September 15, 2014

shatterlands:

nudityandnerdery:

kissmyasajj:

Finally.

Fucking finally. Injustice Harley makes me damn happy.

I still hate her fuckin costume though

That’s the problem with DC. Even when they get things right you can’t full appreciate it because there’s alway a part of it that still sucks. 

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September 15, 2014

This is so funny and music-nerdy.

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September 14, 2014
shintarokago0086:

Original drawing by Shintaro Kago
目が回るのも楽しいものです

shintarokago0086:

Original drawing by Shintaro Kago

目が回るのも楽しいものです

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September 14, 2014
Oldest depiction of female form shows that modern archaeologists are pornsick misogynists : Reclusive Leftist

cannelledusoleil:

female-only:

plansfornigel:

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Female figurine from the Hohle Fels cave near Stuttgart, about 35,000 years old. Interpreted as a pornographic pin-up.

“The Earliest Pornography” says Science Now, describing the 35,000 year old ivory figurine that’s been dug up in a cave near Stuttgart. The tiny statuette is of a female with exaggerated breasts and vulva. According to Paul Mellars, one of the archaeologist twits who commented on the find for Nature, this makes the figurine “pornographic.” Nature is even titling its article, “Prehistoric Pin Up.” It’s the Venus of Willendorf double standard all over again. Ancient figures of naked pregnant women are interpreted by smirking male archaeologists as pornography, while equally sexualized images of men are assumed to depict gods or shamans. Or even hunters or warriors. Funny, huh?

Consider: phallic images from the Paleolithic are at least 28,000 years old. Neolithic cultures all over the world seemed to have a thing for sculptures with enormous erect phalluses. Ancient civilizations were awash in images of male genitalia, from the Indian lingam to the Egyptian benben to the Greek herm. The Romans even painted phalluses on their doors and wore phallic charms around their necks.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicIthyphallic figure from Lascaux, about 17,000 years old. Interpreted as a shaman.

But nobody ever interprets this ancient phallic imagery as pornography. Instead, it’s understood to indicate reverence for male sexual potency. No one, for example, has ever suggested that the Lascaux cave dude was a pin-up; he’s assumed to be a shaman. The ithyphallic figurines from the Neolithic — and there are many — are interpreted as gods. And everyone knows that the phalluses of ancient India and Egypt and Greece and Rome represented awesome divine powers of fertility and protection. Yet an ancient figurine of a nude woman — a life-giving woman, with her vulva ready to bring forth a new human being, and her milk-filled breasts ready to nourish that being — is interpreted as pornography. Just something for a man to whack off to. It’s not as if there’s no other context in which to interpret the figure. After all, the European Paleolithic is chock full of pregnant-looking female statuettes that are quite similar to this one. By the time we get to the Neolithic, the naked pregnant female is enthroned with lions at her feet, and it’s clear that people are worshipping some kind of female god.

Yet in the Science Now article, the archaeologist who found the figurine is talking about pornographic pin-ups: “I showed it to a male colleague, and his response was, ‘Nothing’s changed in 40,000 years.’” That sentence needs to be bronzed and hung up on a plaque somewhere, because you couldn’t ask for a better demonstration of the classic fallacy of reading the present into the past. The archaeologist assumes the artist who created the figurine was male; why? He assumes the motive was lust; why? Because that’s all he knows. To his mind, the image of a naked woman with big breasts and exposed vulva can only mean one thing: porn! Porn made by men, for men! And so he assumes, without questioning his assumptions, that the image must have meant the same thing 35,000 years ago. No other mental categories for “naked woman” are available to him. His mind is a closed box. This has been the central flaw of anthropology for as long there’s been anthropology. And even before: the English invaders of North America thought the Iroquois chiefs had concubines who accompanied them everywhere, because they had no other mental categories to account for well-dressed, important-looking women sitting in a council house. It’s the same fallacy that bedevils archaeologists who dig up male skeletons with fancy beads and conclude that the society was male dominant (because powerful people wear jewelry!), and at another site dig up female skeletons with fancy beads and conclude that this society, too, was male dominant (because women have to dress up as sex objects and trophy wives!). Male dominance is all they can imagine. And so no matter what they dig up, they interpret it to fit their mental model. It’s the fallacy that also drives evolutionary psychology, the central premise of which is that human beings in the African Pleistocene had exactly the same values, beliefs, prejudices, power struggles, goals, and needs as the middle-class white professors and students in a graduate psychology lab in modern-day Santa Barbara, California. And that these same factors are universal and unchanged and true for all time.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicHohle Fels phallus, about 28,000 years old. Interpreted as a symbolic object and …flint knapper. Yes.

