This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 


So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

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Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:

Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.

According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:

Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!

You can sign the petition here.

You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.

Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.

I see White folks still scared about being the minority here in the States, that they gotta erase all folks of color from the damn history books.

If I had not taken APUSH and AP World History I would not know half of the horrors that America has committed.

I would not know that Abraham Lincoln was a supporter of the colonization movement, or that the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t NEARLY what people seem to think it was.

I would not know that America was so afraid of Communism that it purposefully overthrew DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED leaders of countries in order to assure that no communist or socialist policies were put into place that ENDANGERED AMERICAN CORPORATIONS.

I would not know that Republicans used to be “liberal” and that Democrats used to be the white supremacy party.

I would not understand the extent of the build up to the Civil War, and the argument over slavery that existed from the time of the country’s founding.

I would not know that coup d’etats in Guatamala, Iran, Cuba, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and so many other countries were the product of American espionage.

I would not know who W.E.B Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, or Marcus Garvey were or how diverse and divided the civil rights and abolitionists movements were.

I would not know that Americans at the time of the American Revolution were the best fed, best dressed, best housed, least taxed people on the planet and they still found reason complain.

wouldn’t know that socialist policies enforced by F.D.R. helped to bring this country out of the great depression, and I wouldn’t understand the relationship between the U.S. and communism.

wouldn’t know that Andrew Jackson completely ignored the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Indian Removal Act, thus marching thousands of Native Americans to their death.

Yes, I wouldn’t know all the awful things about this country that people try to brush under the rug, and I would probably be in a blissful and ignorant bubble, enjoying life as a middle class white kid.

But I also wouldn’t see how far we’ve come, and how much farther we have to go, and everything we need to change about this country to make it better and to fix our mistakes.

AP United States History is so important, because theres so little between us and what’s happened in the past, and if we can’t educate kids on what the past is, then don’t expect them to learn any lessons from it.  If we can’t understand where we come from then we have no idea where we can and will go. 





My British friend pronounces “wifi” as “weefee” - why, Brits? 

It’s so weird when people pronounce words wrong. Like pronouncing GIF like the peanut butter.

See, there’s this part where you’re just wrong. It will always be jif.


Besides, peanut butter is awesome, why wouldn’t you want to call it something super yummy like that??

Okay, first off- the character’s name is pronounced Jeff. Geez. *grins*

Second, I’d like you to consider this counterargument:

I’m right.


Why did the overwhelming public see the inventor’s insistence on “JIF” as silly? Because for years, the nerds who knew about GIF format knew what it was an acronym for as well, and used it with all their less tech-savvy friends as “here’s how you use a GIF” It was all the rage when animating them came about. Since “Graphics Interchange Format” used a hard G when expanded, it made zero sense to soften it when condensed. So yeah, no really, he’s right.

Lakritz: Sex-swap enthusiasts don't need special status



Aren’t you getting awfully tired of other people deciding that your consciousness must be raised? Aren’t you fed up with being educated about something just because some group or other thinks you should know everything about their hobby horse?

I am. I wish it would all go away and leave me alone.

The latest example of this is Polyamory Edmonton, basically a group of people for whom marriage vows apparently mean nothing, so they all consent to having sex with each other under the usual phoney auspices of honesty and openness. The reason it’s phoney is that being unfaithful to your spouse is cheating, no matter how you try to dress it up as something else. Why bother getting married if you’re not going to be faithful?” - Naomi Lakritz



Aren’t you getting awfully tired of other people deciding what is or isn’t the ‘right way’ in which to live your life? Aren’t you fed up with being told by people who have about as much say in your (love) life as a household plant that the way you live and love is immoral based on their opinion which holds no actual truth or reason?

The latest example of this is an opinion piece in the Calgary Herald written by Naomi Lakritz, basically a person whose views on marriage vows are archaic and offensive, so she judges consensual, ethical, and responsible adults for having sex with each other while being honest and open with each other about it - who express their love in a healthy and normal way.

She seems to thinks non-monogamy, no matter the individuals or circumstances, is that being unfaithful to your spouse. In reality, no matter how much she tries to justify her hatred she is really just a bigot. Why bother trying to disguise it as anything else?


This whole piece is a joke, in my opinion.

What do you guys think?

Gross. She’s just spewing her hateful, holier-than-thou opinion all over the place. :P

This piece is a few things that are problematic to her profession, let alone her reputation. First, no less than 3 times does she make a call for Poly people to do what they do and shut up about it (paraphrased). Does this not call to blatant historical erasure? She encourages “whatever floats your boat” then turns around and tells us to shut up. I wonder what would happen if we did? Maybe the lifestyle, and the fact that yes, it exists would not make it to but a footnote of one book?

