Elsa is the Snow Queen; she could easily be perceived as a villain, but that’s not who she is. She’s extremely complicated and misunderstood. She actually banishes herself from her home to avoid hurting others, and in return, she finds the liberation to celebrate who she is.
With the female empowerment, what I take from the character for myself, and where Elsa and I meet, is wrestling with being a strong, powerful, extraordinary woman. Also, we worry about having to hide that, in fear of hurting other people. I understand and relate to that. I think as women, the smarter and more powerful we are, the more it can be threatening and alienating to other people, more than with men. That’s something we need to support each other with.
I thought about it a lot when I was younger, more than I do now. Now I celebrate who I am, and what I’m doing. When I was younger, I never wanted my friends to think I was showing off. That’s why I think it’s great for kids to see this movie. Everything’s always about being homogenized, and following in a group. The people who stand out always have the most problems. So the more we have those messages out here about the people who are struggling with something, or are different or gifted, as well as the opportunity to give them a platform to celebrate that, is the stronger way to go.
- Idina Menzel
THE GUY IN THE BACK JUST NODS AT THE KID
like, ‘yeah you can totally sit there’
New Pope is the best Pope. He doesn’t hate on everyone who doesn’t conform to his faith. He lets tiny children sit in his big official chair. He poses for selfies. He is a good Pope and I hope he is with us for a long time.
this is actually significant because that isn’t just “the official chair.”
that’s the Holy See.
The Holy See is considered the sovereign of Vatican City. No, seriously.
Every other pope has used a throne for the Holy See. Francis replaced the ornate object with THE SAME CHAIR THAT EVERY OTHER LEADER WHO VISITS THE VATICAN USES. This was an action that created a considerable stir, as one might imagine. It was a significant remark, metaphorically, putting the pope at the same level as every other world leader. No greater a man than his peers.
And after all of that, he sees a little kid run past him and lets him sit in the freaking Holy See.
And no one stops him.
Good man. Best pope.
That kid is living the dream and the Pope is just like “Okay” and the guy in the back is like “Ye kid”
you can just see an old lady in the background gasping at the horror of this little kid sitting in the popes chair
isnt this the pope that said fuck during a speech
US politicians do know this, because teachers and advocacy groups have been telling them for years. They do not care because they have been financed by the multi-million dollar testing industry. Testing is a huge business in the US. The testing companies donate heavily to the campaigns of those politicians to ensure that testing will continue being a necessity in US schools.
De-funding public schools further damages our education quality, as well as lowers the scores on these arbitrary tests. Schools that do poorly consecutively are closed. Children must crowd into other schools and face even larger class sizes….or they switch to charter schools if they are high-performing students.
Charter schools are a business, and they flourish on the closures of public schools. They too lobby politicians for support. They also boot out poorly performing kids to create artificially high scores for themselves…(not that they always manage higher scores…). These rejected kids are put back into a crowded, underfunded public school system that is systemically set up for failure. As regular public schools collapse, the government pays less for public education and politicians enjoy more incentives from flourishing charter schools. They do not care about all the kids that fall through the cracks.
We have to make our voices more powerful than their money. We need to spread this word so that the voters are informed on the state of our NCLB testing policies and the funding sources for our politicians.
Here, do some reading.
That’s it. I’m moving to Finland.As a mom of a preschool aged child… this scares me, a lot. It just makes me want to get involved in my son’s education more than anything.
So, my options when I have children are move to Finland or homeschool
Okay you guys, I need your help with something. A girl in my class (I am also a girl) told me today that ‘Marvel is for boys.’(She’s 15, like me.) I (obviously) disagree with this, because it shouldn’t be for any specific gender.
So, to prove her wrong, please spread the word and reblog this to prove that Marvel isn’t just for boys.
Marvel is for anyone who enjoys it
roundlittleowl asked: So one of my favorite posts of yours is the one about the Roman socks (their poor, cold toes), and it made me curious about the history of knitting (though actually those socks are nalbinding?). Anyway I read an article about it and was specifically intrigued by "There is a fairly obvious trail of artifacts from Egypt to Moorish-occupied Spain, and up into the rest of Europe." I was wondering if you knew of any examples of fiber arts made/imported/etc by POC in the Middle Ages?
Yes, and it’s SO interesting!
Surviving trade goods like textiles, beads, and small, portable artworks are actually one of the reasons we know that the Silk Road has been in use pretty much since there have been humans. It’s such a fascinating history, no matter where you start or where you end up!
The Silk Road has been in use since about 500 B.C., and the pre-Historic Silk Road trade route was called the Steppe Road.
In the Middle Ages in Europe, one of the most highly prized trade items was cloth from The Middle East and Asia. It was often called “Tatar cloth”, and there are even paintings like this that show Asian traders with these kind of precious goods:
The incredible value of this cloth caused a trend in Medieval European art: “Psuedo-Kufic" characters, which were basically imitation Arabic letters, added to painted garments in Medieval European paintings to make the cloth look richer:
Tatar People (Brittanica.com)
The Silk Road in Antiquity (the Met Museum)
By the time the cloth got to Italy, it was already expensive. By the time it got to Northwestern Europe, it was nearly priceless.
