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Here’s some fantastic news for your Friday: On Thursday, the California Senate unanimously approved a new bill that defines sexual consent as a firm “yes” rather than a lack of “no.”

micdotcom:

This is a big win for anti-rape activists, many of whom have been touting the necessity of an “affirmative consent” standard for years. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has the next month to sign the bill into law. If he does, schools across the state would be required to define consent before engaging in sexual activity as an “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” or risk losing state financial aid funding.

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kidouyuuto:

imo if parents dont respect their kids then they dont deserve respect from their kids. im tired of people thinking that its normal for parents to treat their children like property or like they dont have feelings. im tired of people thinking that overprotective parents arent harmful. treat your children like people because thats what they ARE

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fandoms-united-in-harmony asked: What do you think is the worst aspect of RTDs writing? And what's your least favourite episode of his? I'm wondering as you only seem to have good things to say about his era!


Answer:

ritchandspace:

I’ve been thinking about this for days since you asked.  

I think he spreads himself too thin, and that really negatively effects his writing.  But Moffat’s the same.   They both work best with fewer scripts to write.

Fudge.  I just don’t know.  I think his creations, the Slitheen, are quite offensive, in that they’re monsters who are identified by being fat.  I can’t imagine that positively impacts fat children on the playground.

Interestingly, I would find Cassandra in “End of the World” offensive, as she’s apparently trans*, but then a year later she returns to become a really sympathetic character.  She’s awesome.  

I definitely would criticize both RTD and Moffat for feeling that gender and sexual minority characters have to be from the future or another species (with the rare exception of Jenny - who nonetheless is married to a non-human woman from another time).  In the same way that they both think racism is something that should be exclusive to historical stories.

So he definitely has his moments.  But I think since I fell in love with the show during his era its easier for me to look past the faults (or be oblivious to them).

I think Moffat and RTD are both amazing writers in different ways.  But I think Davies knows how to write people as human, and not just concepts.  Moffat is amazing with high concepts and misdirection.  But he doesn’t get people.

Damn it, there I go again praising RTD.

OK, so my least favourite is probably “Voyage of the Damned” or “The Next Doctor”.

I’m not sure why exactly, I just don’t find them much fun.  It probably makes a big difference that there aren’t regular companions in either story.  I would care about Jackson Lake more if I thought we’d ever see him again.  Maybe I should look into it and re-watch those episodes and figure out why I find them so underwhelming.

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#moffat sucks  #really interesting critiques 

aspidosecalis:

incompleteicarus:

Ex queen turned pirate being hunted down by the king’s men and naming her all female ship “the clit” and when asked why she replies, because the king will never find it.

Rival lesbian pirate finds ship immediately. Alliance is formed in no time.

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bonelessbuffalochicken:

"You’re gonna do great today"

bonelessbuffalochicken:

"You’re gonna do great today"

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pearswhy:

pearswhy:

are cats solar powered?? why are they always trying to lie in the sun

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what the fuck. i was making a joke but its actually true

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#cats! 

crewdlydrawn:

allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

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#linguistics 

bisexual-books:

All this week we will be highlighting #27BiStories from bisexual Advocate journalist Eliel Cruz with graphics by Trivo Studio 

Part 2 — #27BiStories: When Did You Come Out? What Was The Response Like?

Hoping to shine a light on the myths about the bisexual community — both in and out of lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer spaces — The Advocate has launched a four-part series written from interviews with 27 self-identified bisexuals, all of whom happen to be in relationships. Earlier this week, we asked our sources to confont the biggest misconceptions they face as bisexual people, and today, we’re turning our attention to the “coming out” stories that so often unite members of the LGBT community. 

Do those stories provide the same kind of “we’ve all been there” unity that many in the lesbian, gay, and transgender communities experience when sharing their own coming-outs? Or do bisexual people face ridicule and disbelief from the very people who claim to want to liberate others from the closet? Read on to find out. 

This is #27BiStories. 

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