I can’t really be suggesting that heterosexuality is somehow taught, can I? That it is somehow part of the curriculum?
I would argue that it is very much part of what schools aim to teach. Why else would educational institutions so enthusiastically promote social norms which exclude queers? My own teaching colleagues have criticised my decision to tell my students my partner’s name, Emily, as it’s too much information about my sexuality; straight colleagues wear wedding rings or take the title ‘Mrs.’ Facebook memes celebrate ‘mums and dads’ kissing in front of the kids to show them what loving relationships are like; television programmes depicting same-sex kisses are firmly placed in later timeslots to ‘protect children’. Kissing my partner in the supermarket attracts disgusted glances from people who steer their children quickly away; a family wedding with children present can include more than one gently ribald reference to the wedding night or the honeymoon. In short, heterosexuality is relentlessly advertised by those who practice it; queer sexualities are always taboo in ‘family friendly’ spaces.

Queer mothering in a straight world: AMIRCI Conference Paper | Spilt Milk (via feministlibrarian)

grimdarkthroes:

you know whatd be a fun exercise

get a writer and an artist together. artist does a sketch, writer writes a handful of paragraphs. they give them to each other.

writer has to write a handful of paragraphs on the scene depicted in the sketch, and it cant be just like, describing it. artist has to draw a new sketch from the writing.

it’d be a neat lil’ flex-the-muscles sort of thing. 

foxglovehymnal:

Foxglove Hymnal is back!

We are now accepting submissions of original, previously unpublished artwork, poetry, and short fiction, in the genres of fantasy or horror, for our Winter 2015 edition. Foxglove Hymnal’s mission is to provide a forum for new, diverse voices. To that end, we encourage submissions from people of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in stories and artwork with female, LGBTQ, non-white, and disabled characters. Send us your liminal, send us your weird, send us your vagina dentata horror and non-Christian apocalypses! We will consider all horror or fantasy-related content including nudity and gore; however, we reserve the right to reject submissions for any reason.

If you’re not sure if your piece is what we’re looking for, please submit it so we can take a look at it. You can also check out our website, to see what kind of material we’ve previously published. Submissions will be open until October 31st, 2014.

Submission guidelines under the cut:

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fuck-yeah-feminist:

lifeworkfun:

Meet The First Woman To Make It Into The FDNY’s Calendar Of Heroes. Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men.  There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.

Hell yeah!

fuck-yeah-feminist:

lifeworkfun:

Meet The First Woman To Make It Into The FDNY’s Calendar Of Heroes.

Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department.

This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men.

There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.

Hell yeah!

arcanemysteries:

The giveaway is from July 31st - September 1st 2014Grand Prize Winner Will Receive:
•  (1) The Easiest Way To Learn The Tarot Ever! Book
•  (1) Pendulum
•  (1) Small Amethyst
•  (1) The Rider Tarot Deck
•  (1) Tarot Of The New Vision
•  (1) Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards
•  (1) Lenormand Silhouettes
•  (1) Dynamic Spreads Deck
•  (1) 5x7 Velveteen Tarot Bag
•  (2) 35 Minute Tarot Readings With Me.
•  (1)  $35.00 Amazon Gift Card to buy your own deck.
Rules:
• There will only be one (1)  Grand Prize Winner 
and only one (1) Second Place Winner 
(Second place winner receives one (1) Custom E-mail Reading from me)
• Must be Following ArcaneMysteries Tumblr:
http://arcanemysteries.tumblr.com
• You must be at least 18 Years of age for me to ship items to you.
• 1 REBLOG is one entry.
• Giveaway blogs are EXCLUDED!
• Likes are not counted.
• Open Worldwide
• This giveaway is not associated with Tumblr.
•  Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator  Sept. 3rd 2014
•  Winners will be announced  and contacted September 4th 2014
• If winners do not respond in 24hrs new winners will be chosen!

arcanemysteries:

The giveaway is from July 31st - September 1st 2014
Grand Prize Winner Will Receive:

•  (1) The Easiest Way To Learn The Tarot Ever! Book

•  (1) Pendulum

•  (1) Small Amethyst

•  (1) The Rider Tarot Deck

•  (1) Tarot Of The New Vision

•  (1) Madame Endora’s Fortune Cards

•  (1) Lenormand Silhouettes

•  (1) Dynamic Spreads Deck

•  (1) 5x7 Velveteen Tarot Bag

•  (2) 35 Minute Tarot Readings With Me.

•  (1)  $35.00 Amazon Gift Card to buy your own deck.

Rules:

• There will only be one (1)  Grand Prize Winner 

and only one (1) Second Place Winner 

(Second place winner receives one (1) Custom E-mail Reading from me)

• Must be Following ArcaneMysteries Tumblr:

http://arcanemysteries.tumblr.com

• You must be at least 18 Years of age for me to ship items to you.

• 1 REBLOG is one entry.

• Giveaway blogs are EXCLUDED!

• Likes are not counted.

• Open Worldwide

• This giveaway is not associated with Tumblr.

•  Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator  Sept. 3rd 2014

•  Winners will be announced  and contacted September 4th 2014

• If winners do not respond in 24hrs new winners will be chosen!