Secretly a bearded dragon
Queer, crazy, passionate, and curious
Will post personal adventures of sorts, anything LGBT, some fashion, some fantasy
Really trying to learn to open up and let some light back in. Always up for a debate, and I'll always try and help where I can.


"The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.

"Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because they often let their animals live with them.

"Religion infused every part of Europeans’ lives. Europeans believed in one supreme deity, a father figure, who they believed was made of three parts, and they particularly worshiped the deity’s son. They claimed that their god had given humans domination over the earth. They built elaborate temples to him and performed ceremonies in which they ate crackers and drank wine and believed it was the body and blood of their god, who would provide them with entrance into a wondrous afterlife called heaven when they died. Many wars were fought over disagreements about the details of this religion, each group believing their interpretation was the right one that should be spread across the land."

Now imagine that is part of a textbook that has entire chapters on the Mississippian polities of the 1200s and a detailed account of the diplomatic situation of the southeastern provinces in the 1400s and 1500s, an enormous section that goes through the history of the rise of the Triple Alliance in Mexico and goes through the rule of each tlatoani and their policies, the heritage of Teotihuacan and its legacy in later Mesoamerican politics, elaborate descriptions of the trade routes that connected and drove various nations in North America. Long explanations of the rise of various religious movements such as the calumet ceremony and Midewiwin, and how they affected political agendas and artistic trends. Pages and pages and pages going through the past thousand years of American history century by century.

And these three paragraphs are the only mention of European history before the year 1500.

If your textbook of North American history goes into the details of the Middle Ages, the Reformation and Renaissance, the Silk Road, and European monarchies, and you don’t include equal description of the Mississippian coalescence and dispersal, Haudenosaunee-Algonquian relations, the Woodlands, trans-plains, and southwestern trade systems, the Mexica conquests and the Fifth Sun ideology with explicit naming of various places and leaders, then your textbook is inadequate.

Why do you include those “pre-contact” European things? Because they explain the motivations and reasons for what Europeans did. But people largely imagine North America as this timeless place and don’t recognize that pre-contact American history had just as much of an effect on post-contact history because it provides explanations of the motivations and reasonings behind indigenous peoples’ actions.

But of course, that would require people to recognize that indigenous people had their own histories and agendas and agency that affected the course of history rather than making them a passive recipient of European historical force.

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I was feeling self conscious about my freakishly skinny thighs (they used to be so curvy and powerful :/) so tried taking a pic and my phone shut off & restarted itself for no reason. This has never happened before


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I always show my boyfriend pictures of really pretty people when they remind me of butterflies or beaches or something and he never knows how to react

(Cos he knows I don’t mean it sexually but he always says it’s hard for him to see a “neutral/objective” pretty so he just makes a O.O face)

(We fought earlier this week but it’s all rights)


morning stretches!

Idk if I want to crochet or scribble or sketch a bit or what… I’m feeling so much “creative energy” that it’s making me just uneasy at this point and I want to make something awesome and beautiful or at least something free and emotional and unique or like… at least least make something. Because right now, I have a lot that I want to channel into a “something.”

but i don’t know what, and I’m in one of those moods where I’m too intimidated to start and I’m kinda just mentally flopping around like some sort of bizarre molted crab w nowhere to go and I feel like the grey stuff they always serve in cartoon cafeterias.


Nothin gives him a bigger boner than making me cry

In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were. Jennifer Coates says: “It seems that fathers try to control conversation more than mothers… and both parents try to control conversation more with daughters than with sons. The implicit message to girls is that they are more interruptible and that their right to speak is less than that of boys.”

Girls and boys’ differing understanding of when to talk, when to be quiet, what is polite and so on, has a visible impact on the dynamics of the classroom. Just as men dominate the floor in business meetings, academic conferences and so on, so little boys dominate in the classroom - and little girls let them.

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Working with children for over a decade, this is something I’ve noticed, actually. And for the majority, the little girls in my class and my co-worker’s classes all sit quietly and listen MUCH better than the boys do. Most boys don’t care to be quiet and sit still. And I don’t think this is an attribute of boys being “rowdier” or more “hyper” - believe me, the girls are JUST as off the wall as the boys if you aren’t telling them not to. It must be a learned behavior, and it must be enforced more with the girls so they know they can’t get away with it. You have no idea how many times in my career I’ve heard “boys will be boys,” and smiling parents as they tell me with a laugh, sorry, their son is “wild” and a “handful” as they introduce him to the class.

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And that’s how you do sexism.  That’s how it’s so effectively trained into every single citizen and indoctrinated as normal and right.

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When I student taught, we did lots of “pair-and-shares” or “turn & talk,” and the kids had the expectation that they were to practice their listening and conversation skills with their partner to their best ability. When we read books, we talked a lot about gender dynamics and that really changed the way they interacted with one another. Eventually some of the boys even noticed and apologized when they were speaking over their girl classmates. These are 9- and 10-year-olds! Taught with kindness, firm expectations of justice, and patience, kids will respond and change is possible….!

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This one’s from today. I like it cos it’s one of the pictures where I look just like my dad (but more glittery)

Growth is painful. Change is painful.But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.
—Mandy Hale (via onlinecounsellingcollege)


sometimes i really want nails like this because they are the most gorgeous thing i’ve ever seen and i would feel like a fiery royal goddess

but then i remember that i chew my nails compulsively and snagged a hangnail on a crinoline skirt a while ago and it was one of the most painful events in recent memory so

maybe not a good idea