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Every clasroom caters to boys??? What the fuck.

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What ever happened to letting “boys be boys?” Take these two cases: In one, a seven-year-old boy was sent home for nibbling a Pop Tart into a gun. In another, a teacher was so alarmed by a picture drawn by a student (of a sword fight), that the boy’s parents were summoned in for a conference. In short, boys in America’s schools are routinely punished for being active, competitive, and restless. In other words, boys can no longer be boys. Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains how we can change this.

how about you stop taking things out of context

girls are being sent home for “exposing too much skin” but there’s a war on boys because we’re discouraging violence

Nibbling a toaster pastry into a vaguely gun-shape-like object is now violence.

Drawing a gun is now violence.

Oh but didn’t hear last month? In a school in Washington the entire kindergarten classes male attendance rallied against the teachers with gun-shaped pastries and medieval long swords! It was all over the news!

I nearly got suspended for sketching a desert eagle (an excellent sketch I might add), while female students practically got away with murder, so no one has to tell me there’s a war on masculinity.

I’m female, and I had to be escorted to the dean’s office by the police because I was overheard saying “my roommate is so annoying I could kill her”. It was very traumatic, and I was treated like a violent criminal who was seriously planning a murder and not just using a figure of speech. And lest you think my experience was an isolated incident:

A kindergarten girl in Pennsylvania was suspended for talk of shooting a Hello Kitty bubble gun, which the school called a “terroristic threat”. 

Another Pennsylvania girl, a 5th grader, was was searched in front of classmates and threatened with arrest after she brought a piece of paper with the corner torn off that sort of looked like a gun.

A second grade girl from Louisiana was expelled for bringing her grandfather’s pocket watch for show and tell because it had a tiny “knife” attached for cleaning under fingernails, and another Louisiana second grader was expelled because of a Play-Doh knife that her brother had accidentally dropped into her bag.

A 15-year-old girl in Indiana was expelled for carrying a Swiss Army Knife to trim violin strings.

A 10-year-old girl in Colorado realized that her mother had put a knife in her lunchbox for her to cut an apple with. The girl realized the knife was against the rules, so she turned it in to her teacher—and was expelled.

An 11-year-old girl in Georgia was suspended for bringing a Tweety Bird keychain to school because it fell under the school’s category of a “weapon”.

A 16-year-old girl in Georgia was arrested and suspended after bringing a collection of artifacts, including some ceremonial knives, to school for extra credit.

A 7th grade girl in Delaware was expelled for using a utility knife to cut paper for a project.

A 3rd grade girl in Delaware was expelled because her grandmother sent a birthday cake to her class, along with a knife to cut it.

There are many, many more instances of girls getting suspended and expelled for the same types of things, but it would take all day for me to list them all. So yes, this is messed up, but no, this isn’t about a “war on boys”, and as someone who’s had the experience of being a female student and being treated like a criminal for a completely harmless action, it really bothers me when people erase my experience, and the experiences of other girls who have had these things happen to them, by trying to claim that this only happens to boys and is a result of some “war on masculinity”.

(Source: floozys)




World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.

New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.

Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.

New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.

The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.

Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.

Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.

Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.

The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.

The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.


This gives me LIFE from people who insist all languages (ALL no matter what) derive from latin bases.

Reblogging this for three reasons:

1) It’s awesome and worth knowing

2) It makes sense when you think about, you know, the whole history of human development (from a NOT white supremacist perspective at least)

3) To add that if anyone ever tries to say that all languages are derived from Latin [insert choked sound of disbelief and anger] you can inform their ignorant (probably racist) asses of this: Latin, as far as languages go, is an INFANT. It’s part of a subset of Indo-European languages and MOTHERFUCKER EVEN ENGLISH ISN’T ONE OF ITS DERIVATIVES. (French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Portuguese are, as well as lots of their related languages and dialects, that’s it.) Latin isn’t even remotely old enough to be a mother language. It’s like saying alpacas were the original dinosaurs or some bullshit.

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