That’s not science; it’s circular, self-serving propaganda. This little figurine from Hohle Fels, for example, is going to be used as “proof” that pornography is ancient and natural. I guarantee it. Having been interpreted by pornsick male archaeologists as pornography because that’s all they know, the statuette will now be trotted out by every ev psycho and male supremacist on the planet as “proof” that pornography is eternal, that male dominance is how it’s supposed to be, and that feminists are crazy so shut the fuck up. Look for it in Steven Pinker’s next book. ***

P.S. My own completely speculative guess on the figurine is that it might be connected to childbirth rituals. Notice the engraved marks and slashes; that’s a motif that continues for thousands of years on these little female figurines. No one knows what they mean, but they meant something. They’re not just random cut marks. Someone put a great deal of work into this sculpture. Given that childbirth was incredibly risky for Paleolithic women, they must have prayed their hearts out for help and protection in that time. I can imagine an elder female shaman or artist carving this potent little figure, and propping it up somewhere as a focus for those prayers.

On the other hand, it is possible that it has nothing to do with childbearing or sexual behavior at all. The breasts and vulva may simply indicate who the figure is: the female god. Think of how Christ is always depicted with a beard, which is a male sexual characteristic, even though Christ isn’t about male sexuality. The beard is just a marker. Or, given the figurine’s exaggerated breasts, it may have something to do with sustenance: milk, food, nourishment.

The notion that some dude carved this thing to whack off to — when he was surrounded by women who probably weren’t wearing much in the way of clothes anyway — is laughable.

Good lord I am so glad I took ancient art from a female professor.

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September 14, 2014
africandiasporaphd:

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence.Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery’s end—and created a culture that sustains America’s deepest dreams of freedom.

africandiasporaphd:

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. 

As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence.

Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery’s end—and created a culture that sustains America’s deepest dreams of freedom.

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September 13, 2014
deantrippe:

dick bat

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dick bat

September 12, 2014
vintagegal:

Young Romance Vol 1 #150 November, 1967

vintagegal:

Young Romance Vol 1 #150 November, 1967

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September 12, 2014
twiststreet:

Gamergate update! Spurred by “ethical journalists" from Breitbart.com (named after a politics troll who died in his 40’s after his heart literally couldn’t take the rest of him anymore and nobly tried to make an escape from his body / this mortal coil), the animes spent all yesterday convinced that (a) Zoe Quinn had lied about giving money to charity for her game Depression Quest and should thus be a subject of a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, and (b) Anita Sarkeesian had lied about contacting law enforcement and should thus be a subject of a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.  
Cut to today: turns out that Breitbart.com’s best journalist is the dead guy!  Corpse: 1, living: 0.  
The Sarkeesian bit was partly that the one guy who got arrested for beating his girlfriend called up SFPD and said “I want to see the police report” and they didn’t know what was what.  Because… haha, she’d called the FBI instead.  (Kinda found their FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, though!  So— bittersweet…?).  And the Quinn bit was because she didn’t make a donation in the name of her videogame because that’s not how things happen in reality, that’s just how things happen in Final Fantasy or whatever game these people are defending so hard.   
The animes immediately apologized and realized the obvious dangers of sustaining a prolonged hate-campaign without any real evidence of tangible wrongdoing and pledged that they would ”Not your shield, martyr,” yelled an anime with a Patreon page, linking to a youtube video of tweets defaced by ultra-meaningful MSPaint heiroglyphics that when decoded with a Reddit Red-pill Rosetta Stone reveal Hardcore Secrets of Being a Real Man, According to Some Racist Guy Who Beat His GIrlfriend… or as they call it “ethics in video games.” 
Oh, except it’s not about ethics anymore, as it turns out!! It’s back to being about women, at least according to Adam Baldwin (The One who Wasn’t in Bitter Harvest, so who cares) who tweeted a game dev who got interviewed:

