ask me anything · “It’s a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.”
— Naguib Mahfouz

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herswagger:

They are pretty adorable together….. I’m happy for them

my queens of queerness. ALL HAIL.

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GET TO KNOW ME meme1/5 favorite actresses
↳ Gillian Anderson - I have feminist bones and when I hear things or see people react to women in certain ways, I have very little tolerance

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I’m not gonna sit around and waste my precious divine energy trying to explain and be ashamed of things you think are wrong with me.

Esperanza Spalding (via psych-facts)
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Fitzwilliam Darcy’s inner struggles: 39/?

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rubyetc:

lionheartwithdirtypaws got my curly cat design tattooed today!
anyone who would like to get a tattoo of any of my existing drawings go ahead, but please please send me a picture. aaand I am taking commissions so email me on rubyrose.elliot@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in some sweet sweet original artwerk 

rubyetc:

lionheartwithdirtypaws got my curly cat design tattooed today!

anyone who would like to get a tattoo of any of my existing drawings go ahead, but please please send me a picture. aaand I am taking commissions so email me on rubyrose.elliot@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in some sweet sweet original artwerk 

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x this would make a sweet wall piece in my next apartment
The hardest period in life is one’s twenties. It’s a shame because you’re your most gorgeous, and you’re physically in peak condition. But it’s actually when you’re most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s frightening.

Helen Mirren, quoted in Esquire’s “What I’ve Learned” (via psych-facts)
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therapsida:

worn-smooth:

biorobo:

slyjinks:

pyrositshere:

internetgoose:

I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go

so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post”

nice idea and all

but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued.

as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, the respect for it drops, and it’s seen as less of a big deal. it’s not about the job- it’s about the number of women in the job.

observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field. so has happened with scores of other areas; nursing comes to mind

so the thing is, it’s not the work or the job that has to be uplifted and seen as more respectable. it will never work out, until people start seeing women as respectable

but there’s a doozy and who the fuck knows if it’s ever happening in my life time

"observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field."

Personal anecdote time!  I’m in a biology graduate program.  An acquaintance wanted to introduce some guy to me because his son was thinking about becoming an undergrad science major.  When he found out I was in the biology department, he grinned and said, “Well, I guess that’s kind of related to science.”

I gave him what I hope was an icy look and said, “Isn’t it strange how men outside the field started saying that right around the time biology majors shifted from mostly male to mostly female?”

The guy got this look on his face like he was about to play the “just a joke” card, and then an older woman who had been standing nearby, talking to someone else, turned to me and said, “The same thing happened with real estate.”  She went on to explain that, over the course of the career, the male-to-female ratio among real estate agents had dropped, and the pay and “prestige factor” of that job dropped along with it.

It’s also interesting to look at fields where the reverse pattern happens, such as computer programming. Computer programming used to be a female-dominated field, but, in order to raise the prestige of the field, new entry tests and hiring practices were instituted to discourage the hiring of women. Because, naturally, there’s no way a field can be dominated by women and prestigious at the same time (reference: Researcher reveals how “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”).

I’ve argued this exact thing before! Biology was NEVER considered a soft science before women entered. And medicine is now losing prestige too because women are becoming doctors instead of staying in lower positions. Suddenly these mentally rigorous fields based on insight and analysis are “just memorization” or some other bullshit about how they’re not REALLY using “intelligence.” 

It really pissed me off since I’m a bio nerd. I feel almost guilty for encouraging women to go into science when I only know some basic “soft science” biology. 

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