The rambling blog of one grad student.

 

cartoonpolitics:

"I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough." ~ Christopher Hitchens

cartoonpolitics:

"I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough." ~ Christopher Hitchens

Gender, in this sense, is a product of history, not biology: it is a social identity that structures human relationships, a pervasive interlocking set of attributes and qualities that are then naturalized as apparently fixed and embedded in the body. Gender attributes have served as basic marker of social position, identity, and order in most human societies, even as they take widely divergent forms historically and go beyond a simple, transhistorical dichotomy between “men” and “women.” The apparent fixity of gender categories, moreover, only obscures the cultural work that is always under way to defend and retain them, and through them the overall social order. Identity is most subversive when it is unintelligible, when regulatory norms are denied or transgressed – when people, be they “women” or “men,” weave back and forth, mix and match, or refuse to stay in one place. Such norms therefore need to be all the more carefully policed. The production of static, exaggerated images of feminine and masculine behavior serves this purpose, generating stereotypes in an attempt to fix identities and forestall or shortcut such transformation.

Douglas Northrop, Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia

Played 357,575 times

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit ‘em right between the eyes ! 

So dance, fucker, dance.

(Source: blakvi)

jaelabi:

"From the original poster:

So, I’m in Kentucky for work and today when we got back, 1000 high school students had checked into our hotel. They had been making quite the ruckus tonight, but then did this to celebrate the start of the Olympics. Not the best video, (cause my fear kept me pretty far from the edge) but that’s 18 levels of them singing! Amazing!

Video credit: Michelle Johnson (Facebook)”

passivemanipulations:

Project for my Social Psych class last semester. This poster series was created to 1) challenge these internalized stereotypes by bringing them to the viewer’s attention and 2) expand the range of role models by including a diverse group of women. Each poster follows the same basic pattern: a woman who has demonstrated her competency in a particular area refutes the stereotype that appears above her in the form of “Girls can’t …”. While the posters target girls ranging from children to young adults, I expect the message would also cause people outside that demographic to question their own beliefs about women and power.  I designed each aspect of the posters with several principles of social psychology in mind:

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