I got my belly button pierced when I was 16 years old and 115 pounds. Now I am 26 and am close to 200 lbs. Everybody keeps trying to subtle ways to tell me that I am fat and because of that, I should “just take it out.”
Because I had been wearing the same jewelry I was pierced with for TEN YEARS, my top ball was stripped. I have a box full of other navel jewelry, but all of it has nickel (which I’m allergic to). So I decided to get a new, quality ring.
I ordered a titanium internally threaded ring like I’ve always wanted and I’m in love with it!! I LOVE IT!! I keep shimmying in the mirror to watch it sparkle! The picture does not do it justice. It is such a pretty piece.
I don’t care if other people think I’m too fat to have it. I love it. I even pulled up my shirt the other day to show my female coworker who asked (in private) to see my new jewelry, totally not caring about my stretchmarks. It’s nice to ignore all the haters and love yourself!
Contemporary Art Week!
Tamara Natalie Madden
Madden lists among influences Gustav Klimt and images of Egyptian royalty. You can view many, many more images of her work here at her official website.
I’m in love with this. I need these prints.
“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.” ~ (Kurt Vonnegut)
The American dream was always a lie designed to placate the masses anyway. Capitalism is designed to crush the majority of humanity under its bootwheel. If anyone could really rise to the top, it would cave in on itself.
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
Just because you think you aren’t abusive, doesn’t mean you aren’t abusive.
I am talking to you mom
You know how your parents always say “you’ll understand when you become a parent yourself” whenever you’re mad at them for punishing you or whatever?
Now that I’m a parent, I do understand, because I’m beginning to have a deeper understanding of personalities, how unintentionally fucked up people could be, and the overwhelming desire to keep up appearances.
But also I am actually MORE upset, because there are things I completely overlooked until I became a parent, things that I didn’t realize were wrong until I realized they were things I would never, could never do to my own child.
Triggering Child Abuse (Non-Sexual) Behind The Cut
do you ever sit there and wonder what life must be like for people without anxiety
like they just
without worrying about them first
Anxiety is an excuse
I hope you walk barefoot on a world of legos for the rest of your life
The first time Tony Stark had an anxiety attack he thought he had been poisoned.
think about that
If one character from Agents of SHIELD gets carried over into the Marvel-verse movies, it should be Melinda May.
Let’s re-write the MCU movies so that it was Melinda May who first contacted Pepper Potts upon Tony Stark’s return from Afghanistan, and Melinda May who investigated the 0-8-4 (object of unknown origin) in New Mexico and confiscated Dr. Jane Foster’s research, and Melinda May who hero-worshipped Captain America (mostly because Steve Rogers advocated for an integrated unit during WWII at a time Japanese-Americans were being sent to internment camps and black soldiers fought in segregated units) and who was brutally murdered by Loki before the Battle of New York, and Melinda May who ~mysteriously~ recuperated in Tahiti (that magical place) and started up a new team and got an awesome plane and recruited this orphan hacker Skye, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, you get the picture.
Melinda May could still have the same backstory. She was a specialist, code name Cavalry, who got out of specialist work because an op went bad, really really bad, and she’s suffering PTSD. She tried hiding behind a desk, but her skills were too valuable and Fury wanted her as a field agent instead, promising May that she wouldn’t need to use her specialist skills for the job. (She still saved a store clerk with a bag of flour, though.)
Please, please, someone write this.