#this sounds awful already

So, hypothetically… if I could take a bunch of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and read books at Barnes and Noble all day… and then be able to display my knowledge and understanding of the subject on an equal, if not higher, level than a college student… then, hypothetically… why is everyone paying for college again?

(Answer: Because a college degree isn’t about education, it’s a class marker. If we cared about everyone being educated, we would accredit free online courses and allow people to achieve intellectual growth and success without going into debt. But that’s not what college is for. I mean, yeah in college you can travel and learn from amazing professors and start your own anything and have access to facilities and resources and money, yeah, college is all that. And I’m not discrediting anyone who loves college but… college, at the end of the day is a business. College is just one more big way to perpetuate the system. But I say f**k the system, man.) #FreeEducationForAll #LearnRadically

Vanessa Newman (Washington, DC) - haikuology.tumblr.com


(via theblackcollegian)


i am a very tiny star

look how tiny and star like i am



The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

Fat Girls in Summer


Fat girls in summer

should not be forced into shorts

that hang like potato sacks

down to kneecaps

and over meaty thighs. 

Fat girls in summer

should cut those frumpy frocks

until the hem is shorter 

and jagged

and lets them fucking breathe.

Fat girls in summer

should not let themselves

be covered

or draped

or ignored.

Not by people nor clothes.


Cute lesbians doing the blowjob thing. Mmhmm. 

Happy Endings: part1, part2, part3, part4, part5, part6, part7


process poop

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”

Toni Morrison (via ethiopienne)



here at Harvard law school

1. Your skin may never be perfect, and that’s okay.

2. Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.

3. Everyone (including your family, your coworkers, and your best friend) will talk about you behind your back, and you’ll talk about them too. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other.

4. It’s okay to spend money on things that make you happy.

5. Sometimes without fault or reason, relationships deteriorate. It will happen when you’re six, it will happen when you’re sixty. That’s life.

Five things I am trying very hard to accept (via aumoe)



Friendly reminder using “nounself” pronouns actually derails the non-binary movement and makes non-binaries look like a joke to a society who already scorns them 

It’s also really upsetting to a lot of non-binaries because of that 

ok, can we get something straight? 

these are acceptable reasons to dislike nounself pronouns:

-intellectual, racial, classist, and ableist gate-keeping within the trans community due to hyper-individualized language that must be respected in order to participate but is only accessible to those with privilege (see: historically things like “manners” and “etiquette” were fabricated purely to suss-out and exclude the lower-class (who would not have been educated on such things) within mixed circles. nounself pronouns were not intended to, but do actively, serve a similar purpose.)

-the tendency to lump together purposeful violent misgendering by cis people with accidental and unavoidable misgendering by underprivileged/uneducated trans people, which results in the vilifying and exclusion of people who need safe space most.

-prioritizing the comfort of primarily white middle-class trans people and individualism over inclusion and accessibility of trans spaces

-other reasons to do with intersectionality and oppression

these are not acceptable reasons to dislike nounself pronouns:

-“if people use nounself pronouns no one will take us seriously” - it’s not other trans people’s faults if cis people dont take you seriously. it’s cis people’s fault. trans people do not need to adjust their gender expressions for the comfort of cis people.

-“someone came out to someone else and that person googled it and found nounself pronouns and now they won’t take their gender seriously” - I really doubt this actually happened irl. but if so, wow, that person is a huge transphobic piece of shit. you know whose fault that is? theirs. not trans peoples.

-“i want to distance myself from trans people who i consider to be more on the fringe of the trans movement, so i can reinforce my own identity as a ‘normal’/’acceptable’ type of trans person by discrediting them.” - This never works ever. I understand that being associated with people who you dont relate to can be shitty, but in a human rights movement, sacrificing the fringe to normalize yourself never works. because then the thing that will be the fringe will be the next weirdest thing, and the next weirdest thing, until you are the weirdest thing. cis people seeing trans people throwing each other under the bus for being “too gender-nonconforming for cis people to accept” only reinforces the idea in cis people that there are Good Trans and Bad Trans and that its acceptable for them to disrespect certain trans people who dont appeal to their gender norms.

it’s fine to have disputes within the trans community that hinge on the well-being of trans people. but you know what “derails the nonbinary movement”? trans people alienating other trans people for the sake of cis comfort.

if you want to discuss noun-self pronouns being problematic at least do it for the right goddamn reasons.


labels are for soup cans and queer kids who want to know that they aren’t alone

“We are often told that the poor are grateful for charity. Some of them are, no doubt, but the best amongst the poor are never grateful. They are ungrateful, discontented, disobedient, and rebellious. They are quite right to be so. Charity they feel to be a ridiculously inadequate mode of partial restitution, or a sentimental dole, usually accompanied by some impertinent attempt on the part of the sentimentalist to tyrannise over their private lives. Why should they be grateful for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table? They should be seated at the board, and are beginning to know it. As for being discontented, a man who would not be discontented with such surroundings and such a low mode of life would be a perfect brute. Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”

Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism (via prawnofsatan)