"The women’s game is treated by FIFA as charity work that serves to justify its monopoly over the “real” sport. Note the opening page of “The Laws of the Game,” which categorizes women as disabled players for whom the rules might be adjusted. If FIFA and the Canadian Football Association wanted to move the goal posts, make the field smaller, the match shorter, if they wanted to make women play with smaller balls, they could. They could do none of these things for men, unless those men were not men but children. Or over 35. Or disabled."

      Second Sex, Artificial Turf

I didn’t think it was real so i checked a copy of “The Laws of the Game” online and it is absolutely true. 

FIFA CONSIDERS WOMEN DISABLED PLAYERS

FIFA CONSIDERS WOMEN DISABLED PLAYERS 

FIFA CONSIDERS WOMEN DISABLED PLAYERS 

FUCK YOU FIFA

 

 

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flowerpetalsofdoom:

(As of 28 Aug 2014)

Sign the petition:

FIFA: THE WORLD CUP SHOULD BE PLAYED ON NATURAL GRASS

According to the timeline, the petition started over a year ago and i’m beyond saddened that we haven’t hit 5000 signatures yet.

I want to highlight

Artificial turf has been blamed for increased injuries on sporting fields, including more sprained ankles, concussions, turf burns, and an injury known as "turf toe." Overheating is also a health concern for athletes since temperatures can be hotter on artificial surfaces than on natural grass. Finally, turf is widely known to alter the speed and quality of play on the field.

Here’s a depiction of what happens

On top of the health hazards, it alters the game. Players would be more wary about slides and tackles. You won’t see any dolphin RVP headers here. No slidey celebrations.

Again, please sign the petition:

FIFA: THE WORLD CUP SHOULD BE PLAYED ON NATURAL GRASS

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dreadpiratekhan:

A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  
(freakin’ immaculate)
Source with more wonderful photos

dreadpiratekhan:


A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  

(freakin’ immaculate)

Source with more wonderful photos

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muuuuuuusic:

It’s both incredible and unfortunate that a song from 40+ years ago can still feel so relevant. 

There’s a line in Janelle Monae’s incredible Q.U.E.E.N. (“I’m tired of Marvin asking me what’s going on”) that I never understood until this past week, when I listened to the John Legend cover of this song.  It turns out that I’d never paid attention to the words before, and I’m sorry that I went so long without realizing that there was a hell of a lot more to Marvin Gaye than the “Let’s Get It On” guy.

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dissonancengine:

concretefemme:

look at this cop-hating suffragette kitty

dissonancengine:

concretefemme:

look at this cop-hating suffragette kitty

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uswntsocfan:

Congratulations on the NWSL Goalkeeper Of The Year:

1: Alyssa Naeher ( Boston Breakers )

2: Hope Solo        ( Seattle Reign FC )

3: Ashlyn Harris  ( Washington Spirit )

well deserved!

no-literally said: For the book meme! BGW

B. Best Sequel Ever

House of Many Ways by Diane Wynne Jones, the excellent sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle (which everyone should read).  Not to be confused with the previous sequel, Castle in the Air, which is the only DWJ book I didn’t like.  In conclusion: the series goes Howl’s Moving Castle, then House of Many Ways, and we all pretend Castle in the Air never happened.

G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley.  I was supposed to read this book for a class in college, but it was my last semester and I kind of hated the class, so I only read half the book.  Then a couple years later decided to revisit some of the books that I had neglected, and I picked this one up again and it is absolutely riveting.  Very glad I read it. 

W. Worst Bookish Habit

Well, I do write in books and fold down the pages, but I’m not ashamed of this, and I enjoy reading books that other people have marked up as well.  It’s just another way of actively engaging with the text.  Plus my dad’s family tree in the pages of One Hundred Years of Solitude was super helpful.  So that’s a bookish habit that other people might not like, but I don’t care.  I also like to read multiple books at once for various reasons, which maybe slows down my reading a bit as it gets in the way of binge-reading.

officialheinzdoofenshmirtz:

when someone barges in on u and your guitar

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Ha remember when you got me to read the Princess of Roumania and I was like “eh” and then we almost fought about it? Good times

Ha, did I really?  Well, you were right in the long run since I called it quits after the third book.  What I DO remember is sitting in that super boring math class reading Abarat under the table.

