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My name is: Michelle, but most people call me Dark online.

My gender-pronouns are: They/them/their.

I am: 27 years old, a feminist, an atheist, an omnivore, and an ISFJ.

The Feminist: Intersectional, body positive, pro-choice, and sex positive.

My privileged identities include: Female assigned at birth (FAAB trans* privilege), white, able-bodied, allistic (?), and dyadic.

My non-privileged/oppressed identities include: Genderfluid, fat, Gray-A, neuroatypical, and queer.

I have: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dermatophagia, Dermatillomania, and Dyscalculia.

I like: Pets & animals, animal welfare, pet care & pet care education, ~*SCIENCE!*~, anatomy & physiology, roleplaying, anime/manga, computer & video games, rock & metal music.



I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.

letter from Einstein, born on this day in 1879, to a little girl who wanted to be a scientist but was concerned that her gender held her back. (via explore-blog)

Do not pay any mind to those who tell you that “you can’t”. This includes yourself.

(via jtotheizzoe)

(Source: )

I Don't Know What I'm Doing: 14greenkeys: 11 Signs You’re A Men’s Rights...


11 Signs You’re A Men’s Rights Activist



1. You have no problem with the gender wage gap. But you hate having to pay for dates.

2. You insist that it’s a scientifically proven fact that men are stronger than women. But you complain about society believing that it’s worse for a man to hit a woman than for a woman to hit a man.

3. You believe that the age of consent is unfair and that there’s nothing wrong with having sex with teenage girls. But when you find out that a teenage girl enjoys sex, you believe she’s the biggest slut in the world.

4. You hate when a woman automatically assumes that a man is a douchebag before getting to know him. But when you like a woman who likes another man, you assume he’s a douchebag just because he’s not you.

5. You believe that if women want equality, they should be drafted into the military. But you also believe that the military is not a place for women.

6. You hate when women assume that men are like wild animals. But you believe that a woman who doesn’t cover up and make herself invisible to men is just like someone wearing a meat suit around wild animals.

7. You hate the fact that men are bullied for not conforming to their male gender roles. But when you find out that a man disagrees with your beliefs about women’s rights, your immediate response is to try to emasculate him by comparing him to a woman as an insult.

8. You hate when women assume that there are no nice guys. But you call yourself a nice guy and act like it’s a rare quality that should cause women to be all over you.

9. You hate when women assume that men just want to get laid. But when you find out that a man is a feminist, you assume that he’s just doing it to get laid.

10. You hate when women make generalizations about all men. But when a woman calls you out for being sexist, you claim that all men think like you.

11. You insist that women should be responsible for protecting themselves from being raped. But when they follow the one piece of advice that actually works, which is being aware of red flags, you complain about them assuming that all men are rapists.




Malala Yousafzai, in a 2011 interview with CNN, discussing her activism on behalf of girls seeking education in Pakistan.



I’m going to point out again for those who don’t click links: This young woman was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for speaking out on behalf of women’s rights in Pakistan. 

She is fifteen years old. She is also still alive. It is likely that she will suffer lifelong language and coordination difficulties given where she was shot (left side of her head) but she hasn’t given up her fight. 

While Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a Fatwa against the men who tried to murder her, the Taliban has re-iterated its intent to murder her and her father. 

I can’t express how much of a hero this woman is. She’s only fifteen, and yet she’s faced such impossible odds, and she’s still fighting. I just wish there was something I could do to help her.

(Source: lalondes)


Your white dude idols are awful


tw: abuse

Alfred Hitchcock - Tortured Tippi Hendren by having a stage crew throw live birds at her during the filming of The Birds. He became infatuated with her and began paying people to stalk her. He sexually propositioned her and when she turned down his advances he ruined her career by keeping her under contract until demand for her died down. [x]

JD Salinger - Joyce Maynard, who dated a 35 year old Salinger when she was 18, and Salinger’s daughter, Margaret, both wrote about Salinger’s predatory and controlling relationships with women. Guess who was vilified after these writings were made public? [x]

