Arturo is a 29-year-old male polar bear currently living in Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo. He is suffering in 40C (104F) heat in an enclosure that has just 20 inches of water for him to swim in and has as a consequence been displaying worrying behavior.

Please sign this petition or at least spread the word in order to have Arturo transferred to a zoo in Canada which has better facilities for an animal that is used to polar conditions.

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A post for men about creepy men


I wrote a post a while back about how some people are very good at getting away with doing intentionally creepy things by passing themselves off as just ~awkward~.

Recently, I noticed a particular pattern that plays out. While creeps can be any gender, there’s a gendered pattern by which creepy men get other men to help them be creepy:

  • A guy runs over the boundaries of women constantly
  • He makes them very uncomfortable and creeped out
  • But he doesn’t do that to guys, and
  • He doesn’t talk to guys about it in an unambiguous way, and
  • When he does it in front of guys, he finds a way to make it look deniable
  • And then some women complain to a man, maybe even a man in charge who is supposed to be responsible for preventing abuse in a space
  • and he has no idea what they are talking about, since he’s never the target or witness
  • And he’s had a lot of pleasant interactions with that guy
  • So he sympathizes with him, and thinks he must mean well but be have trouble with social skills
  • And then takes no action to get him to stop or to protect women
  • And so the group stays a place that is safe for predatory men, but not for the women they target

For example:

  • Mary, Jill, and Susan: Jim, Bob’s been making all of us really uncomfortable. He’s been sitting way too close, making innuendo after everything we say, and making excuses to touch us.
  • Bill: Wow, I’m surprised to hear that. Bob’s a nice guy, but he’s a little awkward. I’m sure he doesn’t mean anything by it. I’m not comfortable accusing him of something so serious from my position of authority.

What went wrong here?

  • Bill assumed that, if Bob was actually doing something wrong, he would have noticed.
  • Bill didn’t think he needed to listen to the women who were telling him about Bob’s creepy actions. He didn’t take seriously the possibility that they were right. 
  • Bill assumed that women who were uncomfortable with Bob must be at fault; that they must be judging him too harshly or not understanding his awkwardness
  • Bill told women that he didn’t think that several women complaining about a guy was sufficient reason to think something was wrong
  • Bill assumed that innocently awkward men should not be confronted about inadvertantly creepy things they do, but rather women should shut up and let them be creepy

A rule of thumb for men:

  • If several women come to you saying that a man is being creepy towards them, assume that they are seeing something you aren’t
  • Listen to them about what they tell you
  • If you like the guy and have no idea what they’re talking about, that means that what he is doing is *not* innocent awkwardness.
  • If it was innocent awkwardness, he wouldn’t know how to hide it from other men
  • Men who are actually just awkward and bad at understanding boundaries also make *other men* uncomfortable
  • If a man is only making women uncomfortable but not men, that probably means he’s doing it on purpose
  • Take that possibility seriously, and listen to what women tell you about men

tl;dr If you are a man, other men in your circle who are nice to you are creepy towards women. Don’t assume that if something was wrong that you would have noticed; creepy men are good at finding the lines of what other men will tolerate. Listen to women. They know better than you do whether a man is being creepy and threatening towards women; if they think something is wrong, listen and find out why. Don’t tolerate give predatory dudes who are nice to you cover to keep hurting women.

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Whenever I’ve given a public lecture (particularly concerning feminism [mine have usually been on the perils of liberal feminism or primers on Marxist feminism), I’ve always made sure that I end the lecture and open to questions from women first. I say this clearly: “Any questions or comments, girls?” I didn’t intend this to be a specific thing; it just comes out naturally because whenever I am giving a lecture or even writing, in my mind the person I am talking to is a woman. I never knew it would have an effect on the crowd listening because there are men sitting in the audience too and to hear that the lecturer prioritizes women first for dialogue is a way of letting them know that I’m not here to listen to men but women first. And I’ve received very interesting reactions to this “Any questions or comments, girls?”

The women in the audience will instantly sit up, some will grin, others will shyly smile. There is a connection. Collectively, their attention is piqued and their input is working up to present itself. But most importantly, they are seen as a group that is valued not on basis of otherwise patriarchal standards such as physical appearance or the adherence to normative values and roles of womanhood but because their intellectual feedback is honestly and practically being sought. Regardless of surfacing agreements or disagreements, what is important to me as an ex-teacher and a grad student who’s given lectures on gender, war, media and other themes is that the women be part of the discussion before men set the parameters.

