August 1, 2014

attackonromney:

nash grier in a few months

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August 1, 2014
"So I’ve decided fandom will forever be confused about Natasha’s name. Not, uh, coincidentally, comics writers have been confused about it for even longer. The tricky bit is this: Natalia and Natasha are both forms of the Russian name Наталья. The Natalia/Natasha equivalency doesn’t exist in English, leading to all kinds of tail-chasing confusion re: which is real and which is fake. Natasha is a diminutive form of Natalia the same way Bill is for William. “Natalia” is not more authentic or more Russian, it’s just a bit more formal. And “Natasha Romanoff” is not an alias the way “Nadine Roman” or “Nancy Rushman” are. The Romanoff/Romanova issue is just a question of transliteration. The Russian surname is Рома́нов, which is written as Romanoff or Romanov depending on your history book. Traditionally, Russian ladies take feminine endings to match their grammatical gender— Ivan Belov becomes Yelena Belova, Aleksandr Belinsky becomes Aleksandra Belinskaya. But the feminine endings often get dropped in English translation, e.g. Nastia Liukin, not Nastia Liukina. It’s a matter of preference. If that’s too confusing, don’t worry, until about 1998 the comics had no idea what they were doing either. Natasha’s name has been Natasha since her very first appearance, where she and her partner Boris Turgenev were the butt of the obvious joke. Her last name wasn’t revealed until the early 1970s. Yeah, she went through a whole solo series without getting a last name. Weird, but it took dozens of issues for Hawkeye to get a first name. Romanoff: a name no one knows or knew. At the time, Natasha was being written as an aristocratic jet-setter, a glamorous countess. Since Romanov is the most famous Russian surname, and superhero stuff isn’t codenamed subtlety, I figure Gerry Conway just went with what he knew. And so Natasha Romanoff was her name through the 1970s. Instead of “Miss” or the Danvers-ian “Ms.”, Natasha used “Madame”, contributing to that Old World mystique and invoking feelings of a boudoir. By 1983 someone on staff realized that Romanova might be more technically correct. (Might being operative, here, the best way of translating the feminine endings is still debated.) Anyway, her Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe page listed her as Natasha “Romanoff” Romanova. The next big change would occur when someone, and I’m thinking it was Chris Claremont, realized she was missing a patronym. A full Russian name has three parts: the given (first) name, the patronym, and the family (last) name. For example, Grand Duchess Anastasia, the one who had that Bluth film, would be formally called Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, or Anastasia “Daughter of Nicholas” Romanoff. Her brother, the Tsarevich Alexei, was Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov, or Alexei “Son of Nicholas” Romanoff. Basically: everyone in Russia has a middle name, and it is their father’s. I think it was Claremont who realized Nat’s was lacking because he is a phonetic accent wizard and an expert on Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin da tovarisch. Also, because the first time I could find a patronym for Natasha was in a 1992 issue of X-men that he wrote. The weird thing about Alianovna is that it would mean her father’s name was Alia or Alian or something else not really common. Maybe that’s why Kurt Busiek, continuity repair man, pretended it was something else in his Heroes Return Iron Man run. Ivanovna, or daughter of Ivan, is a much more common patronym and also meshes with her backstory. But it didn’t stick. Everyone and the guidebook uses Alianovna. What did stick was Natalia. Yeah, this is the first comic I could find that uses Natalia, and you can tell by context that Busiek’s using it to emphasize formality. When talking to Tony, she calls herself Natasha, when declaring her total identity before an epic beatdown, she takes the “my name is Inigo Montoya” route. From the late nineties forward Natalia started popping up with some frequency, usually in formal or impersonal contexts. Yelena speaks of “Natalia Romanova” as the Red Room’s greatest legend, Natasha demands that the he-was-evil-all-along Ivan Petrovich address her without the diminutive. There are exceptions. I figure some writers check wikipedia, see her name listed as “Natalia” and decide they’ve done their homework. Daniel Way has Logan refer to Natalia, his surrogate daughter, completely bizarre for the quasi-familial relationship and for the nickname-happy Wolverine. Brubaker had Bucky refer to her as Natalia, at first— an odd distancing from a previously intimate relationship. Since they’ve gotten back together, though, he uses Natasha, or Nat, or ‘Tasha, or in any case, he’s dropped the formality."

Fuck Yeah, Black Widow: The Name Game  (via eppypeninc)

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August 1, 2014

startrekislife:

officialundertaker:

illaminati:

mcporno:

there has never been a cool person called eugene

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August 1, 2014
fuckingrapeculture:

[Facebook post by Mohammed Zeyara screencapped 21 minutes after it was made:
Ceasefire period started 16 minutes ago. Israel bombed “Al-Salam” area in Gaza 8 minutes ago. Israel already violated the ceasefire]
qalbandsoul:

bilalsohail:

August 1, 2014

Wow

Palestinian death toll is close to 1600. Most were civilians. 
- Mod D.

fuckingrapeculture:

[Facebook post by Mohammed Zeyara screencapped 21 minutes after it was made:

Ceasefire period started 16 minutes ago. Israel bombed “Al-Salam” area in Gaza 8 minutes ago. Israel already violated the ceasefire]

qalbandsoul:

bilalsohail:

August 1, 2014

Wow

Palestinian death toll is close to 1600. Most were civilians.

- Mod D.

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August 1, 2014
Is public feminist protest on the rise? Only so long as it is half-naked normatively beautiful white cis-women.

lolmythesis:

Media and Cultural Studies, Duesseldorf

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August 1, 2014
http://leninistvaporwave.tumblr.com/post/93540958053/bryndonovan-rhubabe-we-say-pants-even-though

bryndonovan:

rhubabe:

we say pants even though there’s only one of them and we say hair to talk about a shit ton of individual hair strands so if you say that you cant use they/them pronouns because “it’s plural” then fuck you.

In English people have been using “they/them” to refer…

August 1, 2014

goldenheartedrose:

rebelspyprincex:

marpalarp:

Joseph Fink is calling ALL the shots this morning >:)

I LOVE YOU JOSEPH FINK OH MY GOD

Oh my god. And it’s real, too, y’all.

August 1, 2014
Also If You Don't Think The Appearance Of Class Privilege Makes A HUGE Difference In Terms Of What You Can Earn As A Sex Worker You Need To... I Don't Know What You Need To Do... Actually Consider Anything For A Minute Maybe

thepeacockangel:

oneviolence:

thepeacockangel:

Because thin, white, nice teeth, all of these are things that in the US have immense importance as indicators of class, and guess which sex workers are paid best?
You guessed it. The ones who’s appearance suggests class privilege.

Never forget that. I can charge what I do because of privilege on multiple axes.

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August 1, 2014

Video.

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August 1, 2014
"

At this point the ingroup has already determined that:

1. Autism is the enemy.
2. People with Autism are ‘absent’, ‘stolen’, ‘soulless’ and otherwise subhuman.
3. Autism makes people dangerous.
4. Anyone with Autism who denies that Autism is the enemy is also the enemy.
5. Autism can “get you”, any time, any where, any one- it must be stopped.
6. Autism must be eradicated, by any means necessary.

And, in its twisted logic, the conclusion is clear: the life of a person with Autism is not equivalent to the life of a person who does not have it. How, then, is it difficult for them to conclude that:

7. Violence towards those with Autism, in the efforts of eradicating Autism, is justifiable.

And just like that, the moral paradigm has shifted, and what would have been considered horrific under any other circumstance is considered completely “understandable”.

"

http://autismorsomethinglikeit.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/violence-and-autism-moral-justification.html (via autisticfandomthings)

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