“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book.”
Cicero, circa 43 BC (via amandaonwriting)
“The recency illusion is the belief or impression that something is of recent origin when it is in fact long-established.”
oh Cicero, you sweet summer child
Cicero was late to the game. There’s cuneiform tablets that roughly translate as “Children no longer respect their elders. They’ve taken to writing lewd messages on the walls with a tar mixture that is impossible to wash off.”
how to have a flat stomach
- remove all of your organs
Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that it is never the woman’s fault in domestic violence, and how wrong to think that it ever is. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
Perfect human being.
We need “What Would Patrick Stewart Do?” stuff. Billboards, for instance.
There are feels leaking from my eyeballs.
“Suppose a man makes unwanted social advances to a woman in, let’s say, a restaurant or theatre, and she eventually has to tell him loudly or angrily to get lost. She is the one who will be perceived as rude, hostile, aggressive, and obnoxious. His verbal aggression and invasiveness are accepted and expected; her rudeness (or mere curtness) in getting rid of him is noticed and condemned. One of our great myths is that a “real lady” can and should handle any difficulty, defuse any assault, without ever raising her voice or losing her manners. Female rudeness or violence in resistance to male aggression has often been taken to prove that the woman was not a lady in the first place, and therefore deserved no respect from the aggressor or sympathy from others.”
D.A. Clarke, “A Woman With a Sword” (via wretchedoftheearth)
“a ‘real lady’ can and should handle any difficulty, defuse any assault, without ever raising her voice or losing her manners.”
right? There is like a 3 second window between us overreacting and being foolish for not fighting them off. And a lot of times there’s huge overlap between the two.
You mean a minus three second window?
If you honor a woman’s right to choose, she still is free to choose life.
If you allow all the right to marry, everyone is still free to choose heterosexual monogamy.
If you legalize the sale and use of drugs, people are still free to abstain.
If you keep church separate from state, everyone is still free to believe in God, Jesus, and Santa.
If you offer assistance to the poor, people are still free to help themselves instead.
We don’t want to take your way of life away from you. We want you to be free to choose your own paths, even if we disagree with them. We just want you to extend us the same courtesy.
America is supposed to be the land of the free. Help us make sure that stays true.