CerebralRain
White, Danish, Autistic, Hyperlexic, Synesthete

realsocialskills:

I see this defense of stimming a lot:

  • It’s wrong to train autistic people not to stim
  • They use it to compensate for overload
  • Or to focus
  • Or to compensate for other problems
  • Or to express distress

All of this is true. But it also misses the point. Stimming isn’t just a coping mechanism. It’s much more than that. Stimming is a positive part of autistic experience, not an unfortunate-but-functionally-important thing we have to do.

Imagine if facial expressions and tones of voice were considered wrong, and someone defended them this way:

  • It is wrong to teach children to adopt a flat affect
  • Children need to be able to frown
  • Children need to be able to indicate through the tone of their voice that something is wrong
  • Children need to be able to cry. That’s a way of coping with pain and overload

All of those things are true. But if that’s all defenders of tone and facial expression said, it would be horribly misleading. Body language and tones are more than that, and they are good.

Stimming is like that too.

  • Stimming is not just necessary. It is also natural, and good
  • Flapping in response to a nice texture is not fundamentally different from smiling in response to the smell of a flower
  • Rocking in response to someone saying something offensive is not fundamentally different from frowning in response to a slur
  • It is ok for autistic people to have autistic body language

Islam is commonly portrayed to be encouraging of terrorism. Let me put a twist on this perspective. During the first Gulf War, the United States intentionally destroyed the Iraqi water supply and then denied the Iraqis the importation of materials needed to rebuild the supply and purify the water. Thousands of Iraqi civilians were subsequently deprived of clean water, and waterborne illnesses became epidemic. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF reports, over 1 million Iraqi people have died as a result of contaminated water, and over half were children younger than five years old.

According to Islamic law, poisoning the water supply is considered terrorism and killing civilians and children in warfare is strictly prohibited.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali - The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and That Veil Thing 

Something to consider this 9/11: those crying “terrorist” in our government are the terrorists.

(via theroguefeminist)

Are you looking at how something as just poisoning water is considered as terrorism and forbidden? Imagine how much worse it’s considered to kill a human being.

(via whitepeoplestealingculture)

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

terra-mater:

Eye of the Sahara

The Richat Structure in the Sahara desert of Mauritania. This structure is a deeply eroded, slightly elliptical, 40 km in diameter, dome. The sedimentary rock exposed in this dome ranges in age from Late Proterozoic within the center of the dome to Ordovician sandstone around its edges.

Initially interpreted as an asteroid impact structure because of its high degree of circularity, it is now argued to be a highly symmetrical and deeply eroded geologic dome. Despite extensive field and laboratory studies, geologists have found a lack of any credible evidence for shock metamorphism or any type of deformation indicative of a hypervelocity extraterrestrial impact. While coesite, an indicator of shock metamorphism, had initially been reported as being present in rock samples collected from the Richat Structure, further analysis of rock samples concluded that barite had been misidentified as coesite.

In addition, the Richat Structure lacks the annular depression that characterizes large extraterrestrial impact structures of this size. Also, it is quite different from large extraterrestrial impact structures in that the sedimentary strata comprising this structure is remarkably intact and “orderly” and lacking in overturned, steeply dipping strata or disoriented blocks.

ikeapunx:

muji spice book

Traveling with your spice rack is not ideal. This is why Japanese company, Muji, has made a book of spices to make flavoring your food while away from home a little bit easier.

This book from Muji is full of pages that are made of spiced paper, which dissolve from the heat and moisture of cooking. Now that kick of white pepper or red chili is just a tear away. And, since it is compact and perfectly portable, the Muji spice book is ideal for when you’re traveling!

#food   #spice book  

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This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.

favorite things about this

  • literally all the brass starts to get the hang of it and then the crescendos happen and everyone is like FUCK FUCK FUCK??? FUCK. JUST. BLOW RLY HARD.
  • the strings are lazy but also the same. like u can tell a lot of the ppl w/ the stringed instruments may already basically know how to play stringed instruments. like there’s definitely a section at the beginning where you hear a good portion going “oh yeah this is like. a smaller/bigger version of what i do.”
  • all you hear of any woodwinds is just “pffffttt??? pFFFTTTT???? PFFFFFTTTT I SAID PFFFFTTTT!!!!!” bc woodwinds are fucking HARD and you hear after like the first crescendo half of them just give up. they give up. they’re done. fuck this it tastes weird and my lips hurt.
  • that trumpet. that person is fucking TRYING man they fucking GOT this. they may not have figured out notes but they figured out LOUD and they GOT this.

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I SEARCHED THIS POST FOR AGES OH MY GOD

Bella: I know what you are
Edward: say it
Bella: ... problematic
#Twilight  
There is no such thing as a “minor” sexual assault. Sexual assault is a violation of a person, regardless of what body part is violated. It’s all a big. fucking. deal. And downplaying any form of it is the part of rape culture that allows it to keep happening. “Oh, brush it off. He just grabbed your ass on the train for, like, a second. And you’ll never see him again and it didn’t hurt, so just get over it.” My friend that posted the original link made this comment, which I think pretty much covers it: “I do not believe there is such a thing as a “minor” sexual assault. Attempting to qualify sexual assault based on which body parts are involved is arguably dehumanizing. It reduces victims to a pile of body parts which are off limits to varying degrees, rather than all being equally off limits because they belong to someone else.”

It’s like when people try to tell me that catcalling and rape are not even close to related when I say that both are forms of gender-based violence. While they may be at different ends of a spectrum of violence, they are two sides of the same coin. Because the same kind of entitled thinking that causes a man to not take no for an answer when a woman won’t give him her number or engage him in conversation in a bar is the same entitled thinking that causes that man to not take no for an answer when he’s behind closed doors with a woman. When we allow sexual violence in the form of public groping or catcalling to go unchecked, we allow larger violations to happen in private. You cannot separate these forms of sexual violence from each other, because they stem from the same place. And violations and assaults that happen in public can be equally traumatizing as the ones that happen in private. People who experience street harassment report feeling scared, unsafe, or anxious about leaving the house alone. That doesn’t seem “minor” to me.
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