“While toy libraries target younger children, libraries that offer video games draw teens. A librarian at the Houston Public Library tells NPR that offering game consoles and iPads “results in a 15% to 20% increase in the circulation of books.” The games themselves also seem to help struggling readers, with some reading text in video game format “that was up to eight grades above their reading level,” says Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Having gaming available at libraries has other advantages as well. It gives lower-income youth the chance to play games they may not be able to afford; offers teenagers a safe place; and helps teens understand that the library is a place where they can belong.”—
I have two friends who taught themselves to read by playing video games.
What matters is that kids read and that they think reading is fun. It doesn’t matter as much what they’re reading. If they read regularly and enjoy reading, they’ll eventually read “worthwhile literature,” too, and they’ll have good enough reading skills to do it.
oh hey, here’s a free pdf of lundy bancroft’s “why does he do that?: inside the minds of angry and controlling men.” i wanted to read it after seeing all the quote posts, and now you can too.
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This link doesn’t seem to work anymore, sadly. I was able to read some of it before, and it was helpful, but I can’t find it free online anywhere anymore.
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I NEED to move out.
I’m becoming more & more depressed. I NEED to move out, because of where I live right now, is toxic and is making me depressed. But, to move out, I need money. Sadly, I don’t have any money or a job at all, and I can’t get one, because I’m so depressed & stressed out all the time. I’m also becoming agoraphobic, because of my depression. This is my last hope. I don’t have anywhere else to go.
My fundraiser is here. Also, you can donate by the Paypal donate button on my blog under the ‘about me’. I would like to move out in a month or two. The sooner, the better.
just because a movie got negative reviews doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to like it and just because a movie got awards and is “critically acclaimed” doesn’t mean it has to be the greatest movie to you
Hi there! I do not agree with the two-state solution and believe Palestine should be returned to the indigenous population, however, When others ask me what would happen to the Jewish population, I have trouble forming a coherent response and was wondering if you had any thoughts and/or info on where I could read more about this. Thanks!!
Ali Abunimah has had a lot to say about this. You can start with this article titled “Israeli Jews and the One-State Solution,” and he’s written a book called One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse that outlines what a one-state solution would look like.
Look, the only thing I’m sure of is that zionism and apartheid in Palestine will fall. Exactly how it will fall is still up to history. I’m not really interested in engaging in hypotheticals. It’s more important imho to focus on what is happening to Palestinians now and how these violations of their rights must end. Discussions about what may or may not happen 5, 10, 20 years has its uses, but don’t let yourself get bogged down trying to predict the exact course of events or having to defend against something that hasn’t even begun to happen.
I don't know who Ayn Rand is. Should I change that or just let it lie?
Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.
Whenever somebody refers to “tumblr” as some unified group in a negative way on here I’m automatically suspicious of what they say because 99% of the time “tumblr” is just a thinly-veiled codeword for “the marginalised people on tumblr I don’t like” and the person in question is trying to hide their misogyny/transphobia/transmisogyny/racism/ableism/etc by removing the labels of people they’re referring to. Essentially, it’s used in a similar fashion to the term “social justice warrior,” as a way of depersonalising members of marginalised groups.
and its a silly codeword because huge groups of people on tumblr are actually incredibly apologist towards things like racism, transmisogyny, ableism, misogyny, cissexism, heterosexism, classism etc.
like i’ve heard plenty of people say stuff like, ‘culture appropriation is a made up phrase doesn’t exist outside of tumblr’ or ‘get your tumblr politics out of here’ — like, people don’t seem to understand that these things do not exist solely on ‘the vacuum that is tumblr’. they’re just trivializing any and all marginalized group’s experiences by just saying it’s ‘a tumblr thing’ and the real world apparently does not deal with any of this.
it freaks me out when people say shit like that tbh, like i was attending rallies and involved in local politics and reading feminist lit and active in feminist spaces several years before tumblr even came about and i know for a fact many other people are too, but it also seems like people just talking about their lives get coercively labelled as activists or w/e even when they don’t apply that label to themselves anyway. Plus like, there’s such a diversity of opinion here idk what ‘tumblr social justice’ even means.
i was one of the student writers that was sourced in the New York Times about trigger warnings, since I did an op-ed about using them at Rutgers. and I was interviewed about it for BBC/HuffPost/Chronicle of Higher Ed/etc. My interviewers always ask the same ignorant question, “why trigger warnings now?? why start this thing?? they’ve never existed before, so why start this precedent?”
look the fuck around you, they’re LITERALLY everywhere. they’re on imdb. they’re on video games (and very effective too, ESRB and PEGI are extremely informative). they’re at the top left of every TV show with things like “mature language” or “violence” abbreviated below the recommended age.
even before ESRB, video games like Wolfenstein 3D had them for graphic violence. and even before tumblr, listservs and usernet forums use to use them all the time from every subject under the sun (sports listservs used them just as much as feminist listservs, if not more-so). even today, you can find things like “NSFW” and “NSFL” on reddit.
people have been embracing trigger warnings for years, they just don’t call them trigger warnings. stop acting like trigger warnings are an abomination that don’t work in real life. not just do they work very well, but chances are you’ve used them since you were a kid, and still use them today to look at what content is in the shows you wanna watch and the video games you wanna play.