Secondly, at on 2 occasions she campaigns as if she does not want education about something going on in the world. Now, I’m not going to understand if someone brings me particle physics and want to educate me - my math just isn’t that high yet. But I would not be of a mind to say “I don’t want to be educated about that thing”. To crusade against an awareness raising educational event purely because you don’t ” like” the content is pretty much the definition of closed mindedness. To think that such a person could present an unbiased opinion for a new paper seem quite the stretch. In doing this, she does a disservice to the profession.

So yeah, without driving more traffic to this article, perhaps we can simply make it known that Naomi Lakritz is a close-minded person who is fond of history erasure of topics she doesn’t like.









Female pilots edited out of the Star Wars movies.

I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.

And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.

Wow thats a shame, even a nice old lady too.  These Space Valkyries  should have been left in.

They really should have.

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I lived, ate, and breathed Star Wars from age 2 until 2005 when RotS finally beat the enthusiasm out of me, and I have NEVER, EVER in all my reading on behind-the-scenes and makings-of heard of these shots. It’s a shame there was no relaunched edit of the original trilogy they could have slipped these in OH FUCKING WAIT THERE’S BEEN LIKE 3 OF THOSE NOW.

Fuck. FUCK. Whoever decided to edit out and bury these needs to french kiss an angle grinder.

I want to see the old lady in the A-Wing. Seriously, it’s like, she’s somebody’s grandma. Some kid in the Outer Rim Territories got greased by the Empire for seeing something she wasn’t supposed to see, and her grandma, the bush pilot, decided “Fuck this, I’m gonna strap on an fighter and make the Empire fucking PAY for the moment it decided to fuck with MY FAMILY.”


These are quickly being put into the “always reblog” category.

Whenever there is a war, there are women who are warriors. Then they get erased from history. Happens in real wars and fictional ones alike.








I have bronchitis. Thanks to the ACA, I was able to get medicine for $0. #ThanksObama


that came from taxes I paid.

Well, let my know how much I owe you and I’ll drop a few pennies in the mail. War comes from taxes you paid, and I personally dislike the amount I pay going for that… Maybe we should check “yes” or “no” on our 1040 forms this year for allocation of tax dollars.

I’m sorry you think I’m lying, but I’m not. I qualified for the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which is partially funded through taxpayer revenue. I don’t think the IRS mailed you a letter saying, “Nah nah nah nah naaaaaaah! This year’s tax dollars went to pay for medicine for poor people mwahahaha!” Who knows? Maybe YOUR portion of tax dollars went to a Hellfire missile that took out a village in Afghanistan. Ooh, how exciting for you!

Comfort yourself with that thought as I use my inhaler, which I would not have been able to afford without the ACA.

what the fuck is wrong with Americans who aren’t on board with free healthcare. I’m Canadian and I don’t care that I pay extra taxes so a little boy in Alberta can have open heart surgery, or an elderly man in Nova Scotia can get the heart medication he desperately needs. It’s called taking care of your people. I’m glad I pay so that people can have a good quality of life. It’s called being a decent fucking human being.

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Seconded as a Canadian in the USA. Guess where the roads and interstates came from? Guess where your drainage infrastructure came from? If you think your minimalist tax dollars should only be spent to end human life then psychopath is a better descriptor for you than American.




I can’t tell what my favorite part is, but it’s either

  • scientists wasting budget and time to see if ants count their steps
  • the idea to put ants on stilts
  • there had to be a guy who made ant stilts and put them on the ants
  • confused ants

Looks like desert ants are divergent enough to have evolved a completely different construct for navigation than their forest cousins, showing that region plus time measured in generations does produce adaptions.

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Like seriously, why isn’t pole dancing an olympic sport? This is freakin gymnastics. This is strength and skill. This is not sexual whatsoever. Why does pole dancing have to be so stigmatised as a sexual thing that only strippers do? I have great respect for all people who can pull this off. This is art and beauty right here. 


holy jesus

Yet again: strippers invented this shit, okay?  The act and art of performing gymnastics on a pole, no; what the vast majority of the Western world thinks of when they think of “pole dancing”, yes; what is pictured directly above, yes.

Stop associating stripping with stigma.  Stop encouraging the belief that something can’t be sexual in origin and still impressive, or that things created by sex workers can’t be art.

Pole dancing is associated with stripping because strippers were the ones who created it.  Full stop.  The end.  And none of that should decrease your admiration for it the single slightest bit.


once in kindergarten a girl asked me to write “super girl” on her arm since i was the only kid who could write so i wrote “shit” on her arm and i hid under the table for like 30 minutes then the teacher found me and yelled at me then called my parents and my dad laughed so hard he cried

This, right here, is why people who get foreign language tattoos need to at least understand what the word/phase means before the ink is on. If you can’t read it, you should learn it before committing to it.

