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turingbelieves said: orange

6 facts about my hometown…

1. It’s a small town outside of the capital city of West Virginia, almost a suburb of Charleston really but a little too far to be considered that. The most recent census puts the population at about 11,000.

2. There is only one high school in the whole town with two junior highs (middle schools now, I guess) feeding into it. I graduated in a class of about 250.

3. My town is not accessible via any major highway, as in there is no exit leading to my town. You have to take a convoluted way to get to it, through another couple towns.

4. There are zero gay bars in my hometown. The neighboring and aforementioned capital city of Charleston does have a few (three now, I think?). I was the only out LGBT person in my high school.

5. The town is cut in half by train tracks that inevitably wreck your day when you’re trying to get somewhere. Trains play a big part in WV’s history as a whole too, which is why I have a steam engine tattooed on my right bicep.

6. My town was kinda fun as a little kid. Lots of room to run around outside and ride bikes and go to parks and go fishing (before the Coal River was completely polluted) but for a teenager and/or young adult, it’s super isolating and depressing. I am proud of my heritage but my town will seriously give you depression. 


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partysoft said: grey

2 facts about my favorite things:

Ooooh this is hard! 

1. Cats! They are not things, I know, but they are my favorite. Funny thing is, I swore for years that I would never, ever have a cat. Then I adopted a totally broken but completely amazing sweet orange tabby and I was hooked. At one point I had two of my own and three fosters. Now the current household makeup is just two cats but I still consider myself a crazy cat lady.

2. Friday Night Lights. Again, I resisted for a long time because EW SPORTS but growing up in a small southern(ish) town with an obsession with high school football, it was definitely relatable. I also really bonded with my dad over the show. He will call me sometimes to tell me that he saw someone from FNL on another show or in a movie. It’s cute.


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spinsterprivilege said: Yellow

7 facts about my childhood:

1. I was excited to have a little sister and was promised that I could help name her. To little 3 year-old me, the collie down the street was the prettiest thing in the world. Therefore, my sister, Amy, got her name from a neighborhood dog.

2. The excitement over being a big sister apparently wore off. At one point in my childhood, I pushed my infant sister down the stairs in her little bouncy thing (I really don’t think I was trying to kill her, I think I just thought it would be fun, like a roller coaster). I also got caught rubbing diaper rash ointment into her bald baby head.

3. My sister, cousin and I used to play Thriller, a game we created where we blared Michael Jackson’s Thriller from our tiny Fisher Price boombox while one of us took turns chasing the others around the perimeter of the house screaming.

4. I was a summer league swimmer for many years and probably could have competed like my sister did in high school and college but as I mentioned in the other ask, I became a disaffected youth and wanted nothing to do with extracurricular activities.

5. For a very, very brief period, I was a cheerleader in 6th grade. I was terrible.

6. I had both an acoustic and an electric guitar (along with a mini amp) and took guitar lessons from this aging hippie named Bob for about a year. He wanted me to practice my scales and I just wanted to play Megadeth (and later Pearl Jam). As with many other hobbies, I gave up.

7. My first concert was Bel Biv Devoe at the Charleston Civic Center. I think I was 12? Maybe 13. Keith Sweat and Monie Love opened and my friends and I were practically in the rafters. My dad took us and waited in the parents’ lounge that the Civic Center had set up (as he did with a couple other concerts after that, notably Metallica on the Black Album tour).


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istealforksfromrestaurants said: white

3 facts about my personality (from the person who probably knows it the best)…

1. I am a rule follower and rule enforcer. This applies to traffic laws, bicycling rules, grocery store food buffet rules, etc, etc, etc. Surprising since I was such a disaffected, surly youth.

2. I am an eternal Storm Cloud. And I know enough about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to know very well which unhelpful thought patterns I’m engaging in and I just. don’t. care. 

3. I’m a sap. Seriously I will cry at TV shows, movies, even commercials. There is no end to the feels that pour out of my eyes.

Purple: 10 facts about my room.
Blue: 9 facts about my family.
Green: 8 facts about my body
Yellow: 7 facts about my childhood
Orange: 6 facts about my home town.
Red: 5 facts about my bestfriend(s).
Pink: 4 facts about my parents.
White: 3 facts about my personality.
Grey: 2 facts about my favourite things
Black: 1 fact about the person I like.

