Steady Stream of Sorrows
Johnnie Phelps, a woman sergeant in the army, thought, “There was a tolerance for lesbianism if they needed you. The battalion I was in was probably about ninety-seven percent lesbian.”
Sergeant Phelps worked for General Eisenhower. Four decades after Eisenhower had defeated the Axis powers, Phelps recalled an extraordinary event. One day, the general told her, “I’m giving you an order to ferret those lesbians out. We’re going to get rid of them.”
“I looked at him and then I looked at his secretary who was standing next to me, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if the general pleases, sir, I’ll be happy to do this investigation for you. But you have to know that the first name on the list will be mine.’ “
“And he was kind of taken aback a bit. And then this women standing next to me said, ‘Sir, if the General pleases, you must be aware that Sergeant Phelp’s name may be second, but mine will be first.”
“Then I looked at him, and said, ‘Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.”
“And he said, ‘Forget the order.’”

The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)

Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX7AxQd82H8

(via theodoradove)

ashfirin:

please watch this video of a deer having a temper tantrum because no one will feed him

fucking majestic

malformalady:

Oyster holding 36 pearls at a pearl factory in China. While ocean oysters produce only a single pearl, fresh water oysters produce multiple pearls of various sizes and colors within the same oyster. Young oysters are injected with a protein based irritant to promote development of the pearls.

OK I’m fucked up but I thought this was homestuck porn until I read the description
I’m still not convinced it isn’t

malformalady:

Oyster holding 36 pearls at a pearl factory in China. While ocean oysters produce only a single pearl, fresh water oysters produce multiple pearls of various sizes and colors within the same oyster. Young oysters are injected with a protein based irritant to promote development of the pearls.

OK I’m fucked up but I thought this was homestuck porn until I read the description

I’m still not convinced it isn’t

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19thcenturyboyfriend:

Brighton Swimming Club, 1853

is this Free?

19thcenturyboyfriend:

Brighton Swimming Club, 1853

is this Free?

robokrogan:

otherbuttons:

youknowyourebritishwhen:

Met Office animation of overnight lightning strikes.
https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/Bs0Fz1bCQAIQBv4.mp4

We had pink lighting and rollin thunder. It wasn’t fun.

Brighton seems to have had it the worst

SOMEONE SAY LIGHTNING STRIKES?

robokrogan:

otherbuttons:

youknowyourebritishwhen:

Met Office animation of overnight lightning strikes.

https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/Bs0Fz1bCQAIQBv4.mp4

We had pink lighting and rollin thunder. It wasn’t fun.

Brighton seems to have had it the worst

SOMEONE SAY LIGHTNING STRIKES?

wesschneider:

amazonchique:

jessicalprice:

feministnerdgirl:

jessicalprice:

I just got my copies of our June Pathfinder products, and if you like fantasy art of badass ladies in reasonable armor, which I do, this is an excellent month. The art above is from Numeria: Land of Fallen Stars (I’ve linked below to the deviantart source for each image so you can check out these artists’ other work — the first image is by Carlos Villa, and the second two are by Jon Neimeister). Check out Lady Sophronia in Pathfinder #82: Secrets of the Sphinx and Tarrin Dars in The Emerald Spire for some more formidable female fighters. :-)

Caroliss Mineran, a paladin from Numeria, Land of Fallen Stars. Art by Carlos Villa (http://zano.deviantart.com/art/Caroliss-Mineran-463409483).

Technic League Hireling from Numeria, Land of Fallen Stars. Art by Jon Neimeister (http://andantonius.deviantart.com/art/Technic-League-Hireling-463067284).

Wayward Crusader from Numeria: Land of Fallen Stars. Art by Jon Neimeister (http://andantonius.deviantart.com/art/Wayward-Crusader-463066852).

How about a not-witch mage female? How about transwoman characters?

We have plenty of non-witch spellcasting women. That comment strikes me as super-weird, tbh, because the witch class was designed long after we started doing adventures with the core classes, and had a ton of spellcasting characters (both male and female) before the witch was a thing (and have had a ton of non-witch spellcasters, both male and female, since). Of the 11 core classes, the iconics (representative examples) for 6 of them are female. And of the 6 spellcasting core classes (counting paladins and bards as spellcasters), 4 of the iconics (cleric, druid, paladin and sorcerer) are female. So, not really sure where the idea that our only female spellcasters are witches comes from.

