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Hello! I'm Meg, writer/musician type. I'll be posting about music, with occasional fandom and miscellaneous social equality reblogging. <3
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Unsung Hero: Bessie Beatty

As a writer and activist Beatty supported many progressive causes, including that of Thomas J. Mooney, convicted of planting the bomb in the 1916 San Francisco preparedness day march (and eventually pardoned), and the rights of prostitutes to alternative employment when their brothels were closed by police actions. During World War I she became a foreign war correspondent for the Bulletin, covering events in Japan, Korea, China, and Russia. In China she wrote amid the revolutionary struggles taking place there, managing to interview leaders of the contending forces as civil war swirled around them.

Learn more about Bessie Beatty in the American National BiographyWe’ll be bringing you biographies of forgotten heroes from the First World War along with other information during the centenary year.

Image credit: Bessie Beatty. The Russian revolution—events and personalities : an album of photographs, collected by Bessie Beatty. Digital ID: 51491. New York Public Library.

It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.

The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.

Here’s something cool: a live recording of NINA’s new track ‘Dark Rider’. Aside from being a quite beautiful, simmering song, the instrumentation is refreshingly different. I love the marimba hemiolas in the chorus, pushing and pulling against a memorable vocal hook.

If you’re in the UK, you can see NINA live at the following:

31.07.14 Wharf Chambers, Leeds, UK
01.08.14 The Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK
02.08.14 Kraak, Manchester, UK
08.08.14 Sebright Arms, London, UK
(see my 2013 NINA review here)

I totally forgot about the awesome synth solo in Goodbye to You


This was quite a journey! I spent the better part of a day going back and forth with a guy that I was not entirely sure was for real at first, then I absolutely got fooled, and then I realized I got fooled. It was fun. The guy said some LEGITIMATELY funny stuff when he was “in character.” And it all ended in a way that I felt good about.

It’s pretty much all laid out in the screencaps, But let me elaborate here:

HEY YOUNG MEN! I know it seems like women complain a lot about how they are represented in media, including fiction, and how it seems like they want entertainment tailored specifically to them, and how they seem to want ALL of pop culture to be politically correct or feminist-ized or whatever it is you think they want, but really, what’s happening is that women are tired of seeing garbage women characters in most of our entertainment. And they’re wondering, Would it really be so much trouble to make more realized female characters? You could still have all your CGI and action and science fiction and drama and swords and stuff, but the female characters could be a little more fleshed out and interesting. And the entertainment would still be good and would, in fact, be better.

Guys, instead of  thinking, “Hey, not everything has to be politicized,” try thinking, “I wonder what it would be like for me if the situation were reversed, and how I’d feel if in the vast majority of the entertainment I consumed, the male characters were few and far between and then mostly used as talking props & plot devices. I wonder if I’d get kinda tired of that and occasionally I’d say something, even a little joke, just to ease the annoyance a little.”

Fellows. Listen to the women in your lives. Ask them questions. It will change your perspective for the better. Years ago, I got into a brief argument with two female friends of mine about a movie— it does not even matter which movie— that they viewed as sexist and I did not. I couldn;t even fathom how they could see it that way. I tried to argue that it was not sexist. In recounting our discussion to another party, it was pointed out to me that they might have a different viewpoint based on their life experiences, and that it was not for me to tell them that their interpretation was incorrect. And that I was probably getting defensive about it because if the movie was sexist, it followed that my liking it would make me appear sexist. And that’s when I realized that none of this was about me, and maybe I should shut up and listen and try to understand. And also to be more aware of things like this and develop not just my sympathy, but my empathy.

I will only ever be able to empathize so much with women, because my experience as a white male in America is vastly different from that of anyone who is not that. But I can relate to:

  • not being taken seriously
  • not being listened to
  • being dismissed
  • being condescended to
  • having something explained to me that I already understand

And I having had those experiences, I am now more inclined to TRY to understand where someone is coming from if they are telling me they are having a similar experience with our culture.

So guys: just try. You don’t even really have to dig that deep. Think about your own experiences as a person, then apply that to someone else. It gets easier the more you do it, and it makes your life better.

Anyway, I hear Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is pretty good! 

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I really love the music community on Tumblr for small underground artists such as myself. I love the fact that alot of internet people and friends are also musicians and are friends with my friends and it does feel like a large family and for that i would like to thank whitecelica megwilhoite exguru and lambentleague for making me feel connected to tumblr in a way that made me feel excited and accepted, for the advice i have been given, and the fantastic music i have to listen to. :)

Pretty much the only way I’d be able to converse about football/soccer