There’s also the history regarding how both supply and demand for goods from Asia was generated by the massive population movement during the Mongolian invasion of Europe, and how much cultural exchange, especially in the form of fashions, there really was.
Although there was some trade in textiles between African nations and empires during the European medieval period, most of the trade took the form of gold and salt, the most highly prized commodities. The Ghana and Malian Empires exported almost unspeakable amounts of gold. In the days of Mansa Musa, Mali was providing half the entire world’s supply of salt and gold. That’s basically where the money for the European Renaissance came from.
I’m sure you’ve read about or maybe even seen “cloth-of-gold”. Ancient and Medieval textiles always have a fascinating history behind them. This is the story behind this piece of cloth-of-gold:
Beginning in 1211, Genghis Khan invaded the Jin Empire, then proceeded across Central Asia to conquer eastern Iran and the territories east of the Oxus River (today Amu Darya) known as Transoxiana. The artisans and master craftsmen from conquered cities were enslaved and distributed among members of the Khan’s family and distinguished generals.
The nomadic Mongols took these artisans, who fashioned luxury items and other highly desirable articles, to cities in Mongolia and eastern Central Asia. Historical accounts and travel narratives of the period mention them, yet little has survived of the objects, particularly the textiles, they produced.
This magnificent cloth of gold is one of the few silk and gold textiles that can be associated with those craftsmen. It is woven with pairs of winged lions within aligned, tangent roundels and pairs of griffins in the interstices. The background is densely filled with scrolling vines and palmettes. Both the overall design and the animals are Persian; yet the cloud-like ornamentation of the lions’ wings, the cloud scrolls at the terminals of the vines filling the background of the roundels, and the dragons’ heads at the ends of the lions’ tails are based on Chinese models.
The synthesis of Eastern and Western elements is purely Central Asian, which is not surprising considering that captive craftsmen from the former Jin territories were working in the same cities as the captured artisans from eastern Persia and Transoxiana. The density of its design and the fact that the design was entirely woven with gold thread are characteristic of textiles produced during the Mongol period.
The artistic and technical quality of this textile is unsurpassed among the silk and gold textiles that have survived from the early Mongol period. Given that it was once preserved in a Tibetan monastery, this textile was probably woven during the middle of the thirteenth century.
The Mongols only began to make contact with Tibet in 1240 and did not sign a treaty until 1247. In honor of that occasion, gold, silver, and two hundred precious robes were given as imperial gifts to Tibetan monasteries. A few years later, starting in 1251, members of Genghis Khan’s family began to patronize different Tibetan sects, which involved presenting gifts that, in those days, always included precious textiles. A textile of the extraordinary quality and value of this cloth of gold would almost certainly have reached Tibet as an imperial gift.
Kindergarten: Stupid. Oh gosh don’t tell anyone I said that.
Elementary school: What the heck.
Middle School: Damn it this is freaking dumb as hell
High school: what the fuck did you just say you little fucking shitbitchcuntfuck I will beat the dicks out of your ass
College: what the frick frack snick snack are u doing
Parenthood: I know Henry is a poophead, but you can’t hit him.
Sonofabuildingblock I stubbed my toe.
I get the joke. Females are “better suited” to rear children; fathers are “inept.”
My boyfriend was a single father - a damn good one - who wasn’t able to get full custody of his daughter because of a biased, female judge.
The mother in question was actually ruled unfit to be left alone with her daughter, due to mental problems, and was/is in a relationship with a man who threw her infant daughter - not my boyfriend’s - into a crib out of frustration. Since then, the mother has never paid child support and rarely sees her daughter.
Adversely, my boyfriend has been taking care of his daughter, by himself, for a long time. He was also unemployed this last summer. He did a bang-up job with the house - cooking and cleaning - and the kids. Hell, he does a better job with the kids than I generally do and I’ve told him that.
Not all fathers are incompetent or inept. There’s plenty of fathers who deserve equal, more, or full custody than the mothers.
Either way, I think this is one reason I’m aligning more toward feminism. Get rid of this stigma against fathers or single fathers, against men who have kids, because it’s unacceptable. Males are just as competent of being good dads, just as females are just as capable of being bad mothers.
What brought this rant up, however? An influx of messages like these on my facebook feed. Not all of them are related to being a parent:
(Because dads are only good for “mom-homing devices.”)
(Pretty much implies immaturity and an inability to take care of one’s self, let alone a child.)
(Why not just “parents,” instead of “mothers?”)
(Again, why not just “parent?”)
On the other side, I feel like dads who are crappy parents feel validated by some of these jokes. Just a whole “haha yea not my division” attitude. Ironically, all the crappy dads I know believe they contribute equally to their children because they belittle such “womanly” work as parenting. And they really cannot comprehend how much the mother does and how much it is needed. Nah, so long as he teaches his son to give a proper handshake and shakes his fist at his daughter’s prom date, he has done his exclusive, manly job as a parent.