John Lennon - Abused his wives Cynthia and Yoko Ono. Emotionally abused his son Julian. [x] Made homophobic and antisemitic joke at the expense of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. [x]

Pablo Picasso - ‘Women are machines for suffering” “For me there are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats”. Of the seven most important women in Picasso’s life, two killed themselves and two went mad. [x] 

Stanley Kubrick - Intentionally created a hostile environment to get a better performance out of Shelley Duvall during the filming of The Shining. He constantly berated her and brought her to tears. Working with Kubrick caused her so much stress she became physically ill and her hair started falling out. [x]

feel free to add your own / additional info

(Source: lescautmanon)


Topless dueling?

I know it’s a long text but it’s worth the read!

The most intriguing duel fought between women, and the sole one that featured exposed breasts, took place in August 1892 in Verduz, the capitol of Liechtenstein, between Princess Pauline Metternich and the Countess Kielmannsegg. It has gone down in history as the first “emancipated duel” because all parties involved, including the principals and their seconds were female… Before the proceedings began, the baroness pointed out that many insignificant injuries in duels often became septic due to strips of clothing being driven into the wound by the point of a sword. To counter this danger she prudently suggested that both parties should fight stripped of any garments above the waist. Certainly, Baroness Lubinska was ahead of her time, taking an even more radical take on the (at the time) widely dismissed theories of British surgeon Joseph Lister, who in 1870 revolutionized surgical procedures with the introduction of antiseptic. 

With the precautions Baroness Lubinska recommended, the topless women duelists were less likely to suffer from an infection; indeed, it was a smart idea to fight semiclad. Given the practicality of the baroness’ suggestion and the “emancipated” nature of the duel, it was agreed that the women would disrobe—after all, there would be no men present to ogle them. For the women, the decision to unbutton the tops of their dresses was not sexual; it was simply a way of preventing a duel of first blood from becoming a duel to the death.


It is humorous that most recounts of this historic event fail to mention two important things: the winner of the duel (Princess Metternich) and the reason why the women came to arms in the first place—they disagreed over the floral arrangements for an upcoming musical exhibition.

^ best part of the entire article. 

Bias Persists Against Women of Science, a Study Says -


Science professors at American universities widely regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills, a new study by researchers at Yale concluded.

As a result, the report found, the professors were less likely to offer the women mentoring or a job. And even if they were willing to offer a job, the salary was lower.

The bias was pervasive, the scientists said, and probably reflected subconscious cultural influences rather than overt or deliberate discrimination.

Female professors were just as biased against women students as their male colleagues, and biology professors just as biased as physics professors — even though more than half of biology majors are women, whereas men far outnumber women in physics.

“I think we were all just a little bit surprised at how powerful the results were — that not only do the faculty in biology, chemistry and physics express these biases quite clearly, but the significance and strength of the results was really quite striking,” said Jo Handelsman, a professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Yale.

Try to not be offended by my black humor and dramatic irony


Some feminists were rather offended by my “real women” joke…

“actually, real women are the people who consider themselves a woman”

Let’s not get all figurative and shit, now… I agree, completely. 

I’ve read Descartes, mann

“I think, therefore, I am”

but, you betta recognize

a joke

when you hear, see, or smell one

What is this shit.

The Pregnant Teen Cancer Patient Who Couldn't Get Chemo -- Or an Abortion -- Is Dead (via @Jezebel)


This is what’s in store for America unless we seriously start to fight back against the unending wave of attacks on abortion rights and women in general …


The pregnant Dominican teenagerwho had to wait twenty days to start receiving chemotherapy for her acute leukemia because of her country’s draconian anti-abortion laws has died.

The anonymous teen was 16 years old and only nine weeks pregnant when the controversy began. Her plight gained attention over the last few weeks as doctors debated whether it was morally correct to start treating her cancer, given as Article 37 of the Dominican Constitution states that “the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception and until death.” It took doctors and the Dominican government a full 20 days to decide that God and Country might care about the actually living mother’s life, too, not just the fetus inside of her, and allow the treatment. By then, it was too late.