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Being Alone, Apparently, and Ass: TOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE WOMEN TO SMILE <p><a href="http://livingz0mbie.tumblr.com/post/114257605596/specialsnowflakesanonymous-ecreblog" class="tumblr_blog">livingz0mbie</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://specialsnowflakesanonymous.tumblr.com/post/114244655421/ecreblog-specialsnowflakesanonymous-ecreblog">specialsnowflakesanonymous</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ecreblog.tumblr.com/post/114239582876/specialsnowflakesanonymous-ecreblog">ecreblog</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://specialsnowflakesanonymous.tumblr.com/post/114235051001/ecreblog-specialsnowflakesanonymous">specialsnowflakesanonymous</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://ecreblog.tumblr.com/post/114230139821/specialsnowflakesanonymous-64bitwar">ecreblog</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://specialsnowflakesanonymous.tumblr.com/post/114229850691/64bitwar-zueshasalightsaber-lamariposamorena">specialsnowflakesanonymous</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://64bitwar.tumblr.com/post/114229466302">64bitwar</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://zueshasalightsaber.tumblr.com/post/113752569746/lamariposamorena-stop-telling-women-to-smile">zueshasalightsaber</a>:</p><blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://lamariposamorena.tumblr.com/post/108722962623/stop-telling-women-to-smile">lamariposamorena</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Stop telling women to Smile</p></blockquote> <p>Jesus fucking christ, is this supposed to be feminism? You know men also get told to smile right? Is that really what you define as oppression? The fuck is wrong with you people?</p></blockquote> <p>I think they just need to smile.<br/></p></blockquote> <p>:X I find this funny. Feminist like to complain and wallow in their self-made misery so ofc they reject the idea of smiling…</p><p>-Billy</p></blockquote> <p>It’s not self-made. Yeah, it happens to men too, but why does that make it less of a problem? It’s rude to tell people to just smile because you want them to. And it happens to women a lot, especially through creepy perverts that think its anything but harassment to tell a woman to show them “that sexy smile”. Or something along those lines.<br/><br/>Nowhere in the post did someone say this was oppression, but it seemed whoever was against it was quick to say that these people were calling it that. It’s just rude an obnoxious, don’t tell people to smile. You really don’t know why they’re not smiling and they don’t owe you a smile in the first place.<br/><br/>Why do people bitch about giving other people common courtesy? </p></blockquote> <p>Why do you assume this post is about street harassment? Am I the only one who sees “Hey, smile” as a way to try and cheer someone up? Isn’t it proven that smiling can make you feel better? Lol it’s rude to try and make people feel better now…? Cause nowhere in this post did I see anything about street harassment {Which feminists honestly exaggerate the ever living fuck out of, acting like being called pretty by a stranger is like murdering their damn dog in front of them..I digress.} until you brought it up.</p><p>It’s rude and obnoxious to try and get someone to pull themselves out of their funky mood just because you don’t know what’s going on in their life. Cause “you arn’t owed that smile” Trying to spread a little, tiny ass snipit of joy in someone’s life {and if they’re all mopey they probably need it} is a bad thing. Yeah, I call that self-made misery all right cause I damn sure don’t know what else you would call “looking for reasons to be pissy, miserable, and offended over the wind blowing”… </p><p>You back me up by jumping to the worst case scenario over something as trivial as trying to cheer someone up. Soo…yeah, self made. By the by, street harassment is more than just a stranger talking to you on the street….just to clarify. </p><p>-Billy</p></blockquote> <p>I never once said street harassment, I said people use those terms to harass others. It’s not always as innocent as trying to cheer someone up. And in case you haven’t noticed, street harassment doesn’t mean a stranger called you pretty. Its something that occurs when commentary becomes crude and invasive and doesn’t cease when a person is made uncomfortable. Not everyone really cares for unsolicited comments on their appearance, and if they ask for someone to stop, that needs to be respected, not challenged. <br/></p><p>Also telling someone to smile 1) does nothing to correct the problem. A smile can may you feel better temporarily in some cases, but at most the joy will end quickly, at worst the person may just feel annoyed that someone’s pestering them when they’re clearly not in a good mood. 2) isnt a good idea to do when you dont know the situation. If someone had just gone through a serious loss or devestation, I’m pretty sure the last thing they want right now is some stranger telling them to smile or cheer up. Though in a less extreme situation, its still naive to think that simply smiling is going to make someone feel better anyways. Its proven that smiling can help somewhat, but its not going to help if that person feels pressured to do so. <br/></p><p>I never said trying to cheer someone up is a bad thing, but just telling someone to smile is not really helpful in any lasting way, can feel very pressuring, and its really a rather empty gesture. Frequently people say this sort of thing, not necessarily to help, but because other people being sad makes them uncomfortable. It’s all circumstantial, and i know full well that telling someone to smile isn’t always done in a harassing, probing, or selfish way, but it isn’t always for good reason either. If people had heard this line used in those negative ways frequently enough, it’s perfectly understandable that they don’t want to keep hearing it. <br/></p></blockquote> <p>Sorry, I mistook “And it happens to women a lot, especially through creepy perverts that think its anything but harassment to tell a woman to show them “that sexy smile” to mean something along the lines of cat calling and street harassment.</p><p>Not everyone wants unsolicited comments on their appearance, but are you really gonna be upset that someone stopped to say something kind to you? Or at least, their attempt to be kind. What are you talking about, being asked to be left alone? There’s a difference between saying a compliment and badgering the person.</p><figure data-orig-height="570" data-orig-width="920"><img data-orig-height="570" data-orig-width="920" alt="image" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/9f0af465b20f8c4378edcf1f9b6e046b/tumblr_inline_nlkvb4LOcr1sj8zwq_500.png"/></figure><p>{^ yeah?}</p><p>Your whole second paragraph is “You don’t know what they’re going through so HOW DARE you try to cheer them up, you have no right to try and make their day a little brighter just because your mouth doesn’t produce problem-solving magic.” So basically “Fuck your good intentions, I feel like being miserable so screw off.” {Back to that self-made misery…}  I hope you know how ridiculous that sounds. Damn, sorry someone’s trying to be nice to someone else when the person is clearly in a bad mood….?</p><p>Not only did you…y’know, actually <i>did</i> say that trying to cheer someone up is a bad thing {”Cause you don’t know their circumstances and it’s an empty gesture that doesn’t help”}”but now you’re saying that they’re only saying it because they are selfish/ is more often than not fueled by bad intentions. Damn dude. So you think saying it just to cheer someone up is the <i>minority </i>situation here? Its….pretty unfortunate that you see the world as being so damn evil. I’m just saying. So yeah, there is  a difference between harassing someone and trying to compliment them…hence why “Stop telling women to smile” sounds stupid as hell, it pretty much kills the chances of <i>either</i> scenario happening, huh? Just cause you assume the absolute worst in people and hate kind intentions apparently…</p><p>Anyway…like I said…getting at them hard hitting issues here. </p><p>-Billy</p></blockquote> <p>Its not ‘oppressive’ its just fucking patronising. Its supposed to make me ‘cheer up’? No it pisses me off cause I’ll feel how I want to thanks, none of your damn business so just shut up. If someone wants to smile then they can do it themself, you trying to tell them to is patronising and obnoxious. Had it said to me plenty times and I just wanted to wring their fucking necks <br/></p></blockquote> <p>Patronizing? Maybe. Sexist? Not in the slightest. I just love special snowflake feminists who think they&rsquo;re the only ones who get told to smile, or if not the only ones, the only ones for whom it counts as a problem.</p>
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