In lurve with Amanda Palmer’s prowess on internet platforms. Her tumblr is on point.
Following Rainbow Rowell on twitter has been one of my better decisions
oops I went on a rant
last one is truth
How stripping off to play Helen of Troy on the London stage changed the way I feel about my body
It’s October. It’s dusk. It’s the second week of rehearsals for The Trojan Women, a modern version of Euripides’ tragedy in which I’m greedily playing three different roles: Cassandra, the…
One of my lecturers at university once presented us with this thought exercise: why are doctors so highly paid, and so well-respected? Our answers were predictable. Because they save lives, their skills are extremely important, and it takes years and years of education to become one. All sound, logical reasons. But these traits that doctors possess are universal. So why is it, she asked, that doctors in Russia are so lowly paid? Making less than £7,500 a year, it is one of the lowest paid professions in Russia, and poorly respected at that. Why is this?
The answer is crushingly, breathtakingly simple. In Russia, the majority of doctors are women. Here’s a quote from Carol Schmidt, a geriatric nurse practitioner who toured medical facilities in Moscow: “Their status and pay are more like our blue-collar workers, even though they require about the same amount of training as the American doctor… medical practice is stereotyped as a caring vocation ‘naturally suited‘ to women, [which puts it at] a second-class level in the Soviet psyche.”
What this illustrates perfectly is this — women are not devalued in the job market because women’s work is seen to have little value. It is the other way round. Women’s work is devalued in the job market because women are seen to have little value."
awkward question for mayim
"Yeah, I’m a neuroscientist…you may not have known that."
FOR THE RECORD, THOUGH: The question he asked was actually: “Being on The Big Bang Theory, how many people —not that you’re NOT a genius— think that you can solve calculus at the drop of a hat?”
The male interviewer DID KNOW she was a scientist, though he didn’t know what kind. The female interviewer didn’t, however.
Man, I hope she and Natalie Portman have dinner occasionally where they catch up on the latest news in neurobiology and bitch about the dumb questions they’ve been asked that week. And they should do it in Hebrew or something for kicks since they’re both multi-lingual.
why go to art school when you can just be a painting dog
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog
“I’m a drag queen, or what you would call a ‘fish queen’—someone who really personifies what it means to be a woman. I’m not afraid to take most of my makeup off and walk around in clothes like these. I tend to reserve my more feminine clothing for my performances. On days like today, I like playing with gender nonconformity. I have a large range of possibilities, so I mix men’s and women’s clothes.”
“Tell me something about drag queens that most people don’t know.”
“One of the more surprising facts is that there are a lot of drag queens who are straight men. Many married men do drag on a regular basis.
And to dispel some rumors—we are not prostitutes or homeless people. Many of us are educated and lead productive lives. Many of us live full time as women and also do drag. Many of us lead seemingly heterosexual lives and only do drag on weekends because it’s fun. And we are not evil. We don’t fool around in seedy, degrading bars. We don’t whore ourselves out to people. We want the same things that a lot of normal people do—to have a successful career, a good life, and a healthy love life.”
— Kevin Oderman, from White Vespa (via the-final-sentence)
What a closing sentence