Anyway, this is just three characters from one book that grabbed me, because of their armor, which spellcasters generally can’t wear.

We also have several transwomen featured in various adventures — most recently, Anevia Tirabade from Wrath of the Righteous. And featuring trans* characters isn’t something we intend to stop doing, so there should be more to come.

We have other trans characters as well. I can confirm that Sonnorae, the Varisian woman who standardized the modern Harrow deck and created the pocket dimension featured in my adventure “The Harrowing” was written as a trans woman and the “circumstance of birth” that prevented her from continuing her family line was her lack of a uterus. The city of Wati has a gender neutral crimelord. Pathfinder even has a minor god of being transgender: Arshea. And there are additional transgender characters in upcoming adventures.

Nothing to add except that I work with awesome people. <3

Been playing pathfinder lately and I gotta say: representation in the official products of his game is awesome, great job Paizo!

semperannoying:

War…War Never Changes…

Pretty much

semperannoying:

War…War Never Changes…

Pretty much

assbutt-in-the-garrison:

reblogalert:

boneycircus:


Nicholas Lord, a Navy sailor since 2008 currently on active duty, is under investigation after threatening to rape a young woman who is a Navy recruit.
The young woman posted a photo of herself on Facebook, captioning it to say she’s proud of how she’s working hard to get in shape for the Navy, and she’s excited to be leaving soon. The photo was shared on the page for her Delayed Entry Program for her fellow Navy recruits.
Nicholas Lord, who is not a current recruit and who has been serving in the Navy since 2008, then commented:
You’ll end up pregnant real soon you fucking wh***. If I could and I knew you, I’d hold you down and rape you.
The next day, Lord gloated about his threat on his Facebook page, updating his status to say he’d been “trolling feminist pages.” In case it needs to be said, the Facebook page for a Navy program is not a “feminist page.” It’s a Navy recruiting page. (x) (x)
I don’t know what the Navy’s punishment system is like, but I hope he gets the worst possible. I hope they investigate his past history in the military, too. If he’s bold enough to outright threaten female recruits, under his own name, on public, Navy-run social media, I seriously doubt he hasn’t harassed and threatened female sailors. He may even have raped them.
Especially given the military’s problem with letting men get away with harassment and rape, they need to severely punish him.

Send it viral, and he will see ramifications.

If you only reblog one thing today I hope it’s this.

signal boost the shit out of this. i wanna see this dickwad’s name everywhere.

assbutt-in-the-garrison:

reblogalert:

boneycircus:

Nicholas Lord, a Navy sailor since 2008 currently on active duty, is under investigation after threatening to rape a young woman who is a Navy recruit.

The young woman posted a photo of herself on Facebook, captioning it to say she’s proud of how she’s working hard to get in shape for the Navy, and she’s excited to be leaving soon. The photo was shared on the page for her Delayed Entry Program for her fellow Navy recruits.

Nicholas Lord, who is not a current recruit and who has been serving in the Navy since 2008, then commented:

You’ll end up pregnant real soon you fucking wh***. If I could and I knew you, I’d hold you down and rape you.

The next day, Lord gloated about his threat on his Facebook page, updating his status to say he’d been “trolling feminist pages.” In case it needs to be said, the Facebook page for a Navy program is not a “feminist page.” It’s a Navy recruiting page. (x) (x)

I don’t know what the Navy’s punishment system is like, but I hope he gets the worst possible. I hope they investigate his past history in the military, too. If he’s bold enough to outright threaten female recruits, under his own name, on public, Navy-run social media, I seriously doubt he hasn’t harassed and threatened female sailors. He may even have raped them.

Especially given the military’s problem with letting men get away with harassment and rape, they need to severely punish him.

Send it viral, and he will see ramifications.

If you only reblog one thing today I hope it’s this.

signal boost the shit out of this. i wanna see this dickwad’s name everywhere.

adverve:

Because word crimes are way worse than blurred lines

Weird Al Yankovic’s appropriated Robin Thicke’s controversial Blurred Lines to produce Word Crimes, a manifesto for anyone who ever trembled with rage at the misuse of “it’s”. 

Via.