“Sociology is not the appendage of any other science; it is, itself a distinct and autonomous science. The sense of the specific nature of social reality is even so essential to the sociologist that only a purely sociological culture can prepare him for the understanding of social facts.”
— ‘The Rules of Sociological Method' - Emile Durkheim (1895)
(Source: sociology-of-space, via sociolab)
2:01 am • 10 July 2014 • 48 notes
Imagine if Breaking Bad was set in Canada or the UK or Australia. Walt discovers he has lung cancer, is promptly treated at no cost and discharged with no financial burden apart from $20 in subsidised prescriptions. The end.
hmm. it’s almost as if Breaking Bad might have been trying to say something. Who knows, though
Why does everyone think health care is “promptly” delivered in Canada? Have fun spending years on a waiting list.
1:00 am • 10 July 2014 • 56,192 notes
“You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.”
Eliezer Yudkowsky (via rampias)
Being a “product of their times” is no excuse. Never let someone off the hook for bigotry.
(Source: abundance-mine, via existentialcrisisfactory)
1:44 am • 9 July 2014 • 191,025 notes
“I love tattooed women, maybe because they are uncontrollable, they are themselves to the point of drawing symbols of their power on their skin. Talk about owning your own body, being in your body, claiming yourself. I love it. When the world is in an uproar over whether women should have a choice or not when it comes to their own bodies, being tattooed is one of the most visible choices of all.”
— Margaret Cho (via albinwonderland)
(Source: onehundreddollars, via veruca-assault)
10:13 pm • 6 July 2014 • 37,291 notes
“no one warns you about the amount of mourning in growth.”
— Té V. Smith Releasing & Recieving (via pureblyss)
(Source: tevsmith, via stavingdarkness)
10:50 am • 3 July 2014 • 14,764 notes
“if you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?”
— one of the most eye opening things i’ve read in a while (via cacophobix)
(Source: witchury, via sorazorasky)
9:15 pm • 24 June 2014 • 243,976 notes
“These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. ‘Why is she humoring him?’ my friend asked me. ‘You would never do that.’ I was too embarrassed to say: ‘Because he looks scary’ and ‘I do it all the time.’
Women who have experienced this can recognize that placating these men is a rational choice, a form of self-defense to protect against setting off an aggressor. But to male bystanders, it often looks like a warm welcome, and that helps to shift blame in the public eye from the harasser and onto his target, who’s failed to respond with the type of masculine bravado that men more easily recognize.”
Why it’s so hard for men to see misogyny (via ethiopienne)
THIS THIS THIS
2:58 pm • 23 June 2014 • 45,505 notes
From Eve to Evolution provides the first full-length study of American women’s responses to evolutionary theory and illuminates the role science played in the nineteenth-century women’s rights movement. Kimberly A. Hamlin reveals how a number of nineteenth-century women, raised on the idea that Eve’s sin forever fixed women’s subordinate status, embraced Darwinian evolution—especially sexual selection theory as explained in The Descent of Man—as an alternative to the creation story in Genesis.
Hamlin chronicles the lives and writings of the women who combined their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with their commitment to women’s rights, including Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Eliza Burt Gamble, Helen Hamilton Gardener, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. These Darwinian feminists believed evolutionary science proved that women were not inferior to men, that it was natural for mothers to work outside the home, and that women should control reproduction. The practical applications of this evolutionary feminism came to fruition, Hamlin shows, in the early thinking and writing of the American birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger.
Much scholarship has been dedicated to analyzing what Darwin and other male evolutionists had to say about women, but very little has been written regarding what women themselves had to say about evolution. From Eve to Evolution adds much-needed female voices to the vast literature on Darwin in America.
From Eve to Evolution: Darwin, Science, and Women’s Rights in Gilded Age America, Hamlin
This author is going to be at a nearby bookstore tonight talking about and signing this book. I’m pretty excited about it.
1:18 am • 22 June 2014 • 18 notes