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The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.

Carl Sagan, Cosmos (via reddit user sclow15)

Check out the #asapbookclub subreddit for discussion of our latest book club book, the above. 

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"They didn’t allow me to become a nurse because of my hijab. Thank you, I became a doctor instead" #BURN


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Tell me something: where your boss at?
Martin van Meytens, Marie Antoinette (age 12) 1767 / Diva, Beyonce
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毬藻 its alive! this marimo is about 6 years old. The bottom of Lake Akan in Hokkaido Japan is inhabited by miraculously spherical rare algae called “marimo.” In 1921 they were declared a “Japanese Natural Treasure” and the public’s interest in Marimo was stirred. Many Japanese have Marimo as pets in their homes and offices. They are beautifully soft and smooth like velvet and are very easy to care for. Marimo are happiest when they are in filtered water.Just change their water once a week.Marimo like baths!Sometimes you will see cloudy bits of filth clinging to the Marimo. Simply run the marimo under the kitchen sink and he will be clean and very thankful.Marimo can thrive wonderfully in artificial light but they do NOT like direct sun light. When you receive your Marimo it will probably float for a while on the surface, this is the Marimo’s natural way of getting lots of light and then once its had enough he will float down to the bottom. In the waters of lake Akan the Marimo bounce around in the lakes current and the current helps them grow into their nice spherical shape so they like to be poked, and moved around. This also helps them get even lighting. its perfectly safe to hold Marimo. Marimo are great pets for children.Marimo grow 5mm a year and live to be over 100!Look no further, the Marimo i care for are the greenest and chemicals are used in their aquarium. 
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Let’s examine a traditionally male-dominated role that is very well-respected, and well-paid, in many parts of the world—that of a doctor. In the UK, it is listed as one of the top ten lucrative careers, and the average annual income of a family doctor in the US is well into six figures. It also confers on you significant social status, and a common stereotype in Asian communities is of parents encouraging their children to become doctors.

One of my lecturers at university once presented us with this thought exercise: why are doctors so highly paid, and so well-respected? Our answers were predictable. Because they save lives, their skills are extremely important, and it takes years and years of education to become one. All sound, logical reasons. But these traits that doctors possess are universal. So why is it, she asked, that doctors in Russia are so lowly paid? Making less than £7,500 a year, it is one of the lowest paid professions in Russia, and poorly respected at that. Why is this?

The answer is crushingly, breathtakingly simple. In Russia, the majority of doctors are women. Here’s a quote from Carol Schmidt, a geriatric nurse practitioner who toured medical facilities in Moscow: “Their status and pay are more like our blue-collar workers, even though they require about the same amount of training as the American doctor… medical practice is stereotyped as a caring vocation ‘naturally suited‘ to women, [which puts it at] a second-class level in the Soviet psyche.”

What this illustrates perfectly is this—women are not devalued in the job market because women’s work is seen to have little value. It is the other way round. Women’s work is devalued in the job market because women are seen to have little value.
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like how much more obvious does this need to be made for people to get it?

this isnt even an exaggeration 
like at all



babe can i show you my d*ck 



Nothing I expected but everything I wanted

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