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Rowan Cota
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Pink haired tiara selfie.

(This picture also makes it really obvious how much my face shape has changed since I started losing weight.)
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Your highness <3
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I'm not usually a graphics poster, but today this one is really speaking to me. I need to put on my tiara, grab my ovaries, and get back to being awesome.
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I do not, I got it from a friend on Facebook.
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Remember how I was talking about the invisibility of my body in media the other day?

Torino, especially, looks like me. This is very exciting to me, especially because she's so beautiful.
 
#expofur

My friend +Michael Tangherlini​​​ is doing a series of paintings representing Italian cities, using anthropomorphic animals (anthros) adorned by their local food.

This is his project I like the most, and I urge you to click on it.
It's fun, detailed, weird in a good way and will make you hungry!

For now we have Ferrara, Turin, Genoa, Naples and Rome,plus the Marche region.

If you need info on the food you don't recognize, just ask, an Italian will answer, is bound to. 
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+Ezio Melega - Consider it a date! (As soon as I'm employed again, so I have money, I'm planning on saving to travel!)
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I don't watch the show, I just love shirts with wings on the back. So covet.

http://www.torrid.com/torrid/NewArrivals/Orphan+Black+Helena+Mesh+Top+Pre-Sale-10322065.jsp
Orphan Black Helena Mesh Top Pre-Sale | Pre-order today! Estimated ship date is 4/13/15.You won't find a clone of this cutie. This peach semi-sheer mesh top is a Torrid exclusive. It has burgundy scarred angel wings on the back just like its character Helena from Orphan Black. Split raw edges finish off this this limited edition style.
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I think the 1st season is on either Netflix or Amazon Prime.  the 2nd season just started as I understand it.
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This is why I say that teaching men and boys to stand up to rape and rape culture is the key to ending rape. Men have a place in my feminism, and this is a demonstration of why. This right here.
 
Yes, it's that simple. Little boys can be taught to have a plan.
When you prepare ahead, it's easier to think of what to do.
When you have backup it's easier to do it.
Preparation, organization and backup is a recipe for these boys to become heros.

"The schoolboy watched as a man tried to remove the nappy of a little girl he was dragging along a Nairobi riverbank, suspecting that he was going to rape her.

Having been trained to defend girls against sexual assault, the boy called other young men to help him confront the man and rescue the child.

"It would have been fatal," said Collins Omondi, who taught the boy as part of a programme to stamp out violence against women and girls in Nairobi slums. "If this man would have assaulted this kid, he would have thrown her inside the river.""

"Omondi teaches a programme called 'Your Moment of Truth', run by the charity Ujamaa Africa which encourages adolescent boys to stand up against violence towards women.

The training is "highly effective" in improving attitudes towards women and increasing the likelihood of successful intervention, researchers from Stanford University, University of Nairobi and United States International University-Africa said.

The training increased boys' successful interventions when witnessing physical or sexual assault by 185 percent, from 26 to 74 percent, according to their study to be published later this year in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Interventions in verbal harassment also increased, and rape by boyfriends and friends of girls in schools where 'Your Moment of Truth' was taught dropped by 20 percent, from 61 to 49 percent, the researchers said

"If they say the boys are actually the problem, we the boys can actually be part of the solution," he added.."
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The schoolboy watched as a man tried to remove the nappy of a little girl he was dragging along a Nairobi riverbank, suspecting that he was going to rape her. Having been trained to defend girls against sexual assault, the boy called other young men to help him confront the man and rescue the child. "It would have been fatal," said Collins Omondi, who taught the boy as part of a programme to s...
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Okay. I can't stay up and have this conversation, I need to get some sleep tonight.

It looks like it's time for me to write a blog entry though. Because what works for me as an activist doesn't necessarily work for the next person. 

There are plenty of people in the world who don't get taken seriously when they approach from the "nice" angle. And suggesting that they should or that it's the "better" method elides that truth.
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[Content note: Discusses antisemitism. Lena Dunham. Yes. She's a content note.]

Just in case the fact that she outed someone without their consent, and described what (I am pretty sure) was sexual assault in her autobiography wasn't enough for you to be done with her... Can we please finally stop praising Lena Dunham and understand that she actually is fucking gross? Please?

http://www.kveller.com/lena-dunham-equated-jews-to-dogs-thats-not-ok/
It’s pretty annoying when someone is anti-Semitic. But imagine how much more annoying it is when it’s someone you like. Or liked. Or someone you kinda, sorta considered a kindred spirit. Like, if y...
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That a somewhat famous and popular person is given a platform by a serious publication to spew antisemitism should be worrisome to everyone. It is the normalization of her message thereby that is truly discomfiting and has an impact on all of us. 
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I've seen some people posting today that they're straight, but that they're going to "act gay" in Indiana.

