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…a reboot was never possible. It was, far more importantly, never what I wanted. There was no way I wanted to write a new Doctor Who. I wanted him to be the same man who had fought the Macra and the Sea Devils and who was in that junkyard in 1963 and who was in Perivale in 1989. The same man I saw change from Sylvester McCoy into Paul McGann. I wouldn’t have been interested in saying this is a different person. Absolutely not.
Russell T Davies, Doctor Who: The Inside Story (via popscockleswescanhaves)

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tea ask!

  • earl grey:

    how do you take your tea?

  • lady grey:

    favorite outfit?

  • irish breakfast:

    what country do you want to visit?

  • chamomile:

    comfort movie?

  • peppermint:

    what's your favorite holiday and why?

  • milk:

    do you have any allergies?

  • sugar:

    tell me about your first crush

  • honey:

    type out the last text you sent

  • green tea:

    where do you feel most at peace?

  • bubble tea:

    what ride would you pick at an amusement park?

  • mug:

    when/where do you normally drink tea?

  • chai:

    what do you order at starbucks?

  • oolong:

    what are you hoping to be doing in ten years?

  • herbal:

    post a selfie

  • coffee:

    surprise coffee ask! how do you take your coffee?

These two ways of establishing dominance in conversation, frequently based on gender, go hand-in-hand with this last one: A woman, speaking clearly and out loud, can say something that no one appears to hear, only to have a man repeat it minutes, maybe seconds later, to accolades and group discussion.

After I wrote about the gender confidence gap recently, of the 10 items on a list, the one that resonated the most was the issue of whose speech is considered important. In sympathetic response to what I wrote, a person on Twitter sent me a cartoon in which one woman and five men sit around a conference table. The caption reads, “That’s an excellent suggestion, Miss Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.” I don’t think there is a woman alive who has not had this happen.

The cartoon may seem funny, until you realize exactly how often it seriously happens. And — as in the cases of Elizabeth Warren or say, Brooksley Born — how broadly consequential the impact can be. When you add race and class to the equation the incidence of this marginalization is even higher.

This suppressing of women’s voices, in case you are trying to figure out what Miss Triggs was wearing or drinking or might have said to provoke this response, is what sexism sounds like.

These behaviors, the interrupting and the over-talking, also happen as the result of difference in status, but gender rules. For example, male doctors invariably interrupt patients when they speak, especially female patients, but patients rarely interrupt doctors in return. Unless the doctor is a woman. When that is the case, she interrupts far less and is herself interrupted more. This is also true of senior managers in the workplace. Male bosses are not frequently talked over or stopped by those working for them, especially if they are women; however, female bosses are routinely interrupted by their male subordinates.

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn | Alternet (via questionall)


You know what I think television today needs? A completely new “Star Trek” series. Modern media has become transfixed on the idea of the dystopia - the post-apocalyptic wasteland that has become society’s inevitable expectation of our future as a species. When we see humanity’s future portrayed in popular culture, in shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Under the Dome”, and movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent”, the outlook is bleak, and it’s easy to make that jump when every day, the local and national news relays man’s latest atrocities. It’s easy to believe that we are headed towards nuclear war and the total obliteration of everything we hold dear. But “Star Trek” is different. “Star Trek” took a generation gripped by fear of a nuclear onslaught and gave humanity a future not only free from the looming terror of war but free of personal prejudice, societal barriers, and institutionalized discrimination. “Star Trek” showed that generation a future in which all humankind could coexist and construct a system based on peace and self-worth and spread that idea among the stars, and perhaps that’s what this generation needs as well. In a technological age where information on every international crisis is widely and readily available, an outlet that dispels the notion that dystopia is humanity’s only possible path and promotes civility, peace, and hope for a brighter future could make a world of difference.

The fact that colonialism is so central to science-fiction, and that science-fiction is so central to our own pop culture, suggests that the colonial experience remains more tightly bound up with our political life and public culture than we sometimes like to think. Sci-fi, then, doesn’t just demonstrate future possibilities, but future limits—the extent to which dreams of what we’ll do remain captive to the things we’ve already done.
Noah Berlatsky’s Why Sci-Fi Keeps Imagining the Subjugation of White People (via gaywitchesforabortions)

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We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

Take boots, for example. [Vimes] earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

—Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms (via rascalbot)

This is how it is really expensive to be poor. 

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Appeals court strikes down key part of Obamacare


Washington (CNN) — The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees.

In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel found the federal money that helped people afford health insurance only could go to those who signed up through exchanges run by states.

That’s what the law specified, the ruling said, meaning those who signed up through the federal government aren’t eligible for the subsidies that helped them afford coverage.

Only 16 states and the District of Columbia set up their own exchanges, meaning that most of the millions who signed up for subsidized health coverage overall under Obamacare could be affected.


President Barack Obama’s administration is expected to appeal the decision to the full circuit of judges on the court, but it’s all likely to wind up at the Supreme Court in the end.

The law remains unchanged and the subsidized policies are unaffected until the legal case plays out.

However, the potential long-term impact is huge.

If the final result backs the appeals decision, the result would wipe out subsidies for millions and undermine a key component of Obamacare’s requirement that all Americans obtain health coverage.

The easiest fix — changing the law to specify that it allows subsidies for coverage purchased through the federal government as well as state exchanges — would mean reopening the debate over the 2010 Affordable Care Act that passed with zero Republican support.

Republicans now control the House and are expected to make gains in the November election, perhaps also gaining a majority in the Senate.

That means Obama and Democrats have no chance of getting Congress to approve needed changes in the law despised by the political right.

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