Anonymous asked: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), they had highly developed drainage systems where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which also lined all major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
always reblog this brutal smackdown.
The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension. A 3-dimensional helix is a ‘slice’ of the 4-dimensional shape of the orbit of a planet; X is a time dimension, Y and Z are space dimensions. One 2D slice of a 3D helix is a circle, another is a wave. One 3D slice of a 4D helix is a sphere; a planet in a specific moment of time.
Interesting patterns are revealed when you start thinking about the 4-dimensional shapes of objects through time. One example I enjoy is the fractal nature of gravitational orbits. Consider the 4D shape of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth through time; a helix. The helix of the Moons orbit is ‘wrapped’ around the helical orbit of the Earth around the Sun. The helices of the Earth and Moon are further ‘wrapped’ around the orbit of the Sun around the center of our Galaxy. When Galaxies orbit each other another iteration is possible. Because gravity causes the same behavior at different physical scales, a fractal pattern is generated. Viewed from the ‘side’, with one space and one time dimension, orbits are fractal waves. Viewed from the ‘top’ (two space dimensions) they are fractal circles. A 3D slice in spacetime (XYZ) shows a helical fractal. The true 4D object is a fractal hyperhelix.
Another beautiful fractal in time is biology. Every time a cell divides it creates a bifurcation or a ‘branch’. The same thing happens whenever an organism reproduces, or at each speciation event. All life is part of the same 4-dimensional fractal tree, extending back in time to the moment of abiogenesis. When you consider your 4-dimensional shape it becomes clear that we are all part of the same fractal organism, wrapped on the spherical surface of a hyperhelix!
I have a difficult time explaining this concept, if you don’t understand it’s because I’m not doing a good enough job explaining. I can see it perfectly in my mind, and I wish I could create visuals to show exactly what I mean. If there are any visual artists (paper or CG) who understand and would like to help spread this concept, please contact me. The same goes for any mathematicians who can clarify this!
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all i’m saying is if an all-girls school crashed on the island in lord of the flies then they would’ve been off the island in a week
lord of the flies doesnt show the base human condition, it shows the base privileged straight white male condition, incredibly when i point this out people get kind of annoyed
Oohh, that’s a good one!
“Sylvia Rivera kicking ass on stage after some radfems & transphobes tried to refuse her the right to speak at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day rally. Said radfems then had their own march in part protesting trans participation in Pride. A precursor to today’s Dyke March.”
It is women like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson who started the Stonewall riots and queer liberation. 43 years later, trans women of color, the people who started the movement, are the people maligned and left behind by it.
In Sylvia’s words, “What the FUCK is wrong with you all?”
[[Trigger warning: suicide]]
Sylvia went home that night and attempted suicide.
Marsha Johnson came home and found her in time to save her life.
Sylvia left the movement after that day and didn’t come back for twenty years.
this is incredible, she is incredible, I highly recommend watching it
but I think the addendum re: the effect of this day on sylvia is really important
so often we valorise decontextualised moments of tough, articulate resistance and rage
and the suffering of the people who embodied them is not acknowledged, it’s uncomfortable, it’s not inspiring, we want them to stay tough and cool and stylish forever
which is particularly terrible when I think about how sylvia felt like that because of women like me — women who are now watching this video and feeling inspired and impressed and maybe a bit pleased with ourselves for finally having watched a speech by the famous and really cool to name-drop sylvia rivera
rebloggin for the true as fuck commentary (bolding mine)
n like, on one hand this moment is decontextualized as fuck, but on the other hand a lot of ppl try to hyper-contextualize it to make it “history” and a very specific historical moment, so we (cis women) can be like “oh so sad that’s how it was in the 1970s, radfems were so awful, but it was only the whole second-wave scene that was the problem, glad that’s over.”
Like have we forgotten the fact that Sylvia only died in 2002? And she died young, if she were still alive she wouldn’t even be 65 yet. I know hella older ppl in NYC who knew her personally, and hella “leaders” of the NYC queer scene pulled horrific shit on her constantly in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, like literally until the day she died (ppl from Empire State Pride agenda literally went to St. Vincents to beef with her on her death bed) Where are the video tapes/memorializing of that shit?
