A mountain lion pauses on a ledge inside this swirled rock chasm.

Photographer: NORBERT ROSING

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.

The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton, 2004 (via destructs)

flawlesstrueperfection:

i feel bad for the women that have never been exposed to true feminism and think that feminism is one big limp, lifeless women’s studies class

if only they knew how life-changing feminism is

Extraordinary Photos of Dancers Among Us

from:  http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/01/26/15-extraordinary-photos-of-dancers-among-us/

More photos at the source.

TW: Rape

graffitiandrobutissin:

I’ve noticed lately that a lot of MRAs and such are quoting a study done by Prof. Kanin (formerly a prof at Purdue) who found that 40% of rape accusations are false.

I think it’s really important everyone know where these numbers are coming from and why they’re straight up BS:

http://www.amptoons.com/blog/2009/04/15/eugene-kanins-study-of-false-rape-reports/

Kanin did one nine-year study in an UNNAMED town(so no way to verify it) in the 80s, with only 109 participants, and forced all of them to take a lie detector test, which we know to be extremely inconsistent and manipulative for victims. Furthermore, any recanting was marked as a “false report” and we know there are any number of reasons that rape victims recant testimonies.

Another study done by the Air Force in the 80s claims that 65% of rape victims are lying. But again, when victims came forward they were immediately told they would have to take a Lie Detector test to prove it, and roughly 65% of them backed off and said the rape hadn’t happened. Again, lie detector tests are extremely manipulative, and there are a million reasons why a victim would not want to undergo that.

This, more comprehensive, recent, and scientifically sound study done by the FBI shows that about 8% of accusations are unfounded. As unfounded does not mean false, it is reasonable to conclude that less than 8% of accusations are false.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/1996/96sec2.pdf

The largest study done was done by the British Home Office in 2003, and it found accusations to be about 3%, which is lower than the average of other crimes.

In conclusion the number of false rape accusations is most likely between 2-8%, which puts it no higher than other crimes.

In conclusion of my conclusion, MRAs, please shut up forever.