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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 his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. 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 role 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

Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you


From the "Peter Joseph vs The Senate" segment of Culture In Decline | Episode #5 | “Baby Go Boom!”

Must learn more about this. I can see, on a surface level, the connections between income inequality and crime rates but the intricacies would be eye-opening. 

(via damselindetech)


When you think about hunter-gather societies, you probably think of a life of discomfort right? 

Words commonly used to describe them are: nasty, brutish, and short

Today living in our technological advanced society, we look at them and cringe at how they used to live. 

But here’s something astonishing: hunter-gatherer’s actually lived a really good life, arguably better than ours in some perspectives. 

The first misconception is that hunter gatherers suffered from starvation. 

  •  In actuality, hunter- gatherers enjoyed diets rich in a variety of nutrients. The average tribe’s food consisted of one third hunted food and two- thirds gathered: a primarily vegetarian diet that contained high-protein and low-fat meat bases.
  • This diet is approximately 60 % carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 20% fats. This shares similar percentages with the modern recommended dietary guidelines for Americans.
  • Because they enjoyed a rich diet, they weren’t short as the rumor goes. Skeletons analyzed across the globe show an average height of 5’9 for men and 5’4 for women. 

Hunter-gatherers lived a long life. Studies shows the average life expectancy was ~75 years. Close to the average life expectancy of developed nations: 79 years. 

They also had a lot of leisure time. They only spent 3 to 5 hours a day hunting or gathering and the rest of the day was theirs. This totals to only 20 hours in the week spent doing work. 

  • Compare this to an average 8 year old in the U.S. They spend approximately 32.5 hours in school plus an additional 4 hours for homework. This totals to about 36.5 hours. 

Thus, an 8 year old living in the United States spends more time working than an adult male in a hunter-gatherer society.

In hunter gatherer societies, no inequality between men and women existed. 

  • Since women tended to gather plants, they provided for 67% of food needed in the society.Because they played a significant role in the societies’ economy, they were viewed as equal rather than an inferior gender.
  • During his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin noted that in remote tribes, women had more power to choose, reject, or change husbands.
  • In 17th century, a Jesuit missionary disapproved of the equality. He suggested men infringe control upon women but noted that this task may be impossible because men had no leverage

Hunter gatherers were also peaceful egalitarians.

  • The core cultural value of such societies was equality among individuals. Each person was equally entitled to food, regardless of his or her ability to find or capture it.
  • All material goods were shared and there were no wealth gaps. Group decisions were made by consensus; there was no system of hierarchy.  
  • They maintained such a system by practicing reverse dominance- or ridiculing the ones who thought they were better than the rest.

In the words of the famous anthropologist Jared Diamond: 

Hunter-gatherers practiced the most successful and longest lasting lifestyle in human history.

SPECIAL NOTE: The hunter-gather societies described here are prehistoric. The few hunter-gather societies that do exist today do not display these characteristics because their society has been changed by the developing world. 

I wrote this as a paper for school once. For references and sources I’ll just paste the bibliography. Click here for it, it’s a separate post: X

(via damselindetech)

"Before we start talking about genetic differences, you got to come up with a system that is equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation."

It’s amazing how much culture and language have affected one another. Being multi-lingual really gives you an edge for another reason now. You can identify more with a person from a different culture, possibly because the languages you speak give you insight into other cultures. No wonder guys who can speak multiple languages are H.O.T ;)

Those men looked HAWT. And the women too. Sometimes when the dancers were facing their backs or there was no top half, I actually had no clue whose ass for female/male! And…they were all hot to me. And…better yet. THAT’S FINE.

I don’t understand how people can still believe this…there is next to no evidence (peer-reviewed and stands up to scrutiny evidence) that vaccines cause harm! In fact, vaccines are one of the only amazing public health feats that when everyone gets them, the disease is ERADICATED! Just think of a world free of measles or the whooping cough! Healthcare is not a construct that we have created. Neither is science. As the article says…The good thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe it or not.

"Listing the axing of a program which delivered pay increases to some childcare workers, cutting the wages of cleaners employed on government contracts, abolishing the low income superannuation contribution, and the paid parental leave scheme which disproportionately benefits high-income women, Wong concluded: “I really don’t think Tony has thought this feminism thing through.”

And she pointed to the continuing gender pay gap, continuing unacceptable levels of violence against women, continuing under-representation of women on company boards and as partners in law firms, the fact that women make up only one third of all federal, state and territory MPs and the fact that the Abbott government could find only one woman to include in its cabinet as evidence that the work of feminism is not done, and that “we should own this label. Wear it with pride. And put it into action.

A comedian telling his experiences of racism primarily in the US….in a hilarious way!

Imagine this:
Instead of waiting in her tower, Rapunzel slices off her long, golden hair with a carving knife, and then uses it to climb down to freedom.
Just as she’s about to take the poison apple, Snow White sees the familiar wicked glow in the old lady’s eyes, and slashes the evil queen’s throat with a pair of sewing scissors.
Cinderella refuses everything but the glass slippers from her fairy godmother, crushes her stepmother’s windpipe under her heel, and the Prince falls madly in love with the mysterious girl who dons rags and blood-stained slippers.

Imagine this:
Persephone goes adventuring with weapons hidden under her dress.
Persephone climbs into the gaping chasm.
Or, Persephone uses her hands to carve a hole down to hell.
In none of these versions is Persephone’s body violated unless she asks Hades to hold her down with his horse-whips.
Not once does she hold out on eating the pomegranate, instead biting into it eagerly and relishing the juice running down her chin, staining it red.
In some of the stories, Hades never appears and Persephone rules the underworld with a crown of her own making.
In all of them, it is widely known that the name Persephone means Bringer of Destruction.

Imagine this:
Red Riding Hood marches from her grandmother’s house with a bloody wolf pelt.
Medusa rights the wrongs that have been done to her.
Eurydice breaks every muscle in her arms climbing out of the land of the dead.

Imagine this:
Girls are allowed to think dark thoughts, and be dark things.

Imagine this:
Instead of the dragon, it’s the princess with claws and fiery breath
who smashes her way from the confines of her castle
and swallows men whole.

Reinventing Rescuing (via theappleppielifestyle)

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It’s time we understood our actions better. Think before acting.