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"A new study shows that men are threatened by confident women taking pictures of themselves, and call these women stupid, socially inept, and ugly. In other news, the world is round, the sky is blue, and the patriarchy is still shitty."

THIS ^^^^^^^^

The fact that people actually spend money on these studies to research shit that irrelevant irritates me. Do you know how much money goes into committing research?

(Source: lady-dixon)






Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,

The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.

It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…

It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying

My jaw is legit on the floor right about now :D

This is WRONG. COMPLETELY WRONG. I’ve seen this post on my dash at least ten times with no correction so here it is:


This is the evolution of the modern numeral system. PLEASE STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION. The history of Mathematics is awesome and amazing and Arabs made tons and tons of progress and invented many of the concepts we use today, but a numeral system based on angles IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

Take a second look at the top photo and realise just how fucking many extraneous angle had to be added to make this work.

Yep. Also, look at the ‘arabe occidental’ and ‘xie siecle’ (which means 11th century for the non-french speakers) version of ‘4’.

As someone who’s read a lot of Western manuscripts from the fifth through to the fifteenth centuries (yep, that’s a thousand years, I know we just like to lump it all into one culture now and call it the middle ages, but that is a thousand years of a whole bunch of different countries all mashed in together): for the most part, we in western countries just used Roman numerals, btu the Arabic ones turned up occasionally too. And for a long time, that 4 was lying on its side. And through the vagaries of angles and scripts, at some point it just did one of those weird things that seem impossible but which occasionally letters just do: it rotated through 90 degrees and decided to sit upright.

(On a similar note, if you look very closely, you can still see the ‘e’ and the ‘t’ in the & - ‘et’ is latin for ‘and’, but by the time people started writing regularly in non-latin languages the ligature (two or more letters joined together) had become so commonplace that it just meant the concept of ‘and’, rather than those two letters.)


Anonymous asked:

What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?



50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.

It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.

While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.

Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it. 

It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.


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