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obsessive-ninja:

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dumblr—feminist:

waffyg:

ikazed:

I made a template for SJWs!

I’m sure whites and other minorities die a lot, but they aren’t televised. Usually because there’s no al sharpton to cry for them.

As much as people love to claim the media is biased against minorities it’s actually more in favor of them. The media instantly portrayed Mike Brown and Trayvon as innocent young men. The truth comes out and then no one listens because why? What the fuck do we need the truth because you know….racism still exists and white people are the devil.

dumblr—feminist:

waffyg:

ikazed:

I made a template for SJWs!

I’m sure whites and other minorities die a lot, but they aren’t televised. Usually because there’s no al sharpton to cry for them.

As much as people love to claim the media is biased against minorities it’s actually more in favor of them. The media instantly portrayed Mike Brown and Trayvon as innocent young men. The truth comes out and then no one listens because why? What the fuck do we need the truth because you know….racism still exists and white people are the devil.

captain-pragmatism:

ikazed:

Me right now.

I have been WAITING to see if this infallible truth could make it onto my dash.
Achievement Unlocked: “To troll, or not to troll…”

captain-pragmatism:

ikazed:

Me right now.

I have been WAITING to see if this infallible truth could make it onto my dash.

Achievement Unlocked: “To troll, or not to troll…”

service-with-humility:

wedontneedsocialjusticewarriors:

"Reverse racism doesn’t exist!"
"What you get on tumblr is just venting!"

Bollocks to that. Look at this, and tell me there isn’t clear media bias against whites. The whole “whitey is evil” liberal guilt rubbish shits on everyone. Nobody gives a rats arse about these victims, when they got completely up in arms about Trayvon.

-Mannion

But…but…white privilege?!

stay-in-reality-liberals:

nationalist-doll:

equestrianrepublican:

myreasonswhyihatetmblralot:

faephobia:

bluesigma:

theroguefeminist:

huffpostworld:

This ‘personal space’ dress could solve all your public transportation woes.

CREDIT THE INVENTOR: SHE IS AN ARTIST NAMED KATHLEEN MCDERMOTT WHO IS FINISHING HER MFA IN HONG KONG

Also she is developing this technology literally to help women assert their space in public AND MAKE A STATEMENT about how women are treated in patriarchal societies! She is developing other clothes too! You can support her project here: http://www.kthartic.com/index.php?/class/about-urban-armor/

More info:

The dress is the second in a series of projects called Urban Armor, which aim to help women own their space in public arenas that often attempt to deny this right. As McDermott explains in the project statement: “The series arose partly out of my concern over the persistence of ideologies asserted at women in public space through advertising, architecture and socially normative behavior. I began to look for ways women could take more ownership over their personal space in public.”

Basically this woman is a badass artist. Please support her work and spread the word

This is fucking stupid.

The lengths people will go to just to avoid saying “excuse me, could you give me a little space?”

It’s not artwork, it’s an umbrella made as a skirt.

That is ridiculous

Feminists are paranoid, and delusional. 

If I saw one of these, I would think of you as an asshole. Seriously. This is public space and you are in public transportation. Are you seriously that desperate for person space without asking for it?

wasn’t there a post going around for a while where a woman was complaining about a guy having his legs slightly spread while he was sitting on public transportation? Then there is this, which people seem to agree with. Tumblr has some real double standard problems…

Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to provide food to its employees, which is why they all starved to death long ago.
Robert Murphy (via eltigrechico)

hummingbirdmotifs:

tinglepolitics:

youreabitweird:

dream-evil-gambit:

lejacquelope:

#yesallwomen #notallmen

If your first response to this is “not all feminists are like that”, you’re doing it all wrongWhat you should be doing is telling your fellow feminists “don’t be that kind of feminist.”

And people wonder why I dont take this movement seriously anymore

feminism is a hate movement ok? ok.

And this is why modern feminism is so hated. 

This isn’t even what feminism is. These select, few people who call themselves feminist aren’t- they’re misogynists- which is COMPLETELY different than the true definition of what feminists are and stand for-, and it’s not fair to the people who actually are about social justice, empowering women, and breaking down gender stereotypes. And this right here is a horrific, ignorant, wrong stereotype against feminists. This is NOT feminism.Feminism: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic EQUALITY to men.”

This goes back to what we talked about before. I agree, these are not what feminists are suppose to be. However, many people who act this way define themselves as feminist. That is, again, why I call them modern feminist, because they use the name feminism and are becoming accepted as such despite being very different from the traditional meaning of feminism. Even 20 years ago my dad dealt with groups of people like this, though not quite as extreme (they didn’t advocate killing of men as some of these seem to).

I do not think all feminists are like this, but there are enough defining themselves as feminist to distinguish themselves as a different type of feminist (why I say modern feminist). 

That would also be why many others who advocate for equality are abandoning the name feminism and going for things like egalitarian or humanism. (they also say it is more inclusive)

youreabitweird:

dream-evil-gambit:

lejacquelope:

#yesallwomen #notallmen

If your first response to this is “not all feminists are like that”, you’re doing it all wrongWhat you should be doing is telling your fellow feminists “don’t be that kind of feminist.”

And people wonder why I dont take this movement seriously anymore

feminism is a hate movement ok? ok.

And this is why modern feminism is so hated. 

theprofessorstrikesagain:

mindblowingscience:

pickledpennies:

m00nchaser:

If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice

References:

Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

This commentary is SO important. Succinct and with proper sourcing; beautiful.

It infuriates me when people blame GMO for everything without actually examining the evidence.

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