a lot of people talk like capitalism is necessary to have innovation and I just think of all the brilliant and creative people I know who spend all of their time and energy worrying about how they’re going to have a roof over their heads and food to eat. capitalism doesn’t drive innovation, it stifles it and shackles it to the endlessly wasteful machinery of exploitation.
Quick someone help me with a way to make $50 so my phone doesn’t get turned off.
I tried donating plasma but my veins are invisible or something and so they turned me away after I sat there and waited for 2 hours.
I have done very little science in a top hat, it’s true. However, my records indicate I’ve still done more science in a top hat than you. Be the Top Hat Scientist you want to see in the world. Top hats aren’t even that expensive. If you steal them.
ok someone needs to tell marvel to stop spending money on air time for promoting their movies. just use the internet. and by that i mean there needs to be an official marvel vine account where there are 6 second in-character videos. can we please
“And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.”—
if i ever misgender you or use slang (bro, man, gurl, dude) that makes you feel even slightly uncomfortable please tell me because your gender identity and comfort is more important than any word i may use to refer to you
"Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.
Was the crowd full of annoying people who represent the worst of Tumblr?
Why doesn’t Tumblr just come out and say they want a chance to rip on teenage girls? Why not just make it that upfront? The vast majority of attendees were first-timers and were teenage (or early 20s) women. The fact that Tumblr has decided that out of every demographic in the world, girls at this con are the worst is just straight up misogyny to me. I don’t care that you find fandoms annoying. I’m going to be protective as fuck towards most of the people who came to Dashcon looking to have a good time. They are not remotely responsible for the problems it had.
A lot of people focused on the attendees when they shoulda been focusing on the admins
"The mother and fetus have an adversarial relationship: mom’s best interest is to survive pregnancy to bear children again, and so her body tries to conserve resources for the long haul. The fetus, on the other hand, benefits from wresting as much from mom as it can, sometimes to the mother’s…
I wonder if the incredible senses during menstruation have to do with a bleeding primate being vulnerable to predators in the wild
i tried googling why my senses are heightened before a period but
there is a very very good article by a genuine scientist that breaks down why humans have such a mind-bogglingly difficult menstrual cycle, one so bad that it is essentially unique among animals. there are a few other mammals that have bleeding uterine slough, but very few—and nothing like what we go through. probably because splashing blood around everywhere you go is a good way to get fucking eaten, although that thing about bears and sharks biting menstruating women is apparently a myth.
anyway, the reason our periods are awful is that the human uterine environment is a battlefield: the embryo is a hostile parasite that operates outside the safe bounds of the mother’s bodily functions, making its own rules.
i will post this article later if i can find it, it was fantastic, but for now i’ll try to nutshell it: it explained that human development is front-loaded: human embryos need an incredible amount of resources from the mother, more than in any other species, both in the womb and postnatally. human fetuses routinely kill their mothers or seriously disable them, which would seem like an evolutionary branch that would trashcan immediately, but it turns out humans take care of each other. this isn’t a dealbreaker in terms of survival because we take care of each other’s children: your chances for survival go down if you suck all the lifeforce out of your mom, sure, but as long as you’re successfully brought to term and birthed, your aunts, father, grandmother, uncles, or older siblings will probably take care of you. it takes a village, someone is probably lactating anyway, etc. so unlike dogs, hamsters, cats, rats, and so on—animals which absorb embryos when pickings are slim, or who will shrug and eat babies if winter is harsh, or who have to give birth to a dozen at a time and hope a few aren’t felled by opportunistic predators—each human baby takes such an incredible investment of time, resources, and personal discomfort that it has evolved to fight tooth and nail to come out as well fed and viable as possible, so the uterine lining we develop (which turns into a placenta) is thicker and more defensive than in the majority of other mammals.
this incredible buildup of tissue, the article explained, and then the ejection when pregnancy does not occur, is necessary to keep us from being eaten from the inside out by our own children. i’ll explain it to you in television: it’s like Dexter tarping a room before murdering someone in it.
we are beginning to realize that modern women are menstruating far, far too much. lack of exercise, unimpeded access to calories, and birth control has forced us into a monthly cycle which, in the “wild”, would be relatively rare. it takes 9 months to bring a fetus to term, and during that whole time you aren’t menstruating. you also dont (usually) menstruate (or ovulate) during lactation, which in gatherer societies can last 2 or 3 years, or longer. in a theoretical “”“natural state”“” (please forgive my use of the term, and notice my scare quotes, just bear with me) you start being pregnable in your early teens, depending on caloric access, and are probably going to stay pregnant, lactating, or exercising enough not to menstruate most of the time your are theoretically fertile. birth control in prechristian societies varied, but leaned heavily on abortion and infanticide, which is one reason it’s such a taboo now, but that’s a whole other article (read Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture).
this obsession with the “all-natural period” is completely fabricated. there are few things less natural to the human animal than being put through this fucking wringer every single month between the ages of 12 and 50.
tldr: human menses are a mess because human embryos are vicious, and every month your womb is becoming a tiny prison for that hypothetical jerk. to quote nabokov, “the tiny madman in his padded cell”.
as you can undoubtedly tell from my prose, this shit terrifies and disgusts me. i spent this morning in a clenched fetal position on the floor because i was in so much pain. but it was vaguely comforting to know why!
anyway my best armchair bullshit guess would be that yes, a menstruating monkey is going to be easy leopard pickings if her senses of smell, sight, touch, hearing, and intuition aren’t cranked to 11.
General life stress is also associated with the prevalence of PMDD and the severity of symptoms. Research shows that perceived discrimination is a stressor associated with the lifetime prevalence of PMDD. The experience of subtle forms of gender and race discrimination is correlated with PMDD among ethnic minority women.
there is no evidence that people experiencing PMDD or PMS are “less rational”, but there is a lot of evidence that they have heightened reactions to injustice, which i think is fascinating.
Human babies are the closest thing to chest-burster aliens that Terrestrial Nature has produced.