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"HBO, critics, HBO-hopefuls, academics, and audiences have used the term “quality” to legitimate their pleasure in watching television. The very need to defend or explain the love for television underlines its root (and continued) status as a feminized mass medium, and the unspoken but widely held characterization of “difficult” media (high art cinema, high modernism) as masculine and “easy” or “pleasurable” texts (soap operas, television at large, romance novels) as feminine. But that equation dismisses the stunning similarities between soap operas — in truth, some of the most narratively complex programs on television — with our contemporary iterations of quality."

House of Cards, Season 2 |

Brilliant stuff, but I’d expect nothing less from Anne Helen Petersen.

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emilianadarling:

SOMEBODY FINALLY SAID IT

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chronicgigglefits:

askainleymaster:

so are people high while trying to learn about Christianity or

just a severed leg that hopped around  

chronicgigglefits:

askainleymaster:

so are people high while trying to learn about Christianity or

just a severed leg that hopped around  

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nothingeverlost:

samuraifuckingfrog:

So, the Muppets have been posting selfies on their Instagram.

Gonzo and Rizzo’s are perfect

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godbless-st-cyr:

This website is made up of killers

A compilation of my favourite ‘we’re all killers’ posts.

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justanotherfield:

I made a post yesterday about Blaine/Rachel/Quinn and Tina/Kurt/Santana, and how there’s also Mercedes. There’s a lot of talk in fandom about how Blaine and Rachel need to experience real failure for personal growth. Or something.

Which is interesting when you look at Quinn, because no one else on the show has had such a fall from grace. We learn in Born This Way the extents she went to to get where she was. Every time she hits rock bottom, she claws her way back up. She’s crowned prom queen, gets into Yale, gets the hell out of Lima. Even Sue admires Quinn Fabray.

In comparison, there’s a lot of talk about how Rachel and Blaine ‘don’t do the work’. The girl who’s on the elliptical at 6.10am and the boy who has shortcuts to shave 15 seconds off his daily routine. They’ve got a good head start, but they’re also incredibly driven, focused, and disciplined. And people like that find success naturally, sometimes even in things they don’t pursue as hard.

I think it’s a fair assessment that most people view Tina, Kurt, and Santana as underdogs in this narrative. It feels like Glee has to give them their win some day. There has to be a payoff.

And then there’s Mercedes.

One of the things I love most about her is that when she left New Directions in season 3, she invited the other girls to come join her. She tells Santana that she’s also a star member of the Troubletones. She’s happy for her friends when they get to shine.

Yet Rachel v Mercedes was a thing for three whole seasons. They butt heads over and over again and then hug it out. Mercedes is told in Night of Neglect and Comeback and Asian F that she needs to pit herself against Rachel and fight for what she wants, even when she says she’s tired of fighting and that Rachel and her are friends.

It’s an ongoing battle for her - standing up for herself while remaining true to her values. She gives up her record deal in Wonder-ful so she can do things on her terms, even it means she might never succeed. She breaks up with Shane but then also turns down Sam. The narrative dictates that she can either be Beyonce or Kelly Rowlands or Effie White. She makes active decisions to just be herself.

None of them are by any means perfect, but that’s what makes it so interesting.

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third-round-charm:

distraction:

Not many people know the stereotypical heart shape was meant to be two hearts fused together

Hey there. History nerd here… not many people know this “fact” because it’s not true. The universal heart shape we recognize today has nothing to do with the heart, actually. It has to do with early Roman birth control.The Romans used a plant called silphium to prevent pregnancy. It was so effective that it became a critical part of Rome’s economy and daily life. It was literally so important to their culture that the image of it’s seed were even imprinted on currency. It’s the exact shape of the heart we know today, and this is the first time it’s visage was ever recorded in history. It was so important to them, and so highly prized that they actually drove the plant into extinction by over harvesting it for use. This shape was so ingrained in their society’s conscious as a symbol of sexual liberation that it became associated with all aspects of intimacy, eg. sex, unity, and love.TL;DR: It’s not two hearts sewn together. It’s an ancient plant that Romans used to have gratuitous amounts of sex before condoms were around.

third-round-charm:

distraction:

Not many people know the stereotypical heart shape was meant to be two hearts fused together


Hey there. History nerd here… not many people know this “fact” because it’s not true. The universal heart shape we recognize today has nothing to do with the heart, actually. It has to do with early Roman birth control.

The Romans used a plant called silphium to prevent pregnancy. It was so effective that it became a critical part of Rome’s economy and daily life. It was literally so important to their culture that the image of it’s seed were even imprinted on currency.

It’s the exact shape of the heart we know today, and this is the first time it’s visage was ever recorded in history. It was so important to them, and so highly prized that they actually drove the plant into extinction by over harvesting it for use.

This shape was so ingrained in their society’s conscious as a symbol of sexual liberation that it became associated with all aspects of intimacy, eg. sex, unity, and love.

TL;DR:
It’s not two hearts sewn together. It’s an ancient plant that Romans used to have gratuitous amounts of sex before condoms were around.

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Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast.

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