- 5 days ago
- 1 week ago
Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China.
For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment.
Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles.
From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.
She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.
I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics.
(via goodnighthumanitarian)Source: sixpenceee
- 1 week ago
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office."
"If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time. "
i’ve reblogged this before, but after watching “last comic standing” with my boyfriend and hearing way more period jokes than i thought would pass in 2014, gonna just put it out there again.
- 1 week ago
My Aunt is a violent abuser who literally just attacked my Mother shortly after my Aunt started yelling at me for just existing.
I’m too much of a wreck to make this wholly comprehensive right now, but if you follow me you’ll know that we were unable to find a place to live so we [my Mother and I] had to move in with my Grandmother [who has been letting my Aunt stay here for about 15 years???]
If you follow me you also know that my Aunt is a volatile, violent abuser who has attacked us our entire lives.
Well, about half an hour ago, she started yelling at me after I said that ‘You do realise I can hear you, right’ when she called me a ‘cunt’ as I left the room.
I told my Mother about this as I went back upstairs with the bagel I had been making for her and my Mother went downstairs to make her tea.
My Aunt proceeded to scream at my Mother and then physically attack her as evidenced by a little of the aftermath that I will link to in a gallery. For a short rundown: She shoved my Mother, grabbed her by her shoulders and scratched up her arms, and pulled out a small chunk of my Mother’s hair all while screaming.
Please donate whatever you can and/or share however you can with whomsoever you can. We need money for moving vans [remarkably expensive], 6 weeks deposit on a new place, first month’s utilities for the new place, and first month’s rent for the new place.
We need to leave.
—Things I can add on Tumblr include:
- I’m queer. I’m very very queer. This is an Orthodox household. You do the math.
- This is a very very Jewish Zionist household. My Mother and I are Anti-Zionist. You, again, do the math.
PLEASE REBLOG THIS AND SHARE IT ON FACEBOOK
(via lipstick-feminists)Source: tumblkage
- 3 weeks ago
Hey, so just trying to make sense of the backlash Taylor Swift’s video for ‘Shake it off’ is currently getting from people like —-»
Ok that’s cool, but I just watched the new Nicki Minaj video for ‘Anaconda’ and I’m pretty, prettyy, pretty confused in how her video isn’t getting similar responses from such commentators?
IDK, is Minaj an exception in perpetuating black stereotypes and using them to entertain? Is it only ever okay to twerk in a video if you’re black? BUT ISN’T THAT STILL REDUCING A CULTURE TO A SEXUALISED PERFORMANCE? AREN’T BLACK WOMEN, WOMEN IN GENERAL, SO MUCH MORE THAN A TWERK? WHY ARE THERE ONLY BLACK WOMEN WITH BIG BUMS IN NICKI’S VIDEO? YOU CAN FIND MEN AND WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH BOOTY? AM I MISSING SOMETHING? IS TWERKING A SACRED ACT? WHAT ARE THE RULES? WHY AM I YELLING?
reblogging THIS post from the sea of confused responses to the anaconda vs. shake it off debate because i think it comes from an honest place and because there are really good, valid questions.
first, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO VIDEOS IS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. that is a phrase that has been used more than ever since miley cyrus’ infamous performance at the MTV VMAs last year, but WHAT IT MEANS is taylor is wearing this identity as a costume (and actually she couldn’t be more clear about the fact that she is wearing a costume, but more on that later). taylor can wear these clothes and dance (or pretend to dance) provocatively in the name of being edgy and fun, but she can also take off this identity when it becomes inconvenient for her. she also retains full privilege, both social and creative.
"well what if nicki stops dressing and acting the way she does? isn’t she inviting criticism?" this is a little more sticky. lets just start by establishing that even if nicki dressed in black leggings and a crewneck and flats and did a joyful little dance, she would still be treated differently. it seems preposterous to even say, but there is a double standard when it comes to feminism. nicki minaj’s black body will still betray her, no matter what she is doing or wearing. nicki minaj’s body shape is "too provocative" and should be covered up. conversely, it is acceptably EDGY and COOL-PROVOCATIVE if lady gaga appears scantily clad in a video or even in public, but it is suddenly tawdry and tasteless if rihanna does something similar.
- 3 months ago
I grew up on a really small island and I don- I didn’t have a lot of access to fashion. But, um, as far as I could remember fashion has always been my defense mechanism, even as a child, I remember thinking, ‘She can beat me but she cannot beat my outfit.’ x
this is now a blog dedicated to this legendary moment in time
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- 4 months ago
- 4 months ago
ok guys so i just had a breakthrough
so in the beginning of the song pompeii by bastille it sounds like theyre saying eheu a bunch of times well eheu is latin for ‘alas’ or ‘oh no’
and iM STILL LAUGHING SO HARD BECAUSE ITS CALLED POMPEII AND MOUNT VESUVIUS DESTROYED THE FUCKIN CITY OF COURSE THEY WOULD BE SAYING OH NO