N now the Manhattan LGBT center on 13th st has a room dedicated to her memory, despite the fact that very center permanently banned her in 1995 for daring to suggest they should let homeless QTPOC sleep there in sub-zero weather.
N now there’s a whole homeless trans youth shelter on 36th st named after her, Sylvia’s Place, that kicked my TWOC friend out on the streets for testing positive for marijuana; failing to recognize how fucked up that is in a shelter named after a woman who struggled with addiction all her life, and was very vocal about the relationship between drug use and the stress of living under constant threats of violence.
N from the late 90s onward rich gays and lesbians openly fought against Sylvia to try to shut down 24/7 access to the piers that she n hella other QTPOC cruised and lived on bc they were bringing down the property values of their multi-million west village apartments.
N like 90% of the individual people who perpetuated fucked up violence against Sylvia are still alive and high-profile leaders in the NYC LGBT “community” today.
So like yes, good, remember the oppressive weight of our history of transmisogyny…but also remember that this shit specifically ain’t even history, it’s the current reality of the NYC queer/trans hierarchy today—like not even figuratively, literally the same people who pulled shit like this on Sylvia are still alive n well n all over NYC cutting the ribbons to the newest Sylvia Rivera memorial n eulogizing her like they never tried to fucking kill her themselves.
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This is really important to me. I just got out of an abusive relationship, and I hope that no one ever has to feel like I did.
Anonymous asked: Im female physically and I dont know weither I like that or not? Sometimes I get so distressed and sad ttothe point of crying because im not actually male. Sometimes I love being female. But when it switches it gets to the point where I cry and one time I shaved all my hair off. I dont understand why. Im never happy with myself. I dont know what to do right now because im in one of those really upset because im not male cycles?? Is there something wrong with me? Is this offensive to trans* ppl?
I asked you some gender related advice the other day did tumblr eat it??
No, I just haven’t been able to get on the computer until now. Gender doesn’t have to be an “either or” thing, some people are boys and girls, some people are sometimes boys… and are sometimes girls. These are just a few examples.
As a cis gal I don’t have experience with dysphoria. I don’t know what you’re going through or if it’s how some trans* people feel. I can’t tell you what your gender is or anything like that.
I know this probably isn’t as helpful as you were hoping, and I’m really sorry. I’m flattered you felt comfortable enough to come to me with this and trust my opinion so much, but I genuinely don’t know what to say…
do any of my followers have some advice?
My souse is MTF transgender. We married when he still identified outwardly as male, although the internal identity struggle was ongoing. S/he just didn’t share that with anyone. Struggling with gender identity is a common factor with those suffering from gender dysphoria. The effort to align with how family, friends, and society sees you leads to periods of unrest, but there will also be times when a gender dysphoric person doesn’t struggle as hard and just lives in acceptance of their outward gender identity. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t transgender. The struggle also doesn’t necessarly mean that one is definitively transgender insofar as that definition implies the need to switch genders within the gender binary that is predominantly accepted by society right now. Individuals need to find the path to gender identity that suits them personally. Right now there is a movement to break free from the socially constructed restrictions of the traditional gender binary. Being genderqueer might mean that you will be happiest going through the entire transition process of hormone replacement and sexual reassignment surgery, or it might mean that you will be happiest identifying as someone that doesn’t fit that traditional binary at all, or as someone who tranistions some aspects of body and appearance and not others. Look for transgender support sites and transgender communities in your area. They will be able to direct you to therapists that specialize in or are conversant in gender identity issues. It’s important to only use a therapist that is familiar with and supportive of these issues to minimize the risk of having a therapist that will only confuse you more. A therapist can then help you discover what your struggle centers on and help you formulate explore your identity and express it in ways that allow you to be happy and comfortable. Genderqueer conversant therapists can also help you get in touch with the right medical professionals to help you deal with whatever changes you feel are necessary for your own happiness and health. Don’t despair. There are far more people out there like you than you might imagine. Ultimately, you have to find out what will make you feel whole as a person. Be yourself, and know that there are people out there who will support you and hear you, and who will be rooting for your happiness even if they don’t know you in person.
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