In Search of the Happiness Max

ussawesome:

i’m only on episode 3 of x-files but here’s how things go down as far as i can tell

weird shit: happens

mulder: scully we have to go look into this weird shit

scully: yay field trip

weird shit: intensifies

mulder: ALIENS

scully: nah

mulder: im gonna do a thing

scully: saves mulder from thing

sexual tension: intensifies

mulder: definitely aliens

scully: …the evidence is inconclusive

Not wrong.

bikeladiesunite:

afgurri:

tiffanyb:



"using her fists in a scientific faction, to the delight of several colliers who were passing."

marry me

This is EXACTLY what I needed to see today. Wish I could have done this to the fucker who couldn’t deal with the fact that I didn’t want his attention today.

bikeladiesunite:

afgurri:

tiffanyb:

"using her fists in a scientific faction, to the delight of several colliers who were passing."

marry me

This is EXACTLY what I needed to see today. Wish I could have done this to the fucker who couldn’t deal with the fact that I didn’t want his attention today.

allons-brie:

AU where we’re all well rested and everyone loves their job

mrsachmo:

Kids fighting back against monsters.

http://www.laurefauvel.com/Terreurs.html

Love this.

spicyshimmy:

there is nothing we, collectively, as the star trek fandom, could do or put here on tumblr that would in any way surprise william shatner, because i mean this is a fandom in which somebody cosplayed a giant vulcan penis and did an interpretive dance while in the costume and this happened decades before tumblr began tumbling. i think the real question here is, can tumblr handle william shatner

I foooouuuuunnnnnd him: William Shatner’s Tumblr.

It’s got three posts and they’re all rather dull at the moment, but probably so were most of ours when we first started.

pixiekristoff:

 Do you quarrel, sir? 

Quarrel, sir? NoooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO , sir.

Some important quotes:

As I imagined how the women I invited must have felt, being discounted immediately on their arrival, previously unnoticed details became warning signs.

All-male guest lists. Guest lists with only one or two women, especially if they had RSVPed shortly after the meetup was announced; would they be showing up now that they knew how overwhelmingly male the event would be? Venues in neighborhoods with high crime rates. Events hosted at bars. No code of conduct, no policies of any kind. All things that seemed innocuous to my younger self, blinded by privilege.

And:

We naïvely thought we were a victim of the demographics of the tech industry as a whole: few among us were women, even fewer participated in meetups, and none of them had happened to join us.

Perhaps the most frightening aspect of that error was how it deterred us from publishing our better inclusiveness policies in a useful way. The group was explicitly apolitical, and we feared entering such a polarized space. Besides the concern that we would seem condescending, there was sentiment that we would be seen as a rights group. While that would have been a gross violation of our apolitical stance, the fact that inclusiveness policies or supporting tech community minority groups might be seen as “political” in the first place is deeply disturbing. Since when was respect for others a political belief?

And a thought of my own that reccurred throughout this piece as the writer (a trans woman thinking back about a time when she presented as male) reiterated how welcoming and generally ‘different’ the group considered itself: if you are an all male* group, or you are a man in a mostly male group, and you think your group is inclusive and welcoming of women, the changes that it isn’t are incredibly high.

I say this as someone who used to launch herself into groups regardless of dominant gender, but who had been slapped hard enough and often enough with the casual sexism endemnic to such places to know that it is there and that the men in those groups won’t see it.

Yes, aiming to be inclusive and welcoming is good, but you need to recognise that you’re going to have blind spots and problematic behaviours resulting from those blind spots. And that why ensuring that a significant number of women speakers being present is important to attracting women, and publishing codes of conduct matters. Because you have to make it clear to us that we will not be in the minority in order for your event to actually be a safe environment, and you have to have a code of conduct to enforce that, and to demonstrate to us not only that you mean well, but that you mean to be held accountable for any failings and take action where they arise.

Don’t sit there telling yourself that your all-male or mostly male group isn’t problematic and all you have to do is get women to come along so that they can see that. It is going to be problematic until sufficiently many women are there. You’re lucky in that so many women are NOT wilting flowers and are prepared to go into spaces where they know they will be in a minority. It’s not a catch-22 situation. Change can happen. But you damn sure have to show up demonstrating that you will support women if they do come.

*Granted, the situation is unusual here as there was a woman who was not presenting as a woman in the mix, I honestly wouldn’t want to speculate on any difference that might have made - I don’t know. My comments here are inspired by rather than directed at the writer, who is a woman writing about a mostly male group.

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Felicia feels lucky even when she turns down work in an area she loves because of fear of the endemnic abuse she would have to endure. It’s not that Felicia is lucky - no matter how much you wish you had her life, the life she has worked extremely hard for, and even if she hadn’t and she’d inherited her vocation by divine right, she isn’t lucky. No one is lucky if they are in an environment where they have to turn down work for fear of abuse, or where they know that simply voicing an opinion will attract abuse.

1 out of 11 people attacking you isn’t lucky, it’s toxic.

It’s so important that we recognise what an awful situation this is and that we all make an effort to do something about it.

flowergirlrobichiko:

thecatsmustbecrazy:

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BRING ME SCHRÖDINGER’S HEAD




Perfect caption is perfect.

flowergirlrobichiko:

thecatsmustbecrazy:

special delivery

BRING ME SCHRÖDINGER’S HEAD

Perfect caption is perfect.