The reaction in the male segment of the audience is different. Some will frown with confusion (“Did she say girls only?”) while others will turn on their passive aggression toward me (which I handle very well) and some will quietly observe. Those are the learners I value. They can see the intention of selectively addressing a part of the crowd. They know what I’m doing. And they watch without interference. That’s where we learn and that’s where we build a bridge of solidarity. This isn’t to say I never allow questions or comments from men because I do, but later. And I take them one by one. Especially after lectures on feminism, I will always meet the prototypical savior or apologist or warrior against feminism or the theory bro who wants me to congratulate him on his insistence that “it’s all just semantics” and other personalities, and it can be exhausting sometimes.

But I get my energy from the women in the crowd. The ones who want actively to learn more and not be spoon-fed. Those are the ones I get my joy from. Those are the ones I love listening to. Students are probably my favorite people in terms of occupations but curious girl students who want to be stronger make me the happiest. 

Listen to girls.

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Game of Thrones/Avengers Crossover

When Loki betrays his brother to sit on the Iron Throne, it is up to Thor, a couple of master assassins, an expert forger, a man with severe anger management issues and a super soldier in the night’s watch to fix it.

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For the person requesting this post to be put up again.

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Commentary based off of this post (x) by bluandorange and @tharrow

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NBC Is Straight-Washing Constantine




I’m not normally one to be a rabble-rouser, particularly on the internet.

But I really think the fandom forces of tumblr should collectively spam NBC about Constantine, and recent disclosure that they are straight-washing his character. (He’s canonically bisexual in the comics)

If there is one thing fandom can collectively agree upon, there aren’t enough queer people in mainstream media. NBC is making an adaptation with an ALREADY QUEER CHARACTER, and making him straight. Bisexual men are a particularly under-represented demographic, and this is frankly the height of fucked up.

The good thing is, fandom can perhaps nip this problem in the bud. Although the show has been officially picked up by NBC, it is still very much in development. If we — the active fans of the world — collectively threaten to boycott before the show airs in October, we might have a good chance of forcing a creative shift.

So get in touch with NBC and make a complaint.


Twitter: @NBC || @NBCConstantine

Email Message: (under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment”)

And please reblog this post. Spread the word. If anything is worthy of fandoms collective ire and criticism, it is this.

I was afraid this would happen. =___=


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grifter, hacker, hitter, thief //

stacker pentecost feels like an old man sometimes, the triplets and mako getting underfoot everywhere he turns. their base gets a little crowded, six of them all jostling for space and bandwidth, but when a job starts, he never doubts that he’s assembled the best team in the industry.

all of them can grift, but experience is a brutal teacher and no one thinks as fast on their feet as stacker does. acting as control tower and inside man isn’t always easy, but tendo can handle himself and keep the team in order when their leader goes offline. after all, he’s been in the business almost as long as stacker has.

sometimes one or two of the weis stick to him on a job. security for the wealthy businessman with interests in hong kong, or ambitious young CEOs making a splash in asian markets— stacker as their foothold into the west. they speak english, mandarin, cantonese and japanese fluently; enough korean to fool the vast majority of their marks.

twins, stacker will say. clever young men, tight with their money but generous when the offer is right. you know how quickly china’s been growing; the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well, you see.

whatever brothers aren’t stuck in the field with pentecost (sometimes it’s one of them, sometimes it’s all of them) back mako up.

not that she needs it. mako hasn’t met a building, an office, a museum, a bank, safe, vault or office that could keep her out. getting in is easy; getting out isn’t always as simple, but that’s when stacker lets the boys go wild. they get bored when things go according to plan anyway.

as for stacker— well, he considers himself a bit of a modern-day robin hood. they have one rule: kaiju targets only. the members of this particular criminal organization have bases everywhere from canberra to silicon valley, the company itself founded by some white guy with a little too much interest in old japanese monster movies.

but what it comes down to is that prime marks are are greedy, arrogant and rich— kaiju operatives fit the bill perfectly.

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Life in Gaza

This is so beyond horrific

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Now HE is a role-model

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

they criticize him because they aren’t brave enough to emulate him.

Wow, this is awesome!

So, you know, you mention the Tupamaros as a “robin hood organization” and don’t mention that they were a Marxist group, because that word is scary to liberals.

And the post kinda glosses over that the country was at the time, under a military Junta.

Jose Mujica is so much better than this photoset

The “poorest” in money but the richest in spirit.

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what is this?


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Artemis + #14 for anon.

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001. Toxic | Melanie Martinez

I took a sip from a devil’s cup
It’s taking over me 


I want to do so much witchcraft to this 

when the chorus hits tho

I listen to this like 5 times every time it comes up on my dash.

So I guess I have to reblog.

This is some American Horror Story shit

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