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Watching our own pilot, something became apparent. While our show has POC actors, all were of lighter complexion, and we hadn’t created space for actors with darker skin tones. That meant we weren’t creating a show that our whole audience could see themselves in. That didn’t sit right.
Addie is a new role that we’ve added to the show. They’re a genderqueer POC (of darker complexion). At the start of the show, Addie and Su work together. Su moves on, but their lives intersect every once in a while.
Addie has a scene early on where they’re still presenting as a man, but in subsequent scenes are living out as a genderqueer / non-binary femme. Their role in the first season is limited, but their story stretches into future seasons.
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Radfems wanna talk shit about how trans women are “socialized differently” from cis women. But non-white women are socialized differently from white women; Indigenous women are socialized differently from non-Indigenous women. Poor women are socialized differently from rich women. Women are socialized differently because they are raised in all kinds of environments with all kinds of privileges and disadvantages—it doesn’t negate their identity as a woman.
Like, you don’t get to fucking pick and choose whose gender identity is invalid because of a different upbringing. If I told a white woman that she isn’t a woman because she grew up white, cis, and rich, then these people would attack the fuck out of me. But they’re somehow allowed to decide that AMAB women aren’t women.
This is something I’ve spent a lot of time and energy analyzing, both on my own and as part of the numerous psychology, sociology, and women’s studies classes I’ve been a part of.
This idea of a totally universal “female socialization” which transcends race, class, culture, and every possible demographic factor lies at the heart of both the overt transmisogyny and the tacit racism of radical feminism. It’s basically radical feminists taking the informal zeitgeist of the second wave white feminist movement — the “sisterhood of all women” — and turning it into the defining cornerstone of a formalized ideology. In doing so, they took the fact that second wave feminism already overemphasized and centered on upper-class white cis women, turned it up to eleven, and then declared it to be Unchallengeable Holy Writ.
And then, as bell hooks pointed out right back then — one doesn’t need to look far at all to see them being called out on this — they sold out actual radicalism in order to gain institutional power for themselves in academia. Which insulates them even more from the lived realities of unprivileged women, even as they point to their Holy Writ as an excuse for why they don’t need to include anyone outside of their ivory tower echo chamber, it’s all covered and they can’t possibly be wrong.
“The depth of isolation in the ghetto is also evident in black speech patterns, which have evolved steadily away from Standard American English. Because of their intense social isolation, many ghetto residents have come to speak a language that is increasingly remote from that spoken by American whites. Black street speech, or more formally, Black English Vernacular, has its roots in the West Indian creole and Scots-Irish dialects of the eighteenth century. As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.”—
Douglas Massey and Nancy A. Denton, Chapter 6: “The Perpetuation of the Underclass,” p. 162 (American apartheid: segregation and the making of the underclass)
As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.
“Regular users of pornography are less likely to convict for a rape, and less likely to give a harsh sentence to a rapist if in fact convicted. Conversely, individuals who do not use pornography are more likely to convict an accused rapist.”—Garcia, L.T. (1986). Exposures to pornography and attitude about women and rape: A correlative study. AG 22 (1853) 382-383. Zillman & Bryant, (1984). Effects of massive exposure to pornography. In N.M. Malamuth, & E. Donnerstein (Eds), Pornography and Sexual Aggression (pp. 115-142). Orlando, FL: Academic Press. (via yoursocialconstructsareshowing)
A super girly and peppy blonde girl who wears bright pink dresses and skirts everyday is best friends with a quiet goth girl who of course sports all black clothing and big lace up boots. Someone jokes and yells to them “Hey look, a fairy and a vampire!” The blonde turns around and flashes a fanged grin and says “She’s human actually.”
so when i tweeted the colorful moment of being referred to as a “negress” by a homeless white guy on the train one of my followers responded expressing hope that i said something clever in response.
and truth be told sometimes i don’t want to be clever when confronting racism, islamophobia, homophobia, ect. i just want to be left alone. i don’t enjoy talking to strangers in public as it is, let alone engaging with those looking to dehumanize me when i’m riding public transit. it takes energy to “be clever” in the wake of fuckry. energy to think about it, energy to respond. hell energy to care. and when i step on public transit nine times out of ten i just want to ride quietly along with my headphones on and book in hand
i can’t always be the clever marginalized person because i’m too busy sitting there steady wondering why train rides provoke microaggressions and why simplicity is removed from the very essence of doing everyday shit