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Is Storm of Swords longer than Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell?

I just looked up the page count for Jonathan Strange, and Storm of Swords has about 100 pages on it.  Martin is nothing if not verbose…

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oohiabsolutelylove said: oooh! do the book meme thing and spell out your name (ie answer letters J, U, L, I, and A)

J. Just Finished

You Only Get Letters From Jail by Jodi Angel.  A collection of stories about teenage boys.  While this demographic doesn’t particularly appeal to me, Jodi Angel is a pretty great writer so the book was super engaging.

U. Unapologetic Fangirl For

The works of Sarah Rees Brennan.  I’ve read her Demon’s Lexicon trilogy multiple times, and I’m eagerly awaiting the third Unspoken book…

L. Longest Book You’ve Read

I read the first ten Wheel of Time books, and all of ASOIAF.  Of those, I think Storm of Swords is the longest at about 1100 pages not counting appendices…

I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life

Slaughterhouse-Five.  I read this in high school and was supposed to write a paper on it.  For the paper, I read a fair amount of literary analysis of the book, and through this reading discovered a whole other side to the book that I hadn’t previously been able to see (you can read the story as one where the protagonist has PTSD and is unable to revisit certain memories but is otherwise not in any way “unstuck”).  This was also my first exposure to the idea of the unreliable narrator, and the author-as-character.

Magic for Beginners (Kelly Link).  I read this in high school too, and it was the first surrealist/fantastic/slipstream/fabulist/whatever you want to call it literature that I had ever read.  I read loads of fantasy before then, and I read realist fiction, and I didn’t know just how much room there was between those two ends of the spectrum.

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From

I answered this in the previous post, but I think it’s Anne McCaffrey, although now that I think about it, Piers Anthony might be a contender.  I’m not proud.

cylonqueen said: I'm giving you FOUR letters: SHAH (though I guess you only have three, since H is in there twice.;)

Yay!  Thanks for playing. In true KAG fashion I’m not going to answer exactly… :)

S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
So, when it comes to me and a series, I have either A) read all of the published works (I’m looking at you, GRRM), or B) abandoned it because I don’t care for it that much and therefore do not need to finish.  So I’m going to tell you about the latter!  Series I abandoned, mostly because I lost interest while waiting for the next book (and yet, I still like ASOIAF): Abarat, Obernewtyn, Princess of Roumania (actually, I thought this one was a trilogy and I was surprised by the lack of resolution at the end of Book 3 and then I was so mad when I realized the books weren’t done yet that I quit) … But Obernewtyn was a series that I really, really enjoyed as a kid and if she hadn’t taken so damn long I would have devoured those books.

H. Hidden Gem Book

Hmmmm.  There’s a book that I love called Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge.  I consider it a “hidden gem” because I had never heard of it or the author and I picked it up in a Borders (RIP) because I liked the title.  The summary on the back did not appeal to me, but I also liked the cover.  I bought the book, and I LOVED IT and for a brief time gave it to everybody I knew.  If you were friends with me in like 2004, guarantee I would have given you Solitaire for your birthday.  It’s about a futuristic society with these corporations, but really it’s about this character who sort of commits a terrible crime and accepts this sci-fi technology punishment of serving her entire sentence (7 years) in a virtual reality where time moves at a different rate, but she’s alone.  Essentially, she spends 7 years in solitary confinement, then wakes up to a world where only 7 months have passed.

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
In terms of sheer numbers, I think this is the very prolific Anne McCaffrey, who is a deeply problematic writer but one whose works I adored in elementary/middle school.  I just looked over her wikipedia page and I think I read about 30-35 of her books.  I read all of her Pern series, plus the one about the psychic acrophobic space people (fun fact: McCaffrey misuses the word “agoraphobic” throughout the entire series. it does not mean fear of heights).
Outside of authors who write fantasy/sci-fi series (because they have an unfair advantage in this race), I would probably say Sherman Alexie, because he’s written 9 works of fiction (not including his poetry) and I’ve read 7 of them (and I’ve seen the movie Smoke Signals a million times but that doesn’t count).

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I found a book meme!

bluestockingcouture:

Give me a letter and I will hold forth on one of the following topics:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feelings
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favourite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

I am too tired to move from the sofa this evening, so give me one or more letters and I will talk Books.

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