There is a tremendous injustice done when it is claimed that women cannot, do not, and never have worn armor, that we cannot heft chain and plate. That it’s biology that dictates we remove ourselves from battle.
We have been donning armor since time began, arraying ourselves in layers thick and heavy, for protection, for defense. Our muscles have flexed under the yoke and hardship, of wood and steel, of plows and swords, of bodies both breathing and being laid to rest. We have tied back our hair, or gone shorn, smeared kohl under our eyes, blood upon our cheekbones. We have stepped onto fields damp with sweat and viscera, we have felt the reverberations of blade against blade against bone.
But beyond the literal, we have long worn the trappings of war upon our souls, meshing resolve and will into links stronger than tungsten, girding ourselves against the daggers thrust into our backs, against the stones hurled at our faces. Protecting ourselves from the dehumanization, the vicious cuts.
We have held tight to a variety of weapons, some stitched together, makeshift and rigged. The carved stone of wit, the honed blade of intellect - resources at the ready, whatever is availed to us in arms reach. And when our hands are empty, there is tooth, nail, and clenched fist.
We were born with our shoulders sturdy enough to bear the weight of burdens endless and battles infinite. We possess the capacity to endure. The myths may have been rewritten to cast shadow on our stories, to subdue the glory in our songs, but we have been, and will remain, warriors all along.
I like stuff and videogames and nerdy things and a year away from being a vet and I'm a girl so yeah thats me.
For maximum fanstuff appreciation without the occasional text posts I might make just tumblr savior this tag: boring text stuff.
got no problem with watching a full season of tv in one sitting but when it comes time to pick a movie im like “am i really ready to pay attention to something for two hours”
in bathtubs full of
Charles Bukowski (via bittersweetsongs)
Wow bukowski so profound do you also bathe fully clothed you dickhead. “Oohh isn’t it funny that a person will eat when they’re hungry but will duck if you throw an apple at their face”
Because, in general, we acknowledge the sanctity of a person’s bodily autonomy over the desires of the general populace. This isn’t necessarily true in cases of imminent danger (i.e. we will forcibly restrain and confine a person who is a known and immediate danger to the lives of others), but not getting vaccinated doesn’t place other people in immediate jeopardy.
Hold the phone. I need to soapbox here. Because this made me mad.
False. Not vaccinating DOES put other people in immediate jeopardy. People with cancer. People will immune deficiencies. People who are old. People who are pregnant. People who are newborns. People with chronic illnesses. This is why mandatory vaccinations have been upheld time and time again in the courts (not in every state, obviously). Not vaccinating impinges on the rights of everyone around you to avoid a preventable illness; as the saying goes, your right to swing your arms around ends at another person’s nose.
Herd immunity works but only to a certain point; X percent of the population has to be vaccinated to prevent a disease from spreading. The more and more unvaccinated healthy people in the ‘herd’ the more dangerous it is for those who cannot be vaccinated. For some vaccines, that threshold is lower, while for others, it is much higher (pertussis, I believe, which requires 80-90% vaccination for effective herd immunity).
Vaccines are the most tested and tightly quality controlled pharmaceutical out there. They are held to higher standards than literally every other drug people put in their bodies- over the counter drugs like aspirin and antihistamines, antibiotics, diabetes drugs, antidepressants, pain pills, even freaking viagra. They are, obviously, not completely 100% safe, but one’s risk of having an adverse reaction to a vaccine is thousands of times lower than one’s risk of dying in car accident or taking antibiotics- and I don’t see anybody avoiding getting in the car or taking antibiotics for their sore throat. You know where kids are exposed to more heavy metals than what is included in vaccines? Breastmilk. Think about that.
Correlation does not equal causation. Signs of autism can manifest anywhere in the first 18 months of life, coinciding with the MMR vaccine among others. I understand it’s psychologically easier to blame a vaccine for your kid’s autism than the fact that maybe he/she was just born that way and there’s nothing you as the parent did wrong. Come on.
Finally, when people say that vaccine preventable illnesses aren’t that bad, they are wrong. It’s not that bad because they’ve never seen it. I promise that millions of dollars of research and development would not have gone into the creation of a vaccine for an illness that ‘isn’t that bad’. Here is a brief list of the major medical complications (called seqelae in doctorland) of some ‘not that bad’ vaccine preventable illnesses:
- Measles = pneumonia, acute enchephalitis (aka, brain infection), SSPE/subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (aka, you’re probably going to die) and corneal ulceration/scarring (blindness)
- Mumps = spontaneous abortion if in the first trimester, infertility, meningitis, encephalitis
- Rubella = not bad for people who aren’t fetuses; if a pregnant women is infected with rubella, she could miscarry or her baby could be born with congential rubella syndrome (heart, brain, eye, and ear malformations that could leave the baby deaf, blind, mentally retarded, with heart problems to boot).
- Pertussis = particularly devastating for infants and very young children; complications associated with coughing fits so severe they can’t breathe. Rumor has it oxygen is really important.
- Diptheria = again, children are most suceptible. Their throat swells shut and they suffocate. Other possible sequelae include heart infection and peripheral neuropathy.
- Varciella = You mean chicken pox? Yup. A fetus infected with varicella can result in brain, eye, spinal cord and nerve, limb, bladder, and skin malformations. It also sometimes kills babies.
- H. influenzae = Hib actually kills- in babies and young children it can cause epiglottitis (which can block off the airway and causes death by suffocation), menenigitis, or sepsis (which is infection of the blood and leads to all kinds of bad things mostly culminating in death), or pneumonia (which kills even adults on the regular, much less the little ones).
- HPV = THIS IS A VACCINE AGAINST CANCER WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT. Cervical cancer basically requires infection with the more virulent stains of HPV, the biggest and baddest and most common are in the vaccine.
This is a short and incomplete list.
In summary, while people who don’t vaccinate usually do so because they are trying to do the best thing for their kids- which is admirable- it is actually the opposite of those intentions in reality.(via aspiringdoctors)
FYI: the WHO recommends 95% vaccination for proper herd immunity as a general rule.
im so glad my boyfriends penis is 2 bread lengths long (:
Who the fuck measures dick size in bread
sext: you are interesting and intelligent. i would love to discuss/share knowledge and alternate perspectives on complex ideals with you
frankly, who among us has not eaten cat food at some point
okay apparently many among us have not eaten cat food but i take nothing back