In the late sixties, Robie Macauley, the fiction editor of Playboy - “Entertainment for Men” - was publishing stories of literary interest. My agent, Virginia Kidd, who couldn’t be kept in a ghetto of any kind, sent him one of mine. It was pure science fiction, and all the important characters in it were men. Virginia submitted it under the discreet byline of U. K. Le Guin. When it was accepted, she revealed the horrid truth. Playboy staggered back, then rallied gamely. The editors said that they’d still like to publish “Nine Lives,” Virginia told me, but that their readers would be frightened if they saw a female byline on a story, so they asked if they could use the initials, instead of my first name.

Unwilling to terrify these vulnerable people, I told Virginia to tell them sure, that’s fine. Playboy thanked us with touching gratitude. Then, after a couple of weeks, they asked for an author biography.

At once, I saw the whole panorama of U.K.’s life as a gaucho in Patagonia, a stevedore in Marseilles, a safari leader in Kenya, a light-heavyweight prizefighter in Chicago, and the abbot of a Coptic monastery in Algeria.

We’d tricked them slightly, though, and I didn’t want to continue the trickery. But what could I say? “He is a housewife and the mother of three children”?

I wrote, “It is commonly suspected that the writings of U. K. Le Guin are not actually written by U. K. Le Guin, but by another person of the same name.”

Game to the last, Playboy printed that. And my husband and I bought a red VW bus, cash down, with the check.

— Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Golden Age”
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so i was in the bus with this granny by my side when we spotted two girls kissing by the bus stop. the granny turned to me and said “these girls are so pretty. at their age i was pretty ugly. well, maybe that’s why i had to marry a man” i almost died omg

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Goodbye pumpkin spice latte. Forever.

Last year during this exact week, I wrote a blog titled, ‘Starbucks Disrespects Values Voters,’ calling out Starbucks’ CEO, Howard Schultz, for supporting a liberal political agenda that totally disregards the traditional values of many customers and staff members.

Another year gone by and Schultz has become even more extreme and intolerant. At Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting, Schultz sent a clear message that he does not want the business of anyone who believes that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, pointedly telling one such shareholder, ‘You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company.’ This outburst reportedly came right after Schultz stated he wanted to ‘embrace diversity of all kinds.’

He doesn’t want our business. Schultz statement isn’t tolerant. It is prejudicial and bigoted. So where are the newspaper headlines reading, ‘Starbucks CEO Refuses Pro-Marriage Supporters Service,’ which is exactly the message his statement conveys?

What’s next, Starbucks? Two separate drinking fountains for liberals and conservatives or ‘now hiring’ signs reading, ‘Heterosexuals Need Not Apply’?

Considering that there are twice as many conservatives as there are liberals, Schultz should have heeded my warning a year ago. In fact, during this year’s meeting, conservative shareholder Tom Strobhar admitted that after the company voiced its support for same-sex “marriage” in Washington state, the company saw a drop in profits.

So in the end, Schultz is only tolerant of approximately 2 percent of America’s 300 million citizens who live homosexual lifestyles. I do not hold an MBA, but I do remember that 4th grade arithmetic teaches us that the profits made from 2 percent are less than the profits from 98 percent.

I’ve already dumped Starbucks. I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts, anyway.

Concerned Women for America media strategist Chelsen Vicari (via afterelton)

LOL - they really think this stuff is true, don’t they?

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This person is their MEDIA STRATEGIST

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Yes, people defined by their illogical beliefs continue to be bad at logic. Asking for reason from a bigot is like asking for calculus from a pigeon - you’ll just get frustrated and they’ll remain oblivious.

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“What’s next, Starbucks?  Two separate drinking fountains for liberals and conservatives?”  Ah, the things entitled white girls say.

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This thing is almost beautiful in it’s completely and utter missing of the point.

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apiphile:

theteratophile:

I am shit scared of Americans.

Jon looks so fed up and so tired.

Agent Phil Coulson, ladies and gentlemen

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collective-history:

“Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.”
After realizing a woman was running Boston marathon organizer Jock Semple went after Kathrine Switzer. Other runners blocked him and she went on to finish the race. 1967.

collective-history:

“Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.”

After realizing a woman was running Boston marathon organizer Jock Semple went after Kathrine Switzer. Other runners blocked him and she went on to finish the race. 1967.

It’s been a long, hard day, full of emotional turmoil and dinosaur fights.
— Wilbur, Meet the Robinsons, 2007
jamesmadrox:


“At some point in their lives, all young people think that their parents are evil… but what if they really are?”

Runaways, coming to theaters 20never

jamesmadrox:

“At some point in their lives, all young people think that their parents are evil… but what if they really are?”

Runaways, coming to theaters 20never

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on the plus side, the future DOES have better phones

qwantzfeed:

on the plus side, the future DOES have better phones

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My dad has nicknames for all of The Avengers characters:

daeneryes:

  • The L’Oreal brothers
  • Male Katniss
  • The green special snowflake who’s always pissed off
  • Captain ”my skintight suit will make you feel uncomfortable”
  • Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist
  • The chick who got added in to make everything look less gay
  • Robin
  • HE SHOULDN’T HAVE DIED
  • The Angry Pirate

doctorwho:

Best temp in Chiswick.

From Doctor Who Series 4: Journey’s End

This was on tv last night. I cry every time. Donnnaaaaaaa :(