the-star-card:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:







Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:


I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

Wow. I’m not really a Taylor fan, but I’m glad this was pointed out.

the-star-card:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

Wow. I’m not really a Taylor fan, but I’m glad this was pointed out.

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After a day of running errands in this god awful heat, and getting my teeth poked and prodded by a dentist…

Time for a nap!

💤💤

After a day of running errands in this god awful heat, and getting my teeth poked and prodded by a dentist…

Time for a nap!

💤💤

heylookitsjon asked:

So I have a question about feeding and growth. I have two yearling females that I got last September when they were just 70g, and with my feeding schedule they are just now at 300g. Should I be feeding more often? Is this a bad growth rate? Should they be growing faster? I feed two jumbo adult mice every two weeks.

fuckyeahballpythons:

That’s on the lighter side but I wouldn’t personally be concerned about it, I want to say that Pomona was probably around that size as a yearling, and you shouldn’t worry much about growth rates unless you find that they are underweight in comparison to their length. I do usually find that most of my BPs experience the most significant growth once I get them to feeding on weanling rats and after that point, they’ll start really tipping the scales at weigh ins. 

Feeding two jumbo mice every two weeks doesn’t really make sense to me, it’d probably be better to just feed them one weekly.

Unfortunately it’s just my work schedule. I have such weird days and hours I can’t always get to my mouse breeder to get feeders. It just works out that I can get there and get the feeding done for my kids on the same day every two weeks.

I’ll try to switch to larger food more often.

Thanks!

majiinboo:

  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 

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constantine-spiritworker:

HELLO!~ so… I have some pretty amazing followers. I’ve also had some rough times lately, and having all of you with me has helped me in more ways than I can ever really articulate. So, as a way of thanking you, I wanted to put together a package of goodies for one special person. (And if it goes well, I’ll be doing it more often!!)

RULES;

  • giveaway blogs excluded
  • must be following me constantine-spiritworker
  • reblog to enter (likes don’t count!)
  • be a US resident or at least have a US address (sorry, shipping sucks)
  • have an open ask box so I can get your address
  • be 18 years or older
  • This giveaway is in no way associated with Tumblr
  • winner will be chosen at random on 8/31
  • the winner must respond within 24 hours or a new one will be selected
  • don’t be one of the asshole blogs I’ve had issues with the last few weeks (none of you should be following me anyway)

PRIZES

  • 1 abalone shell & stand
  • 6 quartz points & organza pouch
  • 1 bloodstone merkaba pendulum
  • 1 7-day white, unscented jar candle
  • 2 pieces palo santo
  • 3 black tea lights (unscented)
  • 3 jasmine bouquet scented white tea lights
  • 3 lavender scented tea lights
  • 12 white, unscented chime/vigil candles
  • 1 copy Psychic Tarot by Nancy Antenucci
  • 1 copy Llewellyn’s 2015 Daily Planetary Guide
  • 1 maroon triquetra journal with elastic closure
  • The Conscious Spirit Oracle Deck
  • Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards
  • 1 custom tarot/card reading spread cloth (not pictured) (winner will get to pick one from my stash)
  • 1 custom drawstring bag (not pictured) (winner will get to pick the size & colors)

Okay! Go nuts!

save-the-cheerleader:

in study period today a guy sitting next to me was reading mockingjay and he kinda just whispered what the fuck to himself

and then again, a lil more angrily, what the fUCK

And he flicked back about seven or so pages and then went back to his spot and went ‘no’

and I know exactly which fuckin part he was reading lemme tell u

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