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If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.

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Jane Espenson (via wilwheaton)

I love everything about this post.

"Black people just aren’t realistic in my setting!"

Dude, your main character just killed a dragon. Your people live on a space ship and have FTL drives. I don’t think you’re shooting for realism.

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pumpkinfishes:

just hangin’ out with my crested gecko BABY DRAGON

I need to make these for my cresties!

thepeoplesrecord:

10 intriguing female revolutionaries that you didn’t learn about in history class
August 24, 2014

We all know male revolutionaries like Che Guevara, but history often tends to gloss over the contributions of female revolutionaries that have sacrificed their time, efforts, and lives to work towards burgeoning systems and ideologies. Despite misconceptions, there are tons of women that have participated in revolutions throughout history, with many of them playing crucial roles. They may come from different points on the political spectrum, with some armed with weapons and some armed with nothing but a pen, but all fought hard for something that they believed in.

Let’s take a look at 10 of these female revolutionaries from all over the world that you probably won’t ever see plastered across a college student’s T-shirt.

Nadezhda Krupskaya
Many people know Nadezhda Krupskaya simply as Vladimir Lenin’s wife, but Nadezhda was a Bolshevik revolutionary and politician in her own right. She was heavily involved in a variety of political activities, including serving as the Soviet Union’s Deputy Minister of Education from 1929 until her death in 1939, and a number of educational pursuits. Prior to the revolution, she served as secretary of the Iskra group, managing continent-wide correspondence, much of which had to be decoded. After the revolution, she dedicated her life to improving education opportunities for workers and peasants, for example by striving to make libraries available to everyone.

Constance Markievicz
Constance Markievicz (née Gore-Booth) was an Anglo-Irish Countess, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. She participated in many Irish independence efforts, including the Easter Rising of 1916, in which she had a leadership role. During the Rising, she wounded a British sniper before being forced to retreat and surrender. After, she was the only woman out of 70 to be put into solitary confinement. She was sentenced to death, but was pardoned based on her gender. Interestingly, the prosecuting counsel claimed that she begged “I am only a woman, you cannot shoot a woman”, while court records show she said “I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me”. Constance was one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922), and she was also the first woman elected to the British House of Commons (December 1918)—a position which she rejected due to the Sinn Féin abstentionist policy.

Petra Herrera
During the Mexican Revolution, female soldiers known as soldaderas went into combat along with the men although they often faced abuse. One of the most well-known of the soldaderas was Petra Herrera, who disguised her gender and went by the name “Pedro Herrera”. As Pedro, she established her reputation by demonstrating exemplary leadership (and blowing up bridges) and was able to reveal her gender in time. She participated in the second battle of Torreón on May 30, 1914 along with about 400 other women, even being named by some as being deserving of full credit for the battle. Unfortunately, Pancho Villa was likely unwilling to give credit to a woman and did not promote her to General. In response, Petra left Villa’s forces and formed her own all-woman brigade.

Nwanyeruwa
Nwanyeruwa, an Igbo woman in Nigeria, sparked a short war that is often called the first major challenge to British authority in West Africa during the colonial period. On November 18, 1929, an argument between Nwanyeruwa and a census man named Mark Emereuwa broke out after he told her to “count her goats, sheep and people.” Understanding this to mean she would be taxed (traditionally, women were not charged taxes), she discussed the situation with the other women and protests, deemed the Women’s War, began to occur over the course of two months. About 25,000 women all over the region were involved, protesting both the looming tax changes and the unrestricted power of the Warrant Chiefs. In the end, women’s position were greatly improved, with the British dropping their tax plans, as well as the forced resignation of many Warrant Chiefs.

Lakshmi Sehgal
Lakshmi Sahgal, colloquially known as “Captain Lakshmi”, was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement, an officer of the Indian National Army, and later, the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Azad Hind government. In the 40s, she commanded the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, an all-women regiment that aimed to overthrow British Raj in colonial India. The regiment was one of the very few all-female combat regiments of WWII on any side, and was named after another renowned female revolutionary in Indian history, Rani Lakshmibai, who was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Sophie Scholl
German revolutionary Sophie Scholl was a founding member of the non-violent Nazi resistance group The White Rose, which advocated for active resistance to Hitler’s regime through an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign. In February of 1943, she and other members were arrested for handing out leaflets at the University of Munich and sentenced to death by guillotine. Copies of the leaflet, retitled The Manifesto of the Students of Munich, were smuggled out of the country and millions were air-dropped over Germany by Allied forces later that year.

Blanca Canales
Blanca Canales was a Puerto Rican Nationalist who helped organize the Daughters of Freedom, the women’s branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. She was one of the few women in history to have led a revolt against the United States, known as the Jayuya Uprising. In 1948, a severely restricting bill known as the Gag Bill, or Law 53, was introduced that made it a crime to print, publish, sell, or exhibit any material intended to paralyze or destroy the insular government. In response, the Nationalists starting planning armed revolution. On October 30, 1950, Blanca and others took up arms which she had stored in her home and marched into the town of Jayuya, taking over the police station, burning down the post office, cutting the telephone wires, and raising the Puerto Rican flag in defiance of the Gag Law. As a result, the US President declared martial law and ordered Army and Air Force attacks on the town. The Nationalists held on for awhile, but were arrested and sentenced to life in prison after 3 days. Much of Jayuya was destroyed, and the incident was not fairly covered by US media, with the US President even saying it was “an incident between Puerto Ricans.”

Celia Sanchez
Most people know Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, but fewer people have heard of Celia Sanchez, the woman at the heart of the Cuban Revolution who has even been rumored to be the main decision-maker. After the March 10, 1952 coup, Celia joined the struggle against the Batista government. She was a founder of the 26th of July Movement, leader of combat squads throughout the revolution, controlled group resources, and even made the arrangements for the Granma landing, which transported 82 fighters from Mexico to Cuba in order to overthrow Batista. After the revolution, Celia remained with Castro until her death.

