughout the book, Ana is exposed to his extremely deviant sexual desires and becomes the sole object of his desire. She is attracted to him and becomes charmed by all the lavish gifts that he provides her. She stays with him despite everything he does to her and becomes subject to his increasingly violent fantasies as he slowly guides her into accepting his disturbing behavior toward her. Fifty Shades of Grey teaches that girls are just helpless and fragile beings who will stick around for a man they find attractive. Would any of you girls stick around through all that? Didn’t think so.
4. Guys: You can do whatever you want to a girl and she’ll just take it.
Christian Grey is a womanizer and he uses his money and charm to keep Ana around and wanting to be with him. Despite the fact that he uses all sorts of disturbing methods to inflict pain on her for his own sick pleasure, nothing or no one stops him. Ana is still drawn to him and he is still drawn to her. He can do whatever he wants sexually to her and he knows that she will eventually be magnetized back to him. Any of you guys think it’s okay to treat a woman, or any other human being, like that? Didn’t think so.
5. If you put a lot of highly explicit sexual material into a story, people will make it a best seller and it will even be turned into a big budget Hollywood film.
Finally, we come back to the fact that this story was a best selling novel that is now being turned into a big budget Hollywood film. This beautiful and romantically heartwarming love story (*eye roll*) is the reason that millions and millions of dollars have been made by the author, publishing company, and now all the people associated with the film. Pretty hard to believe that a story entirely about a sadistic and violent sexual relationship has become so wildly popular.

So, we think it goes without saying that we will not be spending our leisure time reading about disturbing sexual fetishes or buying tickets to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie when it comes out.
We’re not cool with that. So we will keep Fighting against the twisted ideals and perceptions that pornographic material pushes into our society and we will be standing up for real love.
You with us?
If you are, share the image we made for this article! Save it and repost it to show people that you are not cool with Fifty Shades of Grey and what it teaches.






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ftnd-blog:

Fifty Shades of Grey: Why We’re Not Cool With It And Why You Shouldn’t Be Either

Recently, the official trailer for the upcoming film based on the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey was released.

One day and almost 7 million views later, the trailer, and the book-turned-movie in general, is the hot topic of conversation all across the nation.

Some people are raving about it.


"Can’t wait for Fifty Shades of Grey," said one Twitter user.
"Idk about you but I’m pumped for Fifty Shades of Grey and I don’t care who knows it…" read another.

And finally, one girl tweeted, “I advise every boy to watch fifty shades of grey, not for the story line but for the skills Christian Grey carries.”
Wow.

And that’s the fan base of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Then there’s other people, like us, who aren’t stoked at all because of what the story teaches and represents.
The mission of Fight the New Drug is to show people how harmful porn really is, in all of its forms. That being said, books and literature can most definitely be pornographic. Especially books like Fifty Shades of Grey that contain a high amount of highly explicit and graphic sexual content.
42% of male students and 20% of women said they regularly read romance novels, sexually explicit magazines, or regularly visited sexually explicit websites or chat rooms. Literature like Fifty Shades of Grey is referred to as erotica and can be just as harmful in warping ideas about sex and intimacy as pornographic videos and images are.

If you’re not totally familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey, here’s a quick rundown of why we are not cool with it. The storyline of the book, and now the upcoming big budget film, is entirely about a cold and sadistic millionaire and his seduction of a young, innocent girl into a world of sadomasochistic sexual perversion.

Now, if you don’t know what sadomasochism is, (commonly referred to as S&M), that’s good. We’re glad. But to help you understand just how sick this story is, we’ll tell you. It’s basically extreme acts of violence and abuse for sexual pleasure.

Gross right?

Yeah.

Even worse, that IS the story. There’s really no plot. There’s really no big surprise or big ending. It is just an entire book, and soon an entire movie, about a controlling and domineering man and his sick sexual relationship with an unsuspecting girl.
That’s the story of the book/film. But even worse than what it’s about, is what it teaches. What Fifty Shades of Grey promotes and comes across as giving acceptance to is definitely not okay.

Still need more info?

No problem.
It’s a popular opinion that the merit of any work, whether it be a book, painting, song, or film, relies on what it teaches. So in order to truly highlight Fifty Shades of Grey, we decided to come out with a nice little list of things that can be learned from this story.
1. If you’re good looking, rich, and successful, you can develop a violent sexual appetite and people will be okay with it.

Christian Grey, the main character in the book, is an incredibly wealthy and good looking guy. He has a mansion, flies around in a helicopter, and is the heartthrob of all the women he meets. Now, something tells us that if the main character was a slimy, homeless, ex-convict with a scraggly beard and missing teeth, people wouldn’t find this story arousing at all, but see it for the gross and deviant story that it is. Why are people so accepting of this dark and disturbing story just because the male character is supposed to be attractive and desirable?
2. Sex is completely for pleasure and all love/romance should be removed from the situation.

In the story, Christian makes women sign contracts that prevent them from ever speaking about what Christian does to them and completely gives him permission to do whatever he wants to them physically. Sound like a love story you want to read? Yeah, us neither.
3. Girls: If you hang around long enough and put up with a guy’s “issues”, eventually he might love you and change.

Anastasia, the main female character in the book, is a shy, reserved, and insecure student. She is even a virgin when she meets Christian. Throughout the book, Ana is exposed to his extremely deviant sexual desires and becomes the sole object of his desire. She is attracted to him and becomes charmed by all the lavish gifts that he provides her. She stays with him despite everything he does to her and becomes subject to his increasingly violent fantasies as he slowly guides her into accepting his disturbing behavior toward her. Fifty Shades of Grey teaches that girls are just helpless and fragile beings who will stick around for a man they find attractive. Would any of you girls stick around through all that? Didn’t think so.

4. Guys: You can do whatever you want to a girl and she’ll just take it.

Christian Grey is a womanizer and he uses his money and charm to keep Ana around and wanting to be with him. Despite the fact that he uses all sorts of disturbing methods to inflict pain on her for his own sick pleasure, nothing or no one stops him. Ana is still drawn to him and he is still drawn to her. He can do whatever he wants sexually to her and he knows that she will eventually be magnetized back to him. Any of you guys think it’s okay to treat a woman, or any other human being, like that? Didn’t think so.

5. If you put a lot of highly explicit sexual material into a story, people will make it a best seller and it will even be turned into a big budget Hollywood film.

Finally, we come back to the fact that this story was a best selling novel that is now being turned into a big budget Hollywood film. This beautiful and romantically heartwarming love story (*eye roll*) is the reason that millions and millions of dollars have been made by the author, publishing company, and now all the people associated with the film. Pretty hard to believe that a story entirely about a sadistic and violent sexual relationship has become so wildly popular.
So, we think it goes without saying that we will not be spending our leisure time reading about disturbing sexual fetishes or buying tickets to the Fifty Shades of Grey movie when it comes out.

We’re not cool with that. So we will keep Fighting against the twisted ideals and perceptions that pornographic material pushes into our society and we will be standing up for real love.

You with us?

If you are, share the image we made for this article! Save it and repost it to show people that you are not cool with Fifty Shades of Grey and what it teaches.