|what disabled people consider accessibility:||wheelchair ramps, elevators, stairs that aren't steep & contain breaks, braille, seeing eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions, resources in close proximity to each other, class note-takers, recording devices for lectures, medication, level ground, assisted learning, larger bathroom stalls with bars, quiet spaces (for sensory overload), lower workloads, being allowed time off work or school, just to name very very few|
|what able-bodied people consider accessibility:||"just put wheelchair ramps everywhere!!!"|
[image: photo of Patricia Michaels posing for the camera and smiling. end image]
You know what’s not fucking cool? Cultural appropriation.
You know what is fucking cool? Buying clothing inspired by a culture that is designed by the people of that culture.
Think Native styles are cool? Here, let introduce you to Patricia Michaels of Toas Pueblo. She is a Native woman who designs amazing clothes inspired by her heritage. She knows what from her culture is appropriate for mass-production and what is meant to be sacred, hand-made, or inherited. When you buy her clothes (available at her store Waterlily), or any Native person’s products, you’re giving your money directly to the cultures you claim to respect and admire. When you buy bullshit knockoffs from American Eagle, however, you’re being an asshole.
And seriously though look at her clothes they’re fucking amazing this woman is crazy-talented.
she’s also having a kickstarter to help start a company, so it would be super cool if people could chip in even a little bit to help her!
she was my fave pr season 12 designer! she’s sooo talented and innovative, making her own textured textiles from fabric that the other designers just draped and shaped. i’m so glad she started waterlily and seems to be happy and moving forward with designing (yes, i follow/stalk her on facebook)
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.
more interesting alternatives to the typical ~sexy suave evil gentlemen~ vampires:
- vampires who use their shape shifting/magical glamor abilities to explore gender identity/presentation/protect themselves from societal norms that could be harmful or get in their way
- vampires who suffer chronic pain from injuries they got as humans that didn’t heal right
- vampires with possibly outdated prosthesis because while they have a healing factor they can’t regrow limbs
- child vampires whose fangs fall out/regrow every couple decades because they’ll always be baby teeth
- poc vampires who adapt better because they’re less sensitive to sunlight/have vastly different ethereal characteristics than “I am a marble statue with shiny eyes”
- vampires who have trouble maintaining their animal forms and/or accidentally turn into wolves/mice/bats in the middle of a conversation
- vampires who love modern technology and gadgets and take to them better than humans do
- vampires who lisp because their fangs are too big/uneven for their mouth
- vampires who are really concerned about how short they’re starting to seem compared to modern humans
- vAMPIRES (๏◡๏ ✿)
Hee. Copper Rose has four of these :D (Plus they are all women. And we have no shapechanging, so that cuts those out)
Reading this got me paranoid that one of our characters should be shorter but apprently her people were known as hulking giants in her day, so she’s probably just happy everyone else caught up.
friendly reminder that spirit animals are a sacred concept in a variety of religions worldwide (many of them being aboriginal religions that are at risk of destruction by european colonialism) and are not a way to joke about your admiration for something
reblogging myself so I reference this the next time I get a well-meaning tweet/email from someone declaring me their spirit animal and I don’t know how to respond.
THIS!! Some idiot white hipster girl said that she loves her hair and her hair is her “spirit animal.” I had to restrain myself from cussing her out.
i suspected this was the case! i didn’t know though but the concept reminded me of totem animals so i felt strange when other white people would say it about unicorns and cats etc. now i know to tell people it’s racist!
PLEASE REBOLG THIS! We need this film to happen. Please, watch and spread the word. My daughter and her father’s family are from this reservation. People need to know what really happens on native land.
Super fucking signal boost, c’mon.
SIGNAL BOOST. wow this is amazing.
SPREAD THIS LIKE WILD FIRE Y’ALL.
Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes (via io9)… And then, if you are not dizzy, can see here an explanation, which is basically that as one metronome’s pendulum bob moves to the right, it pushes the base to the left (because of momentum conservation), then the base moving to the left pushes the other metronome’s pendulum bob to the right (in the same direction as the first pendulum). Therefore the slightly faster pendulum gives a kick (through the movil base) to the slower metronome causing the slower pendulum to speed up.
hey world did you know that the australian government is opressing and trying to “normalise” indigenous australians in the northern territory?
- did you know that they suspended the racial discrimination act?
-did you know the army invaded Indigenous communities without any form of consultation?
- did you know that the are seizing the income of indigenous people and using it to pay for government housing for politicians?
- did you know that they are being segregated in supermarkets with lines for indigenous and non-indigenous australians?
- did you realise that in 2012, despite protests and a 43,000 signature strong petition, the government extended this opression until 2021?
-did you realise that this actually happening right now in 2013?
"This is our holocaust."
—Statement by local Aboriginal people to Dr Stephen Foster"I am on the BasicsCard like thousands of my people. I am capable of acting in an internationally-acclaimed drama for our national broadcaster [ABC], but because I’m black and from the NT, the government says I’m incapable of managing a Centrelink payment."
.—Patricia Morton-Thomas, Aboriginal actor
It’s a degrading, humiliating and pride-sapping emotional whipping of the highest order.
—Bev Manton, Chairperson of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council
Suddenly, my jokes about going back to the 1930s aren’t so far off the mark, are they? I cannot possibly articulate how much this angers and upsets me. Spread this like wildfire.
Image description: A man using a manual chair wheels into the back of a small yellow car built for wheelchair users.