Comic Book Readers
Little girls read comics from the very beginning of their incarnation??
“Girl reading comic book in newsstand” by Teenie Harris (c. 1940-1945) © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
That sound you hear is thousands of wangsting sexist fanboys shrieking in horror.
white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy” to
describe our nation’s political system, audiences
laugh. No one has ever explained why accurately
naming this system is funny. The laughter is itself
a weapon of patriarchal terrorism. It functions
as a disclaimer, discounting the significance of
what is being named. It suggests that the words
themselves are problematic and not the system
they describe. I interpret this laughter as the
audience’s way of showing discomfort with being
asked to ally themselves with an antipatriarchal
disobedient critique. This laughter reminds me
that if I dare to challenge patriarchy openly, I risk
not being taken seriously.
|—||bell hooks, ‘Understanding Patriarchy’ (via feministquotes)|
|—||Compact Fuku: Why Your Feminist Praxis is Shit: Liberalism and Contemporary Feminism (via plastickitten)|
“A biker’s power and intimidating image can even the playing field for a little kid who has been hurt. If the man who hurt this little girl calls or drives by, or even if she is just scared, another nightmare, the bikers will ride over and stand guard all night.
If she is afraid to go to school, they will take her and watch until she’s safely inside.
And if she has to testify against her abuser in court, they will go, too, walking with her to the witness stand and taking over the first row of seats.”
Rajasthani Woman, Jaipur, India
Plastic eating Mushrooms
Yale researchers have discovered a type of mushroom that can eat plastic. During an expedition to the jungles of Ecuador, Professor Scott Strobel and his team of researchers have found a new fungus that eats polyurethane (plastic). The fungi, called “Pestalotiopsis microspore”, is able to survive on eating plastic alone—while without the need for air or light. Students Jonathan Russell and Pria Anand have written in the journal ‘Applied and Environmental Microbiology’, that the enzyme the fungus uses to decompose plastic has been isolated. Scientists hope to use the extracted chemical to solve the plastic trash and help bioremediation projects. If successful, this could change the way we get rid of trash. (via Recently-Discovered ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Eat Plastic - DesignTAXI.com)