Dennis Wojtkiewicz, Fruit Paintings
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”"
Libby Anne (via number1slut)
Richard Dawkins (via girlwithdeathmask)
Life on Earth
Single Primordial Ancestor
The living organisms are composed of cells and despite the many differences in appearance and function, all cells have three elements in common: plasma membrane, cytoplasm, and DNA. Similar biochemical reactions that constitute the metabolism (development, energy production, waste disposal) take place inside the cells. And they contain the hereditary information encoded in molecules of deoxyribonucleic acid, that direct the cellular activities and reproduction. These shared characteristics and the presence of identical or almost identical molecules, demonstrate that every living being is related and they descend from a common ancestor.
Multiple Primordial Ancestors
Nobody can be positive that various types of life didn’t originate on our planet, billions of years ago. But, even if that happened, these hypothetical forms of life —different from the one we know— must have gone extinct very “quickly”, without leaving any trace. The fossil record, instead, tell us that the first cells go back at least 3.5 billion years, they belong to a cyanobacteria-like organism and they are very similar to the modern ones.
Current Primordial Ancestors Formation
Okay, but why aren’t new “ancestors” forming on present-day Earth? There are two problems. The chemical composition of the oceans and the competition. In the Precambrian, there was no oxygen in the atmosphere/hydrosphere and there was a lot of CO2. Although it may seem absurd, this reducing environment was more conducive to the development of life as we know it. Then, those organisms have evolved, have diversified themselves, have occupied all the possible space, and have become more efficient in exploiting resources, denying the possibility to any other —at this point ineffective— pre-biotic system to develop.