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Cats are weirdo animals, I don’t get why they’re both staring at the door to the game room.  I picked one up and moved him away from the door, and he is still in the spot I put him down on staring at the door.  Cats are weird. Newest roommate clearly brought broken cats with her. 

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I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations.
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This is not about personal preference. My feelings about the people on this list range from adoration to indifference to disgust. But none of these people had as positive reaction as Laverne Cox and Lupita Nyong’o did. In fact, many of them actually have a higher percentage of “no” than “yes”. With the exception of Benedict Cumberbatch, Laverne Cox received more reactions than anybody else, AND she has one of the highest “yes” percentages of anybody on the voting list.

So what is the point of voting, if the results of the voting don’t matter? We were told to vote for who we believed should be on the list, we did, and two of the people who received the most affirmative votes were not included.

So what was the point? Did you include them in the voting as some sort of kick-back, or an attempt to placate their fans, without any intention of including them? You included Megyn Kelly in a list entitled “pioneers”, and yet Laverne Cox has done more pioneering for the rights and interests of trans women than Megyn Kelly has ever done. You included two men who run dictatorships and commit human right violations routinely, people in media who haven’t really done anything spectacular within their fields, two politicians who had overwhelmingly negative reactions and…the Koch brothers?

Perhaps you had other criteria for the title “influential”. Perhaps a trans woman who campaigns for the rights and awareness of issues relating to trans women (one of the most denigrated groups in the world) didn’t meet that standard. Perhaps being awarded several humanitarian-related awards and being the key note speaker at several events wasn’t enough. Perhaps a woman who dares to speak out about these issues at the risk of her very identity being derided and attacked, because she wants to make her community better and she wants to help young girls just like her accept themselves and grow up in a better world just wasn’t influential enough for you.

And I guess a young actress who swept the awards season isn’t what you would call influential. I guess a woman who took on an emotionally trying role in a film that highlighted the atrocities on our nation’s past wasn’t good enough. A dark skinned woman who has just been deemed the most beautiful woman in the world, bringing hope and happiness to millions of black girls and women who are often insulted because of their skin—that just didn’t quite meet the same standards as being in a few films in one year. 

Or maybe, just maybe, the accomplishments of these two women challenge societal norms too much. Maybe what they have done and what they stand for is too uncomfortable for your readership and your editor. Maybe you just think the people the Koch brothers and Rand Paul influence are more important than the people Laverne and Lupita influence.

And that is a damn shame.

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I just happened across this series entitled After Master by Yin Xin. By far my faourite is the Birth of Venus. Yin has taken classic master paintings and replaced their Western subjects with Chinese ones. LOVES IT. 

  • Top is Birth of Venus by Boticelli.
  • Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe by Manet.
  • Venus and the Lute Player by Titian
  • Mona Lisa by Da Vinci

Contemporary Art Week!

Xin Yin

After Master

If anyone has an official website for this artist, let me know and I will add it here.

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Help Support New England #not1more Civil Disobedience Fundraiser


Please donate to fundraise for New England #Not1More actions.

On April 17th, 19 immigrant activists from New England blocked the entrance to Suffolk County House of Corrections/Suffolk Detention Center for almost three hours and were arrested for their civil disobedience. Alejandro, Maria and Abel of the 19 people detained and arrested are undocumented immigrants and all of the 19 people are friends and relatives of directly affected people by our inhumane detention and deportation system.

After 7 hours in jail and 7 more in court, all were processed and freed with warnings and fines. For each person arrested, organizer Lily Huang paid $40 processing fee and $100 fine for the infraction or charge and then dismissal of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Together that’s $2,600 for all! Please donate to show the power of the people and how the grassroots can fundraise and support beautiful, creative and powerful actions like this one and more in the future!

I was there shooting pictures at this rally on the day of, and it was an amazing show of force against our country’s dehumanizing immigration policies. I also met many of the organizers for the rally, and was absolutely inspired by their bravery. This is an important fundraiser and I just shot them my donation as well to help cover the costs of their incarcerations and court fees. The struggle cannot survive without financial support, so even if you cannot donate yourself PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS POST!

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the day I learned that I could make box mac and cheese with yogurt was probs the best day of my life.