Kathleen Neal Cleaver
Kathleen Neal Cleaver was a member of the Black Panther Party and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body. She served as spokesperson and press secretary and organized the national campaign to free the Party’s minister of defense, Huey Newton, who had been jailed. She and other women, such as Angela Davis, made up around 2/3 of the Party at one point, despite the notion that the BPP was overwhelmingly masculine.

Asmaa Mahfouz
Asmaa Mahfouz is a modern-day revolutionary who is credited with sparking the January 2011 uprising in Egypt through a video blog post encouraging others to join her in protest in Tahrir Square. She is considered one of the leaders of the Egyptian Revolution and is a prominent member of Egypt’s Coalition of the Youth of the Revolution.

These 10 women are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to female revolutionaries. Let us know who you’d like to see in a list of female revolutionaries.

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theeverydaygoth:

I think the first sentences I learned in Spanish were things like “The chair is red” or “I like the cat” but nooooo, Latin is like “HE OPPRESSES ME WITH CRUEL CHAINS” and I’m like woah this is chapter two calm down Wheelock.

Can we talk about the Ethshar series? Because I want to talk about the Ethshar series. Not enough people read this fantastic series by Lawrence Watt-Evans, but you all should. Why? Because it’s pretty original, because the main characters aren’t particularly heroic, because they often have to rely on wits instead of strength or magic to get out of trouble.

Does magic exist here? Oh, boy does it ever. There are wizards who need gobs of magic ingredients, witches who rely on their own inner strength, warlocks that get their magic from a strange source in the north, demonologists that, well, summon demons, thaumaturgists who invoke gods, ritual dancers who do…something, and scientists who are apparently useless. There are probably other schools of magic, but these are the only ones that are really seen.

The geography’s pretty neat too. There is Ethshar, which is really a Hegemony of three cities and where most of the stories take place. There is also the Small Kingdoms, of which there are literally hundreds with many being only a mile or so wide or long. There are a few other places mentioned, but most of the books take place in one of those two lands. The world is flat, you guys. Beyond the edge of the world is just poison, but that only comes up in a couple books because everyone knows the world is flat so why dwell on it?

The world building is subtle. Do you know how many times you’ll hear the same name in a book? “Kelder! No, the other one! Kelder of Hawk Street!” When was the last time you read a fantasy novel that had an overlap of names? Polygamy is accepted, though not common, for both men and women. No one is limited by gender, which is also refreshing.

Let’s talk about the plots. These are the perfect beach reads or palate cleansers in between heavier books. Game of Thrones got you mad? Mastiff have you in tears? Pick up one of the Ethshar books for a quick, distracting read. Until the last few books, most can be read in just about any order. Maybe read The Misenchanted Sword first (the first one) to see how the three Ethshars were formed. I’m partial to With a Single Spell. The main character is a rather lazy, shitty wizard’s apprentice who literally only knows how to cast a fire spell. And then a dragon shows up. 

Go read this series. You won’t regret it.

In case anyone is having a bad night:

heythereclifford:

radiolightning:

Here is the fudgiest brownie in a mug recipe I’ve found

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*tucks you in with fuzzy blanket* *pats your head*

You’ll be okay, friend <3

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Dear bookish tumblr community…

bluestockingbookworm:

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All my friends read. Some of us read simple urban fantasy, complicated Russian lit, thought-provoking scifi or dry ancient history. We all read and I can’t imagine being friends with people who haven’t read a single book since high school.

Yay nerds!

Aug 9

Just curious, what is your undergrad major? I know you're going for library science, and I'm thinking of doing the same, but I'm not sure what to do for undergrad. Plus, any advice for going into the field? Thanks!

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My undergrad is English Lit. A lot of people make fun of English degrees, but they’re pretty handy stepping stones for grad school. We make great contract lawyers too. I didn’t know what to do in college and I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college, so I got a degree in something I enjoyed.

If you’re going for your MLIS, keep up with current technology trends. A lot of my classmates are older people completing their degrees for the pay raise and have trouble keeping up with e-readers let alone many of the other changes in organization and accessibility.

It doesn’t sound like you’re an undergrad yet, or at least haven’t declared a major so right now you should consider what sort of librarian you’d like to be. If you want to work in academic settings, a lot of times you need to have at least one area of expertise, usually two (such as a BS in biology and another in chemistry). I’m focusing on the digital side of libraries, so I’m teaching myself Python and Java at the moment (and sort of regretting not getting a CS degree). The nice thing about an MLIS is that you don’t need a specific undergrad to do well as a librarian.

I really suggest joining a mailing list or two (there are some here). At the very least, you can see what other librarians discuss as well as how the field is changing and reorganizing. Oh, and look around at the various library schools around the country to see what they have to offer you. You might find one has the exact class you want or need.

One last thing, when you do start your MLIS, save all of your papers.You’ll probably have to put a portfolio together before you graduate and you’ll want to have many to choose from. Actually, SAVE THEM IN MULTIPLE PLACES. My hard drive died right after my first semester, before I had a chance to back it up, so I lost my papers and some creative writing. Save them to a flash drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, an external hard drive, wherever you feel comfortable. Just make sure you have at least two copies of every paper you write.

Good luck!

Aug 6

I finally got my hands on Mastiff the other day.The only thing I’m disappointed about is that I think I’ve read all of Tamora Pierce’s books now. This one was a fantastic end to the Beka Cooper books though. But that scene where Achoo gets injured:

I actually had to step away from the book to calm down. The last book to make me cry this hard was The Fault in Our Stars (which I couldn’t even finish but that’s neither here nor there).