what about an AR game of this? where you go out and about and take pictures with your 3DS camera to find the pokemon and take pictures of them as they go by?
WOULD THAT MEAN SELFIES WITH POKEMON
CAUSE DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE
Anonymous said: I'm so confused about my sexuality. I'm a girl and I only feel extreme attraction towards other girls, I find guys attractive as well but not on the scale that I find girls attaractive. Also, I don't see myself ever doing sexy times with a guy, only a girl. But I would definitely kiss one. I just really don't know.
Alright, let me level with you. This is how most people think of sexuality.
Pretty simplistic. Even when most people don’t factor in asexuality, this is how the majority of people have been educated to think about sexuality. Even including all the binaries, including bisexuality (which many people don’t believe is a thing), some people only assume that the entire binary is “straight” and “not straight” We’ve advanced phenomenally in even the past 2 years, largely due to social activism and education on the subject.
But I think we can all agree that even while including bisexuality and asexuality on this spectrum is cool, it’s still super simplistic and not representative of the real world. Here’s how sexuality ACTUALLY looks.
See how fucking complicated that shit is? That’s why most people don’t take the time to educate themselves. It IS complicated. But it also is important, because every single person who is reading this right now falls somewhere on that huge spectrum of sexual preferences and identities. Sexuality isn’t a YES/NO answer; it is a 1-10 vs 1-10, and is much more complex than society would have us believe.
In answering this question, I got curious, so I decided to talk to some of my friends on Facebook. I asked them their sexual preferences and romantic preferences. Here’s what I got from the hour I spent surveying friends who consented to allowing me to reveal their identities on this survey, including myself.
As you can see, even in a simple overview of literally just the friends that happened to be awake at midnight on the Thursday who were on Facebook, we have a HUGE divide. Noelle, Courtney, and myself identify as primarily hetero. But even though we all claim we’re straight, none of us listed ourselves as completely hetero. The others are either gay, or bi. And although many of of us identify as romantic (a common trend in most modern societies), many of us actively defied the convention.
Let me remind you that this was the ultimate casual survey. Literally no research went into this, and still we got this complex display of results. I know for a fact that Megan, one of our writers here, is asexual, although I don’t know her romantic preferences; I am pretty certain Charlie identifies as bi, but also not sure of her romantic preferences.
The point of all this is that you shouldn’t worry! Sexuality is complicated, and so are these graphs. That’s part of the point. There isn’t objectivity to sexuality. You can be whoever you are, so long as you are 100% happy with what you are. Do what you want, kiss who you want, love you want. But don’t feel bad if you don’t fall in the same position on that spectrum as everyone else, because there is so much room to fill that everyone can feel at home.
Want to have a mini-research project? If you do, feel free to send in an ask to the following question:
On a scale of 1-10 - 1 being gay, 10 being straight - how do you identify as gay or straight.
On a scale of 1-10 - 1 preferring friendship, 10 preferring romance - how do you identify as someone who values friendship or romance more?
I did an informal research study on sexuality! Here are the results.
Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German.
All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.
Even before Germany abolished college tuition for all students, the price was a steal. Typically semester fees were around $630. What’s more, German students receive many perks including discounts for food, clothing and events, as well as inexpensive or even free transportation.
In explaining why Germany made this move, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a Hamburg senator, called tuition fees “unjust” and added that “they discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Actually, German universities were free up until 2006 when they started charging tuition. That triggered such a crush of criticism that German states began phasing out this policy. Lower Saxony was the last holdout.
It’s too bad that politicians in the U.S. don’t feel that a college education is worth supporting appropriately. State aid to the nation’s public universities took a nosedive during the 2008 recession and education funding remains well below those levels. The average state is spending 23 percent less per student than before the recession, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Actually, state support has been declining for public universities for a quarter of a century. Using an interactive tool from The Chronicle of Higher Education, you can see how state government subsidies have cratered at individual institutions.
With the average undergrad borrower now leaving school with more than $29,000 in debt, the free ride in Germany can look awfully tempting.
How to handle the language barrier
German is not an easy language to learn. Fortunately, however, there are international language programs in Germany, which have become very popular with international students before they tackle obtaining a degree in a different language.
What’s more, an increasing number of German universities are offering degrees in English. These are often called international studies programs or in some other way have the word international in their title.
This is actually making me cry…it’s one of those times when you realize that your own government just truly, honestly, does not give a shit about your wellbeing in any way.
If Americans don’t reblog this, then y’all need help.
Here’s an example of sexism in the media. It’s very subtle, but it’s insidious, and it’s everywhere.
Men’s washroom and women’s washroom, each with an ad in the mirror. Both ads are for the same car. However, the text is slightly changed - in the men’s, it tells you that you look a million bucks but would look even better in that car. In the women’s, it gives you concern that you’re having a bad hair day but that’d be okay if you had that car.
The men’s ad assumes you’re confident and powerful and tries to optimize that image. The women’s ad undermines your opinion of yourself and tells you how to fix it.
Seriously. That shit is fucked.
Bill Nye is my favorite
Dawkins needs to get over himself
Bam. Dawkins is a jerk.
Dawkins looks like he is being physically repelled by Bill Nye’s presence. Like Bill has this aura that pushes back assholes or something.
I believe that aura is called knowledge.