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thearbiter:

lilprince:

tenmilesfromhome:

doctorbethany:

inappropriate-arousal:

youblowuponesun:

haus-of-ill-repute:

toocooltobehipster:

map of British accents!!

How can a country smaller than montana have so many fucking accents?

this is why we say please do not talk about a “british accent” thank

And these are only the main ones, sometimes they can be done town by town or village by village. 
By dad once went to a meeting in London and because of his accent a complete stranger knew which village in Yorkshire he was from. 

The thing about the somerset accent is that everyone in and around somerset can do it by just saying the word cider

You mean “Zoy-derr” right?

Ah, the home counties (South East). You know that accent the rest of the world thinks is “British” it’s that one XD

Fun Fact: Newfoundland, Canada has more dialects of English than any other place
Which is weird, because the rest of canada doesn’t really have all that many.

thearbiter:

lilprince:

tenmilesfromhome:

doctorbethany:

inappropriate-arousal:

youblowuponesun:

haus-of-ill-repute:

toocooltobehipster:

map of British accents!!

How can a country smaller than montana have so many fucking accents?

this is why we say please do not talk about a “british accent” thank

And these are only the main ones, sometimes they can be done town by town or village by village. 

By dad once went to a meeting in London and because of his accent a complete stranger knew which village in Yorkshire he was from. 

The thing about the somerset accent is that everyone in and around somerset can do it by just saying the word cider

You mean “Zoy-derr” right?

Ah, the home counties (South East). You know that accent the rest of the world thinks is “British” it’s that one XD

Fun Fact: Newfoundland, Canada has more dialects of English than any other place

Which is weird, because the rest of canada doesn’t really have all that many.

"We were bumped from two planes, and white passengers were put on those planes. We had to stay overnight in one city before we could catch a bus the rest of the trip to Daytona Beach. We came from California — and I knew what discrimination was — but it wasn’t a legislated thing like it was in the South. When I got to Jacksonville, I just walked into the white ladies’ restroom just to recover some of my dignity and my sense of myself because I was horrified by it." - Rachel Robinson [x]

“researchers have found that, more often than not, african americans and women tend to minimize experiences of discrimination, subconsciously denying or knowingly ignoring bias. when other people mistreat them because they are black or female, they often find it less painful to heap blame on themselves than to acknowledge the racist or sexist animus that led to the situation.

for example, in a series of laboratory experiments, karen ruggiero of harvard university and her colleagues asked volunteer subjects to take a test. the experimenter informed the black research subject that one member of a panel of white judges would evaluate his or her test. the experimenter also confided that either none, some, or all of the members of the panel discriminate against blacks. similarly, in the gender study, women research subjects were told that one member of a panel of male judges would evaluate their test, and that either none, some, or all of the members discriminate against women.

after the test had presumably been graded by one of the panelists, the test booklet was returned to the subject with the grade f. subjects were then asked to complete measures that assess how they make sense of the feedback and how they feel about themselves. ruggiero and her colleagues found that although blacks and women sometimes perceived discrimination, they were more likely to minimize discrimination and to blame themselves for their failures.

a similar study with white males as the subjects had rather different findings. white males were substantially less likely to blame themselves and more likely to see discrimination as the reason for their poor performance.”

charisse jones and kumea shorter-gooden, shifting (via belchingfuckvoice)

WELP GODDAMN

WHO HAS THE VICTIM COMPLEX NOW ASSHOLES

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A white girl wore a bindi at Coachella. And, then my social media feeds went berserk. Hashtagging the term “cultural appropriation” follows the outrage and seems to justify it at the same time. Except that it doesn’t.

Cultural appropriation is the adoption of a specific part of one culture by another cultural group. As I (an Indian) sit here, eating my sushi dinner (Japanese) and drinking tea (Chinese), wearing denim jeans (American), and overhearing Brahm’s Lullaby (German) from the baby’s room, I can’t help but think what’s the big deal?

The big deal with cultural appropriation is when the new adoption is void of the significance that it was supposed to have — it strips the religious, historical and cultural context of something and makes it mass-marketable. That’s pretty offensive. The truth is, I wouldn’t be on this side of the debate if we were talking about Native American headdresses, or tattoos of Polynesian tribal iconography, Chinese characters or Celtic bands.

Why shouldn’t the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I’ve listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won’t be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi. Of my informal survey of 50 Hindu women, not one could accurately explain it’s history, religious or spiritual significance. I had to Google it myself, and I’ve been wearing one since before I could walk.

We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that. We did it long before Vanessa Hudgens in Coachella 2014, long before Selena Gomez at the MTV Awards in 2013, and even before Gwen Stefani in the mid-90s.

Indian statesman Rajan Zed justifies the opposing view as he explains, “[The bindi] is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol… It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory…” If us Indians had preserved the sanctity and holiness of the bindi, Zed’s argument for cultural appropriation would have been airtight. But, the reality is, we haven’t.

The 5,000 year old tradition of adorning my forehead with kumkum just doesn’t seem to align with the current bindi collection in my dresser — the 10-pack, crystal-encrusted, multi-colored stick-on bindis that have been designed to perfectly compliment my outfit. I didn’t happen to pick up these modern-day bindis at a hyper-hipster spot near my new home in California. No. This lot was brought from the motherland itself.

And, that’s just it. Culture evolves. Indians appreciated the beauty of a bindi and brought it into the world of fashion several decades ago. The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamor that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes it’s way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol. Not only has it managed to transcend religion and class in a sea of one-billion brown faces, it will now adorn the faces of many more races. And that’s nothing short of amazing.

So, you won’t find this Hindu posting a flaming tweet accusing a white girl of #culturalappropriation. I will say that I’m glad you find this aspect of my culture beautiful. I do too.

Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Culture Appropriation 

by Anjali Joshi

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anti-feminism-pro-equality:

mr-smith-i-need-you:

the-darkness-returns:

savodraws:

I am the only one who does this orr…

you dont even feel it happen

its a sneak attack i swear

yesterday I was shaving in the shower but then I saw this HUGE spider on the ceiling so I accidentally cut my heel and ran out of the bathroom leaving a think line of blood all over the bathroom so I don’t think women should have to shave because this is ridiculous

Women dont HAVE to shave are you fucking kidding me? its your own damn fault if you cut yourself