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BUT WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Rosamund Hodge
My sixteenth birthday is the worst, because I have to get surgery to expand my headphones.
Most people get their adolescent adjustment when they’re twelve or thirteen. Fourteen, tops. But at fifteen and a half, I’m still five foot one, and the awful lime green headphones that seemed so cool when I was ten still fit, snug but comfortable around my head.
Then my spine shoots up two inches and my skull grows—well, the doctor says only a centimeter, but it’s enough to give me migraines every week. They set a date for the adjustment, but then I start hearing static, and I’m rushed in for emergency surgery.
Static is the first warning. It means my headphones are losing the signals from the headsets of people talking to me. Next to go would be my personal music stream. Next would be the sound canceling. And then—
Well. We don’t talk about what happens then.
Mom cries a lot, when I wake up from the surgery. Which is not really surgery. They don’t cut a single hole in my skin. But I have to be under when they switch the headphones, or else—
Or else.
Anyway, Mom cries a lot. I puke a lot, because it turns out I’m super allergic to the anesthetic. It’s the worst birthday ever, and the music credits that are Dad’s apology for being in Singapore while I could have died don’t begin to make up for it.
But the next day, I manage to slip out to the park by myself, and Adam’s there. That makes up for everything.
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hanginggardenstories:

BUT WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Rosamund Hodge

My sixteenth birthday is the worst, because I have to get surgery to expand my headphones.

Most people get their adolescent adjustment when they’re twelve or thirteen. Fourteen, tops. But at fifteen and a half, I’m still five foot one, and the awful lime green headphones that seemed so cool when I was ten still fit, snug but comfortable around my head.

Then my spine shoots up two inches and my skull grows—well, the doctor says only a centimeter, but it’s enough to give me migraines every week. They set a date for the adjustment, but then I start hearing static, and I’m rushed in for emergency surgery.

Static is the first warning. It means my headphones are losing the signals from the headsets of people talking to me. Next to go would be my personal music stream. Next would be the sound canceling. And then—

Well. We don’t talk about what happens then.

Mom cries a lot, when I wake up from the surgery. Which is not really surgery. They don’t cut a single hole in my skin. But I have to be under when they switch the headphones, or else—

Or else.

Anyway, Mom cries a lot. I puke a lot, because it turns out I’m super allergic to the anesthetic. It’s the worst birthday ever, and the music credits that are Dad’s apology for being in Singapore while I could have died don’t begin to make up for it.

But the next day, I manage to slip out to the park by myself, and Adam’s there. That makes up for everything.

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mediamattersforamerica:

"Let men be men": Fox hosts eagerly agreed with the NY Post article that claimed “catcalls are flattering.” 

A few more gems from this segment

  • "They mean it in a nice way."
  • "It’s nice to get compliments."
  • "As long as you don’t come within arms length, it’s fine."

But for many women, catcalls are humiliating and degrading. Some blame themselves, wondering what they could have done differently to prevent it. And the consequences can considerably affect a person’s social behavior and habits, as women report they avoid eye contact and walking alone in public, or change their outfits or routes to avoid harassment.”  

In reality, this is no small problem. According to Stop Street Harassment, “at least 65% of women have experienced catcalls, leers, and unwanted sexual propositions,” disproportionately affecting those with low incomes, women of color, and the LGBTQ community. And while there are federal laws protecting women from workplace harassment, street harassment is addressed on a state-by-state basis.

Let’s bring some voices of reason into this discussion:

Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY:

Catcalling does not mean you are beautiful, smart, strong or interesting. Catcalling means a stranger values you so little he doesn’t care if he makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened.

Margaret Eby, Brooklyn Magazine:

Catcalling is about control, not about your cute shorts. It’s an assertion that women are just visitors in a male space, there to be assessed by appearance and summarily dismissed or flirted with.

Ashley Ross, TIME:

To legitimize catcalling is to give voice to those who don’t deserve it: the man who told me he wanted to perform oral sex on me, the man who said he wanted it the other way around and the man who said he could have me if he wanted me.

The dehumanizing culture of catcalling must stop, but conservative media outlets like Fox aren’t helping. It’s up to us all to educate ourselves about the harms of harassment, so that women can truly be free in the streets of America.

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therealelizabethbennet:

hauntedpages:

So earlier today I saw this post by therealelizabethbennet, but the data was from 1988, so I thought I would do some updated calculations.

Thanks for mentioning me & for doing this. You are a wonderful person and thank you from all the Janeites all over the world. You did us a great favor :)

Sweet!

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Except I want to be both.  

Princess Black Belt.

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"You don’t necessarily have to do anything once you acknowledge your privilege. You don’t have to apologize for it. You need to understand the extent of your privilege, the consequences of your privilege, and remain aware that people who are different from you move through and experience the world in ways you might never know anything about. They might endure situations you can never know anything about. You could, however, use that privilege for the greater good—to try to level the playing field for everyone, to work for social justice, to bring attention to how those without certain privileges are disenfranchised. We’re seen what the hoarding of privilege has done, and the results are shameful."

- Roxane Gay, “Peculiar Benefits” from Bad Feminist (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

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jaclcfrost:

becoming attached to characters that you know are gonna die more like i didn’t sign up for this. i mean. i did sign up for it. i just didn’t read the fine print. i mean. i did read the fine print. but i still signed it. why did i sign it

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steampunktendencies:

Goetz Palace

The palace and park Goetz Okocimskich is located very close to the brewery Okocimski, founded in 1845 by a German who came to John the Evangelist Goetz (1815-1893). It was built in 1898 by his son John Albin Goetz Okocimski (1864-1931).

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