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Anonymous asked: What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?

shelbymontanaharris:

dysonrules:

aconissa:

50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.

REBLOG FOREVER.

And people wonder why I hate that book series! Stop popularizing rape culture seriously.

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Star Wars? Fake!

iworkatapubliclibrary:

A young boy approached the front desk. He comes into the library regularly and is ahead of his age in maturity. He wanted to know where he could find Star Wars books. We have quite a few fiction but also non-fiction Star Wars books. The non-fiction can be about the history and making of Star Wars.

Me: “Are you interested in fiction or non-fiction?”

Boy [long pause, with serious expression]: ”You do realize that Star Wars is fake right?”

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You have witchcraft in your lips.

- William Shakespeare, Henry V - Act 5, Scene 2 (via larmoyante)
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johnskylar:

lesless:

smallnightbird:

New species of bat found, Niumbaha superba, and it’s adorable.

Oh wow! I’m glad people are as excited about animals as I am. Here’s some additional photos. Fun fact: this bat is so different from others that a new genus was created!


It’s like a fuzzy little Rorschach test.

johnskylar:

lesless:

smallnightbird:

New species of bat foundNiumbaha superba, and it’s adorable.

Oh wow! I’m glad people are as excited about animals as I am. Here’s some additional photos. Fun fact: this bat is so different from others that a new genus was created!

It’s like a fuzzy little Rorschach test.

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spicyshimmy:

no i’m sorry it’s 2014 and we deserve queer representation in star trek because if you’re telling me you think that sexuality and gender are gonna have the same associations and stigmas in the 23rd century when vulcans and orions and klingons are around then i’m gonna bop you in your nose

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annalevys:

metapianycist:

stopanthropomorphizingme:

i’m gonna need everyone to stop saying disabled people are stereotyped as asexual because:

  1. using asexual as a synonym for unattractive or impotent is allosexist.
  2. it assumes all disabled people are subject to the same sexual stereotypes, which is untrue, and plays into the disability hierarchy.
  3. some disabled people are asexual and that’s ok!!

Additionally: It’s much better to say that people with disabilities are desexualized, because to describe us as “stereotyped as asexual” implies that asexuality in a disabled person is affirmed, when it’s more likely for a person to tell you you’re not really asexual because of your [insert disability], and to tell you that that if you didn’t have [disability] you would not be asexual. It spreads misinformation about disabled sexuality AND asexuality to say we’re stereotyped as asexual.

Better yet saying, “Often, people with disabilities are either desexualized or hypersexualized, sometimes both of these at the same time” is more accurate.

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26 Iconic Book Covers Changing Over Time (x)

vikingpenguinbooks:

Spot the Penguin Classics…

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vintagesalt:

The Outsiders (1983)

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Game of Thrones Comic Con Blooper Reel

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