no but can you imagine how glorious “Doctor Bashir, I Presume” would have been if the Garak and Bashir romance had gone ahead as planned
not only would there have been amazing drama as Garak deals with the fact that the man he loves, the man he thought of as completely open and trustworthy, had to keep a secret to save himself
not only would there have been amazing adorableness as Garak describes his lover to the EMH designer
BUT THERE WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN AN AWKWARD DINNER WITH THE TWO OF THEM AND JULIAN’S PARENTS
#alas#i cry#one day i’d love to be involved in a ‘let’s rewrite ds9 with no fridging women and more queer#ziyal can be garak’s student and keep living#odo can be asexual#g/b can be a proper thing#ezri can escape weirdness with julian#yes yes yes (tags via ladyyatexel)
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."
"What’s up with chicks and science?"
Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.
Okay but clarification: Larry Summers didn’t ask the question in the video, nor did he actually say “What’s up with chicks and science?” That was a tongue-in-cheek reference by the question-asker (calling his question the “Larry Summers Question”) to Summers’ suggestion that “innate” differences between men and women explained the disparity in numbers between men and women in math and science fields.
Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. Do most people actually believe real disabled people spend our days obsessing about being cured? Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. When we do think about them, it’s usually because we are dealing with an oppressive, systemic problem, such as employment discrimination. Can’t there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn’t ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.
The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves. Because disabled people have been peripheral for centuries, we’ve been shut out of the artistic process since the beginning. As a result, the disabled characters we’re presented with usually fit one or more of the following stereotypes: Victim, Villain, Inspiration, Monster. And the disabled character’s storyline is generally resolved in one of a few ways: Cure, Death, Institutionalization."
I know of a disabled woman who, in a writing class, wrote a disabled character into her story. The rest of the class spent all day trying to determine what her character’s disability “symbolized”, and refused to believe her when she said the character just had a disability, she wasn’t there for some grand purpose.
you were named after the bravest men i know, redshirt redshirt