It annoys and saddens me that so many girls have a false idea of what feminism is, and even more so that their definition is based on the very lies that the dominant culture created to twist the representation of our movement into man-hating prudes. And then they think they are the individuals, the counter-culture, when they are just playing into the hands of the male elite.
What I find so pathetic about our math education system is that it reduces a...– Paul Lockhart, PhD I fear a large proportion of my own ability in mathematics is due to a strong symbol memory. While I can perform a wide variety of calculations, I’m largely unaware of the axioms and foundations on which they are based. To their credit, my teachers did cover most of this...
We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face,...– Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd - CNN.com At my high school, the year-end academic awards ceremony happened at night and was optional, but the sports awards were an event that took place during the school day, in the auditorium, with everyone required to attend. My freshman year, I brought a...
How absurd that all the traditions of human life — drugs, religion, work, sport — share a common purpose: the elimination of conscious thought, the very thing that makes us human.
People who think dying their hair black and wearing a screamo band tee constitutes nonconformity: By all means wear what you like, but please don’t think you’re ‘sticking it to the man’.
Standing against gay marriage because you deny the validity of anything bar your own sexuality is like banning oranges because you have a preference for apples.
I went to buy my father some belated flowers for Father’s Day, and I couldn’t help wondering if the cashiers ever think about the stories of all the people coming in to buy their gifts. Maybe they’re trained not to ask.
If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.– George Orwell
I’m aware this has been recounted numerous times, but why the hell does Lady Gaga think herself to be the Messiah of the LGBT* community? It’s really annoying and, regardless of her own sexuality, completely dismissive of the efforts of the hundreds of thousands of us who are actually striving for change beyond the superficial.
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.– Hannah Arendt
I’m pretty areligious, but I always think that if there were a deity, I’d rather worship it with my deeds than my words.
I could look at pictures of Andrej Pejic all day.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the...– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I did it. I fucking did it. A year and a half ago I dropped out of my sixth form. I didn’t know whether I’d ever go back at all, let alone complete all of my original A-Levels. This Christmas, hell, even this Easter, I was so close to dropping out again. I doubt I’d have given up on education entirely, but my confidence was so low that I would have settled for something much...
[TW: OCD, suicide ideation] In which I talk more...
Okay, so what I’m getting from that message is that many people still don’t fully understand the concept of OCD. It’s pretty understandable, really, when it’s portrayed in the media as a series of pathetic little habits that the sufferer could break easily if they just, you know, got a fucking grip. So while it angers me to see the condition trivialised so often, I can see...
Anonymous asked: You play on being OCD too much from what i've read, move on and don't use it as an excuse. I'm being cruel to be kind.
Fucking hell. I was Googling Grace Van Cutsem (the young bridesmaid, who, at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, covered her head with her hands on the royal balcony). Two of the top results were ‘Grace Van Cutsem ugly’ and ‘Grace Van Cutsem retarded’. She’s three years old, you ignorant fucks.
Today’s exam went well too! Only three more to go and then a whole summer of books and new memories. What’s absurd, though, is that before my exam I tried to access The Student Room (a UK-based student website) to check for revision tips. Now, our school has a pretty authoritarian filter system, and if a site is blocked, it’ll give you certain keywords as to why. The reason TSR...
History that repeats itself turns to farce. But a farce that repeats itself ends...– Jean Baudrillard, The Agony of Power
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and...– Aldous Huxley
[TW: Mention of suicide.]
Maybe I’m being selfish and prejudiced, but it just tears me up inside when people fake an unsuccessful suicide attempt on the Internet. (I’m referring here to the really obvious fakes that people still believe, not the cases where it can be disputed, under which circumstances I think you should always give the person the benefit of the doubt.) I mean, on the one hand anyone who is...
That moment comprising the dual emotions ‘shit’ and ‘fuck’ when you realise you’ve inadvertently hurt someone you care about.
File under 'banal late-night questions'.
If there are indeed multiple universes (which seems quite probable), and assuming, for purposes of simplification, that a separate physical entity composed of your exact DNA exists in at least some of these universes, then to what extent are you morally responsible for the behaviour of these others?
Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because...– Martin Luther King, Jr.