I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…
When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.
Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.
Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.
…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.
So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
This is me, being terrified and panicky.
If any of you know of a job opening or company that’s hiring for a position that would keep me in the country (i.e. on a work visa, so a retail job or something of that sort wouldn’t work), PLEASE let me know. No work experience other than babysitting, but I learn fast and I’m really good at problem-solving.
I just don’t know what to do anymore.
DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
SHES VOICED BY RIHANNA
A lot of times I just want to pull your into my arms and hold you in a long, deep hug and tell you that it’s okay to just feel your emotions as they are, and not worry about understanding the reasons and motivations for why. And I know that’s scary and almost sounds stupid, but that’s what I want. Because I wish so much for you to feel the acceptance and love for yourself that I feel for you. And it’s hard to feel that while picking yourself and your emotions apart. I know, I do the same thing.
I am constantly in awe of your honesty. It’s blunt, sometimes poignant, always candid (which you would think is an essential part of honesty anyway, but somehow you make it more so), and I strive to some day be able to do the same.
Sometimes I’ll look back at when I sent you a number and you wrote a post about me, and I can’t believe I come off that way to anyone. You said some of the most amazing things I’ve ever had anyone say about me. It’s entirely unbelievable and I feel so honoured.
Your username confused me for a second. I was all, “Who the fuck is that?” Also the things you reblog and the captions you add make me genuinely laugh out loud.
I’m constantly fascinated by your art because you have a way of capturing life that make things that I would typically think of as mundane into things that demand my attention.
Also your face. That’s all.
I hate sleeping alone.
what she says: i’m fine
what she means: I’m staring into a lightless abyss. Steve Roger’s unconditional loyalty to Bucky Barnes has made me a shell of a human being; the fact that Bucky saved Steve’s life without even really knowing who he was has crushed my soul. If you’re not here to talk to me about the winter soldier, don’t talk to me at all. I’m with you til the end of the line, pal.