mel-cat:

Untitled by YelenaKovalenko on 500px

mel-cat:

Untitled by YelenaKovalenko on 500px

allthingseurope:

Rathaspeck Church, Ireland  (by snillumluap)

allthingseurope:

Rathaspeck Church, Ireland (by snillumluap)

allthingseurope:

The Hague, Netherlands (by Minister-president)

allthingseurope:

The Hague, Netherlands (by Minister-president)

polaroidsf:

The Palace of Fine Arts is always worth a visit.

polaroidsf:

The Palace of Fine Arts is always worth a visit.

mymodernmet:

Illustrator Lili Chin's adorable series Dogs of the World illustrates 192 breeds of dogs grouped according to geographical origin.

spcsnaptags:

wolvensnothere:

kurtiswiebe:

This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 

Yup.

So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

I like this commentary almost as much as I fucking hate Family Guy. That show is worthless and repugnant, and yet incredibly popular. That depresses the shit out of me.

"By the time the unabridged second edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary was published in 1934, ‘heterosexual’ had appeared in mainstream print in both England and the United States. The 1934 definition of the term, according to Merriam-Webster, was ‘manifestation of sexual passion for one of the opposite sex; normal sexuality’. The normal-sexual was the heterosexual, and the heterosexual was normally, typically, acceptably, even laudably sexual. With the help of good old-fashioned scientific taxonomy, a model for sexual desire and activity between men and women had not only been legitimized; it had been made emblematic of an inherent physical and psychological normalcy that suited both respectable middle-class families and the well-regulated secular state. The modern heterosexual had officially been born."

Hanne Blank, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

(I’d love to see a poll on how many homophobic shitbags think we ought to return to the term “normal-sexual”. EFF YER NORMAL, haters.)