Zanbon!

Apr 20

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.

” —

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

"Are there genetic differences between men and women? Explain why more men are in science."

(via we-are-star-stuff)

Okay so I posted this video on my facebook earlier today and someone (a white man, obviously) replied:

What’s wrong with askin a question like that? Neil has a great answer for everything and while there are societal influences that effect these outcomes, there are genetic differences between men and women and I am still curious as to how those differences influence career choices. Neil Tyson is one of my all time heroes, I just don’t think “society’s influence” is a complete answer to this question.

I honestly don’t know if he is joking or not. I don’t even want to find out. 

I wanted to be an astronaut when I was 10 and when we had career day and they asked everyone what they wanted to be when they grew up, I was laughed at and told to pick something more realistic for a girl. FOR A GIRL. Who the fuck says shit like that to a ten year old??

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Apr 19

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meanplastic:

me in 70 years

*less than 30-40 years probably

meanplastic:

me in 70 years

*less than 30-40 years probably

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Apr 18

iampintsized:


edwardspoonhands:

tastefullyoffensive:

[collegehumor]

To the people who are always asking “WHEN ARE YOU AND KATHERINE GONNA MAKE A BABY!?”

I love that “your friend’s dog” is almost zero effort and almost as much fun as a dragon.

iampintsized:

edwardspoonhands:

tastefullyoffensive:

[collegehumor]

To the people who are always asking “WHEN ARE YOU AND KATHERINE GONNA MAKE A BABY!?”

I love that “your friend’s dog” is almost zero effort and almost as much fun as a dragon.

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treeofstrife:

After wiping over and over on Heroic Warmaster Blackhorn, I’ve concluded that Planters should consider a new flavor: Twilight(ly) Assaulted Peanuts
TASTES LIKE MISPLACED TRUST.


Ahh man, I miss treeofstrife so bad. Half my friends list quit or never posts/talks to me anymore :(This is what I get for quitting for a year :’(

treeofstrife:

After wiping over and over on Heroic Warmaster Blackhorn, I’ve concluded that Planters should consider a new flavor: Twilight(ly) Assaulted Peanuts

TASTES LIKE MISPLACED TRUST.

Ahh man, I miss treeofstrife so bad.

Half my friends list quit or never posts/talks to me anymore :(

This is what I get for quitting for a year :’(

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