CollegeHumor explains Net Neutrality



I’m Adam.

-And I’m Emily.

We make “funny videos” on the Internet.

-But soon, we might not be able to.

That’s because…


…net neutrality is in jeopardy. Net Neutrality is the principle that says ISPs can’t discriminate between different types of traffic.

That means that…


…whether you’re a bedroom music producer, a couple on an amateur porn site, or just someone with a start up idea - you get access to the same users as Netflix, Facebook or Amazon. On the Internet, anyone can succeed.




…America’s ISPs wanna set up a pay-for-play system where rich companies pay extra to get to those users first.

If this happens…


…instead of a wonderful playground if innovation that it is now, the Internet will become like cable TV where you can only get stuff that’s been pre-approved by a bunch of old rich guys.

Ten years from now…


…your Internet bill could be a bigger “fustercluck” than your cable bill.

Now, you might be thinking…


…isn’t the government supposed to protect me from fragrant doucheholery like this?



…the former chairman of the FCC (government agency that’s SUPPOSED to protect you) is now the cable industry’s head lobbyist. And another former cable industry lobbyist is now the CURRENT head of the FCC.



…we can’t trust the FCC to make the right decision on their own. That’s why WE need to protect the Internet we love. The chaotic, AWESOME, often quite weird, place where literally everyone’s voice can be heard.

In a few months…


…the FCC will approve this festering soal of proposal unless we speak up. The Internet is one of the few places where human voices speak louder than money. So while that’s still the case, let’s use those voices. Go to DEARFCC.ORG and tell them to protect Net Neutrality. Thanks for doing your part to protect the Internet.


Contact FCC at https://dearfcc.org/

IF DEARFCC.ORG IS DOWN, simply go to good oldhttp://www.savetheinternet.com/

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I recently went to a con with some friends and you could see these posters all over the expo grounds. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is a job well done. 

I disagree, I think costumes do equal consent. If a guy goes up to you while you’re wearing a Harley Quinn costume and makes you feel uncomfortable, you automatically have his consent to knock him right in the face with a hammer. I mean, he did willingly walk up to a kickass villain 


Oh thank goodness I thought shit was about to get real on this post

While a costume is not consent to be touched, likewise wearing one does not allow one to violate other’s consent. Keeping in mind that, sarcasm and hyperbole aside, the above post is talking about wielding a weapon on someone. The customer service and security are there for a reason, please let’s not start a narrative of violence for violence. Let those who were hired to remove people do their job.
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I recently went to a con with some friends and you could see these posters all over the expo grounds. I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is a job well done. 

I disagree, I think costumes do equal consent. If a guy goes up to you while you’re wearing a Harley Quinn costume and makes you feel uncomfortable, you automatically have his consent to knock him right in the face with a hammer. I mean, he did willingly walk up to a kickass villain 



Oh thank goodness I thought shit was about to get real on this post

While a costume is not consent to be touched, likewise wearing one does not allow one to violate other’s consent. Keeping in mind that, sarcasm and hyperbole aside, the above post is talking about wielding a weapon on someone. The customer service and security are there for a reason, please let’s not start a narrative of violence for violence. Let those who were hired to remove people do their job.

(Source: jaradpadahecki)





This was ad-libbed by the voice actor, Craig Ferguson and they chose to keep it in because they loved it. Kids won’t get it but adults will be thinking “did he just imply what I think he implied?”

And later the director confirmed it.

DeBlois revealed that, the reason Gobber never got married, is because he is homosexual. This makes him the first homosexual character of the franchise, and even DreamWorks itself.

This is the worst representation I’ve ever seen when will we actually get queer characters without having to deduce it from like 0.3 seconds of screen time and a vague hint

the worst? are we forgetting..  


Blllllllaaaaaaaa *cries* is real representation really that much to ask for?

Not being on the spectrum, but knowing several people who are, I’m curious about the degree of representation desired. Gobber wasn’t as explicit as Mitch in Paranorman,

But at least he got a popular media hint.

I’ve seen others complain that making a character’s sexuality THE storyline, or THE trait about them that’s important doesn’t do justice, either. Although, fleeting acknowledgement of the orientation in a series where it conveys the strength of connections between characters has been done, as well. Though the series, like Firefly, wasn’t properly introduced to audiences in the USA, and was niche SciFi, without wide appeal. Caprica did this in a network show.

So while representation remains low, the question I must ask is what the proper representation looks like? This culture has trained non-straight people to be afraid of PDAs in general for the backlash that come, but perhaps this would be different if a desensitization program through media was introduced.I think something like that is well overdue.

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