Happy Women’s Friendship Day!
Happy Women’s Friendship Day!
The irony that is men who claim that centuries systemic oppression against women (in the form of sexualized and other violences, workplace and judicial discrimination, media objectification and misrepresentation, sexualization of children, the glorification of non-consent, etc) isn’t a big deal…
Ian MacKaye, Guy Picciotto, Joe Lally, Brendan Canty
E-Nabling the Future is an organization of volunteers who produce 3D-printed prosthetic superhero arms for kids in need.
This is bloody brilliant!
i was just thinking of how a character of mine could rig something like this up. this is so cool.
Stop Victim Blaming campaign poster series.
Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.
The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.
“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.
“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”
Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.
In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.
Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?
Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.
When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.
Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands
basically everyone should stop shitting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them
But none of these are lucrative for the fat old white men who control the world and melted the ice caps
The Light in Her Eyes (2011)
this is how things should be with any sexual preference
There was a sense of irony when the strongly anti-NSA, pro-privacy users of the social network Reddit began gloating over the privacy-destroying leak of celebrity nude photos. Privacy, it seemed, only applied to Reddit users — for celebrities, no such luck. But now there’s a starker example of the double standard: the Reddit user responsible for bringing the hacked photos into the public eye has decried an invasion of his privacy by the media.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.
I am genuinely sad to have to inform you guys of this, but it’s not true :(.
based on a very small number of skeletons, the proportion of women present at the time of Norse invasions was probably higher than previously thought. I say “probably” because we’re extrapolating a greater trend from a tiny number of skeletons.
However, this paper absolutelydoes notconclude that these women were warriors, or that the army had an even split of male and female fighters:
There’s all kinds of other research that really is about gender in Norse society and about women fighters in armies. And there is plenty of evidence that, yes, there were female Norse warriors (and neither I nor the source am saying there were not). But, this paper essentially uses the presence of six female migrants and seven male as evidence that women and children most likely accompanied the Norse armies with the intent of settling the land once it was conquered, rather than migrating in a second wave once the fighting was over.
While looking into this I did start to wonder why it is so important to us that half of Viking women were warriors. I realise that warriors play into our hero narratives, and that we like the idea of women not existing within modern boundaries of gender, but aside from this, we value and romanticize the role of warrior over the role of say, mother, or midwife or weaver, in part because we live in a society that values masculine roles over feminine ones. Women have always played and important role in history, and it is worth celebrating the more expected part that women played as much as the more unconventional. Perhaps half of all women in Viking society were not warriors, but this does not make the part they played unimportant.