Do you think that the accusations of corruption are as deep as many would have us believe?
I don’t know and I don’t care. The biggest problem we have is, that there is a group of people that think they know what’s right and what’s wrong and that they have a mission to make the world a better place and protect the oppressed by any means. 

Protecting the oppressed… the monsters.
(There was a tumblr post by an indie game dev that flat-out said “well, writers don’t drive as much web traffic to my games as youtubers so I support the good gamers of gamergate"— so, yeah, it all sounded very "ethical")…
In other news, I want to cut myself, all the time.

If I was in charge of things I would  give Abhay a Pulitzer prize. 

twiststreet:

Gamergate update! Spurred by “ethical journalists" from Breitbart.com (named after a politics troll who died in his 40’s after his heart literally couldn’t take the rest of him anymore and nobly tried to make an escape from his body / this mortal coil), the animes spent all yesterday convinced that (a) Zoe Quinn had lied about giving money to charity for her game Depression Quest and should thus be a subject of a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, and (b) Anita Sarkeesian had lied about contacting law enforcement and should thus be a subject of a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION.  

Cut to today: turns out that Breitbart.com’s best journalist is the dead guy!  Corpse: 1, living: 0.  

The Sarkeesian bit was partly that the one guy who got arrested for beating his girlfriend called up SFPD and said “I want to see the police report” and they didn’t know what was what.  Because… haha, she’d called the FBI instead.  (Kinda found their FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, though!  So— bittersweet…?).  And the Quinn bit was because she didn’t make a donation in the name of her videogame because that’s not how things happen in reality, that’s just how things happen in Final Fantasy or whatever game these people are defending so hard.   

The animes immediately apologized and realized the obvious dangers of sustaining a prolonged hate-campaign without any real evidence of tangible wrongdoing and pledged that they would ”Not your shield, martyr,” yelled an anime with a Patreon page, linking to a youtube video of tweets defaced by ultra-meaningful MSPaint heiroglyphics that when decoded with a Reddit Red-pill Rosetta Stone reveal Hardcore Secrets of Being a Real Man, According to Some Racist Guy Who Beat His GIrlfriend… or as they call it “ethics in video games.” 

Oh, except it’s not about ethics anymore, as it turns out!! It’s back to being about women, at least according to Adam Baldwin (The One who Wasn’t in Bitter Harvest, so who cares) who tweeted a game dev who got interviewed:

Do you think that the accusations of corruption are as deep as many would have us believe?

I don’t know and I don’t care. The biggest problem we have is, that there is a group of people that think they know what’s right and what’s wrong and that they have a mission to make the world a better place and protect the oppressed by any means. 

Protecting the oppressed… the monsters.

(There was a tumblr post by an indie game dev that flat-out said “well, writers don’t drive as much web traffic to my games as youtubers so I support the good gamers of gamergate"— so, yeah, it all sounded very "ethical")…

In other news, I want to cut myself, all the time.

If I was in charge of things I would  give Abhay a Pulitzer prize. 

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September 12, 2014

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September 12, 2014
vintagemanga:

UMEZU Kazuo (楳図かずお ), Orochi / おろち

vintagemanga:

UMEZU Kazuo (楳図かずお ), Orochi / おろち

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