Hi, there! My name is Cecilia, and I study chemistry and planetary science. I love world-building in both the fictional and solar-system-history senses. I use this blog to gush about science and art mostly, so you'll see some of my own cartoons, poetry, and research here, as well as my favorite works from around the web.

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empty-venus:

Breaking news: White fuckboys on twitter bitching how funny it is that Beyoncé is a feminist when she and her dancers were provocative and half naked. Despite feminism being about empowerment and a woman’s right to do whatever the hell she pleases with it, they just don’t seem to be able to grasp this concept.

In other news, men still don’t know what feminism is, still bitter that they aren’t Beyoncé and still making themselves look like asses on the internet.

And now the weather.

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fandomsandfeminism:

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

The novel tells the story of Shori, who appears to be a 10 or 11 year old African-American girl, but is actually a 53 year old member of a race called “Ina”, or vampires. They are nocturnal, long-lived and derive sustenance from the drinking of human blood. They are physically superior to humans, both in strength and the ability to heal from injury, but the Ina’s relationships with humans whose blood they drink are non-lethal and symbiotic.

The story opens as Shori awakens with no knowledge of who or where she is, in the wilderness and suffering from critical injuries. Although she is burned and has major skull trauma, she kills and eats the first animal that approaches her. A construction worker named Wright picks her up on the side of the road, and they begin a vampire-human relationship.

So the story of how I came to read this book is kind of a funny one. Last semester I was going to take an “African American Lit since the Harlem Renaissance” class, but some friends warned  me that the Prof was crazy, and I’d be better off with almost anything else. So instead I switched over to “Contemporary African American Women’s Lit” similar topic, different professor. Only think Professor 1) also taught an African American Queer lit class and liked overlapping the curriculum as much as he could and 2) Really really really loved Sci-Fi and Fantasy. 

So in essence, I ended up taking a “Contemporary African American Queer Women’s Speculative Fiction” class. And that is how I ended up reading a book about Polyamorous Pansexual Black Vampire Girls. 

This book is awesome. It’s a really interesting reworking of vampire lore, and how race plays into our ideas of power and otherness. It has unique romantic subplots and rethinks the way we imagine “families” and relationships in a framework that removes Patriarchy and a demand for monogamous women. 

And ya know. Vampires. It kicks ass. 

I LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE THIS BOOK. I illustrated this book for an assignment once, and it is great.

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lessonsinhiphop:

THE RISE OF OUR ROYAL MATRIARCH, QUEEN ONIKA

I have so much respect for Nicki, in complete honesty. It was something that has developed over time with the more i learned about her. I’ll still be honest, when i first discovered her on 2008’s Gucci Mane remix of Freaky Gurl, along with Lil Kim, i figured she was nothing special. I used to think Nicki was a bad clone of Lil Kim. I would listen to The Jump Off or Shut Up, Bitch or Junior Mafia’s Get Money & get my fill of raunchy, gritty NY rap from the Queen Bee. This was actually the main thoroughfare into Nicki, as she was heavy on the mixtape circuit with sizable support from Brick Squad & DJ Holiday. I wasn’t even necessarily really into Gucci, OJ Da Juiceman or Waka back then but everyone else was. I was in the car with a friend when he played the the 8 minute Brick Squad posse track Coca Coca from Gucci’s Burrprint 2 HD. I was like, “oh shit who was that on the last verse?” her Brick Squad “contemporaries” brought their C+ game but Nicki had the most polarizing verse on the song. shortly after Itty Bitty Piggy came to my attention but by that point, the name Nicki Minaj was seemingly already established. Beam Me Up, Scottythe mixtape that hosted Itty Bitty Piggy, was making rounds around my high school & everyone knew her name.

that was 09, the year also she decided to take the Young Money mantle on a little heavier, solidified in the hyper popular Young Money posse track Bedrockshe released her debut album, Pink Friday, the following year under Young Money Cash Money direction. …we already know where it goes from there. what I never knew is that Lil Wayne had taken interest in Nicki long before 09. I thought that Gucci is was gave her the start in hip-hop she needed. not quite!

the interest in Nicki was initally taken by Big Fendi, the CEO of Dirty Money. after finding her via Myspace, he featured her on a volume of his DVD series The Come UpThe Come Up is in it’s 23rd incarnation currently. it was him that discovered & (re)branded Nicki, brought her to Young Money’s attention. The trio of Young Money, Fendi & Nicki combined their efforts for the buzz-building tape Sucka Free. around the same time, Fendi also brought her to Deb Antley’s attention to manage Nicki. who’s she? Waka Flocka’s Mom, who also was his [Waka’s] manager, along with formerly managing Gucci & Nicki. under Antley’s guidance, Beam Me Up Scotty, saw major success. & from there, it’s all a wrap. humble miss Nicki gives respect to all of her mentors in the roles they’ve played, despite the trouble that has brewed & continues to brew. it’s actually kinda funny how i started writing this the day that Fendi goes on the Breakfast Club to (conveniently) trash Nicki a month before the Pink Print comes out. 

even with the various obstacles that stand in her way, our dear Onika remains a force to be reckoned with, an image & skill pair that has yet to be stopped, despite anything that happens to her. If nothing else, i pair Nicki with consistency & resilience, being one of the hardest spitters & hardest working people in music. knowing her history helped me develop that respect for her. as long as she remains herself, i’ll be a fan in her corner.