And then [Vimes] realized why he was thinking like this.
It was because he wanted there to be conspirators.
It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy.
You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.
It was so much easier to blame it on Them.
It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No-one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them.
We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things."
— Terry Pratchett, Jingo (via captainofalltheships)
What men mean when they talk about their “crazy” ex-girlfriend is often that she was someone who cried a lot, or texted too often, or had an eating disorder, or wanted too much/too little sex, or generally felt anything beyond the realm of emotionally undemanding agreement. That does not make these women crazy. That makes those women human beings, who have flaws, and emotional weak spots. However, deciding that any behavior that he does not like must be insane– well, that does make a man a jerk.
And when men do this on a regular basis, remember that, if you are a woman, you are not the exception. You are not so cool and fabulous and levelheaded that they will totally get where you are coming from when you show emotions other than “pleasant agreement.”
When men say “most women are crazy, but not you, you’re so cool” the subtext is not, “I love you, be the mother to my children.” The subtext is “do not step out of line, here.” If you get close enough to the men who say things like this, eventually, you will do something that they do not find pleasant. They will decide you are crazy, because this is something they have already decided about women in general."
the ironic thing about hbo choosing not to name their show a song of ice and fire is that by titling it game of thrones they’ve proven exactly how fucking much they’re missing the point. because that’s the thing. the books are not about the game of thrones and the characters that focus on their ambitions in the southron court, they’re the ones that are almost certainly going to die. the books are about a greater battle, one, shockingly enough, between ice (zombies) and fire (dragons).
and as for the titular throne, it’s supposed to be grotesque and monstrous, it’s supposed to have a bite. we see it bloody joffrery as he thrashes against it. it’s a cruel throne, a sharp one, but like everything else on the show, it’s been tempered, it’s been blunted, made meaningless, toothless and dull.
Let me talk to you a minute about Betty Ross.
Betty Ross the scientist who worked along side Bruce Banner when he decided to do human testing on himself.
Betty Ross who ended up in the hospital when Bruce hulked out for the first time.
Betty Ross who helped find Bruce a contact.
Betty Ross who chased Bruce down on the street when he was too embarrassed to see her.
Betty Ross who is a damn scientist and worked and noticed and took in all of it.
Betty Ross who walked up to the Hulk that had previously put her in the hospital and didn’t bat a eye.
Betty Ross who told her father he could jump off a bridge because Bruce was worth more than that.
Betty Ross who stood in front of a tank arms out spread because if they were going after him they were going to go through her.