A great comic on Free Speech from XKCD.com Seriously, more people need to understand this about the 1st Amendment. It does indeed mean that I have the right to be offended and to voice that offense directly at your face.
But this leaves out the best part: the alt text.
"I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."
If you missed it, source.
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.
Up late writing and thinking about changing my hair. I would enjoy looking like a pastel warrior queen.
Also, if you liked Candy Crush Saga, you should probably download Disco Bees, and prepare to embrace the bee related puns. My next level is Zombees.
Some people were a little confused so I made this.
Good, I thought I was the only one to think this
Thank you, Disney, for making a Princess who breaks her own curse.
Alternative interpretation: the act of true love was Elsa’s, because she was throwing away literally everything she had been told for years.
Elsa loves her sister. Loves her deeply. And she’s spent her whole life keeping her at arm’s length, because she’s been told that she has to do so. That to let Anna get close to her is going to kill Anna.
So she can’t show her sister how she feels. She can’t open up to her. You can see her aching to do so, wanting to be close to her. What’s her line during “For the First Time In Forever (Reprise)”?
"Just stay away and you’ll be safe from me."
Her life has been built around keeping her sister safe, at arm’s length. When she sees Anna, she wants nothing more than for her to get away so she can be safe. And even that doesn’t work. Don’t show your sister that you love her.
For the first time in forever, when she sees Anna frozen before her, Elsa shows her feelings. She’s not keeping anyone at arm’s length. She’s embracing someone full well, knowing that even though it might hurt, she can’t pretend she doesn’t feel. And for the first time in forever, Anna can see that her sister loves her, that she isn’t trying to force her away.
Either way, it’s a beautiful moment, and it shows how different both women are and how important they are to one another.