(Source: keepitfr3sh, via partysoft)










Introducing the Social Intelligence Test! From what I can tell, it’s sponsored by Harvard and it’s rather interesting. The basis is you look at pictures of people going through different emotions and decide what emotion they’re feeling. The trick is, you can only see their eyes.

How well can you read people? I never thought I was good at it, but I scored rather high on this test. It was a very interesting experience! I highly recommend taking this!

13 out of 36…

28 out of 36

27 out of 37, i thought i was bad at reading people, i just need to learn how to make eye contact more

oh no 25 ohmanohno

32???? WTF In real life I am SOOOOO bad at understanding people. Maybe I need to ask then to just freeze for a bit so a can stare at their face for a while… (I do have issues with eye contact.)


This study was odd, though, and I’m surprised I (or anyone, really) did so well given that I’m not sure many of their choices were “emotions” in a technical sense, sometimes the choices seemed overlapping or not quite right, a lot of the photos were not good quality and the angles made it difficult to look at eye and brow lines.  Halfway through I started to feel like this was a test for something different, like feeling/word association with men vs women or something.

Thoughts from someone who is familiar with this kind of stuff? wespeakbodylanguage if you have the time, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Idk about anyone else that took it, but I felt like I was reading the women’s faces as more inviting/sexual than the men’s faces.  Idk if that’s the fault of the study or the fault of ingrained bias to interpret women’s friendliness as a sexual invitation. Idk, just a though.  

34/36 which is bewildering bc I hate looking at people’s faces.

27/36  Apparently the average is 26/36.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

My friends Grayson and Tina counterprotest the anti-choice people in Raleigh every Saturday. Here, the antichoice people have assembled in prayer to, as they are reported to have put it, “pray for Grayson’s wife.”



Saturday, July 19, 2014

My friends Grayson and Tina counterprotest the anti-choice people in Raleigh every Saturday. Here, the antichoice people have assembled in prayer to, as they are reported to have put it, “pray for Grayson’s wife.”


I deserve this job. This is my job. Give this job to me.








Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in this thread! Your comments are much appreciated.  The listing has been edited to clarify my position, and to reflect some of the feedback this pin has received. 

Comparing butches to men is lesbophobic. We are women. We are not oppressors, we are not privileged, being gender non-conforming actually puts us in a more vulnerable position.

You’re just digging a deeper hole for yourself, buddy.

Also, very shameless of you, having fucking Labrys pins, No Girl Hate” pins and “Dyke” pins and shitting all over the most visible and vulnerable subset of lesbians. You think it’s OK to make money out of us but shit all over us at the same time. Nice hypocrisy there.

I’m reblogging this until this pin shit gets taken down.

I was gonna copy and paste some of the text in the listing here but its all equally disgusting and I can’t even decide what part is the worst. I reported the item under “this item may be prohibited by etsy” and explained why I think it should be removed. It may not work, but if you have an etsy acct you should report this listing, and explain yourself. 

What a fucking shameless, dishonest, lesbophobic piece of trash. This asshole will not apologize and keeps defending her bigoted point of view. She keeps comparing butches to men and even says that eventual misogyny coming from a butch lesbian is worse that that which comes from men.

Is there a butch lesbian violence epidemic I didn’t hear of? Do butches rape and murder their partners every day? Do butches hold institutional power and use it to oppress women? Do butches own most of the land and the money in the world? Do butches go shoot schools when they are rejected?

STOP comparing us to men, you disgusting, unapologetic lesbophobe. Every time you write something it shows more and more clearly what a bigot you are. And KEEP THE FUCK AWAY from the lesbian community. You are NOT femme, you are NOT one of us. You’re just a greedy crook who wants our money.

I encourage everyone to go report that item to Etsy. It’s pretty easy to create an account if you don’t have one, and you can even log in with your Facebook. And do not spend any money on this greedy bastard’s shop. Spread the word. She doesn’t respect lesbians, she doesn’t deserve a single penny from us.

You know, if she hadn’t doubled down, I might have just left it alone. But she did. So I reported it. Not sure if it will do any good but I sure hope so. Jerk.

(Source: niceswamp, via lonealien)