As someone who identifies as queer, this really bothers me. It bothers me because I don't look queer from the outside. I could probably go to Indiana and get served even in the most shitty, bigotted businesses because I happen to be married to a man (who also identifies as non-hetero). I don't "act" gay. Yet this law is designed to discriminate against me.

It also bothers me as someone who identifies as a Jew. This law also makes it legal to discriminate against me because I wear a chai necklace, or a Magen David t-shirt. This law makes it legal to decide not to serve me because your God thinks my people killed his son.

Please don't appropriate my identity in "protest." It's hurtful, and it also elides all the people who will be discriminated against whose identities aren't visible on the surface.
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If they want to show solidarity, maybe wearing a little rainbow button or ribbon easily obtainable by donating a fractional sum to any number of (for example) LGBT youth outreach centers or something might be a better option.

And quite educational for the wearers, I would imagine.
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All my knittahs...

I love Shepherd Sock, I wish I could afford to get in on this. If you knit, you may be interested. Especially if you knit geeky...

http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure-html/onlineec/newsletterView.asp?nfID=372
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Pink dye is in my hair. Now I leave it until I can't stand it any more. (So far my record is seven hours. Will I beat it today? Who wants the over/under?)
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Um. I use hair chalk.
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Just added "Thinks women are human beings, not human shields!" to the bragging rights portion of my profile. Thank you +David Hill for the quote!
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Sitting up with someone who's not feeling well and I read this. It's an interesting look at a film I've been trying to track down for years. It lived in my Netflix queue for a long time, but the disc just never came.

The book is one I revisit almost yearly, I read it the first time when I was spending the summer in Illinois (the same summer I read Clan of the Cave Bear and Dune [for the first time] in fact). It never loses its impact, I notice new things every time.

I still wish I could find a copy of the movie though.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/03/the-forgotten-handmaids-tale/388514/
Twenty-five years after its release, the movie based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel has been largely omitted from memory. Is the book still too radical for film?
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The book was amazing. The movie was an adaptation, and worthy in that folks who might not read the book might see the film, but I like the book much better.
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"I promise to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, that I will never accept what I am told, that I will never fall in love with safety and forget liberty. I promise that I will look for the lie in every pretty story and the bribe in every convenience."  -- Jim Marcus

Nail polish addict, administrative goddess, writer, student, historical fashion couturier-in-training, geek, gamer, girl.

Former tag lines: 
* Three words. Eight letters.
* ...and I fell in love instantly.
* You did not break me, I'm still fighting for peace.
* Do no harm (but take no shit).

Also, some tags to help you determine if I'm your speed: #gamer #writer #fictionalist #diarist #geek #comicbooks #rpg #liberal #democrat #feminist


And my standard social media disclaimers:

My general G+ policy is as follows: I add people who are interesting to me, I share content I'm comfortable with having public publicly. If I haven't added you to a circle at all, and you think I should be following you (because I know you) you have the means to contact me and let me know where I know you from. 

I circle people based on reading preferences of mine, not based on what I post.  I post pretty much everything "public" or "limited to circles."  If that bothers you and you think anything I post might not be something you want to read please take responsibility for sorting me on your own appropriately.

My political is personal, and my personal is political. I have liberal, feminist, anti-racist politics, and I do not believe that misogyny, racism, classism, or prejudice have been eradicated. I don't believe we live post anything, except possibly common sense.

I am an advocate for privacy, and for public responsibility for your content. I believe that pseudonyms are important and vital for retaining voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities on the internet.  I also believe that too many people are willing to be jerks under their real names, believing that the internet has no consequences.  For these reasons I support a policy of allowing pseudonymity on G+, and G+ giving users the tools to decide which content is important to them.

I actively "curate" and manage my G+ stream.  What this means to you is probably very little unless you're actively disruptive in the commentariat.  I aim to keep discussions on track and without derail, especially as G+ currently does not have threaded replies.

I welcome reasoned debate, I do not host arguments. I am interested in hearing your side, but unless you have facts and reasons to back up your statements, I probably won't take you seriously. And I do believe there is room for us all in these discussions.


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Thinks women are human beings, not human shields! / HIGH MAGUS of the WIZARDING SCHOOL OF CLOTH! / a woman shaped behavior modifying angry person / Hey everyone, I've got boobs, isn't that exciting?
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State College, PA - Harrisburg, PA - Glasgow, Scotland - Colorado Springs, CO - Los Angeles, CA - San Francisco, CA